This Month: Astrological Trends * Nourishing Recommendations
April 5 – July 14 / November 20, 2019 – May 8, 2020 (exact January 12, 2020) Saturn in Capricorn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn: The opportunity to deconstruct and reconstruct a new world. A steady and consistent effort can provide a way to work within the world that will honor our values in a noble way. Nature is larger than man, and we need to align with a higher vision as we make a new world, culture, society, and systems. The idea that men are machines or the ideas that our parents and the world has transmitted are not aligned with higher values. Saturn is the lord of karma and Pluto is the great destroyer/transformer/re-maker. Together, they can embody some larger conversations among nature and mankind is part of nature.
April 30 – October 3 (Exact June 16) Neptune in Pisces Trine North Node in Cancer: The divine feminine is a study in depth of receiving rather than pushing forward. Learning to receive and accept; forgive and rely on intuition—these are very different approaches than our cultural indoctrination. Taking a lot of time to learn and experience this approach during the Summer would make a better world, without a doubt, says Astrology.
April 18 – November 6 (exact May 20) North Node in Cancer Oppose Retrograde Saturn in Capricorn: Karma is likely changing the structure of your life right now. If not personally, look around at the environment. In both family and society, you are likely seeing things being reworked. (You may experience many past life memories or have experiences that are linked to past lives during these months.) The nature of nurture and what it means to be together as a culture is up for examination. We can’t keep focusing on profit to the detriment of families without experiencing consequences; the North Node tells us the highest path is to view the world from the stand point of mother. Mother earth comes to mind. Nurture what we have. These are karmic influences, so they are heavy and hard-hitting. I would pay close attention to how they impact your life, were I you. If all you do is work, work, work—you are in need of connecting to the North Node’s Cancer energy. The work mentality is the South Node and Saturn side of this aspect, which is the easy and automatic go-to for problem solving. Life and astrology are asking us to learn to solve problems a different way at this time. We need to find a new way to be together and to make the world “go.” That way is to take the perspective of how a family operates. A mother nurtures a child in her womb and then gives birth using nutrition, but she doesn’t feel she has to create the child all on her own or use her conscious mind to do it all. It is a natural process and she is in tune with all of nature while she goes through it. There is a lot to contemplate there. Once the child is born, what is the process of raising the child? It is done with a lot of love, using resources all around her. What are the options for sustaining a family system? Are we gathering and growing a garden? What is defined as “home?” On whom do we rely? What are our roles? What is good for our growth? What would primarily peaceful community (commerce?) in the 21st century look like? It’s effortless to let things go on the way it seems they have always gone on; to stop and think about virtuous and meaningful shifts is the work of a lifetime as opposed to the work of a paycheck or a contract. In this aspect we face the fears of losing everything we have gained in one fell moment. However, those fears are based on karma—probably past life power struggles we can’t release and present life tendrils linking us to feelings of power that are not the true power that comes from the flexibility of faith in our ability to adapt to a higher level of action and consciousness. Take the opportunity to take care of yourself.
August 11 – January 10, 2020 Uranus Retrograde in Taurus: The latter part of the year is going to be a time of reflection on how we are planting the seeds that will become the future of planet earth. We may surprise ourselves with the innovations that are coming about and what that will mean for human comfort, and for human being. This can be seen on a personal level, as well. What is immovable in your life? Does it need to remain so, or can you find flexible places? Likely you are going to need to change things you were not expecting to change. Uranus usually brings anxiety and Uranus rules electricity, lightning, all your brilliance, and your highest-minded activity. Fast-moving Uranus and slowest-moving sign Taurus are together for about 7 years so it will be interesting to see how they integrate together. It is the energy of the moment of lightning striking the earth.
August 30 – October 7 (exact September 21) Jupiter in Sagittarius square Neptune Retrograde in Pisces (and will happen again when Neptune turns direct late in the year!): There is tension between your faith in yourself and your need to retreat. Or, you may be overconfident in pushing something forward when perhaps the wisest course would be to relax and let it come to you. Try that a little and wait and see. Try love and receiving and see if that’s bringing you forward. Maybe a two-fold approach of some faith and effort of expansion–plus some faith in the angels and transcendence and allowing–is the highest and best path. In any case, approach each day with a healthy dose of humility at this time. And a willingness to pick up whatever tools are necessary when you are given the green light to do so.
October 2019 Astrology Trends
September 28 – October 3 (Exact September 30) Venus in Libra square Retrograde Pluto in Capricorn: Tension may exist in relationships where you have to let go of something. Looking at where you have been holding on in a way that feels like it affects your harmony and/or power. Take a look at your (especially repeated) addictions, controlling tendencies, compulsions, biases, and ways of manipulating the world to your satisfaction. Try creative new approaches to resolve disharmonies and achieve harmony within and without. Pluto is about karma and fate. It won’t let you get around its date with destiny. Might as well try easier.
October 3 Pluto stations and then turns direct in Capricorn: Pluto direct means that instead of reflecting on those places of letting go and transformation, we begin to actively work on letting go and doing the things we need to do to respond to Pluto’s effects on our lives. The positive part to this is that action replaces fear.
October 1 – December 10 (Exact November 8) Saturn in Capricorn sextile Retrograde Neptune in Pisces: A sense that the pressures we’ve been feeling will be loosened a little bit with Neptune’s timelessness and Saturn’s Timelord meeting up. Work on making progress on the many life-changing tasks before you but enjoy this time frame’s easing of the stress and feelings that time is compressed. Enjoy the thoughts that there is enough time, and things will happen in divine time.
October 3 – 9 (Exact October 6) Sun in Libra square North Node in Cancer: Another tension aspect pointing to relational harmony challenges. Libra loves harmony and Cancer loves security. The North Node would like the family to be secure, and Libra would like to explore the core of partnership through methods such as diplomacy. However, there is tension between the two. They can’t find a way to work together. This can also be the difference between the public and private spheres, such as not being able to focus on family matters because you have to spend so much time in a public or professional role; or vice versa.
October 2 Mercury enters Scorpio: The psychologist and spiritual seeker emerge in our minds. This is the time to return to the deepest connection with life and spirit. Scorpio is the sign that asks us to get honest and explore the depths/transcend to the heights all at once. Instead of looking at the cover, you’re going to need to read the book, the references, and think about writing one of your own.
October 3 Mars enters Libra: An aggressive bid for harmony and human rights. Lots of activity in the arts and humanities. Justice. Balancing of the scales. Intellectual and relational fairness is the fight before us. The warrior wants people to partner in fair and just ways. You can use your creative talents to their fullest now. You can take an active role in relationships. Diplomacy matters.
October 3-9 (Exact October 7) Mercury in Scorpio Oppose Retrograde Uranus in Taurus: This can be a time of brilliance or a time of anxious energy. Try to keep from speaking before you think. When you feel your mind racing, if you do with the earth and water energies, try mindfulness to keep yourself balanced and connected to the Scorpio depths and the Taurus growth potentials. This is a mind and the insight channels tuned to the earth and the ocean, so—Planet Earth in HD?
October 3 – 15 (Exact October 9) Mars in Libra Oppose Retrograde Chiron in Aries: You may find yourself standing up for basic human rights or defending another who has been treated unfairly. It hurts you to see others harmed or to witness a situation you find disturbing in some manner. You’re formulating your ideas on what is just and unjust; whether the action affects you directly or you are the witness. Your thoughts turn toward ideals of human relations in some way, and it doesn’t need to be on the level of the media—this can be personal situation—in your family, with your partner, with a friend, coworker, and in your personal community.
October 5 – 11 (Exact October 8) Sun in Libra square Saturn in Capricorn: Self-regulation required, unusual push to achieve, responsibilities presented as challenges NOW! Work on your work ethic. Heavy feelings will be fleeting. The Saturn quiz is of your patience and dedication.
October 9 Venus enters Scorpio: Our relationships are going to be focused on what is under the surface. What resources are those around us working with? We may have many psychic impressions and insights about others as the fixed water sign gives us eyes to see beneath the skin and into the blood works of those we care for. Urge those around you to rest and let their hearts be their guide. Why not rest, yourself, as much as possible? Knowing that part of rest is attending to healthy habits such as eating well, exercising, and breathing deeply.
October 10 – 14 (Exact October 12) Mercury in Scorpio trine North Node in Cancer: If you choose to notice the easy energy around you, your mental chatter lines up with the sense that the world is your family. You can find your voice in Mother Earth, Father Sky, your community. Draw from all allies now to say what you need to say. Your words are powerful and meaningful if you take advantage of their support.
October 13 Full Moon in Aries: Get thee to the gym or out of doors for this Full moon in Aries. Nature would be great with the Uranus/Venus opposition. With Mars in Scorpio, if you can go to the water, all the better. Enjoy your body and celebrate your inner pioneer. Reflect on the things you have started this year. Get your blood moving, in your body, heart, and spirit.
October 10 – 15 (Exact October 13) Venus in Scorpio oppose Retrograde Uranus in Taurus: The 1960s protest song ‘For What It’s Worth’ by Buffalo Springfield goes “There’s something happening here / What it is ain’t exactly clear / There’s a man with a gun over there / Telling me I got to beware / I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound / Everybody look what’s going down…” Uranus in Taurus is the rebel telling us to STOP. Venus in Scorpio wants to integrate our relationships, creative abilities, and resources into a sense of wholeness that allows for something to change us through getting together. Opposition aspects can be about taking sides or about finding the middle point and balancing—constantly balancing… Like how taking a step is using two legs. You can’t walk with one leg. You can’t clap with one hand.
October 10 – 16 (Exact October 13) Sun in Libra sextile Jupiter in Sagittarius: You’re going to get a boost of support for what you’re focusing on in relationships and so I hope you’re focusing on something positive.
October 11 – 17 (Exact October 14) Sun in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn: Karma is activated with Pluto in the mix, and with a stress aspect to the Sun in Libra, your decisions and actions are on display to, basically, the entire universe. You may be experiencing healing or facing your deep wounds and fears. What a time for virtuous causes and effects. If things are difficult, don’t take it too personally as it is karma burning off. You can let go of things and also build new and better futures at this time. Make sure to think of others and work in partnership with, basically, the entire universe.
October 12 – 17 (Exact October 14) Mercury in Scorpio sextile Saturn in Capricorn: The mind can see the dynamics afoot. The ability to penetrate what’s beneath the surface comes about with Mercury in Scorpio, and your heart understands as much as your brain. Feel your way through and rest when you get weary. However, Saturn helps you translate what you learn and cements it into long-term wisdom.
October 17 – 22 (Exact October 19) Mercury in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn: This is another aspect that helps you gain wholehearted wisdom at this juncture that enables you to build new concepts that could leave you almost like you’re renewed or a new, transformed person after you go through Mercury in Scorpio. Change is positive here. You’re learning lots through joyful transformation instead of pain.
October 13 – 18 (Exact October 15) Mercury in Scorpio trine Retrograde Neptune in Pisces: Your conceptions about your psychological state, your emotional wellness. You can connect it to the universal sense of oneness if you try. How conscious can you get during the Mercury in Scorpio transit time?
October 19 – 24 (Exact October 20) Venus in Scorpio trine North Node in Cancer: Fate and destiny want us to use our relationships as support for moving forward together at this time in life. The time is right to make a heartfelt journey as a group. Offering others safety and security is something that will pay off in dividends throughout the ages to come. Can you think beyond your lifetime to the generations to come? Send messages of love and support however you can—on the macro level to groups of people, or on the micro level to those in your personal circle.
October 18 – 22 (Exact October 20) Venus in Scorpio sextile Saturn in Capricorn: The sextile is an active supportive energy that means you don’t have to do anything to have positive events occur around you, while the trine means you need to actively support the supportive and positive energy. This sextile means that the time has come for concrete restoration and recovery, perhaps via the arts, perhaps in the realm of Saturnian inspiration of a spiritual call to action. (Think Mother Theresa.)
October 19 – 24 (Exact October 21) Venus in Scorpio trine Retrograde Neptune in Pisces: Neptune adds the higher octave to Venus’s call to relax, so you can relax with the angels and bodhisattvas and ancestors all around you if you merely try to sense it. Call upon spiritual allies for your best and brightest comfort.
October 19 – 26 (Exact October 22) Mars in Libra square North Node in Cancer: Oh no, Mars wants us to fight for our family, for our sense of human rights, and for the general sense that justice prevail. Sorry—get to it. There’s a bit of everything in the air—Venus says relax but Mars will still ask you to stand up when you see injustices occur.
October 23 Sun enters Scorpio: Scorpio the detective. What mysteries do you have to solve? Scorpio the psychologist. What emotional issues do you wish to make progress on? Scorpio the scorpion / eagle / phoenix. What shamanistic journey are you taking? Scorpio the powerful. How are you using your ability to impact others? (We all have Scorpio somewhere in our Astrological chart. Even if you have no planets in Scorpio, these transiting planets are passing through a house in your birth chart right now, calling forth and triggering events in your life based upon that house.)
October 22 – 27 (Exact October 25) Venus in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn: Venus provides a rest and respite time from Pluto’s total transformation. It’s a time to fantasize and create. To take the Capricornian need to create a whole new world government and turn it into a story. (Think George Lucas and Star Wars.)
October 23 – October 31 (Exact October 27) Mars in Libra square Saturn in Capricorn: Saturn and the inner warrior are having a different conversation than Saturn and the inner artist/lover. Saturn wants the warrior to stay activated and alert for when social injustice occurs. Use your strengths where you are able, and you will pass Saturn’s test with flying colors.
October 28 New Moon in Scorpio: The New Moon in Scorpio Opposes Uranus in Taurus. The phoenix myth is the myth of Scorpio in one of its highest expressions. For this New Moon, what can you let burn up and die, so that you can have the part of you emerge as the phoenix out of the ashes? How can we deal with the fear of death and the faith of rebirth? With the Sun and Moon together, fire is part of the New Moon element. Scorpio is a powerful and elemental energy.
October 25 – 31 (Exact October 28) Sun in Scorpio oppose Retrograde Uranus in Taurus: The Sun, or our pure and core energy of “self” now follows Mercury and Venus in opposition to Uranus. It’s a time to pause from the place of real detective work on ourselves, with Uranus in Taurus asking us to stop and grow in ways we can’t predict. When we are at ocean depth, beneath the soil in a seed pod, what questions should we be asking of ourselves? We can emerge from this place having done some psychological growth and integration work, should we lay aside our anxiety or depression, and instead allow ourselves to go deeply into the idea of being planted anew at this time, with the New Moon in Scorpio as our guide. Uranus generally has a higher message if we listen and download it into our consciousness, about freeing ourselves from limits.
October 24 – 31 (Exact October 27) Mars in Libra square Saturn in Capricorn: The Dancing Warrior (Mars in Libra) conflicts with the Teacher of Infrastructure (Saturn in Capricorn). One wants you to feel the music and create pioneering choreography in order to advance society. The other wants to stop everything in order to understand the needs of existing systems and design solutions to fill in the gaps. How will they deal with tension between them? How will they even speak in the same language to one another?
October 27 – November 2 (Exact October 30) Mercury conjunct Venus in Scorpio: Time to shower others with verbal appreciation and loving words. Write love letters, give gifts, and in general make love not war. The heavy Mars aspects can be set aside in favor of this lovely conjunction as we head into November. A wonderful time for new friends and romance, including proposals, marriages, etc., during October. If you want to get married during this month, make it a Halloween wedding, with these two in a fixed sign. You can also send love to those who have passed over.
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