Much of this month’s astrology centers upon Mercury and Uranus. These planets represent the lower and higher octaves of the mental sphere. On Oct. 23, the Sun moves into the sign of Scorpio, preceded by Mercury and Venus. As they transit the early degrees of the sign, each triggers the influence of Uranus, currently in Taurus. The opposition of Taurus and Scorpio highlights the tension between our values and our desires. This theme will continue through the next Moon cycle, with the New Moon on Oct. 28 in exact opposition with Uranus. On Oct. 31, Mercury stations retrograde in Scorpio, allowing our minds to turn from the intellectual to the symbolic. Mercury the god is a psychopomp, a mediator and messenger between the upper, middle, and lower worlds. Known as Hermes in the Greek pantheon, he is one of the only gods able to travel to and from the Underworld. Occurring on Samhain, the Celtic harvest celebration that provided some of the roots for our modern Halloween, the veil between the realms is especially thin. Ever unpredictable Uranus acts like a lightning bolt upon the mind. As insight strikes from above and desire wells up from below, take pause. The situations present now will provide lessons in how to actualize our desires without compromising our values.
These next few weeks will offer us the opportunity to see all five visible planets, our last chance to do so in 2019. Jupiter and Saturn, which have lit up the evening sky throughout the summer, begin to fall out of view by November and December, respectively. After spending the last couple of months sharing close quarters with the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars are now sufficiently spaced to be perceptible in the twilight hours. In late October, Mercury and Venus will emerge in the early evening. The two will be easiest to spot an hour after sunset, but they will be low in the sky. For best viewing, find a viewing location up on the mountains with an unobstructed view of the southwestern horizon. Venus is the third brightest object in the sky after the Sun and Moon, but Mercury is much more difficult to spot. Oct. 20 will be one of the best days to view the planet. Mars, meanwhile, is not visible until the early morning, rising in the eastern sky about an hour ahead of the Sun. It’s not often we can see all five planets at the same time, so enjoy this opportunity while it lasts!