Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.
Tips for almanac use: All the aspects can be felt in advance of the date of occurrence. It is good policy to view these as due dates for various energies and prepare accordingly for one’s context. Some slower interactions can be felt a month in advance, so it’s wise to read ahead and ritual up. When we proactively manifest these symbols then the world doesn’t have to do it for us.
October may be relatively mellow, but it will still be tough because it’s working through old crap. The focus is definitely on integration. However, beyond just processing our own developments, it seems to be about reconnecting with others within this newer context; refreshing the connections. There is also a push for us to get more real, a little tougher on ourselves, but not to indulge any self-bashing tendencies, especially retro-active regret. Learn and keep going.
Mars squares Jupiter on the 2nd, bringing up tension between our grand visions and the reality of the now. If we find ourselves disappointed, then now is the time to commit to more steady application of effort. If we feel the flames of excitement already, then it’s good for stoking that motivation and inspiration; envision practical awesomeness and keep putting it to action.
Mercury conjoins Saturn on the 6th, pushing us to deal with our doubts and fears by either deconstructing them or by establishing and planning for positive growth. Self-support by giving yourself credit would be wise: Things take time and often involve taking two steps back for every three forward. Respect the timing.
Venus trines Neptune on the 7th, highlighting a more dreamy and fantastical energy. Some kind of spiritual work would help, as would getting out and seeing a show or hanging with friends. The key is to lighten the seriousness of the times by stepping out onto the dance floor; flow with it.
Venus ingresses into Scorpio on the 8th, where she will be until November 2nd. This is a challenging placement that asks us to stay committed to our passions. If it doesn’t get the juices flowing, then don’t force it and look deeper. Love your quest, because you’re the only one on it.
The Full Moon is on the 11th, in 18 degrees Aries at 7:06 pm (Pacific). This is a tough one in general, but will reward past efforts with less ruthlessness. Constructive and mature actions are extremely supported, or should I say required. Energy drains and causation fantasies need to be neutralized and trust needs practice. Be wary of taking things way too personally; it’s a fragile time for most. Organizing your closet and your home would be healthy outlets.
Mercury trines Neptune on the 12th, making the mind a little mushy. This is tough for full logic and clear vision, but useful for more imaginative and mystical pursuits. Be open to whatever comes through the mind, but don’t try to grasp too tightly.
Venus sextiles Pluto on the 13th, dragging some love and relationship issues out for processing. This could be rather emotional but can be used to deepen our mutual understandings and release some of our attachments, especially the less rational. Focus on appreciation and let the rest go.
Mercury moves into Scorpio on the 13th, where he will stay until November 2nd. This passage focuses on figuring out what we would really like, and hopefully increasing its presence. It’s not so much about money, but about the simple pleasures: rich conversations, emotional connections, being seen, enjoying nature, etc.
The Sun conjoins Saturn on the 13th, forcing us to get through some issues or lingering tasks before we can relax and have fun. The main concern is whether we respect our human fallibilities and frailties without endorsing them. Can we be mature enough to accept the insecurities and immaturities and help them grow up?
Venus opposes Jupiter on the 14th, urging us to stay open to goodness and grace and keep an eye out for all those silver linings. Gratitude is a powerful survival tool; it keeps us from over-indulging in stress hormones and tends to foster beauty. Not so much pie in the sky, but pie in the oven.
Mercury sextiles Pluto on the 16th, promoting more refuse removal, especially of the mental fear-fantasy type. Dig in and discard any thought patterns and belief systems that are squandering your energy or setting you up for disappointment. Don’t dwell.
Mercury opposes Jupiter on the 17th, asking us to embrace more optimism in some kind of higher purpose, or at least to be thankful for learning opportunities. Avoid hyper-vigilance and look to the light, even if it’s on the other side of the tunnel.
The Sun trines Neptune on the 21st, giving us a chance to step out of ourselves and relax. Loosen your grip on self-identities and remember that we are all in the same human-life boat.
The Sun moves into Scorpio on the 23rd, urging us to pay closer attention to our feelings and undercurrents. The focus is on further digesting recent changes and allowing enough space and rest to facilitate this. Baths are helpful.
Mars sextiles Saturn on the 26th. This could be a very productive time if your world is prepared. If this is challenged, then removing remaining obstructions is the order of business. Avoid frustration and impatience, but stay focused and determined.
The New Moon is on the 26th, at 12:56 pm in 3 degrees of Scorpio. This lunation is really begging us to stay centered in ourselves and focused on our integration processes. However, the temptation for mental distraction is very strong: So, ideally we could work with it by talking out our respective issues with family and close friends. But keep it clean.
Venus squares Mars, also on the 26th, frothing up sub-surface angst and some steaminess. It would be wise to avoid tense people and relationships, because tolerance is scarce. But do work on recognizing the goodness in our core support systems. Some exercise in nature would be a great manifestation, or something creative and beautiful.
Mercury squares Mars on the 28th, so drive carefully. This tends to both scatter and sharpen the mind at the same time; wanting us to find clarity in a morass of information. We don’t have to commit, but contemplating where we want to go with ourselves is supported. But this aspect can also make distracted people rather dangerous, so be aware of your surroundings and avoid confrontations.
Jupiter trines Pluto on the 28th, for the 2nd of 3 passes (7-7-11, 10-28-11 and 3-12-12). This is a reconsideration period; when we can rethink what we are working for and towards, when we can deepen our appreciation for the unfoldings and stop waiting for some elusive ‘doneness.’ Belief system overhauls should already be underway and working to strip things down to the core essentials; not just hard functionality/survival, but with accommodations and softness to nurture the humanity–like flowers in the bedroom. In other words: keep trimming the excess, stretch your comfort ability, but keep it soft.
The Sun opposes Jupiter and sextiles Pluto, also on the 28th, dragging egoic resistance out, hopefully for catharsis and release. This could be a little scary, depending on how much one’s personal mythology has been projected onto the world, and how tightly it is held by the ego. A lot of it could be about releasing our attachments to former versions of our futures, or our resolution fantasies about how things could just magically work themselves out, with impeccable timing, like the plot wrap-up of a movie. Realize that these fantasies have served us by giving us hope or hard lessons to learn, but respectfully get over them. Seeing the light of the past helps us to see the light in what is to come.
Venus squares Neptune on the 31st, which is cool for Halloween or mystical pursuits, but not good for indulgence. Pour yourself into the imaginative and uninhibited spirit of this time; but try and make it an infusion, not an escape.
Well, who knows, it seems straight forward-ish, but there are some invisible factors lurking that could really shift the momentum and the storyline. The central issue appears to be resisting change versus jumping into the fray of it. Setbacks and visits to the reservoirs can test our commitments and dampen our enthusiasms, or we can go with it and make way more progress than expected. Stay on your course and give yourself the benefit of the doubt.