Mercury begins October moving in a forward direction and still at a good clip, but you’ll want to aim to finish bigger projects within October’s first two weeks because Mercury will turn retrograde at the end of the month. What to do? Plan how you’ll use this Mercury retrograde period before it hits, so you won’t be caught unawares. Where in your life could you use a retrospective view and perhaps a little cleanup? Begin winding things down by October 23 while Mercury slows, preparing to turn retrograde on October 30. Mercury in Virgo suggests that your closets could use some reorganization. Here’s more about Mercury Retrograde.
Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.
New Moon in 10º Leo: Tuesday, October 2, 2016
October’s New Moon in Leo is enjoying a trine to Saturn in Sagittarius but dealing with a quincunx to Neptune. This Moon has a self-organizing feel, but is easily thrown off by chaos that seems to come from left field. There’s a tendency to embrace rigid ideas and philosophies that bring comfort and stave off the need for change, but these philosophies don’t account for everything. When someone crosses a line, the whole structure comes tumbling down. Do you adhere to the philosophy or respond with compassion to the person? The question really is, what do you habitually do with guilt?
Full Moon in 25º Aquarius: Thursday, October 18, 2016
During October’s Full Moon, the Sun is aligned with impulsive, reactive Uranus in Aries while the Moon confabs with cool, strategic Pallas Athene in Aquarius. There’s a duality here between thought and action, between fear of pulling the trigger and leaping before you look. One side may be hot-headed and self-absorbed, grandstanding for attention—while the other takes a more objective view, arguing that a wider, more social agenda must be honored. It is the classical argument between the needs of one and the needs of many. But why go to extremes? Balance the two in considered, self-aware action with solid reason behind it, taking the needs of all into account—the results will be much better.
October’s Full Moon is sometimes called the Red Moon for its ruddy color on the horizon in this season.
Monthly Horoscope Overview for October, 2016
9/1/2016, Sun trines Saturn: This is a great day to take on any disciplines you’ve been avoiding. Just do it—you’ll get a hit of self-esteem.
9/2/2016, Mars enters Sagittarius today, bringing a desire for adventure and wide open spaces. Lasts till September 27.
9/5/2016, Venus enters Virgo today, bringing a cooler social mood and a pragmatic attitude toward romance. Lasts till October 29.
9/6/2016, Mercury squares Saturn: It may be hard to communicate what you are thinking and feeling today. Try not to censure yourself too much.
9/6/2016, Venus squares Mars: Today it’s all too easy to pick fights for no good reason. Try turning the passion into something positive!
9/7/2016, Mercury opposes Neptune: Dreams and logic are pulling you in opposite directions. Is there any way to radically integrate both?
9/10/2016, Mercury trines Pluto: This is a good time to speak your truth. Under this aspect, honesty is the best policy.
9/12/2016, Jupiter opposes Chiron: Did your beliefs get damaged at some point in your life? What needs to be healed to restore your faith?
9/13/2016, Saturn turns direct: You know what you have to do. You may not like it, but you do know. It’s time for the right move.
9/13/2016, Venus squares Saturn: Are your relationships with others starting to feel like a bit of a drag? Balance them with time to yourself.
9/14/2016, Venus opposes Neptune: Who in your life are you idealizing? Remember, it’s not fair to hold someone up to your unrealistic fantasy.
9/16/2016, Sun trines Uranus: It’s cool to let your Freak Flag Fly. This is a good aspect for trying something unexpected and new!
9/17/2016, Venus trines Pluto: How can you be totally vulnerable to another human being? Bare your soul, it might bring you closer.
9/19/2016, Mercury opposes Chiron: Today, you may doubt your intelligence and ways of communicating. We all have our own insecurities.
9/22/2016, Mercury conjuncts Jupiter: Communications are amped today. You could spend hours on chat, phone, or social media.
9/22/2016, Sun enters Virgo, bringing the season of the first harvest. Reap the rewards of this year’s efforts thus far. Lasts till September 22.
9/24/2016, Mars conjuncts Saturn: The ‘oomph’ you need is lacking. You may have a case of the blahs or feel like you just don’t have the energy.
9/24/2016, Venus opposes Chiron: Love vs. Pain is the dilemma today. Kind of like Eddie Izzard’s “cake or death!” Which do you choose?
9/25/2016, Mars square Neptune: Directing your energy in a focused way is hard today. You may end up resting, napping or just spacing out.
9/27/2016, Venus conjuncts Jupiter: Great aspect for a Saturday night!! It’s party time—take a trip down to BevMo and call up all your friends.
9/29/2016, Mercury conjuncts Venus: Choosing your words diplomatically is easy today, but watch out for indecision.
9/29/2016, Venus enters Libra: Happy in her own sign, the Golden Goddess brings lovely events and great styles. Lasts till Sept 23.
9/30/2016, Mercury goes retrograde: That rascally planet is up to his old tricks! Fortunately, Mercury LOVES being in Virgo.