Planetary Transits for October 19 – October 25

Note: Venus is debilitated until Nov. 2; Rahu afflicts Saturn until Nov. 6; Sun is debilitated until Nov. 16. Continue to exercise care and patience and take care of your family and friends.  Mars, Mercury and Jupiter improve their positions, which should be helpful to the overall situation.
Sun transits its debilitation sign, Libra, from 01:54 to 08:52°.  Sun is closely conjunct Jupiter, Oct. 20 to Nov. 2.  Taurus, Cancer, and Capricorn rising sign persons, companies and countries (including USA) should be careful and patient.  Sun is debilitated until Nov. 16.  Leaders, physicians, administrators, governments and Leo rising sign persons (including President Trump) should get extra rest.
Moon is waning/waxing and transits Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius.  The new Moon is in Libra, Oct. 19.  Moon, in Scorpio, is debilitated, Oct. 21 – 23. Watch your emotional state and be careful around volatile persons.
Mars transits Virgo, from 03:38 to 08:04°. Mars is outside the influence of other planets. This connects the military, police, and fire departments with property matters. Expect an ease with the wild fires in California.
Mercury transits Libra, from 08:56 to 19:59°. Mercury moves away from it close conjunction with Jupiter. This should be better for business, technology and communications.
Jupiter transits Libra from 07:46 to 09:17°. This should be better for law, banking, religion and education. Jupiter remains in Libra until October 11, 2018. Taurus, Scorpio, and Pisces rising signs should be careful and patient as Jupiter is transiting their 6th, 8th, and 12th (inauspicious) houses, respectively, which undermines the strength of Jupiter.
Venus transits its debilitation sign, from 11:50 to 20:33°.  Venus is outside the orb of influence of other planets but is weak until Nov. 6th. Take care of the women in your life, and be patient with luxuries, medicine, transportation, entertainment and the fine, healing, and performing arts.
Saturn transits Scorpio, from 29:23 to 29:58°.  Saturn is under the influence of the 5th aspect of Rahu until Nov. 6 and is weak in degrees until Dec. 12th.  This is not helpful for the elderly, the poor and needy, and working-class persons.  Watch for issues relative to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, as well as for immigration, agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, the environment, and the oil, gas, and minerals industries.
In the SAMVA chart/horoscope* for the USA, Saturn’s transit causes serious issues relative to debts, disputes, setbacks, accidents, health and legal issues and even death-like experiences through October. Be vigilant, take care of your family, and avoid stressful situations. *Systems’ Approach to Mundane Astrology.
Rahu and Ketu transit Cancer and Capricorn, from 28:08 to 27:01°.  Those persons with 26 to 30° rising sign degrees or with any planet in the 26 to 30°range in even signs (Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn or Pisces (including the USA) should be careful and patient.
Transit Planet Effects for Each “Rising Sign” (not “Sun sign”): 
Aries: Lay low and get extra rest. Protect yourself, your children, education, marriage, investments and relationships. These are subject to debts, disputes, fire, theft, accidents, or health issues. Income, friendships and father figures are also vulnerable. Relief stages: Nov. 5Dec. 1, and Dec. 20. Focus on the planetary remedies for your chart.
Taurus: Take care of your children, education, investments, and communications. Take time for meditation and religious practices and avoid mental stress. Be patient in the workplace and with relationships. Expenses and insomnia remain likely. Focus on independent projects and spirituality.
Gemini: Expect gains with property, vehicles and home life. Connect these and entrepreneurial ventures with children, education and investments. Be careful with your health and independent projects through mid-Dec. Take care of father figures. Focus on marriage and partnerships through Sept. 2018.
Cancer: Recent setbacks dissipate. Connect work with home life, communications, and entrepreneurial ventures. Work on writing, business and intellectual property. Be vigilant to avoid accidents and to protect marriage, windfalls, inheritance, and legal and insurance settlements through Oct.
Leo: Focus on independent projects — but don’t burn the midnight oil. Get extra rest and expect less through mid-Nov. Good fortune is on your side, but be vigilant with relationships. These remain subject to losses, expenses and separations. Teach, publish and advise through Sept. 2018.
Virgo: Expect a lift with your status and family life, but be patient with expenses and separations. Get a haircut, buy new clothes and focus on romance and creativity. Be patient with setbacks and be vigilant to avoid accidents. There may be windfall. Manage debts, disputes and health issues through Oct.
Libra: Be reclusive and get extra rest. Be patient with insomnia or separate sleeping arrangements. You and your spouse and partnerships are vulnerable to losses, expenses and separations. Take care of your children, education and investments through Oct. Teach, publish and advise through Sept. 2018.
Scorpio: Be vigilant with property, vehicles, home life, income, friendships, and older siblings through Oct. Connect your career with retreats, institutions and long-distance or foreign ventures. Losses, expenses and separations at work are likely through mid-Nov. Consider retreats, institutions and foreign lands through Sept. 2018.
Sagittarius: Connect your career with children, education, investments and creative projects. Expect income. Redecorate your office and connect with women in the workplace. Gain from writing, business, communications, large organizations and authority figures. Be vigilant with entrepreneurial ventures and take care of younger siblings through Oct.
Capricorn: Expect good fortune with property, vehicles, work and home life. Focus on business and communications, but be vigilant to avoid accidents in the workplace. Your status and family life remain vulnerable through Oct. There may be a career relocation or long-distance venture through Sept. 2018.
Aquarius: Focus on your career, but be patient with setbacks and be vigilant to avoid accidents. There is considerable vulnerability with most everything through Oct. Your best bet is research, language, knowledge and meditation. Otherwise, expect mostly good fortune and connect with religious leaders through Sept. 2018.
Pisces: Exercise patience with relationships. Some status is likely, but otherwise most everything else is vulnerable and going through transformations. Losses, expenses and separations are possible through Oct. Be vigilant with debts, disputes and health issues through mid-Nov. Focus on research and knowledge through Sept. 2018.
About the author: David Hawthorne