The highlight for this month is Venus going retrograde in Scorpio, beginning October 3 and finishing on November 23. This will be a time when people are more questioning about their relationships, or other personal investments that aren’t working. Those things will need to be examined, repaired, or brought to an end. We may feel that we have given a lot and are not very appreciated during this Venus retrograde. If you can, avoid new clothing or hairstyles, redecorating, buying art, or investing in new ventures during the next two months. • The planetary alignment that was so strong during the summer is finally beginning to come apart. This should make next year a bit easier for all of us. We are in a rather reflective time until after the beginning of the year. Take some deep breaths and give yourself time to relax. Happy Halloween! • Good days this month are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 16th, 18th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, and 28th. Days to stay in bed are the 5th, 8th, and 22nd.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). Happy Birthday to the Libras. This is the end of your personal yearly cycle and the beginning of a new cycle. With your ruling planet Venus in retrograde, introspection and re-evaluation will go hand in hand. Setting new goals can eventually have great impact over the next 14 years. Take your time, and don’t rush this. You are considering taking on more responsibility than you have had in the past, and you need to be sure that you really want to do this. Watch your impulsive spending this month. You will find ways to justify buying things you don’t really need.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). Relationship energies are stimulated this month by one big factor—the Venus Retrograde. You are more closely examining your commitments and your levels of intimacy and trust. Things that are not working well in your relationships will have to be examined. This can be a very tense time, and without the cooperation of those people in your relationships, you could end up going your separate ways. Money issues may have a role to play in this drama—at least a strong supporting role. Take your time with commitments this month.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). You have three areas of focus this month—relationships, your working environment, and Venus (your ruling planet) in retrograde. Pay attention to your relationships for the next two months. This is certainly a time when you or your partner will be wanting more from your relationship. There is a need to renew the trust that you both want to feel. If you don’t, it could lead to a much more serious problem. Be ready for some changes at work—new rules and new ways to do things. Be open to them. They really are better, even if you resist them initially. And with Venus, your ruler, going retrograde until the end of November, you should watch where you spend money and time for personal indulgences.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). You can look at this month’s energy in two ways. You may feel like relaxing and paying more attention to your health and your positive interactions with the people you work with. Or you may feel like channeling your creative energies into something that has some potential for future business for you. Of course, you should be able to do both, since you are The Twins. At work, people are very likely to be unreasonable and self-centered, and they will try to draw you in to their drama.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). You are focused on home, family, and making your nest a much better place. This will continue well into 2011, as you work to make all things better and safer at home. Family issues may come up that haven’t surfaced in awhile. The role you have in the family is just that—a role. You can choose to play your role, or get another one. Don’t let yourself be controlled by the past. And be ready to take some time for play toward the end of the month. All work and no play makes Cancers crabby.
LEO (July 23–August 22). You are working on keeping your communications clear and to-the-point this month. You seem to have very little time for those who are wasting your time. Watch that impatience, so it doesn’t start to affect your family. This could be where you are the most focused. You could put some effort into making your home a happier place with some improvements, or just have the family over for a Halloween party. Emotional security becomes more important as you move through the month. Find some quiet time for yourself.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). All you can focus on this month is your resources and what you are doing about getting them in order. This is not a surprise for you, as you have some other tasks to complete first. Your words have greater impact on people this month. Watch what you say and how you say it. This can also be a good time for confronting any problems in your life, because you are more direct. Relationship energies are edgy and also require some updating.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). This month is a mixed bag of energies. You will want to be more sensitive to your environment, and to spend more time alone. With Venus retrograde in your sign, you will be looking at your sense of self-worth, your appearance, and how you are treated by others. Relationships can be very testy if there are problems that have been avoided in the past. You are also feeling very energized, and could use some exercise or an adventure to a place you have visited in the past. Be sure to take some time for yourself right at the end of the month. You will need the rest.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). It’s your time to take a look at the groups and organizations that you associate with. They need to have more meaning in your life, and you need to feel rewarded for the effort you put into them. You may also consider taking on a leadership role. If an organization isn’t worth your time, you will withdraw from that activity. Friendships can be more difficult during this time as well. You are ready for a retreat during the last half of the month.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19) This is a more familiar time for you. The planets are moving through your career sector, and you are always ready to get clearer about that. This is a time to really look at where you are in your career path, and where you would like to be. You’ll be examining things and planning ahead, so you can make some choices in January 2011. Stay-at-home parents are reconsidering their role in the family, which is their career. Help from friends can be especially beneficial. Make plans, but don’t take action until January.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). You are long overdue for a much-needed rest. You are certainly supposed to be taking some time to consider your place in the universe, and to expand your mind. It’s a good month for some short classes, or a quick trip to someplace you’ve been before. You aren’t feeling very driven in your career at the moment. Some old clients may come back into your life during the next two months. You will feel more like socializing at the end of the month.
PISCES (February 19–March 20) Intimacy in relationships and building trust are both on your agenda this month. This is a time when you need to be clearer about your boundaries. Normally, you are able to adapt and deal with people as they are. But this month, you are clearer about your own needs so you can stop people from taking advantage of your good nature. Relationships could also become a bit testy if they try to restrict you in any way. Career energies resurface by the end of the month.
Read Lilly Roddy’s forecast for all of 2010, which appeared in OutSmart’s January issue. For more astro-insight, log on to lillyroddy.com.