October Sun Signs

The faster moving, personal planets transition as usual from Libra into Scorpio during October. Planets in Scorpio are known to express a deep and abiding emotionally driven perspective. The first to make it’s move is the messenger, Mercury heralding the way for an emerging theme this month.  When Pluto turns direct, after being retrograde since late April, on the same day, 3rd October we will need to to find ways to communicate about the things we find deeply distressing and be compelled to share the depths or our feelings. This month will find us facing many old fears or frustrations that bind us to our past and tie us into the systems, circumstances and scenarios which seem to have had control over our choices. But now there is an element of rebellion and divergence through which we get to renew our focus and understanding. Things may be much more balanced again by the month end. 

The traditional ruler of Scorpio is Mars and he now makes his move from Virgo into Libra on the 4th. So he’s in the sign ruled by Venus for the next several weeks.  On the 8th Venus moves from her own sign, Libra into Scorpio. These two planets are our “love” pair and represent the male and female energy that we all have within us. So this month, in each other’s sign it’s as if they are seeing things from the other’s position. This can provoke a profound understanding or insight into the opposite experience within our relationships. There is nothing like seeing it from the other side to establish a new element of harmony or unity. 

The emphasis is firmly on resolving patterns in our relationships during  October with the Full Moon on 13th activating the Venus ruled sign Libra and the Mars ruled sign Aries. Issues that were highlighted earlier this year by the eclipses in June and Saturn conjunct Pluto, all around 20 degrees of Cancer and Capricorn will be brought to a head as this Full Moon triggers that degree again.  

Another major dynamic this month is due to Taurus being the opposite sign to Scorpio. Currently we have Uranus, the planet of enlightenment, rebellion, sudden change and new directions at around 5 degrees of Taurus. In turn the fast moving planets will each be opposite Uranus as they move through Scorpio. Mercury on 6th, Venus on 12th and Sun on 27th. Expect to have some unexpected turnarounds or helpful revelations regarding your relationships or personal goals over the next few weeks. You may get  a momentary flash of inspiration or simply decide you’ve had enough of a frustrating and restrictive situation. You can finally break away, make changes or find the solution that has been hidden until now, because suddenly the way ahead seems so clear. 

As we approach the month end the New Moon on 28th also falls in 5 degrees of Scorpio which hits the opposite point in Taurus where Uranus currently sits. So this pushes us to another point of departure from the frustrations and limitations highlighted by both Mars and Saturn being in a very challenging square aspect during the previous few days. This particular dynamic is one which forces a shift on some level and area of life, depending where it falls in your own birth chart. It is likely to re-open a connection with some heart felt desire or precious thing, person or way of life.

Mercury slows, stops and changes direction to go retrograde on 31st October and steps straight back into a conjunction with Venus.  So we have the chance to reconsider or reunite with something valuable that we thought we had to leave behind. With new insight, understanding and less frustration, it might be just the right time to communicate the truth of deeper feelings and repair some burnt bridges.

This month we have a Full Moon in 21° Aries on the 13th October at 10.07pm and a New Moon in 5° Scorpio on the 28th at 3.38am. 

Aries: With the Full Moon in your sign you are likely to be a glowing example of both vitality and attractiveness. Let your personality truly shine and you can expect to have a powerful impact on your surroundings through your moods and feelings. You may be seen as over-emotional or sentimental, but you know how to provide a truly nurturing environment for others. You’re motivated to show how much concern and care you have for them now. Bring any critical personal projects to a conclusion whilst you have the energy required to satisfy your own high standards. 

Taurus: You need to withdraw from the world from time to time and commune with nature or your inner feelings. During this Full Moon you are extremely sensitive to your environment and could spend a lot of time enveloped in a very private emotional world. Ideally create a place of your own which is sacred to you where you can be alone. In this private retreat, you can become aware of your many dreams and longings. Try to work more consciously with the inner world of your imagination through creative work or meditative practice for a few days.

Gemini: You have the desire for strong bonds with your friends and you are extremely sensitive to how they treat you over the Full Moon. You are both caring and concerned for their personal development, but easily hurt if they let you down in any way. Ensure that you spend time only with people that elevate and support you. Disconnect from the daily grind and tap into your lighter side for a while. Count your blessings and remember that enjoyment of the good life is more about your own sense of well being, not money, friendship or possessions.

Cancer: You have a strong sense of duty and you can feel that your role is primarily to live up to family or social expectations over this Full Moon. You may have been striving to achieve some predefined  goals and you want the recognition now. Over the coming days you can reach out for what you want for yourself. Stand in the spotlight whilst acting the part of your unique self in all your glory. Ensure you take time out to wave your own flag and get noticed for your contribution before a new surge of personal creativity rolls in. 

Leo: Think big and stretch your imagination this Full Moon. In the past you will have unconsciously been affected by the convictions and values of those close to you. The powerful need for a strong belief to hold on to that is solid and true for you demands your attention now.  During these few days as your interest in philosophical and spiritual areas is heightened use the time to expand your inner window on the world and break new ground. The feeling of suddenly having understood something can have you wondering now what to do with it all, but that will take care of itself down the line.

Virgo: Over this Full Moon your experiences will confirm that you must not depend on other people or your possessions to provide emotional security for you. This could be a very transformative few days when you might unearth resources within yourself that you were previously unaware of. Allow yourself to stand aside for a moment and recognise where any deals and contracts have tied up your energy. You no longer need to rely on certain items or belongings as you become more emotionally stable. Clear out any useless things you’ve been hoarding, the sense of freedom will do you good.

Libra: With the Sun shining in your own sign and the Full Moon focus on your relationships you have difficulty distinguishing between your own feelings and the people closest to you. Tune in to yourself, and allow your partner or close friends to have their moods without imagining they always have something to do with your own actions. Connecting with others in a special moment can be enjoyed when close allies or partners become your focus but you could be thinking that you have all got a little too involved or caught up with each other recently and soon you’ll need to stand back. 

Scorpio: You may waste too much energy on mundane duties, thus getting distracted from the broader visions in your life during this Full Moon. You are likely to make yourself indispensable through being of service to the physical needs of others, and generally happy to take on a lot of tasks – both in your career and around the house. If you are not careful however, other people will take advantage of you. Now you should make time to really get things together for yourself whilst you can keep your focus on the details. Once done, you’ll be able to stand back and take pride in your accomplishments. 

Sagittarius: Spontaneity is the keyword for you this Full Moon and it’s time to loosen up and have some fun. Taking the lead and making some bold statements is also an option. Going just a little bit over the top will be acceptable now as this is a general time of celebration for all. Passion and intensity can run rampant as your enthusiasm overflows so get creative with your energy. You have a strong emotional need for some romantic encounters but you do know how to nurture and maintain the romance in an existing relationship too. So go the extra mile and enjoy!   

Capricorn: This Full Moon you might find you needing to spend more time at home and you can find great pleasure in looking after children or family, cooking, making home improvements etc. You feel very sensitive to the moods of others, especially if you share your personal space. Although you’ll be strongly motivated to create a caring and secure environment, a crowd can be claustrophobic. You can get on each other’s nerves. This is a time to acknowledge the comfortable and familiar environment that supports you. Draw on it as a source of strength but avoid being over dominant or demanding.

Aquarius: Any trying or difficult emotional experiences you have this Full Moon result from having strong differences of opinion with someone you have to deal with every day. When you argue your case you are easily swayed by irrational arguments and emotions. Could it be that everybody is trying to get their message through but no one is listening? Try not to get distracted whilst you tie up important loose ends and meet deadlines. You need to keep some time for a new project or mental challenge. You could be making plans for travelling or starting a new class or training programme.

Pisces: This Full Moon will find you focusing on your personal resources and economic fluctuations. You can be a very kind and giving person but you also need to feel secure. Being a little more concerned with your financial status now is probably a good thing although some people may view you as unusually materialistic and possessive. This is a time to cash in on some of your hard earned investments and name your price for your efforts. Be confident in your skills and abilities and turn them to good use now as others will notice and reward you later. 

Kate Arbon

Kate Arbon is a professional Astrologer based in West Cork.

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