October 2022 has it all: a Solar Eclipse, Mars retrograde and a record of 4 planets changing direction.
If this was not enough, the Saturn-Uranus square is in its tightest orb this month (less than 1 degree). Saturn square Uranus is an uncompromising, high-friction energy that on the one hand promotes change (Uranus) and on the other hand, resists it (Saturn).
In October we can expect lots of twists and turns, as well as fated events that will propel us on a new path.
The key word for October 2022? Intensity.
But let’s take a look at the most important astrological events of the month:
October 2nd, 2022 – Mercury Goes Direct
On October 2nd, 2022, Mercury goes direct at 24° Virgo. Normally, Mercury direct is a reason for celebration. Things finally start to clear up, right?
Not quite. Mercury direct is opposite Neptune and square Mars. Mercury square Mars gives us a strong push to move forward. At the same time, Mercury is opposite Neptune, so we can’t see where we’re headed.
A good metaphor for this Mercury station is walking blindfolded. One advantage of being blindfolded is that we’re no longer distracted by ‘noise’ – and this is when we can tune it and listen.
October 9th, 2022 – Full Moon In Aries
On October 9th, 2022, we have a Full Moon at 16° Aries.
The Full Moon is conjunct Chiron and is opposite Venus. This is an emotionally charged Full Moon that will expose our deepest wounds. Venus, in domicile in Libra, is there to support us in the healing process.
October 9th, 2022 – Pluto Goes Direct
On October 9th, 2022, Pluto goes direct at 26° Capricorn. When an outer planet like Pluto changes direction, its energy is stronger than usual.
On October 9th (plus minus 2 days) the Plutonic energy will be at its peak. This is when we can expect intense thoughts, feelings, and events that will trigger us at a core level.
Pluto transits feel cathartic and purifying – they ask us to remove what’s out of alignment, so we can create space for new life to grow.
October 11th, 2022 – Mercury Enters Libra
On October 11th, 2022 Mercury re-enters Libra, technically clearing out the opposition to Neptune.
Things finally become clearer. Mercury is still in shadow for a few more days (until October 17th) but most of us will experience a sense of clarity and relief pretty much straight away.
October 22nd, 2022 – Venus Conjunct Sun
On October 22nd, 2022 Venus is conjunct Sun at 29° Libra.
We are now in the middle of the Sun-Venus cycle. Even if this is a conjunction, the transit feels like a Venus “Full Moon”. This is when the initiatives or the intentions we set back in January (when Venus started a new cycle) will come to fruition.
Since the conjunction happens in a relationship sign, Venus conjunct Sun will likely bring important relationship events.
October 23rd, 2022 – Sun Enters Scorpio
On October 23rd, 2022 the Sun enters Scorpio. Happy birthday to all Scorpios out there!
If you’re not a Scorpio, this is that time of the year when you’re invited to wear your spooky Halloween costume and experience what it’s like to be a Scorpio 😉
October 23rd, 2022 – Venus Enters Scorpio
On October 23rd, 2022 Venus leaves her home sign, Libra and enters Scorpio.
Scorpio is ruled by Mars and Pluto, so when Venus is in Scorpio all things “Venus” become more passionate and intense. Venus in Scorpio is the best time of the year to find what we really really want.
A warning: the pull to live life at the heights of intensity is very strong right now, and it may cloud our judgment. Whatever you do, ask yourself: am I acting from a place of emotional honesty, or from resentment, or to maintain power?
October 23rd, 2022 – Saturn Goes Direct
On October 23rd, 2022, Saturn goes direct at 18° Aquarius.
All Saturn stations (and all planetary stations) are important, but this one will be particularly intense. That’s because Saturn is now almost exactly squaring Uranus. This is a pressure cooker type of energy that demands release.
When Saturn changes direction, we may suddenly (Uranus) change our mind about a course of action.
Saturn and Uranus are collective energies, so we will most likely experience this energy at a collective level. If you have planets or angles around 18° in fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) this transit will influence you at a personal level.
October 25th, 2022 – Solar Eclipse In Scorpio
On October 25th, 2022 we have a Solar Eclipse at 2° Scorpio.
This is a partial Solar Eclipse that will be visible from Europe and Asia. This is also a South Node eclipse so it’s concerned with karmic, fated new beginnings.
South Node Solar Eclipses often come with an ending followed by a new beginning. The Solar Eclipse is exactly conjunct Venus, suggesting a rebirth of the heart that will set us on a completely new path.
October 28th, 2022 – Jupiter re-enters Pisces
On October 28th, Jupiter retrograde re-enters Pisces.
Jupiter was in Pisces May-July 2021, and then again from January 2022 until May 2022. Jupiter has only spent 3-4 months at a time in Pisces, so he hasn’t really had the chance to bring his projects to completion.
Third time lucky? Jupiter will be in Pisces until December 21st, 2022. This is our last chance to finish what we have started in the Pisces-ruled sector of our life.
October 29th, 2022 – Mercury Enters Scorpio
On October 29th, 2022 Mercury enters Scorpio. In Scorpio, Mercury seeks meaningful discussions and meaningful connections.
This is not a time for chit chat or superficial communication. Mercury in Scorpio is a great transit to have honest conversations (with ourselves and others), do therapy, and get to the bottom of our thinking patterns.
October 31st, 2022 – Mars Goes Retrograde
On October 31st, 2022 Mars goes retrograde at 25° Gemini.
Mars retrograde (October 31st, 2022 – January 12th, 2023) is one of the most important transits of the year.
You know that saying, “fasten your seatbelt” which means prepare for an intense, bumpy ride. When Mars goes retrograde in Gemini, we really want to fasten that seatbelt. I will write an extensive report about Mars retrograde in Gemini closer to the date.
Astro Butterfly Wings Natal Chart Reading Certification program
On October 4th, 2022, Astro Butterfly’s Astro Butterfly Wings Natal Chart Reading certification program opens for enrollment.
There are 2 tracks available, (i) Astro Butterfly Wings for beginner and intermediate students, and (ii) Astro Butterfly Wings PRO, for upper-intermediate and advanced students.
If you’re interested in the program and you’re not sure what your astrology level is, take this quiz to find out. We will share more details about Astro Butterfly Wings on October 4th.