October dawns bright and clear as our Sun transits through Libra skies.
Represented by the scales of balance, Libra is the zodiac sign of relationship, including all the spoken and unspoken agreements binding humanity into a synergistic whole. Over the course of October, individually and collectively, the planetary trends support a deepening awareness of these agreements. If you are familiar with these agreements, this is the month for review. Imagine your life and a world based on this very deep wisdom.
However, in order to access and live these principles, self-awareness and communication is fundamental. This is where Mercury, the planet of thinking, listening and speaking comes in. The month begins with Mercury in Libra, but not for long, on October 3 Mercury enters the dark, mysterious waters of Scorpio, where it will remain until December 9.
This is a very long haul for fast moving, ground covering Mercury, but due to a retrograde phase, the messenger will explore and excavate the depths of the human psyche for weeks on end. This can be likened to an initiation, a collective vision quest, and preparation is advised. Simply awareness and acknowledgment of this potential can go a long way in overcoming inner resistance, including attempts to deny, control or shut down the process. This is a purging with widespread implications on many levels.
Airwaves will be rife with one slanderous scandal after another.
In many cases, it may be advisable and necessary to update and re-negotiate contracts, treaties, laws and mission statements. From the personal standpoint, a gut level response can quickly shred the veneer of appropriate nicety. Scorpio is never superficial. This brings us to Pluto, the planet associated with Scorpio. On October 3, as Mercury plummets the depths, Pluto appears to be stationary, beginning a direct phase. This is an intense drilling down to what matters.
After all, Scorpio is the zodiac sign of death and rebirth. In mythology, Pluto is god of the underworld. Orbiting in the farthest reaches of our solar system, Pluto has a unique purpose in cleansing and transforming the shadow consciousness. Pluto has been in retrograde since late April.
That time period was also important as Saturn went retrograde on April You may consider circumstances at that point and realize significant progress has been made based on realistic appraisal, focus, commitment and discipline. All virtues these major planetary players have been encouraging, and in many cases, demanding. Transiting through Capricorn, Saturn will join Pluto soon, January 12, to be exact. These planets have an approximately year cycle. However, the last time they joined in the zodiac sign of Capricorn was years ago.
Whether it is recognized or not, current trends are a conclusion of many years, and there is a rebirth underway. The new cycle is to be welcomed, and it is calling everyone, including the entire global community, to a higher level of accountability. Look to your personal life. It was not until December 6 that we could start to rev up our engines to push forward assertively on goals and dreams, knowing plans would stick.
Much of last year was meant to look back and fix what was broken, not move ahead, but that all changes now. Venus, Mars, and Mercury are the three planets we feel the most when retrograde because they orbit closest to earth. Happily, love- beauty- and money-goddess Venus and action-hero Mars will not retrograde even once in This assures a productive year ahead with plenty of energy and a variety of options.
Mercury will retrograde, of course, as he does every 12 weeks or so, so note, Mercury will retrograde during almost all of March, July, and much of November. I have a section on Mercury retrograde in my Year Ahead book. Of the three, Mars has a very big role to play in helping you launch successful ventures, for he acts as a booster rocket to get big projects into space with a strong orbit. Once the main rocket is in orbit, the booster is no longer needed, so Mars salutes the captain of the rocket ship, spins off, and heads to his next assignment.
As you see, Mars adds energy to any strenuous effort. Mars will start the year in Aries and push quickly all the way to Scorpio in , bringing lots of projects and discussions up for planning and launch at a fast clip. Saturn will remain in Capricorn, a placement this teacher-taskmaster planet took up on December 23, , but will move very close to Pluto now in a very rare configuration. This only happens every 35 to 38 years, so this is a big feature of and of the coming year, , too. Saturn and Pluto last met in and A conjunction is the strongest of all astrological aspects, for it denotes the start of a new cycle.
Pluto contains energy and is associated with governments and large, multi-national corporations. He is associated with the masses of people.
Your Scorpio horoscope is authentic because of planetary transits to Pluto from December 19, climaxes on January 12, Scorpio Horoscope Scorpio. Sagittarius Horoscope Sagittarius Jan 12, – Saturn conjunct Pluto 1 of 1 at 22 ♑ Feb
Saturn sets firm foundations and structures as well. These two planets will be a formidable force. Saturn and Pluto can be akin to two stern parents that hold a united front when parenting their children. When these two planets are friendly and acting as your advocate, as they will be in March, the end of August, mid-September, and the end of December, life is happy and sweet. However, when Saturn and Pluto want to teach us all a lesson, like on April 19 or October 27, it can be maddeningly frustrating with little recourse but to take on a fight with City Hall.
Some astrologers worry that when Saturn and Pluto are together, danger of the rise of totalitarian dictatorship is strong in nations around the world. Admittedly, that could be a concern.
Often, planets will test our commitment to certain values, so this year, we may have to fight hard for our belief in democracy. Neptune, seeing this situation developing with Saturn and Pluto, will rush in and build agreement with these two, softening the effect. Saturn and Pluto will work beautifully with Neptune all year, for Saturn and Pluto will almost be joined together at the hip like Siamese twins. When Neptune beams one planet so close to another, it is as though he is beaming them both, so what happens to one planet will happen to the other.
Neptune is known to cleanse, bring creative thinking, and add a spiritual quality to all it touches. Thank goodness for Neptune, for without his care, Saturn and Pluto together can put up quite a united front of force, but Neptune will soften this aspect. Last year, Saturn, the planet that stabilizes all it touches, worked closely with unpredictable Uranus, adding encouragement and backing for new scientific discoveries and technical, digital innovation.
This year, Saturn will work with Neptune to help the arts flourish and add stability to them. One of the other biggest and most important features of will be the entry of Uranus in Taurus for the first time since to Taurus is a sign associated with money and wealth.
Uranus will remain in that sign for seven years, starting March 6, , until April 25, During this time, Uranus, planet of innovation that strikes like lightning, will bring new ways of globally dealing with all sorts of money. Bitcoin and encryption are only part of the story—Uranus rules sudden, unexpected developments and also electronic, scientific discoveries of all kinds.
We will have to wait to see what comes. Good-fortune planet Jupiter will be in the sign he loves and rules—Sagittarius. This means you will absorb the goodness of Jupiter in a natural way, easily, and that he will have a strong presence in your chart. Jupiter in fire-sign Sagittarius will be especially helpful if you are a Sagittarian, Aries, or Leo, or air-sign Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius. Yet all signs will benefit—I am splitting hairs here.
In Sagittarius, Jupiter will help the publishing and broadcasting industries and the entire international travel market as well, including airlines, cruise lines, and railroads.