October is always a month when a balance between work and play comes under the spotlight. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of October in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart before returning to your busy work sector and while for him this is a clear cut move the lines are often blurred. The Sun will make that shift on 23rd October and that will be the case every year but Venus and Mercury, who travel with him around the solar system have a less rigid timetable. Mercury is with the Sun in this playful part of your chart as you move into the new month and in retrograde motion will spend the whole month here. You also have Mars alongside the Sun, with the planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos making his first visit in two years. Until leaving on 31st October, Mars will continue to fuel your romantic and creative passions and your fighting spirit. Added to this, you have growing support from Saturn and Jupiter in an adventurous part of your chart, which is putting a huge amount of weight on the playful side of life’s fence. Yet the lines between the busy and playful side of life’s fence have already begun to blur, with Venus starting the month in your busy work sector. Venus is more focused on fuelling your job confidence, attracting opportunities and steering things in a lucrative direction so things are unlikely to be too busy. However, that will change when the Sun returns on 23rd October and Mars on 31st October, though with Venus gone by then. It is on 8th October that Venus will leave your work sector, with the asteroid Vesta staying on to keep the seat warm until the Sun and Mars return. This will allow Venus to shift her focus onto your relationships, when she returns to your relationship sector on 8th October. Last year Venus didn’t return until December and with the Sun not returning until later next month, the planet of love is getting in early to work her magic.
Because the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of October in your romantic sector, the Sun will always shine on matters of the heart and all things romantic at this time of year. Until leaving on 23rd October, the solar spotlight is firmly on matters of the heart and as the most powerful force in the solar system, this is the time of year when this will always be a priority. However, the Sun is not the only player and there are three different factors that set this year apart. The first is that Venus, the planet of love has already been and gone, with the spirit of romance already in great shape and your heart engaged by the time the Sun even returned. The second is that for the first time in two years Mars, the planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos is in your romantic sector. Until leaving on 31st October, Mars is on a mission to fuel your romantic passions and fighting spirit but as is the case with all the planets that will pass through your romantic sector this year, he has some extra special help. That help is coming from Jupiter and Saturn in an adventurous part of your chart, which every planet moving through your romantic sector this year will form a friendly aspect to. This is creating a mix of romance, passion and adventure that will never be too far from the surface. The third factor is Mercury, who will normally spend 14 to 15 days in your romantic sector each year, working to give your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page. Instead, a retrograde turn last month is keeping Mercury here for over two months, in retrograde motion until 19th October and not leaving until early next month, will even hold the doors open to the past and second chances. Meanwhile, your relationships will get a boost when Venus, the planet of love returns to your relationship sector on 8th October.
While there is no planetary activity in your income sector, this should be a good month on both sides of the financial fence, with each side getting a positive bump though with minimal competition between them. Unlike your financial sector, where with Pluto here from 2008 to 2024 there is a continual focus on money matters, your income sector is only active in the middle months of each year. While this is the push that income matters need and can be the most lucrative months of any year, every planet that passes through will clash with Pluto and there can be financial tension. This year that included Mars, who made his first visit to your income sector in two years. While the last planet left your income sector at the end of July income potential and momentum has not only been banked but until she leaves your work sector on 8th October Venus, the planet of money will be working to exploit this. When Venus returns each year it is to fuel your job confidence, attract opportunities and steer things in a lucrative direction but because she isn’t in your income sector and the other planets that will return this month won’t clash with Pluto. This is a chance to have your cake and eat it too. The Moon’s return to your income sector each month can also act as a trigger. The Moon will start the month in your income sector and while it will leave on 1st October, this will give you a sharp nose for money and a lucrative sense of direction from the start. The Moon will come full circle from 26th October to 28th October, auspiciously during the Sun’s early days in your work sector and at a powerful point of the month on the job and career fronts. Meanwhile, Pluto’s direct turn in your financial sector on 7th October will end a review phase that began in April. When it comes to your financial situation and money matters, this will turn the focus off the rear view mirror and onto the road ahead.