While astrology’s mischief maker Mercury is retrograde, Pluto and Saturn are about to turn direct, the Moon will launch a new phase in a cardinal sign and Venus will change signs. Events get underway on October 6th, when a new Libra Moon coincides with powerful Pluto emerging from its six-month slumber. Since April 27th, its transfiguring force has been applied to the late degrees of Capricorn. Pluto explores shadowy worlds, and Cap is the sign of institutions, governments and big business. Emerging under the Sun sign of deliberation and justice, and notably on its new Moon, Pluto is probably packing quite the drop. This new Moon may bring significant news from the U.S. Department of Justice or from major global health organizations. After spending the past month in Pluto-ruled Scorpio, Venus will also surface from a dark night of the soul, on the 7th. For the next four weeks, she will transit philosophical and politically-oriented Sagittarius. The mutable fire sign is astrology’s hub of international travel, foreign affairs and morality. Finally, Saturn will station and turn direct on October 10th. The ringed planet enforces boundaries and laws, and since late May it has also been in review mode. Like Pluto, its stance will shift from fact-finding to implementation. On the sunny side, Saturn provides structure and imposes order. Its dark side however, has a distinctly authoritarian streak. This retrograde has taken it all the way back to seven degrees of humanitarian Aquarius. The fixed air sign is highly compatible with fellow air sign Libra, where the Sun, new Moon, Mars and Mercury are traveling, and with Sagittarius, where Venus is headed. Also, Saturn is currently sharing that Aquarian sector with generally benevolent Jupiter. Initiatives undertaken at the waxing phase of this lunar cycle have a strong probability of yielding positive outcomes, particularly in the long run. Further, retrograding Mercury in Libra and Jupiter in Aquarius will station and go direct on the 18th, two days before the Moon is full. In short, as the Sun, Mercury and Mars inhabit the sign of fairness and liberty, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto will conclude introspective and investigative phases.
Over the coming weeks, the usual inconveniences associated with Mercury’s retrogrades will invariably show up. Beneath the surface, however, crafty Mercury may turn out to be on a far more consequential mission. This is the planet named after the god, who, to get business done, consorts with thieves, rogues and all manner of outcasts. As he goes deeper undercover, the bevy of planets coming off of the sidelines are lighting up the high and like minded sectors of Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius. Since at least late April, conflicting narratives have completed for dominance. On one side lay the imposters, liars and grifters, and on the other, the noble and forthright. The Sun is now shining from impartial, judicious Libra, and verdicts are about to be rendered.