October 2015

The volatility of these times continues during this October with wild swings between euphoric confidence and unsettling concerns.

Early October spikes the energy from the 6th through the 11th, prior to the Libra New Moon on the 12th.

The 6th of October has the Libra Sun square Pluto, Mercury sextile Saturn, and Mars opposed Neptune. This is a time when we need to think smarter rather than trying to force issues. We may be feeling uncomfortable in our own skin, somehow blocked by obstacles and may choose to push on through. It would be far wiser that we take a strategic approach to whatever impediments may stand in our way.

Let’s keep in mind that we don’t always have to meet challenges head on. We can use the tai chi moves to circumvent problems, and we can utilize a best practices approach to deal with any confrontations. The direct trajectory may not be the wisest. If we take the time to deliberate and consider the conditions, we might decide to go around, go over or go under certain situations to avoid a frontal pushback. Or we could even decide to take a posture of non-action, allow the energy to pass and then deal with the situation in a more rational manner and at a more placid time.

On the 8th, Venus exits Leo to enter Virgo. With Mercury retrograding through Libra, although about to turn direct on the 9th, we have to be careful that we aren’t hypercritical in our relationships. We might have high expectations of other people and see their flaws instead of their attributes. The sense of ‘what have you done for me lately’ could trip us up and create irritations in our interactions with other people.

Mercury turns direct on the 9th, ending the three-week Mercury retrograde cycle, a Mercury retrograde that began on the 17th of September and has revolved primarily around our relationships and our connections with friends and family.

As Mercury turns direct on the 9th, this ends the third and last of the Mercury retrograde cycles for the year. Whenever Mercury changes direction, things can get incredibly squirrely. We have to be cautious in our movements, in our decisions and in our discussions with other people. We may be coming off the Mercury retrograde but we might not have gathered our wits and consequently we could have the tendency of foot in mouth disease.

Venus moving into Virgo squares Saturn in Sagittarius on the 10th. I.O.U.s could be called in, as we deal with people from our past or deal with people in our present with whom we have some past obligation. Let’s be wary that too much is expected of us. Everyone may have the sense that something is owed them, a characteristic that has become all too common in our narcissistic society of entitlement.

On the 11th of October, the dark side of the Moon prior to the Libra New Moon on the 12th, Jupiter trines Pluto and the Sun opposes Uranus. This would be a good time for us to stretch, prepare the foundation stones of new projects and involvements, but to put our toes in the water, try things out, rather than diving into the deep end or definitely committing to something for the long term. We can neatly fit the pieces into the puzzle, but the question remains as to whether we are engaging an activity that empassions us and will hold our attention for an extended period or whether it is but a brief diversion and distraction from our routine life.

The 12th of October has the Libra New Moon with this New Moon triggering a Cardinal Sign T-Square as our old nemesis, the Uranus Pluto square, is engaged by orb but likely with more of a whimper than a bang. Under this New Moon and its two-week influence, we can find our relationships improving, greater ease in expressing ourselves and in our ability to move forward with our goals step-by-step instead of giant leaps of faith.

This mid to latter October can be pleasant with some occasional bumps along the way.

On the 13th of October, Mercury sextiles Saturn. Someone could be an asset in our expanding our goals, formulating our plans, and making us aware of necessary ingredients to accomplish our tasks. Despite the volatility of these times, we may be less whipsawed in our emotions and actions. Instead, we could have a greater maturity and a willingness to broaden our interests in well-conceived ways, all the while realizing that we might have to adapt and change according to unanticipated variables.

At this time, we can have heart-to-heart talks with someone to clear the air, straighten out any misunderstanding that might have occurred during the Mercury retrograde, and reaffirm our connection on solid ground.

The 15th – 17th of October can have us putting the pedal to the metal. Mars trines Pluto on the 15th, followed by Mars conjunct Jupiter on the 17th. The one monkey wrench to our actions and our plans might be the Venus opposed Neptune on the 16th. We can accomplish a great deal at this time if we would focus on the details, address the specifics and not lose sight of the particulars in our activities leading us to the realization of our goals. If we put the cart before the horse and concentrate on the big picture rather than the intricate minutiae of any project, then we could land in a world of confusion and the pieces to the puzzle might not fit neatly together. As we may be discovering in our lives, the journey is one that is step by step but the trajectory can often shift and change as we go along. What we started out to do might wind up taking us somewhere other than what we first intended.

And so too is it at this time of the 15th – 17th of October. We may have some grand plans to achieve, but the universe might have far greater plans for us than what we conceived. It all gets back to the idea that this paradigm shift moves us away from an assumption of our total control over our destiny and brings us into the new reality of our being co-creators with the natural unfolding and with a willingness on our part to let go of control and be open to the awe and wonder of what could be without us limiting the parameters.

Another bump in our road can occur between the 22nd and 25th of October. Similar to what occurred earlier in October when the Sun in Libra triggered a T-Square with Pluto and Uranus, the 22nd has Mercury square Pluto, followed on the 25th by Mercury opposed Uranus. The Sun exits Libra on the 23rd to enter Scorpio.

This timeframe can be a phase when either we are holding back with things simmering below the surface or our communications may be direct, overly forceful and even confrontational. Our thoughts may be expressed with intensity and sometimes without our thinking things through. People might not reveal everything that they are thinking or feeling, and we might feel the need to scratch beyond the veneer to get to what is truly going on with them. We might assume that we have gotten to the core of a situation but in the process we may not have taken into account some of the unexpected variables that arose in the interim.

The 25th with Mercury opposed Uranus has one of my least favorite energy configurations for air travel and for Internet connectivity. Technology can get squirrely at these times, and it is during this 22nd through 25th that we have to be certain to backup our computer files and be certain that our mechanical and technological tools are well maintained.

The saving grace between the 22nd and 25th of October comes in the form of Venus with Venus trine Pluto on the 23rd and Venus conjunct Jupiter on the 25th. We are likely to make nice with those people who can assist us in doing what we need to do. As long as we are getting what we need, we may keep our criticism and our conflicting opinion at a minimum. We can be astute about our dealings with other people, but there may be times when we have to hold our tongue and count to ten to dissipate the tension we could be feeling.

The Full Moon on the 27th of October through the rest of October provides the energies to get things done, deal with the practical realities of our lives and do so in the most expeditious means possible. Not only does the Taurus Full Moon on the 27th of October provide the missing Earth Element to trigger the Earth Grand Trine with Pluto in Capricorn and with the Stellium of Jupiter, Venus and Mars in Virgo, this energy is supported by the transiting Sun going through Scorpio trining Neptune on the 30th of October.

This end of October offers the ability to move things along productively and effectively, drawing upon a best practices approach and an intuitive understanding as to how to do more with less. Details can be attended to, all the while that the presentation is well considered and highly appealing. We may have the vision in mind, the sense of personal destiny encouraging us forward and the persistence to accomplish a great deal. Even if we feel we are only putting one foot in front of the other, we are likely to be making great progress at this time. It would be wise for us now and then to look up from our many involvements to restore our faith in the bigger picture, to keep the light aglow even if that light seems at the end of a dark tunnel.

The 30th of October has the Scorpio Sun trine Neptune. Despite our society’s tendency to become obsessed by material reality, this may be a time when the deeper needs of our soul and spirit stir within us. In quiet reflection, we can see how our journey has brought us to where we are today and we might feel ourselves fueled by the inklings of the prospects of our future unfolding.

October 2015… resolute despite the bumps in the road…