Harvest Intentional Communication
During late October, the Astrological energies activate communications themes as Mercury makes aspects with Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter sequentially. Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, making it the fastest-orbiting planet in our Solar System, completing one solar revolution in 88 Earth days. In astrology, Mercury influences our thinking, communications, and mental processes. When looking at Mercury in your natal/birth astrology chart, the zodiac sign it occupies at the time of your birth describes the character of how you mentally process and communicate. In learning your natal astrological chart, the sign/house/aspects of Mercury are a valuable package to understand.
As Mercury is making connections with Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter in the coming weeks and influencing various aspects of how you mentally process things, this late October period is punctuated by a Full Moon that includes a partial Lunar Eclipse in Taurus.
Before you read the planetary transits for specific dates described below, take a moment to reflect on any areas of life where you are having significant communications and thought processes with others or even with yourself. Notice your internal dialogues and the mental processes you’re in regarding the more salient situations in your life, whether related to dynamics with others or circumstances you need to sort out individually. Identify the most significant affairs that require communications and sorting through and consider them as you read Mercury’s transit descriptions below.
Oct 20th - Oct 22nd
Mercury Square Pluto
The weekend of October 20th heads off with Mercury (the ruler of the mind), making a Square aspect with Pluto (the ruler of transformation). Planets create Square aspects when positioned at a 90-degree angle with each other from the Earth’s vantage point. Ninety-degree angles between two forces pose conflicts like two rivers meeting up directly perpendicularly. The place of contact between the rivers will show rough waters - ones you may not want to get caught up in as the forces are more intense at the point of contact. Eventually, the two rivers mix, smooth out beyond the point of contact and flow together. This concept is similar to two planets afflicting each other in the Square aspect.
With the Mercury/Pluto Square from the 20th through the 22nd, your thinking and communications can become dramatic with Pluto’s powerful forces coming in. Pluto’s energy takes things to a more intense place. Your point of view may come out more emphatically, which, depending on the situation, may or may not be beneficial. Mercury/Pluto transits can help us find our voice more powerfully or show us with clarity where we are trying to overpower or dominate conversations.
This transit between Mercury and Pluto can be a potent time to speak with authority. It can also be a time that brings conflict decisively into focus in communication and negotiations. The current collective conflicts around the world could intensify under this transit. As always, astrology allows us to witness the resonant archetypes at a particular time. We are free to act and create from our alignment; the energies move and offer possibilities. At the highest expression, this transit could allow for powerful negotiations, and at its most basic capacity, it can inflame tensions and violence.
In contemplating what type of conversations you continue to have from the first half of October, focus on your thoughts and communications related to these dynamics from the 20th to the 22nd. Notice your attachments to ways of thinking and being that keep you engaged in the same internal and external conflicts you’re accustomed to. Ask yourself: What needs letting go to allow new levels of mental engagement to occur? What truths need acknowledging?
Over the weekend of the 20th, notice if you’re in situations, conversations, or cognitive processes that require you to honor and/or to part with certain aspects of your thinking that are holding you back from entering new ground with yourself and others. If your mind is stuck on rehashing the past, see what patterns you can consciously shift. As you begin to notice and make shifts, the following days will continue to support you in communications and thinking as Mercury makes a positive Trine with Saturn.
Oct 22nd - 24th
Mercury Trine Saturn
Mercury and Saturn move into a supportive Trine aspect with each other on the 22nd - 24th, supporting ease and flow in thinking and communications with well-grounded, practical roots holding your thought formations. Saturn’s influence anchors us by creating structures in our lives based on the practical and realistic side of things. Your mind can feel more organized in a Trine connection with Saturn and Mercury.
If you had any communication conflicts arise during the above Mercury/Pluto transit, then use the after period on the 22nd - 24th to come back to your center. The realizations you had around your thinking patterns or communications during the Pluto Square will have an opportunity to evolve and settle into new and solid mental constructs with the Saturn Trine. You may feel more practical in your approaches to situations as you allow a new structure pattern in your mind to take form.
The 22nd - 24th is also an excellent time to put your mind towards accomplishing tasks. If you often struggle to get into a suitable mental space to start working on things, I recommend taking advantage of the supportive Mercury/Saturn energy during these days. It is also an opportune time to organize organize organize! If you prioritize this, you may find you’ll have success.
Oct 28th - 30th
Mercury & Mars Oppose Jupiter
Full Moon in Taurus & Partial Lunar Eclipse
October 28th is an astrologically active day, with Mercury and Mars joining and blending their energies and opposing Jupiter with a Full Moon accompanied by a partial Lunar Eclipse. When Mercury and Mars come together, there’s often more you want to say. Communication with others becomes more active, and there’s usually no holdback when speaking up. The 28th could be a good day to stand up for yourself! The blending of these two planets alone could be enough, but they also make an opposition to Jupiter at the same time. Expressive, expansive, active communication abounds!
Jupiter’s influence can create enormous energy around whatever matters are going on. It allows for a more optimistic outlook, but when it’s in opposition to another planet, there’s a challenge to integrate that energy. Whatever you may be involved with on the 28th - 30th may come with more energy than anticipated. Oppositions between planets show what needs integration, and during these days, you may have more abundant energy and could get lost in feeling scattered in too many directions. When Mercury and Mars oppose Jupiter, you may find your mind and actions wanting to go everywhere and take care of things all at once. This optimism may render you scattered by over excitement. Therefore, pay attention to your thoughts/communications and what you want to put your energy into during these dates. It’s powerful energy if worked with intentionally, or it could be just a whirlwind.
The Taurus Full Moon on the 28th can help you get centered in all this expansive energy. The Full Moon reflects our emotional body, and Taurus is an Earth sign and brings supportive layers of emotional stability and groundedness to the mix. The Moon will join up with Jupiter in Taurus. Jupiter’s influence expands the energy of whatever it is involved in, making emotions bigger than usual on the 28th.
A Full Moon that includes a Lunar Eclipse (darkening and reappearing) adds extra emphasis on letting go. Ask yourself: what behaviors, thoughts, or actions do you notice yourself having that create emotional leakage or instability that want to come into the light? You may be able to feel this more acutely with Jupiter’s involvement in this eclipse. Explore this inquiry and notice/journal and what comes up for you. See if you’re too attached to the ways of thinking and doing things that hold you stuck in unhealthy patterns.
You can use these noticings and/or journal notes in the future to reflect on when you’re feeling ungrounded or off your rocker and see if you notice any patterns related to what you wrote down showing up for you. Get back on your rocker with clear eyes, and Rock on!
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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.