This week we see a contrast between what’s pretty (Libra) and not so pretty (Scorpio, Pluto).
October 1st sees a square between Venus in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn. This is a crisis between hidden power/ truths (Pluto) versus polite social interactions (Venus). It's the shadow behind what you want. All one-on-one exchanges will have a manipulative edge.
Pluto direct on October 3rd can push you through the above crisis as deep transformations, “deaths” and emerging truths roll forward. Progress will be uncomfortable but necessary. Adding to this, Mercury enters Pluto -ruled Scorpio on the same day, adding depth to all communication and information. Mercury will station RX in Scorpio on October 31st.
Mars enters Libra on October 4th. The planet of action and anger cannot express itself directly in Venus -ruled Libra. And yet, this can be one of the more competitive placings for Mars (Libra is a Cardinal sign).
On October 6th, the Libra Sun squares the Nodes (South Node in Capricorn/ North Node in Cancer). Transiting planets in Libra have been squaring the Nodes since September 22nd, so this issue (a choice between familiar past versus unfamiliar future) is not new. The Sun will energize this in a general way as you continue to address the balance between South Node rules/ limits versus North Node emotional authenticity.
Venus in your partnership sector square Pluto can trigger compulsive attractions or struggles for power: dominance can become more important then the relationship. Professional partnerships or issues involving career, success or jealousy can be especially troublesome. Pluto direct in your career sector can intensify the above but will also signal forward movement regarding a career change or your future goals; a new path is emerging as old definitions of success die.
Mercury into your sector of shared resources can take a relationship conversation to a deeper level and encourage you to look at the underside of what you share. Debts, taxes, your partner’s finances or intimacy are topics that you'll be having authentic conversations about. This placement favours intensive research and psychological exploration. Mercury’s retrograde on October 31st promises to extend the discussions and deep insights.
Mars into your relationship sector can see your partner taking the initiative while drawing your attention to the importance of balanced actions, the motivations of others and an equal exchange of effort. It's not always up to you to get things started.
The Sun in your partnership sector square the Nodes can highlight an ongoing choice between old rules/career goals versus new domestic developments. This issue first gained prominence around September 22nd.
Venus in your sector of routine square Pluto suggests unbalanced and compulsive energies around health, obligations or service to others. You may feel that your efforts are not appreciated or that you're not receiving the help you want. Consider the difference between what you need versus what you want. In some cases there can be excessive fixations on self-improvement. Pluto direct in your sector of opportunities signals progress in the areas of travel, education, legal matters or publishing. This can help you move past any crises in work or health. Let go of what you cannot control.
Mercury into your partnership sector signals a deeply honest relationship conversation that can raise some uncomfortable issues. Now is not the time to avoid the truth: your partner may bring up issues that you'd rather avoid but it’s beneficial to go deep. Mercury’s retrograde on October 31st will extend the conversation while reactivating issues from the past.
Mars into your sector of routine can signal more work and more obligations but can also help you approach them in a balanced way. You may veer between doing nothing and doing way too much before you find the sweet spot: this is part of the process.
The Sun in your sector of routine square the Nodes highlights a choice that's had your attention since September 22nd. A rule, law or official statement signals limits around how far you can go. It's up to you to choose an unfamiliar but more satisfying way of expressing yourself. Perhaps it's time to speak out about what works best for you.
Venus in your sector of self-expression square Pluto can trigger obsessive and misguided attractions or the desire to overdo it regarding money/self- indulgence. The intensity of what you want will be driven by complicated impulses. Pay attention to deeper issues of control, fear of loss or fear of change. Pluto direct in your sector of shared resources can forcibly push you through the above crisis via an ending or removal of what you thought you wanted. The more you fixate, the greater the chances of something being taken away. Watch for changes in the areas of debts, taxes, your partner’s finances or intimacy.
Mercury into your sector of routine can see you digging for solutions in a work or health matter. Excellent for getting to the bottom of what needs to be corrected. Also good for deeply honest conversations with co-workers. Mercury retrograde on October 31st will extend this issue by uncovering more information.
Mars into your sector of self-expression can increase your motivation to go after what you want regarding a new attraction, flirtation, children /pregnancy or creative work. Too, you could feel like cutting loose. Use caution; once the pendulum swings too far in one direction it can be difficult to make it back to centre.
The Sun in your sector of self- expression square the Nodes highlights an ongoing choice that's been active since September 22nd. Old habits and limits regarding shared finances/ intimacy can be exchanged for unfamiliar but ultimately more secure habits and approaches to money/emotions that nurture your independence. Consider the ultimate goal of what you’re trying to create: is it for you or someone else?
Venus in your domestic sector square Pluto can trigger intense issues with a domestic partner. Their desire for control or change can push you off balance. At the same time, this can expose an unsettling facet of your home life. Pluto direct in your partnership sector signals progress in the above issue and in your relationship. Changes in your partner’s life and in your definition of self as partner will intensify.
Mercury into your sector of self- expression can encourage you to speak openly and honestly about what you want. Some of what you say can make others uncomfortable but this can also be a deeply fruitful time for creative work, romance or just being yourself. Mercury retrograde on October 31st can see you second-guessing your words or looking more deeply at how honestly you express yourself.
Mars into your domestic sector can activate issues at home/with family. Relocation, renovations, family arguments or general domestic activity can swing between extremes before you find a balanced way of juggling all this activity.
The Sun in your domestic sector square the Nodes (including the North Node in your sign) highlights an ongoing issue with a domestic partner that's been active since September 22nd. Their rules or your commitment to the relationship will have to be balanced with newly emerging personal goals.
Venus in your communication sector square Pluto suggest gracious, complementary or flirtatious conversations with a manipulative undertone. The “nice” words may have strings attached. Pluto direct in your sector of routine can push you through this crisis via progress in a work or health situation. Changes in your daily life involving efforts to address unhealthy habits can gain traction.
Mercury into your domestic sector can trigger investigation into family secrets or the history of your current dwelling. Family discussions can go deeper and Mercury retrograde on October 31st will extend this issue.
Mars into your communication sector can activate the urge to assert yourself verbally even as you deal with extremes of politeness versus bluntness. It may take some effort to find the middle ground between gracious versus honest.
The Sun in your communications sector square the Nodes hi-lights a choice that's been active since September 22nd. This is about thinking or speaking according to practical but outdated rules versus unknown but emotionally satisfying areas that are ripe for exploration. This could be about putting words to what was previously secret or undefined.
Venus in your sector of personal resources square Pluto can trigger jealousy, competition or insecurity regarding financial resources or attraction. But as Pluto stations direct in your sector of self- expression the above situation will progress as a compulsive attraction or urge to prove yourself (or satisfy yourself) moves forward. This is a chance to look at what you really want and why.
Mercury into your communication sector can intensify your ability to identify others’ weak points, flaws or psychological issues. Too, this can be an excellent time for self- analysis or research. Mercury retrograde on October 31st can see you questioning everything that's been said. Conversations from the past can also gain new life.
Mars into your sector of personal resources can activate ambitions to earn or look out for yourself. Consider the balance between self-preservation versus anxiety- driven actions. Fear is not helpful but balanced ambition is.
The Sun in your sector of personal resources square the Nodes clarifies a choice that has been active since September 22nd. This is about stepping away from old rules around how you express yourself versus putting yourself out there (emotionally) in public. Your emotional connection to the public can make you feel vulnerable, but ultimately it will be more nurturing.
Venus in your sign square Pluto can trigger fixations on certain aspects of your appearance or identity. Issues with family or from the past can emerge to trigger a crisis in a relationship or your self -esteem. You can also attract intense and possibly unwanted attention from others. If you find yourself drawn to someone in an unbalanced, know that this is due to something they have that you should develop within yourself. Pluto direct in your domestic sector signals progress around an ending or the excavation of family issues.
Mercury into your sector of personal resources helps you get savvy about financial and emotional necessities. Excellent for identifying and communicating exactly what you want, But Mercury retrograde on October 31st will signal a delay and deeper review of these issues.
Mars into your sign activates assertiveness, ambition or anger. It may be time to act on what you’ve been holding back, and the balance can tip in your favour if you are the initiator.
The Sun in your sign square the Nodes hi-lights a choice that has been active since September 22nd. Family traditions, rules from the past or domestic responsibilities must be balanced with future/career choices. This can be about choosing between old loyalties versus personal ambitions.
Venus in your hidden sector square Pluto suggest that secret wants, a hidden attraction or unspoken financial/ self-esteem issues will be behind intense or uncomfortable statements. Pluto direct in your communication sector can reveal more of the above, give you greater insight and help you move on from a crisis-ridden conversation.
Mercury into your sign adds to the above as you put what was secret into words. Hidden issues may now be talked about openly but as Mercury stations RX on October 31st, you may be questioning your initial statements.
Mars into your hidden sector can see you pulling back and waiting before you take action. Bide your time and allow events to unfold; this is not the moment to push because you will not have direct influence.
The Sun in your hidden sector square the Nodes suggests that background or unconscious issues will be at the root of the choice between traditional/outdated ideas versus new and more emotionally satisfying ideals. You may have to choose between the official party line versus unexplored options: travel, education, legal matters or publishing are areas where there is room to grow. This issue has been active since September 22nd.
Venus in your social sector square Pluto can trigger difficult dynamics with friends or groups. A romantic attraction can be fraught with jealousy and social interactions can contain underlying power plays, manipulation or insecurity. Your public image can attract mixed reactions ranging from magnetic attraction to hostility. Pluto direct in your sector of personal resources can help you move past any social crises by pushing you to go with the changes in your financial or self- esteem situation. You don't have time to dwell on what others thin: focus on the new financial and emotional habits that are emerging.
Mercury into your hidden sector urges you to tune into what’s secret, implied or unspoken. Your instincts will be very accurate and this is also an excellent influence for behind- the- scenes research. Mercury RX on October 31st will extend this, giving you ample time to explore within the shadows.
Mars into your social sector can activate initiative, anger or increased activity with friends and groups. Energy can be volatile but polite on the surface. Watch for passive- aggressive expressions of anger. However, this is an excellent time to get things done on a public level.
The Sun in your social sector square the Nodes hi-lights a public choice; a culminating or outdated issue involving personal finances, security or self-esteem can be left behind in favour of pooling your resources or allowing yourself to give up some control. Look back to September 22nd to see when this issue first began.
Venus in your career sector square Pluto in your sign suggests power plays at work, with management or involving a professional relationship. Be very careful how you exercise authority; if you're not fully aware of your motivations you can attract hostility or jealousy. There is potential for you to make a major impact, and if handled correctly you can achieve something significant. Pluto direct in your sign can give you a clear sense of your own power and will move you along to the next stage of your new life.
Mercury into your social sector activates public conversations with friends and groups. Discussions will not be superficial-the information that comes up will be mined from deep below and Mercury RX on October 31st will trigger delays and second thoughts. Social discussions will go through a drawn- out process.
Mars into your career sector can activate ambition or indirect tension on the job. Get ready to play the game when dealing with competition or hostility.
The Sun in your career sector square the Nodes (including the South Node in your sign) emphasizes a choice that has been on your mind since September 22nd. A career move can see you deciding between increased rules/responsibility versus a relationship or less defined one-on-one exchange.
Venus in your sector of opportunities square Pluto suggests that hidden issues involving power can impact a long- distance romance, travel, education, legal matters or publishing. Pluto direct in your hidden sector can help you become more aware of the above issues as what's in your blind spot intensifies and sweeping changes to your lifestyle gain momentum.
Mercury into your career sector helps you put career goals into words. Discussions with management or ideas about your future can reveal previously unspoken issues. Mercury RX on October 31st can trigger delays and re-evaluation.
Mars into your sector of opportunities can activate your desire to move forward and explore-travel, education, legal matters or publishing are areas where you may see more activity. In some cases you may be encouraged to fight for an ideal.
The Sun in your sector of opportunities square the Nodes hi-lights a choice that has been active since September 22nd- the balance between hidden rules and obligations that have been restricting you versus new approaches to work and health can no longer be ignored. Have you been denying the truth about what's been limiting you?
Venus in your sector of shared resources square Pluto can trigger intensely uncomfortable situations involving debts, taxes, your partner’s finances or intimacy. External changes or social prompts can intensify private power plays or fears of loss. Pluto direct in your social sector will move you on to the next chapter in your social life as old facets of your identity or friendships fall away.
Mercury into your sector of opportunities can activate valuable information and discussions in the areas of travel, education, legal matters and publishing. Intense ideals and thoughts about right and wrong can be put into words. Mercury RX on October 31st will trigger delays as deeper truths are revealed.
Mars into your sector shared resources will add more fuel to hidden fires as issues around shared finances, intimacy and buried anger/motivation are stirred up.
The Sun in your sector of shared resources square the Notes is the peak of a difficult decision that has been ongoing since September 22nd. What you share, owe or do not have complete control over is the fuel for a choice between social rules/judgments versus more vulnerable but authentic expressions of your true needs. This could be about going public in opposition to what everyone else thinks.