There’s a ‘bad’ plant in my flower garden. It’s a pretty looking thing with large pale green leaves and delicate blue flowers but when the flowers die they turn into awful prickles that glom onto the dog’s fur and my gloves. A visiting friend shrieked in horror when she saw them beaming brightly in the sun. “Those things destroy horses!”
I didn’t know. I thought they were pretty. Besides, my gardening habits are to let the weeds grow up with the flowers because bees like weeds and I like bees. When the weeds become too obnoxious and even my tolerance is tested, I rip them out.
That’s what Mercury retrograde means to me. It’s an opportunity to look at your crop of habits and plans and decide if they’re really in your best interest. Mercury and the Sun in relational Libra for most of October invite the presence of a witness – a friend or partner who reflects yourself back to you. In that way the togetherness of Libra is really a way of seeing yourself in a mirror. You know that feeling; you think you’re fine and then they say or do something, and you respond in a way that isn’t nice and it surprises you.
Let this month help you see yourself. Go slow and be patient. Libra is known for its indecision and a teeter-totter can be perfectly still. Mercury is retrograde for most of the month which always seems to alter reality in some way; and Mars is hampered in Libra, though some say Mars in Libra is “wise, harmonized and mellow, the way many men ought to be”. Then there’s the ‘perfect’ square of rebel Eris with transformative Pluto which is related to political tensions. As if we couldn’t tell!
Still, awesomeness exists. Just look to the southeast at sunset to see both Jupiter and Saturn. And if you’re quick, you’ll see Mars sinking right behind the Sun, followed by Venus. It’s a beautiful world for sure and October is a month for reflecting on that beauty, in all your relationships; even the one with your garden as you coax even more out of it.
It may benefit you to lay low and gather strength until the 18th when Mercury turns direct. You can still work and do your thing, but generally speaking, energy comes later in the month.
Here’s how the month rolls along:
We get going with a waning Leo Moon 10/1 to 10/2. There’s not much energy to be had but what’s there is good for play and fun.
Sunday’s (Oct 3) Virgo Moon helps get you sorted for the coming New Moon. Listen in, see what wants to be taken care of.
October 4th – 6th lots of little adjustments and some communication confusion. Stay conscious.
In the wee morning hours (5:05 am MT) on October 6th is a Libra New Moon with Mars conjunct the Sun and both oppose tender Chiron. Ouch. There’s a load of passive aggressive power with this one. Or, possibly, tremendous healing. What can you do to bring peace into your relationships? Your actions do ripple out you know. Change agent Uranus is involved in this lunation too, indicating that sudden changes may occur.
October 7th strong feelings prevail as the New Moon energy lingers. Mars conjuncts the Sun and Venus leaves steamy Scorpio for freedom loving Sagittarius. Adventures beckon!
8th and 9th the waxing Scorpio Moon fuels emotional resolve.
10th restlessness possible as the now Sagittarian Moon connects with other planets pulling things together.
October 12th the Capricorn Moon squares Mercury, Mars and the Sun all in Libra. Action feels imminent if only you knew which way to go!
14th – 15th are social days under the Aquarian Moon. Connecting with others expands your world view.
16th and 17th the Moon is tender in dreamy Pisces, especially on the 17th when it conjuncts spiritual Neptune. Forgiveness is the path. Let bygones be bygones, the energy is changing.
ENERGY SHIFT October 18th the Moon enters Aries and Mercury stations direct. Things are coming right again.
On the 19th take care of yourself as the Moon conjuncts Chiron and opposes Mercury. You’re emerging from a cocoon of your own making. Tune into your inner voice. The Moon is growing fat so too is the wisdom within you.
October 20th Aries Full Moon 8:56 am MT. Be mindful of hasty action, but do take the initiative from the intuition you’ve been receiving to do what you really want to do. It is about you, isn’t it? With squares to controlling Pluto and a conjunction with fiery Eris, it’s important to clear the air but not in a way that blames others. Set yourself free.
21st and the Full Moon energy continues to ripple as Mars activates the chart. Stay away from angry people. Release tension with a good workout.
Late on October 22nd the Sun leaves diplomatic Libra for steamy Scorpio, and we can feel it. The seasons are changing and something inside of you is deepening. It’s time to put my garden to rest.
23rd through 25th the breezy Gemini Moon forms harmonious aspects with Saturn and Jupiter. It’s a always a good time to play well with others, especially so now.
26th – 27th the Cancer Moon brings emotions to the surface. We’re still feeling that last Full Moon.
On the 28th when the Moon opposes stern Saturn for a few moments. Once again, your attention is drawn to what is best and what needs to be done.
The month ends on a bold and confident note as the Moon travels through heart-centered fixed Leo. Stubbornness may be our only fault now with the Sun in fixed Scorpio.
The season has changed. It’s a different time. I don’t know about you but I’m going to rip all the weeds out. The time for flowering has past.
Remember you matter, we’re all connected, Earth is our home and love is our destination.