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The big event in October is Jupiter changing signs on October 10. He does this once a year and now finishes up his year in Libra where he bestowed blessings on those with major planets in Libra. Jupiter moves on into Scorpio which will be a boon for those whose Sun, Moon, or Jupiter are in that sign. Since Jupiter amplifies the characteristics of the sign he’s in, we can expect to hear about scientific discoveries and learn about secrets that have been hidden from us. It will be important to be aware of your negative emotions and not let them lead you into an emotional black hole. It will be a year of opportunity to achieve both great highs and deep lows.

October 1 – Moon in Aquarius. Take the next step into your future. You can make a big change today and leave what isn’t working behind you. You can see ahead and move in a new direction. It’s a day with an emphasis on air and its connection to thinking and discussing big concepts. It will be good for you to do something in a group. 

October 2 – Moon VC Aquarius, enters Pisces 10:26 am. Finish sending emails and texts in the early hours. Your intuitive side takes over for the rest of the day and starts influencing your decisions. It a good day to tend to plants and pets and anything or anyone else who needs your caring touch. Find time to be quiet and calm.

October 3 – Moon in Pisces. Venus and Pluto dance together and want you to join them in opening up your aesthetic side. They want you to buy fine art and antiques and other lovely things that you will want to have for a long time. They want you to give away the things you’re tired of looking at. It’s a good day to follow your hunches about investing. Do tomorrow’s important work today.

October 4 – Moon VC Pisces, enters Aries 4:40 pm. Today is best spent doing service work and working for those who need your help. Share the goodness in your heart and make someone’s day brighter. Work on your artistic projects. Take a yoga class and/or meditate. Make a big donation to a relief organization. You’ll be able to catch up with work and life in the evening.

October 5 – Moon in Aries. Today’s full Moon is the Harvest Moon. Use that as a symbol to harvest all the work that you’ve done over the past few months. Bring things to fruition today. Venus and Mars meet to show you the beauty in everyday useful things. Shop at crafts stores and for used, but once loved, furniture. They want you to be creative in a practical way.

October 6 – Moon in Aries, VC from 6:38 pm until 7:56 pm when it enters Taurus. It’s a day to do what you want in the way you want to do it. You’ll feel impatient if you have to wait for someone to catch up to you. If there are any artistic projects that you want to start, or negotiations that you need to do, do them today. Have a sensuous romantic evening.

October 7 – Moon in Taurus. Venus rules the weekend so do the things that make her happy – art, music, beauty, love. Shop at art and crafts fairs and stores. Go to farmers’ markets and buy food you can preserve for the winter. Buy some new pictures for your walls. Go to yard sales and find special things. Do tomorrow’s important stuff today.

October 8 – Moon in Taurus, VC from 9:45 am until 9:44 pm when it enters Gemini. It’s a true lazy Sunday when you don’t have to do anything except rest and relax. Forget your diet and eat your favorite foods. Enjoy having a day when you can revel in doing nothing. Get outdoors as much as you can to appreciate nature.

October 9 – Moon in Gemini. Yesterday was the holiday, today has serious stuff in store. Both the Sun and Mercury are at odds with Pluto and they challenge your relationships among other things. It’s a day of conflict and tension and the best way to get through it is to let go of what you are afraid of losing. It will help to talk with your friends.

October 10 – Moon in Gemini, VC 6:24 pm. Jupiter enters Scorpio this morning and the nature of your luck changes. You now have an opportunity to head off in another direction. Begin a new health regime and try alternative therapies for a problem that’s you can’t get rid of. Your mind is sharp and your ideas are good ones so be sure to write them or record them so you don’t forget.

October 11 – Moon in Cancer. You need to stop and be sure that you are going in the right direction. Take a look at where you are too focused on the details and where your big ideas outrun practicality. It is a good day to work and finish old projects before you start a new one. You’ll walk the fine line between being perfect and being good enough.

October 12 – Moon in Cancer. You’ll have a good day if you follow your hunches even when they contradict your plans. Take care of family business, concerns around the home, and check in with Mom. Do another round of preserving, freezing, drying food and herbs from the Fall harvest. Invite friends for a home cooked dinner tonight.

October 13 – Moon in Leo. Today and tomorrow are light-hearted days. Take a mini-vacation and have fun with your loved ones. You can access the creative, artistic energy in the air and produce something that’s original and lovely and can have fun while you’re doing it. This Moon makes people feel generous, so ask for that raise or promotion or gift that you want.

October 14 – Moon in Leo. Venus enters Libra to add charm and balance to the day. It’s a day to play with a partner or close friend. Save the chores for tomorrow. Visit the art galleries, clothing and jewelry stores, and buy yourself something beautiful that’s hand made. It will be fun to entertain in the evening and do it in an innovative way.

October 15 – Moon VC Leo, enters Virgo 7:19 am. Today is the day to attend to chores and repair broken things. Get outside to clean up the yard and mow the lawn, prune the plants. If you still have the energy, go through the attic and cellar with an eye to getting rid of useless things. Find time to exercise and use today to get some discipline about what you eat.

October 16 – Moon in Virgo. It’s a very good day to work and get all those things done that are sitting in the inbox or piled up on your desk. You’ll feel like taking things in order and getting them out of the way. The things you do today will stay done and the things you start will have a good foundation for further growth. Stick to your diet.

October 17 – Moon in Virgo, VC from 7:27 am until 1:35 pm when it enters Libra. Mercury enters Scorpio and this makes your thinking go into deeper layers of meaning. You will see things from a personal standpoint. Finish up the filing and sorting in the morning. Recycle those newspapers and journals that are taking up space.  Have a date night with your beloved tonight.

October 18 – Moon in Libra. Mercury and Jupiter come together to give you a push towards writing and speaking your truth. You penetrate into hidden places in your mind and then describe what you found. It’s a good day for mediation and negotiating deals. You’ll find the right words to say. Tonight is the dark of the Moon.

October 19 – Moon in Libra, VC from 3:12 pm until 9:41 pm when it enters Scorpio. The Sun and Uranus meet across the table and discuss what innovations they can deliver to the unaware populace. Stay safe and think before you act when you run into unexpected circumstances. Today’s new Moon adds energy to the day and reminds you to act with peace in your heart.

October 20 – Moon in Scorpio. Today is the first time that the Moon and Jupiter meet in the sign of Scorpio. This amplifies your perceptions and gut feelings and gives you information from a different source. You may have to dig deeper and work harder to achieve results. Try not to take everything too personally. Relax with a good mystery.

October 21 – Moon in Scorpio. You will want to spend some part of the weekend by yourself contemplating the art of living and dying. This is an intensely personal day. You won’t want to share thoughts or feelings until you have examined them and feel safe to let them go. It’s a fertile Moon so plant bulbs to have the joy of seeing flowers next Spring.

October 22 – Moon in Sagittarius. You’ll feel more optimistic today and will be ready to go out and roam about. Mars enters Libra, a sign where he acts in a passive-aggressive manner rather than being confrontational. He wants to please others but also get his way. Today is the last day of Libra so take your partner on an adventure and leave the heavy stuff for another day.

October 23 – Moon in Sagittarius. The Sun enters Scorpio at 1:27 am. We descend into the darkness, both literally and metaphorically. You will change direction as you change perspective and things that you previously overlooked become important now. Expand your parameters and look to different countries and cultures for stimulation.

October 24 – Moon in Sagittarius, VCD from 12:44 pm until 8:12 pm when it enters Capricorn. You have good use of your imagination and want to let your mind roam into unknown areas. Get most of your communications done in the morning and use the afternoon for thinking, pondering, and exercise. You can finish up important work tonight.

October 25 – Moon in Capricorn. The next two days are big in terms of making another move up your career ladder. You have to be patient, organized, and go step by step, but you have the green light to go for it. Do the preparations today and take action tomorrow. Take a look at your life and downsize where you can. Shed all kinds of excess that is cluttering up your life.

October 26 – Moon in Capricorn. Today is the first time in twelve years that the Sun and Jupiter have come together in Scorpio. This is the day to take the big step, but only if it feels right to you. You need to listen to yourself, not to someone else’s plans for you. Look for opportunities for growth, they will be there even if you have to search for them.

October 27 – Moon VC Capricorn, enters Aquarius 8:59 am. You can concentrate on putting your ideas into action. You can get a glimpse of the bigger picture and see a vison of your future. Venus and Pluto are at odds and they create some tension in all your relationships. You need to let go of any attitudes, habits, or behaviors that keep your relationship static.

October 28 – Moon in Aquarius. You will learn something new if you attend a group meeting and listen to what is being said. Get involved in a project that helps the community or helps those who are suffering from natural disasters. It’s a day to let your altruistic side have the lead. Feed your mind with all sorts of new ideas and read/watch science fiction.

October 29 – Moon in Aquarius, VC from 12:22 pm until 7:46 pm when it enters Pisces. Do anything that needs to be done in the morning and take the afternoon off. Read, relax, hang out with friends, be lazy, take a nap, or just do nothing. Think about buying new software or electronic equipment, but don’t buy it today. Go to bed early so you have more time to dream.

October 30 – Moon in Pisces. Your intuition and psychic abilities are strong today. You are also feeling more sensitive and emotional than usual. Let your right brain make the decisions even if it doesn’t seem logical. It will be easy to be kind and forgiving and thus a good day to make peace. Enjoy your daydreams and listen to the messages in them.

October 31 – Moon in Pisces, VC 5:08 pm. You’ll drift through the day and be swept along by its currents of energy. It’s a fertile day if you want to plant any seeds or transplant your house plants. Your imagination is rich and you’ll be able to create great costumes for tonight’s Halloween celebrations.

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