As the leaves change color in fall, the stars of October support us in letting go habits and attachments and moving to a new level of wellness, awareness, prosperity, and of joy in relationships.
In his Pagan Book of Days, Nigel Pennick says that the main Roman Goddess for this month was Astarea, associated with the lost Golden Age of humanity, which Pennick associates with the golden leaves that are lost in the cool dark days of fall. For the Egyptians it was Hathor, the facet of Venus that received the Sun in her arms as it set, much as October evenings receive the waning Sun of the year.
Diverse archetypal virgins are also associated with fall, supporting the strong Virgo influences at play this month. As it begins, Mars the warrior and Jupiter the promoter are both in the sign of chastity. On Thursday October 8, Venus, goddess of love and prosperity, joins this alignment, further enforced by Saturn as it is currently under Jupiter’s rule. Since Jupiter the visionary and Saturn the worker are perhaps the two most important planets for success, Virgo concerns and activities are getting a boost, including healing, work, change of habits, service, and people and groups related to these fields. If the latter include you or someone close, it’s worth putting fire in your goals, efforts and promotion.
These Virgo influences provide a practical, earthy base for October’s relational and transformational urges, which get triggered from day one with a conjunction from Mercury the messenger to Juno, the feisty-partner asteroid, as the messenger planet backs up in Libra, sign of relationship. The heat is hotter since this pair happens to oppose Vesta, asteroid of passion, in warrior-sign Aries. Themes of injustice, co-dependence and oppression in relationships will occupying our personal and collective headlines. Situations that may have been swept under the rug or simply tolerated until now will no longer seem acceptable.
As Mercury’s opposition to Vesta perfects and lingers for several days, this restlessness will color the end of Mercury’s retrograde, until it sextiles Saturn on October 7 and 8. By that time many of us will be integrating the clarity found since late August, when Mercury entered pre-retrograde shadow in Libra. These influences will also help actualize the potential of the….
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