October could turn out to be the pivotal month of the year. There’s so much big astrology taking place, some of it echoing what’s coming in 2023. Here’s what’s most significant for you to take note of:
Mercury Turns Direct
As the month begins, communication planet Mercury turns direct on the 2nd. This is a positive start to the month as it’s been an unusually chaotic Mercury retrograde phase since September 10th.
You may find that news or information comes to light that’s been hidden. Mercury turns direct in Virgo and your friendship and group sector. Therefore, it’s a positive time to get things moving again in these key areas.
The 7th/8th could be intriguing too. This is because Mercury in Virgo teams up with your modern ruler Pluto in Capricorn. And, this is happening when Pluto turns direct in your communication sector on the 8th.
This combination is great for diving in deep. You may have some key insights about a friend or group, club or society in which you’re involved. A conversation could lead you down a path that’s revealing or powerful.
Pluto is going to leave Capricorn in March 2023 for the first time since 2008. There’s a major shift taking place and you may sense that one chapter in your life is coming to an end. At its best, Pluto in Capricorn makes you an orator, a person of influence.
Consider where and how you pass on your wisdom, knowledge or experience and what may need to shift or alter in the future. This might be linked to what’s happening with your traditional ruler Mars – see below.
Full Moon Aries
On the 9th, a Full Moon takes place cutting across the Aries/Libra axis of the horoscope. When planets are in Libra, you often want more time to yourself. The Sun’s here up until the 23rd and events on or around this Full Moon could be pivotal.
You may have a major revelation during the Full Moon as this is about inner work & understanding. This may be linked to a key relationship in your life as the planet of relating Venus sits next to the Sun during the Full Moon. Perhaps, there’s a celebration for someone you love. Or, you may recognise who’s important to you during this Full Moon.
The Sun & Venus sit side-by-side throughout October and the exact date of their conjunction is the 22nd. You could fall in love with a spiritual path. Or, be introduced to a guru or teacher who helps you dive deeper into an interest of study. Be open to miracles when the Sun & Venus are aligned.
If you work in a charity or volunteer, this is about being of service to others. This may include prayer & ritual too, tapping into a deeper stream of wisdom that can help heal and soothe yourself & others.
Solar Eclipse Scorpio
If you are spending some of this month on retreat or involved in a period of study or reading, this may change on or around the 23rd. There’s a significant shift on this date as both the Sun & Venus enter your star sign Scorpio. It’s the beginning of your birthday month.
Plus, two days later, there’s a powerful Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on the 25th. If your birthday falls on or around this date, it’s a potent symbol of rebirth & renewal.
This is part of the eclipse cycle that began in November 2021 and completes in October 2023. A Solar Eclipse is a New Moon with an oomph. Yet, sometimes, there has to be an ending before a new beginning.
If you’re a typical Scorpio, you may understand this cycle of endings and beginnings as it’s integral to your star sign archetype. One of your zodiac symbols is the phoenix who rises from the ashes. In other words, to start over, you may recognise that sometimes you need to close a door on the past and move on.
This Solar Eclipse could be magical and incredible for you, especially if your birthday falls close to the eclipse date. It’s relatively early at the start of your star sign and this is the first and only Solar Eclipse in Scorpio in the current cycle. This could coincide with a dynamic new beginning linked to your personal aims and goals or your image and profile.
Since August 20th, your traditional ruler Mars has been in Gemini, one of the financial sectors of your horoscope. This is the sector of the horoscope connected to your star sign Scorpio. It’s not only about money, also psychoanalysis, taboo issues, deep learning & insight.
You may sense that you’re on a mission to turn your life around in October and this could be linked to your money, also your values. Yet, once Mars turns retrograde on the 30th, it’s time to take your foot off the accelerator and slow things down.
Mars remains retrograde, i.e. on go slow until January 12, 2023 and this can be a tricky phase for you. You may not be the one in control and you could feel frustrated if things don’t work out.
The best way to use the Mars retrograde phase is to think of this as the planning stage. Turn inwards, rework your strategy, read & learn more.
Keep some of your thoughts to yourself as Mars retrograde in Gemini is the time to be careful with words and know that what you write or say could be used against you. Keep things secret until you have a better idea of how your ideas are going to work out.
The mid-month period could reveal more in this respect when there’s a lovely flow between the air signs Gemini, Libra & Aquarius. This may be about your past and where you come from, your role within the generations of your family. Or perhaps, esoteric or hidden knowledge.
Allow yourself to explore what arises this month. Be wary of being fooled or seduced on or around the 12th. This may be linked to your relationship with a child or lover.
Yet, firm some strong alliances that will help you create a solid future for yourself and the ones you love. If you’re in a relationship or married, you may feel particularly close to your other half, especially once the Sun & Venus enter Scorpio on the 23rd.
It may help to note that Saturn turns direct this month on the 23rd and will begin to complete its journey through Aquarius and your home and family sector. Saturn entered Aquarius in 2020 and come March 2023, Saturn will move on in the same month that Mars leaves Gemini.
The two planetary factors, therefore, may be linked. This could be connected to a property move, either settling down or giving up a property. Or, perhaps it’s your interest in your family tree that takes you on a powerful journey over these six months.
If you’re up against any kind of block or obstacle in your life, this is likely to start shifting early next year.
Eclipse Do’s & Don’ts
Eclipse season kicks in this month & next as the Taurus/Scorpio eclipse cycle continues. Here are some eclipse tips:
- Try not to fear an eclipse – they are a reminder that you’re not always in control.
- Ideally, don’t choose an eclipse date to launch a project or start something new.
- Wait a few days after an eclipse before taking action. Eclipse symbolism is shadowy and hidden.
- Once the eclipse shadow lifts, then you can try to take advantage of any changes that have occurred.
- Know that the eclipses are closely linked to the karmic nodes & wheel of destiny – sometimes, they offer a turning point ready or not.
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