“Double, double, toil and trouble,” the Planets are brewing the perfect potion for devilishly delicious Halloween season. Wanna taste?
Jupiter, that planet of integrity, truth-seeking and eternal optimism, plunges into the fathomless depths of Scorpio, which he’ll be exploring for the next year. He’ll bring his wit and wisdom to make you laugh, even in the gloomiest moments. Of which there may be plenty.
Of course, what kind of story would this be if it didn’t have a love interest. Venus and Mars, gods of beauty and war, celebrate their passionate union of opposites. Making you ponder the question: “Love? Magic? What’s the difference?”
And with Pluto winning the award for Best Supporting Actor this month, you know there’s power waiting to be unearthed from your decent into the depths.
Here’s the story’s week-by-week unfolding. If you dare…
“I believe it’s Magic” Mick Smiley (Ghostbusters)
Week 40 Oct. 1-7
Alchemical magic simmers this week at the goddess of desire Venus makes her annual union with hot-and-ambitious Mars at 18 Virgo on Thursday, Oct. 5.
Turning up the intensity on their union is their dual trines to Pluto – Oct. 1 for Mars, Oct. 3 for Venus. As the underworld god Pluto, who oversees the primal forces of creation, harmonizes with the complimentary opposites of Venus and Mars, you’re sure to have sex, or magic, or maybe even sex-magic, on your mind.
Adding more fuel to their simmering fire, the Aries Full Moon at 12 Aries squares Pluto on Oct. 5. This full moon is formed by the alignment of Sun in Venus-ruled Libra, Moon in Mars-ruled Aries, just a couple hours since Venus’ and Mars’ first union. Can you say: “That was fun. Let’s do it again!”
Week 41 Oct. 8-14
Sunday’s an ideal day to give yourself a mini-retreat to reflect and get organized for the month ahead. Oct. 8 features a 12-hour extra-long void moon, so things are likely to seem a little quieter-than-usual as people withdraw and recharge. Venus gets down to business when she squares Saturn in the morning; you might find knocking a few things off your to-do list more soothing than Sunday brunch.
The rational Mercury meets the Sun’s practical wisdom on Monday morning at 15 Libra; both squaring Pluto at 16 Capricorn. Set aside some time to think things through and come up with action plans for what you really want. Now’s the time to start taking steps to make it happen.
The big news of the astrological week — jovial Jupiter’s entry into brooding Scorpio on Oct. 10. For the next year, we’ll all feel Jupiter’s truth-telling urge well up in the deepest, most private places of ourselves. Good luck with keeping your mouth shut!
Roll up your sleeves on Wednesday and Thursday: disciplined Saturn receives visits from chatty Mercury and driven Mars. These days may be extra-productive, if you can stick to it and resist distraction’s temptation – especially distracting people (especially social media). The Last Quarter Moon in Cancer on Oct. 12 may leave you feeling a little out-of-sorts in any case; so you might as well suck it up and get whatever you’ve been avoiding done…
… because on Saturday when sweet Venus comes home to Libra, you’ll want to go out and play. And, if you’ve been following the script this week. You’ll deserve the break. Make a date to do something you enjoy.
Week 42 Oct. 15-21
Keep your note-taking implements at hand this week to catch the fresh insights beaming in from cosmic realms. Mercury and the Sun both face off with the evolutionary revolutionary Uranus this week, prodding you with his lightning shocks to perceive the world new ways (well, new to you at any rate.)
Still adjusting to Jupiter’s shift into the Scorpionic lair? Mercury’s stopping by to help you clarify a few things. As he meets Jupiter on Oct. 18, set aside some extra journaling time to dig deep and ask yourself about your deepest desires, and how social expectations, shame or anger may be keeping you from pursuing them.
The New Moon at 26 Libra on Oct. 19 would ordinarily be a moment for making peace with the world, finding diplomatic ways to make peace with the world. However, this lunation occurs doing the Uranus opposition to the Sun – the time of year when Uranus is closest to the Earth. It’s also one time a year Uranus emerges from his retrograde shadow, to jump start the next cycle. Keep your eyes – and mind – open for the unexpected.
Week 43 Oct. 22-28
The cosmic tides shift again early this week. Just-do-it Mars is forced to don his dress uniform when he enters Libra on Oct. 22; he’ll be stuck dancing at the cotillian for the next six weeks.
Then on Monday, Oct. 23, the Sun joins the planet party in Scorpio. It’s officially that time of year when things go bump in the night. Prepare to embrace the Dark Side, or scare yourself silly, whichever you prefer.
Fair warning: Oct. 24 is a complicated day. The Moon’s aspects to Saturn and Mars will make you feel like you need to work. Meanwhile Mercury’s trine to Neptune, plus a Void Moon for much of the afternoon, may leave you more prone to day-dreaming rather than day-doing. Be gentle with yourself.
You may find yourself breaking into the Halloween candy early as the Sun meets Jupiter on Monday. This annual meeting often feels fantastic; just remember, Jupiter’s happy to expand your horizons, as well as your waistline. So, perhaps the candy, at least, in moderation.
The Halloween season is in full swing as trickster Mercury and sensual Venus trick-or-treat at Pluto’s lair on Oct. 17. If you’re brave enough to enter the abyss, who knows what treasures await inside?