Mercury Direct in Libra, Columbus Day, Libra New Moon


Mercury completes its retrograde Friday, poised stationary direct Friday evening at zero degrees Libra. Mercury begins its journey through Libra once again, completing its retrograde shadow Oct. 12. Things should be a bit less complicated by then. Daily life works better, plans move forward, large purchases can be made, and communication eases. Everything on hold during the retrograde is slowly released. Since we eliminated all thoughts and ideas no longer needed (the purpose of Mercury’s retrograde) during the retrograde, we can now gather new information—until the next retrograde occurs on Jan. 5, 2016 (1.3 degrees Aquarius), retrograding back to 15 degrees Capricorn on Jan. 25. It’s good to know beforehand when Mercury will retrograde next—Jan. 5, the day before Epiphany.

On Monday is Columbus Day, when the sailor from Genoa arrived in the new lands (Americas), Oct. 12, 1492. This discovery by Columbus was the first encounter of Europeans with Native Americans. Other names for this day are “Discovery Day, Day of the Americas, Cultural Diversity Day, Indigenous People’s Day, and Dia de la Raza.” Italian communities especially celebrate this day. Oct. 12 is also Thanksgiving Day in Canada.

Monday is also the (19 degrees) Libra new moon festival. Libra’s keynote while building the personality is, “Let choice be made.” Libra is the sign of making life choices. Often under great tension of opposing forces seeking harmony and balance. There is a battle between our lower (personality) and higher selves (soul). We are tested and called to cultivate right judgment and love. When we align with the will-to-good, right choice, then right judgment and love/wisdom come forth. Our tasks in Libra. 

Esoteric Astrology as News for Week of October 7

ariesAries March 21–April 20

We’ve all been through weeks of readjustment with the Mercury retrograde. How has it been for you in terms of relationship interactions? No one is immune from the retrograde. Have you discovered new ways of relating, or perhaps new information about those you love? In the coming weeks you’ll reorient again and again with loving others more.

taurusTaurus April 21–May 21

Finally you move forward with important daily tasks. Things have been confusing with bills and finances. You make changes but somehow they’re not heard, recorded or implemented. Consider all delays as helping you. In the days ahead, you become more organized, details are tended to and life becomes steadier, more composed. You will do what is needed. The path is clear.

geminiGemini May 22–June 20

So much will change, more choices will become available and finally a true direction is sensed. But you still must weigh the dualities and make a choice. The future may be different than expected. What you don’t choose may stay with you for a while. You will wonder if the choice was wrong. Should you retrace your steps no time is lost. Everything is an experience for greater knowledge. Everything leads you to a new creative focus. And tender care.


cancerCancer June 21–July 20

You’ve been quite silent these past weeks. Tending to home, family and creative endeavors, laying new foundations for the future. Silence is good, allowing us to sense directly each next step. Silence allows for no distractions. During this time of inner contemplation you are choosing the people who will remain in your life, and who will not. Remember to align always with the will-to-good.


leoLeo July 21–August 22

Was there confusion and difficulty around communication these past weeks? Almost driving you to distraction, and perhaps a sense of despair? The winding road from one mind to another seemed blocked forever. Detours didn’t work. Maps for the journey were blurred. In the coming weeks things become clear, less obstructed, uncertainties disappear. It’s always good to stay in the heart, especially when difficulties appear. 


virgoVirgo August 23–September 22

Financial matters will begin to resolve. It felt like your values were in question these past difficult weeks. But in reality they are stronger and now more in control of your life. Nothing has been lost. Not time or resources. But it’s a good idea to redesign your financial picture, remembering to tithe first, to save second. Then tend to bills and everyday needs. Call upon Venus if help is needed.


libraLibra September 23–October 22

Your daily life and its rhythms were somehow disrupted. You are attempting to reorganize so that each day it’s easier to navigate. This change is temporary, though it calls for a great readjustment. You will be learning many things during this time, like understanding and compassion. Especially for those you can’t seem to forgive. Understanding comes through loss and suffering. It’s how humanity learns. 


scorpioScorpio October 23–November 21

Things won’t feel like they’re solidified for several more weeks. You don’t know what it is you need to feel more safe and secure. You just know you do. You hope something new occurs, new events to restructure your life. At times you pray, asking for help. The veils are drawn in front of your eyes. Like Lady Justice. It’s purposeful. So you can look more inward than outward. Into your heart. And study yourself a bit there.


saggSagittarius November 22–December 20

You are pondering upon who you can trust, who your friends are (true friends) and which groups you need to be part of for continued connections. There are new friends and old, new and old places. New realities quietly appear. You need people, ideas, work, home to be reliable, focused, real and secure. Your mantra again to help you: “Let reality govern my every thought and truth be the master of my life.” This mantra seeds everything. 


capricornCapricorn December 21–January 20

It’s important to be able to explain yourself, who you are, what is important to you. It’s important to communicate, correcting difficult misconceptions that may have occurred during the retrograde. Communication is the basis for real love, the need for those we find valuable. Communication nurtures, and has the ability to bring truth into focus. Sometimes the truth is painful. In Libra we go back and forth about things. So we can later choose where we stand. 


aquariusAquarius January 21–February 18

There’s been a lot of uncertainty the last weeks. For some, great changes are occurring. Some need to move. Some will travel. Begin a new journey. Enter onto a new path. Will it be the road known or the one less traveled? Most importantly all items in one’s life must be re-assessed and re-determined as to their usefulness. Anything not useful must be given away, sold or recycled. So you can be free. So choices can be made.


piscesPisces February 19–March 20

Events transpire that lead to a reassessment of values and beliefs. Things forgotten reappear. People and places are remembered. You try to return to the past. But it disappears. This leaves one in grief. For Pisces, it’s despair. You must do what you can to provide a sense of comfort and ease, a sense of independence, and know the self as valuable. Summon the template of balance. Balance harmonizes, and neutralizes karma. 

Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.
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