Planetary Transits for October 5 – October 11

The first part of this newsletter describes the position of the (Vedic astrology) planets this week.
The second part describes the impact of the transit planets for each rising signNote: Since the beginning of May this column has reported: “…Saturn’s transit causes serious issues…and even death-like experiences through October.”  In addition to the rash of fires, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and suffering by the masses, we have now had the largest mass shooting in history.
Saturn is under the exact affliction of Rahu on October 7th — and under the close affliction of Rahu until the end of the month. Exercise a great deal of care and patience. Spiritual practices also add to protective covering.
Sun transits Virgo, from 18:02 to 24:57°. This connects governments with business, computers, finance, communications and intellectual property. Sun is closely conjunct Mercury until October 14th. Aries, Libra and Aquarius rising sign persons should exercise care and patience.
Moon is waxing/waning and transits Pisces, Aries, Taurus and Gemini. The full Moon is in Pisces, Oct. 5 at 12:40 p.m. CDT.
Mars transits Leo, from 24:47 to 29:13°. This connects the police and military with governments. Mars is closely conjunct Venus until Oct. 12th.  Taurus, Scorpio, and Pisces rising sign persons should be careful and patient as Venus rules their 6th, 12th, and 8th (inauspicious) houses, respectively.
Mercury transits Virgo from 15:13 to 27:22°. Mercury is closely conjunct Sun until October 14th. Virgo, Capricorn and Pisces rising sign persons should exercise care and patience.
Jupiter transits Libra from 04:45 to 06:15°. Jupiter is outside the orb of influence of other planets, but is co-dependent on the strength of its dispositor (landlord) Venus 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 out of Leo and into its debilitation sign, Virgo, on October 9th at 9:55 a.m. CDT. Venus is closely conjunct Mars until Oct. 12th.  Taurus, Virgo and Scorpio rising sign persons should be careful and patient.
Saturn transits Scorpio, from 28:23 to 28:51°.  The adverse effects are primarily for Cancer, Virgo and Pisces rising signs – but only when Saturn is within 5 degrees of the person’s rising sign degree (in any house) or another planet by aspect or conjunction.
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 29:10 to 28:28°. Rahu and Ketu remain close to the 0°range.  Those persons with 0 – 1° rising signs or with any planet at 0 – 1° in odd signs (Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, or Aquarius) should be careful and patient. Additionally, those persons with 27 to 30° rising signs or with any planet in the 27 to 30°range in even signs (Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn or Pisces (including the USA) should also be careful and patient.
Transit Planet Effects for Each “Rising Sign” (not “Sun sign”): 
Aries: Expect less and lay low. Take care of yourself, your children, education, 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: Oct. 17Nov. 5Dec. 1. Maybe take a break from this column.
Taurus: Focus on your children, education, investments, writing and business. Consider gold and government bonds. Manage debts, disputes, losses, expenses, separations and health issues — associated with property, vehicles and home life. Be vigilant at work through Oct. Be patient with money, marriage and legal issues through Sept. 2018.
Gemini: Work out of your home on communications and independent projects. Consider property and vehicles. Entrepreneurial ventures do well. Take care of father figures through Oct. Focus on marriage, partnerships and joint ventures with children, education and investments through Sept. 2018.
Cancer: Be vigilant to protect your marriage and to avoid accidents. Focus on communications and independent projects. Work and entrepreneurial projects should do well. Be careful with children, education and investments through Oct. Be patient with property, vehicles, and home life through Sept. 2018.
Leo: Speak up as an authority figure. Luck, status, family life and independent projects are on your side. Be vigilant with partnerships. These are subject to losses, expenses or separations. Teach, publish and advise, and focus on investments and educational projects through Sept. 2018.
Virgo: Be vigilant to manage debts, disputes and health issues. Expenses, separations and long-distance ventures are forefront. Focus on writing, business and communications connected with large organizations. Be patient with setbacks. Teach, publish and advise and focus on property and family life through Sept. 2018.
Libra: Take care of your children, education and investments; these are subject to sudden issues. You and your income, friendships, older siblings, and partnerships are also vulnerable to losses, expenses and separations. Consider a retreat through Oct. Teach, publish and advise and focus on independent projects through Sept. 2018.
Scorpio: Take care of property, vehicles and home life; these are vulnerable to sudden issues. There may also be expenses associated with debts, disputes or health issues. Gain from business, communications and large organization. Be patient with losses, separations, relocation or foreign ventures through Sept. 2018.
Sagittarius:  Be vigilant with communications and independent projects; these are vulnerable to sudden losses and expenses. Focus on work, writing, business and large organizations. Teach, publish and advise and expect gains from your own self-efforts, children, education and investments through Sept. 2018.
Capricorn: Be vigilant to manage your status and family life; these are vulnerable to sudden issues. Take care to avoid accidents. There may be setbacks with property, vehicles and home life. Teach, publish and advise at work and be patient with expenses, separations, relocation or long-distance ventures through Sept. 2018.
Aquarius: Be vigilant. There may be sudden issues with debts, disputes, fire, theft, father figures, false allegations, independent projects or your health. Relationships are also vulnerable to setbacks or accidents. Teach, publish and advise and mostly enjoy income and friendships through Sept. 2018.
Pisces: Be patient with intimacy, insomnia, ashrams and long-distance ventures. Your partner may suffer debts, disputes, fire, theft, allegations or health issues. Be careful when speaking and with money and family life. Connect your career with research and be vigilant at work to manage setbacks and to avoid accidents through Sept. 2018.
About the author: David Hawthorne