The astrology forecast for the week of October 3, 2022 through October 9, 2022 features Mercury forming a lovely trine to Pluto, Pluto turning direct in Capricorn, and a Full Moon in Aries.
The good news is that the cosmos slows down for the first week of October. But make sure you get plenty of rest, because the rest of the month is ferocious. Get prepared!
I recently received a call from a friend. She is relatively astrologically knowledgeable, but she told me during the call that the energy was wonky because all these planets are retrograde (at the time – Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto were retrograde). She blamed the planets for why situations were not working well in her life.
Another friend, who is more metaphysically inclined, told me that the world was in a disturbed state because all these planets are retrograde. I must admit, I rolled my eyes at this one. The world has been in a disturbed state since, well, since forever.
The main issue is that often we blame the planets (or other people) for our problems, rather than take responsibility for the choices we make in our lives.
Even today, I had a client question me if things will improve in her life when Pluto turns direct on October 8th.
So, I thought I would explain a few things in this weekly update.
Let me begin with Pluto. Pluto takes approximately 250 years to go around the Sun. He’s a slow mover, and even though his orbit is elliptical, meaning he spends more time in some signs than others, he still crawls through the zodiac.
Pluto went retrograde on April 29th and turns direct on October 8th. That is a little over 5 months that he spends retrograde, and if you include the ever-popular planetary shadow obsessions, he is pretty much in retrograde watch for the entire year. That’s right – he went into shadow in early January of 2022 and will go out of shadow in January of 2023, only to return to being in shadow a few days later.
I will be perfectly honest. I do not pay attention to the outer planets when they retrograde, because what’s the point? Pluto is still Pluto, and he reflects collective issues, not personal ones. He represents our urge towards survival and the elimination, destruction, amputation, and eventual rebuilding of the sign he is moving through. In Capricorn, Pluto is concerned with the destruction and elimination of corrupt leaders, which has steadily been going on since Pluto moved into Capricorn in 2008.
Now, I pay attention to when Pluto stations in aspect to an inner planet (The Sun, The Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars), because it seems to trigger the transformation of the planet, he aspects. By stationing, I mean on the same degree as the other planet, and I only use hard aspects (conjunction, square opposition).
So, what retrograde planets do I pay attention to?
Simply put, Mercury, Venus, and Mars. They are personal planets that reflect issues we deal with daily. Mercury is how we understand life and communicate that understanding to others. Venus is our urge for relationships, and Mars is our ability to go out into the world and get what we desire. However, I will also say that I do not believe these planets DO anything to us. When these three planets are retrograde, they reflect periods where we should review the areas of life ruled by those planets. We all need times of reflection to ensure that we are on the right path, and these planets give us the ability to course correct if necessary.
In closing, don’t fear retrogrades and don’t blame them for situations that occur in your life. Instead, use them for what they are — times when we should pay close attention to the themes of the planets.
Monday, October 3, 2022
The Moon moves through Capricorn. Normally, it would be a day to take care of your duties and responsibilities. However, the Moon trines Uranus, and you should shake up your routine and try different things. On Monday evening, the Moon trines Mercury. If you need to have a serious conversation with someone, this is an auspicious time to do so.
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
The Moon enters Aquarius shortly after dawn and makes lovely aspects to Jupiter and Venus. It’s an excellent day to broaden your social circle and connect with your network. In business matters, financial opportunities that may seem risky might prove lucrative. Just do your research before acting.
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
The Moon continues to move through Aquarius and squares Uranus and conjoins Saturn. Sudden changes or unexpected situations may rattle your cage. You may go through moments of insecurity or self-doubt. Push away negative thoughts when they surface. The good news is that this evening, the Moon trines Mars, and your energy levels should return to normal.
Thursday, October 6, 2022
Mercury in Virgo trines Pluto. It’s an excellent day to look at your life and discover exactly what makes you tick. Understanding your motivations may help you succeed, because you’ve done the necessary inner work. You will be concerned with the deeper elements of your life. You can use this energy as a catalyst for change.
Friday, October 7, 2022
The Moon moves through Pisces, sextiles Uranus and squares Mars. Unexpected situations may bring a bit of excitement into your life. You may feel energized, alive, and fascinated by new opportunities. Friday evening, be on guard, as the Moon tangles with Mars. You may find yourself at odds with someone and easily triggered.
Saturday, October 8, 2022
The Moon moves out of Pisces and into Aries, and it quickly applies to a conjunction with lucky Jupiter. Your energy levels will increase throughout the day, and your mood should be positive and optimistic. If you need to get things done, today is the day to do it.
Sunday, October 9, 2022
The Full Moon in Aries occurs at 4:55 PM EDT/1:55 PM PDT. The Full Moon in Aries is a two-week cycle of letting go of personal attributes that we may not like about ourselves or are no longer effective. Are there any individual behaviors that you would like to let go of? Oh, and news flash – we all have them! Since Mars is in Gemini, you can also look at how you communicate with others, and whether your communication style hinders your interpersonal relationships. This work is not easy, but the fruits of your internal work will pay off in the end.