Weekly Horoscopes for Oct 18th=24th

ARIES (March 21-April 19)
No pain, no gain.
What a week! It’s a week dominated by the only full moon in Aries this year. Endings and beginnings are writ large in this astro-scape, whether you yourself are behind the ending of chapters or events conspire to do the job for you. Add to this Jupiter turning direct and Mars squaring Pluto, and if situations which have been relentlessly stuck aren’t shifting, it won’t be through lack of planetary force. Do your absolute best not to overreact. Just keep your eyes focused on your end game. Wednesday is the most challenging day of the week, but, as you know: no pain, no gain.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Spring will come.
This has been a difficult year for many, many people. In large part the finger of blame can be pointed at the Uranus-Saturn square, which has formed a constant background to life and love, regardless of some of the other, more joyous influences. So, right now, you may feel up against it. Your ingenuity and positivity are sorely challenged. However, it may well be that current events are helping you, not hindering you. Mars-Pluto aspects get rid of the dead wood, allowing for growth in the future; they eliminate obstacles. Whatever the season is in your part of the world, spring will come.

LEO (July 23-August 23)

A tough ride.
This is a walk-the-walk kind of week. It’s no good talking about what you want to do or giving vague responses to questions. It’s about action and commitment. It’s always better to harness the power of the alignments as opposed to giving them free reign, and although it is entirely possible mid-to-late October will turn out to be a walk in the park, you’d be far better preparing for a tough ride. Indeed, travel could be part of the reason you face that tough ride – that and meetings and exchanges with people who have a lot on their minds.

LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 22)
No messing.
Mars is nearing the end of its transit of your sign but before it leaves it forges a hard aspect to mighty Pluto. For some Librans, this represents the final push to achieve your ends; for others it’s about realizing there is far more to a situation than you believed. But whatever the test of your strength, stamina and commitment, avoidance is not an option. When you show you mean business, other people will get in line; likewise, when you face the reality of a situation you will no longer be paralyzed by doubts but enlightened and empowered, maybe even ennobled.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21)

Go in all guns blazing?
To go in all guns blazing might be a maxim close to the Sagittarian heart, but there is a caveat — as long as you’ve considered all the consequences. With Mercury and Jupiter turning direct, you have momentum, whether your goal is a professional or personal one. But Mars is also squaring Pluto indicating the cost will be high should your actions prove to be ill-considered. A full moon sends yet another message: a gestation period is over and a delivery of some description on its way. In early December a total solar eclipse will begin a new chapter, and it may be that what happens at this time is the reason why.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18)
Let it go.
When planets move through the ninth house of far horizons, journeys of one sort or another are on the agenda. For most Aquarians, these will be journeys of the heart and mind, but for some Water bearers, terrestrial miles are involved. And these journeys won’t be easy. The past could be playing into events and it may seem that you are giving more than you are receiving or that someone – possibly you – believes the past has not been accounted for. You have to let it go. Moving forward with too much baggage in tow will only prevent you from claiming your new future.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Allow the dust to settle.
This is a complex period of the year. Maybe events in other people’s lives are causing you concern or perhaps you yourself are in a quandary. Certainly, with a full moon and a Mars-Pluto square, small issues become super-sized at the drop of a hat. Then again, any positive developments will also be over-the-top fabulous. We are indeed in a climate of extremes. You may not be the best judge of the meaning and purpose of events at the moment since Wednesday’s full moon is in the shadowy and highly sensitive 12th house, so avoid making an irrevocable move until you feel on firmer ground.

CANCER (June 21- July 22)
Part of life, not all of it.
Great things do not occur on gentle and unassuming influences. You need the mighty force of Jupiter and Pluto to get things moving and motoring. And this is certainly the approach you should have to the current astro-scape. Yes, it’s tough. Yes, no one said it would be like this. But, if you detach yourself from events, you’ll see they serve a positive purpose, and that you have the resources with which to deal with them. Wednesday’s full moon closes and completes a process, which for some Cancerians implies a happy ending, and for others not so much. I’m going to say it again: this is part of life not all of it.

VIRGO (Aug 24-Sept22)
Getting ready to roll.
There are many factors about October that make it a month for the memory books, but one of them should be the getting of wisdom. With Mercury and Jupiter turning direct, people are able to make up their minds and ready to take action, a state of affairs that not only applies to you but also those whose decisions you are waiting upon. There’s an aura of finality about the events of the week ahead, and also a now-or-never quality. Ideally, you should feel empowered by these influences and even if you are waiting on others to reveal their plans, prepared to roll out some of yours.

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21)
When the going gets tough, the tough…
What a week. Pluto is cent re stage and on Saturday, the Sun enters your sign. During the past few weeks, the Sun has been working its way through the occluded twelfth house, and in tandem you may have felt left out of the loop. On the other hand, your unconscious mind has been working overtime, sifting and sorting material, and in the coming weeks will release its findings. In plain English, this means you will be ready to act on your feelings and desires, and you will be able to make sense of situations that have thus far confounded you.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 - Jan 19)
Cutting your losses.
The Sun recently squared Pluto and now Mars follows, so if you believe you missed an opportunity to make over some aspect of your existence, you have another chance. On the other hand, if you avoided dealing with a situation in the hopes that time would make a positive difference, you may have to tackle it now when it is a little more difficult. You can’t have it all, Capricorn. Pluto’s process of transformation cannot take place without elimination. Far better you voluntarily decide to yield some ground or make a peace offering. And if you receive an offer you’re not that impressed with, it could be the only one you get…

PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20)
A climate of extremes.
Try not to get bogged down in minutia. Consider the main points of any controversy and where certain actions will almost certainly lead, then make your decision. This is no time to try to put a situation into a pretty package. It is what it is, and some things cannot be changed, although they can be overcome. There is a sense of life beginning to move forward again, albeit because you have received answers you don’t necessarily like. Not all Pisceans will be facing a difficult moment; indeed some could be celebrating very good news indeed. That’s the thing with these influences: they’re either over the top great or quite the reverse.