Monthly Archives: October 2014

Current Transits: October 23 – November 20, 2014

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by Barry Kerr

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The Sun moves into Scorpio on October 23:

Scorpio’s spiritual intention is to strengthen our trust in spirit, to know that death, in any form, is but a rebirth of something new: that we are, as souls, immortal. Where change is demanded, Scorpio is there. Our life journey requires that we embrace our feelings and be vulnerable with others, knowing our ego will be challenged, and though it may feel like death upon us, it is actually yet another part of our soul, birthing through the fire of transformation with fuller expression into this world of time and space.  We then feel spirit, know our immortality and are happy to release people and things to live freely and playfully in this world of illusions, knowing we can never really lose their essence. Scorpio’s intensity invites our passionate delight in how spirit is hidden in the changes, deaths and rebirths of this world.

Full Moon: Nov 5-7

On November 6 at 4:22pm, the full Moon is in Taurus, opposite Scorpio. Invoke your earthy strengths of self-worth, self-resourcefulness, ownership, patience, and steadfastness as polar balances to your potentially turbulent Scorpio feelings. With Pluto, ruler of Scorpio, in a harmonic angle to the Sun and Moon, you are given a boost of confidence in your ability to feel empowered in your relating, especially if you honor Jupiter’s challenging tendency (90 degree) to go overboard with your power.

Mercury and Venus join the Sun and Saturn during most of November:

With Mercury (mind) and Venus (relationship, values) still in close proximity to the Sun at this time, they combine with Saturn (responsibility) to give extra Scorpion support to your capacity this month to examine, unearth, value and make use of your hidden dark secrets. Get vulnerable and invoke healing and growth.

Mars joins Pluto: Nov 7-13

Your sense of personal power, will and energy (Mars) is magnified by your relationship to the larger powers around you (Pluto). Be careful that your ego does not translate this into forcefulness, manipulation or coercion. The idea is to align your personal will with a greater, transcendent power. Otherwise, it’s “me versus the world”, when it could be “me becoming the world”. Chiron (wounds and healing) sextiling (60 degrees) Mars will offer empathic humbleness, while Uranus’s square (90 degrees) to Mars will inspire you to apply your will courageously. It may be good to aim it internally.

Good Scorpion questions to ask yourself into November:

Do you routinely honor and respect your own feelings and share them with trusted loved ones? Or stay hidden? How good are you at reading other people’s feelings? What do you do with that? Are you drawn to melodrama, in yourself or others? Jealous much? What’s behind that?  Do you ask directly for what you need, or do you manipulate? Do you resist cooperation? Do you lash out when feeling threatened? Have you learned the difference between interdependence and co-dependence? Are you confident about your immortality? Can you enthusiastically embrace change?


Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 33 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology readings and coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.

Barry will host an Astrology for the Soul event at Mimosa on November 20.

Current Transits: October 2015

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Astrological Update for Oct 9 – 23, 2014

by Barry Kerr

Mercury Retrograde Oct 4 – 25

What is this Mercury Retrograde thing people keep talking about? Several times each year, Mercury appears to move backward in the sky. We call this illusion “retrograde”.  It’s as if we here on earth are in a car that is passing another car on the highway and for a moment it appears that the other car is moving backward. Astrologically, it’s a time when our logical human minds are challenged to question, reconsider and otherwise invite important overlooked information into our awareness. This questioning is often precipitated by communications, transportation, agreements and other Mercurial matters seeming to get stuck or complicated or unraveling. In the face of these unforeseen troubles, we backtrack and apply our minds to rethinking what we started, thus, hopefully, gaining new insights and making adjustments.

Mercury started retrograde on Oct 4 in the sign of Scorpio, a water (feeling) sign. In this Libran month, as we seek to create deep and intimate bonds with others, our minds are now challenged to question how we are doing that, how do we bring our mindfulness to our intimate emotional relationships? When Mercury, retrograding, moves back into Libra on the 10th, the air (mental) quality of Libra will boost your minds ability to grasp the insights behind your emotional confusion. Use this time to ponder, ask questions, clear up misunderstandings, reform expectations. When Mercury goes direct (moves forward) on Oct 25, you will be in a better place to experience resolution and deeper intimacy in your relationships.

New Moon – Oct 22 – 24

The next New Moon is October 23, 4:56pm, at the very first degree of Scorpio. The ongoing Pluto/Uranus square now brings retrograding Mercury into the mix, thus focusing the mindful questioning on issues of freedom, independence, power and transformation of the ego. Since new moons set up emotional intentions at the beginning of each monthly cycle of manifestation, as we head into the month of Scorpio, you would do well to use this new moon to reap the harvest of the Mercury retrograde and set your intentions for your relationships with mindful clarity.

Good Libra questions to ask during this Mercury retrograde:

Give attention to how you are in relationships. Can you assert your boundaries even when it feels as though the other may reject you? Is your assertiveness and defensiveness impulsive or a conscious response to the other person? Are you truly curious about what’s going on in the other person? Do you look for win/win solutions? Are you open to learning about your self in situations of conflict? When you judge or praise others, can you see your self, too? Are you a pleaser, keeping a smile that covers your truth? Do your relationships support how you want to be in life?


Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 33 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology readings and coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.