Astro Update: October 2014

Astro Update: October 2014

Let’s get ready to rumble! October is going to be a tense month, which may actually include some earthquake activity and other random acts of Mother Nature. But whether figurative or literal, be prepared for some shake-ups, as we head into the last Mercury Retrograde of 2014 and a pair of Eclipses. For those of you who are familiar with my column, I’m not a doomster, just a realist. So I like to be direct when talking about potentially unsettling astrological energies. I mean, fore-warned is forearmed, right? 

So what’s the big deal? Good question! No planetary energy is inherently “bad.” Think of it as a tornado or hurricane.  It’s just the weather, right? That is actually a useful way to look at astrology. It’s like a cosmic weather report, both for the world at large, and for your personal life as well. So this October we can expect some “stormy weather.” This does not mean there will be nothing good this month. It’s just an FYI to expect some turbulence. 

Mercury is associated with communication, technology, and travel…and when it’s retrograde, the “Murphy’s Law” effect is just a lot more apparent. This one is particularly testy because it is re-activating a difficult astrological pattern that lined up last April, the Grand Cardinal Cross. The biggest burst of weird energy will occur a few days before, during, and after the Total Lunar Eclipse in Aries on October 8, 2014. The Partial Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on October 23, 2014 will not pack as much of a punch, but will have some of its own brand of weirdness. 

Here’s my advice, and this goes for the whole month of October 2014:

1. Avoid making major decisions that cannot be changed easily. This includes contracts, negotiations, and personal life commitments.

2. Double check any travel itineraries and simply be prepared for hassles. 

3. Avoid elective surgery. If it’s not essential, wait until November. 

4. Don’t buy stuff you can’t take back.

5. Watch what you say and what you write very carefully. 

6. If legal issues can be postponed, do so. 

7. Don’t assume anything. If you have questions, risk being annoying rather than un-informed. 

8. Non-action is a good tactic during these periods. 

9. Choose your battles. The aggressor often loses during these cycles.

10. Don’t travel to the Ukraine of the Middle East unless you have to.

11. Be the diplomat, even if you don’t feel like it. 

 Horoscopes for October 2014

For all the Sun Signs: This is a good month to calm down, slow down, and maintain your equilibrium. Assess all situations with careful observation. Do things that you know will create more balance and harmony. Make it your mission to de-stress. The Eclipses and Mercury retro will bring things up from earlier this year that need to be rectified. So, if some controversy arises this month, don’t fret. Take a clear look at problems and know that you will have much more opportunity to fix things in November.  Aries natives born during the first week of April will feel the effects of the Total Lunar Eclipse very strongly.  Opportunity Dates: October 6, 10, 11, 12, 15, 26, and 27.

Aries (March 21-April 19) Big changes are in store. Time to release yourself from fear. Disruptions and surprises may rattle your cage, but will point to important issues that need your immediate attention. Look carefully at your important relationships, as other people will have a huge effect on you this month.  

Taurus (April 20-May 20) Your body and emotions need some equilibrium right now. Don’t push it. Pull back a little and put some energy into the care and maintenance of YOU. You may need to alter some of your routines and adhere to a more moderate schedule. 

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Lot’s of excitement now! Romance, creativity, and the spirit of adventure are calling to you. You’ve got to indulge in some of this unique energy! Get out there and play a little. As strange as this month is, you’ll be having a good time of it. 

Cancer (June 21-July 21) You’ll be juggling several issues as once, with a need to focus on love, money, and your home simultaneously. Unusual opportunities may be presented to you in your professional world. If it involves someone from the past, it might be quite worthwhile. 

Leo (July 23-August 22) Make hay while the sun shines and take advantage the lucky breaks the Universe may throw your way now. Fiery planets fuel your energy and drive and people will notice you at every turn. But don’t overbook yourself. It would be best to focus on the most important opportunities. If any legal issues are at hand, postpone them until November if possible.  

Virgo (August 23-September 22) Financial changes are in the offing. Don’t fret. Just steady the course and keep making logical choices. Don’t let other people talk you in to doing things you don’t feel good about. 

Libra (September 23-October 22) Be conscious of how you are being perceived by others now. Choose your words wisely and with care. There is a great energy of change afoot, and people will reveal their true intentions if you observe their behavior. Relationship changes are in the offing. 

Scorpio (October 23-Novemeber 21) Don’t let your moods and emotions color your important decisions about career. You may feel more sensitive than usual. Best to under-react and see if you still feel the same way next month. Quiet, methodical effort will be successful now. 

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) Whirlwind romance, crazy opportunities, and wild ideas are all in possibilities now. But hold your horses, Sag. Your impulsive side is getting super-charged by Mars this month. That’s great for energy, but not for impulse control. Cool your jets a little and be more specific about what you’re aiming for.   

Capricorn (December 22-January 19) Whether you feel like it or not, you must rise to the occasion in professional endeavors. You could score big now if you have your wits about you. Pay attention to health so you’ll have energy for goals. 

Aquarius (January 20-February 18) Don’t let frustration or anxiety get in the way of the favorable vibrations right now. Use your higher mind and start to formulate more plans to manifest your dreams. 

Pisces (February 19-March 20) Great transformations, endings, and new beginnings converge. Powerful feelings surface. Let them. Time to let go of the past. Look around you. Someone may be offering friendship. Don’t discount what’s available right in front of you.