AUDIO VERSION:  Month Ahead October

Hello, everyone.

Since tomorrow is October 1st , I thought I’d review where we are astrologically and what is to come in October.  Starting with the most long-range and overarching influences, the planets Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus, we will then cover the mid-range influences, Saturn and Jupiter.  Last we’ll look at the personal planets, Mars, Venus, Mercury, and the Sun which have much shorter orbits and primarily influence our day-to-day lives.

Pluto in Capricorn

We’ve spoken at length about Pluto in Capricorn, where it will remain until 2024.  In a nutshell, this long transit will bring fundamental change to many of the structures we have come to rely upon:  government, banks, industries, transport systems.  It carries the energy of revolution and evolution and can be dramatic and at times overwhelming.  Pluto in Capricorn exposes what is hidden, for better or for worse, and usually now, at the beginning of the cycle, we become more aware of the worse rather than the better.

 Neptune in Aquarius

With Neptune in Aquarius (see category at right) from 1998 to 2011, we’ve been experiencing a forceful, heartfelt global consensus regarding the equality of the common man, shared responsibility to the group, ascendancy of people and nations based on the power of knowledge, the right to progress technologically, and the right of each person to contribute to and further the base of common knowledge.  

Uranus in Pisces

The Uranus in Pisces (see category at right) transit from 2003 – 2010 is bringing innovation and invention to the termination of hierarchies, the loosening of all types of boundaries, global transactions and interactions, many variables in play simultaneously, and moving parts which connect and disconnect frequently, including projects, alliances, and workforces. 

Saturn in Virgo/Libra

Saturn has been in the sign of Virgo (see category at right) since September 2007 bringing conservatism and material achievements in the areas of business, planning, auditing, and analysis. Saturn in Virgo is concerned with the process of classifying data into information to make it useful for decision-making. The test with Saturn in Virgo is whether you have the discrimination to assess what is important and what is not.  Saturn in Virgo also brings restriction and contraction in everyday work and employment. 

On October 30, Saturn enters the sign of Libra, where it is exalted.  When a planet is exalted in a sign, it has a special affinity to the sign and if you’re willing to do the work, there is a promised payoff.  What is the work of Saturn in Libra?  To develop patience, persistence, responsibility, and humility in relationships.  What is the payoff?  Cooperation and mutual support. 

Jupiter in Aquarius

Jupiter is in Aquarius from January 2009 until January 2010.  This transit brings benefits through large projects and social reform.  We see the propagation of revolutionary ideas, such as liberty, democracy, anarchy, and socialism that can topple traditional institutions.  Learning and advancement comes through deliberation about the nature of one’s responsibility and contribution to the group.   

Mars in Cancer/Leo

Mars has been in Cancer since August, which is the weakest part of the cycle for the Mars energy.  The fire is out; our internal fighting forces are exhausted.  At this time we all must figure out alternative ways to achieve our goals.  Our individual competitive energy is weak, but the collective energy of the group around us is strong. 

On October 17th, Mars moves into Leo.  A very different energy will unfold, dramatic, enthusiastic, ambitious, and passionate.  Fire in a fire sign brings tremendous vitality and courage. 

Venus in Virgo/Libra

Venus has been in Virgo since September 21st.  Venus, the goddess of love, beauty, and relating is very unhappy in the sign Virgo.  She becomes cold, fastidious, conventional, and critical.  How have your relationships been fairing?

On October 15, Venus moves into Libra, the sign she rules and loves.  She is happy!  Here is where she is at home and at her best.  Our business dealings and other relationships will become more refined and fair-minded, direct and clear. 

Mercury in Virgo/Libra/Scorpio

Mercury, the thinker and communicator, will be in Virgo until October 10, in Libra until October 29, and then enter Scorpio.  While in Virgo we have been practical, logical, and common sense has ruled.  When Mercury enters Libra, our minds tend to become more indecisive and vacillating because we see all sides to every issue and have a hard time coming to a conclusion about anything.  On October 29, Mercury will enter Scorpio, which brings a “fierce acuteness of mind”, according to famed astrologer Isabel Hickey.  We will be farsighted, clear-sighted, and great at research and detective work. 

Sun in Libra/Scorpio

The Sun is in Libra until October 23, when it enters the sign Scorpio.  When the Sun is in Libra our energies turn to relationships, partnerships, business negotiations.  It is a diplomatic, friendly, outgoing time.  When the Sun enters Scorpio, we can exhibit great creativity and resourcefulness, and our strength comes from service, compassion, and humility.