Important astrological energies for the month of October:
- Venus in Scorpio turns stationary retrograde on October 5, 2018. It will remain retrograde until November 16, 2018.
- New Moon with Sun and Moon in Libra occurs on October 8, 2018.
- Full Moon with Sun in Scorpio and Moon in Taurus occurs on October 24, 2018.
- Venus retrograde re-enters the sign of Libra on October 31, 2018.
October 2018 – A Time for Reflection
By Misty Kuceris ©2018
As the month of October 2018 begins, Mercury forms a square to Pluto on October 2nd. When this happens you feel so passionate about your ideas that you want to make sure anyone you communicate with understands them. Because of this, you may communicate in a manner that puts other people off. You may feel that you need to be forceful in your language and stand up for your ideals. You need to remember to listen to what other people have to say because they may have some important information for you.
Venus in Scorpio turns stationary retrograde on October 5th. It remains retrograde until November 16, 2018. Venus doesn’t like to be in the sign of Scorpio, its detriment. There are secrets that need to come out. But there is also information that you don’t want other people to know. You tend to hold on to things and people longer than you should. When Venus is in retrograde motion in Scorpio, it becomes even harder to let go of things. You fear that by throwing things out, they won’t be there when you need them. Be careful with what you hold on to. It may be pain that prevents you from healing.
Also with Venus retrograde, it’s not a good idea to sign any contracts. You’ll pay more for items than you expected. Or, there is some hidden cost involved, especially with Venus retrograde in Scorpio. If you need to purchase some major item during this time period, have another individual read the contract to make certain you’re not overpaying. When it comes to other finances, Venus retrograde is an excellent time to review your budget and make any changes which can decrease your expenses.
It’s not unusual when Venus is retrograde that you run into people you haven’t seen in a while. Or, you meet new people who remind you of people you’ve known from your past. With Venus retrograde in Scorpio, any people you encounter from your past (or who remind you of your past) can help you gain a deeper understanding into the meaning friendship and its impact in your life. You may realize that you’ve changed and those people aren’t so important any more. Or, you may decide that you actually missed them and want to renew some old relationships.
When it comes to family members, this is a good time to resolve any old problems which have stood in the way. It’s also a great time for healing situations in relationships.
On October 7th, Ceres in Libra forms a quincunx to Neptune retrograde you and need to be careful. Usually you understand all the facts and can negotiate very well when Ceres is in Libra. You even know when to compromise without losing your most important goals. But that becomes difficult as Ceres forms a quincunx to Neptune retrograde. You just can’t seem to grasp the important concepts. The reason for this is that the other person isn’t giving you all the information you need to make a wise decision. This is not a day to negotiate. Rather it’s a day to listen.
October 8th is another good day to listen as the new Moon, with Sun and Moon in Libra, occurs. This new Moon forms a conjunction to Ceres as well as a square to Pluto and a quincunx to Neptune retrograde. When the new Moon occurs, you usually want to start new projects. And with the new Moon in Libra, you usually want to be able to work with others. But it’s going to be difficult to get the information you need to make decisions. You’ll also find that other people are trying to convince you to do things their way. They aren’t interested in your point of view. What you need to do is reflect on the actions of others, not necessarily their words. You need to see if they care about your point of view. If they don’t, perhaps the new start you make today is to realize which people are no longer important in your life and end the relationship.
Before Mercury enters the sign of Scorpio on October 9th, it forms a quincunx to Chiron retrograde. You’re still being cautious in your relationship with others. You want to communicate with other people, but you don’t want to hurt their feelings. You also don’t want to say anything which could get you in trouble later. Pause before you speak. Your instincts not to say too much are accurate.
When Mercury enters the sign of Scorpio, secrets become important. Mercury isn’t comfortable in the sign of Scorpio, especially at this time since it will be forming an opposition to Uranus retrograde tomorrow, October 10th. Some unexpected information may be revealed that you wanted to keep quiet. You don’t want to share too much with others. You would rather listen and reflect than share.
Not only will you find unexpected information revealed on October 10th when Mercury forms the opposition to Uranus retrograde, but you’ll feel as if information is coming too quickly. You may say too much and that could get you into trouble. Or, you may find yourself confused as you try to keep up with all the information you receive. It may be very difficult to concentrate so be very careful when you’re driving. You don’t want to end up in an accident.
When Mercury forms a square to the Moon’s Nodal Axis on October 11th, you want to use your past experiences to create a better way to achieve future results. This is a good day for reflection. With Mercury in Scorpio you’ll find it easier to analyze your actions. You may even find yourself releasing some negative energy that’s been preventing you from moving forward with your life.
For people who keep a journal, take the time to read some of your past entries over the last few months. When you wrote them, you may not have understood everything you were recording but now you do.
October 12th is a great day for planning as Mercury forms a sextile to Saturn. You know what you need to do to create that solid foundation. You have the ability to focus on your goals. You also know how to create presentations that other people understand.
When Ceres forms a square to Pluto on October 17th, you’ll be tempted to just grab something, such as an idea, and run with it. But it’s important to pause and consider your actions. Now is the time to determine the implications of your actions. You don’t want to put yourself in any form of difficulty. What you may find is that it’s better to compromise on some of your goals so you can achieve what’s most important in your life.
October 19th could be a good day for dreaming or creative ventures with Mercury forming a trine to Neptune retrograde. You really don’t want to do anything that requires a lot of linear thinking. You want to come up with different approaches. While this is a great day for brain storming and coming up with creative ideas, it’s not one of the best days for implementing ideas. There’s a tendency to miss some important detail when Neptune is involved.
The great day for implementing new projects is October 22nd when Mercury forms a sextile to Pluto. Now you’re able to concentrate and put all your focus into whatever project is important to you. Just don’t get so focused that you fail to communication with other people. They’ll be able to give you a lot of insight and even help you complete your projects.
This is also a great day for personal analysis. You’re able to tap into your subconscious needs and find solutions to old problems.
When the Sun enters the sign of Scorpio on October 23rd, you want to continue withholding information. The Sun will also form an opposition to Uranus retrograde meaning that unexpected events could occur.
With the Sun in Scorpio, it’s important for you to feel as if you are in control of situations. With the Sun forming an opposition to Uranus retrograde, you want to keep things under control but you really can’t. Even though both the Sun and Uranus retrograde are in fixed signs, you need to be flexible. If you are too rigid, you could break.
Before the full Moon occurs on October 24th, Venus retrograde forms a sextile to Saturn. This is the second time that Venus forms a sextile to Saturn in this triad sequence. The first time that Venus formed the sextile to Saturn was on September 12, 2018 when both Venus and Saturn were direct. The last time that Venus will form a sextile to Saturn is on December 16, 2018 when Venus and Saturn are both direct again.
When Venus retrograde forms a sextile to Saturn, you want to gain insight into your relationships with other people. You want to understand how to create a community and build a firm foundation with your loved ones. The first time that this sextile occurred you may have thought about your relationships to determine which ones were important to maintain. Now that Venus is retrograde, you want to review those relationships to make certain that everyone is feeling appreciated.
In addition to reviewing your relationships with other people, Venus rules money and Saturn rules the administration of that money. This is an excellent time to review not only your finances but also your long-term holdings, such as retirement programs and other stocks and bonds. You may want to make some changes with your budget. Or, you may want to put more money aside for your future goals. This could be especially true if you own a business.
Understanding when to hold on to situations becomes very important during the time of this full Moon with Sun in Scorpio and Moon in Taurus. However, it may be difficult to hold on to situations or people in your life if they don’t support you since the Moon forms a conjunction to Uranus retrograde and the Sun forms a conjunction to Venus retrograde. Changes can occur when you least expect them, especially in the areas of your finances and relationships. You may suddenly feel as if other people are too controlling and it’s time to move away from those relationships. You may determine that you need to make changes in your home life, perhaps as simple as change the color of your walls. Or, you may decide that you need to find a way to spend less money and improve your financial situation.
Before Mercury forms a trine to Chiron retrograde on October 29th, it forms a conjunction to Jupiter. With both of these aspects, you’re able to gain understanding of how you want to implement your goals. You feel optimistic about what you can achieve. You realize that by determining your future goals you can create a plan that works well. Just be careful that you don’t be so optimistic you miss those small details that are so important.
When Mercury forms a trine to Chiron retrograde this will be the first of three trines in a triad sequence that occurs between Mercury and Chiron. The second time this occurs will be on December 4, 2018 when Mercury and Chiron are both retrograde. The last time this occurs will be on December 9, 2018 when Mercury and Chiron are both direct.
The reason that there is an extended time period between the first and other two trines is that Mercury actually enters the sign of Sagittarius before it turns retrograde and re-enters the sign of Scorpio.
When Mercury forms a trine to Chiron retrograde you need to look at past pains in your life and what stood in the way of your success. You also need to stop talking about those pains because the conversation just increases the pain rather than releases it. It’s as if you’re playing the tape over and over again. The good news is that with Mercury in Scorpio, you will be able to delve into your subconscious and pull that garbage out of your life.
When Venus retrograde squares the Moon’s Nodal Axis on October 30th, you want to think about your past experiences and how they promoted your sense of well-being. You want to reach out to people you knew in your past that gave you that sense of who you are. By doing that, you’ll be able to reach into the future and find a way to enjoy life. You’ll also understand that you can meet your needs and still help other people.
On October 31st, as the month ends, Mercury enters the sign of Sagittarius and forms a quincunx to Uranus retrograde a few hours later. Venus retrograde will also re-enter the sign of Libra.
Some people believe that Mercury entering the sign of Sagittarius is a good thing. But on October 31st when Mercury does enter the sign of Sagittarius you may find that you’re talking too much and trying to justify your actions. Mercury is in its detriment in the sign of Sagittarius. Your ideas may be too grandiose. They may not be based in reality. Try to take one step at a time rather than doing everything at once.
A few hours after Mercury enters the sign of Sagittarius, it forms a quincunx to Uranus retrograde indicating that you need to watch your communications. You don’t want to say something that you’ll regret later. You also want to move slowly so you don’t end up in an accident.
Venus retrograde also changes signs on this day by re-entering the sign of Libra. When Venus turned retrograde on October 5, 2018, it was in the sign of Scorpio, its detriment. Now with Venus re-entering the sign of Libra, it’s entering the sign of its rulership. You’ll run into old friends that you haven’t seen in a while. Any new relationships you create will remind you of old relationships. And, you have the opportunity to work out any relationship problems.
Even though Venus retrograde is in its rulership sign, it’s still important not to sign any major contracts unless you have no choice. There will still be hidden costs involved. Or, you’ll overpay for an item. The key is to reflect on any choices which you need to make.