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The Sun, traveling through Scorpio this month, deepens us all—whether we want it or not—until the 23rd, when it enters Sagittaurius and we feel driven to share ourselves and what we have discovered with one another. Scorpio energy is about seeing what is really happening. It takes courage to face the truth of things as they are. We appear to have agreed collectively to deny the existence of many things and this has landed us in all in a shared predicament. We must be courageous and allow ourselves to honor our perceptions and feelings fully. We must know ourselves and trust our senses. A healthy world is one where the shadow is not denied, because it is in denying its existence that we hold a space for unhealthy energies.

The full moon in Taurus on the 5th grounds us and brings a greater sense of security. We must feel held by life and stablized if we are to bring our energy more fully into this world. The new moon on the 20th in Scorpio ignites us to walk more willingingly, truthfully and consciously with our fellow man.

Mercury turns direct in Scorpio on the 17th after traveling retrograde since Oct. 28. What have we learned about our desires to be more open and honest in our communcations? The space is here now for us to coexist more profoundly. Venus enters Sagittarius on the 17th. What do we really value? What has this life experience taught us? Mars in Scorpio squares Neptune in Aquarius on the 17th. Where do we feel stuck spritually? How do we define what is possible? What have we agreed to unconsciously that we really don't believe is true? Mars in Scorpio squares Saturn in Leo on the 28th, empowering us all to be more courageous and creatively truthful. We must reach down deep to pull forth our strength to create what we really want here. Uranus turns direct in Pisces on the 20th after traveling retrograde since June 19. There is more acceptance to be free. Jupiter enters Sagittarius on the 23rd and we are all a bit more secure in our beliefs and less threatened by others.

Famous Libras: Pablo Picasso, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Roseanne Barr.


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)—Happy birthday, Scorpio! This is your time to shine—and there's no time like the present to bring your visions forth into reality. What do you wish to make real? The energy is ripe for you to make great strides in manifesting your desires. There is support for you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)—The most beneficial thing you can do for yourself is clear your mind of interfering thoughts, Sag. Negotiating the agendas of others can be exhausting and consuming. You are the authority in your own world and you do well when you use caution with others and limit the impact their views have on your own sense of knowing.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)—You are able to find great stability now, Capricorn. You more than others understand deeply the need for a strong and balanced foundation as fundamental to progress and to the ultimate potential outcome of any endeavor. You are in your element as you establish firm ground.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)—As though by magic, doors open and things align for you now, Aquarius. The clearer your thinking, the better. Synchronicity is in the air and as you focus your mind you find that obstacles dissolve and all systems are go. Hold what you wish to make real clearly in your mind.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)—Giving to others seems to bring a sense of peace and centeredness to you now, Pisces. When you are there in support of those who need you, you find yourself most balanced. What do you have to give? And who calls to you now? That is where you belong and that is where you discover your rightful place in the world.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)—You seem to tune into just the right people and places, Aries. You have a magic touch and find that when you apply your energy in the areas that are most inviting to you, you benefit greatly. You are able make visible progress and feel success now.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)—What matters most to you now is not the material world, but rather the way you live your life. Your nature is a noble one and you use your sense of virtue to guide you. What good is creating a life that only looks good? You want a life that really feels good, too. And you know how to create it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)—It is your nature to accommodate others, Gemini. Now you find yourself compelled to rise up and take a strong stance and hold your power in a way that others can see and respect. You are able to achieve a higher order of balance when you stand clear and firm inside your sense of knowing.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)—Who rules your world, Cancer? You consider this now. What are the laws that you abide by? And how do you feel about these things? There is more flexibility than you might realize and you turn your thoughts to consider this now. You have more authority in your world than you have been owning and you feel your power to make changes.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)—You turn your passion toward others now, Leo. You find great satisfaction in sharing your enthusiasm with the people around you. Not everyone is as capable of following their heart and loving life as you are, and you find pleasure now in supporting others in doing what they love but have lacked the courage to pursue.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)—There is great solace for you when you connect yourself with your larger purpose, Virgo. You have a place in the cosmos that matters. Now you turn your awareness to this and allow your life here on earth to be more deeply infused with your larger sense of self. When we tune into our cosmic connection, we can keep life here in perspective.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)—You are alluring, Libra. You hold a great power when it comes to bringing the world around you into balance. When you go courageously into your unrestrained self-expression, others feel a sense of permission to do the same. You are not interested in existing only on the surface. You choose deeply rich expression instead.


Motavenda Mekchizedek is a glass artist, writer and astrologer living in Silver City. She is available for private astrological consultations. She specializes in the areas of personal empowerment, family-of-origin issues, personal dreams and destiny, and the human potential. She can be reached by phone at 534-1024 or by email at moti@gilanet.com, or see www.innerworlddesigns.com.

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