Forecast for October 2017

Long-Term Shifts in 2017

2017 kicks off with a set of planetary alignments that began in December 2016 and which guarantee this year will be a hot mess.

Jupiter’s move into Libra places him in square to Pluto, opposed Uranus and sextiled to Saturn. It seems Jupiter is busier than usual this year, blowing things out of proportion as he always does so well. Jupiter’s opposition to Uranus could lead to explosions—both figurative and literal. We’d best step away from any and all blast radiuses we may be near. And Jupiter square Pluto can run to extremes of hot and cold, up and down, positive and negative. It can also bring on a surge of power-hunger. Watch world leaders to see how they wield this energy because Pluto in Capricorn is on a mission to bring corruption to the surface and Jupiter can expand its visibility and in Libra, Jupiter insists on what’s fair.

Saturn squares Chiron this year, which could feel downright oppressive to those receiving this transit directly. Such individuals are forced to re-experience old wounds and then take responsibility for them. Doesn’t sound easy, does it?
The only respite in all of this is Saturn’s harmonious connections to Jupiter and Uranus. Saturn’s trine to Uranus suggests that innovators will have to slow down to the pace of Luddites and the Old Guard may actually interest themselves in the cutting edge—as long as it’s not too edgy. This could mean changes that are slower, but more sustainable. And when Saturn sextiles Jupiter, wisdom can occur because growth and expansion, while limited, can translate into real, physical progress instead of just so much hot air.

All in all, it’s a noteworthy year.

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 2017.

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

On Oct 10, Jupiter makes its yearly sign change, this time from relationship-oriented Libra to transformational Scorpio. The fiery planet of Jupiter brings a sense of expansion wherever it goes. Jupiter loves acquiring wisdom and knowledge and can be a little flamboyant in the ways it does that. Watery Scorpio asks us to dive deep into and examine our emotional underworld. You can imagine that the two combined will urge us to not only discover our heart’s deepest desires, but also to inspect them and dissect them. Scorpio isn’t interested in superficiality so be prepared to be pulled to the bottom of your emotional sea and do some exploration. Jupiter will be in Scorpio until early November 2018.

Fortunately for the Scorpios of the world, Jupiter will bring personal charisma and luck to natives of Scorpio, Leo, Taurus and Aquarius born on the following dates (in any year): November 5 through 16, February 2 through 13, May 3 through 15 and August 4 through 16.

Remember that a considered vulnerability is the key to winning at the game of Scorpio. Not a fiercely guarded perimeter. Not a preemptive strike. Not an unconsidered vulnerability and open boundary. I’m talking considered vulnerability. It’s your Fixed Sign meditation for the year. You’re welcome.

Astrology Class coming: Prediction and Asteroids

Learn about transits, progressions, solar returns, the human life cycle and eclipses, along with in-depth information about the 4 major asteroids (Ceres, Pallas Athene, Juno and Vesta) and Chiron. This is an online class, beginning November 13th and you can attend from anywhere. Intermediate level: please know the basics before signing up for this class.


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 8th. To catch and ride this wave of intellectual clarity and speed, plan your hardest work this quarter for October, then plan to use the first half of November for the inevitable follow-through. Here’s more good stuff about Mercury Retrogrades. 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 on October 5, 2017 at 12° Aries

The Full Moon at 12º Aries happens opposite Mercury in Libra, with Venus conjunct Mars in Virgo. A Full Moon tends to bring with it an electric charge, simply because the moon has been travelling all month, gathering up emotions and feelings and by the time it’s full, it can feel “ready to burst”. An Aries Full Moon can exacerbate this. Fiery Aries intensity can make us feel excitable and energetic and it could even prompt us to access any anger we may have been building up. Beware of exploding (because well, that just never really gets us what we need) and instead channel some of that Mercury in Libra objectivity and use diplomacy instead. Remember that electric charge I mentioned earlier? Mars conjunct Venus in Virgo will add to that and may have you feeling a little frisky; have fun with it! Just know that the Virgo challenge will be to channel your sexual energy in a productive way.

New Moon on October 19 at 26° Libra

The New Moon in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries this month. A New Moon (as you probably know) is conjunct the Sun. This means that both the Sun (the planet of Ego and really, the very core of who we are) and the Moon (our emotional, intuitive selves) will be in a push-pull with Uranus, the planet that wants change and wants it now (especially Uranus in Aries!). Be prepared to experience some excitement in the form of new and revolutionary ways of being and “aha! moments.” You may feel rather rebellious and feel the need to make a change–any change! Remember that this is a short transit, so temper yourself a little (capitalize on that Libran balance!). What may seem like the most brilliant idea you’ve ever had today, may seem like it’s just not worth it by next week.

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

“Fortune Cookies” for October, 2017

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10/1/2017, Mars trines Pluto: Tune into your gut today and your every action can be guided by instinct, leading you to strike without error.

10/3/2017, Venus trines Pluto: You may find that your inner lover wants to transform today. Seek depth and passion–you won’t regret it.

10/5/2017, Venus conjuncts Mars: Romance can get hot and heavy today. If you have your eye on someone, don’t be afraid to initiate a conversation. If you can do it artfully, even better!

10/5/2017, Full Moon in Aries: You might find that any festering anger wants to come out. Release is a good thing, but remember that concise, direct honesty works better than an explosion.

10/8/2017, Venus squares Saturn: Pursuit of beauty, balance and love must be tempered with some structure and discipline.

10/8/2017, Sun conjuncts Mercury: Communication takes on a playful feel. Develop creative ideas and be articulate and expressive in the way you learn and think.

10/9/2017, Mercury squares Pluto: Are others able to trust your communication style? Authentic vulnerability goes a long way in developing their confidence in you.

10/9/2017, Sun squares Pluto: The Ego isn’t very fond of the truth, but sometimes our dark sides are worth examining.

10/10/2017, Jupiter the Wanderer enters Scorpio, sign of rebirth and transformation. What will this life’s journey require you to let go of? Why wait? Burn it now and be free.

10/10/2017, Venus opposes Chiron: Sometimes love can really hurt, but if you use the experience to learn something about yourself, it can be quite healing.

10/11/2017, Mars squares Saturn: When you already know how to do something, being told to do it another way can really grate. Being open to constructive criticism can actually lessen your workload.

10/12/2017, Mercury sextiles Saturn: Effective communication sometimes requires the “less is more” approach.

10/14/2017, Venus enters Libra: Venus loves Libra and Libra loves Venus; this is a match made in astrology heaven!

10/15/2017, Mercury opposes Uranus: You may have the urge to speak out against injustice or simply to voice a radical opinion; this is a good time to stand up for what’s right.

10/15/2017, Mars opposes Chiron: Sometimes we rush into action as a way to avoid emotional pain. Today, try to be aware of the compulsion to do this.

10/16/2017, Sun sextiles Saturn: Being true to ourselves can take real effort, but the pay-off is well worth it. Integrity is your watchword.

10/17/2017, Mercury enters Scorpio: Time to get deep and vulnerable with the way you communicate—superficiality won’t get you what you need.

10/18/2017, Mercury conjuncts Jupiter: Let’s talk about intense things today. Let’s explore our passionate side and let’s be splashy and glamorous about it.

10/19/2017, Sun opposes Uranus: Access your inner rebel; what do you stand for? Who do you stand up for? Today is a great day to ask yourself those questions.

10/19/2017, New Moon in Libra: Plant seeds for the future and make sure to incorporate a sense of beauty into your undertakings.

10/22/2017, Mars enters Libra: Lead with a sense of easygoing lightheartedness. This may not come naturally, but those who follow will appreciate it!

10/22/2017, Sun enters Scorpio: As the dark of the year approaches and the nights get colder and longer, we contemplate ends. . . and the beginnings that are to come.

10/24/2017, Mercury trines Neptune: Intuition supports rationality. Today you can dip deep into the well of ideas and fish out something irrational AND brilliant.

10/26/2017, Sun conjuncts enthusiastic Jupiter: “Tiggers are bouncy-bouncy-fun-fun-fun-fun-fun! And the wonderful thing about Tiggers is, I’m the only one!” (is this you today?)

10/27/2017, Venus squares Pluto: Love can be overpowering today, a tidal wave of passion that drowns you in its intensity. Who’s in control?

10/27/2017, Mercury sextiles Pluto: Deeeeep Thoooouuuughts. Nothing superficial today. Penetrate to the heart of the matter and solve every puzzle.

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