Astrology for October 2018

Venus turns Retrograde on the 5th of October and reenters Libra on the 31st.  As Venus rules Libra (sign of relationships), this backward motion will give us an opportunity to reevaluate how we relate to others.  With Mars in Aquarius still close to the South Node of the Moon at the beginning of October, we are seeing residual anger surface.  This gradually dissipates as the month goes on.  We will all have an underlying feeling that something big is going on without being able to put our finger on it.  This is really the calm before the storm, as next month is a 10 on the scale of 1-10.  “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.” – JFK.  Next month starts a pattern of irrepressible change that will last well into 2020.
The New Moon is on the 8th at 11:57 PM EDT is at 150 of Libra. With Pluto Square and Neptune Quincunx the New Moon, a note of caution will be with us all month.  With Mars on the South Node of the Moon, a deep and often unspoken dissatisfaction is stirring beneath the surface.  Mars is Square to Retrograde Venus (ruler of the New Moon) in Scorpio (sign of extremes); any step to move in a new direction, will be met with belligerence.  Uranus is Square the Nodal Axis showing that attempts to get our lives on a positive footing will be interrupted by unforeseen and uncontrollable forces of nature.  Our most responsible solution to all the unrest is to follow the basic nature of Libra: seek harmony and compromise.  Venus Retrograde in Scorpio is Trine Neptune and Sextile Pluto.  If we remain practical and are able to uncover and rectify emotional mistakes of our personal history of the last couple of years, this can actually be a pleasant time.  Blaming others or circumstances for things not working out in our own lives will just pull us into the chaos. Forgiving ourselves and others allows us to start over with a clean slate.
The Sun enters Scorpio at 7:23 AM EDT on October 23rd .  The Moon (public) in Aries is Sextile Mars and Square Pluto.  This shows a Solar Month with people very energized, but frustrated. There are hard barriers to our progress.  With half the planets in water signs (empathic bonds) we lead with our emotions.  Mercury is Square Mars; we are apt to say things in haste and then need to clean up our remarks later on.  This is an unusually volatile time.  We do best to not take ourselves, other people, or the world situation too seriously.
The Full Moon is on October 24th at 11:45 AM EDT on 1degree of Scorpio/Taurus.  Pressure that has been building for a while will bubble over.  Uranus is Conjunct the Moon and Opposite the Sun.  With the Retrograde Venus Conjunct the Sun, we can get caught in a stubborn deadlock between what we want, and an unconscious prompting to escape, or just ignore, our real circumstances.   Saturn is Sextile the Sun and Trine the Moon;  honesty and hard work allow us to fulfill obligations; this is the road to freedom.   Mercury (lower mind) is Conjunct Jupiter (higher mind) in Scorpio (sign of extremes).  They are Sextile their ruler (Pluto); he is in Saturn’s sign, so our concentration comes down to doing our duty.  Full Moons are always a culmination and a chance to complete tasks and to discard things we no longer need.  With seven planets in Fixed signs (inertia), letting go of anything is emotionally difficult, but this is necessary now.

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