October is an intense month with the second pair of lunar- and solar eclipses happening this year. The eclipses take place on October 8th and 23rd. The partial solar eclipse on October 23rd can be seen in much of North America and in East Asia. Mercury goes retrograde and will transit over Rahu twice during this month.
Sun / Rahu conjunction
As we enter the month of October the attention first goes to Virgo, the sign of health and service. This is the sign where the Sun resides at this time. The planet representing vitality, authority and leadership is approaching Rahu, the north node of the Moon. On October 12th their conjunction is exact.
The Sun and Rahu are enemies. The bright light of the Sun disturbs the shadowy nature of Rahu. However, Rahu has the power to overcome the Sun by casting a shadow over his light.Their incompatibility can result in power issues, as well as anxiety and fear.
Mercury goes retrograde
Mercury, the ruler of Virgo, goes retrograde between October 4th and October 25th. He will transit over Rahu twice during this time: these transits will be exact on October 21st and 29th. Although Rahu likes the energy of Mercury, and Mercury is strong in his own sign Virgo, their conjunction can create confusion. Since Mercury is also retrograde we need to make an extra effort to be clear in our communication. It may be harder to think rationally and to communicate with clarity.
A total lunar eclipse
The full moon and a total lunar eclipse takes place in the sign of Pisces on October 8th. The Moon is situated between Ketu, who connects us with the past, and Uranus who is quick, unpredictable and rebellious. Both planets can manifest sudden changes. Ketu can manifest rejection. Sometimes we need to examine and reflect on the past but with Ketu and Uranus so close to the Moon changes may happen so fast that we do not have time to think. We are often unprepared. The position of Jupiter in the sign of Cancer, ruled by the Moon, is well placed and strongly influences the Moon both by aspect and by exchanging signs. This is positive and can enhance our humanitarian and spiritual ideals.
Sun and Venus in Libra
The Sun moves into the sign of his debilitation, Libra, on October 17th and joins his enemy Saturn. Venus joins them both on October 19th which could greatly improve the situation except that Venus will be very close to the Sun for the rest of the month, a condition known as combustion.
Mars enters Sagittarius
The planetary energies become more difficult when Mars moves into Sagittarius on October 18th. Mars will no longer receive Jupiter’s benefic aspect and is instead aspected by Saturn. Mars will now aspect Jupiter and Ketu. During the time of the solar eclipse and throughout the month Jupiter stands alone receiving the energy of three malefic planets: Mars, Saturn and Ketu.
The solar eclipse
The solar eclipse takes place on October 23rd at around 6 degrees Libra in the star constellation Chitra. The main star in Chitra is called Spica. The eclipse will dim the light from this otherwise bright and beautiful star reminding us that sometimes we need to search and dig deep in order to find true light and beauty. We can struggle in darkness but even if something is hidden from sight it does not mean it is not there. The need for self-realization becomes stronger.
As October comes to an end this will also mark the end of Saturn’s transit through Libra during the past two and a half years. Saturn moves into Scorpio on November 2nd. More about that next month!