Forecast for October 2019

Long-Term Shifts in 2019

We have 2 important planetary aspects in play this year and both involve the planet Neptune. The first one, Jupiter in square to Neptune, will challenge us to see the world through a myriad of vantage points, and learn something from each of them. These lessons will show us how deeply our idealizations and illusions about the world and other people influence us (and not always for the better).

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You’ll remember that in 2018, Jupiter was in sextile to Neptune which helped us broaden our narrow opinions about people whom we shunned or deemed “beneath us.” We were invited to cultivate genuine tolerance and compassion for our fellow humans. Jupiter square Neptune is a continuation of the same themes of that transit, but in a more stressful way; the sextile felt easy and pleasurably stimulating. But now that these two are connecting by square there will be some heavy lifting to do and it’s likely to feel like work. I’ve been calling this transit “Mass Delusion” because Jupiter is endlessly expansive and Neptune paints the world with a rosy tint. In other words, many people experiencing this transit may find themselves drawn into a group fantasy or even out-and-out lie promulgated by a charismatic figure. Naive folks may be taken in. If this is you or someone you know, anchor yourself firmly to the practical or risk being carried away by big, useless and unreal ideas.

Fortunately, this year’s other transit, Saturn sextile Neptune, will provide some of the grounding needed. This is a harmonious transit which brings necessary structure to any delusions of grandeur we’re still grasping onto. Saturn and Neptune are planets that plan for the future, although Neptune can get lost in the fantasy element of it, while Saturn can be rather inflexible about it. The two of them in sextile however, make magic happen. Neptune softens the defenses of Saturn and Saturn brings us the self-mastery needed to identify our Neptunian blind spots. Together they are capable of bridging earth and sky.

We each have dreams of what we’d like our future to look like, but they get murky as our pretentions, immoralities, illusions, and limiting beliefs get involved. This year’s success will come to those of us who are able (and willing), to sort some of that out. We must look at the intricacy of our personal web of desires and dysfunction to see them for what they are. Doing so will help heal our personal and collective suffering this year.

How do October’s planetary movements affect you? 

Check this YouTube playlist for Pandora Astrology’s monthly horoscopes and watch the one for your Rising sign as well as your Sun sign. 
Want the big picture of this year’s planetary influences? Find out more about this year’s trends and pivotal (retrograde) days: Transits in the Year 2019.
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?

Planetary Stations and Retrogrades

Pluto stations direct on October 18th at 13° Capricorn. What have you learned about business? How do you relate to the authority figures in your life? Have you matured in any area? These are the questions that you will answer as Saturn begins moving forward once again. This is a time to pat yourself on the back for all of your hard work. And if you’ve been spinning your wheels, now is the time for momentum to begin building again.

Mercury Watch

Mercury is still moving forward at speed as October begins—yippee! Expect things to go swiftly and smoothly at the office and in your personal communications too. But around October 24th, prepare to slow down for the upcoming Mercury retrograde period that begins on the 31st. That slowing down has a special name: Mercury’s “shadow period” and the video above tells you how to use it to get ready for the retrograde period to come.

Mercury is in Scorpio this month and will be going retrograde in that sign, so get ready to have some hard conversations with people who know you far too well and who might have some reflections that are difficult to hear. Spend October clearing your plate so that November’s reflections can be welcomed as an invitation to deepening intimacy. Here are more clues about handling Mercury Retrograde with grace.

Seasons

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.

October 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.

Lunations

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

Full Moon at 20º Aries: October 13, 2019

The Aries Full Moon is an especially passionate and headstrong one, as is Aries’ nature, but it’s a square from Pluto that really amps it up. Expect arguments where one party plays the level-headed diplomat (Libra Sun) or perhaps the appeasing peacemaker, while the other takes an entrenched position, hard-headedly refusing to back down (Aries Moon) and becoming quite angry when crossed. You might find yourself playing either role in this scenario. Pluto introduces an unconscious desire to control, to not back down and to avoid vulnerability–even though vulnerability itself might be the way out of this mess. The hallmark of this Moon is to allow yourself to let go of opinions, positions, or ego, so that actual growth can happen. A strong trine to Jupiter can help this happen with self-effacing humor and big-hearted tolerance. Ceres assists with a dash of pragmatism and a little Earth Mama nurturance.

New Moon at 4º Scorpio: October 27, 2019 

October’s Scorpio New Moon contains the idea of “planting seeds in darkness.” Darkness represents unconsciousness, but it’s also rich, loamy and fertile–a great place for new life to spring forth. But Scorpio’s process of death and rebirth is often a delicate one and we may be asked to let go of things we’d rather hold on to. An opposition from Uranus in Taurus introduces a note of stubbornness to this Moon, along with some unexpected upsets. Expect arguments and people holding firmly to their positions, rather than give up control. If you find yourself surrounded by emotional drama and histrionics, take the high road by being gentle, kind and respectful towards others, while managing your own emotions yourself. Open-hearted vulnerability and leveling are always the best approach when we find ourselves–or those around us–going through a metamorphosis.

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

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October’s Horoscopes Have Arrived

If you want to know how the sky news of October 2019 affects your sign,
check your horoscope here.
Be sure to check your Rising sign first, then your Sun sign. 

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