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Weekly horoscope Oct. 6-12

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Libra The Scales (Sept. 22-Oct. 22)

It is time to keep your nose to the grindstone and do the "grunt" work that is at the basis of creativity. You are working hard to blend a new concept with an older concept in order to create a revised version. Sidestep the tendency to be critical of yourself or your work.

For All Signs: Venus, ancient goddess of love, turns retrograde on Oct. 8. This event occurs approximately every 18 or 19 months. She remains retrograde until Nov. 18. During her ebb periods we reflect on our personal needs with respect to partnerships. Meanwhile, it is common for ongoing relationships to shift into neutral or even a temporary reversal. The universal message is to think carefully about who you are before making a promise or commitment. For those already pledged, it is a time to go within oneself and discover the qualities needed to improve upon the existing relationship. From the global point of view, these periods often mark times when treaties or agreements between nations are violated or negotiations break down between countries.

Aries: This is not your best hour with the Powers that Be. Stay out of the limelight if possible. No one is getting along with anyone else, and your attempt to lead will cause more trouble than it is worth. People might make a victim out of you, even though it is not your fault.

Taurus: This is probably not your best time to be dealing with a partner or significant others. The mood is intractable, and no one can persuade anyone else, so productive action is stalemated. Do the best you can to disengage emotionally from the fray. Avoid being drawn into repeating old behaviors.

Gemini: You are bringing a creative work into the world at this time. It is a mix of old and new or conservative and avante-garde. Don't listen to the critic in your head now. Just keep on plugging and allow your intuition free reign. Later you can go back and clean up small mistakes.

Cancer: At present your rational mind tells you one set of facts while the heart/instincts are in another camp altogether. A conflict of this type is one which ultimately will be resolved in a creative way. Take your conflict to a higher place — not one of either/or, but both/and. A larger perspective would satisfy both ends of the equation.

Leo: This week is about finding healing on either the physical or emotional levels. You may be the healer or the healee. If a friendship or a more significant relationship needs mending, now is the time to do so. The willingness to open your heart and mind to give and to receive is yours at this time.

Virgo: Paperwork or other details of your life are driving you nuts right now. It may feel as though the ducks are nibbling you to death. Although the issues are absorbing a lot of your attention for the moment, remember always that "This too shall pass."

Scorpio: You may be experiencing some odd feelings about yourself in relationships at this time. Venus is turning retrograde in your sign and what you thought was great two weeks ago is now causing you to think again. Perhaps you made a promise around Aug. 20 that you regret at present. Step back, and beg for time to think/feel this through for a while.

Sagittarius: You have a desire to reach outward to others. You want to share ideas and express yourself in a larger framework. Talking to yourself is not satisfactory. Activities involving teaching/learning are favored, along with good aspects for travel.

Capricorn: This is a good week to concentrate on a challenging mental project. It will work better for you if you are revising, editing or itemizing details. If you are producing a creative work, you are likely to be overly critical of the outcome. The Inner Critic may advise, but it should not be allowed to condemn your efforts.

Aquarius: You have some thoroughly unique ideas on how to solve a problem, but the "rules and standards" are getting in your way. It is possible that this is going on entirely within your own mind. Don't allow your inner critic or anyone else to beat on you. The conflict indicates that you are growing and expanding in a new area.

Pisces: There is an old saying: "Don't believe everything you think." Take this one to heart this week. Your feelings and thoughts may be only projections of what you want to think. You might identify a piece of information as a truth, when indeed, it is merely your opinion.

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

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