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 waysâ€”arguing, fighting, acting out impulsively. We might be prone to breaking or defending boundaries, and with Mars involved, itâ€™s unlikely weâ€™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. Itâ€™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 isnâ€™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 youâ€™ve been missing.
Ready to just chuck it in for October? Wait! Thereâ€™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.