StarWise – October 2017

photo of Mac MacLaughlin

by Mac McLaughlin

The Sun passes through Libra from September 22 to October 22. Libra’s pictograph is a blindfolded goddess with a sword in one hand and scales in the other. It symbolizes impartialjustice and fairness. Libra is a cardinal–air sign. The cardinal signs – Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn – lead off the seasons and, as such, they contain more power and dynamism. The element of air in astrology represents the intellect and its abilities. When we amalgamate the cardinal–air qualities and project them onto humankind, we can expect to find some of the most brilliant, talented, creative and artistic souls in our midst.

The first one that comes to mind is Mahatma Gandhi Ji. His philosophy of passive resistance transformed India. Venus is the planetary ruler for Libra. She is the goddess of love, harmony, beauty and balance. I’m sure if you did some research, you would find some very highly evolved souls in the world of art, music, dance, design, architecture and law. Yes, folks, harmony, intelligence, fairness, beauty and balance sum up the essence of Libra, a sign known as the iron fist in the velvet glove. Well, we have to ask the question. Do we need harmony, balance, love and peace? I think we do, more than ever.

The scales are rocking precariously and the big and little egotists are gambling with our lives. Hopefully, we don’t sit and passively watch it all unfold. While under the influence of Venus– Libra, it would be helpful to remember that Jupiter, the planet of wisdom and idealism, is moving through Libra and has formed an opposition with Uranus, the planet of revolution and innovation. It might be high time to hit the streets again as world peace hangs in the balance. We know there are myriad brilliant minds out there and we need them to come up with some true resolutions for today’s very serious problems. Although the Vietnam War was very ugly and highly destructive and devastating, it also raised the consciousness of the whole world; as we know, there were worldwide protests at the time of that war. All of this business with the US and North Korea has gotten to a risky and very dangerous place and the powers that be truly need to do something about it before things really go south. No sense warmongering with a bunch of fear tactics. We need love and peace now. When you’re standing up to your knees in gasoline, it doesn’t matter who lights the first match.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years. Email or call 604-731-1109.

Aries ZodiacARIES Mar 21 – Apr 19
It’s your time to shine as the light of the full Moon lights up your sign on October 5. Venus and Mars are conjoined on the same day indicating something quite special heading your way. Make it a special day and do something meaningful and important.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21
You might want to plan something unique or just wait and see if the universe has anything to offer over the weekend of October 6-8. The stars are leaning your way as your planetary ruler Venus snuggles up with fiery Mars at that time. Break out those red, high-heeled sneakers and head to the club.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20
A lively time is indicated especially around the full Moon time on October 5. The Gemini Moon on Thanksgiving Day provides a big boost and there is a strong likelihood of surprising news coming your way. A secret is leaked and, as we know, those family gatherings can sometimes get hectic. Hide the alcohol.

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22
Home and family are important topics for Cancer. Now, the Sun travels though your solar house related to home life. The full Moon on October 5 brings work related news. Jupiter, the planet of luck (good karma), casts excellent rays your way for the next 12 months starting on October 10. Confidence and timing play a special role.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22
Communicate and relate is the mantra of the month for Leo. Promotions, sales and proselytizing will work well now. An increase in resources could take place in the first half of the month. Make that call. Reach out to the people that really matter in your life. A series of short journeys takes place.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22
Venus and Mars meet up in your sign on October 5. It’s also a full Moon day. Basically, it amps up the areas of love and creativity. It’s your time to shine and others may take a shine to you. It’s time to take stock and evaluate what is real and what has true value.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22
Take note of what comes to pass on October 5. Some illuminating scenarios are destined to unfold. People from the past come into the play. The new Moon on October 19 will bring interesting surprises and opportunities. You might be in the midst of important changes in your life now. Go with the flow.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21
Jupiter, king of the gods, moves into Scorpio on October 10 for a 12-month visit. You should capitalize on this once in 12-year cycle by doing whatever you have to do to elevate your status. Confidence gets a boost and timing becomes very important. Basically, do your best in all endeavours. It will pay dividends.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
Your solar house of friendships and alliances is lit up. It’s time to mix and mingle. The full Moon on October 5 stirs up some fun and entertainment. Behind-the-scenes work will pay off in the long run, such as quietly committing to the gym and paying the price through sweat and effort.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19
Your solar career sector is very active. The stars are aligned nicely in the sense they are casting good energy into your sign. Work towards strengthening alliances and loyalties after October 10. Power plays abound and all kinds of hidden machinations take place. To be clean and let your works be seen is best.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19
It’s time to blow off the dust and strive towards higher knowledge. This could come through a series of journeys to far-off places. It could also occur in the classroom, but, regardless, it’s time to dig into the topics that can quench your thirst for enlightenment. Job opportunities loom on the horizon.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20
The question is just how to fit in and make it all work and how to achieve success in your desired field of activity. Mainly, to just keep giving of yourself and helping other people is best. The overall plan was formed before your body was formed. Be who you are and do what you do.

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