When the week starts off with Mercury stationing retrograde in Scorpio followed by the Sun leaving social Libra for reserved Scorpio the next day, circumstances favor the quiet, introspective folk who happily spend most of their time alone. Most of us still have to head out the door for work regardless and interact with people whether we like it or not. It is an excellent time to do research if you are a writer or do investigative work of any kind.
A trine to Neptune in Pisces on October 25 will bring out the caring, compassionate side of Scorpio . . . which they do have you know. Scorpios can work tirelessly bringing help and healing to those in genuine need. Hypochondriacs, however, will be shown the door.
Venus in Sagittarius makes its last major aspect on Saturday – an inconjunct to Jupiter in Cancer. That ought to encourage all sorts of risky behavior on the weekend before Halloween! Adventurous Venus in Sagittarius with no brakes on can get into mischief like you wouldn’t believe. I’m wincing just thinking about it.
On Thursday and Friday when the Moon is in Cancer, there will be six planets in water and nothing in air. We may all have to learn how to breathe underwater for awhile. At the very least, it would be a good idea to pay more attention to what is being communicated non-verbally. Emotions will be in the driver’s seat instead of the intellect on those days.
Anytime Mercury is retrograde it is a good idea to allow extra travel time and verify all important information. Thankfully Mercury in Scorpio is naturally focused and not easily distracted . . . very useful when reading the fine print. When in doubt say nothing is a typical Scorpio response. This week we might all want to do that!
For one reason or another, Aries, you have probably been under pressure for awhile. Now it is time to face the hard, cold truth you might have to reinvent yourself in order to move forward. Introspection is not your favorite thing but it’s necessary now.
Even though it may take some doing to pry words out of your partner, Taurus, it should be worth the effort to do so. They are digging deep within and coming up with some veritable gems of information. Plan on giving them extra attention for the next while.
Along with Libra and Aquarius you will very likely find it hard to breathe this week, Gemini. It might take you longer than usual to get through your daily chores because of the need to go back and grab something you forgot. Crazy making.
Spending time with those folk who share your creative interests, Cancer, should appeal to you now. Either that or an old acquaintance might show up on your door step and talk your ear off. The weekend looks lovely for romance or simply relaxing.
Conversations with family members may take some odd turns now, Leo, and leave you wondering whether or not you made yourself clear. Prepare to repeat yourself several times if necessary to make sure you are being understood. Very favorable weekend for you to party.
It is a good thing you have a decidedly practical side, Virgo, and are aware plans can go awry and it can take time to sort things out. You may find yourself in the middle of muddled situations that require focus and tact to fix.
Wave goodbye to your time in the spotlight, Libra! You have probably already shifted some of your attention to contemplating ways to improve your financial situation and determining what your critical priorities are. Talk to your close friends about this on the weekend.
You are coming into your own now, Scorpio, and should be in a position to let others know you are someone to be reckoned with in the days ahead. Please don’t be afraid to completely undo and redo your work to your personal satisfaction.
Most of this week you could be far more focused on your internal workings than on what is going around you, Sagittarius. However come the weekend your interest in getting together with friends for some fun and games should return. Enjoy yourself!
No time like the present to sit down and review your goals and objectives, Capricorn. Are the decisions you’ve made regarding your career recently working out all right for you? Have you been able to resolve any difficulties where your family is concerned? Think it over carefully.
The focus on your professional life deepens beginning this week, Aquarius, and it would be advisable to be very careful when it comes to maintaining a clear line of communication with your superiors. Take time on the weekend to relax with your partner.
Is the urge to plan a vacation creeping up on you, Pisces? Are you dreaming on walking on a warm, sandy beach by the ocean? If you decide to go, please verify all your reservations and travel arrangements before heading out the door.
If you know your Rising sign, read the horoscope for it too.
Most important shift this week is Mars leaving fiery, flamboyant Leo for quiet, precise Virgo on October 15. This will leave two planets in fire, Venus in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries, and only one in air . . . the Libra Sun. Earth and water continue to be the dominant elements asking us to stay focused in the here and now.
Most of this week is spent building up to the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aries on Friday. Eclipses have a way of expanding their influence beyond the usual for lunations. The Full Moon opposition is enhanced because it is Aries opposing Libra, bringing relationship challenges to the foreground. We may need to examine where we are putting our own interests ahead of our partners AND where we place our partner’s needs before our own. This is part of the relationship package, folks, because learning how to keep these two elements in some sort of balance can mean the difference between a healthy relationship and a dying one.
Venus in Sagittarius has a say in what’s happening too. On Wednesday, she will square Chiron in Pisces, be semi-sextile to Pluto and trine Uranus in Aries. Something to take into consideration is how the desire to feel free and unfettered affects the vulnerabilities of our partner. Both Aries and Sagittarius are signs that value their autonomy greatly and can resent what they feel are attempts to tell them how to live their lives. Learning what our personal relationship priorities are is very important because if the relationship asks more than we wish to give, resentment can quickly build.
Probably the trickiest aspect of the week is Mars in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces on the weekend. With the Mars-Neptune opposition it may be our spiritual needs and direction coming in conflict with our partner’s. Neptune has a way of draining the vitality from Mars, making it more challenging to recover from stressful events in our lives. Often there is a lack of clear direction due to Neptune’s fogs and illusions to deal with. Mars hates this! Might not be the best weekend to plan a big event. A better idea might be to go on retreat or spend a quiet weekend at home with your family.
All those relationships issues I mentioned above, Aries, may apply to you and your one-on-one relationships. Please be aware you may not be getting the whole story at this time, so reserve judgment for now. Day to day activity patterns need tuning up.
Taking time to play begins to appeal to you, Taurus. If you have children you could find yourself devoting more time to them or perhaps unleashing your inner child through creativity. The urge to do something romantic may strike you over the weekend.
Your social butterfly side may emerge midweek, Gemini, and if you are offered an opportunity to get together with your peers, go for it! You might also find yourself juggling home and career demands as well as attempting to please your friends or lovers.
It would appear you may have some pleasant surprises in store regarding your work situation this week, Cancer. If you are given opportunities to adjust your daily schedule, please consider doing so . . . for the sake of your health if nothing else.
It is time to shift your attention from self-improvement projects to doing something constructive about earning ability, Leo. Any possibilities that appear where you can expand your education through creative means jump all over. Those may have great potential down the road.
Here’s the deal, Virgo . . . once you get past the drop in energy this week, you’ll find you have plenty to spare in the weeks ahead. If you have been considering relocating or making some improvements to your home, stay alert midweek.
This could be an uneven week for you, Libra, with some sweet news and some sour. Midweek looks like the time when all this will intensify. You may experience a breakthrough regarding your partner but still feel frustrated by family and finances.
After putting a great deal of time and energy into furthering your professional goals over the past couple of months, Scorpio, you could find your attention shifting to more social venues. Networking with your associates or simply hanging out with friends may appeal.
It is time for you to get fired up about improving your public image, Sagittarius, and this is a good time to do so because you are already attracting positive attention. Dealings with family on the weekend may have some odd moments of misunderstanding.
Familiar themes emerge once more for you, Capricorn. Managing to balance your desire to meet current professional demands with family concerns continues to challenge you. If you wish to avoid frustrating yourself further, don’t discuss politics and religion on the weekend.
Aquarius, one of the areas you shine in is inspiring others to see the big picture and do what they can to help with humanitarian efforts. Coming up with the right words to draw others to your favorite cause may be easier than usual now.
Your one-on-one relationships could begin to ask for more of your attention this week, Pisces, and even though your first impulse may be to fade back into the fog, please do your best to step up and deal with them. This should work better after this weekend.
If you know your Rising sign, read the horoscope for it too.
There are a few speed bumps this week but nothing like last week’s cardinal T-Square whirlwind. The Libra Sun will square Jupiter in Cancer next weekend but if we focus on seeing the humor in situations, we’ll do fine. Maybe eat and drink a bit too much in order to avoid speaking out of turn. *grin*
An event most fire and air sign folk will welcome with open arms is Venus arriving in fiery Sagittarius on Monday, giving us three planets in fire for a little over a week before Mars leaves Leo for quiet Virgo. Humor becomes broader . . . “horse play” might be the appropriate term. Friendly, cheerful Sagittarius is a more comfortable place for Venus to visit after all. A midweek square to Neptune in Pisces softens the edges and allows our creativity to roam free.
The most sobering aspect this week is a conjunction between Mercury in Scorpio and Saturn. It occurs the same day as an inconjunct between Mercury and Uranus in Aries. Keep your statements honest, to the point and firmly based in reality. Something to keep in mind these days is as long as Saturn and Pluto are in mutual reception, the painfully practical solution will be better received than going for the ideal one.
Taking some time to relax and enjoy the beauties of autumn (or spring) is a very good option this week. Go for a walk or get together with your friends. The harsher realities will come rushing back in all too soon.
Despite knowing you have plenty of serious obligations to attend to, Aries, this week may be the last in awhile when you can take time to play. Maybe take your sweetheart out to dinner or get together with friends to watch sporting events.
If you are considering investing in what appears to be a humanitarian organization, Taurus, please sit down with your partner and discuss the ramifications. Their ability to detect any funny business is even better than usual. Enjoy yourself over the weekend with close friends.
You might be inspired to do something sweet for your significant other now, Gemini, and as long as it doesn’t involve taking time off from work (which your coworkers may not like), go for it. Play time on the weekend may get expensive.
Now, Cancer, if anyone deserves some quality personal time, it is you. You are seldom as kind to yourself as you are to others, and you need nurturing too. Rather than going out, stay in with a favorite book, movie and comfort food.
When you put your mind to it, Leo, there is no one who can pull off a dramatic, romantic moment like you. Whether the relationship is with someone new and exciting or your long term beloved, you know just how to make them feel appreciated.
This week might find you looking around your home and considering what simple things you can do to brighten it up, Virgo. You may also have noticed you have little to say these days. Don’t worry; what you do say is worth listening too.
Libra, your ability to say the right thing is enhanced now, though this week you may be tempted to gloss over the details to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. This weekend your usual moderate approach might get thrown out in favor of indulging yourself.
Being the responsible party all the time can wear even you down, Scorpio, and that may be why getting out of town over the weekend is looking very good. As long as you are clear on whether or not you can afford it, why not?
Your natural appeal gets turned up a notch now, Sagittarius, but your ability to evaluate exactly how you are coming across to others is a little fuzzy this week. Plan a get together with your peers on the weekend to blow off some steam.
You could be feeling some pressure from those in your social circle, Capricorn, perhaps because you may not have been doing a good job of keeping in touch with them. Take a few moments to rectify this. Devote this weekend to pleasing your significant other.
Career demands are still going to continue weighing on you this week, Aquarius, but you are beginning to feel the need to socialize with like-minded people again. Make room in your busy schedule to relax soon or your health may suffer.
Pisces, you are a natural chameleon and this week you may find this ability very helpful when dealing with those in authority. Since there is a good chance they are already predisposed to like you, don’t lay it on too thick.
If you know your Rising sign, read the horoscope for it too.
For those who are growing weary of Venus in Scorpio’s deep, dark passions we have relief right around the corner when she romps into Sagittarius on October 7. Here Venus is more interested in enjoying life and laughing with her lovers . . . yes, plural because this Venus is slow to commit to one person. Whilst Venus in Sagittarius is not as open minded and experimental as say Venus in Aquarius, she still prefers to steer clear of the deep end Scorpio loves so much.
This year’s journey through Sagittarius begins with a seriously romantic square to the King of Romance, Neptune in Pisces on October 10 at 2°. [F.Y.I. Neptune will be lingering at 2° from October 6 to December 21.] Heartfelt promises may be made over candlelit dinners or drinks but they may dissolve like the mist with the morning sun. Choose your lovers with great care under this influence.
The following week Venus interacts with Saturn in Scorpio and that dynamic duo, Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. Since Sagittarius falls between Scorpio and Capricorn, Venus will be semi-sextile first Pluto on October 16 and then Saturn on October 18. Like it or not, what can be construed as “frivolous” behaviors might be frowned on that week. It won’t be easy to do though because Uranus in Aries will be trine Venus on October 16 and it is a safe bet that planet will be doing its best to bring out Venus’s wild and crazy side. Popcorn, anyone?
Jupiter in Cancer makes the last aspect of significance to Venus, an inconjunct on October 26. What makes this one interesting is Jupiter rules Sagittarius, setting up a mixed message scenario. The biggest problem arises because Cancer and Sagittarius have very different priorities when it comes to security issues. Cancer is happiest when committed and holding on with both claws whereas Sagittarius fights feeling tied down with everything in them. Excess is a definite possibility but what kind? Emotional venting and/or excessive risk taking are both likely. Since this aspect occurs on the weekend of October 26-27 we may be better off rummaging around alone at yard sales looking for bargains rather than getting together with our sweetheart.
Laughter is what seduces Venus in Sagittarius, not vows of undying love or expensive gifts. She really means it when she says an excellent sense of humor is what she finds most appealing in potential lovers. Could be why she finds witty Mars in Gemini so intriguing and skitters away from Mars in Pisces or Virgo. Of course, adventurous Mars in Sagittarius is her favorite. Rugged outdoor types with a twinkle in their eyes and laughter in their hearts melt hers.
Take time to have some fun over the next few weeks. Indulge in some lighthearted flirtations with folks who know you aren’t serious and make opportunities to laugh out loud.
My first look at the chart for this Full Moon at 07° 06′ Cancer on 28 December 2012, 02:22 PST made me wince because Pluto in Capricorn conjoins the Sun and Uranus in Aries creates a T-Square with the lunar axis. However after further study I realized this time we may have a window of opportunity to shed light on the issues brought to the surface by the Uranus-Pluto square and perhaps begin to resolve some of those.
We’ve had Venus and the Sun in Libra as well as Mars in Capricorn trigger the Uranus-Pluto square in recent months, and we’ve managed to survive those periods. This time it is the luminaries interceding and they have support from a couple of sources. Saturn in Scorpio is trine the Moon in Cancer and sextile the Capricorn Sun whilst Chiron in Pisces repeats those aspects (Saturn in Scorpio and Chiron in Pisces are out of orb at this time.)
Saturn at his best is the wise counselor/parent who supports us as we go through the process of learning from our mistakes. Picking us up when we fall, helping heal our wounds, then shoving us back into the fray because the lessons that stay with us are those we’ve learned ourselves. At this time Saturn, Pluto, Chiron and the Luminaries are all in earth and water signs indicating support is more likely to manifest through tangible gestures rather than words of advice. For instance, it may be the parent or teacher who teaches through their actions and by example rather than lectures at length.
The square of Uranus in Aries to the Sun in Capricorn and Moon in Cancer is well within orb and as I see it, Pluto in Capricorn is drawn back into contact with Uranus because it conjoins the Sun. It is possible we may gain some insight into the reasons why we react so strongly to any perceived threat to our independence, going far beyond anything reasonable or rational. Those who tend to suffer from “cut off the nose to spite the face” syndrome often hurt themselves as well as those who love them in those moments of extreme rebellion. Perhaps we are still rebelling against the parental voices in our heads more than anything. It is worth noting those who are most comfortable in their own skins and who have learned how to be their own authority figure are far more likely to respond rather than react.
Jupiter in Gemini is still part of the Yod with Saturn in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn and I recommend reading my post on the Winter Solstice to learn more about this significant aspect pattern in effect through the end of 2012.
Mars, newly arrived in detached, airy Aquarius, is sextile Uranus in Aries and semi-sextile Neptune in Pisces. Uranus invigorates Mars whist Neptune often has the opposite effect. In this case the two outer planets may balance each other out and Mars can go about his business with little interference . . . at least until he butts heads with Saturn in Scorpio on 7 January 2013.
Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius are freewheeling on the Full Moon and consequently will be undiluted Sagittarius . . . full of energy, enthusiasm and up for a good time. Laughter is both contagious and seductive with these two free agents. All you fire signs out there enjoy these moments whilst you can because all too soon Mercury will enter dour Capricorn (on New Year’s Eve to be exact).
The degrees most affected are 7° to 9° and if you have personal planets or your Ascendant at those degrees, please take time for introspection. Perhaps this will be a turning point for you on the road to becoming more solid in yourself and therefore less likely to be buffeted about by other people’s dramas. So mote it be . . .
May this Full Moon in Cancer bring opportunities to reconnect with family in a positive way. After all those are the people who we usually spend more time with than anyone else over the course of our lives.
On a personal note: It is my twelfth house Jupiter in Scorpio square ninth house Saturn in Leo most affected this time. The lunar axis falls in my second-eighth houses and I’m guessing financial issues will be on the table. I have no idea whether this will mark a change for the better or worse. *shrug* With Venus still in my first house and Mercury now in my second, it will be easier to stay optimistic . . . foolishly or not!
One good thing is Saturn in Scorpio has moved past the first exact pass squaring my natal Saturn. That happens on Christmas Day . . . nice gift!
Mars in Aquarius conjoins my natal Ceres in the third house and I hope this means it will encourage my efforts to offer support to others through my writing.