October 2020 Astrocast

FULL MOON: 1 October 2020, 09:08 Aries

NEW MOON: 16 October 2020, 23:53 Libra

FULL MOON: 31 October 2020, 08:38 Taurus


Retrograde Planets: 


Mercury (11:40 Scorpio - 25:57 Libra) 13 October - 3 November 2020

(Shadow until 20 November 2020)

Mars (28:09 - 15:14 Aries) 9 September -13 November 2020

(Shadow until 3 January 2021

Uranus (10:42 - 6:43 Taurus) 15 August 2020 - 14 January 2021

(Shadow until 1 May 2021

Neptune (20:58 Pisces - 18:09 Pisces) 22 June - 29 November 2020

(Shadow until 20 March 2021)

Jupiter (27:14 - 17:24 Capricorn) 14 May - 13 September 2020

(Shadow until 6 December 2020)

Saturn (01:57 Aquarius - 25:20 Capricorn) 10 May - 29 September 2020

(Shadow until 3 January 2021)

Pluto (25:00 - 22:29 Capricorn) 25 April -3 October 2020

(Shadow until 26 January 2021)

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Patrice printed out Bryan's chart with the transits for the accident. "This tells me it was fated, not random. Wow! Pluto, god of the Underworld in the 12th house of hidden enemies. In a partile quincunx to the asteroid Phaethon, the son of Apollo who crashed his father's chariot into the Sun. The 'crash and burn' asteroid that frequently represents someone taking on more than they can handle. It shows up a lot in accidents or crashes."

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(Ending, culmination, or shift to a new phase)
(Brings something new into your life)
(Ending, culmination, or shift to a new phase)
Date: 1 October 2020 Date: 16 October 2020 Date: 31 October 2020
Position: 09:08 Aries (Strongest influence for those born ~1 August) Position: 23:53 Libra (Strongest influence for those born ~16 August) Position: 08:38 Taurus (Strongest influence for those born ~31 July)
Natural House: 9th Natural House: 3rd Natural House: 10th
Influences of the 9th house include your philosophy of life, beliefs, expectations, legal matters, higher learning/academia, publication, other cultures, religion, politics, long-distance travel and relocation. This is where you process the information you receive and either reject or accept it into your opinions. You may expand your view of the world or be more inclined to socialize. Look for a culmination or shift to a new phase that relates to something in this part of your life. Influences of the 3rd house include your thoughts, ideas, siblings, and neighbors as well as local travel.  You may therefore expect something new in one of these areas, including a new idea, situation with a brother, sister or neighbor, or time spent running errands. It's a favorable time to get together with your brothers and/or sisters or plan a local neighborhood event as well as launch a new idea. You may find a new route to work or get involved in a project in your neighborhood. Influences of the 10th house include your career, status, public image, and reputation.  "Status" includes anything in the public record as well as honors, titles, distinctions (both positive and negative), or even things as simple as what you might post to Facebook. This could bring a career advancement opportunity or attention to your accomplishments. It's a favorable time to promote your interests, enhance your public image, or even look for a new job if you feel stuck where you are.

This month starts and ends with a Full Moon. The first one is in Aries with the Moon forming a semisextile to Uranus while the Sun is forming a quincunx. As you may recall, that minor aspect is one that tends to bring an annoyance or friction of some sort that, with some effort, can become a cloud with a silver lining. A quincunx indicates the need for a change of direction, so combined this looks like something irritating will arise, but you can make a few adjustments which turn it to your benefit. If you're wondering where to expect these effects, look to the first box above which should provide some hints. Uranus is in a somewhat wide but viable opposition with Mercury, which has multiple interpretations, some of which you may have seen in the daily horoscopes. Mercury in Scorpio excels at unearthing hidden information and also communicates with passion. Uranus is full of surprises, but he is also the planet that represents technology. This strikes me as related to a lot of the information being skewed by the media as well as censorship issues. It looks as if Neptune and Jupiter could be encouraging this trend.

Venus and Mars are in a somewhat wide trine which will end in a few days as Venus enters Virgo. In general a trine between these two would be considered favorable, but in this case it looks as if she's acting like a princess and he's responding by being passive aggressive. She may be a princess now, but when she goes into Virgo that will shift energies that will probably be even less popular as she gets into nagging mode. In other words, resolving these issues now is advised as they are not going to go away or diminish if they're ignored.


The New Moon in Libra creates a rather unfriendly looking T-square. One thing you need to remember for all these lunation summaries, however, is that what might look like a rather unfriendly lunation may connect with you in a more pleasing manner. For example, if you're an Air Sign (Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius) this new Moon could be quite favorable. If you're a Cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn) it will be more challenging. Pisces and Taurus might encounter a Catch-22 or need to shift their course.

Looking at that T-square, the lunation is squaring all those planets in Capricorn and opposing Mars in Aries. This looks like some serious intervention or arbitration to resolve that ongoing battle between renegade Mars and the powers that be, especially since Mars is no longer squaring Saturn but is now messing with Jupiter and Pluto. Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto were rather quiet while retrograde but now they're all direct. Saturn is in dignity since Cappy is her home sign, so she's running on all cylinders. Jupiter is in fall in Capricorn where his expansive tendencies are highly restricted plus his interaction with Neptune looks as if what he does touch upon is mostly hot air. That nasty asteroid, Wuhan, is also direct, and in partile square from the lunation. Hopefully this will have a favorable effect on bitch-slapping that obnoxious entity back to where she belongs.

Note that Mercury stations retrograde three days before this lunation, which will be covered later. Meanwhile, the usual Mercury retrograde advise applies to not buy anything electronic or mechanical during this time. Heaven forbid, definitely don't buy something like a new car or major appliance if you can possibly avoid it. Repairs are favored during this time, so hopefully that can get you through until it's a better time to make a purchase. I've told this story before, but I learned that even unbelievably simple things can be affected. I bought a cat litter box during Mercury RX thinking what could go wrong? The door fell off within a day or two. I have a cat who really slings the litter so the door was important. Even clothing could have weak seams or not fit correctly. The fact that Mercury RX is opposing Uranus promises even more surprises. Redoing, rethinking, reconsidering, repairs, and reviewing are all favorable activities.

Venus is opposing Neptune from Virgo, which is a rather uncomfortable opposition. As noted earlier, Venus in Virgo is a bit prone to nagging and with Neptune involved those critical remarks may not even be based on facts or reality.


Ordinarily having a Full Moon on Halloween would be kind of cool, at least it would have been when I was a kid and we went trick or treating. Of course that has gradually diminished doe to risks that didn't exist several decade ago plus the inconveniences of this pandemic which could even shut down private Halloween parties and celebrations as well as any for All Saints Day or Dia de los Muertos. It's interesting to consider the implications of a Full Moon as that of an ending or culmination coupled with these long-standing holidays. I've heard COVID-19 used as a time reference, i.e. BC (Before Corona) and AC (After Corona). Will things return to normal? Will this mark the ending of this disruption to our lives? Or mark a new way of life that so far has been far from entertaining?

So let's look at what this one is up to. For one thing, the Moon is in partile conjunction with Uranus. In fact, it's with a tiny 3 minutes of arc. This certainly introduces the potential for some surprises, disruptions, rebellion, and numerous other disturbances. Will these celebrations supersede the many edicts about social gatherings?  Mars is now squaring Jupiter. Considering Jupiter's restricted influence in his fall in Capricorn and Mars being retrograde, this looks like a build up of internal pressure that could become explosive sometime later. Mercury is retrograde and squaring Saturn and Pluto. This suggests some rethinking or redoing activities on their part. Perhaps going back to the drawing board with regard to its previous behavior. Saturn is partile conjunct Wuhan, which will hopefully indicate further control over the virus. Mercury is in partile square to the two of them as well so being retrograde, perhaps some of those restrictions will start to lift as new data and research indicate it is safe to do so. At least that long-term sextile between Neptune and Jupiter is now gone, for what it's worth.


Pluto stations direct on 4 October. Pluto retrograde is in roto-rooter mode, quietly unearthing corruption and things that need to be cleansed, purged, or eliminated. He is the last of the three planets in Capricorn to station direct with Saturn and Jupiter doing so previously. Mars is squaring him for the station, which will provide a rather strong blast of Plutonian power his way. Saturn and Mars are still in square at this time as well. Thus, with both Saturn and Pluto now direct and facing down a retrograde Mars, this should prove interesting. Jupiter and Neptune are still sextile at this time, but do break contact by the end of the month. However, at this time, they'll still be doing their thing, whatever it may be, one possibility the spewing of fake news as noted earlier. Mercury is opposing both the Moon and Uranus, which also supports media issues. The Sun is giving Uranus and the Moon the stink-eye, however, from Libra, suggesting a change of course or perhaps a Catch-22 on the way.  What is Pluto going to tell us about what he's discovered the past several months? It definitely looks as if it has the potential to be rather explosive.

Mercury stations retrograde on 13 October, as noted earlier. This looks as if this is going to bring about considerable conflict as well. Mercury is opposing Uranus, which has been mentioned earlier and looks as if the news media could be involved due to Uranus' connection with technology and the media. This could also bring some sort of disruption in that area. It's possible, but obviously a bit of a stretch, that the Sun in partile opposition with Mars, could bring a solar flare our way. That would certainly disrupt the Media, but I'm not usually into blatant predictions like that and am not about to make an exception now. Uranus has some help coming his way from a trine via the Moon and Venus in Virgo. This could help him get his details straight, especially since that pair is also sextile Mercury and mediating the argument.

The Sun - Mars opposition is also the base for another T-square with Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter at the apex. T-squares contain a lot of tension so this looks like a huge confrontation. The Sun is quincunx Neptune, perhaps telling him to back-off from his fantasy world and quit causing so much confusion. The Moon and Venus are opposing Neptune as well, so this is a lot of energy coming at this planet that deals in delusions and deception, perhaps giving Scorpio Mercury a chance to do some backtracking and determine what's really going on. Marks your calendars to remind yourself to check your personal situation as well as the news as these events come to pass. There's no question we're living in very interesting times.

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