“I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and you laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.” ~Clarissa Pinkola Estes
October’s astrology is set to be an explosive pyrotechnic display, which will blast us out of any furrowed rut or comfort zone with a vengeance. The biggest, higher part of us will welcome this with open arms and a deep inhale—and isn’t it about time?
At first glance, old 3D astrology might object: “But Mercury’s going to be retrograde!”. A look at the more transpersonal, subtle levels and phases of the planet of consciousness will dispel that knee-jerk conclusion. From the shadow period pre-retrograde to the shadow period post-retrograde, the Messenger will nuance our thinking, first between September 30 and October 8 through stillness, a time for reflection and inner exploration, then as Mind conjuncts Solar consciousness on October 16, fertilising whatever we want to bring into being between then and January 2015.This is the time to commit to a decision, make plans and take the first steps.The seed forms we threw out across our futire timeline at the Libra new Moon on September 23 will emrge from immanence into reality.
Mars is traversing Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius, making no fewer than 18 sequential conjunctions with Centaurs, black holes, the Galactic Center and TNOs. This will be an adventure in the expansion of consciousness which easily trumps the retrograde Messenger. The deeper theme is about bumping into past injury and wounding so we can heal the fracturing.
Then there’s the lightning bolt of two eclipses two weeks apart—the wild cards of the cosmos—bringing what seems to be out-of-the-blue upheavals. A doozy of a total Lunar eclipse on October 8 at 15 degrees Aries/Libra conjunct Uranus and the South Node of self sabotage will be a major life lesson in relationship mastery.With the Eclipse in alignment with the ongoing Uranus Pluto square, any weak links in how we mesh with the collective will be broken. As Stephane Austin says:” We are ready to take another step toward shifting from the love of power to the power of love.”
The Chandra Symbol for Moon conjunct Uranus tells us:
A man with pointed ears.
Super tuned in. The personification and embodiment of what it looks like, feels like, and is like to have an inside track on everything going on around you. Uncanny awareness. You have the gift of getting across new ways of being, different ways of looking at things. Somehow getting away with being so very different that it no longer matters. Hot-wired to wild and uncomfortable truths. You have special radar for undertones and nuances, motivations and signs of what is going on underneath. The direct front row seat upon who the other is and the challenges and opportunities the other brings before you, when you are ready and eager for the encounter and you know you can always find a way to move with absolutely anything that might arise.
Behind the scenes, setting a match to the dry twigs of despair and resignation, the smouldering phoenix nest of Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Leo and Mars in Sagittarius ignites inspiration and motivation.This Grand Fire Trine will remind us that:
“There are sacred dreams that encourage us that the divine light shines in all of us,however deeply buried and that we may all be gods and goddesses in hiding.” ~Robert Moss
By the time of the Solar New Moon eclipse at 0 degrees Scorpio on October 23, a two-and-a-half-year period of challenging transformation brought by Saturn’s trip through Pluto’s sign will be culminating.We are all accomplished edge-walkers now.Think back to October 23, 1995, to the last Solar eclipse at this degree. Wherever 0 degrees of Scorpio falls in your birth chart, that aspect of your life and psyche is ready to go to the next level. With Venus and Pallas closely conjunct the Sun and Moon, issues of love, betrayal, wounding and integrity are forefront. Scorpio,the eighth sign, pushes us to walk the razor’s edge between light and shadow, unity and separation, love and fear.This New Moon eclipse is pouring light into the basement of our awareness with the intention of helping us to reclaim those parts of ourselves that were abandoned, neglected or disowned earlier in life, so there can be a personal psychosynthesis.
The Chandra Symbol says:
A tunnel through a mountain.
When darkness comes, you need more darkness if you’re ever going to find the light. As the struggle of Earth existence descends upon you, you must find a way to harness the power of that struggle to turn death into rebirth. But it is so pressurized and absolutely relentless a path to walk. Everything you meet reflects the same destiny-dilemma. For you are being pulled through the collective nightmare by an immense evolutionary force, and that means feeling everything, experiencing all of it, and letting everything go. Those pulled in to such a radical track develop core perseverance magnificently and learn to be light while superheavy, and to stay loose while bearing down in tight passages. Eventually, glorious things happen and you can emerge into a whole other reality, knowing how purposeful every step has been, that all of it was necessary and redemptively built a character strength of a mighty fiber, as you knew it would.
On October 25, two days after the eclipse, Mercury turns direct close to the North Node of Fate in Libra.That is when we can weave our own Ariadne’s thread from October’s experiences to guide us out of the labyrinth.