Our personal well-being is at stake
The Spleen Center is always defined this month; through various Channels, which all involve a big planet (big planets give collective messages it is wise not to ignore). Most of the time, one or more Channels connect the Root Center with the Spleen. This translates into pressure (Root), which we will perceive in our body (Spleen: our senses, physical intuition, immune system). This means that our health is a main concern this month. It is important to listen to what our body tells us. The Sun is in Spleen Gates too this month, and this can make it easier to give our health the attention it deserves, if we remain alert to the messages of our senses. Right nourishment, body care – take that massage, go to the spa, balance your meals –, and especially movement will help to deal with the pressure and turn it into creative outlets.
Additionally, about half of the month (Oct 1-4, 6-9, and 10-20) Uranus activates the Channel of Nourishment (27-50) with various personal planets. Originally this Channel is about nurturing the tribe. In our globalized world, the tribe can be understood as humanity. Nurturing involves making sure that our genetic heritage can be passed on. Are we taking care of the next generation? Along with material well-being, can we also pass on healthy values (the domain of Gate 50) to them? Uranus in Gate 27, Caring, challenges the status quo. Greta Thunberg and the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement come to mind here. The next generation does not feel taken care of and questions established, time-honored values of the collective. It demands a response from the powers that be, the adults. Will Greed (27 Line 3) or Generosity (27 Line 4) govern the tone of this debate? Gate 50, Values, is capable of setting healthy boundaries and speaking up to the collective, if it senses that a change of values is needed. Who will have that courage?
The Gates of Deafness
In October, the North and South Moon Node are still in the Gates of Provocation and Opposition (39 and 38). They are both Gates of Deafness, so bent on their personal objectives that they hardly can listen to others’ input. In fact, they are not made for that. Their higher purpose for people with these Gates is to blaze trails for the collective through their individual actions. Both these Gates are in the Root Center, which gives people the drive to follow through. It can be a lonely journey, at times, leading to periods of melancholy. When the other side of the Channel that the Gates are part of is activated, it is easier for the energy to flow and for their ‘owners’ to feel a sense of purpose. This activation can happen in an individual Chart, in relating with others, or through a passing planet.
If you want to know if you have these or any other Gates activated, you can request a free personal Chart here. Each activated Gate in your Chart has a color: black for a conscious activation, pink for an unconscious one.
Until Oct 26, Saturn too is in Gate 38, in the 5th and the 6th Line. Saturn is exalted here, giving us the discipline to stop and look at our tendencies to struggle, which the planets bring into our consciousness. If you have any feelings coming up of a boxed-in, aggressive animal, gnawing its (your) teeth, take time to examine these carefully. Perhaps an unknown part of the ‘real you’ wants to express itself. Once recognized. you could find you are not alone. Others may see that this part contributes to the collective and become your allies.
What is worth fighting for?
Moreover, from Oct 5-8 and 10-14, first Mercury and then Venus are in Gate 28, the Game Player, activating the complete Channel for Gates 28 and 38. It’s called the Channel of Struggle. The Game Player is willing to take any risk to experience a sense of meaning and purpose in life, before death comes and takes it all away. In a way, it wants to defy death and reach immortality. Combined with the warrior energy of Gate 38, you can see the Hero emerge, who is remembered through the generations for his or her valiant struggle, becoming part of our cultural heritage. People like Joan of Arc, Robin Hood, or Martin Luther King. These are good days to ask yourself: What is worth fighting for? Where do I want to risk, take on the odds? With Venus, this can also be in the field of relationships.
A Good Time for Business
The drive and warrior energy of this month can also be applied in the field of business.
From Oct 9-12 and 15-18 the Channel of Enterprise (26/44) is activated between Jupiter in the Center of Willpower (Gate 26, Accumulation) and Mercury, and afterward Venus in Gate 44, Coming to Meet, in the Spleen. Now we all can sense opportunities and openings (for business, or for new ideas) in groups of people, plus that we have the willpower to manipulate our community into buying what we present. It’s the creative power of enterprise: on the one hand we serve the community by offering the latest, greatest gadget or concept, while on the other hand we want the best possible reward for the least possible effort from our side. This is salesmanship, it is part of the fabric of life too. What we sell depends on our set of values.
Window of Opportunity
October offers ample opportunity to approach people with business proposals or concrete products. Your intuition will tell you where the ‘yeses’ are while the stubbornness and perseverance of Gate 38 help to keep going in spite of eventual ‘no’s’. Jupiter brings flair and good luck to our endeavors. There is time until Oct 26, when Jupiter moves into Gate 11, while on Nov 1 Mercury goes retrograde, slowing down deals. Success!