Some might say Astrology can sometimes feel a bit like trading on the open market, but instead the setting is the open skies. For there are plenty of upturns and downturns, as trends are observed, predictions formed and returns made. So, with this in mind, this October is something of a ‘st-ock-tober’!
For this October is about taking stock, equal shares and bonds, as the month begins with the Sun already situated in the sharing Sign of Libra. This being the first Sign in the Zodiac sequence which moves from concentrating on the individual self to interacting with others and therefore, it is symbolised by the scales, as we attempt to achieve equilibrium with another. However, it can be difficult to maintain this steadiness when these scales are constantly shifting. So, at times, attempts to remain fair and share can become more fair and square, as pleasing one quarter unbalances another. This seeming apparent this month, as October opens on a high with the Sun and Venus forming a corporation in co-operation in the harmonious Sign of Libra. As the Sun pours all its resources into collaboration in around the table debates and discussions, Venus, naturally at home in the Sign of Libra, aids by smoothing over negotiations. Whilst also ensuring that it is not just all talk and an even distribution of finances follows, as Venus also governs finances.
Hence, the presence of Venus in Libra, not only assists in brokering these discussions, but not kept in check this combination may run the risk of sending many sectors for broke. As it is all well and good giving everyone their fair share, but what happens when there is not enough to go around and the scales do not balance? For the downside of the Sun and Venus in Libra is the tendency to over-splurge, seeing everything a little rosier than it is. This perhaps liberating the scales, as they quiver over the scale of liberation Scotland can now bank on. As choosing not to make a quick getaway ‘Scot free’ Bonnie and Clyde style, has left many not so bonnie on the banks of the Clyde, uncertain on whether Westminster will live up to its big promises of balanced constitutional reform.
This high October started on seems to plummet further by the 5th, when Mercury rings the bell on everyday dealings by turning retrograde. Then the daily grind may become a little more taxing, especially regarding taxes and public money, as Mercury retrogrades through the Sign of Scorpio until the 11th. Thus, not only are shared funds problematic, but knock-on effects could see further harsh cutbacks, with Saturn still in Scorpio. This perhaps relating to leisure activities and services for children, as well as quarrels over stricter legislation to protect them, as Leo Jupiter still challenges Saturn. This period could even result in strikes and demonstrations involving uniformed public services, these too falling under Scorpio’s jurisdiction. As do hidden and eliminative activities due to ruling Pluto, so expect anything from mining, sewage and refuse collection issues, to surgical errors and spending cuts, viral or contamination blunders and terrorist plotting. While stationary Neptune in Pisces in close aspect, only adds further setbacks and confusion.
However, Scorpio’s window of opportunity is short-lived, as by the 11th Mercury travels back into Libra. So whatever has been stirred up could now start to cause social divisions and disharmony, helped along by the 8th’s finalising Aries Full Moon falling on Uranus. This creating general shockwaves, as past self-interested and martial actions are no longer tolerated, highlighted through Chinese financial transactions and hidden actions in Afghanistan. While, flawed ideology in Iran and uncertain Canadian partnerships also become evident. However, achieving any real positive progress will prove arduous. As Mercury not only finds itself immobile in the Sign of Libra, affecting everyday social affairs, pleasurable pursuits and our sense of cohesion, but the Sun and Venus have now caught up, forming unfavourable angles to Uranus and Pluto. Although this forms more of a try-angle than triangle, as whatever is attempted at this time will meet with opposition. This making diplomatic relations particularly strained, but necessary as the karmic North Node lingers in Libra, demonstrated by the Scottish devolution issue. Meanwhile, the matter of money still remains at the centre of this, as retrograde Mercury forces the going over of issues previously thought to have been resolved. Therefore, solutions are sought through further dialogue, coming to a head when Venus unites with the Sun in Scorpio, accompanied by a New Moon and significant Solar Eclipse on the 23rd.
For a Solar Eclipse is the precursor to change, but efforts to leave no quarter feeling short-changed are crucial to capitalise on this eclipse. As this eclipse links to adverse partnerships and advisors, with unfavourable events in Egypt, Poland, North Korea, the Panama and Russia emphasised, as well as traffic issues. While matters in Iraq become further perplexing, but United Nations talks should prove encouraging. However, the Baltic regions, Mexico, Cuba and France should see positive outcomes and some cash injections, as should new NASA projects.
Therefore, just action is possible, utilising Mars in Sagittarius in favourable aspect to Jupiter in Leo and Aries Uranus until the 25th, especially regarding past foreign affairs and legalities. This becoming more imperative by the 21st as Uranus and Neptune both reach a standstill at a critical degree, but Neptune’s presence in Pisces here clouds the facts, making it difficult to act clearly over bygone matters. Although by the 26th things will have improved somewhat as Mercury turns direct again, making daily life less chaotic, along with the new cycle initiated by Scorpio’s Solar Eclipse and Venus improving finances temporarily. However, as balances seem to improve Mars trips things up progressing into Capricorn, causing anger, especially among the older generation over their savings and pensions. Therefore, this month we may face many trying angles and squares, but these are necessary to shape the future once ‘Oct-is-gone’!