October 2007: Understanding the Real You

The beginning of October 2007 is interesting in a number of ways. Mercury in Scorpio is beginning to slow its progress as it will be turning retrograde soon and re-entering the sign of Libra. Jupiter in Sagittarius will form a square to Uranus retrograde in Pisces completing a 14-year cycle. Saturn will form a conjunction to the Moon’s South Node. All this leads to a month where you’ll find many opportunities for personal growth and more opportunities to correct past mistakes.

When Mercury forms a sextile to Saturn on October 1st, you may discover things that were hidden from you. Because secrets are easy to reveal today, it’s an excellent day for negotiations. This is also a good day to get your life in order. If you are applying for new jobs, this is a good time to either send out those resumes or have job interviews. If you are trying to improve your health, this is a good day to start any special health programs.

In a couple of days, on October 3rd, Venus forms a trine to Pluto and increases your passion to do good things in your life. For some people, this is a lucky day, especially if you have many planets in fire signs (e.g., Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius). Charisma is high and so is the feeling of romance. Again it’s another good day for negotiations and taking personal actions that improve your life.

When Venus enters Virgo on October 8th, take time to think back to July 14, 2007. Venus entered Virgo at that time, turned retrograde on July 27th, and re-entered Leo on August 8, 2007. Venus in Virgo is not always an easy placement astrologically. It’s very important for you not to be overly critical of other people. At the same time, you need to look at your daily routine and determine whether your habits are actions that improve your health. This is not the time to get enmeshed in minor details. Rather, this is the time to simplify your life so that you can enjoy the small pleasures your life has to offer.

The reason that it’s a good idea to think back to July 14th is that you may have started some projects at that time that were just too demanding of your energy. If that’s the case, now is the time to make changes to those projects so that you can enjoy what you’re doing.

The need to continue reviewing your daily routine and opportunities continues as Mars in Cancer forms a sextile to Saturn in Virgo also on October 8th. Mars is not so comfortable in Cancer because it is in its fall. Mars wants to move quickly, yet the Cancerian energy is one of slow motion. Basically the message for today is to nurture your goals. Determine whether any opportunities in your life provide the kind of personal security which enables you to relax and have fun. And, it’s a good day to reach out to others because you’ll find that they are willing to be supportive of your needs.

Jupiter in Sagittarius forms a square to Uranus retrograde in Pisces on October 9th. You may remember previous information on this 14-year cycle because this aspect occurred two previous times in this particular cycle: January 22, 2007 and May 10, 2007. When the aspect first occurred in January 2007, this cycle was re-introduced to you. Things which you may have ignored 14 years ago resurfaced. When the aspect reoccurred in May 2007, you had the opportunity to correct past errors or implement important changes in your life. If you didn’t take advantage of this energy in either January or May, you may find that circumstances out of your control are forcing you to deal with situations. If you did take advantage of this energy in either January or May, you’ll see some rewards from these actions entering your life.

Historically the greatest social changes that occur during this cycle involve laws governing immigration status and focus on human and civil rights. As part of a greater global community, you’ll see changes in your neighborhood regarding the ethnicity and religious beliefs of your neighbors. You’ll see more people throughout the world taking steps to increase their human and civil rights. It’s possible that you may feel out of your comfort zone when you encounter people who are different than you. Or, you may find yourself excited with the opportunity to learn about and experience new cultures. Basically, this is a period of compromise as it relates to various cultures and the need of all people to realize their dreams.

On a metaphysical level, this cycle represents the need to understand technology and its reach into your life. It represents the need to maintain your individuality while you participant in the various social changes that occur due to either technology or global situations. Because this aspect is a square, you may feel tension as you try to resolve the differences you feel between being your own unique self and also a member of the world at large. This could be especially true if you have a lot of mutable energy in your chart (e.g., Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces). On one hand, there is a desire to serve others. At the same time, there is a desire to take care of your own life. The key to relieving stress in your life is to understand that you can’t help anyone else if you can’t help yourself. Another way of understanding this energy on a spiritual level is that through loving yourself and treating yourself kindly, you are able to give that same love and care to others.

The new Moon that follows this aspect on October 11th is especially important. Both the Sun and Moon are in Libra. This new Moon is separating from a quincunx to Uranus retrograde and a sextile to Jupiter. It is also applying to a trine to Neptune retrograde. This means that for the next two weeks your focus is on relationships especially as they deal with global changes.

The new Moon represents a time when you can start new things, whether it’s a new relationship or new situation in your life. You may feel a little unsettled because you’re not totally clear on how to start those new things. At the same time, you may have some very romantic notions of what you can do. It’s very important not to get involved in magical thinking. Magical thinking occurs when you believe that you can do something but don’t take any actions to make it happen. All too often the excuse is that things will just “come to you.” But, this is a period where reality is important. If you want things to “come to you,” you need to create some plans and put those plans into action.

Mercury in Scorpio turns retrograde on the following day, October 12th. Often you’ll hear that it’s not such a good idea to start new things under a Mercury retrograde period. Mercury will stay retrograde until November 1, 2007. Yet, this retrograde period is a little different. With Mercury currently in Scorpio, you’ll be able to see past events realistically. You’ll find that secrets are revealed. You also have the opportunity to learn how important listening to others can be. Through listening, you’ll gain a better understanding of your own situation.

This is also a good time to increase your personal understanding of your life’s path. You may decide to enter therapy or start spiritual development programs.

When Venus forms a conjunction to Saturn on October 14th, try not to judge too harshly. Perhaps you’re beginning to develop a better understanding of your actions. If so, it’s very important to nurture your new information. You may also feel as if life has passed you by. If you do feel that way, take time to recount all the wonderful things that you’ve done in your life and all the people you’ve developed wonderful relationships with.

Be very cautious with finances right now, especially if you have a lot of Virgo or Pisces energy. There may be some unexpected bills that need to be paid. Also, this isn’t going to be one of the better days for the stock market. Global matters may increase the volatility of the market.

When the month of October 2007 began, Mercury was forming a sextile to Saturn. Now this same sextile is repeating because of Mercury’s retrograde motion.

The beginning of the month was actually very good for negotiations and job changes. If those matters weren’t completed at that time, you may be able to complete them now. Or, you may find that some of the matters need to be re-negotiated. If that’s the case, you can take the time to do that today. You’ll have more facts due to your ability to listen better.

On October 23rd, Saturn forms a conjunction to the Moon’s South Node, the Sun enters Scorpio, and Mercury retrograde re-enters Libra. You may find that this is an ending day for relationships that have been causing you pain. You may finally understand what behaviors you do that are really interfering with your success. In doing so, you may finally be able to change some of those behaviors and move on with your life.

If you’ve been working hard to achieve a specific project or task, you may find that you can complete that today. There is a sense of payback today. Good deeds do get rewarded. Spiritually, you’ll be able to tune into your higher conscious mind and understand how to implement some of those belief systems into your daily life.

This may not be such a good day for some politicians. If they were hiding any secrets, that information will be revealed in the media if not today than over the next few days. Based on this, one of the candidates may actually opt out of the campaign.

Venus forms an opposition to Uranus on October 25th indicating that the stock market could be very erratic. This is not a good day to make any major financial investments. Emotionally you may feel that you just can’t do anything right. It’s more important that you try to do something special that enables you to be nurturing than try and fix problems especially if those problems involve other people. Those people won’t listen to you. And, it’ll be too easy to get into fights.

With the full Moon occurring on October 26th and Mercury forming a sextile to Pluto on the same day, you just may be willing to end relationships and walk away without looking back. The Sun is in Scorpio and the Moon in Taurus indicating that loyalty is more important to you than before. You have an expectation that other people will support your actions. At the same time, there is a very active mutable T-square during this full Moon. It means that situations are changing quickly. It also means that people aren’t willing to make commitments. If you do feel like just walking away from situations today, you may be better off to take a deep breath and wait until the beginning of November 2007 to see if that’s really what you want to do.

When Jupiter forms a sextile to Neptune on October 28th you’ll feel a lot different. You’ll feel more optimistic about your ability to achieve things in life. This actually could be a day of good luck where you get rewarded for all the hard work you’ve done in the past.

If you’re a creative individual, you’ll find it easier to use that talent and skill. You’ll be able to see things differently. Also, this is a good time to jot down the dreams you remember from either the night before or this evening. These dreams can be very revealing and actually help you answer some questions you may have.

The month of October 2007 ends with Neptune turning direct on October 31st. This really is a subtle change and you may not feel it very much. Rather, you may suddenly feel a little more confident about trusting your instincts and not really knowing why.

Neptune turns direct on 19 degrees, the same degree as Jupiter. Therefore, the Jupiter/Neptune sextile is still active in this chart. So, it could be another lucky day. Again, pay close attention to your dreams because they could reveal some very important information that enables you to find more opportunities for personal growth and to correct past mistakes.