Monthly Astrological Insights for October 2022

Date Posted: September 30, 2022

As the Uranus-Rahu (north lunar node) conjunction energy is vanning (being separated more than three degrees now), its manifestation will clearly be evident less violent and less anxiety filled atmosphere, especially in the United States, during this month. 

However, the energy of the Saturn-Uranus square (Sept 15 – Oct 23) cannot be ignored as the clashes between the democratic and totalitarian regimes of the world, especially between the Unites States and Russia, United States and China likely to continue and the clashes between the democrats and the republicans in the United States intensify. Another manifestation of energy of the Saturn-Uranus square is the recently interrupted violence in Iran due to the protest over death of a woman in police custody.

On an individual level, the good news is Mercury turns direct on October 2.  While for Mercury to return to its average speed may take a week longer (October 10), the working of its retrograde energy will certainly be over by then.

Since Saturn’s return to the sidereal Capricorn last month joining Pluto, the course of destructive and fearful period, war like atmosphere, future uncertainties, senseless killings and chaotic situations all around the world would continue, especially in Ukraine.  The uncertainties and anxieties will clearly be reflected in the volatile world financial markets. And Covid-19 although on its decline will continue to stay with us till April 15, 2023.

With Neptune’s return to the sidereal Aquarius on September 17 we have been witnessing a temporary but a sudden shift in our collective consciousness and it’s well reflected in a turnaround in Putin’s behavior. With decline in support for war both internationally and domestically, he has shifted his position in maneuvering the war. This shift is likely to prove to be a confusing one. Being cornered, humiliated and isolated, Putin may become irrational and resort to tactics that result in further escalation of the Ukraine war with far more senseless killings.

Retrograde Mercury (Sept 10 – Oct 2) 

On September 10, the planet Mercury turned retrograde in sidereal Virgo. It will stay retrograde in Virgo all the time until it becomes direct on October 2. Typically retrograde Mercury means anxieties, communication breakdowns, unexpected delays, frustrations, missing deadlines, unforeseen obstacles and disappointment in daily chores. Retrograde Mercury in Virgo means more frustrating periods for small businesses, working class blue collar people, money managers, farmers, builders, and students. This is not a good time to start a new project or venture, but rather reflect on what’s been done so far. Also, this is the best time to cleanup that closet and do other chores that you have been postponing due to lack of time. 

In addition, if you have dominating Mercury in your birth chart and if Mercury is currently as your active planet, then you are more likely to experience pronounced effects of retrograde Mercury during this period with respect to matters signified by the house it’s currently transiting through in your Gochar (transit) chart.  However, for those who have Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Aries or Gemini as their ninefold ascendant are least likely to be affected during this period.

Saturn-Uranus Square (Sept 15 – Oct 23)

One of the most important and deadly planetary combinations of 2022 is the Capricorn Saturn and Aries Uranus square, which occurs within one degree during Sept 15-Oct 23.

Aries being a fire and cardinal sign is very suitable for brilliant, independent, ambitious, energetic, impulsive and crazy Uranus. The changes in world political landscape have been tremendously influenced by Uranus’s transit in Aries (Brexit’s revival, Briton intensely suffering from Covid-19 crisis, humiliating defeat of Donald Trump despite last ditch efforts to overturn the results and Jan 6 hearings, etc.,). 

Now combine the Uranus’s energy with that of steadfast and subtle but very powerful energy of Capricorn Saturn through its challenging square with Uranus. It’s a perfect combination for material world disasters including the natural calamities such as a possible outbreak and spreading of a new virus. Unless these energies are properly understood, the man-made calamities might include increased friction between world powers (USA-Russia and China) perhaps resulting into war-like climate. 

The people who are likely to be most affected by this square are military personnel, people in power such as business and political leaders.  In scientific and technological areas expect drastic changes and emerging new ideas will find their ways into innovations and discoveries.  Since the characteristics of Uranus are closely tied with that of the United States as a country (especially the states of California, Oregon and Washington) a likelihood of serious natural and man-made calamity, political and financial upheaval is very strong.

Thus, the manifestation of this undesirable planetary square is likely to be reflected in both the natural and man-made calamities causing destruction and loss of lives during this period. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if an intense battle emerges between the right wing republicans and the left wing democrats not only in congress but all over the country that might last through this period.

However, a potential for profound spiritual growth, both individually and collectively is an amazing silver lining of this materially destructive Uranus-Saturn square. 

Saturn’s return to sidereal Capricorn (July 14 – April 15, 2023)

On July 14, Saturn with its retrograde motion returned to sidereal Capricorn and it will stay in Capricorn until April 15, 2023.

Capricorn being the earth and cardinal sign, Saturn’s energy has strongly been reflected in the volatility and changes in the world financial markets, especially the energy (oil) markets, economy and material expansion/contraction. Entrepreneurs, business leaders, politicians, philanthropists, philosophers, scientists, reformers and to some extent monks will shape the future of the world. Those who have Saturn in Capricorn (Saturn return) in their natal charts will be experiencing Saturn’s energy as their lives get transformed to a new settings due to a drastic change (mostly) at material and psychological levels. In my opinion, despite a painful period of frustration due to unexpected drastic changes in life, it’s going to be an exciting period for those who have dominant Saturn in their birth chart and have Pisces, Aries, Leo and Scorpio as their natal ninefold (Navamansha) ascendant. 

Furthermore, the Saturn’s return to the sidereal Capricorn on July 14, joining Pluto will certainly not let up the destructive and fearful period, war like atmosphere, effect of the climate changes, future uncertainties, senseless killings and chaotic situations all around the world, especially in the United States. 

Is Russian-Ukraine war and senseless killings… going away?

During October the momentum of the war between Russia and Ukraine will continue with unprecedented casualties on both sides.  Ukraine will continue to have an upper hand in this war. It’s very likely that US involvement in this war may become more prominent due to the Uranus-Saturn square (Sept 15 – Oct 23). Until Saturn completely returns to Aquarius (April 2023), the Ukraine war is likely to continue its course devastating and destabilizing the country.

Neptune’s temporary return to the Sidereal Aquarius (Sept 17 – Feb 16)

With Neptune’s return to the sidereal Aquarius on September 17 we have been witnessing a temporary but a sudden shift in our collective consciousness and it’s well reflected in a turnaround in Putin’s behavior. With decline in support for war both internationally and domestically, he has shifted his position in maneuvering the war. This shift is likely to prove to be a confusing one.  Being cornered, humiliated and isolated, Putin may become irrational and resort to tactics that result in further escalation of the Ukraine war with far more senseless killings.

Aquarius being an air and fixed sign ruled by Saturn, some of its significant characteristics are: intelligent, mentally powerful, artistic, talented, patient, persistent, strong will, humane, musical, open-minded, impersonal, intuitive, introvert, and ascetic. These qualities complement reasonably well with qualities of Neptune that include: spiritual, intuitive, divine, psychic, magical, highly emotional, moody, clairvoyant, inspiration, imaginative, compassionate and mystical. 

Aquarius, being the sign for academics, scientists, musicians, paranormal people, and philosophers, these respective fields will go through significant transformations to reflect the new norms of morality and ethics, advances in science and technology keeping in line with steady progress in longevity, and creation of arts and music that complements our spiritual progress. 

President Biden’s challenges in October

For President Biden, despite seemingly chaotic period, October may prove to be a month for further advancing his agenda as positive changes in economy and political climate favor his political agenda. Also, he is likely to be successful in achieving international recognition.

According to his current Dasa in Vedic astrology, he has been in a brand new Saturn’s major cycle of 19 years since September 8. This is a major cycle shift and although it takes at least a few months to see the shift it will certainly be reflected in his activities going forward.

In his natal chart, the Taurus Saturn rules the third and the fourth house, and occupies the 7th house.  It sextiles Pluto within three degrees, a very favorable aspect, especially Pluto being in the Nakshatra (constellation) ruled by Saturn becomes a very important and active planet for him for the next 19 years. During the next 17-18 years the transiting Pluto will be in the 4th house of his transit chart, thus making it an extremely powerful planet of politics for him going forward. 

Pluto being the planet of transformation and a total change, expect drastic changes occurring on the political landscape.  In the next few months it may seem to be a very chaotic political climate in the USA, but it will all fall in place (a much needed transformation) when we look back few years from now. Perhaps this is a part of the Nature’s doing as we grow both collectively and spiritually.

As for this month, with Saturn’s major, intermediate and sub-cycle, the planets that fall in the constellations ruled by Saturn become active are: Pluto, Venus and Sun.

Presently the transiting Pluto is going to be in the 4thhouse, and after Oct 9, the ninefold transiting Pluto in the 3rd house (the house of activities, risk taking and adventure) causing a prominent shift for focusing on the domestic agenda, and politics.  There will be a drastic change the way politics will be played.

As for Venus, it’s very favorable for him from the success and recognition standpoint.  Sun will be stressful during the first half of the month and he may have to deal with minor health issues during the second half of October.

In addition, the opposition of the transiting Pluto to his natal Jupiter will certainly prove to be very challenging in successfully governing the country. However, during the same time, for the long term, the steps he might take to govern the country may prove to be a blessing.

Overall, despite seemingly chaotic period, October may prove to be a month for international recognition as he successfully engages in the world diplomacy in dealing with Ukraine-Russia war.

 

Global Insights……..

The important challenging planetary configurations for October include:  Pluto-Mars (Oct 23 – Nov 5) quincunx; Pluto-Neptune (Oct 26 – Nov 13) and Pluto-Jupiter (Oct 30 – Nov 6) ninefold quincunxes; Uranus-Saturn (Sept 15 – Oct 23) and Neptune-Mars (Oct 9-15) squares.

The Pluto-Mars (Oct 23 – Nov 5) quincunx may become responsible for a sudden outbreak of an undesirable happening, and possibilities of both natural and man-made calamities are likely. 

The energy of the Pluto-Neptune (Oct 26 – Nov 13) ninefold quincunx may mean likelihood of outbreaks of violence and terrorist activities in Russia, Ukraine and Middle east is high, especially in Israel and Palestine region. Also, the occurrences of natural as well as man-made calamities are likely. Some of the east-European countries, Russia, and China may experience political as well as social turmoil.

The Pluto-Jupiter (Oct 30 – Nov 6) ninefold quincunx may become responsible for challenges that people who deal with religion, religious and academic institutions must face. This quincunx could become responsible for a unique stalemate in the field of religion as the planet Pluto with its tremendous energy has a power to oppose and eventually transform religion and academics to a new level or setting with a new set of norms. 

The energy of Uranus-Saturn (Sept 15 – Oct 23) powerful square in sidereal Aries will be reflected in social or political turmoil in USA, Russia and/or China.  More importantly friction between Russia and the United States is likely to spike over Ukraine war during this period.  Also, the friction between China and USA will remain unabated.

The manifestation of the Neptune-Mars (Oct 9-15) square may be reflected in greater possibility of both natural and man-made calamities around the world. Also, an outbreak of an undesirable event is likely during this period.

 

The important auspicious planetary configurations for October include Uranus-Jupiter (Oct 12-20) and Neptune-Jupiter (Oct 28 – Nov 9) ninefold sextiles.

The energies of the manifestation of the Uranus-Jupiter (Oct 12-20) and Neptune-Jupiter (Oct 28 – Nov 9) ninefold sextiles maybe reflected in the activities that all world religions might get engaged in to help us expand morally, socially as well as materially.  As a result, religious, academic, and social fields are very likely to enjoy the new and positive changes occurring in their respective fields.

The countries that are more likely to be affected during this month are:  Russia, Ukraine, China, United States, and the Middle Eastern countries, especially Israel and Palestine region.

Natural and Man-made Calamities……..

The natural calamities like extreme weather conditions, wildfires, hurricanes, heavy rains, snow storms, air crashes as well as manmade accidents are likely to occur during entire October.

Earthquakes: Based on a new Earthquake prediction model (the work is still in progress), the earthquake(s) of magnitude 6.9 or higher, if occur, are likely to occur on following dates and Times: Earthquake Predictions 2022.  Please note that these hourly predictions refer to the Universal time (GMT).

While man-made calamities may manifest themselves in terrorism, unrest, violence, accidents, and air crashes, the natural calamities are likely to include extreme weather conditions such as severe cold winters, and equally intensive droughts, hurricanes or typhoons, thunderstorms, earthquakes and fires