HALLOWEEN APPROACHES as the week’s astrology brings a challenge and a charge. We can get ready to make the most of a sudden opportunity hidden in the obstacles. We can also expect blustering storms on the campaign trail, but we need not invite them to our dinner table.
The weekend starts under a howl-worthy full moon in Aries that brings out our inner adolescent and our desire to act out, to run away and rebel. This aspect can help us know what motivates us, what gives us health and energy. A moment of spontaneity can do us a world of good.
This need for authenticity continues as Venus leaves brooding, potentially resentful Scorpio and enters honest, outspoken Sagittarius on Sunday. We’ll need this more relaxed, freewheeling Venus in Sagittarius to deal with Wednesday’s intense Mars-Pluto conjunction, which amps up our bravery and willpower.
Informative Mercury’s opposition to erratic Uranus next week can bring shocking news or sudden irrational decisions, problems with electronics and transportation, and a general nervousness. Be wary of snap decisions. Life can take on a Star Wars quality: The force is with us, but how will we use it? Let’s keep our eyes on problematic tension points toward the end of the week, take the time to think through our decisions and their logical outcomes, and use our willpower for good.
FRIDAY, OCT. 14: Energy builds under a waxing Aries moon; we can use it to confront a problem rather than one another. A levelheaded MercurySaturn sextile helps us direct this energy with sanity at midday, though the moon calls us to howl tonight.
SATURDAY, OCT. 15: This is a tricky and volatile full moon — we can use the energy to accomplish and change if we harness our discontent constructively. See the problem clearly as thoughtful Mercury squares Pluto, but stay hopeful; consider staying away from volatile situations or be willing to get in there and help. Think through the consequences before confronting or making long-term decisions.
SUNDAY, OCT. 16: Make this a day of rest — grounding and healing, adjusting and adapting as the moon enters earthy Taurus and brings us back to our bodies. We may feel the physical toll of recent efforts and need to refill the wells.
MONDAY, OCT. 17: We may want to indulge our senses and have a delicious breakfast. Inventory the situation: Because so much may be going on this week, it’s good to stay grounded. As Mars approaches Pluto, we can get depressed or irritable if we don’t feel momentum building. Volatile situations pressurize.
TUESDAY, OCT. 18: A burden lifts and energy shifts as Venus enters upbeat Sagittarius and the moon enters verbal Gemini. It can relieve pressure to talk about what’s bothering us and communicate with diplomatic but radical honesty. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19: Issues come to a head and declarations and decisions are made as Mars conjuncts Pluto in determined Capricorn. Strategize, organize, and manifest. Keep the long game in mind and sidestep unnecessary tension. It may be necessary to listen to other peoples’ discontent; we don’t need to take it on, but they need room to express it and feel heard. THURSDAY, OCT. 20: Look for a change of mind, change of scene, and change of mood as Mercury opposes Uranus. This unsettled, nervy day can make us feel insecure or uncertain as the Cancer moon calls for more protective circumstances. Adjust in ways that are protective of soul and hearth but are not defensive.