To Bless the Space Between Us –
This is the time to be slow,
lie low to the wall
until the bitter weather passes.
Try, as best you can, not to let
the wire brush of doubt
scrape from your heart
all sense of yourself
and your hesitant light.
If you remain generous,
time will come good;
and you will find your feet
again on fresh pastures of promise,
where the air will be kind
and blushed with beginning.
This poem is the perfect guide to your October cosmic weather. Though anxiety may be riding high and unknowns litter the field of life, you get the inside scoop this month. Both Mercury and Mars are retrograde this October (Mercury from the 13th to November 3rd) bringing the energy into interior spaces.
Mars retrograde in Aries takes the focus to individual agendas and Mercury retrograde in Scorpio deepens that. Both Scorpio and Aries are Mars ruled signs. Mars has a lot to do with personal drive. Let this month help you find and attune to what’s really going on inside you. Let there be no self-doubt, even as Mercury’s retrograde in the most phobic and intense sign of all may create obsession and even, when under great stress, paranoia. As we approach the USA elections, you can see this play out on the national stage. It’s important not to get caught up in it.
October is a Blue Moon month – it begins and ends on Full Moons. It’s going to be emotional with everyone having an opinion. Communications and deal making are going to be interesting, to say the least, as Mercury opposes Uranus, and Mars squares Pluto. In other words, stay calmly alert. Be prepared for changes. Look for opportunities. Get all your serious business signing done before the 13th if you can.
Here’s the cosmic play by play.
1st – October begins on a Full Aries Moon. This further highlights the sense of either isolation (all by myself) and/or individuation (I can do this!) Despite the prevailing companionable Libra energy, Mars retrograde in Aries at this Aries Full Moon, puts the focus squarely on the shoulders of the individual. It’s up to you. You get to decide. It’s your game. This may even hurt a little as Chiron conjuncts the Moon and both aspect Uranus. Change things up a little. Hang out with your Covid pod.
2nd (- 10/29) Venus enters Virgo and puts on her rubber gloves prepared to get persnickety. It’s time to get to work. No more dilly dallying. It’s not just your inner world that’s being cleaned out, it’s your outer one too. It’s a great time for a cleanse and/or immersion in nature.
2nd – 3rd get physical. The Moon travels through the rest of Aries and into Taurus to connect with Uranus. Be brave. Do new things.
4th – Pluto turns direct. You may be able to see the way to go from here.
5th – you can get something done today.
6th – 7th Think outside the box. Mercury opposes Uranus (its higher astrological octave) shaking things up. No, you’re not going crazy.
8th – 10th – Be cautious out there. Do NOT fan the flames of destruction. There’s plenty of it out there right now. Center in your inner core and recognize the power of your creations and face your own shadow as Mars opposes Pluto.
10th – a thrilling day as Venus blows a kiss to Uranus. You could make (or loose) money and/or love today. Organize your life according to your values and seize opportunity when it arises.
10th and 11th – keep your appetites moderate – Jupiter squares the Sun. Sometimes it’s just too much.
12th – get back in touch with your agenda. You’re the creator, remember.
13th – strong energy today. Mars opposes the Sun and pisses people off. Stay out of it unless your boundaries have been violated. In that case, stand up for yourself.
Also on the 13th, Mercury turns retrograde. An opportunity to explore the truth as Mercury travels through intense Scorpio. Keep your wits about you until this little critter turns direct on Nov 3rd.
14th and 15th – more difficult days as the old gives way to the new. The Sun and Pluto square – authority is challenged. Keep letting go. Hold onto to what makes beauty in your life.
16th – the rebirth you need. Libra New Moon today promises reconciliation even in the midst of death groans and birth pangs. We’re all going through the same thing as the Sun and Moon square the Capricorn Contingent. Partner with those you love and support. Give freely as the fluids of life are nourished and you are swept along in the right direction. Venus in Virgo is the midwife for the birth along with the help of watery Neptune. Remember your big dream. Bring it into being.
17th – 18th Intense feelings and awesome insights as the Moon travels through Scorpio.
18th – blocks in the road cause you to slow down and reconsider as the Sun squares Saturn.
19th – 20th recover your optimism as the Moon travels through Sadge.
19th – there’s a lot going on this Monday. Practice deep belly breathing with longer exhales, as a way to avoid stress. Crazy stuff happens today as Mars and Jupiter square and Mercury opposes Uranus. Good things happen too as Venus and Jupiter kiss (18th – 19th) and Venus connects with Mars in an angle of adjustment. Make a course correction as you need to.
21st – 22nd – time to settle into practicalities as the Moon connects with the prevailing zeitgeist. Be smart. Stay calm.
21st – 23rd Keep getting organized as Venus kisses the Capricorn planets. Watch out for obsession and feelings of failure. It’s all illusion anyway.
22nd – cosmic shift as the Sun leaves equitable Libra for intense Scorpio. Desire natures run high. It’s your annual opportunity to deepen into your value system. Revenge keeps you enslaved.
23rd – 25th – connect with your peeps and use your mind as the Moon travels through Aquarius.
23rd – 24th Remember your commitments as Venus and Saturn trine. Despite Mercury retrograde you can make sensible love and money decisions.
25th – 27th rest up and nourish your inner world as the Moon travels through Pisces.
27th Venus enters her home sign of Libra and brings beauty and cooperation. Mercury re-enters Libra. Reconciliation is possible. The past comes back for healing.
28th – 30th watch out for your own interests. Rest if you need to. The Moon is waxing in Aries and moving passed Chiron and Mars.
30th Full Taurus Moon as the Sun opposes Uranus. Sudden changes. This could feel way over the top friends. Stay calm. Be aware of your inner play as outer events unfold.
31st Halloween and the energy feels full. Tomorrow we gain the hour we gave up in the spring.
Final thoughts for October? Stay centered in your inner world. Recognize the unfolding duality all around in our collective mental creation. Pray for and practice peace.
See you back here in November and remember: you matter; we are all connected. Earth is our home and love is our destination.