Venus Retrograde & Mars out of Shadow
This Libra season, with Venus in Scorpio, is imbued with the dark, rich undertones of that mysterious sign. October is no exception. Venus stations retrograde October 5th, leading us down the shadow-path of our secret stories about relationships, intimacy, and/or money. We can all use this time to review lessons from past relationships, investigate deep questions in current relationships, and reaffirm our core values. Mars leaves the shadow zone of his retrograde on October 8th, allowing us to integrate what we learned about our desires this past summer into this Venus cycle.
The cosmic dance of Mars and Venus symbolizes the dance between the yang and yin principles within all of us. Mars is active desire (yang/masculine), impulsively chasing what is wanted and taking action to create results. Without the aid of Venus, Mars can be thoughtless, brash, selfish, and unrefined. Venus is passive desire (yin/feminine), attracting and receiving what is wanted. Without the aid of Mars, Venus can be lazy, shallow, envious, and sacrifice true desires to keep up appearances. These archetypes need each other to be whole. The cosmic dance is the balance between the two extremes. When Venus squares Mars again on the 10th, it’s another step in this ongoing tango of desire. Mars’ retrograde through Aquarius this summer was frustrating, and that frustration taught us something about what we want. Now, Venus retrograde challenges us to take a deeper look at why we might not have what we desire. It is necessary to act, and equally necessary that we stay open to receiving. How are you achieving your desires? What is really stopping you, below the surface?
New Moon in Libra
The applying Venus-Mars square features in the new moon on October 8th. The new moon, at 16 Libra, squares Pluto in Capricorn, signifying buried emotions, compulsions, power struggles, and deep transformation. Moon in Libra is typically peace-loving, striving to create harmonious conditions between people in order to feel safe and happy. This lunar cycle, though, challenges us to break through surface harmony to get at the root of an emotion or a relationship issue. Only then can we transform and evolve. This lunation is framed by Mercury square Pluto on the 2nd (a preview) and sun square Pluto on the 12th (a review).
Uranian Fixed Cross Aspects
Mercury enters Scorpio, sign of depth, power, sex, mystery, history, taboo, and the occult, on the 10th. Mercury in Scorpio loves to play detective, asking the questions without easy answers and staying on the scene until he finally uncovers the truth. Immediately, Mercury makes an opposition to Uranus in Taurus (Oct. 10th) and squares the moon’s nodes (Oct. 11th), creating a fixed cross just as Venus did in mid-September. This pattern is still challenging us to make changes in areas where we would rather stay consistent. Themes of radical reinvention, money, power, individuality, and the environment all apply. The investigative quality of Mercury in Scorpio gives this set of aspects more of a mental focus: radically reinventing our thoughts. This opposition to Uranus and square to the nodes repeats when the sun enters Scorpio (Oct. 23-24): themes of radically reinventing the self. It repeats again when Venus retrogrades back over the earliest degrees of Scorpio Oct. 30-31: themes of radically reinventing values and relationships.
Creative Sextiles to Capricorn
A series of sextiles from planets in Scorpio to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn symbolize building creative solutions to our problems, and thorough methods of investigating the questions that come up. This pattern includes Mercury sextile Saturn on Oct. 12th (building a laboratory for further investigation) and Mercury sextile Pluto on Oct. 22nd (powerful discoveries and transformative talks). Venus Rx then sextiles Saturn on the 24th (desiring stability in relationships), and the sun follows suit on the 27th (taking up the mantle of authority with ease).
Mercury in Scorpio, continued
Mercury meets our retrograde Venus in Scorpio on Oct. 15th, helping us to ask the right questions and speak the truth about Venus-retrograde themes: relationships and values. On the 19th, Mercury makes his own square to Mars, echoing the previous Venus-Mars squares and helping us to further investigate our active responses to our desires. Mercury also makes a trine to Neptune in Pisces on the same day, aiding us to create the ultimate vision that will prompt that action.
Full Moon in Taurus
After the sun enters Scorpio on the 23rd, we have a full moon at 1 degree of Taurus on the 24th. This full moon is conjunct Uranus in Taurus and opposite its’ ruler Venus (retrograde), giving the lunation the flavor of the fixed-cross set of aspects this month: radical reinvention. This is the part of Venus retrograde where something comes to fruition or needs to be let go. We are radically reinventing relationships, values, money, power, and our use of resources. Expect the unexpected where Uranus is involved. This is a moon for swift, extreme change.
Still in Scorpio
Venus Rx meets the sun in Scorpio on the 26th, illuminating some of the desires or lessons we’re left with after that full moon. On the 29th, Mercury meets with Jupiter in Scorpio, giving us some wisdom from this one-year period. Jupiter will move into Sagittarius on November 8th. What secrets have you uncovered since Jupiter moved into Scorpio in October 2017? What mysteries have you followed down the rabbit hole? What have you discovered about your own power? Jupiter will be trine Chiron in Pisces all month (exact November 1st): a set of teachers for our collective healing through the discovery of the truth.
Finally, on October 31st, Venus moves into Libra to continue her retrograde journey. Venus rules Libra, so she is at home here in the sign of relationships, harmony, and symmetry. Still retrograde, Venus here asks us to reflect on the source of harmony in our partnerships: is it rooted in understanding, or are we just “keeping the peace” to avoid conflict? Mercury moves into Sagittarius on the 31st as well. Sagittarius is the sign of adventures, travel, philosophy, honesty, and enthusiasm. Mercury here is brashly honest and sometimes comedic: he will say what he thinks, and tact is not a strong point. With Venus retrograde and Mercury in the sign of his detriment, it can be a fun, raucous party as long as the Librans can tolerate tacky costumes and tactless remarks with some good humor. Halloween this year actually has less Scorpio energy than most of October so far. Jupiter in Scorpio is still along for the ride, though, inviting us to explore the darkness of this spooky holiday. Happy Halloween!