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The Libra new moon late Saturday night should fill us with harmonious, peace-seeking vibrations. However, the sun's meeting with militant Mars late Sunday suggests something else entirely. More confusion on Monday as first the sun, then Mars, switch to a "stick to your guns" Scorpio mode. On Tuesday, Venus also enters that secretive, security-conscious water sign. If you're planning a tryst sometime soon, schedule it for late Tuesday so you can take advantage of the heat generated by feminine Venus' conjunction with masculine Mars. Wednesday brings the last square between Saturn in Leo and Jupiter in Scorpio, the relationship alleged to account for fluctuations in the real estate market. Prepare for the 28th, when Mercury turns retrograde for the next three weeks.

Aries

You are strong, you are invincible, and right now you are quite desirable. Your Mars ruler, by joining forces with the Libra sun on Sunday, could provide more power than you know what to do with. Even highly trained athletes will be amazed at what they're able to accomplish this week. But it's the merger of Mars with magnetic Venus Tuesday night (and for the rest of the week) in sexy Scorpio that'll raise your level of "hot!" Venus gets together with Mars every year, but for their hookup to happen in passionate Scorpio is a special treat. Enjoy.

Taurus

Read for Aries. While you might not have the physical stamina afforded to Rams this week, Bulls will certainly have as much sex appeal. And because Mars' meeting with your Venus ruler takes place in Scorpio, the sign of your cosmic mate, you could make a more permanent connection. Perhaps even with a gadabout Ram. So, by all means, hit every one of those Halloween events dressed to the nines so that you can be ready for the allure you'll radiate when the Scorpio sun illuminates Venus on the 27th.

Gemini

The Libra new moon on the 21st takes place in your house of romance and risk. If ever you're being urged by the cosmos to take a chance, this week would be it. While your Mercury ruler is about to turn retrograde (giving you some time to mull over your decision), its first meeting with farsighted Jupiter over the weekend should improve your ability to envision what lies ahead. Two more encounters with the jolly giant planet before the holiday party season sets in, and whatever you finally decided will be a fait accompli.

Cancer

It's confusing. Two new moons in a row taking place in the last degree of their signs could send a Moon Child a mixed message. In September, you barely had enough time to absorb the Virgo new-moon vibe and the sense that a new cycle was about to start, when the sun went into Libra. The same holds true this month, with the Libra new moon on the 21st and the sun's switch into Scorpio on the 23rd, an entirely different operational system. Let's hope you get used to it; for the rest of the year, that's how those balls in the sky will bounce.

Leo

It works both ways. The advantage Aries and Taurus natives receive when their ruling planets are bolstered by a meeting with your sun ruler is returned in kind. You'll have more physical prowess and a greater willingness to take a chance, because the sun and ballsy Mars connect this weekend. And you can anticipate a lot more loving when the sun merges with affectionate Venus next weekend. That all this action takes place in and around your neighborhood is reason enough to spruce up the house. Decorate it for Halloween; buy new sheets.

Virgo

The discriminating Virgin could get quite lucky when the creative sun, impulsive Mars and value-conscious Venus get together in your second house of money earned and objects acquired. The lucky part is that this sequence of astrological events takes place before your Mercury ruler turns retrograde on the 28th. So you'll have a few days to make that fabulous purchase or return it if it doesn't meet your pristine standards. With Mars and Venus together in sexy Scorpio for the first time since December 2004, imagine the fun you can have this Halloween.

Libra

Read for Aries, Taurus and Leo; what the hell, read all 12. No one can ever be certain how a memorable meeting between your loving Venus ruler and horny Mars will turn out, but the above forecasts could provide a clue. Then, when the sun catches up with the goddess and engulfs her with its beneficial rays on the 27th, you may be inspired to create something beautiful that'll last longer than the day. At the very least, you might feel a lot happier and a lot luckier than you usually are. P.S. Mercury flips in your Scorpio money house on the 28th; buy what you must before then.

Scorpio

Like Libra, you should probably read the entire column. So much is going on in Scorpio in a variety of areas, e.g., you could be in the process of expanding your business as Jupiter would have you do. Perhaps you're thinking about getting busy with a new love interest, because, until the end of the month, romantic Venus will be climbing all over your Mars co-ruler. Mercury retrograde from October 28 to November 17 suggests that you should be preparing for that as well. Then there's another birthday that needs to be celebrated.

Sagittarius

Centaurs who depend on their communication skills - be it via assorted media outlets, the classroom or offering advice whether or not it's solicited - will have a field day once they appreciate how wide their base will broaden after their expansive Jupiter ruler merges with Mercury on Sunday. This realization is important because in just one more month, Jupiter will become embedded in Sagittarius for the next 12. Come December, after another crucial consultation with the Messenger, what arose from their initial meeting should be confirmed.

Capricorn

The recent lunar phenomena that may have disoriented your Cancer complement can affect you this month too. That's because the Libra new moon on the 21st takes place in your career zone and inaugurates a new cycle of pleasing your boss or placating a client. Since Caps are usually so goal-oriented anyway, it'll pay to carefully track what develops during the next few days with anyone who has some authority over you. This week also marks the last challenging square between pie-in-the-sky Jupiter and your conservative Saturn ruler.

Aquarius

"Exotic and mysterious" is what could command your attention this week. Leafing through National Geographic again? The current pileup of planets in Scorpio can heighten a desire to explore the unknown. For many Aquarians, it might be reading up on the psychology of something they're fascinated by; for others, it could be hiking unfamiliar terrain. And some will be determined to find a way to widen the career path they've already forged for themselves. If you need better credentials, now is the time to get them.

Pisces

Fish can't help but benefit from the four planets plus the sun and, on Sunday, the moon in Scorpio, the water sign that is more often than not the most compatible with Pisces. That passionate Mars and embraceable Venus are hooking up in that sexy sign suggests that your romantic forecast looks not merely rosy but red-hot. Mid-March Fish could advance through the hallowed halls of academia faster than expected, thanks to the combined intelligence of prophetic Jupiter and informative Mercury. While Mercury is retrograde, double-check your facts.


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