Inner Space Horoscope for October 2012

Nearly empty ferry leaves Point Defiance headed for Vashon Island on Sunday morning. Photo by Eric.

Dear Friend and Reader:

On Oct. 5, Saturn enters Scorpio, which it last did in November 1982, when Ronald Reagan was president and we were all much younger. Saturn takes about 10 seasons to pass through a sign, so it counts as one of those “for the foreseeable future” transits. Among other things, Saturn represents the principle of necessity, and we certainly have needs where Scorpio is concerned. This sign covers shared resources, sexuality, sexual health, commitments, secrets and our deepest passions. I will have more to say about these things, where space permits, on This month the Libra New Moon is Oct. 15. The Taurus Full Moon is Oct. 29. Mercury is direct this month, though it goes retrograde again on Nov. 6.


Planet Waves Inner Space Horoscope for October 2012 | By Eric Francis

Aries (March 20-April 19) — What is a healthy level of dependency in your relationships? There are two ways to answer: one is whatever degree feels helpful and functional, understanding that we need one another. The other is the level of dependency that supports your pressing agenda of being a more independent person. You have many options open along these lines, though what I suggest you remember is your drive for freedom from codependency (choose your definition of that word) and the many reminders you’ve had that you’re on the right track with this agenda. At the same time, notice the many ways that relationships as we think of them are often places where giving up independence is one of the first requirements. You’re walking a fine line in sorting out this material, though I am sure you recognize the time has come to work this out.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — There is such a thing as a mature relationship, though it’s not what most people think it is. I can leave out the definition, not because it isn’t essential but rather because it takes care of itself when an essential element of authenticity is present: and that is trust. Trust does not take care of itself; it needs to be cultivated and maintained as a conscious act, usually from day to day. I suggest you do a trust inventory of your relationships, and include looking at the ways in which you extend trust to others and signal that you’ve done so, as well as the ways that the people you’re in any way partnered with extend trust back to you. Then, consider the ways that any given relationship reaches out into the social environment. Is anything missing? Now is the time to address it.

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — Your sign is associated with the health of the lungs, though I would take the story a little lower on the totem pole — your pelvis and any function associated with it: for example, your reproductive health. We live in an era when this topic has become a political bonfire, but it’s distinctly personal. It relates to how you feel about your body; what you do with and how you take care of your body; and what you tell your children. Now is the time to take care of all necessities related to reproductive health, as well as sex education. Start with educating yourself, going deep enough that you get answers to all of your pending questions. Then, make the information easy enough to understand so that you can relate it to your partner(s) and any young people who need to know.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Risk and reward — the time has come to balance these. This includes being willing to take risks for the rewards that you want, as well as being willing to delay gratification while you take the necessary steps to keep your life functional while you build what you want. What both of these have in common are the idea of a conscious, long-term goal. There’s the implication that you have a diversity of responsibilities, and that these must be taken into account simultaneously, when they seem to conflict. The ability to embrace contradiction and paradox is one mark of maturity, and this is a core theme of your life now. To do this, you can no longer assess things strictly based on how they feel; adding logic is what will actually get you from one place to the next.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — The time has come to stretch your boundaries, and deepen your roots. This may come in the form of making room in your life for your relationships — which could include putting yourself into a larger, better space. The physical space you live in must accommodate your life, and the people in it. Looked at one way, that means that your space serves as a container for your emotions. Remember this, as you make decisions for how to organize yourself, where to live and how you coexist with any space you’re in. Said another way, I suggest you locate yourself in places where you feel good about yourself, and where you feel like a larger person — not a more powerful or authoritative one, but someone more embracing of your own potential. Remember to leave yourself room to grow.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — True intelligence blends every level of thought, perception and sensation. It’s a whole-being kind of experience. This is to say, if you want to be smarter, be more open to the many facets of who you are. And remember, there’s nothing like self-criticism to get in the way of these things, though it often feels like the opposite should be true. For example, it might seem logical that the more you push yourself to be perfect, the more perfect you’ll be, however, human sensitivity doesn’t work that way. I suggest you work on being open minded, exactly in the place where you discover yourself to be closed. Monitor your language; when you make an argument for a limitation, open up to the possibility that you can go beyond it. Remember that there are no limits on who you can become.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — This month’s New Moon in your birth sign opens up a new phase of your life and of your relationships. Yet there’s a specific focal point, which is moving forward remembering that you don’t have to make up for the emotional inadequacies of others, or tell them who they are, or provide stability when they act like they don’t know. The heart of the matter is a caution about ‘bringing out’ who another person is, or helping save them from their personality chaos. You have your hands full figuring out who you are, what you want and what your purpose is; doing this for anyone else right now would qualify as a significant distraction. Yet there’s a lot you can learn from the ways that people ‘search for’ themselves: in particular, what doesn’t work so well.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — Saturn’s ingress into your sign opens an extended phase of what one astrologer once described to me as ‘coming to terms with yourself’. That’s a kind of reconciliation, an understanding, and an exploration of your potential and your limits. Though they’re not usually considered compatible ideas, your potential and your limits are closely related; they’re aspects of the same thing. You might think that your limits are a description of your outermost potential, though I think that they show you what you can, and will, go beyond. Therefore I suggest you look at everything as an opportunity. When you reach a spot where you think you cannot go any further, that’s the place to reach beyond. Use your intelligence, use your determination, use your desire — use everything to your advantage.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — You’re embarking on an extended phase of psychological housekeeping. This may involve ‘cleanup’ from years, decades or generations of ordinary living and perhaps some neglect as well. You could say that this is a time of revealing your secrets to yourself. One aspect of your nature is that you tend to see yourself as a simple person with easily understood motives; what you’re about to discover is the complexity of both who you are, and what drives you to be that person. Said another way, there’s a lot you don’t know about yourself — and you’re now on the way to finding out just what that is. There are facts of your life that you can no longer deny, and I would propose that this can come as a relief.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — You need fewer, better friends who understand that friendship is more than palling around. It’s a matter of mutual support and integrity. Some of the people who will become more significant in your life over the next few years you already know. Some you’ve yet to meet, though the situation is similar with both — their presence will come into focus as you make certain recognitions about your own self-worth, your value to others, and what this informs you about your role in the world. This is about a phase of settling in: it’s as if you relax into how you present yourself, what your purpose is and accepting what you offer to others. That will have a way of commanding the loyalty and respect of those around you, based on both emotional harmony and sense of purpose.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You’ve always felt like it was your place to accomplish great things. Now you get to address the obstacles that were in the way — and take the next step into tangible achievement. Yet this is very much a matter of taking things one step at a time, which you may have figured out was necessary a while ago. Remember that the idea is to learn how to get out of your own way — rather than to put new obstacles in your path. Yet you’re not always sure of the difference between these two things. Initially, I suggest you set out to accomplish less than you think you’re capable of, rather than shooting for the Moon. Know your vision, select one key piece of it, and give yourself the rest of the year to make it real. This will help you build your confidence on something solid.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Remember the importance of agreements, and how this differs from a tacit understanding. I suggest you start a trend of making things conscious, if not in writing, then in words spoken. There will be times when it’s necessary to commit understandings to written form, and by all means review contracts carefully for their implicit and explicit statements. Remember to state outright what is important to you, and to remember to listen when others state what is important to them. That’s one thing you can depend on — people will say what matters, though most of the time, nobody is listening. I suggest you listen, both to others and to yourself. This will help you have grounded expectations, which are the only legitimate kind, as well as the grounds to pass on situations that don’t serve your own good. I assure you of one thing: you have options, and therefore can afford to be selective.

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