The October 2021 Full Moon

Full moonThis October Full Moon is in Aries and follows on from three planets turning direct from retrograde during this week, and earlier this month. (Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury). The Sun has entered debilitation which may have us feeling somewhat flat at times, and not our usual bon-vivant sparkling personality. Rahu has been ruling the charts in the past few days aspecting all planets. At the time of this full Moon, the Moon and the Sun have moved out of the aspect of Rahu.

The rising sign is Gemini (Mithuna), ruled by Mercury, in a nakshatra of Jupiter, Punarvasu. Aditi is the devata of this nakshatra; it is a nakshatra where the soul basks in the rays of the Sun on its journey home. When Jupiter is in this nakshatra (about six-and-a-bit-years-away) it is called the ”return of the light”.

The next sign where we have planets is Virgo, the 4th house. Mercury is stationed in Hasta nakshatra, a nakshatra of the Moon. Mercury is moolatrikona, in strength. Thereafter we have Mars in Virgo, in his own nakshatra of Chitra. Mars is vargottama, in the same sign in both the birth chart and the navamsha. We need to take notice of the significations of Mars here, as Mars is quite the bit stronger. These two planets are aspected by Rahu in the 12th house, so sending feelings of being restricted, sent to the retreat house or the home, in some form of restriction.

For everyone though, some of the delays, setbacks, uncertainties, mental fog, or stagnation that may have occurred during the past three weeks may now start to resolve over the coming days and weeks as Mercury moves forward through its shadow phase into early November. Some sensitive people may even start to feel a bit of relief tomorrow and in the coming days.

When Mercury is here, we need to slow down mentally and turn the mind off when we go to sleep. We also need to be gentle with non-mental types who are slow thinkers. Be kind, what if this was you, to whom you are delivering retorts for being a slow thinker?

Now we move to Libra where the Sun is debilitated. Sun and Venus are not friends; Venus regards the Sun as an enemy, so this is an uncomfortable place for the Sun as well as being rather depleted in strength. This means that the Sun’s transit in Libra can be a month when our vitality wanes a bit, or when we feel less driven, competitive, and less ambitious than usual.

When the Sun is debilitated, do not chain your self confidence to what others think, say and feel about you. With a debilitated Sun, we can our self confidence to validation from our relationship partners.

Your self confidence comes from your relationship with the Divine, and strength of the Atma, atmabalan.

Next sign with planets is Scorpio; here we have Ketu and Venus. This is the sixth house, the sign of enemies, operations, hospitalisation, and community service. Ketu, in the sign of Mars (Kuja-vat-Ketu … Ketu behaves like Mars) is quite at home in this sign of secrets, hidden depths, mystery and the unknown – unseen. Ditto Venus: Venus seeks to partner with secret-holders, pursuers of the unknown, powerful secrets. Venus here also likes to behave as a disaster-responder, revelling in shock and sudden invasions. Beware of being a rescue agent. The purpose of human life is not to rescue others and make them dependent upon you, nor is it to receive nurturance from others you have “saved” or “rescued”. Venus here needs to maintain appropriate boundaries in relationships.

The next sign with planets at this time of Full Moon is Capricorn, where we have Saturn – recently turned direct – and Jupiter – who also has recently turned direct. As Saturn is in dignity (in his own sign), the debilitation of Jupiter is cancelled. Saturn in his own sign is good but He is still Saturn = success comes only after lengthy procedure and considerable delay.

Jupiter stationed at 28 degrees of Capricorn, and is moving forward again into Aquarius next month. As both are the planets that represent our brains and intelligence (Mercury and Jupiter) are moving direct, we will likely be feeling a mental expansion.

For some, this time of Jupiter retrograde has been a period of pessimism, but also one of philosophical self-reflection. Now this planet of grace, dharma, optimism, faith, justice, inspiration, and good fortune will release a blast of energy as it slowly starts to move forward over the coming weeks, and we can start to grow beyond our limitations and go ahead with new inspiration and plans, a brighter perspective, and enhanced power and personal authority.


Bragging rights
The next sign with planets is Aries, where we have this October Full Moon. Here the Moon is 4th from its own sign, which gives off a deep affinity for the homeland, or for the childhood home, for patriotic expression of one’s cultural roots. For many, it may even feel like a time of ‘bragging rights’. It is good – indeed dharmic – to love and serve one’s motherland. It good to have love for the home and parents. Bragging rights, however, are an effect of the ego, and extremely unhealthy for spiritual progress. Bragging rights type of people need competition, and want to compete, prove themselves and arrive first. The impact of Mars!

The Navamsha

The Navamsha has its rising in Taurus, where Mercury resides in Mrigasiras, the nakshatra of Mars. The rising sign is both a kendra and trikona, for we have quite the strong lagna with Mercury – Jupiter and Mars – Venus in 1-5-9 houses. Mercury has Bhadrapurusha yoga in both the Navamsha, and the Birth Chart. The debilitated Sun in the birth chart somewhat weakens this yoga and its benefits.

In Virgo, in the Navamsha, we have three planets in Hasta nakshatra, Ketu, Jupiter and Mars. Mars is strong, being in the same sign in the Birth Chart. This multiplies the influence of the Moon (Jupiter is a multiplier of energy) (Jupiter and Mars are in a trine with Venus and Mercury). It is said that Saturn and Moon must not join, for it is bad for education and bad for fluidity and flexibility in the mind. This is not always true. Yes, Moon is presiding deity of the mind, yes, Saturn is “manda”, the slow one. More often than not, it is good for us to take matters slowly, consult our discrimination and not go diving in with army boots on where angels fear to tread.

Once again, we have a Sun in Libra, debilitated and more so, devoid of energy as the Sun is sandhi, on the border between Libra and Scorpio. This Sun is vargottama, so the significations from the birth chart are stronger. The compass of confidence should point within to hrudaya vasi, the inner resident of the heart: the Divine. When we look without for our confidence, we can lose our moral compass and go along in order to get along. This particular value of the madding crowd needs close examination. Dharmo raskshati rakshitaha is the guiding principle here. (Those who uphold dharma receive the protection of dharma.)

In Capricorn we find Venus: a comfortable transit in the the 9th for Venus, as Saturn and Venus are friends. Venus is in Uttar Ashada, nakshatra of the Sun. This is a good place for Venus to take stock of the effects of lockdown and the pandemic – with so many deaths worldwide. We have been told that those who passed over during the pandemic have chosen to do so in order to come back and participate in the Golden Age. Venus in the 9th and in Uttar Ashada can explore the hidden dimensions of the pandemic in a creative fashion and so map a path for themselves – and those they love into the future.

This is important: human life has changed forever, and as we meditate at this time of Full Moon, we validate this change in life on Earth and in our own lives. We may take the energy of Venus and create an elegant and graceful future instead of being mired in the dross of the daily Covid-19 figures. The Divine repeatedly says, “everything is a choice”. When you say YES, the Divine says YES. When you say NO, the Divine says NO. So don’t run about saying the Will of God is this, that and the other. YOUR WILL is the Divine Will, says Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Full Moon Meditation

Full Moons are times when strong and plentiful energy floods the Earth. This energy, directed by the Full Moon – may be taken and used for benefit. Hence, the Hierarchy offer us the choice to harness energies for planetary benefit by doing group meditation and directing energy in the form of love, light or healing, wherever there is a need. There have been many places experiencing disturbances on Earth in the past month.

The Hierarchy have advised us that the times of the Full Moon are times when energy is magnified, and multiplied. Groups sitting together in meditation on peace, harmony, goodwill towards all have a manifold affect on the energies surrounding our planet when they do this on the Full Moon day. If it is not possible to do so on the actual day, then, we have been told, the day before or the day after will also serve as days of excellence in sending out positive harmony, peace and helpful energies to all places on our Earth.

The light of God is in everything and everywhere. Let the eyes roll back in the head. Looking out above our Earth’s atmosphere to the world of Light which is Love and Compassion, experience that energy coming down through our body, through the top of our head and into our eyes, the back of our eyes, the centre of our head. Down through the torso, into the arms, our fingers, back through the torso, into the hips, the knees, the shins, the ankles, all of the feet and toes, the soles of the feet. This is like seeing the sun at the bottom of our feet. Anchor the sun into the top of our head, into our heart and into the soles of the feet and where we walk, and every step that we take, we earth the soles of the feet. The Sun that holds the new energy that’s coming on this Earth to help to raise the consciousness in everything upon the Planet so that we can raise within to receive the consciousness of the Golden Age, which is an energy which allows us to drop all the unwanted and think only in a positive and creative way.

Thanks to the Mother/Father God who guides us at all times. Through our soul, our over-soul and our body.


Full moon
Explanation: Famed in festival, story, and song the best known full moon is the Harvest Moon. For northern hemisphere dwellers that’s a traditional name of the full moon nearest the September equinox. Seen from Saunderstown, Rhode Island, planet Earth, this Harvest Moon left a broad streak of warm hues as it rose through a twilight sky over the Newport Bridge. On September 20 its trail was captured in a single 22 minute exposure using a dense filter and a digital camera. Only two days later the September equinox marked a change of season and the beginning of autumn in the north. In fact, recognizing a season as the time between solstice and equinox, this Harvest Moon was the fourth full moon of the season, coming just before the astronomical end of northern summer. Harvest Moon Trail
Image Credit & Copyright: Mike Cohea



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