Mars comes together with Ketu, the south lunar node, which is finishing up in Libra after a year and a half. This may be bad news in terms of war and the economy but everything is good for something. Yet still, Mars and Ketu opposite Rahu, Jupiter, and Uranus, in a square to Pluto in Capricorn, is likely to leave a lot of devastation in its wake. But it is also a period of personal transformation and strength. Let’s face it, we only get strong when challenged to.
By the time Mars meets with Ketu by exact degree on Oct 5, we are likely to see a major adjustment in our world. This may be through some acts of violence or natural disaster, which has the potential to disturb the peace. Panic may set in and disturb the financial sector.
Yet Mercury’s exaltation in Virgo may help us keep a level head, as Venus opposes Saturn, exact Oct 9, which may feel more restrained. Venus itself will move into Virgo in November and this may show the fallout, especially as Ketu joins it later in November. Yet despite how restrictive this may feel, Saturn is very much needed, and cool heads may win out.
Mercury in Virgo is in a strong position to guide us in proper analysis and planning, before moving into Libra by Oct 18. We need this kind of rationality to assuage other, more reckless, impulses.
Before the Sun slips into Libra, it’s sign of debilitation, on Oct 17, it is eclipsed by Ketu on Oct 14. This could show the fallout into November, perhaps for some of those in power. Yet it also reflects our own lack of power, and assurance. The eclipse degree has already been activated by Mars by the end of September and will be reactivated by Venus and Ketu by the end of November. Expect some events to disturb the status quo, moving the story forward, whether we like it or not.
A partial lunar eclipse follows two weeks after the solar eclipse, on Oct 28, at 10 degrees of sidereal Aries. This is where Jupiter backs up to by the very end of the year – another trigger point. With both benefics and representatives of financial stability (Venus) and growth (Jupiter) caught up in the eclipses, a readjustment is unavoidable.
The only saving grace is Saturn's aspects, which may contain the situation. But I guess we'll never know how bad it could have been. A more stoic approach to these events may be called for. Think to yourself, it could have been so much worse, however ‘bad’ it gets. And remember, everything is good for something. Economic challenges are a good time for taking stock of what's truly important.
By Oct 28, Mercury meets with Mars in Libra, opposite the eclipsed Moon. Cool heads may find it difficult to prevail at this point. By Oct 30, Ketu (mean node) enters Virgo, as Rahu enters the confusing and enlightening realms of Pisces. Ketu lies in wait for Venus, which joins it in November. If you use the true node, Rahu and Ketu hang out at the juncture between signs all month, not moving until Nov 29. Whichever calculation you use, change is upon us.
If we didn't have enough to deal with in October, Mars moves into combustion by the end of the month, and into the New Year, as it initially moves through Libra, the sign of fair trade. It may seem that nothing is fair at this point. All is fair in love and war, I guess.
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All calculations are based on the sidereal zodiac and UTC.