While there are no big ticket outer planet transits this month, the kind that genuinely shape the overall trajectory for months if not years, there are palpable shifts in perspective as a strong sense of evolution and closure predominates. Mercury (Oct. 11), Sun (Oct. 25) and Venus (Oct. 31) all square the Nodal axis from Scorpio, culminating the adjustments being made between the past and future objectives as the Nodes prepare to shift from the Leo/Aquarius polarity to Cancer/Capricorn in early November. Uranus also squares the Nodes from 0’ Taurus towards the end of the month, further highlighting this transition, and stimulating sudden and unexpected opportunities to manifest an intention that has been paramount since May 2017.
This precipitates the first order of closure occurring this month, as the directives of the Leo North Node are finalized. Pay special attention to what occurs over the last 5 days of the month and through the first week of November while the North Node transits at 0’ Leo. Better yet, use the energy available in this period to make a substantial move towards a goal. A final Leo Lunar eclipse next January resonates completion for something begun in this vital period, so an objective put into motion now will likely materialize in about 4 months time, (January 20th, 2019). Remember that as the North Node objectives are met, the past karmic baggage represented by the South Node is released and resolved on its own.
Jupiter concludes its time in Scorpio between now and November 8th, signaling the completion of another cycle. From Scorpio, Jupiter is not operating at its most effective wavelength, though the last year has been productive for emotional and spiritual growth and revelation. Growth has occurred through esoteric awareness, less so in the material realm and in some cases through relinquishing desire to tangible attachments, including money itself. Contacts to Pluto and Neptune enhanced the transit enormously, and since last December you may have noticed you have come to terms with the deeper aspects of the psyche and developed a more profound connection within an intimate relationship, having come into a resonant personal awareness of how and why this contact affects you and ending those which did not provide the emotional bond that led to a trusting and loving connection. This trust can also apply to yourself, and if you have been working more on your spiritual awareness and honing your intuition, this has likely been a fruitful transit.
Mercury is the most active planet this month, indicating a lot of communication occurs, though much of it behind the scenes while Mercury transits Scorpio from the 9th. Use this period advantageously for making progress in both personal and professional matters. In mid November, Mercury will enter its next retrograde phase, and matters will progress more slowly. A conjunction to Jupiter on the 29th in late Scorpio is ideal for a heart to heart, conducting a business negotiation or preparing for a trip. At this time it is possible to articulate goals clearly and make determinations about where progress will be sought over the coming cycle. Passion and intensity preside over the final days of the month with several planets (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter) all transiting in Scorpio.
Venus retrograde (through November 16th) signals delays simultaneously, more likely of a romantic or sentimental variety. This can take the shape of people from the past remerging, or reaching out to a long lost loved one, though such contacts frequently resonate unfinished karmic business that needs to be reconciled before you can move on. In some cases there is a second chance to rekindle a connection, though its advisable to wait until after the retrograde phase to make a decision about these, as there will likely be reversals from mid November forward. The possible exception would be on the 24th, when Venus makes a second sextile to Saturn. This is a positive time in which to tenuously plan out long range associations, without necessarily signing the dotted line. In mid December the aspect occurs again and a commitment can be made more wholeheartedly.
ARIES March 20 – April 19
Relationships could remain tricky business this month as Venus retrogrades and continues to clash with Mars and then Uranus. Seems people can’t quite see eye to eye. Adopt a live and let live approach and see where it takes you. Shared finances are also impacted, and if you were expecting or relying upon money from an outside source, you might be waiting a bit longer. A New Moon on the 9th indicates a change in the status quo, someone new could show up on the scene. Give it till the middle of next month to see the dust settle around this one. Someone (yourself included) may be having second thoughts. The social realm will be vibrant and a group project could really take off now. Friendship enlivens you.
TAURUS April 20 – May 20
Venus retrogrades on the 6th, a very personal transit for you since it is your ruler. Certain aspects of your self and identity have become quite entwined with your partner and balance between you needs to be restored. As Mercury joins in from the 11th, the plot definitely thickens and negotiation intensifies. A Full Moon in your sign on the 24th combines with Saturn and offers assurance. You feel confident asserting your needs. Venus connects to the Sun (and also Saturn) and it is through your partner you experience a lost or forgotten part of yourself and your true desires. Matters become clearer on the 26th. You may not be ready to move forward (give it about 3 more weeks) but you’ll have determined how you would like to see things work out in the end. Volatile and unpredictable influences preside at the end of the month… just when you had things sorted… kaboom!
GEMINI May 21 – June 20
Love relationships can be touch and go in this phase, as friction in the early part of the month can have one or both partners reconsidering the union. Venus retrograde from the 6th heightens the tension, and it’s not unusual for people to withdraw now to figure out their emotional boundaries and commitments. This could apply to a work situation, either an office romance might be put on ice, or a job promotion you were on queue for just slips through your fingers. What falls off the scene may be back in no time, though if it doesn’t – chalk it up to it just wasn’t meant to be. Your time is best spent in study or travel right now, distant cultures and horizons hold adventures you may have missed out on earlier in the year. There is the potential you are cultivating a passionate alliance with someone abroad that could come to fruition when Venus is direct again. A lucrative work assignment could arrive on the 29th. Be ready to jump.
CANCER June 21 – July 22
Venus retrograde from the 6th could signal a change of heart or the trajectory of a love relationship. Events around the 10th indicate a spike in the road that sets people apart for the time being. Soul searching is a positive way in which to spend this transit, though you’ll want to fight for love on the 29th, just choose your words carefully. A great deal of enthusiasm is present here, though it could take until towards the end of December to see this all work out. (This applies equally to a creative undertaking, BTW.) An emphasis on home and personal life, especially around the New Moon on the 9th, suggests changes to your residence, maybe flatmates are coming or going or you decide to move. Strong forces affect your domestic realm, perhaps a domineering person (your partner?) or circumstance suggest you have something to overcome. The New Moon resurrects a long standing awareness of these issues, which have been pervasive for years. New insights could be present here to navigate a tricky situation.
LEO July 23 – August 22
Things continue to heat up in your principal relationships, and you can pick up where you left off in June. Domestic matters remain paramount, though as Venus retrogrades on the 6th, you are reminded that these things are going to take time and will do better to set aside relocation, renovation than to frustrate yourself with delays. Good news comes in on the 29th that you can put into action at the end of December. This relates to your home as well, it’s just going to take a minute for all the details to unfold and get sorted. Hang tight! The Full Moon on the 24th signals a completion and culmination in your professional life. There can be a bit of discomfort, especially if you are leaving a long term position to go off on your own, start a new career or your own business. There is excitement, too, but being a bit of a creature of habit, you have an adjustment to make forthcoming. A home business with a partner is an indication here, and a great deal of sweat and tears and hard work has gone into what you built and pays off now.
VIRGO August 23 – September 22
New financial opportunities could turn up, but there are barriers or something that has to be overcome to make the most of this one. Venus retrograde also portends a slow down in regard to resources, so anticipate it will take until at least the end of next month for all the pieces to fall into place. Things begin to pick up steam at work, though people will not be on their best behavior on the 10th, easy does it. Your privacy could feel invaded, someone is prying or people are trying to socialize, making you uncomfortable or otherwise annoyed. The 11th, 25th and 31st are all a bit challenging. You may come to a decision about pursuing a new course of study or achieving an educational goal on the 24th. There are long range consequences to what happens now.
LIBRA September 23 – October 23
A New Moon in your sign on the 9th opens the door to a whole new chapter. Release the burdens of the past and especially any bitterness associated with disappointment. Venus in retrograde muddies the waters a bit. There could be some financial fallout and this could connect to a business partnership, your income or a settlement dispute in the case of a divorce or separation. It is worthwhile to take matters of the heart with a grain of salt in this period, especially in the case of a long term relationship. If matters get contentious (esp. around the 10th) or someone has a change of heart this could just be a temporary state of affairs. Mercury and Jupiter are collaborating to protect your financial interests, as you will see and which will ultimately be reconciled by the end of December. A conversation or idea that comes up on the 29th shows promise and should be followed up with. The Sun in your sign sees you rising above it all, showing grace and diplomacy under pressure regardless of what occurs. The 12th hosts some very intense and challenging dynamics. Change or be changed.
SCORPIO October 24 – November 21
Venus slides backwards in your sign from the 6th, a period of misdirection or indecision follows and you may have to wait until December to see the fulfillment of your dreams and desires. The 10th can be especially vexing, and there can be a very contentious issue with a flatmate, this will be doubled if you are romantically involved, or living with your lover or your spouse. Mercury in your sign is very decisive enough in the meanwhile and you can make progress in the business world if not in your personal life right now. The 22nd and 29th are very positive for negotiations and pushing your personal agenda. You may not get results immediately (Mercury will retrograde next month) but, again, by December, there will be a very positive outcome to a conversation or agenda you set into motion around these dates. By the end of the month, push might come to shove in a relationship that seems to be coming off the rails. Events on the 31st could be the trigger that completely sends a situation sideways, although trying something completely unexpected could be exactly what circumstances require if you are really in a rut.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
As Venus retrogrades in Scorpio from the 6th, coupling with Mercury entering the sign a few days later, there is a distinct turn of the focus inward for the remainder of the month. This is a time to settle old scores, examine the past and release the dusty old skeletons hanging out in your closet. Jupiter is on it’s way to your sign, and it’s time to make room for some gorgeous new apparel. The 15th is a good time to touch down with a confidante or even start a course of psychotherapy if you are really ready to go deep. You have access to your most hidden attributes and can easily articulate your feelings and the things you would otherwise normally conceal, even that which you are most afraid of. The presence of Jupiter indicates this will not be a difficult period, and you make the most of it by taking some time out and nurturing your private life. Mars has another idea, and will keep you busy socially. This will require balance, but can be done, though there may be a tricky ambience on the 10th. Somebody intrudes on your personal space and it is not pretty! Protect yourself and your heart!
CAPRICORN December 22 – January 19
Things begin to get tricky this month as Venus retrogrades from the 6th through the middle of next month. Sun, Mercury and Mars all conspire to give you high visibility. Mars back in phase can see you in a hard working period, and the 22nd, 24th and 26th are great for making a great impression upon those who are in a position to help you. You could be back tracking over an agreement or reconfiguring a business objective this and next month. A New Moon on the 9th sets a positive tone, and will enable you to make some clear decisions. There could be some conflicts around the 10th, communication and sexual tension are stirring up trouble. The 31st can also provide some unexpected events or outcomes in the name of love and/or passion. Events towards the end of the month signal an upturn in revenue, or potentially hatching up a good business idea. Things come together more fruitfully in December. Show your love you care on the Full Moon of the 24th.
AQUARIUS January 20 – February 18
A professional matter back tracks from the 6th through the middle of next month and into December. An abrasive or confrontational circumstance around the 10th may force you to reconsider a strategic partnership. Dialogue and negotiation proceeds for the rest of the month and you can generate ideas and solutions on the 12th, 15th, 22nd and the 29th. Hold meetings and have conversations. You realize the extent of your personal sacrifice to keep a relationship afloat on the 11th, 25th and 31st, and there can be some discomfort connected to what you experience at these times. With Venus in retrograde on top of it all, there can be some contention in a relationship. Unexpected developments at the end of the month and the Full Moon on the 24th foretell domestic changes are in store. A decision you make about your residence has staying power and will affect you for a long time.
PISCES February 19 – March 20
While you continue to make peace with your past, your future direction comes into question. Venus retrogrades on the 6th (through November 10th) stimulating a reappraisal of where you want to go next or otherwise slowing down the initiatives you had in place for yourself regarding higher education, travel or publishing. The good news is, this review will give you a huge advantage in a few months time. When Venus reaches the apex of your chart in January, influencing your public reputation, career and recognition, it will join Jupiter (January 21, 2019) generating a once in twelve years incredible opportunity for advancement and success in your enterprises. For the next few months, let this be a work in progress and examine all your your options. Events are actually conspiring in your favor, even if it doesn’t feel that way right now. A development around the 26th will start to put things back into order, but don’t expect actual resolution quite yet. Ideas and productivity generated on the 12th, 15th, 22nd, 24th and especially the 29th and offer some favorable avenues worthy of exploration.