Cooperation…or conflict? Your October monthly horoscope arrives with a heaping helping of both. As the Sun travels through gracious Libra, its efforts to broker peace could be thwarted when harmonizer Venus turns retrograde for six weeks.
Peace, love and…discord? October, which is usually a season to come together, could threaten to pull us apart. At least, it could if we don’t work out our differences and clear up the resentments that have been silently brewing beneath the surface. Understanding the cosmic landscape of this month will help us clear that path, but a walk through our own shadows may also be a crucial part of the journey.
As per usual, the life-giving Sun will make its annual trek through harmonious Libra, the sign of cooperation and partnership, until October 23. That will set the backdrop for compromise at least, especially at the October 8 Libra new moon. Broker your peace treatise under these proactive moonbeams if at all possible!
But prepare to leave no stone unturned, because from October 5 to November 16, magnetic Venus, the planet of peace, love and mutuality (and Libra’s ruling planet), will turn retrograde. This tricky transit, which happens for six weeks every 18 months, can cause relationship rough patches, sudden splits or the (aaggghh!) return of an ex. Hey, if timing wasn’t on your side the first go-round, maybe Venus will give you a fortuitous do-over. Just make sure you address the issues that split you up the first time.
There’s no sweeping even the tiniest shard of resentment under the rug because Venus will be retrograde in secretive Scorpio from October 5 to 31, the laser-focused sign that doesn’t forget a single detail (or forgive too readily either). This Venus cycle will push us to confront our own blind spots and “shadow sides” when it comes to love, friendship and our closest bonds. With Venus reversing through transformational Scorpio, there’s an opportunity to shed some layers or process emotional blocks that have turned into barriers around your heart.
The October 24 Taurus full moon tunes us into more mundane and material matters—from the sensual to the sensible. Step out of the intense Scorpio ultraverse for a minute, and ground yourself by poring over your budget, booking a massage or salon appointment, or spending quality time in nature.
On October 31, Venus will back into justice-seeking Libra, giving us two weeks to hash out compromises, fight for what’s fair and attempt to find common ground with each other. Justice overall will be a huge topic, and since Venus is associated with the feminine principle, women’s rights are certain to be a huge determining factor in the upcoming U.S. midterm elections.
That day is also Halloween, of course, and with the moon in flamboyant Leo, there ought to be some show-stopping costumes on parade. But the competition could get fiercer than Ru Paul’s Drag Race season finale thanks to a tense square between the look-and-me moon and the evasive Scorpio Sun. Adding to the volatility, Venus will lock into a stressful opposition with unpredictable Uranus. People could act erratically and more than a few lovers’ quarrels could spark up. Moods could shift by the minute and are subject to change without notice!
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