On the Art House steps, Calgary, Alberta
Love and relationship planet Venus, in its own sign of Libra, is currently chasing the Sun on its way to the Sun-Venus exterior conjunction at 1 degree Scorpio on October 25.
This means we have a lovely conjunction of the Sun and Lesser Benefic planet Venus bringing the love and feel-good vibes to our current moment all through this month.
On their way to the exterior conjunction - which indicates an alchemical "coming together," deepening, or merging point in relationships of all kinds in late October - Venus, the Sun, and Mercury retrograde are forming a gorgeous pile-up of a conjunction with the transiting North Node of the Moon, currently at 19 degrees Libra.
There is a "social quickening" underway now with new mixes starting to interact, and this quickening reaches a peak between October 12 and 20.
The Sun in Libra forms an exact conjunction to the North Node of the Moon on October 12; Venus in Libra conjuncts the North Node October 14/15; Mercury retrograde conjuncts the North Node October 20 and again on October 30 (direct).
The strong influence in beauty and relationship-oriented Libra is well-supported by sextile aspects from both Jupiter in Leo and Mars in Sagittarius, which are participating in a Grand Fire Trine with Uranus in Aries.
This air-fire influence indicates a bubbling social scene with strong elements of personal style, artistry, creativity, wisdom, knowledge, and fun that are brought together for the benefit and enjoyment of all. Personal creativity is finding new outlets within the broader social scene, and we're finding new ways to share our knowledge - a theme that becomes stronger when Saturn enters Sagittarius in late December.
Fall gatherings and get-togethers are simply blessed under these energies, as long as we are following along with the unfolding social plot.
This strongly-highlighted Libra North Node creates a truly magical relational portal - a window of time when a new social order is forming (and quickly), new connections are being made, old connections are being re-ignited, and relationships of all kinds are "moving to the next level."
As we move into a new social balance, the focus is on relating, socializing, and circulating - but only in the ways that are most necessary.
We aren't forcing anything here. We aren't stretching out of our comfort zones - beyond the initial North Node in Libra nudge we need to be social at all! We aren't extending ourselves to others in the wrong ways or at the wrong times. We're working with the connections and social opportunities that feel natural, interesting, necessary, sustaining, the next step. We're moving energy around in new ways as we form new webs of relationship.
With female warrior asteroid Pallas Athene also joining the massive grouping in Libra, we're working on strategic elements of the social fabric that will sustain us and others over the long-term. These are interpersonal connections that will ultimately benefit the collective in long-lasting ways.
The social framework that comes together now is the framework that must come together. We need this social glue to hold us together and to sustain us in light of the very trying circumstances we face on Planet Earth. This is not frivolous or superficial - the social framework coming into being is necessary for our very survival and for the survival of our communities.
We are building the preferable alternative, and we are making it accessible to anyone who needs it.
With Saturn and dwarf planet Ceres currently locked in a conjunction in last-decan Scorpio, we are looking for deep social sustenance, nourishment, and support. We are looking for full, long-lasting returns on our social and energetic investments.
With the North Node transiting Libra, relating and relationships are the most fruitful areas of life, but they are not the easiest. The North Node generally requires a little effort, a little practise, and a little courage gathered.
Human relations are in quite a state. We've been burned before - many times.
So we're watching our boundaries closely - not giving too much, not compromising ourselves, not putting on a social facade that differs from our real personality or feelings. We're keeping a close watch on the limited energy and resources indicated by Saturn transiting Scorpio into the end of this year.
We aren't jumping in too far or too fast.
But we're taking those social opportunities that we may have passed up previously. We're appreciating people and community in ways that we may have taken for granted previously. We're valuing the social fabric more highly, and we're seeing and valuing each contribution made by individuals to that social fabric. We're getting out there. We're taking a chance on the connections that feel inevitable in some way.
Because yes, there is a social and relational inevitability here with the pile-up of personal planets on the Libra North Node, on our soul-guided path forward. There is a social and relational inevitability as we move to the New Moon eclipse at 0 degrees Scorpio on October 23, followed by the Sun-Venus exterior conjunction October 25. We're being drawn together in the ways that are necessary.
We provide support, and support is provided for us. We feed the social fabric, and the social fabric feeds us.
Finding just the right balance of give-and-take is our challenge as we move through the alchemical relational magic of the next weeks.