October 2017 Transformational Astrology

Transformational Astrology – October 2017 

– Henry Seltzer

The astrology of October features Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, and Eris. This is a very Uranian time. The Virgo New Moon from the last ten days of September closely aspected Uranus with Jupiter opposed. Then, at the time of the Oct 5th Full Moon, a partile Venus-Mars conjunction in Virgo also aspects Uranus, while squaring Saturn. In a Uranian finale for the month of October, the October 19th Libra New Moon is exactly opposite Uranus, to within a few minutes of a degree. What are we to make of all this Uranian emphasis? And what might we expect, beyond “expecting the unexpected.” Uranus is famous for representing deep intuition, a way of knowing that emanates directly from the unconscious, without words even, that can tell you true when all your other sources of information seem confused. One lesson of this time is therefore to trust your gut – and to stay as open as you can to what comes to you from inner realms deep beneath the surface layers of your personality.

Uranus also implies unexpected curve balls and synchronicities that may have the beneficial effect of confirming your inner sense that you live in what is truly a very magical world, everything happening for a reason, or operating on multiple levels. They say that if you can mine the events of your life for symbolic information, just as you would a meaningful novel or movie, that you will not be disappointed in the result. Our task, then, is that while dealing with the outer world of schedules and business agendas we take the time and make the effort to appreciate the wonder of our lives and the opportunities for enhancing our understanding of what is really going on, around us and through us.

In the fist major lunation of the month, the October 5th Aries Full Moon, with Venus and Mars brought together in a partile conjunction, we find that there are different consequences for each Sun Sign, depending on where the conjunction lands in each solar chart. The houses ruled by Venus, and by Mars, will also be affected. There is a strong push for a wide-spread transformation of the activities surrounding these and other sectors of each natal chart. The Sun and Moon at this powerful Libra Full Moon make a T-square to Pluto, and also closely aspect Neptune by partile inconjunct (quincunx) and semi-sextile. All three standard outer planets are therefore emphasized, enhancing the major transformational changes of this decade, on both collective and individual fronts. The time has come to take necessary action, and that means letting go of certain cherished habits that no longer serve you, or the planet. This also implies taking a stand that you know deep within you that you fully support, from the perspective your own unique inner values.

And this is the message of the new planet, Eris, beyond Pluto, representing a spiritual warrior stance in support of soul intention. Eris in the sky remains close to a greatly emphasized Uranus, and is trined by Saturn in Sagittarius, as well as being aspected by Venus, Mars, and Jupiter at the timing of the October 5th Full Moon. We have seen many evidences of strong feminine leadership lately, including the courageous and compassionate stand of Republican senators Susan Collins and John McCain against the tidal wave of party-line pressure to vote in a disastrous health care bill, and of course the recent success of the Wonder Woman movie, whose super hero central character works with the power of love. Each individual including yourself is being called, now, to contribute what you can, when you can, if necessary flying in the face of consensus thought or fashionable opinion, in total alignment with your own unique core values.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is another rather amazing month for you, Aries, with plenty of surprises, still, and variations from what was once normal. You have two major ways to go, and one is to resist allowing your basic outlook to appreciably change. The other is perhaps more viable, long-term, and that is to stay as open as possible to the potential for transformation and major readjustment to take its place along your life path, letting go of entire control of the steering wheel as necessary. In the midst of all this ferment and major change, partners are very impactful. They may be of help in redefining your deepest values, and in allowing you to more consciously adopt the attitude that corresponds to these. The viewpoint of partners and friends helps you to better understand your own perspective and evolving worldview, as you move through new concepts of service to others and to your own higher purpose.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). You are exploring new facets of your creativity this month, Taurus, and this turns out to involve aspects of your process of spiritual evolution. Your individual creative self-expression blossoms anew when you align with Spirit and with the promptings of your own Higher Self. Deep intuition paves the way for you, provided you can stay open to subtle inner promptings. Partners, too, are helpful in fulfilling the shift in perspective and belief system that you find yourself in the midst of. You become aware of major transformation, in the works for you for some time. Your plans are rather vague when you try to pin them down into solid agendas, and you might well encounter curve balls when you expected something more straightforward. You benefit by taking these not as drawbacks, but rather as the mystical side of the universe coming toward you, helping you to balance too great a dependency on the concrete practicality of the here-and-now.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a month of surprises, Gemini, and of unexpected revelation. It is also a time of huge intuition for you, which may provide better information than logical rational planning. Your ruler, Mercury, having straightened out from its retrograde last month, and also the weeks of its retrograde shadow, you are emerging from a period of introspective mulling over of your very depths. A general sense of mystical authenticity that at times supersedes three-d physical realities pervades your soul, along with new-found awareness of how childhood trauma may have affected you all your adult life, preventing in some cases the forward progress that you have been desiring. This having taken you into reflection regarding both current family dynamics, along with core issues related to family of origin, these internal dynamics remain on your mind through September. You emerge during this month into the light of greater awareness concerning your true situation, involving inner as well as outer agendas.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a month of learning and growing, Cancer, at some points rather rapidly and unexpectedly. Intuition plays a huge role for you now, so that one of your most significant challenges this month will be to attune to what arises from within you. You will want to stay as open as possible to what the universe has to offer, even when this does not at all match your prior expectations. At the same time, there are astrological indications that the role of partnership in your life is a major focus, along with discovering within yourself a new mandate for better connecting with soul-level intention in this and other matters more directly related to career. This alludes to not only professional and work orientation, but also to what happens strictly as a result of your own internal guidelines for what you intend to accomplish in the world around you.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a month dizzy with possibilities, Leo. You have issues of philosophical enquiry, and also the practical application of these more ethereal matters in concrete terms, in a time of striving for greater understanding concerning all aspects of your life, including what is subtle and hidden. This affects you in areas of higher mind, your key relationships, and your commitment to your deeper values. Money concerns will likely arise and might come to be dealt with by unusual means. There is a way that you are filled with a cosmic awareness these days, and you win when you pay close attention. You are beginning to recognize the limitations of logical thought process, and have a huge intuitional component now available to add to this more obvious and traditional method of comprehension. You must only allow yourself to stay open to the messages that you receive from deep inside you.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is a time of great growth and inspiration for you, Virgo. Key relationships in your life are still in play, as they were also last month. From mid-September, with the New Moon in your sign, you have been feeling a shift and a celebration, as well as a consolidation of perspectives gained. You have been dealing with issues of intimacy, closeness, and freedom since that time; surprising enlightenment has shown up in your life and in your loves, while deeply intuitional information is constantly available when you choose to tune in. You are exploring who you are, really, and how to handle your inherent idealism regarding partners. Beware of anger, as emotions can become more volatile in the early weeks of October. As the month unfolds, intuitional awareness increases. You are concerned with finances and with values, both your own and those shared with a significant other.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is a vital month for you, Libra, one that emphasizes a favorite partnership theme. This is in the context of an ongoing spiritual revival from the previous month, when five planets lit up your sector of unconscious process and dream imagination. Your intuition is strong, and connects you with significant others, especially in the timing of the October 5th Full Moon in your opposite sign. The subsequent New Moon, two weeks later, makes for a dynamic final two weeks of October, when surprising and enlightening events transform the very fabric of your relationship dynamic. During all of October, you feel a sense of mission toward unseen realms that are yet very real to you, making their presence known in dreams and visions. It is important that you pay the closest possible attention to intimations from this hidden world within you, representing such a powerful factor in all that you say and do.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You are having another adventurous month, Scorpio, with wheels and your values all in motion. Your dreams and schemes have never been stranger or more powerful. You are reveling in new awareness regarding service to the larger society that surrounds you, on a mission to explore every facet of your true purpose in this lifetime. As an important part of this, you are engaged in inner work. Your interior world reveals your deepest values, and these in turn govern those activities most clearly aligned with soul intention. The Full Moon of October 5th pulls you further into idealism. In addition to delving down into your depths, partnership with others increases your understanding of your own perspective. The latter half of the month sees you in a very good place, confident and almost glowing, enhanced to the extent that you can open to possibilities departing from and extending the scope of your more normalized roadway.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is an active, and in some ways confounding month for you, Sagittarius, with many changes of plans. Your intuition is incredibly strong now, so that making the best use of this powerful source of information is greatly to your advantage. Signs and omens, when you look for them, help you to steer your course in the direction of soul intention. You continue to be wrapped up in outer world priorities, although the normative set of agendas and concerns will not truly motivate you now. For true satisfaction, you must be in closer touch with all that is going on in the deeper layers of your psyche. This hidden world within you is more accessible to you than ever, especially after the 10th, when Jupiter, your ruling planet, engages your sector of unconscious process and dream imagination. All through October, your self-expression is truly artistic, in that you are drawn to what is uniquely yours, and yours alone, to give.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are caught up in the transformational flow, Capricorn. The heavy outer planet presences of unpredictable Uranus as well as changeful Pluto, in your sign, presage movement within your process of self-discovery. You are coming to deep intuitional awareness. Things are not the same this in early fall period as they once were, even as recently as mid-August. There is a fundamental freedom from constraint at the core of your personality that both opens you up to new possibilities and also creates a sense of being unmoored in the midst of a degree of chaos. You are feeling a little wild and liberated, and may miss the more settled way that life has been up until recent weeks. Yet, you are in some way discovering your destiny in this very instability. Your individual fate is bound up not with consensus thinking or conventional attitudes, but rather with who you yourself uniquely are, at these more profound layers of your psyche.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a powerful month for you, Aquarius, continuing your surge from the last ten days of September, when the Virgo New Moon brought you greater intimacy with your fellow humans, and most importantly with yourself. A potent combination of astrological factors – whose influence extends to the first half of October – has you profoundly engaged in overt curiosity, learning, and educational or travel initiatives of all kinds, with mystical overtones and depth researches into your own inner world. All through October in fact, punctuated by the Libra New Moon of October 19th, you are even more greatly in the spotlight while your love life continues to sizzle, in the largest and most humanitarian sense, and career opportunities abound. You find that your worldview is expanding, and that you benefit from an ongoing sea change in the way that you view the important inner dimension of the darker and more hidden layers of your personality.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You have an extraordinary October ahead, Pisces, a time of close relationship connection and of a growing familiarity with your own inner world, the basis of all intimacy. The last ten days of September have been key for you in this regard, continuing into the present month. The concept of partnership in your life is now very much emphasized. You are coming to greater awareness of all that you hold inside, which is orthogonal to ordinary reality. Your own way of thinking about personal identity is on the line, and many factors in your life are in the process of altering. Your sense of who you are is expanding; as Whitman says, you “contain multitudes.” As your values, especially in regard to material existence, go through a major awakening, so too do your ideas of how to conduct yourself in terms of outer world pursuits, which you are varying now, accordingly, from strictly business as usual.

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website, astrograph.com. His new book about Eris, the planet beyond Pluto only recently discovered, in 2006, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon, or from your local bookseller through New Leaf distributing. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.

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