Lemonade for October

Monthly for Lemonade, October 2006

Monthly horoscopes are delivered to subscribers one each Monday beginning with the first Monday that the Sun is in the new sign. We have four different ones. If there are five Mondays while the Sun is in a sign, there is no horoscope the fifth Monday.

Aries (March 20-April 19)
Humans hold the patent on the all-or-nothing situation. We do this, in particular, with our relationships, as if having a choice in the matter of love and companionship were a crisis too intense to maintain. You do have a choice now, but there is something to be said for not choosing — at the same time you go into your experiences deeply. The idea is to preserve this ability to decide in the long run. This is another way of saying keeping your freedom on a daily basis, so you may choose as often as you like.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
Do you feel you’re being asked to give something up for love? Here is a paradox that is more often a journey. Balancing one’s personal needs against the nature of a relationship, or the quality of an environment, or the needs of a partner creates an almost unbearable tension that has a way of pushing us to grow — uncomfortable as it may be. While you can’t do much about your commitments, and would be unlikely to give them up if you could, the one thing you can do is take it easer on yourself.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
You seem to have dropped a ton of insecurity in the past few weeks. The theme of the new season is actually experiencing what it’s like to not be entangled in the web of your own worst fears: you could call it ‘being free’. But the thing about freedom is you have to create it as you go. Even when liberty is handed to you, or you get it by uprising and revolt, the next step still requires you to create something with this newfound fertility and potential. And, paradoxically, that requires commitment. But such is the privilege of the free.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
The time has come to get some control over your physical environment. I suggest you start with the ideas of what you want and need, based on real-life experience. Or, start by clearing anything that bothers you out of your space, and make room for yourself. Then develop your engineering plan from there. Your space needs to not only be nicer, but also more tailored to your specific and somewhat diverse needs. But most of all, you need to have a sense that you have some significant influence over your environment, and then remember to exercise that influence.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
It never, ever ceases to amaze me the lack of creativity that is applied to life. But for you, a good idea is obviously more than something someone else thought of. In the months and weeks of this new and very different season, you have available an abundance of ideas, and thankfully, many ways to put them to work for beauty and profit. This is not a time of planning or pondering; rather, it’s a time of seizing opportunities to express yourself, and to interact with your environment. The feedback function is crucial: you need all the response you can get.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
Self-esteem is the most pressing issue of anyone with a strong Virgo signature in their chart: the Sun or ascendant, such as you have, or in truth, any other important factor. Events of the coming few months will go a long way to reinforce your positive role in the world, if you will have the good sense to lower the volume on any negative messages you may have a habit of sending yourself. Any time you face a struggle, look for a mistaken belief. Any time you face a lack, remind yourself you’ve given far more than you’ve ever asked for.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
Whatever you’ve been through in the past few months, it looks like a deep and potentially harrowing inner journey. Is there a fear you have not faced? There must be a couple. But closer to the core is the struggle over whether you consider yourself the property of another person, or of a household, or of an idea that you owe someone something. These beliefs are very, very old, but finally you have enough evidence to the contrary that you can make an excellent argument for being your own person. But at the end of the day, such is something we do, physically, rather than just believe, mentally.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
You are many layers deep. You feel this, and I assure you, it feels very different to be you than it does for others to be who they are. The astrology of the season takes you several layers down into the regions closer to your core. How close? How deep in? it’s up to you, but there is very little limiting your self-understanding right now, and events of the past month or so seem to have opened a door at the bottom of who you thought you were. Descend gently, and bring some light — then return and tell the story.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
If you are considering a career change based on how much money you might make, I suggest you think again. Once we have purchased everything money can buy, we are left needing the things that money cannot buy, and one of them is creative fulfillment. And, oddly enough, working strictly for money is a great way to put the most passionate and innovative lobes of the brain to sleep — and they’re not so easy to wake up, twenty years later. Right now, at this stage of your life, I suggest you start with doing what is important to you, and figure out how to get that to work for you economically.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
These past few weeks have carried you into a new phase of your life — a transitional phase that will last into next summer. At that point, it seems you’ll emerge as someone just a little bit different than you ever were, but on a deep level. In particular, your relationship experiences are beginning to reach you deeply, in more subtle ways, and you are able to feel people in a whole new way. There is a psychic quality to your communication, which means that your inner voice is speaking more clearly, and your third eye is looking at the world in living color.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
Recent events have arrived with a quality of awakening: a reality check. You are never one to dispense with something that’s really necessary, but just what that entails has finally come into clear focus. Now that you know what you must do, you’re also free to do what you want to do. There is a balance involved, and you are very close to finding it. Just make sure that you count yourself into what life has to offer, every step of the way. This is the time to indulge your most cherished goals, not abandon them.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Well, the turning point was not what you expected — but I doubt it turned out disappointing. True, there is an exchange involved in any gain, and growth comes at a cost — but note, it’s always been a price you’re willing to give freely. And just what is that? The recognition that you are only part of the world, while at the same time, acceptance that the part you provide is uniquely your own. This holds true in the grandest and most modest aspects of your life; for everyone you know, and for those who you care for the most deeply.

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