Micro-Forecast: October 8 to 14, 2018

Uranus, the planet of unexpected surprises, went into retrograde on August 7, 2018, at 2° 33′ Taurus, it will go direct on January 6, 2019, at 28° 36′ Aries. Uranus retraces its steps from its May 2018 entrance into Taurus. In the Zodiac, Taurus is the second house and reflects issues around what we value. Uranus revisiting this entry offers everyone an opportunity to solidly put into place the issue of awakening (or reawakening) to those values. When Uranus goes direct, we are ready to act on changing our lives to align more fully with those values.

We are entering the ‘Twilight Zone’ of the year, the place where what seems real may only be an illusion. This week’s New Moon (always indicating New Beginnings) is on Monday, October 8, and is the FIRST of three 90-day periods after the eclipses of July 12, July 27 and August 11. These 90-day periods are when things come to light, or so it seems, regarding the darkness that befell us during the summer eclipses. These 90-day periods bring clarity regarding what needs to be done concerning our closest relationships. Pluto went direct just a few days ago and is entangled in this current configuration, adding to the Twilight Zone, suggesting the need for consciousness regarding all parties involved, particularly in contentious relationships. Remember, it takes two to tango. As I write this, I am watching the Kavanaugh/Ford hearings in Congress. This is a remarkable illustration of this configuration that we experience this week. By the time you read this, we should know more of what ‘that’ was all about.

On a greater and larger level, this configuration occurs along with the beginning of Venus’ retrograde cycle in Scorpio. Venus retrogrades every two years and has an eight-year recurring pattern (i.e. in the same sign). Even though Venus goes retrograde every two years, she comes back to the ‘same sign’ every eight years. The last few times Venus went retrograde in Scorpio were:

October 1986, October 1994, October 2002, October 2010 and currently, between October 5 and November 16, 2018.

Venus is known for representing relationships, but she goes deeper than that. She represents that to which we are attracted, those things we want and desire. The retrograde offers the opportunity to pause and think before taking action. Scorpio is an intense water sign, which makes it deeply emotional. Closely held feelings are brought to the surface with Venus retrograde in Scorpio. All parties in the transaction of a relationship must have courage to look at the part they play in relationship challenges.