Posted on September 30, 2023 by Henry Seltzer of ASTROGRAPH.COM
This is pivotal month for you, Libra, in ways that may involve collaboration as well as tuning in to all that you hold inside. The month begins as the twin retrogrades of Mercury and Venus are finally winding down their post-retrograde shadow periods through key sectors of your chart, so that an extended time is closing of looking within yourself for answers to important questions that you have been formulating over the past month or more. You have been investigating future direction and inner work, as well as the alignment between your societal contribution through concrete work in the world and your deepest principles and values. The New Moon and Solar Eclipse of October 14th in your sign is significant for you and represents a fulcrum for achieving significant evolutionary change. You could also see greater awareness of inner wounding begin to emerge – potentially in connection with your relationship dynamic – and if so, it is for accepting, nurturing, and healing these issues. Partners are helpful to you now, particularly in stabilizing your own moral compass and sense of internal guidance toward what you are reaching for at soul level. The month’s final two weeks might be the perfect time to take concerted action.
The following was written by our guest columnist Alea Balzer. You can write her at email@example.com
October arrives on the heels of a Full Moon in your Aries sphere of partnerships. This was part of the 30-day lunation cycle engendered by the Virgo New Moon of 14 September, which is still evolving over the first two weeks of the current month, and which calls attention to your interior and spiritual world. Topics emerging within this realm as significant to the current Virgo lunation cycle may also be intertwined with the upcoming Solar Eclipse in your sign arriving on October 14th. The influence of Uranus in Taurus is stamped upon the current cycle as well, offering liberation through inner transformation and the energetic, material, and karmic ramifications of intimacy and unexpected variety of deep emotional experience.
Virgo corresponds to your twelfth sector of unconscious process and inner work, an area also associated with the struggle of emerging from the birth canal. As you embark on a period of evolution related to the emerging eclipse cycle across your spheres of identity and partnership this month, you might consider your internal explorations and release processes as similarly generative—inextricably linked to something new that is making its way into your world.
With all inner planets direct and Mercury finally escaping its retrograde shadow by venturing into fresh territory, you may feel this month that things are finally moving forward. However, the first three days feature Mercury's opposition to Neptune in Pisces, extending the retrograde theme of rest and retreat. This could also amplify feelings of disillusionment in your daily grind or raise topics related to health, dissociative habits, or the care you give to others. Mercury's applying trine to Pluto in Capricorn additionally suggests big shifts on the home and family front that could arise to affect your frame of mind.
Moving from inner insight to implementation and articulation is another theme on the 4th when Mercury enters your sign, placing further focus on your trajectory and its embodiment. Mercury is associated with the Magician card in the Tarot, so that the magic of words and of unique thought forms is at your disposal. This transit supports self-assertion. Despite the initial discomfort of disturbing the peace, honest discourse will give rise to more authentic relationships based on the integrity of all parties. Simple practices can be nourishing; perhaps you challenge your inner critic by speaking to yourself in positive statements daily.
Pluto in the early going of October also calls attention to foundational themes, as it remains almost stationary in the sky, turning direct on the 10th, and is also tied to building intensity in your sign. Mars' conjunction with the South Lunar Node in Libra as it applies to a square with Pluto sets the scene during October’s first week. These transits could amplify aspects of yourself or your life that have been pushed out of sight and require attention, possibly connected to early childhood experiences or your lineage. Themes of harmony vs. self-sacrifice may come up during Mars' square to Pluto between the 5th and the 9th, which could see resentments come to a head around needs or independence within family and domestic settings.
Venus ingresses into your Virgo sphere of the unconscious on the 8th. As your ruling planet moves into new ground for the first time since July, it comes into an opposition with Saturn in Pisces, which may point to the consequences of what was revealed to you during its retrograde through your sphere of community and long-term ambitions. Perhaps you feel lost or lonely as certain friendships or life dreams reach their limit; trust that changes now serve a more authentic path that aligns with your values. This transit may also bring up mental health or embodiment issues and the shadows of habitual behaviors. Solitary time spent in nature, meditation, listening to music, being creative, or any practice that connects you to the numinous will be nourishing, allowing you to sit with the less integrated aspects of yourself with compassion.
Mars moves into Scorpio on the 11th. In the sign of its co-rulership, it offers a revitalizing thrust of enthusiasm for strategic action on resource-related goals over the next six weeks. Mercury in Libra is deft in the art of conversation; harness this to support salary and contract negotiating processes and let your passions guide the way. Be it skill development or entrepreneurial efforts, confidence in your abilities and instincts will inspire meaning in how you spend your time and energy. A trine from Mars to Saturn indicates action now will support an ongoing restructuring in your daily life.
The New Moon and Solar Eclipse in your sign on October 14th opens a six-month cycle of accelerated change and expansion related to your identity, appearance, and ambitions that is linked to evolution in your one-on-one partnerships. As a child of Venus, your sign is an expert in recognizing and attending to beauty outside of yourself. With the planet of love ruling this eclipse from the sphere of your inner world, you may be called to prioritize your own care, satisfaction, and self-discovery as you locate a new equilibrium that honors coexisting needs for autonomy and those of loving, sharing, and cooperating with others.
A solar eclipse features issues of light and dark, as the Moon comes between the earth and the Sun obscuring the solar rays. There is also the connection to unconscious process within you based on the sign position in Virgo of Venus, your ruler. You might look at this significant astrological moment for you as an occasion to balance the lightness and the darkness also, within yourself, seeking a new amalgam of balance and integration.
This major reset is followed by Mercury moving through the heart of the Sun on the 19th. A square from the Sun and Mercury to Pluto is also active from the 18th to the 21st. This transit may give rise to rejuvenation or insight related to your life path. Perhaps it empowers honest expression of your ideas or boundaries, particularly as it may align with intense conversations within domestic settings. You could also receive news about a family or property-related situation or be going deep into your family history.
Personal resources, values, and skills emerge as a focus from the 21st as Mercury enters Scorpio, followed by the Sun on the 23rd. Both planets are supported by a trine to Saturn in Pisces—you have the drive and the mindset to funnel into daily responsibilities and health routines at this time.
On October 28th, Taurus Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in your eighth sector of intimacy and personal transformation closes out eclipse season for the year. This sphere of your chart speaks to the truth that to live is to be enmeshed with others, and within your own unconscious depths; materially, emotionally, and energetically. This is the culmination of eclipses across the Taurus-Scorpio axis dating back to late 2021, which may have aligned with significant personal transformation, possibly through topics related to death, debt, money, and intimacy. As this cycle closes out, a contractual relationship, shared financial situation, or relationship may also be drawing to a new chapter or an end. Such shifts will support your individual agency involving your bonds with others.
Emotions could run high at this lunation due to Mercury's conjunction with Mars in Scorpio, active from the 27th until the 30th. Both planets form an opposition to Jupiter in Taurus, which could represent expansion in the realm of intimate connection, or perhaps inflate tensions around conflicting values prompting challenging conversations around money or benefits you give or receive from others. As the second eclipse this month that is ruled by Venus, your ruler, you may trust that the changes being activated at this time are in service of a realignment to what you value and love that ultimately serves you and your deeper soul intention moving forward. This may help you to cultivate a deeper connection to your inner essence that will strengthen your sense of purpose and anchor you in your relationship with the world and its people.