ASTROLOGY – Flying Horse Full Moon


Flying horse web collage by Dana Hunt (
using original water color by Ardene Klima.

Dream Horse flies, sky bound
Moon tide turns from low to high
Stars streaming through hair

On the Full Moon of October 6 we consider the polarity of Aries-Libra, experience of self and other. Who am I in relationship? Who are we with each other?

The Moon in its fullness is aligned with one of my favorite stars—Alpheratz, in line with 13-14 Aries. Seeking illumination from this star brings us into some interesting territory. Richard Hinckley Allen’s classic Star Names and their Meanings, tells us this name comes from “Al Surrat al Faras,” meaning the Horse’s Naval.

After all the angst of the September eclipses, is this the answer— contemplate the horse’s naval? Contemplating the naval symbolizes reflecting on the source of life, our life-line. We could do worse, for this horse is Pegasus, the flying horse, ready to carry us Across the Universe:

Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes,
and call me on and on across the universe….
Sounds of laughter shades of love are ringing through my open mind,
Inciting and inviting me.
Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns,
It calls me on and on across the universe.
Jai guru deva om.
Nothing’s gonna change my world…. –Beatles

We seek the unchanging essence, but we don’t find it on the surface of our lives, especially after the September eclipses. Even the star Alpheratz changed, becoming the head of Andromeda, the Chained Princess. When I hear about Andromeda, I get on my high horse. As a 21st century woman, I proclaim that it is high time we free that woman from her chains and let her get on her really high, up-in-the-sky horse. This Full Moon gives us a signal to do that.

Andromeda is giving birth to a galaxy. Yes, I saw it just the other night, a celestial smudge to the naked eye, visible on a dark night even from 2.7 million light years way!—in a telescope it resolves into a immense whirling and swirling pool of stars.

A star associated with riches and honor, independence and love of freedom, Alpheratz puts the woman on the horse.

She went to the stallion, whose answers fling from his breath and his hooves, and whose eyes imagined her freedom..
–C.P. Rosenthal, Elena of the Stars

My hair knots into his ready mane…A fiery streak–toward heaven!
—Marina Tsvetaeva, Russian poet

How do we seek this freedom? It’s a personal journey to free the feminine essence we hold back, sometimes in relationships.

The Full Moon reflects the Sun in Libra, flanked by Venus, magnetic attraction, and Mars, assertive initiative. Mars needs the Moon in the Martian sign of Aries to counterbalance the strength of Venus in its own sign, Libra. The male/female, yang/yin dance is seeking its rhythm, its symmetry or asymmetry. Asymmetry is more dynamic. I think that’s what we have here. We are trying to regain our balance after those recent eclipses, but it requires initiative. I must admit that September New Moon eclipse flat-lined me in some ways. Since then, climbing toward this very Full Moon, we are charged to move with as much creativity and heart as we can put into every moment. Then we ride Pegasus, and let fly our imagination, to imagine our freedom.

We can’t rush it, gotta go with the flow these days. Who would want it to go any faster any way? Swaying with the rhythm, as in a dance, feeling for the center point, leaning in and out of relationship, as we seek the delicate balance….

CHIRALITY is a word from optics that describes a situation of asymmetry, where something is “not superimposable on its mirror image.” Great word, from the same root as Chiron, and possibly relevant here, as Chiron turns direct this month. It’s as if we cannot regain our balance, we must create a new one. The Libra way weighs both sides, comparing and contrasting. The sides are not mirror images. So what, then, is a mirror image of our heart-felt longing? The freedom to seek it is a basic guarantee of democracy. A great offer, if we do it and share it with others: Aries / Libra.

In global terms, it’s a responsibility, based on mutual respect. Fair negotiation may not be so much about compromise, as about dialoguing to understand the “other” and discover common – higher – purpose. True Justice abides by Universal Law, aesthetic proportion, and shaping our lives in sacred geometries.

As Above, So Below: the woman on her flying horse leads the way. Imagine yourself riding through the skies. Who is riding with you?

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Dr. Kelley Hunter is a long-time astrologer and mythologist, writer and artist. She is Astrologer-in-Residencefor the Self Centre International at Caneel Bay Resort and the Omega Institute programs in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and also leads star gazing nights for star-struck visitors. She is a member of the Board of the International Society for Astrological Research. Explore her website at


LIBRA: Your birthday month is extra special this year, with your own planet Venus right at home in your sign. Appreciate the beauty around you. Good time for make investments. The additional presence of Mars urges communication to keep dialogue on an even footing. Relationships are the focus for you, as usual.

SCORPIO: Enjoy Jupiter in your sign for another six weeks. At the end of October a turning point comes with a bit of challenge to express your perceptions. Consider who you are talking to, come from the heart and be creative. Amazing things could happen—if you want them enough.

SAGITTARIUS: A month for friendships, new and old, and connecting with colleagues to imagine new initiatives. By the end of October, internal considerations will be brewing as you polish a new arrow and get ready to let it fly.

CAPRICORN: Career activity is at a high point of the year. Everyone on the teams needs to be in the loop. It could be your job to get them there. Make sure others know your plans, so you can take their ideas and agendas into consideration.

AQUARIUS: Global internet could be a great source of interest and advantage now, whether you listen to podcasts, sign up for on-line courses or dating, or seek news from abroad. You’re in the middle of multi-wavelengths, find your new and fine frequency.

PISCES: Negotiations mean change for you, with possible travel on the horizon. It’s an adjustment month, do keep turned on and tuned in. Listen to you body for good advice on the day-to-day flow, which feels a bit like a roller coaster.

ARIES: If you can have it your way, the other person can have it their way. How does that work? This is the month to figure that out. Before you go on your way, you might want to take a second look, ask some questions. Others people might know something you need to.

TAURUS: You are a patient sign, in general, but too much talking and not enough action can be a lot of “bull” to you Bulls. It’s been a tough enough year without arguments. Sometimes you can be stubborn. Change is unavoidable, new insights are useful.

GEMINI: People, people, and more people. Never a dull moment. Lots of opinions and ideas. Look for the connecting threads and focus on the goal.
For some of you the tide has already changed and you are dealing with the ripple effect. For later Geminis, this is the time.

CANCER: Family relationships take center stage this month. Some important conversations take place. You’ll need moments in between for reflection to figure out the balance between your needs and those of others.

LEO: If you have been working well with Saturn, that mean with creative focus and a certain amount of discipline, some reward is surely coming your way. Later this month the next steps come into view. In the meantime, gather information, keep pace with the learning curve and be in touch with what is going on around you.

VIRGO: It might feel like certain things are finishing out, that you’re untangling some knots. No one is better than you at that. Take stock of your resources; you may have overlooked some assets or connections that can benefit you. Balance the checkbook and see where your best interests lie.

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