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Intimacy heats up quickly early this week, Pisces—but guard your precious secrets with care. On Wednesday, October 5 molten Mars and big-mouthed Jupiter cross wires, throwing off your intuition. Don’t be too quick to trust. Someone could take you into their confidence only to mine information from you that winds up in the wrong hands. We’re not telling you to be paranoid; just use common sense. A connection that starts out as an instant lovefest might not go further than the superficial, which can be disappointing for a sign like yours that prefers to plumb the depths. And please, don’t try to turn it into something it’s not, Pisces. Wishful thinking will only end up exhausting you. The same holds true on Friday when the bright, outgoing Sun winds up in a similar entangled angle to secretive Pluto. People are sure to turn on the charm over the weekend. Your job, Pisces, is to enjoy the flattery without falling for the game. It’s ancient wisdom here: Time truly is the most telling factor when it comes to judging others. Even if people have the best intentions, they may not have the integrity to keep their promises or the ability to really walk their talk. Gauge for consistency and reliability over the next few weeks or months. On that note, have you been a flaky fish yourself? Make amends with an important person who you recently blew off. Offer to treat for lunch and show up on time for your hangout! Word is bond. Also on Friday, messenger Mercury slips into Libra and your chamber of secrets until October 24. What's REALLY going on here, anyway? All things esoteric will appeal to you now—even more than usual. Dive below the surface and poke around. (Not that anyone has to twist your mermaid tail to get you to do this!) You could even add a new mystical skill to your repertoire, like palm reading, I Ching, or decoding your astrological chart. Pay attention to other unspoken cues like body language. This can be more telling than a verbal exchange. This eye-opening quiz could reveal your abilities to read other people…or teach you a thing or two about picking up their legit signals (glug) (http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/ei_quiz/)! With Mercury in this position, your seductive charms will be on high. Conversations will be charged with innuendoes. Save your final rose for someone who can meet you on all levels: mind, body AND soul. What you focus on expands, so pay attention to the person who has the true promise for the long haul—even if the excitement is a little less intense than the “come here, now go away” mystery man or woman who you can never figure out. If you’re in a relationship, purposefully plan more private, “just the two of us” time. That doesn’t have to happen at home. If you’ve been stuck in a rut, rent an Airbnb in a culturally dynamic metropolis, take day trips and go exploring as a couple.



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No one’s the boss of you, Aquarius! But is an influential person verging on guru status? There’s nothing wrong with following the ideology of a wise teacher. Just don’t forget to compare notes with your own brain, and always, always think for yourself! With fast-moving Mars and Jupiter in a complicated formation this Wednesday, October 5, you could take an oversized swig of Kool-Aid. When you hoist people onto pedestals, they’ll invariably fall from grace. How could they not? They’re only human. Remember that, especially if a charismatic type lulls you into spiral-eyed submission—or you suddenly find yourself being the mouthpiece for someone else’s movement. More than ever this week, it’s important to maintain your own personal bubble, absorbing the best and leaving the rest. The same holds true for interpersonal relationships. Maybe you’ve started to feel responsible for other people’s moods and even treat grown adults as if they were under your charge. If so, this Mars-Jupiter mashup could seriously make you revolt. Draw better boundaries but don’t play the blame game. It takes two to tango, Aquarius. Your job this week is to NOT overgive (or parent anyone over age 18)—and also to feel ZERO guilt about that. On Friday, October 7 an extended storm front FINALLY clears as messenger Mercury exits Virgo and your brooding, mysterious eighth house for the first time since July 30. Normally, Mercury hangs in a sign for three weeks, but due to a retrograde that lasted from August 30 to September 22, you endured this intense cycle for three times as long! (Hugs.) That case of planetary PMS subsides starting Friday as Mercury sails into Libra and your worldly, optimistic ninth house until October 24. Joie de vivre and your adventurous spirit return—along with your killer wit. You might even have a chuckle about something that made you see red last month—laughter IS the best medicine. To boost your mood, start connecting to far-flung friends. A Skype session with an expat amigo could quickly evolve into a travel plan. (Book NOW, Aquarius.) And no matter your Google Earth coordinates, cross-cultural connections will simmer with extra spice. You could become the adopted member of someone else's "tribe" or pull together a rainbow coalition of friends for your fall crew. Your mind is hungry for fresh sources of information now, too. Sign up for a workshop; maybe even learn a foreign language. You'll be happiest in the company of upbeat go-getters who spark your own entrepreneurial spirit. Near the weekend, you may have to leave one situation behind in order to make way for another. But this won’t be easy! On Friday, the Sun in your expansive ninth house gets checked by possessive Pluto in your emotionally-entangled twelfth. You might even think about sticking around out of guilt or misguided obligation. But if you’ve outgrown this situation, don’t, or you’ll limit your own growth. But do look within, Are you running away because you feel afraid of taking the next step? Doing some fact-finding about what lies ahead can unearth creative possibilities. With some clever negotiating you might be able to miraculously turn the whole thing around. But you’ll have to speak your truth in order to make that happen.



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Rome wasn’t built in a day, Capricorn, but early this week, you’ll be hell bent on laying the marble and erecting those Doric columns. With go-getter Mars in Capricorn from September 27 until November 8, we can’t blame you for being so…motivated. But are you biting off more than you can chew? This Wednesday, October 5 over-the-top Jupiter will lock into a challenging square (90-degree angle) with Mars, making you prone to excess. Slow down a little and consider streamlining your massive mission—or at least, breaking it down into manageable phases. That way, you can actually enjoy the process of achievement and, better yet, allow your creative side to have a say in the outcome! If you overpromised, don’t leave the “under delivering” part up to chance. Let people know that you need to regroup and set more realistic milestones. With honest communication, you won’t lose their trust. And don’t worry about losing momentum—your social network won’t let that happen. On Friday, garrulous Mercury glides into Libra and your tenth house of success, making you a magnet for magnates. Between now and October 24, you’ll attract some real heavy hitters if you play your cards right. Make room in the calendar for some strategic socializing, mingling purposefully with people who are on a similar path. Building (and maintaining) strong relationships is the key to security, Capricorn—and a healthy reminder that you are not alone. Whether your goal is to start a non-profit, set up a five-state tour with your band, or nab the corner office, let friends in on your dreams. Helpful people will come out of the woodwork. Men in particular may be your “earth angels” this October, as the tenth house is the masculine zone of the chart. If it feels too intimidating to try to infiltrate the boys’ club, set up one on ones with the influential guys in your sphere. Have the men in your circle been getting the short end of the stick? Set up some bonding time with your dad, brother, son, BF or husband—and make sure he knows just how important he is to you. Your acknowledgment will be food for his soul. Beware the competitive vibes this weekend. When you play that game, Capricorn, you don’t just keep up with the Joneses; you crush them. But wouldn’t it be better to keep those well-connected peeps as allies? With the Sun in your ambitious tenth house in a confusing clash with cutthroat Pluto in Capricorn on Friday, you could lose sight of the big picture. Don’t let a temporary bout of insecurity overtake you or you could wind up alienating potential supporters. And it goes both ways: If someone steps to you with a little too much swagger, see the situation for what it actually is—their desperate attempt to prove themselves, and probably impress you, too. Don’t rush to DQ them though. Try to put them at ease with some genuine compliments and curiosity. Then you’ll see if there’s actual mojo behind the ego.



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Too many cooks in the kitchen? Uh-oh. Your efforts to be democratic could hit a snag early this week, Sagittarius. On Wednesday, October 5 firebrand Mars in your stubborn second house clashes with your ruler Jupiter in your collaborative eleventh. You have a vision, Archer, and a damn fine one at that. But as it turns out, so does everyone else on your team. Before you adopt a defensive posture, listen to what other people have to say. This is not about bending over backwards or compromising just to keep the peace—that would be a mistake. But someone may offer a more innovative way of doing things that actually saves you time. Or, if you’ve veered too far from convention, one of the guard dogs in your crew could remind you of the importance of doing certain things by the books. It’s all about balance, Sagittarius, so whatever compromise you strike, make sure it has a healthy mix of old and new techniques. Your social side returns with a vengeance this Friday, as communicator Mercury moves into Libra and your community-spirited eleventh house until October 24. This also marks the end of Mercury’s prolonged voyage through Virgo and your ultra-driven tenth house that began on July 30—and included a retrograde from August 30 to September 22! If you haven’t been working like a fiend since late summer, you’ve probably been obsessing over your career path to some degree. But your plate overfloweth, Archer, and you have two choices: burn out trying to do it all alone or start drafting for members of the Sagittarius dream team. Joint ventures will be lively and energizing if you sync up with qualified people. Warning: With speedy Mercury in the mix, you could be a little quick to pull the trigger on these collabs. Check people’s references and test the waters with smaller scale projects to see how you actually gel. Do have fun for fun’s sake, too, Archer. Plan group hangs with your free-spirited friends and throw a party, just because. Any gathering you host will be well attended this month! New friends pop up in real time and online. The eleventh house rules technology and you could find your tribe through a message board, Facebook group or social media. If your web presence could use some polish, post new profile pics, weed the fluff from your feeds and update your LinkedIn profile. Learning new software—or mastering the traffic-boosting tips of social media—could increase your financial flow. Check out the timely roster of classes at General Assembly that can be done on-site or remotely (https://generalassemb.ly/). Be mindful of the company you keep this weekend, Sagittarius—even if Mercury has you back in “the more, the merrier” mode. With the Libra Sun in your communal eleventh house at odds with nefarious Pluto this Friday, a bad apple could wind up in your party, spoiling the fun for everyone. Or, worse, you might not actually pick up on this person’s untrustworthy and manipulative vibes…at least not immediately. As a rule, don’t go spilling your personal biz to anyone within earshot. (And keep the confessionals off of Facebook while you’re at it.) If it’s support you need, seek it from people who have never faltered at having your back. Are group expenses involved with your weekend plans? Make sure everyone’s in agreement before you book any pricier events—or put the reservation on your credit card in good faith. Money could get funny with your squad as the week wraps, so it’s probably best to let everyone be responsible for buying their own tickets and picking up their own tabs.    



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Loose lips sink ships, Scorpio! Your secretive sign usually lives by this law. But on Wednesday, October 5 discretion may go out the window as big-mouthed Jupiter gets into a tangled angle with brash Mars. The temptation of gossip will be hard to resist, especially if you already have beef with a certain someone. But joining in to a group rant could be your undoing. The walls have ears—and it’s tricky to tell what side people are actually on. Vent to trusted confidantes only. Or, if you feel you could actually reason with the offending party, take up your complaints with them directly. Just remember that it’s a two-way street. Before you march in with a litany of complaints, take a look at how you may have participated in the meltdown—even by being too nice when you should have set a boundary! On Friday, grab your SCUBA gear and dive into the emotion ocean. Messenger Mercury plunges into Libra and your twelfth house of healing until October 24. You’re a deep thinker, Scorpio—and sometimes you are even a mystery to yourself! But you’ve been known to bottle up your feelings when they get too intense. With Mercury in this introspective position until the 24th, create space for parsing through your subconscious. If you need a Sherpa for the journey, find a great therapist, coach or counselor. Mercury could also reveal some “earth angels” in your friendship circle, helpful people who have “been there, done that” and can guide you along the way. There is definitely strength in numbers when social Mercury is at the helm. But you need the RIGHT confidantes now: trusted souls who are compassionate and won’t judge you for being the sensitive person that you are. And make ample time for creative pursuits over the coming few weeks. This Mercury cycle brings divine downloads for artistic and musical Scorpios. The muse will be sitting on your shoulder until October 24. Instead of worrying about what an audience will think, just make art for art's sake—creating from a place of pure passion will turn out your most fascinating work of all. Explore your obsession with the esoteric realm, too, trying a past life regression or metaphysical workshop to sharpen your own psychic gifts. Your stroke of genius could pop up while you’re meditating and even in your dreams. Keep a capture tool handy to record those brilliant gems. Over the weekend, trying to paint sunshine over a stormy situation won’t make the clouds go away. On Friday, probing Pluto (your cosmic ruler) in your third house of communication, tussles with the Sun in Libra and your twelfth house of boundaries. Stop with the “positive thinking,” and get real about what’s bugging you. Before you can solve a problem you have to address the fact that things aren’t going as smoothly as planned. Admitting this is not a sign of defeat, Scorpio. Don’t let pride stand in the way of honesty. The sooner you deal, the easier it will be to heal what’s broken. For best results, start with a private conversation—and set the right atmosphere. You don’t want to put the “culprit” on the defensive by firing off accusations or making a scene. Try a compliment sandwich, buttressing your complaint between two genuinely acknowledging statements. Think it over, What is this person doing RIGHT? Once you tune into that, your upset feelings may soften, helping you view the situation from a more balanced perspective. But this doesn’t absolve anyone of wrongdoing. You have to call ’em to the carpet before things get out of hand.



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Lovable Libra, you’ve never met a stranger. And when you turn on your megawatt charm, people instantaneously warm to you. But does that mean they deserve an all access pass to your inner circle? Um, no. But on Wednesday when rapid-fire Mars and “no limits” Jupiter lock into a challenging square (90-degree angle) you may have to set some clearer boundaries. Don’t get mad; just speak up. If you’ve been lax or overly giving, you can’t fault people for thinking you’d be cool with their nervy behavior. Hey, they were just “making themselves at home.” And while you like to be generous, you may be verging into people pleasing terrain. Tune in: Do certain people leave you feeling obligated in some way as if you owe them? These entitled narcissists may not belong on Team Libra. But if they happen to be close friends or family, start dealing with them a lot more strictly. Otherwise, they could trample you with their demands. And if you need to replace a BFF or two, here’s happy news. On Friday, social butterfly Mercury flutters into Libra until October 24, charging you up with outgoing vibes. But there won’t be any superficial small talk now. This Mercury phase wants you to keep it real, even if your ideas and outlook go against the grain. You don’t need everyone to like you, Libra. Instead, work on creating authentic connections with people. That starts with you being honest about your likes and dislikes. Don’t hold back. Your normally cooperative nature could be replaced by a fierce competitive streak. The number one spot has your name on it, so bring your best. The cream always rises to the top. Got a message to shout from the rooftops, a memoir to write or a podcast to record? Your story deserves to be told, Libra, and messenger Mercury can make you quite the raconteur. And use that gift of gab for your career too. You’re an unstoppable salesperson now so pitch and present your ideas. Some influential people could sign on before October is through. Do you have enough personal space? On Friday, private Pluto in your fourth house of home and family will clash with the Sun in Libra and your first house of self. Something about your living arrangement may be in need of a shift. Perhaps you need to swap the rooms around so your sleeping quarters are in the quieter zone and your music studio isn’t positioned right on top of your downstairs neighbors’ bedroom, say. Intuitively, you know when a room feels inviting and when it feels stressful or cramped. Even changing your decor scheme (read: making it more minimalist) can do wonders for your serenity. Group your sentimental objects and gorgeous travel finds into collections. Like a museum, you can rotate the exhibits instead of putting everything on display all at once. If one of your roomies has been overdoing it with the open door policy, let ’em know you need more “me time.” But it goes both ways, Libra. Make no assumptions yourself. Knocking is not just a courtesy; it’s a saving grace.



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So…many…beautiful…things! Early this week, your eye for aesthetics will do battle with your sensible spending strategy. And forget about relying on impulse control. On Wednesday the 5th, impetuous Mars gets in a tangled angle with Jupiter the gambler. Before you know it, money could sear a hole in your silk-lined pocket. Start a Pinterest board and flesh out a budget before you blow the rent check on some candy-colored “treasure” that you don’t actually need. But if you’ve had your wallet in a vice grip, this transit might be helpful. It takes money to make money, Virgo, so invest in a tool or training that can help you grow your fortune. On Friday, your ruling planet Mercury is on the move. After an extended tour through Virgo, which began on July 30—and included a signal-jamming retrograde from August 30 to September 22—the winged messenger moves on to Libra and your pragmatic second house. While it’s sad to see Mercury go, there’s also a measure of relief. Hosting the expressive planet for so long made you irrepressibly candid and quick to judge. But you may have learned (the hard way, even) that loose lips sink ships. (Virgo, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do.) With Mercury ambling through Libra until October 24, you’ll slow down enough to catch up with your thoughts. You’ve no doubt had some big, bright ideas while mentally acute Mercury was in your sign for the past couple months! But focus and productivity were hard to come by, alas. Now, you can roll up your sleeves and get down to business. With a few drops of midnight oil you may have something to brag about by October 24! Bring more practical magic to every aspect of your life, starting with your budget. Then, move on to your calendar, streamlining your social obligations. If you’re going to spend time or money, it’s “quality over quantity” now. Tighten your belt and set aside savings—not just for rainy days but also for indulgences that will be more than just a fleeting fix. And don't just fixate on the expenses column. Chatty Mercury helps you initiate conversations about money. Don't be shy about pitching ideas or picking up new clients this month. Even random socializing can unearth prosperous synergies. Also on Friday, there will be a repeat performance of Wednesday’s square (90-degree angle), but this time it’s the Libra Sun in your second house of values clashing with seductive Pluto in Capricorn in your fifth house of self-expression. A battle of the egos could erupt—with your romantic partner, even. If you disagree with someone, it’s important that you speak your mind and also stand your ground. But don’t be SO stuck in a groove that you refuse to consider another perspective. If you’re not putting yourself in harm’s way, then what’s the resistance to trying out someone else’s ideas? Stepping out of your comfort zone can be downright transformational this weekend. Your knee jerk reaction of saying no to things could actually be limiting you.



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Helpful hints…or a hit below the belt? Hold your fire before you unleash a round of tough love this week—especially if you’re giving a “peer review” to a sibling, coworker or close friend. Yes, you see EXACTLY how their troubles could be remedied. (Why it isn’t obvious to them is the real head scratcher!) But until people are actually ready to hear it, delivering advice could land as insulting. Try to keep some of your stronger opinions under wraps until you’re asked for them. Or, if you feel you must share, ask people if you can offer them some insight before you volunteer said words of wisdom. Getting their permission first should make them more receptive to your feedback. Now, Leo, here’s the REAL question: Why are you so wrapped up in other people’s affairs? Perhaps you’re covertly avoiding an intimidating goal of your own. Instead of playing life coach, book a session with a certified one yourself. Or sit down with an experienced friend and map out some action steps for your dreams. With someone to hold your hand and keep you accountable, you might make huge strides towards a personal milestone—a far more rewarding way to expend your energy. This Friday, loquacious Mercury heads into Libra and your friendly, expressive third house until October 24. Get ready, Your popularity is due to shoot to the moon. Friends come out of the woodwork, filling your fall calendar with invites and fun extracurricular activities. No need to travel far from home to get your fix. The local scene will bubble with excitement. You might even be inspired to host your own weekly event like a trivia night at your favorite neighborhood pub or a community goodwill initiative. And while it’s fun to be a regular, don’t sign any membership papers before the 24th. With Mercury in your third house, you’re better off being a dabbling dilettante, exploring all the offerings in your ‘hood. If your Facebook friend count is already on overload, play Superconnector and bring your random groups of friends together for some fun group hangs. Watching who clicks from your coterie will be fascinating—and let's be honest, you'll revel in being the one who introduced these future power pairings! Of course, a busy bee like you needs a solid transportation plan in place. Get your ride tuned up and test drive new models if you’re ready for an upgrade. With the communication planet in your communication house, you’ll have a way with words. This is a great time for writing projects, podcasting or any other initiatives that involve your gift of gab. Taking a social media workshop could even spell money in the bank for Leos looking to make some moolah on the side. Just before the weekend, there’s one more cosmic clash to contend with. Shifty Pluto will lock horns with your ruler, the radiant Sun, on Friday—revealing hidden agendas. A supposed ally could be more “out for self” than you realized. Have you been a little too trusting with the gossipy types? Zip it, Leo. If they’re talking that much smack about other people, you can’t expect them to keep your secrets in the vault. Some reshuffling of your inner circle may be inevitable. The mean girls have run their course…bye! Make room for the high vibes types.



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Keep the SCUBA gear handy, Cancer. Early this week, you could plunge deep into the emotion ocean…a place where it feels kind of hard to breathe. On Wednesday, October 5 hotheaded Mars in Capricorn and your seventh house of relationships locks into a challenging square (90-degree angle) with outspoken Jupiter in Libra and your fourth house of personal affairs. A feisty family member could push you to your limit with her aggressive behavior; or, you could take your lover’s actions a little too personally. Whatever the case, your sensitive streak will flare—and that’s not always when you do your clearest thinking, Cancer. Yes, you may legitimately need to set boundaries or to find out where a friend or S.O.’s true intentions lie. But wait until you’re in a calm, centered space before you address the conflict. A harmonious middle ground can be found, and the silver lining of this square is that it will buoy your confidence—especially if you need to stand up to someone who has a strong personality! On Friday, put the chicken soup in the crockpot and slide into your fleece slippers. Messenger Mercury decamps to Libra and your cozy, compassionate fourth house until October 24, joining the Sun and Jupiter there. Small talk just won’t cut it now. Plan intimate, one-on-one time with the people you adore. You want to connect from a deep and heartfelt place. The tissue box may need a few refills, too, with all the heartwarming exchanges coming your way. Give your inner circle top priority, even if that means bowing out of a few group hangs. Do you love where you live, Cancer? If not, curious Mercury could send you hunting for new digs. Explore up-and-coming neighborhoods with cool underground art scenes or even a more established cultural Mecca. If you don’t live in the heart of the action (hey, you need your space) perhaps you’ll move within easier distance. Happily nested? Use this Mercury cycle to make your space more functional and efficient. Build shelves, manage storage and invest in a lifehacking gadget like a crock-pot that you can “set and forget,” then voila: Dinner! There could be another ripple in the pond near the weekend when two heavenly bodies form a similar square to Wednesday’s. This time, it’s subterranean Pluto in Capricorn and your partnership house tussling with the ego-driven Sun in Libra and your domestic zone. Family drama or relationship conflicts could bubble up again. This time, they simply can’t be swept under the rug. The Sun may even expose a few skeletons in the closet. And while you’ve never been a fan of airing dirty laundry, there’s an opportunity for deep healing and transformation if you’re willing to face the music. Remember: Nobody’s life is perfect, despite what their filtered Instagram feeds report. Pluto says, “Go deep!” while the Sun lends the courage to face any discordant tunes playing in the background (or foreground) of your life. Privacy is the best policy, so if someone pulls you into an intimate discussion, insist on having it behind closed doors.



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Intensity alert! Your feelings could range from powerful to overwhelming early this week as firebrand Mars in your possessive eighth house locks horns with fast-moving Jupiter in your passionate fifth. You would do anything for love right now—yes, even THAT. But whoa, Gemini! Have you considered the long-range impact your actions may have? Well, given the “need, want, have” energy of Mars and Jupiter, probably not. Conversely, if someone’s pushed your buttons, you could retaliate by hitting below the belt. Ouch! But should you catch yourself getting swept up in the moment at the expense of your own stability, hit the brakes. Loving other people doesn’t mean losing sight of your own center. Maintain your sense of balance; in fact, those moments where you desperately want to see a certain someone—or start a fight—make a sharp U-turn. These are the exact times you need to tune in to yourself. Romantic fantasy (or even personal drama) may simply be a distraction from your creative work. And on that note, don’t resist the muse this week, Gemini. All those feels swirling through you could be fodder for your magnum opus. Inspiration starts flowing even stronger on Friday when your cosmic ruler, Mercury, heads into Libra and your expressive, artistic and romantic fifth house. If you hit a creative block over the past couple months, it could quickly dissolve. Figuring out which projects to focus on first will be the bigger problem while Mercury swirls through Libra until October 24, so don’t overload your plate. This transit also marks the end of Mercury’s extended voyage through Virgo, which began on July 30 and included a rocky retrograde from August 30 to September 22. Tension with relatives and roomies will start to ease up. And if you’ve been flying under the radar, time to soar higher, Gemini. With Mercury in Libra now activating your flamboyant, fame-fueled fifth house until the 24th, the spotlight is calling you. Pitch, perform, present! And pose, because the camera loves you, baby. Romantically, this ardent Mercury phase makes an even bigger flirt out of you. White-hot wordplay is one of your strong suits so bring on the titillating banter and spicy sexting. If you’re in a relationship, get more cultural activities on the shared calendar and bring on the weekend getaways and road trips! Style-wise, this Mercury phase green-lights some flamboyant and edgy experimentation. Give your inner rockstar the wheel and go try on some Bowie boots, a 70s inspired maxidress, vintage Halston or a colorful faux fur jacket just for the fun of it. This weekend, keep on shielding your field from toxic people. On Friday, shadowy Pluto in your eighth house of secrets will clash with the Libra Sun in your live-out-loud fifth. You’re quite the raconteur, Gemini, but scan the room before you start sharing one of your entertaining and colorful stories. The walls have ears, as they say—and while there needn’t be any shame in your game, you still don’t need certain info making it to the grapevine. On that note, go easy on the venting, especially if you’re not sure where people’s allegiance stands. If it crosses the line into the gossip category, you could wind up burning bridges. If you need to unload, trusted allies only!



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There’s always more to learn, Taurus. Early this week, shift into R+D mode and do your research. Know-it-all Jupiter will crash into a challenging square with impetuous Mars on Wednesday, October 5, warning against any hasty assertions. Make sure you REALLY know what you’re talking about before you state your position. Review both sides of an argument carefully: If this doesn’t open your mind, it will strengthen your position. But equally important to doing this fact-finding is making sure your information comes from a credible source. Under this impulsive transit you could be swept along by the latest self-proclaimed guru’s compelling—yet unsubstantiated—claims. Just because someone speaks with confidence and authority doesn’t mean they actually know what the heck they’re talking about. With Jupiter in Libra and your sixth house of healthy living, be especially mindful when it comes to diet, medical and exercise advice. Avoid the faddish or “extreme” programs, which might bring temporary results but could be difficult to maintain in the long run. There might be a pill for everything, but self-diagnosing should be avoided. Go to a real doctor, not the WebMD if you are having symptoms or thinking of taking any supplements. But do turn your focus to your body nonetheless. On Friday, messenger Mercury will join Jupiter in Libra until October 24, piquing your interest in the wellness world. Find joy in self-care, the pleasure in moving your body ("no pain, no gain" is NOT the only way). If you're overdue for checkups, get those doctors' appointments booked. Best to keep your body in balance so it runs like a well-oiled machine. Don't forget preventative medicine, the best kind there is. Schedule a massage and maybe an acupuncture treatment. Pop the daily multivitamin and add more fresh, green, pesticide-free produce to your plate. "Good bacteria" found in probiotics is linked with gut health—the key to a thriving immune system, among other benefits. Head’s up: This Mercury phase could make work exciting and a tad frenetic. Staying on top of the details is going to take some extra organization. You may even need to outsource certain tasks in the name of efficiency. Network with your colleagues and work on creating a more balanced, happy environment at your office. This is the best insurance policy out there for keeping your career secure. This weekend could be prickly with certain people in your world—particularly the critical types who feel a little too free to offer you unsolicited advice. As shadowy Pluto locks horns with the Sun on Friday, defending yourself will only give people ammo. Instead, take a break from them! You’d benefit from a getaway. If you can’t make it an overnight, go for a daylong nature hike—or even some horseback riding or a carriage ride through a cider mill, given Pluto’s position in your equestrian-loving ninth house. Have you become a little too caught up in a loved one’s affairs? If your attempts to be helpful are being met with resistance, back off. Perhaps the dynamic has ventured into codependent terrain, Taurus. Pull back and enjoy some guilt-free “me time.” You’ll be a more centered supporter once you remember that (barring kids under 18, if you have them) the only life you’re REALLY responsible for is your own.



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You have a vision, Aries—and there’s no stopping you when you get on a tear! But check yourself early this week or you could alienate key supporters. On Wednesday, October 5 your ruler, make-it-happen Mars, gets T-boned by expansive Jupiter. Cr-r-r-runch. Mars is currently cruising through Capricorn and your tenth house of career, bringing energy (and maybe some additional stress) to your professional life. But the red planet will form a challenging square (90-degree angle) to Jupiter in Libra and your seventh house of partnerships, which means: In order to expand your empire you must build and fortify relationships. Are you rushing people or pressuring them to move according your intense timeline? This might not burn bridges but it certainly won’t build them. Slow down and give others enough time to consider and deliberate. Addressing their concerns (and really listening to them!) can break through their resistance. Don’t go making any unilateral decisions now. The rogue route could spur a power struggle with a formidable influencer. That would be bad news, Aries, because you’ll benefit from having this person on your side. Diplomacy returns on Friday, when messenger Mercury swings into Libra and your seventh house of commitments until October 24. You’re MORE than ready for this after Mercury’s extended tour through Virgo and your finicky sixth house that began on July 30. It’s not that you should lower your expectations of people, Aries. But maybe you could be a little more forgiving of their, uh, human foibles? Viewing others through this softer-focused lens will help you open your heart to relationships. So…are you in or are you out? And are THEY? No more sitting on the fence or letting people take you for an endless ride through their uncertainty. It’s commitment time, Aries, and that means both parties have to give a clear yes to the union. Feeling lukewarm? Mercury's move this Friday might expedite an overdue goodbye. Clear space for the RIGHT person to move on in. But if you've been falling head over heels for someone—or seeing clear-cut ways for mutual profitability—smooth-talking Mercury helps you declare your love and appreciation. Pillow talk gets sweeter for Rams in relationships: You're more willing to compromise, cooperate and negotiate now. Hello, peaceful and pleasurable coexistence! But there’s one more curveball to contend with on Friday when the Libra Sun forms the second square of the week with shadowy Pluto in Capricorn. Once again, a struggle could erupt between your grandest goals and your personal relationships. A romantic relationship could hit a wall, especially if your future plans don’t seem to be aligning. Be careful, In your desire to make things work, you could wind up pushing YOUR agenda. And as convincing as you are, you could easily strong arm people this week. Don’t do it! While they might concede to your plan in the moment, there will be backlash later if they feel dominated or manipulated into doing your bidding. Give people the freedom to say no to you without any guilt or repercussions. Respecting their wishes may soften their stance and help you negotiate a mutually rewarding compromise.