Your horoscope for October 4 to 10, 2018

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      It’s about the money; it’s about the relationship. It’s about the sex, the hidden agenda, the scandal, the addiction, the big turnaround. Venus in Scorpio stations retrograde on Friday at 12:05 p.m. Backing into Libra on October 31, Venus will continue in retrograde motion through November 16. This retrograde cycle happens only once every 18 months. Holding significance for all, the transit is of especially high (perhaps life-altering) impact if it hits your chart directly.

      Venus retrograde is an exposing-and-strip-it-away transit. Peeling it back layer by layer, Venus aims to drill right into the core of the issue, obsession, or motivation. Therein lies the power source. Does it empower and support growth, or is it an undermining and destructive force?

      All retrograde transits set up relive and review. Venus retrograde, the net-worth, self-worth planet, prompts an important reevaluation process. To paraphrase Mick Jagger, you can’t always get what you want, but like it or not, this go-deeper transit puts us directly in touch with what is most essential to address, what is most needed for the soul’s evolution (yours, mine, ours).

      Venus retrograde is an intensified karmic call-it-forth transit. It dials up unresolved emotions and the unfinished matters of relationships. Key matters up for review: trust, jealousy, manipulation, betrayal, abandonment, codependency, enmeshment. From this life or a past life, Venus retrograde will often reconnect you to a lover or to something or someone of significant influence. A sense of déjà vu or a compelling attraction is your clue that the recall holds something of great importance.

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      March 20 - April 19

      Personal investments at all levels are up for a major review during Venus retrograde. How much do you trust yourself, another, or the way things are going? Mercury in Scorpio, starting Tuesday, sharpens your radar. Next Wednesday is a big-reveal day. Watch for someone or something unexpected to trigger the action. Risk is in the mix. Act, don’t react. Be careful when driving.

      April 20 - May 20

      Trust can be a sore point when Venus travels retrograde. While the tendency is to feel cheated and to lay blame, soul-searching is in order. Have you undermined yourself? What expectations have you held on to and are they realistic? On the positive, you could receive empowering advice, encouragement, or feedback. Tuesday to Thursday, there’s no skirting around it, no time to waste. Act.

      May 21 - June 21

      Venus retrograde could see you on a health relapse or a confidence backtrack. If so, know that you could lose ground initially but the transit ultimately serves to point you in the direction of improvement and higher ground. Renovations, repairs, and loan renewals are also apt for Venus retrograde. Tuesday/Wednesday can see you on a major breakthrough with someone or something.

      June 21 - July 22

      What is best for you? What or who claims your heart? Venus retrograde, starting Friday, takes you through an intensified questioning and soul-searching period. This karmic cycle can take you through another go-round with a lover or a key someone. It can be a potent gestational time for creative endeavour, career, health, and wealth-generating, too. Tuesday/Wednesday, it hits/changes in a flash.

      July 22 - August 22

      What’s driving you? What’s going on at home? With family? How secure do you feel regarding your financial bottom lines or your emotional comfort zone? Starting Friday, Venus retrograde in Scorpio takes you on a deeper dive into your emotions, motivations, safety, and security issues. Tuesday/Wednesday can crack it open or jettison you unexpectedly. Start a conversation, renovation, new project, or new life.

      August 22 - September 22

      You could have a major change of mind or heart as Venus tours retrograde. A relationship matter, circumstance, or conversation you thought was a done deal could be up for further review. Tuesday/Wednesday, start a new job or project; dive into fresh tasks; test-drive the new. You make a significant breakthrough. Don’t take a risk on anything or anyone suspicious. Accidents can happen.

      September 22 - October 23

      What is it worth to you? Should you stay the course? Do you feel trapped? Do you have what it takes? So many questions; the answers will reveal themselves. You have more going for you than you may realize. Venus challenges you to find your inner strength and recommit to the improvement you want and need. Tuesday/Wednesday, the dial is set at high impact.

      October 23 - November 21

      It’s regroup time! Venus begins retrograde in Scorpio on Friday. The transit allows you extra time to figure yourself out, to take a more honest look at what makes you tick. Ultimately, this stripping-away process will lead you right to the source of your power base. Tuesday through Thursday, expect to find it, cut to the chase, and/or hit the ground running.

      November 21 - December 21

      There’s more going on than meets the eye. Perhaps you are aware, or perhaps elements are hidden from you, too. Venus retrograde keeps it on brew but not in full view. Take time out to observe, soul-search, and feel your way along. The transit also keeps your radar on high alert regarding others. Tuesday/Wednesday puts you in the know, perhaps unexpectedly so.

      December 21 - January 19

      Important decisions weigh on your mind. Venus retrograde can see you rethink a goal or plan, or raise more questions about your future. It’s a good time to pull back from overcommitment, your social life, a community or personal involvement. Too, you could reconnect or resume with someone important. Tuesday/Wednesday sets big wheels/big change in motion.

      January 20 - February 18

      Venus retrograde sets a whole new reality into place, perhaps suddenly so, next Tuesday/Wednesday. There is no fence-sitting on this one. Off or on, a full commitment is required. You could be challenged by a legal matter (a divorce), an authority figure, the needs of a parent, or a money issue, or need to exert your authority.

      February 18 - March 20

      Where are you going and how are you going to get there? What does the future hold? The bigger-picture questions can preoccupy you through the Venus retrograde cycle. Tuesday to Thursday takes the guesswork out of it. Watch for a breakthrough, news, sudden inspiration, windfall opportunity, or the unexpected. Travel safe!

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