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Vedic Astrology Report for October 2020: Intensity and Possibility

vedic astrology May 2015

By Debra Infante

October is a month of intensity with Mars retrograde, but it is also a month of possibility if we practice restraint and mindfulness. Two planets, Mars and Mercury are retrograde this month, so watch for delays and frustrations with our actions and communications. Jupiter influences Venus the first three weeks of the month, helping us to open our hearts. Venus transits Virgo its debilitated sign, beginning October 22, which make us more service-oriented but also more critical. A mutual exchange occurs between planetary friends, Venus and Mercury, but both have challenging aspects, requiring non-reactivity.

Mars, planet of action, courage, and assertiveness, is retrograde the whole month of October. Mars energy is now turned inward. Mars began its retrograde motion on September 9 and will be retrograde until November 13, 2020. At the beginning of October Mars transits its own sign of Aries, but a few days later, on October 3, retrogrades back into the water sign of Pisces, where it will be influenced by two malefic planets, Saturn in Capricorn, and Ketu, the south node, in Scorpio. This will add to the challenge of Mars retrograde.

The Saturn aspect on retrograde Mars creates a push/pull energy which can feel restrictive at times. Practice self-responsibility and be more patient. Focus on stable Saturn to help temper and discipline the impulsive planet Mars. Ketu trine Mars brings increased martial energies, as Ketu acts like Mars, and both are inflammatory. This means we must take our time in all activities, as the Mars/Ketu combination can be overly assertive, frustrated, and a bit accident-prone, especially when Ketu trine Mars exactly on October 10.

When Mars transits sensitive Pisces, from October 3 to December 23, 2020, we feel more vulnerable, and how we respond to life will be greatly affected by our emotions and our moods. The Mars retrograde period is good for planning, reviewing and developing strategies to apply when Mars goes direct. If any conflict arises, either internally or externally, learn how to graciously handle this stress and frustration.  How well can you forgive and let go of anger? We can feel anger when we are not seen or are unfairly treated. This is a time to access our inner courage to overcome these challenges, and find inner peace.

Jupiter, the planet of spirituality and divine grace, is very positively placed in its own sign of Sagittarius until November 20, 2020. Jupiter trines Venus, planet of love and diplomacy, while in Leo from September 27 to October 22, 2020. The exact Jupiter/Venus aspect occurs on October 19 at 25 degrees. Take pleasure in giving and sharing with others, be generous. The desire for peace and happiness grows. Maybe we can revive the belief in the power of love with this transit.

Mercury, planet of communications, rational thinking, and commerce, goes retrograde October 13, 2020 at 17 degrees Libra, and three weeks later goes direct on November 3, 2020, the US Presidential Election Day.  This is a time to finish old business. Mercury retrograde promotes more introspective activities, like writing, journaling, meditation, or retreat. We may unconsciously withhold information or miscommunications with others occur. Be clear and discerning with all types of communications, whether written or verbal. This is a good time to review plans and to research new areas of interest. You may wish to reconnect with good friends and family members that haven’t heard from you for a while.

Venus, planet of love, relationship, healing, the arts, and finance, transits its debilitated sign of Virgo from October 22 until November 16, 2020. Venus will be at 27 degrees Virgo, its exact degree of debility on November 14, 2020. Venus in Virgo wants to serve, so donating your time to those in need, or to a worthy cause are positive remedies.  Creative pursuits, like listening to music or completing art projects are also uplifting activities. Venus in the earth sign of Virgo, enjoys being in nature and supports a healthy, natural environment.

Venus transiting Virgo is also a good period to develop greater kindness, caring, and compassion in our connections with others, even those we might disagree with. Activities that open the heart help to balance Venus as it transits the mental and perfectionist sign of Virgo.  We may feel extra sensitive to the disharmony we see in our world. Environmental concerns become a more prominent theme. Venus also represents our finances, so be discerning and practical with expenses and investments.

When Venus is in Virgo, Mercury will be transiting Libra, creating a parivartana yoga, or mutual exchange, with Venus in the sign of Mercury, and Mercury in the sign of Venus. This connects these two friendly planets and may help modify some of the debility of Venus. However, both Mercury and Venus will be aspected by challenging planets. Mars and Saturn both aspect Mercury, which indicates more patience and less reactivity needed in our communications.

Venus will also be aspected by two malefic planets – Mars opposes Venus, while Rahu, the north node, trines Venus. The Mars and Rahu aspects to Venus can create an urgency or impulsivity in our connections with others. So go slow and invite authenticity and equanimity into all of your relationships and with the actions you take. Be open to any suffering or anxiety you feel which will increase your empathy, and you become more aware of others’ challenges too. This enables you to experience true compassion and an open heart.

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 for astrological consultations by phone or in person. Or contact her to receive her monthly Vedic astrology article. You can also find her at

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