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Mercury will be retrograde for most of October. He turns backwards on October 4 and remains so until October 25. He travels from 2 degrees of Scorpio to 16 degrees of Libra. The area of your chart that has those degrees shows where Mercury insists you do some serious examination. Everyone will have to give time and effort to straightening out relationship issues.
There are two eclipses in October. Eclipses bring endings. They are highly auspicious times for spiritual matters. They are excellent times to meditate, recite mantras, chant and pray. The lunar eclipse is on October 8 at 15 degrees of Libra. The solar eclipse is on October 23 at 0 degrees of Scorpio. Those who have personal planets at these degrees you will be the ones who are most effected by the eclipses.
Leave the serious business for the first and last week of the month and try to enjoy the beauty of Fall for the retrograde influenced in between weeks.
October 1 – Moon in Capricorn. Today and tomorrow are the best days to get all the important work done for the month. You have the focus and discipline to work hard and put in long hours so you can get everything scheduled and ready to go. Sign papers, finalize contracts and plans, and buy the big-ticket items you need. You’ll be happy you put in the extra time and effort.
October 2 – Moon in Capricorn, VC 12:18 pm. Get up early and start working. Don’t rush but don’t waste time. Be slow and steady like the tortoise that plods along even though the finish line is out of sight. Take care of all the things you need to do that require linear thinking.
October 3 – Moon in Aquarius. This is the last day before Mercury takes over the month with his retrograde activity. Send your ideas to others for consideration. Have a brainstorming session to gather opinions and interesting thoughts. Join a community service or political group so you can have your say. Write out your factual work and leave the flowering of your imagination for later.
October 4 – Moon in Aquarius, VC 2:32 pm. Mercury turns retrograde at 1:02 pm. The Sun and Pluto connect in a tense aspect and challenge you to review your status quo and let go of what is no longer relevant. Mars and Chiron urge you to take a different kind of action towards long-term ills. It’s a day to turn your mind around, just as Mercury is doing, and see things from a very different perspective. It’s time to try something new.
October 5 – Moon in Pisces. Write down what you remember from last night’s dreams. There are messages there. Intuition trumps reason for the next few weeks and today is a good day to practice using your sixth sense rather than your thinking mind. Have fun as you drift through the day. Be like a leaf riding down a stream with no agenda.
October 6 – Moon in Pisces, VC 3:38 pm. Do what needs to be done but don’t start anything that you can’t finish in a few hours. You’ll do best when you can help someone else in some way. This is the day to take an elderly friend to lunch or help clean his/her yard or attic. Have a meaningful talk with a friend or relative and heal what has been festering under the surface.
October 7 – Moon in Aries. You need to do your own thing today. Stay free to jump when you get surprises thrown at you. The Sun and Uranus stand opposed and bring unexpected energy and information to how you relate to others. You and your partner need to negotiate the needs for being together and being alone. . There will be echoes to the events that happened last April that never got resolved. Stay active and work off the build up psychic energy in a physical way.
October 8 – Moon in Aries, VC 10:20 am. Today’s full moon is eclipsed and thus it becomes a herald of change. Don’t hang on to anything too tightly. Venus and Pluto ask you if you want to continue in your relationship. Love pushes up against its boundaries and wants to be free. There is a large amount of creative energy available for you to use to dive into a project you dream of creating.
October 9 – Moon in Taurus. You’ll feel as if you have a hangover from yesterday’s eclipse. It will help to do something to ground the energy. Comfort yourself with food and soothing scents. Have a massage. It’s a day to straighten out the garden and put in bulbs for Spring flowers. Bring flowers to anyone you had a disagreement with yesterday.
October 10 – Moon in Taurus, VC 8:49 pm. Mercury backs into Libra and asks you to review how you communicate in your relationships. He wants you to redecorate and get rid of clutter. The Sun and Jupiter dance and invite you to make a wish. They may not give you exactly what you want but chances are that you will receive something better. Take advantage of the opportunities that come your way.
October 11 – Moon VC Taurus, enters Gemini 11:51 am. Sleep in and have a restful morning. Do your running round and errands in the afternoon. Venus and Uranus play with you and lead you into unknown and exciting byways. You can meet a person who will be a catalyst for your growth. Their message is engage but don’t attach.
October 12 – Moon in Gemini. Use today for catching up on your emails, phone calls, and neighborly visits. Take care of any Mercury retrograde mix-ups that have happened. It will be fun if you make a last minute decision to go somewhere nearby, but new to you, for the remainder of the holiday weekend. Call some friends and ask them to come along with you.
October 13 – Moon in Gemini, VC 1:58 pm, enters Cancer 7:30 pm. You want to be on the go and moving around today. Visit your siblings if you can. Explore the places you usually drive by. Browse bookstores and libraries and local museums. You mind is busy with all kind of thoughts so be sure to write down the good ones. It will feel good to get home tonight and settle in.
October 14 – Moon in Cancer. Jupiter and Venus bestow wisdom about money. Listen to your inner voice as you take a good look at your financial situation and then do what feels right. It’s not the time to make big changes but is okay for small ones. Stock up on the Fall harvest and freeze, dry, or preserve some food. Treat your family to a dinner of their favorite foods.
October 15 – Moon in Cancer, VC 7:27 pm. It’s a day to focus on home and family. Stay close to home or to your place of work and try to make it as comfortable and cozy as you can. You have plenty of energy for sprucing up the house. Let your partner help you. Call Mom and check in on how she’s doing. Catch up on your sleep tonight.
October 16 – Moon in Leo. The Sun and Mercury meet as they do in the middle of Mercury’s retrograde travels. The offer you new ideas and tell you to throw away the old thoughts and opinions which limit your growth. It’s time to look back and see how far you have come and look ahead to a shining future. Try to finish up the projects that need to be finished but you’re avoiding.
October 17 – Moon in Leo. Today is a “Don’t worry, be happy” kind of day. Look at life with an optimistic outlook. Let your creative self out to play. You can make peace with words so it’s a good time to negotiate sticky situations. Let love override any power issues that have arisen in your relationship. Have a romantic evening.
October 18 – Moon in Leo, VC from 9:10 am to 7:08 pm when it enters Virgo. Leave the chores for tomorrow. A Leo VC day in the midst of retrograde Mercury is a day to go back to the playdays of childhood. Remember when you had a whole day with nothing to do? Find friends and play games. Take out your art supplies and be creative. Tell you loved ones how much you love them.
October 19 – Moon in Virgo. You’ll be glad you played yesterday and waited until today since you can get a lot done and won’t mind the drudginess of cleaning and sorting. Make preparations for the coming Winter as you do your Fall chores. Pay bills and balance your accounts. Order pet, health, and house cleaning supplies online. Clean out the ick in the corners, literally and figuratively.
October 20 – Moon in Virgo. It’s a good day to put things in order. Go to the bottom of your things-to-do list and start there. Words flow freely out of your mouth and hands so take care of any writing or editing work you need to do. Take out unfinished crafts projects and decide if you want to bring them to completion or if are ready to toss them away. Redo your diet and meal plans.
October 21 – Moon in Libra. Think about those who you owe in terms of social obligations and invite them to have a meal, coffee, or a nice evening with you. If you have had a misunderstanding with someone, today is a good day to clear it up. Get ideas for redecorating and give your self an approximate time frame for doing the work.
October 22 – Moon in Libra. Take advantage of the power of thought that the element of air gives you. Today is the last day of Libra and the last day for months when air is strong. Go through your clothes, jewelry, and accessories and get rid of the ones you really don’t like but keep for odd reasons. See friends and have some light social encounters.
October 23 – Moon in Libra, VC from 1:22 pm until 5:10 pm when it enters Scorpio. The Sun enters Scorpio at 7:57 am. There is a solar eclipse with Venus tucked in. It is important to remember that where love rules there is no will to power (quote from Carl Jung). Some relationships will end today while others may begin, but whatever happens, know that Venus is bringing you the best.
October 24 – Moon in Scorpio. This is an intensely personal day. You won’t want to share thoughts or feelings until you have examined them and feel safe to let them go. Today is the last day with Mercury in retrograde motion, so wait until next week before making big changes or doing anything of importance. Meditate by visualizing water.
October 25 – Moon in Scorpio, VC 12:11 pm. Mercury turns direct at 3:17 pm. The Sun meets Venus and they give you a day that is pleasant and full of love. The energy is unstable so you need to watch your footing. Give yourself permission to fulfill a long time desire as long as it doesn’t involve a commitment. Buy yourself a present.
October 26 – Moon in Sagittarius. Mars enters Capricorn and he will help you move forward in your career. He says there are no more excuses now that Mercury is direct and orders you to get to work. It’s a day to follow the path to new knowledge and find new answers. Take your ideas and make them real. Get out and engage in some strenuous exercise.
October 27 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC 12:18 pm. Let your mind drift to the undercurrents of thought. You can use your psychic abilities to engage in wishcraft and make dreams come true as long as you don’t want to hurt anyone. You’ll receive spiritual and artistic inspiration once you quiet down and listen. Make travel plans for the winter to go somewhere new and exciting.
October 28 – Moon in Capricorn. Today and tomorrow are the days you waited for all month. They are mega-work days when you can take giant steps to achieve and accomplish your ambitions. The only things standing in your way are insecurity and laziness. Include time for volunteer work when you make your schedule and set your goals.
October 29 – Moon in Capricorn. Continue working with your mind focused on your career. Make big moves that will help you advance to another step or level. Do what you can do to help your apprentice or employee. Make a plan and set up a schedule for the next few months and then make a long range plan. Set new goals, as you see what is realistic and what is a pipedream.
October 30 – Moon VC Capricorn, enters Aquarius 9:52 am. You may be getting bored with working so hard and sticking to a schedule. It’s time to be more inventive and add some color to your day. Let your inner rebel out to have his say. Find a cause and see how you can help promote it. Watch a classic science fiction movie tonight and ponder on how others thought today would be like.
October 31 – Moon in Aquarius. This is a great moon for dressing up and becoming another character. Be original as you celebrate this fun holiday. It’s a good time to discover what ideas emerge when you think with others in a group setting. Ignore the fear of what other may think as you take a risk expressing yourself. Let your personal genius emerge.