The Sun in Venus-ruled Libra through October 23 challenges us to maintain our balance when Venus in Mars-ruled Scorpio begins her retrograde on October 5, tossing aside a slightly wilted bouquet and kicking a box of semi-stale chocolates to the curb. It's time to cut the romance and get real, and in this case "real" means really honest—with ourselves and with our partners. Retrograde Venus in Scorpio is the revealer of secrets: Launch a preemptive strike by truth-telling on your own terms.
Passionate Mars in idealistic Aquarius throughout the month challenges us to declare what we would risk in the name of love. The roadmap to intimacy runs through danger zones. Without a sense of safety, there can be no trust. Without trust, there can be no intimacy. Yet intimacy is the energetic goal this month—achievable if we're willing to dirty our hands in the loamy soil of our own fundamental fears.
Mercury square Pluto on October 2 in Cardinal signs Libra and Capricorn may create verbal power struggles and communicative control issues. Mercury's opposition to Uranus on October 10 yields surprise announcements, while Venus and Mars squared in the Fixed Signs of Scorpio and Aquarius prompts stubbornness: resist inflexibility or self-righteousness. The New Moon in Libra on the October 8 births new partnerships, the Full Moon in Taurus on October 24 defines roles and delineates resources within the relationship. Mercury and Jupiter in Scorpio between October 9 and 30 invites you to dive for buried treasures: those hidden, very human riches protected by primitive, instinctive defense systems waiting to be dug up and exposed to the light of day.
You'll emerge with handfuls of glittering jewels: precious intimacies, personal secrets and private confidences. Prove you are trustworthy by fiercely guarding the tender heart placed in your care.