In October, we move into deep autumn, season of grey, gold, and purple—the colors of change. And the planets push this issue.
Eclipse season is back, jump-starting us in whatever direction we’ve been heading, whether or not we feel ready. Pluto, planet of shadows and of change turns direct, moving us to apply the inner power we’ve accumulated during its retrograde. All the personal planets change signs, with Sun, Mercury and Mars entering Scorpio, thereby also coming under the influence of the Scorpio’s co-ruler, the godfather planet.
Before these shifts, brave Mars and ominous Pluto, corulers of Scorpio, make a square, pushing us to act on our transformative impulses. And as the month ends, Mars continues to demand action, triggering an opposition with expansive Jupiter on the portal of the Lunar Eclipse in Taurus. The skies of October propel us to change. Not all of our changes will be felt immediately, as Eclipses are like waves that start to rise three months before the actual lunation, and linger for months (or years) afterwards. Venus, ruler of both Eclipses, will be in low-key Virgo. Yet the shifts have been set in motion. It then depends on each of us to choose our direction for the last weeks of 2023.
As the month begins, we’re within earshot of the October 14 Solar Eclipse in Libra that will be visible in totality in parts of the US. This Eclipse New Moon triggers beginnings, while its proximity to the South Node connects to the past. We’ll see more about this a bit further on.
On October 1, Mars makes a quincunx to Uranus. Although considered a minor transit, Mars is an activator that—as it touches Uranus—spurs us in more confident directions.
On Wednesday, October 4, Venus, goddess of love and values, sweetens the starwaves as she connects with compassionate Neptune. On this same day, our communications become more harmonious as Mercury leaves nerdy Virgo to enter socially adept Libra, where the messenger planet makes it easier to express affection, be creative, and reach agreements.
Libra’s ruler Venus is about to switch signs; if we want to express passion or romance, or project charm or charisma, we might seize the moment before Sunday, October 8, when she leaves the hot fires of Leo moves into the cold, dry terrain of Virgo. The Virgo placement can feel restrictive; it tends to tighten purse strings and make us more circumspect. Watch for a tendency to be overcritical of yourself and others. On the positive side, Virgo Venus does favor getting our finances in order,….
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