October 2023 is marked by 2 powerful eclipses in Libra and Taurus.
The eclipse season is when things ‘happen’ – so in October we know we’re up for some interesting developments.
While the eclipses are shifting from the Taurus/Scorpio axis into the Aries/Libra axis, we still have a lot of Scorpio energy to deal with this month.
Pluto goes direct, and Mars, Mercury and Sun all enter Scorpio, reminding us of ‘that time of the year’ when we’re compelled to explore the hidden aspects of ourselves and the world around us.
In the 2nd part of the month, Venus in Virgo applies a beautiful trine to Jupiter, and then she forms a grounded and productive Grand Earth Trine with Uranus and Pluto. This lovely earth energy is our reward for a job well done!
But let’s take a look at the most important astrological events of the month:
October 4th, 2023 – Mercury Enters Libra
On October 4th, 2023, Mercury enters Libra. Over the next couple of weeks, our communication becomes more diplomatic and tactful, and our negotiation skills sharpen.
Many people associate Libra with indecision, but let’s ot forget that Libra is a cardinal, initiating sign. Mercury in Libra’s goal is to move things forward: come up with ideas, initiate conversations, and reach agreements.
If you’ve been stuck (and you’re probably been stuck, since we just got out of a Mercury retrograde) with a long laundry list of to-dos and decisions to make – Mercury’s transit in Libra is a great opportunity to finally make those crucial decisions that have been pending.
October 9th, 2023 – Venus Enters Virgo
October 9th, 2023, Venus enters Virgo. Hallelujah! It’s been a loooong Venus in Leo transit. Can you believe we had 4 months of Venus in Leo?
The difference between look-at-me Venus in Leo to practical and humble Venus in Virgo is like Barbie vs. Cinderella.
Unlike Barbie, Cinderella was not born in a shiny outfit… she had to scrub the whole house to go to the ball.
When Venus moves into Virgo, the slogan changes from “Because I’m worth it” to “Because I’ve earned it”. The invitation to the ball WILL come! Later this month, Venus trines Jupiter, and then Uranus and Pluto.
October 11th, 2023 – Pluto Goes Direct
On October 11th, 2023 Pluto goes direct at 27° Capricorn.
When an outer planet like Pluto changes direction, its energy is stronger than usual.
On October 11th (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 catalyze profound transformation in our lives.
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.
You are especially influenced by Pluto’s station if you have planets at the ending degrees (25°-29°) of cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.
October 12th, 2023 – Mars Enters Scorpio
On October 12th, 2023, Mars enters its home sign, Scorpio. Mars feels great in Scorpio because in this fixed, powerful sign, Mars gets to channel its intense energy and passion with surgical precision to achieve its ultimate goal.
Scorpio’s glyph and Mars’ glyph both feature an arrow, a symbol for assertive, directed energy that needs an outlet for expression.
When Mars in Scorpio sets a goal, it will relentlessly pursue it, piercing through obstacles, going deep into the shadows if necessary, until it conquers and transforms whatever stands in its way.
October 14th, 2023 – New Moon Solar Eclipse In Libra
On October 14th, 2023 we have a New Moon Annular Solar Eclipse at 21° Libra. This is a South Node Eclipse and is conjunct Mercury, square Pluto and quincunx Uranus in Taurus.
At this powerful Solar Eclipse, we are pressing the RESET button. South Node Solar Eclipses often come with an ending followed by a new beginning.
The New Moon Eclipse in Libra is a great opportunity to reset unhealthy relationship patterns and start from a clear state.
October 20th, 2023 – Sun Conjunct Mercury In Libra
On October 20th, 2023, Sun is conjunct Mercury at 26° Libra. We are now in the middle, or the “Full Moon” phase of the current Mercury cycle. This means it’s manifestation time!
What do we manifest? Anything ‘Mercury’: an intellectual project, a piece of writing, a speech, a presentation, a negotiation, or a collaboration. Pluto is squaring the conjunction, so your Mercurial delivery will be intense and transformative.
October 22nd-23rd, 2023 – Mercury And The Sun Enter Scorpio
On October 22nd, 2023, Mercury enters Scorpio, and the next day, the Sun joins in. Happy birthday to all Scorpios out there!
Sun in Scorpio brings in passion, and a desire for transformation, and Mercury in Scorpio brings in a sharp intellect and a focus on uncovering hidden truths.
Both Sun and Mercury in Scorpio seek meaningful connections. This is not a time for chit chat or superficial encounters. This is a great transit to have honest conversations (with ourselves and others), do therapy, and get to the bottom of our thinking patterns.
October 28th, 2023 – Full Moon Eclipse In Taurus
On October 28th, 2023 we have a Full Moon and North Node Lunar Eclipse at 5° Taurus. The Eclipse is conjunct Jupiter in Taurus and it’s opposite Mercury and Mars in Scorpio.
This is a North Node eclipse so it comes with opportunities to change our karmic patterns and align ourselves with our soul’s purpose.
With the Moon conjunct Jupiter, we feel confident and optimistic – the world is ours! We need, however, to consider what others think of our grand ideas (Eclipse opposite Mercury and Mars).
The good news is that the universe (aka Venus, the Full Moon ruler) is on our side. At the time of the Full Moon, Venus engages in a beautiful Grand Earth Trine with Uranus and Pluto.
We do have what it takes to succeed, and the Grand Trine will help us manifest our aspirations into tangible reality.
October 29th, 2023 – Mercury Conjunct Mars In Scorpio
On October 29th, 2023, Mercury is conjunct Mars at 11° Scorpio.
Mercury conjunct Mars is decisive, determined, and doesn’t leave any stone unturned.
When we combine Mercury in Scorpio’s sharp intellect with Mars’ drive and assertiveness, we get a Sherlock Holmes-y type of energy.
This transit will give you the drive and the intellectual stamina to tackle complex challenges and take bold action. The exact area of life impacted by this transit is revealed by the house ruled by Scorpio in your birth chart.
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