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October Astrologyby Shirley ‘Kali’ Johnson

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

-The Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness

I have been paying more attention to the news lately than I usually do.  And sometimes I feel completely heartbroken by what I see and read.  The amount of meanness tends to break my heart, and when I feel that heartbreak I also feel sadness and anger.  It seems that so much of the problems that we are dealing with are rooted in us humans withholding love and compassion. 

There is an abundance of love and compassion to go around, yet so often we are withholding our love and compassion.  Why? When I withhold it, it is because I am scared.  I fear what it will mean if I can love everyone.  What would that mean about me?  Will I get taken advantage of?  Will I be hurt?  Being hurt is unavoidable, and it is the way in which we get to truly grow. 

This month, we have a number of planets in the sensitive, watery sign of Cancer.  Cancer is represented by the crab.  The crab wears it’s home on it’s back and tends to run away anytime it senses danger.  This month is a good time to notice when we are running away from what we perceive as danger.  And when we run away, do we start to withhold our love and compassion?

With all of the challenges of this month with retrograde, sensitivity, and daily life, can we breathe a little deeper to find the love within us to share and shine with the world even as things are difficult?  This is the practice, and this is a necessity for creating peace.

Important July Astrology Dates:

July 8/9: Cancer New Moon
July 13: Mars Moves Into Cancer
July 20: Mercury Direct Into Cancer
July 22: Sun Moves Into Leo
July 22: Aquarius Full Moon
July 22: Venus Moves Into Virgo

Cancer:  Pay attention dear Cancer.  Yes, it is your birthday season, and most likely there is a lot to celebrate!  You have worked hard this past year.  Celebrate with presence and awareness of your surroundings.  Use this month to re-organize and get yourself ready for the year ahead – pay off past due bills, consolidate mortgages, donate old clothes, and all other things to create more energetic space in your life.

Leo:  With Mercury retrograding through your 12th house of the subconscious, you may find that you feel a bit more scattered than you are used to this month.  Ask for help!  The full moon in Aquarius lands in your house of relationships, this could be a special time that your current relationship moves to a deeper level of intimacy and/or committment.

Virgo:  Mercury is retrograding through your house of socializing and friendships through the month.  This might be a good time to honor your inner homebody, and to practice being friends with yourself.  Venus moves into your 1st house on July 22 making you more attractive and magnetic than usual.

Libra: This month’s full moon is in your house of expression, creativity and romance. Allow the later part of the month to be a time of celebration, expression and flirting!  The retrograde of the beginning of the month is in your house of career.  You may notice some hold ups around getting what you want in your career, be patient.  Sometimes not getting what you want is a gift.

Scorpio:  Lots of planets in your 9th house this month including Jupiter and retrograding Mercury.  Your 9th house represents learning, teaching, and international affairs.  You may notice that people are really looking up to you, and in many ways you are a teacher.  Make sure you take care of yourself as others look up to you.  You are more influential than you know.

Sagittarius:  Mercury, planet of communication, is retrograding through your house of privacy, which could easily mean things are not as private as you think.  Ask yourself why you are trying to keep certain things private anyway!

Capricorn:  Mercury is retrograding through your 7th house of relationships.  This might be a good time to be very gentle in all your relationships and practice listening very thoroughly and compassionately.  This retrograde could position you to practice being in a more vulnerable role than you are used to.

Aquarius:  With Mercury in retrograde in your 6th house, getting into a new routine might seems difficult.  Stick with what you are doing, and on July 22 when the Sun enters Leo, you will receive some extra sparks of excitement that will affect how you are able to share yourself with others.

Pisces:  Retrograde may be causing some deeper reflection and not as much playfulness as your friends know you to be.  This is a powerful month to go within and dig for clarity.  After Mercury retrograde is done, it will be time to take action on what you have clarified for yourself.

Aries:  This is a month to stay put and to honor your limits.  It is okay that you don’t have the energy to go to happy hour everyday.  Instead make it happy hour with yourself.  There is a lot of ideas growing in your body and in your home.  Make sure to nurture them with attention.

Taurus:  This month with Mercury retrograding through the area of your chart that rules communication is a good time to not get too attached to anything!  Don’t write anything in ink, because most likely your schedule will change everyday.  Can you let go of the idea of how you think it should be and embrace how it is?

Gemini:  Right now with Mercury retrograding through your house of income, it may seem like you are spending more than usual.  The good news is that with Jupiter now in your house of income, this next year has infinite blessings to give you in the area of earned income and making money in a way that you love.


Join Shirley for an Cancer New Moon Telecircle by-donation on Tuesday July 9, 2013 at 6pm PT/9pm EST.  Contribute any amount that you wish, and join in from the comfort of your own home with a mug of tea to create intention around the New Moon and build community.  To register, click HERE


Shirley Kali Johnson, native New Yorker and San Francisco Bay Area-based, is a student of transpersonal psychology, yoga, and astrology. She has been studying astrology since the tender age of 5 years old and is thankful to share her love for the celestial bodies. She is available for Astrology Counseling, Reiki Healing, and Yoga. For more info or to join her mailing list, please go to