Brussels, Friday, October 20, 2006

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Note to readers: My colleague Yasmin Boland has had a child and is on maternity leave. I'm taking turns some weeks standing in for her daily column. These horoscopes are being posted to our subscribers as well. The first set runs through Friday. - ef

Friday, Oct. 20, Moon enters Libra 5:19 am
Libra Moon is very close to exact conjunction with the Sun. This is a big New Moon as the Moon makes aspects to many planets at the same time the new lunar month begins. People are feeling all this energy and may be on edge having no clue at all as to why that might be. New Moon tension is internal and easy to doubt, unlike Full Moon tension which leads to a big external drama and arrives with the approximate feeling of the World Cup. At the moment, most people need to nurse their doubts, which may take a little longer than expected to come to their senses.

Aries (March 20-April 19)
By all indications, your energy is on the upswing and many interesting encounters seem not only likely but inevitable. What you don't want to do is burn out, spend your passion all at once, or deny anyone else the pleasure of being attracted to you. You have time to let things build gradually, and if you do, they will take some pleasant and unexpected turns. But as an astrologer what I am here to remind you is that all pleasure is best paid for in awareness. Awareness will help make any encounter, no matter how new, real and meaningful.
Taurus (April 19-May 20)
The more energy you allow yourself to feel, the more is going to come up. Fortunately the equation is balanced, and as your emotional intensity or erotic drive gather strength, the places you need to grow will arise in a way that you can handle them. What you learn this weekend may even be more deeply etched in your memory than the fun you have or the people you love. The truly important thing is that you allow yourself the freedom to express your authentic feelings. You have nothing to hide, and so much to offer.
Gemini (May 20-June 21)
You may have a deep urge to reveal your secrets to someone. Make sure it's not any old someone, but a very particular someone you want to connect with and who you trust deeply. By no means advertise your private business despite what may at times be an overwhelming urge to do so. You run a serious risk of being misinterpreted and having your words used against you. If you make sure what is private remains in a private context, the result will be an opportunity for intimacy, rather than its evil twin, scandal.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This weekend, your home will be the most interesting place in the world. But for that to be true, you'll have to lower some of your boundaries, and for that miracle to happen, you will need to be aware of what they are. And there's really just one sure way to find out, which is to give your limits a push, a stretch or a leap. Set your life up so that something unusual happens, something you feel you're not exactly ready for. Then, let it happen. You can be sure of some exciting results.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
Many feel that the truth is an absolute value. I would suggest that that is true in any one context or time. The truths you become aware of and which you may feel a deep need to share are a work in progress. You may feel a need to hold onto them, but I suggest instead that you appreciate what you discover and the effect it has on your life. One revelation will yield to the next, and at this stage of your life, honesty is about taking one day at a time, and one discovery at a time, regardless of what you may have felt yesterday.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
One of the best ways to see things is to magnify them. Another is to get up close and take a good look. This is basically what is happening to you these days on a deep inner level. If you find that your own mental process is often a mystery to you, or too intuitive to understand, you now have a chance to see how it works in vivid detail. This may play itself out in a relationship with someone who has the gift of being able to hold a powerful magnifying mirror to you and, from the outside, reveal what is true for you inside.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
Money is about energy on one level and it's about numbers on another. The energy part, you're working with brilliantly. That involves motivation and commitment. While you're at it, you may want to add up the numbers a few ways, across the columns to the right, and down the page to the bottom line. Make this a habit and remember to focus on this tangible level of reality every time the subject of resources surfaces -- as it's bound to in a major way sometime this weekend. Whatever you may feel, let the numbers do the talking.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Human skills are the most important ones there are, and the rarest find. As one of the zodiac's masters of psychology, you need to put your gifts to work over the next few days. The situation that's developing is a rare opportunity for both partnership and growth. Both people bring something to the equation that the other is lacking, and that the other needs -- but that places both people in positions of power in one another's lives. Once again, the responsibility is yours to set the example of kindness, tact and fairness.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
Having faith or awareness in the 'unseen world' seems to follow few rules of the 'regular world'. On one side of the veil, if you have a business idea, you talk it over with your bank or potential investor. On the other, you might ask an astrologer what is in the future, and on the basis of some planetary charts they may say something rather profound is happening. The one common thread they have is that sincerity counts for everything on both sides of the veil. Treating any information with respect, whatever its source, falls into this category. Do not judge; rather, consider.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
Life is long, and you can afford to wait. You can also afford to enjoy an experience in the moment and let it go, and maybe see what develops when it returns. There is a chance that this event or meeting signals an opportunity, and a chance that you're getting a glimpse of your potential, which may arise in some other form, at another time. Remember, though, the undeniable way that opportunities are trees that grow out of the ground of possibilities. Trees don't grow quickly, but they are alive, and they do all the better when we recognize their life.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
The world is ripe for a long talk about the difference between the appearance of integrity and the reality of it. You may be the one to give that speech on national television, but more to the point, you're the one who is setting the example. That in truth is more powerful than TV, because it has the power to do something that TV sorely lacks: form actual human relationships. If you will do something that's actually pretty natural for you and embody your deepest truth, you will meet some extraordinary people the next few days.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Now is the time to seriously consider the possibilities for expanding your professional horizon. An extraordinary series of meetings between Mercury and Jupiter over the next few weeks suggests that something big is afoot -- particularly with Jupiter about to cross your 10th solar house, Sagittarius. Pisces is the most cosmic sign and it has the odd tendency to be one of the most myopic. A series of veils will be lifted from before your eyes, and if you want to learn something about yourself, all you need to do is open your eyes and really look.

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