October 2021

We come into October looking to put our personal mark on our activities but with a jaded eye and healthy skepticism regarding what is possible and what are merely illusions.

Mercury squares Pluto on the 1st of October. We are unwilling to be fooled again. Perhaps we’ve been down this road before, but increasingly we are likely to trust our instincts and draw upon our due diligence to see what is really going on. We do need to keep in mind that for the first half of October we’re dealing with Mercury retrograde going through Libra.

Although we might choose to be collaborative, we also need to be selective with whom we decide to dance. We might question where people stand. Are they with us or are they against us?

Our suspicions can be raised, and who could blame us? After all the lies, deceit, and false promises we might feel as though we can ‘trust no one, believe nothing’.

The 2nd of October has Venus sextile Pluto. Although we might question some people’s intentions, we could also rely on the trusted and true who can give us an honest critique of what is going on. Having a dispassionate, objective observer may provide us with a solid sounding board, allowing us to hone our perspective, prioritize our activities, and offering us credible suggestions as to how we can best proceed.

We do have to be wary of getting carried away by our own enthusiasm and someone else’s encouragement. Mercury trines Jupiter on the 3rd, and we could easily assume that having strategized our approach everything will go right, nothing can go wrong. Nice concept, but one that might lead us down the rabbit hole of wishful thinking.

During this paradigm shift, it is essential that we recognize the wide swings in our emotions, in our energy, and in our activity. We all might feel as if we are going through manic – depressive phases, at times seeing the golden light in front of us, other times nothing but a dystopia ahead. Welcome to the tumultuous, turbulent times of the paradigm shift from linear, sequential reality into asequential reality where random happenings and unexpected developments impact our intended trajectory.

October 6th is a powerful time with the Libra New Moon [7:05 AM EDT] impacting the next fortnight up to the Full Moon on the 20th AND Pluto turning direct [2:29 PM EDT]. The New Moon is further empowered by the Sun Moon conjunction also conjunct Mars.

Often when Pluto changes direction whether from direct to retrograde or retrograde to direct motion, there is a dramatic release of energy. Explosions, blasts, bombings, geophysical phenomena of earthquake and volcanic activity, and intense atmospheric storm systems can occur when Pluto changes direction.

With all this intense energy at the time of the New Moon and its influence up to the Full Moon and with Mercury retrograde, these next two weeks could prove a bumpy ride and times when we need to apply the brakes in order to avoid running away with ourselves or getting run over by the circumstances we encounter.

On October 7th, Venus exits Scorpio, a Sign of Detriment for Venus where Venus is uncomfortable, and Venus enters Sagittarius [7:21 AM EDT]. Our relationships can be more upbeat, scintillating with a strong interest in those people whose experiences are far different, even foreign, to our own.

While Venus was transiting Scorpio from the 10th of September until the 7th of October, our relationships may have been dicey with us or other people being possessive, jealous, secretive — all the characteristics that make relationships sketchy at best.

We can sigh a breath of relief with Venus entering Sagittarius.

The latter part of this week in October, the 8th through the 10th, can be productive and highly effective. The Sun conjuncts Mars on the 8th, followed on the 9th by the Sun conjunct Mercury and Mercury conjunct Mars, and finishing off the weekend on Sunday the 10th with Saturn turning direct [10:17 PM EDT], ending its four and a half months retrograde cycle.

If we would focus on our priorities, consider our most significant ambitions, all the while not losing sight of the specifics of our daily responsibilities, this would be a time for us to plan and strategize how to employ our greatest hopes and wishes once Mercury turns direct on the 18th. We can combine brain and brawn together in order to develop a best practices approach to engage our future goals.

Whenever Saturn is retrograde, things often take longer than we like. There can be delays and frustrations and especially with our year’s nemesis of the Saturn Uranus square heaving curveballs at us every now and again. With Saturn direct and increasingly so when both Mercury and Jupiter turn direct on October 18th, things may operate more easily, perhaps not running on greased wheels but with fewer obstacles and impediments in our way.

Of course, we do have to

BEWARE the Saturn Uranus square!

The 13th of October has Venus sextile Saturn. We may feel far more inviting of social interactions with a tendency to reach out to those people with whom we have not been in contact for a while. The lockdowns and imposed restrictions may have created not only a sense of isolation but also had us more focused on our own internal processing. With much of our movements having been limited over the past year plus due to this virus contagion, our lives have been more compressed with less involvements to share or discuss. Increasingly, we may feel as though we are getting used to the regulations and can now reconnect with various people and get back with some semblance of normalcy to our lives.

This mid-week period of October could have us feeling as if the sun is finally shining upon us. Not only do we have Venus sextile Saturn on the 13th. During this mid-month period we also have the Sun trine Jupiter on the 15th and Mercury sextile Venus on the 16th.

We may feel more optimistic and confident that no matter whatever hand we are being dealt we can play our hand confidently, with a sense of enthusiasm and with us looking at the opportunities even within the various challenges.

We are not interested in the Debbie Downers or the Eeyores. They may wring their hands, see only the negatives and whine about the state of affairs. We are more focused on the good things and the blessings in our lives.

With life now being a real whipsaw, almost an extreme manic-depressive disposition, we do have to be wary of the extremes in our emotions. One day we may be feeling that we’re sitting on top of the world, only to feel the next day as though our world is falling apart.

These turbulent, tumultuous and disruptive times demand a semblance of balance, maintaining an equilibrium despite the wild swings. It would be wise for us to engage the sentiment: “moderation in all things”, a sentiment that we may find hard to embrace.

The whipsaw of emotions and actions can be no more evident than in this mid-October period. With all the goodies of the pleasant aspects between the 13th and 16th of October, we could easily assume that ‘all is right in the world’. With flags flying, we might even overextend ourselves only to find ourselves crashing into a wall on the 17th when the Sun squares Pluto, and later on the 22nd when Mars squares Pluto.

Extremes of emotion and extremes of action could be evident during this mid-October period. Despite our exuberance and our desires to entertain a smorgasbord of ideas, projects and social occasions, the Sun square Pluto on the 17th could have our high-flying intentions hitting a buzz saw with restrictions or ill-conceived plans imposing a dose of reality that blocks our forward movement.

Not that any obstacles are likely to diminish our optimism. They may forestall our advance, delay our progress, but we are likely to cast any obstructions as effects of the Mercury retrograde and necessary braking actions in order for us to tweak and rework without our hurtling towards our goals without fully considering the means or attending to the essential specifics.

Despite any bumps in the road on the 17th when we might feel as though the wind has been knocked out of our sails, the extreme whipsaw is engaged on the 18th when we might feel as though we are advancing assertively ahead with all flags flying.

The 18th of October has Mercury endings its three-week retrograde cycle and turning direct [11:17 AM EDT]. Jupiter ends its four-month retrograde cycle and turns direct [1:30 AM EDT]. And Mars trines Jupiter.

Like a racehorse galloping out of the starting gate, we could find ourselves in turbodrive. Our energy may know no bounds with much of our attention focused on our future goals, all with the support and encouragement of someone or from other people.

A liability of overreach, again the extremes of the whipsaw, might occur during this third week of October. Although we might feel as though we have been unleashed, we have to avoid trying to go too far too fast.

The 20th of October has the Aries Full Moon [10:57 AM EDT] with the Libra Sun – Aries Moon opposition triggering a Cardinal Sign T-Square as both the Sun and Moon by orb square Pluto in Capricorn. We may have the pedal to the metal but with a liability of hitting a wall. Caution is called for, brakes suggested to be applied, but the acceleration might be stuck leading to an ever-quickening pace with a likely kaleidoscope of people, situations and events. Although it would be suggested that we slow things down, we could find that things are speeding up and beyond our control.

One of my least favorite energies, the Mars Pluto square, was also in orb at the time of the Full Moon on the 20th and is exact on the 22nd of October. An explosive energy and one that speaks to intense releases of energy, we have to be careful in our actions and in our responses to situations. People can become belligerent. There are liable to be incidents of road rage and other rages occurring. Even nature itself could be in an uproar with earthquake and volcanic activity and intense atmospheric storm systems with heavy precipitation and severe winds.

On the 23rd the Sun exits Libra to enter Scorpio [12:51 AM EDT]. We may turn inward with a liability of becoming secretive, jealous and possessive. While we can use the Scorpionic energy to rid ourselves of the extraneous and focus on the true meaning and purpose of our life, much of our soul searching may seem like a caroming quality as the Sun in Scorpio triggers by Sign the Saturn Uranus square and a Fixed Sign T-Square with the Sun in Scorpio, Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus.

What is old and what is new might perplex us as we tend to strip away in order to find the true essence of our being. There can be a constipated quality during these next four weeks with push pulls between where we have been and where we wish to go, all with various stress and strains in the process.

The Venus square Neptune on the 26th warns us to be vigilant with a healthy skepticism, for this energy contributes to a sense of our seeing what we want to see and believing what we want to believe. As if having blinders on and seeing through rose-colored glasses, we have to be careful of tricksters, people or situations that appear one way with the reality being different. This is a time when we could be played with people making appealing presentations but the image far stronger than the content.

Whether we get snookered or not, the 28th of October brings the two ‘good guys’ of the planetary realm, Venus and Jupiter, together in a harmonious connection of a sextile. Venus going through Sagittarius ruled by Jupiter and Jupiter going through the Venus-ruled decanate of Libra in Aquarius gives greater force to this energy configuration. We might be making play dates with good friends or certainly looking to have a good time. Even if we were fooled earlier in the week, we don’t intend to be fooled again. As if in justification of any mishaps we have experienced, we could use this time to fully enjoy ourselves even to excess.

The 30th of October, often referred to as ‘devil’s night’ or ‘mischief night’, has the Sun square Saturn and Mars exiting Libra to enter Scorpio [10:21 AM EDT], a Sign that Mars co-rules with Pluto. Intensity can ratchet up as we take into account the difference between our income and our expenses and realize that inflation and shrinkflation is putting us ever further behind the eight ball. Anger and resentment could be heightened, and we will need to find healthy outlets to release our pent-up frustration. It would be wise for us to take the time to pare down our expenses, maintain a sound budget, and not feel overwhelmed by the conditions and circumstances that are happening to us. We may feel that we have been tricked with few if any treats as we close out October.

October 2021… going forward instead of turning back…