October is a month of enormous contrasts but also a month when there is real change in the air and if I could sum up this month in one sentence it would be – this is the month when the push to bring this year home and the labour pains that will give birth to 2021 and a whole new reality, also begin. It is a cross over between the two that makes this such a complicated but important month.
What we have is a mixture of planets that are in the wrong place at the wrong time but also planets that are in the right place at the right time and often we are talking about the same planets.
The main antagonist this month is Mars, who in retrograde motion in Aries is heading back into some intense battles but then, as the planet of war, this is what he lives for. We might blame Mars for not only moving back into a difficult square aspect to Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn just as they are coming out of retrograde motion but at a time when complacency is the biggest danger, this is bringing them back into action.
Saturn will leave Capricorn on 17th December, not to return for another three decades and Jupiter just three days later, not to return again for another 11 years but it will be another six decades until they are together here again at the same time. Jupiter is a planet that has his foot to the accelerator and Saturn is a planet that has his foot to the brake and in the same way that you need both in a car, these powerful planets are going to drive this year home. To have Mars nipping at their heels will be annoying and this might push a lot of buttons this month but this is what we need to come out of the funk that months of almost all planets in the solar system in retrograde motion needs.
Yet Mars isn’t just causing a problem for Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter in Capricorn but is moving back through Aries, just as the Sun is moving forward through Libra, on the opposing side of the sky. This could come to a head in the early days of the month when the Moon not only returns to Aries on 1st October but to clash with the Sun to create a Full Moon. All this when Mars and Saturn are at a challenging square aspect.
The first Full Moon after the September equinox will always be an Aries Full Moon, so the Full Moon on 2nd October is an ordinary event. However, it has been 32 years since Mars, the ruling planet of Aries has been here at the time and it comes just as he is under pressure from Mars, his nemesis. A combination of Mars under pressure, the emotional and passionate responses from a Full Moon and a clash with the Sun could bring things to a head in what I can see as a ‘lancing the boil’ kind of way.
I can see a lot of people having their buttons pushed in the early days of the month and some ‘last pencil’ or ‘straw that broke’ the camel’s back moments. A ‘last pencil’ moment is a metaphor for a scenario where you have a new pack of pencils on your desk and one by one, people come along and take one – not a problem, you have a whole pack. Then one day you look and someone has taken the last pencil and you erupt in a way that you didn’t with the other pencils taken.
This is a ‘spit the dummy’ moment and it is all those things coming together that I am hoping will clear the air and get everything off your chest or out in the open in the beginning of the month.
Less challenging but more pervasive is the pressure between Mercury, who will spend all but the final days of October in Scorpio but also moving in and out of opposition with Uranus in Taurus. This is something that happens every year and will do until Uranus leaves in 2026 but as Mercury moves a degree every 12 hours, any tension is fleeting and then it is not repeated again for another year. However, by the time Mercury moves into opposition with Uranus in the first full week of October he is already slowing down ahead of a retrograde turn on 14th October. This will not only drag this out but after Mercury turns retrograde he will move back into opposition again and once again, this will be dragged out.
If this paints a bleak picture of October that is not my intention but I do have to warn you that there could be some pressure this month. However, when I think of Mars, in particular, I am reminded on the true American hero and civil rights activist John Lewis who often said that it was important to engage in ‘good trouble, necessary trouble’ in order to achieve change.
Change is ready to happen and the only thing blocking it is the stagnation of the last five months and the lethargic hold the past, its inertia and resistance to change still has on us.
If the gods had met in a council to decide who to send back in order to stir some ‘good trouble’, they couldn’t have chosen a better planet than Mars.
The Full Moon at the start of the month and Mercury and Uranus’ constant clashes are not game changing but the things that Mars is stirring up is and is a necessary chance to shake us out of a sense of complacency and to embrace the change that is wanting to break free.
Now I said at the start that a lot of planets are in the right place at the right time and often the same planets. The Full Moon in Aries at the start of the month is good news for Venus and this will make her final days in fellow Fire sign Leo some of the best.
At the same time while Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn are under pressure from Mars this month, they are coming out of retrograde motion and are ready to move forward and this includes with a lot of support from Venus. Venus is running late and held back by a retrograde phase earlier in the year she will finally return to Virgo and will be here from 3rd October to 28th October. In the early part of her journey through Earth ruled Virgo, Venus will form a friendly aspect to Uranus in Earth ruled Taurus and before leaving to Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn in Earth ruled Capricorn.
This creates a situation where the very planets under pressure this month are the same planets that also receive the support to action the wakeup calls.
Meanwhile, it is later in the month that something exciting is happening in Libra, which is only fitting because the Sun spent the early days of the month under pressure here. On 28th October, five days after the Sun leaves Mercury will retrograde back into Libra, with Venus not only returning on the same day but just seven minutes later. From out of nothing and from out of nowhere, not only will heart and mind jump into the same area of your chart within minutes but with Mercury in retrograde and Venus in direct motion, in a way that will bring the past, present and future together.
This is good news for the Libra ruled area of your chart now but this will also have a positive impact on this month’s dark horse. With a lot of big personalities in play this month it is understandable that the dwarf planet Ceres’ return to Aquarius late last month might go overlooked. After all, Ceres hasn’t returned to make anything happen but to revisit the needs and priorities she had spent three months on, earlier in the year. Ceres has retrograded back in and with Jupiter and Saturn both returning to Aquarius in December, her job is to revisit your needs and priorities before they return.
Ceres returned 20 minutes before Mercury left Libra late last month and for those 20 minutes, they were in an exact trine aspect. When Mercury retrogrades back in on 28th October this will happen again though not to the same exact degree or at least not at that very moment. Everything that I have explained until now is about bringing 2020 home but Ceres has returned to prepare for 2021 and beyond and the whole new era that is just around the corner.
In the final days of the month, when Venus and Mercury jump back into Air ruled Libra with no warning and return to support Ceres, who is updating your needs and priorities ahead of Saturn and Jupiter’s return to Aquarius in December, there might be a sudden glimpse of the future.
This is an exciting and pivotal month and I see this as the month that 2020 moves into its final phase but where the seeds for 2021 and the massive changes ahead are being sown. 2020 is a culmination of not just the last three years but as far back as 2008 while 2021 and beyond is the start of a major new phase and the crossover begins now and that explains the turbulence.
In the words of John Lewis (RIP), it’s time to make some ‘good trouble’.
This is just a brief overview of the conditions this month, with the following links providing more information in what this means for you. The Monthly Horoscopes are now available and I will continue to go into this in the Daily and Weekly Horoscopes but you can also get more detailed information through the Monthly Horoscope Reports.
This Overview is simply my chance to tell you what the planets are doing each month and not how this will impact you, which I will do through the Horoscopes. However, the Monthly Horoscope Reports will provide a lot more information and detail into exactly where, when and how this will impact you.
All the very best for the coming month and the final three months of 2020.