Important astrological energies for the month of October 2016:
- Full Moon with Sun in Libra and Moon in Aries occurs on October 16, 2016.
- Jupiter in Libra quincunx Neptune retrograde in Pisces on October 23, 2016. This is the first time in this series that this aspect occurs. The next time that it will occur is on May 17, 2017. The third time it occurs in on July 5, 2017.
- New Moon with Sun and Moon in Scorpio occurs on October 30, 2016
You Are Important
By Misty Kuceris ©2016
The month of October 2016 starts with Venus forming a trine to Neptune retrograde and Mercury forming an opposition to Chiron retrograde on October 1th. In a lot of ways you’ll be feeling a shift of energy today. With Venus forming a trine to Neptune retrograde, you feel good about yourself. You feel as if you can achieve your dreams. Because Venus is in the sign of Scorpio, you actually have a less difficult time with being confused by the Piscean energy of Neptune retrograde. You are able to delve into your subconscious mind and understand the emotions that you’re feeling. You don’t really know how to explain this to other people. But even if you did know how to explain this to other people, you wouldn’t want to. You want to keep everything to yourself.
When Mercury forms the opposition to Chiron retrograde, you finally feel as if the Mercury retrograde energy which began on August 10, 2016 is beginning to abate. It actually won’t be over until tomorrow when Mercury forms a quincunx to Uranus retrograde, but at least it’s lessening.
This is the third and last time that Mercury forms an opposition to Chiron retrograde in this triad sequence. The first time was on August 19, 2016 when Mercury was direct. The second time was on September 10, 2016 when Mercury was retrograde.
Technically, Mercury didn’t go retrograde until August 30, 2016. And, technically, Mercury turned direct on September 22, 2016. But, for a lot of people, Mercury is still feeling retrograde. The reason is that Mercury formed several triad sequences between August 10, 2016 and continues until October 2, 2016. Each time Mercury forms a triad sequence, you need to go back and evaluate the situation.
(For those who don’t know what a triad sequence is, let me explain. A triad sequence – a term I coined – occurs when a planet makes the same aspect three times. The first and last time, the faster moving planet is in direct motion. The second time the faster moving planet is in retrograde motion.)
When Mercury makes its third opposition to Chiron retrograde, you realize just how important your plans are. Where you created milestones that enable you to be accountable, you’ll find success. Where your milestones were vague and contained no specific outcomes, you’ll realize that those milestones are really situations which can lead you away from your goals. You’ll know what you need to change in your life and how to create success with your milestones and goals.
As Mercury forms its final quincunx to Uranus retrograde on October 2nd, you finally feel that the Mercury retrograde period is really over. The first time Mercury formed the quincunx was on August 19, 2016 when Mercury was direct. The second time that it formed the quincunx was on September 9, 2016 when Mercury was retrograde.
Yesterday when Mercury formed the opposition to Chiron retrograde, you finally knew which milestones you created enabled you to be accountable. You also realized which milestones were still vague and needed to be changed or adjusted. Today, with Mercury forming its final quincunx, you receive new information which enables you to adjust those vague milestones. If you make changes with your plans, you’ll find that things run smoother.
On October 5th, Venus forms a sextile to Pluto and Mars forms a square to Jupiter about 15 minutes later. You’ll feel as if you understand situations in your life because you can access your subconscious mind and find that deeper meaning. At the same time, you’ll feel passionate about achieving your goals and you won’t let other people influence you. You know what you have to do and how you have to go about it.
But, you need to move cautiously. With Mars forming the square to Jupiter, you just want to rush into situations without considering all the consequences of your actions. Perhaps your passion is too high because you’re willing to take risks that could put you in harm’s way.
The best way to balance the energy is to understand where you need to focus your passion while realizing that everything needs to be done in moderation. You don’t need to enroll other people in your goals, but you also don’t want to alienate them. If others don’t seem willing to support your efforts, don’t include them. Just do what you have to do.
Mercury enters the sign of Libra in the morning (EDT) on October 7th and forms a quincunx to Ceres retrograde later in the evening (EDT). When Mercury is in the sign of Libra, you want to approach things fairly. You want to give everyone a chance to tell their story. At the same time, you don’t want to feel as if other people are influencing your decisions. Libra is the sign of negotiations where all sides need to find common ground before moving forward.
When Mercury forms the quincunx to Ceres retrograde, you don’t want to give up too much ground. You don’t want to compromise to the point that you lose what is most important to you. While this is a time of tension, it can actually be good for you. You’ll evaluate what is important and not let others take advantage of you. You’ll stand up for what you believe in. And, you’ll make the right decisions when it comes to providing security for your family and yourself.
If you need to negotiate any important matters, do it on October 11th when Mercury forms a conjunction to Jupiter, Venus forms a trine to Chiron retrograde, and Mars forms a sextile to Neptune retrograde.
With Mercury and Jupiter in Libra, you want to be able to find ways to compromise without giving up your power. Relationships are very important to you and you understand that. At the same time, you need to be careful not to give away too much. You might be so excited about being able to work with others that you don’t take your own needs into consideration.
With Venus forming a trine to Chiron retrograde, you know how to say words that don’t hurt either others or yourself. You know how to feel compassion for others. And, with Venus in Scorpio, you actually have a deeper understanding of the other person’s needs than you usually do.
Your ability to feel compassion for others is increased as Mars forms a sextile to Neptune retrograde. It’s good that Mars is in Capricorn because you’ll approach situations in a practical manner even if Mars is forming the sextile to Neptune retrograde. You’ll feel compassion for others without giving away too much of yourself. If you feel that people are either lying to you or using you, you’ll put them in their place in a gentle manner: Not necessarily a Mars trait but a very good trait today.
October 12th won’t be as pleasant as October 11th was. Venus is forming a quincunx to Uranus retrograde in the morning (EDT) and Mercury is forming a quincunx to Neptune retrograde in the evening (EDT) hours.
You don’t really know where other people are coming from as Venus forms a quincunx to Uranus retrograde. You feel as if they are giving you the information you need, but you find out that something comes along and the information isn’t accurate. You also feel that other people will let you be yourself, but you learn too quickly that they really only care about their own needs. This is especially true at Mercury forms the quincunx to Neptune retrograde. At that time you’ll find that people aren’t giving you all the information. They are hiding something from you. They really don’t want you involved with their lives. They may also decide to change their “truth.” They say one thing one moment and totally switch their comments another moment. They may even deny they said something. This is not a good day for any form of negotiations.
On October 13th, Ceres retrograde re-enters the sign of Aries. Ceres turned retrograde on August 31st when it was in the sign of Taurus. At that time, Ceres represented the need to understand your values and know when you have to compromise those values in order to achieve the results you want. In retrograde motion, it was time to re-evaluate your values and see if you really felt the same way. Now that Ceres retrograde is re-entering the sign of Aries, you need to review the way that you want to fight for your values. Ceres is an interesting planet. It represents the earth and its environment: Your personal environment. It also represents the need for you to learn how to work with your inner strength so you can achieve the results that are important. With Ceres in Aries, you tune into the warrior woman within you: The feminine force not only to listen and understand, but also to know when to fight. Again, this is where you review what is important to you for you can choose the right battles and come out a winner. Ceres will remain retrograde until December 9, 2016.
As Mercury forms a sextile to Saturn on October 14th, you’ll find that it’s easy to come up with solutions for any problems you’re encountering throughout the day. Your thoughts are very clear. You can define situations and develop strategies leading to success. You’re able to work with others and communicate clearly. People hear what you have to say and understand the intent behind your words.
When Mercury forms a square to Pluto on October 15th, things are a little different. You may be too intense in your communication style. You may try to force your ideas on others. You may even feel that other people are balking at your concepts. It’s important that you don’t let your passion for success interfere with your ability to engage other people. If you are too intense, you may find that you have to do things on your own and others aren’t willing to help you. If you find that happening, pull back a bit. Try to listen to what other people are saying. Try to find a way to let others feel just as empowered as you’re feeling.
On October 16th, a full Moon occurs with the Sun in Libra and the Moon in Aries. This is one of the three supermoons that occur during the full Moon time period in the year 2016. The supermoons which happen at the time of the full Moons occur on October 16th, November 14th, and December 14th. The most intense of these super full Moons will be on November 14th.
The term supermoon was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle over 30 years ago. But, according to earthsky.org, the term is now in common use with astronomers. (Go to http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-a-supermoon#what-before for more information.)
Supermoons are when the Moon is in perigee, meaning it comes the closest to the earth. During this time period, the tides of the ocean are higher than normal. And, if there is a coastal storm, the destruction could be greater than usual. Therefore, this full Moon could be one of creating destruction or one of building strength.
The Sun forms an opposition to the Uranus retrograde/Ceres retrograde conjunction while the Moon forms a conjunction to Uranus and Ceres. Emotionally you want to make changes now. You don’t want to wait. Personally you may not be sure how to move forward. There are unexpected situations that keep rising. You need to look at other people and understand what they’re doing. You need to find ways to develop coalitions, even with people who have different views. It’s too easy to just argue and not find that common cause. Move carefully at this time. Don’t take unnecessary risks. There’s a possibility that you’re not looking at the big picture and are just searching for immediate gratification.
You may experience difficulties between understanding what’s important in your life and what you need to do to help others when Venus forms a quincunx to Ceres retrograde on October 17th. Venus represents passion and Ceres represents the protective mother. This is not an easy aspect between Venus and Ceres because usually they work together well. You are usually able to find a passion in your activities or relationships: But not today. Today you may even feel a little disconnected from people in your life. You may feel as if they don’t care and are forcing you to do things on your own. This may even be a day where you need to re-evaluate some of your relationships with others and how much energy you’re putting into helping them out. The question is: Are you getting any benefit from the relationship? If the answer is no, it’s time to either make changes in the relationship or leave the relationship.
You may try to justify your behavior as Venus enters Sagittarius on October 18th. You may feel as if you are owed something. In a positive way, Venus in Sagittarius can represent your willingness to understand what the future holds for you. In the negative, this placement can indicate that you’re willing to move forward to promote your values without taking other people into consideration.
When Mars forms a conjunction to Pluto on October 19th, you may feel as if you can put all your energy into one project and achieve your goals. But you need to be careful because Mercury forms a quincunx to Chiron retrograde later in the day.
It is easier to focus when Mars forms the conjunction to Pluto retrograde, especially in Capricorn. You’re willing to put the work in. You’re willing to sacrifice if necessary. And, you’re willing to throw garbage out of your life. It’s almost as if you’re willing to become a hermit and leave the world behind.
But with Mercury forming a quincunx to Chiron retrograde later in the day, you need to be careful that you didn’t alienate other people as you focused on your goals. You need to make certain that you didn’t communicate in a harmful manner. If you felt that other people didn’t help you it’s possible that you didn’t ask.
You may feel very angry on October 20th when Mercury forms an opposition to Uranus retrograde. You may feel as if other people weren’t there for you the previous day. Or, you may feel that other people actually stood in the way of your success.
It’s very difficult to communicate in a civil manner when Mercury forms an opposition to Uranus retrograde. Your thoughts move quickly. You’re too impatient to hear what other people are saying. You feel as if your ideas aren’t being accepted. And, you take all of this personally. It’s better not to say too much if you feel others aren’t listening. It doesn’t help getting into any arguments because you’re not going to win them.
Perhaps it’s a good thing that the Sun enters the sign of Scorpio on October 22nd. You find that you move more slowly. You aren’t willing to take risks. You think of ways to work with other people. But, you may also feel that you have to take control and tell other people what to do. You may find that you aren’t willing to trust anyone. Whatever happens, it’s important that you take time to understand others.
Before Jupiter forms a quincunx to Neptune retrograde on October 23rd, Mercury forms an opposition to Ceres retrograde. This may be a warning sign that all is not well in your home. Ceres represents the environment and Mercury represents how you communicate in your environment. You may have difficulties with family members. You may need to move forward with situations and you’re not quite ready. Or, you may feel that other people are being over protective and not letting you take the risks you want to take. But, this could actually be good. When Jupiter forms a quincunx to Neptune retrograde taking a risk is not a good thing.
Less than 1.5 hours after Mercury forms an opposition to Ceres retrograde, Jupiter forms a quincunx to Neptune retrograde. This is the first of three quincunxes that will occur in this triad sequence. The second quincunx will occur on May 17, 2017 when Jupiter is retrograde and Neptune is direct. The last quincunx will occur on July 5, 2017 when Jupiter is direct and Neptune is retrograde.
A quincunx represents unexpected changes in the direction of your life. You think that you’re moving one way when you discover that something comes up and changes that direction. Usually Jupiter and Neptune can work in harmony. They both rule the sign of Pisces and Neptune is currently in the sign of Pisces. But, with Jupiter in the sign of Libra, it’s different. Jupiter wants to move forward and expand its horizons. In the sign of Libra, Jupiter needs to negotiate with other people. Jupiter isn’t comfortable doing that. It wants to move forward without having to wait for others. And, it may justify its behavior as it moves forward.
Neptune represents either the dreams you have to succeed or the phobias you feel that repress your ability to succeed. When you are not in touch with your spiritual nature, you don’t know what to do next.
This is where the quincunx becomes even more important. You may feel optimistic about moving forward in life. Suddenly, and unexpectedly, a fear crops up and you feel immobilized. Or, you feel good about your life and suddenly someone tells you that it’s not really that good.
Be wary of people bearing bad news. They may be trying to use that information to manipulate you rather than help you. Pull back from individuals who don’t seem to support you. Find ways to protect yourself from people who are unscrupulous. This could also indicate that people you thought were allies really aren’t. They are just using your information to “know their enemy.” Be cautious.
It’s a good thing that Mercury enters the sign of Scorpio on October 24th. You’ll find that you are less willing to reveal your inner thoughts. You realize that it’s important to listen before speaking. And, you seek for the meaning behind what other people are saying.
As Mercury enters Scorpio, it forms a conjunction to the Sun. This is also good because you’ll find that you are more willing to protect your privacy and not be used by other people.
When Venus forms a sextile to Jupiter on October 26th, you feel very optimistic about the day. You feel as if a lot can be achieved. You even feel as if other people are willing to give you the support you need. You charisma is very high so other people are willing to listen to you. In addition, your luck seems to be shining. You can achieve a lot. Or, you may just feel as if you need to pull back and relax for the day. It’s a great spa day if you want to relax.
Thinking about your future and how your past experiences helped you in life is very important on October 27th when Venus forms a square to the Moon’s Nodal axis in the morning hours (EDT) and Mars forms a sextile to Chiron retrograde in the evening hours (EDT). You understand what you want to do and feel optimistic about it. At the same time, you realize that you can’t move forward without using the lessons that you’ve learned in the past. What’s great about this day is that you understand how important balance is in life. You don’t want to do anything which can injure you. You also don’t want to injure any people in your life. You just want to heal from past experiences which may have brought on pain. Today turns out to be a good day to let go of past pains so you can move on into the future.
If you didn’t take time yesterday to understand the lessons you learn from the past and apply them to your future desires, you could feel frustrated on October 28th when Mars forms a square to Uranus retrograde. You may feel as if things aren’t working out the way you wanted them to. You may feel that other people are trying to tell you what to do. Or, you may feel so tied to various responsibilities that you don’t know how to take time to relax and play. You really need to find ways to relax. If not, you may find that you have anger rising up from your soul and you don’t understand this anger. Don’t rush today. Don’t get into arguments. None of them will serve your best interests.
On October 29th, Venus forms a conjunction to Saturn. If you feel good about yourself, you’ll attract people into your life who are willing to express their love for you. You might even find that right person in your life. But, if you don’t feel worthy, you could actually set yourself up for getting involved with just anyone because you don’t want to be alone. So, while relationships are important, this day is actually all about you. It’s important to see how wonderful you are. It’s important to see what value you bring to the world. And, it’s important to take time to appreciate everything you do in life. The more you value yourself, the more you’ll attract loving people into your life.
As the month ends, Mercury forms a trine to Neptune retrograde a few hours before the new Moon occurs on October 30th. There’s a tendency to believe in anything when Mercury forms a trine to Neptune retrograde. You want to believe in the best of people. You want to feel compassion for those individuals who are suffering. You’re willing to give people a break. At the same time, you need to be careful that you’re not being used. You need to listen to the truth, rather than take everything at face value.
If you’re a creative individual this could be a great day for you because you’re connected to spirit and can feel inspiration coming from those sources. Even if you’re not creative, you’ll still feel connected with spirit and open to new ways of receiving information.
When the new Moon, with Sun and Moon in Scorpio, occurs, you’ll feel the energy of Mercury forming a trine to Neptune retrograde very strongly because the new Moon forms a conjunction to Mercury and a trine to Neptune retrograde.
While you want to believe in the good of people, you need to protect your privacy. Not all is as it seems. Other people may be presenting themselves as individuals who can help you find your dreams. But they are not telling you the truth. There may be some truth in their words – that you want support from others in finding your dreams. But, there are also lies because various facts being withheld from you. While this is a new beginning for many people, it’s also important that you are skeptical about what other people say. You’re intuition will be high today. Listen to your intuition. The key is to remember that you are important.