Jane Lyle, Astrologer
From The Astrology Room
October’s a month for thinking, studying, and balancing. We can get closer to ourselves, and others, if we choose.
Much of October’s astrology says what goes around, comes around. What was seeded earlier, sometimes years earlier, can be harvested. Or not – maybe your 2018 harvest isn’t what you expected? Or maybe something is hiding in plain sight, waiting for you to notice? Either way, we’re in a new season now, and pausing now and then for thought, and intuitive guidance, is in tune with October’s smoky Libra-Scorpio weather.
So here are two thoughts I like for October:
“It is no good getting furious if you get stuck. What I do is keep thinking about the problem but work on something else. Sometimes it is years before I see the way forward. In the case of information loss and black holes, it was 29 years.” — Stephen Hawking
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” — Lao Tzu
Image: ‘Karin Iaser’ by Carl Larsson (1853-1919) via Pinterest
Monday, 1st October:
Pluto turns direct in Capricorn, the Sea Goat
Pluto’s role in astrology is to destroy or demolish, and then transform and rebuild. This intense little planet usually works very slowly, with tremendous focus hidden away in the underworld – Pluto’s mythic home beneath the surface. What emerges may seem shocking or unexpected, yet it always has deep roots if you look closer.
Currently, in earthy Capricorn, Pluto is more concerned than ever with what lies beneath our feet, our consciousness, and our post-truth, alternative facts, fake news world. Pluto will soon be working alongside Saturn in Capricorn.
Saturn is another slow but relentless influence. Saturn and Pluto’s shared message is one of taking responsibility for past actions, of restraint, and a whole world of secrets and hidden things being reassessed or transformed. Some of this will concern our global financial systems. Some of it, here in Capricorn, will concern government, mining, waste disposal, and the earth’s mineral resources, amongst other things.
In our own lives, this planetary pair highlight our life direction, and prompt serious reassessments and down-to-earth decisions, budgets, and working hard towards a goal, or our own sense of security in the world. Not glamorous, you’ll no doubt agree, but what’s achieved – eventually – has lasting value and strong foundations. It’s just that the rocky road ahead can be tough. We’ll be needing some sturdy hiking boots.
Friday, 5th October:
Back Story: Venus Retrograde – 5th October – 16th November 2018
Magnetic Venus turns retrograde today. As she seems to retrace her steps, as seen from Earth, she’s drawing closer to us – and as I mentioned in September’s Cosmic Weather, will be a bright and beautiful ‘star’ in our evening skies this autumn.
Venus is retrograde in Scorpio this month, emphasising Scorpio’s themes of sex, endings, money, and mysterious secrets. Much will be brewing behind the scenes, and it may not be possible to make final judgements or decisions just yet – or to be clear about romantic, financial, or social situations we’re experiencing.
Seven things to look out for when Venus is retrograde :
*encounters with long-lost friends and lovers – is there unfinished business? Have you ‘bumped into’ someone for a reason?
*searching your heart, memory, and imagination for a deeper perspective on love and friendship
*hunting for antique and vintage bargains – Venus loves jewellery, art, and fashion. And with Scorpio’s connections with what lies beneath, metal detectorists could unearth a little buried treasure.
*mulling over your finances and financial plans and aspirations – have you overlooked something?
*searching for lost items of jewellery, art, or vintage treasures – sometimes precious things turn up in the strangest or most unlikely places
*studying the history of love, sex, art or women
*increasing awareness of karmic connections, soul mates, and karmic debts or obligations involving love, legacies, and/or money
Venus in Scorpio is an ace female detective or paranormal investigator – she’s always going to want to dig and delve. This phase can bring cold cases to our attention, or highlight stories (real or fictional) involving female investigators or crimes involving women as victims or perpetrators.
Relationships, sex, and partnerships or alliances of many kinds are highlighted between now and New Year 2019. Surprises and secret revelations are in store.
Watch for the days between 1st – 11th October when Venus lounges around at 10 degrees of Scorpio, while her mythic lover, Mars, in Aquarius, draws ever closer until they ignite, clash, and create a little romantic mayhem on 11th October beneath a Scorpio Moon.
Things could get pretty lively later too, for Venus opposes disruptive Uranus at the end of October, and during November. Sudden financial highs and lows, unusual and unconventional relationships forming or breaking up, or even stories about sex robots would all represent this Venus and Uranus dance. With both planets retrograde, stories from the past – particularly about sex, money, and maybe even death – are likely to surface now.
What comes up this month may not be resolved or clarified until December, when Venus moves forward again in Scorpio.
Venus returns to Libra at Halloween, travelling back through the sign of partnerships until 16th November, turning direct, and returning to Scorpio on 2nd December.
Venus finally leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius on 7th January, 2019.
Image: Vintage monochrome photo, unknown photographer, via Pinterest
Tuesday 9th October:
Balanced Diet: New Moon at 15 degrees Libra
A serious, hungry, and dynamic new Moon rises in Libra. There’s a fateful flavour in the air as two ancient adversaries, Ceres and Pluto, face off. Each has something the other desires, each likes to tell us we will reap what we’ve sown.
So will the fair-minded Libran Moon be able to negotiate for reason and balance? Tricky. Sow seeds of love and harmony when and where you can. Adjustments between rational thinking and idealism are all around us.
This new Moon could herald yet more news this month from the USA about its government, corporations, structures, and leadership. The Moon and her aspects will energise stern Saturn at 14 degrees of legal Libra in the USA’s 4th July founding horoscope, while winking at its Sun (13 Cancer) too. The Sun represents the president himself, and other prominent political and business leaders.
Dreamy Neptune promises those now-familiar clouds of scandal, ‘fake news’, and delusions along the way during the months ahead. Things get rockier in the USA as we near December and January, with some serious pressure from prudent Saturn in Capricorn, Mars in aggressive Aries, and the approaching Capricorn eclipse in January, signalling the need for justice to be served, while tradition, history, and trading partners are respected. Saturn likes to call in debts, including karmic ones. We’ll see.
This is the first of six new Moons at 15 degrees of their sign. The solar eclipse and new Moon of 6th January, 2019, is at 15 Capricorn. The series ends with the new Moon in April. Do you have anything at around 15 degrees in your own horoscope? If you do, it’s worth checking that out. It’s a sensitive area with a message for you from the planets this autumn, and on into the new year.
There’s more in the Moon Diary.
The new Libran Moon is conjunct Ceres, quincunx Neptune in Pisces, and square Pluto in Capricorn.
Image: Aristocratic Turkish woman drinking coffee, anonymous artist, 17th century via peramuzesi.org
Wednesday 10th October:
Watching the Detectives: Mercury enters Scorpio
Mercury in Scorpio digs deep. It favours detection, research, secrets and intensity. It can be as relentless in its pursuit of answers as fiction’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes.
These next few days bring news of curious journeys, disruptive opinions or information, and remarkably thought-provoking encounters. They highlight important meetings and discussions. But things could be volatile, and groups of people are in the mood to disagree, protest, or dig their heels in.
It’s buzzy and bumpy because Mercury opposes electric Uranus in Taurus, and squares up to the Moon’s nodes in Leo.
It will be hard to get people to see others’ points of view this week, so patience is required. This theme repeats again beneath a potent full Moon in Taurus on 24th October. Groups of people in every setting will need to make an effort to get along with one another.
Further disruptions to discussions, transport, information and understanding are likely between 18th – 20th October when Mercury argues with warrior Mars in Aquarius, yet works well with inspirational Neptune in Pisces. These can be confusing days, with some potential for inspiration, but take it easy – and be very cautious about what you post online. Mercury in Scorpio knows that revenge is a dish best served cold.
Image: Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson by Sidney Paget (1860-1908), Strand Magazine, via Wikimedia Commons
Tuesday 23rd October:
Uranus is at its closest approach to Earth today, making its eccentric blue presence visible through powerful telescopes.
Uranus in astrology has a sparky quality – it represents mental, physical, and emotional electricity, and disruptive or erratic characteristics and events. It’s said to signify eccentric, revolutionary and innovative impulses.
Tomorrow’s full Moon aligns with this weird genius, highlighting all things unconventional, whimsical, and unpredictable. One way or another, there may be dramatic scenes of thunder and lightning.
In astronomy, Uranus is also a maverick. This huge planet orbits the Sun on its side – a truly eccentric position, and a unique one as far as we know. The astrology and astronomy agree – Uranus is a one-off oddball. Expect the unexpected.
Wednesday 24th October:
Full Moon in Taurus, the Bull
Hey, diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such fun,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
– Traditional nursery rhyme.
The cow will indeed be jumping over this lively full Moon in Taurus. And we’ll likely have our fill of raging bulls, sacred cows, and bulls crashing about in china shops too.
Its astrological flavour is stubborn, fixed, and likely involves money, money, money. Yet the inner desire for change is urgent. So there’s bound to be tension since not everybody can agree on the kind of change they want or need.
The full Moon at 1 degree Taurus is conjunct Uranus in Taurus, opposite Sun and Venus in Scorpio. The Moon’s nodes in Leo and Aquarius form a fixed grand cross. It’s powerful, and hints at beginnings arising from endings or deadlocked scenarios.
This Moon aligns with feminine, artistic, receptive fixed star Mirach, in the constellation Andromeda, the constellation of the mythic princess-in-distress (yet her name means ‘ruler of men’). Mirach may serve to soften or channel some of the stubborn energy we’ll feel around us now. Creativity and kindness will help.
Currently, we’re sailing upon astrological oceans of emotion with Sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces.
There’s more in the Moon Diary.
Image: ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ by W. W. Denslow (1902) via Project Gutenberg/Wikimedia Commons
Wednesday 31st October:
Today two planets change signs, favouring a sociable atmosphere in one cosy corner of November.
As Mercury enters freewheeling Sagittarius and Venus retrograde returns to late Libra perspectives begin to shift. There’s more humour, and loving Venus is strong in her own home sign, the sign of all our partnerships – romantic, professional, and longstanding friendships. There could be some romantic surprises, or even unexpected proposals and reunions coming up soon.
Welcome to the House of the Spirits and the Realms of Ritual and Magic!
Traditionally, Halloween is a feast of the dead. It’s also a time for divination, especially about love, and a time when we can enjoy stepping outside the boundaries of everyday reality and conventional dress codes. Its liberating to wear a disguise – and dressing in creative costumes, or guising, has long been part of Halloween, and many other ancient rites and rituals.
Supernatural forces are introducing themselves – in ancient times, the whole dark winter season was infested with unsettling tales of ghosts and otherworldly creatures. Tales of mysterious beings were told around the winter fires, flickering candles were placed in the window to guide ancestral spirits home.
Of course, spectres and spirits are always around, often in broad daylight for those with the ability to see them. And with Neptune in psychic Pisces, don’t you think it’s time we paid a little more attention and gave the unseen the respect it deserves all year round? A puppy isn’t just for Christmas, and ghosts aren’t just for Halloween you know!
So, to get you in the mood, this spooky Radio 4 Extra show might be a deliciously haunting experience:
Or for more curated creepiness than you ever thought possible:
Wishing you a magical Halloween and a supernatural Samhain!