Star Wisdom: Intensity returns full force


astrologyTHE INTENSITY WE’VE COME to expect in the post-2012 era returns full force in October with more cardinal sign craziness, including the Aries lunar eclipse on the 18th, and Mercury going retrograde in Scorpio on the 21st.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…It’s time to get disciplined, get in shape and get your energy moving towards what really matters. You may notice that certain people, though plenty nice enough, are distracting you from fully committing to your unique destiny. The eclipse in your sign on the 18th shows you a picture of who you could be if you stopped holding back and started living fully.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…A lot of what happens is out of your control this month. Focus on the things you can control, such as taking care of your health and keeping on top of work and other obligations. You’re rethinking a relationship right now and money seems to be involved. You’ll know the answer by early November; use October to gather facts and get honest about your own feelings.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…“He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star,” said William Blake. October offers moments of beauty and romance that remind you that joy is an essential ingredient in realizing your dreams. Use these shining moments to motivate yourself to develop the self-discipline that is equally necessary to making your dreams come true.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…You could have a lot more. But there’s a parental voice in your head (or your gut) that keeps telling you: play it safe, think of others first, you can’t trust your impulses. You get the chance to confront this voice now; hold your ground and you’ll start to see surprising shifts happening in both your relationships and your career.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…You feel driven to make more money, but remember that money is energy. You give off a lot of energy, but is it going toward your goal or just being dispersed to those who claim they need your time, space, and attention? Make strategic changes in your home environment designed around creating a physical and psychic space where you can recharge your batteries and nurture your soul.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Give your inner Perfectionist the month off. With Mars moving into your sign mid-month, you’ve got renewed drive and the desire to impose your will on the world. To harness this power, you need to act. Treat money this month as a reflection of your self-worth. If the money isn’t coming in, chances are the Perfectionist has been blocking your own life energy from flowing out.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…You need to start showing up in your relationships as you, not as the person you were taught to believe you should be. Learning to be yourself is your master key to the success, abundance, and love you desire. Use the Libra New Moon on the 4th to make at least one identity shift. Even a new haircut, purse or scarf can serve as an empowering daily reminder to just be you.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Pull back and look at your life from an eagle-eye perspective. Then ask yourself: “What does it mean to take full responsibility for manifesting the life I choose to live?” What are the inner voices and outer entanglements that keep you mired in soul-wearying situations? If you won’t be the authority of your own life, someone or something else will.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Your dreams are evolving. You realize that success for you equals freedom — the freedom to love passionately, live adventurously and inspire others to do the same. Step into this new dream by digging deep and encountering the hidden parts of yourself that sabotage your freedom in an effort to keep you safe.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)…One chapter is ending in your career and a new chapter is waiting to be written. This could involve a change in your current job or it might stem from an inner drive to take your work in a new direction. The challenge is to step into your power and be of greater service to a world that desperately needs your talent and vision. Dare to dream bigger.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…See through an old belief that has limited what you are willing to allow in your life. Then take a detailed look at the roles you are playing in your career or as your public self. If you can just get unstuck from a fixed idea of what it means to be a success, a new world of opportunity is waiting to open to you.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…“I must create my own system, or be enslaved by another man’s,” said the poet William Blake. The planetary forces in October insist that you stop relying on others to tell you what to do, what to believe, and how to feel. Find the fierce resolve to do whatever it takes to learn to trust your own deep, powerful intuition.

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D.K. Brainard
D.K. Brainard, M.A., C.H., is a writer, musician, astrologer and certified hypnotherapist who specializes in helping clients identify where they are on their own Hero's Journey and take appropriate steps to reconnect with their soul/Higher Self/creative unconscious. To carry out this work, D.K. uses the tools of astrology, energy work, compassion, and hypnotic shared exploration of limiting identity states and desired goal states. For more on the eclipses and free weekly horoscopes each Monday, visit his website:


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