October Astrology Forecast
This October is not quite the epic finale of 2022, but it most certainly might be a peak in this year’s story. This marks the halfway point between the beginning of one astrological year (The Spring Equinox) and the start of the next one. October hosts the season of Libra, completing the Aries/Libra polarity. This is a yearly checking in point. Whereas Aries season requires action, Libra season encourages deliberation. We have three more months of 2022 and six- months left in the astrological year. These next few weeks are going to help us wrap up the second half of the year by allowing us time to consider the ground we have covered so far and how much more there may be to go.
LEARNING TO FEEL INSPIRED RATHER THAN STIFLED
| VENUS OPPOSITE JUPITER
The first week of this month, we will be experiencing the two most jovial planets in the sky go head to head. Venus, the planet representing love, value, beauty and relationship will be entering the sign of Libra. In this Cardinal Air sign, Venus actually finds a lot of comfort as it traditionally rules this energy. Libra is very stylish. Taking the Venusian theme of attractiveness and combining it with the active principle of this airy element, Libra seeks to design its external environment in a way that is pleasing to all parties involved. This aesthetic can manifest visually and also socially. Libra has an even temperament and an agreeable disposition. However, it still completes one half of Aries. Therefore, Libra can easily match the competitive nature of Cardinal Fire with its own need to produce respectable results.
Speaking of Aries, Jupiter, the other planet influencing our first week of the month, will be sitting directly across Venus in this fiery sign. The giant gas planet in the sky traditionally rules over expansion, good luck, opportunity and cultural customs. It tends to drop us into brand new territory so that we are forced to take chances and trust the process rather than the outcome. We stumble through Jupiter experiences, gaining wisdom through true life experiences as we go. In Aries, we have been given opportunities to expand our sense of self-respect, independence, and even bravery.
As these two planets sit on opposing ends of the zodiacal wheel, we may experience an increase in restlessness for something more than what we are currently living through. We may look around and realize we want more from life. Jupiter is all about adventure and Venus is all about pleasure. We could be feeling overwhelmed by how much more we want out of life but don't currently have the means to seek out. Our relationships (Libra /Venus) may feel stifling and restricting vs the potential freedom we might have if we acted without permission (Aries Jupiter), however, we are also aware of how lonely we would feel without our current connections. When we can see how much more is out there to explore, we can use this as inspiration and hope or discouragement and imprisonment.
This combination of energies talking to each other can help us grow our sense of self - worth by furthering our understanding of our right to take up space and honor and respect ourselves just as much as we need to honor and respect others. Venus Opposite Jupiter can expand our social circles, introducing us to people who excite us, teach us, and help us grow.
DO WE NEED TO BEND OR DO WE NEED TO BREAK?
| SATURN SQUARE URANUS
Again, the theme of growing increasingly restless towards what we once were so dependent on continues throughout the month. We have had quite a heavy dose of Saturn over the last couple of years and this month is no different. The planet of cultural responsibility, maturity and delayed gratification has been pushing up against Uranus, the planet of unexpected change, rebellious acts and provocative acts of autonomy. This has been causing us to feel a great sense of obligation towards social responsibilities. Meeting expectations of an idea of who we should aspire to be.
In contrast to Saturn, Uranus is calling into question how much we may be restricting our own potential by committing to responsibilities that are not actually ours to hold, but we have taken them on out of guilt and obligation. There is a feeling of wanting to break free from imposed labels that make it arguably easier to navigate society but harder to love and value our own identity. Be cautious of reaching a breaking point this month. Make sure that if the band-aid is pulled off, it is done with intention and not out of uncontrollable reaction. Make sure the significant and possibly radical changes you are making are done with intention and are well-thought out. We have had nearly three years with this energy to prepare for a rebellious act. Make it count!
LEARNING TO ACCEPT OUR SENSITIVITY | CHIRON OPPOSITIONS
Around the middle of the month, things get fun. And by fun, I mean challenging. This is when we really have to be aware of our emotional triggers and sensitivities. Expressing high amounts of gentleness and kindness will be the key to working through this period of time. The main energy involved is one of Chiron, the Wounded Healer. This is an asteroid that represents our frailty as humans and the empathy that is developed through the acceptance of that. Chiron deals with our sensitive areas and our relationship to perceived weakness. If we are not aware, we can drown within the hurt of this energy. On the other hand, if we focus on kindness and validation, Chiron teaches us how to see the humanity in those deeper sensitivities we may have and make room for the love of the very human parts of this experience.
We first have the Sun and Venus in Libra form an opposition to Chiron in Aries. The Sun strengthens and activates anything it touches. Venus romanticizes and pines for some form of pleasure and happiness in whatever configuration it lies within. With these two energies facing off with Chiron, we are having to confront feelings of being unlikeable, unloveable and undeserving of respect. The Aries/Libra polarity represents self-respect versus mutual respect. As Chiron moves through Aries, we are coming to terms with where we have been made to feel selfish for protecting and looking out for ourselves. We observe the ways where we might have felt that any attempt to defend our personhood resulted in a discouraging defeat. As we have planets in Libra showing us the other side of this equation, this week’s energies can help us see more clearly what relationships allow us to play an equally respected role and which relationships require us to shrink and go without needs.
Tensions will be high this week and Chiron is no stranger to having salt poured in its wounds. I recommend validating your feelings and acknowledging your hurt, but showing yourself and others grace for being human and therefore growing in a non-linear way. We hurt each other, we fall short of what we aspire to be, and we let our past hurts dictate our current reactions. Chiron in Aries is teaching us how to confront these deep wounds of disrespect we may feel within our relationships through recognizing the human struggle of finding the perfect balance between owning one’s identity and having a healthy amount of self-interest- while also maintaining equality with others and making room for their identities and needs.
WHAT DOES BRAVERY LOOK LIKE FOR EACH OF US?
| FULL MOON IN ARIES - OCTOBER 9TH
On October 9th, the Full Moon will shine bright in Aries. Again, the themes of Chiron show up as the Moon lands right on top of this energy. As we have been discussing, Aries is the only Cardinal Fire sign in the zodiac. Cardinal energy seeks to produce results and Fire energy is fueled by self-expression and exploring the experience of having a ‘self’ to embody. Full Moons are times we come into certain insights that clear up something that we were not able to see or understand fully up until now. I repeat, make sure to validate your own emotions and experience. This is a very sensitive lunar phase. We need to be very gentle with ourselves and others at this time.
Trying to get along with others cannot go without meeting our own needs. Meeting our own needs cannot go without getting along with others. This is the lesson we have been learning with Chiron in Aries. We are learning that we need others just as much as we need ourselves. But then we have to ask the question: how do we have it all? We may have to face up to the fact that there are people we love who cannot or will not meet us in the m