As we approach mid-week and the end of September, we experience many shifts and changes.
As October opens, we have the First Quarter Square of the Waxing Moon in Capricorn to the Sun in Libra at 12:33 PDT on Wednesday afternoon. This square reminds us of how our actions (or lack thereof) affect others. We are also reminded of any challenges or obstacles that block or hinder projects started at the New Moon (a week ago). After the initial burst of excitement, we begin to see what we might need to alter, amend, or let go of. Occurring at 8/33 degrees of Capricorn, this square affects those who have planets or aspects between 7-11 degrees of either Libra or Capricorn, the Cardinal signs including Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.
Mercury entered Scorpio on September 27 and will turn retrograde on the 4th of October, and reenter the sign of Libra on the 10th for the remainder of October. We’ll be dealing with the same old territory in terms of communication and our own thoughts and feelings about relationship, independence, self fulfillment, and creativity. During the period Mercury is in Scorpio (dipping into the depths of the subconscious until the 10th) we get a glimpse of the shadow, intuition, dreams, visions, and other hidden aspects that may have lain dormant for a long time. We begin to reconnect with what it is that shaped and informed our identities earlier in life, and we begin to break free of whatever it is we have been either forced to do without or have chosen to release.
Venus entered Libra on Monday, September 29, and will transit there until October 23. Venus is at her best in Libra, the sign where she is dignified. Our experiences, views, dreams, and perceptions about loving and being loved are in their most idealized form during this transit. We seek greater harmony in our close relationships, and feel more at home with those we love. Our sense of decorum, tact, and charm outweigh our more aggressive and demanding desires and behavior, and as they say, “We catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” We seek more gentile ways of communicating, forming relationships and alliances, and of working out problems and issues in our intimate relationships. For some, this might lead to ignoring or hiding real feelings and allowing ourselves to settle for less than what we truly want and need in relationship. If a person is in a relationship that is basically out of balance and unhealthy, this transit may be difficult because there may be a tendency to try to sweep issues and needs under the carpet. Rather than allowing that to happen, use your tact and courage to let your feelings be known in a way that is authentic, kind, and honorable. Avoid holding back and then resenting a partner or friend because of not being honest.
Face intimacies as they are, and take responsibility for moving towards what is calling your heart. We may have a tendency to feel overcome with feelings of love and desire, that we take things out of context or come to believe that promises made in the heat of passion are long-lasting and durable. Venus in Libra is fully capable of appreciating the true nature of love and compassion, when blinders are taken off and relationships are viewed from a more pragmatic point of view. Remember, the other person in any relationship, sees, feels, and understands it differently than you do. When seeking to strengthen relationships, seek to understand how another’s perceptions, needs, and desires differ from your own. Later in the week, when Venus forms a quincunx to Neptune in Pisces, we may have a taste of disappointment or disillusion in our mouths if we fail to see how our perceptions are based on illusion rather than what really is. On September 3-4, Venus semi-square Saturn touches us where we are vulnerable and connects us to where we are feeling isolated or needing more than what we have in relationship.
Getting in touch with what is truly not working in relationship, allows us perhaps, to connect to the healing power activated when Venus parallels Chiron, the Wounded Healer, in Pisces on the 4-5. Chiron helps us get in touch with how to understand what we have to learn from the sorrow, losses, or lack we have suffered. When Venus and Chiron line up in aspect, we come to understand what needs to be healed in order for us to fully love and be loved. More importantly perhaps, it reminds us of how our own ideas about love and what we need in relationship, require our own needs and avoid settling or putting up with less than desirable or healthy relationships. Healing apart is more life-affirming than continuing to drag one another down or rerun endless cycles of misunderstandings, illusions, or disappointing attempts to change or be changed by the other.
On Saturday the 4th of October, The Sun squares Pluto. This signals an abuse of power, disregard or rebellion against boundaries and limitations, and compulsive, obstructive thinking and behavior. Avoid becoming too pushy or forcing issues at this time. We may feel more powerful, or feel the need to exert or express control, authority, and self righteousness. That would probably be a big mistake when this powerful transit is in place. We may also experience events, experiences, or awakenings that highlight the need for us to assert ourselves in order to maintain a strong sense of self. Learning how to trust the Universal Life Force, Divine Will, or Higher Power (whatever you call the power greater than your own ego and will), is necessary under present circumstances. Saturn the Great Teacher has been slowly forcing everyone to understand what that means in both personal and collective energy expression.
On Saturday evening, Mercury begins its retrograde phase. This will last throughout October. We may find ourselves thrown back into some old relationships issues and challenges. Take the retrograde time as a time to reflect, review, renew, and regenerate your ideas and experiences of love, artistic and creative expression, and ideas and desire for seeing beauty wherever you may be. What that has been happening over the last several months needs sorting, reorganizing, and reviewing? The threshold points (when Mercury is turning or changing signs) are the key times to be a bit more careful than usual. We tend to feel more vulnerable or a bit off center, but the regular retrograde cycle can be a good time to do some deep discernment, and to slow down and take some time to prepare, rest, and reset our emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual and mental clocks.
Mercury will activate the October full eclipse three times, going from 2 degrees Scorpio to 16 degrees of Libra during the retrograde cycle. When it returns to Libra’s third decan, we can reexperience some harsh judgments or awakenings over our personal sense of confidence and/or worthiness. We may question or be questioned about some of those areas of ourselves that we treasure most. This Jupiter-ruled decan will favor us by feeding our dreams and aspirations to make life better for others, to improve our planet, and to help heal old wounds. We are reminded during this retrograde cycle of what we have worked so hard to release. patterns of thinking and behavior, outdated or dysfunctional relationships and concepts about our own roles, callings, or direction. This is a pretty peaceful and enlightening retrograde cycle.
When the Sun conjuncts Mercury between October 13-20, astrologer Demetra George describes this period as being like a time when we might feel like we are “burning in the fiery cauldron of solar heat, where the last vestiges of the old self – in the case of Mercury, the old thought patterns and mental scripts that no longer serve us – are consumed and destroyed.” A pretty powerful image, but the idea that in order to change, we need to go through transformation that is akin to heating gold to temper and shape it into something more beautiful than the rough, harsh ore of the element. We, the elements of our lives, are in the process of being heated, tempered, and shaped, and we need to trust that the Divine Sacred is working in unseen ways, and is affirming and supporting us on our journeys.