Forecast for October 2016

Long-Term Shifts in 2016

In 2016, a gathering of four planets in Mutable signs—Chiron, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune—assures that the world’s Virgos, Pisceans, Geminis and Sagittarians will not be allowed to sit still for long (as if they ever could!). Natives of these signs will be going through a lot of changes over a 3-year period, in which we are presently in year 2.

Saturn is traveling through Sagittarius this year. Thank goodness it’s done with Scorpio! Fixed natives (Scorpio, Taurus, Leo and Aquarius) can finally relax their vigilance—Saturn won’t be bothering you for another 5 years. Now Mutable natives come under the gun because while in Sagittarius, Saturn squares Neptune—see  this: Fear Turns Dreams Into Nightmares.

This year Jupiter has traveled back and forth in Virgo, bringing luck and fortune to Mutable signs everywhere (Virgos, Geminis, Pisceans, Sagittarians). While in Virgo, Jupiter trined Pluto, opposed Chiron and squared Saturn. Jupiter has now moved out of Virgo and has entered Libra, getting ready to spread the love to Cardinal signs everywhere.

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 2016.

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

This month no outer planets will change direction: Uranus, Neptune and Chiron continue retrograde (moving backwards) while Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter continue direct (moving forwards).

In October, Jupiter enters its Libra span for the year. It’s journey will take it up to 23º Libra and then back to 13º before moving on and out into Scorpio in late 2017. Jupiter’s passage through Libra will be great for Cardinal signs. Librans born October 6 through 16, Arians born April 2 through 12, Cancerians born July 5 through 15 and Capricorns born January 4 through 14). Those born within these dates can expect a surge of self-confidence which begins in October or November and lasts about 8 months.

Saturn is racing thru the end of its yearly span, which took the ringed planet from 9 to 16º of Sagittarius and back again. Soon Saturn will do its retrograde dance further along in Sag, carrying us into next year. More about that as it approaches.

This Month’s Free Teleclass: The Moon in Libra

Your Moon sign is the key to contentment, happiness and the ability to rest deeply. When you engage in the self-care suggested by your Moon sign, you feel deeply secure because the Moon describes how you like to be mothered.

If you’ve got the Moon in Libra in your natal chart, you crave beauty, harmony and symmetry. A natural peacemaker, you have a strong sense of fairness and justice. Unfairness hurts your very soul and being shut out of dialogue with others is deeply unsettling for you. Your Libra Moon enjoys the back and forth of an interesting discussion or a lively debate. Your most soothing home life includes lovely surroundings and gracious living.

More about the Moon in Libra here.

Register for a free teleclass all about YOUR Moon sign.

If you don’t know what sign your Moon is in, this page will help you find out:  How to use to cast your free astrology chart.

Mercury Watch

Mercury is moving forward and fast this month—hooray! The swift-moving little guy catches up with the Sun for Greater Epiphany Day on October 27th. To catch and ride this wave of intellectual clarity and speed, plan your hardest work this quarter for the first half of October, then plan to use the November for the inevitable follow-through. Here’s more good stuff about Mercury Retrograde and how it works.


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.


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

Full Moon in 23º Aries: Saturday, October 15, 2016

This month’s Full Moon in Aries packs all the punch of Uranus and even the staying power of Ceres can’t stabilize it. When several planets join the Moon in Aries there’s going to be fire. Use this forceful, energizing and lightning fast mood wisely. Now is the time to begin something great, to break new ground and push your point home. Be the initiator, not the terminator.

New Moon in 7º Scorpio: Sunday, October 30, 2016

Any New Moon carries with it a sense of innocence and freshness in this newborn cycle of emotional development. Yet when placed in Scorpio and conjunct Mercury, this Moon has a cerebral quality, a wisdom beyond its years and might even be called paranoid. The trine to Neptune eases the Scorpio Moon’s usual suspicion, bringing hints and intuitions about what is to come. This Moon is good for scrying.

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

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10/1/2016, Venus trines Neptune: The creative juices are really flowing today. How will you channel your artistic side? Be inspired!

10/1/2016, Mercury opposes Chiron: Don’t bother arguing with other people when they are coming from a wounded place. Instead, communicate gently.

10/4/2016, Sun sextiles Saturn: Serious mood today. Great focus available. Complete as many tasks as you can. Don’t worry, you can always play later.

10/5/2016, Venus sextiles Pluto: Halloween costume inspirations may hit today. Act on them now, while it’s easy. Have fun with your darkness.

10/5/2016, Mars squares Jupiter: Don’t overdo exercise today—you may feel more vigor than your body can act on safely.

10/7/2016, Mercury enters Libra (till 10/24): Yes, converse. Yes, charm others with your wit. But listen as well as talk.

10/7/2016, Sun squares Pluto: Ruthless ambition will only earn you the distaste of others. Beware the insatiable appetite for power or acclaim.

10/11/2016, Mercury conjuncts Jupiter: What does it all mean? Today you’re a seeker questioning the nature of existence.

10/11/2016, Venus trines Chiron: People who are healers often have to go through a healing process themselves. How do you heal (with) others?

10/11/2016, Mars sextiles Neptune: What drives you towards your inspiration? You feel revitalized by pursuing your vision—whatever it may be.

10/13/2016, Mercury squares Mars: Words can be sharper than weapons. Be careful not to be too quick to say something you can’t take back.

10/14/2016, Mercury sextiles Saturn: This is a great aspect for editing of all kinds. Do you need to edit your writing, music or other art?

10/15/2016, Sun opposes Uranus: Today’s you’re especially unapologetic about who you are and what you stand for. Don’t be too overbearing about it.

10/15/2016, Mercury squares Pluto: It’s probably not worth obsessing over anything right now. But, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to stop!

10/15/2016, Full Moon in Aries: Excitement and enthusiasm are in the air. Take a bold step in a new direction. Make a break for freedom!

10/18/2016, Venus enters Sagittarius (till 11/11): Party time! Gather friends together to better your social connections—or just plain have fun.

10/19/2016, Mars conjuncts Pluto: You have the power to move mountains—or destroy everything in your path. Use the force wisely.

10/20/2016, Mercury opposes Uranus: Your rational mind may be pulling you away from some of your zanier ideas. Integrate criticism with innovation.

10/22/2016, Sun enters Scorpio: It’s the killing season, the butchering part of harvest-time. In your herd of projects, what needs culling?

10/24/2016, Mercury enters Scorpio (till 11/12): Despite a plethora of insights into your own soul, avoid oversharing—do they really need to know that?

10/25/2016, Venus square Neptune: Are you giving too much of yourself to others? You may be acting out of compassion, but don’t compromise self-care.

10/26/2016, Venus sextiles Jupiter: Your ‘chosen’ family is different than your biological one.  Beliefs and perspectives link you.

10/27/2016, Sun conjuncts Mercury: Epiphany Day is here! Mental clarity reaches a 4-month peak. How will you use this day?

10/27/2016, Mars sextile Chiron: Everyone needs to work on some part of themselves. Get motivated to tackle something about you that needs improvement!

10/28/2016, Mars squares Uranus: People may be acting impulsively today. Watch out for road rage, or be careful not to cut yourself while making dinner!

10/29/2016, Venus conjuncts Saturn: Don’t question your self worth so much. Lately you may be looking to others for relief from excess self-judgment.

10/30/2016, Mercury trines Neptune: Halloween is tomorrow, and you’re excited by the fantasy of this holiday. Have fun with a scary book or movie.

10/30/2016, Life to death; death to life. The line between them is gray. During this New Moon in Scorpio you may feel caught between the worlds.

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