Category: Astrological News Written by Robert Wilkinson Views: 1594
As the editor of the Arizona Society of Astrologers newsletter, I compose an overview of each month. Today we take a look at the primary factors for the month.
This year the month of October features powerful Cardinal squares with a major T-square in mid-October which will shake some things up, so get your shields ready and play good defense until the storm is past on October 20. Mars is still retrograde making squares to Pluto and Jupiter this month, with the Sun opposed Mars from 22 Libra to Aries on October 13 marking the mid-point of the retrograde.
Remember the theme of the retrograde is to take a new look at the part you're playing in "The Cosmic Choir" while things slow down due to the retrograde. Adapt to the slowed pace, and don’t let impatience disrupt what momentum you have attained. This is the time to go slow, do preparatory work, but not put any plans into play until November at the earliest.
The first three weeks are a very volatile time, since Pluto’s direct station marks a sea change for those with planets near 20-24 Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. Remember you’ve already rehearsed staying balanced and protecting what needed protection in July. That was followed by the initial blast of the Mars squares in August and the powerful Mercury T-square in September.
The period of tension is highest in the second and third weeks of October. We have the first Mercury opposed Uranus on October 7, followed by the second Mars square Pluto on October 9. The Sun squares Jupiter and quincunxes Neptune on October 11, opposes Mars on October 13, and squares Pluto on October 15. This intense run of frictional aspects finishes with Sun square Saturn and Mars square Jupiter on October 18. As the final Mars square influence will last through October 20, be cautious, don’t overextend, don’t gamble, and keep it all fair, just, and balanced.
As the Libra squares and oppositions will generate voids in late Cancer, see what needs nurturing, show awareness of others' feelings, but protect and secure what needs to be taken care of. If others are being crabby or defensive, offer a balanced perspective about what's fair and what's not while being aware of self-serving people with a skewed perspective on things.
Because Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto are all less than 7 degrees apart, keep in mind that the entire month is a gigantic square across the second half of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn! Those with one or more planets in those zones can expect some serious crosscurrents. The main themes require us to stay on our equilibrium, and be cautious and careful as we navigate the rough waters.
This month is the final conflict involving those squares, except for the last Mars square Pluto in late December just after the Solstice and the Jupiter conjunction with Saturn marking the Grand Mutation beginning 20 years of Aquarian energies coming to the fore!
Mercury also opposes Uranus this month, indicating a time when “penetrative brilliance” is in the air, though it does mark a line of tensional awareness which heralds the hard squares between Taurus and Aquarius coming in January 2021. Use this Mercury retrograde to take a look back at how you’ve been called to a different dignity in your relationships in 2020, remembering you are the representative of your truth, goodness, and beauty in your world.
Jupiter continues to sextile Neptune all of October and early November, giving us continued opportunities to practice an expanded intuition and connectedness within the larger collective field. As with last month, we still have Saturn biseptile Uranus and septile Neptune with Uranus septile Neptune, generating three points of a 7-pointed “Star of Destiny." This will be activated each time the Moon moves through one of the seven “hot zones” of this evolutionary configuration.
All the septile-series aspects trigger crucial choices and changes at “forks in the road of destiny.” I have written extensively about “The Grand Irrationality” which has been active for many years at this site and why all of humanity is forging its future destiny at this time. If you have a planet or point near any of the seven zones, your life is sure to be affected. In September and October, these zones are around 24-28 Capricorn, 16-20 Pisces, 8-12 Taurus, 29 Gemini-3 Cancer, 20-24 Leo, 11-15 Libra, and 3-7 Sagittarius.
If things seem irrational and don’t make much sense, there’s always a septile-series aspect in the mix. During this time, if things get crazy, just go slow and be clear about the choices you’re making. While a lot won’t “make sense,” it doesn’t have to; all we must do is be clear about what we’re doing and why, being balanced, moderate, and caring along the way.
We still have another evolutionary configuration going on involving a rare, powerful, and serendipitous tredecile between transpersonal spiritual planets Uranus and Pluto. The tredecile is 108 degrees and the complementary angle to the quintile. It is an aspect of extraordinary interactive good fortune and specialization, and as it involves these spiritual heavyweights, it indicates unexpected or unusual things showing up which may have an unexpectedly beneficial evolutionary result by next year, when the aspect is made again.
As this is a long wave influence, if you have a planet or point anywhere in the 10 active zones, you have high specialization through interactions which are perfect for your gifts, or offer gifts perfect for your circumstances. Zones most affected by this tredecile are 1-2 Pisces/Virgo, 4-8 Aries/Libra, 10-14 Taurus/Scorpio, 16-20 Gemini/Sagittarius, 22-26 Cancer/Capricorn, and 28-30 Leo/Aquarius. Mercury will trigger this configuration September 7-10, the Sun will trigger it September 24-30, and Venus will trigger it September 29-October 4 at the same time it makes the final fire trine to Mars for the year.
Here I'll remind you that transit to transit aspects should not be taken personally, as they are universal energy phase relationship which each of us respond to in our own way. Even if there's a huge amount of friction in the atmosphere, we still have the power to respond in productive ways, turning the dynamic tension to potentially beneficial ends. For example, though the tension of the late Aries to late Capricorn energies are pervading the atmosphere, this can release powerful productive forces for those with planets in late Taurus, late Leo, late Virgo, and late Sagittarius if those planets are functioning in a healthy way. If not, welcome to the hurricane forcing you to change your way of thinking or responding!
This is the sixth month of the North Node in Gemini era, showing our line of greatest evolutionary development is through seeing the many ways to learn and communicate a given thing, especially with an eye to the big picture and the greatest good for the greatest number. And because the Moon's Nodes play a crucial part in Eclipses, I'll remind you we're all still "under the beams" of the recent Lunar and Solar Eclipses! These continue to remove old Gemini/Sagittarius AND Cancer/Capricorn detritus from our lives wherever they fell in our chart.
As all Eclipses are “cosmic recyclers” removing that which we no longer need in our lives, it seems the wisdom of this year requires us to “let go let god” and accept that in “moments of pause which presage change,” it’s best to be alertly ready to act, and not fall into distress at not knowing what’s ahead. We’re all changing our allegiances based on what’s leaving, and aligning ourselves with a larger reality we care about.
This time of transition and intensifying friction will last through January 2022. Keep it all as simple, pleasant, and enjoyable as possible as the winds howl all around, and slow everything down as much as possible. We'll all feel a shift in the atmosphere after the Sun opposes Mars on October 13, but keep in mind that opposition is exactly partile square Pluto, creating an intense friction with major integrative potential between October 10-16. It falls exactly at 22-23 of the Cardinal signs, so if you have a planet there, protect what needs protecting, nurture what needs nurturing, and play good defense.
As Jupiter and Saturn have resumed their direct motion, we've completed our Capricorn review of those planetary expressions, and are now moving forward in all things related to Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces in our charts via the Capricorn lessons we've been learning all year. When planets are retrograde, we do a review. When they are direct, we move forward on the basis of what we've learned. This month we're definitely moving forward into the Grand Mutation, despite the hurricane winds prevailing the second and third weeks of October!
Finding the right perspective in our relationships will be important as we integrate the various energies pushing and pulling us all month. This is the culmination phase of the structures we’ve been building all year which will serve us in 2021. Try to keep the ideal in view as you move through the constant gear grind, and remember that we're all more aware, capable, and stronger together than we are separately. Use the Sun in Libra to illuminate the repair work needed this month, be careful and cautious as you move through the Solar T-square, and take heart, since we will navigate this darkness into the Light of a new day in November.
Since I also include this in the newsletter, I’ll offer it to you here:
PLANETARY MOTIONS IN SEPTEMBER 2020
SUN – 9 Libra to 9 Scorpio
MERCURY – 4 to 12 Scorpio, then back to 28 Libra
VENUS – 28 Leo to 4 Libra
MARS – 26 Aries back to 17 Aries
JUPITER – 18 to 21 Capricorn
SATURN - 26 to 27 Capricorn
URANUS – 10 Taurus back to 9 Taurus
NEPTUNE – 20 Pisces back to 19 Pisces
PLUTO – 23 Capricorn (all month)
TRUE NORTH NODE – 24 Gemini back to 21 Gemini
SIGNIFICANT ASTROLOGICAL OCCURRENCES IN OCTOBER 2020
FULL MOON – October 1; Sun 10 Libra, Moon 10 Aries
VENUS ENTERS VIRGO; October 2
PLUTO STATIONARY DIRECT – October 4 at 23 Capricorn
MERCURY STATIONARY RETROGRADE – October 13 at 12 Scorpio
NEW MOON – October 16; Sun and Moon at 24 Libra
SUN ENTERS SCORPIO – October 22
INFERIOR CONJUNCTION OF SUN AND MERCURY – October 25 at 3 Scorpio
MERCURY RX ENTERS LIBRA; October 27
VENUS ENTERS LIBRA; October 27
FULL MOON – October 31; Sun 9 Scorpio, Moon 9 Taurus
© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
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Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca. with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
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