Forecast for October 2014

Long-Term Shifts in 2014

This year’s triple threat—Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter—has finished with Jupiter’s movement of out of Cancer and into Leo.  Some people experienced Jupiter’s involvement as a confidence-booster, while others found Jupiter only magnified the drama provided by Uranus and Pluto.  Anybody with a planet placed in 10-16º of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn has been having a year of explosive, and even volcanic change.  If that’s you, prepare to emerge as a different person, hopefully a finer version of yourself.  Prepare to earn your wings.  And know that the Pluto-Uranus square will end in March 2015.

After that, things will get a LOT more peaceful. 2015 and 2016 do not show the same heavy level of planetary activity we’ve seen in 2012-2014.

Say goodbye to the Water Grand Trine involving Saturn, Jupiter and Chiron:  Jupiter left Cancer for Leo in July, and now Saturn is moving on towards Sagittarius, leaving Chiron to slowly trek through the rest of Pisces.  Say hello to Jupiter-in-Leo trining Uranus-in-Aries, which is likely to light quite a few sparks, but not to cause any explosions.  It began September 25.

More about “planetary meetups” now in progress:
High Five! Jupiter Trine Uranus in Fire Signs
Uranus and Pluto Topple the Great Edifice (Part 1), which links to parts 2, 3 and 4.

Want to know more about the planetary influences of this year? Find out more about this year’s trends and pivotal (retrograde) days: Transits in the Year 2014.

This year’s themes affect individual people in individual areas of life according to their own astrology charts.  Will they affect you?  Look here to find out: Are You Currently In Transition?

Mercury Watch

Mercury begins this month moving forward (not retrograde, i.e. backward), but barely. On October 4, the rascal turns retrograde and takes us into another backward and inward journey.  Don’t panic!  This happens 3 times a year and is not unusual or scary.  Mercury retrograde has its uses—find out what this means and how to take advantage of Mercury retrograde (so it doesn’t take advantage of you).  And read more about Mercury’s cycle here: This Year’s Mercury Retrogrades.


October begins with the Cardinal Air sign of Libra.  As an Air sign, Libra blows in the winds of change at the autumnal equinox and frosts the leaves, creating a red and golden landscape.  Imagine the season of Libra as a beautiful lady whose skirt is a small cyclone of brightly colored leaves, dancing and swirling.  Winter is coming, but is not here yet.  This is the fall, when the sun dips below the equator and leaves cascade from the trees.  This year Libra runs from September 22 to October 22.

October concludes with Watery, Fixed Scorpio, beginning on October 22.  Death is in the air as the nights grow colder still and darkness begins to settle in after the equinox has passed.  Halloween, Day of the Dead and the Witches’ New Year all happen in Scorpio because many cultures have believed that at this time of the year the veil between this world and the next is thin and penetrable.  Ghosts appear and the dead speak.  Is it any wonder that Scorpios are sometimes a mystery, even to themselves?  More on this fascinating sign after it begins.


Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.

Lunar Eclipse/Full Moon in 15º Aries:  Wednesday, October 8, 2014
This Full Moon (also a Lunar Eclipse) is loaded with vitality and sheer fun. Uranus, Mars and Jupiter team up to form a Grand Trine in Fire signs. During this Moon, Fiery people may be feeling quite full of themselves, not very open to feedback and apt to argue with those who would burst their bubble—try not to be one of those insufferable people. Instead, spread enthusiasm and good intentions far and wide, while remaining considerate of others’ experience of you.

Solar Eclipse/New Moon in 0º Scorpio:  Thursday, October 23, 2014
This is a highly sensitive yet also very relational New Moon and Solar Eclipse.  Watery types will prefer to stay home and process emotions with those they are intimate with—not a bad idea if you approach it with real vulnerability and the intent to clear, let go and move on. See and accept your partner for who they truly are, and present yourself as lovable, flaws and all. Use this eclipse for bonding and your relationship will transform into a more deep, true and real version of itself.

October’s Full Moon is sometimes called the Blood Moon.

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10/4/2014, Sun squares Pluto: Some days there’s no amount of sugar-coating that can cover the ugly truth. Better to look it in the face.

10/4/2014, Mars squares Chiron: Does your anger comes from wounded places? Cool your head and look for the healing opportunity.

10/4/2014, Yee-ha! Another Mercury Retrograde is upon us. Clean closets, physically and metaphorically, till Oct 25.

10/4/2014, Mars trines Uranus: Follow your intuition to a crazy, unexpected place and reap benefits from it. Forget thinking—ACT outside the box.

10/7/2014, Sun opposes Uranus: Today, one person is antsy, touchy and rebellious, the other is centered in what’s fair. Which are you?

10/8/2014, At the height of an energetic and Fiery Full Moon in Aries, a Lunar Eclipse pops the bubble of enthusiasm. What then?

10/10/2014, Mercury re-enters Libra today: what has been left unsaid in your relationship?

10/10/2014, Sun sextiles Jupiter: Shine the light of your big personality into the world. Leadership works best when it comes with sweet words.

10/11/2014, Venus opposes Uranus: why fight that irascible person when you can seduce them to your point of view instead?

10/14/2014, Venus sextiles Jupiter: Lighten up, love’s in the air and it can be fun! Just don’t take it too seriously.

10/15/2014, Sun sextiles Mars: Negotiate for what you want today—you might get it just by lightening up and being flexible.

10/16/2014, Sun conjuncts Mercury: It’s Epiphany Day! Get ready for the solution to your present puzzle to land on your head.

10/16/2014, Mercury sextiles Mars: Words lead to actions that lead right back to words.  Think clearly, act strongly.

10/17/2014, Mercury conjuncts Venus: Clean up those broken promises with your partner. Bring your sincerity and your truthfulness.

10/19/2014, Venus sextiles Mars: Love flirts and runs; Sex chases her. She evades him but stays close. They run a madcap course. What fun!

10/20/2014, Mercury sextiles Jupiter: You can get away with bluntness today, but curb your tongue lest you be guilty of “too much information.”

10/23/2014, Sun enters Scorpio: Autumn deepens, the days darken and the witchy time of the year approaches. Happy Birthday, Scorpio!

10/23/2014, Passion bursts forth like a violent flower as Venus enters Scorpio. She’ll be there until November 16.

10/23/2014, November’s Solar Eclipse/New Moon in #Scorpio is a great time for exploring the mergy places in your relationship.

10/25/2014, Sun conjuncts Venus: It’s Relationship Rapture Day! If your birthday is this week, it’s going to be a great year for relating.

10/25/2014, Mercury turns direct: Whew! Mercury retrograde is over. Things will be back to normal within a week.

10/26/2014, Focus, ambition and determination will win the day when Mars enters Capricorn. Make use of it till December 4.

10/27/2014, Venus trines Neptune: Passion and intensity tempered by an infinitely kind gentleness. Stoop to conquer. This is what love is.

10/28/2014, Sun trines Neptune: Radiant, gentle, the Sun glows and yet is fierce. Who can not listen to someone with charisma like this?


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