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Your Horoscope This Week: October 10, 2021


It’s the second week of October and another week of Mercury retrograde, a fairly common transit that’s not afraid to make a name for itself this Libra season. Saturn stations direct in Aquarius on October 10th, offering a kind of stern relief in the face of exhaustive efforts to get the bare minimum done. “Here,” Saturn says, pulling out a sturdy cushion-less chair that wobbles just a little. “Rest.” 

Take it where you can get it, friends, and as often as you can, even when Oct 12th ushers in a restless first quarter moon in Capricorn. You can put work in (as necessary), but you’ll find that the more you over-extend yourself, the more signals you’ll get that the work is doing you in rather than doing anything for you. 

Never a bad time to tune into Venus in Sagittarius, an influence not unlike that kooky high school language teacher who just wants to remind you that learning can be fun even if what you’re learning is how to live. On the 13th, Venus in Sagittarius makes a sextile to Saturn in Aquarius echoing these sentiments, and on the 16th Mercury Rx in Libra sextiles Venus in Sag asking us to take that and rewind it back, possibly find some beats that make our booties go (clap). With the Sun in Libra applying a tense square to Pluto in Capricorn the next day, discipline is always on the table. But, whether you apply a disciplined approach to cultivating joy or nursing your sorrow, feasting or fasting, it’s your choice to make, and no choice is wrong. Some are just more difficult to live within.

Aries Sun & Aries Rising

You don’t have to choose, you know, between having a personal life and a professional one. You don’t have to choose between an image you’ve cultivated in order to feel powerful and the very powerful feeling of being seen by someone you care for. You don’t have to choose, but this world will do its damndest to test your balance as you tightrope between the private and public world. Faith is where the magic lives, not in some higher power (although, sure, that too), but in yourself. Faith that you always already deserve the love you give others. Faith that you can steady yourself when the wind shakes the rope. Faith in your ability to land gracefully in the net you’ve secured for yourself. Faith in your ability to bounce back. Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Taurus Sun & Taurus Rising

Sometimes changing your tactic means admitting you’ve changed. Sometimes, your ducks won’t get in a row until you spend some time figuring out what ducks are and how they mean to be in the world. Of course, you’re no stranger to taking your time, dear Taurus, but what most don’t recognize is just how much of that time is spent adjusting and evaluating your every move in the hopes that you might produce something that pleases everyone involved (even those who initially refuse your offering). It’s exhausting and often invisible labor so why keep doing it? Focus on what works for you. Imagine the work you want to be doing, imagine yourself in your element. Who are you? And how do you mean to be in the world? Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Gemini Sun & Gemini Rising

This week can be a really creative time for you, if you let it. And, as usual, how you define creative is entirely up to you… which is truly an open door since you have a gift for generating meaning. The trick here is to focus on the process, the making of the thing and how it can alter you, and redefine your parameters. Perfection has no place here and neither does a neat ending or crisp packaging. If you’ve been part of a project that’s a little difficult to get off the ground, figure out what creative work-arounds would renew your commitment and enliven it. Let burnout lead you toward creation the way a fire cleanses a field. Trust that you have other methods within you that bring about both a sense of purpose and space to play.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Cancer Sun & Cancer Rising

Libra season tends to bring up your relationship issues and aspirations, especially when it comes to your understanding of home and whether it’s possible to feel at home with others. We’re encouraged to be strategic about our futures, to build nests and choose our partners wisely. So much of our focus is trained outside ourselves, measuring others to see if they measure up. It rarely feels good and it often results in a feeling of distance when intimacy is what we crave. This week, try to step to the side of comparisons and stay present in the home you’ve been building within yourself. It’s a good home, already whole as it is. And, when you’re ready, it can be part of a constellation of homes that work perfectly in their own way.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Leo Sun & Leo Rising

There’s something about Leo’s passionate disposition that can really fuel an all or nothing approach. It’s true that some things in life are worth giving your all. But, since your all is quite a bit more than most people’s, it’s worth considering if that kind of out-pour might be more strategically employed in the case of once in a lifetime opportunities rather than… say… a contracted position you’re expected to honor for a series of months. Plus, you’re unlikely to dial down the effort as time goes on since you’re not one to be shown up, not even by yourself. This week’s stars offer you the opportunity to create a measured approach to your schedule that takes your well-being into account while doing work you can be proud of.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Virgo Sun & Virgo Rising

When you choose your own path, it’s not unusual to doubt yourself. And it’s tempting to respond to doubt with proof. If you’re someone who has chosen to *do what you love* it’s not unlikely that you’ve also chosen to work yourself to the bone just to prove that you deserve to spend your days doing what you love. In this world where you can, with some chutzpah, commodify just about everything and everyone, there’s value in figuring out just what the trade-offs actually are. While this may not be your predicament exactly, these considerations are just as applicable in situations where you’re negotiating what it takes for you to feel secure and what allows you to create and participate in meaningful experiences. Working on ways to affirm your own efforts and award them with rest will dispel your doubt quicker than impossible bench marks and overtime.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Libra Sun & Libra Rising

Libras are often called indecisive but most Libras-lovers know that once a Libra makes a choice, that choice is pretty much set in stone. When it comes to what matters to them, you’ll rarely hear a Libra defer to someone else’s judgement. What some people mistake for indecision is more likely cautiousness. Libras resent having to choose the “lesser of two evils” for instance, preferring to wait until there’s no choice left to make and they can simply claim to be along for the ride. This week, if you find yourself pressured to choose between different extremes that don’t reflect your desires, try to remember that while some people resent your resistance to peer pressure, more people admire it. The key to keeping the peace is saying no out loud rather than waiting for your descent to become obvious through your actions.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Scorpio Sun & Scorpio Rising

Well, it might not be Scorpio season yet, but it’s definitely spooky season. While the Northern Hemisphere revels in the death of the natural world, the Southern hemisphere revels in the resurgence of it. The wheel is turning and if there’s anything Scorpio understands it’s a sacred circle. Holding that ouroboros in your mind will serve you well as your ruling planet Mars continues under the stars of Libra. While the transit might have some Martians (ahem, Aries, ahem) feeling tied up, poets and Scorpios alike know that there’s a lot to be gained in a little restraint. Sometimes, limitations give way to a different kind of limitlessness. Sometimes you have to learn the contours of a container to know just where to break it and do so beautifully.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Sagittarius Sun & Sagittarius Rising

Of course it’s lovely to have Venus under your stars, but it’s worth remembering that Venus rarely makes a promise. Like love, Venus arrives on her own schedule. Better, then, to get clear on what it is you’re calling into your orbit, make the call and leave a message. No use in sitting by the telephone or getting upset when someone else’s timeline doesn’t line up with your own. Venus in Sagittarius makes a sextile to Saturn in Aquarius on the 13th, encouraging you to reach out to those who have reached out to you and nurture some new connections. The Sun in Libra makes a trine to Jupiter on the 15th, echoing what’s already on your mind: There’s better ways to waste your time and better ways to spend it, too. It’s up to you to show Venus how you’d like to live and how you’d like to be loved, too.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Capricorn Sun & Capricorn Rising

Good news! Saturn finally stations direct on Oct 10th! But wait! The Saturn Rx shadow period is significant, so it’s a good time to apply this transit’s (which began on May 23rd) lessons, but not advisable to make big commitments to new projects. While this Tuesday’s quarter moon in Capricorn might have you itching to get something off the ground, a square to Mars in Libra is here to remind you of the limitations that Saturn has set. Mercury Rx doesn’t exactly help the cause. What to do when all lights are yellow but you’re ready to put your hoof to the gas pedal? Yes to inner work, yes to building an audience and anticipation for your future endeavors. But what about some play? What about taking Oct 13th’s trine from Venus in Sagittarius to Saturn as a signal to have a lil fun while you wait for the light to change?Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Aquarius Sun & Aquarius Rising

Did you know that, traditionally, Aquarius answers to Saturn? Would you believe that, with Venus now in Sagittarius, most of the planets we look to for guidance are looking to Saturn this week? Which, thankfully, stationed direct on the night of October 10th in Aquarius. The power that that has, the intelligence that that has, the clearance that that has, the access that that has, the influence that that has… You get it. What if you regarded Tuesday’s first quarter moon in Capricorn as an invitation to launch something new into the world, something that is rooted in your relationship to power as you understand it — not scarce energy maintained through violence, but an ever-shifting sacred wellspring born between people coming together.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

Pisces Sun & Pisces Rising

Libra season can get pretty intense for Pisces babes, especially Pisces risings whose eighth  house is ruled by Libra. This time of year feels both charged with potential and difficult to access, like a locked door with a combination you’re desperately trying to recall. It can feel tempting to obsess about it, to convince yourself that once you figure out this One Thing, you’ll know peace. But Amerie was lying to herself when she sang that it’s just “1 thing.” There’s always another. Try your best to redirect your attention and let the answers come to you on their own time. Ceres in Gemini trines Mercury Rx in Libra, reminding you that transformation is also possible through a harvest of your past experiences rather than via access to whatever is still behind closed doors.Illustration by Stefhany Lozano

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