Alternate Monthly Horoscope for October by Eric Francis

By Eric Francis

Aries (March 20-April 19)
You need to understand where another person is coming from, and to do that, you’re going to need to invest energy in listening. It’s unfortunate that many people, including someone close to you, struggle with being able to make a direct statement about their intentions. You can compensate by listening with unusual patience and focus, and by looking at how someone’s actions comment on the words that they say, and vice versa.

Up Close & Personal. Photo by Eric Francis.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
Don’t be fooled by chaos in your work life. Your role is indeed uncertain, but it’s the kind of uncertainty necessary to facilitate the progress you have been planning for ages. Gradually you are gaining your focus; you are learning to respect that you have goals, and you are finding out that you have made an impression on the world. For the foreseeable future, your job is to modestly take advantage of your reputation while gradually continuing to build it.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
The most creative ideas often come from the most unusual directions, but nothing happens unless we take them up with passion. You are standing right in the flow of some brilliant solutions to your life issues, as well as an idea or two that will truly enrich your existence. The problem is you’re likely to forget. Please don’t. Other aspects suggest that you are blessed with confidence and passion — put it to work and enjoy the rewards.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Use your insecurities in your own favor. You have a few, and they may be stirring you up emotionally. But you also have a depth of commitment to your creative, sexual and spiritual needs, and you’re in an unusually honest state about just what those are. Keep telling yourself the truth. Admit what you want every day; go for the feeling of confessing your deepest sentiments to yourself, and every day do one thing devoted to fulfilling them.

Fiesta. Photo by Eric Francis.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
You are trying to work out something mentally when you need to work it out emotionally. In an unusual switch from the ways of the human psyche, the level of feelings is — at the moment — a simpler equation to the one of the mind. Your brain is trying to get you to look back on old ways of processing reality. Your feelings are calling you directly into the moment, with all its lavish richness, passion and the dare to live in the moment, even if it’s a little scary.


Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
Use financial concerns as an opportunity to solve your problems in the long run. Money fears are an addiction, and they consume nearly all of the creative energy we could use to access our resources or create new ones. What you’re being blessed with now is a rare opportunity for another way to see the world, and to think of yourself. Take an inventory of what you have to offer the world and you will notice the list is much longer than the last time you checked — if indeed there was a last time.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
Who you are on the inside is now impossible to hide, and thank the Goddess for that. Once you get a taste of what it’s like to not fear being known for who you really are, it’s unlikely you will ever turn back to your old ways of living. The real question is why you would have ever wanted to conceal your passion, your love or your love for life. The answer is probably the fear that others would be jealous; but now you know that’s their problem and not your own.

Paris, late September afternoon. Photo by Eric Francis.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
You have an extremely active imagination, and now it’s time to express your creativity in the same gesture as you feel it. You don’t need a delay between what you allow yourself to think, what you allow yourself to feel and what you encourage yourself to do. Contrary to what your mother told you, civilization will not collapse if you allow yourself to indulge your passions. God will not strike you dead; more likely She will count you as alive.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
You may wonder why certain people are responding to you the way that they seem to be — but to put it simply, everything is not what it seems. Someone who appears to be retreating from you actually wants to be a deeper part of your life. If you would allow more of your true emotions to the surface, they might be much more willing to express theirs. Keep your mind on the present and not the past, and leave yourself open to give and receive.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
Professional progress will manifest in unusual ways, particularly as you remember a long-cherished goal that you seem to have set aside. Yet you are not your objectives and you are not your achievements. Gradually, you’re remembering that you are yourself, and that you don’t need to be confined by definitions, mental concepts or even by a sense of purpose. Your life is its own reward, and if you remember that, a sense of purpose and fulfillment will come naturally.

Flower children from the Summer of Love, 1967. Source: Private archive of Eric Francis.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
I suggest you direct your abundant sex drive into the passion for healing your life. Usually we think of sex in every context except for healing, be it pleasure, commitment, money, gossip or judgement. You have the perfect chance to try on healing for size. The ingredients are a high level of awareness, a commitment to communication, and working with the desire to resolve the past now rather than stuff it under the bed for some time in the future. This is a lot more fun than you may suspect.




Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Don’t doubt the commitments of others to you. Keep your faith, and allow people to raise all the questions they need to raise in their lives. This is the mark of the true spiritual warrior: that you make the space for others to be themselves, and that you cultivate a steadfast quality even as others may waver in their beliefs. Your commitment will go a long way toward stabilizing the many interesting if unpredictable situations in your life. Your faith in yourself is precisely what teaches others to have faith in themselves.

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