October 12th – 18th, 2020

The astrology for this week of October 12th through the 18th of 2020 gives us this year’s third three-week Mercury retrograde cycle up until November 3rd, Election Day in the U.S.

The week starts pleasantly enough. In the US, the week begins with the last day of the long October holiday weekend traditionally known as Columbus Day, more recently named Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This weekend in the northern latitudes is also known as the ‘leaf peeping’ weekend when the fall colors seem to be often at their most vibrant of reds, oranges, scarlets and yellows.

The week also has the Sun transiting Libra and triggering by Sign a Cardinal Sign T-Square with the Sun opposed Mars on Tuesday, the Sun square Pluto on Thursday, and the Sun square Saturn on Sunday.

Maintaining balance this week might be difficult, especially with Mercury turning retrograde on Tuesday. Murphy’s Law of ‘whatever can go wrong could go wrong’ is back in effect.

This is a week when we may be called upon to consider all our options and decide how best to move forward, all the while that we recognize the likely need of recalibrating and reworking and reconsidering as we go along.

Friday has the Libra New Moon with the Cardinal Sign T-Square accentuated with a thrust of energy that has us juggling any number of things up to the Full Moon on the 31st, Halloween.

The key to this week is the Mercury turn from direct to retrograde motion. With high intensity fueling us, it is essential that we slow things down, take time to deliberate our moves, and be willing to shift and adjust according to the currents and any changing conditions.

Monday, October 12th – Good Day, Sunshine – Sun, Mars, Moon Void-of-Course, Mercury, Venus. Monday begins the week with the last day of the long October holiday weekend. The day begins with the Leo Moon sextile the Sun, and the Moon trine Mars. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for fourteen and a half hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon completes its transit of Leo and before the Moon enters Virgo early on Tuesday morning. Mercury sextiles Venus. Whether we are working or taking the day off, this Monday can have us starting the day with a spring in our step and a song in our heart. We may be looking at expanding our activities, engaging involvements that allow us to put our personal mark upon things and yet provide significant meaning to us. Someone could prove a strong advocate for our plans and also provide knowledgeable input by which we might effectively pursue our goals in the most streamlined way. The energy is strongest early in the day, so it would be wise for us to temper our enthusiasm in order to have the persistence to follow through both today and during the first half of the week. Let’s keep in mind that Mercury will be turning retrograde tomorrow, so communications and movements may get a little squirrely. This is a day for us to use our enthusiasm wisely with a recognition of the need to evaluate and re-evaluate as we proceed.

Tuesday, October 13th – Here We Go, Again – Uranus, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Mercury retrograde. Tuesday has the Moon moving into Virgo where today the Moon trines Uranus, the Moon conjuncts Venus, and the Moon sextiles Mercury just before Mercury turns retrograde [9:05 PM EDT] for its three-week cycle up to November 3rd, Election Day in the U.S. The Sun opposes Mars. If we keep focused and don’t get ahead of ourselves then we can utilize streamlined methodology to deal with many of our various responsibilities. But we do have to be careful that we don’t try to do too much, rush ahead without maintaining awareness of both what needs to be done in the moment and the long-term implications of our actions or skip over significant details. Let’s keep in mind that when Mercury turns retrograde, Murphy’s Law is in effect where ‘whatever can go wrong could go wrong’. And things get especially squirrely whenever Mercury is changing direction as we try to adjust and adapt to the dramatic shift in energy. Not only do we have Mercury turning retrograde today, but we also have the Cardinal Sign T-Square triggered with the Sun opposed Mars today, followed on Thursday by the Sun square Pluto, and culminating with the Sun square Saturn on Sunday. The push – pulls between what we want to do and what we need to do with other people’s concerns throwing monkey wrenches in the spokes of our wheels can have us running at top speed but possibly with us going around in circles. This is a day that calls for, really demands, that we not get caught up in the frenetic energy but rather take our time and invoke the keywords of these intensely disruptive times — mindfulness and awareness.

Wednesday, October 14th – Taking Care of Business – Neptune, Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn, Moon Void-of-Course. Not everything has to go south with terrible consequences during a Mercury retrograde, and this Wednesday could be proof that we can still be productive and effective during a Mercury retrograde. Today, the Virgo Moon opposes Neptune and the Moon trines the three Capricorn-transiting planets of Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for seven hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon completes its transit of Virgo and before the Moon enters Libra early on Thursday morning. Although we might awaken feeling somewhat dizzy from Mercury’s turn to retrograde yesterday, we can focus on practical matters and what needs to get done, IF we take the time to plan out our day, concentrate on our responsibilities and not get sidetracked by fascinating diversions. This is a day when we could blend foresight with attention to detail to address various mundane matters. Once we have our intentions for the day clear in mind, we can go forward, all the while checking and re-checking that we are still on track, and on the right track, as we go along. Mercury retrograde inhibits successful starting up of projects, but rather is a time for us to go over, tweak and rework whatever we have started previously.

Thursday, October 15th – What to Do – Sun, Pluto. The Moon moves into Libra in the early morning hours of this Thursday but makes no connections to the planets today. We are also on the ‘dark side’ of the Moon prior to tomorrow’s New Moon. Waning Moons, and especially as we come close to the New Moon, are far better for completions and conclusions instead of beginnings or start-ups, and ever more so during a Mercury retrograde when start-ups can lead us to frustrations, disappointments, and nowhere. While there may not be a great deal of energy today, we do have a significant planetary configuration. The Sun squares Pluto. We may harbor a wide assortment of interests and consequently possibilities, but this is a day when it would be wise for us to pare down the vast array of enticing involvements. We may not want to limit our prospects, especially after the psychological and emotional effects of the virus contagion lockdown, but this day asks us to consider what is truly significant and purposeful in our life. Recognizing that we have only so much time, energy, and resources for our palette of activities, we can determine what truly speaks to us and focus on the most meaningful activities to develop. This day might call for us to strip away the non-essentials from our life. With so much percolating inside us, let’s keep in mind that we might need to let off steam and hopefully we can do so in a healthy manner by taking a drive, getting out and about, and releasing any pent-up energy we might be feeling.

Friday, October 16th – Lets the Games Begin – Lunar T-Square, Mars, Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn, Libra New Moon, Sun, Moon Void-of-Course. Friday triggers a two-week cycle of great intensity, thanks to the energy configurations at the time of today’s Libra New Moon [3:31 PM EDT]. The Libra Moon conjuncts the Sun and sets off the Cardinal Sign T-Square with the New Moon opposed Mars, and the Moon square the three Capricorn-transiting planets of Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn. Being in the Gemini decanate of Libra, this New Moon can have us juggling any numbers of things over the next two weeks. What we hear might not be the true reality of the situation. We certainly will need to read between the lines and not get seduced by enticing words or dazzling appearances. We have to be wary not to be impetuous or try to accomplish too much since our focus may be more on getting things done rather than doing them well or completely. The liability of glossing over all in favor instead of ‘more is better’ would be strong today and for the next two weeks. Everyone may be feeling on overwhelm, a little too self-focused, and entitled to do what they want no matter the consequences or the impacts on other people. While this day imprints the next two weeks, it demands that we be aware and mindful. Things can shift and change in a nanosecond of time – space. Although the Cardinal Signs talk about initiations and beginnings, there can be blockages to our efforts by our own arrogant willfulness, by the demands of someone or of other people, and by the restrictions and regulations handed down from the powers-that-be. We might assume that our interests include the concerns of someone else or of other people, but such a belief may mask our driving demand of our own personal self-interests. Since things can be speeding up, the acceleration already mind-numbing, we have to keep attentive to the changing tides and be willing to adapt and shift to the erratic currents of these intensely disruptive times. Let’s fasten our seat belts, for we could be in for a bumpy ride.

Saturday, October 17th – Don’t Let the Door Hit – Uranus, Mercury. The Moon enters Scorpio with the Scorpio Moon today opposed Uranus and the Moon conjunct Mercury. Our intensity can ratchet up on this Saturday. We may have little interest in the needs of someone else and might prefer instead to have some alone time. They say that ‘when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping’. If that’s the case for us today, then we have to be wary of impetuous purchases and buying something that has no real use for us. We could prove out the proverb that ‘a fool and his money are soon parted’. We might have an itch to do something out of the ordinary, but it would be suggested that we know the costs before we engage the activity. This Saturday is better served by a good autumn cleaning, clearing out the extraneous and working on a ‘leaner and meaner’ attitude. Although let’s avoid being mean to other people, for communications can be off and everyone might be overly sensitive to what is being said or how they interpret the relaying of information. Much can be percolating below the surface, and that might just be the best place to keep it.

Sunday, October 18th – All Too Much – Venus, Neptune, Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn, Moon Void-of-Course, Sun. The New Moon on Friday promised us a wild and wooly two-week period, and we could have an example of how wild and how wooly things can get on this Sunday. The Scorpio Moon today sextiles Venus, the Moon trines Neptune, and the Moon trines the three Capricorn-transiting planets of Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for eight hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon completes its transit of Scorpio and before the Moon enters Sagittarius early Monday morning. If those energy configurations were the only ones going on today, we could make this a highly productive day by putting on our blinders, stepping away from the hurly-burly of the world conditions, and just focusing on that which we need to deal with and wish to accomplish. But that’s not today’s entire enchilada. The Sun squares Saturn, and Venus opposes Neptune today. We may feel blocked, depleted, like a helium balloon deflated. As though seeking escape from our mundane reality, we could easily become infatuated with someone or something that seems beyond our reach. Either we can be mooning over unrealistic possibilities or we might become highly critical of our own circumstance and someone else’s lot. This Sunday may be better served by our stepping away, seeking a quiet place, and moving into a reflective and contemplative space. There are times, quite possibly many recently, when it’s all too much. And this could be one of those days.