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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.


Finances, travel and communication are in focus much of the month for Leo babies.

Mercury square Pluto


A lover or a child in your life could challenge you for control over  a financial issue such as an expense or a possession near the 2nd, when Mercury and Pluto square off. Or, this person may try to influence you into making a purchase of some sort.


Unattached Leos and those with no child relationships could experience this dynamic through a creative venture or hobby. An investment in your hobby or or studio could transform your creative process.


Venus stations retrograde


On the 5th Venus stations in your 3rd House of travel and communication, preparing to backtrack the entire length of her path through Libra between now and mid November.


You may find yourself reevaluating the way you communicate or refining what you read–or write–especially for pleasure. You may not have much opportunity to travel for pleasure while Venus is retrograde, so if you are taking time off during this time consider planning a “staycation”–stay home and pamper yourself. Consider Venus retrograde your opportunity to practice self love and reconnect with mental pursuits that you enjoy and take pleasure in.


Mercury enters Libra


The next day, October 6th, Mercury joins Venus in Libra for a three week visit to bring news and travel opportunities. If you travel much during the coming weeks it may be more likely to be for necessity than for fun or enjoyment.


New Moon in Virgo


Travel opportunities and unexpected news could prove lucrative in the days near the October 8th new moon in Virgo. If an opportunity comes up suddenly you may have to make a last minute decision–but that decision could pay off in unexpected ways.


Make your 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 square Mars, Mercury opposed Uranus


You could butt heads with a rival in the workplace again over a decision made last month that affects both of you. See if you can figure out what’s truly important to each of you in this matter and come to a compromise.


Watch for unexpected news near the 10th when Uranus and Mercury trade greetings in your travel and communication sectors. Last minute trips and unexpected travel disruptions are also possible.


Sun square Pluto


Power struggles can arise with a child or a romantic interest over possessions, expenses, or finances near the 11th when the sun  and Pluto square off.


Or, if you’re the creative type, you can channel this powerful force to generate income for yourself. A purchase or acquisition could transform your creative process.


Mercury sextile Saturn


If you exchange promises with a lover or a child in your life on the 12th, it’s likely to be a promise you make for keeps. You may have a commitment to keep at this time: to travel, or to visit, and if so you’ll probably enjoy keeping it.


If you’re a creative writer of some sort you can use this time to be productive, so consider blocking out your calendar and committing an extended period of time to practicing your craft.


Mercury conjunct retrograde Venus, Jupiter enters Scorpio


You could hear from someone from your past near the 15th when Mercury and retrograde Venus meet up in your solar 3rd House of travel and communication. This could be an old flame or partner or even a neighbor. Or, perhaps you hear from a sibling and spend time reconnecting and reminiscing about a shared past.


Alternatively, you could take a trip for leisure near this date, and if you do it’s likely to be a return trip to a location nearby which you’ve enjoyed before.


Also on the 15th, Jupiter makes his move into Scorpio and your solar 4th House of home, family, and real estate, to stay for the coming year. He’ll bring his blessings and expansion to your home and family while he’s here. It’s possible you could choose to find more spacious surroundings to call home, or make an addition to your home or property–or family–in the next twelve months.


Sun enters Libra


Your attention shifts to travel and communication related activities, your neighbors, or even your sibling and extended family once the sun, your ruler, moves into Libra on the 18th for his annual four week stay in your solar 3rd House.


This is a time when you spend your energy traveling, talking, learning, and networking with those in your immediate vicinity. You can enjoy exchanging ideas with others and being active in your community through mid November.

“It’s possible you could choose to find more spacious surroundings to call home, or make an addition to your home or property–or family–in the next twelve months.”

Mercury square Mars, Mercury trine Neptune


Disagreements could come up at work near the 19th. If you and a rival butt heads at the office a partner could provide just the opportunity to escape you need, but you can expect to revisit the conflict late next month, near the 26th, when Mercury and Mars go at it again.


If you’re working on any kind of report, analysis, marketing promotion or writing project for work right now, you may find yourself going back over it and making revisions during Mercury’s November retrograde.  


Mercury sextile Pluto


If you’re the creative type and hoping to make your mark in your chosen art, a VIP or other influential person could be an ally near the 22nd. You could hear news which helps your efforts near this date, or, if you need the support of a powerful person in the orbit of your creative world use this day to reach out and make your pitch.


Alternatively, connect with a child or a romantic interest near this date, or take short trip together to somewhere nearby, just for fun. It will likely leave an impact on you both.


Sun opposed Uranus


Unexpected detours and travel disruptions can arise near the 23rd, so if you need to travel near that date leave room in your itinerary in the event you need to alter your plans at the last minute.


If you’re not traveling, you may be affected by shocking news or feel the impulse to reject the status quo. Consider an unorthodox approach if you’re faced with a sudden setback.

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Full Moon in Aries, retrograde Venus sextile Saturn


The full moon October 24th lights your 9th House of international affairs, a fantastic time to launch a book, film or show, to make closing arguments in a legal case, complete a course of study, or to take a trip to somewhere far away. Erratic Uranus is caught up in this full moon, adding an unpredictable element to any outcome.


We often feel impulsive near the full moon as a matter of course, but with Uranus positioned so tightly with the moon in Aries, that tendency is even stronger. Our emotions run near the surface when the moon is full and emotional outbursts are much more likely in the days around this full moon.


You could renew your commitment to a lover near this full moon, and if you do, it’s likely for the long haul.


Sun conjunct retrograde Venus


Your priorities could change suddenly when the sun and retrograde Venus meet up on the 26th. You might make last minute alterations to your travel plans, or to return to a favorite destination.


Alternatively, if you find it difficult to communicate your love in a  traditional manner near this date, take an unconventional approach.


Mercury enters Scorpio, Sun sextile Saturn


Mercury begins his ten week stay in Scorpio on the 27th, joining Jupiter here until the end of the year. He normally spends only three weeks–or less–in a sign, but with his coming retrograde he’s here to stay for most of the holiday season.


This same day Mercury enters the shadow of that retrograde, and you’ll feel things begin to slow down from here on. If you have unfinished projects around the home or seasonal cleaning and maintenance to do, the coming month will provide the perfect opportunity to finish up your to do list before the new year arrives.


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Take the time to meet a commitment to a love or child in your life on this day, too. If you have neither, you can make a commitment to a long term creative project.



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Mercury conjunct Jupiter


Listen for good news from a parent near the 29th when messenger Mercury and lucky Jupiter meet up in your home and family sector.


Alternatively, your good news could relate to your home or to a real estate or property deal. If you need to sign papers on lease or purchase this is your best opportunity before Mercury begins his retrograde in just a few weeks.


Venus opposed Uranus


At month’s end you can discover unexpected beauty or value in distant places and foreign cultures which radically shift your ideas about the importance of cultural exchange.

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