October  2017

The big news of October is god of thunder Jupiter entering emotionally intense Scorpio for a year, beginning on the 10th. In early October, first look back on changing relationships since September 2016 when Jupiter started his path through Libra. Because there are other major planets shifting into new signs in 2018, you can look at Jupiter’s shift as the opening shot of bigger changes to come. Jupiter transforms belief systems and Scorpio takes you down to the emotional depths of your being, that vulnerable place. Scorpio will also having you make some big choices in the coming year, not all of them easy!  (I did a full talk on Jupiter in Scorpio, and you can find details on getting the recording on page 4 of the fall quarterly Astromark newsletter linked below this paragraph). The first 13 days of October has both Venus and Mars in Virgo. If you are willing to do a little extra work, it will pay off. Venus moves into Libra on the 14th and Mars follows suit on the 22nd. The tone will move towards putting more emphasis on your relationships, all types of relationships including your relationship with money and possessions. Halloween is a bit of a dud this year with the moon being in its quiet void-of-course phase from mid-afternoon into late evening on the 31st. Of course a void moon is good for introspective work on the night the veils are at their thinnest between this world and the next. The 27th and 28th are better party days to bring out your inner goblin under an eccentric Aquarius moon.

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October 1-7:

Mars trines Pluto on Sunday afternoon, giving you extra physical energy to transform something in your life. Venus then makes the same harmonious trine to Pluto on Tuesday, so that helps you transform your relationships. It is also good for releasing anything that gets in the way of expressing a healthy prosperity consciousness.  The moon enters physical Aries on Wednesday afternoon to build up to the full moon. Wake up before sunrise this week and see Venus and Mars very close to each other in the morning sky (near Regulus, Leo).

The Harvest Full Moon is on Thursday the 5th at 11:40 AM (13 degrees Aries/Libra). This is the moon where you balance individual needs with partnership needs. Adding emphasis to this big moon is the alignment of relationship planets Venus and Mars in purifying Virgo. In fact, you could call it a double alignment in that they are aligned both vertically and horizontally. Couples would do well to make certain they are “on the same page” with their goals under this “get your house in order” combination. Single people get more active in seeking someone to curl up with  by the fire for the winter. There are two challenges to accomplishing this. The relationship planets are challenged by Saturn. The god of boundaries advises that you must work diligently towards your goals over the long term, not just expecting the right relationship or financial opportunity to come waltzing in the door without effort required. The other challenge comes from “Let go and let God” Pluto stimulating you to release beliefs and behaviors that get in the way. Both your soul and your personality must be aligned for this to work at its best level. Lastly, the action-oriented signs of Libra, Aries, Capricorn are emphasized now (with Cancer being missing), so strap in and go for a great ride.

The moon moves into sensual Taurus late on Friday afternoon, and makes gentle and pleasant emotional aspects to other planets through Saturday night. Spend time with people with whom you are already comfortable.

October 8-14:

Sunday morning is slow going as Venus squares Saturn, so it’s best not to schedule anything in the morning that requires you to hustle. The pace does pick up on Sunday afternoon when the Sun and Mercury align. That means lots of talk and/or running around doing a lot of quick errands or projects.   Monday is a bit challenging in that both the life giving Sun and Mercury are squaring Pluto. Avoid pushing your way, or dealing with people who think they know better than anyone else under this obsessive and forceful combination. A positive way to handle Pluto challenges is to release that which you are done with- stay in your power but know when you are just “pissin’ in the wind.”

On Monday, Jupiter moves into Scorpio for a year. Jupiter helps you do projects in a much bigger way. It is associated with publishing, travel, spirituality, belief systems, coaching, ministers, import-export businesses, and taking a risk on bringing your big ideas into manifestation. Scorpio helps you focus your intent like a laser beam, but you must be passionate about where you put your energy. Scorpio help you heal old wounds and release self-defeating behaviors. A lecture recording on Jupiter in Scorpio is available-details are in the Fall Quarter Astromark Newsletter on page 4.

Mars squares Saturn early on Wednesday, and that can mean mechanical problems on the highways, or those annoying things that break around the house. Allow extra time for whatever you do on Wednesday morning under this hurry up and wait energy. Thursday evening supports pleasant conversations. The moon is in Leo to start the weekend and that means open your heart and have some fun. On Saturday, Venus enters one of her favorite signs, Libra until November 7th. This is a great cycle for improving or creating relationships. Practice your diplomacy in difficult conversations under this graceful energy.

Note: A square is a ninety degree angle between planets. It is either a challenge or a motivator depending on your viewpoint. Click here for a free Basic Astrology Primer with terms, and other free downloads are here too including zodiac signs for USA states and major cities.

October 15-21:

Did you wake up early or have unusual dreams early Sunday morning? Mental Mercury opposed eccentric Uranus overnight, and that can produce a restless night. The moon is in Virgo to begin the work week, so tend to all those small details and get organized. On Tuesday, Mercury moves into Scorpio and then aligns with Jupiter (that just entered Scorpio on Oct. 10). This supports deep thinking and research, or it can manifest as sarcastic and dark humor. If you need to get focused, the next three weeks will help you. It is also a good time to bring deeper and/or hidden emotions to the surface. You seek deeper meaning in all that you do.

The New Moon at 27 degrees Libra arrives at 12:12 PM PDT on the 19th. There is the combination of Libra diplomacy and Scorpio toughness going on, a blending I like to call a velvet covered hammer. In other words, this is a good new moon to communicate difficult topics in all types of relationships because you can be serious and kind at the same time. It is also a good time to communicate both your higher goals and aspirations, as well as fears and vulnerability about taking a risk on manifesting those goals. Adding to this moon is a challenging relationship between “I want it now” Mars, “be patient” Saturn, and feeling “caught between a rock and a hard place” wounded healer Chiron.  Be willing to assert your needs in a plain and simple way. Also be willing to understand that things and people do not change overnight, but at least this gets the process moving. Centaur Chiron helps you to heal and create alternative strategies to help you get through the challenges, rather than wanting the solution now and  only the way you want it. That is a nice way of saying that you must adapt and practice flexibility. Perhaps the universe knows what is actually best for you. Still, this is a great new moon to work on your relationship needs.

The moon moves into Scorpio for the weekend. This adds a privacy tone to the weekend, which is good for deep level sharing with your inner circle, but not so great for hanging out with strangers. If you have a clear goal for the weekend, a Scorpio moon will help you attack it thoroughly.

October 22-28:

On Sunday, assertive Mars follows Venus by moving into Libra until December 9th (Venus is only in Libra until November 7). Although Libra the peacemaker is Mars’s least favorite sign, you can use this combination to be a peaceful or spiritual warrior. Take action to seek new relationships or bring harmony and flow to existing relationships, and that means all types of relationships (love, family, work, self, etc.).  Mercury makes a harmonious trine to Neptune early on Tuesday morning, so pay attention to prophetic dreams. On Thursday, the Sun aligns with Jupiter. That is one of those “buy a lottery ticket” combinations. On a more practical level, put your core life force into big projects and be willing to step into your higher philosophical self to accomplish those project.  The moon is in Aquarius starting Friday morning until Sunday afternoon. This supports Halloween parties as Aquarius allows the eccentric weirdo within to come out. It is also a social moon. However, Friday evening has a challenge between Venus and Pluto so avoid pushing your hidden or naughty desires onto the person you are attracted to.

October  29-31:

Sunday continues the private Scorpio moon from the weekend, but it is in its introspective void-of-course phase until the moon moves into Pisces at 4:46 PM PDT. Sunday evening is great for a romance movie. Halloween day has the moon in its quiet void-of-course phase starting at 2:08 PM PDT, so not the best for a party celebration. However, a void moon is excellent for spiritual activities such as celebrating the veils at their thinnest between worlds.


November Preview:

Venus and Jupiter line up on the 13th, making the days just prior to that opportune for good luck, so remember me when you win the lottery! The USA Thanksgiving Day holiday is under a social and friendly Aquarius moon in the afternoon, but there are a few challenging driving days prior to the holiday. Mars is passing through Libra all month, helping you to put energy into social and romantic connections. Check back for details.

Mark Dodich provides astrology and intuitive consultations internationally ~ since 1980. In addition to natal astrology, Mark specializes in ACG Relocation Astrology Maps and Seven Ray Esoteric Astrology. Check out his newsletter at Astromark.us/newsletter.pdf or contact him at Land Line (503) 252-1558



Following is a new column I am writing for New Consciousness Review:

Quarterly Astrology Forecast: September-November 2017

Astromark Astrology Forecast: Overall view September-November 2017:

Although you could make an argument that every fall season is a time to buckle down and get serious, this fall is going to be serious on steroids. Mental Mercury started this productive tone while it was retrograde August 12-September 5. It started giving you hints about where you needed to get organized. By the time expansive Jupiter moves into Scorpio on October 10 for the coming year, you will feel driven to focus your energy more deeply on some area of your life. The flip side of the coin of getting focused like a laser beam is the need to cut out of your life that which no longer holds your attention. In the case of Jupiter, he has been in Libra since September 2016 helping you to analyze your relationships and relationship needs, and that goes way beyond your love life to include work, family and your relationship with self. Where Libra looks at everything from every possible angle, making you crazy with all the possible options and directions, Scorpio tells you to make a choice and go with it. So this fall brings a “quit your bitchin’ ” attitude and pick a direction. If you are waiting for other people to make their decision first, forget that. What do you want?


As the month after a total eclipse, September helps you process and integrate the changes and insight that started to rise to the surface during August eclipses. Three planets will pass over the sensitive 29-degree Leo of the solar eclipse, pushing you to come to terms with where your heart is engaged in this life versus where you are only going through the motions. Communications planet Mercury ends his retrograde cycle at this sensitive degree of the zodiac on September 5th. In the weeks ahead, you must make a plan to work for new heart-centered goals. Relationship planets Venus (9/18) and Mars (9/3) both hit the “heart point” this month. Ambitious Mars then spends the rest of the month in hard-working Virgo and Venus follows at the new moon on the 20th. It’s like the universe telling you that you can have more fun and be passionate about your work, relationships, and social connections, but you must be willing to roll up your sleeves to cleanse out the old, purify your intentions, and get to work on new projects and goals. A chart cast for fall equinox shows a great deal of help if you are willing to be adaptable in your thinking and plans. Inflexible thinking will only give you anxiety this fall. And that means there is one of those “growth opportunities” to trust that there is a higher power helping you. Be willing to accept help from both the universe and other people to make your life easier. There are a few extra challenging days to avoid obsessive thinking and impatient behavior, Keep your ego in check on the 13th. Don’t buy into get rich quick schemes or fantasy thinking around the 19th. The 24th through 29th require constant adjustments as you dance with life.


The big shift of autumn is expansive Jupiter moving into Scorpio for a year beginning on the 10th. The god of thunder wants to help you create your dreams in a big way, but he also requires you to expand your belief system and take a risk on yourself. Jupiter takes the high road of integrity and honesty. During early October, he is finishing his run through relationship oriented Libra since September 2016. During this time, you reviewed all types of relationships as your values and priorities shifted. The light and airy social energy of Libra gives way to the emotional depths of Scorpio in the coming year. Scorpio is great for making decisions and doing deep level research and healing. Scorpio teaches “Let go and Let God,” suggesting that some emotional connections will be released in the year ahead. The full moon on October 5th includes an alignment of relationship planets Venus and Mars, both in keep-it-simple Virgo. Improve existing relationships through humble and honest conversations. Don’t over-complicate your relationships and they will work better. There is a lower tolerance for people who like to live in drama games. The Libra new moon on the 19th is much more exciting as expect-the-unexpected Uranus in independent Aries opposes the new moon. One part of you wants relationship and another part values freedom. One part of you wants raw sex and another part wants to get comfortable on the sofa with someone for the changing weather.  Find the balance between sharing and individual needs this month. If you need to promote your brilliant idea, there are a couple of positive days this month. Communicate big ideas on the 18th when Mercury aligns with Jupiter, but don’t oversell or talk too much. On the 26th, the sun aligns with Jupiter to help you present yourself in a good light. Halloween on the 31st is under an introspective void moon, great for sacred meditation ceremonies on Samhain.  Better social days for Halloween parties are the 27and 28th.


Warrior Mars entered peace-loving Libra back on October 22 until December 8th. This uncomfortable combination asks you to practice assertive diplomacy, not unlike Mahatma Gandhi. It also supports you in seeking new relationships, as long as you are not overly aggressive. The other relationship planet, Venus, moves through intense Scorpio starting on the 7th through the end of the month. You want to go well below the surface in all your emotional connects, as Scorpio is associated with deep issues that push everyone’s buttons- sex, death, taxes! In regards to the USA Thanksgiving Day holiday, there are a couple of days to be careful while traveling. At the Scorpio new moon on the 18th and 19th, “go really fast” Mars is challenging obsessive Pluto. Be careful of pushing limits and be polite if you get caught speeding. On the days surrounding the 22nd, Neptune is ending his; five month retrograde cycle. The negative of this is people driving while tired or distracted. The positive side of this shift is being able to open to a new vision for your life. Thanksgiving Day has the moon moving into social and eclectic Aquarius at 12:14 PM PST through Saturday. It’s a great time to meet new and eccentric people and hear innovative ideas. Since Aquarius rules technology, Black Friday will sell a lot of technology-based holiday gifts.

Mark Dodich has provided astrology and intuitive consultations internationally since 1980. In addition to natal astrology, Mark specializes in ACG Relocation Astrology Maps and Seven Ray Esoteric Astrology. Check out astromark.us  or contact him at Land Line (503) 252-1558