The early days of October in particular represent a major crossroad of the year itself and while there are many different themes in play, the most dominant can be found on the work, relationship and professional fronts. In the early days of the month Mercury is still tying up loose ends on the work front, but a major push that began in June 2015 effectively ended last month, with the professional focus already shifting onto career and professional matters as a whole. As Pluto spends his first full month in direct motion in your career sector and Mars his only full month here, the planets of war and revolution have come together to branch out from the work focus of the last 16 months, ready to explore new professional options and possibilities and even inspire change. Meanwhile, the first full month of your most important relationship year in over a decade has the right kind of support to get things off to an authentic start. With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of October in your relationship sector the solar spotlight is always going to be on your relationships at this time of year, with Mercury's visit from the 7th October to the 24th October a chance to ensure the communication lines are open. This is a month that is bookended by a pair of New Moons, on the 1st October and another on the 31st October, creating an unusual situation where we begin and end the month on a New Moon. The New Moon on the 1st October falls in your relationship sector and whether single, in a relationship or between relationships this is a chance to commit to the journey your personal and professional relationships are now on. At the other end of the month a New Moon in your financial sector is a chance to commit to new financial ventures, intentions and resolutions, something you have the whole month to prepare for.
While there has been a push to create a balance between work and play for several months now, this is the month that it not only gets serious but responsibility falls into your hands. For once Mercury leaves a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart on the 7th October there will be no more planetary activity here for the first time since June 2015, bringing to an end your most important year for matters of the heart in over a decade. It was in late August that the planets one by one began to migrant into and even through your work sector, with your busiest, most important and expansive year for job growth and opportunity officially underway when lucky Jupiter returned early last month. Once Mercury leaves a playful part of your chart on the 7th October you'll be on your own and it will be up to you to maintain a balance between work and play. With life only getting busier, work opportunities continuing to expand and new career developments from early next month, this is something you will need to master in the early days of the month. However, as much as they want to the professional gods won't have total control of the month, with Venus bringing something special on the relationship front in the first 18 days of the month, while Mars and Pluto will keep a passion for adventure and a hunger for life's richer experiences fuelled all month. So much so that the planets of war and revolution are declaring war on any attempts to stay in your comfort zone and this may even see you head off in search of greener pastures. Yet while travel is a real option this month this is more a campaign to bring a sense of adventure into every aspect of your life.
While looking at the month as a whole and seeing an important month for both matters of the heart and work matters could lead you to believe there will be a challenge finding a balance between work and play, but that's not likely to be the case. Not only are the professional forces in play on both the work and career front no threat to fun, playful, romantic and creative forces, thanks to the work/life balance lessons of the past you should have a good sense of how to have it all. While Venus is creating some special conditions on the work front until the 18th October and the Sun will return to your work sector on the 23rd October to throw the solar spotlight on your work situation and matters, with so much already invested throughout the year this is more a case of finally getting a chance to reap the rewards. Even if they wanted to, work and careers matters would be unwise to take on the playful forces in play, with giant Jupiter spending his first full month in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart in over a decade and the Sun spending the first three weeks of October here. Between them the Sun and Jupiter rule the solar system and if they are both putting their full weight behind matters of the heart and all things fun, romantic and creative, maintaining a balance between work and play shouldn't be a problem. With Venus more focused on attracting work opportunities and Neptune's last full month in retrograde motion in your career sector more focused on accessing the past, second chances and untapped potential, professional forces will be happy to play second fiddle and will benefit from a creative edge. It's in the second half of the month that something special is developing on the relationship front, while financial and money matters are getting a massive boost throughout the month.
You will find that the pace drops back this month, especially on the work front, even if you're still putting in just as many hours and accomplishing just as much. Missing is a sense of urgency and an almost manic and constant rush against the clock each day. Yet, while it is not time to rest on your laurels you will find that you've achieved a work ethic that will see you work more efficiently and that the effort you've already invested time and energy into is starting to bear fruit. With a Full Moon in your career sector on the 16th October and Venus returning to your work sector just two days later, there will be no shortage of work or professional opportunities, but the manic phase of the past is no longer required. In a month where home and family matters are always going to be important you will find that work/life balance restrictions are being vigorously imposed and there will be heavy penalties for violations. Yet rather than dampen your professional momentum this is likely to enhance it, appreciating that not only work/life balance but a balance between work and play will see you retrain your competitive and creative edge. The reality is the work till you drop attitude of the past is no longer required, allowing for a much better balance. This is also a month where matters of the heart and all things fun, playful, romantic and creative get a boost, benefiting from the better work/life balance you're able to achieve. While this is the potential for some romantic adventures this is more about making space in your life for fun, play, romance and creativity, all things that make life worthwhile. You're waking up to the fact that it's not about the money, at a time when the money is likely to be flowing more easily. It just goes to show, that what you chase often eludes you, but stop chasing and it will find you. It helps that the stars are geared up for ongoing income momentum.
In a month that is likely to be beyond busy, with the planets of war and revolution setting an almost manic pace on the work front this month, it helps that you will begin the month with a smart head for money, making it easier to work smarter from the get go. Yet while Mercury will leave your income sector on the 7th October, having spent over two months here by then and bringing a 16 month period of continuous planetary activity to an end, this smart and intellectually savvy planet will be doing far more than simply leaving you with a smart head for money just when some real breakthroughs are possible on the work front. It is as though the money gods are throwing the professional gods the ball and having done all that they can to set you up for income growth and success, it is now up to Mars, Pluto and work forces to take the ball and run with it. Yet this is not just a month that is all about income and work matters, with a New Moon in your communication sector on the 1st October making it clear from the get go that this is a month where communication matters. That and the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of October in your communication sector means the spotlight will always be on communication matters at this time of year is only half the story, for with Jupiter here now until October 2017 this is the start of a new journey. Having the communication lines open will make it easier to negotiate some compromises, for while you have a busy month on your hands, you also have an important month for home and family matters and for matters of the heart. With a need for both work/life balance and a balance between work and play, being able to communicate and negotiate will prove essential. There also needs to be time to embrace a sense of adventure, with travel or other adventurous pursuits favoured mid month.
There is no doubt that you're likely to feel a fairly major drop in pressure this month, even if you can't put your finger on why. You may be going to the same job, dealing with the same home and family matters and in the same relationships, but everything is likely to feel easier and a lot less pressured. You may even start to doubt whether things really were as tense as you thought they were and that maybe it was more a figment of your imagination. This is partly true, for what you have experienced over recent months in particular, but in reality over the past 16 months, is a lot of internal and external pressure from the stars. The pressure and tension was very real, but like free floating anxiety that has to find something to give it form, anything that was even a slight challenged would have hooked onto the pressure and tension in the air, making it more extreme than it actually was. However, the other truth you're facing this month is that on the other side of this you're able to look back and appreciate how this has helped to make you who you are, better able to appreciate your own authenticity and journey and your relationships. What you have experienced over the last 16 months and over the last few months in particular, were the labour pains of your birth into a new 12 year Jupiter cycle of expansion and if it feels like a rebirth, that's exactly what it is, with the future now spreading out in front of you. On a more mundane level you're likely to find that things start to move on the income front, with the potential for a raise in income or signs that this is something you're moving towards. With new work opportunities opening up from early next month, even if the money doesn't start to flow until then, there is a new sense of confidence and anticipation in the air. The biggest surprise this month is likely to be the amount of romantic and creative passion taking hold, along with a determination to fight to find a balance between work and play. This is also a month for making your home your castle and by the end of the month in particular, home will be where your heart is.
With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of October in Libra, whether you are a September or an October born Libran this is your month, a time to embrace both your birthday month and new solar year. Yet if this year feels different than other years and in your gut there is a sense that this is your year then you're right, but it has nothing to do with how old you are or how many candles on your birthday cake. While some years, such as when you're turning 18, 21, 30, 40 or 60 are symbolically more important than others, whether you're turning 23, 47 or any other number it's going to feel like one of those big, special birthdays. This has nothing to do with numbers and everything to do with the fact that for the first time since 2005 you're moving into your new solar year with Jupiter on board, bringing you to not just the start of a new 12 month solar year, but the start of a new 12 year Jupiter cycle of expansion. While you'll spend until the Sun's departure from Libra on the 23rd October laying down the foundations and setting the intentions, promises and resolutions for this new solar year, you'll spend until October 2017 laying down the foundations for this new Jupiter cycle of expansion. This makes this a month for not just new beginnings but major new beginnings, with a chance to completely reinvent yourself and whatever kind of reboot you require. Yet be warned that while a New Moon in Libra on the 1st October will bring a need to make a commitment to the journey ahead, as you won't have a chance to get your head in the game until the 7th October, this is less about the details and more about committing to the journey itself. If the early weeks of this new solar year and new Jupiter cycle of expansion are an indication of what you can expect, then opportunities on the income front are set to unlock untapped potential on the work front, while your relationships have all of a sudden become a lot more important. A Full Moon in your relationship sector on the 16th October might bring personal and/or relationship tensions to a head, but is the tip of an iceberg that now requires more authenticity and an authentic balance between your personal and relationship needs. As you grow and evolve, so too must your relationships.
While you will have to wait for the Sun's return to Scorpio on the 23rd October for your birthday month and new solar year to kick off, from the get go it is likely to feel like it has begun in all but name. Yet conversely, when the Sun does return to Scorpio and your birthday month and new solar year really does begin, it's unlikely to feel that you've closed the door to the past or your old solar year has actually ended. Get used to that sense of the past, present and future coexisting, for this is now your new reality. You're able to get a jump on the future and your new solar year before it begins because you'll move into the month with Venus already here, with your heart able to go ahead and start cherry picking what you want from a new journey before it begins. At the same time, with Mars having already spent so many months in Scorpio this year, you should already have a sense of what excites you, your passions and fighting spirit. In the meantime, there are some stunning events on the work and income fronts mid month, starting with a solar eclipse in your work sector on the 16th October and continuing with Venus' return to your income sector two days later. While Venus will always trigger the most potentially auspicious income weeks of any year, this is not her first visit and having moved into the year here, she has come full circle in a surprisingly quick time. With Mars having spent so many months here and having set the scene for so much before leaving your income sector late last month, by the time a Full Moon triggers work developments and Venus returns two days later to exploit this financially, the implications could be huge. With the second half of the month especially auspicious for work, income and work matters, your only challenge will be maintaining a balance between work and play.
There are two different realities playing out this month, one that is likely to affect you on a personal level and the other on both the professional and financial fronts. On a personal level you're likely to notice a drop in pressure and that life will no longer feel like you're living in a pressure cooker zone. Ironically, the work/life balance challenges and issues of the past are revealing themselves to be blessings in disguise, for the reason for a drop in pressure is the fact you're finally able to achieve the right work/life balance. That constant need to have your professional hat on 24/7 is gone, yet ironically you're likely to find that things are not only easier, but the money should start to flow as well. While there will still be a need to have your head in the game professionally to begin with, once Mercury leaves your career sector on the 7th October it will become more about keeping the momentum going. Just as things dial back professionally and you find it a lot easier to achieve the right work/life balance, there is the very real chance of an income breakthrough. It was Mars' return to your income sector late last month, on the same day that Pluto turned direct here that has seen the planets of war and revolution team up to not only drive income opportunities home, but to encourage you to start fighting for what you want across all the currencies in your life. At the same time that the professional push of recent months has eased back you'll find that there is more time for your social life, with both personal and professional networking becoming a lot more important, even more so than at this time every year. At the same time, a Full Moon in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart on the 16th October will do its part to ensure life doesn't become all work and no play.
With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of October in your career sector this is always going to be a professionally focused time of year, but nothing like what you're experiencing this month. For the first time in over a decade you have lucky Jupiter on board, bringing you to the first full month of your biggest, most important and opportune year for professional growth and success in over a year that will take until October 2017 to run its course. However, while a New Moon here on the 1st October will offer an opportunity for new beginnings and bring a call for a commitment, until Mercury returns on the 7th October you won't yet have your head in the game, making it important to commit to the journey itself rather than any specific details. Even after the Sun leaves your career sector on the 23rd October and Mercury on the 24th October the journey will continue and if anything, this is when the real journey begins. With Jupiter in your career sector until October 2017 now that you have your professional hat on it will need to stay on, but that doesn't mean life will suddenly become all work and no play, though from the 13th October this is something you'll need to safeguard yourself against. It's on the social front that Venus is working her magic and in a social and serendipitous part of your chart until the 18th October she is creating some serendipitous conditions, with fate working to put you in the right place at the right time. Even once Venus leaves, with the Sun returning on the 23rd October and Mercury on the 24th October, the social focus will continue, though will shift more to personal and professional networking across the board.
There is always going to be a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure in the air at this time of year, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of October in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery. It's the fact that the Sun will also always end the month in your career sector and that this is the month that a more professional focus will begin, that always adds a sense of urgency and a call to embrace a sense of adventure while you can. This year the lines are blurred, for while the Sun will leave this adventurous part of your chart on the 23rd October and Mercury on the 24th October, both returning to your career sector, this won't bring a sense of adventure to an end and in fact this is when you'll realise that this is more than an annual update. With lucky Jupiter spending his first full month in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery and not due to leave until October 2017, this is just the start of a whole new period of discovery. At the same time while the Sun's return to your career sector on the 23rd October will see the solar spotlight shift onto your career and professional situation, matters and options you'll have your professional hats on from the get go. With Venus in your career sector until the 18th October and Mars having spent so many months here already, there is already plenty of professional momentum. Where there is some urgency is on the financial front, with Mercury's departure from your financial sector on the 7th October bringing a massive financial journey to an end. This makes it important to move into the month with your money hat on, head in the game and working with Mercury's smart head for money to make smart financial choices, decisions and plans, ready to tie up loose ends.
There may still be some pressure in the early part of the week that will clear when Mercury leaves Virgo on the 7th October, taking away the constant pressure of the past 16 months and with it any personal and/or relationship tensions. Chances are, it is only after that fact, when you finally get a chance to exhale that you'll appreciate the weight you've been under. Yet while this has been challenging for both you and your relationships, you are emerging from this with a clearer sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. The early days of the week are vital for working to ensure the communication lines are open across your personal and professional relationships and whether single, in a relationship or between relationships there is a chance to commit to a new way of connecting moving forward. In the meantime, there is a lot of focus on financial and money matters, even more than is normally the case at this time of year. With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of October in your financial sector the solar spotlight is always going to be on your financial situation, matters and options at this time of year and with Mercury moving through from the 7th October to the 24th October you'll have the smart head for money needed to make smart financial choices, decisions and plans. Yet with lucky Jupiter spending his first full month in your financial sector in over a decade, this is also the start of a major new financial journey towards financial growth that will take until October 2017 to play out. This won't be entirely free of financial tension, with a Full Moon in your income sector on the 16th October likely to highlight any tension between income and financial forces. Yet just two days before Venus' return to your career sector on the 18th October, any financial tension created will both create the potential for an income breakthrough and ensure you're motivated as new professional doors open. There is also a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure in the air this month that needs to be embraced.