September 2018

I have been writing this column for over twenty-five years now and in order to better assist readers who are not students of astrology I offer some suggestions as to how to use the monthly summary.

Read the summary with your calendar that shows the whole month on one page. Read through the intro and make note of the days that I point out. Mark the new Moon and the full Moon. The days between the new Moon and the full Moon are when you generally want to start something that you want to grow. Do look at that Moon void chart and take a rest on those days. I have discovered that no matter what I plan, it turns out another way on a Moon void day. Anything you try to accomplish will turn out with unexpected results.

Make note of the three days before the new Moon. People usually get anxious during these days because the phone does not ring or they feel confused or simply nothing is happen. That is because it is wind down time before the new Moon. You will usually notice that the action of life picks up once the new Moon occurs. Also note the days that planets change directions, especially Mercury retrograde.

Hopefully these suggestions will give you a bit of a start to maneuvering through life with astrology.

October 2018

Will your mantra be LOVE LIFT US UP WHERE WE BELONG?
Of will your mantra be LOVE HURTS?

Venus, moving through Scorpio since September 9, turns retrograde October 5 at ten degrees Scorpio and backs up to twenty-five degrees Libra. Venus goes direct November 16. While Venus is retrograde we can expect old friends and especially love interests to show up for an encore performance. This does not mean that person has mended their ways so do not go back for another helping of baloney. Do what feels right for you and don’t forget that you want to be honored and respected. At the same time, Venus retrograde is not wonderful for beginning a new relationship or even get married. Many of us will ponder whether or not to continue with a current relationship.

You can find bargains while Venus is retrograde but don’t buy the cat food when you don’t have a cat. Hold off on having cosmetic procedures. Venus retrograde is not the time for a makeover or major new hair do.

Venus comes to square Mars in Aquarius October 10. This aspect is intense and embodies the potential to anger us. Someone is sure to do something flaky like not showing up for a date. Is lust in the dust worth the dirt you will get on you? Do not allow others bad behavior to shake your sanity. If you are not happy in your current relationship there is going to be trouble. Those who are happy with their mate are going to be missing in action while they enjoy Venus and Mars igniting behind closed doors. This lasts for the first half of the month. The news will continue to be full of stories about people who have abused their power over others. Abusers will fall hard and may not be able to get back up this time.

The Sun and Venus conjoin in Scorpio October 26. This can be a great time for love but don’t forget that Venus is retrograde. Anything you do now is not permanent so just enjoy the day and have a good time. Do not over do any activity as you will pay for it later with big bills, weight gained, or a hangover.

October 31, Venus opposes Uranus in Taurus. Surprise! Something or someone will catch you off guard. It could be a new and exciting attraction or your current honey may throw you off balance with news or unexpected behavior. Is this good or bad? It depends on how you are able to handle change.

The new Moon occurs October 8 in Libra at fifteen degrees at 10:47pm CDT. A new Moon in Libra is a call for resolving and compromising one issue or another. It is a great time for creating new relationships over the twenty-eight day lunar cycle that begins now. This new Moon is incounjunct Neptune which means that ideological differences will come up to be compromised. At the same time this new Moon is square Pluto in Capricorn and conjunct Ceres. Ceres relates to women and family issues. The cycle that begins brings up issues that women are facing across the globe. Now is the time, ladies, to push back on the old men in suits that are dictating your rights. Pluto adds a big dose of big business politics and control issues so the angry old misogynists in your life are not going to be subdued easily. This new Moon is a new beginning for all us to find a new paradigm in life where we can all get along. The problem is that some people don’t want to lose control of the rest of us. However, that is inevitable. It is in the stars.

Mercury is busy this month first in Libra and then moving into Scorpio October 9. Mercury in Libra has had us feeling so diplomatic. However Mercury squaring Pluto in Capricorn October 2 brings out the need to pull out the stops and let others know just what you think. The air will be cleared but the words that are used sting. Many of us are sure to get an ear full of truth that may give us an ear ache.

Once Mercury moves into Scorpio October 9, we will want to get to the bottom line of any dilemma or question. Communication will be harsh at times. Get to the root of what motivates people. Many of us will support a cause. Do not get caught in stubborn behavior. It will sink your efforts and especially October 10 when Mercury is opposite Uranus. At that time many of us will feel lost due to unexpected events. Staying on course will not be easy especially for Taurus and Scorpio.

The Sun is square Pluto while Mercury is Scorpio is sextile Pluto October 12. The Sun and Pluto are sure to bring up control issues and conflict. Mercury and Pluto give an upper hand to the one who has the correct facts on hand. If you debate now, be sure you are on the right side of the issue. Underhanded tactics sow the seeds of bad karma.

Mercury and Venus conjoin in Scorpio October 15. While this is a good time to express ourselves emotionally we may not really not know how we feel. This is because Venus retrograde can make us feel less sharp. Take kind words with a grain of salt especially if they come from someone who wants to reconnect with you.

Mercury, in Scorpio, is trine Neptune in Pisces October 19. This aspect calls for us to be compassionate and caring. It is not a great time for learning facts. Some of us will feel quite inspired. Take someone special for a romantic lunch. Just remember at the same time Mercury is square Mars still in Aquarius. Avoid rushing into any decisions now and don’t fall for a hard sell. Mercury and Neptune are susceptible to Mars pushy egocentric behavior.

The facts that were nebulous become clear as Mercury in Scorpio is sextile Pluto in Capricorn October 22. The truth is sure to come out and while it may or may not be pleasant, those facts help us make appropriate decisions.

Mercury’s last aspect of the month is when he crosses Jupiter in Scorpio October 29. This is a lot of talk. Everybody you meet does not need to know all about you in the first meeting. Big fish stories will be abundant. Since this takes place in Scorpio the listeners will benefit more than the talkers. Taurus, Leo, and Aquarius will be inundated with details and paperwork and people that tell way more than they want to know.

I told you Mercury was busy this month.
One last thing is that he moves into Sagittarius October 31. Mercury is much less intense in Sagittarius than in Scorpio. Our thoughts are more expansive but we must avoid making plans that are outlandish. Reign yourself in when you get too far out on the ledge of life, but enjoy the optimism of Mercury in Sagittarius.

The Sun moves through Scorpio October 23 - November 22. While the Sun moves through Scorpio, we will delve into our deep seated needs. Passion and intimacy come to light but those passions can devolve into jealousy and vindictiveness. Look deep into your psyche now and figure out why you want what you want and why you want to control people, places or things in your life. You may just discover that what you want is not what you need.

On the same day that the Sun moves into Scorpio it opposes Uranus just as Mercury did on October 10. Expected the unexpected for a couple of days around this event. Life levels out somewhat when the Sun is sextile Saturn October 27. This productive aspect makes the tough tasks easy to accomplish. Assistance and advice comes from someone more seasoned.

The Full Moon occurs October 24 at one degree Taurus. This full Moon is conjunct Uranus, opposite Venus, and trine Saturn. This full Moon brings disruption to our relationships. Many of us will see what we need to change and want to get out of a stale situation. Those of us that are single can meet someone exciting now. While upsets and changes take place around this full Moon, the influence of Saturn in Capricorn will lend an air of productivity to the changes.