Forecast | Capricorn Season 2018

Note: In our solar system, the Sun is the central point around which the planets orbit. From the Earth perspective, we cannot survive without sunlight; it is the light that nourishes our bodies, and the spotlight under which we act out our entire lives. Given the Sun’s importance, we’ve learned to articulate time around its trends. The Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice all relate back to the felt shifts of shining brilliance the Sun shares with us in this lonely universe. And so it is from Earth’s perspective that I write these astrological forecasts in time with the Sun’s journey through the tropical zodiac.

OVERVIEW

Capricorn is the cardinal earth sign of the zodiac, ruled by Saturn. The Sun’s entrance into this cool nocturnal sign draws out the determination and patience of the goat, for better or worse. On one hand, the ability to steadily and slowly make gains in any project is extremely useful for long-term growth. On the other hand, the ability to identify potential pitfalls can hold us back so much so that we find ourselves in a rut. The key to not getting stuck in the Capricorn paralysis, is to review how far you’ve come and how much closer you are to success; knowing that true maturation and wisdom is gained through methodical practice and perseverance. Appropriately, the calendar year is refreshed during this Saturnian season, giving us a good reason to measure how far we’ve come and to make the effort to continue climbing towards wherever our goals lie.

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Curiously, during this particular season, we are met with an energetic warp. The nodes of the moon have fallen into Capricorn and Cancer, forcing us to pay special attention to the axis of responsibility. Cancer represents responsibility of origins – to take care of home and inner beginnings. Capricorn represents responsibility to society – to make meaningful contributions and to achieve greater heights. The north node of the moon moves through Cancer, suggesting that we need to take better care of our inner lives, to reclaim nourishment and gentleness. The south node of the moon moves through Capricorn, suggesting that we need to release ourselves from harsh societal judgments, to let go of superficial achievement for something more meaningful. As these two sensitive points are activated with the partial Solar Eclipse in Capricorn on January 5th, we begin to see what needs release as we move into the new year.

Find your rising sign below, and discover what area of life needs release. Then continue to scroll down to the Timeline portion and learn what dates and times will be activated as the Sun traverses through the zodiacal sign Capricorn.

ARIES – 10th house topics, to include:

  • Social reputation
  • Career status
  • Goals that no longer serve you
  • Picture perfect achievements
  • Control issues

TAURUS – 9th house topics, to include:

  • Outdated belief systems
  • Philosophical superiority complex
  • Idealized mentors
  • Knowledge as a form of Power

GEMINI – 8th house topics, to include:

  • Other people’s baggage
  • What others think of you
  • Reliance on others
  • Debts

CANCER – 7th house topics, to include:

  • Unhealthy relationships
  • Focusing too much on others
  • Fitting in
  • Intimacy/trust issues

LEO – 6th house topics, to include:

  • Unhealthy patterns
  • Self-criticism
  • Ignoring physical issues
  • Martyrdom

VIRGO – 5th house topics, to include:

  • Creative blocks
  • Overly structured creativity
  • Fear of criticism
  • Hiding your passionate nature

LIBRA – 4th house topics, to include:

  • Expectations of home
  • Hiding in a cocoon
  • The way things have been
  • Parent’s approval

SCORPIO – 3rd house topics, to include:

  • The best way to do something
  • Needing answers
  • Restlessness
  • Fear-based conversations

SAGITTARIUS – 2nd house topics, to include:

  • Money habits
  • Self-criticism
  • Stubbornness
  • Doing things your way

CAPRICORN – 1st house topics, to include:

  • Health matters
  • Vulnerability issues
  • Low self-esteem
  • Navel gazing (excess self-awareness)

AQUARIUS – 12th house topics, to include:

  • Personal demons
  • Unhealthy thought patterns
  • Escapist tendencies
  • Analysis paralysis

PISCES – 11th house topics, to include:

  • Blending in
  • Fitting into social constructs
  • Hiding behind group think
  • Voicelessness

TIMELINE

Use the timeline below to map out Capricorn season, from Dec 21st to Jan 20th. All times are listed in Eastern Time.

December 21st at 5:22 PM, the Sun enters Capricorn

  • Less than 24 hours after the Sun’s entrance in Capricorn, a full moon becomes exact in Cancer on December 22nd at 12:48 PM. When the moon is full, illuminated and bright, everything that has been built up since the corresponding new moon becomes visible. This can coincide with meaningful climactic events, large gatherings of people, and/or the final word on how a project is unfolding.
  • This particular full moon has a distinct introversion to it. In Cancer, the full moon delights in coziness, close familiar relationships, and tradition. It can awaken a cuddly and sensitive nurture nature in us. In stark contrast, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn bring heaviness and duty into this full moon’s nurturing environment as these two planets are met by the moon’s opposition on December 23rd. The opposition can cause us to feel ultra protective of our ooey-gooey insides, not wanting our sensitive sides to get hurt by the harsh realities that may exist around us.
  • I’d use this full moon to indulge in the creature comfort of home, blankets, and whatever else makes you feel safe. As the moon approaches it’s oppositions with Saturn and Pluto, try not to get bogged down with fear or pressure to perform – instead lean into gratitude for the supportive structures in your life and for your own ability to self-care.
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December 24th at 7:34 PM, Mercury in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces.

  • A month earlier on November 16th, Mercury and Neptune went through this same square as Mercury was stationing retrograde. On this day in December, there is a fogginess that may come over us that is reminiscent of what occurred during the earlier square. It is possible that there is a resolution, an apology, or a sudden sense of insight into whatever went down during Mercury’s retrograde (maybe you finally find the perfect holiday gift during your last minute shopping). It is also possible that you spend the day in a drift, hopefully not doing any analytical work because it won’t be the day for such tedious things.

December 28th at 4:31 PM, Venus in Scorpio sextiles Pluto in Capricorn

  • There is something very dark about this aspect. It could be the fact that Scorpio and Capricorn are both nocturnal signs – they tend to be introspective, sensitive, and defensive. It could also be Pluto’s involvement since it is a planet related to the underworld, the darkness of the soul, and the stuff that scares us. Whatever it is, Venus leads the way into the dark, shining brightly so that we can become aware of the shadows.
  • This is a day where we’ll want to get deep with loved ones, to connect on a soul level. If you are lucky enough to be around people you trust and cherish, this might be a lovely day to strengthen those relationships with real-talk, vulnerability and openness. Shining the light on our dark parts so that we can grow together with others.

December 29th at 4:34 AM, the Last Quarter Moon is exact in Libra.

  • The last quarter phase of the moon cycle, relates to the shedding process. We begin to let go of the energy, the details, the processes that are no longer necessary. It can be painful to lose what was once so helpful to us, causing a sense of crisis or excess anxiety. In other ways, this is a good kick in the pants to open ourselves to what lies ahead, to ready ourselves for the next project on the horizon.
  • In Libra, this last quarter moon reminds us to let go of relationships that do not serve, and to open our hearts and minds for new ways of approaching social engagement. We do not always need to be there for everyone else; we need to take care of ourselves. Likewise, we need a social life to feel connected with our people, so that we aren’t isolated and lost in the echo chamber of our own minds. On this day, take some time to see where you lie on this spectrum of relational energy. The moon will help illuminate the answer.
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December 31st at 9:19 PM, Mars enters Aries.

  • Mars’ ingress into it’s home sign of Aries is very exciting! As many of you will recall, Mars spent the majority of 2018 in Saturn-ruled signs, digging into the hard work of goal-setting and goal-achieving. Many of us experienced stress, overwhelm, fatigue, bursts of unmanageable energy, and a lot of impatience. Sometimes we experienced these chaotic shifts in a single day. So it is very welcome news that Mars is in a sign which strengthens it, helping us all to express our drives with a little bit more power.
  • Of course, throughout Mars’ time in Aries, it will make harsh aspects to Saturn, Pluto, and the nodal axis. This pattern will be reminiscent of Mars’ retrograde as well as it’s impact on the mid-year eclipses of 2018, bringing up any long-term challenges that may have been developing since April 2018. On December 31st, we’ll get our first taste of these potential challenges, so keep an eye out.

January 2nd at 00:49 AM, the Sun conjoins Saturn in Capricorn.

  • Sun-Saturn conjunctions are generally exhausting since sobering Saturn will cool and limit the Sun’s life-giving nature. This year, with the south node in Capricorn, exhaustion may exaggerate into depressive states or pessimistic decision making. We may feel obligated by our current standards of work and living without realizing that there is a better way of managing our time. We may not recognize that we have the option of prioritizing ourselves first. If you are in situation where you have to make an important decision, I would hold off until the gloominess wears away.

January 4th at 00:12 AM, Mercury in Sagittarius trines Uranus in Aries.

  • Mercury-Uranus contacts can enliven our minds, creating electricity in our thoughts. In some ways this can speak to divine connection, getting closer to answers, finding meaning in the patterns around us. In other ways, this can activate indecision-impulse.
  • Have you ever been in a situation where there were so many options that you became overwhelmed at making a decision? Sometimes this leads to analysis paralysis, but other times this leads to impulsively deciding – leaping without looking. Mercury’s trine to Uranus will elevate the desire to leap without looking. This can be a little frightening after the fact; you might look back and question your impulsivity.
  • Later the same day, at 10:39 PM, Mercury enters Capricorn. After the high of fiery Aries and Sagittarius, Mercury’s entrance into Capricorn is a sobering landing. If you’ve made the wrong decision (if there was a decision to make), you will know very shortly afterwards. If, however, you are moving through a day of routine, you may notice a distinct shift from the optimistic carefree Sag mentality towards the ultra-real practical Cap mentality.
    • Mercury in Capricorn is a planner who is always considering potential for error, and identifying the best course of action. Mental processes get quite serious here, causing us to lean towards a more pessimistic perspective. We may find that it is difficult to really let loose and relax our minds. Mercury is also moving at a pretty quick pace, drawing us towards future-oriented goal making. It can be difficult to pause the mind long enough to get any rest.

January 5th at 8:28 PM, a Partial Solar Eclipse in Capricorn is exact.

  • In the day following the partial solar eclipse, the moon will conjoin Pluto and square a newly direct Uranus. This is a pretty energetic solar eclipse, and will mark the beginning of eclipse season for the first half of 2019. Let’s break this down:
  • A partial solar eclipse in Capricorn marks the beginning of a major renovation in our Capricorn area of life. Think: responsibilities, reality structures, traditions, conservative systems. What structures are outdated and making us prone to failure? What conservative systems are no longer providing true conservation? What traditions are holding us back from improved operations?
  • The moon’s conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn, emphasizes a strong desire to hold onto our old outmoded ways as a result of fear and uncertainty. Pluto brings a strong power-energetic to the table – it can make us blind with desire, but it can also open us to new states of empowerment. The key to accessing Pluto’s empowerment is to willingly accept that we don’t have control over life. By holding onto security blankets we actually lose even more control. The best we can do is ride the waves of change, to open ourselves to better ways of living. This can be a small shift to start. At the time of the solar eclipse, we may feel tension around the area of life that Capricorn is highlighting (see the overview section for more details), but it is best to let go of trying so hard – to give yourself the opportunity to relax.
  • When Uranus stations direct in Aries on January 6th at 3:26 PM, there will be a notable activation of our Capricorn control natures. If you didn’t see yourself as needing control, you might rethink it once this station occurs. Uranus in Aries draws out lightning bolt changes towards self-improvement and self-awareness. During it’s station direct, built-up energy is released and channelled through the moon in Capricorn’s square to Uranus. This activates a jolt of change or a shift in the Capricorn area of life, calling attention to any outdated behavior patterns that might arise in a moment of panic. You may find that you behave in ways you dislike. ( And that is ok.) This is only the beginning of the eclipse cycle through Capricorn-Cancer – you have some time to begin working on yourself, letting go of patterns that no longer serve, and opening yourself to shifts in perspective. Start by releasing your grip on control.
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    January 7th at 6:17 AM, Venus enters Sagittarius.

    • Venus in Sagittarius enjoys a good adventure, trying new flavors, exploring new places, and inviting everyone along for the journey. The light-bearer’s entrance into jovial Sagittarius will buoy spirits that may have fallen as a result of heavy Capricorn energy.
    • Find ways to release tension in your life by trying new foods, new styles of clothing, and introducing yourself to new people. You may be pleasantly surprised by how much fun you have by simply letting go.

    January 8th at 5:04 AM, Mercury in Capricorn squares Mars in Aries.

    • There is some hot-headedness that can come through this aspect. Mercury in Capricorn is super serious, and wants to ensure that plans unfold the way they should. Mars in Aries is more excitable and packs a good punch – Mars wants to get it done as fast as possible. In a square pattern, these two have a hard time knowing whether to be patient or go for it. Choosing to think before you act is probably the safest option, but sometimes we just have to follow our impulses. Either way forward will become distorted with the background energy of the eclipses.

    January 11th at 6:38 AM, the Sun conjoins Pluto in Capricorn.

    • Sun-Pluto conjunctions can bring fear to excessive shows of self. There may be concerns around standing out or being perceived as different from the masses. As we are moving through eclipse season, this will also highlight serious fears we hold around the areas of life related to the Capricorn-Cancer axis.

    January 13th at 8:31 AM, Mercury conjoins Saturn in Capricorn

    • There is a pause in thinking; mental capacities slow. It seems that everything said has extra weightiness to it. This could also highlight a moment of important messages coming through from supervisors or higher-ups. The news may not be positive, but at least you will become aware of it.
    • Because this is co-present with the south node, words and thoughts lean towards a depressive letting-go vibration. This might be a good time to sign contracts for renovations, destruction, and other forms of removal-of-excess.

    On the same day, Jupiter in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces at 1:58 PM

    • This is the first of a longer-term series of squares between Jupiter and Neptune. In the classic Neptunian way, it is hard to really know how Neptune will respond to Jupiter’s square. The lengthy transit of Neptune through Pisces is still a bit of a fog even though it is almost half-way through the sign. That said, we can expect to be dealing with the following themes: Religion, Belief systems, Dreams, Ideals, Hopes, Escapism, Illusions.
    • It is also notable that this first square occurs during eclipse season – a time when there is an inherent sense of unknown at play. Perhaps this Jupiterian-Neptunian energy will bring optimism and connection to the universal nature during a time that is otherwise energetically mysterious and difficult.

    January 14th at 1:45 AM, the First Quarter Moon is exact in Aries.

    • The first quarter moon awakens us to a sense of how far we’ve come since intentions were set at the new moon. However, this first quarter moon falls in the warped energy of the eclipse pattern. Awareness may come through in the form of deja vu, a sense of connection to the distant past, and an opening to ideas of a better future. In Aries, we may experience these energetics through single-person activities, active motion, yoga, and defensive behavior.

    On the same day, Mercury sextiles Neptune at 8:13 AM.

    • Mercury-Neptune is cause for confusion, but in a positive aspect, we have the capacity to engage with intuition and imagination. It is also possible that we gain awareness around self-care strategies as we learn how manage the tense eclipse energy. Otherwise, this is a good time for drifting and lucid dreaming.
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January 18th, Venus in Sagittarius trines Mars in Aries at 11:49 AM, Mercury conjoins Pluto in Capricorn at 3:03 PM, and the Sun in Capricorn squares Uranus in Aries at 8:30 PM.

  • Collectively, this is an active day with a lot of felt energy.
  • Venus and Mars inspire us to play and explore, to seek out activity, and to make social connections. Mercury and Pluto make us aware of the deeper underlying issues in our current behavioral patterns. The Sun and Uranus ask us to find better ways of self expression.
  • All together, there is a strong expressive bent – we want to really truly be seen and heard, we want to be around others, and we want to understand how our process of thinking is connected to the world around us. Do we hold any impact in the world? If so, what are we going to share with world? Are we going to make it a better place or a worse one?
  • This series of aspects are the last set before the Sun enters Aquarius and the Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo. As a result, the themes that develop on January 18th will play a larger role in the grand finale of the Aquarius-Leo eclipse pattern.

FORECAST | LIBRA SEASON 2018

Note: In our solar system, the Sun is the central point around which the planets orbit. From the Earth perspective, we cannot survive without sunlight; it is the light that nourishes our bodies, and the spotlight under which we act out our entire lives. Given the Sun’s importance, we’ve learned to articulate time around its trends. The Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice all relate back to the felt shifts of shining brilliance the Sun shares with us in this lonely universe. And so it is from Earth’s perspective that I write these astrological forecasts in time with the Sun’s journey through the tropical zodiac.

On September 22nd, the Sun enters Libra, casting equal parts darkness and light all around the globe. This is one of the equinox points. These noticeable demarcations of light coincide with two halves of the tropical zodiac – Libra to Pisces and Aries to Virgo. Libra’s half of the zodiac includes the two Saturnian signs, Capricorn and Aquarius, while the half belonging to Aries includes the luminaries’ signs, Cancer and Leo. As such, there is a distinct weight that falls on Libra’s side of the zodiac. Appropriately, the sign of the scales guides us into this collective shift by showing us how to strike a balance between internal and external / embodiment and spirit.

Libra is a cardinal air sign ruled by Venus. Venus loves to unify, beautify, and indulge in pleasure. As expressed through air, we can imagine Aphrodite going out to many parties, engaging in love affairs, and enjoying the mental elements of flirtation. Because of the air element, this is a notably social sign, and there is a desire to be in conversation with others. As a result, Libra ends up taking on a lot of other people’s ideas and desires – oftentimes in such a way that limits Libra’s ability to identify ideas of its own. In Libra, there is a lesson about the value in speaking out for one’s personal beliefs in order to attract a crowd of like-minds. This can cause conflict and disharmony, but that is the nature of balance – it is only in the rarest of moments that scales are actually still. This is the complexity of Libra’s social responsibility – learning when to stand back versus standing up: the nuances of social grace as balanced with vulnerable expression.

As Venus tours through Scorpio, slows down, and turns retrograde, Libra season becomes the platform for Venus’ lessons to come through. Mixing the nature of Libra with Scorpio, we get to peek into the underlying nature of social engagements. Strategy, defense, and separation come through as a means to re-balance ourselves, re-connect to our personal truths, and re-align our social energy. This is a season of death and regeneration as a source of nourishment and an expression of love.

SEP 23 – OCT 3 | LIBRA 1 | LIGHT BIRTHS SHADOW

Following the Sun’s entrance into the first decan of Libra, we are met with a confrontational energy. Several planets see a square to Saturn in Capricorn, highlighting structures and obstacles, both social and physical, that force us to re-route.  The first of these squares is from Mercury in Libra.

Mercury squares Saturn on September 23rd at 12:45 PM ET. 

Mercury-Saturn contacts embrace definition and boundaries – there is a need to distinguish A from B. In a square pattern from Libra to Capricorn, there is an issue of moral approach. Saturn in Capricorn leans towards conservative, tried and true, long-standing approaches without concern for feelings. Mercury in Libra sees shortcuts by speaking with sweetness, harmonizing with the environment in order to move in a desired direction. As these two planets confront each other, we begin to identify potential structural ignorances – either too sweet or too harsh – that don’t account for a holistic perspective.

My advice is to use Mercury’s intellect to parse out these cracks in the system, and then use Saturn’s strength in building foundations to make plans for change. It seems this is one of our first calls to reflect on societal and interpersonal compositions.

On the same day, September 23rd at 9:29 PM ET, Mercury in Libra sees a trine to Mars in Aquarius.

Mercury’s trine to Mars activates the mental quality. Both Libra and Aquarius enjoy ideas, and both Mercury and Mars enjoy breaking things down in order to make them better. This can present itself in a number of ways. For some, there can be a strategic quality – identifying issues and creating defense/offense plans for improved functionality. For others, there can be an aggression that comes through – a desire to share ideals and beliefs as a form of activism: the act of giving someone a piece of your mind.  In whatever way this comes through, it will likely be in response to whatever was illuminated with Mercury’s earlier contact to Saturn.

On September 24th, a full moon occurs in Aries at 10:52 PM ET. This lunation is conjoined a retrograding Chiron in Aries, opposite Mercury in Libra, and square to Saturn in Capricorn.

There is a lot of tension here, which comes from Saturn in Capricorn square to the Moon and Chiron in Aries and Sun and Mercury in Libra. The Moon’s contact to Chiron illuminates a feeling of self-doubt or uncertainty about identity. In opposition to the Libra Sun and Mercury, we feel pulled back and forth between who we really are and who people want us to be. With Saturn in the middle, squaring both parties, we ask ourselves, “What is the responsible thing to do?” For some of us, this may relate to a long-term goal we have. For others, this could call on us to review issues in relationships. Ultimately, the stress of indecision can lead to impulsive behavior which likely won’t turn out for the best. Instead, try to make space to pause and reflect. Mercury has been heavily involved in this lunar cycle, so it will be wise to lean towards articulation and thoughtful actions. Overall, this is a good lunation for self-discovery, solo endeavors, and making plans.

The Sun’s square to Saturn is exact on the following day, September 25th at 7:50 PM ET.

This can cast some low energy on the day, as the moon begins to lose light and the Sun confronts restrictive Saturn. The two luminaries are our life force, so when they are both feeling dark, our world gets a little darker too. Despite popular consciousness, darkness and shadow are not innately bad. Close your eyes and imagine something wonderful – it isn’t as easy to do that with your eyes wide open and the light shining in. So take the opportunity of the Sun-Saturn contact to let light die a little, as you use your inner wisdom to feel into the tectonic shifts that Saturn has been working on.

Chiron re-enters Pisces on the same day at 8:10 PM ET. 

Chiron’s ingress into Pisces adds to the darkness of the day. The wounded healer reminds us of the emotionality that exists within; the depth and grandeur of feeling. It can be a lot to handle on the same day as the Sun-Saturn square, but it can also be uplifting if we let it be. There is potential to drown, there is potential to float. It all depends on how you choose to move in the oceanic space of shadow.

Mars in Aquarius conjoins the South Node at 1:17 AM ET on September 26th.

Throughout Mars’ retrograde cycle, the red planet has been conjoining the South Node, activating old energy patterns and igniting us to question what is worth letting go and holding onto. The conjunction on September 26th is its last conjunction for a while. This may finalize some of the activity that came up throughout the retrograde cycle as well as the eclipse season. If you’ve been letting go of old behaviors in order to make space, this may mark a moment of the final goodbye.

To add, on the following day, both luminaries make contact with Mars.  First, the Moon squares Mars and the nodal axis, and conjoins Uranus in Taurus. The lunar involvement widens our scope of understanding and awakens insight into what has been going on since the summertime. Then the Sun in Libra sees a trine to Mars in Aquarius. The Sun-Mars contact is a heated one, and in air signs this can lead to heated conversation. The Sun-Mars trine can also indicate a spark of activism and a brighter sense of vitality in social settings. Overall, we may be feeling re-awakened to the passion felt during the summer, and a new sense of belonging/stability in whatever shifts may have occurred since then.

On September 30th, Pluto turns direct at 10:03 PM ET. 

Pluto is the furthest planet from the Sun, and the slowest moving one. What occurs during Pluto’s transits in a sign are sometime too big to really understand in the present moment. Oftentimes, it isn’t until we look back on a certain zodiacal transit that we really learn the bottom line of Pluto’s journey through that sign. That said, whenever Pluto stations direct or retrograde, its message momentarily bubbles up from the depths of the underworld so that we may be clued into its ongoing lesson. Take note of where Pluto is in your chart, and meditate on that placement on Sep 30.

The Last Quarter Moon in Cancer occurs on October 2nd at 5:45 AM ET. At this time, the Moon trines Venus in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. 

Unlike the earlier lunations in this lunar cycle, the last quarter moon softens us and gives us some space to nurture ourselves. This is a good opportunity to lean into trusted self-care practices, cozy environments, and imaginative emotional expansion. This could also be a good opportunity to feel into the nature of Venus in Scorpio and the upcoming retrograde – what energy is presented on this day? What feels beautiful, what feels loving? Why?

Later in the evening, Mercury in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn and the Moon in Cancer.  Though T-squares are tense, there is still a softness in the depths of the energetic bind we find ourselves in. Pluto in Capricorn elicits shadow work, underworld exploration. With contact to both Mercury and the Moon, this gives us a really broad sense of awareness – both intellectually and emotionally. We get to feel into the undercurrents of situations, of ourselves, of our environments, and of our relationships. It can be a lot to process, but we have the bandwidth for it. If you can work through the potential fear that comes up with darkness, you are likely to find some diamonds in the rough.

OCT 3 – OCT 13 | LIBRA 2 | THE BEAUTY OF BRUISING

The Sun’s move into the second decan of Libra spotlights Venus’ message for this retrograde period. The love planet turns retrograde, sees several aspects, and draws our consciousness towards the death-rebirth phase of Venus’ cycle. Now is a time to turn inward, and reflect on what needs to be released in order for love and beauty to be renewed.

On October 5th at 3:04 PM ET, Venus stations and turns retrograde in Scorpio.

Venus retrogrades takes beauty, desire, and love, and turns them inside out for us to learn more deeply about the core of these sweet fruits. Venus is typically felt or embodied, so the lessons often come in the form of misguided make-up routines, low self-confidence, challenging relationships, and excessive lust for hedonistic joys. In these lessons, we come to an insight that has less to do with the superficial expression and more to do with a deep reframing of what it means to really value our selves and others in our lives.

As Venus turns retrograde on October 5th, we feel the first heavy hit of Venus’ lesson. In Scorpio, this likely has to do with the underpinnings of our relationships – the unspoken promises, the secrets, the invisible energy dynamics, and the fears that can hold us back. There is something primordial and grotesque about it, wild and savage. We get to work with the blood and guts that spill out as we dissect the body of our social selves. It can be engaging work, but it can also be a lot to handle if that isn’t your sort of thing. The most important message for this retrograde is this: When in doubt, love. Behave kindly with the grotesque – we all have ugly things inside of us; it doesn’t mean that those things don’t deserve nurture and love.

On the following day, October 6th, the Moon in Virgo sees a sextile to Venus in Scorpio, which helps us download these first impressions into a visceral experience. Take note of what or who comes up, and attempt to address these insights with the calm of a loving surgeon.

On October 8th a New Moon in Libra is planted at 11:46 PM ET. This new moon applies to a square with Pluto in Capricorn and a trine with Mars in Aquarius.

The new moon plants a new intention for us. It is guided by the recently retrograde Venus, whose mission is to helps us deep dive. The square to Pluto and the trine to Mars accentuates the separative qualities of Venus’ surgical endeavors. This a defensive space for the moon – an energy best used for reflection, research, and solitude. Though the qualities of Capricorn, Libra, and Aquarius may ask us to get social, we won’t feel very safe in settings that require us to be on our best behavior. Instead, it’s best to keep a distance from anyone you might not want to make a bad impression on, and spend time in spaces where you feel free to be raw. Consider this to be an ongoing energetic that grows into a source of insight and social awareness later at the time of the Taurus Full Moon.

Mercury enters Scorpio at 8:40 PM ET on October 9th.

Mercury’s entrance into Scorpio helps us intellectualize the Venus retrograde. Now it is time to talk it out. Words can be cutting and sharp in this Mars-ruled sign, so be careful to apply your insight only to objective research and not to your self or others who you don’t want to harm. This could be an opportune time for meditation, journaling, and sharing reflections with an outside party (eg, going to a therapist).

Adding some flair to Mercury’s entrance is a Mercury-Moon conjunction at 00:35 AM ET on October 10th. This conjunction adds depth of feeling to the sharpness in Mercury’s insights. This can help us feel into awakenings, but it can also add that much more weight onto harsh words.

The following day, October 10th, Mercury in Scorpio sees an opposition to Uranus in Taurus at 1:35 PM ET and the Moon in Scorpio conjoins Venus in Scorpio at 6:15 PM ET. Later that evening, Venus in Scorpio sees a square to Mars in Aquarius at 10:28 PM ET.

The 10th of October is a day to watch for. The activity of our two most perceptive planets – Mercury and the Moon – will give us a lot of awareness around Venus’ significations and how this might play out in our lives over the next several months. Mercury opposite Uranus speaks to sudden downloads, a shift in perspective, a change of opinion. With Uranus in Taurus, another Venus ruled sign, the shifts and shocks that Mercury is downloading come in support of Venus’ intentions. With the Moon conjunct Venus, these new shifts are made very obvious and more potent. We not only are rationally aware, but we are emotionally aware as well.

Adding some punch and spice to the reversal/awakening is the Venus-Mars contact. Venus and Mars generally foster charismatic engagement: an adventurous sense of pleasure, extraversion, and willingness to be a little brash in order to get a loving message across. But with Venus in retrograde, there is something harsh and menacing about these mixtures. Venus can become a little overbearing; the love can be suffocating. Mars can be too intense, coming down too hard with moves that hurt.

Altogether, this a day for watching what occurs and not acting on an impulse. Reflective conversation and intentional awareness practice can all be of use in order to cool down some of the electricity and fire that may come through.

On October 12th at 00:10 AM ET, the Sun in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn. On the same day, Mercury in Scorpio sextiles Saturn in Capricorn at 4:19 AM ET.

The Sun-Pluto square speaks to the ongoing review of societal or relational structures that could be holding us back. This is an uncomfortable energy – how can I be authentically my self while also fitting into society? Does society need to change to fit around me? What is fair? With the Mercury-Saturn sextile, we are given an opportunity to make space for these reflections to come through in a meaningful environment. It would be wise to go to a safe space where you can share or write ideas openly.

OCT 13 – OCT 23 | LIBRA 3 | THE GAZE OF ORPHEUS

The Sun’s entrance into the third decan of Libra notably focuses on the Mercurial element. Nearly all of the major aspects during this portion of the Sun’s journey involve Mercury. This means that conversation, introspection, writing, commerce, and all other Mercury-related topics play a large role in the way we experience the end of Libra season and this first portion of Venus’ retrograde.

On October 15th Mercury conjoins Venus in Scorpio at 4:20 PM ET.

Venus and Mercury contacts often inspire poetry and technical beauty. In Scorpio, there is a willingness to uncover mystery. And with the retrograde Venus, it seems as though what is uncovered may relate to the root of what’s at stake in Venus’ underworld journey. With the hidden nature of Scorpio, and the challenges presented with Venus retrograde, there is potential for secrets to come out – letting the cat out of the bag, either accidentally or with malcontent. There could also be an important discussion that comes up around values and trust, in which bear-all conversation leads to a peak of awareness.

The following day, October 16th at 2:01 PM ET, the First Quarter Moon in Capricorn illuminates our current standing in this Venus retrograde.

The Capricorn first quarter moon further heightens awareness by identifying how our work in the Venus retrograde fits into the grander scheme of things. We get a sense of sobriety – drawing ourselves up from internal/external debate to see if there is anything we’ve forgotten about during our deep dives. It’s possible we’ve become overly consumed with a certain idea that has led us nowhere. It’s also possible that we are exactly where we need to be in the investigative process, and something additional helps us recognize this.

On October 19th, Mercury in Scorpio sees a trine to Neptune in Pisces at 5:47 AM ET.

The depth-work of this Libra season can leave us feeling heavy and burdened, so it is a relief to experience the lightening nature of Neptune wash over Mercury’s scowl. We are able to escape from some of the investigation, to drift for a moment. We can utilize this energy to analyze dreams and see into the signs that our universe often shares with us (and that we often ignore). Just be careful – sometimes with Mercury-Neptune there can be a bias to see everything as meaningful, and even the most innocent of actions can become seeds for nightmares if we let our analysis go overboard in the realm of Neptune’s fog.

On the same day, Mercury in Scorpio squares Mars in Aquarius at 1:23 PM ET.

Mercury’s square to Mars following it’s trine to Neptune can be a rude awakening to the sleepy safety of the morning. Again, it is possible that a simple misunderstanding can be blown out of proportion – accusations and other cutting words can destroy the hard work that has been invested in the Venus retrograde. Instead, when in doubt – feeling uncertain, find some space to clear your mind. This is another day best used for solo-endeavors, dreaming, and not anything too serious in social situations. If you must engage with others in a way that makes you feel combative, try to pause with a breath and make sure that you won’t mind ruining something just to make your statement.

On October 22nd, Mercury sextiles Pluto at 3:13 PM ET.

As we come to a close in Libra Season, we have an opportunity to review some of the depth work we’ve been through. This is a moment to sit and reflect before the Sun enters Scorpio, to allow thoughts and feelings to flow through us in preparation for the light of the Sun to traverse the dark space of our psyches.