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Planetary Illuminations - October 2018

Planetary Illuminations - October 2018

MAJOR OCTOBER EVENTS

Pluto turns direct.  When a planet changes direction, it makes a "station" meaning it comes to a standstill before changing direction.  Because the planet is at the same degree in the sky for an extended period of time, its influence is stronger - especially for anyone whose chart is personally affected by the planet.  Those of us whose chart has been directly hit by Pluto this summer will be glad to see it begin to move away from our own planets!  Don't be surprised if you start to see the fruits of the changes and transformative decisions that you put into place earlier this year. 

Lack of Fire.  Since the fiery Aries New Moon a few weeks ago there is a lack of the fire element in the sky right now, which is helpful to soften the effect of that powerful Plutonic force for change and evolution.  Other than the Moon which changes signs every 29 hours or so, we won't have any planets in fire signs until the end of October when Mercury moves into Sagittarius.  That could soften the dramatic effect of Pluto and produce an easier rhythm to our lives, but it could also lead to inertia and even depression.  If this occurs, stoke the fire in your own body through physical activity and pure intellectual motivation.  

Venus turns retrograde on October 5th and will be retrograde until November 16th  Venus only turns retrograde every 18 months or so.  These are excellent times to reconnect with friends or loved ones from the past, or to repair relationships that have suffered.  These are not always the best times to begin new relationships, but that doesn't mean you should shy away from meeting new people.  Often when Venus is retrograde we can learn a great deal about ourselves through our interactions with others because of the introspection that the retrograde provides. 

Venus retrograde periods are also wonderful times to surround yourself with beauty.  Beautiful energies, music, art, and artifacts help to enhance the spirit and open the heart.  Venus encourages us to find joy in beauty and a sense of peace and harmony through beautifying our surroundings.  In ancient times, the Venus archetype (called Inanna and Ishtar) represented not only love and beauty but also war.  Venus retrograde periods can help women to embody our strong and divine feminine powers, and aid men in connecting with their own powerful feminine allies.  Here's an article with more information on this Venus retrograde cycle

OCTOBER DETAILS

As October begins we are still under the shadow of Pluto, stationary in the sky as it has just turned direct on September 30th.  When a planet is stationary, hardly moving at all before it picks up speed and begins its normal cycle, that planet acts as a laser beam of energy and its energies are quite focused.  Pluto is the planet of empowerment, destruction and regeneration.  It demands nothing less than total surrender, and life is rarely calm and sweet under its influence.  This will be particularly intense for those of us (like me) with planets in the mid degrees of Libra, Aries, Cancer or Capricorn. 

During the first few days of the month the mind is exceptionally focused, perhaps to the point of obsession. This is an excellent time for writers or anyone who needs to sharpen their communication tools, but it may require some mental relaxation or meditation in order to manage the overabundance of mental power during this time. 

The Libra New Moon on the 7th is the beginning of a new lunar cycle.  Venus is the ruler of this New Moon, and with Venus retrograde we will be asked to look back to the past before beginning something new.  This is true for relationships of course, since Venus rules relationships, but it could also involve home decorating, investing and other financial matters, or simply developing our talents or re-examining our values.  An influence of Mars for the New Moon but also that entire week could cause disruptions in our interactions with others.  Conflicts and arguments could rule the day.  The key is to dig deeper into the argument to discover the root cause, and to address that difficulty once and for all. 

Mercury enters Scorpio on the 9th, and for a few weeks our thinking (Mercury) becomes more intense (Scorpio), fulfilling the promise of the mental focus earlier in the month described above.  Mercury, and therefore the mind, is quite active between the 9th and the 26th  We may feel restless and unable to concentrate. We may find ourselves flooded with new ideas and plans. We may find ourselves in arguments and power conflicts, especially around the 12th.  After that, until about the 15th, we will likely experience greater mental harmony and ease in communication. 

If you are prone to eating disorders or are generally dysfunctional about taking care of yourself, the period between the 10th and the 22nd or so could be a challenge.  Even if this is not a problem, this is an excellent time to focus on self-care and nutrition to nurture the body and soul.  

The Taurus Full Moon occurs on October 24th, in the middle of the cycle of self-care which is an absolutely perfect time to discover the joy in the pleasures of the body without losing awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy balance.  This Full Moon is tightly aligned with Venus, the ruler of Taurus, which amplifies the Venus influence even more. Love, of self and others; beauty, peaceful equanimity, comfort - all are important goals during this Full Moon. 

This Full Moon includes a tight angle to the lunar nodes, the points of fate.  These points are critical during eclipses, and while this is not an eclipse, there is a similarly fated quality here.  The decisions that you make during this Full Moon, between October 21st and 27th, will linger for some time to come so it's an important time to open your heart to new possibilities and declare your intentions, to yourself and to the gods who are present to assist you. 

Following the Full Moon, harmonious solar aspects help to support the personal evolution inspired by the Taurus Full Moon.  Our confidence is expanded and our understanding is deepened.  On the 31st Mercury leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius, lightening our mood and opening the mind to new possibilities.  Venus retrogrades back into Libra on the 31st and will clean up any disarray in our personal interactions and facilitate harmony and greater balance in our lives. 

The Venusian influence will continue into November, so stay tuned for next month's report!  I hope October brings you peace, love, and empowerment. 

Lynn

PLANETARY CALENDAR (dates and times are Eastern time zone)

9/30  Pluto turns direct
10/2  Mercury square Pluto
10/5  Venus turns retrograde
10/7  Sun conjunct Ceres
10/8  New Moon 15 Libra, 11:47 pm
10/9  Mercury enters Scorpio
10/10 Mercury opposite Uranus
           Venus square Mars
10/11 Mercury square North Node
10/12 Sun square Pluto
          Mercury sextile Satun
10/15 Mercury conjunct Venus
10/17 Pluto square Ceres
10/19 Mercury trine Neptune
          Mercury square Mars
10/24 Mercury sextile Saturn
          Full Moon 1 Taurus, 12:45 pm
10/26 Sun conjunct Venus 
10/27 Sun sextile Saturn
10/29 Mercury conjunct Jupiter
           Mercury trine Chiron
10/30 Venus square North Node
10/31 Mercury enters Sagittarius
           Venus opposite Uranus
           Venus enters Libra
           Mercury trine North Node
         CrystalWind.ca

Lynn Hayes has been a consulting astrologer since the mid-1980s, working with clients to achieve greater self-understanding and empowerment. She uses the birthchart to identify psychological and evolutionary patterns and systems, and then uses a process using a powerful combination of methods including "vision crafting" to permit breakthroughs in all areas of your life and heal old wounds that can prevent you from moving forward. Clients report rapid progress in breaking through areas where they formerly felt "stuck," and achieving a level of self-understanding not before known. http://www.astrodynamics.net

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