“Well, it's a marvelous night for a Moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
'Neath the cover of October skies"
When the weather allows, we often see a beautiful harvest moon in October. Right after sunset, the October Full Moon often appears particularly huge, low on the horizon, and shining in golden glowing orange. In 2020 we get two October Full Moons. One on October 1st and one on October 31st ~ Halloween.
When there are 2 full moons in a calendar month we call the 2nd one a Blue Moon. That’s because seeing blue hues on and around the moon is very rare - so comes the expression: “it happens once in a blue moon”. There’s nothing blue to see - just an honoring of the 2-full moons-in-a-month rarity.
Wow! It’s October and where does the harvest sky find you? Are you feeling the energy of the fall season in its natural cycle of descent?
In nature, plants are having their final blooms, the harvest is being reaped, the leaves are showcasing their colors as they shed from the trees, and WE are preparing ourselves for less light in the day and more inside time, literally and metaphorically.
The sanctuary of fall begins and nesting feels appropriate!!!
Astrologically, October can support this “moving more internal” energy as we have Mars continuing on its retrograde path, Mercury going retrograde, and the Sun moving into Scorpio.
Mars (♂︎) in Retrograde
September 9 - November 13, 2020
When Mars goes retrograde, the natural “action-oriented” energy of the planet that gets you going after what you want in your day and in your life, slows things down a bit. During this time period, it may feel harder to access the full potential of your physical energy and you might feel more tired than usual and possibly wishing you had more energy. If you find this to be true, then I would encourage you to follow this rhythm and don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re having a harder time with your physical energy right now.
As retrogrades do, the Mars in retrograde period gives you a chance to go back and finish up “unfinished business”. In the month of October, Mars will be retrograding back to the same position it was in August. Therefore, think back to August and recognize if there was anything you meant to do that you didn’t get to, but really hoped to. Was there a situation with another you didn’t get to resolve? Did you not say the thing you needed to and is it still lingering out there? Was there something you started to work on that you didn’t keep with for some reason?
I recommend taking some dedicated time to reflect on this and take action towards the “meant to do’s” of August. You might find you’ll have more energy for this than you would towards starting something completely new in October. Wait until Mars goes direct (November 14th) to have the energy you need towards taking action on the new things you want to be doing.
Mercury (☿) in Retrograde (Rx)
October 14th - November 2nd, 2020
Mercury goes retrograde 3 times a year and this is the 3rd and final round for 2020. The other two Mercury retrograde periods in 2020 occurred February 17th - March 10th and June 18th - July 11th.
I wrote about the general energy of Mercury retrograde in my July Astrology blog, so please refer to that for more information…
But, to recap some important points about Mercury retrograde ...
“People often find more challenges and issues with communications, electronics, travel, etc… and you may find it takes longer to get from point A to point B, or there’s more back and forth communication before things become clear. Often, I see Mercury retrograde as an offering to surrender, trusting things will work out in the end and taking the unexpected “scenic route” shows you something delightful you wouldn’t have been able to experience otherwise. Let go and allow an alternate way of “getting there” to manifest.
I find mercury retrograde periods are a good time to finish up old projects that are lingering out there, taking up psychic space, not allowing you to cleanly move forward in life. Spend time with these activities and you will find ease towards completing them. Clean out closets, garages, workspaces, donate items, etc… In other words, clear out the physical clutter, which will clear out mental clutter and allow you an opportunity to start anew when Mercury goes direct.”
More specifically for October - Mercury will be retrograding in the signs of Scorpio and Libra. This energy is more related to moving towards a process of emotional clearing and letting go, mainly regarding issues in relationships. Scorpio in its highest ability is about transforming hurts and unresolved anger into healing opportunities that allow you to evolve into a new level of your being. Libra brings this focus towards others through partnerships and committed relationships. However, it could also be about your relationship with yourself.
Mercury, ruling your mental processing and communication, will retrograde in Scorpio on the 14th. At this time you may have more access to emotional insight that can guide you through situations that your mind has been stuck ruminating over. You might discover more anger, sadness, grief, or perhaps even some relief as you may FEEL more of the emotions that have been building up around situation(s) that need some resolution.
When you’re able to feel more of the emotions around particular situations, you have a better chance of making your way through it versus being stuck in the continuous mental loop of thoughts related to the situation that don’t seem to resolve.
As Mercury retrogrades into Libra on the 29th, the focus will be more on communication in relationships and perhaps something can finally come to a resolution with your partner, after having to re-hash things first.
Sun (☉) enters Scorpio on October 23rd
As each of the astrological signs is represented by an element, Scorpio is a water sign. The other two water signs of the Zodiac are Cancer and Pisces. Water signs bring a level of emotional sensitivity and intuitive/psychic ability to their energy. Scorpios are known to be able to take a quiet step back and “observe the room” and get a feel for the people around and then maneuver themselves with this awareness in mind. They also have the capability to dive into situations and go the depths to fully understand them. You can count on a Scorpio to “go there” with you.
As the Sun enters Scorpio, take advantage of the “going inward time” and take a step back from the daily grind and get in touch with your inner self and spend more time observing and exploring what is going on inside. Tune in with your intuitive side, feel for what your “gut instincts” are telling you what direction to take in your life or any situations you’re in.
I find this quieter internal time, while the Sun is Scorpio, to be a more powerful time than usual for meditation.
The sun is setting earlier and earlier, the day is shorter and the night is longer. Allow the energy of these longer, darker evenings and nights to go within and have a personal retreat, allow time for internal reflection, for acknowledging and reaping your own personal harvest. Know what you have created in life during the very unique spring and summer seasons of 2020 - honor the fruits of your choices, and acknowledge what went well and what you want to change in the coming seasons.
And . . . Dance in the Moonlight
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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.