A Note from Susan Miller
October is due to be a unique month that will not be easy for any of us. The planets will be in a frenzy, the likes of which I have rarely seen. If you feel you’ve seen enough surprises this year, I am sorry to report that there will be a slew of them in October. Warrior Mars is one of the prime instigators, but surprise-a-minute Uranus will play a leading part, too. Saturn, Pluto, and Mercury will stir the pot as well and add to the turmoil.
When the planets get this way, it is because they want to shake up the status quo and force us to confront languishing situations that many of us would prefer not to address. As you see, there is method in the planets’ madness. One thing you can rely on is that when planets are in harsh angle to each other, the universe brings enormous energy so that you can deal with what happens. Sweet aspects—trines and positive, happy conjunctions—are always prized, but they make us a little lazy. Squares and oppositions are the hard aspects, but they sure do bring high energy. The universe will always give you the tools you need when it brings you a challenge.
Your Horoscope by Susan Miller
You have come to October, the month that journalists have noted always brings a big October surprise. The aspect that causes that is Uranus in a conjunction, square, or opposition to the Sun or other major planet. This month, right on time, we have a huge October surprise due on October 31, Halloween. The planets are thumping around the heavens, and we will feel their heavy footsteps. They are angry, and they will be picking fights with one another. We will feel their energy here on Earth, and if you feel you’ve had quite enough surprises in world events and don’t want any more, thank you, well, they are barreling our way anyway. Everyone will feel the effects of October’s rambunctious planets.
You are ruled by Uranus, so you are usually fine with sudden news. You are a fixed sign, so admittedly, you like to keep to a routine, but you have come to embrace change, too. Both my daughters have a heavy presence of Aquarius in their natal charts—as one example, both have the moon in Aquarius in early degrees, among other planets in that sign. This gives them both a shading of Aquarius, so said another way, both of my children display qualities of your sign.
Here is my point: Whenever I would be hit with sudden, reverse news that would rattle me to my bones, they would remind me, “Change is good, Mommy. You always said that to us! You will see it’s true, and you were right to teach us that.” It’s funny hearing my own words echoed back to me, and I would laugh. Of course, change happens for a reason, so it’s best to always go with it. This month will keep us all on our toes, and we will get to use our resourcefulness, adaptability, flexibility, and openness to new conditions and methods.
It will bring a slew of surprises, not just on the October 31 full moon but all through the month. In all my years doing astrology, I have never seen a month quite like this one. Let’s have a detailed look at what you can expect.
Ever since June 27, Mars has been touring your third sector of communication, and Mars is set to remain in the same house until January 6. Mars is in fire-sign Aries, the sign Mars rules, so that makes Mars’ placement in this sign strong. Fortunately for you, you are an air sign, and air and fire blend well together—it’s an energizing vibration, so no doubt you are busy.
As you enter the month, a full moon on October 1 falling in this very same sector, Aries, will bring a culmination to a contract or communication effort. However, Mars is not leaving this part of your chart until January 6, so it is likely with a full moon in this sector you will be reaching a plateau. You may be writing an important report or manuscript, working on a series of press releases, putting together a publicity, advertising or marketing campaign, or giving an important series of speeches or interviews. You may be getting ready to defend your thesis to a panel of professors, making closing remarks for a court trail, or translating the an important ancient work. You may end a number of sessions on media training or giving those sessions to someone who will soon be a spokesperson on TV.
You might be writing computer code, displaying a newly designed website, or placing an app on the market. Or you may be or finishing the lyrics to a music you composed. You likely have an avalanche of emails coming in and probably will be asked to join a number of Zoom calls. This full moon is bringing some sort of communication to a full point.
The new moon of October 16 in Libra, 24 degrees, is set to light your ninth house of distant travel. Due to the pandemic, however, rather than travel abroad, you may be doing business with people abroad or with foreign people based in your country. If you have been waiting for an immigration interview, you might get a letter that it could take place soon as this house rules citizenship, green cards, and visas.
At this full moon, Mars will pick a fight with Saturn and Pluto based in your twelfth house of behind-the-scenes activities. Your intuition might tell you that someone wants you to believe that they are a supporter. It may not be long after October 1 that you could discover someone you trust is working at cross-purposes. If you are looking for a job, make sure every one of your references is fully behind you and that one won’t say something to make your prospective employer think twice about hiring you. Just be circumspect.
If this does not resonate with you, it’s possible someone is in the hospital near you, an older person (Saturn) who seems to have an influence or is a person of authority in your life (Pluto). This person may not have always treated you fairly, but nevertheless needs your help. You know the right thing to do is to agree to help. I always feel that it takes a lot for someone to ask for help—it’s hard for them to speak up. That’s why I always respond positively, and I bet you would, too.
On the sidelines in the first week of October, and near the new moon (an aspect to peak October 7) Uranus, seeing Mercury fighting fiercely with many heavenly bodies, will want to get into the act, too. He will challenge Mercury, the planet that rules your solar eighth house of other people’s money. This means you may have a sudden problem with payments you need to make or with money you expected that did not arrive, such as insurance or other types of payout, student and other loans, commissions, royalties, severance, inheritance, scholarship, and other types of income, or difficulty with credit cards (possibly even unauthorized charges). This type aspect can bring an expense, such as for taxes.
Venus will be in the wings, watching all that is going on. She is Mars’ lover, and although they want to be together all the time, the universe keeps sending them on all kinds of assignments that keep them apart. On October 1, Venus will be in the perfect place in the sky to signal Mars in an attempt to tone him down a little. He can get very fired up, but Venus’ graceful loving touch can tone down his aggressiveness a little. Venus is the only one who can do that, so we have to see how successful her intervention with Mars will be. Venus is in your relationship house at the time (soon to leave) and will signal Mars through a private conversation.
If your birthday falls on January 29, plus or minus five days, you will be highly affected by the developments of this full moon. Watch your expenses coming up—there will be lots of news.
Mars is the energy planet that helps us compete well, especially in a business enterprise or athletics. It’s strong masculine energy that everyone—men or women—depend on to make a success of a new venture or relationship. Mars usually stays in any one part of the horoscope for six weeks, which is more than enough time to see big progress, but in 2020, Mars will stay six months, from June 27 to January 6, 2021. The reason for Mars’ long stay is that he went retrograde last month, on September 9, and will go direct on November 13.
New ventures that are begun with Mars retrograde rarely work out well. If you are planning an advertising or publicity campaign, it would be best to begin from November 13 onward, not before. Mars won’t stop being aggressive this month—you will see more of his aggressive behavior at the new moon, October 16.
Keep in mind that Mars’ little brother Mercury will also go retrograde this month from October 13 to November 3. Messages will not be received, or if they are, they’ll be misinterpreted. There will be difficulties with the mail, stores will be out of stock on an item you want (with long wait times until the inventory will come in), and there will be a plethora of misinformation being exchanged, even in your private life.
Do not purchase any electronic items or machines. Put off buying a car, smart phone, or computer, for example, and wait until the second part of November to shop. Any contract you sign with Mercury retrograde will not be long-lived, and you will either have to renegotiate it or not want to do so and simply walk away from the deal altogether. By waiting to sign until the new moon next month (November 14), you will be protecting the venture that you both are committing to then.
As you will see in the rest of October, this month will be a mess. I will try as hard as I can to convince you to wait until the second half of November to launch a product or service, to unveil your website, place an app on the market, or open the doors of your new business. These are some examples, but I am sure you understand what I am saying. Astrological texts speak of how new ventures tend not to work out well when Mars is retrograde because without Mars’ support, it’s hard to give the venture the right push—you may lack enough motivation.
It’s not the right time to start a new romantic relationship either.
Moving on, let’s look at the new moon of October 16 in Libra, 24 degrees, which is set to light your ninth house of distant travel, which seems doubtful, since we are dealing with a pandemic. You may, however, be doing business with people abroad or with foreign people based in your country. If you have been waiting for an immigration interview, you might get a letter that it could take place soon as this house rules citizenship, green cards, and visas.
The ninth house, where this new moon will shine on October 16, also rules information you take in, such as in college or graduate school, or that you read or have experience with through time, and it also rules information you share through publishing and broadcasting, as well as through the digital world.
One of these areas may bring obstacles after the new moon appears in October 16 as this new moon will be flawed. Saturn and Pluto will argue with this new moon and Sun by sending a 90-degree square aspect. Saturn square the Sun is a tough aspect and can make you feel you have too much to do with too little time to get it all done. Pluto square the Sun can make a key VIP unsympathetic to any plight you want to discuss and will likely turn down any favor you ask of that high-level person.
That’s not all. Mars will point his cannons at the Sun and new moon on October 16, another daring aspect that could dramatically hurt your self-esteem. Someone may be very critical of you, and you will have to take the valuable part of their feedback to heart but not allow it to crush you. On top of this, besides directly opposing the Sun and new moon, Mars is going after Saturn and Pluto too, in a square aspect. Whoa! Mars will be taking on two very powerful planets, and this suggests you may have to fend off considerable competition or uncooperative people for any venture listed at the top of this report as falling under the ninth house. You will have far better aspects next month. I have never seen the planets so angry with one another as I do in October.
Keep your health strong as there will be a demanding person near you who will expect you to do more than most people. I am anticipating a strong second wave of the virus. I see how hard you are working, and I want you to stay well. I feel the virus will start to show signs of growing in October but reach a peak near November 12, and the curve will not flatten until mid-December 2020.
A vaccine may be ready by Christmas, but more likely not until about January 12, but that doesn’t mean we will be out of the woods. The medical community will still need to distribute the medicine, including not only to the people in your country but also to poorer countries that do not have the resources to produce a vaccine. Until everyone has the vaccine, we can’t be free of it. Experts say, we would ideally need about 70% of the population to have antibodies in order to get the virus under control.
By the way, the Spanish flu (from 1918) is still with us (you can google this fact). We call it the seasonal flu now as it mutates every year. Fortunately, most scientists in the Western world don’t feel the coronavirus has mutated, but they aren’t sure. If it hasn’t mutated, it make the process of developing a virus easier. Anyway, I see you will be under strain this month, and I don’t want you to have “pandemic fatigue.” Keep your guard up, especially since, as mentioned above, I see the probability of a second wave to be coming now, in October, and growing stronger in November. You have to be well to interview for that big job!
If you assume that the challenges of this month are over, no, there will be more.
This month, which demands so much, will have its hardest moment on October 31, a full moon in Taurus, 9 degrees, which, of course, is also Halloween. The full moon will arrive in your house of home along with Uranus on her arm, tightly together. Uranus will look across the sky and glare at the Sun. Uranus opposition the Sun is a severe aspect where things happen that you’d never expect. This could cause your efforts to find a new job in October to go wrong, with a setback occurring at this full moon.
Your residence or family may also bring unexpected news. If you get the job, you may have to suddenly move without any previous notice. Check in with your father and mother—either could not be feeling well, and we need to keep our beloved relatives healthy. If your parent needs something, find a way to get it to them, perhaps by enlisting a friend to do it. (You will have your hands full as you see.) You won’t want your father or mother roaming the neighborhood in search of what they need if it’s not easy to get
As the pandemic continues to rage and circle the globe, you’ve been careful, but you long to leave your house. The full moon of October 1 may bring the chance to travel to a distant spot, but it is a risky idea. This full moon is rife with difficult planets, most notably Mars. Difficulties with one of the following areas could meet with a bumpy patch: distant travel, a legal move, your quest for higher education, or your work with the media (as either journalist or subject of the story). One of these areas is due to pitch you a curve ball.
If you are presented a contract to sign—very possible at the full moon of October 1—show it to your lawyer and, if ready for your signature, sign quickly in the first days of October, but better yet, wait until mid-November. Mercury, the planet that covers all communication and legal agreements, will go retrograde October 13 to November 3. It is never wise to sign during (or near) a Mercury retrograde phase. If your deal can wait, then postpone any signature until after mid-November when Mercury’s big brother Mars will also turn direct (November 13).
If you are searching for a new position, one may come up in November, so spend time crafting your polished résumé. When thinking about the references you will offer, be especially careful—there appears to be someone who wants you to think of them as a supporter but is really a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Ask your headhunter, if you have one, for advice.
This new moon of October 16 may bring a major media project (publishing, broadcasting, or digital), and if so, prepare for fierce competition bubbling up behind the scenes. Present you best credentials and face to the world. Hidden competition could be a problem, so be ready for them.
The new moon October 16 has so many planets fighting that it’s remarkable. Mars is opposed to the Sun and new moon, and Mars is square Pluto and Saturn. Plus, the Sun and moon are having their own private feud with Saturn and Pluto. I’ve rarely seen anything like this. Keep strong, as the stresses and strains on you could lower both your immunity and your self-confidence in your abilities—this is all temporary, so don’t be crushed by these aspects.
Halloween brings a forceful, volatile full moon that will come packed with surprises, but perhaps not the one you are hoping to experience. This full moon on October 31 will appear in your home sector and will be conjunct Uranus, the planet known to disrupt the status quo and create news that comes out of the blue. For you, your attention will immediately be drawn to your home or family. You may be moving to a new location, possibly radically different from where you’ve lived before due to a job opportunity. Alternatively, you may make sweeping changes to your present home—by this point, your home décor designer will either be finished and you will see the results, or you would be picking the designer you want to start to work with—if you can, wait until mid-November to do that. It seems something will come up that will not at all be what you were expecting.
There may be news concerning a parent or other immediate family member, or it may be a situation your landlord presents to you. The news could be entirely unexpected too, so keep your schedule light and remember to breathe. If you work in a home office, you may have to relocate temporarily, or it may be that a project you are working on either at home or at the office may have to be redone using a different, more innovative approach. Uranus teaches us to be resourceful, and you are up to the task, for sure.