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An in-between sort of week as we adjust to Mercurys shift out of retrograde on the 1st and Venus shift into Libra on the 8th. A burst of energy on Sunday as the Scorpio sun trines Mars in domesticated Cancer, the last surge well see because Mars flips into reverse on the 15th not to face forward again until January 30. Get ready for a long family trip down memory lane.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
It might seem as if things have stalled, a condition you could normally attribute to Mercurys change of direction on Nov. 1. But more likely its because your Mars ruler is marking time before it comes to a complete standstill and turns retrograde on Nov. 15 at 12 Cancer, the degree its at now. This family-centric trip down memory lane lasts until January 30, by which time the Warrior will have you schmoozing with school chums or reprising scenes you acted out with a neighbor or sibling back in September.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Beware the green-eyed monster! Even sweet-tempered Bulls may find that for one day this week they are crazed with jealousy. If youre blowing something totally out of proportion or consumed with an urge to do serious damage, simply blame suspicious Pluto for challenging your romantic Venus ruler. That power-hungry Pluto is in your house of sexual desire and Venus is happily at play in the recreational zone only compounds the intensity of their testy square. Fresh energy from the Scorpio new moon is your escape valve.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
Read for Taurus. Youre not immune from the eruption of deep-seated emotions that may rise (as from a dead sleep) when loving Venus is at odds with demanding Pluto in your Sagittarius house of partners. Give the ruckus a day or two to subside; by then Venus will have moved on to harmonious Libra and you wont have to pay that piper. Further shifts in attitude and atmosphere arrive during the Scorpio new moon and your Mercury rulers return to that sign and whatever you were into before the Messenger went retrograde on Oct. 11.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
Moon Children need to sit back and take stock of whats been accomplished since the Libra new moon, plus what needs to be finished before the Scorpio new moon on Nov. 9 initiates an entirely new agenda. Has Mercurys turnaround brought you completely up to date or is important data still missing? If need be, give your sources a gentle nudge; time is running out. More than any other time of the year, its the Scorpio lunar event that zooms in on your recreational and romantic pursuits, so thats the direction in which you should head.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
An opportunity to attain domestic bliss might elude you if you arent protective of your familys reputation and their traditions. While militant Mars in your house of friends is on favorable terms with your sun ruler, you might as well notify the troops and stock the larder. You could be in for a longer siege than expected because unpredictable Uranus has invited himself and his generous attitude to the table. So dont be surprised if theres a knock at your door weeks before the guests are due to show up for the Thanksgiving feast.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
Lets hope you enjoyed the popularity Venus brought to Virgo because the goddess leaving your sign on Thursday may be trailing a juicy scandal in her wake. Nothing smacks of sexuality more than a Venus-Pluto connection, but when the relationship is a challenging square, the stink raised can be difficult to diffuse. Nonetheless, we trust that the Virgin will marshal resources, a colleague here or a plumber there, and deal with the unpleasantness before your Mercury ruler gets back to Scorpio and its suspicious frame of mind.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
Magnetic Venus enters your sign with a flourish, a devoted suitor in hot pursuit. You could inherit a trickier situation than youre willing or equipped to deal with, so before you accept a casual invitation or an email forwarded from a friend of a friend, take time to check out the source. Theres nothing inherently dangerous about the matter, but if the Scales confront a jealous or possessive person, itll be difficult to maintain any semblance of fairness. Better to avoid a scene and the unbalanced people involved.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
As you pick up the bits and pieces of business left hanging during Mercurys retrograde trip, try to take some alone time for yourself. An entirely new cycle begins with the Scorpio new moon on the 9th, one that can clear away old emotional baggage as well as introduce a fresh, purely personal concern. But if youre worried about a fragile romance, and dont want it to blow up in your face, then youll have to show a modicum of patience, not fiery passion while Venus and your Pluto co-ruler test each others resolve. Happy Birthday!
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21
Some Centaurs like to hole up during the weeks before Sagittarius starts and rest up for the festivities to come. If this hasnt been your practice, then the days leading up to the Scorpio new moon on the 9th would be a good time to prepare for a retreat. Since this ineffable lunar event takes place in your 12th house of isolation and cosmic service, it makes sense, on many levels, to bow out for a while. Whether you can accomplish this while jolly Jupiter is still in your sign is the big question this year.
Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 20
This month Goats get to climb the legendary ladder aided and abetted by a female accomplice with a stake in your success. She can grease the way with invitations to social events everybody wants to attend; she can also arrange business meetings you want to attend. But she wont be around for long, so make sure that you benefit as much as possible from Venus transit across your Libra midheaven from Nov. 8 to Dec. 5. But will she fill the role Mars in your Cancer marriage house abandons when he turns retrograde on Nov. 15?
Aquarius: Jan. 21 - Feb. 18
All this Scorpio activity should energize your career, especially the circumstances that follow from the new moon event on the 9th. Make sure youre focused on what you hope to accomplish and how youd like to see the chips fall. Wishing doesnt necessarily make it so, but with mystical Neptune embedded in your sign, it wouldnt hurt. Mercury returns to Scorpio on the 11th and reactivates a situation that was in effect at the end of September. That Sunday might turn into a red-letter day because the creative Scorpio sun also illuminates Neptune that evening.
Pisces: Feb. 19 - Mar. 19
Anticipate experiencing an unexpected change for the good when the simpatico Scorpio sun favors innovative Uranus in your sign on the 7th. Maybe the upswing will be related to Election Day, maybe its a purely personal eureka moment. Still, since Uranus offers originality and independence, make sure you incorporate these positive features into your future plans. A few days later, when the sun provokes your impressionable Neptune ruler, its likely youll face the first test of your newly established agenda.