Astrology of October 2018

by Henry Seltzer
editor Victor Daniel

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The astrology of October is rather intense, with outer planet archetypes still highlighted. This indicates that major transformation, both personal and societal, remains front and center even after many months in a row of this theme. To go into the particulars, the Libra New Moon of October 8th features a square from Sun and Moon to Pluto, which, having only very recently stationed, is practically standing till in the sky. This New Moon, at 15-plus degrees of Libra, also makes a close inconjunct to Neptune in mid-Pisces. Furthermore, one week before the advent of October, the Aries Full Moon made an extremely close T-square to Saturn. With Pluto so prominent, along with Saturn and Neptune, we need only look to Uranus to complete the picture of massive transformation that has been the hallmark of recent months, and of this decade. Uranus is also currently featured, being closely aspected in the Aries Full Moon by Sun, Moon, Mars, and Saturn, while the Libra New Moon of the second week of October also features a perfect parallel and an opposition between Mercury and Uranus. I put all these astrological details on the table to give you the concrete evidence that in the sky, as well as in the culture, and individually, there is a remarkable intensity and exacerbating of transformational energy and of polarity. As above, so below. Certainly no one would care to argue that especially in this country we have not seen even further escalation of liberal versus conservative polarization in the week leading up to the start of the month; and this is likely to continue.

Another important feature of this month’s astrology is the pending retrograde of Venus through Scorpio. This, having already started, since Venus is in the degree from her station, begins officially on October 5th, with Venus at 10 degrees of Scorpio and 50 minutes. Venus is set to leave this sign for late Libra only at the very end of October. The next day, November 1st, Venus makes her Heliacal Rise in the first degree of Libra, when she becomes once again the Morning Star. She is thus considered to be a “Libra-oriented Venus” for the next 584 days of her synodic cycle with the Sun. This implies that diplomacy and compromise could eventually win out as we move into the year 2020. As far as this current month, the period that is coming up on October 20th, when Venus is in her darkest phase before becoming the Morning Star – disappearing from the evening sky and invisible because in such solar proximity – was thought by the Mayans to be a time of unsteadiness in human affairs, and “the embarrassment of the ruler.” It does in fact seem as if the grip that this president has had over congress might seem to be slipping just a bit. The timing of the Venus retrograde through the sexually oriented sign of Scorpio, lasting through October, would also seem to be a predictive factor that the most recent Washington DC scandal, namely the allegations of sexual misconduct being brought forward by several self-declared victims of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, might have many more weeks to run.

And how does this most recent inner planet retrograde affect us in our individual lives? We will be in an introspective mode, searching for the hidden meaning and motivation behind our values, potentially including the source our finances, and all our relationships. You might want to think about what area of life the sign Scorpio represents, as far as house position, in either your natal chart or the chart derived from your Sun sign, since this is another place that this retrograde might manifest. In any case, there is likely to be a reevaluation taking place, which goes hand-in-hand with the transformational intensity of these times, which devolves in the final analysis to a question of priorities – what aspects of your personal and professional life will go and what will stay.

Another featured outer planet is Eris, in Aries, aspected by the Libra New Moon and by a partile inconjunct from Jupiter in that same timing. The invitation of Eris, spiritual warrior energy for soul intention, is that you get in touch with your deepest values, discover what truly moves you, and go on from there, fighting tooth and nail for what you most sincerely believe. This is quite compatible with the symbolism of Venus retrograde, that you look deep within yourself to uncover your true values and motivations. The combination with all the transformational intensity of this month is infectious, calling for us to recognize that we are each here to live a life of purpose and meaning, and that we may reach out into the cosmos – and deeply within ourselves – to hear the voice of truth that calls us forth to our highest path. This message is simultaneously, and perhaps not coincidentally, aligned with what both conservatives and liberals are saying these days to their base: that you get out and get on with it, being sure to vote, once you know in your heart what it is that is worth the battle.


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This month continues recent themes, Aries, with inner work of paramount significance as major transformation continues at the very core of your being. You are finding your own way forward, independent of consensus thinking and other voices. You are wise, of course, to take the input of others into account, although this is a time of distinct departure from any values other than your own. You are invested as well in relationship considerations, with Venus, ruler of your partnership sector, beginning to move retrograde by Friday the 5th. You are likely over the next two months to be reconsidering every aspect of your connection with important others, as well as the impact upon your life of relationship itself. Your focus on success in the eyes of the world is at an all-time high; and yet your pursuit of professional goals is different than heretofore. You seek outer achievement, but your priority is that, as you do, you take into account a profound adherence to your own inner values.


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October begins just as Mercury in Libra in your seventh house of relationships makes a square to Pluto in Capricorn in your tenth house of career; exact on October 2nd. Compromise for the sake of professional progress may be available to you right now. With your ruling planet, Mars, transiting through Aquarius in the eleventh house of groups and friends, you might be feeling broad minded, outgoing, and ambitious, but be careful of exactly who or what you allow to influence you. Mercury and Pluto together could give you penetrating insight into your changes, or present you with a “devil’s bargain,” which could make for less than you’re planning for down the road. On the other hand, this is also an excellent time to find balance and harmony in relationships and/or the workplace.

On October 5th, Venus will turn retrograde in Scorpio in your eighth house of death and rebirth and other people’s money. Over the course of the next forty days, you will be exploring the unknown or unconscious elements of your relationships. It’s also likely that themes of money, debt, expenses, investments, or protection against loss will be pronounced. Being a little more vulnerable right now, and working through your conflicts will bring extraordinary growth, so hang with whatever emotional depth and intensity presents itself.

On October 8th the New Moon falls in Libra in your seventh house of relationships, emphasizing the importance of friendships, relational balance, and fairness. There is a special opportunity also indicated here for you to grow within your relationships, but with the New Moon making an antiscia, as well as an inconjunct aspect, to Neptune in Pisces in your twelfth house, you may be called to examine a subtler level of your relationships than you are typically comfortable with. However, if you can remain patient and open-minded, the messages you receive will illuminate areas of previous confusion or misunderstanding and provide you with greater appreciation for those who really care about you. Because Pluto in also involved in this New Moon configuration, you may be called upon to transform in some important area of your life, such your career. You might need to make hard choices about what aspects of a situation to keep and what to leave behind.

On October 10th, a slow-moving retrograde Venus in Scorpio – in your eighth house of death and rebirth – will square your ruler Mars, in Aquarius, in your eleventh house of friends, groups, and hopes or dreams. This takes place just as Mercury enters Scorpio and is also opposed to rebellious Uranus in Taurus in your second house of money and resources. It’s a good time to explore subversive or taboo material within groups or among colleagues and friends, but you should also be careful that unhealthy elements of your past do not find a way back into your life right now. With Venus retrograde in Scorpio, it’s also possible that you will gain insight into your most intimate relationships or your motivation in general, or that your desire to do good could backfire and you will find yourself being taken advantage of, or sought out for the wrong reasons. You may also be called on to help defend, protect, or advocate on behalf of someone, and this may require that you speak out or stand up to tradition or authority when nobody else is willing to. The good news is that courage is one of your natural strengths, and most people would be lucky to have someone like you in their corner. Around this time, you may also receive some sudden insights or receive unexpected news regarding your finances. Be careful of the rush to make a big decision or an impulsive purchase with Mercury opposing radical Uranus in your house of resources!

On October 11th, the Sun in Libra in your seventh house of relationships will square Pluto in Capricorn in your tenth house. This should be an illuminating transit, providing you with a much clearer sense of where you stand in both your relationships and the work place, or perhaps in relation to your reputation or how others currently see you. Transformation is in the air. Don’t be surprised if powerful forces from the unconscious surface in the process.

October 19th, Mercury in Scorpio in your eighth house of death and rebirth will trine Neptune and square Mars in Aquarius in your eleventh house of friends and groups, bringing you an incisive, deep, and possibly subversive level of mental activity. It’s a good time to study, analyze, or deconstruct something to get down to its essence, or to write an important letter or make an announcement, or perhaps to make a technical or organizational change. An otherworldly or overtly spiritual attitude might emerge. However, you should be careful of the tendency for verbal combativeness, argumentation, or gossip in relationships or within groups or organizations, which could be more destructive than helpful.

Lastly, the Full Moon of October 24th will conjoin Uranus in Taurus and oppose Venus in Scorpio in your eighth house. With Venus retrograde also set to oppose Uranus in Taurus in your second house, exact by October 30th. The end of the month packs a punch, when Venus also changes signs. You might be on the edge of a serious breakthrough in your relationships, and it may require a total reevaluation of your time, money, investments, or energy, or it may require a deep conversation about differing values within your relationships. Whatever the case may be, during this Venus retrograde you will be called to confront things in a much more emotional and personal manner. The most important thing that you can bring to the process is your own relentless need for honesty and authenticity.


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This is another month of major transformation for you, Taurus, especially in terms of worldview. The way that you see the world around you, and your place within it, will be forever changed. This is accompanied by a distinct shift to the inside; all this summer you have been moved to consider the consequences of taking inner process more seriously as an active component to physically manifest events. As your outer process equally goes through further alteration, this depends in large part upon these inner considerations. You are also in an introspective mood this month, as indicated by the fact that your ruler, Venus, is in retrograde motion right through to November. This takes place mainly through your partnership sector, so that you are in the interesting position of being concerned for the way that significant others interact with you and help to form your own opinions, while simultaneously you are quite sure that your own inner priorities are fundamentally important for charting your pathway forward.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School

Just as the month gets going, exact on October 2nd, Mercury in Libra in your sixth house of work and service makes a square to Pluto in Capricorn in your ninth house of the higher mind. You may discover yourself studying something very intensely, or find within yourself the desire to get to the bottom of things or to understand the whole truth of the matter. It’s a great time to find practical ways of enacting your higher beliefs or spiritual values, or to put your ideas to practical service in the world. With Uranus having recently entered your home sign in May of this year, you are moving into a long season of personal rebirth, so that questions about where to put your time and energy become important and are even more philosophical in scope.

October 5th, Venus in Scorpio will turn retrograde in your seventh house of relationships. Over the course of the next forty days, you will be reevaluating many important aspects of your relationships, or perhaps your social life in general. Because Venus is your ruling planet, this is going to be a particularly personal time of growth and change. For as much as you are both a lover and creator of harmony, Venus’ retrograde in the Mars-ruled sign of Scorpio could challenge you to confront different kinds of shadows in your relationships. People or patterns from your past may resurface, or you might be more emotionally vulnerable than you are typically comfortable with. If you are already in a relationship, don’t be surprised if things are changing rather dramatically for your partner, as well. If you are single, then don’t be shocked if you find yourself attracted to someone embodying complex, deep, and shadowy Venusian themes.

On October 8th, the New Moon falls in Libra in your sixth house of work and service, toning the entire thirty-day lunar cycle that follows. You are going to be working hard in the month ahead, and likely in relation to the topic of shared duties or responsibilities at the work place or within your relationships. There is nothing that makes you happier than a combination of productivity or stability and beauty, but given the retrograde of Venus you might be struggling to find the balance between work and play, or you could be looking at the way in which your deeper values conflict within yourself, or within your relationships, affecting your day-to-day life.

On October 10th, Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your seventh house of relationships will square Mars in Aquarius in your tenth house of career, just as Mercury enters Scorpio and is opposing rebellious Uranus in your home sign. Whew! Things will be coming to a head regarding your work life and your relationships, with an emphasis on philosophical or spiritual levels of questioning or debate. Even though you are usually a peacekeeper, be sure to allow yourself room to question, room to challenge and to be challenged. Even if you are not the intense, intellectual type, there is a rewarding level of change and growth available to you right now if you open yourself to emotionally honest questions and thought provoking or spiritually transformative dialogue.

On October 11th, the Sun in Libra your sixth house of work and service is squaring Pluto in the ninth house of higher mind, once again suggesting a very deep philosophical, spiritual, or educational transformation that is at work in your life right now. Whatever this transformation is about, it may very well drag things up from your unconscious, or it may involve a level of questioning or even challenging teachers, mentors, or authority figures.

Similarly, October 19th, Mercury in Scorpio in your seventh house of relationships will square Mars in Scorpio in your tenth house of career. Watch for themes of incisive thinking and speaking, debate and dialogue, analysis and study. You may also find that you are attracting the interest of people in power, or that you are capable of handling difficult topics with greater precision and skill.

Lastly, the Full Moon of October 24th will conjoin Uranus in Taurus and oppose Venus in Scorpio in your seventh house of relationships. As your sense of identity and life direction is changing, so are your relationships and so is the social image you project. Similarly, as partners themselves are changing, so too are you questioning your own values and priorities. With Venus retrograde also set to oppose Uranus in Taurus in your first house, exact by October 30th, the end of the month features a chain reaction of events largely focused, once again, on your relationships and changes happening therein. Your ruler, Venus, is also changing signs, to Libra, so that you are perhaps by next month becoming less centered on partnership activities. It’s truly a dynamic moment for those born under the sign of the Bull. Remember, that most of the time you will enjoy your greatest happiness when you find the most “natural,” simple, and beautiful way of living your life. When you prioritize soul-level needs, your relationships will change as you do, because you cannot help but create harmony wherever you go.


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The transformational beat continues, Gemini. If past months have proven dramatically full of the impulse for major life alteration, which after all at times has to be built up to, then this month presents the icing on the cake of change. Once again, Pluto is emphasized, along with Neptune and Uranus, and you will find that your sense of mission has intensified for making something different and uniquely yours begin to emerge out of the dreams, imaginings, and overt goals of your private and professional life. You are very outer-oriented right now, but this focus seems to include a good dose of inner preoccupation in order that you truly get to where your higher Self wants you to go. Your intuition is going full blast, your creativity is dazzling, and your career choices twinkle with a sense of wonder. With Venus in retrograde motion you are giving all of these areas a second look; only the path with heart holds any real interest for you now.



The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School

The month begins with your ruling planet Mercury making a square to Pluto, exact by October 2nd. Mercury will be in Libra in your fifth house of creativity and joy, and Pluto will be in Capricorn in your eighth house of death and rebirth. You could be drawn into taboo or subversive topics or conversations. As well, you may be drawing creative inspiration from a healthy exploration of social stigmas or personal fears, or you might be enjoying the pleasure and beauty of finding an uncommon level of honesty in your relationships. At the same time, be careful that you are not overtaken with the subterranean influence of Pluto, which could have you feeling unnecessarily obsessive, impulsive, or anxious.

On October 5th, Venus in Scorpio will turn retrograde in your sixth house of labor, sickness, and service, bringing to you a period of intensive personal transformation over the next forty days. As Venus was originally associated with cleanliness and health, you shouldn’t be surprised if you are just a little more susceptible to the yuckies this month. The best remedy is to be proactive with all the basics: eat right, sleep enough, drink enough water, and try hard to avoid putting junk into your system! It’s also a possible time to overwork and exhaust yourself, or to find that your relationships are more tedious or challenging than usual. On the other hand, this is also an excellent time to review your day-to-day lifestyle and to consider making significant changes regarding your health, daily work patterns, or relationships in the workplace. If you are in a creative field, you may also notice that you are in the grind of an editing or revising process, or you may notice that tensions are high among co-workers, employees, or colleagues in general. Diffusing tension comes naturally for you thanks to your natural charm and wit, but you should beware of trying to pull the wool over anybody’s eyes right now; there isn’t much that Venus in Scorpio will not detect.

October 8th, the Libra New Moon falls in your fifth house of creativity and joy, emphasizing the seeding of a new creative endeavor over the weeks ahead. The topics of children and pregnancy may also be up for you, as well as the arts, performance, sport, and recreation. Traditionally, the fifth house was associated with the planet Venus, and is therefore associated with romance and love affairs, as well. Given that Venus is retrograde, you may be reconnecting with a past lover or perhaps revisiting an old creative project or pastime.

On October 10th, Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your sixth house of work and service will square Mars in Aquarius in your ninth house of the higher mind just as Mercury, your ruler, enters Scorpio opposing rebellious Uranus in Taurus in your twelfth house of dissolution and transcendence. Yeah. That’s all happening at once! And what it boils down to is a moment of personal innovation and discovery, or perhaps even rebellion, taking place both internally and externally, within your own mind and within your relationships. This is a great time to question or examine your beliefs or spiritual practices, and to explore the shadowy topics that most people pretend or explain away. Creative transformation or catharsis is also indicated but you might want to be careful of your rush to make a statement. Think of this as the start of a long-term creative process and be patient, in order to allow the results develop in their own time.

On October 11th, the Sun in Libra in your fifth house of creativity and joy is squaring Pluto in Capricorn in your eighth house of death and rebirth, suggesting the intensification of the creative themes that are clearly very prominent for you this month. Take note of whatever is surfacing from your unconscious and see what you can do to harness these energies into a work of passionate self-expression. You may also have deeper than usual encounters with others right now, perhaps even finding a creative collaboration of some kind.

On October 19th, Mercury in Scorpio in your sixth house will also square Mars in Aquarius in your ninth. The world of travel adventures, spirituality, and higher education might be calling to you, or you might be focused on a process of learning or critical analysis. It’s a good time to deconstruct, analyze, argue, debate, or explore the intricacies of complicated subjects, but beware of the potential for a more combative mental or verbal state, as well.

Lastly, the Full Moon of October 24th will conjoin Uranus in Taurus in the mist and shadows of the twelfth house and oppose Venus in Scorpio in your sixth house of work and service. With Venus retrograde also set to oppose Uranus in Taurus by October 30th, the month ends with a focus on the emotional depths of your relationships. What does a healthy level of sexual, romantic, or creative freedom look like, and what kinds of changes do you need to make to achieve it' On the other hand, what sort of patterns are you becoming more aware of that are keeping you from deeper intimacy and commitment, or deeper health and interpersonal contentment' If you answer these questions honestly right now, you will likely find that you are ready to let go of something that is no longer serving you.



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You are in for another wild and wooly ride, Cancer, as the accumulated impact of transformational change continues to make itself felt in your life. Your work in the world is very much on your mind as it has been all summer, and you are increasingly aware that you need to find your own priorities independent of other voices. There might be a large component of critical advice coming your way from concerned partners and so you will have to learn to steer a middle ground between becoming too attentive to what is said versus abandoning the outside criticism and going your own way entirely. This month is, however, fundamentally about adhering to your own point of view to the exclusion of all else, even determined resistance. Venus is in retrograde after the 5th and you will be looking under the covers of your motivation toward your own unique life goals, as well as your self-expression that moves you forward on your intended path. Family dynamics are also a focus now, with the potential that painful places within you come further into the light for purposes of healing and moving beyond them.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School


On October 1st and 2nd, you’ll find the month starts off with square from Mercury in Libra in your fourth house of home and family to Pluto in Capricorn in your seventh house of relationships. As a Cancer, creating harmony in the home comes naturally for you, but this transit may require that you balance the needs or demands of several different important relationships simultaneously, perhaps being forced to take sides or to address some shadow material at home or within your intimate partnerships.

On October 5th, Venus will turn retrograde in your fifth house in the sign of Scorpio. The fifth house was traditionally associated with good fortune, with joy and happiness, with creativity and with pregnancy and children. You are seeking a return to your creative essence right now. What makes you truly happy, where does your passion lie, and how do you find your creative “zone'” What is currently blocking you from experiencing deeper and healthier sense of happiness or creative fulfillment' These are the important questions you will be addressing over the course of the next forty days while Venus is retrograde. Addressing these questions and making whatever changes are necessary may be emotionally intense. Venus retrograde in Scorpio will also ask you to explore your secrets and your unconscious desires, especially in your relationships, or possibly in relation to the topics of children, but the reward for doing so will be a strong release of creative energy into the world.

October 8th the New Moon will fall in Libra in your fourth house in a close antiscia, also an inconjunct, with Neptune in your ninth house of spirituality, long journeys, and the higher mind. The lunar cycle ahead is therefore bringing the topics of home, faith, family, and property, together with spirituality, faith, and philosophy. A new seed is being planted in the arena of home and family, though with Neptune secretly involved by antiscia, it’s possible that the themes of dissolution, cleansing, or healing will also play a strong role.

On October 10th, Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your fifth house of creativity will square Mars in Aquarius in your eighth house of death and rebirth, just as Mercury enters Scorpio, opposing rebellious Uranus in Taurus in your eleventh house of friendships and groups. That’s a whole lot of astrology happening in a short period of time. With your home planet the Moon transiting through Scorpio during these two action-packed days, it’s going to be an emotionally intense moment for you, likely featuring creative, sexual, or romantic tension or strain in relationships, innovation or disruption within groups, controversial or provocative ideas or communication dynamics, challenges to or from authority figures, and issues related to or stemming from your own family karma or living environment. Usually when multiple transits like this come to pass, you will have some indications of what’s going to happen well ahead of time, so pay attention to where the energy is building or culminating from the start of the month forward and be careful to guard your emotions – because you are likely to be extra sensitive during this time.

October 11th, the Sun in your fourth house of home and family is squaring Pluto in the seventh house of relationships. This transit is also getting in on the action from October 10th and is further emphasizing the transformations occurring in both intimate relationships and the home or family front, at once. Pay attention to what is surfacing from the unconscious right now, as it will likely provide you with an opportunity to make substantive changes from the roots up!

October 19th, Mercury in Scorpio in your fifth house of creativity will square Mars in your eighth house of death and rebirth. You will likely be exploring your fears or working to transform limiting ideas or beliefs, or you might be looking for the best way to creatively communicate a subversive or controversial perspective in a more objective and balanced manner. You might want to be on the look out for a more mentally or verbally combative atmosphere, but don’t hold back from any honest conversation that presents itself.

Lastly, the Full Moon of October 24th will conjoin Uranus in Taurus in your eleventh house and oppose Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your fifth house. With Venus also set to oppose Uranus on October 30th, plus changing signs on the 31st, you are poised for a serious creative breakthrough, especially in relation to groups of people, social circles, among friends or allies, or within larger organizations. Traditionally, both the fifth house and the eleventh house were related to things that would develop and come to fruition in the future, so it’s also possible that the connections you are making right now, or the creative inspiration that’s culminating at the end of the month, is setting the stage for a series of important developments to come!



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This is another big month for you, Leo, as you continue to work your individual contribution into the bigger picture of what you can provide to the society that surrounds you. Your learning curve is huge right now, and your worldview mightily shifting. Concepts of service have been growing within you all summer, and especially lately, with a powerful current emphasis on Saturn implying responsibility, limitation, and dedication to your path. This is complicated by an equally potent presence of Uranus that is always urging something novel that could be attempted. Your professional aims are at an interesting juncture, with plentiful new ideas that are potentially reined in by concerns over the risks involved. As Venus retrogrades through your home and family sector, lasting throughout the month, you will also be looking beneath the covers of family, relationship, and career choices, so that it may be best to wait until mid-November for making any irrevocable decisions in any of these areas.


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On October 1st and 2nd, your month gets started with Mercury in Libra in your third house of the mind and communication making a square to Pluto in Capricorn in your sixth house of labor, sickness, and service. There is an opportunity to make an important choice, to change or speak your mind, to give or receive an important piece of information, or to labor through a difficult communicative challenge in search of healing or resolution. The energy behind this transit is powerful, so be careful that you do not exhaust yourself mentally. However, you also shouldn’t allow yourself to miss opportunities to let your natural enthusiasm and intelligence be of service to others.

On October 5th, Venus will turn retrograde in your fourth house of home and family, announcing a forty-day period of transformation at the very roots of your being. You are ready to make deep and lasting changes in your relationships, in your style or appearance, or regarding your home, family, and property. With Venus in Scorpio the journey ahead may be emotionally intense, as the sign of Scorpio often involves confrontations with the unconscious or with those elements of our lives that we try to hide away from others. This transit will require you to be authentic and brave, but you will also do well to keep your ego from getting involved in any unnecessary drama on the home front.

On October 8th, the New Moon will fall in Libra in your third house, emphasizing the importance of communication and speech, the mind, and learning, in this month. There are also changes to be encountered in your workplace, or in your level of dedication to what you conceive to be your life purpose, and these could also be triggered by this New Moon. You may also notice the themes of siblings and neighbors, or short journeys and travel also popping up in the weeks ahead. With your ruling planet, the Sun, moving through Libra you are looking for mental and intellectual balance and grace in all that you do. It’s a rare person who can fill up a room with their presence without simultaneously overshadowing anybody else, and that’s exactly the balance you’re looking for in the Moon cycle ahead.

October 10th, Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your fourth house of home and family will square Mars in Aquarius in your seventh house of relationships, just as Mercury enters Scorpio, there opposing rebellious Uranus in Taurus at the beginning of your tenth house of career. This is a pressure-cooker moment for you in which you are faced with significant choices and changes in relation to the major topical areas of the birth chart: home and family, relationships and love, and career, all at once.

On October 11th, the Sun in your third house of mental function is squaring Pluto in the sixth house of labor, sickness and service. With the third and sixth houses also highlighted during this busy time of the month, it’s important that you think through things very carefully and resist the rush to bulldoze through the pressure of the moment with an overly rigid mindset. On the other hand, putting on a good face and trying to please everyone while being dishonest with yourself or others is not going to cut it, either. The best advice is to come at everything you’re faced with right now from your heart. When you meet challenges from your heart you have a unique way of winning over the hearts of others, which can instantly transform seasons of intensity into times of inspiration, service, and excitement.

On October 19th, Mercury in Scorpio in your fourth house of home and family will square Mars in Aquarius in your seventh house of relationships, emphasizing once again the importance of communication in relationships and changes at home this month. Be mindful of an overly combative energy with this transit, but don’t be afraid to utilize the depth and intelligence of Mercury and Mars to penetrate straight to the heart of the issues you are faced with.

Lastly, the Full Moon of October 24th will conjoin Uranus in Taurus in your tenth house of career and oppose Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your fourth house of home and family. With Venus in Scorpio also set to oppose Uranus in Taurus on October 30th, entering Libra the next day, the end of the month features the tension between ongoing changes in relation to home and family and transformation taking place in the career house. Since May of 2018, Uranus in your tenth house has been announcing the start of some big changes in your professional life, but this Venus retrograde period through your fourth house of home and family is requiring that things at home be addressed before the long-term changes you’re looking for in your career can be fully embodied.




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This month continues the themes from the past several, Virgo, as your important transition continues. Riding the wave from the September mid-month New Moon in your sign, with numinous Neptune opposed in your relationship sector, you are very conscious of your developing identity. This is in terms of the practical and the physical, yet with also an undeniable spiritual component. With partners, you are becoming more aware of your tendency for putting them on a pedestal of idealization. There is the possibility of murkiness, self-deception, or actual misleading circumstances that you must deal with. There is as well the potential for a higher truth being involved, one that transcends the 3D world of sensation and concrete happenings. As this month unfolds, your focus is on your values, plus taking a studied stand for what you most deeply believe. There are many layers of your psyche that you are currently exploring, with the significant trend toward greater self-knowledge and personal evolution.


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On October 1st and 2nd, your ruler Mercury in your second house of money and resources will square Pluto in Capricorn in your fifth house of creativity and children. Although you are generally quite frugal with your resources, this transit may invite you to examine, further refine, and transform your relation to spending, budgeting, or material values in general. The topics of children and money may be pronounced, or you might find that you are trying to find the balance between a cautious or conservative way of thinking and a more provocative way of communicating your needs and desires.

On October 5th, Venus will turn retrograde in the sign of Scorpio in your third house of communication. The topics of siblings, technology, writing, and learning may also be emphasized over the course of the next forty days while Venus is retrograde. Within the sign of Scorpio, Venus will ask you to reflect on communication dynamics within relationships. What shadows or secrets do you tend to keep from others, or what do others tend to keep from you' As an earth sign, it’s not always easy to share or express your emotions, but you should trust that healing and growth are available to you right now if you can find the courage to be honest and forthright about what you’re feeling and thinking.

On October 8th, the New Moon in Libra will land in your second house of finances and resources, suggesting further emphasis on these topics in the lunation cycle ahead. Your communication will also likely be revitalized in some way, beginning with this powerful New Moon. How are you currently learning and growing in awareness, also spending your time, money, energy and resources' What are your most personal values and how are you embodying them, or not, in your day-to-day life' In the end, your happiness is about so much more than what you earn, what you do, or what you have. This New Moon is planting a seed that may lead to a significant change to the core of your inner values.

On October 10th Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your third house of communication and the mind will square Mars in Aquarius in your sixth house of work and service, and at the same time, Mercury enters Scorpio, in your third house, and will oppose rebellious Uranus in the sign of Taurus in your ninth house of education, and the higher mind. You are being offered an opportunity to transform the way you think, behave, and communicate within the context of your relationships. A breakthrough of thinking, learning, believing, and communicating is taking place, and though it may involve some tension, it’s worth your time to get to the bottom of your motivations, to explore new ideas, and to communicate authentically with those you care about, even if some debate or creative conflict arises along the way.

The very next day, on October 11th, the Sun in Libra in your second house of money, resources, and values will square Pluto in Capricorn in your fifth house of creativity, joy, pregnancy and children. Again, while issues around money and finances may be pronounced, this is really about a transformation of values and desires, creativity and the hope for creative growth in the future.

On October 19th, Mercury in Scorpio in your third house of communication and the mind will square Mars in Aquarius in your sixth house of labor, sickness, and service. Watch for themes of analysis, doubt, scrutiny, argumentation, and debate. These may be related to mental and communicative conflict or exhaustion, but also healing or intervention. It’s also a great time for focused analysis, learning, and study. Given your naturally meticulous and thoughtful nature, you may easily get to the bottom of things right now.

Lastly, the Full Moon of October 24th will conjoin Uranus in Taurus in your ninth house of spirituality and the higher mind and oppose Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your third house of communication, learning, and siblings. With Venus in Scorpio also set to oppose Uranus in Taurus on October 30th, the end of the month features an ongoing culmination of mental, intellectual, philosophical or spiritual, and communicative energies. What do you believe and how are you challenging yourself to expand your mind' As a creature of Mercury, you are naturally inquisitive and sometimes skeptical by nature, but this Full Moon may also emphasize the need for reliance upon something larger than yourself. Just remember that being a careful thinker doesn’t mean that you can’t believe in something transcendent, and yet going with such a belief doesn’t mean you should check your mind at the door, either.


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This month brings several sets of issues to a head for you, Libra. You might feel under pressure to resolve matters relating to inner process, most particularly with respect to important partners, and even issues of your own sense of identity, and where your are headed in this phase of your life. You have been feeling an increased awareness of unconscious process in the lead-up to this current month, bringing issues of relationship and identity to the fore. Partners are important to you now, and have much to contribute as you attempt to find your most sincerely authentic pathway forward. It is possible that old wounds, the residue of early childhood trauma, will arise to be dealt with in your more adult context. With Venus in retrograde as well this month, you will experience a great deal of introspection, with review and revisioning of all your values, and a deepening urge to express these in the form of concerted action.


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The month begins with a square from Mercury in your home sign of Libra, on October 1st and 2nd, to Pluto in Capricorn in your fourth house of home and family. Although you are generally a peacekeeper, you may need to make an important personal statement right now, or you may need to tip the scales and take a risky stance in public. It’s also possible that things are weighing heavily on your mind in relation to your home, family, or family of origin. It’s a great time to explore the ways in which your own personal patterns of behavior or health are connected to your family history or home life. You can really get to the bottom of core issues right now, so long as you’re not afraid to dig deep.

On October 5th, your home planet Venus will turn retrograde in Scorpio in your second house of values, resources, and finances, announcing a long period of very deep and very personal transformation. Is it time to shift your diet, your spending habits, or change your financial strategy' Beware of how your desires might be controlling you and watch for issues from the past to resurface in relation to your time, money, energy, and resources. It’s a wonderful time to purge or let go of unhealthy attachments, or to make changes on the material level that better reflect your inner values and self-worth. Just remember, that shifting things around externally rarely satisfies you internally, whereas when you address your inner life, then the changes you need to make to the outer, material things come very naturally.

On October 8th, the New Moon lands in your home sign and first house of Libra, placing an emphasis on your sense of calling, purpose, and direction, health, well being, and inner life. It may be time to start something new, or to reprioritize your time and energy so that you are taking care of yourself a little better. Again, with your home planet also retrograde, all signs point to a period of personal rebirth. Don’t be afraid to take a little extra time to be alone with your thoughts and to really get clear with yourself about what you’re feeling and thinking, and what you need to do to become the best version of yourself.

On October 10th Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your second house of resources and values will square Mars in Aquarius in your fifth house of creativity, and at the same time, Mercury enters Scorpio in your second house and will oppose rebellious Uranus in the sign of Taurus in your eighth house of death and rebirth, and “other people’s money.” Whatever personal changes you are going through this month, they may very well involve the topics of money and relationships, or personal material values and how your values agree with or differ from those you are closest with. You may need to break free from unhealthy business arrangements or contracts, or you may need to defy the norm and take an exciting, creative opportunity that presents itself.

On October 11th, the Sun in your home sign of Libra will then exactly square Pluto in Capricorn in your fourth house of home and family, suggesting that you are learning how to embody a deeper level of personal authority and power. This transit could also bring up issues related to your family or ancestral karma, perhaps especially men, fathers, or father figures.

On October 19th, Mercury in Scorpio in your second house of finances and values will square Mars in Aquarius in your fifth house of creativity. It’s a great time for editing or revising something, or to analyze or scrutinize the details of a creative project, financial strategy, or business proposal. It’s also a great time for creative and playful banter, sporting and sparring with others mentally, or fine-tuning a craft or skill. Beware of the tendency for sharp or cutting thoughts or conversations, but once again, don’t avoid the deep stuff this month because it has come up in order to help you grow into a more authentic version of yourself!

Lastly, the Full Moon of October 24th will conjoin Uranus in Taurus in your eighth house and oppose Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your second house. With Venus in Scorpio also set to oppose Uranus in Taurus on October 30th, followed the next day by Venus moving backward into your sign, the end of the month packs a punch. What value are others bringing to your life right now, and what changes are you being inspired to make based on what you are learning from those you are closest to' You are ready to break your own personal mold, and yet the way in which you do things matters. You aren’t one to rush into something if it threatens to create discord with others, and yet sometimes, in order to break the mold, a deeper conflict of values has to be exposed for just what it is.


This is another important month for you, Scorpio. You have been doing quite a lot of soul searching lately, with the addition of surprising events, likely in the relationship arena, that have given you the impulse to explore new psychological territory as you advance your spiritual and intellectual development. Another feeling within you, though, holds you back from exploration. Last month’s potent Aries Full Moon has given you a turn to the inside, reinforced in this current month by the retrograde of Venus through your sign. This means that you are in something of an introspective mode, especially with regard to relationship issues, searching for your true inner motivation. Your finances and your principles are also on the line, together with a determination to act upon the latter. You are coming from a fundamentally optimistic place right now. As you reassess plans and future goals, you may feel that you are on something of a mission to make things happen in a way that is more directly consistent with your most deeply held values.


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The month gets started with a square from Mercury in Libra in your twelfth house to Pluto in Capricorn in your third house, exact on October 2nd. This transit will invite you inward to reflect upon the beauty and transience of life, or it may create the space for you to enjoy a deep or intense conversation with a comfortable intellectual distance. If you have been avoiding an important conversation, or hiding your true thoughts or feelings from others, don’t be surprised if they find a way to the surface right now. Don’t worry, because typically the more honest things get, the more comfortable you become.

On October 5th, Venus will turn retrograde in your home sign of Scorpio, announcing a period of intensely personal self-reflection, especially in terms of your relationships. Where do things need to be shaken up, where do norms or habits need to be challenged or redefined' Where are most in need of greater freedom, health, or independence' These are the questions most likely to surface. The last time that Venus was retrograde in your home sign dates to the Autumn of 2010, so you may think back to what was happening back then, what has changed about you and your relationships since then, and what themes are perhaps recurring for the first time since then' The most important advice for this transit is the simplest: be true to yourself, and don’t try to hide yourself from others. Your honest will have the power to change things for the better. At the same time, be patient with whatever personal changes you are most desperate to make. Retrogrades indicate a process, and once Venus turns direct in mid-November, you will be ready to make these personal changes in the most positive way.

On October 8th, the New Moon in Libra will fall in your twelfth house of dissolution and transcendence. Here we see the New Moon reflecting similar themes to the Venus retrograde. In the weeks ahead, you will be asking the question, “How can I surrender or let go in the most thoughtful manner possible'” Or you might be asking yourself, “Where do I find enduring beauty, balance, or love, considering the reality of impermanence and change'” These are questions of not just temporary, earthly value but enduring, soulfulness. This is perfect for an Autumn lunar cycle!

On October 10th, Venus retrograde in your home sign of Scorpio, therefore in your first house, will square your ruler, Mars, in Aquarius in your fourth house of home and family. At the same time, Mercury enters Scorpio and will oppose rebellious Uranus in the sign of Taurus in your seventh house of love and relationships. Watch for changes, creativity, or challenges related to both home and family, or property and parents, and intimate relationships or partnerships. You are trying to define yourself, your values, and your roles or responsibilities more clearly in relation to your family or close partners. This may require that you make some difficult decisions or take some calculated or creative risks. Your desire for independence is likely very strong, and it wouldn’t be surprising if you need to create a change of scenery for the moment to get clear about what you want, especially, again, at home or in partnership with others.

On October 11th the Sun in Libra in your twelfth house of self-undoing and transcendence will square Pluto in Capricorn in your third house of communication and the mind, suggesting once more the themes of dissolution, surrender, and turning inward. There is no use fighting against the inevitable, and there is no use fighting for something that isn’t coming naturally. The Sun in the twelfth house is offering you the great wisdom and beauty of letting things go, especially unnecessary power struggles, while Pluto in your third house is empowering you to trust the insights or messages you are receiving, or those that you need to share with others.

On October 19th, Mercury in Scorpio will square Mars in Aquarius in the fourth house of home and family. You have the energy available to you to analyze, deconstruct, or diagnose issues related to your living environment, family, parents, or perhaps even your deep past or ancestral karma. Watch for themes of mental combativeness or argumentation and debate, but you may also benefit from a more thorough or skillful application of your mind and speech. Because Mars is your ruling planet, ever since late June of this Summer, you have been more personally absorbed in the topics of home and family, and so this moment may reflect an ability so process or integrate some of these experiences, perhaps coming to some fruitful conclusions or finding a way to organize or communicate something of your experiences around home and family as of late.

Lastly, the Full Moon of October 24th will conjoin Uranus in Taurus in your seventh house of relationships and oppose Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your first house. With Venus in Scorpio also set to oppose Uranus in Taurus on October 30th, the end of the month packs a punch around the theme of relationships. You are likely ready to experience a big shift in your relationships. If you’re single, watch for a rebellious or experimental romantic partner to appear on the scene. If you’re with someone already, then you may be in store for a shakeup or breakthrough. It’s also possible that things are changing dramatically for a partner, and that it’s calling into question your own destiny or purpose. Ultimately, the relationships that are most worth having should combine some sense of both peace and stability, of trust and beauty, while also providing us with growth challenges, excitement, and just enough of the unknown to keep things interesting. All month long, you will likely be trying to find the balance between these things, either within yourself, or within your most important relationships!

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This is another big month for you, Sagittarius, especially after the Virgo New Moon of last month that symbolized increased focus on career choices. With all Saturn being highlighted in a prominent position in your solar chart, these have been both entirely practical and concrete, and also possessing a mystical flavor with all the Neptune emphasis. There is the potential for confusion in terms of the earthly activities, and of finding greater meaning beyond the physical. There has been a flair of deep intuition in your recent make-up also, and a feeling of spiritual mission, possibly accompanied by sudden changes in your workplace. This month, with Venus retrograde, you are reconsidering where you are headed, your relationships, and your values, which are profoundly transforming. Much of what is going on with you now is taking place on the inside. That sense of mission becomes stronger, with your determination as you consider alternatives in future plans to allow only your deepest values to motivate you.


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On October 1st and 2nd, the month gets rolling with a square from Mercury in Libra, in your eleventh house of friends, to Pluto in Capricorn in your second house of money, resources, and values. There is an opportunity for substantive conversations, ideas, or planning related to your finances. It’s possible that you will be revising or changing elements of your social life, or your participation within organizations or groups. It’s also a good time to get to the bottom of situations, or to explore taboo or subversive topics with others, but at the same time you should be careful of gossip or unnecessary social “drama.”

On October 5th, Venus will turn retrograde in Scorpio in your twelfth house of dissolution and transcendence. You are being called to evaluate your core values, needs, and desires, and to surrender whatever is no longer serving you. As Venus is the planet of love and relationships, this period may focus on the deepest level of changes that you need to make in your relationships, perhaps with an emphasis on healing patterns from the past. You should also be extra careful of unhealthy attractions or relationship dramas that tempt you into a destructive use of your time and energy. On the other hand, there is also a deep level of emotional healing available to you right now, especially if you are willing to work through whatever inner conflicts or struggles are presenting themselves to you.

On October 8th, the New Moon in Libra will fall in your eleventh house of friends, groups, and plans for the future, emphasizing the importance of your social life in the lunar cycle ahead. You are also feeling the transformational impact of Pluto in your second house of resources. You might be in the process of more deeply exploring your values or revisioning your finances. Also, who are your people' Who can you trust' What groups or communities are worthy of your time, energy, and resources, and which are not' These and other questions will ask themselves, especially as related to your social life and personal vision for the future.

On October 10th Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your twelfth house of dissolution and transcendence will square Mars in Aquarius in your third house of communication and the mind, and at the same time, Mercury in Scorpio will oppose rebellious Uranus in the sign of Taurus in your sixth house of labor, sickness, and service. It’s time to communicate clearly with others about whatever you have been holding inside, but you should also be careful of mental or emotional outbursts. You may also receive important pieces of news or information, or perhaps an insight or spiritual message which could be put to service for others. With Mercury opposite Uranus, whatever comes up may be unexpected and possibly disruptive, but it will also have the potential to facilitate a positive mental or emotional breakthrough.

October 11th the Sun in Libra in your eleventh house of friends and groups will square Pluto in Capricorn in your second house of finances, resources, and values, once more suggesting a combined social and material transformation this month. You may be easily taken advantage of, or overpowered, within groups or by your friends if you aren’t careful to make your values and boundAries clear right now. However, there is also the potential for a positive transformation of your social life that accords more closely with your values.

On October 19th, Mercury in Scorpio in your twelfth house of dissolution and transcendence will square Mars in your third house of communication. These are some potentially testy astrological currents active this month, but the difference between a breakdown and a breakthrough is mostly dependent on how you react or respond to each of the planetary energies. Watch for themes of intense mental or intellectual analysis, debate or argumentation, the strategic use of technology, speech, or writing, and the need to explore mental and emotional shadows through honest and direct dialogue with others.

Lastly, the Full Moon of October 24th will conjoin Uranus in Taurus in your sixth house of labor, sickness, and service, and oppose Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your twelfth house of dissolution and transcendence. With Venus in Scorpio also set to oppose Uranus in Taurus on October 30th, the end of the month packs a punch. Remember that whatever releasing or healing you are doing this month, it has the power to help others if you are willing to be vulnerable and open about what you’re dealing with. The insights that you are receiving right now are profound, and, it’s up to you, as one of the natural sages of the zodiac, to find a way of sharing with others what you’ve learned. All month long you are also being asked to reconsider your deepest needs and desires and to explore how your values do or do not work those you are close with. With your ruling planet, Jupiter, about to change signs and enter your first house next month, the decisions you make today are preparing you for a period of accelerated personal growth and newness tomorrow. You might want to ask yourself: why not commit fully to whatever is calling you forward right now!



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You have been pulled in all directions lately, Capricorn. You have felt strong in yourself and committed to your path, even as you begin to also debate just what that path might entail. There is a wild side to what you are currently wishing for, and you feel inclined to venture out on more than a few limbs, although your naturally cautious nature holds you back. There are more challenges and alterations coming at you in this current month as you head toward the end of a climactic year. Venus turns retrograde in your sector of social involvement and future plans, so that you will be reconsidering almost everything about the way you see yourself moving forward. Key relationships in your life and career choices could also be subject to an introspective look as you seek the hidden motivation for your actions. Through all this, you find yourself articulating your beliefs and values with the utmost dedication, and proceeding to act upon them.


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On October 1st and 2nd, the month gets started with a square from Mercury in Libra in your tenth house of career to Pluto in your home sign of Capricorn. Your identity is on the line. You will be looking for the right balance between public diplomacy and personal honesty, between towing the company line and yet not compromising your own integrity. Messages, communication, and information may contain unusual depth and transformative power right now, in general, and it’s also a great time to get to the bottom of things in a fair and rational manner.

On October 5th, Venus will turn retrograde in Scorpio in your eleventh house of groups, friends, and aspirations, announcing a period of revision and reflection regarding your social circles, organizations or group affiliations you belong to, and the values you share, or do not share, with others. Though you are generally a patient friend and ally, you may need to consider changing your allegiances or confronting others. Though this transit may bring deeper emotional and relational turmoil than you prefer, it will be worth it to address whatever is appearing right now before it festers into a deeper form of resentment or difficulty in the future. You may also be looking at recurring themes from your past, or within old relationships and feeling ready to move on from things or people that no longer serve you. Overall, the biggest question you will be asking yourself is, “What do I really value and desire, and how do the groups or people I surround myself with help me to embody those values in the life I’m leading'”

On October 8th, the New Moon in Libra lands in your tenth house of career, emphasizing that new seeds and perhaps new projects or social connections are being planted in your profession, the fruits of which will likely arrive throughout the thirty days ahead. There is personal transformation involved at many levels, not least of which involving your feelings of identity, of who and what you really are. You could easily become confused about the decision point behind your actions, and for how much of your sense of your own internal priorities you can bring to the table of your outer world performance.

On October 10th Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your eleventh house of friends and groups will square Mars in Aquarius in your second house of money and resources, and at the same time, Mercury enters Scorpio and will oppose rebellious Uranus in the sign of Taurus and your fifth house of creativity. Your priorities are changing across the board, from your creative decisions, to the way you spend your time, money, energy, and resources, to the people you surround yourself with. You are likely at a crossroads where many things are demanding attention, and nothing can be neglected. With your ruling planet Saturn prominent in your home sign of Capricorn right now, it’s important to remember that you are in many ways redefining yourself, and should seek allegiances with those who share similar priorities. These selected others may help you to shoulder the burdens you’re feeling, for otherwise you may have the tendency to go it alone or take on too much. This is also a great time to consider ideas or solutions that are unusual or coming from outside the box!


On October 11th, the Sun in Libra in your tenth house of career will exactly square Pluto in your home sign of Capricorn. Watch for changes of management or duties in the workplace. You may be asked to take on a role that will put you into the spotlight a bit more in the workplace, or you may be doing something that is gaining you greater respect or notoriety, but with Pluto in your first house it’s also important that you be asking the questions, “Is this what I really want' Is this my truth' Can I stand behind things as they are right now'” Whatever personal or professional doubts you might be having, trust that they are valid and worth exploring.

October 19th, Mercury in Scorpio in your eleventh house of friends and groups will square Mars in your second house of money and resources. It’s a great time to look at what you are giving in comparison to what you are getting from different friends or groups that you belong to, and it’s an especially good time to analyze or assess social or financial strategies for success. You may be prone to mental or verbal agitation or combativeness, so be careful of being in social situations that are over-stimulating or even provoking on some level.

Lastly, the Full Moon of October 24th will conjoin Uranus in Taurus in your fifth house of creativity and oppose Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your eleventh house of friends and groups. With Venus in Scorpio also set to oppose Uranus in Taurus on October 30th, and with Venus moving backward into Libra the next day, the end of the month packs a creative punch. It’s a great time to rediscover your inner child, to look for unusual or eccentric ways of spending your time, personally as well as professionally, or to explore a new social or romantic connection. Once again, it’s likely that you are experiencing serious relationship changes this month, but there is no reason that you cannot do some healthy experimentation along the way. In fact, with Uranus currently in the fifth house, in a close trine to your ruling planet, Saturn, it’s the perfect time to creatively reinvent yourself as you also refine and hone your commitments.




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This is another rather intense month for you, Aquarius, with an impulse for being out there in the world with a strong showing, and yet also to instead pay greater attention to your own inner world. There is movement in the way that you see your unconscious process as an important wellspring of your actions. You are also more fully invested in issues of home, and family, and are coming from an introspective place with Mars emerging from retrograde motion and once again, for the third time, coming through the first degrees of your sign. As issues of your own identity resolve, another retrograde looms this month and that is of Venus, moving backward through your sector of outer world activities. This gives you a boost for re-examining these, and thereby looking under the covers of all your professional motivations. In spite of any contrary influences that attempt to derail this effort, you are more open than ever to spiritual values these days and inclined to fight to uphold them.


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opportunity this month to reflect deeply on your life direction, and the first layer of this process will involve taking time out to consider the way your unconscious beliefs have played a direct role in shaping your life journey. It may be time to call ideas and beliefs into question, to begin a process of learning something new or to recommit yourself to your spiritual path. Watch for the messages you are receiving in dreams, and don’t be surprised if the quality of the conversations you are having right now is more intensely transformative than ordinarily.

On October 5th, Venus will turn retrograde in your tenth house of career, initiating a process of revisioning and alteration in your professional life. It’s possible that you will be switching careers, resigning or rescinding professional contracts, or dealing with significant changes of personnel in your workplace. But these changes are in some ways only symptoms of a much deeper process taking place right now, where you are weighing a variety of different options at once both professionally and relationally. We often ask ourselves the question, “What do I see for myself five years from now'” but we rarely ask, “What do I want 200 years from now'” The latter requires that we remember ourselves as divine/eternal beings, and while it may seem outlandish to consider such a timeline, it’s exactly this kind of depth that is required from you right now if you want to make the kinds of changes that will lead to lasting happiness rather than short-term patch-ups.

On October 8th, the New Moon falls in Libra in your ninth house of higher mind, pointing to the importance of faith and belief, learning, foreign perspectives and possibly travel. It’s important that you remain balanced and level-headed right now because they are all potential learning opportunities if you can stay open minded toward whatever choices or challenges you are currently being confronted with. Pluto in Capricorn and your twelfth house of unconscious process also comes into this picture, implying that significant changes are taking place deep within your psyche.

On October 10th, Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your tenth house of career will square Mars in Aquarius in your home sign of Aquarius, and at the same time, Mercury enters Scorpio, there to oppose rebellious Uranus in the sign of Taurus in your fourth house of home and family. This represents a moment of truth and decision for you. How is your inner life, or family or home environment, being affected by your work life, and vice versa' What kinds of personal goals are you setting for yourself, and what kinds of value or priority conflicts are you sorting through as you recommit yourself to your most passionate goals and dreams' It’s possible that an innovative idea or solution will present itself to you right now, effectively helping you balance a variety of demands that are all being placed on you.

On October 11th, the Sun in Libra in your ninth house of the higher mind will square Pluto in Capricorn in your twelfth house of dissolution and transcendence. In the classic Indian scripture, the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna famously tells Arjuna, “You are made of faith.” We all put our faith in something, and even if that something appears unformed or uncertain, we cannot help but believe in the relevance of whatever we are doing, or not doing, with our lives. Right now, once again, despite whatever changes may be happening in the externals, the real question underlying it all has to do with how your beliefs are currently shaping your path, for better or worse. With your ruling planet, Saturn, located in your twelfth house since last December 2017, you are likely moving through a period of wandering, doubting, and inner contemplation. Nobody can tell you what you should do, but if you are honest with yourself, and if you take time to listen to the still and quiet voice within, you will know the difference between the path that dissatisfies and the path that you can put your faith in.

On October 19th, Mercury in Scorpio in your tenth house of career will square Mars in your home sign of Aquarius. Watch for themes of mental stress, speed, or tension, analysis, study, skill development, argumentation, confrontation, and debate, especially in relation to the workplace. You may have to take a stand for yourself, or be your own advocate, explaining clearly to others what you can and cannot do or demonstrating your knowledge or expertise on the job in high pressure situations.

Lastly, the Full Moon of October 24th will conjoin Uranus in Taurus in your fourth house of home and family and oppose the Sun and Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your tenth house of career. With Venus in Scorpio also set to oppose Uranus in Taurus on October 30th, and then moving backward into Libra the next day, the end of the month packs a punch. It’s likely that changes in both the professional and domestic areas are culminating at once. You may be moving or relocating for a new job, or there might be tension between family needs and career demands. These are recurring themes throughout the entire month, and so things will likely be coming to a head at this time. Just know that unless you truly believe in the changes you are making, it will only be a matte of time before the same crisis of faith and belief will return!



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This is another major month for you, Pisces, with additions to your already-steep learning curve and with a studied and almost unconscious determination to advance your evolutionary agenda. As you are beginning to recognize, the more so, the more you can allow yourself to dream into what your inner world is trying to tell you, there is a steady and yet friendly pressure upon you on the part of the universe to define who you really are, You are attempting to seize the moment for coming to better understand and act upon your own unique values. As you sort things out, what truly comes to your aid is the current retrograde of Venus through your sector of higher mind. Your worldview is subject to changes now, and you do well to allow these to happen to you naturally. You are coming into more intimate terms with others around you, and with your own inner world, and your deeper self is silently applauding the process.


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On October 1st and 2nd, your month gets started with Mercury in Libra, in your eighth house of death and rebirth, squaring Pluto in Capricorn in your eleventh house of friends and groups. Social anxiety is sometimes a sign that we are ready to embody a new version of ourselves, or it can be an indication that something needs to change in relation to the people or groups we associated with. Either way, you can expect that the content of your social life will be in the spotlight, with an opportunity for deeper honesty, sharing, and transformation.

On October 5th, Venus will turn retrograde in your ninth house of the higher mind and long journeys. For the rest of the month you will be evaluating or reflecting upon your beliefs. Ever since last November, for almost a year now your ruling planet, Jupiter, has been transiting through your ninth house, indicating that you’ve been in a lengthy process of learning, studying, or perhaps committing yourself more deeply to spiritual study. Now, just as Jupiter prepares to enter your tenth house of career next month, and as Venus turns retrograde, this process of learning and expanding your mind and heart is culminating with an exploration of how the changes you’ve been experiencing in this area are aligning with your relationships. It’s an excellent time to explore how your beliefs inform your relationships and vice versa, as you near a time of great personal and professional expansion in the year ahead.

On October 8th, the New Moon in Libra falls in your eighth house of death and rebirth. The eighth house was also traditionally related to “other people’s money” or even inheritance or loans. It’s therefore possible for this New Moon to put financial topics into the spotlight, along with questions about your relationships. With Pluto emphasized, the way that you put your energy out there socially will also come up for revision and alteration, along with your plans for the future. Additionally, the 8th house New Moon indicates that you are on the cusp of a significant moment of personal transformation in general. The changes ahead may involve the challenges of facing your fears or letting go of that which is no longer serving you. Even though the unknown can be scary, you are poised for a significant breakthrough, so that you can relax and allow yourself trust the process.

On October 10th Venus retrograde in Scorpio in your ninth house of the higher mind will square Mars in Aquarius in your twelfth house of dissolution and transcendence, and at the same time, Mercury enters Scorpio to there oppose rebellious Uranus in the sign of Taurus in your third house of mentality, learning, siblings, and communication. You are ready to communicate something of the inspiration or learning that you’ve accumulated over a long period of time, or perhaps you are poised to speak your mind or engage in an important debate or dialogue. However, with Mars in your twelfth house, it’s possible that whatever has been pent up or hidden from sight is also ready to come out right now, in which case you should exercise some degree of caution, or at least be prepared for a slightly disruptive spate of energy. It’s also not uncommon to receive unexpected news, flashes of insight, or sudden inspiration during a transit like this.

October 11th, the Sun in Libra in the eighth house of death and rebirth will exactly square Pluto in your eleventh house of friends and groups. You can easily see through the façade right now, both your own and others, so it’s a good time to enlighten up and make changes, especially within your social circles or in groups you belong to. Try to remain as balanced and objective as you can about whatever anxieties, doubts, or fears you are experiencing right now, but remember that no amount of rationalizing will eliminate the reality of mystery and uncertainty from our lives!

October 19th, Mercury in Scorpio in your ninth house of the higher mind will square Mars in Aquarius in your twelfth house of dissolution and transcendence. It’s an excellent time to mine the depths of a subject or to get immersed in a learning process. Mercury and Mars together bring mental sharpness and agility, argumentation and debate, and rapid learning or skill development. At the same time, you may be feeling easily agitated, moody, or restless during this transit, so be sure to find ways of venting both mentally and emotionally so that you don’t get overwhelmed.

Lastly, the Full Moon of October 24th will conjoin Uranus in Taurus in your third house of communication and the mind, there to oppose Venus retrograde in Scorpio in the ninth house of higher mind. With Venus in Scorpio also set to oppose Uranus in Taurus on October 30th, and then crossing backward into Libra on the 31st, the end of the month is going to be intense. While the emphasis on spirituality, learning, and maybe even travel, are undoubtedly pronounced this month, so too are themes of mental and intellectual innovation or rebellion. You are ready to communicate more openly with others about what you’ve been learning for the past year, and you might be ready to plant your flag and take a stand about something intellectually, morally, or spiritually. The question of how to best approach these things within your relationships is potentially delicate and vulnerable. Just remember, you are naturally a person of compassion, and as you express whatever passion you are ready to share with the world, you are at your best when you embody a spirit of wisdom and compassion all at once.



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