Harvest & Release
The second half of October brings us to the threshold of November Autumn’s full depth and glory. As the leaves fall ~ what needs releasing? What new awareness is emerging? With Saturn going direct and Mars going into retrograde, we explore how we are dancing our lives in relationship with our capacity for advance and retreat. This exploration can touch powerful material as this month Pluto makes contact with Venus and Mercury; our loving and our communication get primed for transformation. All this can carry emotional depths on the New Moon in Scorpio. Get ready for some deepening and growth.
Venus square Pluto
10/19 - 10/22
Venus and Pluto come into a challenging aspect from the 19th through the 22nd. Venus's energy is about relationships, our connection to pleasure, and our callings to create beautiful things. Pluto is about profound transformation: death and rebirth. Although this transit is just a few days long, it's a moment to notice what needs to change and transform your relationship(s). Intense situations or conflicts may arise during this time, pointing towards patterns that require letting go so new healthier ones can emerge. This Venus square Pluto transit can help you notice internal attachments to aspects of your relationships or people in your life that are psychologically unhealthy for you. Bringing these things to consciousness is the first step to metamorphosis and renewing them.
Saturn goes Direct
Saturn has been in retrograde since early June; on Oct 23rd, it is finally going direct. Since Saturn has been in retrograde for the last five months, the effects could seem slightly more subtle to notice at first. However, you might have felt over these months that it’s been harder to have a certain directness to the forward momentum for accomplishing the more essential things in your life. Saturn slows us down, draws us inward, and can get us to focus on dedicating ourselves to working on goals and building success in our lives. When it’s retrograde, it can feel like it takes us a longer-than-normal amount of time to finally “get there”.
Now that Saturn is moving forward, starting on the 23rd, the things you’ve been slowly progressing towards have access to a stronger forward movement for focus on accomplishment and success over the coming months.
Periods of retrograde planetary motion are well suited to rework the things you’re trying to do in your life, reshuffle your deck and reconfigure your sovereignty towards the suitable bearing for yourself. You might start in one direction on something and realize you have to change course, and that’s okay. This shift may require more work, but it ultimately gets you to a place that feels more appropriate for you. With Saturn, this has much to do with restructuring matters relating to your home, career plans, goals, and whatever supports your life here on Earth. Therefore, in relation to specific things you’re building in your life, with Saturn’s return to direct motion, you may finally start to feel like you’re making clearer headway. It may feel like it’s been a long time coming!
Saturn will be out of its retrograde shadow in early February, indicating the time it might take to witness and feel the accomplishments of these more significant life matters you’ve been working on.
New Moon Scorpio
On Oct 25th, we will have our monthly lunar reset point with the New Moon in Scorpio. New Moons occur when the Sun and Moon come together in the sky, creating a potent time for expressing the energy of the sign they are in, which will be in Scorpio this month. Scorpio is a water sign and attunes us to the emotional realms. Scorpio’s energy can get us below the surface, digging deep into situations and things in our lives to uncover what’s there. In its highest application,
I see Scorpio’s energy as providing a superpower for transformation.
Just as Scorpio is an emotional sign, the Moon’s energy also connects to us through our emotional bodies. Under the Scorpio New Moon, you may have a more intense emotional response to things, situations, and people.
Suppose you find these emotional states opening up inside you on the 25th, including the day before and after. In that case, I recommend going below the surface of your acute emotional response and seeing what other layers might be activating you. Ask yourself, what needs letting go and transforming into a new higher level of reality?
Mercury Square Pluto
10/27/22 - 10/29/22
Mercury will come into a challenging square with Pluto from the 27th to the 29th, creating an energy pattern that could make it harder to communicate around conflicts without ego/power dynamics getting in the way. If you have important things to say to another, I recommend first noticing what’s happening inside you before engaging. Are you feeling charged or in need of dominating/controlling the situation? Are you in fear of the other overpowering you or the conversation? It would be helpful to allow this Mercury/Pluto transit to do deeper exploration around your communication patterns. If any conflicts arise with others during this time, It would be helpful to notice what needs shifting inside yourself.
It can be a potent time for deep and challenging things requiring assertive communication to demand our attention. If this happens, use the opportunity to get real, get deeper and take ownership of your part in the equation. Blaming others instead of claiming your portion increases conflict. Ask yourself what your role is in any communication.
Mars goes retrograde
10/30/22 - 1/11/23
Mars is the warrior planet that motivates you towards movement and taking action on the things you want to do in your day, week, month, year, and life. When it goes retrograde on the 30th, it can slow your motivation, energy, and action down. As we move towards the late autumn and the winter months, while Mars is in retrograde, It can be helpful to flow with the spiraling inward rhythm of the season.
We witness in nature this time of year that most plants and trees are shedding and shifting their energy internally toward their roots and away from budding and growing out from their branches. We can also be similar in how we expend our energy. Allow this Mars retrograde period to help you downshift from all the outward busyness of your life and take more time to be in a slower-paced internal space. Mars will be in retrograde until January 11th. Notice if you don’t have the energy to move as quickly as you’d like, especially with the expectations of the holiday season approaching. I recommend just flowing with it and seeing what feels most nourishing to you with how you spend your time. There is no need to push yourself; just be in the flow and look out to see that nature is doing the same and all is ok! Like the trees this season, let the inward time be for your strengthening.
With astrology, the most helpful advice is always individual and personalized based on your personal astrology birth chart and life situations. Contact me to learn more about scheduling an astrology reading to help you navigate your life in these transformative times.
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Laura Allmacher RN, LAc, has been practicing in the field of medicine for over 20 years, dedicating most of this time to the healing arts and natural medicine. Along with a current acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice, Laura also provides professional astrology readings as a form of a guide to help bring timing, meaning and perspective to deeper life patterns and situations so one can make the most out of their incarnation.