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October opens on the heels of Pluto’s return to direct motion, just as Venus prepares for her own retrograde in Libra. Retrograde Pluto wrought internal changes and transformations, and now retrograde Venus arrives to help us reevaluate our new circumstances and priorities.


Your partnership sector is full of activity this month, and you may find that that to be a recurrent personal theme throughout October.

Mercury square Pluto


You could receive difficult news from an VIP or other authority figure in the early days of October as Mercury and Pluto face off. You may need to make adjustments at work due to circumstances beyond your control, or contend with changes to travel plans, broadcast schedules, or publishing deadlines.


Alternatively, you may be dealing with a legal or immigration or higher education matter–whichever it is, you’re likely to come up against adapting to the agenda of someone with a degree of influence over your activities.  


Venus stations retrograde


On the 5th Venus stations retrograde in your solar 7th House of partnerships, creating the right opportunity to reassess joint projects and agreements, business ventures, and any kind of cooperative agreement–including marriage.


Your experiences now may indicate a need to adjust business or partnership efforts based on changing needs and priorities, possibly even those of other people. Use the next six weeks to weigh your options and reach decisions about what changes you may need to make, then implement them in the weeks after Venus returns to direct motion November 15th. In the meantime, you’ll find your partnerships in a state of flux during the next six weeks.


Mercury enters Libra


Mercury moves to join Venus in your 7th House on the 6th of  October, facilitating dialogue between you and any partners whose input or opinion you value.


You may find yourself engaged in discussion or negotiating on finer points related to the value of different strategies or approaches to your end goals in the coming three weeks.


New Moon in Virgo


You could hear news which involves or affects a partner quite unexpectedly near the new moon October 8th. Alternatively, what you hear could involve a business or joint venture, or you could be involved in business negotiations of some kind.


The new moon can open a path for you to actively pursue good health through diet, exercise, and other self care practices. If an opportunity to do one of these arises in the days near the October 8th new moon, take it. Alternatively, you may make a hiring decision for your business or household, in which case the new addition to your team could have a surprising effect on your daily schedule and work flow.


If you are being seen for a health condition, a new physician you see now could contribute to a diagnostic or treatment insight, as one possibility. If nothing noticeable comes up, you can proactively take steps to better your health or your work situation by making a new start in the week just after this new moon. Choose the 12th or 15th to make your initiation for best effect.

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Venus retrograde square Mars, Mercury opposed Uranus


The 10th and 11th could be challenging days to make a big initiation, with a number of planets in tense configuration–unexpected news and travel disruptions are possible, as are power struggles.


A previous disagreement over the finer points of important partnership matters may rear again near this date as well–think back to the second week of September for clues to identify a theme or a progression of events. What business or partnership conflicts arose at that time? They may come back up as Venus retrogrades back to make a second challenge to Mars.


You may prefer to wait until those challenges have either passed or at least made themselves known, then make your initiation when more favorable aspects come into play on the 12th and 15th.


Sun square Pluto


A foreign VIP or other person of influence in a publishing or broadcasting venture, immigration or legal proceeding, or in a higher education setting may prove difficult or unaccommodating near the 11th. Or, you could find yourself dealing with customs or other travel officials while taking or planning a long distance trip.                                                                     


Mercury sextile Saturn


By the 12th the challenges should be abating and more helpful news may arrive. You could find yourself in a better position to overcome obstacles or delays as the 12th arrives.


Mercury conjunct retrograde Venus, Jupiter enters Scorpio


Then a few days later, at mid month, Venus shows up to lend a hand, teaming up with Mercury to bring better news on a partnership matter–perhaps a follow up to previous discussions or negotiations which never resolved in any satisfactory way.


Jupiter will move into Scorpio the same day, signaling a shift to benefiting from Jupiter’s largesse in your financial sector. He’ll be here for a whole year, giving you ample opportunity to make profitable investments and benefit from your access to the resources of others.


Alternatively, your partner may see in increase in their income or wealth during the time Jupiter tours Scorpio between now and early November 2020.


Research and investigations are well supported during this transit, as are psychological healing, esoteric studies, and transformative experiences and events.

“Joint projects and cooperative efforts are spotlighted, and if you have a long term committed partner, that person may be in the spotlight, too.”

Sun enters Libra


The sun joins Mercury and Venus in Libra on the 18th of October for a four week long visit to your solar 7th House of marriage  and partnership, energizing partnership matters until mid November. Joint projects and cooperative efforts are spotlighted, and if you have a long term committed partner, that person may be in the spotlight, too.


Mercury square Mars, Mercury trine Neptune


Arguments and disagreements are likely when Mercury and Mars square off from your career and partnership sectors near the 19th.


A social contact or friend could quietly intercede with a partner, or bring a secret or other hidden information to their attention.


Mercury sextile Pluto


A VIP could be influential in a partnership matter, too, just a few days later when Mercury and Pluto team up to bring you helpful news or other assistance on the 22nd. Alternatively, if you need the help of a VIP or authority figure you could use this day to make your request–it’s more likely to be well received near this date.


Sun opposed Uranus


You could be left scrambling to handle a partnership matter when Uranus behaves unpredictably on the 23rd. Something could come up unexpectedly in your personal life which you would have to address, or your own rebellious or impulsive behavior could impact a relationship in marriage or business.


Alternatively, if you’ve been dealing with a critic or open enemy this could be an opportunity to catch them off guard.


Full Moon in Aries, retrograde Venus sextile Saturn


The October 24th full moon could turn out to be unexpectedly emotional. Reach for your courage at this full moon and you’ll find it. If you’ve been working on a radically different personal project, unorthodox new role, or felt like reinventing yourself, this full moon could bring it all together–put the finishing touches on your project, step fully and courageously into your new role, or bravely follow that impulse to reinvent yourself in a wholly unconventional way.


You could suddenly decide to make or renew a long term commitment near this full moon, possibly involving a partner in marriage or business. Or, you and a partner could take a totally spontaneous getaway to somewhere distant. If so, your trip will likely leave a lasting impression on the both of you.  

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Sun conjunct retrograde Venus


You could feel a little nostalgic for an old flame or romance near the 24th–or you could even run into them out of the blue.


If you’re engaged in business dealings review the finer points. You’ll want to make sure you cover all the most important needs of your business to protect yourself from losses.


This can hold true of your relationships, as well–it may be time to recognize a change in your personal values is affecting in your long term relationship priorities.


Mercury enters Scorpio, Sun sextile Saturn


On the 27th Mercury begins his ten week tour of Scorpio and your solar 8th House of other people’s money. Normally Mercury spends far less time in a single sign, closer to three weeks, but he’s preparing for his third and final retrograde of the year in November.


Next month you’ll have your best opportunity all year to review your finances and either get them in order or identify changes you need to make to your long term plan if you have one already.


This includes debts, investments, insurance and estate planning, so be sure to cover all those bases. You could even finally repay someone if you’ve owed them money. Alternatively, if you have a partner who is owed money, they may finally be reimbursed.


You won’t want to work with new financial professionals during a Mercury retrograde, as you probably won’t like the result. It’s best to stick with those folks you’ve worked with in the past. For all my best advice on how to work with Mercury retrograde house by house, you’ll want to read up for the 8th House in your copy of The Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide. You can get a brief rundown right here and even more information in the complete Guide, on sale for a limited time.


An older foreigner or a mentor of yours in the legal, academic or religious fields could assist with a partnership matter near the 27th, too. Or, it’s possible this person comes to you with a proposal for a joint project or venture.


If this is someone you’ve worked with in the past, it could be a good time to team up again. A brand new venture involving partners you’ve never worked with before would likely turn out to be a different story, though. Tread carefully and proceed slowly in that case–delaying would favor you.



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Mercury conjunct Jupiter


If you do need to finalize an agreement before Mercury retrogrades in November, use the 29th to seal the deal when Jupiter and Mercury team up in your financial sector.


You could hear fantastic financial news near this date, whether through a windfall or other sudden influx of cash, or through a partner if you have one. It’s possible you could receive an employment bonus or other commission work could come your way.


Venus opposed Uranus


Things could get volatile between you and a partner near month’s end, when Venus and Uranus face off. Alternatively, the two of you could impulsively decide to do something altogether spontaneous and new. With Venus strongly placed in her own sign of Libra, you can enjoy the arts and entertainment together to a delightfully unexpected result.

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