October 2003

A Conscious Evolution Newsletter




The Community Co-op Opens This Month!

A New Approach to Chart Interpretation, Part 3

Vedic Star-way of Heaven, Part 3

One Plus One (fiction)


Book Review: Tesla: Man Out of Time

October Star Watch

Conscious Community

October Interactive Calendar


Newsletter Committee, Writers & Contact Info.


Metamorphosis Index of All Articles

Volume 2, No. 10

Opinions presented in Metamorphosis are those of their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of others associated with the newsletter.


Calendar Page

Special Days and Aspects for October 2003

October 2003







































Welcome to October! Click on a date in the calendar to see the current aspects and events for that day.

October 1, 2003

China National Day: The People’s Republic of China celebrates its founding in 1949.

Navratri in India: The festivities that started on September 25 enter a crucial phase in October. October 1 is Durga Shashthi, the sixth day of the waxing-Moon phase of the Hindu month of Ashwin, the day on which large-scale public festivities traditionally begin in the Indian state of West Bengal. The fortnight that began with the new Moon September 25 is called “the Devi fortnight” (the Goddess fortnight), in local parlance. People set up big pandals, which are booths the size of large rooms, made of bamboo poles and colourful heavy canvas, often decorated to look like ancient forts, monuments or temples. Inside the pandals, huge idols of Goddess Durga are ritually installed, along with smaller idols of her sons Ganesh and Kartikeya, and also two other goddesses, Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, and Saraswati, goddess of learning.

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October 2, 2003

Moon Phase
First-quarter Moon in Capricorn, 19:09 Universal Time.

Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (Gandhi Jayanti): A national holiday in India. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, more often called Mahatma, “great soul,” or Bapu, “father,” by his followers, initiated a new path of protest - through active, but nonviolent non-cooperation - and led India to its independence from foreign rule. He was born on this day in 1869 in Porbandar, Gujarat, India.

Guardian Angels Day: Catholic feast day in honor of angels protecting individuals.

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October 3, 2003

German Unity Day: Germany, divided after World War II and kept apart by Soviet dominance of the eastern portion, known as the German Democratic Republic (GDR), officially reunited on this day in 1990 under the Constitution of the (West German) Federal Republic of Germany. The previous October, East German leader Erich Honecker stepped down amid growing protests in cities all over the GDR. Shortly thereafter, borders between the two Germanys began to be opened, and on October 3, 1990, the lands of the GDR were officially given over to the FRG. The Day of Unity, Tag der Einheit, is a national holiday.

Durga Ashtami: The eighth and most important day of the nine-day Hindu Goddess Festival, Navratri. The point of time when the eighth day merges into the ninth is considered a crucial time for offering worship. Called Sandhi Puja, meaning “worship at the time-junction,” the ritualistic worship of the goddess reaches its peak this day.

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October 4, 2003

Sun at 10 degrees Libra trine retrograde Neptune in Aquarius
A quietly beautiful transit that opens your heart and mind to the sacredness of the world around you. Libra’s natural appreciation for beauty is deepened with the addition of Neptune’s intrinsic awareness of the spiritual connections in everything around us. Contemplate, meditate and then create.

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi: The Italian town of Assisi is illuminated with oil lamps burning consecrated oil in honor of the church reformer and founder of the Franciscan Order of monks. In some countries, people bring their companion animals to church for a blessing, in remembrance of Francis’ feeling of brotherhood with all creatures. It is a day to honor service to one another, brotherhood with the natural world, and the principle of living simply, as exemplified by Francis and the brothers of his order. He lived from 1181 until this day in 1226.

Durga Navami: The ninth day of the waxing-Moon phase and, in practice, the last day of the Goddess Festivities. This is also the day when, traditionally, Hindus make sacrifices to the Goddess Durga. Called Ayudha Puja day in many parts of South India, this was also the day when traditionally people would worship their arms and weapons. (These days, they worship their computers.) The practice stems from the belief that this was the day when the goddess was ritually dressed by all the other gods with blessed and especially empowered arms and weapons that enabled her to slay the demon the next day. In many parts of North India and also in East India, this is also the day when little girls are worshipped as embodiments of the goddess.

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October 5, 2003

Portugal Republic Day: The monarchy ended and the republic began on this day in 1910.

World Communion Sunday: On the first Sunday in October, Protestant Christian churches honor Christian unity with special programs.

Vijaya Dashami: The goddess slew the demon on this day, and the holiday is named for her vijaya, her victory. The Navratri festivities come to an end this day when the decorated idols of Goddess Durga are taken out in large processions for immersion in a body of water, be it a river, a tank or the sea. People believe that the goddess, who comes down to Earth for these nine days, will, on the immersion of her idol, go back to Mt. Kailash, where she stays forever with her consort, God Shiva (the third in the Hindu Trinity).

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October 6, 2003

Happy Birthday to Libra_Sun!

Sun at 12 degrees Libra square Saturn in Cancer
The best thing that can be said about this transit is that it is mercifully short-lived. Physical energy feels low today; your strongest efforts feel lackluster at best. Is Saturn just a big ol’ meanie? No, he blocks and restricts your progress to force you to look at what’s not working in your life. If you can step out of the blues long enough to be philosophical about it, then today you have a chance to see what’s broken in your life and find a way to fix it.

Yom Kippur: The Day of Atonement, beginning at sundown on the 5th, is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, a day of fasting, making amends with others, ceremonial repentance, and spiritual purification as the Books of Judgment are sealed on the previous year. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, began September 27, ushering in the 10 days of repentance that culminate on Yom Kippur.

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October 7, 2003

Happy Birthday to divinia!

Mercury enters Libra
Get ready for a shift in communication. Today Mercury leaves Virgo, where he has been residing since the end of July, and enters Libra. In Virgo, Mercury asked us to focus on details and precision with an orderly and logical thought process. In Libra, Mercury still retains a degree of logic, but the focus moves from analytical details to a more creative, fluid approach. The mind turns to questions of justice, law and diplomacy, as Venus’ need for harmony combines with Mercury’s gift for the gab. Have fun debating with your friends, but try not to argue just for the argument’s sake.

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October 8, 2003

Have a great day!

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October 9, 2003

Venus at 29 degrees Libra trine retrograde Uranus in Aquarius
“Looking for love in all the wrong places,” goes Johnny Lee’s classic hit, and so goes today. Uranus tempts this late degree Libra Venus with a walk on the wild side, just as Scorpio begins to beckon from across the river Styx. “People are strange,” sang Jim Morrison, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a day this month where they act stranger.

Venus enters Scorpio
Venus, the planet that can exercise subtle attraction, drawing love or money along in its wake, now enters the deep and secretive, sexy sign of Scorpio, which it transits until November 2. If you can work subtly with this energy, this could be a good month for deepening the relationships and developing the ideas you may have found yourself weighing and trying, without much success, to balance while Venus was in Libra last month. The Mars and Mercury retrogrades might have thrown wrenches into attempts to make progress and communicate with partners during Venus’ transit through Libra. The transit through Scorpio could bring deep renewal through serious probing of emotional areas. But keep in mind the warrior side of Scorpio and its destructive potential, and feel your way along. Don’t push!

Kojagari Purnima / Sharad Purnima (Autumn Full Moon): A holiday in East India, in the state of West Bengal. Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, is worshipped. The night of this full Moon is often fragrant and beautiful.

Han’gul Day: Commemorates the invention of the Korean alphabet, as distinct from Chinese, in 1446.

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October 10, 2003

Moon Phase
Full Moon in Aries, 7:27 Universal Time.

Venus at 1 degree Scorpio trine Mars in Pisces
A recipe for romance ... slightly shy, tantalizing, sensitive romance. If you’re looking for your true love, by all means, go places where you might meet someone ... or be met. Romances begun under this transit have a very good chance of lasting. If you are already in committed love, call a sitter for the kids, if need be, and don’t waste this opportunity for a beautiful night out with music, candlelight, roses, the works. For added oo-la-la, there’s a full moon adding its glow to the night.

Valmiki Jayanti: Hindu holiday celebrating the birth of Valmiki, the thief-turned-sage who later went on to compose the Ramayana, the epic story of Prince Rama, who was the seventh incarnation of Vishnu.

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October 11, 2003

Happy Birthday to thegreyone!

Sun at 17 degrees Libra sextile Pluto in Sagittarius
Clean-up time! Today is a good day for overhauling situations that have been bothering you for a while or situations involving groups with whom you are regularly involved. Keep the focus on making things work better for everyone and the planets will work with you.

Sukkot: The weeklong Feast of Tabernacles or “huts,” beginning at sundown on the 10th and continuing through the 17th, is a Jewish harvest festival that also recalls the 40 years the people spent in the desert living in tents after their exodus from Egypt. The first day, October 11 this year, is the most important of the celebration.

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October 12, 2003

Shab-Barat (Lailat al Bara’ah): Islamic Night of Forgiveness. A night of prayer to Allah for forgiveness of the dead.

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October 13, 2003

Mercury at 10 degrees Libra trine retrograde Neptune in Aquarius
Fanciful, sensitive and artistic thinking is favored today. Try to spare the time to let your mind wander a bit. Try to also remember that others’ minds may be wandering too, so do what you can in your environment to minimize the risks of accidents and miscommuication. Keep things light on the communication side, and while you’re driving, don’t get so caught up with singing along with the radio that you forget to watch the road.

Thanksgiving Day in Canada: The second Monday in October is a day for gathering with family and feasting in celebration of the bounty of the fall harvest.

Our Lady of Fátima Pilgrimage: Celebrates the final appearance, of six, made by the Virgin Mary to Catholic shepherd children in Fátima, Portugal, in 1913. The first appearance was on May 13 and the appearances occurred on the same day each month, each drawing more people each time. The October appearance was made in the presence of 70,000 onlookers. The apparition referred to herself then as Our Lady of the Rosary and asked people to say the Rosary daily. Although July 13 is officially Our Lady of Fátima Day in Portugal, the largest pilgrimages to the shrine are on the anniversaries of the May and October appearances.

Columbus Day: The October 12, 1492, landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World, in the area of the Bahamas, is commemorated on the second Monday in October.

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October 14, 2003

Mercury at 13 degrees Libra square Saturn in Cancer
Practical thinking and serious work can be accomplished under this transit, although these planetary energies may also impart a dark feeling like depression or loneliness. Communication may feel like criticism even if not intended that way.

Karva Chauth: Married women of North Indian origin fast and pray for long lives for their husbands.

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October 15, 2003

Have a great day!

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October 16, 2003

Have a great day!

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October 17, 2003

Mercury at 17 degrees Libra sextile Pluto in Sagittarius
This is a day made for in-depth studies of matters of the world. Mental acuity will be sharp and probing, as Mercury, the planet of thought and focus, makes an opportune angle with investigative Pluto in big-as-life Sagittarius, the sign of higher education.

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October 18, 2003

Moon Phase
Last-quarter Moon in Cancer, 12:31 Universal Time.

Venus at 10 degrees Scorpio square retrograde Neptune in Aquarius
The downside of idealism could rear its hairy head today, as nothing seems to live up to the lovely fantasies of what could be. Carried away by this energy, one could end up ruining or throwing away valuable relationships or creative efforts. On the other hand, artists who have grown used to juggling the contradictions between the real and ideal could make creative breakthroughs.

Venus at 10 degrees Scorpio sextile Jupiter in Virgo
This transit lends a tendency for being fair and evenhanded in dealings among people, adding a welcome leavening influence to the clash of overwrought idealism with reality indicated by the day’s other significant transit.

Shemini Atzeret: Immediately following the week of Sukkot in the Jewish calendar comes the day of Shemini Atzeret, celebrated as a separate holiday dedicated to the love of God.

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October 19, 2003

Simhat Torah: Orthodox and Conservative Jews continue with a ninth straight day of holidays, with Simhat Torah, a day dedicated to the Torah, or the law.

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October 20, 2003

Venus at 13 degrees Scorpio trine Saturn in Cancer
Of all the Venus aspects occurring this month, this is the one that is most realistic in a good way. Whatever may have been coming up for you in your relationships, or regarding your financial situation, during this first half of Venus’ transit through the sign of Scorpionic depths and rebirth, now would be the time to talk about those relationship issues with your partner or perhaps review your finances with an advisor. This transit lends a helpful kind of objective detachment.

Birth of the Bab: Holiday of the Baha’i religion honoring the founder, Mirza’ Ali-Muhammed, born in Persia (now Iran) in 1819. The celebration begins the evening of the 19th.

Gurgaddi of the Guru Granth Sahib: The Sikh holiday celebrates the day in 1705 when leadership of the faith passed from the last of its human gurus to its book of scriptures. The collection of scriptures, known as the Adi Granth, was first installed in the sect’s Golden Temple in India in 1604 by Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Sikh guru. The writings were finalized by Guru Gobind Singh before the collection was elevated to the position of eternal guru, as the Guru Granth Sahib.

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October 21, 2003

Have a great day!

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October 22, 2003

Sun at 29 degrees Libra trine retrograde Uranus in Aquarius
There is a feeling of newness and excitement in this transit. Today could be a day of discovery - a day blessed with “Aha!” moments.

Abu Simbel Festival: “Sun Day” comes but twice a year in the innermost rooms of the Egyptian temple known as Abu Simbel. The temple, built about 1300 B.C. for Ramses II and Queen Nefertari, was configured so that the light of the rising sun can illuminate its 180-foot deep chambers only two days a year. The temple was moved to make way for the Aswan Dam in 1964, so its special days now are February 22 and October 22, a day earlier than they once were. Meditation is the usual ritual for the contemporary crowds that gather at sunrise on the festival days while the Sun briefly illuminates images of four Egyptian gods within the walls: Ptah, Amen-Re, Ramses and Re-Horakhty.

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October 23, 2003

Sun enters Scorpio
A feeling of drawing inward begins as the Sun leaves sociable, tactful Libra for Scorpio, sign of the warrior who waits and watches, stews and schemes, destroys and rebuilds. When the Sun reaches the fixed sign of Scorpio, ruled by Pluto, the lord of the underworld, the on-again, off-again chill in the air in the northern hemisphere solidifies into the cold reality of bare trees and the knowledge that, if warmth is wanted, it won’t be provided from the outside. Scorpio is a sign of inner strength, reminding us that renewal and rebirth can be drawn from deep within ourselves, even at a time when everything seems to have gone bare.

Mercury at 29 degrees Libra trine retrograde Uranus in Aquarius
The potential for exciting discovery and “Aha!” moments that began yesterday with the Sun trining Uranus continues and is strengthened today when Mercury, following on Sun’s heels only about a degree behind, casts its own cerebral trine to electric Uranus. Mercury and Uranus work very well together, and with the Sun still lending its powerful light to this trine, conversation should be sparkling, intuition sharp, and mental pursuits exciting and invigorating.

Diwali begins: This is the first day of India’s Festival of Lights, the biggest celebration of the year for Hindu families. The five-day festival symbolizes the human urge to move toward the light and is filled with gift exchanges, fireworks and festive meals. The first day, known as Dhanteras or Dhanatrayodashi, brings blessings of prosperity from Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, and it is considered essential to buy some metal item on this day - preferably gold and silver jewelry, or at least metal utensils. In addition, special lights are kept burning all through the night, in remembrance of a young prince who was destined to die four days after his wedding but was saved by his bride, who kept lamps burning all through the night. The light blinded Yama, the god of death, and thus prevented him from taking her husband’s soul.

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October 24, 2003

Mercury enters Scorpio
Following the Sun into Scorpio’s underworld is Mercury. Mercury uses Scorpio’s eagle eye to achieve penetrating insights into the inner workings of relationships and human activities. Watery intuition combines with analytical insight - under this influence always trust your gut!

Naraka Chaturdashi: Hindus in South India begin the second day of Diwali with a ritual cleansing, using scented oils and sandalwood paste before an early morning bath, in the same way that Krishna washed in a scented bath after slaying the demon Narakasura. This is followed by a breakfast of sweets made especially for Diwali.

United Nations Day: In the aftermath of World War II, representatives of the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and Nationalist (pre-Communist) China engaged in talks that resulted in the establishment on October 24, 1945, of the United Nations, intended to be an international peace-keeping organization. Each member nation officially observes the anniversary.

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October 25, 2003

Happy Birthday to scorpguy76!

Moon Phase
New Moon in Scorpio, 12:50 Universal Time.

Sun at 1 degree Scorpio conjunct Mercury
This transit creates a great day for planning or launching new ventures, putting into form the realizations that may have been dawning in the last few days. The New Moon plays its part as well, augmenting the auspicious energy of this transit.

Lakshmi Pujan: The all-important third day of Diwali is always on the Amavasya, the night of the new Moon, beginning the Hindu month of Kartik. On this darkest night of Diwali, the illuminations are at their best. Homes have been thoroughly spring-cleaned and are lit up with hundreds of oil lamps or tiny electric bulbs. It is also the night for fireworks displays. In most of India this is a day for giving thanks to Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity, for a rich harvest, as well as offering prayers to her for an abundant new year. Special pujas (worship rituals) are performed in every household to seek Lakshmi’s blessings. In East India, the celebration is a little different. Instead of Lakshmi, the Goddess Kali, the dark, destroying form of Goddess Durga (who was worshipped during Navratri), is worshipped on this day. At night, people traditionally play cards not to win but to lose, because it is considered auspicious to lose at gambling on this day. In North India, it is also believed that on this day, Prince Rama returned to his kingdom after 14 years of exile. The deliriously happy subjects welcomed his return by lining all roads, lanes and byways with lighted earthern lamps. Ayodhya, it is said, lit up like a bedecked bride to welcome its prince. The name of the festival is derived from this: Deep, meaning “lit earthen lamp,” and Ali/Avali, meaning “row” or “garland.”

Nirvana Celebration: Jainism celebrates the attainment of nirvana of the spiritual teacher known as Mahavira, a title meaning “great hero.”

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October 26, 2003

Padwa / Varshapratipada: This fourth day of Diwali marks the beginning of the Vikram-Samvat, one of the Hindu calendars, and some communities observe it as New Year’s Day. People visit relatives and friends and wish them “Saal Mubarak” (Happy New Year). All shops and mercantile establishments remain closed this day. Traditionally, new books of accounts are opened this day, for the next year.

Jain New Year: The year 2530 begins on the calendar of Jainism.

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October 27, 2003

Diwali ends: The final day of Diwali is known as Bhaiyya Dooj or Bhau Beej. Legend has it that on this day, Yama, the god of death, visited his sister Yami. She applied an auspicious tilak (vermilion paste) on his forehead, and they exchanged gifts, talked and had a good time. In memory of the wonderful time they had, he declared that he would bless any brother who got a tilak applied by his sister on this day. Hence, this day is observed as a symbol of the love between a brother and his sister, and brothers make it a point to visit their sisters on this day.

Reformation Sunday: Anniversary celebration of the Protestant Christian tradition and its emphasis on individual interpretation of the Bible. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his belief statement on the Wittenberg Church door, signaling the beginning of the formation of new denominations in Christianity.

Ramadan begins: The holiest month of the Islamic calendar begins when authorities sight the new crescent Moon of the ninth month. This is expected to happen between the 26th and 28th. In honor of the divine revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset all month long and many make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah (Mecca) in Saudi Arabia.

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October 28, 2003

Mercury at 5 degrees Scorpio trine Mars in Pisces
Thought and action are linked through Mercury and Mars, making this a day that lends people the sense that they know it all or can do it all. By all means, go for it, as hard work should be rewarded with accomplishment under this transit. But remember, everyone else is operating under the same transit. Watch out that you don’t end up in needless battles with other Superheroes out there pushing their own goals.

Milvian Bridge Day: Christian day of solemn reflection on the relationship of spiritual community and the powers of civil government. On this date in the year 312, Constantine, who was born in Serbia and was not Christian, won a battle that paved the way for him to become emperor of the Roman Empire. Around the time of the battle, he had a vision of the Christian cross on the Sun. As emperor he legalized Christianity and ended persecution of the faith. When he later became a Christian himself, Christianity, for the first time, became entangled with powers of the state, as many religions in history have been before and since. This anniversary is not meant to be a day of celebration but of contemplation.

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October 29, 2003

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October 30, 2003

Sun at 6 degrees Scorpio trine Mars in Pisces
This could be a good day for taking the kind of action that brings emotional satisfaction. Sun trine Mars favors active efforts, and the water-sign placement of the planets adds a longing to do something involving the feelings. This could be an ideal time to work on a project that would somehow make things better or more comfortable for yourself and those you love. But the key for the day, when it comes to expressing your love, is: “Show, don’t tell.” Do what needs doing to show that you care, but don’t get caught up in the communication pitfalls of the day’s other important transit.

Mercury at 10 degrees Scorpio square Neptune in Aquarius
Talking will get you nowhere today. This transit is foggy, murky, quirky and definitely no help for negotiations or communications in general.

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October 31, 2003

Halloween, originally All Hallows Eve: Time to get spooky! In the United States, nearly everyone, regardless of culture or religion, can have some fun on Halloween. Kids, and frequently adults, dress in costumes and have parties and costume contests. Children go door-to-door in their neighborhoods in their disguises, demanding and getting candy from every neighbor. With roots in the pre-Christian Celtic Samhain festival, Halloween picked up the barest of Christian trappings - really only its name - when it was made the eve of All Saints Day (November 1), the Christian day for honoring saints, known and unknown, which is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church.

Samhain Eve: Between the equinoxes and the solstices are the cross-quarter days. Those equinoxes and solstices, which mark the official beginnings of seasons now, used to be thought of as marking the middles of the seasons. In the old way of thinking in Europe, the seasons started between the equinoxes and solstices on the cross-quarter days, and Samhain marked the beginning of winter, the cold and dangerous part of the year and the end of the growth cycle until the renewal of spring. Beginnings and endings are still celebrated by nature religions, including Wicca, that observe Samhain after the manner of the ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of Saman, lord of the dead. According to folklore, the souls of those who had died the previous year would gather this night, and in ancient times caves used for tombs were left open this night to allow the spirits an outing.

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Astrology by Terri Smallwood and Maria Barron
Holidays compiled by Maria Barron, Anindita Basu and Sucheta Shetty
Birthday graphics by Maria Barron for Metamorphosis

For an astrological look at the month as a whole,
please see October Star Watch in this issue.