Falling Leaves and Forward Planets
October’s dance brings us fully under Autumn’s spell. This October 2, retrograde planets turn forward into direct motion: Mercury & Pluto - the innermost & outermost orbiting planets. What new forward-facing motion is ready to emerge from you? As the inward spiraling shifts of Autumn deepen, find out what cycle in your life is priming to shift, make progress, and experience a new light.
Mercury goes Direct
Mercury has been in retrograde since September 9th and will have its last day of Retrograde, for this cycle, on October 1st. These last three weeks of retrograde have provided a supportive time for returning and rehashing the intentions and plans we have in motion from August 21st until now. It has been an opportune time to review, reprocess, and integrate the current events in your life.
Mercury Retrogrades are periods where it’s more optimal to spend time recollecting, reflecting, and metabolizing your recent experiences versus charging forth in your life and making decisions, starting new things, or making big purchases. With Mercury out of retrograde, some of the intentions and plans you have moving to navigate your life could come up for another round of working out. If you find this to be true, trust the process. When Mercury is retrograde, we may not be thinking of all the aspects before making decisions on things.
What situations, plans, and projects were you working with in your life on or around August 21st? As Mercury is moving forward starting on October 2nd, it will feel like you finally have access to the necessary clarity to more fully mentally process and resolve this cycle of manifestation. It will also become a better decision-making time, not having the usual Mercury Retrograde SNAFU’s.
Keep in mind that Mercury will be in its shadow until October 17th; although now moving with direct motion, you may still be reworking things up until this point. Getting out of its shadow signifies that Mercury will be back to the sign and degree in direction motion it was at when it last retrograded.
Pluto goes direct
I am sharing this tidal change of Pluto going direct with you because Pluto is the great transformer and has significant effects nationally, globally, and personally. This Pluto shift is occurring at the time of The United States (based on its national birth time in 1776) experiencing its first Pluto return; you can read about it here. This Pluto return began with America in a deep identity crisis and right when Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this year. The pandemic rolls on and is continuously in flux, and our lives have changed. All big topics, and now that Pluto is moving forward from October 8th through April 2023, there will be a stronger sense of urgency and push to move these transformations into new places over the next six months.
Think about your own life and what overarching changes you are noticing. What transformations are taking shape in your life this year? Pluto can feel like a death and birth experience urging you to let go of past things that no longer serve you. The process takes time and can feel slow. Now that Pluto is moving direct, you may notice these changes will steadily begin to move towards getting to the other side of the transformations you’ve seen happening all year. Sometimes this letting go and changing passage is welcoming, and other times it is painful, depending on the circumstances and your willingness to surrender to the change. Either way, on the other side, it is the birth of something new that you wouldn’t have been able to have, had you not gone through all the changes asked of you.
I encourage you to be awake to Pluto’s energy of dismantling, transformation, and rebirth over the next six months when you notice all the events happening personally, nationally, and globally. How can you willingly seek to align yourself with the new patterns emerging in the powerful tidal wake?
Full Moon in Aries
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This month's Full Moon is in Aries on October 9th. Full Moons occur each month when the Sun and Moon reach opposite signs of the Zodiac, as the Moon aligns in its monthly position 180° from the Sun, becoming fully illuminated. The Libra Sun with the Aries Moon calls your attention towards tuning into aspects of Self and how it manifests in relationships with others. Do you tend to your needs and continue to follow your heart and instincts when others go in a different direction? How well are you trailblazing your path, being a brave human on your soul’s journey? Do you have good boundaries with others from a place of self-care and nourishment? How best can you be authentically open to another’s energy and well rooted in yourself?
The moon influences our emotional body. If you’re feeling more emotional during this Full Moon time, including the days leading up to it and the days just after, I recommend tuning into the above-mentioned aspects. Do some self-exploration, journal the answers to the questions above, and explore actions you can take to ensure you nourish yourself along the path.
Mars squares Neptune
10/4/22 - 10/21//22
Mars will be in a conflictual square aspect with Neptune. Your ego drives can become challenged by a need to follow your soul's calling. In other words, from the 4th through the 21st, you might not have the energy to check off all the to-dos. Instead, you may sense that you would do things that aren’t necessarily productive but that you enjoy. There’s a potential struggle here. Try not to get confused by what you think you should be doing and what you feel like doing if they are at different camps. To move out of this internal conflict, find a way to allow both. Your playful soul can still be creative and flowy as you complete your day’s tasks. How can you be less disciplined and more in rhythm with doing what you enjoy?
Venus opposes Chiron
10/10/22 - 10/12/22
Venus, the planet that rules relationships, beauty, and love, is opposing Chiron, the wounded healer, from Oct 10th through the 12th. There is a potential to open up more awareness around what needs healing in how you show up in your relationship(s). With the opposition, you can see more clearly what aspects may be getting in the way of feeling wholeness in your partnership(s) with an opportunity for personal growth through working on repairing what’s there.
If this insight speaks to you, call yourself to pay close attention during this transit on the dates listed. See what emerges within yourself in your patterns of relating that brings you fresh insight into perhaps unconscious ways of being in relationships that need healing. The awareness you gain while Venus is opposing Chiron will be helpful to work through when Venus comes into an easy-flowing trine with Saturn on the 13th.
Venus Trines Saturn
10/13/22 - 10/15/22
Just after Venus opposes Chiron and supports the opening up of relationship wounds in need of healing, Venus will make a positive Trine aspect with Saturn on the 13th through the 15th, allowing for a feeling of balance and stabilization in your relationship(s). It will seem more accessible to work on relationship issues requiring your attention, and you may feel in flow with the things that need healing. Saturn gets you in touch with the practical side of things and helps you focus on coming up with realistic solutions. This trine of Venus and Saturn brings a good moment encouraging an agreeable opportunity for anchoring and grounding the “housekeeping” matters of relationships.
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.