Ah, October, the time of changing leaves, cooler temperatures, shorter days/longer nights and this year Mercury retrograde and Lunar and Solar eclipses! The fun begins October 4 when Mercury, planet of communication, the mind, and short distance travel moves into retrograde motion. Many of you have heard about this tiny planet and the havoc that can ensue when it changes direction, but what you might not know is that during a retrograde we have the opportunity to look deep within ourselves and make critical adjustments to our “vision” of ourselves. It can be the perfect time to re-imagine and re-envision our lives. October’s Mercury retrograde begins at 2° Scorpio, a deeply passionate, intense and intuitive water sign and moves backwards to 16° Libra, a balance-seeking, and relationship-oriented sign. This retrograde becomes an important part of the astrology for the autumn as Mercury sets the stage for the total Lunar Eclipse visible for us in the Western third of the country.
Eclipses are game changers! The energy of an eclipse is a powerful door opener and door closer for us, and the sign of the eclipse and it’s placement in your personal chart can denote where and what type of transformation is occurring in your life. The first eclipse is a total lunar eclipse on October 8. During a lunar eclipse, the light of the moon (our intuitive, soul energy) is temporarily dimmed in favor of the Sun’s more ego-centered energy. To make matters more interesting, during the eclipse, the Moon will be conjunct Uranus in Aries (planet of surprises, rebellion, and revolution) putting it in opposition to the Sun in Libra. On the world stage, this is going to be an interesting time as we are looking at an eclipse across the Aries-Libra or Love-War axis of the astrological chart. Could we find ourselves on the brink of another war? Or, will cooler heads prevail and peaceful and diplomatic solutions rule the month? Only time can tell.
Personally, we are also going through this same process of seeking freedom and rebelling against things that we have perceived to be holding us back. We have a very good opportunity to find peace within ourselves, and ergo the World, by moving forward in our lives with the things that bring us happiness and simultaneously allowing the same for others around us. We can create a win-win scenario by engaging this energy within our own lives – and the potential of inner peace and joy within creates the same in the outer world!
A partial solar eclipse occurs on October 23 with the new moon at 0°Scorpio. With the passage of first Saturn, then Mars through Scorpio, this solar eclipse opens us up to combining our deepest soul needs and our healthy ego together in a new way. Usually during a solar eclipse the Sun is completely blotted out leaving us much more open to our more intuitive nature. This eclipse however, is only partial, so we can see a way to blend both the right and left hemispheres of the brain, i.e. the masculine and the feminine to become more balanced.
Happy Birthday Libra!
Libra – September 23-October 22
Your normal consensus-building, cooperative self may be put to the test this month. The lunar eclipse across your relationship axis may have you wondering whether it is time for you to stop giving so much of yourself and to put yourself in the receiving seat. Mercury retrograding back into your sign can also bring issues back to the forefront that you thought were already solved. Use your formidable skills of tact and diplomacy to carve out a balance in your relationships. And, as the North Node (destiny) is also moving through your sign, this is the time to empower yourself in ways you have been avoiding, even if it means disturbing the peace for the time being.
Scorpio – October 22-November 21
If you have been putting off dealing with a health issue, Scorpio, now is the time to take care of it before it has a chance to get worse or turn into something major. Your sign has been playing host to both Saturn and Mars, and now this month, a solar eclipse. There may be a lot of emotional themes coming up for you, and as most of us are aware, those emotional wounds can literally turn into body issues when we hold onto them. It’s a great time for you to purify your body, mind and soul by paying close attention to diet, exercise, and what feeds your spiritual needs. Letting go of old wounds, beliefs, judgments, and grudges serves to allow the passionate, giving and healthy you to shine through.
Sagittarius – November 21-December 20
Lucky you Sagittarius. October’s lunar eclipse falls in your 5th House of Love, Romance, Joy, and Creativity, making this an awesome time for you to let go of anything standing in the way of your connecting fully to your authentic self! Backing you up in this, your ruling planet Jupiter is in Leo the sign that holds rulership over the 5th House meaning that you are empowered at this time to follow your Truth to the Freedom that you so love. Of course there may be little bumps along the way as Scorpio aligns in your 12th house of the hidden subconscious things that hold you back. Be willing to face the F.E.A.R (False Evidence Appearing Real) and push through old patterns that have held you back. Doing so now will be of great benefit when December rolls around and Saturn moves out of Scorpio and into your Sun sign
Capricorn – December 21-January 19
Capricorn, you may be feeling the push to spend more time at home with family as we prepare for the upcoming holiday season. Likely you have had to spend a lot of time on your career of late, and your loved ones and friends are missing your presence, as you are missing theirs. Remember that it is the connections we make with the people in our lives that sustain us. No one wants to wake up one day and find out that the most important things in life have passed you by. For you it really is time for a balance between self and others, and career and home concerns.
Aquarius – January 20-February 18
The Moon and Uranus in your 3rd House of Communication (the domain of a retrograde Mercury) may mean that something you say may be taken out of context or understood in the wrong way. How you say things this month is at least as important as what you say. An eclipse across the 3rd/9th house axis can also mean that you are ready to begin learning a new skill or taking on the role of teacher. The eclipse may even bring up the possibility of writing and then publishing that book you have in you. Just remember that you are an air sign and even though Mercury isn’t your ruling planet, you are still effected by its retrograde motion. Check and re-check any communication coming from you this month.
Pisces – February 19-March 20
The financial game changer that you have been waiting and hoping for may be on tap for you this month Pisces. Of course, abundance can come in many different ways. It is a new job or income? Or maybe money that you have been waiting for finally comes your way. Or maybe it is a gift you receive that you absolutely did not expect. No matter what it is, flow and abundance require a healthy sense of self-worth and the ability to value yourself appropriately. This isn’t always easy for you Pisces. Perhaps the timing is perfect for you to see yourself in an empowered way and boldly step out into the world in a way that has eluded you in the past.
Aries – March 21 to April19
The lunar eclipse effects your relationships. This might be the time where bold action in leaving a bad relationship can be the route to happiness. A move such as this requires courage and strength and determination, which you appear to have easy access to this month. Use this time as a way to strengthen the most important relationship in your life – the one with yourself! Pay attention to messages of change coming up from deep within you. They may very well be the access to Truth that you have been longing for.
Taurus – April 20-May 20
Taurus, this is your time to come out of the closet and emerge into the light! You may have been grappling with a host of emotional baggage over the last several months. It is time for you to make peace with all that fear, subconscious patterns and limiting thoughts that have been holding you back. Remember that you are the Master Manifestor’s of the zodiac, and that the universe is an equal opportunity manifesting place, meaning that whatever it is you have devoted your thoughts, energy and emotions to, is what is being manifested. Want access to financial abundance? Then stop framing it in the form of thoughts on what you don’t have. Make sense?
Gemini – May 21-June 20
As your ruling planet Mercury is in retrograde for most of October, Gemini, this could be a frustrating month for you if you’re trying to swim against the energetic tide. The best plan of action then is for you to take a good look at what your vision, goals and aspirations are, and see if you can re-imagine your way into your dream self. What would you do if you knew you could not fail? This is not the month to take action, but do everything in the background that needs doing so that when we get into November you are ready to launch the new you!
Cancer – June 21-July 22
Dear Cancer, your eclipse pattern is across the 10th House of Career, Profession and your 4th House of Home, Family, Security. Usually your concerns are more directed at the home, yet this month’s emphasis comes in your professional life. It’s a good bet that someone is eyeing you for a promotion or some kind of recognition. If you are self-employed, this could be a good month for business as you seem quite capable, professional and appealing in the marketplace. Mercury will be retrograde in this area of your chart though, so be sure to get any promises in writing and be sure there is a clear understanding of what any new job requirements or pay structures are. You don’t want to be surprised later.
Leo – July 23-August 22
Leo this is a time for you listen very carefully to your inner voice and intuitive knowing. Lucky planet Jupiter is in your sign until next August, so you want to be fully present to opportunities as they arise now. Remember that eclipses always close one door and open another. So, even if it looks like something is changing and you are not sure what that means for you personally, you are primed for good when you are following that inner guidance. There is also the possibility that you will have travel on your mind, or at the very least be exposed to different cultures in some way.
Virgo – August 23-September 22
Transformation is afoot for you Virgo. The game changing lunar eclipse sits in your 8th House of Transformation and Unearned Income. October energy can put you on the receiving end of money coming from investments, legacies, inheritances or in any other way that is not earned by the work you do. This is probably something that you have really waited for and make for a life-changing event.
Janet Hickox is an Astrologer, Human Design Coach, and Host of Living Astrology radio on the EmpowerYOU Radio Network. She specializes in readings that empower individuals to live their authentic lives. Request a free Human Design chart by going to her website at www.living-astrology.com. She can be reached at (360)399-1122.
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