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Welcome October 2020

"Between the heavens and the earth
The way now opens to bring forth
The Hosts of those who went on before;
Hail! We see them now come through the Open Door.
Now the veils of worlds are thin;
To move out you must move in.
Let the Balefires now be made,
Mine the spark within them laid.
Move beyond the fiery screen,
Between the seen and the unseen;
Shed your anger and your fear,
Live anew in a new year!"
- Lore of the Door 

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 Tarot Guidance for October 2020

The Great Transformer - Death



Maroon Tarot -

Many of my clients, upon seeing the Death card being drawn, will gasp and think the worst. But Death should not be a card to be feared. Death is the great transformer. When it appears it points out that something in your life is no longer working in your own best interest. Something, some aspect of your life has died away and now is the time to release it, let it go, and create a space for something new and better to replace it.

We don't always see these changes in our lives as wonderful things occurring. That is because we often get so attached to a certain outcome or situation that it hurts too much to let that dream go and embrace the new, the unknown..

But in that first moment of letting go we feel a sense of liberation. Liberation turns into a new perspective. And a new perspective turns into those first few steps onto a new path.

So when you encounter Death in a reading don't run in fear or fight the changes that it brings. Embrace that it is time for you to grow and transform some aspect of yourself or your life and rejoice in this time of transformation.

Celtic Tree Month October 2020

September 30th thru October 27th begins the Celtic Tree Month of Gort (Ivy) - This is a time of reconciliation and settlement (karma). The ivy is a powerful evergreen species, and often outlasts the tree upon which it grows. It therefore represents strength, support, and endurance. Ivy also relates to matters of death, the immortality and resurrection of the spirit, intoxication, and the knowledge of things that are hidden and mysterious. It is also the symbol of undying love.

Ivy characters have great personal stamina and abundant talents that can bring personal honors and public recognition. People born under this sign generally are colorful individuals with a unique style of their own. New moon people born during the first two weeks are quite radical thinkers, akin to the rowan tree character, but they have a more artistic temperament. They are, however, inclined to be rather indecisive and their success rate tends to swing between two extremes that will set the pattern of life accordingly. Full moon people radiate a successful image all the time despite suffering a reverse of fortunes. They are generous providers, but shrewd investors regarding their financial resources and income. They are also extremely manipulative people who tend to use their position or power quite ruthlessly. As a result they often become involved in disputes and litigations.
Astro - Days to watch for your sign - October 2020

Rewarding Days: 1, 2, 3, 28, 29, 30
Challenging Days: 15, 16

Rewarding Days: 4, 5, 31
Challenging Days: 17, 18

Rewarding Days:  6, 7, 8
Challenging Days: 19, 20

Rewarding Days: 9, 10
Challenging Days: 21, 22, 23

Rewarding Days: 11, 12
Challenging Days:  24, 25

Rewarding Days: 13, 14
Challenging Days: 26, 27

Rewarding Days: 15, 16
Challenging Days: 1, 2, 3, 28, 29, 30

Rewarding Days: 17, 18 
Challenging Days: 4, 5, 31

Rewarding Days: 19, 20
Challenging Days: 6, 7, 8

Rewarding Days: 21, 22, 23
Challenging Days: 9, 10

Rewarding Days: 24, 25
Challenging Days: 11, 12

Rewarding Days:  26, 27 
Challenging Days: 13, 14
Void of Course Moon Schedule for October 2020

It is said that when the Moon is void of a course it can cause delays, false starts and unexpected hassles. When the Moon is void of course it means that it is in the process of moving between two signs and is not quite sure how it feels yet. And since the Moon rules our emotions, we don't know how we feel either! The effects can last from a few seconds to a day or two. Energy can feel off balance and this is not a good time for making major decisions, signing contracts, or doing anything based on emotional decisions because our perceptions are a bit out of whack. The Void Moon begins at 27 degrees in one sign and ends at 3 degrees in the next sign.  Times given are for GMT.
Date Void Begins Date Void Ends
October 3rd 06:47 October 3rd 16:12 Taurus
October 5th 19:41 October 6th 05:03 Gemini
October 8th 02:57 October 8th 16:45 Cancer
October 10th 17:04 October 11th 01:24 Leo
October 12th 15:29 October 13th 05:56 Virgo
October 14th 23:47 October 15th 06:54 Libra
October 16th 23:11 October 17th 06:05 Scorpio
October 18th 22:43 October 19th 05:43 Sagittarius
October 21st 04:38 October 21st 07:44 Capricorn
October 23rd 05:35 October 23rd 13:17 Aquarius
October 24th 22:54 October 25th 22:18 Pisces
October 28th 00:46 October 28th 08:45 Aries
October 30th 16:12 October 30th 21:19 Taurus
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Happy October all! We are now officially heading into Autumn and Winter. The nights draw closer, days seem shorter, and our focus is on harvesting all that we have worked so hard on this year. I love this time of year! We celebrate Halloween, or Samhain, which is the Pagan New Year this month.  This may be a bit different for all of us with the social distancing rules still in place and some areas in lockdown. We also turn the clocks back one hour around this time too. UK's Daylight Savings is on October 27th, the US's is November 3th and October 6th for Australia.    

Let's see what tricks and treats I have for you this month! I have our favourite Samhain New Year reading and the Trick or Treat reading. The Afterlife Communication reading is a good way to connect with our ancestors as the veil lifts this month. These readings, and a few other specials can be found in the  Monthly Specials section. So be sure to stop by and have a look at this month's Specials! You can have a browse through the many specialized readings I offer on the  Tarot Readings page.  Tarot's Life Path & Personal Growth section is a good place to start!  Or take a wander through the various Oracle readings on my site, like Rune, Angel, Faery and Animal Totem readings.  All of these categories can be found on the main Reading Room page.  Don't forget to check out the other areas on the Readings page, like the Oracles, Rune and Animal Medicine Cards sections.

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If you're looking for some unique handcrafted items, come visit,  Faery Trinkets where I will have my Barefoot Sandals, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and crochet items on display for sale. I'll be adding some crocheted items as well soon, and you can also find these items in my Etsy shop.

In the Reiki/Energy Work section you can find reiki and energy work to help give you a bit of a boost. You can find Reiki sessions, Chakra Healing and Attunements, Violet Flame healing, and the Avalon Crown of Success healing. Reiki is great for flushing out the old energies that may be lingering both in our own energetic bodies and the environment around us.

If Astrology is your cup of tea be sure to stop by my Astrology section where you can order some insightful Natal charts, Compatibility reports and Transit reports to see what will be affecting you in the months ahead. Each persons Birth Chart can show how the positions of the planets and stars at the exact time of their birth can influence their life. Learn how each planetary position has determined your physical, personal, psychic and spiritual characteristics! These charts are a great gift for birthdays or just as a special way to treat someone to a bit of astrological insight.

Come and check out my Blog that at   I hope to be writing on a variety of topics from Tarot to general spirituality topics once we get into the New Year.  But for now you can catch my weekly Astrology updates there. 

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And don't forget to check out the Tarot Oracle Club: For a membership fee you get a free one card reading each month, discounts to in-depth readings, a free Natal Report package, one free in-depth reading for every one you buy, and access to a private Facebook group for members.

And now to announce the September 2020 raffle winners:

M. Phillips and D. Adams

Congratulations to you both! I'll be sending you two an email to tell you how to claim your prize shortly! For those who haven't entered the raffle yet, each month I select 2 random people from entries submitted to win a reading of your choice worth up to £15.00 from any area of my site. For more details, and to enter August's raffle, stop by and visit the Raffle Entry page! Good luck!

"What Costume Are You Wearing? 
Halloween is bearing down upon us. Traditionally this is a time when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest, and those fearing visitations from unwanted spirits would dress up in costumes, so as not to be recognised. However, most of us wear a disguise every day, and we probably don't even realise it.

We start wearing these different masks from a very early age. Before we can even walk, we learn that if we smile and coo at people, they make a fuss of us, so we smile and coo more because we like the attention. Later, we learn at school that if we behave in one way, we get positive attention from our teachers and our peers; but if we behave another way, we get into trouble, or we are discarded. We soon learn to put on different suits to please different people.

As we mature, we start to examine who we really are. We look at the disguises that we have donned to make other people accept us. We look at the suits we wear so that we fit into a particular niche. What happens, though, when those suits start to become uncomfortable? We question who we are, and what we are doing. Those around us tell us that our suit looks beautiful, though, and it is made to fit us so very well. We start to ask if this is all there is to life.

There's a Buddhist concept that to become nobody we first have to become somebody. In order to transcend ego, we first have to establish our ego. We put on the suits to please different people, and then one day we awaken to the fact that these suits are not who we really are. We want to remove them, but we are frightened of who we might find when we remove the suits and look at our naked self.

This time of year is an excellent time for doing just that type of self-undressing. We live in a society that constantly tells us who we are supposed to be; live here, drive this car, drink this pop. It is only when we dare to follow the calling of our own spirit that we can truly find our authentic empowerment -- and our greatest joy. The veil between the worlds is the thinnest at Halloween, and if we call upon the ancestors to assist us in our journey of self-exploration, they will answer.

The journey to self-awareness is one that very few dare to make, but those who do are the ones whom we remember. It sets us apart from those who pick up their disguises and wear them like a suit of armour. As my friend once put it, "When you're different and you don't have the self-assurance to be different, you're just weird; but when you're different and you have that confidence, you're not weird, you're cool." Let's make Halloween this year the time when we dare to remove the disguise, rather than don it, and stand out from the crowd the way that the Universe intended.


October 2020 Celebrations

Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings AUSTRALIA - October 4th

Daylight Savings UK - October 25th

Daylight Savings US - November 1st

Today, Daylight Saving Time (DST) is used to save energy and make better use of daylight. The idea has been suggested in ancient times and later by famous scientists.

DST is a change in the standard time with the purpose of making better use of daylight and conserving energy. Clocks are set ahead one hour when DST starts. This means that the sunrise and sunset will be one hour later, on the clock, than the day before.

To learn more about Daylight Savings and its historical origins click here - Daylight Savings    Daylight Savings 

October 31st - Halloween/Samhain/All Souls Night

Catch a falling leaf
This tradition originated in England. It is said that if you catch a falling leaf on Samhain, before it touches the ground, it will bring you good luck and health for the coming winter season. Another superstition claims that if you bring dead leaves into your house it will bring you bad luck.
Samhain. All Hallows. All Hallow's Eve. Hallow E'en. Halloween. The most magical night of the year. Exactly opposite Beltane on the wheel of the year, Halloween is Beltane's dark twin. A night of glowing jack-o'-lanterns, bobbing for apples, tricks or treats, and dressing in costume. A night of ghost stories and séances, tarot card readings and scrying with mirrors. A night of power, when the veil that separates our world from the Otherworld is at its thinnest. A "spirit night", as they say in Wales

All Hallow's Eve is the eve of All Hallow's Day (November 1). And for once, even popular tradition remembers that the eve is more important than the day itself, the traditional celebration focusing on October 31, beginning at sundown. And this seems only fitting for the great Celtic New Year's festival. Not that the holiday was Celtic only. In fact, it is startling how many ancient and unconnected cultures (the Egyptians and pre-Spanish Mexicans, for example) celebrated this as a festival of the dead. But the majority of our modern traditions can be traced to the British Isles

The Celts called it Samhain, which means "summer's end", according to their ancient two-fold division of the year, when summer ran from Beltane to Samhain and winter ran from Samhain to Beltane. (Some modern covens echo this structure by letting the high priest "rule" the coven beginning on Samhain, with rulership returned to the high priestess at Beltane.) According to the later four-fold division of the year, Samhain is seen as "autumn's end" and the beginning of winter. Samhain is pronounced (depending on where you're from) as "sow-in" (in Ireland), or "sow-een" (in Wales), or "sav-en" (in Scotland), or (inevitably) "sam-hane" (in the U.S., where we don’t speak Gaelic).

For more information on Samhain, click here   Samhain

To learn about the many traditions of Halloween, click here - Halloween 

Star Transits For October 2020


The Sun has been in Libra since September 21st    

Libra symbolizes relationships with others as mirrors of ourselves. Meeting others halfway, compromise, and negotiation come under the rule of Libra. The focus is now on balance--finding balance and harmony through relationships with others and through art. Libra is the sign of the peacemaker. However, life is not always peaceful with Libra in its attempt to restore balance. Decision-making can be more challenging while the Sun is in Libra. Libra weighs both sides of any situation, and sometimes this process seems endless! In Libra, the Sun is concerned about not rocking the boat and not rubbing others the wrong way. Tactfulness, style, tolerance, and sociability are some of the keywords for Libra. On the shadow side, Libra can be self-serving, indecisive, passive-aggressive, and superficial. Libra, the scales, represents that perfect balance between day and night that comes with the equinox. It brings an awareness of where we stand within ourselves and with others. So this can greatly affect relationships of all kinds.

When the Sun is in Libra, don't expect decisions to be finalized. Libra Suns mark a time of deliberation, of hemming-and-hawing, of going over and over your options with a fine-toothed comb, weighing the pros and cons. The symbol of Libra is, of course, the Balance. This celestial situation bestows upon us a natural diplomacy and a sense of fairness, and yet we're never really quite sure if we're making the right choice. We'll be in the research stage, so to speak, investigating the possibilities and potentialities. While you're puzzling over a conclusion, you'll also be very persuasively arguing the side you most support. Libra is just as convincing as it is indecisive and tactful and cautious. With this inclination toward harmony, Libra Sun also turns our thoughts to aesthetic beauty and the wonder of interpersonal relationships. This Air Sign desires companionship -- especially romantic love bonds! Anticipate charming suitors and appeasing partners.

The Sun in Libra is a good time for:

  • Visiting art museums or bookstores
  • Making your personal relationships and partnerships top priority
  • Romance

The Sun then moves into Scorpio on October 22nd  

Happy Solar return to all of you Scorpio natives out there! The Sun in Scorpio begins the season of Halloween when the veils between the worlds are thinnest. This is a time when we assess what we have harvested and how we can apply it during the cold winter months. Reviewing individual assets to determine if they’re being applied efficiently is a good move at this time. Holding onto what has lost its value becomes very costly, making this a time to eliminate objects, aspirations, behaviour and people that we can no longer afford. What initially feels like a loss, which some will resist with all their might, can turn into a gain when we make way for better things to come.

When the Sun is in Scorpio, think of the old saying about still waters running deep when you think of this passionate Water Sign. The mood will be intense -- and that mood hangs over everything from careers to cuddling -- but it is a smouldering, devious sort of intense. A slow burn. While the Sun visits this Sign, anticipate probing gazes and profound concentration. Scorpio wants nothing more than for us to be passionately engaged in activities that are significant and meaningful to us. No boredom is allowed, no busy or slog work (save that for Virgo or Taurus times) -- this is when you get to the heart of matters, when you find out what's behind masks, what lies beneath motivations. Careful to direct your energies, though, because if boredom does strike, talents are wasted and negative emotions come to the fore. Passions will be high, and physical love becomes engrossing, exciting, forceful and possessive. Watch for jealousy and vengeful whims. Scorpio stings when threatened.

This is a period where we get a chance to explore our passions and delve into the depths of our secrets. Scorpio brings a certain intensity that challenges us to really look more closely at how this intensity is manifesting in our lives. Scorpio asks “What are you passionate about? What lights that fire in you?” Look at the events in your life that have thrown you to the bottom as well as those which helped you to turn the tides and allow a new start. Look at the events, people, and causes in your life that mean everything to you. Take a deeper look at the secrets you hold within, even from your own self at times. But be very careful! We also run the risk of becoming too obsessed with our passions at this time, so much so that we may neglect what is practical and real. We could get stuck in our shadow self, the darker side of letting go and transforming, and not finish the cycle of death and rebirth. This is a time for celebrating the endings in your life, to honour the challenges and hard times, and to be passionate about the things that helped to pull you out of ruts and routines so that you could once again feel alive.

A good time for:
* Solving riddles and mysteries, delving into scientific issues
* Profoundly investigating topics that interest you
* Exploring sexual pleasure


On October 1st we have an Aries Full Moon  

The Full Moon is the best time for doing work on letting go of the old and releasing the negative. When the Moon is in Aries we're motivated by a strong desire to start fresh. A gut instinct to start something new is with us now, as well as the gumption to do so. Our pioneering impulses are strong, and we feel energetic, spontaneous, and enthusiastic. We may also be tactless and impulsive now. Excess energy is best channelled into physical activity.

We now enter a phase of emotional directness and impulsiveness, one marked by forceful and powerful feelings. Emotional beginnings, a fresh start, perhaps the establishment of new habit patterns - make sure they're good ones because they'll set the tone for you for quite some time to come!

An Aries Moon tends to bring conflict more than most times, with emotional tensions growing, people becoming short-tempered and impulsive. Some may show a rediness and fearlessness to act in an extreme situation. Even the sweetest tempered person can become a bit mean under this moon. However, it becomes easier to shake old problems and the weight of tiresome responsibility. We want to free ourselves from everything that bothers us and makes our lives feel uneasy.

An Aries Moon can bring emotional vitality and the drive to act on our feelings. With the Moon in Aries we're motivated by a strong desire to start fresh. We get this gut instinct to start something new, as well as the motivation to do so. Our pioneering impulses are strong as well under this influence, and we tend to feel more energetic, spontaneous, and enthusiastic.

We do run the risk of being tactless and impulsive, however, so we need to think before we speak. Many also feel restless during an Aries Moon, finding it hard to settle at night, being unable to sleep, or feeling like we can’t just sit for too long. Excess energy is best channelled into physical activity. The Moon in Aries speeds up instinctual reactions and might put us in an edgy, punchy mood. We're restless to start something! It's a good time for firsts that mean facing your fears. That butterflies in the stomach feeling let you know you've stepped outside of your own comfort zone.

As we enter this phase of emotional directness and impulsiveness, one marked by forceful and powerful feelings, we tend to gravitate towards emotional beginnings, a fresh start, perhaps the establishment of new habit patterns – so make sure they're good ones, because they'll set the tone for you for quite some time to come!

This can be an emotionally cathartic few days. Instead of sidling up to a problem, you can attack it head on. If you've been bottling up righteous anger, this Moon gives you the courage to let the truth fly. It brings out the "fight" in everybody. Getting into it with others is always risky, but it provokes change, and sometimes for the better.

It's a great time to have an opening for an art show, a business, or to sell your house. It supports you if you've got to be dynamic, for a job interview or on a date. You can go ahead and start that project or try to sell your idea to others. Quick short activities are favored, rather than doing any tedious footwork. You can encourage a friend, work on self-promotion materials, or throw a party.

There's an urgency with this Moon that can lead to impulsive acts. You might do some soul searching on what you'd do if you could do anything. Aries is an invincible energy that has an innocent belief that anything is possible.

Things to do under an Aries Moon: Quick actions that yield immediate results. Undertakings that involve the self and the personality. (Staying power may be lacking). Self-assertion, taking on challenges, beginning short-term projects. .

On October 16th we have a Libra New Moon

New Moons are a time for new beginnings and in Libra creating order is the focus, not necessarily through tidying or organizing as was the case while the Moon was in Virgo, but rather through pleasing interactions with others and aesthetics in our environment. We tend to solve problems through diplomacy, and we are more able to put aside our own emotions in order to achieve the peace we crave. The tendency now is to avoid direct confrontations. Decisions do not come easily. Seeing both sides to any given situation is the main reason for hesitation. Fear of losing others' approval is another.

The Moon in Libra creates this feeling of harmony and calm. We find we more easily connect to people, compromise is more likely and conflict less so. It's a time when we find it easier to understand and relate to others. We tend to be polite and diplomatic, and would rather avoid arguments.

Under this Moon, we especially enjoy being pampered. And we're more apt to dote on a friend or mate. The mood is that of mutual devotion, so we seek to draw out the best in others. We enjoy conversation, and even arguing to prove a point. An idea may come that brings balance to a situation or has the potential to. These are power days for speeches, and offering your big idea. It's also the right mood to make amends or compromise.

Creating order is also the focus, not necessarily through tidying or organizing as was the case while the Moon was in Virgo, but rather through pleasing interactions with others and aesthetics in our environment. We tend to solve problems through diplomacy, and we are more able to put aside our own emotions in order to achieve the peace we crave. The tendency now is to avoid direct confrontations. Decisions do not come easily. Seeing both sides to any given situation is the main reason for hesitation. Fear of losing others' approval is another.

Refinement and relationships are the keys to emotional satisfaction for you now. Harmony and beauty are deeply satisfying - and the lack of them can be emotionally unsettling. Close personal ties to other people are a focal point for your feelings - marriage and other partnerships could be a key arena for this.

Things to do under a Libra Moon: mediating, negotiating a fair deal, restoring balance with a friend or family member, taking it easy, beautifying your home space, meditating, decorating, de-cluttering, throwing a dinner party, attending a lecture, visiting a museum, writing or editing, experimenting with fashion, indulging in luxury.

On October 31st we have our second  Full Moon, this time in Taurus

The Full Moon is the best time for doing work on letting go of the old and releasing the negative. The placid Taurus Moon contrasts with the opposing Sun in Scorpio’s impulse to examine every act and question every motive. So watch out for stubborn standoffs between those who prefer things the way they are and those who need to turn the world upside down because they will quite often force us to examine our values. Right now financial issues are likely to be emphasized as we seek ways to appreciate what we have (Taurus) while honoring our hunger for change (Scorpio). We are motivated by the desire for serenity, security, peace, and comfort.

The Moon is at her most sensual and constant in Taurus, having a very easy going fit. The lunar mood here is clam and mellow and our basic impulses are to relax, resist change, and "stop to smell the roses". Life slows down a little, and we get comfortable. We may also be inclined to stubbornness and materialism under this influence.

A feeling of being at peace and stable on the emotional level comes into prominence at this time. Stability and permanence satisfy a deep emotional need. Music is likely to play a more important role for you than usual, and a period of material acquisition can satisfy a deep yearning to be free from want.

When the Moon is in Taurus it becomes much easier to live in the moment, be in the body, and truly enjoy the delights of the five senses. Taurus is the slow mover of the Zodiac, and everything is savoured thoroughly.

The grounded nature of Taurus allows us to be focused on one thing. It's a fixed sign, that inspires us to go into something fully, to flesh it out. Taurus energy can help us to discover our natural talents and some may find it easier to practice their craft or hobby. You can get in the zone of work, and take pleasure in making real progress. It's an excellent time to be in the studio or with your musical instrument. You can earth your dreams in some very real ways.

Things to do under a Taurus Moon: Massages given and received; baking and cooking; singing or dancing; gardening; building structures; considering steps of a plan, experimenting with home aromatherapy, stretching (especially the neck), try new fruits, concoctions, cocktails and dishes; make pottery or sculpture; sound therapy.



October 2nd - Venus enters Virgo
Love takes a practical turn as Venus moves into earthy Virgo. Be careful though, because relationships could suffer from nit-picking and self-worth may be diminished by being overly critical. However, this transit also represents opportunities to make the minor adjustments needed to put partnerships on a more productive track and to develop talents that increase one's economic value

This is a cycle that calls you to purify and get more efficient. It may not be the most fun cycle of Venus, but it does help us to get a bit more practical and clear the way so we are able to enjoy Venus's more social and romantic cycle after September 14th. Basically, we are looking at a work now, play later scenario. This is a time when we express our love through practical means and gestures--running errands, doing detail work, or just being there for our lovers. Love needs to make sense and have a purpose with Venus in Virgo. Virgo is an Earth sign, which is sensual but also quite practical. Besides our romantic natures, what we decide to buy and the types of entertainment we enjoy during this cycle are ruled by whether or not things make sense. We could easily feel guilty if we are too self-indulgent at this time. Rendering services to others can fill a need and can be an expression of love. The shadow side of this position is being overly critical of our partners, picky, or worrisome.

October 7th - Mercury opposite Uranus (Mercury in Scorpio, Uranus in Taurus)
This is a day where we need to be flexible because it can be filled with unexpected occurrences that upset or change our plans. If we fight against this right now, it will just make things all the more difficult to cope and move things forward. If you are someone who is a natural at thinking on your feet, you should get through this just fine.

This is also a transit where our minds can feel really restless or we where we go actively looking for excitement. Just be careful what you look for here! It can be hard to keep up with this hectic pace brought on by this transit and it’s not really the best time for sitting in one place or trying to focus for long periods of time. Our body wants to be moving and we need to find good outlets for draining off all of that nervous energy in a constructive way. This can also make some of us more prone to clumsiness. And be careful when driving around because this energy can cause others to speed and be reckless with their driving.

October 9th - Mars square Pluto (Mars in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn)
Mars presents a challenging square with the planet of destruction, Pluto, today. It means we have some strong forces at work and the pressure is on. Power struggles could erupt now and this is not a good time to force situations that just don't want to budge by using a "bull in a china shop" mentality.

On the plus side, this transit gives us that willingness to fight back that may help with some situations that are ready for change. Our compulsion to achieve goals can create issues now too as we run into obstacles that frustrate us. But if you find a need to release something or someone from your life is necessary to your growth and well being, do so, just find a gentler and kinder way to do it. It may be helpful to find the appropriate outlets necessary, like physical activities, to help us relieve the stress we may be feeling now.

October 10th - Mars sextile North Lunar Node (Mars in Aries, North Node in Gemini)
For a couple of days prior to and after today, it can be a time when opportunities seem to just come our way. And taking action could bring results or implications that reach much further than we expect. Some may notice they feel more energetic, passionate or motivated than usual, therefore making them find it easier to get moving on those projects and plans they've had on the back burner. Others may find that, if they take those steps and move their bodies towards what they want, the incentive and energy may propel you to keep going with it.

Bear in mind that this energy could come in any form, not just positive energy, but anger, vindictiveness, hostility and rejection as well. So use this opportunity wisely!

October 10th - Venus trine Uranus (Venus in Virgo, Uranus in Taurus)
This is a transit where liberation and spontaneity flood into our relationships, resources, finances, and those little pleasure we so enjoy! We feel more at ease in the company of others and an old friend may be there to give you a boost, or to try something new. We tend to desire the more thrilling and exciting activities now and changing the patterns of our interaction can be quite interesting as well.

We have a taste for the unusual and may find ourselves trying things (food, people, activities) that we would have overlooked in ordinary circumstances. We want to shake up the routines and break free from some old habits in order to allow ourselves to get a breath of that fresh air in our lives. it brings a chance to meet unusual and eccentric people that could broaden your views of the world around you.

One thing we do need to be careful of however, is the we could spend impulsively beyond our budget, or become reckless in our relationships and social interactions. The key is to allow ourselves to break free from what is holding us back without breaking down the order and structure that we need in our lives.

October 11th - Sun square Jupiter (Sun in Libra, Jupiter in Capricorn)
Under the energies of this transit, we feel more upbeat and enthusiastic. We may feel inspired to expand well beyond our usual boundaries now and this may or may not work in our best interests. We do run the risk of reaching far beyond our means, possibly promising more than we can actually give, or seeing things in a far more unrealistic light than we otherwise would. Our rise in confidence can have us over-estimating our abilities. There is increased restlessness here too so we need lots of space to move around in now.

This can be a challenging time where important lessons could emerge that help to expand the limits of our true beliefs. We may find ourselves choosing to move beyond our current horizons because we have the "oomph" needed to push for that which we believe will bring us true happiness, prosperity and a sense of fulfilment.

Be careful though because our objectivity and ability to see things in a realistic light can be a bot wonky at this time. It's easy to overestimate the results we are envisioning die to this upbeat and optimistic vibe. We may also underestimate just how much work is needed for a certain project or goal. Try to keep it balanced and real.

October 12th - Jupiter sextile Neptune (Jupiter in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces)
This is a transit that brings harmony, ease, good fortune, and growth. It allows us to relax while at the same time enjoy personal or professional success. It's also a spiritual enlightening phase of life which gives us a good overall perspective of who we are and our place in the world. We can better align ourselves and our goals with our spiritual philosophy or religious beliefs.

At this time we find that growth and good fortune are possible through further education, group activities, travel, and acts of kindness and charity. Being generous now does not mean that we have to sacrifice our living standards. We can still grow spiritually without throwing away our material possessions.

Optimism, good intentions, and moral integrity make this a good time for professional advancement, business, and legal matters. Our intuition should be strong and our dream life and imagination vivid. Creative inspiration is also enhanced by this very positive transit.

October 12th - Mercury sextile Venus (Mercury in Scorpio, Venus in Virgo)
Mercury is in this beneficial aspect with Venus today which brings us the possibility of benefiting from our social connections, a more open awareness, and harmonious communication. It doesn’t mean that it will all just fall into our laps though! We still need a bit of effort to make all of this happen.

Venus is all about pleasure, beauty, and sensuality and under this transit we get to appreciate these things a bit more. It’s a good opportunity for getting closer to someone we have an interest in, or that we want to build a stronger foundation with. We are more able to give and receive and with mercury this means listening well and speaking gently. Creativity also gets a boost as our ideas are more able to find a route to expressing them.

One thing we do need to be careful of with this transit is trying to manipulate a person or situation to our own advantage and vice versa. If you keep your communication clear and to the point, as well as throwing in some diplomacy, you will find that you can deal with anyone who may be using manipulative tactics.

October 13th - Sun opposite Mars (Sun in Libra, Mars in Aries)
We have the Sun in a challenging opposition to Mars, which is still in retrograde. Anytime Mars is opposing the Sun, it will be in a retrograde cycle. This transit also marks that halfway point for Mar’s retrograde meandering. Over these next six weeks we will find ourselves getting deeper into the work that has been brought on by the first six weeks of this Mars retrograde. This is the time where we need to pause and ask ourselves what we have been investing our time and energy in over the past six weeks of this cycle. Take some time to look at areas where you have been busy developing new ideas, or struggling with any situations that have involved those Mars traits of aggression, anger, assertiveness, hostility and confrontation. Some of you may have directed your energies towards building yourselves up in a physical way through new health and fitness regimes, maybe even giving your physical appearance a total makeover!

Now that we are at this midway point in the Mars retrograde cycle, these next six weeks will call for more commitment to our goals, challenges, ambitions and issues. One example would be situations where we have felt overwhelmed by feelings of anger, impatience, passion and frustration that are getting a bit out of control. For these you will need to find yourself a safe and constructive outlet for these energies. It’s all about being in control of our feelings rather than our feelings being in control of us.

We do need to be careful that we don’t push ourselves so hard that we end up burning ourselves out now. If you suddenly feel a bit of hesitation about taking action, then your higher self may be telling you something that you need to listen to. These moments tell us that there is a reason for holding back, and that reason is that we need to work on some aspect of ourselves, to look at what it is that has been making us feel stuck and to find a way to break free of this. Some may feel that they are in a position where they have to prove or validate themselves for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with the situation before them.

The best advice for dealing with these energies is to make sure you take breaks and let yourself acknowledge all of the successes you have accomplished, both big and small. Also, if you are nearing that time where a big decision is going to be made, or a big idea is to be presented, you may want to hold off until we are past the Mars retrograde cycle. Use these next few weeks to check over your plans, kick the tires, make sure all of your t’s are crossed and I’s dotted. It’s all about honing things and buffing the sharp edges.

October 14th - Mercury goes Retrograde in Libra
Yes folks, its that time again! Mercury starts it backwards motion and this cycle will be around for about 3 weeks. For nearly a week before and a week after today Mercury will be moving at a snails pace or pausing entirely. At this time we can experience confusion, intensity, frustration, lots of miscommunication or we may feel we are getting bogged down with any progress we were making.

Mercury retrograde cycles make an ideal time for reflection, re-thinking, going over plans and tying up those loose ends before we get started on any new projects and ventures. Later in Mercury's retrograde cycle it is typical to receive new info and insights that we may not have been expected or be prepared for. And this can end up changing how we see situations, causing us to have to tweek plans here and there as we consider this new barrage of intel. This is why many astrologers advise not to make any permanent or final decisions during Mercury's retrograde cycle, and even as far as two weeks after Mercury finally turns direct.

Its not all bad though! This is a great time for doing research, fact finding , investigative work and anything else necessary to prepare us for major decisions, which we can put into play after this retrograde cycle.

So, try to stay flexible, give yourself a lot of time when setting up your schedule for any unexpected changes and, most of all, flow with it with. Do things that tap into your creative, intuitive and non-rational mind until Mercury turns direct.

Mercury is retrograde in the sign of Libra, which can make this a gossipy retrograde cycle. It also means that reaching a decision can seem slower than usual because our minds are sitting on the fence or bouncing back and forth between our options and alternatives. This retrograde cycle could affect our close partnerships the most, causing us to rethink our old relationships and positions.

October 14th - Sun trine North Lunar Node (Sun in Libra, North Node in Gemini)
This is a transit that can make us feel confident, optimistic and empowered. Some may feel its energy a couple of days before and after this date. It could feel as if the pieces of the puzzle in any given situation, are just falling into place, allowing us to make progress in what we're striving to do in our lives right now.

We do need to be a bit cautious however. Even though it feels like we can go forward we still need a bit of a reality check on the wisdom of what we want to do to be sure its still a good idea. 

October 15th - Sun square Pluto (Sun in Libra, Pluto in Capricorn)
Today will call upon our inner strength as we find our desires clashing with our current circumstances and the demands of others. It can definitely be a time of challenge, feeling our sense of purpose, direction, and identity blocked in this way. We may feel that we are being overpowered by the powers that be and everything seems out of our hands.

Some of us may find ourselves faces with difficult people and situations that mean we have to muster our strength and stand up for what we truly believe in. The trick here is to become centred in our own empowerment rather than in power alone.

October 18th - Sun square Saturn (Sun in Libra, Saturn in Capricorn)

The Sun's transits to planets in a person’s natal chart represents brief influences that usually last around a day. So today we have the Sun making a square with Saturn which will highlight those areas where we need to accept our own limitations, boundaries, and expectations. We may find ourselves faced with the consequences of avoiding some task or obligation, or at least receive a warning of what could happen should we continue to avoid them. Another possibility could be having to accept a situation that means accepting responsibility that we don’t want, or that restricts our freedom in some way.

There are positives with this transit too, if we take the time to understand the nature of the situation. For example, an area of our lives may be pruned back in order to keep things under better control, or as a way to make room for something new to grow. How stressful this feels to you will depend on how well you deal with hard work, restrictive limits, responsibility, and authority. Those who have issues with authority for example could find themselves butting heads with someone who is in charge.

We are also challenged, at this time, to take some action or make that decision that revolves around taking more responsibility on. We are faced with having to find better ways in dealing with our own personal boundaries either by accepting the boundaries of others or learning how to assert our own boundaries. The best way to get through this day long transit is to find constructive ways to work with this energy rather than trying to throw ourselves against it. This is the kind of day/transit that usually has a very important lesson for us to learn about ourselves.

October 18th - Venus opposite Neptune (Venus in Virgo, Neptune in Pisces)
This can be a tricky transit for us, where happiness can become addictive. There is a tendency to see what we want to see and to gloss over those points, details and flaws that are more realistic in order to gain instant gratification. We need to be especially careful when dealing with others because some may feel inclined to sacrifice their own needs now, or to compromise their position more than necessary.

This is a time where it’s important to hold off on making any big, important purchases, as well as starting a new relationship until that rose-coloured veil lifts. Also, try to avoid legal, financial, and social involvements, contracts, or formal agreements under this dreamy influence.


October 19th - Mars square Jupiter (Mars in Aries, Jupiter in Capricorn)
This is a transit that can bring us a greater sense of enthusiasm, confidence, and energy. However, it can also make us a bit overly optimistic in our perspectives and assessments of what has potential. It’s a double edged sword really. The motivation and enthusiasm we feel will allow us to take brave and bold steps towards our goals as we feel a great need to expand those things that we are working on and our focus is on the big picture and future growth.

The downside is that we may feel forced to take these steps due to moral coercion rather than choosing to do so freely. Actions may arise from feelings of exasperated impulse rather than by what we feel is right for us at the time. Also, we may lean towards exaggerating our capabilities or promise others more than we can really deliver. This will cause stress as we face deadlines which we scramble to meet as a result. The tendency to project too high when we are evaluating situations and the return on what we invest in can run the risk of us over taxing or exhausting our resources.

For some, a need to prove themselves to others can come across as being a braggart, arrogant, or trying to inflate their own self worth. Our impulses are easily intensified and can feel difficult to control such as aggression, anger and sexuality. While some enjoy winning, this transits energy could also make one a bad loser when defeated.

The trick is to not take things too personally, to not let the ego get in the way of rational thinking now. We need to curb stronger impulses that would have us taking risks such as feelings of courage that lead to reckless behaviour and actions. For those who find it difficult to bring these qualities of courage out normally, this transit can help you in a more positive way if you focus this energy in positive ways.

October 19th - Venus trine Jupiter (Venus in Virgo, Jupiter in Capricorn)
This happy little trine can draw those to us who appreciate who we are and are willing to lend support. We may also feel as if we are finally getting some sort of break in life for the better. Optimism can be a bit contagious now too and it isn't too hard to draw others into our vision for the future. We want stimulating conversations now and feel a desire to both learn and teach. Some may find that money comes a bit more easily at this time or that their luck is better. However, we do need to be careful that we don't let that go to our heads and overindulge or fall into feelings of complacency.

October 20th - Mercury opposite Uranus (Mercury in Scorpio, Uranus in Taurus)
This is a day where we need to be flexible because it can be filled with unexpected occurrences that upset or change our plans. If we fight against this right now, it will just make things all the more difficult to cope and move things forward. If you are someone who is a natural at thinking on your feet, you should get through this just fine.

This is also a transit where our minds can feel really restless or we where we go actively looking for excitement. Just be careful what you look for here! It can be hard to keep up with this hectic pace brought on by this transit and it’s not really the best time for sitting in one place or trying to focus for long periods of time. Our body wants to be moving and we need to find good outlets for draining off all of that nervous energy in a constructive way. This can also make some of us more prone to clumsiness. And be careful when driving around because this energy can cause others to speed and be reckless with their driving.


October 20th - Venus square North Lunar Node (Venus in Virgo, North Node in Gemini)
With Venus in this challenging square to the North Lunar Node we may start noticing that the people in our lives are not giving us the encouragement and support we need where fulfilling our life purpose is concerned. We could run into situations where someone who was giving us support suddenly backs away. Or we find that their actions interfere with what we are trying to do.

Disagreements and upsets with others at this time could make us feel less positive about our life and if this is the case, we need to look a bit more closely at what it is that we are disagreeing about. We need to step back and ask ourselves if our responses to these things mirror our true values, or do we need to tweak our values at this time. Renegotiating our priorities in order to create balance may be needed as well. Venus also rules finances and resources so we could run into issues around possessions, resources and finances that call for adjustments now.

This isn't a very long transit, lasting only a few days. So the things we come across may not be major issues. But if something significant does rear its head at this time, it could be a sign that we have something that needs to be looked at more closely.

October 21st - Venus trine Pluto (Venus in Virgo, Pluto in Capricorn)

Deeper aspects of love become apparent, without the usual stresses and strains under this transit. If you have been wanting to deepen or renew a previous commitment in a relationship, now is a good time to do so. This can be an excellent time for finances and for relationships. Your feelings are intense and impassioned, but not in an offensive or destructive way. You may experience karmic attractions now, or, at the very least, strong feelings and attachments. This is a sensual transit--a time when a little charm goes a long way. Something touches you now, and you could discover something intimate and relevant about a partner or about your own love nature.

October 24th - Venus trine Saturn (Venus in Virgo, Saturn in Capricorn)
This is a transit whose characteristics are about stability in both relationships and finances. We tend to have an increased ability to be a bit more disciplined where spending and investing our time is concerned. During this transit, taking care of the necessary, even unpleasant, tasks seems less of a burden. Assuming responsibility earns you the appreciation of others who admire your commitment. It’s a time where pleasure is made to last rather than immediate gratification. Some may feel an extra need to prove their responsibility to others.

We can also find it easier to focus on projects that are creative in nature. We have a better ability to grasp realistic, solid facts that can help us choose our investments more wisely in our interactions with others and money. Our self-worth can also benefit from this transits' energy because we tend to be less inclined in giving in to mood swings. However, if you are prone to bouts of depression, you may want to be cautious about becoming so stable and grounded that you lose touch with your sense of potential and hope. This is a good transit for making concrete progress in matters that involve love, balance, beauty and harmony.

October 25th - Sun conjunct Mercury (Both in Scorpio)
We tend to have a lot to say when the Sun conjuncts Mercury. We are compelled to communicate; letters, memos, phone calls, texts...messages of all kinds have a stronger impact under this aspect than usual. We may find that we acquire and distribute information quite accurately. Some may be choose to take some short trips now to keep themselves, and their minds, busy. However, because of the varied interests we have right now, we may find it hard to rest, or find the time to do it!

Many may find that they express their confidence through their plans and ideas now. We may choose to initiate new activities that involve sharing our ideas, teaching others, or writing. Whatever information comes our way at this time, we will surely be physically up for the challenge of sorting through it all.


October 28th - Mercury enters Libra
Messenger Mercury can see both sides of any situation in fair-minded and balancing Libra. Our thinking benefits from the refined clarity and communication skills of Mercury, inviting new connections to be made. But we do have a bit of a hiccup here as well as Mercury follows the same course as Venus and the Sun. So expect discussions to diverge, darken, or break down from time to time.

October 28th - Venus enters Libra
As amorous Venus enters her airy home sign of Libra we find we are more inclined to employ charm rather than aggressive behaviour. It's a time that bodes well for peace, harmony and a more objective view of our relationships. Although Venus in Libra virtually lives for relationships, there is an air of cool detachment to this energy. We are very obliging with others--quite willing to negotiate and compromise. We can be especially idealistic about love. We prefer things be done the "right" way, and are turned off by aggressive or uncouth behaviour.

The shadow side of this position is dependency, inconsistency, and superficiality. In an attempt to avoid unpleasant situations, we could easily gloss over deeper issues at play in our relationships. It's probably best to avoid the trap of acquiescing to our partners but privately resenting the fact or thinking ourselves martyrs for doing so! This is also a time when we are more artistically inclined. We tend to seek balance in our personal environment.

October 21st - Sun opposite Uranus (Sun in Scorpio, Uranus in Taurus)
This is a transit that is like a wakeup call for us. We may experience this awakening moment as an outside scenario, or another person who comes along and shakes us out of our usual routines. We may feel pushed to try and test some new approaches to ongoing situations. Life will definitely be a bit unpredictable at this time which means we need to be on our toes and flexible! Responding in innovative, spontaneous, and independent ways is what is needed! Some may feel very stressed out by this energy where others will feel inspired and excited. This transit is like a sudden spotlight on a darkened path that reveals a new path altogether for us. 

We may feel a bit shaken up, startled, even caught off guard or confused and uncertain about what we should do next. When this happens it is best to take a step back, centre yourself and then look at the situation again to see what that light is shining on for us. This is the chance for shedding old "skins", habits, and ways of living that are keeping us stuck. Be like the calm eye in the centre of a hurricane! It's a great time for those "Aha!" moments and experiencing revelations, all which could open up new doors of opportunity to us. 

In some instances we may feel as if he have little choice but to take a new path. Usually this happens when we have fought off necessary changes though. For some, it could result in a bit of rebelliousness, trying to break away from anything that we feel is restricting our freedom. The best thing to do at this time is to check in with your own inner motives, your feelings, and assumptions before just dismissing something straight away. 

What to watch for in November 2020!

Mercury, Mars, and Neptune will all end their retrograde cycles, and Mercury and Venus will be shifting into Scorpio.  We also have Thanksgiving Day to celebrate and Election Day should be pretty interesting to watch.  

Well my darlings, this wraps up our October newsletter!  Hope you all enjoyed this month's newsletter! Pass it on to anyone who may be interested! And feedback is most welcome so if there are ideas or things you would like to see in my future newsletters, let me know!

Sherry - Earth Spirit Tarot