Day: November 12, 2021
Saturn is going direct on October 10th — to soak in its effects, have you considered picking up a crystal or two?
The planet Saturn has an interesting rep for its intensity and association with karma. When we see Saturn taking the reigns, we can expect big things to come to fruition (or fall apart, if we’ve been taking shortcuts).
Thanks to Saturn going direct once more, we’ll be seeing those effects in full swing after what may have felt like a lifetime of Saturn retrograde action taking up your energy.
Today we’ll explore what Saturn’s energy looks like in full force and consider some crystals that can assist in reeling in its sweet rewards.
What is Saturn Direct?
Saturn is going direct on October 10th in radical Aquarius after several months sitting in retrograde.
To understand the effects of Saturn going direct, it’s helpful to understand what it means for Saturn to be retrograde in the first place.
Saturn retrograde brought plenty of self-reflection and self-discipline. When Saturn moves backward, its karmic and discipline-focused energies go inwards, asking us to take on some responsibility for ourselves.
So what does it mean when Saturn goes direct once more?
Well, we’re stepping out of the shadows of self-reflection and self-direction and letting Saturn do some heavy lifting again when it comes to seeing tangible rewards and outcomes.
In other words, while Saturn retrograde has been about making sure all your internal boxes are ticked off, it’s now time to see the direct payoff.
5 Potent & Powerful Crystals for Saturn Direct
First and foremost, we’re cutting back to the basics with sapphire, which in itself has strong ties to Saturn on its own.
This special crystal often holds a bit of a royal hue, speaking to the seriousness, but also potential reward, of working with Saturn properly. Owning sapphire already creates a bit of a connection to Saturn, and aligning yourself with Saturn direct’s energy in this way can be ultra-smart.
Wearing a piece of sapphire can also be done for protective purposes, casting any negative energies and ill intent back to the sender.
After all, Saturn rules over karma — when aligned with its powers, honestly, you’re well taken care of!
While you’re throwing in the effort required to make the plans of your dreams, get stable, protected, and soothed with obsidian to assist with your success.
Obsidian dons one of Saturn’s primary colors — a protective, powerful black — and is associated with the Root chakra. As a result, it holds a bit of shielding energy, protecting you from outside, unwanted eyes that could halt your ideas from coming to fruition.
A powerful supportive stone, it can assist with your future plans as you use the momentum of Saturn’s momentum to forge the life of your dreams.
Stabilize & ground yourself further: 7 Crystals to Help Your Root Chakra
3. Smoky Quartz
Saturn’s actions may seem intense at times, but it truly is about “give and take.” What you put in is what you get out.
In other words, you’re going to want to be down-to-earth and grounded to see the cause and effect of your actions, especially after Saturn retrograde may have left you with new plans of action and ideas.
Smoky quartz holds a grounded but firm and powerful energy, helping you align just right with that kind of vibe. Get your hands on one if you’re looking to sync up with the stabilizing energy of Saturn.
Planning and stabilizing is all well and good, but all of that requires one central component: foresight.
Say hello to iolite, a gorgeous crystal also called the “Viking’s Compass.” It can assist with the inner vision and pathway illumination you’ll sometimes need when using Saturn direct to set your insights from Saturn retrograde into motion.
Iolite is also a softer addition to this collection, often coming in sweet hues of gray and purple. If you’re looking for something sweet that still expands your vision in a powerful way, this stunner may be the next crystal companion to look into.
Classic amethyst is a renowned favorite for a variety of uses, and there’s no exception here!
This bold purple crystal companion is often owed qualities of purification and protection, which makes it a popular choice for crystal users of any experience level. However, what makes it particularly potent for Saturn direct is its ability to reel in sweet dreams and ease up your Third Eye chakra.
As we’ve mentioned, foresight is a key component of any plan. With a protective and cleansing quality, as well as its influence on your mind and intuitive vision, amethyst is not to be underestimated in your crystal considerations!
Creating Colorful Changes With Crystals
Remember: crystals are a helpful tool and companion to your larger-scale picture, not the end-all-be-all of your work.
After all, there’s nothing Saturn dislikes more than slacking. With Saturn going direct, now is the time to take the work you completed during Saturn retrograde and turn it into something real and concrete.
And if you’re finding yourself overwhelmed with all of that, this is where crystals really come in — they’re a gentle but powerful way to amplify the desirable energy you already are cultivating.
Whether a crystal on this list caught your eye or inspired you to keep searching, however, you’ll perhaps feel a bit more grounded and ready with the right one at your side.
Related article: A Healing Crystal for Each Zodiac Sign
Do you need a shift in momentum? Are you ready to explore your passions? Then prepare yourself because there’s a marked shift in energy that will shake things up for you this week.
While we only experience one major transit this week, it’s quite an important one. On October 30th, Mars – the planet of ambition, passion, and will – is moving into mysterious, otherworldly Scorpio, bringing with it intensity and mysticism.
Scorpio is a sultry Water sign whose intuition and creativity set Mars on fire with ideas. Mars is comfortable in Scorpio’s intense presence, and your mind is stronger than ever and ready to go after what it is you want.
This is also a good time to ask whether your current goals align with your spirit. Scorpio is ruled by transformative Pluto and, coupled with Mars, invites you to look deep within and see what you can discover about yourself.
So, take the energy of Mars in Scorpio this week to discover more about your internal desires and how to use your intuition to go after them!
October 25 – October 31 Is a Week to Trust Your Intuition & Follow Your Bliss
One thing about Mars is that it doesn’t get excited and motivated about things it has no passion for, which means your own motivation can only come out in full effect when it’s directed at something that lights your internal fire.
Search your insides and ask your intuition for more answers. When you discover what you truly want, this transit is exactly what you’ll need to go about getting it.
If you aren’t sure where your desires lie, a personalized astrological reading can help you learn even more!
Planetary Locations During October 25 – 31, 2021
- Sun: Scorpio (October 23 – November 21, 2021)
- Mercury: Libra (August 30, 2021 – November 5, 2021)
- Venus: Sagittarius (October 7, 2021 – November 5, 2021)
- Mars: Libra (September 14, 2021 – October 30, 2021)
- Jupiter: Aquarius (July 28, 2021 – December 28, 2021)
- Saturn: Aquarius (December 17, 2020 – March 7, 2023)
- Uranus: Taurus (Until April 25, 2026)
- Neptune: Pisces (Until March 30, 2025)
- Pluto: Capricorn (Until January 20, 2024)
Daily Astrology Snapshots for October 25 – 31, 2021
Monday, October 25
Scorpio – Scorpio season continues to encourage sultry, mysterious energy that amplifies your curiosity. Continue connecting with astrology and the Tarot for deeper, more meaningful answers.
Cancer – When the Moon is in Cancer, your emotions and intuition are heightened. This is a great day to take care of yourself and focus on your favorite self-care routines.
Moon in Cancer trine Sun in Scorpio – This transit makes you feel more comfortable and at ease. Let yourself take it easy and enjoy the pleasant vibes today.
Read this next: How Will Your Energy Be Affected by Scorpio Season?
Tuesday, October 26
Venus in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces – This transit can lead to insecurities, so it’s important to lift yourself up today. Focus on positive affirmations that boost your confidence.
Wednesday, October 27
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Thursday, October 28
Leo – The Leo Moon brings out your inner child and asks you to have a little fun today. Try to instill a sense of adventure into your day and let yourself relax!
Venus in Sagittarius sextile Jupiter in Aquarius – This transit may relieve a sense of tension or frustration that you’ve been carrying with you. Let it go peacefully, and let your mind and body relax.
Friday, October 29
Moon in Leo sextile Mercury in Libra – This transit makes you feel more social and talkative than usual. This is a great day to spend time conversing with those you love.
Saturday, October 30
Mars enters Scorpio – When Mars is in Scorpio, your passions take on a mystical, ethereal quality. Help them unfold by practicing metaphysical activities, like Tarot readings.
Sunday, October 31
Virgo – The Virgo Moon helps you focus and get work done, making it a great day to take a look at your to-do list. This is also a fantastic time to spend some time outdoors, soaking in the healing energy of Mother Nature.
Moon in Virgo trine Uranus in Taurus – Exciting changes or surprises are possible today, so try to make sure that your heart is open to new possibilities. Begin the day with yoga to promote flexibility.
What’s up in the stars today? Check your free Daily Horoscope – here on Astrology Answers! Did this overview resonate with you? Get another astrologer’s take on this week’s astrology forecast.
Have you ever thought about planning your month in accordance with the Moon? The Moon has an intense effect on our emotions, as well as on the ocean’s tides and even crops! And while you may be familiar with the two biggest Moon transits each month – the New Moon and the Full Moon – there are quite a few energetically influential Moon phases in between!
For instance, did you know that a haircut during a waning Moon will result in hair that grows more slowly? On the other hand, a haircut during the waxing Moon will help your hair grow faster than ever!
If you’re ready to learn about the upcoming lunar phases this month to incorporate them into your planner, keep reading! With a little lunar help, the remainder of your Scorpio season will feel more healing and transformative than ever before.
Check-in on your free daily horoscope to track the changing energies of the Moon and all the other planets!
This Month’s Moon Energy & Phases
We have already experienced a New Moon in Scorpio on November 4th, meaning that the Moon is now growing (or waxing) towards a Full Moon and Lunar eclipse. The New Moon was a time to manifest our desires for this lunar cycle, whereas the Full Moon signals a time to release and let things go.
Let’s take a look at the most influential lunar phases taking place this month and how they will affect you.
First Quarter Moon in Aquarius
On November 11th, we’ll experience a First Quarter Moon in the sign of Aquarius. This lunar phase occurs between the New and Full Moons, as the Moon is waxing. While it’s called a quarter Moon, it actually looks more like a half circle from here on Earth.
This phase brings a sense of motivation and a desire for individuality. Coupled with the eccentric energy of Aquarius, this transit will heighten your desire to express your genuine spirit more authentically, making it difficult to face any situations where you feel like you must “fit in.”
The First Quarter Moon represents self-expression, action, transformation, and release. Take advantage of this energy by being true to yourself, expressing your feelings and ideas, and acting on your intuition.
Aquarius also amplifies creativity and innovative thought, making it a fantastic transit for creativity and connecting to your imagination. Think outside the box, try new creative forms, new artistic mediums. You may discover something new about yourself during this lunar phase, especially when you let your mind explore new ideas!
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Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse
Our most influential lunar phase this month comes on November 19th, when we’ll experience not only a Full Moon in the sign of Gemini but also a Lunar eclipse. During this transit, you’ll feel the energy shining down on you not only from the Full Moon and Lunar eclipse but the stimulating, intellectual energy of Gemini.
While Full Moons are typically emotional – and further intensified by the energy of a simultaneous eclipse – Gemini is a thoughtful Air sign, making it easier to work through these big emotions with a bit of rationality and objectivity. And because we’re currently in transformative, illuminating Scorpio season, you can expect this transit to shine a light on hidden information or buried emotions.
Fortunately, that Gemini energy will help you see these revelations with a certain neutral approach, but it may also create difficulty when making decisions.
Full Moons represent the end of the lunar cycle, the process of death and rebirth that the Moon is constantly repeating. That makes this a time to practice gratitude – think: “My cup runneth over.” – and to release those things which no longer serve you, from bad habits to toxic relationships and everything in between.
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And while the Full Moon on its own is rather intense, that energy is only intensified by the Lunar eclipse accompanying this phase. Unlike a Solar eclipse, which takes place during the day, a Lunar eclipse occurs at night, only during a Full Moon.
One thing to keep in mind during this transit is that change is inevitable. These changes may be necessary to help propel you towards your biggest goals and dreams, so try to trust the Universe and ride the wave.
This transit asks you to take a mental inventory of that which needs to be released, whether it’s a pattern of negative thinking or a coping mechanism that no longer serves you. Once you are free from the weight of these burdens, you’ll notice new doors of opportunity opening all around you.
With the right planning and an open heart, this Full Moon and Lunar eclipse combination may be one of the most influential, beneficial lunar phases of 2021.
To learn even more about eclipses and how they affect you, read the Ultimate Guide to Lunar & Solar Eclipses.
Last Quarter Moon in Virgo
This phase occurs about a week after the Full Moon, on November 27th. Also referred to as the Third Quarter Moon, the Last Quarter Moon is associated with responsibility, spiritual activation, and heightened intuition. This is a great time to reevaluate your goals and desires, ensuring they’re aligned and ready for the next New Moon phase.
This is a time to take a closer look at the goals you’ve set for yourself, which will only be made easier by the critical lens of Virgo. Virgo helps you pay attention to detail, allowing you to go through your desires with a fine-tooth comb to determine which wants are no longer aligned with your spirit.
It’s also crucial that you work on cleansing your energy right now, as blocked energy can stand in the way of your plans.
You might want to try these tools to rid your body of any negativity or blocked energy:
- All manner of metaphysical cleansing tools
Virgo energy also greatly benefits from time spent outdoors, so try taking a stroll and letting the healing energy of Mother Nature soothe your soul.
This lunar transit also seeks change in surprising ways. It is easier for you to take note of any areas of your life that cause feelings of discontent or disconnection. And when you recognize these problem areas, it becomes much easier to create a solution.
There may be a tendency to be overly critical with yourself during this phase, so positive affirmations and mantras are essential. We’re building up to the New Moon, the best time of the month for manifestation work, and positive, confident energy is key.
New Moon & Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius
We begin the last month of the year with a sense of fresh energy and new beginnings, as the New Moon and Solar eclipse in Sagittarius occur on December 4th. As the beginning of a new lunar cycle, the New Moon tends to indicate a chance to regroup, refresh, and start over.
The New Moon is also the most powerful time of the month for manifestation work. This lunar phase is all about gathering energy and collecting experiences – and the energy of the New Moon lasts for about 48 hours before and after the transit occurs, giving you plenty of time to perform a New Moon ritual.
The Solar eclipse kicks things up a notch, highlighting the expansive nature of Sagittarius. Sagittarius is a Fire sign with big, passionate feelings, meaning that explosive emotions are possible during this eclipse. But Sagittarius’ passion also encourages you to set goals, make plans, and manifest your deepest desires.
Further, Sagittarius is ruled by generous Jupiter, the pleasant, wealthy Uncle of the zodiac that wants to shower you with gifts. This shines a fortunate spotlight directly on your desires and amplifies your ability to manifest!
Be sure to make a New Moon list filled with desires big and small, and find your own unique way to celebrate this transit.
Use the Moon Phases to Plan the Month Ahead
Learning about the Moon’s phases and how they affect our lives can seem intimidating at first. But once you become more acquainted with these phases and their meaning, it becomes a breeze to incorporate that knowledge into your life, using it to make life easier on yourself.
Simple awareness of the potential energy a particular lunar phase can bring helps you get through the more emotional phases with a calmer spirit. Think of astrology like an emotional weather report: While it may not rain, it’s always better to take an umbrella on those cloudy days.
Similarly, while a particular Moon phase may not affect everyone the same way, it’s nice to be prepared.
Mark these lunar phases in your calendar and do what you can to get the most from them! You may find lunar planning to be your favorite new way to organize your planner!
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