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October is a gateway month. Not only does this bring us to the final three months of the year, it brings us to a point in the year where a period of massive change begins. With this, I am looking beyond this month, but the trend for change this month starts now and it actually began, in spirit anyway, in the closing days of September.

Cosmically we have been in a stable period for years now, but also in a period where there has been some tension and it’s both those things that are set to change. The solar system can be divided into four speed zones and those speed zones determine where things stand each day, week, month, year and decades.

These zones are also zones that radiate out. Let me explain.

Speed Zone One:
All on its own and in its own speed zone is the Moon. The Moon races around the Sun in 28 to 29 days. No planet in the solar system can match that. The Moon races through our charts, spending two to three days in each area and then moves on, only to do it all again next month. It is the Moon that influences things on a daily basis which is why, when I am writing the Daily Horoscopes, I will usually look at what the Moon is doing that day.

Speed Zone Two:
In this speed zone and further out from the Sun we have the most densely populated zone. Here we have the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Ceres. The Sun, Mercury and Venus move through the same area of our chart at the same time every year and are akin to the seasons. For example the Sun will always put the solar spotlight on your relationships, work, financial, home, work, play and other areas of your life at the same time every year. The Sun will spend a month, Venus usually around 25 days and Mercury as little as 15 days, but they travel together. Mars, on the other hand, visits an area of our chart once every two years and Ceres once every four years. All these will influence our lives ‘that month’ and even Ceres, who usually spends around three months in an area of your chart, doesn’t influence the year itself.

These are the planets that are always on the move and the reason why the year grows and evolves. We expect change here, because there is always change.

Speed Zone Three:
In this zone we have just two planets – Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter spends 12 to 13 months in one area of our chart, visiting once every 12 years and Saturn up to three years, visiting every 28 to 29 years. These are the planets that influence the year itself. 2017 is defined by Jupiter’s presence in Libra and by Saturn’s presence in Sagittarius, where he has been since December 2014. Change is much rarer here and when there is change, it changes the dynamics of the year itself.

Speed Zone Four:
In this final, outer zone we have the planets that, for obvious reasons, are called the ‘outer planets’. The planets in this zone are (in order of distance from the Sun and therefore also in order of speed) Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Eris. These are also called the generational planets, because they can be here for decades. A prime example of this is the baby boomers. Pluto was in Leo from 1937 to 1958 – so all baby boomers have their Pluto in Leo in their natal chart. These outer planets are here for years or decades, so influence not just the year we’re in, but the whole chapter of our lives. It is here that we have had a lot of stability and little change, for many years. For example, Eris has been in Aries since 1926 (an extreme example) – but Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008, Uranus has been in Aries since 2010, Chiron has been in Pisces since 2010 and Neptune in Pisces since 2012.

Now back to this month:

I needed that backstory in order to bring home the importance of the period we are moving into and why I call this a period of extreme change, because the changes are all happening in Zone Three and Zone Four, where apart from Jupiter there has been little change for years. We have not had an outer planet change sign in five years and even Saturn has been in Capricorn since 2014. However, having these planets locked into place hasn’t been all good news, with Uranus and Pluto locked in a challenging square aspect for years and Jupiter in opposition on and off again all year, with their last opposition literally ending on the 1st October.

The reason I have referred to October as the gateway month is that this is when the period of change begins and it is a period that will continue through to 2018, a year that is set to completely break the mold.

It begins with Jupiter’s departure from Libra on the 11th October. With the Sun and Mercury here, Venus returning on the 14th October and Mars on the 23rd October, the planetary activity in the Libra area of your chart is not going to suddenly drop off. But with Jupiter gone two things will happen. The first is that his friction with Uranus is going to end and secondly the Libra ruled area of your chart will no longer be the driving force of this year. This will have an impact on both the Aries and Libra ruled areas of your chart, with tension between them dropping back and the Libra ruled area then moving into the process of tying up loose ends.

At the same time, Jupiter’s return to Scorpio on the 11th October elevates the Scorpio ruled area of your chart into the big league. There has been no major planetary activity here since Saturn left in December 2014 and with Jupiter here until November 2018, the Scorpio ruled area of your chart will become the driving force in your chart in the last three months of 2017 and right through to his departure in November 2018. In terms of the area of expansion in your life in 2018, it starts this month.

The next major change will come when Saturn leaves Sagittarius and returns to Capricorn on the 20th December. This is still months away, but Jupiter’s departure kicks off a period of change that will extend all the way through to 2018. Yet this is something that you began preparing for late last month, for this is when Pluto turned direct in Capricorn. When Saturn returns in December he will team up with Pluto, for the first and only time in Capricorn in our lifetime. Saturn is here until December 2020 and in his final year they will be joined by Jupiter, something that has never and will never happen in Capricorn again, in our lifetime.

Change will continue next year, starting with Chiron’s departure from Pisces, where it has been since 2010 and return to Aries. Chiron will be back in September, only to finally leave in February 2019, to return for another five decades. At the same time that Chiron is returning to Aries for the first time since 1977, Uranus is also leaving. Uranus, who has been in Aries since 2010, will leave and return to Taurus, for the first time since 1942. Like Chiron and all the outer planets, they spend months going backwards and forwards, so Uranus will leave Taurus and retrograde back into Aries in November 2018, only to finally leave in March 2019, not to return again in our life time.

With Scorpio spending the majority of 2018 in Scorpio, Pluto and Saturn spending the whole year in Capricorn, for the first and only time in our lifetime and Uranus and Chiron moving backward and forwards, this will be a completely and I mean completely different year to 2017. We couldn’t say that about 2017 or even 2015 or 2016 for that matter. Apart from Saturn’s departure from Scorpio and return to Sagittarius in December 2014, the last time we had any significant change was in 2012 and back then it was only Neptune moving.

We are moving into a massive and I mean massive period of change and it all starts with Jupiter’s departure from Libra and return to Scorpio on the 11th October.

That period of change and the main areas of our chart sit on the same side of the sky. Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius and Capricorn are neighbours – as are Pisces, Aries and Taurus. The change in the Pisces, Aries and Taurus areas of your chart doesn’t begin until early next year, but that is exactly when the Sun, Venus, Mercury and Mars will be moving through.

The period of change that takes place in the final three months of 2017 is in the Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius and Capricorn ruled areas of your chart, the very same areas that the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars will move through.

The Sun and Mercury both start the month in Libra and end the month in Scorpio, Venus will return to Libra on the 14th October and Mars on the 23rd October, taking over from where the Sun and Mercury leave off. The same will happen in November and December, with Venus and Mars chasing the Sun and Mercury through the very area of the sky where all this change is taking place, between now and the end of the year.

The year will end with the Sun and Venus in Capricorn, along with Saturn and Pluto, Mercury will be in Sagittarius where he will support Saturn in his final days and after he’s gone and Mars will be in Scorpio with Jupiter, helping him in this massive area. Between now and then the faster planets (in zone two) will be in the same part of the sky as where this massive change is taking place. And of course, the Moon will touch every area at least once a month.

So not only are we moving into a massive period of change, it is already starting and the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars are sticking close to where all the action is, so that what is happening on a monthly basis mirrors what is happening on the larger front. They will do the same in the Pisces, Aries and Taurus ruled areas of your chart in the early months of 2018.

As for Ceres, she is staying put. Having returned to Leo on the 24th September, instead of moving through in just three months, she is here until June 2018. So even Ceres, queen of nurturing, is sticking close to her assignment, which is the North Node in Leo until November 2018.

This also makes this month’s New and Full Moons more important, for they both fall in areas of your chart that are part of a much bigger picture. This month’s New Moon will fall in Libra on the 20th October. Just nine days after Jupiter leaves, the Sun and Moon will align to begin the process of bringing everything home.

Meanwhile, this month’s Full Moon falls in Aries on the 6th October. This is just five days before Jupiter’s departure from Libra is set to take a lot of the pressure off the Aries ruled areas of your chart. This is also where there is some major change next year, with Chiron arriving for the first time since 1977, just weeks before Uranus is due to leave. It is there that there will be some major transformation and shifts next year.

I have tried to cover as much of this in the Monthly Horoscopes and will be mentioning these changes more in the Daily and Weekly Horoscopes. I have also gone into more details in the Monthly Reports. However, next month I will be starting to write the 2018 Reports – which will accompany the 2018 Personal Charts. I did take a break from these last year and again in mid 2017 and I do apologise to those people who have been getting them regularly for years. The last 12 months have seen life put more demands on my plate than my available time allowed for. Since mid 2016 I have had a hip replacement, welcomed a new grandchild, lost my father, continued to watch my 93 year old mother decline and I have seen my writing commitments triple. Life continues and I have another grandchild on the way, but I have purposely cut down the writing commitments to ensure I am back on board with the 2018 Reports and Personal Charts. There is no way I’m sitting out that exciting year!

All the very best for the coming month and the exciting period of change we are moving into. Your Monthly Horoscopes and Monthly Horoscope Reports will give you a lot more information on what areas of your chart are being impacted, where, how and when and your Monthly Reports will get right down into the details.

Anne Macnaughtan

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