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ASTROLOGY: October 2023

FROM EQUALITY TO TESTS

“We rise by kneeling, we conquer by surrendering; we gain by giving up.”

— Labours of Hercules, by Alice Bailey

We have come through the fall equinox, when the dark and the light hold equal sway, and into the sign of Libra, the sign of equality. Libra, in its “natural” home which is the seventh house, perches literally on the horizon line, below which is the dark side of the chart and above the light. Below are the six houses which are all about self-development, me and my family; above are the six houses – starting with Libra – which are all about learning how to relate to others, those “out there,” those not necessarily like me. The rational mind sees opposites, divisiveness; it has a hard time connecting things that seem different. But our intuitive mind, our highest nature, does not know what separatism is. Libra is the sign that wants to make connections, build bridges, and find ways to relate. Mid-month the Sun slips into the sign of Scorpio where we are tested as to how we are doing on our spiritual journey.


Separateness is one of the nine heads of the hydra, which is the test of Scorpio in the “Labours.” The other eight are the lowest expressions of: sex, comfort, money, anger, fear, desire for power, pride and cruelty. Fighting one head at a time could not succeed; only when Hercules fell to his knees and raised the entire hydra into the light did he finally pass the test. By attending to the personality’s lower expressions of this hydra, which dwells in the murk of our own unconscious minds, we evolve spiritually. When we can remember the lessons of Libra and her love of equality and justice for all, at least one of the heads can be raised into the light where the illumined mind knows: We are All One.


Everyone: All of the quotes this month come from the Labours of Hercules, each of which is applied to one of the zodiac signs. Read yours!

ARIES Planet: Mercury MARCH 20 – APRIL 19
Dynamic: Now’s the time to make it legal.
Direction: Sign the document!
Soul Thought: “Balance the needs and judgment sound, and preparation for a major test.”

TAURUS Planet: Vulcan APRIL 19 – MAY 20
Dynamic: You may hear bells ringing.
Direction: Hark ye well!
Soul Thought: What is the message?

GEMINI Planet: Venus MAY 20 – July 20
Dynamic: It’s a time for grace and modesty.
Direction: With simplicity.
Soul Thought: “Hippolyte… wearing the girdle given her by Venus, queen of love; this girdle was symbol of unity.”

CANCER Planet: Neptune July 20 – JULY 22
Dynamic: Is your conscience clear?
Direction: The Universe is on your side to define clarity.
Soul Thought: “A test which will awaken, on the inner side of life, the fullness of his wisdom.”

LEO Planet: Sun JULY 22 – AUG 22
Dynamic: Going round and round about a decision?
Direction: Live with one as though it were a fait accompli.
Soul Thought: Changing your mind is allowed.

VIRGO Planet: Moon AUG 22 – SEPT 22
Dynamic: You create some good dynamics this
month for others.
Direction: Pat yourself on the back.
Soul Thought: But don’t rest on your laurels.

LIBRA Planet: Uranus SEPT 22 – OCT 22
Dynamic: You may need to seek financial advice.
Direction: Or posit it in your spiritual diary.
Soul Thought: Answers from the Highest Advisor.

SCORPIO Planet: Mars OCT 22 – NOV 21
Dynamic: It may be time to do battle.
Direction: Be the Spiritual Warrior.
Soul Thought: “The light that shines at Gate the eighth is now blended with your own.”

SAGITTARIUS Planet: Earth NOV 21 – DEC 20
Dynamic: Some high-falutin’ ideas are brought down to Earth.
Direction: Time to test your values.
Soul Thought: “The individual who is consecrated and true to the spirit acts as the spirit in terms of human needs.”

CAPRICORN Planet: Saturn DEC 20 – JAN 19
Dynamic: Beware of causing yourself a setback.
Direction: Unless you need a new perspective.
Soul Thought: “By a slightly altered perspective, many of the terrifying experiences of life may be transformed by a beneficent sense of humour.”

AQUARIUS Planet: Jupiter JAN 19 – FEB 18
Dynamic: Uncertain finances first of the month may prove beneficial by the end.
Direction: Send out good vibes!
Soul Thought: Energy follows thought.

PISCES Planet: Pluto FEB 18 – MAR 20
Dynamic: Though the struggle up the mountain continues, the view gets better.
Direction: Look up.
Soul Thought: In the shadow of the Father.

To discover your Rising Sign, or for more information, contact Charlene R. Johnson,
www.SkyDanceAstrology.com, or email: SkyDance@SkyDanceAstrology.com
Esoteric Astrology is focused on the rising sign more than the sun sign (we suggest you read both)
and provides clarity, direction and answers for those seeking a higher level of life.

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  • Charlene R, Johnson

    Charlene R Johnson is a graduate of Claregate College, a metaphysical college in England and studied directly under teacher Dr. Douglas Baker. She offers oral readings, written reports and teaches classes in both esoteric astrology and esoteric psychology. These classes are for beginners who know nothing of astrology. Use of the glyphs in your chart are considered a form of dialogue with your Soul and a necessary tool in your spiritual toolbox. A former Taos County resident she now lives in central Florida on 6.5 acres on a beautiful lake. This property has recently been dubbed SkyDance Sanctuary and will be the site of classes and special events.

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