By Debra Infante
October is a transformational month, with Mars and Mercury conjunct and both planets combust the Sun, urging us to let go of conflict and align with higher energies. Venus transits the intense sign of Scorpio and travels with exalted Ketu, which brings a review of our relationships and value systems. We desire more simplicity in life and want greater spiritual connections in our relationships.
Mercury, the planet of communications, has been retrograde since September 26, 2021, but now retrogrades back into its exalted sign of Virgo on October 1 where it joins assertive Mars. Mercury remains retrograde until October 18, 2021, when it goes direct at 15 degrees Virgo. Mercury is a planet of rational thinking and will be conjunct impatient Mars in Virgo from October 1 through October 21. Mars is an enemy of Mercury, so watch your words, take time in making decisions, and be kind. The tendency is to be more reactive, angry, or irrational in our communications.
October 9, 2021 is a significant day, as Mercury and Mars will exactly conjunct at 22 degrees Virgo. In addition, the Sun will also be at 22 degrees Virgo on that day too! So Mercury, Mars, and the Sun will be at the same degree, which means that Mercury and Mars are combust the Sun. When planets are combust they are weakened by the power of the Sun, but the Sun’s energy is enhanced.
The challenges of the combustion of Mercury and Mars are feelings of powerless, invalidated, and that our voices are not heard. Issues with authority figures could surface. Be aware and patient at this time. However, the deeper purpose of combustion is that through difficulties, we realize we need to be in greater balance, and make better, more enlightened choices. The combustion of a planet guides us back to our true selves if we allow it. Meditation is a great remedy.
The combustion of Mars is more intense and felt the whole month of October. Mars combust the Sun can bring insight regarding how we use force, anger, or aggression in our world, as we realize the power struggles reside within us. Mars and the Sun, two powerful pitta planets in the earth sign of Virgo, indicate it’s time to commit to environmental causes and be in harmony with Mother Nature. Bring forth your inner courage and self-discipline needed to take effect, positive changes in the world.
Mercury’s combustion will be more impactful from October 7 to October 10. The Sun is a purifying planet, and with Mercury combust we are asked to transform our words, expressions, inner dialogue, and even how we do business or correspond on social media, which are all Mercury significations and rise to a higher and more peaceful expression.
On October 1, 2021 Venus, the planet of love, relationships, and finance, transits the transformational sign of Scorpio until October 30, 2021. While in Scorpio, Venus will travel with exalted Ketu, the south node of the Moon. Venus is a planet of comfort, beauty, and luxury. Ketu is the planet of enlightenment and detachment and prefers simplicity. So with these two planets together, this can be a critical time when we redefine what true love is. Our values may be shifting, as we search for a more authentic and less superficial life. We want to experience an all-encompassing universal love. This is a wonderful time for your spiritual practices, meditation, and retreat. The exact conjunction of Venus and Ketu occurs at 8 degrees Scorpio on October 9, 2021 – the same day of the Mercury, Mars, Sun conjunction in Virgo.
From October 29 to October 31, Venus will transit through the transformative gandanta degrees of 29 Scorpio through 0 degrees Sagittarius. When Venus moves through this critical junction between a water and fire sign, we have an opportunity to access greater awareness as we release old wounds and patterns that stop us from moving forward. It’s best to act with grace, forgiveness, and compassionate neutrality.
Debra Infante is a practicing Vedic astrologer and teacher. She began her studies of Vedic astrology in 1995, and was certified by The American College of Vedic Astrology as an approved teacher (Level I) in September 1999. She has taught Vedic astrology to the students in the yoga teacher trainings at 7 Centers Yoga in Sedona, AZ from 2002 to 2020. Debra can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or firstname.lastname@example.org for astrological consultations by phone or in person. Or contact her to receive her monthly Vedic astrology article. You can also find her at http://ayurveda-sedona.com/yoga-and-vedic-astrology/about-vedic-astrology/