“There are two kinds of perfect: The one you can never achieve, and the other, by just being yourself.” – Lauren King
Being our best. We all strive to put a positive foot forward in this world. In our daily lives, work or relationships, we’re eager to get things right. Often we fuss over the details, note the imperfections and then end up critiquing ourselves and our creations to our detriment, under the guise of making things perfect. Enter the slippery slope of perfectionism: the fear of making a mistake, of disappointing others or the fright of failure. In our efforts to be super-human we forget that we are, indeed, human – and because of this we are not flawless. Life is not about being unblemished, it is about making marvelous mistakes, one after the other, as this is how we learn, grow and gain wisdom – which is the whole point of this human experience!
By all means, work hard to advance your goals, cultivate your dreams, improve your skills and grow your knowledge! Show yourself and the world what you can do and accomplish – just don’t sabotage your endeavours by being so meticulous, nit-picky or fastidious that they fail to ever manifest. If you are constantly struggling to create something perfect, it will never get off the drawing board! Stop competing, comparing yourself or idealizing your view of excellence. Know that you are already perfect in your imperfection – and that’s how it should be!
This is the month to be aware of how not to detour our progress by falling into the trap of trying to be perfect and in turn, too critical or judgmental – with ourselves or others. As Venus moves into Virgo, joining Mars and Jupiter already trudging though this detail-oriented and conscientious earth sign, we’re reminded to acknowledge the nuances in life while not letting the small stuff detract from the big picture.
Combined with Mercury going Direct, we’re encouraged to launch our projects forward, not hold back creations by trying to first manifest a perfect formula. October also brings the shift of the Sun into Scorpio, helping to shine a light on our deeper and intuitive spirits, assisting us in transforming issues of our lives that need awakening while the Libra New Moon bring us the gift of balanced perspective in our actions and interactions.
Finally, the Full Moon in Taurus helps us to recognize the beauty in all things – imperfections included!
What do the Astrological energies have in store for all of us this month? Here’s the #AstroMotivation outlook for October:
*9 October (8th in U.S.A.): Venus moves into Virgo – Tangible Love!
The way we demonstrate love, affection and enjoyment shifts from overt to more reserved, practical and pragmatic. This marks a time when we seek greater security, stability and conscious understanding of others and ourselves. Our interactions and relationships need to make more sense, be more serviceable and have a purposeful place in our lives. This is not the time for seeking perfection – that only leads to nitpicking and critical thought. Instead, keep your mind open and see all possibilities and potentials in life. Acknowledge the individual beauty within yourself and strive toward greater health, healing and holistic expression of your unique spirit.
*10 October (9th in U.S.A.): Mercury in Libra Goes Direct – Finally Forward Motion!
As we exit Mercury’s retrograde cycle, we can now move ahead with our plans, procedures and proposals! We enter an ideal time for also finding more symmetry in our lives, cultivating better harmony and balancing our expectations! A big part of growing greater equilibrium is not expecting total happiness or total calamity at every turn. Ditch the drama and perfectionist tendencies! Moderation allows us to grow greater emotional, mental and physical peace in our actions and interactions. Combine this with an optimistic outlook that looks for the best but accepts things may not always work out as well as we’d like! This new cycle of “balanced thinking” helps us to better plan our goals and work toward a more creative, “zen-like” approach in our dealings. Focus now on the parts of your life that need harmonious attention and watch how this attracts harmony and happiness in all that you do!
*13 October (12th in U.S.A.): New Moon in Libra – Renewed Equilibrium!
A new cycle of balance begins when it comes to relationships – not only with those in our life, but with ourselves also. We are now given a clearer understanding of how others see us versus how we see ourselves. Start believing in the power of YOU now by cultivating more self love – which in turn results in happier and healthier partnerships. This new lunar cycle can assist in bringing better balance to all aspects of our lives – especially relationships, love, beauty and self care. If you are needing to deal with a partnership problem, resolve a disagreement or get clearer on the connections in your life, this is the time. We can be more open to relating, finding agreement, seeking compromise and cultivating harmony now. This Lunar energy assists us in renewing love issues and helping with healing. Reflect now on how you see yourself as well as others, finding a better give and take with those in your life and focusing on working in harmony together. What can you begin today to generate more cooperation with others?
*24 October (23rd in U.S.A.): Sun goes into Scorpio – Shine your Inner Light!
A new transformational cycle unfolds, bringing greater depth, intimacy and emotional awareness to our lives! We’re now given the power to relinquish doubts, fears and superficial issues clouding our lives in order to get to the heart and soul of our beliefs and feelings. We’re encouraged to tap into our perceptive and investigative abilities, allowing us to uncover and embrace greater inner fortitude, resilience and power. Take this opportunity to look within and transcend issues that have caused restriction in your life. By initiating positive change now, we bring immense healing and powerful energy into our lives and into the lives of others. This is your reminder that you are the Light in the Dark – keep shining your inner sparkle!
*28 October (27th in U.S.A.): Full Moon in Taurus – Beauty, Love and Enjoyment Illuminated!
The taste, touch, feel and fragrance of life is magnified now, helping us to appreciate more of the joy factor in all that we do! Honour those things that you value while releasing what is no longer pleasing. Cultivate greater artistry, affection and creation in your life by nurturing your gifted soul. Dismiss self-critical, self-doubting or self-sabotaging behavior by honoring the beauty that resides within you and all around you! Create a stronger foundation in personal and professional dealing by letting go of what is not longer valued or supportive!
The Outer Planets stay in a sign for a longer period of time, so their effect on us is more gradual, but significant none the less. Here they are in their current positions:
Jupiter in Virgo: Look back at what you experienced 12 years ago, when Jupiter was last in this sign, and notice similar themes arising for you. The difference being you now have more experience, wisdom and knowledge to help make the most of this new cycle of expansion. Success now comes by how much we pay attention to the details of our lives and our future goals. As the planet representing opportunity and growth moves through the sign highlighting practicalities, orderliness, analysis and organization, we can find greater prosperity and advancement by practicing these same things. Paying attention to the fine points, putting plans in place, being mindful of the details and having clear direction will enable us to bring our visions to reality. This goes hand-in-hand with better care and consideration of our body, mind and spirit balance.
Saturn in Sagittarius: We now have greater opportunity to move forward with our passions, plans and pursuits. This is an ideal cycle for embracing our true purpose and laying the foundations for manifesting our visions. Paying closer attention to what we want to experience, advance in, learn about and achieve for greater personal fulfillment is highlighted. Extra persistence, expansion and opportunity can come now, allowing us to get serious about our abilities, work toward realizing our dreams and take our talents to the next step!
Uranus in Aries: (Retrograde until 26 December 2015): We are encouraged to reflect on what we need for greater freedom in our lives. Honouring unique forms of self expression, liberation from oppression, new technology and inventive pioneering action is now highlighted. Strength, assertive action, inspirational vision, intuitive understanding and new innovation helps us to open up to new dimensions. Uranus will be in Aries until 7 March 2019.
Neptune in Pisces (Retrograde until 19 November 2015): Assists us in honouring greater spiritual awareness, creative inspiration and intuitive insight in our lives. We-are-all-one compassion is emphasized now along with humanitarian expression. Readdressing ways to embracing greater sympathy and empathy along with universal understanding is highlighted. Neptune will be in Pisces until 31 March 2025.
Pluto in Capricorn: This pairing will continue until 24 March 2023. The overall theme of this time is uncovering the misuse of power and authority to enable change for the better. It represents a major cycle of energy that brings transformation to our society, government, world order and Mother Earth. It also pushes to bring about much change to our personal lives and belief structures, especially as Pluto aspects the planets in our natal chart.
Chiron in Pisces: The ability to open our hearts to others while working to heal ourselves is highlighted. Greater spiritual awareness, empathy and compassion can be gained during this time but it’s important not to loose ourselves in the effort to assist others. Keeping personal boundaries in place is key for self care too. Chiron will be in Pisces until April 2018.
Illustration courtesy of Auckland artist, Akane Nakamura.