October 2020 Spiritual Insights
by Joni Patry
We are on the eve of major social uprisings and violent events with the transit of retrograde Mars. Mars is actually retrograde from September 9 – November 14, but while it is in Pisces it is actually more dangerous from October 4 – December 24. During this time, there will be events that will change the world forever!
Beginning October 14th, Mercury is retrograde until November 3rd. Along with Mars retrograde, all communications will go haywire. These are times that will be historically remembered as some of the most ground-shaking events.
It is a very dangerous time for those in political office especially President Trump. Great caution must be taken.
Amidst all the commotion and upheaval, it is time to remain calm and cool-headed and not contribute to the mass violence and anger. Mars retrograde is a time when we have the opportunity to heal past issues of anger. Let’s investigate what anger is actually about to better understand it in our own lives, and, more importantly, how to resolve it. When we don’t heal our anger issues, they can control our lives and eventually wreak havoc on our health. We react to events in our lives in various unconscious and negative ways.
When planets go retrograde, they bring up past issues concerning what the planet rules. Mars rules energy, ambition, courage, and competition, but also rules weapons, war, violence, anger, and aggression. When a planet is retrograde it surfaces the negative issues of a planet, but also any unresolved issues concerning planetary energy. I always look at this time as an opportunity for healing these issues. Therefore, on a positive note, we have the opportunity to heal our issues with both Mercury and Mars during October as they both will be retrograde.
Mercury will surface issues concerning communications; we will have the opportunity to see what we need to learn about how we communicate. Many issues arise concerning the flaws in how we think, speak, and transfer information. Along with Mercury, Mars retrograde will surface anger around the issues of communications. Take caution with the words you use.
On a mass level, the world will be showing signs of great violence and anger over the false information or misconstrued information from the media. Mars rules violence and Mercury rules the media. The good news is that the truth in many areas could possibly be revealed. The problem is that there will be a lot of false information and people may simply believe what they want to believe. If people are biased towards certain opinions, then they will believe the media that supports their beliefs whether they are truthful or not.
I have always tried to understand human behavior. I have a degree in psychology, but astrology has taught me more about human behavior. So, analyzing human feelings and reactions has always fascinated me, mainly because if we can understand why people do what they do, this gives us the understanding and tools to heal.
One way to resolve issues is to always look fairly at both sides of any situation, and never being completely biased to one side. Emotions are feelings that may emerge but always remember these feelings are not based on the objectivity that is needed to resolve issues. Separating facts from emotion is difficult to do but is essential to healing.
The issues rising during these incredibly volatile times evokes great emotion on a mass scale. But the only way we can resolve these issues is to objectively look at how and why angry emotions are provoked within ourselves. If we can resolve the issues within ourselves this has a powerful effect on the world. The real question is, can you isolate the issue of anger within yourself without justifying your anger.
Let us define what our issues of anger are about! The only way to heal anything is to first discover the core issue or what it is that needs to be healed. You can’t work on anything unless you know what the problem is. Many people are relieved to get a diagnosis when they become ill because they then know what they can do to heal it.
First of all, we have to look within. Blaming any feelings or circumstance on others or situations takes away the power to make changes. At this point, you will have lost the power to heal. Imagine if you have a disease and you waste time blaming the disease on others or circumstances instead of looking for the cure. We must search for a way to heal.
Let us address the issues of anger that we all must heal now. Anger is a very real emotion but it is based on past injustices. We become angry when people are hurtful, selfish, egotistical, greedy, and especially when they get ahead of others through unjust means. We are angry with those who take advantage of others for their own personal gains. The world is full of all kinds of injustices with manipulative and unjust people. It’s no wonder people sometimes revert to the innocence and non-judgement of animals. One of the main things we all do not like is to be judged. Let us analyze judgment. First of all, it is human nature to judge. Judgment comes from the thinking mind that relies on past experiences. Everyone has a reason why they feel the way they feel, and it is from their past experiences.
It is a no wonder why people feel so emotional about both politics and religion because it takes into account our beliefs surrounding justice, fairness, and all the things that anger us. Everyone has a personal reason why they feel the way they do and they will gravitate to any belief that supports their feelings, regardless if it is truth or not because it justifies their feelings and ideas. The more someone feels they have been treated unfairly the more they will attach to judgements that support the unfairness they feel. Many times, it is justified but the real point is we have to release these feelings if we want to unlock our potential for growth. So, if you feel you have blocks that prevent you from the things you want, such as money, love, or happiness you have to look within and see what judgements you formed at an early age that are now preventing you from these achievements.
Looking realistically at what angers you will give you the absolute breakthrough you need, and now you will have this opportunity because now is the time all our anger issues will surface. You will find that some people will want to hang onto their anger. Their rage and fury justifies the injustices and they cannot let go. Remember if you don’t like your life, then now is the time to change it. This means you cannot hold onto anger anymore, especially when watching all the political issues being raised all around the world.
Sit back and remove the emotion from your anger and ask yourself why you feel that way. For example, what makes you angry about President Trump or Joe Biden? The reason why I am using the political candidates is because they are great symbols for issues of projection. Projection is when we project our own issues onto others. And the most interesting thing about celebrities is that we truly do not know them personally, but we project our own issues on what we think they represent to us. Remember it is all about you and not about them. With this understanding, we can get to the core issue within us that needs to be healed.
We all have different reasons for our feelings because we all have different past experiences. We were born with much of our personal nature or temperaments which I believe are derived from who and what we were in a past life, and the conditions within this life reenact these past issues again. So, we are given another opportunity to heal these issues. But by being unconscious and letting our emotions (which are based on the past) rule over our reactions only keeps the cycle of the past continuing. The meaning of consciousness is to become aware of what we are doing consciously and doing what is needed to change our behavior.
I remember many of my friends and clients being enraged when Trump became President. They expressed a deep hatred of him. They were so vested in this hatred there was no way to rationalize their thoughts with them. But it made me wonder why this triggered so much anger. I am trying to be non-judgmental and I wanted to get to the bottom of this and what I heard was that he was everything they hated all bottled up in one person. I even had one client say he was exactly like her first husband that controlled her and violently abused her. Whether this is true or not, what this tells me is she needs to address these issues with men and relationships, and what she doesn’t realize is that she will continue to attract these relationships until her anger is resolved. Remember when we have unresolved issues of anger they will surface now, and it is time to simply realize what these issues are instead of blaming others.
This simple way of healing these issues is to realize all issues of anger are based on something from our past. If we can recognize what the anger is about and not blame outside sources, this realization will begin to dissolve it.
This is what is indicated in the Greek myth of Hercules and the Hydra. Every time Hercules cut off one of the Hydra’s heads many more grew back. Finally, when he fell to his knees in the light the Hydra died. This symbolizes the more you try to deny your fears the more they will multiply, but if you bring the fears to light by surrendering, they will disappear.
All negative emotion is based and rooted in fear. Fear is what controls and directs our anger. Now is the time to analyze our fears and anger that have been controlling our lives. The fear and anger are based on our past and we need to realize it does not have to continue to dictate the outcome of events in our life. What a powerful awakening and opportunity this retrograde period of Mars and Mercury can bring!
Predictions: October 2020
October 01: Full Moon 14 degrees Pisces in the nakshatra Uttara Bhadrapada
The sign Pisces and Bhadrapada pertain to endings as the symbol for this nakshatra is the end of the funeral cot. This time of year, we will always have the full Moon in Pisces indicating that we now begin preparing for closure of the year and move into the last phase of the year. I know many are ready for 2020 to end. But we must be grateful for all that we have learned from this year and now is the time at this full Moon to reflect on what we have learned.
The Moon in Pisces directs the energy to Jupiter because it rules Pisces, and Jupiter in the sign of Sagittarius is about spiritual awareness. This year is an awakening to a new spirituality. As a matter of fact, we are never awakened to spirituality unless there is something that leads us there, and we are being led there because difficulty forces us to seek inner guidance. Looking back (hindsight is 20/20) we will realize that we all needed this pause in life this year to better understand ourselves and our relationships. This year, we have been forced to do this. This full Moon will give the opportunity to clarify what we have accomplished internally. This reset will recharge you for the years to come.
October 4: Pluto Direct 28 degrees Sagittarius
Pluto is that deep force that actually deals with the unconscious forces that direct our lives. It rules the underworld, therefore, our unconscious shadowy issues. Pluto moving directly can begin to reveal these dark issues that have been directing our lives. If we begin to look within, we can change our lives with these realizations. On a global level, many dark secrets will begin to manifest at this time concerning worldwide corruption.
October 9: Mars square Pluto
Pluto is stationing directly intensifying its energy, Mars is aspecting it and bringing out a more intense energy infecting the world with fear and anger. This aspect can indicate abrupt violence that concerns everyone as conditions begin to turn grim and solemn. Don’t let these outer conditions control and alter your sense of peace. Try not to become consumed with the mass violence and anger rampant in the world now.
October 14: Mercury Retrograde 17 degrees Libra Mars opposes Sun
Mercury retrograde will reveal many of the problems that have been circulating within the media. It is beginning to become ridiculous how many rumors and conspiracies are being concocted now. Be cautious about what to believe as many of the stories are exactly that – conspiracies. These conspiracies are meant to destroy the peace and balance in the world. Libra is the sign of peace and balance and while Mercury is retrograde in this sign, the scales of balance will swing out of balance.
Mars in opposition to the Sun will promote anger towards the political leaders, as the Sun represents government and leaders. The vehicle of anger is what will motivate the world, as Mars is retrograde opposing the Sun. This will be a time of more violence and extreme civil unrest in the world. Conditions are ramping up for a very explosive time. It seems something big is about to evolve out of the erupting anger. There will be many things that instigate rage and anger in our society and the world at this time. As the Sun is the karaka of the President, much of the anger and rage will be directed towards presidents. For the U.S., the Sun is transiting the 10th house of the U.S. chart, which further indicates President Trump. My only hope is that these attacks are not actually physical.
October 16: New Moon 29 degrees Virgo
It is interesting that the New Moon arrives at the last degree of Virgo, as the last degree means something must come to an end before a new beginning (New Moon) can occur. There are extreme events playing in the political events that lie ahead. The world is about to go through crises and we must be prepared. On a positive note, this degree is conjunct with the fixed star Spica which denotes literary genius. There will be vast creative works made during this time.
October 19: Mars square Jupiter 28 degrees Pisces/Sagittarius
As Mars aspects Jupiter, it activates extremist political and spiritual beliefs as these are both the signs of Sagittarius and Pisces ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter rules spiritual leaders and the square aspect and Mars can reveal extremes in the world.
October 23: Venus enters Virgo
Venus is debilitated in Virgo, therefore, becomes weakened. As Venus does rule wealth and money, this may be a negative indicator for the economy. October is notoriously bad for the stock market. The drop in the market marks a good time to invest, for I see it rising high in 2021. This is not a good time for marriage or relationships, but can be a time when relationship issues can be worked on, although it will not be easy.
October 29: Jupiter quincunx (6/8) Rahu
This is never a good aspect as it represents obstacles relating to accidents and endings. There are many mounting aspects that indicate a difficult change is impending globally. But I can still assure everyone that this is leading us to a much better place and a global healing will be the result.
Mars will be in Pisces October 4th and remains until December 24. But Mars turns direct November 14 at 21 degrees Pisces. It is important to know that when Mars is in Pisces it is extremely volatile. It directs its energy towards Jupiter which, in Sagittarius, is very powerful. Many may believe this is a good thing, but on another level, it will make the extremists more powerful causing their beliefs to be more justified. This will be a time of more violent attacks using righteous beliefs.
October 6 -7 Mars 29 degrees Pisces (ghandanta)
Ghandanta planets represent being out of control as it is said to indicate drowning. This may be taken figuratively as the sense of drowning is like being out of control. But it does, in many instances, actually bring catastrophes around water. This could indicate ferocious and severe weather, such as storms, hurricanes, and tsunamis. The world is shaking and in a state of extremes from human emotions and this reflects in natural disasters too.