With two eclipses and Mercury retrograde, October is a month that requires careful navigation. That’s why I’ve posted my October monthly stars early to give you an advance preview of the cosmic action.
Astrology at it’s most simple is based on the theory: ‘As Above, So Below’ and some people take this a step further and believe that the stars and planets are within us. Once we’re in step with the natural laws of the universe, we are more allowing of what life brings our way and we’re in flow.
Whatever your own thoughts, good timing is your key to success and this is where astrology can guide you. Scroll down to find your Star Sign (also called Sun Sign) or click on the ‘Monthly’ page above.
Are you a fan of my monthly stars? Then this offer is for you. For the first time I am writing lengthy & luxurious 2015 stars which will launch on October 28th 2014. You can pre-order your copy of all 12 star signs before the end of October for the discounted rate of £10 down from £12. Click here to go directly to the order page which is also in the navigation bar directly above entitled “2015 Stars”.
In astrology, the planet Mercury is linked with all forms of communication, technology and transport and when Mercury is up to it’s tricks, i.e. giving the illusion of moving backwards through the heavens, communication can seem more chaotic than usual.
Mercury retrograde has become a worldwide phenomenon and possibly the most renowned astrological occurrence, whether you’re an astrologer or not.
Three times a year for three weeks at a time, this flighty planet gets us all in a flap as phones, planes and automobiles seem to take leave of their senses and communication companies tremble in their establishment boots.
On October 5th 2012, Saturn entered Scorpio and one month later on November 13th 2012 there was a total Solar Eclipse at 22 Scorpio, the first eclipse in a new Taurus/Scorpio eclipse cycle.
Saturn moves on from Scorpio at the end of this year on December 23rd 2014 and tomorrow’s Solar Eclipse is the last eclipse in the Taurus/Scorpio eclipse cycle. We are nearing the end of a two year period that’s been dominated by intensity and power (both good and bad).
The Solar Eclipse takes place tomorrow Thursday 23rd October [exact 22:57 BST] not long after the Sun enters Scorpio.
This means that the Sun and Moon come together to initiate a New Moon phase at 0 Scorpio 25, a powerful point in any of the 12 signs. 0 degrees is known as a critical degree, the door has closed on one sign, Libra, and we start afresh. It’s the beginning of a new chapter.
Scorpio is the sign that’s most closely associated with sex. Astrologically there are two reasons for this related to Scorpio’s ruling planets.
Scorpio is one of three signs in the zodiac that are ruled by two planets. Traditionally, Scorpio’s ruler is Mars, the planet of passion and libido, and in mythology Mars was a lusty hero.
When Pluto was discovered in 1930, this planet was also linked to Scorpio’s realm. Pluto was God of the Underworld and Scorpio rules darkness and death, all things hidden. Plus sex is considered a taboo. [Any Scorpio would say that sex is a natural process, life-giving and life-enhancing; good for you and a vital part of human evolution.]
A kite shape occurs in the heavens when there are three planets in the same element creating a triangle and one of those planets is opposed by a fourth planet which is the focal point of the kite. This time it’s a host of planets in Libra which are in wide opposition to Uranus in Aries.
The element that dominates the heavens this weekend is Leo, one of the fire signs. Fire signs are ‘sparky’, they leap into action impulsively full of enthusiasm. They get excited quickly and like fire they can blaze bright or blaze out of control. It’s a full on dynamic energy.
Love at the Coast
though i cannot find you
it would be easy imagining
this cool enclave of cliff
where the sea comes in at a rush
hissing under dark cliffs
green to a darker green
This week there’s a planetary pile-up in the heavens when the Sun and Venus moving in forward motion bump into Mercury moving retrograde and all three planetary bodies are conjunct the North Node which like Mercury retrograde moves in reverse motion.
These planetary events take place within a 24 hour period from the evening of Thursday 16th October to the evening of Friday 17th October (BST).
So what does this all mean? Well, the emphasis is on the sign of Libra as this is where these planetary bodies meet. Libra is the sign of relationships, the Sun rules your self, Venus rules relating and Mercury rules communication.
Here’s a story about what happened to me today, perfect for a day when Mercury is retrograding back into Libra and the Sun in Libra is moving towards a gorgeous sextile aspect with abundant Jupiter in a few hours time.
Libra is the sign that is represented by the scales which represent the balance of life and the inherent law of ‘give and take':
Aware of Mercury being retrograde from October 4th-25th, I was pleased to note that the actual contracts ran out on September 30th and this was the date I contacted our phone company to arrange the new contracts.
For those of you who don’t know, Mercury is the planet of communication and when it’s retrograde or on go slow in the heavens, you often find that technology plays up.
Astrologically this is because one of Mercury’s archetypes is the trickster and when the communication planet is giving the illusion of going backwards in the heavens, this smacks of communication chaos.
You can already see the Moon swelling in size every night as it grows bigger and moves closer to it’s Full Moon phase which this month also happens to be an eclipse.
Eclipses are game-changers when the scenery shifts and you look at your life from a different perspective. This change is already underway and one of the emerging themes of the week is letting go.
You often reach this point when you come to a crossroads, a T-junction in life and you can’t clearly see the way forward. It’s as if you’re faced with an impossible choice or you’ve hit a dead end and all you know is that something’s got to give. You recognise you’re on the verge of a difficult decision or you feel scared to let go, not knowing whether life will guide you.