You have been pulled in all directions lately, Capricorn. You have felt strong in yourself and committed to your path, even as you begin to also debate just what that path might entail. There is a wild side to what you are currently wishing for, and you feel inclined to venture out on more than a few limbs, although your naturally cautious nature holds you back. There are more challenges and alterations coming at you in this current month as you head toward the end of a climactic year. Venus turns retrograde in your sector of social involvement and future plans, so that you will be reconsidering almost everything about the way you see yourself moving forward. Key relationships in your life and career choices could also be subject to an introspective look as you seek the hidden motivation for your actions. Through all this, you find yourself articulating your beliefs and values with the utmost dedication, and proceeding to act upon them.
The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School
On October 1st and 2nd, the month gets started with a square from Mercury in Libra in your tenth house of career to Pluto in your home sign of Capricorn. Your identity is on the line. You will be looking for the right balance between public diplomacy and personal honesty, between towing the company line and yet not compromising your own integrity. Messages, communication, and information may contain unusual depth and transformative power right now, in general, and it’s also a great time to get to the bottom of things in a fair and rational manner.
On October 5th, Venus will turn retrograde in Scorpio in your eleventh house of groups, friends, and aspirations, announcing a period of revision and reflection regarding your social circles, organizations or group affiliations you belong to, and the values you share, or do not share, with others. Though you are generally a patient friend and ally, you may need to consider changing your allegiances or confronting others. Though this transit may bring deeper emotional and relational turmoil than you prefer, it will be worth it to address whatever is appearing right now before it festers into a deeper form of resentment or difficulty in the future. You may also be looking at recurring themes from your past, or within old relationships and feeling ready to move on from things or people that no longer serve you. Overall, the biggest question you will be asking yourself is, “What do I really value and desire, and how do the groups or people I surround myself with help me to embody those values in the life I’m leading'”
On October 8th, the New Moon in Libra lands in your tenth house of career, emphasizing that new seeds and perhaps new projects or social connections are being planted in your profession, the fruits of which will likely arrive throughout the thirty days ahead. There is personal transformation involved at many levels, not least of which involving your feelings of identity, of who and what you really are. You could easily become confused about the decision point behind your actions, and for how much of your sense of your own internal priorities you can bring to the table of your outer world performance.
On October 10th Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your eleventh house of friends and groups will square Mars in Aquarius in your second house of money and resources, and at the same time, Mercury enters Scorpio and will oppose rebellious Uranus in the sign of Taurus and your fifth house of creativity. Your priorities are changing across the board, from your creative decisions, to the way you spend your time, money, energy, and resources, to the people you surround yourself with. You are likely at a crossroads where many things are demanding attention, and nothing can be neglected. With your ruling planet Saturn prominent in your home sign of Capricorn right now, it’s important to remember that you are in many ways redefining yourself, and should seek allegiances with those who share similar priorities. These selected others may help you to shoulder the burdens you’re feeling, for otherwise you may have the tendency to go it alone or take on too much. This is also a great time to consider ideas or solutions that are unusual or coming from outside the box!
On October 11th, the Sun in Libra in your tenth house of career will exactly square Pluto in your home sign of Capricorn. Watch for changes of management or duties in the workplace. You may be asked to take on a role that will put you into the spotlight a bit more in the workplace, or you may be doing something that is gaining you greater respect or notoriety, but with Pluto in your first house it’s also important that you be asking the questions, “Is this what I really want' Is this my truth' Can I stand behind things as they are right now'” Whatever personal or professional doubts you might be having, trust that they are valid and worth exploring.
October 19th, Mercury in Scorpio in your eleventh house of friends and groups will square Mars in your second house of money and resources. It’s a great time to look at what you are giving in comparison to what you are getting from different friends or groups that you belong to, and it’s an especially good time to analyze or assess social or financial strategies for success. You may be prone to mental or verbal agitation or combativeness, so be careful of being in social situations that are over-stimulating or even provoking on some level.
Lastly, the Full Moon of October 24th will conjoin Uranus in Taurus in your fifth house of creativity and oppose Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your eleventh house of friends and groups. With Venus in Scorpio also set to oppose Uranus in Taurus on October 30th, and with Venus moving backward into Libra the next day, the end of the month packs a creative punch. It’s a great time to rediscover your inner child, to look for unusual or eccentric ways of spending your time, personally as well as professionally, or to explore a new social or romantic connection. Once again, it’s likely that you are experiencing serious relationship changes this month, but there is no reason that you cannot do some healthy experimentation along the way. In fact, with Uranus currently in the fifth house, in a close trine to your ruling planet, Saturn, it’s the perfect time to creatively reinvent yourself as you also refine and hone your commitments.
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The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.
The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.
Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.
Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.
Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.
Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.
Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith (as represented by Jupiter). It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.
Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.
Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.
Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.
Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in 1977, and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers.
As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.
The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies.
The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.
In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman (or man) who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other.
While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.
The Part of Fortune (from the Latin Pars Fortuna) is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.
Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.
Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.
Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.
Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.
Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.
Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.
Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.
Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.
Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.
Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.
Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.
Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.