Miraculous Cycles of Growth and Transformation by Rachel Lang

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It’s the time of year when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest — when we revel in the mysteries of life, death, and what it all means. In the park where I walk my dog, three giant oak trees scatter acorns all over the ground. I notice how the squirrels scurry around to gather the nuts. Cycles of nature are miraculous, aren’t they? How acorns fall right before winter begins, providing nourishment for animals as they head into a colder season.

We start October on the heels of six retrograde cycles. Mercury stations direct on October 2, Pluto on the 8th, and Saturn on the 22nd. These cycles can feel like autumn – when we pull inward and gather our nuts and seeds. We ask ourselves questions — what are my priorities? What past decisions would I make differently today? How can I show up in healthier ways in the relationships in my life?

As Mercury stations direct, we are ready to take action and move forward. The Aries Full Moon on October 9 is like a director calling “Action!” It offers a burst of energy awakening dormant potential for our love, career, and home life. This lunation sets the stage for eclipse season, which starts on October 25 with the Scorpio solar eclipse.

Right after the Full Moon, Mercury enters Libra on October 10. We long to be peacemakers but must find ways to unify polarities. Let’s hope this spirit prevails as we head toward November 8.

On October 11, Mars forms a square aspect to Neptune, clouding our vision about what’s real and true. This transit could feel like walking through a fog, knowing we want to reach our destinations but can’t see the full path ahead—just the next right move. We want to be careful about how we view the circumstances of our lives. Are we looking through the lens of disappointment, or are we celebrating the gifts? Even challenging circumstances have gifts to offer. We want to envision our ideal scenarios but not grow depressed about what hasn’t come to be. We’re always manifesting whether we know it or not; just have faith that things are working out. One way this transit could manifest is not knowing what to believe. If you hear something that sounds suspect, ask questions. Don’t take things at face value.

On October 22, the Sun meets Venus in Libra. Venus and the Sun dance close together throughout the month. Making this a time when we feel a little more flirtatious and where love and romance feel more intriguing, especially if you’re single, you might notice playful banter and more dwelling on the possibilities of what could be.

If you’re in a relationship, there might be some frustration leading up to this transit. Especially if you feel like you’re not truly connecting with your partner, be intentional about scheduling date nights, clearing time in your calendar to have thoughtful conversations, and being together.

The Sun and Venus both enter Scorpio on October 23, and we move away from the social, friendly vibe of Libra season and move more into inquiry and magic. It is when mysteries are revealed, and we search our hearts for answers to some of the more complicated situations. Furthermore, the end of October ushers us into eclipse season, those two weeks between a solar eclipse on October 25 and the lunar one on November 8. Eclipses represent big turning points when the ground beneath the shakes reveals cracks in our foundation that need to be healed, allowing truth to rise to the surface and fast-forwarding us on the trajectory of our lives. It’s no time to delay or hesitate. We have to act on behalf of our souls’ urging.

Eclipses are so powerful because they involve the Sun, which is symbolic of the nature of the will, the Moon, symbolic of the subconscious self, and the north and south nodes, symbolic of the path of destiny. When we have these three things aligning in just the right ways with the earth, we have all the right ingredients for seismic change, and in fact, there’s a greater likelihood of earthquakes and tsunamis during eclipse times too. As you think about this, hold the perspective that you are complete just as you are and that there is nothing about you that needs to be fixed. We return to a spirit of wholeness in loving the parts of ourselves with which we struggle. We can sense it, but we are never not whole. We are never broken. We are like bamboo. We bend.

In many of my recent sessions, I’ve heard from people who are exhausted. Life has been hard here on this planet. Scorpio season is a time for transformation. And I know this word has become and I know we have desensitized from this word a little bit just because the concept is so big. Let me spell out what it means to me.

Transformation is changing consciousness and sometimes even changing our physical experience and expression. Transformation means we have the same essence and innate spirit, but how we express that spirit and what possibilities open up in our lives. It’s all different. Transformation means we reinvent ourselves and we open our minds. We expand our sense of wonder about what else we could be. On a collective level, transformation means we are dismantling old structures and going through the discomfort of the in-between. Transition is always uncomfortable for our egos.

That’s where the magic happens. In the discomfort in the disquiet in the dark. Unknown of change. We journey into that territory at the end of this month when Jupiter re-enters Pisces on the 27th and Mercury enters Scorpio on the 29th. These two water signs bring us deep into the spiritual realm bring us deep these two water signs. Stir up big feelings, and feelings give us the energy necessary for change. So don’t suppress those feelings or look for an escape. Go into them and let them inform you of the steps you need to take to live a more heart-centered life.

Finally, Mars stations retrograde on October 29, bringing us into a time when we could feel as if we have one foot on the gas pedal and one on the brake. With Mars in Gemini, we want to argue a point, clarify our ideas, and rant on social media. Mars retrograde stirs up fuel for some of this debate. It’s important to have outlets for our frustrations and stressors while we’re moving through this cycle. Be willing to sit back and observe, listen, and breathe before responding to challenges.

ARIES (MARCH 21 – APRIL 19):

In Southern California, we’re waiting for rain, and as I write your horoscope, I can feel the humidity in the air. Rain was in the forecast, but we’ve only felt misty drizzles—no deluge. Think of it as a metaphor for Libra season. What long-anticipated shifts are you awaiting? What needs to be washed away in your life? As the Sun moves through your opposite sign until October 23, your best course of action is to sit still and trust.

Mercury goes direct on October 2, and over the past three weeks, you’ve had your share of relationship mishaps, plot twists, and communication delays. We have only a few short weeks before your ruling planet Mars stations retrograde on October 29. So, try not to let angry words fester inside, unspoken.

The Full Moon in your sign on October 9 highlights partnerships, making this a theme for the month. With so many shifting currents in your life, you could face decisions in which there don’t seem to be real, clear answers. Take space if you need to and take five deep breaths before speaking in the heat of an argument.

Professionally, seek collaborators to help you fulfill your mission. You’re rising to a new peak in your career and learning valuable lessons in consensus leadership. The Scorpio New Moon on October 25 helps you recognize how you might limit yourself by being critical or dwelling on what you don’t have rather than appreciating what you do. Stay grateful and open to surprises.

TAURUS (APRIL 20 – MAY 20):

Venus shines in your sign until October 23, making this a month to celebrate all the best aspects of being a human and having a body. Pleasure is an underrated spiritual concept for many, but not for you. Be grounded in the five senses to appreciate your connection to the natural world and allow yourself to slow down and enjoy sensual experiences. The Full Moon on October 9 highlights dreams, creativity, and wonder. If you feel low, turn to music. Confused? Make art. Bewildered? Dance it out.

Your daily habits and routines help make your dreams possible. At the beginning of the month, assess how you could feel more organized and in charge of your day-to-day life. You could be asked to let something go as Mars challenges Neptune on October 11, but you’re only freeing yourself for deepening commitments on October 13.

Venus and the Sun dance throughout the month, and both enter Scorpio on October 23. Remember, forgiveness can soften rough edges and heal heartbreak. The lure of past relationships may rekindle a sense of comfort and safety. At the same time, you’re on a path leading forward to a new destination. Stay willing to make changes if necessary and speak from your heart without holding back.

In love, focus more on strengthening partnerships, especially after the Sun enters Scorpio on October 23. Jupiter slides back into Pisces on October 27, and it opens the waterworks of feeling to create new pathways for healing, especially in your friendships.

GEMINI (MAY 20 – JUNE 20): 

Passion-oriented Mars moves through your sign this month, helping you align to your goals and reach the top. Even if you don’t have a clear vision for the path ahead, you know what you don’t want and what isn’t working for you. Mars is slowing down all month, and stations retrograde on October 29. On the other hand, you are moving out of Mercury retrograde on October 2 and have no intention of standing still. Soar to new heights but do so with grace.

Romance is a highlight throughout the month as Venus and the Sun dance close to one another. They’re both in favorable Libra, a fellow air sign, until October 23, sparking flames with your partner or inspiring a new connection. The Full Moon on October 9 draws you into a new chapter of love. Are you ready to take a leap of faith? Luck is on your side.

This month is a social one for gathering with like-minded friends. Your mind is highly functioning, so you might collaborate with others to complete projects, brainstorm new ideas, or inspire one another to become more involved in a cause. We’re moving out of Mercury retrograde on October 2, but your ruling planet is still going slow. Do you feel safe enough to be at peace in stillness? As the Sun enters Scorpio on October 23, balance is your keyword. Scorpio season is intense this year, and you want to move forward with integrity, prioritize wholeness, and strive for inner peace.

CANCER (JUNE 21 – JULY 22):

Your sign’s symbol is the crab, and it’s a helpful metaphor as you navigate the astrological currents this month. Crabs have strong exoskeletons for protection, and their flat bodies allow them to slide under rocks or into crevices for safety. Likewise, your need for security has led you to be prepared and adaptable. You might not have control over what’s happening in the outside world, but you can count on your intuition for guidance and your home to be a haven of protection. With the Sun moving through Libra until October 23, trust your instincts and think of how your home can be even more of a safe shelter.

The Full Moon on October 9 draws your attention toward your career and public life. With Mars going retrograde on October 29, you might question some of your professional goals, but this is no time to give up. Aim your focus at your desired destination; know this is a testing time. Any self-doubt will dissipate with perseverance. Collaborate with others and build a team for support. You are climbing toward a new career peak, but it’s a slow climb rather than a quick sprint.

Venus and the Sun dance close to one another this month, making this a time when love is a focal point. The Scorpio New Moon on October 25 could mean the start of a new relationship or indicate a shift toward a greater experience of love. I guarantee it will be an adventure! Have faith in the unfolding story.

LEO (JULY 23 – AUGUST 22):

Venus and the Sun stay close this month, first in Libra and then in Scorpio. You could fall in love with words or ideas. It is a good time to immerse yourself in poetry, a daily writing practice, or book groups. Let yourself get lost in the pages.

With Mars transiting through Gemini, activate the courage needed to speak your truth in front of larger audiences. It’s a great time to share your passions and ideas with your greater community.

The Full Moon on October 9 calls you into an adventure. What would it mean to break the rules you have set for yourself – to expand beyond limits into a new chapter of your life? You’re answering a call and stepping forth, and as Mercury enters Libra on October 10, you could receive an invitation to travel.

The Sun enters Scorpio on October 23, and it spotlights home and family. You could learn new information about your family of origin or have realizations about the past. The Scorpio New Moon on October 25 wipes clean a slate that has been muddied by resentment or frustration. Family relationships can be complicated, but as soon as we accept the reality we cannot change, we restore peace and equilibrium.

On October 22, when Saturn stations direct, it’s a little easier to love in a romantic context. Remember, the challenges you have faced with Saturn in your opposite sign are part of an evolving relationship with your partner. Saturn emphasizes commitment; stay the course.

VIRGO (AUGUST 23 – SEPTEMBER 22): 

Your ruling planet, Mercury, stations direct on October 2, and aspects of your life that have been on hold start to gain momentum. Cue your favorite upbeat playlist – the one that fires you up for a workout or lifts your spirits on a gloomy day. You are back in business, which is one area of your life that shines under the balanced Libra Sun. Be unstoppable in opening doors of opportunity. It’s a good time to finalise deals, attract new buyers, and self-promote.

As Mercury enters Libra on October 10, finances may preoccupy your mind, especially with the Full Moon in Aries on October 9. This lunation reveals insights about financial decisions and how you work with your wealth. Take action to remedy any situation that arises.

Mars challenges Neptune on October 11, helping you move towards seeing the truth about a meaningful relationship in your life. You could see others’ hidden motivations or become aware of red flags in relationships. Use this astrology as a reminder that when we feel disappointed by others, we’re often more disappointed with our inability to intuit hidden details.

By the time Saturn stations direct on October 22, you can sense the tides turning as we move toward eclipse season with the Scorpio New Moon on October 25. For two weeks, your mind stretches further into the past to uncover what was lost in childhood. Then, it shifts to the present to deepen your understanding of life’s philosophical questions. Finally, it piques your curiosity about the future to imagine what’s possible.

Libra (September 23-October 22):

Messenger Mercury made its retrograde journey in your sign last month, and it finally starts to move forward again on October 2. Your new solar year begins with self-reflection and, perhaps, a commitment to prioritizing your well-being. Have you cast your heartstrings out to too many people, places, and things? It’s time to pull them back and replenish your reserves of energy. It’s your season, after all.

Steadfast Saturn is moving through your sector of playful creativity, making this a time to prioritize a step-by-step approach to artistic endeavors and other forms of self-expression. Saturn has a message: Don’t give up, even if you’re not seeing the fruits of your efforts. Saturn transiting through this part of your chart also indicates that it’s a time for serious inquiry about fertility and child-rearing.

The Aries Full Moon on October 9 sets fireworks off in your love life. With Venus moving through your sign until October 23, romance is a highlight for you this month. Venus is the planet of receptivity. Can you value yourself enough to accept gifts and goodness this month? Let your consciousness expand to consider that others may find as much joy in giving as you do. Open your heart to receive the love around you.

The Solar Eclipse on October 25 helps illuminate all facets of a financial puzzle. You can make simple mindset changes to have a greater sense of freedom, like choosing optimism instead of regret. Life is full of surprises; maintain a curious mindset so you can catch those out-of-the-blue opportunities when they come.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21):

Quantum physics says causality is a two-sided arrow pointing to the future and the past. What would you change from the past if you could? Mercury goes direct on October 2, pulling you into the present. You’ve had time to explore aspects of your early life, and maybe you’ve reconnected with people who played roles in shaping who you’ve become.

The Full Moon on October 9 shines the clarity you need to gain perspective. Attend to your mental, spiritual, and physical health and honor your body’s needs. It could be a good day to rest, stretch, and have quiet space to tap into your subconscious.

Then, on October 23, the Sun and Venus enter your sign, signaling the start of your season. As a Scorpio, you thrive in darker spaces, so try practicing surrender as the Sun shines its spotlight on you. If others don’t find the same intrigue in diving deep, don’t let them stop you.

Financial arrangements in relationships could be a focus at the end of the month, especially with the Scorpio Solar Eclipse on October 25, when life circumstances could change in the blink of an eye. Be open to surprises.

Your ruling planet, Mars, stations retrograde on October 29, leading you into an inquiry about relationships, finances, debt, and the layers of your grief. If you have any unclear entanglements, settle them early in the month. Questions rise to the surface: What’s true? You could question your feelings or resurrect some past resentment, but don’t let anger separate you from your heart.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21):

Venus, the planet of beauty and grace, dances through Libra until October 23, encouraging you to prioritize friendship and fun. When was the last time you permitted yourself to take time off from your routine? The Aries Full Moon on October 9 highlights the blessings that come when you invest your time where it really counts – in your friendships, community, and creative projects.

Mercury goes direct on October 2, inviting you to connect, collaborate, and join forces with others. With Jupiter retrograde, you may want to say yes to every opportunity. I invite you to commit to one thing at a time, resisting the urge to divide your attention.

As Jupiter goes back into Pisces on October 27, you could revisit a real estate decision, have an extended visit with your family of origin, or consider updating a corner of your home. Retrograde cycles bring opportunities for completion, and this one lasts until December.

The Sun enters Scorpio on October 23, shining its light on hidden truths. If you have realizations about any aspect of your life early in the month, allow yourself to move forward steadily. By the time of the Scorpio Solar Eclipse on October 25, you will be ready to take more significant steps to implement change.

On October 29, Mars goes retrograde in your opposite sign, Gemini, allowing you to press the rewind button and review past relationships. Remember, anger is productive if we employ it to help us set and assert our boundaries. It quickly becomes toxic if we allow it to stagnate and stew.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19):

As we move closer to winter, it’s natural to think back to warmer days and past seasons. Lean into that inclination now. Think about people-pleasing patterns that have shown up in your career and re-evaluate how you relate with coworkers. Life circumstances often repeat themselves, and each time they do, you have an opportunity to make wiser choices.

Saturn stations direct on October 22, setting your work in motion. Professionally, you could receive favorable news at the beginning of the month, especially if you are ready to embark on a new mission. Maybe you will get a raise for your hard work or finally overcome “imposter syndrome.” Venus shines in Libra until October 23, making this a time to connect and collaborate. You can attract the right kind of attention and magnetize opportunities. Focus on promotional efforts at the beginning of the month.

The Full Moon on October 9 highlights home and family, and you could feel a tension between your desires and home-front obligations. As Mars challenges Neptune on October 11, the internal tug-of-war could reach a head, and you must make a decision. Will you follow a dream? Move forward while staying grounded in tangible possibilities.

On October 25, the Scorpio Solar Eclipse is a harbinger of change –the kind motivated by a spiritual breakthrough. Ask for guidance and follow the signs you see all around. Be willing to let go of any groups, clubs, or political parties that don’t align with your vision. Say yes to your most expansive path.

 Aquarius (January 20-February 18):

The Aries Full Moon on October 9 encourages self-expression, paving a path for career opportunities at the end of the month. It’s a great time to write proposals, sit with your typewriter, and send materials to your editor. After the Sun and Venus enter Scorpio on October 23, you have an expanded capacity for expressing your individuality within a larger group. You could accept a new mission or offer your yes to the universe in a way unlike ever before. The Scorpio Solar Eclipse comes with a breakthrough, and you could power through resistance to create something brilliant – a new path awaits.

With Saturn retrograde until October 22, you are building a foundation for the next chapter of your life. Still, it will take time before you’re ready to structure the future framework, as you must first dismantle a few critical components of the past. You have to let some things go, especially around the Scorpio Solar Eclipse on October 25, a transit that catapults change in your career and public life.

Venus moves through Libra until October 23, inspiring your urge for freedom and inviting you into an adventure. Try connecting with friends or lovers through tarot readings, weekend trips to close-yet-far-away-places, or astrology groups. With Mercury going direct, you have nothing holding you back.

Jupiter moves into Pisces on October 27, allowing you to revisit financial decisions and fine-tune your attitudes about money. It’s a time to be proactive about creating opportunities for yourself, especially if your current job has left you feeling burnt out or longing for more satisfaction.

Pisces (February 19-March 20):

The big news for you this month, Pisces, is Jupiter returning to your sign on October 27. The gaseous giant, your chart ruler, is returning to your first house or self, supporting your iridescent shine and bringing good luck. Let yourself feel the illumination of your gifts. Allow yourself to embody your dreaminess, creativity, and intuition. If you’ve meant to dye your hair celestial blue, now’s the time to do so!

The Full Moon in Aries on October 9 highlights the part of your chart connected to work, worth, and money. It is likely this lunation highlights your gifts and resources and emphasizes how you use these resources in your deep, internal, or relational work. On October 11, Mars in Gemini squares Neptune in Pisces. This aspect activates your relationships with yourself and your family and can bring some Neptunian fogginess to your vision. It can be easy for you to mistrust yourself and your instincts under this transit. The fog will pass.

On October 25, we have the Scorpio Eclipse or New Moon in Scorpio. The South Node is in Scorpio, highlighting what we collectively need to purge. On a personal level, this eclipse asks you to question your beliefs, religious practices, and general philosophies. It is time for you to free yourself from any oppressive systems that have existed since your childhood that limit your evolution of self. This eclipse asks you to own your freedom and express your mystical visions. You will see anything that is limiting you in your life. Remember, as a water sign, that you flow. Just as you flow, you can let go.


Rachel Lang is an astrologer, psychic medium and healer. She runs regular workshops and is the author of Modern Day Magic https://rachellangastrologer.com

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