Planetary Trends for October 2022 by Belinda Dunn

What's UP – October 2022 
by Belinda C. Dunn
Mercury direct
October 2 @ 5:07 am ET

Aries/Libra Full Moon
October 9 @ 4:55 pm ET

Scorpio Solar Eclipse
October 25 @ 6:49 am ET

From the standpoint of astrology, there is so much going on this month. October begins with Mercury the messenger going direct on October 2, and over the course of October both Pluto and Saturn go direct, but Mars goes retrograde. By month’s end, a Scorpio Solar Eclipse pulls aside the curtain, revealing the depth and breadth of hidden secrets. It is clear to see, like flashing neon lights, the cosmos is announcing major shifts in a multitude of matters, shaping and reshaping the trajectory of things to come.

Let’s begin with Mercury. This important planet goes retrograde three times a year for about 21 days. In this case, Mercury went retrograde on September 9. Signaling a review is necessary, it can be helpful to note conversations, news, decisions and considerations from late August and early September. Delays are common during Mercury retrograde, but in hindsight this apparent slowdown brings the clarity needed to advance with confidence on down the road.

Mercury went retrograde in Libra, symbolized by the scales of justice, associated with relationships, partnerships, and legal disputes. Mercury goes direct in Virgo, bringing things down to earth, fine tuning the practical details necessary for resolution and moving forward.

Of particular note is Mercury opposite Neptune (September 23 – October 10). Presenting a real conundrum, this is when the rubber meets the road, and factual evidence meets an illusory underworld of deceit and manipulation. On one hand, this appears contradictory, riddled with conflict. On the other hand, evidence is undeniable. In general, these days call for caution, because the mental state is inclined to be dreamy, vague, and impressionable.

Other planetary factors feed into the events during this first week of October. First, powerhouse Pluto is stationary October 3 – 15, intensifying themes of exposure, corruption, control and dissolution. Transiting through Capricorn in its 246 year orbit, Pluto has been retrograde since late April, returning to the exact degree at the time of the nation’s founding. Clearly, repercussions are immense and far reaching as headlines reverberate with dire warnings such as, “democracy in peril,” and “constitutional crisis.”

Yes, there is turmoil with no easy answers in sight, but Pluto’s action is to expose criminality, breakdown what is no longer relevant, and ultimately upgrade and transform fundamental principles and underlying foundations. Moving very slowly, Pluto is a generational and evolutionary planet, and the process is underway, it just takes time. The next exact conjunction is December 28, so we will return to this topic in coming months.

Within 24 hours of Pluto going direct on October 8, there is a Full Moon. Shedding illumination on all things terrestrial, Moon in Aries opposes Sun in Libra. Opposition brings confrontation, and specific themes culminate during this awe-inspiring lunation. These zodiac signs represent the interplay between self and others. Aries is the individual being true to oneself. But, “no man is an island,” and Libra encapsulates the dynamic role of relationship in all forms, and the social skills required for cooperation.

Giving an additional boost to relationship themes, this Full Moon chart shows both Sun and Venus conjoined in Libra, the quintessential energy of peace lovers and peacekeepers. Adding an interesting twist, Moon joins Chiron in Aries. For many people, this dynamic can surface wounds of inadequacy, loss of self, regret, people pleasing, and forcing solutions to keep the peace.

This Full Moon can take each of us very deep into what matters, the essential nature of self within the context of relationships, an area of life that can be hard and even heart breaking. It helps to give permission to self and others to follow and navigate from the core of internal guidance, rather than glossing over, manipulating, or attempting to hide true feelings. This unique planetary configuration supports soul searching, emotional honesty, meaningful dialog and healing.

The week of October 17 is highly energized as Sun/Venus in Libra trine Mars in Gemini but square off with Pluto. This is a very tense and volatile combination, more than likely, producing revelations of truth, broken contracts, shaky alliances, and power struggles that go nowhere. Now that Pluto is direct there is an acceleration along with the pressure to address underlying conflict that stands in the way of progress.

Many situations that have been held up over recent months are breaking loose as Saturn goes direct on the 23rd. Saturn went retrograde in early June, and summer is generally a slowdown and regroup season. Moving slowly and cautiously, Saturn trends require patience and persistence, but momentum builds as obstacles fall by the wayside. Reality sets in, consequences must be faced, and mid-term elections are around the corner.

Saturn is currently transiting through Aquarius (December 2020 – March 2023). This is Saturn’s final retrograde in Aquarius, entering new terrain early next year. Additionally, this is Saturn’s final close square with Uranus. The past two years have been fraught with resistance and rebellion as these two giants have been at odds. Similar to trudging forward in gale force winds, just about everything seems to take more effort.

Saturn in Aquarius has encouraged tremendous innovation in science and technology. At the same time, humans are challenged to adapt in this burgeoning landscape of technology. The question remains, “Can humans adapt, and actualize these developments to preserve and improve life on planet Earth?” Over the past two years, there has been an increase in social isolation, alienation, mental illness, detachment from reality, and over-dependence on technology for social interaction. When in fact, Aquarius is the zodiac sign of friendship, group creativity, cohesive community, and humanitarian outreach.

If all this isn’t enough to make October the turning point of 2022, there is a Scorpio Solar Eclipse on the 25th. Eclipses always have long term ramifications, and astrologer Lorna Bevan writes, “Eclipses are dramatic cosmic wild cards in our horoscopes. They shake us out of complacency so we can move from one level of maturity to another. They are some of the most dramatic tools the universe uses to get us to pay attention to areas in our life that need to change. They uproot us, surprise us, and get us moving to a higher plane, and they work very rapidly.”

This Solar Eclipse is paired with a Lunar Eclipse falling exactly on election day in the United States, November 8. In terms of American democracy, the stakes have never been higher for the nation and the world. Clearly, indicators are already in place for substantial and far-reaching change as the old order is passing away, and the next generation of leaders rise up to take the world stage.

So, there is the transforming power of eclipses, combined with the intensity and mystery of Scorpio. As keeper of secrets, governing all things hidden and taboo, Scorpio is the zodiac sign of sexuality, occultism, death/rebirth and transcendence. On the collective level, more than likely, issues of mortality, reproductive rights, sexual abuse, persecution, sabotage and slander, corruption and criminality will surge to the forefront in explosive developments.

Additionally, Scorpio rules over shared resources such as taxes, insurance, inheritance. On the personal level, now is the time to take stock of investments, possessions, income and expenditures, and reduce debt. The energy of Scorpio is to purify and purge, detoxify and release. All in the recognition that life is short, all things pass away, and it doesn’t pay to hang on to things that have outlived their purpose.

As a water sign, Scorpio is emotionally sensitive, finding it difficult to forgive and forget, but holding onto grievances only increases the heavy burden of resentment. Symbolized by the scorpion dwelling in the shadows, these eclipses can surface the deepest and darkest memories held in the emotional body.

There is a world of difference between ruminating endlessly about the past, and staying locked into harmful emotional patterns, or simply allowing memories to surface, flow out and release, once and for all. It’s the difference between wallowing around in a fetid, murky swamp, OR sipping cleansing waters from a fresh spring.

Finally, as if this isn’t enough, the month draws to a close with Mars going retrograde on October 30. Transiting through Gemini, Mars is assertive, frank, inquisitive, restless, and in some cases, ready for a fight. But retrograde, Mars is the cosmos, announcing, “Whoa, hold your horses, stop, sort things through, think things out, and gain perspective.”

Retrograde Mars is fairly rare, occurring every two years. The last retrograde was September – November 2020, during the last presidential election. In hindsight, it is clear to see the many obstacles, inconsistencies, controversies and complications.

This year, the mid-term elections take place on November 8. Not only is Mars retrograde again, but there is a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse. Additionally, Mars in Gemini returns and precisely activates Mars in the United States astrology chart (October 4, November 24, March 6, 2023). A return of this nature underscores the importance of this election, but also the logistical process of elections taking place seamlessly and accurately, or not.

The nation’s astrology chart shows Mars in Gemini square Neptune, and through coming months transiting Mars will again square Neptune (October 12, November 19, March 16). Mars and Neptune can undermine truth, and contribute to extreme ideologies, delusion, deception, apathy, and general confusion. In a war of words, Mars will fight for what it “thinks,” is right, and in the current hyper-political and divisive atmosphere, this is a warning of potential violence.

On a positive note, leaders will realize problematic and unclear election results are not helpful for them, citizenry and country, because it undermines the validity of government. Election reform with consistent guidelines nationwide is a possibility before the next presidential election.

In conclusion, in the past week I have overheard conversations in the grocery and gym that really caused me to pause. . . . discussions of the “End Times.” Having lived in North Carolina for over thirty years, I am used to evangelical religious views, however these conversations were different; emphatic and persuasive, tinged with fear, but infused with awe.

From my point of view, I just smiled. There are so many approaches to reckon with current events, but I remembered planet Earth is entering an eclipse season, a Solar Eclipse in Scorpio, no less. The highest octave of Scorpio is represented by the mythical Phoenix transforming, rising up from the ashes of its own destruction. No matter what it looks like on the surface, every ending has a beginning, and the Phoenix rises, again and yet again.

Belinda C. Dunn is a professional astrologer with over 40 years experience. She is available for your personal consultation.;

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