Hello October 2020!

Kait LeonardBy Kait Leonard      September 18, 2020

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Hello October 2020!
Mars Visualization with Satellite Imagery Overlay. Photo by Kevin Gill, flickr.com/photos/53460575@N03/8145809230
October is a huge month astrologically. There’s so much going on in the sky that I’m not going to go into each sign this month. The planets will hit pretty intensely, so getting a general overview should be more helpful. As always, to understand what area of life will be most impacted, get a birth chart based on date, time, and place of your birth. We start the month with a full moon on the 1st and we end the month with the blue full moon on the 31st. (There are three definitions of blue moon. I’m going with this one.) This blue moon is happening during the period of Halloween, Autumn Equinox, All Saints, All Souls, Dia de los Muertos, and the pagan holiday, Samhain. All of these traditions mark the time of the year when the veil between the material and the spiritual worlds is at its thinnest. This is the best time to honor ancestors, engage in inner healing or shadow work, and work on psychic development. It’s also the best time to contact spirits. Séance anyone? In general, full moons in astrology are periods when projects and stages of life come to fruition. The period around this lunar stage is one of letting go and ending. And remember, we have two in October. That’s a lot of letting go. Since the blue moon is a full moon on steroids, it could help you make that final push to complete a project that’s been in progress for a while. And of course, full moons, especially blue moons, heighten emotions. Buckle up! Mars, the planet of courage, combat, and impulsivity will be retrograde in Aries all month. During this period, the red planet will get closer to the sun than usual.
Atmosphere of Mars taken from low orbit. Photo by Penn State
This means we might feel too close to issues that arise, causing us to act in Marsian ways—arguing, fighting, acting out impulsively. We might be prone to breaking or defending boundaries, and with Mars involved, it’s unlikely we’ll be thinking our decisions through as well as we should. We may also feel out of step with what we consider the norm this month. It’s going to be a tense time for everyone. Make every effort to think before you speak and try to take what others say with a grain of salt.

Had enough of Mars retrograde? Mercury will also go retrograde from October 14th to November 3rd. This is going to happen in Scorpio. Mercury is the planet of the mind, communication, transportation, and technology. When appearing to move backwards, it brings confused thinking, miscommunication of all kinds, and technology and transportation challenges. This retrograde period may also bring extra delays and restrictions because of a hard aspect to Saturn. We may feel confined in some area of life, and it isn’t a good time to propose anything because Saturn likes to say No.

To make the best of this period, remember that Mercury retrogrades are great for activities that start with the prefix re, i.e., reconsider, redo, reflect. In other words, consider making adjustments to projects already started. Revisit projects you have put on hold. Making a big decision like marriage, separations, relocation? Take time to reflect. You might come up with important ideas that you’ve been missing.

Ready to just chuck it in for October? Wait! There’s some good news. The Sun is in Libra through the 21st of the month, so this will bring in some harmony and balance. Again, find Libra in your chart. This will be a smoother area of life for you during this crazy month. On the 22nd, the Sun goes into Scorpio which will support meaningful interactions and growth in one-to-one relationships. Another positive energy, the new moon, is in Libra on the 16th. New moons are times to set intentions for the month to come. Libra will support plans that have to do with partnership, negotiations, and all kinds of relationship issues.

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Kait Leonard

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September 18, 2020

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