October Astrology Column


October  2012

by Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of October features Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Mars enters Sagittarius on Saturday, October 6th, squaring Neptune as it does, while Saturn draws closer and closer in trine with the mystical numinousity of Neptune as the month gets underway, forming its exact connection as Saturn enters Scorpio on October 5th. This first week of the month is therefore particularly fraught, confusing and shimmering with shape-shifting possibilities as unbridled illusion and even deliberately deceptive behavior take center stage.


This is the third month in a row that Uranus and Pluto have been prominent. The late Virgo New Moon from the middle of last month triggered their square just as it reached a second completion two days afterward, and then the September 29th Full Moon conjuncted Uranus and squared Pluto. The radical transformation symbolized by the dynamic alignment of these two powerhouse planets, strongly present for us in this fall timeframe, caps the symbolic effects that we have been feeling all spring and summer. Much as in the violently revolutionary sixties, we are in a process of discarding what no longer works for us, both as individuals and as a society, although old and outworn habits obviously die hard.


Chiron, the Wounded Healer has been in the mix with the three outer planets all this time, being at roughly the same degree of Pisces as Pluto occupies in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries, indicating that the painful necessities we collectively face are very alive for us now, as we attempt to modify existing potential outcomes. Venus is opposite to Chiron during the first weekend of the month, and we may find at this time even greater poignancy in the dislocation between our ideals and the reality on the ground. We win when instead of turning away we face our pain and come to accept it as a neglected but valued part of ourselves, for it is only in this way that we become truly free of its grip on our lives.


With Saturn moving into Scorpio, a Water sign, and thereby coming into alignment with mystical Neptune in Pisces, the Water sign that Neptune rules, we are far more conscious of our emotional nature than we have been thus far in the yearly cycle. Since the Sun is coincidentally moving into Scorpio this month as well, we are in for quite a ride. We have the stability of the earth ruler Saturn holding us down to do our inner work, and the watery fuzziness of the Scorpio-Pisces pairing to pull us into spinning circles of passional whirlpools that could instead flood us out. As we strive for balance between the rocky shore and the hard emotions that, though difficult to deal with, still we must manage to surmount and withstand, we win by riding the wave to its utmost and possibly beneficial conclusion – standing as firm as we can, aided by everything that we can bring to bear and by embracing a maximum of faith in ourselves and in our process.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). Your roller-coaster ride continues, Aries. Just as you begin to find some answers, further questions emerge. Everything is mystical and vague; this could all be perceived as less than useful, but once you let go of your preconceptions and stay in beginner’s mind, you find it to be an extremely exciting time to be alive. As you recognize that you are voyaging further into wholeness, you can better enjoy the scenery flying past when refusing to engage in concerns regarding your ultimate destination. You may be suffering, but breakdown leads to breakthrough. Partners in your life are important now, and helpful in allowing you to make your stand, even when in seeming conflict. You might seem stuck at times but then again, that could be just another illusion as you continue your journey.


TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  Your world is turning, Taurus. A true feeling of spiritual connection is suddenly possible, while still not taking anything away from the achievement-orientation that puts you squarely within the mainstream of duty and financial reward. Only a gesture is needed, a figure-and-ground reversal of sensibility that while forcing nothing in any obvious way, changes everything. There is a unique destiny all your own that you currently participate in. You could encounter tremors within your psyche corresponding to ancient trauma coming to light, but these difficulties can be faced down with courage and with the application of effort. Partners in your life are helpful in their own way. While firmly standing their ground they are actually helping you to define what it is that you are truly after.


GEMINI (May 20-June 20). You are in a good place, Gemini, as you continue attempting various approaches in order to find out what direction you need to go. Your optimism is flourishing, along with your strong creative output. If you have been doing your homework and saving up your good karma you have come to the cusp of decision on how to respond to changes that you feel tugging at your feet to move them on down the line. Service to your higher Self is service to everyone around you. Curve balls to existing plans could be disconcerting, or might be experiments on the part of your inner nature, trying to get the key to fit the lock. Depth researches that take you down below your conscious mind will form an all-important backdrop for everything that you say and do.


CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is simultaneously a dreamy and an active time, Cancer. Your career and private life are concurrently set in motion, as startling insights and unexpected revelations continue to pour out of an expanding cosmos to your inner eye. The effect of relationship awareness looms as a powerful and transformative influence. It is not so much the actions of others but rather your own in response that helps you gain from the experience of being with them. Your recognition of differing points of view – and even of the painful realizations that could also arise – allows you to tap into deeper layers of your core being. Play is serious and work is play for cosmic stakes. All your ups and downs are incredibly fruitful in opening you up to the perspective of your inner world.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) You find yourself at a unique crossroads, Leo. The times are ripe for change, as is becoming more and more apparent, perhaps to the point of desperation. You need a way to get over but the best and perhaps the only pathway that you can utilize is down and through. Philosophically grand gestures take you to surprising places that you never expected, while your ordinary world is suffused with light and filled with transformative energy. Your emotional depths speak important truths. What seems like limitation turns into something far richer and yet again more strange. These trials provide important lessons of great depth as you ride the wave of your future to an illogical conclusion. Home and family issues could open you up to a larger picture viewpoint once you make the necessary adjustments.


VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) You are going through a major alteration of identity, and even of self-expression, Virgo, but it’s stealth. In the grip of such far-reaching change, you cannot quite comprehend its full import. In fits and starts you are seeing into your own unrecognizable future, delving deep down inside yourself to find your way forward and through. There is mystification on the relationship front, and perhaps this is just the other side of the very same coin. Your values could be also subject to illusion, confusion, and ultimately, resolution. You are seeking to find yourself in others, and through serious communication attempts to discover and convey your own inner truth. In the end you might succeed, although the harbor that you sail into is a far different one than from where you started.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) Your future is calling, Libra, although it might not turn out to be the one that you had in mind as recently as a few short months ago. This remains a powerful time of inspiration and change as core issues continue to arise. You have plenty of energy in any case for forging ahead, in this, your birthday time of the year. Your hopes and plans have been partly based on idealized dreaming and partly on hard-nosed reality. Adjustments are required before you can spiritually prosper. In this fall season this is more true than ever, as you face unexpected challenges together with surprising and even startling revelations. This has the blessing for you of allowing you to become even more aware of what you are experiencing, in terms of both outer event and inner truth.


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You are in an essentially good place right now, Scorpio, with your mentality fixed on the future as you explore your inner depths. A difficult time has its great advantages in terms of lessons learned. You are coming into yourself in a new way, and you might find that you will never be quite the same as when you started. There is progress to be found with your endeavors, but it is progress of a rare and different kind. The key to all your researches is greater awareness of the power of your inner world to guide your process. You are searching for applied madness, a way to ground your wildest fantasies of creativity and of service into a functional beauty of practicality that can more fully be shared with others around you.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) The world beckons to you softly, Sagittarius. You are full of verve and vitality, but there has to be a strong mystical component to all that you say and do in order for you to feel truly satisfied. This is so because you are intent on inner rather than outer priorities. Finances remain a pivot point, especially when their fluctuations can come to be seen as symbolic rather than literal, as just an especially poignant part of the dream that you and everyone else around you inhabits. You could be actively energized in relationship right now, but even this area reflects back to your own ideal of spiritual transformation. What you are primarily concerned with is the transmutation of your values and of your sense of psychological security. Everything else must take second place.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The drum beat of your transformation continues, Capricorn, in the midst of a season of change that has only increased in intensity over recent months. Difficulties might be able to be surmounted with a change in attitude. As you forge your way forward and deal with obstacles that you encounter, you are attuned to intimations referencing dimensions of experience beyond the purely physical plane, and you are beginning to take these far more seriously. You are essentially functioning in an optimistic and energetic manner as you explore the more profound truth of what makes sense for you as mission statement going forward. You are serving yourself by serving others and it opens you up conceptually to exciting and novel worlds to conquer, from the inside out.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a thoughtful period of time for you, Aquarius.  Although you are in many ways coming into your own, the question lingers of what you are attempting to engender. As much as you are engaged in practicality, a spirit of enquiry and of personal development remains paramount. Information out of your deeper Self can no longer be ignored, and provides glimpses of a further reality that takes you beyond the world of simplistic manifestation. This is a doorway to which there is no key, a mystery that cannot be entirely solved, although the angst and pain that you might sometimes encounter are clues. This exploration is all-important, and helps to explain how the difficulties that you encounter can lead in the end to riches of an internal and non-obvious kind.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This may be a time of trial, Pisces, but it is also one of renewed hope and of ultimate possibility. Although you have spent months in self-examination, you are now exploring your depths in a different way than before. Limitation brings important lessons. Perhaps, along the path, you might encounter issues of old wounds that have never been fully healed. This trauma could stem from your early years, but it remains palpably present for you, and will continue to haunt you and possibly even sabotage your best efforts unless and until you can confront the past with a fresh attitude. Acceptance of yourself at all levels is key. Then, you must be brave and willing to go wherever your process takes you. Like a persistent diver you will be able to eventually bring up treasure.


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. 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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