October is all about relationships and love. Both are under stress as Aphrodite herself, AKA Venus, turns retrograde for much of the month, removing her beauty from the world for a short time. We’ll see her slowly disappear at twilight until there’s not much left of her to see –- just her “dark” side. She’ll return early November as a morning star yet still retrograde. The retrograde period is part of her ancient cycle of retreat and renewal as she switches positions from evening to morning appearances and back again; either following behind the Sun at sunset or rising before the Sun at dawn. This occurs eight times every five years creating a mystical pattern that seduced the Mayans and the Rosicrucians alike.
The cycle of retreat and renewal is an important part of life on earth and the Venus cycle gives us all an opportunity to do the same. If you chose to retreat this month, do it with the intention of deep replenishment, Scorpio style, for that is the sign Venus retrogrades in.
Since Venus is closely associated with all things female and Scorpio with all things sexual, we’re likely to hear more stories of systemic sexual abuse. As I write this column, the national crisis over the Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh awaits an FBI investigation. All kinds of women have been involved, from vocal protestors at elevators to Mormon Women For Ethical Government. All made their opinion known. The Mormon sisters want an investigation to ensure “our leaders are morally sound.” Amen sistah. It wasn’t too long ago that Mars was retrograde and the doings of Catholic priests in Pennsylvania were exposed. Oy vey; what times these are.
In the meantime, blessings of the autumn season to you. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, welcome to spring. We’ve entered a new cosmic terrain with the advent of fall equinox. The days are drawing shorter again (in the north) and the energy is focused on balance and relationship. Ethics are the hallmark of this period, as are decorum and dignity. This comes to us as the Sun travels through the leadership sign of Libra which is your annual opportunity to honor your key partnerships and to attend to them. The Sun leaves Libra for steamy Scorpio on the 23rd making for yet another cosmic transition.
As already mentioned, the big news this month is Venus’ retrograde in the sign of her fall – steamy Scorpio. This is not good news for lovers or bankers or those wanting to get a good price on the things they are selling. Venus retrogrades from October 5th to November 16th. And guess what else happens on November 16th? Mercury turns retrograde until the Sagittarius New Moon on December 6th. So, my friends, we’re in another time period in which it feels like two steps forward and one back. Don’t get married during this period and stay away from home repair projects and major purchases. The exceptions would be ripping out old things (as opposed to putting in new) and dealing with old relationships. Oh yes, the old flame may come back. Is that scary or what?
The key to success with Venus retrograde in Scorpio is to look inside yourself for beauty and value. Rediscover your own worth and passion!
Here’s the play-by-play for the month:
The 1st is all systems go with great harmony between the Sun and Moon but on the 2nd this changes as the Moon squares the Sun (and then Mercury) provoking tension and uncertainty. Also, on the 2nd chatty Mercury squares secretive Pluto encouraging you to delve deeper into your own thought processes or the motivations of others.
On the 5th Venus turns retrograde in Scorpio putting the kibosh on love plans and possibly inflating prices. Save your money and your best lingerie for a better time. Paired couples would do well to be nice to each other.
The Moon grows dark over the next few days to rebirth itself at the Libra New Moon on the 8th. Despite the Venus retrograde, and Venus is Libra’s ruling planet, this a beautiful opportunity to find common ground with that special someone. Good business dealings are possible at this time also. The atmosphere feels light. This changes when Mercury enters Scorpio the next day, October 9th bringing a sense of mystery and secretiveness.
The energy over the next few days feels like a lot of moving parts at work with many undertows. Venus squares Mars on the 10th and on the 12th the Sun squares Pluto. Keep your cool and stay centered in your values. This energy can work in your favor if you’re willing to go deep.
On the 14th and 15th, Mercury connects with Venus and conversations could center on value (money) and relationship pros and cons. Don’t say anything you’ll regret because Scorpio forgets nothing. With the Moon traveling through practical Capricorn it might be easy to forget the soft pieces that make life worthwhile.
The 19th is a little tricky and you might have a hard time making up your mind as Mercury trines dreamy Neptune then squares feisty Mars. Take your time to think things through. It’s good to be inspired and then to take action.
The energy deepens over the next few days as Mercury comes into an alignment with powerful Pluto. Problem solving comes easily to you. Stay with it.
The Sun changes signs early (MT) on the 23rd leaving gracious Libra for intense and charismatic Scorpio. This is your annual opportunity to deepen your experiences here on Earth. Scorpio draws our attention to all things hidden. Take the time to dig deep, especially since the Taurus Full Moon occurs right after the Sun’s sign change.
On the 24th the Moon waxes to fullness in the sign of the bull conjunct erratic Uranus, while the Sun conjuncts Venus and both oppose Uranus. Whew! It’s a game changer folks. Things could shift dramatically. If you’re done with your old love this could mark your final date. Financial market shifts are likely now even as the status quo would like to hang on. Full Moons can be times of overload and this one is certainly that. Expect a change, even better, initiate one yourself even if it’s moving the furniture around. Mercury is close to Jupiter – don’t make mountains out of mole hills and get some good rest.
The days preceding and following the Full Moon are full of energy and change, mostly due to the Sun’s opposition to Uranus. The 26th in particular can feel like overload but it’s an excellent day in which to get to the bottom of the matter. Don’t be afraid of depth and intimacy. You can go there. It will help you in the long run.
On the 29th Mercury conjuncts abundant Jupiter and the Moon trines the Sun. Feelings may be over the top. If you need support get it. Forgiveness goes a long way now and your understanding and wisdom are profound.
The energy shifts dramatically late on the 30th when chatty Mercury enters exuberant Sagittarius. Watch for the Venus/Uranus opposition on Halloween (the 31st) where you might do something different for a change. Venus re-enters her favorite sign of Libra that same day and things settle down once again as you remember how valuable harmony is.
I’ll see you back here in November as Venus turns direct and Mercury retrogrades. Be well, and remember: you matter, we are all connected, Earth is our home and love is our destination.