by Terri Jaffe
the month that brings us firmly into fall, the month where night begins to
outstrip day, and where nature begins to undergo her transformation from
the dynamic bounty of autumn to the still sojourn of winter. October also
marks the transition from Libra to Scorpio, and from the cardinal emphasis
on action to the fixed emphasis on consolidation. Libra creates relationships,
builds bridges and connections between people, and strives towards the creation
of peace in the community of man. Scorpio takes this impulse for joining
and merger and intensifies the union.
of the Scorpion is also a study of the links between birth and sex and death.
For it is only by understanding how these three separate principles are united
that we can truly begin to understand the nature of the Scorpion. Birth is
the beginning of creation, the consolidation of the male and female creative
energies gathered during sexual intercourse. Death is the release of these
energies back to the Spirit from which they came. In Scorpio, people are
given the chance to reach beyond death to immortality. This is symbolized
by the legend of the Phoenix, who dies and is reborn from his own ashes.
The Phoenix is
associated with the highest expression of the energy of Scorpio, as is the
Eagle. The Lizard and the Scorpion rule the lower energies of this sign.
Why, when discussing Scorpio, is such a strong emphasis placed on the idea
of higher and lower energy? In esoteric astrology, the sign of Scorpio is
considered to be the battleground of the Soul, the place and time when souls
seeking initiation into higher realms of consciousness are forced to acknowledge
and overcome their ego-controlled personality in order to pave the way for
the emergence of the Victorious Disciple, as described in Alan Okens
Soul Centered Astrology. This type of Scorpion can inspire others,
raising them up and changing their lives with an infusion of Spirit.
It is fitting then,
that bridging the reign of Libra and the reign of Scorpio this year is a
Venus retrograde, a transit that beings to the forefront the importance of
understanding the higher and lower expression of energy when approaching
astrology. It begins on October 11, and can either be a time of great learning
and spiritual growth or a time of confusion and pain, especially in terms
of relationships and love. The choice, as always, is with the individual.
Venus goes retrograde
at 15 degrees Scorpio and remains retrograde for about six weeks, going direct
at 0 degrees of Scorpio on November 21. She will not return to 15 degrees
Scorpio again until Christmas Eve. Like the Mercury retrograde which we dealt
with in September, and which remains with us until October 5, the Venus
retrograde is not the best time to initiate action. Rather, it is a time
best spent in contemplation. Venus, the goddess of Love, is typically considered
to be a benevolent force in astrology. However, the combination of Venus
in her detriment of Scorpio and the force of the retrograde should be enough
for everyone to feel the need to take a good look at where Venus falls in
their own chart. While generally the pressure will be felt in love relationships,
the house that Venus is transiting will also receive the retrograde influence,
and it could be the backdrop to any difficulties between you and your partner.
Venus retrograding through the 9th house for example, might indicate
disagreements about travel plans or higher education. Retrograde Venus in
the 11th might point to stress between your partner and your social circle.
Remember that transits
alone do not cause anything to happen. Rather, they indicate to us the
areas of our lives that are being highlighted. Stressful aspects, like a
Venus Retrograde conjunct Saturn in the 7th house tell us that this is a
time when relationships and commitment will fall under the microscope. Venus
in Scorpio will aide in the examination. But it is the individuals
free-will choice that determines if the relationship falters under such scrutiny,
or if the commitment deepens and the bonds become stronger still for the
attention. Always, the choice between the highest expression and the lowest
expression of energy is with the individual. This is especially true with
these types of Scorpio-influenced transits.
With all of this
heavy battling of soul and personality, of love and relationships, we are
lucky to find that otherwise most of October provides us with calm skies
and little else in the way of stressful transits.
October 4 presents
us with the retrograde Mercury in Virgo squaring Saturn at the critical 29th
degree of Gemini. Its the last day of the retrograde, and it is possible
yet to use this energy to your advantage by cleaning out old files, re-working
current projects or perhaps rewriting any creative efforts you have been
working on. The square to Saturn lends an exacting attitude that suits any
type of heavy mental work, but with the warning that its probably better
to be sure this is work you can do alone. Others might not appreciate the
critical bent your mind can take at this time. Mercury will go direct on
the 5th, giving us another chance at this transit, but with Mercury direct,
this pass at the square to Saturn becomes a good day to lay the foundation
for a new project. The Sun sextiles lucky Jupiter on the 6th, allowing a
fortuitous continuation of the previous days energy and providing an excellent
opportunity to implement any plans made on the 5th.
The second week
of October promises to be the calmest week of the month. We are blessed with
a five-day period between the end of the Mercury retrograde and the Venus
retrograde. The Sun in Libra will sextile Pluto in Sagittarius on October
8, which is an excellent aspect for cleaning up the messes left by the Mercury
retrograde. This transit, although short-lived, is a powerful influence for
clearing away difficult situations. It can also be a good day to take the
initiative to sit down with your partner and talk about the upcoming Venus
retrograde, and create an action plan for negotiating any rough waters churned
up by that transit. Plutos influence here will give each of you deep insight
into your own motivations. Provided you dont succumb to the temptation to
use the energy combatively, or to fuel a power struggle, it will be a great
time for looking deeply into your relationship.
By mid-month we
find ourselves firmly in the grips of the Venus retrograde, and on October
13 are further challenged by a square from Mars in Virgo to Saturn in Gemini.
This can be a frustrating time, as it can feel like all your efforts are
being blocked by someone or something else. Its an unfortunate influence
to have present during the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, especially for
those who plan to spend time with older relatives, as authority figures will
feel especially repressive at this time. It is also especially difficult
to mask your feelings during this transit, as Mars is not used to taking
insults (imagined or otherwise) lying down. It would be best to steer clear
of people who have been confrontational in the past and if all else fails,
practice the age-old art of counting slowly to 10.
load lightens considerably on October 17 and 18 when we are given three transits
that ought to pack these two days with more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
The party gets started on October 17 with congenial Venus squaring bountiful
Jupiter. While squares normally indicate stress of some kind, Venus and Jupiter
are both such harmonious planets whose energy blends so well that this square
is unlikely to create any serious tension. Rather, you will feel exuberant
and giddy. The day carries with it only one warning, which is to guard against
over-indulgence, either with food and drink or by reckless spending. An excellent
night to hit the town with friends, providing you leave your credit cards
at home and take a taxi!
energy continues through to October 18,when we see the Sun and Mercury in
Libra trining Uranus and Neptune in Aquarius. The Sun trine Uranus promotes
inventive and unusual thinking. Mercury trining Neptune adds softness and
depth. Together they provide us with a powerhouse day for creative thought
and action. Expect an answer to a long-forgotten question to come like a
lightning bolt out of the blue. Expect a beautiful poem to pour from your
pen. You will be fascinated by the mystical, spiritual and occult, and if
you are currently undertaking a study of any of these areas, this could be
the day for a long anticipated breakthrough in your studies. This scholarly
energy is revisited on October 22 when Mercury sextiles Jupiter in Leo and
Pluto in Sagittarius. The sextile to Jupiter arouses curiosity and opens
your mind to the larger issues in life, while the sextile to Pluto provides
an opportunity to delve deeply into spiritual or occult subjects. Lessons
learned under this influence are likely to become a core part of your values
and remain with you for a long time.
The month ends
with a nod back to where we began, a reminder that despite the beautiful
splendour of fall around us, the cycle is moving towards winter and ever
longer and darker days. The Sun joins Venus in Scorpio on October 23, and
on October 31 Mercury crosses the threshold too. It is somewhat ironic that
these three personal planets will all walk together in the underworld on
Halloween, a light-hearted childrens holiday now, but with echoes back to
the past when it also commemorated the dead and reminded us of our fragility
and mortality. Only the Scorpion personality walks there unafraid, for it
is Scorpios domain and birthright. What is mystery to the more human signs
is intuited truth to the Scorpio, and is reflected in the all seeing, penetrating
gaze of the eagle in his aerie.