Astrology Transits for Canada October 2021

The most used chart for Canada is set at Midnight, July 1st, 1867, which is the one I am using for October transits.

During October the transiting Ascendant is square natal Saturn so while the general populace is trying hard to get back to ‘normal’, Saturn wants to change that normal into something it sees as more worthwhile and beneficial to us. We are very much feeling a push me pull you energy for the entire month. Since the Ascendant is in Aries on the 1st house cusp, the injustices are causing anger on both sides of the fence. The secret though is to not be put off by any setbacks. Saturn is telling us that eventually it will get easier.

At the same time, Uranus is not a fan of the status quo and is determined to shake us up as a country. The ascendant is quite concerned with personal freedom and the more extreme things get, the more we strive for that independence. Uranus is the planet of change, and we may see them happening at a very fast pace this month, usually coming out of left field and knocking us sideways for a while. We may collectively and personally, see many of our views and opinions change in some ways this month. There will be a sense of instability and impermanence which will be unsettling, causing many of us to act unpredictably as well.

Transiting Venus means there will be many relationship difficulties this month too. This applies to all kinds of relationships, and you may find that if someone tries to hold you back or even challenges your opinions too much, you will walk away. This seems to be a time when people realize that they need to be true to themselves, rather than compromising their values and beliefs. There can be lots of hurt feelings. However, if we are interacting with people who share our perceptions, it will be easy to have polite conversation.

Mercury (retrograde until October 18th) governs communication and is keeping us all busy this month. We will be very focused on our own point of view, and it is important to allow others’ their own. It seems that there will be many conversations surrounding the situation we are currently in.

Mars is in Libra until October 30th. Mars is the planet of anger and action, and Libra is a little too peace loving for Mars’ liking. This will cause some tensions and with transiting Mars Squaring Canada’s natal mars, it will put our instincts into survival mode. Injuries and accidents are more likely for the rest of the month because of this and the ‘fighting spirit’ most of us are feeling. Overconfidence could also be a problem, leading to having to back track. Try to think before speaking or acting.

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Weekly Astrology Forecast October 11 – 17, 2021

This Week’s Major Aspects

11-Oct-21 Saturn stations direct
With loose ends tied up, it’s back to business. Note down what is next to accomplish. Choose your mountain. Know that you are capable.

12-Oct-21 No major aspects

13-Oct-21 First Quarter Moon in Capricorn, Venus sextile Saturn
A desire for commitment and authenticity. Dedicating time to career whilst minimizing its impact on relationships with others. Business transactions.

14-Oct-21 No major aspects

15-Oct-21 Sun trine Jupiter
A buoyant lift. Reaching for new horizons. Travel and holidays. Focus on your joy. Believe in yourself.

16-Oct-21 Venus trine Chiron
Heart-centred healing. Building bridges in relationships. Fixing money problems.

17-Oct-21 Mercury sextile Venus. Sun square Pluto
Talk about what you love. Talk with your love. Addressing fears. Realising where change is needed. Letting go of the need to control everything. Diplomacy helps when under pressure.

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Managing grief in a pandemic

Most of us thought we’d be out of here by now – the daily pressures of how to navigate this new world is getting kind of old. Is it safe to see our friends? What do I do about my job?  It looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel but the way is not yet clear.  Meanwhile we are still grieving losses, both old and new. Friendships that were broken. Spouses and other family members that have passed on.  Seven million humans who have died from Covid.

Sometimes feelings of grief appear to stem from events that occurred long ago.  A client who had mourned the loss of her mother that happened nine years ago.  Another who grieved the loss of her first marriage many years ago.  A widow who thought she had recovered from the death of a spouse is grappling again with the doubts about an uncertain future. Suddenly, after many years, the emotions welled up seemingly from nowhere to take over their lives.

Challenging astrological cycles do often coincide with painful events in our life, but whether the grief we feel is over a current loss or an old one, the feelings are the same.  Psychiatrists know that grief and emotional pain are stored in the psyche with the same intensity that they held during the original event. Chiron has been a great teacher and guide for astrologers’ understanding about the nature of grief, but Saturn and Pluto play a role as well.
Under Saturn transits we are painfully aware of our faults, our loneliness, and the blocks that keep us from our happiness.  Saturn is associated with depression which has a different tonal quality than grief.
Under Pluto transits we often find ourselves facing unpleasant truths and frightening memories from our past, and Pluto can bring up deep and dark emotions that unlock doors to emotional pain.  But it’s Chiron that opens the doorways for the emotional pain that we store in our psyche to spring forth into the conscious mind where it can, with conscious focus and attention, be processed and released.
Often a client will ask me, “When will this be over?  Will I ever be happy again?”  They will say “I don’t want to ever feel this again.”  We spend our lives running from our pain, but the problem with that is as long as we run, the pain remains stored in our psyche and our bodies.  Later it may erupt in physical pain and undiagnosable illness.
The pandemic has opened up these doorways and there is nowhere to run, which makes this is beautiful time to heal. What is required is the courage to look into our own soul and open the doorway to the feelings, to see what they have to tell us and to teach us.  It’s not an easy path, but it’s the only way to wholeness. ❤️

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