Oct 13th - 22nd (♎️III): The Drunken Master’s Tutelage

Astrology Oct 13th – 22nd (♎️III): The Drunken Master’s Tutelage

The Sun enters the third and final decan of Libra, which spans the last 10 degrees of the sign, on October 13th. As we look at the third face of Libra, a set of wildly opposed images confronts us. The Rider Waite Tarot card anchored to the decan, the 4 of Swords, depicts a man resting in a church, in a meditative pose resembling death. It is called “Rest from Strife,” and indicates a temporary respite from ongoing conflict which allows one to re-center themselves. Yet other images of this decan are anything but restful. Violent, lustful and gluttonous figures are pictured in other sources. Naked men, piles of food, wolves, and donkeys cavort in scenes quite lacking in the silent dignity seen in the 4 of Swords. As Agrippa writes: “This has the signification for impious desire, singing, joking, gluttony.”

This face thus bridges the center and the periphery, yogic repose and whirling delight. It takes the principle of balance, introduced in the first face of Libra and tested in the second, to its logical conclusion, asking how we might find balance between balance and imbalance.

The third face of Libra thus entails spinning out toward the periphery and returning again to center. These oscillations can make it a disorienting decan, as it challenges all simple guidelines. Yet here are the secrets of gyroscopes and shock-absorbers, which allow vehicles to maintain equilibrium at high speeds and over unsteady terrain. It is also within this decan that we encounter the drunken master, whose stumbles are acts of grace, and whose intoxication conceals a deep sobriety.

This year the challenges to balance, and the need for drunken-style skills, is underscored by the New Moon in Libra, which occurs in near-exact opposition with shocking Uranus in Aries. Adaptability and tactical flexibility are key virtues for this portion of the dance, as its steps alternate between fast and slow, wild and controlled. You may lead for a few days, then need to follow for the next.


Venus Enters Libra

On the 13th Venus enters Libra. The bright planet is strong in the sign of the scales, and there helps to lubricate social mechanics, reconcile hard feelings, and restore equilibrium.

Venus’ movement into Libra is a crucial bit of good fortune, as many of the themes which have led up to this point are agreements, contracts and promises — all forms of accord which rely on Venus to facilitate and maintain them. Libra hosts Venus through November 7th, when she ingresses into Scorpio.

Mercury Opposite Uranus

An important part of our story can be seen through the movements of Mercury. Mercury is, in one system of rulership, considered the ruler of this decan of Libra, as the swift planet’s grasp of the multiplicity and its penchant for flexibility is necessary to maintain equilibrium betwixt the multiple polarities embraced.

Mercury is already within this decan when the Sun rises in it on the 13th. Here we see the messenger as diplomat and acrobat, maintaining balance in word and action. For these days, Hermes teaches the art of the ceasefire, the truce, and those embroiled in conflict yet in need of a breather would do well to heed those lessons.

Yet that rest from strife is challenged by Mercury’s opposition with Uranus in Aries on the 15th. Though Mercury’s ability while within Libra III to roll with the punches is great, it is Uranus’ power to deliver sudden shocks and power surges that can throw things off track. It is difficult to maintain equilibrium when surprises take place, even if they are entirely favorable.

As it is Mercury who opposes Uranus, the potential disruptions will be felt primarily within that planet’s communicative, transportive and intellective sphere. Unfair words and imbalanced states of mind are therefore a possibility, as are surprise changes of plan. The Mercury-Uranus opposition lights up questions of balance between self and other, and fills the air with words and ideas. It is stimulating and taboo-breaking, and offers the opportunity for both fun and outrage.

Although Mercury’s opposition with Uranus is certainly worthy of attention in its own right, it is, perhaps, more relevant as a precedent for the New Moon in Libra on the 19th, which sees the Sun and Moon conjoin in a near-perfect opposition with Uranus. The New Moon doubles down on the Uranian themes, magnifying the possibility of breakdown, break-through, inspiration and inflammation.

Mercury Enters Scorpio

Yet before the New Moon arrives, Mercury sneaks into Scorpio, forsaking the scales for the scorpion’s tunnels. Mercury, always curious, puts on the cloak and dagger of the detective here, becoming more obsessive and focused in the Scorpion’s sign. In Scorpio, Mercury aids investigations, but tends to feed paranoid thinking. At this point, Mercury is moving speedily through our sky, and will only be in Scorpio until November 12th.

The first few days of Mercury’s time in Scorpio are due to be unusually buoyant, due to Mercury’s conjunction with newly-ingressed Jupiter in Scorpio. Mercury is the first planet to conjoin Jupiter in Scorpio, and thus the messenger should have much to report about the lessons and opportunities which the big giant plans to dole out.

It is also an excellent time to begin a new course of study or delve deeper into existing interests, as one of the few characteristics which Mercury and Jupiter share is a love of learning. Aleister Crowley, the rascally 20th century occultist, was born with Mercury conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio, and though possessing a questionable character, he was widely and deeply learned.

The New Moon in Libra

The New Moon in Libra arrives on Thursday the 19th. The days before thus see the Moon wane down to nothing, and we will be at the very end of the decan before the Moon again possesses more than a thumbnail of light.

Each year, the New Moon in Libra attempts to plant a seed of equilibrium. It points toward balance and calls for assessment and adjustments. Yet the Sun and Moon’s near-exact opposition with Uranus in Aries makes works of equilibrium much more challenging than normal. Though Uranus possesses many estimable virtues, it is nothing if not destabilizing. There is thus a radical, high-energy current running through this New Moon. Though it may bring some upsetting surprises, this New Moon will also oversee remarkable acts of balance and reveal the manner in which the gyroscope retains equilibrium whilst in perilous motion.

On a practical level, this New Moon is likely to disrupt plans and protocols with abnormalities both positive and otherwise. Make temporary adjustments to accommodate whatever aberrations this lunation brings, but do not let circumstantial adaptations define your pattern for the rest of the season.

Mars Enters Libra

During the very last day that the Sun resides in Libra, Mars slips into the sign of the scales. Mars is uncomfortable in Libra, for it is a sign of harmony, grace and equilibrium, and Mars is the lord of open contest and individual assertion. It is difficult for Mars to express its nature or bring its talents to bear in Libra. As I wrote previously:

Thus as Mars travels Libra, we confront a situation wherein the forge-hot God of War strides uncomfortably into a polite Libran soiree. He looks here and there for actionable objectives, missions upon which to focus his potent energies and foes to engage and decimate. Yet his rough demeanor offends the other party goers, and before long he is isolated, relegated to brooding by the hors d’oeuvre table.

Those that thrive on the martial current may find Mars’ time in Libra unpleasant. A dip in energy and motivation levels may accompany the red planet’s time in the sign of the Scales. Meanwhile, Mars in Venus’ air sign has a tendency to intensify passive-aggression, and tests the boundaries of agreements. Nonetheless, there are lessons to be had. Of the arts of war, Mars in Libra teaches how to be absent when the adversary strikes — the ability to evade, side-step, bob, weave and slip. These strategic absences are valuable not only in physical arenas, but in social ones, as well.

Mars will be in Libra throughout the coming month, with plans to depart for Scorpio on December 8th.


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Aries: The Ram

Mercury’s debut in Scorpio on the 17th shifts discussion toward the same matter of inheritance, exchange and sharing which Jupiter’s ingress into Scorpio earlier in the month spotlighted.

The New Moon in Libra on the 19th brings the lunar cycle to an end on the topic of relational dynamics. The theme, which is by no means a new one for you, is the ongoing reconciliation of your need for personal soveverignty with the adjustments required for intimacy. Keep an eye out for curveballs which through the balance of agreements into question.

Taurus: The Bull

Mercury’s entrance into Scorpio on the 17th shifts the conversation to the other people in your life. Mercury conjoins Jupiter shortly after the ingress, opening the way for emotionally honest discussions, and pointing toward how you might improve your communication skills.

The New Moon in Libra on the 19th highlights the balance of your physical and mental health. The primary thing to focus on for the upcoming lunation is your habits. Take a look at how you’re taking care of yourself, as well as how you’re taking care of those to-do lists.

Gemini: The Twins

Mercury’s entrance into Scorpio on the 17th puts the planet into conjunction with Jupiter, and shifts the conversation toward to-do lists and the pattern of your habits. Consider what protocols might help you streamline and transform your workflow.

The 19th’s New Moon asks you to slow down and consider what you’ve been doing with your mojo. How much are spending on pleasure, and how much are using to bring projects or circumstances to fruition? You can, and should, use your store of fairy dust to bring both into being, but in the proportion suggested by the life you want.

Cancer: The Crab

Mercury strides into Scorpio on the 17th and conjoins Jupiter immediately thereafter. This is a fun, creative combination. You may find yourself partying hearty, or dreaming up creative projects.

The 19th holds the New Moon in Libra, which points you toward the domestic and familial. Consider how you can improve the space you occupy. Nonetheless, work on supportive foundations may have to take a temporary backseat to professional developments fair and foul.

Leo: The Lion

On the 17th, Mercury enters Scorpio and there conjoins recently-ingressed Jupiter. This pulls thoughts towards family and location, and suggests how you might improve relations with your clan.

The New Moon in Libra arrives on the 19th, pointing toward the equilibrium, or lack thereof, in your schedule. The New Moon’s opposition with Uranus may throw a few curveballs at your calendar, but that’s all the more reason to spend a little time bringing it back to order.

Virgo: The Virgin

Mercury enters Scorpio on the 17th shifting the conversation toward schedules and siblings for the next several weeks. Almost immediately after entering the Scorpion’s sign, Mercury conjoins Jupiter, and the two have a conversation about how your calendar could be made a little more comfortable. Crack the holy books of time-management and let revelations unfold.

Libra: The Scales

Mercury enters Scorpio on the 17th and conjoins Jupiter shortly thereafter, pointing toward your financial status. Avail yourself of the wisdom of accountants, whose sagely gaze encompasses all streams of income and expense.

The 19th holds the New Moon in Libra, and challenges you to find your equilibrium — one which accounts for recent surprises as well as new empowerments. Don’t think of a static, utopian balance, but of shock-absorbers and gyroscopes which can help you cope with whatever shocks and bounces the terrain provides.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

Mercury enters the tunnels of Scorpio on the 17th and conjoins recently-ingressed Jupiter shortly thereafter. This is a nice bit of astro for you, and may help you see your life from a happier angle. You may also be the recipient or broadcaster of some good news.

The New Moon in Libra arrives a few days later, on the 19th. This lunation points toward issues of mental health, and asks you to consider how you might adjustment your inner equilibrium so as to be capable of handling the slings and arrows which life inevitably lets fly.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

Mercury enters Scorpio on the 17th, and conjoins Jupiter almost immediately thereafter. This combination unlocks sight into the hidden realms inside you, offering the opportunity for insights aplenty. Do not shy away from the unpleasant visions you see, for there is much to learn from them, even if it is not clear at first.

Mercury’s ingress is followed by the New Moon in Libra, which arrives on the 19th. This lunation highlights your social life. Have you made enough time to socialize, or perhaps too much? Consider what adjustments would help create more balance.

Capricorn: The Goat

Mercury enters Scorpio on the 17th, and then conjoins Jupiter later the same day. This is a social conjunction, and it will serve to highlight the potential of positive relationships.

Shortly afterward, on the 19th, the Sun and Moon conjoin, marking the end of one lunar month and the beginning of another. This New Moon asks you to consider the current state of your professional life, and to ponder what adjustments you could make to improve the situation.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

Mercury enters Scorpio on the 17th and conjoins Jupiter shortly thereafter. This pairing points toward the positive potentials currently unharvested in your professional life. Turn your eyes toward your work in the world, and imagine how to make your efforts all the more effective.

The New Moon in Libra arrives a few days later, on the 19th. This lunation opens the space for you to reflect on you long-term goals, and the meaning of your life’s direction. Furthermore, it asks how you can get better at staying the course in the midst of short term delays, distractions and crises.

Pisces: The Fish

Mercury enters Scorpio on the 17th, and there conjoins newly-ingressed Jupiter. This pairing helps you see the roads that lead toward the accomplishment of your big goals, as well as the clever methods you might use to cut down on your travel time.

A few days later, on the 19th, comes the New Moon in Libra. Sit and reflect on the exchanges of time and money in your life. Are you owed? Do you owe? If there is inequity to be found, consider what adjustments you can make to bring the scales a little closer to equilibrium.

Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.


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