This is another big week for all of us. On October 2nd, 2022, Mercury stationed direct at 24 degrees and 11 minutes of the sign of Virgo. As of September 9th, there were six planets retrograde, which is very unusual. Mercury is a personal planet, which rules local environment, communication, transportation, words, and thoughts.
Mars is also a personal planet, which retrogrades only once every two years. Mars represents our passion, rage, and drive to move ahead. It entered its shadow on August 20, 2022 when it reached 8 degrees of Gemini, which is the degree at which it will station direct on January 12, 2022. Mars in its shadow brought more of a retrograde tone, as it is moving very slowly and is transiting in the mutable air sign of Gemini, which is ruled by Mercury. For many, there have been glitches or issues with computers and cars. Many have heard from former clients, coworkers, friends, and old paramours with Mercury intitally retrograding in the sign of relationships — Libra.
It stills feels hard to move ahead. Mercury stationed direct with an opposition to Neptune, the planet of dreams, mysticism, psychic intuition, delusion, fantasy, and deceit. Mercury does not technically clear its shadow until October 17, 2022 when it reaches 8 degrees and 8 minutes of the Cardinal air sign of Libra.
The Neptune haze is very potent this fall. Let me try to break this down to the best of my ability. Neptune has been a major player for the majority of this fall. Mercury initially opposed Neptune, the planet of imagination and confusion, on August 21, 2022. This is incidentally a day after Mars, the planet of drive and action, entered its shadow period and reached 8 degrees and 8 minutes of the sign of Gemini, which is where it will station in early/mid January.
In Virgo season, The Sun in Virgo opposed Neptune on September 16, 2022. When planets or the lights of the chart oppose Neptune, there can be very murky and nebulous energy. Things can also be brought to light, and the cosmic blinders can get removed. Venus, the planet of partnerships and values, opposed Neptune on September 24, 2022.
Mercury initially retrograded in the Cardinal air sign of Libra, and reassessing, reconsidering, and returning to relationships has been a big theme this fall. It returned to the Mutable earth sign of Virgo on September 23, 2022, and this brought more emphasis on re-evaluating habits, work, and health.
Mars is slowing down and will retrograde at the end of October. If there is something really significant and important you wish to launch, try to do so before Mars officially retrogrades on October 30, 2022 at 25 degrees and 37 minutes of Gemini. Mars is now squaring and setting off Neptune, which is about trusting your intuition in your actions. The square becomes exact on October 11, 2022; but, they are already making it seem like running through mud in many different direcitons.
This theme is prevalent all fall, as Mercury set off Neptune when it stationed direct on October 2, 2022, and Mars will set it off in its station retrograde at the very same degree on 10/30/22. Neptune is a bit like the Hierophant card, in that you need to let your intuition guide and listen to your inner voice.
Mars in Gemini activates the mind. One one hand, it can be excellent for doing writing projects, networking, public speaking, taking classes, learning, and marketing and sales. On the other hand, Gemini is a mutable sign, where your mind can sway in many different directions, and it is hard to take action(mars) to organize your thoughts.
With Mars in Gemini through March 26, 2023, you can be impulsive and sometimes harsh in your words. Mars retrograde in Gemini is a great opportunity to rethink how you communicate, and how you can improve your learning skills. More importantly, how do you uplevel your ability to listen, which is crucial in communication.
Venus is now traveling behind the Sun and meets up exactly with the Sun on October 22, 2022 to form a Superior conjunction at 29 degrees and 26 minutes of the Venus ruled sign of Libra! This is a day to circle in your calendar. It is a bit like a full moon/culmination energy as it brings culmination to things you may have started or planted when Venus and the Sun met up while Venus was retrograde in Capricorn on 1/8/22 at 18 degrees of Capricorn.
I view this as an initating energy in a Cardinal sign, which initiates action. It is the first time since the 1870s that Venus and the Sun met up in Libra. Venus is in its dignity in Libra and loves being in this sign, so it makes it extra special and adds to the Venusian magic. This is a big deal and an excellent time to do a ritual that speaks to you to magnetize what you want, love, and value.
You have that to which to look forward, as you navigate a choppy and dramatic week! Pluto, the planet of drama, intensity, birth, death, and transformation, stations direct on October 8, 2022 at 5:56 pm EDT at 26 degrees and 6 minutes of the Cardinal earth sign of Capricorn.
We feel the buildup five days before and five days afterwards. Pluto is the modern ruler of Scorpio and the higher octave of Mars. When Pluto stations, it is at its most potent. Pluto already is the planet of power, and this brings it up a few notches. This can cause major earthquakes, tornadoes, and departures — metaphoric and literal. This is very aggressive energy, and it can escalate war and power struggles.
Putin is threatening to use nuclear weapons in his war in the Ukraine. On October 4, 2022, North Korea fired dangerous missiles over Japan. This is a week of major shifts and big events. Add to that fact that we are less than six months away from completing the New Age of Aquarius.
The two rulers of Aquarius are in conflict: Saturn and Uranus. Saturn is the ancient ruler of Aquarius and is the planet of limitations, karmic lessons, and people in authority. Saturn transits in Aquarius through March 7, 2023. Uranus is the modern ruler of Aquarius and is the planet of freedom, ingenuity, enlightenment, and disruption.
The two planets are not very compatible and bring a lot of collapsing of old structures and old ways. The synergy of these two planets together also makes it difficult to structure the new vision and ingenuity that has been brewing and erupting in the past couple of years. Saturn and Uranus had three exact hits in 2021, and this has been a very erratic and unpredictable time in history. The two have had another round, which became exact on October 1, 2022 and will be exact through October 12, 2022. They are fighting through the beginning of January, but it is most acute right now.
On October 9, 2022, there is a Full Moon that occurs at 4:55 pm EDT at 16 degrees and 32 minutes of the Cardinal fire sign of Aries. Mars rules the passionate and tempestuous sign of Aries and is currently in its shadow with a challenging square to Neptune, which can diminish its strength and focus. Procrastation can take another level with this Mars/Neptune influence especially when the mind can roam so freely while Mars transits in Gemini.
I cast the Full Moon chart for Washington DC, and it has Pisces Rising, which means that Neptune is the ruler of the chart. Jupiter is the ancient ruler. Mercury is in the seventh house of partnerships with a wide opposition to Neptune, which means that there can be confusion in partnerships. This can be very manifesting energy.
Neptune is the higher octave of Venus and is very romantic and spiritual; but, this Full Moon could bring clarity on relationships where something or someone is in the dark. Jupiter remains in the sign of Aries through October 28, 2022 when it briefly dips back into Pisces through December 20, 2022. In the Full moon chart, Jupiter is in Aries in the first house of self in an out-of-sign opposition to Mercury, which is in its dignity in Virgo in the house of relationships.
This Full Moon in Aries implores you to find your courage through the mind, learning, and engaging in positive thinking to believe in your self-preservation. Mercury in Virgo formed a beautiful angle to Pluto on October 6, 2022, and this is the third and final hit as Mercury is now direct. Your mind is your biggest strength and power. In Capricorn, it is your biggest currency, so time to get moving even with heavy retrograde emphasis. Time to learn.
Venus is in its rulership in Libra and is dancing with the Sun — both in the house of relationships. The Sun and Venus both form a helpful aspect to Saturn, planet of stability, and this helps to bring structure to what you love. They are also incompatible with Uranus and the North Node of Karma, so adjustment and reality checks are going to be difficult but needed in this full moon chart.
With the Pluto station, there can be much empowerment. Some have really dug into whatever lessons or insights this retrograde Fall has provided. In relationships where people are on the same vibration, this has been an opportunity to deepen things and bring them to another level. The reality is that there will inevitably be endings with the Sun and Venus in the Libra house of relationships opposite the Full Moon and Chiron, the wounded healer.
Use this as an chance to find your power to face the wounds that Chiron digs up but to connect with courage with the Full Moon in the Mars ruled sign of Aries so closely linked to Chiron, the wounded healer. Physician, heal thyself. Write down or imagine things you want to release. Burn palo santo or sage to clear your environment and your unconscious thinking. Aries is a fire sign. Burning a candle might be a good ritual to merge with your passion to face the big Mars retrograde story ahead. I wish you much luck! #fullmoon #astrology #horoscope