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Weekly horoscope (Oct. 1-7)

Judgment time

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For All Signs: The eclipse energy of this month continues its background effect on everyone. The world's structures are so precarious that some may have collapsed. Indeed, whether global or personal, anything built on sand rather than solid ground, is showing cracks and signs of impending change. That means issues that have been developing for a long time are brought into the light. It is judgment time, for good or ill. In Chinese, "crisis" means "opportunity" for change. Keep this thought in mind if you are losing something you thought you needed. With hind sight, you may look back on this time as a godsend.

Aries: It is generally unwise to take initiatives for two weeks even though your impulse calls you to rebel. Your intentions may be misunderstood or you may be dealing with deceptive people. Avoid pointing fingers at yourself or anyone else. It's a challenge for you to see yourself into the future with accuracy at this time.

Taurus: If there are "power" issues between you and another, this is the week that they will be in full bloom. Discomfort means that change is needed in one or both of your attitudes. Intensity is the theme. Concentrate on remaining conscious so that you won't fall into manipulative games, especially the one called "prove it, if you love me."

Gemini: During this time old issues may surface concerning your relationships to children and romantic partners. This is a good time to make amends, if that is needed. You may wish to back off from interaction while you assess your feelings. Avoid making false declarations of love.

Cancer: Fortunately, the eclipses of September are over. Give yourself a week to sit back, breathe, and relax. Slow your regular routine to a pace that feels "right" for you. There may still be work to do, but it does not have to flow at the same breakneck speed.

Leo: During this equinox period, changes in your work environment will pressure you to overcome your pride. You must adapt, whether or not this is what you want. Other issues at hand involve siblings and/or family matters. Vehicles or other equipment that have been overused may break.

Virgo: This is a challenging week. You may very well feel disappointed and angry, but there seems to be nowhere to clearly direct those feelings. The best solution is to identify what, who or where you find solace and deliberately connect with the person, place or thing that will offer reassurance.

Libra: For roughly two weeks before and after Oct. 6 there is likely a crisis of tough decisions in front of you. The subject matter is about property and family matters, but it will be tough to finalize these issues. Old issues returning for review and problem solving will be difficult. At depth, the most crucial factor is who you really are now and where you want to belong, but there are other factors that may come into play.

Scorpio: Transformation lands right on your doorstep and demands that you step up to the best and most mature your sun sign can become. It will require that you summon courage to manage yourself, but if you run away the result would be absolute defeat. Be brave and have confidence in yourself at this time.

Sagittarius: You are just barely slipping into the new life after Saturn re-entered your sign on Sept. 17. This can sometimes feel like a lonely period and that may be true for a while as you go about re-creating yourself. However, this week there are resources and friends who will help you find your way.

Capricorn: You may be applauded for your ethical and moral behavior patterns. Others will let you know your efforts have been noticed. Don't slippy-slide around the ethics line. If you do, then a person of minor authority may find the error and bring it to the attention of others. One gets what is deserved on this aspect.

Aquarius: This is an excellent time to pursue any activity that requires your mental concentration. This can be applied to anything in the creative realm or elsewhere in your life. It will work even better for you if you are revising, editing, or itemizing details. Contracts, communication with others at a distance, legal interests, along with short distance travel, have go signals.

Pisces: You are one whose compassionate nature occasionally attracts energy vampires. The next two weeks may bring one or two of these into your environment. Don't go beyond what you truly want to give or you may burn out your energy. Do not expect gratitude. It is unlikely, but if it comes, that's a bonus.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments (there is a charge). www.horoscopesbyvivian.com.

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