Approaching a Watershed Moment
We can best understand October 2011 as preparation for major events that will begin in November 2011.
In October, there are four planets retrograde. By the end of December, they will all be moving forward.
In February, Neptune will move into Pisces, taking us across a major historical threshold. The combined effect of this forward motion and Neptune's entry into Pisces will push us over a major historical threshold. And most likely into even more turbulent times.
Neptune will move forward on 11/10. Our ideals, inspiration, our vision, beliefs and expectations can move into new territory. Old, outdated beliefs are currently experiencing a temporary resurgence. The ideas that will replace them are slowly gaining prominence. They will break into the open in February when Neptune enters Pisces. Expect intense conflict between old ideas and emerging new ideas.
Chiron will move forward on 11/11. Healing processes and health care issues will move forward.
Uranus will move forward on 12/10. Processes of reform and change will move forward.
Jupiter will move forward on 12/26. Wealth-building processes will advance. However, general financial conditions remain rough.
Neptune/Pisces Ingress - Crossing the Threshold
When Neptune enters its home sign, Pisces, next February, it begins a brand new, ~165-year transit of the Zodiac. (There is an extensive discussion of Neptune's entry into Pisces in my April 2011 post: http://tinyurl.com/3ds2n6s)
Our ideas and our ideals will begin a major new stage of evolution. We will begin breaking free of outdated, under developed or distorted ideas and ideals that have affected our lives for more than 150 years. We will begin building a new set of ideas and ideals and evolving old ones.
The result is likely to be chaotic and conflicted as new and evolving ideas collide with old ideas. The conflict of ideas that we are currently seeing is only a prelude.
October is the still, quiet moment before we cross this threshold onto the real battleground of ideas. It will offer us our last big chance to delve deeply into our own hearts and minds before the conflict of ideas begin in earnest.
The planets are giving us special, added support in October so we can achieve greater clarity and deeper commitment. And to help us find release from old mental and emotional limitations. And to help us break limiting, confining patterns of thought and behavior. After October, once the shift begins in earnest, we will have to do these difficult things on the fly.
As for events themselves, the world will remain in something of a holding pattern in October. Expect no resolutions until November.
Many Familiar Relationship in October
Some of October's aspects are familiar. A dense matrix of planetary pressures continues to stress all relationships. I will not discuss these issues again, here. For those who are interested, there is an extensive discussion of these relationship issues in my September 2011 post: http://tinyurl.com/4yvtd7u
So What's New in October?
October's charts include an unusual structure. It is triangular, like a Yod, only harder. It is made up of two sesquiquadrates – one of the minor difficult aspects – and a square.
Mars is at the apex, strongly placed in Leo in the 1st house. With Uranus in Aries, the home sign of Mars, Mars is carrying a powerful and problematic Uranian charge. Mars and Uranus very often combine in awkward, disruptive, uncontrollable ways.
Pluto and Uranus are squaring each other at the base of this Yod-like, triangular structure.
All of these planets are difficult to deal with, singly or in combination. In this structure, their difficult energies will grate and chafe against each other (and us), producing a great deal of friction and outright conflict, both inner and outer.
The aspects in this structure are not exact, but the planets involved and its placement lend it special force.
Speaking Up, Acting Out. Loudly.
This hard Yod will bring an obsessive, repetitive focus on a particular goal or set of issues. In this case, the issues are the assertion of individual, personal preferences in the face of debate among more established powers at higher levels in our society.
The wealthy and powerful are fighting it out amongst themselves. Now, the little guy, people on Main street, people at the grassroots, want a say, too. Boy, do they ever.
This hard Yod will likely cause aggressive, persistent efforts to be heard amidst the conflict going on in the corporate boardrooms, the legislatures, ministries and cabinet rooms around the world.
Individuals at the grassroots, on all sides of the issue, will try to aggressively, forcefully insinuate themselves into this battle of ideas now raging at high levels of government. This will escalate, widen and deepen social, economic and political conflicts across the globe. This trend, already becoming apparent, will gain strength going forward.
Layers of Complexity, Clouds of Subtlety
The hard Yod is potentially very explosive, especially with Mars, Uranus and Pluto involved. However, it is embedded in a supportive, protective mystic rectangle. (So, incidentally, are the difficult aspects affecting relationships.)
The mystic rectangle involves: 1. Mars (self-assertion), 2. Sun, Saturn and Juno (stress testing of relationships), 3. retrograde Neptune and Chiron (deep healing and spiritualizing energies) and 4. Lilith, portal to the repressed, irrational and dysfunctional.
This mystic rectangle, taken by itself, supports deep psychological purging and personal healing amidst stressed and rapidly evolving relationships. This process will be tough even with the support of the mystic rectangle. Added to the energy of the hard Yod, it presents a uniquely intense and important set of personal challenges.
Hard Yod Plus Mystic Rectangle
The supportive, protective mystic rectangle is linked to the difficult, incendiary hard Yod in two places.
Mars, bristling with incendiary Mars/Uranus energy, pins the apex of the hard Yod to one corner of the mystic rectangle.
Semi-sextiles extending from Chiron and Neptune to Uranus and Pluto, join the base of the hard Yod to one corner of the mystic rectangle.
Briefly, the mystic rectangle and the hard Yod form a single, integrated – albeit unstable and challenging - structure.
At one pole is self-assertive Mars with radical change on its fiery mind. At the other pole are retrograde Chiron and Neptune, exerting a liberating, healing, idealizing and spiritualizing influence. In between are forces that stress and test personal relationships and forces that support deep psychological releases and spiritual growth.
The mystic rectangle will blend and channel this intense, difficult and highly problematic mix of energies into constructive channels.
The protective, supportive, benevolent effects of the mystic rectangle shouldn't be underestimated. However, the combination of energies is literally and inherently explosive. They will be difficult to contain even with the mystic rectangle.
While the overall, long-term effect will be beneficial, the specifics, the immediate, near-term events could be hard to deal with.
This is a potent combination of forces that seems designed to trigger the total, simultaneous transformation of individuals and nations. So complex, intense and wide-ranging are the energies involved.
Personal Healing and Popular Revolt
As noted, this mystic rectangle/hard Yod will support common people trying to enter the already fierce debate over how to deal with the acute challenges that is already taking place at high levels in society and government.
It will saturate our lives with forces that dissolve blockages, cleanse, heal and spiritualize.
It will enable the ego to overcome barriers, in itself and in others, to acceptance and group participation. New alliances - strong, resilient, capable, highly motivated alliances - will form.
In short, the combined mystic rectangle/hard Yod will make a potentially disastrous month a potentially energetic and constructive month. However, there is no getting around the potential for trouble with this combination of energies. The level, complexity and intensity of the challenges come close to completely canceling out, or overwhelming, the supportive energies.
While the supportive elements are strong and prominent, so are the destructive, transformative elements. In the event, it could be very hard to sort out the supportive from the destructive elements in our experience. In some cases, the supportive forces will win out over the destructive, and vice versa. Some will experience a wild, invigorating, liberating mix of both. It could take many months to figure out what really happened and whether it was for better or for worse.
It will give many of us one last chance to prepare ourselves for the surge and intensification of reform, protest and conflict that will begin in February. For some, it could bring instant, life-changing turmoil. For still others, it could just be a brief, quiet moment before chaos breaks out somewhere in the lives of their friends and co-workers.
Midpoint Pictures - Likely Events and Experiences
Mars square the midpoint of Chiron and the ascendant inspires a discussion of past wrongs and a willingness to discuss visions or realizations related to our own suffering and healing processes.
Jupiter opposite the midpoint of the Moon and Mars inspires a love of truth, an appreciation of honesty.
Pluto conjunct the midpoint of Mercury and Chiron strikes a potentially strident, self-righteous note. Crusading voices will demand healing and redress of grievances.
North node square the midpoint of Sun and the ascendant encourages the cultivation of friendships and new alliances.
North node opposite the midpoint of Mars and the midheaven inspire a desire to inspire the community with your own vision. In some cases, this could bring efforts to impose one's will on the community.
An Economic Note
Last month, in my analysis for September 2011, I discussed the Jupiter/Pluto wealth-building cycle in general terms:http://bit.ly/q3o1Bg
As noted in that analysis, we are just leaving a relatively smooth phase of this cycle. We will enter a difficult phase of the present Jupiter/Pluto cycle officially in June 2012.
The difficult phase will last until August 2015, or roughly 3½ [3.5] years. Pluto's transit of Capricorn will make this a more difficult phase than other, comparable phases. I think we are already feeling its effects.
The 12 year, Jupiter/Pluto, wealth-building cycle governs, among other things, relations between government power and the power of the wealth-builders.
During the approaching difficult phase of this cycle, it will, for example, be especially hard for governments to coordinate job creation efforts, pass trade agreements, implement effective monetary policies, and so on.
Bottom line? Don't count too heavily on governmental efforts to solve any of our economic problems in the near term.
The real solution of our economic problems waits upon the solution to more basic issues of social, political and economic justice, which people around the world are really just beginning to hash out.
A Footnote on Comet Elenin
A number of people have written to ask me about the meaning of Comet Elenin. Comet Elenin was discovered on December 10, 2010. Astrologers often depend on charts for the time of discovery to understand the import of a heavenly body.
I did not do a chart for the moment of discover itself. However, I believe my analysis for December 2010 offers insight into the meaning of Comet Elenin: http://bit.ly/qWS4iv It isn't pretty.