Transformational Astrology

astrology-septOctober Astrology

by Henry Seltzer

A Numinous, Introspective and Surprising October 


The astrology of October features a Mercury retrograde, as well as Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, plus two eclipses. Mercury is retrograde nearly all month, beginning on Saturday, October 4th, near the beginning of Scorpio. As is true of the year of 2014 in general, Mercury begins its retrograde early in a Water sign, then backs into the preceding Air sign before straightening and eventually regaining its lost zodiacal longitude. Mercury stations direct on October 25th and fully escapes its “retrograde shadow” only on the 10th of November. All during this entire month it is therefore a better time for introspection, especially in relation to emotional issues, and for journaling your thoughts, rather than for acting on them. This is so even though there is plenty of impulse for direct action.


Mercury had just gone into Scorpio, Pluto’s sign, before the October 4th station. Mercury is a little out of his depth, here, and proceeds with consternation, before retrograding back into Libra on October 10th. Venus has changed signs also, and to the sign she rules, namely Libra. All through the month, therefore we are rethinking our behavior patterns and most especially in regard to the relationship energy that we have with others. We are reflecting on the very process of relationship, working this out as we live our lives.


The Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon of Wednesday, October 8th, is very exciting, as the Moon aligns almost exactly with the trickster energy of Uranus, in trine with Jupiter in Leo and Mars in Sagittarius, forming a grand trine in Fire signs. This is an expansive and powerfully intuitive time, when all bets are off and anything could happen, and when answers will come unbidden to our questing minds. And this is true for the next two weeks as well.


The Solar Eclipse of Thursday, October 23rd, is also quite dynamic, being in partile conjunction to Venus, now in the very beginning of Scorpio, and trine numinous Neptune. There is quite a Neptune factor for the whole of this month, since the New Moon that preceded the beginning of October also aspected Neptune. This adds a multi-dimensionality and the potential for confusion along the lines of the activities of the purely physical plane, as well as a strong sense of imaginative sensitivity as well as idealism.


The other two outer planets, Uranus and Pluto, are also highlighted in this month’s configurations; with Uranus in particular being emphasized, as indicated above. The first lunation of the month, at the Quarter Moon of October 1st, coincides with the Moon in conjunction with Pluto; then the Full Moon eclipse of October 8th conjuncts Uranus, as already described. This is a busy month for transformational activity, as Uranus continues his retrograde motion, closing the gap between his degree in Aries and the perfection of his square with Pluto that gets closer over the weeks ahead, back for another exact hit by December 15th, in the ending of the year. This month is therefore bringing us a foretaste of the looming changes still to come, in symbolic resonance with the Uranus-Pluto square. This aspect refers to revolutionary and evolutionary changes that continue to be taking place, most intensely over the three-year period from 2013-2015, for each of us as individuals and for the surrounding society.


ARIES (March 20-April 19).  This is the first month of the rest of your life, Aries. You are more attuned than ever in recent weeks to the importance of relationship, and as well of the equally significant demands of your own individual exploration. You are inspired by vision and held to your task by necessity, all the while pondering and reflecting on where your life is currently taking you. For the current monthly cycle, this is especially so in regard to your connection with others. This constitutes the next step for you in a long evolutionary series, which began many weeks ago. Your process continues, and progress is made in a direction that is largely unrecognized, although when you look back with the perspective of time you can perhaps discern the signposts of a guiding intelligence that is not wholly your own.


TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is an interesting month for you, Taurus, a slice of evolutionary time as you grow your understanding of where your life is taking you. You could be incorporating inner priorities to an even greater extent than you have in the past. You are also pausing to take stock in this present cycle, as the retrograde of Mercury places a contemplative spin on everything that is going on for you, including a re-examination of your idealized notion of your pathway forward, and also your own relationship dynamic. It seems that partnering with others is one important way for you to accomplish your aims, and yet there is as always the concern that your own future progress matches your inner goals and plans. You need to attend to your emerging sense of what is true for you alone, independent of other voices.


GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an intense and yet also reflective month for you, Gemini, as you head into the closing of a year of metamorphosis and renewed revelation. The beat for transformational change goes on, reviving somewhat from its summer hiatus and becoming more insistent. You are reflecting on where your life is currently headed and where your imagination may yet take you, while looking within for the formula to enable yourself to shuck old patterns. With the retrograde of Mercury, your ruler, you are taking a second look at your day-to-day habitual patterns, health regimens and creative self-expression with the idea of eventually establishing a closer fit with inner goals that transcend conventional thoughts and attitudes. You are coming closer to finding your own unique idealized vision for the future, in part by unraveling the lingering vestiges of past concepts that are no longer viable.


CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an interesting month for you, Cancer, in many ways a stepping stone to another stage of your evolutionary development. Home and family concerns become a major factor for you now, and you are making something of a fresh start in this area. Your creative output could perhaps better reflect your soul-purpose agenda and becomes the subject of introspection and reevaluation through the first half of the month. You are taking a good long hard look at your inner self, and also coming to a better understanding of what you are up to with regard to the significant relationships in your life. You are searching for a way to express your own brand of truth that is uniquely your own, and attempting to build a future vision for your work in the world on that basis.


LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This month you come to yet another stage in your ongoing metamorphosis, Leo. There have been many changes since the year began, continuing into the present cycle, regarding your ideas of who you are and what you have to contribute, and surprising developments in your worldview have been one major inspiration. You are decidedly introspective now as well, in chime with the retrograde of Mercury through your home and family sector. This is indeed a terrific time to be journaling, as you reevaluate your goals, and your day-to-day existence that is profoundly changing. You could be sensing a fresh start in your perspective, manifesting as an educational focus that could include actual physical travel as well as academics or armchair explorations, and that constitutes further seismic shifts in your beliefs and in your way of seeing how the universe around you functions.


VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month is a very special one for you, Virgo, in part due to the retrograde of Mercury, your ruler, taking place for almost the entire month, and on into November when you take the retrograde shadow period into account. You are coming into your own conception of who and what you are, based on new information that keeps flooding in from mysterious sources, although perhaps only after a period of questioning that must elapse before you will fully recognize what you have. The messages could take the form of relationships with helpful others in your life. You are tuning in more and more to subtle realms that emanate from deep inside your being. When it comes to inner awareness, you are finding “the Sun behind the sun” that shines through to your more conscious gaze when you half-close your eyes to see it.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) It’s a big and joyous month for you, Libra. You are exploring your own psychological backyard, and discovering a little more of who you are and how you show up for others around you. You are concentrating on yourself right now, and yet important partners come into the picture as well, providing inspiration and even a surprising degree of guidance. You are encountering unexpected treasure in relationship interaction, even as you track your progress toward more complete self-understanding and pause in reflection on who and what you truly are. Home and family concerns continue to be an evolving landscape, the resultant of many weeks of attempting to transform yourself in this vital area of your life. As inspiration continues to drive you farther into a more viable future for yourself, you realize that you have in some sense returned to your own home base and actually begun to recognize it for the very first time.


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is an interesting, intense and introspective month for you, Scorpio, providing astrological indications of great positivity and also a good deal of cautious holding back. You are looking to the inside, mulling over where you are, psychologically speaking, and where your life is leading you. There is a great deal of inspiration and yet as well, a studied carefulness to your approach. On the other hand, Jupiter in your career sector represents a green light for positivity and for good fortune in career moves. This is thus a time both practical and impractical. You have a tremendous focus on outer world achievement and also on inner contemplation, and are being pulled in two directions at once. You can fruitfully combine these by forging ahead as consciously as you can, remembering to honor your inner process and the power of your deep intuition to guide you.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a month of inner work, Sagittarius, and in many ways a continuation of what has been going on all this year. You are looking ahead to a future painted in brighter and bolder colors, corresponding to a self-concept that more fully reflects your emerging sense of who you really are. Whatever you sincerely wish for now is very likely to become your new reality and you therefore benefit by exercising caution and choosing wisely. Your transformation continues apace; your changes suit you and you might be reveling in a better feeling of psychological security. You are this month even more invested in exploring your depths, seeking clues to the patterns that have been driving you. There might be a block, just below the surface, that you need to somehow move past. You now have the inspiration to do just that.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The pull to your inner world continues, Capricorn. This month indeed represents a fresh start for you in matters connected to your career and professional life, but the most significant happenings could be taking place on the inside. You remain in a practical mode with many plans and activities connected to prestige and performance. There is yet a subtle nudge from the universe that questions the idea of going ahead with outer world achievement independently from taking a deep and prolonged look within. If you fail to heed its subtle summons, this voice becomes louder and its gestures more insistent, until you are no longer able to ignore the call. The period of the first half of the month might be the perfect cosmic storm that will jar you further out along the scary limb of discovering what lies within the vast interior realms of your own psyche.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) An introspective month is ahead, Aquarius, making for an excellent time to be taking stock of yourself. Your immense learning curve continues, with accompanying shifts in perspective and the chance to put together in a new way the transformations of the past nine months. Mercury stands still during the first weekend of October at the very top of your solar chart, indicating that this will be a particularly powerful Mercury retrograde period for you. Along with missed connections and the other usual symptoms, there is the chance to deeply reflect on what your changes have to tell you. You may wind up turning recent events inside out for a new way to look at them, and marvel at the thought of your life unfolding in just the way that it should, in spite of any and all appearances to the contrary.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is another intense and interesting month for you, Pisces. As you review and revise your worldview for a better match with inner knowing, the Libra New Moon from the end of the preceding month reminds you that the perspective of others counts with you, yet not too much. There are startling destabilizations and re-integrations that lead you toward a renewed basis for your vital sense of security, as founded not on material comfort but on the depth researches that you have lately undertaken into your own interior world. This engenders a confidence that is yours and yours alone, stemming from your own deep center and independent of other voices; what can never be taken away by shifting circumstances. You find in this a more solid basis for relationship that allows you to stand in your own light and yet be available for others.


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  HYPERLINK “”



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