The Australian Women's Weekly - - Contents - with LILITH ROCHA

astrol­ogy with Lilith Rocha

Li­bra SEP 24- OCT 23

Plenty of fes­tive mer­ri­ment this month, with the Oc­to­ber 9 sun and new moon in Li­bra cel­e­brat­ing the start of your as­tro­log­i­cal birth­day year. Dual zo­diac signs like your twin scales want to rec­on­cile op­pos­ing ideas and bring things together: ar­gu­ing fam­ily, mind and heart, outer and in­ner selves. As the sign of bal­ance, know­ing when to take ac­tion and when to let ac­tion take you is key to liv­ing in rhythm, this month and al­ways. The great Sufi poet Rumi, re­put­edly a Li­bran, wrote: Let your­self be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you re­ally love. It will not lead you astray.


Jupiter in Scor­pio’s cor­ner has brought a wealth of op­por­tu­ni­ties over the past year, which con­tinue dur­ing the lucky planet’s nal month in your sign. You’ve dived deep into your per­sonal alchemy, and as Oc­to­ber bub­bles up for air you’ll be think­ing big and ready to go all out on a project, pas­sion or pro­fes­sional ven­ture. Venus do­ing her re­verse-cy­cle commute can stir up love trou­bles, but Mer­cury in Scor­pio is se­duc­tive and sexy. Present plan­e­tary en­er­gies are also plug­ging for­give­ness: not some­thing that comes eas­ily to your sign, but po­ten­tially one of your most re­ward­ing achieve­ments this year.


Venus per­form­ing a plan­e­tary back flip can be per­plex­ing for Sagit­tar­i­ans, es­pe­cially when teamed with this month’s Mer­cury in the sign of sealed lips. If pris­ing info out of oth­ers feels like pulling teeth, don’t bother; fo­cus in­stead on the promis­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive of­fers sur­fac­ing around the Oc­to­ber 9 new moon. Be care­ful, though, what you say and to who, be­cause any new crew will need to know they can trust your dis­cre­tion. And let go as much ex­cess bag­gage as you can be­fore your fab­u­lous men­tor planet, Jupiter, ar­rives next month for its once-ev­ery12-years so­journ in Sagit­tar­ius.


Venus dig­ging into the sign of deep and mean­ing­ful could put re­la­tion­ship dis­sat­is­fac­tions on this month’s de­bat­ing ta­ble. The dark planet Pluto, whose name in Greek means wealth, has been ret­ro­grade in Capri­corn since April, be­queath­ing its gifts of delet­ing what you don’t need for a clear re­veal of what you do. Now Pluto’s on the move again after the epic over­haul that’s been un­fold­ing over the last ve months and the new, re­vised you is free to step fear­lessly on­stage. Yes, life looks dif­fer­ent, so be pre­pared this month to count the very many ways that’s a good thing.


This month’s man­date is bal­ance, as in de­cid­ing when to team up, when to be in­de­pen­dent; what to say, what to hold back; who to trust, who not to rely on. Ac­tions speak louder than words, so while peo­ple might smile, what they aren’t say­ing could be more im­por­tant than what they are. Venus in re­verse mo­tion while Mars in your sign wants to surge ahead can be a sig­nal for re­la­tion­ship coun­selling or cou­ples ther­apy, while some Aquas may con­tem­plate a sex-with-an-ex sce­nario: all the mind ex­er­cises that stim­u­late Aquar­ian brain­waves.


With this month’s vac­il­la­tion, pro­cras­ti­na­tion and dif­fi­culty mak­ing up its mind, it could be frus­trat­ing try­ing to get a straight an­swer – but since straight isn’t your thing, this won’t faze your sin­u­ous sign as much as it does oth­ers. The moon’s sexy siz­zle on the 9th high­lights new merg­ers which ei­ther re up with fu­ture pos­si­bil­i­ties or fiz­zle and fade by the late month full moon. While Venus set­tling into a cy­cle of re­flec­tive re­assess­ment doesn’t guar­an­tee smooth sail­ing on Oc­to­ber’s ro­man­tic ocean, it does en­cour­age ditch­ing the rose-coloured lters and dis­tin­guish­ing wish­ful think­ing from the real deal.


This month’s all about Aries re­la­tion­ships. With ret­ro­grade Venus re­view­ing close con­nec­tions, friends and col­leagues, you might nd your­self ask­ing: Is this part­ner­ship har­mo­nious? What am I learn­ing? Is it what I re­ally want? A cast of play­ers from the past are likely to show up and old is­sues emerge for re­work­ing. Dy­namic duos are de nitely on the menu, and if that’s a busi­ness team-up, road-test it with a shared project rst to as­sess long-term po­ten­tial. On a per­sonal level, Oc­to­ber blooms with beau­ti­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, restora­tion and a sea­sonal re­nais­sance of your orig­i­nal, inim­itable brand of creativ­ity.


Oc­to­ber’s in­clu­sive mind­set views dif­fi­cul­ties not so much as bad but more as part of life’s rich shadow play. Rather than ei­ther this or that, you might nd your­self con­sid­er­ing this and that, com­bin­ing ideas or per­son­al­i­ties that wouldn’t usu­ally go together in Tau­rus world. And could your re­la­tion­ship pic­ture do with a makeover? From mid­month on­wards com­mu­ni­ca­tor Mer­cury is well placed for in­ti­mate dis­cus­sions and in-depth shar­ing, also re­solv­ing con­flicts and re­hash­ing strate­gies with col­leagues or team mates. Then, when the an­nual full moon in Tau­rus on the 25th turns its spot­light your way, step up and take a bow for what you’ve achieved.

GEM­INI • MAY 22 – JUN 22

Gem­i­nis thrive on rein­vent­ing things, and the Li­bra new moon on Oc­to­ber 9 in­vites you to re­vamp your part­ner­ship de­part­ment by fresh­en­ing ev­ery­day rou­tines: think spe­cial dress-ups, ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent scenes, giv­ing un­ex­pected gifts – you’ll en­joy the re­sults, and oth­ers will love you for it. Mer­cury, your ruler in the sign of shrewd tac­tics, gives you an edge in nan­cial and busi­ness deal­ings, plus the savvy to know what not to say dur­ing the late month full moon: a volatile time when bonds can ei­ther strengthen or sep­a­rate. And last but not least, word­smith Mer­cury’s in the sign of saucy love talk: your per­sonal turn on.


Vixen Venus re­vers­ing her dance steps in your ro­mance zone for most of Oc­to­ber comes with a cau­tion for Crabs and a warn­ing of sud­den erup­tions, be­cause the love planet in tor­rid, smoul­der­ing mode can be­have like Madame Pele, Hawaii’s vol­cano de­ity. But there’s no need to panic: the new moon on the 9th is shin­ing her cool, sooth­ing peace beams while per­sua­sive Mer­cury and lucky Jupiter, also in your re­la­tion­ship sec­tor, help your near­est and dear­est see rea­son. Flag high-beam full moon on Oc­to­ber 25 in your house of tech­nol­ogy and in­ven­tive ideas for a me­dia launch or online busi­ness push.

LEO • JUL 24-AUG 23

If back­track­ing Venus icks a tem­po­rary glitch into your majesty’s love life this month, tak­ing things per­son­ally isn’t the smart strat­egy. Of course you’re a per­son – a per­son­age, re­ally – but if some­one lashes out, get­ting huffy or stand-off­ish only pro­longs prob­lems. Re­mem­ber who you are: a class act. Oth­ers will re­spond more warmly to your sen­si­tive side than your pride and ap­pre­ci­ate will­ing­ness to nd a cre­ative com­pro­mise. Oc­to­ber favours sexy bed­room conversation (gen­tle that roar to a purr) and artis­tic en­ter­tain­ment, with the pos­si­bil­ity of a late-month pro­mo­tion, ca­reer of­fer or group pro­fes­sional project reach­ing suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion.

VIRGO • AU G 2 4 - S E P 2 3

As Mer­cury, Virgo’s net­work­ing men­tor planet, moves into the sign of sin­gle­minded fo­cus, your ad­min­is­tra­tive and man­age­ment skills peak, so use this month’s sharp­ness for men­tal acu­ity but soften its cut­ting edge in conversation. The old tru­ism “honey at­tracts more pun­ters than vine­gar” ap­plies dur­ing Oc­to­ber when con­struc­tive crit­i­cism, how­ever well meant, may not be ac­cepted in the spirit it’s of­fered, es­pe­cially when Venus can turn per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tion ar­gu­men­ta­tive. Some­thing or some­one that catches your eye around the new moon on the 9th could de­velop into a beau­ti­ful op­por­tu­nity by late month when the moon is full.

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