Astrology for October 2020

All dates in this article are based on Universal Time

Thursday 1 October

FULL MOON IN ARIES The potential in this energy is for you to accept that you have reached some sort of winning post. At the very least, you need to impress upon yourself how brave you are to have come this far. You’ve achieved a lot to be where you are now and there are many more medals to be won, so take steps to stay motivated and to maintain your levels of courage, enthusiasm and drive. Key dates between 3rd week in March-3rd week in April (either this year or next) could point to timelines & schedules involved in the attainment of your goals.

WOUNDED HEALER CHIRON is guiding you into a self healing process which could involve some sort of training or preparation to build courage, stamina and strength. Be your own therapist, and ask for specific support from others only when you feel it is necessary. You’re looking for someone to show you how rather than do it for you. Maintain motivation, take it step by step, and one thing at a time. Don’t do it if it leaves you cold. You have to feel excited and energised by the prospect.

URANUS ADDS AN UNKNOWN QUANTITY, which could be a source of stress. Its purpose it to keep you on your toes so that your reflexes are always on the alert, ready to react to whatever crosses your path – however unexpected, however unpredictable.

NUMBER NINE The Full Moon takes place in the 9th degree of Aries & Libra, corresponding to Number 9 and the Hermit Card in the Tarot. This suggests you may have to go it alone for a while, find your own way, your own path. You might feel as though you are going through a rite of passage, moving from one stage of your life to the next. You may not be sure where you are headed to begin  with. Perhaps it will seem as though you have taken on the role of pioneer. Even if you are doing something for the first time, you are filled with conviction that this is what you were born to do.

Image of the Hermit from Shadowscapes Tarot

THE SABIAN SYMBOL FOR ARIES 9° “A crystal gazer”
Have faith that the way will be revealed to you as you move forward. Your focus is always in the present, your attention is concentrated in the here and now. Do not allow yourself to be distracted about what could, should, may or may not happen in the future. Be certain of your instincts and reflexes which are so sharply tuned to your unfolding experience that they will warn you in advance if any definite or specific action is needed from you.

Friday 2 October

VENUS MOVES INTO VIRGO The time has come to recognise that you deserve the best the world has to offer. Which is definitely not fame and fortune as they often bring nothing but disappointment. Not for you the vicious struggle to assert your Ego, which only leads to frustration. Not for you the pointless effort to enter a rat race that forces you to behave in ways you cannot admire or respect.

Venus in Virgo is all about appreciating what you have, relishing your daily routine, enjoying a sense of health and wellbeing, embracing your physical sensations, delighting in the dexterity of your mental abilities, loving the work you do.

What you are seeking is the contentment that comes from small things, like how good your morning coffee tastes. It’s the satisfaction you get from a job well done, or a kindness offered and received with thanks. It is the sense of being filled with pleasure because something has turned out better than you expected it to. It is the gentle anticipation of a new day which will bring what it will bring. Whatever that is, you feel ready to receive it, to respond to it, to roll up your sleeves and enter into the experience!

Sunday 4 October

PLUTO MOVES DIRECT AT 22-23° CAPRICORN

“What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely.” Christopher Reeve

We are attracted to power because it helps us to feel in control. Most of us resent having to kowtow to others, especially if there is no respect for the person who is handing out the orders. But being the boss doesn’t come so easily to most of us either. We often fear our own power because we worry about causing more harm than good. This causes us to throttle back on our true potential and stick to situations that are far beneath our actual abilities.

Power is only to be used with very high levels of responsibility, honesty and integrity and it corrupts those who dare to dabble in it for selfish reasons. Pluto dictates that it is time to confront the consequences of our collective karma. Any human system that has employed exploitation or abuse to enrich and empower itself will be held accountable and cast into the fiery furnace that purifies and renews.

THE SABIAN SYMBOLS FOR 22° & 23° CAPRICORN are amazingly apt for this period in human history: “By accepting defeat gracefully, a general reveals nobility of character” & “A soldier receiving awards for bravery in combat.” The truly noble hero does not seek to succeed at all costs and at the expense of others, merely to satisfy their own Ego. They reach for rewards that honour their ability to confront challenge and adversity with courage and integrity. They willingly offer their lives in service to those who are weaker and more vulnerable than themselves.

Wednesday 14 October

MERCURY MOVES RETROGRADE at 11-12° SCORPIO This is a time for introspection, for examining the motives that make you think and speak in certain ways. Don’t be afraid to be totally honest with yourself. On reflection, there could be things that make you wince with embarrassment or shame – or at least wish that you had handled things better. This profound soul-searching may dredge up some uncomfortable memories, but it could also help you to find perspective and reach a deeper understanding of what happened and why. It could cast light on truths that until now have been hidden or supressed.

THE SABIAN SYMBOLS FOR 11°-12° SCORPIO are: “A drowning man is being rescued” & “An official embassy ball”
This suggests the need to stop thinking of yourself as too weak and vulnerable to face the truth. It is a bit like taking on the role of whistle blower, where you call out any instance of hypocrisy – whether in yourself, in others, or in the world around you. The outcome could well be that you no longer feel you have to put on a false front or pretend to be impressed by people in high places who have tricked or talked their way into positions of power and social status. You will have to be convinced that their intent is absolutely honest and authentic before you are willing to trust what they say, or bow to their rule.

Friday 16 October

NEW MOON IN LIBRA Whatever you begin now should start off on an even keel. There must not be too much of one energy and too little of another. The emphasis is on creating new potential within situations that involve co-operation and collaboration with others. If your project involves inter-action between partners, both sides have to take fair and equal shares in all aspects of the relationship.

The difficult and somewhat aggressive energies influencing this New Moon mean that you might have to fight for your fair share. You’ll need to take an assertive approach, especially in situations where powerful authorities are concerned. The more you are seen to be able to stand up for yourself, the more likely you are to gain the respect of those in positions of influence and expertise. You are starting as you mean to go on, so make sure you set off on a decisive note by making it clear to all those involved that you are no pushover. On the contrary – you are a force to be reckoned with!

The New Moon takes place at 23-24° (in numerology terms 5-6), which corresponds to fives & sixes in the Tarot. This suggests that you are moving away from a negative situation or mind set towards a more positive place. But try to avoid looking back to how things used to be and wishing you could return to a reality that no longer exists. This is your chance to stop fighting to preserve what is gone and start investing in what will be.

  • 5 & 6 of Wands: moving away from a very confused situation to where you can see the potential victory of order over chaos
  • 5 & 6 of Swords: moving away from a war that no-one can win to a more peaceful scenario. You may be feeling battle-weary but there’s hope that times will get better.
  • 5 & 6 of Pentacles: realising that however hard-up you feel, there’s always someone worse off. Self-pity is a pointless waste of energy. Your talents and abilities are being squandered – there are far better ways of spending them.
  • 5 & 6 of Cups: don’t focus on what you’ve lost, look at what you have. All those beautiful memories of happy times! Go out and make some more.

THE SABIAN SYBOLS FOR 23-24° LIBRA are “A chanticleer’s voice heralds sunrise” & “A butterfly with a third wing on its left side”.
Both these symbols are very relevant at a new Moon because they represent the potential for something new to happen. A cock crowing at dawn awakens you to a new day. The three-winged butterfly shows you that you might be ready to create something that you haven’t even thought of yet, which is still waiting to reveal itself to you.

Sunday 18 October

CERES MOVES DIRECT AT 28°-29° AQUARIUS It could be that some of your creative projects have been interrupted or put on hold, or they might have gone through a series of stops and starts. The uncertainty about whether to carry on or walk away may have felt frustrating. But now things could start up again, although possibly in a different form to what you had first designed. It’s almost as though your creation has evolved of its own accord so that it is now better suited to the current situation than it would have been if it had stayed in its original state.

THE SABIAN SYMBOLS FOR 28° & 29° AQUARIUS are “A tree felled and sawed to ensure a supply of wood for the winter” & “A butterfly emerging from a chrysalis”.
This suggests that you have a good supply of very fertile material with the potential to produce magical results when the time is right. You just have to trust the natural process that will bring your plan to fruition and turn your vision into reality.

Thursday 22 October

SUN MOVES INTO SCORPIO

“Living with integrity means … Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values.” Barbara De Angelis

It is time to immerse yourself in something worthwhile and truly meaningful to you. If you are not prepared to invest absolute loyalty and commitment, then don’t get involved at all. Your personal power will act as a catalytic force, and your resourcefulness will help to generate and maintain momentum. Although initially it might seem that your contribution is ignored or not fully recognised, deep down you know just how valuable it really is.

Your gut instincts are particularly strong right now and it is important that you trust their ability to keep you straight. It is vital that you set very high standards of honesty and integrity, and that you never allow them to be compromised. Let your conscience be your guide, even when you find its advice very strict or difficult to follow. You will need to be on your guard against negative influences and manipulative individuals whose motives are to corrupt or control you by turning your strengths to weaknesses. They may also be angling to get you to do their dirty work, and take the blame when their crimes are discovered.

Alternatively, you might come across people who want to delegate control of their lives to you. You must not be tempted to accept their offer, as everyone should manage their own fortune. You can empower them with your unconditional love and support, but they alone must live the destiny they were born to fulfil.

Wednesday 28 October

Two major events are taking place in the sign of Libra, which places a strong emphasis on co-operation, collaboration, negotiation and diplomacy, and puts partnership in the driving seat position. This is not the time to go it alone as the need for shared  decision-making is increased. Short-term rulings made out of impatience or carelessness without any kind of consultation, feedback or advice will not be helpful – whether on a political, professional or personal basis.

MERCURY MOVES RETROGRADE INTO LIBRA As Mercury, planet of communication, reverses into the sign of debate and discussion you may find yourself going back to decisions that you made, or half made, earlier this year. Perhaps the situation looks rather different now, or you have had time to go deeper into the subject in order to see it from another angle.

But it could also be that you’re feeling stuck between conflicting viewpoints. You can see the rights and wrongs, pros and cons of all aspects of the argument, which makes it very difficult for you to choose one side or the other. To be honest, there’s no point in forcing yourself to do so, as this is not a time for coming to cut and dried conclusions. It would be better to keep thinking things over, observing and consulting various sources of information, until you form a balanced perspective.

VENUS MOVES INTO LIBRA There is potential for great healing in this placement of the planet of peace and harmony in the zodiac sign of fairness and justice. But it will be hampered by the need for vain and narcissistic people to save their faces, their fortunes and their reputations, by striking bargains and doing deals to protect their own interests.

If you are involved in any kind of diplomatic discussion, please don’t make the mistake of thinking that the person you’re negotiating with is as nice as you! They may come across as charming and accommodating, but that’s all part of a PR exercise to keep you where they want you. Always ask for second opinions and give yourself plenty of time to make up your mind about what is being asked and offered. If at any time you feel that you’re being persuaded, coaxed or coerced into an agreement that is not fair to all parties involved, then do not be afraid to raise your concerns.

LIBRA IS THE SEVENTH SIGN OF THE ZODIAC, linking to Number 7 in the Tarot, and to the Chariot Card. Venus in Libra can make it seem as though you are being drawn towards two different directions, both of which are potentially the right one. But as you can’t follow two separate ways at the same time, you have to make a choice. Rather than trying to force yourself to make a definite decision, it might be better to find some sort of wise compromise. You could agree to go so far along one route, with the proviso that you could turn back if things were not going well, or you were not enjoying the experience.

Do not be afraid to insist on the get out clause that ensures you’ll always have other alternatives, options and choices open to you if you should care to use them.

Chariot Image from Shadowscapes Tarot

Saturday 31 October

FULL MOON IN TAURUS This is the perfect time for counting your blessings and for valuing the more enjoyable aspects of your life. Recognise your natural talents and appreciate the abilities you were born with – they are what have helped you to accumulate a wealth of happy memories that will stay with you for ever. Take stock of how you’ve managed to make things happen and give yourself credit for sticking it out when times haven’t been so easy. Enhance the sense of well-being this full Moon can bring by connecting to something you consider to be beautiful, relaxing or reassuring.

EVOLUTIONARY URANUS exerts a very strong influence over the Moon, which suggests that you will be aware of change in the air. The need to do something differently could have a major impact on how you decide to proceed from here. You may want to alter the rhythm of your life by cutting out unnecessary complications and placing far more emphasis on ease and simplicity. You may want a less cluttered, more contemporary lifestyle that incorporates technologies generated out of respect for the environment.

This month’s 2nd Full Moon takes place at 8-9° of Taurus & Scorpio, relating to numbers 8 and 9 in the Tarot. This indicates that you have consolidated your current position, and you are now ready to progress to the next level. At this stage, it is very important that you do not reinforce negative perspectives or patterns of behaviour.

  • 8-9 Swords: If you’re feeling trapped in your current situation, do not allow that sense of being fenced into to turn into anxiety or depression.
  • 8-9 Wands: If circumstances around you seem unpredictable or constantly moving, try not to go on the defensive but build as much stability into your own situation as you can.
  • 8-9 Pentacles: Appreciate all the talents and skills at your disposal. Value their ability to help make your life more secure, serene, comfortable and enjoyable.
  • 8-9 Cups: Decrease your dependency on material objects and physical pleasures. Seek emotional fulfilment and spiritual satisfaction in a life lived simply and naturally.

THE SABIAN SYMBOLS FOR 8° & 9° TAURUS ARE: “A sleigh on land uncovered by snow” and “A fully decorated Christmas tree”.
This suggests that sustained effort is required as a sleigh does not glide over bare ground so quickly and easily it does over snow. The sleigh will have to carry less weight if it is to move at all. Even then, progress might be slower, made through a combination of pushing and pulling, stopping and starting. But the hard work involved is all worthwhile because ultimately, it takes you to a magical destination: a beautiful celebration of the eternal cycle of life, death and renewal at which you are an honoured guest.

TEXT & GRAPHICS © PAULINE GEROSA 2020 ASTROLOGY ORACLE

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