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The big Lunar eclipse of last month probably had you put your attention on relationships with it’s Aries and Libra focus. October will continue with this theme and it’s not just the relationship with your ‘soul mate’ or ‘significant other’ that’s being brought into view for consideration now.
Venus, the planet most closely associated with love and relationships is in Leo as we start this month and now that the Sun is in her zodiac sign, Libra she gets extra strength. Venus is also the planet which represents our values and what we want to include in our lives simply because it’s meaningful. She urges us towards social inclusion and harmonious connections. When she moves into Virgo, home sign of planet Mercury on the 8th she is once again strengthened because Mercury is currently in Libra (her sign). In Virgo, Venus wants to be discerning and practical and definitely wants to get it right. Venus goes on to make a challenging square aspect to Saturn on October 11, making us aware of any conflicting desire for equality and openness versus prudence and temperance. This is especially relevant now with Saturn, planet of boundaries and limits, firmly in Sagittarius, the sign of the truth seeker. We can expect to be confronted by issues of censure and exclusion during the next couple of years.
The strongest dynamic during October is the conjunction of Mars to Jupiter exact on October 17 but can be felt for several days either side of that date. When all that action-centred, physical drive energy of Mars is combined with the ‘let the good times roll’ planet Jupiter it could bring on some crazy party vibes or the required thrust to get some adventurous project under way. This duo have a well earned reputation for taking risks or going to excess but with both these planets in conscientious Virgo the energy can be carefully directed and precision timed for best effect. While this forceful pair team up they are also connecting with powerful Pluto in a supportive trine aspect, which gives an extra sense of determined focus to achieve something momentous.
Not to be left out of the limelight we have Venus following in the footsteps of Mars. Throughout the month she keeps our focus on personal values, social relationships and a desire for the beautiful things in life, ensuring we don’t lose sight of what’s most important to us. Venus also connects positively with Pluto, on October 23, giving us the boost we need to completely align ourselves with the very best ‘win win’ situations. She goes on to join with upbeat Jupiter on October 25 just in time for the Full Moon in her sign on October 27. This line-up gives a real sense of having something to celebrate and be grateful for. To finish off the month on a high note, the love goddess Venus catches up with her warrior consort Mars bringing the two archetypal aspects of human relationship together just in time for Samhain.
The next New Moon is at 21° Libra on October 13 at 1:06am and the next Full Moon is at 4° Taurus on October 27 at 12.06pm.
Aries: All eyes turn to see what you're going to do next during the first weeks of October. This month you'll need to stand up and display your self-confidence in a way that wasn't called on before. Make adjustments if you are not representing yourself accurately or in a way that is most true for your character. Relationship matters occupy your mind around New Moon on October 13. What’s important is how these areas of your life are impacting on and your lifestyle and self-expression. The trick is to handle any tense moments with grace, state your position and move on quickly.
Taurus: During early October your inclination is to shun the limelight and keep pretty much to yourself. You can be very productive in the next few weeks by just quietly working away behind-the-scenes in seclusion. Reconnecting with your inner world is important for your sense of equilibrium. Valuable insights and breakthroughs are possible. Enjoy the quiet “alone time” whilst you can as the demands of your outer world will encroach again soon enough. Simple practical concerns about health, money or everyday responsibilities must be given your attention but don't allow yourself to become over anxious later in the month.
Gemini: This month it's who you know rather than what you know that matters. The spotlight is on your position within your community, in group ventures, or work projects, which involve others of like mind. Make the opportunity to meet new people; the benefits will soon follow. It's also time to change up a gear in your social life. The focus shifts after New Moon on the 13th as you get out the party gear or just take some needed leisure time. Having fun is the theme and allowing the inner child some freedom to run loose now brings its rewards.
Cancer: Now is the time to make plans for your future. Personal status or vocational concerns are likely to dominate your thinking from late September into mid October. If you want to fulfill your ambitions or go a step further then make some positive moves. Getting yourself some recognition for what you do well takes on extra significance. Remember to balance the demands of work or public life with the needs of your home life especially from mid month onwards. Family or domestic arrangements need your attention but you get the support you need to create a secure foundation to work from.
Leo: Travel, study or spiritual matters have been taking your attention. Not content with anything ‘hum drum’, you’re likely to want the freedom to explore new ground or invite new experiences into your life. This is a great time to think big and make the most of opportunities that come your way. An overseas contact may get in touch or new information provides the chance to break out from any restricting routines to try something different. Be prepared to open your mind to new ideas and lifestyles. Life could get hectic around mid month so pace yourself whilst you still have some time available.
Virgo: The next two weeks might be a trying period; you may feel anxious and worried about money, health or concerned for other people. It will pass. You are simply focused on the negative side of a cycle at the expense of the positive. It’s a great time to clear out what doesn’t work well in your life in preparation for the next phase. After the New Moon on 13th you begin to acknowledge what you have in terms of real assets and how you can make the best of them. Finances, accounts and money matters improve when they get your full attention.
Libra: With last months Full Moon opposite your Sun sign the spotlight has been on dealing with any relationship issues. Personal and professional partnerships will need your attention for the next few weeks. Finding a win-win situation for everyone has to be your goal. Interesting and stimulating people may come into your life now and you’ll want to find more time for intimate encounters or shared experiences. Your personal style and self-expression gets to be the issue later in October and you won't want to be dictated to by other people’s demands. Being seen and accepted on your own merit becomes priority.
Scorpio: This is a good month to organise your work or focus on the tedious but necessary tasks that don’t reap obvious rewards. You’ll benefit from making adjustments especially if you’ve been overdoing it lately. Treat yourself with care and pay attention to your physical needs especially up until New Moon on October 13. Take a few days mid month for some solitary or down time to reflect and restore your spirit and physical vitality. After October 23 when the Sun moves into your own sign you will get the boost you need, as life throws you some new or exciting challenges.
Sagittarius: Your imaginative powers are strong and you enjoy a chance to express your creative talents during the next few weeks. Whatever you do it needs to give scope to your originality and get you noticed. Your feelings for loved ones are more intense now and children may take an important role in your life at this time. You want to have fun and taking chances might pay off. Don't take yourself too seriously and you may surprise yourself at what you come up with by just playing around. Expect rewards from past efforts as we approach the month end.
Capricorn: During early October you may feel like staying home. Build up your reserves so you have plenty spare for later. Use this time to complete unfinished tasks and don’t expect to get started on anything new until mid month. Your work or social status takes on greater significance after October 13 and you'll want to put your best effort into making the most of your situation. Putting your energy into any project that gives you some sense of achievement will feel important now. The real rewards will become more apparent after October 23 when you can expect some well-deserved recognition.
Aquarius: Follow the urge to get out and about and make connections over the next two weeks. Expect opportunities to get more involved with your neighbours or local events. This is also a good time to catch up on correspondences or to do some writing. You may feel restless if you don’t find activities that stimulate your mind. Travel, foreign visitors or starting a new study course will likely be a feature mid month and you'll want to seek out more information or alternatives to what you already know. A boost to your work life or career is likely after October 23.
Pisces: Early October finds you concerned with your material and financial security. Take time to consider if you are making the best of your natural skills and talents – you might be underestimating yourself! Actual money isn’t the only source of wealth and you'll probably find you have abundance in another form. Concerns or anxieties about being dependent on others may trouble you mid month. It's a short lived phase if you don't dwell on the negative and your world will open up with new opportunities after Full Moon on October 27. Make plans, think big and remember to include your dreams.