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Week One 01-07 October 2021
Libra Season started on 22nd September and continues until 23rd of this month, when the Sun moves into Scorpio. October is a blend of air and water elements, offering us the potential to combine our intellectual and imaginative faculties to help us come up with ingenious solutions to our problems.
The astrology suggests that we are likely to see some rather severe struggles developing over the coming weeks, which could well test humanity’s ability to resist the temptation to revert to the type of primitive, selfish behaviour that provokes distrust and misunderstanding.
1-5 October Mercury in Libra opposes Eris in Aries and squares Pluto in Capricorn, while Mars and Sun in Libra oppose Chiron in Aries. It is obvious that the resolving of most disagreements which involve conflict between opponents is an open and honest exchange of views supported by diplomatic negotiations. Bearing in mind that Mercury is moving Retrograde until 18 October, it is important to recognise the key role that the revision of existing contracts will play in healing painful divisions. It is a time for compromise and conciliation rather than rivalry and competition.
Mercury in Libra trines Jupiter in Aquarius, Mars and Sun in Libra trine Ceres in Gemini. The potential for fair and peaceful discussions leading to agreement on how to ensure harmonious outcomes for the future of humanity is strong. These dealings could spark a series of collaborative projects which produce a rich variety of creative ideas with fertile outcomes thanks to their simple to implement format.
6 OCTOBER NEW MOON AT 13-14° LIBRA
This New Moon is charged with a pro-active surge due to direct contact with Mars whose normally pushy vibe is moderated by the harmonious influence of its placement in Libra. You can tap into the energy to help you create motivation and focus without any sense of urgency or impatience. If you are sowing the seeds of new growth, or if you are looking to initiate a new project, you should be aware that its successful outcome may require you to seek input from others. The original design or idea could be yours but the contribution which comes from collaborators might make all the difference.
Resist the urge to go it alone, as this could turn you into a jack of all trades and master of none. Focus on what you can do, and delegate any tasks you do not feel competent to fulfil to your complete satisfaction. Enthusiasm plays an important role in the eventual success of your endeavour. The excitement engendered by the task you have set yourself will provide you with courage and drive you forward to the achievement of your goals.
A word of advice regarding relationships. While it is a good time to take the initiative (nothing ventured, nothing gained) where partnerships are concerned, it would be wise to avoid direct confrontation. You are aiming for frank and open discussion, rather than aggressive argument. This is not about one party having their own way, it is about creating a situation where both sides win.
6 OCTOBER PLUTO MOVES DIRECT IN CAPRICORN
Reinforce and empower your plans for achieving long-term results, thereby ensuring their ability to overcome the trauma of tough times. But do not be surprised to find that some of the key strategies you are invested in have been completely transformed and are now a reborn version of what was originally proposed.
Pluto’s return to forward movement gains extra force as it forms an exact 90 degree angle to Eris in Aries. There is nothing light-hearted about this intense energy. On the contrary, it could be described as a catalyst for challenging events. Although it is likely to make life more complicated for many of us, the clash between Pluto and Eris is bound to uncover hidden truths and exposes the corruption that dwells in deep pits of dark matter. This substance, which is harmful due to its primitive and destructive nature, can be regenerated to provide the raw material for new life. We could think of this interaction between Pluto and Eris as a phoenix rising event – when something is transformed from one state of being to another.
While we will all be witnessing this phenomena in the world around us, you may be experiencing a strong sense of challenge and transformation in your own life. Try not to resist it, or to panic if you are faced with what appear to be insurmountable obstacles. Trust in your own survival mechanisms and let yourself be guided by the wisdom and strength of your ability to triumph over trauma.
My heart was born a warrior, each day I’m fighting still. I am everything the darkness could not kill.” John Mark Green
7 OCTOBER VENUS MOVES INTO SAGITTARIUS
Fall in love with positivity, optimism, new prospects, everything that makes your life more adventurous. Give way to the free spirit within you and follow the call to push back the boundaries of your life, to explore and discover new experiences. This is not the time to settle for the kind of ho-hum situation that offers a fair enough level of comfort and enjoyment. It will leave you feeling restless and dissatisfied.
The sensation of somehow wanting more will crop up in your dealings with other people, possibly via a developing dullness with the way things seem to be drifting along in your relationships. Actually the boredom you feel is with yourself, and it is waking you up to the fact that you need to allow fresh options and influences into your life. They will expand and liberate your current circumstances so they no longer limit your potential for personal growth.
When Venus conjuncts South Node in Sagittarius on 9 October, you may register the vibrant presence of the bravest and most daring of your ancestors. They wish to offer you encouragement as you set out on this journey of self-development. Look out for people who could be fellow travellers along your learning curve, as their company will enhance your enjoyment of your quest for fulfilment.
Week Two 08-14 October
8-9 October Sun conjuncts Mars & Mercury Retrograde in Libra. Pluto in Capricorn squares Eris in Aries. The combination of these planetary placements and patterns underlines the urgent need for negotiations that are both focussed and fair. Whether it be in the world around you or in your own life, you will be aware of how important it is to forge harmonious agreements that offer benefits to all parties involved. This is the desirable option since the alternative would be a very serious form of aggressive confrontation which could easily escalate out of control.
10 OCTOBER CERES MOVES RETROGRADE IN GEMINI
Fertile Ceres first entered Gemini, the sign of ideas and information exchange, in July this year. Now she is about to turn retrograde, giving you the chance to review, revise and perfect any designs you have produced so far.
Some of your more stimulating schemes could still be on the drawing board, waiting for you to fill gaps and iron out inconsistencies that may exist in the presentation of your project. Ceres is hoping to reassure you that any creative endeavour carries the potential to diversify which may mean that it will grow beyond its original form.
Do not resist the modifications that could make your concept easier to communicate and understand, so that it appeals to a variety of potential customers and other interested parties. By the time Ceres returns to forward movement in Gemini on 15 January 2022, she will have spent several weeks in her previous sign, Taurus. This suggests that you will have revaluated the role of your natural resources (the talents and abilities you were born with) in bringing your venture to fruition.
11 OCTOBER SATURN MOVES DIRECT IN AQUARIUS
As the great task-master Saturn resumes its forward movement through the most unpredictable yet evolutionary of zodiac signs, we should be prepared to deal with the type of change that is calculated to test our mettle. The effort our eternal Souls put into incarnating as human beings emphasises the importance that the Planet Earth experience has in terms of enhancing our expertise. Living in a 3D reality can seem like a gruelling boot camp for many of us, but the insight and acumen we gain from sticking it out is beyond measure.
Each generation contributes to the capability of the Cosmos to embrace and accept every single expression of life that it is possible to envision and conceive. Drawing on these ever-increasing reserves of wisdom and judgement, each generation of those who wish to master the art of manifestation becomes more proficient in coping with the trials and tribulations involved in taking a plan and carrying it through to completion.
But there will always be a major obstacle to overcome, and that is our tendency to cling to the tried and tested, even when it no longer serves our best interests. Brave is the far-sighted individual who dares to challenge Society’s status quo, even when their innovative ideas offer a lighter, brighter future to all who inhabit the Earth Plane experiment.
Generally speaking, people are slow to rebel against the procedures and protocols which control their lives, even when it is obvious that they cause more harm than good. Saturn in Aquarius is here to remind us that it is time to relinquish the rules and regulations which have given us a false sense of security and permanence. We have reached the end of an era and, whether we like it or not, we are about to embark upon a new one which will no doubt contain lessons as yet unlearned.
14 October Mercury in Libra trines Ceres in Gemini Think back to when you were a child and remember how fertile your mind was until most of your natural ingenuity was squashed and supressed by patronising grown-ups! But many young people retain their ability to conceive creative ideas which are easy to understand and implement and their insights could play a key role in bringing peace and harmony to the planet.
Week Three 15-21 October
15-17 October Sun in Libra trine Jupiter in Aquarius, opposing Eris in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn. There are many reasons to feel optimistic about the future, even if you are caught in a battle with powerful and heavy doubts about whether you can overcome apparently insurmountable obstacles. You will win through, so long as you trust your own courage and strength.
16-18 October Venus in Sagittarius trine Chiron in Aries, opposing Ceres in Gemini. If you are to succeed in solving the painful problems that have been plaguing you, you may have to ignore information you were given as a child. Seek out new sources of knowledge to guide your healing process.
18 OCTOBER MERCURY MOVES DIRECT IN LIBRA
As the planet of information and communication returns to forward movement in the justice-loving sign of Libra, this is a good time to resume your quest to find words that can create an atmosphere of peace and harmony.
If you have been involved in arguments, try your best to ease out any form of aggression from your discussions and substitute it with a tone of constructive conciliation. You cannot force the other parties involved to agree with you, but you may be able to persuade them to sympathise with your side of the story.
You are unlikely to reach agreement if you insist on being in the right. You do not have to relinquish your point of view, but it would help matters to understand that your counterpart may be as wedded to their way of seeing things as you are to yours.
Do not worry if you seem to be spending more time than usual on weighing up the pros and cons of a situation. Mercury in Libra favours the kind of careful consideration which facilitates well-made choices. If you do not feel able to reach a decision at this stage, it is probably because you will not be ready to do so until Mercury enters the strong-minded sign of Scorpio on 5 November.
18 OCTOBER JUPITER MOVES DIRECT IN AQUARIUS
Having travelled through a period of retrospection it could be that you are now seeing the future more clearly. Perhaps the knowledge and experience you have gained thanks to the benefit of hindsight enable you to take a more optimistic approach to what lies ahead.
To be honest, none of us really know what will actually happen because there are so many possibilities and potentials open to us as we travel along our Life Path learning curves. Those random mutations which bring sudden changes of fortune cannot be foreseen. Their roller coaster ride quality can only be experienced as a form of extreme adventure which is both exhilarating yet terrifying!
The most important and exciting aspect of this placement of Jupiter in Aquarius is its ability to expand our awareness of the truth. Which is that no-one guides us but Ourselves. We create our own life stories, we walk our own life paths.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.”
William Ernest Henley
19-21 October Mars in Libra trine Jupiter in Aquarius, opposing Eris in Aries. Impatience is an enemy which has to be fought with the weapons of reason and logic. Rushing to implement an idea before it has been received the time and space required to iron out any inconsistencies, snags and glitches shows a high degree of irresponsibility.
20 OCTOBER FULL MOON AT 27-28° ARIES
There is some seriously feisty energy around this event, as La Luna will have formed a conjunction to Eris in Aries and opposition to Mars in Libra and a square to Pluto in Capricorn before it opposes the Sun in Libra to create a full Moon.
The most constructive way to utilise the intensity is to re-charge your energy, especially if something has started to wear you down, or get the better of you. This is not the time to give up. It is all the more important to stay focussed on winning your goals. Do not let outside factors – however powerful they may seem – deter you from achieving your ambitions.
Your real enemy is impatience, which implies a lack of trust in your own abilities. Do not be tempted to take short cuts as they are unlikely to lead you to success. Neither should you ignore offers of assistance from people who are willing to help, just because you feel you ought to be able to go it alone. Friendly feedback, support and encouragement could make all the difference to your morale and provide the motivation that will spur you on.
Week Four 22-28 October
22 October Mercury in Libra trine Ceres in Gemini, Mars in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn. Keeping your mind and your lines of communication open will help you to avoid unwanted confrontation with people who are looking to cause trouble, possibly because they have driven themselves into a difficult situation from which there is no way out. Maintain a detached outlook and do not get drawn into their drama.
23 OCTOBER SUN MOVES INTO SCORPIO
This may be a challenging time of year, when you have to confront truths that are difficult to digest. These could be connected to the control or investment of your resources, which may require you to make some tough – even ruthless – moves. Likewise with important relationships, whether intimate or business. You may feel that you are involved in a game of chess where both partners are trying to out manoeuvre one another. It would be best to trust your instincts to guide you on how to manage matters. Your motive is to serve your conscience and integrity by achieving the most effective outcomes for all concerned. You do not want to come away feeling either guilty or ashamed.
You can maximise the potential of this intense energy by using it to purify, transform and regenerate the areas of your existence which have become stagnant. Their inertia is in danger of turning into a toxic influence that threatens the vitality of your life force. It is time to tackle them and emerge from their clutches, like a phoenix rising from the ashes.
27 October Venus in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces. While it is always good to see things in their best possible light, it is not wise to cloud your sight with a misty gauze of rose-coloured glass. An unrealistic view of how things are makes you easy prey to the kind of people who offer pie in the sky promises which they have no intention of fulfilling. Stay optimistic, but stay away from those charming yet irresponsible here today and gone tomorrow types.
Week Five 29-31 October
30 October Sun in Scorpio squares Saturn in Aquarius, Venus in Sagittarius trines Eris in Aries. The point at which there is a strong sense of being tested to the limits of your endurance is where breakthrough usually happens. The feisty Amazonian Warrior in you is fully activated. She is eager to begin to fight back, and there is no way she will let you lose the battle, however daunting your foe.
30 OCTOBER MARS MOVES INTO SCORPIO
The planet of energy and drive is about to boost your levels of courage and motivation. You may have been skirting around the issue of assuming your true force, in case it overwhelms you with its intensity. But now you are eager to be empowered, so long as you can maintain your integrity and sense of control.
Your gut instincts will become stronger than ever, so let your actions be guided by them. Try not to do anything that does not feel totally right to you. And hold back if you sense that the time is not quite right for making your move. Mars in Scorpio is all about following a strategy based on intuitive awareness. Your emotional hunches will direct your actions more effectively than any instruction manual.
A word of warning: this placement of Mars can be rather ruthless in its tendency to hold grudges or to seek revenge. This is not a good time to bring out your battle wounds if you still feel embittered about them because their negative influence could sabotage your health and happiness. It is far more constructive to let go of any deep-seated hatred or resentment because the only person it would be poisoning is You.
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