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Friday, October 1, 2010

October 2010-The Fate of Relationships

October 2010 begins with the Sun conjunct Saturn, a day of reality, potential frustration and responsibility. Mercury opposing Uranus through the third, will bring unexpected news and situations along with weather related accidents and incidents and we are facing major flooding on the East Coast and in North Carolina with 5 deaths already reported at the time of this post. This is a transit of mental expansion, or alternatively it can turn to agitation and it is important to watch out for travel related accidents of all kinds.

Sunday, October third the planet of communication enters Libra, where the energy will shift toward more balance in all types of communications and many of us will start to focus more on relationships, as Libra is the sign ruling unions of all types. Also on that day Mars and Venus will conjunct, or line up together at 12-13 degrees of Scorpio through October 6. This is a transit that will spark interest in sex, or the opposite sex but it is an aggressive combination, and does not represent tender love. If you are in a relationship that is not working well, expect problems.

Tuesday, October 5, Mercury squares Pluto, an obsessive combination and many people will be trying to get to the bottom of the matter. It is harsh for relationships, arguments could occur, but it opens the door for resolution. Pluto relates to sex, the darker side of life and transformation. This transit will manifest in the world as accidents, debate and arguments about the law, laws, governments and threats may be made.

October’s new moon falls on Thursday October 7, at 2:44 PM EST at 14 degrees in Libra, making it all about relationships, and starting the Venus retrograde period, with intensity. Those most affected by this moon will be the cardinal signs: Cancer will be dealing with issues related to new beginnings/endings and the home, Capricorns, will focus on the house of career and priorities, and Aries, will be dealing with relationships. Libras will be starting a cycle of personal new beginnings.

The following day, Friday, October 8, Venus, the planet of love, officially goes retrograde in the sign of her detriment. In other words, while Venus in Scorpio may relate to sex and intensity, the sign does not favor the planet that rules love. On the same day, (Oct 8-9) Mercury conjuncts Saturn. This combination represents a reality check for relationships, as well as other matters in general. If your relationship is limping along, or you are in a questionable union this day may bring further problems or end it altogether. The planets are lining up to weed the negative relationships out of your life and enable you to make room for something more positive. Reality will be the key word for the day, and it is not always what we want to see. The good relationships will become stronger as it will be a period to work through issues and create more balance.

Karma and Fate in Relationships

In a general sense when Venus retrogrades love energy becomes more intense and the drama can begin. It is a period when seemingly fated events occur, sometimes appearing to be beyond the control of the parties involved. Relationships can slow down or end. Sometimes those from our past can reappear. It is a time of reviewing and re-accessing your love life. Changes occur, and people can switch their affections and partners. The karma (karma=the universal will, what will ultimately be) of the relationship will play out during this period. Unresolved issues come to the forefront to be resolved one way or another.

Venus retrogrades about every 18 months. The most important period is the stationary retrograde period when Venus retrogrades at 13 degrees of Scorpio October 5-11, and the stationary direct period when it is about to move forward again at 27 degrees of Libra November 15-23. If Venus goes stationary direct on a personal planet in your chart or your Sun you may well meet someone significant at this time. A retrograde Venus is not the time to get married, have plastic surgery, buy art, jewelry or items ruled by Venus. Money matters may be slowed down as well.

If you begin a new relationship on a retrograde Venus the love energy may never be fully expressed or when Venus goes direct the relationship may change or end. That is, unless you were born with a retrograde Venus, but the other party in question may not have been. Venus was last retrograde March 5, 2009-April 17, 2009.

All month both Venus and Mars are in Scorpio. (Mars enters Sagittarius October 29) making this a special month for water signs.(Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) Scorpio is an intense sign and is associated with sex and sexual attraction. When Mars and Venus are in duo together and in a sign compatible to you, it is a significant time to meet someone special. This combination will work especially well for Cancer or Cancer ascendant, as this places the planets of love in your fifth house of love affairs! Bear in mind of course, that Venus is retrograde.

Other important Dates

On October 15, 16 the Sun conjuncts Mercury, making this a day of intense communication. Mercury is associated with accidents, so this is another day to be careful. Some mental agitation is possible. On October 18, Mercury trines Neptune garnering compassion for those less fortunate. A banner day for creativity and your intuition will be in overdrive. On October 19, the Sun’s trine to Neptune brings out sensitivity, compassion and creativity.

October 21, the planet of communication enters Scorpio. Mercury in Scorpio will intensify communication and mental energy for the next 29 days and places 3 planets in Scorpio. October 25 the Sun enters Scorpio, and for a few days nearly half of the planets are in the sign ruling sex. Pay attention Cancers! October 20, 21 Mars trines Jupiter, a lucky transit, and a good transit for money and optimism. Make your luck count because on October 22, Mars squares Neptune creating a tiring, depressing energy. Neptune is the planet of illusion, confusion and deception and believe half of what you hear and doubt that. Let the energy pass and things will soon return to normal.

Full Moon Maddness
October’s full moon occurs on October 23, at 29 degrees of Aries. This full moon will be a humdinger, as Aries is a fire sign and events will happen quickly. Mars is still squaring Neptune at 26 degrees of Aquarius creating an atmosphere of confusion, lack of clarity, and the overall effect is debilitating. Lies will be abundant, as will mis-communication. Water related events may unfold in the world and there will be a lot of anger, and potential violence at the various hot spots that exist around the planet. It is a time to be careful in every way, and let the frustration and agitation pass over you, as opposed to becoming part of it. Channeled constructively it could be a day of creative thinking with a focus on spirituality.

On October 24/25 Mars trines Uranus. This is exciting, positive energy and sometimes signifies new projects that can be exciting. There could be a focus on travel, technology or unique subjects. October 25, Mercury conjuncts Venus, creating a time to talk about love and affection. It is also good for social activities, creativity and money matters. October 26, the Sun sextiles Pluto bringing intensity and focus to situations, and October 29 the Sun conjuncts Venus, again creating a focus on love and money. Another good day for romance and social events, but bear in mind that Venus is retrograde and it could be a day of re-accessing and reviewing and resolving issues and problems from the past. Happy October, make the most of it!

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