Finding Balance in the Midst of Tension
Fall is in the air and so is the ubiquitous Pluto-Uranus square I’ve been yammering about (see examples here, and here, and here) for over a year now. Expect pressure to build over the course of the month through the weekend of November 1st, when Pluto-Uranus complete their dance.
With Sun in diplomatic Libra for most of the month, call upon your interpersonal skills and tact to negotiate high stress situations and restore peace. As tension looks inevitable in October, incorporate stress-reducing activities into your month now. Don’t wait until the energy builds and becomes unbearable.
Libra is about balance, harmony, beauty and our capacity for interconnection. Feed these qualities in your life to make the most of this month.
October 4 – New Moon at 11° 56’ Libra (8:35pm EDT)
We start the month with a high-octane, intense new moon that is plugged into the Uranus-Pluto square and a stressful relationship with Jupiter. At its best, this energy is dynamic and enterprising, allowing you to think outside the box, set your own agenda, and break free of previous limitations. At its worst, it’s so disruptive and challenging you feel like everything is falling apart and the world’s gone crazy. To boot, it’s happening to you because you seemingly lack control or power.
If you fall in the latter category, ask yourself if aspects of your life have become rigid and calcified. In some instances, regeneration requires a complete revolution of those areas that have become so familiar and habitual that we perhaps don’t see how limiting they’ve come to be.
With Uranus-Pluto, you will feel the stress along the fault lines in your life: wherever you feel too confined or feel your life isn’t an authentic expression of you; wherever you feel oppressed or disempowered; wherever you are bored with how things stand. If the foundation is shaky, the house will fall.
The call is to break free before you breakdown. Holding onto the status quo for safety will not bring you the stability you hoped. Reaching out for the new thing, the thing that speaks to you wholly, authentically, is the pathway to take.
With Jupiter involved, all of this can happen in a big way, and the emphasis on Libra points to strains in relationships and a need to rebalance life. Pay attention to what brings beauty, pleasure, and peace to your day and what creates stress. Use this new moon to negotiate for more of what you find restorative and essential to your happiness. Use the stress to highlight what must change, and then the innovation of this new moon to brainstorm on making it happen.
A note of caution: Libra’s shadow side include an obsession with fairness (as she sees it), interpersonal conflicts, and an inability to makes decisions. Do not get caught in a Gordian knot of indecision and resentment because others do not agree with you, value you, or share your assessments. The power of this new moon lies in its ability to negotiate for change and renewal. Collaboration and compromise do not necessarily mean everyone sees it your way, just that you find a solution to which all parties can agree. And negotiations can’t begin until you are clear on your position and decide what you want.
As we’ve been talking about the intensity of Uranus-Pluto days, here are some key dates in which the moon finds herself entangled in their web: October 3, October 10, October 16, and October 23. Emotions and tensions can run high these days. Keep breathing and remember that everyone will be feeling this pressure and perhaps be a bit more reactive than normal.
October 7 – Venus enters Sagittarius (1:54 pm EDT)
After spending a month in the sign of her detriment, Scorpio, Venus leaves the shadows for the open skies of Sagittarius. She may not be particularly warm and snuggly in this sign, but she’s ripe for fun and adventure as long as you don’t fence her in and honor her need to explore less travelled paths. As Venus moves into a stressful relationship with Neptune, decisions concerning people, love, and money are better delayed until after the 10th of this month. Our ability to see clearly is muddied and misunderstandings can occur, usually because our assessments are faulty or we’ve missed critical details.
October 15 – Mars enters Virgo (7:05 am EDT)
Mars enters hyper-efficient Virgo mid-month, so if you have any projects you’ve been putting off, now is the time. Virgo excels at ordering and categorizing, so use its get-up-and-go to bring order to the chaotic corners of your life. Just don’t go overboard and insist on perfection!
October 18 – Full moon eclipse at 25° 45’ Aries, Sun at 25° 45’ Libra (7:38 pm EDT)
The full moon brings to fruition that which is started the new moon. Given we had a supercharged new moon in Libra, issues concerning relationships and balance/imbalance in our lives can come to a head. Use the illumination of the full moon to gain insight and objectivity. What was hidden can come into the light. Eclipse full moons can be game-changers; they can bring opportunities that speed up time and our development, or they can turn life on its head.
The Aries/Libra axis speaks to the need to balance self-interest and cooperation. Aries, full of courage and impulsive enthusiasm, knows what it wants and charges ahead, trusting its desire to lead it where it wishes to go. Considering what others want? Well, that would just slow it down and, besides, that’s every person’s responsibility to his/herself. Libra, on the other hand, deliberates. It trusts its intellect to explore all sides of an issue and comes to a balanced decision before acting. And how others are impacted is an important facet of the deliberations: it’s through understanding others that Libra gains insight into his/herself.
As the new moon points to an opportunity to liberate oneself from stultifying roles within relationships and within one’s life, the full moon may illuminate habitual patterns of relating which need to be released in order to come into the fullness of yourself. For instance, if you are apt to self-advocate and put yourself first, the scales may shift and you may be asked to compromise and collaborate to achieve your goals. And you may learn that the input of others deepens and improves your ideas. If you’re more retiring, you may find yourself in a situation in which you must be more assertive to meet your needs. You may find you need to call on your courage and declare yourself. Either way, the dance of intimacy between self and other come into play.
The day of the full moon (and in the days leading up to it) may find people highly sensitive, irritable and often unable to pinpoint the cause of the frustration. For example, you may find yourself unable to shrug off a comment that you would otherwise ignore and discover yourself feeling highly reactive. With Neptune sitting opposite Mars, we become highly sensitized to anger while simultaneously losing the ability to anchor it in our experience or discharge it. This is a great time to go to the gym and work the tensions out physically.
October 21 – Mercury turns Retrograde at 18°24’ Scorpio (6:28 am EDT)
Mercury, planet of communication and connection, turns retrograde and stays in Scorpio through early December. The influence of Scorpio points to probing questions, deeper scrutiny, and perhaps more secrecy than normal. You may feel less like sharing and more reticent until you really feel like you understand what is going on around you. Trust can become an issue, as information can feel more subterranean and people less forthright.
Don’t be surprised if hidden problems come to light. Take great care with confidences placed in you. For some, secrets create stumbling blocks and place you in uncomfortable positions.
In general, Mercury retrogrades are good periods for revisiting unresolved issues that need brought to a close and are less good for starting new ventures and signing new contracts. Communications can be garbled, schedules fouled. In Scorpio, mix-ups can occur because trust is limited or suspicions prevent full disclosure.
Use Scorpio’s knack for detective work to solve thorny, unresolved problems and get to the bottom of a matter. Find something particularly knotty and dig in.
October 23 – Sun enters Scorpio (2:10 am EDT)
Here we enter into the darker days and the shadowy places in our psyche. Scorpio’s perception is the finest in the zodiac. Want to break free of the chains that bind you? Scorpio will get to the heart of the matter and help you resolve the issue at the roots. Direct this penetrating energy to the areas of your life in which you want to feel more alive. Facing your fears, moving through them, and emerging rejuvenated and reborn is a special Scorpio talent. If your energy has been low, follow Scorpio’s suit.
2013 October Horoscopes
If you know your rising sign (the sign on the ascendant at the time of your birth), read that description as well as your birth sign. If you don’t know your rising sign and would like to find out, click here for instructions.
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ARIES TAURUS GEMINI CANCER LEO VIRGO
LIBRA SCORPIO SAGITTARIUS CAPRICORN AQUARIUS PISCES
Gemstones: Blue Lace Agate
This month, relationships can be stormy or just plain unpredictable. Negotiating a win-win works better than taking a hardline. Dale Carnegie says the best way to influence people is to keep the focus on them. That holds doubly true for you this month. Pay attention to other’s psychology and dig deep into what motivates them. Somewhere in their needs and wants lies the key that unlocks everything, including the secret to getting them to come around to your way of thinking.
This new and full moon activate your work and service axis. If you’ve wanted to put in place a new health routine, the new moon is a good time to start and giving to others this month feeds your soul. Stocktaking around the give-and-take in relationships or decisions around partnerships with other may reach a peek near the full moon. Patience is a virtue of yours. Wait until December to make any big calls.
October brings opportunities to enjoy yourself despite your busy schedule. Decisions and serious discussions at work demand your attention, but don’t let that prevent you from circulating. Gatherings with friends help with stress and bring creative insights. Early in the month you’re able to get clear on priorities and to be decisive. Later in the month you’ll discover that your proactive stance has gained you allies.
With Jupiter in your sign until next summer, you can create your opportunities and find yourself in the right place at the right time. The trick this month is to avoid pushing too hard too fast and to enlist others in your vision and truths. If you get arrogant, you lose your audience. If you’re too reticent, no one understands what you have to offer. If you feel balanced at your core and at peace, then you’ll find the resources needed to shake things up in a good way.
Gemstones: Lapis Azuli
If you don’t watch your wallet this month, it could be easy come, easy go, so keep a close eye and avoid impulse purchases. If you’ve been in the mood to write, take advantage of this moon cycle. You have the ability to get across your ideas in ways that are graceful, powerful, and innovative. You may find you need more time alone at home this month or at least moments to ponder deeply. Carve out that time.
Watch your stress and anger at the start of this month. It’s in the background like a low-grade hum and may come out inappropriately if you’re not careful. Focus on your values, on what brings beauty into your life, and how to make income in a way that feels like it honors your worth. Around the full moon, your nerves may feel frayed, especially as it’s hard to read people and misunderstandings can run rampant. When in doubt, do something physical. Then decide to react after you’ve burnt off some steam.
Happy birthday, Libra! The spotlight is on you and you may feel the pressure is as well. You may need to act without proper time to deliberate and everything is happening at once. Big. Deep. Breaths. This month everything feels to be on your shoulders and you hate going it alone, but in reality you have support, it’s just the pace that’s so overwhelming. Financially, err on the side of caution so delay decisions until December when possible. Things lighten up after the 18th.
Gemstones: Rose Quartz
You may feel weighted down this month, as pressures build in the background. Best tactic? A bit of alone time and paying attention to your daily routines so you feel anchored in a healthy rhythm. Inspiration comes from your spiritual aspirations and tapping into your generosity, so if you feel yourself getting heavy, practice a bit of gratitude and acknowledge the people you love. Your spirit will soar.
Decisions made in haste now may swing back around and be repented in leisure, so gather more information and wait for December to roll around if you have concerns. That said, it’s a fine time to think about your plans for the future and bounce your ideas off of like-minded others. Just hold off on finalizing your ideas until you do some research. Friends are a source of pleasure this month, so make sure you get out and circulate!
You’ll feel the stress of this new moon cycle primarily around work and your life direction. If your career feels stalled, this month should kick it into gear. If you’re already busy at work, expect the pace to quicken. By mid-month, miscommunications can become charged, especially with those who don’t hold the same beliefs as you. Adopt the methods of judo – don’t engage opponents head on, but use evasion and adjustment to reduce the power struggle and allow gentleness to overcome hardness.
Use this month to make a philosophical shift away from black-and-white thinking to entertaining others’ positions. Pay attention to your beliefs and truths and whether you’re open to letting others impact and inform what you feel you know. Hard truths need to be examined; other sides and possibilities entertained. Decisions about your career and direction can wait until December. Wait and see what new information emerges before determining the best course.
They say when one door closes another one opens. Slam the door shut this month and embrace the endings occurring around you. Clear up shared debts, tidy your financials as a way to start. Release any urge to cling to the past or to your expectations of how things should be, and instead tie up old business and prepare for the next stage. Mid-month you may find yourself feeling hyper-sensitive and seemingly surrounded by irritable people. Take a bath, play with friends, and let it all drop away.
TO FIND YOUR RISING SIGN (the Ascendant):
You’ll need the following information: date of birth, place of birth, and, most importantly, time of birth. Go to the following webpage and select “Extended Chart Selection” at the bottom right section of the page.
- Select the bar which says “Click here to show the chart,” which is to the right and above the “Options” area of the page.
- You should find yourself at another page. Select “Click here to go directly to data entry page.”
- You’ll be taken to the data entry page. Enter your birth data and click on “Continue.”
- Your natal chart with the positions will appear. At the upper left, look for the information in red text. Your rising sign appears after the word “Ascendant.”
- You can print the chart if you like, too.