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Weekly horoscopes: Oct. 14 - Oct. 20

Christopher Renstrom is the creator of Rulingplanets.com which is his idea of an on-line, subscription-based, interactive Astrology Magazine. It is based on his bestselling book Ruling Planets, which was published by HarperCollins in 200...

Clearing away the deadwood

A lunar eclipse is Astrology's version of a "come-to-Jesus" moment. Now the point isn't to call you down or to shame you into renouncing your counterproductive ways — although that might not be the worst idea in some cases. The point is to show you what is NOT working in your life. It's important to remember that whatever unravels during this time (the lunar eclipse takes place on Oct. 18) was on iffy ground anyway. Lunar eclipses are all about clearing away the deadwood to make room for new growth. Adopt a listen-and-learn attitude during this time, and you will emerge on the other side of this with a renewed sense of life purpose and direction.

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Clearing away
the deadwood

A lunar eclipse is Astrology's version of a "come-to-Jesus" moment. Now the point isn't to call you down or to shame you into renouncing your counterproductive ways — although that might not be the worst idea in some cases. The point is to show you what is NOT working in your life. It's important to remember that whatever unravels during this time (the lunar eclipse takes place on Oct. 18) was on iffy ground anyway. Lunar eclipses are all about clearing away the deadwood in order to make room for new growth. Adopt a listen-and-learn attitude during this time, and you will emerge on the other side of this with a renewed sense of life purpose and direction.

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ARIES (March 20 - April 18)

The extraordinary trine between Venus and Uranus on Oct. 16 portends a close encounter of the life-changing kind. You could meet the love of your life, interview with someone who will prove instrumental to your career or forge a lifelong friendship that will support you in becoming the person you feel that you are meant to be. Venus is the planet of pairing up, and these sorts of matches impact you like bolts out of the blue when they involve Uranus. The experience will be invigorating, enlightening and enlivening.

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TAURUS (April 19 - May 19)

Letting go isn't something that Taureans do gladly. You will stand your ground and defend your turf like the bull that you are named after. However, the lunar eclipse on Oct. 18 shows that it's time to relinquish your hold on someone or something. Not only are you standing in the way of change (never a good idea), but you are staying put for all the wrong reasons. The stars show that you would be much happier pursuing your destiny elsewhere — and the further away from your old, familiar stomping grounds, the better.


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GEMINI (May 20 - June 19)

Mars, the planet of conflict, enters that part of your solar chart that pertains to hearth, home and property matters on Oct. 15. This could transform a once peaceful sanctuary into an emotional battlefield. Look for the return of sibling rivalries, family skeletons and renewed disputes over who owns what. It's enough to make you want to decamp. Just remember that what isn't resolved at one street address will surely follow you to the next. Tap into your own inner Mars and stare down those who are looking to mess with you.

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CANCER (June 20 - July 21)

You have too much on your platter as it is, and the last thing you need is another time-consuming obligation. You're at a place right now where you keep signing on for things without much thought about the toll they are taking on you, both physically and psychically. Planetary energies on Oct. 18 and 19 show that you are getting close to burnout. Do yourself a favor and listen to loved ones and friends who caution you to slow down. They're not just saying this to hear themselves talk, you know.


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LEO (July 22 - Aug. 21)

Trust in what you have put in motion. This won't be easy to do this week — when the lunar-eclipse energies stir up wild waves of hysteria — but it's important to remember that the loudest voices aren't always the ones worth listening to. You have struck a chord with those who are in a position to help your dreams become a reality. You won't see the effects of this right away — not before Mercury comes out of retrograde on Nov. 10 — but rest assured that you'll be vindicated in the end.

virgo

VIRGO (Aug. 22 - Sept. 21)

You're going to feel like the inmates are running the asylum this week — and you're not exactly wrong. It's amazing how certain crazy types are given carte blanche to run roughshod over people's lives while more responsible sorts (like yourself) have to clean up after them. There are times when the planets in their courses perform their own particular brand of cosmic intervention, and that's what's happening now. Step out of the way and let things bottom out. Sanity will be restored next week when Mercury turns retrograde on Oct. 21.


libra

LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 21)

This is an uncharacteristically emotional time for you. You can expect to feel beset with bouts of insecurity and neediness on Oct. 15 and 19. The best way to navigate this rough passage is to open up about what's going on. You may think that you're embarrassingly transparent, but actually, you're not. Libras have this habit of always changing the subject so that they're talking about anyone but themselves. Give loved ones and friends an opportunity to be there for you in the way that you are always there for them.

scorpio

SCORPIO (Oct. 22 - Nov. 20)

Your words will come back to haunt you this week when you find yourself facing a dilemma similar to one that a friend faced earlier this year. Now, this isn't some kind of karmic payback. Admittedly, you might not have been particularly sensitive at the time — Scorpios are famous for adopting "tough love" stances — but that doesn't mean you gave bad advice. If anything, your counsel was more spot-on than you know. If your advice got this person through her own crisis, then it will get you through yours.


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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 - Dec. 20)

It may feel like you're out of your depth as you try your hand at a new venture, but this is good. Mars crossing over your solar midheaven from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 will force you out of your comfort zone. A lot of times, we can unwittingly limit what we do (and what we are capable of) because an aspiration doesn't fit with our background and experience. It's time to clear that hurdle and to give free rein to your ambition. Doing so will prove to be infinitely fulfilling and rewarding.

capricorn

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18)

This week, you find yourself drawn back into a situation that you thought you'd said good-bye to. Actually, you did say good-bye, but it looks like somebody else didn't. This could involve your ex-spouse or ex-employer. The long and the short of it is that this person needs to make amends — more for his own good than for yours. It's asking a lot given what went down, but it's an opportunity for you to take the high road and to show those who maligned and/or abused you the true meaning of compassion.


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AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17)

It isn't always easy being ahead of the times. You can read the writing on the wall as easily as if it were a comic book, but trying to communicate the message to others is often a challenge. Thankfully, the Venus/Uranus trine on Oct. 16 shows certain people picking up the clue phone. This ensures that you will finally get the support you've been asking for. Of course, being born under the mentally restless sign of Aquarius means that you're already on to your next brilliant idea, but wait a couple of weeks before sharing it with others.

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PISCES (Feb. 18 - March 19)

You can run, but you cannot hide. That's the message that the stars will be sending when the lunar eclipse on Oct. 18 triggers the collapse of an unstable financial situation. This could concern a risky investment or a property matter that was draining you dry, or maybe you were bankrolling a deadbeat boyfriend. In any case, you need to find the courage to own up to this awkward situation and to accept whatever losses result from it. It's a bitter pill to swallow, but what you'll gain in experience will be priceless.

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