Astrology Oct 3rd – 12th (♎️II): Pacta Sunt Servanda

Astrology Oct 3rd – 12th (♎️II): Pacta Sunt Servanda

The Sun rises in the second decan of Libra for the first time this year on Tuesday, October 3rd. While the first face of Libra introduced the scales upon which matters are weighed, the second attempts to cement the equilibrium, binding the matters to that point of balance. Contracts and deals are drafted here, and marriages made. It is the decan of Libra ruled by order-creating Saturn, and Saturn is exalted in Libra, for the divine root of law is justice.

Yet promises and contracts signed can be broken. Commitment and trust are necessary to create the possibility of betrayal. And this, too, is Saturn’s domain. The Tarot card given to this decan in the RWS deck is the 3 of Swords, whose image is the infamous heart pierced by three blades. Called “Sorrow,” it is the special pain of betrayal, a sin punished at the deepest level in Dante’s inferno, Circle IX. Indeed, the special power of an oath is turned against those who break it. Thus the fundamental principle of all binding accords is commonly expressed as pacta sunt servanda, Latin for “agreements must be kept.”

Thus, this decan brings the opportunity for reconciliation, as well as the opportunity for violation. It all depends on what is done, and said, in those most important moments. Perhaps for this reason, one list gives the god Kairos to this face. Kairos is the god of the moment, fleeting and swift-footed. He is bald but for a single lock of hair, by which he must be grasped before he runs away. Kairos was much discussed by classical philosophers, and important in the art of rhetoric— in which efficacy depends not just on saying the right thing, but on it at the right time.

Kairos is a type of Time, and thus a proper resident of a Saturn-ruled decan. Agreements are made and broken in single moments of accord and betrayal. Kairos thus rules as a strange judge and priest in the court of Libra II, offering differing settlements and judgments as moments come and go. All depends on which of these is grasped, at what time the deal is struck.

There is much ado in the courtroom this year, and much quibbling over contracts and commitments of all sorts. While the Sun passes through this face, the Full Moon in Aries occurs, the conjunction of Venus and Mars in Virgo perfects, the Sun and Mercury conjoin in Libra, Jupiter enters a new sign, and Mars and Saturn make a grinding square. This configuration chains together harmony and strife, clarity and obscurity, light and dark. Whether we can hold to our promises and forge new accords will be seen here, in this stern hall.


Mars and Venus, Sun and Moon

The first several days of the decan are characterized primarily by Venus-Mars relations. The two planets spend October’s initial days closing in an exact conjunction, on the 5th, at 19 Virgo. Witnessed, via trine, by Pluto, the Venus-Mars conjunction brings love and strife together in a contentious, erotic combination which exposes the layers of accord and discord in relationships of all types.

This Venus-Mars conjunction is all the more impactful because it occurs on the same day as the Full Moon in Aries, the 5th. Mars rules Aries, and so is the ruler of the Full Moon in Aries, while Venus rules Libra and thus rules the Sun in Libra. Therefore the rulers of both sides of this lunation are conjoined. This rare situation intensifies the Full Moon dialogue between the Sun and the Moon significantly.

As we are dealing with both rough Mars and smooth Venus here, this set of configurations concerns matters of harmony and strife, and lights up relationships of all sorts- familial, platonic, romantic and collective. Fights and resolutions are both on offer, and many contracts or settlements are sure to be discussed. This is a configuration for working through strife to get to harmony, and of unmaking false harmonies to reveal legitimate divergence. It illuminates both the Self and the Other in bright silver and shining gold, making clear both their intercourse and separation.

Superior and Subterranean

The 8th is host to Mercury’s superior conjunction to the Sun at 15 Libra. The Sun and Mercury’s conjoined light illuminates matters with unusual brilliance. This moment, the superior conjunction, sees Mercury on the far side of the Sun from the Earth, and can offer vision which reaches far out into the starry heights of space. Occurring as it does in Libra, this conjunction provides a vision of justice bigger than any one situation. Yet while they conjoin, the Sun and Mercury both square Pluto in Capricorn tightly, highlighting factors which complicate or potentially sabotage this revelation of the scales. This configuration points to secrets, highlights power dynamics and can inspire both obsession and paranoia. Yet it can also reveal the hidden obstacles which prevent accord, and this is a useful thing, as discovery makes dismantling them possible.

Jupiter Enters Scorpio: The Chthonic Zeus

Jupiter enters Scorpio early on the 10th, beginning the big planets 13-month tenure in the sign of the Scorpion. In Scorpio, Jupiter blesses bold journeys into the underworld, and teaches the methods by which the shadow-self might be claimed and integrated. This ingress ends the series of Jupiter-Uranus oppositions which plagued 2017, and begins a new phase in the big planet’s journey. Jupiter will be in Scorpio until November 8th, 2018.

Mars Square Saturn: Of Noses and Grindstones

On the 10th, the same day that Jupiter enters Scorpio, Mars in Virgo perfects its square Saturn in Sagittarius, closing a vice which has been slowly tightening since the month began. Together, Mars and Saturn are harsh, and bring a variety of unpleasant events and unhappy moods. They enforce deadlines, and preside over pressurized moments. Yet they also shine a fierce, approving light on the virtues of determination and industriousness.

The aspect is perfect on the 10th, and will be attended to by the Moon in Gemini, which opposes Saturn and squares Mars. This is a brief but nasty configuration which for scheduling purposes should be avoided. A similar situation occurs as the square is brewing on the 3rd, and there is another echo on the 17th. See the daily entries for more details.


The Sun’s time in the second decan of Libra this year thus hosts relatively wild swings of the scales, from harmony to strife and back again. Yet just beyond these days, early in the Sun’s time in Libra’s 3rd and final decan, Venus will enter Libra, and bring to order to many of the challenges faced during this decan. Commit to making it through these days with your equilibrium, promises and honor intact, no matter what disagreements or oscillations arise.


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Aries: The Ram

While the Sun and Mercury move toward conjunction in Libra, opposite you, the Moon finds its way to Full in your sign. This set of configurations inflames your feelings while offering rare insight into the Other. The skies are set for you to receive and send crucial messages to those close to you, though some vital bits may be withheld, held in check behind the shadow of power-dynamics. Complicated interpersonal situations may require both radical honesty and diplomatic restraint in different moments. Though practical matters may be the trigger or subject of these dynamics, it is on the emotional/relational level upon which they have the greatest reality.

The ingress of Jupiter in Scorpio, which occurs on the 10th, opens the door to an underground cellar full of ledgers, upon which is written all that you have given and all that you’ve received. Also noted is what you expected to receive, and what others expected you to give. Over the coming year, look over these books with more wisdom than you had when you made the exchanges recorded.

Taurus: The Bull

The Sun and Mercury conjoin in Libra while the Moon goes Full in Aries. All the while Pluto looks on from Capricorn. This configuration yields a tangle of questions, insights, and oscillations involving spiritual health, concrete tasks and the purpose and direction of your life. Let the scales swing, and yourself along with them. Ride this period’s insights and frustrations until they subside, never believing that one of these 10 days holds an insoluble problem or a permanent answer.

While the scales swing, Jupiter ingresses into Scorpio. For the next year, Jupiter will be your guide to navigating the dance of shadows within relationships— the obscure selves revealed by intimacy and retreat.

Gemini: The Twins

This decan’s configuration of Mercury and the Sun in Libra, Pluto in Capricorn and the Full Moon in Aries load up the scales unevenly, sending them swinging. For you it will be the balance of resources which is weighed. Your creative energy, social capital and exchanges with others will all feature in the challenges to your equilibrium as insights and disruptions are loaded on to the scales.

Meanwhile, and with royal silence, Jupiter strides into Scorpio. Over the next year, Jupiter intends not to offer you riches, but to instead the cure for poverty. The big planet intends on teaching a course on the removal of parasitic habits of both body and mind. You would do well to attend.

Cancer: The Crab

This decan’s Full Moon in Aries spotlights your professional life, while the Sun and Mercury point toward matters of family and home. You’ll have to decide how of yourself to give to these areas, while remembering to your relationships their due. Meanwhile, Mars and Saturn pressurize your work schedule, advocating for fierce accomplishment.

While the other planets oscillate, Jupiter strides with certainty into Scorpio. For the next year, Jupiter will guide you into the depths of your own creativity, leading you to subterranean springs of mystery and joy.

Leo: The Lion

This decan’s configuration of Mercury and the Sun in Libra, Pluto in Capricorn and the Full Moon in Aries load up the scales unevenly, sending them swinging. These configurations stretch your perspective between long and short term objectives, asking you to clarify the path between near and far. Meanwhile, you may have to deal with Mars and Saturn taxing both your financial and psychic resources.

Meanwhile, Jupiter strides into Scorpio. The big planet will be there for the next year, and during that time will entice you to explore familial history and the mystery of place with more wisdom, to search for a truer understanding of what “home” really means.

Virgo: The Virgin

During this decan, the Sun, Moon and Mercury all point toward your finances, asking you to juggle what is yours and what’s not, while considering both your own needs and those you take responsibility for. Meanwhile, Mars and Saturn pressurize this decan’s days, pushing you hard while highlighting responsibilities to home and family.

While all of the above comes to pass, Jupiter enters Scorpio. During the year in which the planet is within the arachnoid sign, look for ways in which to improve your daily and weekly flow. Your schedule is due to become more hydrodynamic. Additionally, Jupiter’s time in Scorpio may well yield insights into the shadowed dynamics between siblings.

Libra: The Scales

The Sun and Mercury conjoin in your sign, offering a particularly clear glimpse of yourself in the skies’ great mirror. In that image you may see a shadow lurking just beneath you, a piece of your origin story as-yet unexplored. Complicating this reflection is the Full Moon in Aries, which wreathes relationship dynamics in argent flame. You’ll have to juggle this tour of self, other and origin as Mars and Saturn put pressure on your calendar and mood.

Meanwhile, Jupiter enters Scorpio. Jupiter’s time in Scorpio has much to teach you about the ebb and flow of finances, as well as what, exactly, makes something, or someone, valuable.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

During this decan’s span of time, the Sun and Moon situate themselves so as to illuminate dark places. Habits of action and patterns of thought usually obscure reveal themselves, and show you the regularity with which they dot your calendar. Meanwhile, Mars and Saturn’s square may see you stress about finances or social obligations.

While the above occurs, Jupiter strides into your sign, with plans to affirm, embolden and expand you. There are opportunities to understand and accept yourself more deeply. Ironically, that acceptance of who you currently are will serve to change and improve you.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

This time holds insights into the value of friendship and community, yet complicates them with questions about those relationships’ cost. Additionally, the Full Moon spotlights what you’re doing with your creative energy, and may push the pace at which you are expected to produce. Indeed, you may find yourself between Mars and Saturn for some of this decan, your time and energy squeezed by necessity. Still, it is temporary, and a little pressure may be just want you need to get it all done.

Meanwhile Jupiter moves into Scorpio. The big planet will be in the scorpion’s sign for the next year. During that time, Jupiter will lead you deeper into the labyrinth of your own psyche. You’ll find your devils there, waiting for you. Some may need to escorted firmly back to their respective cells, while others may provide tempting and potentially lucrative offers.

Capricorn: The Goat

Questions concerning your profession mingle with those of location and the current condition of your home base. Meanwhile, an itch for good times and a desire to experience the joy and pain of creation scratches at you. Hold to what equilibrium you’ve attained as things land on this or that side of the scales.

Meanwhile, Jupiter enters Scorpio. The year that Jupiter spends in Scorpio will entail opportunities to expand your social sphere, as well as a tour of the occluded psychodynamics of friendships and enmity.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

Short and long term goals vie for priority and ask what equilibrium looks like while to-do lists beckon. Let these days place what they will on your scales, but wait for everything to find its way to weighing before rendering judgment.

In the midst of all of the above, Jupiter enters Scorpio, where it will be until 2018’s November. During that time, Jupiter will sail quietly through the lofty heights of your professional ambition, offering opportunities to get ahead, as well as insights into the secret rivers which flow to and from power.

Pisces: The Fish

This decan’s configuration of Mercury and the Sun in Libra, Pluto in Capricorn and the Full Moon in Aries load up the scales unevenly, sending them swinging. Questions of resources abound— what you have, what you owe and are owed. Though you may not be able to bring the scales into perfect equilibrium, align yourself with the stable fulcrum and you will be able to observe the oscillations without taking every tilt personally.

While the other planets tangle, Jupiter walks quietly into Scorpio, where it will be for the next year. In Scorpio, Jupiter will teach of the tunnels whose windings will carry you to the achievement of your purpose. Not only that, but the planet will also tutor you on the method for removing what blocks your otherwise inevitable flow toward your goals.

Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.

1 Comment

  1. Jen 2 years ago

    Virgo ASC here – a hydrodynamic schedule? HA! will have to ponder that one. Are there waves in Scorpion water? Or, in the stillness, rather a deep seeping? Go with the flow – the river runs deep. Where is the raft?

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