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Astrology Report For October

Guest article by Dorene Carrel

October is highlighted by Saturn entering Scorpio and Jupiter in Gemini turning retrograde in the first week. The first of a series of harmonious trines occurs between Saturn and Neptune, which will enhance our capacity for manifestation.  We are still under the September New Moon in Virgo with the theme of practical and efficient endeavors, especially in the areas of work, health and service.

On October 4 Jupiter turns stationary retrograde at 16 Gemini, which lasts until the direct station on January 30, 2013.  This is a favorable period to reflect on how we can communicate more clearly and authentically. We can also work on improving our listening and decision making skills, as well as how we process and use information that comes to us from various sources.    

A major two-year cycle begins when Saturn enters Scorpio on October 5. This cycle offers us the opportunity to explore the depths of our emotions, as well as reorganize our personal finances and resources.  During this period we will be challenged to bring a new level of commitment to our goals, especially those that one can work on with others. The Mercury/Saturn alignment on this same day is favorable for investigating and finding practical and lasting solutions.  On the next day Mars enters Sagittarius, allowing us to view our lives from a wider perspective that will enable us to aim higher with intentions and goals.

On October 7 Mars will square Neptune, which can bring in elements of confusion and uncertainty.  It is best to avoid making any important decisions for the next few days.  October 8 brings an expansive Sun/Jupiter trine that will bring a more positive outlook into our lives.  This aspect, along with a Venus/Pluto trine the next day, can also be used to cultivate more prosperity consciousness. 

On October 10 the first of a series of Saturn/Neptune trines occurs. The next two trines occur on June 11 and July 19, 2013.  This aspect allows us to get in touch with and manifest our highest visions. Saturn provides the organization and structure, while Neptune brings spiritual and intuitive awareness and grace. Including the dwarf planet Ceres makes this a grand water trine, which brings focus to the nurturing water aspect.  A Mercury/Pluto sextile this same day promotes opportunities for a deeper experience.      

The New Moon occurs on October 15 at 22 Libra 32.  It forms a favorable trine aspect to Jupiter in Gemini, which will enhance the Libra traits of balance, equality, fairness, sociability, harmony and peace.  The shadow side is trying to achieve peace at any price and indecision. This lunation is favorable for expanding our view of the value and role of relationships in our personal growth.  A Mars/Uranus trine on this same day brings more energy and focus to our goals.  The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “Chanticleer’s voice heralds sunrise; a creative and joyous response to life processes.” This suggests the process of giving voice to what is as yet not manifested, but is on the way to manifestation.

On October 22 the Sun moves into Scorpio, bringing increased opportunities for personal transformation and regeneration.  The Sun aligns with Saturn in Scorpio on October 25, which deepens our sense of purpose and commitment.

On October 29 the Full Moon occurs at 7 Taurus. The focus is on resources and being practical, patient, dependable and loyal.  The shadow side is being too stubborn and possessive.  An alignment with Saturn in Scorpio provides power and stability to this lunation.  The Sabian Symbols and keynotes for these degrees are: “The woman of Samaria at the ancestral well; the meeting of the traditional past and of the creative spirit pointing to the future” and “Deep sea divers; the will to explore the hidden depths of all experiences and to search for primordial causes.”  

Ceres turns stationary retrograde on October 31 at 4 Cancer, which reminds us of our caretaking role with each other, as well as our world and its precious resources. 

November brings a Solar Eclipse in Scorpio and a Gemini Lunar Eclipse – stay tuned!

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Dorene Carrel is a professional astrologer with over thirty years of experience, offering birth chart, transits/progressions and relocation astrology readings.  She is certified in Astrocartography.  For more information, contact Dorene at

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All references to Sabian symbols are from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases, by Dane Rudhyar.

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