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Horoscopes: October 

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Aries (March 20-April 19)
If it seems a never-ending quest to keep the peace at home and at work, remember what the two have in common. The bonds that tie people together are remarkably similar no matter what the setting, though we allow some to become more intimate than others (or deem them so). Depth or passion does not change the basic necessities of communicating our expectations, of stating grievances out loud, and most meaningful of all, asking for assistance when the burdens of life become too heavy to carry alone. You need to guard against what is in truth baseless insecurity about yourself; you may at times swing through extreme moods and decide one day that you’re king of the mountain and another day notice you’re struggling for any sense of worth. If you are defensive and protective, you will likely feel less safe. If you seek cooperation, balance and honesty, you will find that these things come to you with surprising ease and grace—even if at certain times during the next few months you display no such qualities.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
You are in a certain situation for the long haul, but you may not want to think of it that way. Rather, consider that now that you’ve overcome certain deep doubts about yourself, and have constructed a foundation strong enough to build on, others around you are showing their commitment and integrity—now. You may feel you need to push against them, or claim your space; rather, I suggest you enlist their cooperation, and propose terms of the relationship that work for you. The seemingly least likely situations are the ones most likely to work out best, and agreements that recently seemed impossible to assemble are now subject to that beautiful cosmic property known as breakthrough. Bear in mind that what you co-create is something entirely new, based on different principles than anything you’ve experienced before. You may at times feel you lack the permission of “the world,” but the time has finally come for you to have more influence on the culture than it has on you—in art as well as in love.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
Your deepest healing will come from revealing your deepest secrets. It is fair to say that most people strain under the burden of what they don’t reveal to their loved ones. These might include feelings, impassioned desires, and one’s sense of emotional pain; they might include unexpressed gripes or the fact that one is keeping an emotional scorecard in a relationship. You now have an extended opportunity to get the truth out. If it feels you must do so at the risk of a particularly close or committed relationship, I suggest you take the chance. What good is an opportunity to bond with another person if it’s not done from a clear place? It may seem like you’re risking what you have, but what you’re really gambling on is the possibility of something a lot better. Be mindful that if you go down this road, you are in essence committing to going as deep into the past as you need in order to be sane, happy, and free in the present. You may agree, this is a reasonable proposition.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Mars is now in your birth sign, where it will remain well into 2008. (Mars turns retrograde in Cancer Nov. 15, so it spends about six months of its two-year orbit in your sign.) This is your invitation to focus your intentions and experiment with the power of desire. Note that this era doesn’t appear to be a transient phase of your life, but rather, a threshold to a new understanding of yourself and how you can relate to your world: directly. You are soon to learn that you’re more likely to get what you desire than what you don’t desire. The key to this equation is to make your desires conscious, and to learn how to cancel the ones you don’t want or need. This will require a constant exercise in awareness, and then the additional step of making choices. Part of what you sort out are your past desires from your current ones; all while making room for what you may want in the future. As you do this, remember: feeling secure is more of a choice than a matter of chance.

Leo (July 22-August 23)
You now have the confidence to make some unusual progress, which will teach you one thing mainly—confidence is most of what you want to have the life you want. I wish this were a subject of more open discussion—but what it takes to have faith in oneself is generally kept quiet, or sold at an extremely high fee. I propose that there are two elements to confidence that, once mastered or at least made conscious, go a long way toward creating self-assurance. One is confidence with language. This is rare to find; most people honestly feel they are stumbling over their words, falling short of what they really mean. That leads to silence more often than speaking up. Second is sexual self-confidence, which is even rarer to find. In this world, you can get by pretty good with one or the other; I don’t think you can get far with neither working; both would be best, because we need that balance between the Goddess and the alphabet. Now they can work together for you. I suggest you use this opportunity to find the words to say what you think and what you feel—literally, to speak the unspeakable.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

All the potential you have been secretly brewing these months and perhaps years is getting ready to hatch, or is at the moment coming out of its shell. Can you feel it? Well, it may not feel so thrilling; it may however feel like this huge pressure to come to terms with yourself, like there is something you must reckon with complete honesty. That urge to be boldly, blatantly honest with yourself is the feeling of being reborn. I suggest you give it a try, or another try—let out whatever you are holding in, even if it’s into a notebook, anonymous blog, or digital recorder. To some, Saturn’s presence in their sign may seem to be sending the message that you must wait, contemplate, and organize yourself. I get a different message: wake up, and let go of the past—and quickly. Be aware from your attempts to reach your truth of all that is outmoded in your life. Use your brain; consider your own thoughts; state your priorities. Last month’s solar eclipse in your sign started a process that will continue for the next six months, at least.

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