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Sep.23 - EQUINOX - Sun in Libra

Sep.23 - Mercury trine Neptune

Sep.24 - Jupiter square Neptune

Sep.25 - Venus square Pluto

Sep.25 - Mercury sextile Saturn

Sep.27 - Sun trine Chiron

Sep.27 - Mercury sextile Pluto

Sep.30 - Venus in Libra

Oct.02 - Mercury in Scorpio

Oct.03 - Venus trine Chiron

Oct.04 - Mars trine Neptune

Oct.05 - Mercury square Chiron


Oct.10 - Sun trine Neptune

Oct.10 - Mercury trine Uranus

Oct.12 - Mars sextile Saturn

Oct.12 - Chiron stationary Direct

Oct.13 - Venus trine Neptune

Oct.15 - Mars sextile Pluto

Oct.15 - Mercury square Neptune

Oct.16 - Sun sextile Saturn

Oct.17 - Sun sextile Pluto

Oct.18 - Venus sextile Saturn

Oct.19 - Venus sextile Pluto


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October 2006

Sep.22, 7:45 AM EDT � SOLAR ECLIPSE : NEW MOON in VIRGO (29:20) ("What's a Solar Eclipse?"  "What's a New Moon?"  Read more about Virgo.  Read more about the Sun-Moon cycles.)

Where could you use a tune-up? Are there areas in your life that have become a little too ambiguous or unfocused? This lunar cycle encourages you to sharpen your focus, strengthen your resolve and prepare yourself for a transition!

Virgo is about perfecting yourself and everything around you. It's about becoming the best you can be. You attend to your body's needs so that you are in the best health you can achieve. You give your attention to detail in whatever you do, so that you can create the best results you are capable of. You contribute your abilities, skills and care in service toward the betterment of the people and places around you.

To do these things, it helps to follow a structured formula. Let go of those things that block or interfere with what you're trying to achieve. If you can't let go of them, find ways to work around them. Or look for ways to incorporate them into your vision. Or break the problem down into smaller ones that are easier to tackle.

Letting go of whatever holds you back can free up a lot of energy. Instead of fighting against the blocks, this energy can be applied directly toward where you're going. This is therefore a transitional time, when releasing your attachment to things that hold you back can result in a shift of energy that brings a forward thrust.

Letting go involves sharpening your focus. Decide what your priority is and cut away whatever isn't about that priority. Or take what is of lesser importance and place it on the back burner for a while. Although you might think that letting go of these things might diminish your life or yourself in some way, you are just as likely to find that the liberated energy gets you where you want to go a lot faster and more efficiently. Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize!

The transits to your natal chart (how the planets align now with your birth chart) typically reveal where your current priorities lie. Major transits to your chart show what parts of your life and your psyche are being activated. For example, if you have planets around 17-20 degrees of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius), then the Saturn-Neptune-Jupiter T-square is having a very powerful effect on your chart and your life.

This aspect configuration dominates the Solar Eclipse chart, challenging us to understand not just our practical priorities (e.g., budgeting or responsibilities) but also our spiritual and psychological priorities. For example, you might be wrestling with how to integrate your ideals or beliefs into your everyday life, career or into your role as an authority figure (e.g., parent). How you prioritize your practical necessities with your higher ideals and vision is an important transition you are entering into now. To learn more about how the current transits are activating your chart and your life, you can book a personal astrology reading with me. (Find out more about readings.)

This Solar Eclipse takes place in the last degree of Virgo. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is: "Having an urgent task to complete, a man doesn't look to any distractions." It speaks of single-mindedness that is so focused that nothing can deter you from your goal. The upside of this is the dedication, clarity and mental stamina that can help you prioritize and forge ahead.

The downside is that if you're too sharply focused, you'll miss other things that could trip you up. Or you might become so austere and hard on yourself and others that you burn yourself out and become "lop-sided" rather than well-balanced. The idea is simply to get out of your own way so that your humanness can flourish in a healthy way, or to help others do the same � not to turn yourself or others into robots who only follow the formula.

By the Full Moon on Oct.06, it will be time to start taking action and to aim that newly prioritized focus at your chosen target.

This is not just another New Moon�it is also a Solar Eclipse! As a New Moon, it will unfold through the coming 4 weeks (until the next New Moon on Oct.22). As a Solar Eclipse, it also initiates a longer-term phase of development over the coming 5-6 months (until the next Lunar Eclipse on Mar.03.2007). A Solar Eclipse is a New Moon that is so precisely aligned that the Moon moves right across the disc of the Sun. Unfortunately, you have to be in the right place to be able to see it. This particular eclipse is only visible in the southern Atlantic Ocean and from the surrounding land from South America to Africa and Antarctica.

This is not only a Solar Eclipse, it is also the second New Moon in Virgo this year! (The first was Aug.23) This is a fairly rare event to have two New Moons in the same sign, one right after the other. It only happens about every few years. It's a little like a "Blue Moon" only different. (Read more about Blue Moons.)

Sep.23, 12:03 AM EDT � AUTUMNAL EQUINOX - Sun enters Libra (until Oct.23) (Note: In North America, the Equinox is technically Sep.22 if you're west of the Eastern time zone) ("What is the Equinox?")

Happy Solar Return to all Libras! And Happy Equinox to all of us! While the Sun is in Libra, it brings experiences into our lives that focus us in the areas of love, close relationships, one-on-one interaction, diplomacy, negotiation, strategy, fairness, equilibrium, balance, harmony and beauty. This time also marks the point of equal balance between day and night  --  the Autumnal Equinox. In the Northern Hemisphere, the nights now become longer than the days, and in the Southern Hemisphere, the days become longer than the nights, until the December Solstice. Balance is the key concept here! What is out of balance in your life? How can you negotiate or strategize to bring that area of your life back into harmony? Libra encourages you to balance your life in diplomatic, discreet, "win-win" ways. But if that's not possible, it will do it aggressively (creating conflict in order to break the stalemate of the imbalance) or manipulatively (people-pleasing to co-dependently get its way). Thus, Libra is known as both the peace-maker and the war-maker. If you find yourself instinctively trying to smooth out conflict -- or instigate it! -- take a step back and ask yourself if that is your best choice in the situation. Just don't get stuck in Libran indecision! Make your choice and then see if it brings what you want.

Sep.23 � Mercury trine Neptune (in Libra/Aquarius) (17:22)

Your mind is very open to imagination, dreams and compassion under this transit. This can be a very creative time, when ideas flow like a magical river. It can also be easy to get caught up in yearning and fantasizing about your hidden wishes, although it is possible to channel this into creative expression. (e.g., writing poetry, dancing, wistful music, singing in the shower, whatever!) Listening sympathetically to others' problems may come easily now, and you are more likely to get a compassionate response from others about your own problems. However, it may also be difficult to draw clear and firm boundaries with others, since you are more susceptible to the emotional gravity of others. It is ultimately a time for optimism, hope, creativity and intuition, although it's wise to keep at least one foot on the ground.

Sep.24 � Jupiter square Neptune (in Scorpio/Aquarius) (17:21)

This can be a time when you may have to question your belief system and philosophy of life. You are challenged to examine the ways that you use theory, speculation, wishful thinking and blind faith to justify your opinions and beliefs. There is a difference between the principles, opinions, attitudes and spiritual perspectives that we hold dear versus our personal, intimate experience of the vast Universe that shapes and gives rise to our beliefs. This transit (which only happens about every 6 years) can show how your beliefs, opinions and attitudes are misinformed, misguided or no longer fulfil your spiritual needs. You might come face to face with misconceptions you have held and realise that you have grown beyond your old viewpoints. You might find yourself disillusioned by something or someone you had placed a lot of faith in. Although this may bring deep disappointment, it also clears the way to see a higher, clearer truth. Faith that is founded only on wishful thinking or exaggerated optimism may make you more vulnerable to deception and poor judgment, so it is wise to do a reality check about major decisions with a trusted friend, mentor or expert. This can also be a time when you are challenged to expand your sense of spirituality, meaning and understanding of life to include more of your subject personal experience, rather than relying on conventional wisdom, doctrine or interpretation. If you have been drifting away from living according to your morals, ethics and principles, this may be a time when you become aware of the need to bring your choices and actions more in line with these. This is the last of three passes�Jan.27, Mar.16 and Sep.24�during which this long-term process of discovery and exploration has unfolded.

Sep.25 � Venus square Pluto (in Virgo/Sagittarius) (24:12)

Relationships and interactions are likely to be deep, intense and transformative under this transit. The same goes for your sense of beauty, and your material and financial dealings, which may require you to delve far deeper than usual to discover the truth under the surface of things. You may encounter the dark shadow of your desires -- the obscure, secret or unconscious hunger that hides underneath the "politically correct" face you show to the world (and to yourself. This is a challenge to be resolved in some way. It might bring out conflict rooted in envy or jealousy, if someone has something (or someone) that you feel you are entitled to. Or, it might prompt you to reach very deep into your soul to find your inner beauty and value. You may be challenged to develop empathy or empowerment about something that initially seemed undesirable, unforgivable or scary. This transit can show you the problem areas that need to be transformed and healed. And seeing these more clearly can be a catharsis that sets that transformative healing in motion.

Sep.25 � Mercury sextile Saturn (in Libra/Leo) (20:50)

It can be easier to take a logical, practical approach to problem-solving and decisions now. It's a good time to make plans and work out the logistics of how you're going to get from "here" to "there" in pursuing your ambitions. Or, you may find it's time to bring closure to finished goals, by distilling and systemizing what you've learned in the past several months. This will probably require a bit of effort on your part to make it happen, but the opportunity is there if you choose to take it. This transit can bring mental stability and the ability to apply your mental focus in a practical and grounded way. It may be easier to see things realistically and objectively. Creative energy can become productive and rewarding, if you use it methodically or logically.

Sep.27 � Sun Trine Chiron (in Libra/Aquarius) (04:33)

This is a time when you may find that your recent efforts to mend and heal the chronic struggles in your life start to come together. You likely have the confidence now to try new solutions, or at least to approach problems from a different angle that sheds new light on the situation. Some of this progress may come from daring to walk your own path, or from finding the courage to face the hidden shadow of your worries and weaknesses (the hidden benefit that those worries give you). There may be a variety of different struggles and wounds in your life that could benefit from this kind of healing, although it can be tempting to let this transit pass by without taking advantage of it. Strive to reach a midpoint between merely dipping your toe in troubled waters and thinking that is enough, versus jumping in the deep end and marinating in it.

Sep.27 � Mercury sextile Pluto (in Libra/Sagittarius) (24:13)

Penetrating insights and passionate communication are possible under this transit ...although, so is speaking more forcefully than you intend to about things that require a bit of delicacy or discretion. It is also a time when your mental concentration can come together so easily that you become obsessed. You may prefer in-depth discussion to small-talk, and it might feel awkward if you aren't able to explore the depths in your interaction or communication with others. However, you likely have an increased ability to pick up on undercurrents of what's happening around you. This is also a time when you can start to shed and leave behind old worn out perceptions and ways of communicating. You also have an increased ability to take thoughts, ideas and information and transform them into something healing ...or wounding. Choose your words carefully and mindfully. Writing down your thoughts and ideas to capture the energy of this transit can help you gather the deeper qualities.

Sep.30 � Venus enters Libra (until Oct.24)

Venus glides like a graceful model through her own sign of Libra, giving you the opportunity to expand your interactive style, cultivate diplomacy, beautify your surroundings, schmooze with social connections, and discover a new fashion statement. Find something beautiful, balanced or harmonious to appreciate or do during this time. You might consider visiting an art gallery, or watch a romantic movie, or listen to music that moves you into a peaceful place inside. You might feel drawn to going shopping for beautiful clothes or items to decorate your home. It can also be a good time to negotiate agreements with people, in a way that is fair and is focused on a win-win solution. Do something to celebrate, express and discover your inner and/or outer beauty. Find new ways to balance your own interests with those of others, which generates good will and harmony.

Oct.02 � Mercury enters Scorpio (until Dec.08)

Cunning communication and insight are at their peak, as Mercury skulks through Scorpio. It�s a time for unearthing secrets and delving deeply into the psychological Shadow (Carl Jung�s term for the unconscious parts of ourselves that we don't want to or know how to face). There is opportunity for healing and grounding now, but you may have to resist the temptation to manipulate others to control that process. Your awareness of the undercurrents around you could be increased...or you might stir up those undercurrents in others without intending to, by blurting things out in a blunt or harsh way. This transit presents an opportunity to learn new ways to wield words with the skill of a surgeon - to heal and remove what is toxic, not to wound or retaliate. Use it wisely. If you are not crystal clear with yourself about your motives and feelings when communicating with others, your unconscious or hidden agendas could seep through and cause hurt when that was not your intention.

Oct.03 � Venus trine Chiron (in Libra/Aquarius) (04:28)

Healing and rebalancing are possible now, especially in the areas of relationships, finance, resources and values. Any problems that have persisted in these areas lately could benefit from an influx of helpful and healing resources now. Relationships and interactions of all kinds can benefit now, since it can be easier to see the beauty and value in others whom you might usually dislike or feel ill at ease with (or they with you). Negotiations and strategic efforts to resolve conflicts may go smoothly now, especially when you balance the results in everyone's interests. You may also be able to attract what you need to heal your wounds (physical, psychological, spiritual, etc.). Like it says in the "Serenity Prayer," you may now find it a bit easier to accept that which you cannot change, while finding you make progress with the things you can.

Oct.04 � Mars trine Neptune (in Libra/Aquarius) (17:12)

 This transit can bring a mystical, imaginative, compassionate aura to Mars' normally direct, fast, aggressive, self-focused energy. You may feel inspired to act on faith, confront with compassion, and react gently. On the other hand, it can be much easier to be motivated by something that turns out not to be what you thought it was. Much can depend on how impulsive your actions are and whether they are based on preplanning and research. We may tend to see our actions as righteous and justified. Creative energy is usually strong, whether this is used literally in the arts or in finding creative solutions to conflicts and problems. Our anger and aggression may be expressed in a way that is compassionate and intuitive, although our assertive edge might also be blunted a bit too much. It might help to think of the snake in the old parable -- even if you choose not to bite if someone steps on your tail, it doesn�t mean you can't hiss.

Oct.05 � Mercury square Chiron (in Scorpio/Aquarius) (04:27)

Your mental focus and perceptions may feel a bit strained right now. You could find yourself locked in a struggle of indecision that stems from a "glass half empty" versus "glass half full" dilemma. It may be difficult to stay objective and evenly balanced in your perspective, but by working with this you could also find a new mental focus that gives you increased clarity. It might be tempting to sink into cynicism as a way to deal with what seems like a no-win situation. On the other hand, this transit could bring your mental perspective to a kind of "healing crisis" that forces you to get a better grip on the ideas, communication and frame of mind that have been problematic for you. Instead of reaching for extremes (hoping this will clarify the path in front of you), it will help more if you can take a few steps back to allow all the conflicting and out-of-sync elements to coexist together -- creative paradox. If you have been in denial about something, this could be a turning point that allows you to grapple with the complex reality of your situation.

Oct.06, 11:13 PM EDT � FULL MOON in ARIES (13 AR 43) ("What's a Full Moon?"  Read more about the Sun-Moon cycles.)

The Full Moon in Aries shines brightly in the sky this month, particularly because it is the fruition of the Solar Eclipse that happened just 2 weeks ago. The Full Moon always seems to be brightest around the Eclipses. The potent force of Aries loves this! Aries is like the seed whose potential is set in motion, initiating new beginnings. Life IS! Now all things are possible!

But we don't always know what exactly has begun. In fact, it is impossible to know precisely what has been set into motion. We only know something has shifted, something has changed. We sense a fresh breeze of potential, new hope, new possibilities. How do we react to this?

That's where a sense of adventure and enthusiasm comes in handy. The power and courage and sheer "chutzpah" that comes from Aries�from the Aries in each of us, not just those born under this sign�allows us to meet whatever new challenges lie before us. There is a new journey ahead, and we know not where it will lead. Not yet anyway. And like the Fool Tarot card, we may be heading toward the best thing that ever happened to us...or we might be about to walk off a cliff edge.

That's the risk we take when we embark on something new. Aries is not for the faint of heart! But Aries does ask that we move forward with an open heart. The Aries point in the Zodiac is the transformational point where the old becomes new again. The more baggage we carry from the old�from what was�into this new beginning, the less pure that new beginning will be.

Yet, we are human, not gods. Our "divine" nature has not yet matured enough to be perfect. And our human nature is, by nature, a cyclical spiralling force that revisits what was in a whole new way. And each time we recycle our lives, we scoop off another layer that brings us closer to our core, closer to the essence of who we are deep inside.

Aries is the facet of our human nature that lets go of the old and embraces the new. Aries is the part of our journey that moves forward into the new, leaving behind what it can and carrying what it can't.

The New Moon that initiated this lunar cycle 2 weeks ago spoke of endings and letting go of the old in order to make room for the new. This has now evolved into a Full Moon in Aries�the sign of new beginnings. We are entering into something new and exciting, filled with potential, which has evolved out of the old. But because the New Moon that kicked off this lunar cycle was also a Solar Eclipse, this new beginning has far reaching implications! The things we initiate now will evolve over the coming year and become something far greater and more complex than they first seem.

The Full Moon reaches exact at 13 degrees of Aries. The Sabian symbol for this degree is a very potent one: "A serpent coiling near a man and a woman." This image immediately brings up an association with the Adam and Eve story from the Old Testament, although this Sabian symbol is not usually interpreted in religious terms about temptation or disobedience. Rather, it is about the polarization that happens in how we relate to others, and how we balance our differences.

Dane Rudhyar writes in An Astrological Mandala, his brilliant book on the Sabian symbols: "There must be a polarization before there can be fulfillment." In other words, in order to find balance we need to embrace both ends of the extreme. We tend to do this through relationship, where we are often attracted to someone who is our polar opposite�they have what we feel we do not, and vice versa. Through our interaction with the other person, we grow to balance those traits within ourselves as well.

Aries is not particularly known for its ability to find balance with others. In fact, Aries tends to be seen as so autonomous, independent and focused on one's own drives that in its extreme form it can lead to egotism, self-absorption and a lack of awareness of others. Libra, on the other hand, is the sign opposite Aries and tends to be associated with balance, diplomacy and connection with other people. In its extreme forms, Libra can become so focused on others that one's own needs and priorities are neglected.

The Full Moon in Aries is rooted in a Venus-Sun-Mars conjunction in Libra, which is very significant. It means that while we are focused "out there" on new possibilities and going after what we want, we must also balance this with a sense of harmony, diplomacy and fairness to all concerned. So the Sabian symbol about the balance of opposites in order to embrace the whole is very fitting and reflective of other planetary factors at the time of the Full Moon.

So this is a time to balance the new with the old and one's own desires with the needs of others. It is a time to begin a journey of finding a new kind of balance between Self and Other, whether that Other is a person or the Universe itself. This journey will evolve over the coming months into a more complex and therefore more complete connection between yourself and the rest of the Universe. The future begins with one step. The time is now!

Oct.09 - Mercury enters the Shadow (will go retrograde Oct.29) ("What does Retrograde mean?"  Read more about Mercury Retrograde.  "What is the Shadow?"  Read more about the Shadow.)

Mercury now enters the area of Zodiac where it will later go retrograde (Oct.28/29-Nov.17/18). During its retrograde cycle, Mercury travels through the same span of the Zodiac three times�once direct (forward), then retrograde (backwards), then direct again. This means there is a more involved process of development involved with things that Mercury affects�ideas, thoughts, frame of mind, mental focus, and the collection, exchange, analysis and organisation of information. Also affected are all forms of communication�email, the Internet, letters, the media in general, books and magazines, as well as public transit (buses, trains, etc.) and neighbourhoods.

The situations that are developing over the next 2 weeks (leading up to when Mercury actually goes retrograde) are likely to require further research, consideration and discovery over the next couple of months. Expect increasing changes in your plans, disrupted communication, and new information coming to light that may not fit conveniently into what you were expecting. If you must make important decisions during this time, try to build some flexibility into your plans to allow for later changes. Or, if possible, you may want to delay final or irrevocable decisions until well after Mercury goes direct (Nov.17/18).

Oct.10 � Sun Trine Neptune (in Libra/Aquarius) (17 LI/AQ 08)

Faith in the bountiful blessings of the Universe is within reach under this transit...but then, so is the fantasy that you will be magically granted anything you wish for. Hope, optimism and imagination spring eternal right now, which can bring some relief from any depression or discouragement you might be feeling. Your creativity can become very inspired under this transit. Your sense of self could also get an infusion of uplifting vision. And you experience a sense of mission, feeling that you are truly a Child of the Universe. There is potential to lift you out of the ordinary and into the sublime -- spiritually, creatively, romantically or compassionately. Enjoy it while it lasts, but before you make changes based on what might feel like a permanent condition, remember that this is mostly a temporary influence and you will still have to live within the bounds of the physical world after it passes. Don't make overly optimistic promises now, that you will have to fulfil later when the euphoria wears off.

Oct.10 � Mercury trine Uranus (in Scorpio/Pisces) (11 SC/PI 27)

Unusual ideas, flashes of insight, and seeing unexpected possibilities, are all part of this transit. You may find it easier to be open-minded right now, especially about insights that have eluded you. Your ability to see beyond your usual horizon of perception can bring visionary brainwaves, as well as a fun sense of humour. You might be inspired to experiment with something new or do something out of character. You might have an impulse to break free of old habits or constraints. This can be a very liberating transit that opens your mind to new possibilities and ideas. However, be careful that you don't become so liberated and spontaneous that you become erratic, hyper or reckless. Words may come tumbling out of your mouth before you've had a chance to consider their wisdom, or you might find yourself talking non-stop and interrupting, creating a bit of awkwardness in those around you. On the other hand, you might also find the clarity and vision that gives you the words to speak your truth with new conviction. It's a great time to do some writing or other form of self-expression, especially if it's spontaneous or involving technology.

Oct.12 � Mars sextile Saturn (in Libra/Leo) (22 LI/LE 28)

There is an opportunity to harness the energy of willpower using practical discipline. Your physical and mental energy are likely to be stable and enduring, or else they can become this way more easily than usual by applying a sustained focus of effort. This is a great transit if you need to be productive or to make progress in a goal that you are working toward. The thing to watch out for is a tendency to be over-cautious to the point where you get stuck in the planning stage and don't get much done. Or, you might try to rush into the production phase before your plans are fully formed. This transit works best when these areas are brought into balance.

Oct.12 � Chiron Stationary Direct in Aquarius (04 AQ 25) ("What's a Station?"  Read more about Stations.)

For up to a week before and after this date, you may feel a bit like you're caught between worlds�the spiritual versus the physical, the mental versus the emotional, or the outer objective world versus your inner subjective experience. Chiron has been retrograde since May.08, giving us time to assess the places in our lives that need healing and to discover the ways that we might be wounding ourselves or others. This includes physical health issues, emotional vulnerability and mental perspectives that create more problems than they solve. As Chiron turns direct, everything we have learned over the last five months becomes ready to be applied over the coming three months (while Chiron is still in the Shadow). Right now, you might find you reach a decision or turning point about issues you have wrestled with since May concerning goals, career, expectations or authority. If these issues have been stressful, this might come out now in the form of health problems, so it's a good idea to be gentle yet disciplined with yourself in this area. It could be a time of ambiguity, feeling like you're caught in a whirlpool that mixes up possibilities with limitations. Or, you might experience some clarity, as the paradoxical coexistence of realities and potentials on the path before you come into clearer focus. Either way, it is a time that can be magical because of its ability to bridge the gap between what is and what might be.

Oct.13 � Venus trine Neptune (in Libra/Aquarius) (17 LI/AQ 06)

This can be a time of romance, creativity, and a sense of oneness with the natural beauty of all that exists in the world. On a social or intimate level, things may run smoothly -- even a bit magically! So be sure you are clear about what you really want. In terms of finances and material worth, this can be a time of blessings and abundance that could seem to appear out of nowhere. But be careful -- it can also be a time of overspending and wondering where the money went! Your natural beauty and warmth shines through now, so it is a good time to peek out from behind any fa�ade of glamour or illusion you might be cloaked in. You are likely to see the very best in others (and they in you), so that negotiation, interaction and attraction can seem to flow effortlessly. This magical attraction energy could also open you up to seeing wonderful qualities in others that may or may not actually be there, so do a reality check with a trusted friend before you make any important choices.

Oct.15 � Mars sextile Pluto (in Libra/Sagittarius) (24 LI/SA 31)

This can be a time of intense and powerful energy. It can be especially so if you focus your intention to tap into and use this energy deliberately, although if you are triggered into a reaction you might find it is more forceful than you intended. This can be a good time to make changes that have far-reaching, transformative effects. Your powers of persuasion can be stronger now, so be careful you don't try to force things to the point of making something happen that perhaps should be left alone or treated with a gentler touch. Sex and other passionate urges may rise more easily now, although obsession and the need to control your surroundings might come up with them. This transit is perhaps best used to refresh your sense of passion and transform your sense of purpose and direction.

Oct.15 � Mercury square Neptune (in Scorpio/Aquarius) (17 SC/AQ 05)

Your mental focus may be a bit clouded, confused or lethargic right now, as your conscious mind struggles to grasp the formless, limitless expanse of the Universe and the unconscious. You may experience some disillusionment or disappointment, in your observations or communication with others. However, what is flowing under the surface of events right now is the need to dissolve away the crust of old expectations that blocks your view from seeing a greater Truth. If you're feeling off-balance, try to listen more than you talk, so that you can be receptive to your inner sensitivity. Left-brain analysis might be difficult to work with right now unless you balance it with a lot of right-brain intuition. You may have to let go of a rigid mindset, or give up what you think you understand about a situation in your life, in order to open yourself to a new perspective that is difficult to define but is ultimately in the best interest of your spiritual growth.

Oct.16 � Sun sextile Saturn (in Libra/Leo) (22 LI/LE 48)

You have an opportunity now to make some progress in obtaining results in your projects, career, ambitions and creative expression. It is possible to tap into a disciplined mindset, which can be used to take some steps toward goals that you're trying to manifest. You are surrounded by potential to achieve this, although it will not simply be handed to you -- you will still have to work for it. Your mind and purpose are likely to be clear and strong now, enabling you to be decisive and productive. Leadership, management and organizing abilities are potentially high right now. Asserting your authority in a situation that calls for it can be done successfully, as long as you don't let yourself become rigid or bossy. It can be a good time to learn or practice new skills, or to apply yourself to any kind of serious study. It is also a time when you could formulate some solid plans for future projects or make some progress with current undertakings. Make the most of it!

Oct.17 � Sun sextile Pluto (in Libra/Sagittarius) (24 LI/SA 34)

Your sense of purpose is potentially strong now, being able to tap into a deeper level of energy and determination. Your personality may be more forceful now, which can be great if you need to make a strong impression but perhaps not so much in situations requiring delicacy or subtlety. You have greater ability to see below the surface of things now, although it may not be as easy to put it all together and understand what it all means. It can be possible to unearth secrets or get at the core of unconscious patterns (yours and others'). However, you'll have to work to harvest the fruit of these potentials, and some of the insights and benefits may not become apparent until later.

Oct.18 � Venus sextile Saturn (in Libra/Leo) (23 LI/LE 00)

It is possible to find some stability in your relationships and finances under this transit, especially if you are willing to negotiate fairly and realistically. You have increased ability to be disciplined about spending and budgeting, and to invest in hard work to maximise your earnings. Your ability to grasp the solid, realistic facts will help you choose wisely in your investments of both money and your interaction with others. Commitment and structure may be easier to approach and achieve than if you take risks now. Your self-worth can benefit from this transit because you may be less inclined to give in to mood swings. On the other hand, if you are prone to depression, you might want to be careful you don't become so grounded and stable that you lose touch with your sense of hope and potential. It is a good time to make concrete progress in matters involving beauty, love, harmony and balance. Keep your pleasures simple and humble for maximum benefit.

Oct.19 � Venus sextile Pluto (in Libra/Sagittarius) (24 LI/SA 37)

Close one-on-one relationships with people (close friends, lovers, partners of all kinds) could possibly benefit by being taken to a deeper level now, through creatively combining balanced harmony with deep connection. Just be careful that intimacy and bonding don't go over the top into obsession or domination. There is a brief opportunity now to become more authentic in how you relate to those close to you and how you establish a balance of power with them. The trick is to do this without trying to suppress, control or overpower the other person's interests. Financially, it is a time when you may have an opportunity to profit in your dealings with banks, insurance companies, taxes, and other institutions that deal with collective money.

Next Update:: NEW MOON in LIBRA - October 22, 2006. Please check back on Oct.22.

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