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What the First Half of October Has in Store for Us

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

Mapping out strategies—especially on the financial front—is one of your themes this month and so is initiating new plans, notably near the 9th. You're springing clear of situations that have been holding you captive for the last several months and you're determined to follow a sure and steady path. With Venus—your ruling planet—going out of sync from October 10th until November 16th, though, be prepared to wait out certain personal uncertainties.

October 1-15: If you try to force the pace near the 3rd, you'll only block your own way. By the 10th, though, you'll have a new lease on life and your ability to think logically and clearly will take you where you want to go. The 15th promises to be a particularly favorable day for you when the cosmos is on your side—so go ahead and press your luck.

Scorpio: October 24-November 22


Indira Gandhi

You really should give yourself the time and space to do some stepping back to think through perplexing situations until the Sun enters your sign on the 23rd. With Venus out of phase in Scorpio, personal matters appear clouded and unclear. Fortunately, Mars' forward motion in Aquarius promises unfettered progress around home related affairs and Saturn in direct motion in your communication angle enhances your reasoning and ability to face facts.

October 1-15: Rigid thinking will be your nemesis near the 3rd, so make an effort to learn as you go and to not make assumptions. The new Moon in Libra on the 9th is all about private moments that enable you to clarify your plans and ideas and whatever occurs when Venus conjoins Mercury on the 15th promises to strengthen your ties with someone who matters.

Sagittarius: November 23-December 21


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Bruce Lee

Don't let anyone's negativity hold you back early this month. The new plans that are in your sights will be taking you where you need to go, especially near the 9th. After the 10th, an increasing focus on private matters and altruistic endeavors will enable you to make all the right moves. What you need to know is that you really are on the brink of a particularly promising new chapter. Decisions and agreements reached at months end will prove highly beneficial.

October 1-15: The new Moon of the 9th exerts an irresistible tug on your adventuresome spirit—so get out there and explore new places and people. The entrance of Mercury into a hidden angle of your chart on the 10th, though, indicates that you really do need to scrutinize and analyze before making a commitment—then take the plunge on the 15th.

Capricorn: December 22-January 20


Muhammad Ali

Life seems to be giving you a "Yes/No" message this month: Get out and launch new plans but be ready to bide your time when important associates seem to be out of sync or dragging their heels. Fortunately, financial constraints appear to be giving way and with numerous planets lighting up the most extraverted angle of your chart, be ready to get out and about and widen your social and professional horizons—especially near the 29th.

October 1-15: The Sun and new Moon of the 9th at the zenith of your solar chart stir up your most ambitious hopes. And you should get out there and engage in some page turning moves. Still with Pluto raising objections near the 12th, you won't feel entirely in sync with the reactions you're receiving. Whatever occurs on the 15th, though, should more than reassure you.

Aquarius: January 21-February 19


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Virginia Woolf

With Mars moving forward in your birth sign this month, you will be able to clear hurdles that have been holding you back. And with Jupiter also moving forward in your career angle, past accomplishments and efforts will be taking you towards new success. Until mid-November, though, certain crucial questions will remain unanswered, so be prepared to wait and see. Your world is about to open up in surprising ways and you're entering a new chapter.

October 1-15: The new Moon of the 9th harmonizes with your birth sign and it also urges you to cover new ground. And with Mercury coming to the top of your chart on the 10th, it's time for your voice to be heard. Don't hold back—express your options and share your ideas. Your abilities and brilliance will be particularly apparent to all on the 15th.

Pisces: February 20-March 20


Nina Simone

You're in a stage setting period and you'll benefit by putting out feelers and initiating discussions with associates who appreciate your worth. You also should engage in some careful strategizing and make a firm decision about which plans you really want to pursue. Be ready to reset your compass, especially near the 24th, and give others the time they need to make firm commitments. Travel near and far is quite brilliantly highlighted.

October 1-15:
 Mars now in forward motion in a hidden angle of your chart begins to lift you out of a quagmire from the past. Getting a better grasp over finances is the theme near the 9th and firming up long term plans near the 12th will give you a chance to get your life on a more successful path. Contacts at a distance are also brilliantly highlighted on the 15th.

Aries: March 21-April 20


Maya Angelou

October appears to be an encouraging time for you both personally and professionally. Your ruling planet Mars has emerged from the tailspin it's been in since late June and you should finally see recent efforts begin to pay off. Close relationships are also in the planetary spotlight and a kind of emotional renaissance seems to be in play that's all about tuning in and making plans that draw you and others closer.

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October 1-15: Try to steer clear of meaningless squabbles near the 3rd. The new Moon in Libra on the 9th offers a chance to refresh close relationships by being sensitive to others' needs. Who's calling the shots may be an issue near the 12th, but just avoid power issues because whatever occurs near the 14th will make up for any misunderstandings and crossed signals that have occurred.

Taurus: April 21-May 21


Audrey Hepburn

Lots of discussions and possibilities abound this month. You will be opening up new territory or going after a goal that is vitally important to you, and with Mars at the top of your chart, your determination promises results. A lot of action in your opposite sign of Scorpio also draws you into intense interactions and even though you may not know where relationships are headed before mid-November you have every reason to hope for the best. 

October 1-15: The new Moon in Libra on the 9th accents change—especially around your work life—that sets you on a better path. Try not to dicker over details but do make sure you've got the basics right. The 12th is the time to zero in on agreements that will stabilize your present situation and the 15th is the moment to say "yes" to intriguing offers that come your way.

Gemini: May 22-June 20


Josephine Baker

Mercury in Scorpio urges you to analyze and dig beneath the surface for answers this month. Your clever mind seems to be leading you in some intriguing new directions and hitting upon solutions that set you on a more secure path. With the Sun in the most playful angle of your chart, it's time to throw a party or get out and about, especially near the 8th and whatever occurs near the 23rd urges you to explore new environments and venues. 

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October 1-15: A work related issue—possibly of an interpersonal nature—that crops up near the 5th isn't likely to be resolved until mid-November, so just let it go. The new Moon of the 9th harmonizes with your Sun sign and directs you to tap into your creative talents and with Mercury in aspect to Saturn on the 12th, it's time to make decisions and reach agreements.

Cancer: June 21-July 22


Princess Diana

At this time of year, the Sun in Libra always clues you into matters involving home and hearth, and you can be confident that any changes you set into motion near the 8th will prove beneficial. Though you may not be seeing eye-to-eye with others near the 12th, you'll do yourself a favor if you don't become huffy and indignant, but wait it out. Life will become more playful and social after the 22nd and it's also time to throw yourself into creative endeavors.

October 1-15:
 With Venus—the planet of love and romance—going out of sync from October 5th through November 16th, affairs of the heart may be posing some puzzling issues. Personally, you seem to be making some adjustments or lifestyle shifts right now. With a magical conjunction of Mercury and Venus happening on the 15th, you'll be a magnet for attention and affection.

Leo: July 23-August 23


James Baldwin

Movement, action, and communication are powerfully accented this month, so get out and around and promote your brilliant ideas. Mars' forward motion in Aquarius indicates that partners are emerging from complex and trying situations and are now ready to meet you halfway. The Sun's entrance into Scorpio on the 23rd is all about home and personal connections and there seems to be a way in which your best hopes will be coming to fruition.

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October 1-15: After the 5th, be ready to put a puzzling personal issue on the back burner because it won't become untangled before mid-November. The new Moon of the 9th is an inspiring one for Leos and your good spirits will guarantee positive responses and results even if you run into a tricky issue near the 12th. By the 15th, your plans promise to fly.

Virgo: August 24-September 23


Freddie Mercury

Even if you run into some obstacles as October unfolds, don't doubt your own judgment. By mid-month you'll see that you really are on the right track. A personal matter does seem to be hanging in the air, though, and you're best off letting others figure out what they think and want and not pressing for answers. Getaways hold magic as October draws to a close and so do new arrangements and agreements.

October 1-15: The new Moon energy of the 9th impels you to take a thoughtful survey of financial and other arrangements and launch new plans. Your ruling planet Mercury will be making some important aspects now which indicate that you'll be sharpening your focus, homing in on details and receiving some favorable information near the 15th.

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

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