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What the First Half of October Will Look Like for Your Zodiac Sign
A bi-monthly look at what's to come for your sign courtesy of T&C's master astrologer, Katharine Merlin.
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Libra: September 24-October 23


Alfred Nobel

Tying up loose ends and getting focused seems to be your theme this month and clearing up misunderstandings will also go a long way in setting your world to rights. Issues surrounding your lifestyle and personal connections are forcing you to take stock but with Venus—your ruler—coming home to your birth sign by the 14th, you will be feeling increasingly certain and secure as October winds down as well as getting a firmer grip over your affairs.

October 1-15: Although you appear to be making breakthroughs—especially in personal relationships—near the 3rd, you're going to have to make a huge effort to stay centered and not either misinterpret or misspeak when difficult aspects are happening in your communication angle between the 8th and the 11th. Wait until the 13th to break through the impasse and all will be forgiven.

Scorpio: October 24-November 22


Indira Gandhi

Emotions will be volatile as October begins and if others seem to be blowing hot and cold just try to steer clear. And as tempting as it may be to offer advice when friends and associates appear to be losing their perspective, beware because your efforts aren’t likely to be appreciated. What does look promising is what's happening in your private and personal life towards month's end when lucky Jupiter enters your birth sign for a year-long stay.

October 1-15: The period between the 1st and 5th looks quite brilliant socially and also promises to yield positive results professionally. On the other hand, a line-up of harsh aspects involving Saturn and Pluto from the 8th through the 11th indicates that you should not take any actions that could jeopardize your financial security. By the 13th, though, any clouds will lift away.

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Sagittarius: November 23-December 21


Bruce Lee

Your eagerness for results may end up entangling you in unanticipated glitches as October gets underway and you must be prepared to sort out unwelcome issues. A sober assessment of the facts mid-month will position you to take on truculent associates and win them over to your side. With Venus entering the most outgoing and social angle of your chart on the 14th, your world seems to be opening up in a way that lifts your spirits and expands your prospects.

October 1-15: Even though you may be seeing situations with startling clarity near the 3rd, be ready to do some backpedaling as soon as the 8th and to refrain from trying to force stalled situations until the all astrological all clear signal arrives by the 13th. Unfortunate misunderstandings will not hang in the air if you're ready to let go and move on, so focus on what's right and forget about what went wrong.

Capricorn: December 22-January 20


Muhammad Ali

With the Sun at the top of your solar chart for a good part of October, you'll be caught up in career related and public concerns. Try to keep your mind open to the new and unexplored because some avenues will close off earlier this month while others will begin to widen out. And with unusually potent aspects occurring near the 19th, accompanied by a new Moon, it's time to embark on new projects that genuinely excite and inspire you.

October 1-15: The full Moon of the 5th ignites emotions—especially around personal issues—and you're best off staying out of the crossfire and focusing on accomplishing as much as you can at work. Others will be quick to take offense, particularly when Venus and Saturn are at odds on the 8th, but with Venus moving forward and heading into a prominent angle of your chart on the 14th, your popularity is on the rise.

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Aquarius: January 21-February 19


Virginia Woolf

Your ideas appear to be on target but you do seem to be encountering resistance, especially near the 8th. And perhaps you really do need to let go and adapt your thinking so that your plans will fly. Travel and contacts at a distance become increasingly accented as October gets well underway, and whatever develops, the new Moon of the 19th will be a time when your will receive a blast of inspiration that will set you on a more successful path.

October 1-15: Everything is building towards a powerful full Moon occurring on 5th that lights up your communication angle. Perhaps it really is time to air your feelings, but be ready to give others all the space they need when difficult aspects are happening from the 8th through the 11th. Your ability to be objective, clear and able to mend rifts is accented on the 13th.

Pisces: February 20-March 20


Nina Simone

Whatever is going on in close relationships—both business and personal—you really do need to give others a chance to express whatever is on their minds. The Sun in Libra accents collaborations and shared resources and by the 16th, you should be able to reach favorable accords which will swiftly turn out to be mutually beneficial. What's more, with Jupiter entering your travel angle this month, it's time to spread your wings and follow your whims.

October 1-15: Any agreements you're able to put into play near the 3rd are bound to snarl up when hurt feelings and misunderstandings are in the air on the 8th and 11th. It's all about letting matters proceed in their own sweet time and by the 14th, you'll find that there's no longer any reason to be defensive or worried and that you can move forward on all fronts without trepidation.

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Aries: March 21-April 20


Maya Angelou

The early part of October will be characterized by ups and downs which test your commitment to various plans, especially at work. Others may not share your enthusiasm but your ability to talk sense will eventually get them on the same page. And with Venus entering your relationship angle mid-month, your popularity is on the rise, so don't hesitate to reach out to those you hope to cultivate and to accept those invitations that will be coming your way.

October 1-15: Mars in Virgo emphasizes the importance of being precise and direct on the 1st but near the 9th, others' attempts to control or over-ride your plans are likely to drive you up the wall. It really is in your best interests to employ reason over force and by the 13th, the bits and pieces will fit neatly together. Open your mind to the new when innovative Uranus is in the frame on the 15th.

Taurus: April 21-May 21


Audrey Hepburn

October will begin on a volatile note and you're likely to find it difficult to sort out others' garbled messages. What you yourself want at this time is really the question you should be asking and with fortune boosting Jupiter entering your relationship angle for a long stay, others will begin to be more generous and willing to meet you halfway. Whatever occurs as October winds down, don't be afraid to demand what you're due, even if you don't receive immediate assent.

October 1-15: Focus on long-term—especially travel—plans near the 2nd, but be ready to remain calm when unexpected turbulence occurs near the 7th. Your ruler, Venus, will be in conflict with Saturn on the 8th so even if others seem a bit callous and unhelpful, ride out the storm and you will be in the perfect position to work out solutions and stabilize your affairs by the 14th.

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Gemini: May 22-June 20


Josephine Baker

With powerful Mars out of sync with your sign until the 22nd, you're likely to feel a bit wound up and challenged, so just don't let yourself be tossed around like a leaf in the wind. Issues at home demand a hands-on approach and even if others are hard to convince, they will see reason if you persist. Life promises to lighten up as October draws on and with the new Moon of the 19th occurring in the most socially active part of your chart, it's time to get out and about.

October 1-15: The full Moon of the 5th fires up your social life, so get out there and fling yourself into the whirl. Unfortunately, you're encountering some harsh aspects involving interpersonal issues near the 8th, but there's no need to take every sarcastic comment to heart and also no need to go into a sullen sulk. With your ruler, Mercury, brilliantly aspected on the 13th, your ability to really communicate will win the day.

Cancer: June 21-July 22


Princess Diana

The Sun in Libra lights up the most personal angle of your chart, urging you to focus on family, lifestyle issues and your home. Don't get rattled by crosscurrents at work, especially near the 11th, and do take whatever steps it takes to make your life more fulfilling and deepen those ties that bind. Creative and entrepreneurial projects are highlighted as October winds down and it's time to do, to dare and to actively go after your dreams.

October 1-15: If you put your needs on the table near the 3rd, you will achieve what you're hoping for but not before you're put through the wringer by others' worries and concerns. The trick is to not go on some sort of retaliatory warpath when testy aspects strike near the 8th and 10th, but instead stand back until everyone sees reason. Venus's entrance on the scene will begin to smooth out the wrinkles by the 15th.

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Leo: July 23-August 23


James Baldwin

Be prepared to sort out your priorities as October begins. A bit of fact facing is in order and you also should try to clarify exactly what it is that you're most committed to pursuing at this time. Your communication angle is highlighted in a way that indicates that the moment's come to speak up and reach out—even to arrange important face-to-face meetings. With jaunty Jupiter entering Scorpio, you're also entering a personally fulfilling new year.

October 1-15: You can brilliantly set plans into place between the 1st and 3rd, but whatever occurs near the 8th is likely to put you on the defensive. Your instinct to barrel ahead will run you straight into obstacles with Mars squaring Saturn on the 11th. Instead, take your time because your aspects will be on the up and up by the 14th, and your charm will be enhanced when Venus enters Libra.

Virgo: August 24-September 23


Freddie Mercury

With Venus and Mars in your sign during the first half of October, you're both more expressive and emotionally whipped up than usual. You do seem highly motivated to reach out and make your presence felt, but try to temper your reactions when your run into resistance or you'll end up sabotaging your own efforts. Once the Sun enters Scorpio on the 23rd, you'll begin to receive the responses you're hoping for.

October 1-15: The full Moon of the 5th holds a charge that challenges you to be a true diplomat or risk losing out. And with Venus in Virgo in conflict with Saturn on the 8th, you're just going to have to rise above petty situations and focus on being kind and forgiving. Happily, Mercury, your ruler, is in harmony with Saturn by the 13th and you, in turn, will be the one with the winning hand.

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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