Astrology of October 2010
by Henry Seltzer (
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The Astrology of October focuses on Venus and Mars, Uranus and Neptune. A key feature is the upcoming Venus retrograde, for the early part of her journey in conjunction with Mars. In the first week of October, Venus – already facing difficulty in dark and sexually active Scorpio – slows down to a crawl, and is conjoined by Mars, who brings his own Scorpion sting, being very much at home in Scorpio. After Venus retrogrades on October 8th the conjunction begins to fade. The period while Venus is retrograde, from October 8th to November 18th, and even beyond, through mid-December, will be at least partly spent in trying to refine our understanding of the key relationships in our lives, those from the past as well as those of the present moment. We will also spend an inordinate amount of our energy in more closely examining the dance of relationship.

For almost all of October, therefore, Venus and Mars both reside in Scorpio, the sign of Mars' rulership, and a zodiacal place that Venus always has trouble relating to. The primary meaning of Venus in Scorpio is that there is a more fully visible sexual component to existing partnerships, and that we are more suspicious regarding motivations – both our own and those of others – in relationship situations. This can be difficult of course and dark. But it also has its long-range benefits in bringing important truth to light and in recognizing and honoring our deepest desires, and their profound rewards. We gain through better understanding of ourselves at these deep levels and develop the power to transform existing situations in the light of this self-knowledge.

The Libra New Moon of Thursday, October 7th, at 14 plus degrees of Libra, precedes the retrograde of Venus by one day. This is a dynamic New Moon with the Sun and Moon exactly one sign away from Venus/Mars in mid-Scorpio, a semi-sextile aspect. Additionally, Mercury is exactly conjunct Saturn a few degrees away, reminding us to take a sober-minded approach to seeking greater balance in our lives. Venus and Mars are also in powerful aspect to Uranus and Jupiter in Pisces, bringing to the mix their symbolism of brilliant ideas and rapidly changing and even startling recognition of new realities. In terms of relationships that we currently participate in, this implies graceful and liberating change for the better.

While Saturn, Jupiter and Uranus are peripherally involved in this month's configurations, now that Uranus and Jupiter have retrograded back into Pisces, these three are no longer in the same stand-off that they occupied all summer. What are we to make of this? First of all, let us note that next spring these powerhouse planets will once more be opposed in Libra and Aries – a mere six degrees away from exact – while Pluto remains square to both. So that the polarization that has reached a crescendo in recent months, pitching hawk against dove, Democrat against Republican in angry extremism, is far from over.

However, with Uranus and Jupiter conjunct not in Aries but in Pisces for these next few months, there is however a kinder and gentler cast of mind – and even of heart – that applies right now to these polarities of forward thinking versus cautious holding back. There are recent current events and news stories that signal hope: America at least talking about pulling out of Iraq, the rebuilding of New Orleans and the appointment of consumer finance watchdog and vocal banking industry critic Elizabeth Warren to head the team responsible for building new regulatory measures for financial consumer protection. As we deal with the tough and polarized either-or choices within our own lives as well we might somehow find the magical possibility of a third way, surprising ourselves by leaping right between the horns of the dilemma.

October 7th New Moon New Moon Chart
This New Moon makes a sesquiquadrate to Neptune and Chiron, which are conjunct in Aquarius with less than a degree separating them. Neptune brings his starry-eyed idealism to the picture, only slightly complicated by the presence of Chiron, the Wounded Healer. We must watch ourselves that we do not over indulge in idealistic fantasy. Fortunately, at this time also, Mercury conjoins Saturn in Libra, near the Sun and Moon, which does help to put a damper on things. Venus and Mars are also conjunct in Scorpio, and Venus makes a sesquiquadrate aspect to Uranus, which is sure to bring surprises, perhaps in the area of our close interpersonal relationships. The next day Venus retrogrades and we will find ourselves more introspective than usual, particularly regarding the important relationships in our lives.

October 14th First Quarter Moon First Quarter Moon Chart
This is traditionally a time when the rubber meets the road in making sure that the impulse of the previous New Moon sees its way through the difficulties that arise at this time of relative stress and trial. In this case, the Libra Sun is directly across the zodiac from the new planet Eris, also squared by the Moon. Eris represents feminine warrior energy, so that we might be greatly enjoined to take a stand for what truly believe in, and fight to the death if necessary to support our beliefs.

October 22nd Full Moon Full Moon Chart
This Full Moon is an interesting one, taking place in the last degree of Libra and Aries, rather than the beginning of the next sign. When the Sun enters Scorpio the following morning the next phase can be said to truly begin. Saturn's sesquiquadrate aspect with Neptune is quite close now, so that the cynicism arising from this combination, and the push-pull of idealism versus practicality, is strongly present.

October 30th Last Quarter Moon Last Quarter Moon Chart
This Last Quarter Moon is traditionally known as a "crisis of consciousness" when we must realize the difficulties inherent in what we have been trying to accomplish lately, and the limitations of our approach. This time the Sun is conjuncted by the retrograde of Venus, which has been active for the last couple of days, making for an even more reflective attitude. We will continue over the remaining weeks of Venus in retrograde, or even into late December, up to the Winter Solstice on December 21st, to mull over our possibilities and attempt to better integrate our energy for change with the conservative thrust to maintain the existing status quo. The real truth of our situation lies, as usual, somewhere in between.

The indications for each Sun Sign over this month are given below. Be sure to check out your Rising Sign as well, if you know it. You can now log in to My AstroGraph, or sign up for a new account for a free calculation and interpretation of your Sun Sign, Moon Sign, and Rising Sign. Please note that dates given in this column for astrological events are based on U.S. Pacific Time Zone (UTC +8), for other locations dates may need to be adjusted depending on the number of hours of separation.

Aries Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Cardinal Fire. Your ruling planet is Mars.

You are going deep this time, Aries. Relationship and intimate connection is on your mind, but it just could be that the most important relationship you can explore will be the one deep inside the dim reaches of your own soul. What does that look like? It's up to you, but it might seem a bit like wrestling with and then coming to terms with the mystery gods within. You are beginning to understand yourself better and to come to greater acceptance of even your relatively unsavory aspects, and acceptance of these dark places is key. Why? So that, as the poet says, your chaff might fly, your grain lie sheer and clear.

As the month begins, you are facing important truths regarding the significant relationships in your life, whether or not you feel yourself to be entirely ready for the experience. You are strenuously invited to the party that is going to be on in any case, and it's come as you are. Regarding situations that you currently encounter both with significant others in your life, and alone in silent meditation or even as you sleep, your most profound depths are stirred by feelings of enlightened response. You are caught between the impulse for expansion and for darting off in entirely new directions and a contrary instinct for holding back and remaining within safe limits. This is especially true for relationships. There is a form of mentoring that you are participating in right now, whereby some of the answers that you seek are available through the agency of significant others in your life. A week into the month, the New Moon takes place on Thursday, October 7th, and fresh energy is available for relationships and for these interior explorations. A new dawn is possible now in partnership dynamics, perhaps in the form of transcending previous patterns that have proven to be ultimately dysfunctional rather than life-enhancing. You are taking a supremely idealistic approach to life in general these days, and to relationship in particular, so that it pays to also sound the note of caution that balances out your approach. It's a paradox; you gain by retaining some semblance of the old order even as you travel within your soul to distant horizons. The farther out you go in an entirely new direction– provided you are taking inner guidance into account – the better; and yet you also must stay close to home. If you can put these contradictory viewpoints together and manage to adhere to their joint impulse, you will surmount the challenge and the dilemma of this particular time period. The First Quarter Moon of Thursday, October 14th, represents additional trials and further tests. What is being asked of you now is that you take a stand for yourself in spite of everything that inclines you to the contrary. Although you benefit from paying close attention to the input of others you cannot entirely give in either to their perspectives. It is important at this juncture to remain as clear as you can in your dealings with everyone around you and to articulate in the kindest possible way whatever comes up, since any suppressed emotion could build up a charge and explode later on. The Full Moon of Friday, October 22nd, represents a culmination of one phase of this delicate play of ideas and inner realizations and the beginning of another. This is a time of triumph for what you have come through and also of regret for what you have not been able to accomplish. You must beware of too great a degree of either self-congratulation or evil fantasy at this time as your emotions are greatly stirred and over-idealization of your situation in either direction is more than possible. The middle course, as usual, has much to offer, and could continue to be a useful mantra for the weeks ahead.

Taurus Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Fixed Earth. Your ruling planet is Venus.

Welcome to the past, Taurus. You are exploring right now both the implications of important partnerships in your life and also your own highest purpose for yourself moving forward, but the planetary energy is such that prior events present themselves more fully to your consciousness for review and redefinition than future ones. It is as though you have to get settled with what has taken place, perhaps reinvestigating lost love or at least revisiting its circumstances, before you can move ahead with your current agenda. The time will come for more full relationship participation as soon as next month and certainly by the end of the year.

As the month begins, you are seeking a new way forward based on a radical departure from the past, but the irony is that have also to more fully accept what has come before, with its successes and failures, before you can make this vision of a novel and vibrant future entirely yours. There is an important idea that you now could consider of true service to others. You have a weighty approach to this concept and to your own highest vision for yourself moving forward that must be honored, even as you mentally explore vastly new and different worlds to eventually inhabit. In your attempts you are aided by the agency of significant others in your life, who serve as a catalyst to your own transition. The New Moon of Thursday, October 7th, brings additional energy and focus to your process of transformation and regeneration. A time of deep reflection is approaching when you will have the inclination to carefully reexamine everything that has been going on this summer. Your ruler Venus retrogrades through your relationship sector for the next six weeks of more, and you will spend a great deal of time is absorbing the lessons that have been presented to you lately in the form of close encounters and significant life events, as you continue to solidify your internal concept of your true path in this lifetime. The First Quarter Moon a week later, taking place on Thursday, October 14th, represents a moment of relative tension in your process that could temporarily derail the momentum of your exploration. You are taking a deeply personal inner stand for yourself, affirming your ability to remain tall in Spirit no matter what currents of life might try to move you off of your central focus. You are caught up in the dual roles of seeking dramatic progress toward insistent future potential while also remaining cognizant of your responsibility to reflection and meditation on everything that has gone before. In this last half of the month you also might encounter reminders of previous relationships or of relationship patterns that have left their residue in your unconscious. The Full Moon of Friday evening, October 22nd, and the following weekend, when the Sun moves into your relationship sector, marks one critical juncture of this two-week period, and the conjunction of the Sun with your ruler Venus on the 28th represents another. This last half of the month is a time of indecision and dissolution rather than of building up. It helps to take everything naturally, as it comes, and not to push; to recognize that life is happening to you rather than you to some partially flawed conception of your life. You are storing up the experiences of this month and next as the necessary preliminaries for a greater emergence on into December and the New Year.

Gemini Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Mutable Air. Your ruling planet is Mercury.

You are gathering your strength, Gemini. No doubt you are feeling frisky after all those weeks of deep reflection and inner contemplation, now that Mercury is returned once more direct motion, and yet some part of you is still holding back. It's like you have notched the arrow and are pulling back the bow but are trying to ensure your aim is true before you let it fly. You are refining who you are and how you show up in the world in the light of the person you can feel yourself to be at the deepest possible level of your being. That recognition eventually translates into action that will further your understanding of who you intend to become.

As the month begins, you are feeling a sober-minded connection to your developmental cycle while entertaining enlightened ideals of public service. The ideas come fast and furious together with the feeling of the necessity of translating them into some form of action. Over these next few weeks you are exploring your creative self-expression with the idea of transcending certain outmoded aspects of your personality that you are ready to shuck, but you are also feeling somewhat stuck in this process. The good news is that you are held safely in the arms of the cosmos. If you choose to ignore its mandate the message will simply repeat until you are fully ready to receive it. This is a dazzling and synchronistic time for you and for everyone that you know, when mystical realism is afoot and the old rules no longer apply. The gods of change are available to you whenever the inspiration rises within you to actually take the plunge. The New Moon of Thursday, October 7th, provides a terrific impetus for your journey toward greater integration and wholeness. You are fed at this time by idealistic visions of what life could begin to hold for you, and you are also being simultaneously held back by a excess of caution whereby one toe in the water is quite enough for now, thank you very much. Paradoxically, the contrary impulses both serve you equally, since without this balance it is easy to go off the tracks in either direction. You might need to beware of too much good faith and optimism, which at times can border on self-delusion, and on the other hand, it is no good hiding under the bed to avoid the adventures that beckon. In this to and fro, waxing and waning, you might be able to find the magical third possibility of synthesis that leads you through the raindrops unscathed. In the course of these events you will also come closer to understanding the ways that you abandon yourself as a product of received conditioning that inhibits growth and that no longer serves you in your present stage of development. The First Quarter Moon of Thursday, October 14th, tests you in all these areas, stiffening your resolve. The time has come to discriminate. If it comes down to the dire and rock-bottom crisis, you could find yourself ready to take aggressive action in order to stand your ground and stick with your process, or figuratively to die in the attempt. On the Full Moon of Friday evening, October 22nd, and over the weekend that follows, you will emerge into a place of relative calm. An almost meditative cast of mind carries you through to the end of the month. You are assessing your chances to follow through to the end of the year with a revised sense of spiritual mission that leaves the greater part of your high ideals of this period intact.

Cancer Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Cardinal Water. Your ruling planet is TheMoon.

The leaves are turning and you along with them, Cancer. You are coming into yourself in a new way; taking the change of the seasons seriously. This month you are thinking your way through to an entirely different conception of life and love, and of yourself. Meditations that take you to the very core of your being, and then out again, bring you to a renewed status of hopeful optimism. This is truly based on a revolutionary approach that rocks your beliefs and undoes the tangled knot of your judgments, allowing a strange mystical wind to blow through you. You win when you relax and follow your heart.

As the month begins, you are investigating your beliefs and your evolving world view. This is a comfortable period of time for you and yet also edgy. You are feeling homey and yet expansive, looking out beyond your borders with alacrity and yet not entirely taking the bait. Something seems to hold you back, which can be frustrating until you realize that all events, even the seeming obstacles, happen for a reason. The weight of your home-based fortification acts as the perfect counter-balance to jumping in with an excess of enthusiasm and going over the waterfall when you are actually unprepared. The New Moon of Thursday, October 7th, gives you plenty of energy for both exploration and for caution. This initiates a season of reflection for you; on in which mulling over your possibilities seems equally attractive to actively pursuing them. Your communicative outreach at this time is sizzling but subdued. You are wanting to get right to the heart of the matter, rather than drift around on the surface of any subject, and in particular the theme of how and where to engage your creative juices or how best to actualize the lightening-like flashes of insight that have been flooding your awareness of late. Partnership is powerful for you now and you benefit from the positions of others, only providing that their point of view blends well with your own. A week later, the First Quarter Moon, taking place on Thursday, October 14th, provides trials as well as triumphs. You are taking a stand at this time for your own brand of enlightened public statement over and against any voices that speak to the contrary. You might find that the impulse that you are working toward – arising from the time of the New Moon from the previous week – needs to be adjusted and the rough edges smoothed, but you are the sole responsible maker of the vehicle that you choose to ride in. You are proceeding with verve and a consciousness of higher purpose, no matter what these current life circumstances decide to throw at you. The Full Moon of Friday evening, October 22nd, ushers in a weekend when there is a shift in the energy that favors stepping out. There is support for what you do from the mystical farthest reaches of the cosmos, as mediated by your own inner vision, quite powerful at this important juncture. In the last week of the month you will find yourself rethinking, in the light of recent gains in awareness, your future direction and home and family concerns as well,. This process might even continue in one form or another for the next six weeks or more, right up to the December holidays. The Winter Solstice will be your jumping-off point.

Leo Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Fixed Fire. Your ruling planet is TheSun.

You are finding your way down deep as well as forward, Leo. This is a good month for progress but of an unusual kind where hidden motives dominate an otherwise normalized scene. Communicative outreach to others around you can become confused very quickly or penetrate to unforeseen depths. You win when you allow yourself the full range of your emotions in any and all situations. In love relations you might need to beware of over-idealization or self-deception that can lead you quite suddenly into another universe altogether. You benefit from staying as open as possible to every potential interpretation of what is happening and to all available avenues for exploring self-expression.

As the month begins, you are in a paradoxical energetic space of idealistic exploration of relationship possibilities while remaining quite serious and slightly cynical or even shut down concerning your communicative outreach to others around you. The truth, as usual, lies somewhere in between. If you can tone down your wildest flights of passion you will have less to take back later on. And while if you can relax in some of your most restrictive and held-back moments and allow yourself to breathe through them, grace will visit your situation in answer to your call. It helps to remember that things are seldom as dire as you make them out to be in your most negative assessments. The New Moon of Thursday, October 7th, highlights these conflicting points of view and also constitutes a huge shift in attitude that could help you to transcend their basic incompatibilities. You are dealing with wildly idealistic notions concerning especially the projection of feelings onto another person, one who seems to match the inner perfection that you seek inside. It is best that you temper your enthusiasm with a dose of caution, so that you might find that a slightly cynical point of view is actually a good thing to have. The next day, when Venus stations retrograde in your home and family sector, kicks off a meditative period of time of inner work. There is an important connection for you to explore right now between your public statement and your private inner journey toward wholeness. This is obviously something that you must investigate in more detail, taking time off if necessary to do it. You are slightly out of touch with the world around you at this time, which could be useful when you can recognize your need for withdrawal. There are gains to be realized that will come from serious-minded and heartfelt investigation of your inner world. This could be a painful time however if you construct ideas around why and how you are disconnected, or if you make of your distancing a procedure linked with escapist fantasy instead of cultivating a positive goal of inner exploration. The First Quarter Moon of Thursday, October 14th, might bring a further dose of realism to the process in which you are currently engaged. In some ways you are up against the wall right now, and fighting for your own independent point of view, one in which you can allow yourself to take in the thoughts and images of others but are not swayed by them into espousing a life direction that is in fact antithetical to your most basic nature. The meditations of this period involve part of a months-long transformation whereby you more thoroughly understand what it is that you were put into this life to accomplish. The Full Moon of Friday evening, October 22nd and as well the following morning, when the Sun moves into Scorpio – the sector of your chart where Venus currently retrogrades – represents another important juncture when you will come closer to a full understanding of what you are really up to. It is well to take seriously the intimations of this significant monthly period, which in fact represents the gateway to the rest of your year.

Virgo Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Mutable Earth. Your ruling planet is Mercury.

This is the first month of the rest of your life, Virgo. Following the intense retrograde of Mercury in your sign last month, you are attempting to collect yourself once again by a process of concentrated effort.
A dreamy idea of where you might be headed is slowly being replaced by more concrete notions although fundamental idealism remains, along with your suspicions regarding it. Surprises persist for you in the relationship arena, as you bring the accumulated wisdom of the past few weeks to bear in reconstituting your approach. Brilliant ideas continue to arise, partly coming to you through the agency of others. You do well to pay close attention to all your communications, sifting them for the gold that applies directly to your own burgeoning understanding.

As the month begins, you are full of ideas for both personal and partnership initiatives. Having taking some time to more closely look into exactly who you are, you are ready to make some necessary course adjustments as you leap forward with new thinking. You could find yourself in possession of a better handle on what your values in the end dictate in terms of planting your seeds for the future to best advantage. You are making a better place for yourself to stand in the world at large, one that fulfills your serious purpose and your sense of play simultaneously, and that gives you a feeling of security that is based on your own unique sensibilities rather than on consensus thinking that does not match you at the deeper levels of your being. The New Moon of Thursday, October 7th, brings fresh energy for your dreams and schemes. You are in a serious-minded and productive phase right now, one that enables you to more fully participate in establishing a more appropriate life direction for yourself, a path with heart. There is a practical side to your approach at this time that could be expressed as negativity. On the other hand, there is also a strong sense of idealism and belief in possibility. You are almost too idealistic in this phase, and so you might want to beware of illusion bordering on self-deception in biting off more than you can comfortably digest. You might feel a sense of separation from humanity at large right now as well, which can be painful. It helps to realize that you are centered on your own unique pathway at this time for a reason, and that it is important that you take mystical realities into account as well as practical ones. If you demonstrate faith in the ability of the cosmos to work things out in your favor the cosmos will not fail you. As astrologer Caroline Casey says, the gods are willing and able to come to your aid, but spiritual etiquette requires that you ask. The First Quarter Moon of Thursday, October 14th, could place a few obstacles in your road, the better to test your faith. On some level you are seeing right now just what you can accomplish all on your own, how far you can go; the actual distance might turn out to be considerable. You are looking more closely into the basis for your sense of security in terms of values that you can fully subscribe to, those that are in total alignment with your inner as well as your outer nature. By the time of the Full Moon of Friday evening, October 22nd, you reach a tipping point where going forward is more attractive than staying stuck in previous conceptions. It's a brave new world that you are entering over the coming weeks, and also one of your own devising.

Libra Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Cardinal Air. Your ruling planet is Venus.

This is a truly magical era for you right now, Libra, and one equally invested in looking backward in time as well as forward. It is however a refined and reinvigorated vision of the past and a more solid and meaningful idea of your future that awaits your fullest attention over the course of this month and next. Your ruler Venus completes her retrograde – that takes her all the way back into the last few degrees your sign – by mid-November. Until at least then you are likely to be mulling over past creations including relationship issues and decisions. By coming to an enhanced comprehension of who you are and were you will eventually come to a better understanding of who you will ultimately become when you acknowledge your unplumbed depths.

As the month begins, you are caught up in paradox, somehow accepting practical considerations as the only reality while simultaneously allowing your thinking to soar also, finding its way out into cosmic spaces of endless possibility and forging new pathways. Epiphanies abound. Prosperity comes into your life in fits and starts, always just enough, and fluctuating unexpectedly. You are in the process of discovering that money does not only not buy happiness it doesn't even buy security on the most fundamental level. Your imagination does that. Only if you are conditioned by consensus thinking does money in and of itself ever seem to do the trick. It is true however that you are constrained to continue to render unto the powers that be what they require in each moment, so that you must balance inside yourself these contrary notions. This is a difficult exercise and one very important lesson for you of this monthly period. The New Moon in your sign of Thursday, October 7th, provides you with fresh energy for your journey toward wholeness. This is a time when both the practical realities of your situation and the mystical and imaginative side of your nature call out to you with equal insistence, potentially driving you to distraction. Learning to mediate between them is part of your process now, and gets easier with consistent practice. One key is not to believe absolutely anything that you think, or anything that you hear from others, instead adopting a "wait and see" attitude. Your ruler Venus is also in retrograde motion now through your resources sector and it puts your in a meditative mood. This period of time lasts six weeks or even longer, right through to the Winter Solstice on December 21st, and is good for journaling and mulling over your possibilities, not so good for leaping ahead with sudden new plans. This is spite of the fact that you will be feeling the impulse to do just that. What is recommended is that you silently witness the struggles going on around you and within you, and wait for the roiling waters to settle. The First Quarter Moon of Thursday, October 14th, might throw a few obstacles into your path but you will also find within yourself a great deal of determination to handle them in style. It is also possible right now for your point of view to become tangled up with that of significant partners in your life. If so, again you must take the high road of synthesis rather than of confrontation; remember to breathe. The Full Moon of Friday evening, October 22nd, and the weekend that follows, provides you with a place to stand amidst the changing tides, and positive support for the strengths as well as the far-out visions and fantasies corresponding to your situation. You are making a huge transition and it is best to weigh all your options and to proceed slowly, now and in the weeks to come.

Scorpio Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Fixed Water. Your ruling planets are Mars and Pluto.

You are only partly free to move forward, Scorpio. A fresh new breeze is blowing through your life right now, but before you can just let yourself go with it there is some old business still left on the table to be dealt with. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, the ghosts of relationship past seem to be intruding on your thought process. Although superficial and satisfying pleasures beckon, you can settle things up only by maneuvering to see more deeply inside yourself. There you'll find unexpected answers to questions you didn't even know to ask.

As the month begins, partnership with significant others in your life is on your mind. You are reconsidering many things at this time, from a deeply contemplative standpoint, not least of which are various patterns of behavior that have after all gotten you this far in life, but which might anyway find a new mode of expression so that your results could be improved upon. You have been reflecting on life direction in general over these past few weeks, and now the arrow of your attention turns to relationship dynamics. Some element of personality deep within your psyche is calling out for attention, perhaps a forgotten part of yourself that has been buried away below the level of your awareness for many years. The New Moon of Thursday, October 7th, brings fresh energy to your explorations. You are spelunking now for the gold of inner work, and seeking to transcend previous limitations. There is a wild-eyed abandon to your researches now, and simultaneously a grounded and cautious optimism, one that keeps your enthusiasm in check. You are still very much in touch with cosmic realities percolating up to your awareness through your subconscious. Your self-expression is creatively vibrant right now, with plenty of soul also. You could be turning to poetry or music or some other form of artistic outlet. It is also a great time for journaling. The very next day, on Saturday the 8th, artistic and value-oriented Venus stands still in the sky and turns retrograde in conjunction with your ruler, Mars, and you are more inclined to meditation than to direct action. The First Quarter Moon a week later, taking place on Thursday, October 14th, presents you with challenges to surmount and also the means to overcome them. You are taking a strong stand right now for what you really need, just for yourself, apart from other voices and points of view. The Full Moon of Friday evening, October 22nd, and the weekend that it ushers in, when the Sun enters your sign, represent another significant crossroads for you. This is a time when excitement beckons and confusion reigns, but when you also have an inner guidance system providing you with a healthy sense of limitations that might be able to pull you back from too much excess. This is a tricky and potentially deceptive period of time for you. It is hard to understand the events that continue to take place within your inner circle of family and friends, and impossible if you approach them with the simple-minded logic of consensus thinking. Something more is required, a cosmically mystical approach that accepts all, but leaves room for alternative explanations. Revelations continue over the last week of the month and they will carry you even further into a meditative trance that last for many weeks and that allows you to explore more fully the roots of your being and the true springs of your existence.

Sagittarius Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Mutable Fire. Your ruling planet is Jupiter.

You are seizing the moment, Sagittarius. This month you are gathering up the accumulated wisdom of the last few weeks, and running with it, defining a fresh start and a new day for yourself. You have been reexamining the way that you show up in the world, and how a significant part of your productivity is based on unconscious material that you are at times only dimly aware of. Your inner world like the iceberg is nine tenths unseen but constitutes a larger part of your motivation than it is usually given credit for. Delving into your inner workings is extremely significant for you now, and very helpful in allowing you to make your own unique way forward.

As the month begins you are in a reflective mood. You ruler Jupiter is slowing and preparing to return to direct motion, while Venus stands almost still in the sky, almost in retrograde, and located in your sector or inner imagination. With the Sun in the eleventh sector you are very invested right now in a future orientation that really means something, going slow and steady toward important goals that blend intentions for outer achievement with profound inner orientation. You might find yourself for these first few weeks of the month in quite a dreamy state of mind, taking inner realities more fully into account than is usually given credit in the buzzing sound bite social milieu that we as a culture have come to in this second decade. The New Moon of Thursday, October 7th, provides abundant fresh energy for your process of getting to know your own mind and heart. This is a powerful month for you in fact for setting intention. You are working in many ways at this time from the inside out; that is to say, inner realities are fully as present to your decision process as outer ones. There are surprising leaps of insight that come to you now, and that might make for a life more whole. You could easily miss some of these in the shuffle, so that it is a great time to be journaling regarding what is happening to you both with the events that take place in your normal waking world and in terms of inner work. You could enjoy writing down and reviewing your dreams. Also, as they say, be careful what you wish for at this time; it just might come true. So it is very important right now to take the time to center yourself and just let your mind get still, so that you can remain in touch with your truest intentions. There is a center amidst the whirling scatter of urban or intellectual activity that remains untouched by outer events, and it benefits you at this time to discover that center and to nurture it. The First Quarter Moon of Thursday, October 14th, is traditionally a time of reassessment. There might be a few kinks in your road that come up now, but if so, these difficulties will hopefully serve to strengthen your resolve rather than deflect you from your purpose. The energy builds to the Full Moon a week later, taking place on Friday evening, October 22nd and the weekend that follows. This is a time when you will understand your course of development more fully, and to acknowledge it as an essentially spiritual process. The last week of the month leading up to the weekend of the 30th and 31st provides further epiphanies that lead you still closer to inner attentiveness, which brings you to the true awareness of what, when all is said and done, is actually happening to you.

Capricorn Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
Cardinal Earth. Your ruling planet is Saturn.

You are in your element, Capricorn. You have taken the accumulated wisdom of the past cycle, when Mercury retrograded through your sector of higher mind, and rolled it up into a useful ball, and now you are making something significant happen in the world at large. You are excelling in the arena of business as usual, exerting a powerful presence there. In many ways however, all that you accomplish right now constitutes a radical departure from everything that has gone before. You are rethinking life direction in the light of new-found instinctual wisdom that eventually permeates even your conscious thought process. Mystical madness from deep inside your very bones lights your way to a new outcome representing an entirely different summation of your achievement.

As the month begins, you are struggling to maintain the status quo in your career and professional life in the face of challenges from deep within you. On the one hand it feels very much like business as usual will continue to do it for you; while on the other a suspicion is beginning to dawn that nothing will ever be quite the same again. You have some wild ideas percolating away in the corners of your brain that are telling you to take another road home, the road less traveled perhaps. And your sense of security, financial and otherwise, feels at times unlike the solid edifice that you have been projecting it would be but rather like so much dust in the wind. You can take heart from these types of revelations however, and from the inescapable fact that you are, after all, still here, to realize that you can make a go of it in many different ways. You might retreat from the conference table for a while, but you will return stronger and with many more arrows in your quiver than when you went away. The New Moon of Thursday, October 8th, gives you loads of additional energy for your explorations. There is a thoughtful process that is going on inside you of amalgamation of disparate points of view. Eventually it finds its way out into the world at large. The New Moon also kicks off a weeks-long process of reflection and absorption of new information affecting the way you see yourself engaging with the social milieu that surrounds you and with your evolving concept of your own future self. Softly burnished optimism and fuzzy belief systems are a definite component of the picture now, and your job is to embrace this sense of idealistic vision as though it were bedrock and simultaneously hold it accountable to standards of probity that you also possess in good measure at this time, without entirely abandoning either perspective. This is possible only by stretching your concept of reality to include the mystical in equal portions with the sensibly mundane. The First Quarter Moon of Thursday, October 14th might throw a few glitches your way as you continue in your attempt at working these things out, but it is important that surmount these relatively light-weight difficulties with whatever grace you can muster under pressure. The end result is not nearly so important as the style in which you choose to arrive. You have reserves of warrior energy available to you now that will be enough to turn the tide, but you must choose to access them and that might include more fully inhabiting inner rather than outer impersonations of power. The Full Moon of Friday evening, October 22nd, and the weekend that follows, is essentially a time of reaching for balance between these seemingly conflicting polarities. Your efforts at integration continue for then next six weeks or more, leading up to the end of the year.

Aquarius Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
Fixed Air. Your ruling planets are Uranus and Saturn.

This has been a season of riches for you, Aquarius, with only a few wrinkles to contend with. Staying optimistic has become your standard mode; lately your exuberance cannot help but show. Now, this month, you are trying hard to figure out a new belief system that enables you to make the most of your blessings and to eliminate the painful places in your persona. You are looking more closely at the way in which you show up in the world. There is a shifting of shutters and doorways within the confines of your mind and heart that will over time make manifest a new world that more closely matches your true inner vision.

As the month begins, you are feeling like you are settling into a new vision of reality that is more solid and at the very same time more ethereal and cosmically alive than anything you have heretofore experienced. There is a wildness at the very core of your being that translates into creative instability and a ferment that affects particularly the way that you show up in the world and how you seek to accomplish your assigned tasks; the productive side of your nature. You are engaged, for the most part happily, in dreaming a new world into being, and it takes your mind and your heart operating together in surprising combination. The New Moon of Thursday, October 7th, provides a great deal of additional and largely grounded energy for your quest, although there are still flashes of mystical insight in plenty that allow for you to lift your gaze to the mountain top. With the retrograde of Venus in your career sector taking place on the very next day, you are also in a meditative mood, attempting to see where your life is taking you right now, and why. There is such high idealism in your makeup now that it can border on confusion or even self-deception regarding how far your possibilities can take you. This is offset by a serious cast of mind that you also possess in abundance, limiting your choices. Learning to live with these conflicting and basically contradictory impulses is your great lesson for this monthly period. The retrograde of Venus lasts six weeks or more, and well into December when you take her retrograde shadow into account. This time will be spent at least partially in philosophical reflection on where exactly you are headed and with recording and digesting the brilliant impulses that keep arriving like a flock of carrier pigeons, each with an important message attached. The First Quarter Moon of Thursday, October 14th, might represent a few glitches in your pathway forward, but gives you also the increased determination to work through them in a mystical fashion, dancing between the raindrops. Then the Full Moon a week later on, taking place on Friday evening, October 22nd, launches you into an important weekend when the energy shifts and the pattern for meaningful change in your life suddenly becomes more clear. You are also at this time at the height of a tug-of- war between sentimentally imaginative notions of who you are and what you are about on the one hand, versus a cynical philosophical distancing of yourself from going overboard with emotion or getting too far out on a limb. You benefit at this time from honoring both of these contrary feelings in equal measure. You are on the road to integration of your energies. Your financial and other resources should serve you well over this period, and perhaps even better when Jupiter turns to direct motion in your second sector in late November.

Pisces Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Mutable Water. Your ruling planets are Neptune and Jupiter.

It's a long road that has no turning, Pisces. This month you are exploring the potential for a brilliant new vision of future possibility even as you struggle to redefine your worldview and to shake off the remnants of negative conditioning from childhood that continue to whisper their bad advice into your ear. It's an old story of coming to terms with what can potentially open up for you in your life once you are willing to forgo the familiar but dysfunctional past tense of a life not fully lived. Some hard barrier, like a boulder in your path, seems to be holding you back but every instinct inside you is encouraging jailbreak. You win when you open your sails and let go.

As the month begins, you are in a complicated state, with everything inside you telling you that it's OK to go way out there into cosmic space and with also the contrary impulse to hold back and remain cautious regarding too much, too fast. You have been aware for some time now that you are in an important cycle of change from which there is no turning back. You have even felt the impulse to be wild and crazy with it, leaving the past behind with no backward look. You still have these impulses and need to honor them, but some part of you right now is also telling you to hold on and await developments. This is more than a little crazy-making, but you can survive and even thrive in these circumstances by embracing the inescapable fact that the nature of the universe is pure paradox. This is perhaps difficult to grasp when we look at things with the little mind, the logical mind, but it becomes clear when we widen our gaze to include the multitudinous intelligence that lies within us. It is important for you right now that you move your life forward and equally, it is important that you acknowledge the place where you began. The New Moon of Thursday, October 7th, gives you loads of energy for your evolutionary journey, which might include significant partners in your life right now as well as yourself. Others are there for you, and form a strong support, but you must also recognize that the final determination of where you go with the ideas and the events that are happening to you right now is entirely up to you, and to you alone. The retrograde of Venus in your sector of higher mind begins on the very next day, the 8th, and puts you in a reflective mood. Venus retrogrades for six weeks or more. This is an excellent time to journal and to mull over where you are changing and why, gathering your bearings. It is also an excellent notion to write down all that occurs to you at this time, for you are full of fundamental ideas right now and they might prove to be the foundation for the next several years of your life process. With the First Quarter Moon a week later, taking place on Thursday, October 14th, you might come up against a series of obstacles that could seem like a stymie, and a cynical attitude that you have going on with part of your mind doesn't seem intended to help; but you have a strong resolve at this time as well, and it will see you through. The Full Moon of Friday evening, October 22nd, and the weekend following, takes you into a different phase. There is a sense of completion now, and the feeling of having come through an important transition. You are still at the crux of paradoxical feelings for both radical forward movement and for cautious holding back, but these can also serve to ground your more high-flying impulses when you can appreciate the subtleties of your situation. Over the coming weeks, the ideas and the impulses for change continue to pour into your psyche, but you are better able to handle them, learning to watch and to wait.