Aries (March 21-April 19)
With one foot pressing on the gas pedal and one on the brake, you won’t go very far. The same goes for life. When different parts of yourself want different things, they can create internal resistance, and you could experience delays in the realization of your goals. This month, you could become more aware of any conflicting desires, and more importantly, how they could be keeping you stuck. Venus stations retrograde on October 5, raising past financial issues to the surface for your deeper awareness. Up to November 16, despite any market fluctuations, relax and focus on your long-term economic strategy. Try to avoid making sudden financial changes, and carefully calculate every decision. You have the power to advance professional pursuits at this time, though through concentrated work rather than luck. Choose your words carefully in all professional conversations, especially at the beginning of the month. On October 11, you could feel pressure to make a commitment or come to a choice point in an area of your life. No matter which road you choose, the new moon on October 8 signals hope for a fresh start. Rely on your internal guidance, and find inner harmony before moving forward, or you could face even more resistance. Balance is a keyword for you this month, as you weigh the pros and cons of a personal situation. If you perceive relationship dynamics to be unfair, you may feel compelled to speak your mind. Do so with compassion.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Have you ever trained for a competition? As a Taurus, when you dedicate yourself to achieving a feat, you have the tenacity to go the distance, pursue, and win. After all, you specialize in steady, consistent effort. Make this your mantra this October if you feel off course. Your ruling planet, Venus, stations retrograde on October 5 and appears to move backward until November 16. During this cycle, resist the inclination to push against currents. At the beginning of the month, your schedule could look full, but don't be overwhelmed. Balance work and play, making time for yourself. If you have been less disciplined about your physical routine, this would be a favorable time to get back on track. Also, with extra motivation to achieve professional pursuits, you could solidify a business relationship, secure a new client, or launch a project. Anything you endeavor to start could take time launch, but once it does, it will produce successful outcomes. In your love life, you could encounter a repeat of past performances during Venus retrograde. With lights shining in your relationship sector throughout the month, you could have some interesting encounters with people from your past. Enter cautiously into any new romance, staying in integrity and true to your deepest desires. As the month begins, you might reflect on what kind of self-work you can do to have healthier, more satisfying relationships. After all, the key to happiness in love begins with a love of self.
Gemini (May 20-June 20)
If you plant a seed, place it in a sunny spot, and water it on occasion, you can expect it to sprout. But it takes time, attention, and consistent care to bring it to full bloom. You may have fresh seedlings sprouting up in all areas of your life right now. You have set career intentions, forged new connections, decided to start a family, or entered into a new chapter of your relationship. Perhaps you find yourself multi-tasking to attend to all seedlings at once. If so, dedicate yourself and commit to those most influential to your future. Root deeper, grounding yourself in the expectation of realized dreams, and don't give up. Venus, the planet of relationships, stations retrograde on October 5, signaling a time to glance back at past choices. Some circumstances will come full circle, and you could revisit decisions made under pressure to compromise. You now have a chance to change your narrative and prioritize yourself this time. If you are interested in starting a relationship, you could have a breakthrough with the new moon on October 8. Are you truly available for love? If you say "yes" but your schedule is too full for a date, your answer is probably "no." Start shifting by creating space in your home environment. Look for love-life Feng Shui tips as a starting point to let the universe know you’re open to love. In partnerships, you could feel contrast. Connection followed by a period of questioning. Appreciate what works while working on what doesn’t.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
As a Cancer, your life path begins and ends with home and family. That said, you often have to experience home as a state of being, one at which you can arrive and return no matter your external circumstances. Once you feel entirely at home within yourself, then you can root into a partnership, build a house, establish a family, and cultivate a community. This month, you’re more driven to deepen these roots. For some of you, this message applies to your physical space, and you could make a move. Others might feel compelled to commit to a person or course of action. Follow your inner impulse to settle down. The new moon on October 8 could mean favorable news for real estate transactions. With Venus retrograde after October 5, however, you might have some challenges to overcome first. Try to keep the bigger picture in mind to avoid disappointment. Venus retrograde also inspires captivating developments in your love life. Someone from the past could re-emerge and may ask for a second chance. Wait until after November 16 to make any promises. This retrograde period presents you with opportunities to learn and grow. You start a highly fertile period after October 23, and the full moon on October 24 highlights your creative potential. Since romance can be unpredictable during this time, practice deep breathing and remember to remain open-hearted and confident. More than any other sign, when you are generous in love, your effect is contagious to all those around you.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
Surround yourself with the people who radiate positive energy. You could use all possible cheerleading encouragement at this time because you are nearing the end of a cycle that started in May of last year. During this phase, you have stepped up toward the fulfillment of your purpose (and possibly way beyond your comfort zone). In the process, you’ve moved mountains in your life; look at all you’ve achieved! The conclusion of that north node cycle will soon come, and anything to which you’ve dedicated yourself will have staying power. In the meantime, review your social media strategy, communicate, teach, and learn. With a keener awareness of culture, you can assess how to best share your gifts. After October 23, focus turns to home and family. You may wish to change your living space, but first, weigh your options carefully and avoid making drastic changes. You could change your mind after November 16. However, if plans have been underway for some time, this can be a favorable time to execute them. Speaking of home, you may revisit your childhood neighborhood or connect with distant relatives. These connections could offer you insights into your past that clarify family dynamics that play out in the present time. The full moon on October 24 shines a spotlight on these matters. Therefore, look without judgment and honor the path you have traveled thus far. Mars in your relationship sector means passion in your love life. For the single Leos, keep all romantic interests playful and fun.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
With confidence and belief in yourself, you can achieve more than you imagine possible. Therefore, when doubt and fear arise, activate faith in your potential to overcome all odds. Remain committed to your long-term visions, and affirm your deservedness of good things. The new moon on October 8 spotlights financial matters, and you could receive news about a business opportunity. Exercise caution in all money-related decisions as Venus moves retrograde from October 5-November 16. Think of this as a time to be your own best controller. After October 23, you could learn a new skill, take a workshop, or market your skills in new ways. Alternatively, engage your inner teacher and offer to mentor or hold a class. The idea for such a project could come in a burst of inspiration around October 10. Have your writing journal close by to jot thoughts, dreams, or visions. With a razor-sharp mind at the end of the month, take any skill to a whole new level. During Venus retrograde periods, you make more in-depth observations, exploring all aspects of relationships. Realizations about your early foundation in life could help you gain insights about ways in which your relationship dynamics mirror past patterns. Keep all in perspective, and work with a professional if you want deeper analysis. People from your past could come back into your life. If so, avoid the tendency to overthink conversations. Relish connections for what they are, and stay attuned to the present moment. If you are in a relationship, maintain a curious attitude.
Libra (September 23-October 22)
Some ancients believed the Wheel of Fortune spun by Fortuna, the goddess of luck and fate, directed the course of events in life. Today, we own more agency over our lives, as we better understand how our thoughts, actions, and attitudes influence our life circumstances. Still, twists of fate, unforeseen circumstances, or great windfalls happen, leaving you to wonder: Did I cocreate this? This month, you could feel the turning of that wheel and see inklings of manifestations in your life. Set intentions for your new solar year and celebrate last year’s triumphs. Kindness, generosity, and love you have sent out into the universe could boomeranging back in surprising ways. Find balance and grounding; you are at a climax in an unfolding story. On October 5, Venus stations retrograde in your sector of money. If you have been spending beyond your budget or have loaned money to others, you may revisit past decisions. The retrograde also offers the potential to negotiate differences in your relationships. The new moon on October 8 invites you to say "yes" to an opportunity. You will receive intuitive guidance about which paths to pursue. The sun shines in your sign until October 23, and you could attract attention from admirers. Explore undiscovered destinations to draw new people into your life. If you are in a relationship, a focus on appreciation and gratitude can preempt disagreements, especially around the October 24 full moon. Mars in your sector of romance enhances the potential for a more playful connection to lighten things up.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
On October 23, the sun enters your sign and signals the start of Scorpio season. Up to that point, you might reflect on your life throughout the past 12 months. You’ve had an eventful year. Jupiter, the planet of expansion, has been in your sign, and its influence opened doors of opportunity and surprises you could have never imagined possible. So, pause and pat yourself on the back. Venus, the planet of grace and style, stations retrograde on October 5 in your sign. For 40 days and nights, you could feel motivated to update your look. First, though, consider this: because you could change your mind after November 16, avoid doing anything too drastic. Also, relationships could feel confusing or unsettled, especially if you are newly dating or in an unclear romantic situation. The key to making the most of any retrograde period is to focus on personal growth. Financial arrangements in relationships could also be a focus for you. Do you feel out of balance in your romantic or business partnership? If so, look for healthy ways to process and release any lingering disappointments. The full moon on October 24 in Taurus illuminates amorous possibilities. The sun in your sign shines a spotlight on you. If you meet someone new, keep the affair light and have fun. If you are in a relationship, revisiting a past situation offers clarity around October 26. Venus is in your sign and her influence could inspire romance in your life.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Life offers many distractions to take you out of the present moment. With a little extra focus, you can bridge the distance between your current reality and future dreams. The key to meeting long-term goals lies in your ability to concentrate on the task at hand, without running off to start something new. So, stand still and commit to one thing at a time, resisting the urge to divide your attention. Venus, the planet of relationships and finances, begins its retrograde cycle on October 5, and fears about these areas of your life could rise to conscious awareness. Good! That’s what retrogrades can help us do. We want to make visible those unseen forces so we can better integrate and evolve beyond any limitations. Because of this, your attention may sway from the material to the spiritual. Connect with a meditation group, deepen a yoga practice, or get together with friends for deep, soulful conversations. These types of activities could also inspire your creativity. If you feel nostalgic for friends from the past, perhaps you could reach out through social media and say a quick hello, even plan a get-together. With Venus retrograde, keep your budget in mind each time you feel like making a splurge. Try to prioritize your spending and avoid taking risks right now. Wait until after November 16 for clarity about purchasing decisions. In the meantime, face your financial fears by developing a strategy for your long-term picture.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
If you have been diligently pursuing a dream, unwavering in your dedication, keep going strong! You are almost there. This month, you could rally the support you need for that final push. This message applies to all areas of life. You are about to receive recognition, and the new moon on October 8 highlights that possibility. First, though, you may need to review past decisions. Life circumstances often repeat themselves, and each time they do, you have an opportunity to make wiser choices. Professionally, you could receive favorable news at the beginning of the month, especially if you have been seeking a change. Personally, any shake-up in your social circle serves a higher purpose, like encouraging you to meet new people. Venus stations retrograde on October 5, and you may question others’ motives. If you belong to a group or participate in an organization, stay neutral when it comes to internal politics. Relationships from the past have newly realized meaning in the present. Honor your history, but be cautious about freely giving your trust if there were compromises made in the past. Value yourself and expect respect. If you are single, a reconnection with a past lover could lead to a needed apology, especially around October 24. Allow yourself the space and time to make healthy choices. If you are involved, maintain a balance between work and play. Otherwise, you could feel disconnected. Enjoy a date night on October 26, when the sun cozies up to romantic Venus.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
When you intuitively sense something to be true, faith comes easily. Sometimes, though, you have to travel through doubt to arrive at faith. This month, in any times of uncertainty, maintain trust, not just in successful outcomes, but in the greater unfolding mystery. Take a deep breath, relax, and be guided by your intuition. Follow synchronicity, the helpful messenger. The new moon on October 8 inspires your sense of adventure; you could plan a trip. Mars is still in your sign, motivating you to take action on behalf of your curious whims. Follow your heart’s lead. Venus stations retrograde this month in your career sector, allowing you to revisit past professional and financial decisions. You could have opportunities to reconnect with former associates or colleagues. On October 23, the sun moves into this same sector, helping you earn recognition for a job well done. You have enhanced visibility at the end of the month, which could help you gain an audience for a special cause. Venus retrograde (until November 16) raises relationship questions. If you have experienced discord in your love life, you may need to rethink your communication style and perhaps soften your approach. Try to appeal to your partner’s sensitive side. If you are single and hoping to manifest a relationship, have faith. Move through any internal resistance to commitment throughout this month, especially on October 31. Embrace where you are on your journey, letting go of any commitment fear. Continue to create space in your heart and it will happen.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
This month, with even a little faith in yourself, anything is possible. In times of doubt or emotional intensity, you might be inclined to withdraw from others. As a Pisces, one of your core challenges is to stay centered in your truth despite the vibes you feel from others close to you or in the collective. Balance yourself on that fine line between independence and relationality, and you will not need to hide your heart or run away from a relationship. This month, you could question your commitments to others. Are you getting the love you want? It starts with you, and the more you show respect for yourself, the better you can allow others into your life. The dark of the new moon on October 8 awakens your mystical side. Pay attention to your dreams or any internal messages around that time. Your mind may be preoccupied with material matters, especially concerning finances, but your heart is leading you into more in-depth spiritual exploration. If you share finances with a partner, you could have discussions to strategize future projects and plans. If you have had any recent financial stressors, take steps toward economic freedom. It could be as simple as changing your money mindset, adopting a more positive approach anchored in self-compassion. After October 23, offer yourself an adventure, but be cautious about romantic encounters on any journey you take. The Venus retrograde cycle (from October 5-November 16) suggests slowly and conscientiously moving into any new tryst.
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