Planet Waves for October

Planet Waves Monthly – October 2006

Monthly horoscopes are delivered one each Monday beginning with the first Monday that the Sun is in the new sign. The Sun went into Libra Saturday, so today we deliver the October edition of Planet Waves monthly to subscribers. This will be followed by Inner Space the next Monday, then Lemonade, then Flaunt. There are occasional Mondays with no monthly horoscope, always when the Sun is very late in a sign. Remember! Thanks – Planet Waves Editors

Aries (March 20-April 19)
It’s time for the sex review. Since it’s always likely that the S word will be misunderstood, I am referring to the details of erotic pleasure and surrender, including commitment and its relationship to conjugal partnerships. Here is a question: to what extent is money a factor in these things, and why? How does that relate to your ideas about commitment? Forthcoming developments associated with Mercury’s retrograde in Scorpio will present you with a series of opportunities to allow pleasure, commitment and economics each to exist independently and for their own sake, not as one unified package. This is a boundary issue: creating healthy divisions between aspects of life that need, at the very least, to be considered separately before they are considered together. It’s possible that some relationships will find the process challenging, and if that’s the case, it would be wise to define improving communication as a theme of its own.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
You asked for more action and excitement, and you’re about to get it. You asked to be more visible, and to be seen for who you are, and it’s starting to happen. As the momentum picks up pace, you’re going to need to be a pro: on top of your schedule, and keeping clear with those who seem to want you so much. For as much as people say they want to be desired and noticed, much observation of life has led me to have serious doubts about the truth of that. There are responsibilities that come with being appreciated. There is the sense that we have expectations to live up to. Managing your personal affairs will more than anything come down to making choices about who to associate with, and when, based on your motives — not theirs. The clearer you are at the beginning of the month, the easier it will be in a few weeks when the energy really heats up.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
Autumn promises to be one of the genuinely strangest seasons in years, and by that I mean interesting, intriguing and even satisfying in some unique ways. In sum, I see an adventure that looks or feels like a series of misadventures. It may not be possible to know both who you are and where you are; there is an uncertainty factor at work, one that perpetuates tension that keeps pushing or at least luring you into the next intrigue. Meanwhile, this is a time to take care of any matters of sexual health — a topic which always begins with taking the privilege or responsibility of being able to talk about what you need to talk about. Stay in the moment, and make sure you say what’s on your mind exactly, precisely when it’s on your mind. This will be what guides you through the matrix.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
As much as a deep intuitive sense has been calling you in the direction of increased devotion to erotic and creative experience, there have been many other factors that have been getting in the way. It’s fair enough to wonder: does it always need to be this hard? I suggest, however, that you not let any adversity or lack of success keep you from trying, and from persisting in your experiments. The history of both art and science is the history of those who tried again and again until they experienced a breakthrough. And many times, the cosmic wisdom of delays and blocks becomes apparent when the timing of positive and unusual developments is noticed for what it is. For as much effort as you’ve been making, you can trust that at least three times the energy has been gathering behind the scenes, and before too long, it looks set to begin moving all at once.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
Pay close attention to the influence of houseguests, social events in your home, long-term visitors and even friends who drop in for the evening. There are times when perfectly ordinary things are charged with all the power of the supernatural, and any of the above could strangely take on dimensions of an epic scale even as you watch. In any event, what you encounter this month is likely to raise questions of how people ‘make you feel’. There is something deep in here about choosing your friends based on whether they invest a feeling of stability in your life, or whether they just stir the pot. But a third category could be made for those who ask all the right questions, who question all the presumptions that keep you stuck, and whose presence, unsettling though it may be, compels you to notice how good you really have it.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
As simple as you aspire to be, it rarely works. So I suggest you devote yourself to complexity management. It’s not really going to be possible to orchestrate the many factors of your life in a linear fashion. Your mind doesn’t work like that, anyway. What I suggest you do is let things proceed naturally for a while, but pay particular attention to patterns in the seeming chaos. Certain factors, messages and events will tend to repeat. If something repeats three times, you can figure it’s here to stay and that you need a systematic way to address it. Three bits of data in any category; three people in a certain role in your life; three physical spaces to manage; once you get to three, create a minimalist solution, something on the level of a file or a page in a notebook. The key is noticing those patterns. They are precious pictures of what’s going on in your mind.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
Developments at the end of last month seem to have done two things: set you free from your anxiety, and handed you the missing crystal of self. There is a relationship, of course, because when we’re walking around with our sense of self hung up in a state of anxiety, that cannot really be called living. But really living has its challenges, and your personal growth has now landed on the great plateau of sorting out what is personally meaningful to you from what is not. You may, on the one hand, feel like this is a huge bother. But I would suggest you recognize the miracle that exists in your ability to have a choice in precisely this dimension. In truth, there really is nothing more important than knowing what you value. As you go through the process of sorting out, let each decision contain that miracle.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
By month end, five planets will be in Scorpio (Mars, Sun, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury counting for extra points because it’s about to station retrograde). We’re all going to be getting a lot of Scorpio through October and November, which basically means an expanded role for you on the command crew of Spaceship Earth. Notice that these planets are all what astrologers call “personal planets” — not the far-flung, out-there, and supposedly spiritual processes like Pluto, but rather the ones that speak of human beings having a human experience. Under this astrology, mastery would involve connecting with the most basic motives in yourself, in important partners, and in the wider community around you. Pleasure, prosperity, satisfying emotional and erotic contact, and a good book to read are what you can assume will be motivating you and those close to you. Your role is to send a signal, by example, that this is all just fine.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
It’s as if your life is being lived in a parallel world. Here’s the image from the astrology: While you walk around on the planet, you are having another experience in dreamtime or an alternate plane of existence. It includes deep encounters in relationships, certain challenges involving the freedom and decisions of others, gain and loss in financial transactions (fortunately, mostly gain, but some intriguing experiences with business challenges and/or market conditions), and most of all, an unusually strong sense of self that finds you being exceptionally attractive. It’s like all these things are true in a book you’re writing about what could be your life. The question is: why can’t you call this life today? Well — you can, as long as you use your talent for grounding visions and ideas right here in the world. In other words, borrowing from Frank N. Furter, don’t dream it, be it.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
If I were you, I’d be feeling a heck of a lot better. For many moons you’ve had the two Pisces planets — Jupiter and Neptune — pushing on you, getting you to melt some of your resistance to life, and most of all, luring you to have a little faith in the unseen and unknown. I would imagine at this point that you do believe a bit of the unbelievable, and have started to see the invisible. There’s a lot of Sagittarius in Jupiter, and you may have even begun to do the occasional seemingly reckless thing every now and then (one of my Capricorn friends even bought a new car, but has yet to mention it). Anyway: there is no time like the present to be outrageous. Forget what other people think. Feel the limits and boundaries you’ve put up inside yourself, and give some of them a good kung-fu kick.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
Your experience of life is typically a tense balancing act between individuality and selflessly meeting the expectations that you perceive are put on you. Existence is for you less a game about what you can “get away with” (unfortunately, typically human) and more a process of balancing a fairly high level of responsibility to both yourself and the world around you. Over the past few seasons, the transpersonal forces have been all over your life: a sense of intense pressure related to the condition of the world, the need for correct action in relationships, and a sense of how delicate the web of life really is. Suddenly you’re free of these silent and invisible pressures. It would seem that, at the moment, living your life your way, and aspiring to your most important personal goals, would be serving the greatest good of all concerned.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Great opportunity from far away; the stunning birth of a new vision for your life; second and third chances to do important things right; finally feeling free enough to connect with people you care about — all these are images abundant in the astrology of October and November. You must feel the potential, and the sense of relief that has come even with having survived this far, through the kinds of challenges you’ve faced. You surely feel the reality-fields loosening up and the options to actually choose becoming increasingly real. I suggest you start with a fairly simple vision for yourself, something new and distinctly different — mainly, in feeling, setting and philosophical approach to life. Identify the main theories that have kept you going the past few years, and try some different ones. But remember, this is about what is really possible, not a study in some kind of vague potential.

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