Welcome to Pandora’s monthly astrology forecast. Here you’ll find news for the year, for the month and for dates this month when important changes are happening in our skies. You’ll also find words and videos explaining what they mean, how to handle them and how to know if they affect your chart specifically.
Long-Term Shifts in 2020
2020 began with a very difficult planetary conjunction that set the tone of the year: Saturn Conjuncts Pluto in January of 2020. Saturn and Pluto connect about every 35 years and when they do, individuals, societies and nations go through massive transformation. The keyword for this transit is “oppression” and it activated something we like to call the “Pandemic Hot Degree” which contains an important spiritual lesson for humanity about power, control, vulnerability and responsibility. Find out more about that and how it affects you specifically in our playlist The Astrology of Pandemic Year 2020. This is the main transit of the year and it’s why 2020 feels so heavy, intense and dark.
During the year, Jupiter and Mars each trigger the Pandemic Hot Degree several times, yielding specific dates to stay aware of your health and your safety. Here’s more about that: The Astrology of the Coronavirus Pandemic. In that playlist you’ll also find news about Mars, currently retrograde, transiting the Pandemic Hot Degree.
As the year continues, Jupiter, in Capricorn, moves in and out of a conjunction with Pluto. Jupiter sometimes brings hope and confidence, making things better–but other times it just blows things up bigger and makes them visible when previously they were hidden. Hopefully this will bring a spark of positivity and shine some light into dark places. During 2020 Jupiter will also be dancing in a harmonious sextile with Neptune, fostering dreams and ideals and growing them further, adding to an increasing feeling of hope and possibility. As the year ends, Jupiter leaves Pluto behind and also exits Capricorn. Upon entering Aquarius in December 2020, Jupiter conjuncts Saturn, a connection that suggests wisdom from experience and an ability to make promises only in line with what you know you can deliver. And that may be the lesson this year.
During 2020, Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter will be in Capricorn, while Uranus travels through Taurus, Neptune through Pisces and Chiron through Aries. This video explains what these long-tern “planetary eras” mean: Planetary Eras: Outer Planets In Signs In 2020.
Jupiter Finishes 2020;
What To Expect At 2020’s End
As the year comes to a close, Jupiter will make its final conjunction to Pluto and its final sextile to Neptune… and then will meet up with Saturn as the Pandemic Hot Degree expires in December. That month, Jupiter and Saturn will sweep into Aquarius together, within days of each other. Jupiter has in a way been our guide through this very difficult year, bringing hope and the resilience we need to bounce back. 2020 has been an intense year—find out how it will end, along with some clues about the tone of 2021.
Mercury has been moving fast, but don’t get too comfortable! On October 1st the little planet begins slowing down in preparation for its retrograde period that begins on the 13th. It’s time for all of us to slow down and lower our expectations around office efficiency. Mercury is in Scorpio this month and will spend its retrograde period moving backward into Libra, so get ready to have intimate conversations with partners of all kinds (marital, business, teammate) with a view to clearing up old miscommunications. Here are more clues to help you handle Mercury Retrograde with grace.
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 23 to October 23.
The month concludes with Watery, Fixed Scorpio, beginning on October 23. 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.
If your birthday is coming, you’ll want your annual birthday reading (called a “Solar Return” reading) to happen in the month before your birthday–because your birthday is your Personal New Year. It’s the best time for setting resolutions, intentions and new life-directions. Get yourself in alignment with what your Greater Self wants for you this year, beginning with knowing what the plan is.
Here is your monthly horoscope for October: “Reexamine Your Finances”
October’s Horoscopes Have Arrived
If you want to know how the sky news of October 2020 affects your sign, check your horoscope here Be sure to check your Rising sign first, then your Sun sign.
Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.
“Nurture Yourself Before Others” Full Moon at 9º Aries on October 1, 2020
October begins with an Aries Full Moon—always a hot one, full of forceful emotions. This one in particular conjuncts Chiron, which brings in Chiron’s themes of wounding and healing. It wouldn’t be surprising if the wounded child in us comes to the surface and throws a tantrum or two. Fortunately the Libra Sun brings balance, diplomacy and can soothe the fiery Moon with pleasantries. Find the way to be honest, direct and transparent, but also nice.
“Dolores Umbridge, Saccharine Evil” New Moon at 23º Libra on October 16, 2020
Why is this Moon like Dolores Umbridge, famously evil and saccharine sweet character in the Harry Potter series? Because it features a Libran Moon and Sun opposite a fiery and driven Mars (which is frustrated because it’s retrograde) and also under heavy pressure from Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter in Capricorn. Occurring close to the USA’s election day, this Moon is undoubtedly moody, tempestuous and may intensify Pluto’s tendency to explode corruption to the surface, where it can be seen. That may ultimately be a good thing, but it’s not easy to live through it.
“Mostly Tricks, A Few Treats” New Moon / Blue Moon at 8º Taurus on October 31, 2020
This October’s Moons are by and large difficult, and this month ends with a doozy. It’s a Full Moon and also a Blue Moon (the second Full Moon inside a month). This one is in Taurus and Uranus conjuncts it, taking all the emotionality of a Full Moon and vectoring it off in unexpected directions. This is intensified by Uranus’ proximity to the Earth during its retrograde season. It wouldn’t be surprising if there was some bad behavior during this year’s Halloween, especially as containment at home is hard on all of us. Find out all about it and best ways to handle it.
Your October horoscope video will tell you more about these Full and New Moons. When checking your horoscope, always check your Rising sign first, then your Sun sign. Your Rising sign’s horoscope will generally work better.
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