Weekly forecasts are published every Thursday by the Georgia Straight Newspaper: https://www.straight.com/life/1314506/your-horoscope-october-17-23-2019
Canada’s Federal Election happens on October 21. Polls suggest a squeak though minority government win for Trudeau. A solar eclipse conjunct Jupiter in Capricorn falls on his birthday. It is an opportunity to show better leadership. Andrew Scheer (Taurus) and Jagmeet Singh (Capricorn) are born in the same year (1979). They’ll both benefit from the transiting moon in Leo over natal Jupiter on election day. Elizabeth May (Gemini) gains from the transit of Jupiter trine her Pluto and opposing her sun (We love you girlfriend!). Essentially, I predict gains for all except for Trudeau who still wins.
Have you felt stalled, stuck, or stymied over the past few months? That is about to change. Saturn in Capricorn has recently ended retrograde and Pluto in Capricorn will do the same just before midnight (PDT) on October 2. Time and reality now beat a more insistent drum.
We have also been under the influence of Jupiter’s square to Neptune, a transit that has been in effect since the start of the year. Jupiter/Neptune has kept the potential and the uncertainty well afloat. Having surpassed their peak as of last month (see paragraph below) the duo will progressively disengage as the month advances. As this happens, what is already in existence but that has escaped full view will make its presence better known. Once the writing on the wall becomes clearer, Jupiter in Sagittarius, a future bound archetype, aims to take the ball and run with it.
The last Jupiter/Neptune peak (September 21) has launched the formal Trump impeachment inquiry. (For those astrologically versed, transiting Jupiter is exactly on Trump’s south node and opposing his Uranus.) Undermining his campaign for re-election on October 21, Jupiter/Neptune has also unearthed old photographs of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in blackface costume.
British supreme court has ruled that Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament was illegal (misleading the Queen is almost a literal interpretation for Jupiter/Neptune). At the time of this writing, parliament is back in session and requesting Johnson’s resignation.
Ceres, traveling in Sagittarius for most of this year, catches up to Jupiter on Oct 25. This conjunction completes the information gathering mandate started in 2012. Marking the start of a new hunting season, Ceres/Jupiter have a target already lined up – to true our aim regarding what is in our highest and best interests, to realign our beliefs in order to maximize our creative potential, and to get us better up to speed with what lies on the road ahead. Supporting the Saturn and Pluto agenda, Ceres/Jupiter moves us further along a completion and a seeding track of significance.
To a large extent, what’s in motion and what is meant to bridge us into the next phase of the journey is already well under way. That is not to say that life or the future is fated, but that it is becoming more transparent, that progressively we are getting better clued in. (Setting bigger wheels in motion, the Ceres/Jupiter transit on October 25 makes a direct impact to Trump’s chart, shooting directly at his moon (conjunct), opposite his sun. The transit is likely put Trump on the run or into flight in some increased way.)
All three personal planets change sign this month. On October 3, just a few hours after Pluto ends retrograde, Mercury enters Scorpio. Mars enters Libra at the end of the same day. Through the middle of November, Mars revs up personal, social, and financial relationships, trends, politics and contracts (karmic, actual). What’s motivating or compelling you, them or it? What’s lurking in the recesses of desire, need, and compulsion? Venus in Scorpio on October 8 takes it deeper, makes it more emotional, more impactful, and perhaps more urgent. Venus in Scorpio and Mars in Libra in mutual reception (via traditional astrology) are enriched by each other’s resources.
Mercury in Scorpio, Venus in Scorpio, and Mars in Libra have slated this next month or so for a power play. The month ahead stars are working through a critical karmic threshold. The full moon in Aries on October 13 (square Pluto) and the new moon in Scorpio on October 27 (opposite Uranus) loan themselves out for exactly this purpose. (Remember that you will only feel the impact of these transits on a personal note if they are making direct contact to your chart. Otherwise, you’ll simply bare witness or be indirectly affected).
The full moon in Aries on October 13 (Thanksgiving weekend in Canada) is in dynamic tension to Pluto. Noting favour from Jupiter (trine the sun, sextile the full moon) it could be the start of getting things moving in a better direction. It can make for a good weekend for a getaway. Let yourself off the hook or cut yourself extra slack.
The new moon in Scorpio on October 27 could have a kick to it. It could even feel somewhat like a full moon, thanks to the involvement of Uranus by opposition and Mars/Saturn square. Watch for the brakes to come off or for a hot button to be pushed. This new moon could trigger difficult breakup, see a difficult (but necessary and timely) corner turned, or provoke something political. A weather extreme is within possibility too. Uranus is always good for some degree of intensity, stress, or shock value. On the other hand, Uranus can trigger an exceptional opportunity, especially for the brave of heart and the astute visionary.
Mercury in Scorpio begins retrograde motion on October 31. Stay on watch for preliminary hints and clues. Don’t take things for granted, don’t discount or glaze over it, you could miss out something important. At the same time, don’t let fear or obsession get the better of you! The retrograde agenda will start to set up as early as October 10/11 when Mercury begins what is known as the shadow phase. Mercury ends retrograde at the same degree (11 Scorpio) on November 21. The retrograde can dial up issues of trust and abandonment, sex, drugs, addictions, and self-sabotage. To the plus, Mercury retrograde in Scorpio can help you to get more committed to an empowerment initiative, whether that has to do with inner work, health, finances or relationship situation.
At the time of this writing, Brexit is scheduled to take place on October 31 at 23:00 hours GMT, approximately 5 hours after Mercury begins retrograde. It’s not the best time to be starting anything! Will it get pushed back again or will the deal fall apart? Noting the upcoming eclipses (Dec 26, Jan 10), it is likely Brexit will get a time extension (to the end of January) and leave with a contract in place.
October 13: Full Moon in Aries: 2:08 pm (20:14 Aries)
October 27: New Moon in Scorpio: 8:38 pm (4:25 Scorpio)
October 2: Pluto ends retrograde: 11:37 pm
October 3: Mercury enters Scorpio: 1:15 am
October 3: Mars enters Libra: 9:22 pm
October 8: Venus enters Scorpio: 10:06 am
October 23: Sun enters Scorpio: 10:20 am
October 31: Mercury stations retrograde: 8:42 am (27:38 Scorpio)
**Please note, all times listed are PDT, please check your local listing.
Dates to Watch: October 1 – 8, 12 – 15, 27, 28, 30, 31
ARIES March 19/20 – April 19
You can get it under better control and net more tangible results now that both Saturn and Pluto are out of retrograde. Both planets are hard at work cementing a reality (actual, karmic). They’ve been on the clock for a significant length of time. While there’s still plenty to face, you are about three quarters of the way into the home stretch now.
Mars leaves Virgo on October 3 but the work doesn’t end, it simply shifts focus or phase. Mars in Libra s social and public involvement. It can rev up a relationship or a specific relationship matter. A new relationship can have a sense of déjà vu or destined to be. You won’t waste much time skirting around in the introductory phase or the light and fluffy side of anything, especially once Mercury (Oct 3), Venus (Oct 8) and the sun (October 23) enter Scorpio. Relationship duo Venus/Mars, and Mercury are aiming to take a deep dive. Despite Mars continuing in Libra (usually a non-committal or fencing sitting transit), the transits set you up for eggs in one basket, and full steam ahead. A fuller commitment is required, but also make sure to play it smart. To the plus, Venus and Mercury in Scorpio keep your radar sharp. If an issue arises, it is likely to do with trust, entrenchment, expectations or broken promises. Both Mars and Venus, entering Scorpio on October 8, also increase the attention on finances, especially on debt management.
Watch Oct 6 to 12 (and those dates in particular) for a fast track week. Mercury/Uranus and Venus/Uranus can stimulate a breakthrough, sudden insight, social, or creative spurt, a surprise communication or announcement, ad added financial expense, opportunity, or windfall.
The full moon in Aries on October 13 can be great for making the most of your time, your visits and your recreations. It is especially timely to lay the cards on the table and to speak your mind. Frustration can be in the mix too. Aim to release pent up emotions in a constructive way. You could make a significant breakthrough with someone or something. Coinciding with Thanksgiving in Canada, the full moon sets up a good weekend for taking a break, travel, celebrating and visits.
The new moon in Scorpio (October 27) and Mercury retrograde (starting October 31) can take you through a critical turning point regarding finances, health, or a key relationship.
TAURUS April 19 – May 20
October can thrust you into the thick of it fast. It could crack open or get steamy – one way or another, a relationship hits full steam ahead. On the upswing or draining fast, finances gain spotlight attention too.
Watch for something to kick it up a notch in the second week of the month thanks to first Mercury (October 6), then Venus (October 12) forming an opposition to Uranus. Both transits set the stage for the full moon in Aries on October 13. To the plus, these transits can prompt a personal breakthrough, help you to branch out, to come up with something new and more viable. They also assist you to free yourself from whatever or whom-ever stands in your way.
Through the middle of November, Mars in Libra takes you through a re-evaluation process. Are you getting the goods out of your involvements and activities, your time or your money? What improvements are possible? What is your heart telling you? Honesty is the best policy. Aim to make a fuller commitment to that which you know is in your better interests. The new moon in Scorpio on October 27 can mark a cut off point. You could turn a significant corner or undertake a major overhaul. This new moon can act as a preview or trigger for the next Mercury retrograde (in Scorpio) which starts on October 31.
GEMINI May 20 – June 20
October is an action month. Mars in Libra is one of your better transits for relationships and matters that are dear to your heart. It’s also good for connecting, conveying, and sharing. Before Mars delivers, there may be a threshold to cross or a few things to straighten out. It is a process, especially through the first half of the month.
Launching on the full moon in Aries on October 13, the mid-week of the month can be your best for creative enterprise and for making gain. Coinciding with Canada’s Thanksgiving weekend, the full moon sets up a good weekend take a break from the 9 to 5, to enjoy more quality me or we time.
The new moon on October 27 draws extra turbo from Uranus. It could kick-start something unexpected regarding work, health, renovations, or studies. Note that Mercury in Scorpio begins a retrograde cycle only a few days later. Revisions, repairs, upgrades or more research can be necessary. Know that it may be difficult to get things locked down or confirmed. Someone could re-neg on a promise or let you down in some other way. Don’t hesitate to consult with a specialist. Build extra patience, time, or budget into your expectations.
CANCER June 20 – July 22
Time is moving forward. With both Saturn and now Pluto finished with their retrograde cycles, you’ll now see an advance regarding a key relationship, contract or evaluation process. It is a timely progression but it isn’t anything new, it has been in the works for quite some time.
Through the middle of November, Mars in Libra, loans you more reason to pick yourself up and get going. It is a good transit for spruce ups of all kinds, whether that is to do with where you live or how you live. Mercury in Scorpio (starting October 3) and Venus in Scorpio (starting October 8) loan you deeper insight and help you to make the most out of what you have to work with. Pay close attention to instincts and intuition. They can provide powerful clues. October 6 onward, sets wheels in motion. You could break the ice with someone, come to a new understanding, discover a new option or opportunity. Mercury and Venus set you up for a breakthrough.
The full moon in Aries on October 13 (Thanksgiving weekend in Canada) can provide the opportunity to heal, to repair, to take a well-deserved break, or to play catch up. The week or two that follow can be easier and smoother going than earlier in the month.
The new moon in Scorpio on October 27 can kickstart something unexpected. Take full advantage of the opportunity, but also be aware that Mercury in Scorpio begins a retrograde cycle on October 31 (to November 20). Whatever you face, know that there are likely to be added complications and that it will take extra time to get it sorted out.
LEO July 22 – August 22
Along with the recent completion of Saturn retrograde, the end of Pluto retrograde (October 3) can help you to make better progress regarding health, studies, a renovation project or a work-related matter. In addition to boosting your social life, Mars in Libra provides you with more viable avenues and options to explore. Use this Mars transit to spruce up your appearance or your offerings. Sometimes competition can be good incentive, especially when it helps you to up your game.
Both Venus and Mercury in Scorpio help you to hit the target with good precision, to uncover what is essential for you to see/know, to spot what works best for you.
Coinciding with the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend, October 13 delivers a full moon in Aries. It’s a good one for shifting gears and for pushing the refresh button however it suits you best. Pluto is in tension to this full moon so know you could feel overtaken or overpowered by an emotion or obsession, the wants and needs of another, or strong-armed y circumstance.
The new moon in Scorpio on October 27 can crack something open, set wheels in motion, or see you turn an important corner re a renovation project, a health or personal issue. Mercury in Scorpio begins a retrograde cycle on October 31. Be prepared to switch tracks. Something could come unglued or require more investigation, revision, or investment.
VIRGO August 22 – September 22
Has something been holding you up? You’ll make better progress now that both Saturn and Pluto have finished their retrograde cycles. Mars in Libra loans you support from a background position, helping you to get back in touch with the parts of yourself that may have gone missing in recent months –and with folks too. Mars also helps you to sort out what’s of value or who is worthy of your time and attention.
Watch for October 6 to 14 to set wheels in motion. There can be a mix of stress and opportunity leading up to the full moon on October 13. It could be a breakthrough time. The week or so that follows can set you up for smoother run.
Keep a new relationship or a new financial prospect under wraps until you see if it holds water. Consider all options, but, hold off on a full commitment. The new moon on October 27 could thrust the action switch in some unexpected way. Once Mercury in Scorpio turns retrograde (October 31 to November 20) your feelings, finances, or circumstance could change.
LIBRA September 22 - October 22
Have you felt weighted down, stalled, or as if you have been traveling with the brakes on these past few months? Now that Saturn and Pluto have completed their retrograde tours, you can nail it down and/or cover better ground, especially regarding home and family matters. Progressively, choices, priorities, and timelines will define themselves.
You’ll also gain added fuel and incentive from the transit of Mars, which advances into Libra on October 3 and continues in your sign through November 18. This transit triggers a new perspective on personal needs and involvements. It also prompts a sense of outgrowing yourself or your past. This sentiment can hit home even more by the end of month (especially around the time of the new moon in Scorpio on October 27) and into the first half of next. While Mercury retrograde (starting October 31) can prompt soul searching and second guessing, you know you are too far along to backout now. (Even though you may question, you aren’t likely to want to.) What’s newly energizing or building for you now sets the baseline for your long-term benefit and gain.
SCORPIO October 22 - November 21
Incentive is not in short supply! October opens with four planets setting wheels in motion: Pluto ends retrograde (October 2) Mercury enters Scorpio and Mars enters Libra on the same day (October 3), and Venus enters Scorpio (October 8). Expect to hit a fresh track or gain a fresh wind over the first two weekends of the month, especially so October 6 and 12 – 14.
Mercury and Venus in Scorpio keep you focused on meeting a goal or getting it under better control.
Following what is likely to have been a busy week, the full moon in Aries on October 13 can see you bust through a wall or turn the corner with a project, circumstance, challenge, or dilemma. This full moon is in constructive angle with Pluto and well supported by Jupiter in good shape with the sun (sextile) and Mercury in good shape (sextile) to Saturn. Coinciding with Canada’s Thanksgiving, it is a good weekend to take quality time out for yourself, to spend with loved ones, or to do as you please.
Busy days continue. The new moon in Scorpio on October 27 could act as another significant trigger point of the month. Stay on watch over the days that follow and don’t jump too far ahead with expectations or assumptions. This new moon action may be a precursor to Mercury retrograde in Scorpio which starts on October 31.
SAGITTARIUS November 21 – December 21
Jupiter in Sagittarius has spent most of this year in dialogue with Neptune. Either you have felt this transit as good flow, as all promise and no delivery, or as continuous uncertainty. Perhaps it has been a combination of all three. The peak of the cycle is now surpassed. Progressively over this month and next, Jupiter will be disengaging with Neptune. In so doing, the Jupiter transit will help you to gain a better sense of direction and to pick up better speed. Look to Saturn and Pluto, now done with retrograde cycles, to assist you to a steadier gait.
Mars in Libra (starting October 3) can get you going on something or someone new. There can be a relationship, lifestyle, career or financial issue to confront or a change to make. If so, know that Mars sets a trigger, but that the circumstance is a process. You can expect to be in the thick of it with this matter through this month and next. Watch for Mars in Libra to also boost social activities/opportunity.
Both the full moon in Aries on October 13 and the new moon in Scorpio on October 27 mark significant pivot points. Unlike the past few slow-grind months, October is set to moving it forward in whatever spells growth for you.
Venus in Scorpio can spark an internal process and/or stir emotions that are under the surface. Listen to your body’s signals and take good care of your health. Stay observant. Take your time to feel your way along. Mercury enters Scorpio on October 3 and tours retrograde in this sign from October 31 through November 20.
CAPRICORN December 21 - January 20
Saturn has recently ended retrograde and as of October 2, Pluto in Capricorn will do the same. You may have felt the past five months as traveling with the brakes on, but the main purpose behind both retrograde cycles have been to cement your inner resolve. Of course, that’s just getting the baseline set. There’s still plenty of work yet to be done.
Whether you feel it as provoking, challenging, encouraging, or timely, Mars in Libra, starting October 3 and extending to November 18, provides added incentive. Expect to find yourself hitting go and to stay busy, especially from October 6 through 14. Freshly into Scorpio, Mercury (as of October 3) and Venus (as of October 8) keep you focused on punching through the wall. (Keep working at it, you will get there.)
Coinciding with Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, the full moon in Aries on October 13 provides a good opportunity to replenish and regroup. Take quality time out for me first. This full moon can fast track you/it. The weeks that follow keep it rolling along a mostly smooth-running track.
The new moon in Scorpio on October 27 can pack a punch. Watch for something unexpected, perhaps to do with health, wealth, one you love or one you need. Mercury in Scorpio begins a retrograde cycle on October 31.
AQUARIUS January 20 – February 18/19
Starting with end of Pluto retrograde and inner planets Mars, Mercury, and Venus on the move, the first half of the month holds several unblock it or bust up the concrete transits. You can feel this move-it- forward energy as a subtle undercurrent, a well-timed opportunity or brainstorm, or at the “in your face” level. No matter what, things are not meant to stay the same! Improvement is your net gain.
Coinciding with the Canadian Thanksgiving, the full moon in Aries on October 13 marks a good weekend to take a break from the work or the obligatory. One way or another, it can put you on go. Perhaps it is time to stand up for yourself more, to be more self-honouring, or to cut yourself some slack. What surfaces or picks up speed is timely, necessary, and meant to be. A first step, a change, or a redirect sets a foundation for something better to occur.
Go seek, and you may find. Mars in Libra, an informing transit, continues to put more lucrative opportunity in your path. It also stimulates your social life and creative capacity through the middle of November.
The new moon in Scorpio on October 27 is in dynamic tension to Uranus and coincides with Mars on a corner turn with Saturn. Whether subtle or significant, the new moon can be of impact. Held up or back no longer, the brakes come off. Watch for a something -perhaps unexpected – to overtake you. It could you up for the next Mercury retrograde, which begins on October 31 (in Scorpio).
PISCES February 18/19 to March 19/20
Have you been taking some time off? Waiting for a right moment or for something to come through, perhaps for better inspiration or a more solid sense of direction? Now that both Saturn and Pluto are finished with retrograde, you’ll be better able to see what’s on the road ahead, to gauge what’s real, more bankable or more viable in terms of the future and its prospects.
Freshly into Scorpio, both Mercury and Venus can shift your perspective or interest level. They loan you the ability to convey with impact, to take a relationship, career, or a financial prospect to a next level. These transits can be good for those in marketing, publishing, performing arts, education, or speculative fields. You can feel a more compelling sense of destiny at play regarding how things go from here. Deeper bonds can be established. On the other hand, you may come to recognize that you are simply not on the same wavelength. A trust or intimacy issue can be on brew.
The full moon in Aries on October 13 coincides with the Canadian Thanksgiving. It is a good weekend for taking a break from the routine. Spontaneity is the way to go! On the other hand, the full moon could trigger pent up emotions – make love, not war!
The new moon in Scorpio on October 27 can kick start something unexpected or something more. Don’t count your chickens too early though. Mercury in Scorpio turns retrograde on October 31.