By: Carolyn Crawford, Astrologer

This is a relatively quiet and even month despite the last month of the election cycle.  We begin October on Saturday the 1st with beautiful Venus in harmony with visionary Neptune.  Sensitivity in love and good taste in art and decor are in the air. Venus is in Scorpio now and Neptune in Pisces. Both are water signs highlighting intuition and compassion.  

On Sunday October 2nd the sun is irritated somewhat by Neptune.  During this period some may be dissatisfied with themselves or with what they have accomplished thus far in life. This can be an idealistic time, and when standards can be set too high. A fear of rejection or of social obligations can keep you from seizing opportunities. Also the air sign planets Mercury and Uranus could add more confusion in travel and communications primarily for those born in the signs Aries, Virgo and Scorpio.

The sun blends well with Saturn on Tuesday the 4th bringing stability and security through organizational skills and effective planning. Those born in the signs Libra and Sagittarius can experience stable business growth and increased security.

Venus and Pluto become passionately involved intensifying relationships on Wednesday the 5th. Financial gains are possible as the assessment of the value of stocks or goods is right on target. Scorpios and Capricorns especially have ability to attract others and increase charisma. Some can cultivate latent talents. The warrior Mars squares off with excessive Jupiter. Litigation and taking unnecessary risks should be avoided. Overdoing or overspending may affect Capricorns and Librans the most.


Ishvara pranidhana is the Niyama or inner discipline of surrender or devotion to Oneness.



By: Kellie Cline, Miraval Equine Facilitator 

The art of riding horses, or simply spending time with them, requires certain elements of ourselves that mirror those elements we hone in our yoga practice. The horse is such a generous companion, forgiving us of many of our human flaws but they are also a companion that asks us to participate fully in our relationship with them. In order to create a deep union with the horse, they ask us to be present, to be self-accountable, and to be authentic. These are promises we make to the horse, and in turn to ourselves. Through simple but imperative practices of breathing and becoming more aligned in our intentions, we unite our mind and our body and as a result, we create unity with our horse or any other living being we choose to connect with.


By Rebecca Wilkinson, MA

Wellness Counselor and Art Therapist

I first learned about “mandalas” in 1991 while I was in graduate school studying art therapy—a mental health field that uses art as a way of healing and a way of learning more about ourselves.  Art therapy is based on the idea that just doing art, as we know from the popularity of coloring books, is very soothing and relaxing.  Art also gives us a glimpse into parts of ourselves that we can’t access through words alone.

“Mandalas” are a tool often used in art therapy to help people center and ground.  In some ways, mandalas are nothing more than a circle shape that either has a design in it or is just a circular outline left empty for artists to fill in their own designs.  Although it seems odd that such a simple form could have so much impact, research has shown that when people draw mandalas it helps them focus their attention and it induces the relaxation response.


By Miraval's Alysa Volpe, Yoga & Meditation Specialist

Why do I practice yoga?

From what I have been told…I have always been a mover. Once I figured out how to walk, all I wanted to do was run. Sitting still? Watching TV? Not my thing which is probably why my parents enrolled me in dance at the age of 3 but after suffering a major injury to my ankle at the age of 11, my “Go, Go, Go” mentality was suddenly at a loss.

My mind, like my body had dealt with a lifetime of trauma and stress and I had learned to manage it by always moving and finding distractions so when dance was no longer an outlet for me, I suddenly felt very ungrounded.