Let’s welcome the 10th month of the year or the #libraseason. October is that month of the year when we all are a bit more ‘Libra’ irrespective of what your Sun sign is.
And although Mercury and Venus leave Libra on October 4th, respectively on October 9th, the Sun and Mars spend most of the month of October in Libra.
The Sun and Mars shouldn’t feel good in Libra. The Sun is in fall in the sign of ‘the other’, and Mars is in detriment in the sign of cooperation and diplomacy.
If the planet of individuality (the Sun) and the planet of action (Mars) don’t feel good in Libra, we should expect to have one of those passive, inactive months, right?
Nope. I don’t know how this happens, but October always seems to be one of the busiest and most interesting moths of the year.
Shouldn’t the Sun hide its light in Libra? Shouldn’t Mars be afraid to take action?
We all know how Suns in Leo are like. Suns in Leos love to be acknowledged, even the shy ones.
Mars in Aries or Mars in Scorpio get their way, no matter what. They will win you over, because nobody messes with a Mars in Aries or with a Mars in Scorpio.
What about Libra? Libra is the only inanimate object of the zodiac. Libras don’t seem to have any desire to push themselves forward or go after what they want.
But then we have Mahatma Gandhi, a Sun in Libra, who led India’s independence movement – and inspired civil rights movements all over the world – by using what is called the principle of “nonviolent resistance”.
“Nonviolent resistance” discourages physical violence “nonviolent” (that’s very Libra-like, right?) but still promotes “resistance”. Libra is a cardinal sign, after all. But instead of fighting with swords, Libra fights with words. And it wins.
What about Mars in Libra? John Lennon, Dalai Lama, Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Pope Francis, Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II – they all have Mars in Libra.
Nelson Mandela fought for a cause, John Lennon fought for peace, and the Popes fought for Christianity.
There’s nothing weak and fragile about Mars in Libra. Mars in Libra people get more things done than many Mars in Aries, Mars in Scorpio or Mars in Capricorn people. Why? Because they don’t fight for themselves.
They fight for an idea. They fight for justice. They fight for the truth. And that’s how they inspire others. That’s how they get things done.
Libra is the sign of reason, judgment, and justice. The scale is a measure of objectivity. What’s right for you (hello, Mars in Aries) may not be right others. That’s why we need an objective measure of what’s right. That’s why we need Libra.
Inside every single one of us, there is a fighter for justice. As long as what you fight for is beyond your personal concerns, as long as you want to find an objective, abstract, universal truth, October is your month.
The first half of October is incredibly intense, featuring a series of T-squares and oppositions. In the 2nd half of the month, things go back to normal, but not for long… the New Moon in Scorpio on October 28th is pretty dramatic, and on October 31st Mercury goes retrograde.
But let’s have a look at the most important transits of the month:
October 1st, 2019 – Venus Square Pluto
On October 1st, 2019 Venus (at 20° Libra) is square stationary Pluto in Capricorn. Obsession, power struggles, and jealousy are the ‘trademark’ of Venus-Pluto aspects.
Venus is strong in its domicile in Libra, but Pluto is even stronger, as it prepares to go direct.
Venus will eventually have to go into the underworld and face some dark emotions – and you will, too, especially if you have planets or angles around 20° in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).
The good news is that once you purge what’s dead and decayed, you will reconnect with your heart from a more authentic place.
October 3rd – Pluto Goes Direct and Mercury Enters Scorpio
What comes to your mind when you hear “Scorpio”? That’s how October 3rd will feel like. Mercury enters Scorpio, and Pluto, the ruling planet of Scorpio goes direct.
Outer planets spend on average 5 months in retrograde motion, so unlike Mercury retrograde, Neptune or Pluto retrograde are not a big deal.
But when Neptune or Pluto change direction – when they go retrograde or when they go direct – that’s like having Mercury retrograde and Mars retrograde at the same time.
Thankfully, the intensity doesn’t last that long, usually around one week. Today is the peak of the transit, with Pluto changing direction and moving – in tandem with Saturn – towards a conjunction (one of the most important transits of the decade, more details about it coming soon)
October 4th, 2019 – Mars Enters Libra
Mars enters Libra on October 4th, 2019. Even if Mars is in detriment in Libra, let’s not forget that Libra is a cardinal sign. Cardinal = action.
And yes, the 6-week long transit of Mars in Libra is a great time to take action AS LONG as you fight with reason, and as long that what drives you is a sense of justice and equity.
October 6th, 2019 – Sun Square The Lunar Nodes
On October 6th, 2019 Sun (at 13° Libra) is square the Nodes of the Moon. The Lunar Nodes represent our karma: more exactly, our past karma (the South Node) and our opportunity to change this past karma (the North Node).
The Sun is us, our divine mission in this lifetime. Today you can have a breakthrough about your purpose in life and why you are here on Earth.
No matter how fated and unjust some things feel (the South Node), remember you always have free will. You can always change your circumstances for the better.
And if you don’t see any results yet, they will eventually come. With the Nodes, you always reap what you sow. But first, you have to sow.
October 7th – Mercury Opposes Uranus And Sun Squares Saturn
On October 7th, Mercury (at 5° Scorpio) opposes Uranus in Taurus, and the Sun (at 14° Libra) squares Saturn in Capricorn.
Today is not going to be easy, unless you thrive in conflict. And let’s be honest, we all need some conflict from time to time.
But if you know you get easily triggered, better go to the gym today. Or do long hours at the office. Mars opposite Uranus will make you want to speak your truth no matter what. But Sun square Saturn will make you overly critical and mean – toward yourself or others.
This is a combo that can go really really well – if you’re open to change – or really really bad – if you’re stubborn. As always, awareness is key. There is always something to learn, there is always a silver lining.
October 8th, 2019 – Venus Enters Scorpio
Venus enters Scorpio on October 8th. In Scorpio, Venus is not lovey-dovey. In Scorpio, Venus is passionate and intense.
This is the first time Venus returns in Scorpio, after the dramatic Venus retrograde last year. Some themes from the retrograde period can resurface during Venus’s transit in Scorpio, and this time you will have a resolution.
October 9th, 2019 – Mars Opposite Chiron
On October 9th, 2019 Mars (at 3° Libra) opposes Chiron in Aries. Mars opposite Chiron will make you doubt your actions. You may feel unusually vulnerable.
But if you dig into your vulnerability, you may discover something quite surprising about yourself. Chiron transits are always eye-opening, if you don’t close yourself off, and instead choose to listen to what your pain and shame have to tell you.
October 13th, 2019 – Full Moon In Aries
On October 13th, we have a Full Moon at 20° Aries AND Venus (at 5° Scorpio) is opposite Uranus, AND Sun (at 20° Libra) is square Pluto.
This Full Moon basically features a tense cardinal T-square with …no one else but Pluto at the apex. This Full Moon is going to be dynamite! More details, closer to the date.
October 21st, 2019 – Mars Squares The Lunar Nodes
After a week of calm seas, Mars (at 11° Libra) is square the Nodes of the Moon on October 21st, 2019. Should you go for it, or should you stay doing what you know best? Mars wants you to take action, but every time the Nodes get involved, you are at crossroads. As always, you have a choice: to stay with what’s comfortable and familiar (the Souh Node) or to step outside your comfort zone (the North Node).
October 23rd, 2019 – Sun Enters Scorpio
The Sun is going down. The world is ready for a metamorphosis. Welcome to Scorpio season!
October 28th, 2019 – New Moon In Scorpio
On October 28th, 2019 we have a New Moon at 4° Scorpio. This New Moon is exactly opposite Uranus, so you can bet that the Scorpio lunar season will bring lots of changes.
Moreover, the North Node is now at 10° Cancer, conjunct the degree of the 2nd of July eclipse, so it will bring back into our awareness the themes of the eclipse.
October 31st, 2019 – Mercury Goes Retrograde And Is Conjunct Venus
On October 31st, Mercury goes retrograde and is conjunct Venus at the same time. This Mercury retrograde will be all about Venus: love, relationship, money, values.
And because Mercury goes retrograde in Scorpio, the sign of other people’s resources, money, and relationships, this Mercury retrograde is going to be very interesting.