Patricia Godden writes: 'At the beginning of the second week of October, Mercury in Scorpio is opposite retrograde Uranus in Taurus. Deep and profound thoughts could be at odds with novel ideas and concepts that relate to the practicalities of life. While this can lead to some tension, there is also the potential to make unusual associations that could open up a way forward.

During the second week of October, retrograde Mars in Aries is square Pluto in Capricorn. A lot of energy may be put into bringing about changes that have been considered over the months that Pluto was retrograde. Our desires and will may be at variance with profound changes that are happening in life. Moderating actions may be more productive than rash or impetuous deeds. As retrograde Mars is trine to the south node of the Moon in Sagittarius and sextile to the north node of the Moon in Gemini, there are opportunities to integrate wisdom from the past into everyday communication in order to find a way through current challenges.

There is a sextile between Jupiter in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces during the second and third weeks of October. As Jupiter is the planet of optimism, opportunity and expansion, and Neptune the planet of vision and transcending boundaries, there could be opportunities to go beyond what has been done before and incorporate spiritual ideals into the structures of everyday life.

Mercury goes retrograde three times every year, each time for about three weeks. These periods are essential to allow a deeper, inner level of thinking and for new thoughts to emerge from the subconscious. Mercury goes retrograde on 15th October in the water element of Scorpio. This gives us the opportunity to think more deeply about our emotional responses and behaviours. Could we make life more peaceful by changing how we react to situations?

Read more from Patricia Astrological update on 7th October 2020

Jane Lewis writes: With the Sun’s ingress into Scorpio we detect a change of energy from air into water. Having seen both sides of the argument in Libra, we nose-dive into the deeply personal world of emotion rooted in subconscious fears and insecurities which give rise to irrational struggles for power through the influence of Pluto and Mars. Scorpio’s twin and opposite sign unavoidably brings into play the themes, issues and challenges of Taurus too.

Glancing back at Libra, whose glyph ♎ suggested the sun above rising over the earth below, we reflected on the symmetry between heavenly and man-made laws. As we come under Mars and Pluto’s influence in Scorpio we may quake at the thought of that fearful symmetry because of the natural karmic outworking of those laws generated by our own past actions, individually and nationally. We might well be fearful and act defensively in an attempt to protect ourselves and hold onto what we’ve got. 2020 has been a cruel year for many as we’ve witnessed the massed forces of Mars, Pluto and Saturn working together with Jupiter in the sign of its fall, Capricorn.

It is important to remember, though, that the planets do not cause anything at all. Rather, it is the Supreme Being which the Sun symbolises that is the Source and Origin of all, the Divine Cause. By this we do not mean the physical sun we see in the sky which is simply the outer radiation of the far greater Spiritual Being behind it which generates that radiance. The physical planets are like physical limbs of the Sun Being, each physical ball of rock or mass of gas being simply the outer form of an inner conscious being we call planetary angels, all of them acting under the orders of Supreme High Command. It’s better to think of the planets as agents, let’s say law enforcing agencies of the Supreme Being from which issue the immutable laws that of life.

Read more from Jane Fearful Symmetry

Jane Lewis writes: 'Over our many incarnations, we are given infinite opportunities to experience everything possible in order to gain knowledge about the whole of life, about the All. As the sun moves to the equinox point of the year, (it entered cardinal air sign Libra on 22nd September), we reach a point of balance when hours of day light equal hours of darkness. Libra’s symbol is the Scales, Venus is its ruler and there is a close link with Saturn, the Lord of Karma, which is exalted in this sign. Libra is also associated with the seventh house of the horoscope, the house of marriage, partnership and relationship. In a sense, the balance of day and night time hours is suggestive of a harmonious balance between the Sun and Earth, giving a nod to the perfect marriage between heaven and earth.

The sun in Libra this month draws our attention not to what we need and want, but on others. Now the Sun is opposite the spring equinox sign Aries which, at the lower level, is more about me and mine than you and yours. Libra is about duality which sets up a relationship between the polarity of two opposing positions, this automatically creating a third point of relationship in between, the balance point of the scales. For this reason, Libra and the 7th house concern mediation. And so Libra is not just about being more aware and tolerant of others, of ‘you’, but centres attention on us and ours, on the collective All.
As the cardinal air sign, Libra gives rational distance and objectivity. From its airy vantage point we have an opportunity to view things in a less personal and self-concerned way, we can stand back with greater detachment to consider things in a more balanced, rational and logical way, appreciating what is fair and just.

The scales in question are the Scales of Justice, Libra being very much about legal matters. Humanity has to learn about all the laws that govern our existence so that we can live in a balanced state of peace, harmony and beauty. This dual sign reminds us of the hermetic axiom “as above, so below”. Therefore, this month is a good time to remind ourselves about what those laws are: lower laws and higher laws, manmade and god-given, physical and metaphysical, earthly and universal.

Read more: Seeing Both Sides

At the start of the last week in September, Mercury in Libra, the sign that seeks harmony and balance, is opposite retrograde Mars, the planet of initiative and drive for action. Both of these planets are square Saturn, still retrograde in Capricorn. There could be some tension during this period of dynamic change due to a sense of urgency but also of wanting to get things right. New ideas may not be welcome by all. It could be beneficial to be patient. Time and effort may be necessary to draw up guidelines that are fair for all sides.

For two days during the last week of September, Venus in Leo is quincunx Pluto and retrograde Saturn in Capricorn. The sense of self in relation to the authorities may feel challenged but as Venus is sextile to the north node of the Moon in Gemini, talking about the different facets of what is going on could help.

The Sun will be quincunx Uranus for a couple of days at the end of September and the beginning of October. It could be a time when we adjust to what is happening around us. Whatever this might be, this quincunx shines light on truth. Adapting to different conditions could help us move forward on our path to bring greater truth and light to Earth. About this time, Saturn and Pluto go direct: Saturn on 30th September and Pluto on 5th October. Ideas and plans considered during the months when these planets were retrograde will begin to manifest at an outer level over the next few weeks.

Read more: Astrological update on 25th September 2020

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