As October begins, we may still be feeling the effects from the Aries Lunar Eclipse at the end of September. For Aries and the other cardinal signs, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, it's important to take this time to see where changes need to be made in life.
The breathing space provided at the beginning of October doesn't last long: tensions rears its head on October 6th in a volatile Sun-Pluto square. Abuses of power are common under this aspect, both on a personal and a global level, and again it's the cardinal signs which will bear the brunt of the effects. On the same day, Mars opposes Neptune, so there is a lack of understanding about how to challenge these power games, and that can lead to apathy and depression, particularly for Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, the sensitive water signs.
Astrological help is at hand. On the 8th, Venus re-enters common sense Virgo and on the 9th, Mercury turns direct, making it much easier to find intelligent, well-thought out solutions. Venus squares up to Saturn on October 10th, but this is a constructive square and helps us to accept increased responsibilities with good grace, whether that's in our personal lives or on a more political and international level.
October 11th brings a hugely positive Jupiter-Pluto trine. Business and politics gets an injection of ethics, and this is reflected in a more responsible approach to life for Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn on a personal note. The Sun opposes Uranus on this date, warning against spur of the moment protests and anger based on passing whims. The Libra New Moon on October 12th helps to restore a calm and balanced vibe, and this sets the tone for 10 days of relatively harmonious astrological aspects.
The Mars-Pluto trine on October 15th refers back to the abuses of power earlier in the month, and promises that decisive action can be taken; the Mars-Jupiter conjunction on October 17th also brings much positivity and helps the will of the people to prevail. Sandwiched between these two Mars aspects, however, on October 16th, is a Venus-Neptune opposition which cautions us against declaring victory too soon.
Following this short productive period, Mercury squares up to Pluto on October 22nd. The temptation to force our values, ideals and beliefs onto others is dangerous at this time, especially once the Sun enters Scorpio on the following day and encourages a crusading attitude. The Mars-Chiron opposition on the same day underlines a defensive position and points towards some touchy religious exchanges on the world stage.
On a more personal level, the arrival of the Sun in Scorpio is good news for this sign and the other water signs, Cancer and Pisces, who will find a renewed sense of optimism and joy this week. They're joined in the party by the earth signs, Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, once Venus conjuncts Jupiter in Virgo on October 25th.
The Full Moon in Taurus on October 27th is a sensual moment for the earth signs, but as Venus opposes Chiron we're all reminded that re-connecting with Mother Earth is a good way to assuage loneliness and to encourage a sense of wonder.
October ends on an inspirational note with a lovely Sun-Neptune trine on October 30th. We've been warned during previous months that idealism needs practical roots in order to mean anything; now is the time to create reality from fantasies and to prove that compassion and love can win out. The water signs, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces will take the lead in this - as indeed they usually do.