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OCTOBER 2018

Taurus Sun
Taurus Rising

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 in October, a slowdown which comes roughly once every eighteen months. You may feel less interested in material pursuits than in reevaluating why those pursuits seem so important in the first place. This is also a good time to take a close look at what’s important in your work, your health, or your daily routines–you have through mid November to decide if your priorities have changed enough to warrant different choices.

Mercury square Pluto

 

If you’ve taken a financial risk, it may be time to pay the piper come October 2nd when Pluto, the planet of power and authority, squares off with Mercury–ruler of your 2nd House of earned income–in your risk taking sector. Financial losses are possible, so don’t take any unnecessary financial risks or any risks involving funds which you would have to repay.

 

Venus stations retrograde

 

On the 5th Venus retrogrades, a cosmic slowdown which affects you directly, dear Taurus. Venus, your ruler, is currently touring her other sign, Libra, occupying your solar 6th House of work, health, pets, and daily routines.

 

Over the next six weeks it will become clear where you need to alter your priorities in any of these areas of life, and once Venus stations direct in mid November you’ll have the opportunity to implement any changes.

 

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.

 

Mercury enters Libra

 

Mercury will join Venus and the sun in Libra the next day, facilitating any communication efforts or negotiations you may be involved in near the 6th of October. If your health is in focus, a doctor could enter the picture near this date, bringing new information or recommendations which may help you find the right approach to protecting and caring for your health.

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New Moon in Virgo

 

The new moon October 8th activates your 5th House of romance and true love, dear Taurus. A likely fan of long term relationships yourself, you can appreciate a romantic streak. Enjoy a spontaneous date with a lover or surprise them in some way–you could help with the household chores, or cook up a hearty meal or delicious treat for your love.

 

If you’re single and looking to make a romantic connection, be sure to mix and mingle socially near this date for your best chances of meeting someone, but be sure to proceed slowly and with caution. Anyone you meet during Venus retrograde may not be engaging in their normal partnership behaviors during her slowdown, so wait to make any decisions or commitments regarding a new love affair–instead, just meet people and have fun, preferably until Christmas or later.

 

Remember that Mercury will station retrograde the very day after Venus resumes direct motion, and Mercury’s retrograde isn’t a good time to make initiations, either–even in romantic relationships. You’ll want to give both of these planetary retreats a wide berth in order to be confident you have gotten to know the real person when it comes to those you meet during Venus’ retrograde.

 

Alternatively, for those Taurus who are already hitched or just not in the market, consider using this new moon to either try for a family if you’ve been thinking of starting one, taking up a hobby, or beginning a new creative project, possibly involving writing or the fiber arts.

 

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

 

Come the 10th the potential for work related travel or training is high. You may be gearing up for a high stakes marketing promotion or working through legal strategies affecting your industry. Whatever comes up is likely to either keep you active and busy or be contentious in its own right. If the latter, you may be inclined to steer any disagreements in the direction of consensus.

 

With Mercury and erratic Uranus facing off the same day, there could be a bit of back and forth in any deliberations or negotiations, the outcome of which is quite unpredictable. It’s best to avoid this day if you plan to make an initiation with this new moon.

 

Sun square Pluto

 

On the 11th there’s a risk of power struggles or challenges for control involving inheritance, debts, or access to other  resources you need. VIPs or other persons of influence may not be inclined to help you, so if you’re making an initiation this new moon, wait another day for this to pass before you make your start if at all possible.

 

Mercury sextile Saturn

 

On the 8th a mentor, boss, or older person could step in to offer advice or put in a good word for you with regard to your financial dealings as Mercury and Saturn connect in a friendly way.

 

If you need to sign papers before the Mercury retrograde, this could be a good day to do so. Just know any agreement or contract would be in force for a long time–possibly decades, in fact.

 

Leases and other agreements may be suitable to sign while Mercury is in the shadow of his retrograde but aspected favorably, but you’ll want to avoid inking business deals, signing partnership agreements or prenups while Venus is still retrograde through mid November.

“There’s an urge to reminisce and even to romanticize the past with this full moon, but more importantly an opportunity to reassess traditional values and your attitudes around money–especially other people’s–as well as the value of the work you do, and the value of your health.”

Mercury conjunct retrograde Venus, Jupiter enters Scorpio

 

Employment news which affects you directly could arrive near the 15th of October, when Mercury and retrograde Venus meet up in your workaday sector. Alternatively, you could receive health related news from a doctor or other health practitioner.

 

The same day, Jupiter moves on to Scorpio and your solar 7th House of marriage and partnership, bringing growth potential and broader perspective to your relationships of all kinds for the coming year.

 

This year-long transit will last until early November of 2019, giving you excellent opportunities in business–so if you’re a business owner, be thinking about what you’d like to achieve in that time. Likewise, if you’re not a business owner but want to be, use this year to make your start.

 

Sun enters Libra

 

The sun joins Mercury and Venus in Libra just after Jupiter’s exit, beginning a four week long stay in your workaday sector. The coming four weeks put the spotlight on your work life, health, and daily routines, and possibly pets or employees if you have them.

 

Mercury square Mars, Mercury trine Neptune

 

Disagreements could come up near the 19th when Mercury and Mars square off, potentially involving a foreigner, higher education or legal matter. Or, dealings with a rival coworker or your health could be at issue. You may not see eye to eye with your coworker or health care provider on how to proceed.

 

Alternatively, travel issues could come up near this date, and if so, it’s more probable to be travel over long distances rather than a trip to somewhere nearby.

 

You could also receive news on the professional front, though it would likely be far more pleasant news.

 

Mercury sextile Pluto

 

If you need the help of someone in a position of authority or influence on a financial matter, make your petition near the 22nd when chances are good you would get the support you need.

 

Sun opposed Uranus

 

Personal setbacks, sudden reversals, and private turmoil are possible on the 23rd, when the sun and Uranus face off. You’ll need to balance your intimate life and your work life if you are privately caught off guard by unexpected upheaval.

 

Full Moon in Aries, retrograde Venus sextile Saturn

 

Watch near the full moon October 24th for private career talks to come up suddenly. A female boss or coworker could come to you about a professional rival, for instance. Whatever comes up is likely to be totally out of the blue.

 

Alternatively, if you’ve been working on a solo project or working behind closed doors, your efforts may be coming to a culmination right now, and the results are likely to be quite unpredictable.

 

There’s an urge to reminisce and even to romanticize the past with this full moon, but more importantly an opportunity to reassess traditional values and your attitudes around money–especially other people’s–as well as the value of the work you do, and the value of your health.

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Sun conjunct retrograde Venus

 

If you missed a valuable opportunity to earn a bonus or commission last January, you may get a second chance to  demonstrate your value when retrograde Venus meets up with the sun for a second time, this time in your workaday sector.

 

This is also a day when you can focus on self care, self love, and self worth, with the aim to create a healthy personal relationship with each of those principles.

 

Mercury enters Scorpio, Sun sextile Saturn

 

Mercury moves on to secretive Scorpio near the 27th. With Scorpio occupying your solar 7th House of marriage and partnerships, you may find the coming ten weeks hold a number of opportunities for dialogue and negotiations–particularly, once Mercury retrogrades in mid November, for reconciliation and renegotiation. If you have axes to grind, hatchets to bury, fences to mend or any other disturbing relationship metaphors to hash out with another person, use Mercury’s time retrograde to see if you can come to common ground.

 

For all my best advice on how to work with Mercury retrograde house by house, you’ll want to read up for the 7th 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.

 

The sun and Saturn shake hands the same day, creating the potential to earn a nice bonus or commission through the work you do, provided you’re up to the task. Demonstrate commitment and you just may.

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Full Moon in Sagittarius

 

A debt could come due near the 28th when the full moon in Sagittarius lights your 8th House of other people’s money. Alternatively, if you recently applied for a loan, you may receive the money now.

 

Watch the days near month’s end for surprise news related to a sibling or neighbor. You may be asked to keep this confident

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