October, Monthly Overview:
October delivers another Mercury retrograde cycle. You may hit a backtrack but don’t expect to find yourself on a standstill. Two eclipses and Mars in Sagittarius “out of bounds”, or in other words “travelling without brakes”, are sure to produce plenty of action.
Mercury begins retrograde at 2 Scorpio on Oct 4. In the wee hours of the morning, the transiting moon in Aquarius makes the rounds with Mars, Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn. For many of us, it may not be a restful night’s sleep. By now, you probably know the Mercury retrograde drill. Extra due diligence is always advised – double check everything, revisit, revise, etc.
Oct 4 is a day to watch. Ceres conjoins Saturn in Scorpio. There are three levels to this transit. Firstly, it completes a karmic open-it-up-to heal-it, corrections and seeding journey that began in June of 2009. Secondly, it takes us through a critical review and reassessment. This review sponsors level three – the resurrection mandate. This last level, the resurrection mandate, has two paths to follow, one is to repeat in order to complete, and the other is the phoenix thread – a “graduation” rebirth that is well earned. Of course, all three levels can be operative at the same time. We’re in the thick of our karmic soup through the eclipses and while Mercury works its way through retrograde.
Also on Oct 4, Mars perfects a trine aspect to Uranus. Although plans or good intentions may have been derailed earlier, the day could end on positive or breakthrough note. Something more appealing or pressing can sweep you away. At the very least, you should feel you have more to go on. Mars/Uranus sets up a great evening for sports (watching or playing), socializing, or doing your own thing. Note that Mars/Uranus has been active since the end of September. They’ll continue to keep our get-go lively through the first ten days or so of October.
The total lunar eclipse in Aries occurs at 3:51 am PDT on Oct 8 but watch the day before for the kick off. The Libra sun opposes Uranus on Oct 7. Just one hour before the eclipse, the Aries moon will conjoin Uranus, a spontaneous combustion influence. We could be in for another edgy night’s sleep. When Uranus is triggered, there’s always something unexpected to contend with or to spur the action. Impulsiveness or excitability can hit overdrive. The lunar eclipse is accompanied by a grand trine between Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Leo, and Mars in Sagittarius. (Mars perfects a trine aspect with Jupiter on this day.) That’s an amazing – and rare – pooling of fire power. It’s sure to spark something beyond the ordinary. It can launch a social movement, a rebellion, or a whole lot more. (War is an Aries archetype.) Opportunity and creative power is at peak. This eclipse can signal a take flight time for personal discovery, lifestyle reinvention, careers, and relationships. We’ll see escalation and action at every level -the weather, politics, business, money and markets on the move, contagion, crusades, battles, wars, recruiting and terrorism. As we see with Russia, the Ukraine, the Middle East, Isis, and Hong Kong’s fight for democracy, etc. there’s high risk, high stakes, and a potential for major gains.
Eclipses awaken us, alert us, surprise us; they trigger change, endings, beginnings and new directions, they speed up our lives and takes us through significant karmic crossroads and transition chapters. They are always a more dynamic influence to your personal life if they make a direct contact to your natal chart.
On Oct 10, Mercury retrograde will backtrack into Libra, where it will finish out the retrograde on Oct 23. On Oct 11, Venus will oppose Uranus. Watch for something unexpected to do with finances, relationships, or social activity. As is typical of Mercury retrograde, serendipity is activated in some more obvious way. Expect to bump into or reconnect with people you haven’t heard from or seen in awhile.
Oct 16, Mercury retrograde and the sun conjoin (inferior conjunction.) This is the peak of the retrograde cycle, a switch track activation time. From here, more of the pieces will reveal themselves and we’ll start to get much better clued in. From here, Mercury is visible in the morning sky.
Venus conjoins the Scorpio solar eclipse of Oct 23. This is a karmic fruition eclipse. On Oct 25, the same day Mercury end retrograde, the sun and Venus will conjoin. This marks the half way point of the Venus cycle that began in January, one of bring us to a time is ripe moment. It is a time of legitimizing of personal needs and of professional development; of confronting and reconciling with our existing reality, our commitments, priorities, and of dealing with mortality issues. Materially and relationship wise, it the start of a potent new karmic manifesting cycle. The next three, to six, to nine month are a potent time of seeding, building, and reaping.
Mars travels out of bounds through Oct and the better half of Nov. On Oct 26, Mars enters Capricorn, the sign of its exaltation. Mars in Capricorn gives us something more substantial to work with and toward. It also helps us to grab hold of the reins and to establish better control.
Oct 8: Total Lunar Eclipse: 3:51am (15 Aries05)
Oct 23: Partial Solar Eclipse: 2:57 pm (0 Scorpio25)
Oct 4: Mercury stations retrograde: 10:02am (2 Scorpio 17)
Oct 6: Vesta into Sagittarius: 7:29 am
Oct 7: Juno into Leo (2:08 pm)
Oct 10: Mercury retro into Libra: 10:26 am
Oct 19: Pallas into Scorpio: 6:10am
Oct 23: Sun into Scorpio: 4:57 am
Oct 23: Venus into Scorpio 0:31 am
Oct 25: Mercury station direct: 12:17 pm
Oct 26: Mars into Capricorn: 3:43 am
Oct 27: Ceres into Sagittarius: 3:05 pm
**All times listed are PDT. Please check your local time.
Dates to watch: Oct 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 16, 17, 22, 23, 25, 26
*Please note, I write weekly forecasts too. They are published on line every Thursday for the week ahead. See the link above.
ARIES (March 21- April 19)
Beginning retrograde in Scorpio, Mercury begins the month with added attention directed to money matters, personal objectives and agendas. Trust, commitment levels, and intimate relationships can be tested. Even if you aren’t sexually involved, Mercury retrograde in Scorpio can find you obsessing about the topic. On Oct 10, Mercury retrograde will backtrack into Libra where it will finish out the cycle on Oct 25. Expect to get plugged back in socially, for your client work or retail business to pick up, and for folks to reappear, perhaps when you least expect them to.
Mars, your ruler, is hot stuff this month. Forming a trine Uranus on October 4 and to Jupiter on the lunar eclipse of Oct 8, Mars keeps big wheels spinning. It’s a great time to travel, hike, scout, expand your knowledge base or marketing, to write, broadcast, or publish, or to be a more active spiritual seeker. Beyond that, Mars in Sagittarius keeps you focused on the future. Where is life taking you? What can you do to increase your opportunities and potentials? Forward thinking will net a big pay-off. Give yourself the best edge you can.
The lunar eclipse in Aries will be especially influential if your birthday falls on or near it, but of course, we’ll all feel the springboard effects. Oct 7 could be a fire-cracker day. As stated in the intro, the eclipse is accompanied by an exceptional grand trine between Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus. There’s great social, creative, and romantic opportunity. A significant someone could act as a catalyst for getting the ball rolling and/or launching you on your way. Too, watch for news, an invitation, for a legal matter to get moving, for special event or a great money making opportunity. Of course, the eclipse could see you spend significant money too.
The Scorpio solar eclipse on Oct 23 can also prove to a money maker or cash-in time. If you need to, it’s a time to take your power back, to legitimize yourself, to demand or command your rightful dues. Along with Venus conjunct the sun on Oct 25, the eclipse blends an ending, completion, or fruition time with a new beginning or next phase. The eclipse and Venus/sun could bring you to a career peak or transition. It’s an auspicious time for taking care of business in whatever way you need to/want to. Also for new projects, business ventures, professional development, for goodbyes and hellos. The eclipse holds a sense of permanency or long term.
TAURUS (April 20 -May 20)
It is a time of profound inner and outer change. You’ve been test piloting a new side of yourself and it’s been working for you. It’s changing the way others view and relate to you. There’s still a lot further to go, but so far, so good.
Mercury retrograde keeps you even more narrowly focused and driven. You have something to accomplish and it’s likely to consume you. Some obsessions can be healthy ones! Of course, the retrograde cycle can also point out the ways in which you cheat yourself. Once it starts to nag at you, consider it as message that’s been served. Perhaps it’s time to break a bad habit or move onto something that is more lucrative or healing for you. Mercury retrograde can shift the nature of a particular relationship or social involvement. While Mercury tours Scorpio, you’ll gain more personal insight and you’ll also get better clued in into what makes another person tick. Oct 10 onward, Mercury retrograde backs into Libra. Work with the public can be busier and more challenging. You’ll also have more to tackle regarding work, co-workers, health, repairs, legal matters, or working it out with a particular someone. The lunar eclipse of Oct 8 can spring something unexpected on you. (Oct 7 is likely to thrust the action switch.) If you are on the hunt for a job, one could show up. Whatever the opportunity, if it’s lucrative or desirable, don’t hesitate to jump on it. Added expense or financial outlay is possible, but it is likely worth putting out for. To the plus, you could experience a great brainstorm, an exceptional meet up, or a saving grace moment. The solar eclipse of Oct 23 is the start of a huge turnaround, milestone, or fruition chapter. It’s potent, empowering, and magnetizing. It positions you at the next karmic threshold. Of course, endings are intertwined with beginnings. All matters to do with Scorpio and Venus are emphasized – sex, death and taxes, money, investments, inheritances, intimate relationships, trust, shadow work, soul work.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21)
The start of Mercury retrograde can uncover something that has been overlooked or omitted. It could help you to discover a creative solution or give you better insight. Of course, as is typical of the cycle, there can be backtracks, repairs, or re-strategizing to do.
Mercury begins retrograde in trine to Neptune, so you may be ready for an escape or looking for an easy out. Too, if you have let your spiritual practice slide, this transit can get you reconnected.
The lunar eclipse on Oct 8 could dish up a great social opportunity or event. Perhaps there’s a great opportunity to attend a workshop or to sign up with an inspirational teacher. Travel, relocation, introductions, and new business ventures are also favoured by this eclipse.
When it entered Scorpio on Sept 27, Mercury stimulated the degree of the solar eclipse on Oct 23. It backs up over this degree in the days following the lunar eclipse. Consider it as working your way through a process. You have needed to peel back the layers in stages. The solar eclipse can be a time of completion and fruition for this process. It can also be a completion time for a project, training program, renovation project, healing chapter, a health circumstance, or a debt load. It’s the perfect time to take on a speciality or to change jobs.
CANCER (June 22-July 22)
Oct 4 can bring you to a goal post, an end of the road, or a stop point, but it isn’t over yet. Mercury retrograde has more in store. It is a time to renegotiate the contract, rebuild or repeat a success, to take back the reins, to make a necessary improvement, or to have another check-up.
There’s excitement in store for you Oct 7, 8, especially so if you are a new parent or are diving into something new career wise. It may also be a disruptive, demanding, all over the map type of day. Stay clear of angry bosses and folks on the war path; keep your own volatility under check. An impulsive anger moment could cause later regret. The lunar eclipse can jettison your career or personal life into new territory. The eclipse will have a more dynamic impact if you are born on or near July 7. Even though Mercury is retrograde, you are okay to re-negotiate or sign a contract. The eclipse could get a real estate transaction or legal matter moving. It could see you take on a new line of work or that you break new ground in some other significant way. It could also necessitate that you seek the advice of a specialist.
The solar eclipse of Oct 23 is an empowering one for you. It will give you the push you need to make that major turnaround time regarding health, wealth, and love matters. In fact, it launches an attraction cycle regarding love or money matters. It’s an especially fertile seeding time for your career, and personal life. What’s meant for you will come your way. Whatever or whomever shows up next has the potential to completely alter your life. (Perhaps it’s already in the works.) Of course, this is especially so you are expecting now or plan to have children in the near future.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
It’s time to crunch the numbers, to review your operating costs – material and emotional. Beginning in Scorpio, Mercury retrograde necessitates a change of attitude, psychology, and strategy. A home, family, business, or budget renovation is well timed. Oct 4 is a switch track day. You are okay to put a project, plan, relationship, or intention on pause while you get involved elsewhere. This allows for more cooking time with whatever is sidelined.
The lunar eclipse happens on Oct 8, but watch the day before for the moment to strike. It’s all systems go, get the show on the road, catch the wave, bust loose, forward thrust, set yourself free influence. Adventure, excitement, and opportunity comes calling. So much can change in a flash. Someone or something could burst on to scene. An introduction or breakthrough could be the start of something lucrative or emotionally fulfilling. You could have a significant breakthrough, or “ah-ha” moment. It may be a first time, but not a last time. So long as you play it smart, a risk is well worth the investment.
As of Oct 10 when Mercury backs into Libra, it’ll be time to reconnect, revisit, or resume the dialogue. The solar eclipse of Oct 23 begins a new home and family life chapter. It’s the right time to renovate, to buy or sell real estate, or to launch a new business venture. Know this solar eclipse also helps you to make a significant personal turnaround, to ditch a bad habit, and to get better committed to a personal enrichment program. As such, it’s a great time to quit smoking or other vices.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Mercury in Scorpio helps you to stay better focused. As of Oct 4 when Mercury turns retrograde, you get even more locked onto a specific target. You’ll “drill through to the other side”. Layer by layer, Mercury aims to get your questions answered, to help you get to the bottom of whatever is driving the show. Mercury is setting a foundation in play. Stay observant. The solar eclipse of Oct 23 through the first half of November takes you the next starting gate.
Oct 7, 8, is sure to be an intense, over the top, couple of days – for affairs of the heart or the wallet. You could find yourself thrust into brand new territory, perhaps unexpectedly so. A new job prospect or investment opportunity is worth jumping on. A new passion or hot new lover could knock you over. Fertility prospects are greatly heightened, take good note! On the other hand, a relationship could reach its breaking point. If this does happen, both of you are likely to say it’s for the best.
Oct 23 onward can launch an especially fruitful time for sales, marketing, or educational development, networking, a new business venture, etc. It’s also a good time to renegotiate with the bank or to sign a lease. Your relationship with a key someone, perhaps a sibling, close friend, agent, advisor or mentor can go through major, perhaps even life-altering change. Someone of influence can enter or exit your life. Whether subtle or obvious, you are likely to feel the impact of karmic destiny unfolding.
LIBRA (Sept 22-Oct 22)
A big month lies ahead. It’s a month of firsts, fast tracks, and second chances; of major breakthroughs, risk taking, and next steps. Mercury starts the month and retrograde (Oct 4) in Scorpio but it won’t stay there for long. From Oct 10 to the end of the retrograde cycle on Oct 23, Mercury will revisit Libra. The month ahead is a time to rethink your strategies for your personal, professional and financial get-ahead; to re-evaluate your essential needs, your material goals and bottom lines, your relationship and social involvements. The sun’s opposition on Oct 7 can be a big kick-off point for all the above.
The lunar eclipse of Oct 8 can deliver something sudden and unexpected. It can be quite exciting, perhaps a stroke of luck, a windfall, a synchronistic meeting, or a flash opportunity. Can you get it all in one package? You may need to choose one over the other, when both are likely your preference. Once the choice or compromise is made, it’s off to the races time. With the grand trine of Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus, whatever occurs is likely to carry a strong life or take-off momentum. Also to be noted, when Uranus is in the mix, you could face the abrupt, disruptive, or jarring. An impulse moment or purchase could get the better of you. Watch out for road rage, and be especially careful when handling sharp instruments.
Venus, your ruler, is conjunct the solar eclipse of Oct 23. This make for an especially potent threshold crossing of endings and beginnings. It can be an auspicious, lucrative, empowering, healing, or saving grace eclipse. It can take you to deeper levels of heart, creativity, spirituality, and consciousness, to mine from as yet under utilized resources, talents and capacities. On the flip side, the eclipse in Scorpio can also take you deeper into addictions, self-undermining, or the illusionary. Why sink when you can soar?
The moment is laden with potential.
SCORPIO (Oct 23~Nov 22)
Mercury’s recent trek into Scorpio has likely boosted your energy and your activity level. As of Oct 4, you’ll hit a stop and switch track time.
The grand trine of Jupiter, Mars, and Uranus continues to favour job, career, and money-making prospects. Jupiter’s one year tour of Leo will continue to put you in the professional spotlight. As such, it’s a great time to be an attention getter, to stay impressive, and to play up your successes.
Health or work wise, watch for something to crop up unexpectedly on Oct 7, 8, requiring immediate action or response. It could be an invitation, lucrative new project, or work assignment. A new collaboration, co-worker, helper, advisor, or agent could be a plus. Don’t get involved in another’s fight; do your best to avoid the office politics. The eclipse could reveal an opportunity or a hidden ace. Too, it can show you who’s on your side, and who’s competing against you.
The solar eclipse of Oct 23 launches you on your way in some auspicious way. It’s an excellent fresh start time for matters to do with heart or financial gain. Venus aligned with the solar eclipse begins a potent attraction cycle. It can also be a time of fruition and of significant personal threshold crossing. It is a particularly momentous time for those born Oct 23 to 25.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 ~ Dec 21)
Mars in Sagittarius keeps the action and the opportunity going strong, especially so over the first two weeks of Oct. At any moment, anything can happen. Take it moment to moment; invent it as you go along. Oct 4 can be eventful, launching, and/or crystallizing, perhaps in some dramatic way. If Mercury’s turn to retrograde brings you to a stop, it won’t be for long. Mars trine Uranus later in the day is sure to keep the action well stimulated.
Striking flint the day before, the Aries lunar eclipse of Oct 8 could be quite a fire starter. With the grand trine between Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus, it appears to be something you’ll love/want to take on. It could be social, creative, lucrative, or romantic. When you’re hot, your hot, there’s no stopping the freight train. It appears you’ll be ready to jump in with everything you have. Someone or something could make quite an impression on you. Even though Mercury is retrograde, it is worth taking a risk on. This eclipse can transform your lifestyle, social life and goals in some dynamic way. A strong sense of karmic timing is also at play for the Oct 23 solar eclipse which involves Venus, the relationship and net worth, self worth planet. The eclipses are meant to fast track you onto a new life quest. They are ushering you through profound changes regarding your sense of purpose, your ultimate ideals, and correspondingly, prompting you to have a deeper look regarding that which you have attached great value and meaning to. In other words, it’s a profound time for soul searching and for personal reprogramming. The solar eclipse also launches a three to six to nine month gestation period regarding health, emotional or spiritual healing, a new love or passion, creative projects, or a money turnaround.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22 ~ Jan 19)
The month’s start can be a goal reaching time. If for some reason you don’t get there, at least you’re real close, there’s more (and likely even better) opportunity ahead. As of Oct 4 when Ceres and Saturn conjoin, and Mercury turns retrograde, your priorities shift and you’re onto next pronto quick.
Oct 7, 8, and 11 jettison you right into the thick of it. The lunar eclipse in Aries can light a major fire in you. It’s an excellent time to take a risk on a new life adventure. It can also get the action going on the home-front. You’ll feel the effects of this eclipse strongest if you are born on or around January 5. The eclipse could bring a professional contract to fruition. It could also conclude a real estate transaction, a bank negotiation, or a law suit. Of course, Mercury has just started retrograde, so there’s likely something still outstanding or pending, more time to put in, more waiting involved, or another hoop to jump through.
By Oct 11, Mercury backtracks into Libra and Venus, ruler of Libra, opposes Uranus. Something unexpected can take command of the day or blow your budget. Take it moment to moment.
The solar eclipse of Oct 23 has already been stimulated by Mercury’s trek into Scorpio at the end of September. Along with the Venus/sun conjunction on Oct 25, it’s another key harvesting, fruition and major re-construction time, this regarding career, material ambitions, your lifestyle, and personal goals. You’re on the road now! Welcome to your future.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20 ~ Feb 18)
October can be a critical restructuring and reprioritizing month. Mercury in Scorpio calls for you to stay ambitious and keep working on the game plan. Perhaps you have a made it to the goal post. Perhaps you are aware of a ceiling or plateau. You can’t control the outside world, but you can certainly gain control over your end of things. Mercury makes you hyper aware of how more there is to accomplish, how much further there is to go.
Oct 4 to 10, Mercury retrograde in Scorpio can resurrect or up-end something you thought was a done deal. It’s an opportunity to change an outcome or to gain a better foothold. When Mercury travels retrograde, backtracking or revisiting can be advantageous. If they said no to you last time, try again. They could change their mind. It’s all a matter of timing.
Oct 10 through the end of retrograde on Oct 23, Mercury revisits Libra. This transit can plug you back in socially. It’s a good time to travel, to revisit places & faces. It’s also a good time to check out the local happenings, to scout around and/or to get your self better educated.
Mars trines Uranus on Oct 4, the same day that Mercury begins retrograde. While the day may not go as planned, it could go better that way. Let spontaneity take it away.
Oct 7, the sun opposes Uranus. It’s a kick start for the lunar eclipse on Oct 8. On Oct 11, Venus opposes Uranus, which can bring something out of the blue, expense wise or socially. All three are high energy, anything goes, bring it to life, action days. Engaged in a grand trine with Mars and Jupiter through the first two weeks of the month, Uranus, your ruler, is in great shape, which means, for the most part, you are too.
The lunar eclipse is sure to be eventful. Someone or something can burst on to the scene. Watch for something new and exciting, and get ready to race with it. This can be an activation time for stock investments or speculative ventures. Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself, to branch out or to take a test drive on a new adventure. An introduction, first look/see or synchronistic meeting could be the start of something big. Too, the lunar eclipse can prompt a major purchase or move. It can get the ball rolling on a legal or immigration matter. (Sometimes you can’t wait for Mercury retrograde to get out of the way, but if you do want to buy or to sign, make sure to give yourself extra leg room to add or renegotiate later.)
The solar eclipse on Oct 23 officially positions you at your “next best” or “next leg” cycle. Career wise or personally, it can bring you to a significant goal post. It is an ending and a beginning of significance. The next 3 to 6 to 9 months are solidifying or anchoring. They cement the foundation for what is to come.
PISCES (Feb 19 ~ March 20)
Mercury and the rest of the stellar gang keep you in good shape at month’s start. While Oct 4 can reroute or delay you unexpectedly, as the day moves on, so will you.
Whether you have a trip planned or are obsessing about something else, the future –and the fast receding past, stays on your mind while Mercury retrograde tours Scorpio.
Oct 7 to 11 is action packed. Regarding relationships, contracts, legal matters, and finances, the lunar eclipse in Aries makes for an over the top, lucrative or expensive week. Expect the unexpected and be ready to fly at it at a moment’s notice. If you are single and looking, it could be an auspicious time to meet someone. A strong sense of recognition or déjà vu will let you that there’s a significant karmic history to play out. Oct 7 and 8, impulsiveness can get the better of you, but your instinct is likely to be quite good, so rely on it to guide you. Professionally or otherwise, it’s an ideal time to set yourself free, to embark upon a new adventure or to go seeking greener pastures.
By the time the solar eclipse arrives on Oct 23, your future can too. Lucrative, creative, or romantic prospects are on the upswing. It’s a great launch it, fruition, or take your world by storm time. Travel, explore, teach, perform, play, or go seeking greener pastures.