October, the Tenth Month of the year of our Goddess, 2015


“A year of beauty. A year of plenty.
A year of planting. A year of harvest.
A year of forests. A year of healing.
A year of vision. A year of passion.
A year of rebirth.

This year may we renew the earth.
This year may we renew the earth.

Let it begin with each step we take.
And let it begin with each change we make.
And let it begin with each chain we break.
And let it begin every time we awake.”

–  Starhawk, Reclaiming Samhain




October is the tenth month of the year, its name derived from the Latin word meaning “eight,” as it was the eighth month of the Roman calendar. Its astrological sign is Libra, the Scales (September 23 – October 23), a cardinal air sign ruled by Venus. In October we enter the glorious late afternoon of the year. Bittersweet berries turn brilliant orange, and the woodland blazes with vibrant colors reminiscent of a Persian carpet. As October passes the door to the otherworld opens wider. We become more receptive to spiritual energies and feel drawn to bond with our ancestors. The main holiday of October, and one of the most magickal nights of the year, is Samhain or Halloween. This is a traditional time to honor our ancestor. Many seasonal decorations can help do this. The jack-o’-lantern illuminates a path so the spirits of our ancestors can find their way. Apples are used to feed the dead, so leave an apple near your door or a plate at your table. The name of October’s Full Moon, the Blood Moon, comes from this urge to connect with ancestors. When the Blood Moon rises, it smolders like an ember in the autumn sky. She is a beacon for spiritual energy. Thank her by leaving an apple beneath a tree, or by burning some dried wormwood in a dish and meditating on your deceased loved ones.



The Blood Moon is the last of the harvest moons, and the one closest to Samhain, the time when the veil between this world and the Otherworld is thinnest. Also known as “moon of the changing seasons” and “failing leaf moon,” the Blood Moon represents the death of one cycle and the birth of a new cycle. Blood is te life force that flows through your physical body. The Blood Moon ritual gives you the opportunity to give thanks and celebrate this life force.

Correspondences for the Blood Moon

Colors: Dark blue, black, purples
Gemstones: Obsidian, amethyst, tourmaline
Trees: Apples and yew
Gods: Herne, Apollo, Cernunnos, Mercury
Herbs: Apple blossom, pennyroyal, mint family, catnip, Sweet Annie
Element: Air


Wiccan Spell A Night: Spells, Charms, And Potions For The Whole Year
Sirona Knight

Blood Moon Correspondences – Patti Wigington, About.com



NATURE SPIRITS : Frost and plant faeries

HERBS: Pennyroyal, thyme, catnip, uva ursi, angelica, burdock

COLORS: Deep Blue Green

FLOWERS: calendula, marigold, cosmos

SCENTS: strawberry, apple blossom, and cherry

STONES: Opal, tourmaline, beryl, turquoise

TREES: Yew, cypress, acacia

ANIMALS: stag, jackal, elephant, ram, scorpion

BIRDS: heron, crow and robin

DEITIES: Ishtar, Astarte, Demeter, Kore, Lakshmi, The Horned God, Belili, Hathor

POWERS/ADVICE: A time to work on inner cleansing, letting go, karma, reincarnation, justice and balance.


Symbols & Folklore for the Month of October

October’s Sign of the Zodiac

Libra, the Scales (September 23 – October 23)
Scorpio, the Scorpion (October 24 – November 21)

October’s Celtic Tree Astrology

Ivy: September 30 – October 27
Reed: October 28 – November 24

October’s Birthstones

Opal, Tourmaline, Pink Sapphire

October’s Birth Flower

The Calendula & Cosmos

October’s Folklore

When deer are in a gray coat in October, expect a hard winter.
Much rain in October, much wind in December.
A warm October means a cold February.
In October dung your field, and your land its wealth shall yield.


October’s Month Long  Observations

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Dwarfism/Little People Awareness Month
  • Eczema Awareness Month
  • National Arts & Humanities Month (United States)
  • National Cyber Security Awareness Month (in United States)
  • International Walk to School Day (International)
  • National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month (United States)
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (in United States and Canada)
  • National Dental Hygiene Month (in United States)
  • National Down Syndrome Awareness Month (in United States)
  • National Infertility Awareness Month (in United States)
  • National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (in United States)
  • National Lupus Erythematosus Awareness Month (in United States)
  • National Physical Therapy Month (in United States)
  • National Spina Bifida Awareness Month (in United States)
  • Rett Syndrome Awareness Month (in United States)
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month (in United States)
  • World Blindness Awareness Month
  • American Pharmacist Month
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week




“Your tombstone stands among the rest;
neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
on polished, marbled stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn
You did not know that I’d exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
one hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
and come to visit you.”
– Dear Ancestor

Samhain – October 31

To most Witches, October means just one thing: Samhain! This holiday (pronounced sow-in) is also known as the Witches’ New Year, and falls on October 31st.

Most people know that date as Halloween, a spooky holiday characterized by ghosts and witches. Halloween comes from the Christian holiday of All Hallows Eve (Hallow Evening, or Hallow E’en), which in turn was adapted from the pagan celebration of Samhain.

As with most of the Christian holidays that were derived from pagan practices, the origins of Halloween’s modern traditions can easily be traced back to its ancient pagan roots. The witches… well, that one’s obvious. (And for a change, everyone is dressing like us, instead of the other way around!) The spookiness and the ghosts are descended from the pagan belief that on this day of the year the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest, allowing for communication between the living and the dead.

Samhain is the end of the Wiccan year. We take this opportunity to say goodbye to all those loved ones we have lost in the past year, and speak to our ancestors if we have the need. At the same time, we celebrate the start of the new year with revelry and feasting. This may seem contradictory, but as Wiccans we know that sorrow and joy are both a part of life, and that neither can exist without the other.

Samhain is the third and final harvest festival, often celebrate what lies ahead. So dress up in your most witchy black, grab your cloak and your broom, and revel in the joy of being a witch!

Circle, Coven, & Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice
Deborah Blake


Samhain Ritual Tools, Symbols and Decorations

Altar Decorations: Black altar cloth; red altar candles; cauldron or pot with water and a floating candle; black pillar candle; bowl of apples; wand tied with black ribbon, lighted pumpkins; black silk pouch; chalice covered with a black cloth; red and white wine.

Symbols: Jack-o-lanterns; cauldron; scrying mirror or bowl; tarot cards; torches; bonfires; graveyard; tombstone; broom; cornstalks; runes for casting; photographs of departed ancestors; oak and hazel wands tied with black ribbons.


Samhain Incense

1 tsp. crushed Mugwort Leaves

1 tsp. Frankincense Tears (small resin chunks)

1 tsp. Myrrh Resin (small chunks)

2 tsp. crushed Rosemary Leaves


Samhain Oil

3 drops Rosemary oil

3 drops Pine oil

3 drops Bay oil

3 drops Apple oil

2 drops Patchouli oil

Use almond oil as the base


Samhain Ritual Potpourri

by Gerina Dunwich

45 drops patchouli oil

1 cup oak moss

2 cups dried apple blossoms

2 cups dried heather flowers

1 cup dried and chopped apple peel

1 cup dried pumpkin seeds

½ cup dried and chopped mandrake root

Mix the patchouli oil with the oak moss, and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.

(The above recipe for “Samhain Ritual Potpourri” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes“, page 162, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995)



Ritual To Honor Your Ancestors

For many modern Pagans, there has been a resurgence of interest in our family histories. We want to know where we came from and whose blood runs through our veins. Although ancestor worship has traditionally been found more in Africa and Asia, many Pagans with European heritage are beginning to feel the call of their ancestry. This rite can be performed either by itself, or on the third night of Samhain, following the End of Harvest celebration and the Honoring of the Animals.

First, decorate your altar table — you may have already gotten it set up during the End of Harvest rite or for the Ritual for Animals. Decorate your altar with family photos and heirlooms. If you have a family tree chart, place that on there as well. Add postcards, flags, and other symbols of the country your ancestors came from. If you’re lucky enough to live near where your family members are buried, make a grave rubbing and add that as well. In this case, a cluttered altar is perfectly acceptable — after all, each of us is a blend of many different people and cultures.

Have a meal standing by to eat with the ritual. Include lots of dark bread, apples, fall vegetables, and a jug of cider or wine. Set your dinner table, with a place for each family member, and one extra plate for the ancestors. You may want to bake some Soul Cakes.

If your family has household guardians, include statues or masks of them on your altar. Finally, if a relative has died this year, place a candle for them on the altar.

Light candles for other relatives, and as you do so, say the person’s name aloud. It’s a good idea to use tealights for this, particularly if you have a lot of relatives to honor.

Once all the candles have been lit, the entire family should circle the altar. The oldest adult present leads the ritual. Say:

This is the night when the gateway between our world and the spirit world is thinnest. Tonight is a night to call out those who came before us. Tonight we honor our ancestors. Spirits of our ancestors, we call to you, and we welcome you to join us for this night. We know you watch over us always, protecting us and guiding us, and tonight we thank you. We invite you to join us and share our meal.

The oldest family member then serves everyone else a helping of whatever dishes have been prepared, except for the wine or cider. A serving of each food goes on the ancestors’ plate before the other family members recieve it. During the meal, share stories of ancestors who are no longer among the living — this is the time to remember Grandpa’s war stories he told you as a child, tell about when Aunt Millie used salt instead of sugar in the cake, or reminisce about summers spent at the family homestead in the mountains.

When everyone has finished eating, clear away all the dishes, except for the ancestors’ plate. Pour the cider or wine in a cup, and pass it around the circle (it should end at the ancestor’s place). As each person receives the cup, they recite their genealogy, like so:

I am Susan, daughter of Joyce, the daughter of Malcolm, son of Jonathan…

and so forth. Feel free to add in place names if you like, but be sure to include at least one generation that is deceased. For younger family members, you may wish to have them only recite back to their grandparents, just because otherwise they can get confused.

Go back as many generations as you can, or (in the case of people who have done a lot of genealogy research) as many as you can remember. You may be able to trace your family back to William the Conqueror, but that doesn’t mean you have it memorized. After each person recites their ancestry, they drink from the cider cup and pass it to the next person.

A quick note here — many people are adopted. If you are one them, you are fortunate enough to be able to choose whether you wish to honor your adoptive family, your biological family, or a combination of the two. If you don’t know the names of your birth parents or their ancestry, there’s nothing wrong with saying, “Daughter of a family unknown.” It’s entirely up to you. The spirits of your ancestors know who you are, even if you don’t know them yet.

After the cup has made its way around the table, place it in front of the ancestors’ plate. This time, a younger person in the family takes over, saying:

This is the cup of remembrance. We remember all of you. You are dead but never forgotten, and you live on within us.


If you didn’t do a separate ritual for animals, you can add photos and candles for deceased pets to your family altar.

If you like, you may wish to follow this ritual with a Seance.

If your children are younger, and you’d like to include them in a short ritual, consider holding an Ancestor Ritual for Families With Children instead.


By Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert



Samhain Ancestor Meditation

A Time of Darkness

Samhain is known as the night when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest. It’s a time to sit back and honor the spirit world, and call upon those ancestors who came before us. After all, if not for them, we wouldn’t be here. We owe them something, some gratitude for their ability to survive, their strength, their spirit. Many Pagans choose Samhain as a time to honor their ancestors.

In addition to these more formal rituals, you may also want to take some time alone for a quiet meditation. This is a point in the Wheel of the Year when the spirit world is a bit closer than normal, and if you’ve never tried to contact your ancestors before, now is a good time to do it.

When performing an ancestor meditation, people experience different things. You may find yourself meeting a specific person that you are aware of in your family history — maybe you’ve heard the stories about great-uncle Joe who went out west after the Civil War, and now you have the privilege of chatting with him, or perhaps you’ll meet the grandmother who passed away when you were a child. Some people, however, meet their ancestors as archetypes. In other words, it may not be a specific individual you meet, but rather a symbol — instead of adventurous great-uncle Joe, it may be a non-specific Civil War soldier or frontiersman.

Either way, understand that meeting these individuals is a gift. Pay attention to what they say and do — it may be that they’re trying to give you a message.

Setting the Mood

Before you perform this meditation, it’s not a bad idea to spend some time with the tangible, physical aspects of your family. Bring out the old photo albums, read through wild Aunt Tillie’s diary from the Great Depression, get out your grandfather’s old pocket watch that almost sank with the Titanic. These are the material things that connect us to our family. They link us, magically and spiritually. Spend time with them, absorbing their energies and thinking of the things they’ve seen, the places they’ve been.

You can perform this ritual anywhere, but if you can do it outside at night it’s even more powerful. Decorate your altar (or if you’re outside, use a flat stone or tree stump) with the symbols of your ancestors — the photos, journals, war medals, watches, jewelry, etc. No candles are necessary for this meditation, but if you’d like to light one, do so. You may also want to burn some Samhain spirit incense.

Claiming Your Birthright

Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Think about who you are, and what you are made of, and know that everything within you is the sum of all your ancestors. From thousands of years ago, generations of people have come together over the centuries to create the person you are now. Think about your own strengths — and weaknesses — and remember that they came from somewhere. This is a time to honor the ancestors who formed you.

Recite your genealogy — aloud if you like — as far back as you can go. As you say each name, describe the person and their life. An example might go something like this:

I am the daughter of James, who fought in Vietnam
and returned to tell the tale.
James was the son of Eldon and Maggie,
who met on the battlefields of France,
as she nursed him back to health.
Eldon was the son of Alice, who sailed
aboard Titanic and survived.
Alice was the daughter of Patrick and Molly,
who farmed the soil of Ireland, who
raised horses and tatted lace to feed the children…

and so forth. Go back as far as you like, elaborating in as much detail as you choose. Once you can go back no further, end with “those whose blood runs in me, whose names I do not yet know”.

If you happened to meet a certain ancestor, or their archetype, during your meditation, take a moment to thank them for stopping by. Take note of any information they may have given you — even if it doesn’t make sense just now, it may later on when you give it some more thought. Think about all the people you come from, whose genes are part of you. Some were great people — some, not so much, but the point is, they all belong to you. They all have helped shape and create you. Appreciate them for what they were, with no expectations or apologies, and know that they are watching over you.


By Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert



“Leaves fall,
the days grow cold.
The Goddess pulls her mantle of Earth around Her
as You, O Great Sun God, sail toward the West
to the land of eternal enchantment,
wrapped in the coolness of night.
Fruits ripen,
seeds drip,
the hours of day and night are balanced.”
Mabon Sabbat and Lore


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Your Rune For October 5 is Kenaz


bw-kenazYour Rune For Today

Kenaz foretells the coming of clarity and knowledge. It is time for you to grow by exchanging knowledge with others. Opportunities are upon you.

Additional information about Today’s Rune, Kenaz

kenaz : torch


Phonetic equivalent: k (can also be used as a hard ‘c’)


wisdom, insight, solution to a problem, creativity, inspiration, enlightenment


for creative inspiration, aid in study, fertility, dispelling anxiety and fear


Mimir, the Dwarfs, Muspellheim


In modern usage, the Scottish ‘ken’ means to know or understand, and this is the sense in which the rune should interpreted. Today, light, inspiration and knowledge are often associated, as in ‘gaining enlightenment’ and ‘shedding light on the problem’, and even in the image of a lightbulb going on over someone’s head when they get an idea. To bring light is to make the invisible visible.Unlike the wisdom gained at þurisaz, kenaz only allows us to take bits and pieces of this knowledge away with us as we need it, usually at the discretion of the Gods. This knowledge will generally come in the form of a sudden inspiration, and we will be able to see clearly the answer that was once hidden from us. This form of wisdom is more closely associated with the right half of the brain than the left, since it does not come through conscious effort but rather through passively opening one’s self to it. Thus, a more feminine element is added to our journeyer’s experience.

The act of bringing light into the darkness is also a creative one. Again consider the image of the person carrying a torch , representing the masculine elements of fire and air, entering the cave and penetrating the feminine realm of earth and water. This joining of masculine and feminine elements results in the creation of new ideas. In physical terms, this can be correlated to the application of fire to mold and shape matter – the art of the smith.


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Your Daily Tarot Card for October 5th is Judgment

Your Personal Daily Tarot Card


Judgment embodies those forces which require us to be accountable for our actions. With Judgment truths are revealed, mysteries are unraveled and responsibility is assigned. Judgment unveils outcomes and marks the ends of things. While it is a time to properly place guilt, it is also a time for atonement and forgiveness. Ultimately the process of Judgment should lead to freedom from errors made in the past and a fresh start with a clean slate. To that end Judgment actually promises the start of a new journey on which we can apply what we have learned from our past.

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Your Weekly Astrology Report for October 5 – 11

Weekly Astrology: October 5 – 11, 2015

A hectic pace

Maria DeSimone


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Your Love Horoscopes for the Week of October 5th





General Horoscope
Love planet Venus enters discerning Virgo on Thursday, where she’ll remain until November 8. You’ll realize that love isn’t only about hearts, flowers and grand gestures of affection. Real love is found in the everyday boring stuff too. Things like your loved one scrubbing the stove after cooking you a lovely meal, or rubbing your feet after a stressful day at the office. Still, you might have to get through some romantic insecurity on Saturday when Venus squares off with Saturn. Perhaps you’ll try a little too hard to “earn your keep” in matters of the heart. Also, on Friday, Mercury will turn direct in partnership Libra. It’ll take a few days but you’ll soon realize that clarity is on the horizon regarding a relationship situation. Ah, at last!

Aries Horoscope Mar 21 – Apr 19
If you’re single, it’s possible that romance is closer than you think. After Thursday, you’ll have extraordinary support to help you explore any chemistry you have with a coworker. Although you might feel a reservation about this on Saturday, you’re likely to move past it quickly. Go ahead; what have you got to lose? If you’re in a relationship, there’s also good news! On Friday, Mercury will turn direct in your partnership sector after having been retrograde since September 17. Conversations with your mate will finally begin to make sense again.

Taurus Horoscope Apr 20 – May 20
Love is in the air! This Thursday, Venus enters your romance sector, where she’ll remain until November 8. If you’re single, there has never been a brighter opportunity for you to meet someone amazing and fall deeply in love. Not only will you have the support of Venus but you also have lucky Jupiter in the same area of your chart along with a recent eclipse (September 13) to help you jump start something wonderful. Yes!

Gemini Horoscope May 21 – Jun 20
You and your spouse or partner might have to overcome a difficult situation on Saturday that has to do with your domestic life. Perhaps the two of you can’t agree on a living arrangement. Or, it’s possible that one of your relatives is putting a wet blanket over your romance. You’ll have to address it. If single, after Friday you’ll have more support to initiate productive conversations with prospective dates. More important, you’ll be able to trust your judgment in matters of the heart.

Cancer Horoscope Jun 21 – Jul 22
Communication in love will be well supported this week thanks to two happy astrological events. First, on Thursday, love planet Venus will enter your message sector. Until November 8, you’ll find it much easier to speak from your heart and to enjoy dialogue with your sweetie. Making decisions together — especially domestic ones — will be easier too. After Friday, Mercury will turn direct in partnership Libra. Domestic disputes affecting your relationship will finally get resolved.

Leo Horoscope Jul 23 – Aug 22
If there is a relationship decision that has been weighing heavily on your mind since last month you’re in luck. On Friday, Mercury will finally turn direct in partnership sign Libra, allowing you to cut through the confusion and finally begin to see solutions. Communication with your partner might have been less than smooth and if so, you might be at the end of your rope. Hang in there! This week you’ll find that your ability to enjoy conversations together is finally back. For good!

Virgo Horoscope Aug 23 – Sep 22
This Thursday, Venus will enter Virgo where she’ll remain until November 8. When Venus is touring your sign, it gives you an amazing boost in confidence, allure and love potential. If you’re single, you’ll easily use this to your advantage without even having to try. Others will gravitate towards you effortlessly, so don’t be surprised when more than one person asks you out! If you’re already partnered up, you and your mate will enjoy an extra dose of happy. Just keep the family drama away from your love life on Saturday. You’ll be glad you did.

Libra Horoscope Sep 23 – Oct 22
Your love life will become more of a private affair after Thursday. Venus will enter the most hidden part of your chart — the 12th house — and remains there until November 8. During this stretch you might enjoy spending more time alone with your sweetheart rather than out and about in social events. Or, it’s possible that you’ll need to retreat away from everything in order to figure out what to do next in a romantic situation. Trust your gut. On Friday, Mercury turns direct in your sign and you’ll also be able to trust your decisions.

Scorpio Horoscope Oct 23 – Nov 21
If you and a friend have an unspoken attraction for one another, after Thursday, it might become more difficult to ignore. The two of you may decide it’s time to be friends and lovers. Although you might want to remain cautious until after Saturday, it does appear that this can work. Conversations might occur behind the scenes between you and someone out in order to help clarify your feelings first. Then, by next week you’ll be ready to express all of those unspoken words to your pal.

Sagittarius Horoscope Nov 22 – Dec 21
You might not have been able to count on a friend’s advice lately when it comes to sorting out your love life. In fact, one of your pal’s might have only added to your confusion. If you have struggled with listening to your heart because it seems to scream the exact opposite of what a friend’s voice of reason has to say, this week that will change. Although well meaning, your friend shouldn’t have as much say in the outcome of your love life as he or she has had in the past.

Capricorn Horoscope Dec 22 – Jan 19
If you’re single, it’s possible that after Thursday, you’ll have an opportunity to explore a romantic connection with someone you feel a deep spiritual bond with. This person might also have a background that is quite different than your own. He or she may be from another country, or a different ethnicity than yourself. It’s also possible that this new love interest has religious or philosophical beliefs that fascinate you. You’ll want to expand your horizons and open your heart.

Aquarius Horoscope Jan 20 – Feb 18
If you’re in a relationship, after Thursday, you and your partner might notice exciting developments connected to your joint finances. One of you might receive a wonderful bonus check or raise. It’s also possible that you’ll discover that an investment has paid off nicely and the two of you will be ready to celebrate your good fortune. Hold off on major expenditures though until after Saturday. You’ll be glad you did.

Pisces Horoscope Feb 19 – Mar 20
If you’re in a relationship then you can expect oodles of happiness! First, on Thursday, love planet Venus will enter your partnership sector where she’ll remain until November 8. You and someone close might make a commitment to one another, much to your delight. If you’re already hitched, you and your mate will enjoy an especially harmonious phase in your love connection. Then, on Friday, Mercury turns direct in the area of your chart ruling shared finances. If you and your partner have not been able to agree on a financial decision, a breakthrough is now possible.


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Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Tuesday, October 6th





Get A Jump On Tomorrow….

Your Horoscopes for Tuesday, October 6th



Aries Horoscope

Decisions can be difficult to make today, dear Aries. With dreamy Neptune in challenging aspect to your direct and assertive ruler, Mars, in general you could find that others are not exactly “getting” you, and energy levels can be up and down. This is largely about motivation. It can be quite difficult to stick to routine, including diet, as motivation seems lacking temporarily. Thinking can be foggy when it comes to practical matters, making it a poor day for business deals. Some of you could be feeling taken advantage of for all the services or support you provide others, and in definite need of time to yourself. If you’re stuck dealing with routine, add some creativity to the mix, and you’re likely to enjoy yourself more. Imaginative conversations can be rewarding as long as you’re not trying to lock something down; getting facts across clearly can be challenging right now.



Energetically, the day can be up and down, dear Taurus, both on practical and social levels. There may be some form of disappointment on social or romantic levels, or you could be feeling temporarily demotivated or devitalized, finding it difficult to decide your next step in a relationship. It can be easy to both mislead and to be misled now, largely due to general indecision and possible errors of omission. Some of you could experience conflicting desires and urges, or a conflict between a personal and social pursuit. Because you’re a little more vulnerable and sensitive than usual, the dramas of others in your life could get to you, but you might also choose to be a mediator today, helping others make sense of confusing energies.



Your ability to stick to monotonous jobs or tasks can decrease today, dear Gemini. If this is the case, it’s an important signal from the cosmos that you are in need of some time for recuperation on an emotional level. You could be dealing with social disillusionment today, as you could feel let down by a friend or colleague. A home project or family matter can hit a snag, and you can feel uninspired just for the time being. Whether to pursue a personal interest or a professional responsibility can be an issue today. Feeling less confident about your plans, goals, or ambitions is temporary but very real right now, and this is yet another sign that you need to refresh yourself. Find healthy ways to rest, escape, and renew your spirit.



The Moon leaves your sign early morning, dear Cancer, and this tends to take away the urgency of filling emotional needs. Nevertheless, there may be some confusion surrounding your communications, or a new idea can be an issue that gnaws away at your steady mood. It can be hard to know what to believe, or you may feel temporarily uninspired about a recent project or endeavor. For some, there can be a feeling of being overwhelmed with what you need to learn or understand at this time, but it’s not a time for shrinking from a challenge, but rather to take a break and make some changes to your plans. If you have some doubts, ride them out and then make adjustments if need be, particularly on creative and imaginative levels, which now should be considered vital.



The Moon’s entry into your sign early today generally helps with emotional clarity, dear Leo, although it can also fuel your emotions, making things seem more challenging than they actually are, and today’s energies are tricky. Be especially vigilant if handling money today. You can be so passionate about moving forward on a project that you may be tempted to borrow from your future now, which may be cause for regret later on. It’s also a time to watch that you don’t become so distracted that you leave a bag behind while shopping or misplace an important item, as your head may be in the clouds right now. There may be some confusing signals with an intimate partner, or boundaries could be crossed now and you’re not sure how to deal with the situation. Allowing yourself a healthy escape from the routine can be appropriate and helpful now.


Virgo Symbol/Glyph

The Moon enters your privacy sector, and the need to withdraw and rest up is strong. This is especially important with tricky aspects occurring today that reinforce a need for healthy forms of escape. It can be exhausting for you now as you try to discern between fact and fancy. Finding a middle ground is the key, but can be difficult today when all of the energy you’ve been feeling seems to evaporate and you feel sluggish. This is likely due to a feeling that you don’t know what or who to believe. Others can seem quite elusive. You may need to let go of the desire for others to be clear about their intentions, just for the time being. You may need to soften your approach or back off/down and step back a little, especially with a partner. In some cases, you may need to temporarily put your plans on hold in order to tend to someone else.


Libra Glyph-Symbol

We’re likely to meet with ambiguous situations today, dear Libra, and there can be some uncertainty to deal with in both your work and social worlds. Even so, there can be new insight into an old problem, but overall, the day can challenge you in terms of goals and desires. It’s better not to make a big splash or jump to big conclusions today, as we can be so sensitive that we don’t see all the facts. There could be waning enthusiasm for a particular project, perhaps because you feel a little overwhelmed and lacking in direction, but this likely only means that you need to take a small break or find new sources of inspiration in the project. Aim for moderation today, as errors tend to be in the extremes right now.


Scorpio Symbol Glyph

It can be all too easy for a friend to rattle your cage these days, Scorpio, and perhaps especially so today. Imagination is powerful and maybe going a little too far at the moment. Someone could be trying to pull the wool over your eyes, but it is equally possible that you are seeing only what you want to see. Whichever the case, it’s important not to invest too much into what transpires today, as people in general may not be fully in touch with what they want, and mixed signals can be the result. A lover could do a temporary disappearing act, or there can be a lack of clarity in a relationship. Some of you could feel a little overwhelmed with a project, but it’s not the time to abandon something – it’s simply time for a rest and the chance to get into better touch with your true desires and needs.


Sagittarius Glyph Symbol

There can be some ambiguity surrounding work or family today, dear Sagittarius. Work matters can be somewhat stressful as you temporarily lose motivation or interest in what you’re doing, or you are hit with some feelings of insecurity and uncertainty. You may be discouraged if you haven’t come as far as you’d like in the pursuit of a particular goal. Even if you feel like you are only going through the motions, it’s important to keep to the task, as clarity is likely to come soon enough, and you don’t need to be dealing with lost time at that point. When duties are complete, find healthy escape routes. Consider ways to inject more imagination into your projects or goals and deal with issues surrounding the home or family life that are leaving you feeling insecure or guilty. A partner or friend can be the source of comfort and support today.


Capricorn Symbol/Glyph

Confusing circumstances could surround communications today, dear Capricorn, as people don’t seem to be saying what they mean, or meaning what they say. While evasiveness can be frustrating, it might be better to avoid attempts to pin something down or to get a solid answer. There might be a struggle between a belief and the facts before you. Some of you could be feeling a little overwhelmed with a recent project or endeavor that you’ve taken on. This is a better day for finding healthy escape routes that feed a need for fantasy, adventure, and idealistic thinking, rather than for concentrating on more practical matters. Avoid putting hopes into information coming to you now, as you may not be seeing clearly, or there could be critical details missing. Instead, find alternate sources of enjoyment and inspiration temporarily until you regain your momentum. This is in fact a strong day for seeing a predicament in a new way, and perhaps for finding a lost item or the missing puzzle piece.



You crave peace and quiet today, dear Aquarius, and you might take special pleasure in your relationships and pleasing those closest to you with the Moon moving out of a practical sector and into your partnership zone this morning. Even so, there is considerably more sensitivity felt today, particularly to imbalances in your relationships, and this can lead to a desire for escape or it can be a real distraction from what you’re doing. Be more vigilant with money and sharing on all levels right now, as it’s hard to see things very clearly and boundaries can easily be crossed. Take care of your valuables, and consider ways to improve your life and relationships through more imagination, romance, and gentleness.



You could be feeling pushed into a corner by a significant other in your life today, Pisces. Pushiness or aggression in others might be experienced now, and someone’s behavior or a relationship matter can be quite confusing. Of course, don’t put up with bullying, but do aim to be clear with your own intentions now, as your passivity or evasiveness might be stimulating conflict. Watch that you don’t go along with something just because it’s hard to say no. Also be careful not to hook yourself to something unless your heart is truly into it. However, when it comes to rethinking a business matter today, you can be quite on point. You seem to be much clearer on practical levels than you are on emotional/relationship matters today, but it’s still a good idea to wait until after Mercury’s retrograde (after the 9th) before making big commitments.

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If You Were Born Today, October 5


If You Were Born Today, October 5

Although restless at heart, you are a person who craves stability and security. This is why you work so hard at whatever you do. Not one to expect everything to be handed to you on a silver platter, you instinctively put effort into earning your lifestyle. Versatility is an important keyword for you. Whether you satisfy your yen for new experiences through travel or “armchair travel”, you are forever curious and interested in the world around you. Your values are strong and definite. Romantic relationships may be a little rocky, as you are often attracted to people who challenge you. You are romantic and passionate. Likely, your later life is significantly easier, probably because you learn to enjoy the fruits of your own labor. Famous people born today: Kate Winslet, Nicky Hilton, Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy, Michael Andretti, Bob Geldof, Clive Barker, Jeff Conaway, Steve Miller.


Courtesy of Cafe Astrology

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, October 5th





Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, October 5th



Aries Horoscope

You can be feeling rather self-protective today, dear Aries, and continue to have a greater need for comfort and belonging with the Moon in your sector of home and family all day. With Pluto strong and challenging, there could be some intense feelings that come to light in somewhat disruptive ways. Career, reputation, and responsibilities can be the touchier areas now. One-to-one relating can suffer a little if you’re focused on who has the upper hand. Even so, if you tune in, your intuition can serve you well right now, and can keep you from getting to a state of mild paranoia. This is a time when forgiving others for slights can serve you and your relationships especially well. Sometimes even disruptive events can push you in important new directions.



There may be some tensions today, dear Taurus, for you, likely on the job or regarding your duties and responsibilities. You might be taking it especially personally if someone is not following, adopting, or accepting your ideas or habits. You may be clinging to your own methods closely. Do your best to avoid power plays with others, but do take note of the things that seem to trigger frustration easily. This way, you can learn more about yourself and your deeper fears or insecurities. Don’t be afraid to make some changes now. The Moon continues to transit your solar third house all day today, and this stimulates a need to keep busy and for variety. Watch that this doesn’t turn into nervousness – know when to slow down and focus.



Judgment today may be a little off, dear Gemini, as we tend to be a little too close to a situation with Pluto prominent and challenging. It may be better to guard new ideas just for the time being. Keeping some things to yourself is a better strategy than revealing too much. There can be some issues surfacing to do with personal boundaries in relationships. Others can either be too demanding or not demanding enough, and this has you questioning their interest! Resentment that has been with you just under the surface can be easily triggered. Focusing on practical matters may be easier than social ones today, but do pay attention to emotions that surface seemingly out of nowhere, as they can be important clues to deeper problems you may want to address at a later date.



Relations can be tense or even loaded today, dear Cancer, if everyone’s cards are not on the table. Consider, however, that we may not be especially in touch with what’s driving our behavior now. Defensiveness can result, which of course doesn’t get us anywhere. If you find yourself dwelling on problem areas, be kinder to yourself by letting go of negative thoughts. This is a time for getting up to date and modern, identifying areas of weakness and making changes. Be vigilant with money, as judgment of value may not be up to par just for now. Big decisions about relationships, money, and business should wait for another time. The Moon in your sign all day points to the need to tend to emotional needs and personal plans.



Pressures to perform or excel can be strong today, dear Leo, although this may very well come from within. There can be tension over deadlines or unfinished projects. For some of you, issues of power and control can emerge, particularly on the job or with peers. There can be sensitivity to something you say or express. Expressing compassion and understanding with people close to you is your best bet now. Otherwise, you might consider ways to reduce stress. It may not be easy to get to a compromise or a fair agreement with others now. Look for ways to improve your well-being today, as the kind of energy generated by difficult Pluto aspects now may feel a little uncomfortable but could also motivate you to make important adjustments and changes.


Virgo Symbol/Glyph

Worries about money and love can surface today, dear Virgo, and may very well undermine your enjoyment of the day if you allow yourself to dwell on fears. With knowledge of what easily sets you off, you have the tools to make some adjustments or to work on weak areas, however. Consider ways to better pursue hobbies, personal interests, or fields of study free of self-limiting insecurity. Try to view change as something you need to make progress rather than waste your time fearing it. The Moon is once again in your social sector all day, and this can prompt you to seek out people who are not expecting too much from you.


Libra Glyph-Symbol

There can be pulls towards personal concerns and fears today, dear Libra, and this can give you pause to doubt your path or could make you feel temporarily off your game. Try to avoid letting fear, frustration, or anger drive your behavior. Power games with someone are unlikely to make anything better, but identifying trouble areas in your life can be a step towards managing them. If you approach resurfacing problems in the same way you always have, you know you won’t get better results. Be willing to admit to yourself that something may have outgrown its purpose or that changes need to be made for best results today.


Scorpio Symbol Glyph

There can be a tendency for people to read too much in others’ behavior or words today, dear Scorpio, and insecurities can be at the root. Knowing this can put you in a good position as observer rather than participant. Positively, the Moon is in harmony with your sign and you find it a little easier to rise above difficulties. Thinking up new methods and approaches is essential now. Private time is helpful now, and it would be helpful to watch for expressing yourself without first thinking of the possible impact. You might discover that you need to express pent-up or buried frustration, and it’s best to do so through journaling or with people you know well and trust.


Sagittarius Glyph Symbol

There is a tendency to take things a little more personally today than on other days, dear Sagittarius. Anger can be easy to trigger today, but keep in mind that anger is a mask for other emotions, such as hurt or fear, so dig a little more deeply if something – or someone – gets your goat today. Healthy relating doesn’t happen when people are acting defensively. There can be differences in values or a sense that someone is not valuing you as much as you feel they should. It will be important not to dwell on the negative because it’s not likely to get you to a better place. Take steps to find ways to loosen up and relax, and if this means removing yourself from tense situations, do so if you can.


Capricorn Symbol/Glyph

You may be worried about your performance, clout, or work today, dear Capricorn, with the Sun in your professional sector in challenging aspect with Pluto in your sign. This can also play out as disagreement with a superior. Be especially kind with yourself if you’re feeling insecure. You are certainly allowed days when you’re a little off. Avoid dwelling on problem areas. Sensitive topics are best avoided with touchy energy surrounding us today, although trigger points can be very revealing. The coming weeks bring more opportunities to get out and about, as well as to promote, publish, or otherwise extend your reach.



A simple difference in values can stimulate a whole lot of tension today, dear Aquarius, if you let it get to that point. You may not always see that your values are transforming these days, but people close to you may sometimes feel a little threatened by the changes. Be patient and offer assurance if necessary. You might be concerned about a secret, or something emerges that triggers some frustration. The day is important for seeing where adjustments need to be made, particularly in the way you treat your ambitions. Recognize your needs to thrive. Seek out quiet time and possibly independent work today for best results.



The Moon in harmony with yours all day again today encourages a more easygoing approach to the world, dear Pisces, which can come in handy with rather challenging, tense aspects influencing our day. Relations with others can be a little moody. However, although there can be tension experienced now, particularly in a friendship or group situation, your ability to understand and soothe can take you far. Your vision is broad, and your creativity, particularly in the manner in which you deal with others, is peaking this month. This is a time for revamping traditions, work projects or conditions, and methods. Watch for exaggerated value, negative or positive, and try to avoid mixing money and friendship at the moment.

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The Balance of the Signs & The Elements for Monday, October 5th






The Balance of the Signs & The Elements for Monday, October 5th


Nurturing, protective, tenacious, emotional sensitive, watery, strong roots. Can be overly protective, unwilling to let go, timid, reclusive.
Meticulous, discriminating, pure, practical, health conscious, hard working. Can be hyper-critical, petty and perfectionistic.
Even-handed, harmonious, artistic, diplomatic, balancing, strong sense of fairness. Can be over- compromising, appeasing, judgmental.

The elements are balanced.

We are ready to take action and to take on challenges, and can become frustrated with stagnant conditions.
We may be open to change but may not have much follow-through.

Moon from 90 to 45 degrees behind the Sun.
We have strong beliefs and are likely to put them into action. We have the wisdom to know when to act, but sometimes can be inflexible.

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