October is a busy month, with many good and bad planetary alignments that have us feeling more compelled to make decisions. Our New Moon this month is on October 15 in Libra, and the Full Moon follows on October 29. Start new projects on the New Moon and finish projects with the Full Moon. Get your new ventures started before November. Jupiter goes direct on October 4, making a busy time for the Geminis and Sagittarians. Saturn enters Scorpio on October 5 for the first time since November 1983 (what were you doing back then?). Mercury is retrograde in November. • Good days to be productive are the 2nd, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 23rd, 28th, and 30th. Days to lay low are the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 25th, and 29th. • The sun is in Libra and enters Scorpio on the 22nd. Mercury is moving quickly through Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius this month. Venus starts the month in Leo, enters Virgo on the 5th, and finally enters her home sign of Libra on the 28th. Mars starts the month strong in Scorpio, but then enters Sagittarius on the 6th. The rest of the planets stay where they are.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). Relationships are very important this month. If you are involved, this will be a month of resolution and finding common ground. If you are single, this is a good time to put yourself out there. You are really interested in freedom and equality in relationships. Your sexual energies are strong during the early part of the month. Career is still changing, and it is very difficult to know where you are going to be or what you are going to want. Keep your options open. The last part of the month is a very good time for travel, education, or putting your thoughts to paper.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). As the month opens, you are getting your life in order by cleaning up the office and putting things away at home. Relationships will become your big topic for the next couple of years as Saturn passes through Scorpio. Saturn makes us look at the long term. This is a great time for couples to head to a bed and breakfast for a business meeting—to get both of you on the same path, or to decide to go your separate ways. This will also be a time when you reevaluate your career path. Some may be looking elsewhere, and others may be starting their own business.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). The Twins continue to be busy and active on all fronts. It’s a good time for self-promotion, marketing, travel, getting involved in new social activities, and generally expanding your mind. Most of you are in a playful mood this month. Relationship energies get hot as Mars enters your relationship sector for the next 45 days. Either get out and have some fun or be ready to put on the boxing gloves. Those of you born in the earliest part of the sign are in a big retreat time. That will go away in January 2013. By the end of the month, you are more focused and sticking to an agenda.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). Your sign continues to be extra busy with change, cleaning out the old stuff, and looking forward to setting some brand-new goals. This can be a time of great tension as you are rethinking everything. As long as you continue to move forward and let the past go, you’ll make good progress. In business, you are reinventing yourself or looking for a new project to stimulate you. If you are in a relationship, examine that relationship’s structure and your deepest unconscious motivation. This may put your partner on notice. At the core, you are trying to make your home a safe place to retreat to.
LEO (July 23–August 22). This is a month of freedom for you. It may feel like you’re bored or trapped as the month opens, but you’re just looking to rid yourself of personal, emotional, and spiritual burdens. This is a great time to market yourself, getting involved in business or professional groups. You are feeling a bit lonely in the relationship arena, and you may have to just make do with your friends. Toward the end of the month, you are much more focused on making your home a safer and nicer place.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). This month you are looking at your financial picture. You have been working hard to get yourself in a more settled financial situation. New opportunities are opening up in your career sector. This is a good time to market your company in new areas. Relationships are still touch-and-go, and it’s not clear that you want to be involved at the moment. Communicating your ideas in a clear, concise form is the new theme as October comes to an end. There’s lots of work to do at home—time for a fall cleaning!
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). Happy Birthday, or “Happy Solar Return” as we say in Astrologese. This is your personal yearly cycle when the sun comes back to the position it was in when you were born. This represents the end of last year’s goals as you establish new directions for the upcoming solar year. You will pay a lot more attention to finances this month, and getting all of that in order. You have plenty of time, but you will feel some pressure. This is not the best time for relationships in your life. Keep your friends close at hand.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). This is a very important time for Scorpios. Saturn, planet of career, future planning, and self-criticism, is moving into Scorpio for the next 28 months. You will be in a time of review and planning ahead for the future. Saturn is concerned with “usefulness,” and if things, people, and career are not useful or helpful, you will be getting rid of them. This is a great month to revitalize your career, or even start a new career. Relationships will also go through a time of review. Don’t be surprised if you eliminate some friends or cohorts from your life.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). This is a good month to be a Sag! As the month opens, you are out with friends and social groups. This is a good time to step into a leadership role there. In the second week of October, you get a big energy boost. You are ready for exercise or a diet program, or some big project that really requires your full attention. If you are in a relationship, this is a very positive time for you and your partner. If you are single, this is an excellent time to market yourself—something that can also be useful for meeting new clients. By the end of the month, you are ready to rest and take some time to be alone.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). Your career is your focus this month, and nothing could make an Old Sea Goat happier. September was such a time of facing situations that we would all rather avoid—and yet, you faced them and moved forward. This month is about clarifying what you want in your career. You are much more ready to take action than you have been in quite a while. You are still letting go of a lot from your past—family, old negative emotions, and past karma. Some of you are looking to move, remodel, or let go of real estate. Don’t let yourself feel pressured into a decision.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). You are mentally resting this month. It’s a great time to get away from your routine and do something totally different—something out of the ordinary, but still with a goal attached to it. You are moving into a very creative cycle that can be applied to writing a book or figuring out new marketing strategies for your company. As we get close to the end of the month, you really begin to focus on your career and financial future. Don’t be surprised if you are asked to take on more responsibility at work. It will really benefit you in the long run.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). You have been exploring the deeper meanings of life this month. There is a lot of positive activity in your home, and connections with family are also improved this month. You are also very active in your career sector through November. You are willing to take a risk and do and say what you mean. People around you might seem angry, so steer clear of them. They are just looking to dump their anger. By the end of the month, you are feeling more productive. Those of you born in the first three days of the sign are in a big retreat mode. Just ride the waves and you will be out there again by next February.
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