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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 ruler, Venus, stations retrograde this month, a slowdown lasting nearly six weeks. You may feel your energy levels dip or notice a drop in physical activity during this time, and you may feel more inclined to relaxing and enjoying yourself rather than entertaining others.

Mercury square Pluto


A private conversation with an influential neighbor, sibling or extended family member could trigger a power struggle early in the month when Pluto sends Mercury a challenge from your communication sector.


If you need this person’s influence or assistance, you may not receive it at this time. Be patient, as better opportunities are coming later in the month.


Alternatively, this could manifest as a clash with an authority figure or other official if you work with an institution of seclusion, like a nursing home or boarding school, for instance, or if you are working out of the public eye.  


Venus stations retrograde


Recall that Venus will be both intensely powerful and unpredictable near her stationary points, so watch the days near the 5th for Venusian news to give you a clue as to what her retrograde may bring up for you.


The coming six weeks present a rare opportunity for you to focus on self care and self love, dear Libra, as Venus retrogrades only once every eighteen months, approximately–unlike her faster moving neighbor, Mercury, who retrogrades three to four times a year.


You can use this time for a pause, focusing on your needs physically and personally. Consider massage, time at the spa, naps, whatever relaxing activities you enjoy most.


Just avoid making changes to your appearance such as new hairstyles, cosmetics, or shopping for new clothes, jewelry, or luxury goods–with Venus retrograde you’re likely to develop a severe case of buyer’s remorse when you aren’t happy with the result.  


Mercury enters Libra


The day after Venus retrogrades, October 5th, Mercury joins her in your solar 1st House of image, appearance, self expression and the physical body. Language and the written word can be excellent means of self expression during his three week long visit here, and you may find enjoyment in activities like journaling,  blogging, or writing for personal pleasure.

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New Moon in Virgo


Watch for a surprise opportunity to begin a solo project near the new moon October 8th, dear Libra. If you do, it may be one that involves private negotiations, or perhaps writing about business, money, or relationship matters.


Make your new start in the week just after this new moon–choose the 12th or 15th to make your initiation for best effect.


Venus square Mars, Mercury opposed Uranus


The 10th brings a risk of conflict or disagreement on the home front, especially if a partner is behaving unpredictably or overreacts to something you say.


Alternatively, you could be quite active around the home or property and leave yourself feeling drained and tired. Be sure to take care of your energy levels and get adequate rest to regain your vitality.


Watch for unexpected news from your partnership sector near this day. If you are in a relationship which is on rocky ground don’t make any final decisions while Venus is retrograde. Right now you’re not seeing the relationship and the other person in it clearly.


Rather, reconnect with each other, spend more time with each other, and go to couples counseling together. Those activities are well supported at this time, and can do your relationship good.


Likewise, if you’re in the process of splitting up or getting divorced, don’t agree on any final terms during Venus retrograde, especially regarding how property or finances–anything of value–are split between you. Instead, wait until after Venus returns to direct motion when you can see the situation more clearly.


Sun square Pluto


If you’re working on a solo project or involved with an institution like a hospital, nursing home, or correctional facility, for instance, you could come up against resistance from a VIP or authority figure near the 11th. If you need this person’s help, this isn’t the right time to make your request. Wait until later in the month, when they’re more likely to be receptive.


Mercury sextile Saturn


Make a date with an older neighbor, sibling or extended family member who is like a mentor to you near the 12th, you’ll both enjoy it. Meet up for coffee and conversation, or take a short trip together to someplace nearby.


Or, if you’re a writer by trade you can tap into the energy of the day to meet a deadline or commitment.

“You can use this time for a pause, focusing on your needs physically and personally. Consider massage, time at the spa, naps, whatever relaxing activities you enjoy most.”

Mercury conjunct retrograde Venus, Jupiter enters Scorpio


You could run into an old flame near the 15th. Catch up, reminisce a little if you like, but this isn’t the best time to make a decision if you’re thinking about getting back together.


Jupiter moves into Scorpio the same day, after spending an entire year in your sign. You’ll host him in your financial sector now, giving you your best opportunity to increase your income in the next twelve months. Be thinking about what steps you’d like to take to boost your income between now and the new moon in Scorpio coming in December. That’s when you’ll make your start.


Sun enters Libra


The sun joins Mercury and Venus in your sign on the 18th, marking the beginning of birthday month for you, dear Libra. You’ll be in the spotlight in the coming four weeks, until mid November.


Mercury square Mars, Mercury trine Neptune


Arguments and verbal conflicts are possible at home when Mercury and Mars square off on the 19th. Creative activities, hobbies, or sports may be appropriate diversions, and sports are especially effective for channeling aggressive or competitive behavior when Mars heats things up.


Mercury sextile Pluto


On the 22nd you’ll have the best opportunity to secure the support of a VIP or authority figure, so if you need to make a request, do it now.


Likewise, if you found yourself caught up in conflicts for control or engaged in power struggles earlier in the month, you may be able to make headway on those issues through discussion or negotiation at this time.

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Sun opposed Uranus


A partner could behave erratically near the 22nd leaving you wondering what to expect. Or, a joint project may suddenly take a new or different direction than you anticipated.


Full Moon in Aries, retrograde Venus sextile Saturn


Then at the full moon in Aries October 24th emotional outbursts are possible, so take the time to hear each other out if tempers flare. You could be putting the final touches on a joint project near this time, and one or the both of you may be feeling impatient for the end.


Seek out the guidance of a mentor near the full moon if you need to make a decision.  


Sun conjunct retrograde Venus


Take the 26th for self care and pamper yourself. Spend the day doing things you enjoy without worrying about the needs or desires of anyone else. Focus instead on your own, and on what’s important to you. Reconnect with rituals and practices that allow you to replenish yourself.


Mercury enters Scorpio, Sun sextile Saturn


Mercury enters secretive Scorpio on the 27th, marking the beginning of a ten week long stay in your solar 2nd House of income and expenses. He’ll retrograde here next month, extending the time frame you have for reviewing financial matters.


You could uncover information that impacts your finances in some way during Mercury’s time in Scorpio, and if you need to do any investigation or research related to finances your work is well supported during this transit.


For all my best advice on how to work with Mercury retrograde house by house, you’ll want to read up for the 2nd 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.


A travel, writing or speaking commitment may also come up on the 24th.



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Mercury conjunct Jupiter


Watch for good news from your financial sector on the 29th when lucky Jupiter meets up with Mercury in your 2nd House. You could receive an significant influx of cash near this date. This would likely be money you earn or which comes to you through selling a possession or something else of value.


Alternatively, you could receive a generous gift of some kind.


Venus opposed Uranus


Finally, at month’s end unexpected beauty and radical self love are themes which stand out. You might be feeling impulsive and rebellious. You can reject the expectations of others in favor of your own needs and focus on what’s important to you.

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