Hello, Cancer! October is a time for putting your domestic affairs in order, as the Sun spends the first three weeks of the month in your family sector! Taking some time to work on relationships with loved ones is what this transit is all about, listening to their needs but also expressing your own feelings and opinions. You may feel an urge to be away from the public eye now, as home and its offer of sanctuary, seems a very welcome relief to always having to prove yourself out in the world. The new Moon of the 9th signifies domestic changes of some kind, you may buy new items for your home or invite relatives to stay. Exciting family news is also likely. The Sun does square Pluto between the 6th and 19th, a confrontational connection signifying clashes of will with your partner over family-related matters. Your other half will not be happy about some of the changes taking place here, and it will be hard to reason with them about what you feel needs to happen in order that you can move forward.
Venus enters one of her rather rare retrograde spells on the 6th, as she goes into reverse gear in your house of love. Love affairs could begin to feel a little stale as we move towards the middle of the month, as the same old patterns of behaviour seem to be revealed in potential new partners. This isn’t the best of times for making important choices with your heart; it is likely that your mind will change when Venus turns direct again in November, so try not to make any rash decisions in this part of your life. Venus does continue her constructive sextile with Saturn until the end of October, fantastic for reconciling with ex-partners and talking about what went wrong. Struggles with Mars for the first fortnight of the month will enhance confrontations in new relationships.
October’s full Moon shines in your house of friends on the 24th, a time for letting go of a friendship which no longer serves a useful purpose. There will of course be an element of sadness around this, but full Moons are also positive experiences because they offer closure and the chance of a fresh start. The Moon’s unpredictable conjunction with Uranus here could lead to sudden outbursts of emotion and honesty on both sides. This is all about the truth, and if you can’t move forward together once those feelings are expressed, it may be time to walk away and start again. Saturn offers you some valuable support here, creating opportunities to discuss your problems practically and build some bridges, if this is the course of action you decide to take.
The Moon’s nodes are very active this month, connecting with several planets across the heavens in their persistent attempts to teach you those important karmic lessons about money and security. The north node continues to push you into situations where you are forced to be financially independent and rely less on material comforts for your happiness. Ongoing conflicts with Uranus which have forced you to curb your spending on leisure activities since early September are exacerbated by Mercury’s irritable influence from the 11th to 17th; this creates feelings of isolation among acquaintances, as you feel let down by someone you trust over plans for an outing or get together. Venus also makes contact with the nodes after the 20th, a time when jealousy and possessiveness could create some tension with those you love, and may negatively influence your choices for a while. Have a marvellous month!