By Cynthia Hansen Zehm
October 16 to 23, 2008

Visible Planets: Morning: Mercury and Saturn
Evening: Venus and Jupiter

The October Hunter’s Moon has come and gone and forests are paved with gold. Snowy white caps the mountain peaks and changing seasons bring impending winter’s first bald eagles back to the wild west end. In the the night sky, we are blessed with the grace of shimmering Venus above the western horizon at dusk, and brilliant Jupiter at zenith. Check out these two bright, bright "evening stars" and identify their travels over the next few months. Excellent way to make friends with our planetary neighbors! May your days be warm and your evenings cozy. Happy, peaceful, joyful, prosperous Autumn!

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr.19)
Mercury now direct delivers you the license to move forward. The experiences, encounters, emotions and subsequent lessons of the last three weeks serve to enlighten the journey and lighten the load. Let go – once and for all – and go forth. Onward, cosmic traveler!

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)
Matters of health take a positive turn and physical, emotional and mental problems dissipate and eventually disappear. Continue to practice programs of spiritual and physical self-betterment, however, or you’ll find yourself back in bed. Partners have plenty of energy and ideas, exciting action and motivating desire. Play their game.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Ruler Mercury direct in your solar 5th house of fun and romance fuels intellectual fires and kindles creative ideas. Paint, draw, write or simply get out and enjoy the magic of Indian Summer. Breathe deep and expand with the power of life. Feel and follow your heart to places of fairy tale reality and metaphysical mystery. Be here now.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)
The Hunters Moon has passed and lunar light is on the wane. Scorpio magic flickers with flames of the heart and hearth. Collect ingredients for a witch’s brew and plan Halloween parties. Prepare for a month of personal self-enhancement as you pamper body, mind and spirit. Get out the paint and beautify the world.

Leo (July 23-Aug.22)
Mental Mercury goes direct in air-apparent Libra and love planet Venus enters fire-fueled Sag. This translates as plenty of flickering fun and powerful passion. Enjoy the heat and focus on the positive, creative force of life. Smile and be grateful. Discover the grace of peace and walk in beauty. You have everything you need, enjoy.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22)
Taking responsibility for your personal self and situation is suddenly easier and more fun. You can finally see the forest for the trees and find the path out of the darkness in to the light. Hallelujah! Celebrate with right action and focused attention. You and only you can make the changes necessary for progress. Enjoy the journey home.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct.22)
Birthday candles flicker as fires light the hearth and nights grow dark. Celebrate another revolution around the Sun with quiet moments in beautiful places and peaceful walks in autumn’s flaming forests. The time is now and life is for the living. Do your best to be your best, breathe deep, gather courage and go forth. 

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Voluptuous Venus in neighboring Sagittarius and motivational Mars in Scorpio combine for a week of powerful passion and devilish desire. Check your motives as ego-fueled actions may blow back with some rather raucous and ridiculous results. Take the high road stay on the path. This is your time for ascension, rise to the occasion.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20)
You are looking good and attracting others with Venusian magnetism. Enjoy the attention but understand how easily one is tempted to abuse power. Seduction is an art and the process can be intoxicating. Just make sure your motives are clear and intentions good. Watch out for self-defeat, be honest and keep it clean.

Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19)
You may find yourself thinking that professional commitments and responsibilities will restrict your personal freedom, but the truth of the matter is this: accomplishments reward, recognition validates and financial income provides you with the means to expand and explore.
Pursue goals, consider change, cultivate peace and keep the faith.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Philanthropic ideas, expanded horizons and foreign cultures fuel intellectual fires. ‘Tis the season of changing colors and falling leaves; time to discover the excitement within. Drop by the library, check out books and expand your mind. Cozy up to a crackling fire and share your thoughts with lovers or friends. Work toward new horizons.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)
Matters of shared finance or intimacy in relationship changes direction this week and you see the reason for all the prior confusion and chaos. If nothing else, you are clear now about how you feel. Professional reward or favor is on the horizon. Smile and be sweet with superiors and bosses. Peace first, recognition later.

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