Starla’s Starcast September 23 – October 22, 2017

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Hello Lovely Libras! Happy Birthday! May your month be fully balanced with love and joy. Well the word of the month seems to be conjunct… So much power and synthesis in one little strange word.

con·junct:

adjective: conjunct kənˈjəNGkt/ 1. joined together, combined, or associated.
Music relating to the movement of a melody between adjacent notes of the scale. Astrology in conjunction with. “Moon conjunct Jupiter”
noun: conjunct; plural noun: conjuncts ˈkänjəNGkt/ 1. each of two or more things that are joined or associated.

(To inquire about Starla doing an astro chart and/or a personal consultation for you or as a gift for a friend, please email her at starsviastarla @gmail.com.  She also does gypsy readings—similar to Tarot, but using playing cards.)

libra starla's starcast on equality365.comLibra
September 23-October 22

It is now officially fall Libra darling, and the excitement of the autumn equinox may have temporarily blurred your planetary vision. You can’t help it; your desire for elegance and beauty in your life sometimes overrides your sense of reality, but not often, since you also strive for justice and balance. The Sun entered your home sign, so for the next month, you are Astro’s darling, enhanced while Jupiter is still in your home sign until October 10th. So make the most of that timeline. However, all may not be lost when he moves into your neighbor Scorpio for a year. That move will impact your second house of earned income, so what you have sown during the last year, you will reap. Let’s hope you are a master of financial gardening.

Pluto goes direct in Capricorn and your fourth house on September 28th. Pressures should ease in your home environment. It will be much easier to communicate. Previously, you have felt as if you were high on some forbidden drug, hanging on by a fragile thread that could break at any moment.

You have a trio of planets partying in Virgo and your 12th house of secrets and the subconscious—Venus, Mercury and Mars. But Mercury will move into your home sign on September 30th, and diplomacy should become your mojo.

Make the most of Mars trine with Pluto on October 1st. Your reflections could be helpful to your home and family. Venus concurs on the 3rd, and she wants to add her elegant taste to your home as well.

Try to remember that when the full moon beams in Aries on October 5th, spontaneity invades your relationships. Libra gets groovy. At the same time Venus conjuncts Mars in Virgo and sheds light on your 12th house of secrets and subconscious. If you’ve been naughty, hopefully it was nice. The Sun tangles with Pluto on the 9th, and Mercury does the same on the 10th. When the big P is involved, it’s a matter of control and manipulation. You can make it a matter of rebellion or a matter of change. Knowing you, most likely it will be the later. Besides, on the 10th, you will wave goodbye to lucky Jupiter as he moves into Scorpio. Don’t cry; he’s not abandoning you. In fact, he’ going to inhabit your second house of earned income.

Mercury joins Jupiter in Scorpio on October 14th, and then conjuncts the good luck planet on the 18th, again, benefiting your finances. On the 19th, the new moon shines in your home sign and makes love to the Sun. If you and a partner are fussing at each other, stop. You know what they say—never go to bed mad. Or, if that gives you a thrill, wait until the 22nd when feisty Mars enters your home sign. That will not only shake up the bed frame, but will also bring out your fighting spirit. But don’t put on your boxing gloves just yet. Add that fire to your Libra charm and slither forth to seduce the world.

scorpio starla's starcast on equality365.comScorpio
October 23-November 21

While the Sun has moved your 12 house of secrets and the subconscious, Venus recently joined your co-ruler Mars is still in your 11th house of friends and associations. You are always charismatic, sexy one, but you’re even more so. And your co-ruler Mars adds chutzpah. So those animal passions of yours are attracting a crowd. However, the Sun wants you to be aware of behind-the-scenes machinations while he’s in Libra. You’ve always been able to see through other people’s facade, so don’t let your groin overwhelm your brain.

But there’s good news ahead. Your other ruler, Pluto is going direct in Capricorn and your third house on September 28th, after five months in retrograde. This forces you to deal with obstacles in your quest for power and control. Instead of seeking control over others, why don’t you concentrate on transforming yourself?

You can think about that when Mars, your planetary ruler, connects with Pluto, your other planetary rule on October 1st. It’s bound to be intense, with fiery Mars in Virgo and your 12th house of secrets and the subconscious and Pluto the transformer in rigid Capricorn and your third house of communication. Venus follows the same path on the 3rd, but she brings diplomacy to the table.

On October 5th, the full moon beams in Aries and your sixth house of work and health. This could become get emotional. Not that you’d show it of course.

On that same day, Venus the goddess of love and money conjuncts with Mars, one of your two rulers in your 12th house. It’s a sizzling combo that will cause you to brood. You can’t help it. A faraway look comes over you. Sometimes fierce and other times a little sad, as if your heart remembers a past love or loss.

With the Sun in your 12th house, you’re not out the woods yet. Personal issues that you’d rather not share may come to light, and they’re related to your public image. Uranus may spring a surprise around the same day Pluto goes direct. And Mars is joining the Sun in your 12th house on the 30th, with Venus joining them on the October 14th. But before you go head-first into brooding mode, count down the days until Jupiter, the good-luck planet moves into your home sign on October 10th for almost 13th consecutive month.

Mercury moves into your home sign on October 17th, enhancing your natural inclination to observe (a nice way to say you’re voyeur). Even more so on the 18th, when he rubs shoulders—and who knows what else—with expansive Jupiter in Scorpio. Your powers of persuasion are over the moon. The new moon on the 19th is in Libra and your 12th house, and Mars will move there on the 22nd. Since he’s one of your rulers, you might become a bit sneaky. Let’s just say, the Cosmos wouldn’t put it past you. You love a good snoop. And with the Sun enter your home sign on the 23rd; why not indulge your inner Sherlock? Keep in mind that Jupiter will lend his support in making the next year a triumph. Want to know more? Sorry Scorpie, not until next month’s column. After all, you DO love a mystery!

sagittarius starla's starcast on equality365.comSagittarius
November 22-December 21

You often follow your impulses, but it would be a good idea to hold your horses—that refers to tendency to blurt—until late September.

With expansive Jupiter as your ruling planet, you are always bigger than life. And I’m not talking about size, but about heart. No matter what you face, you wake up singing, Even if you can’t carry a tune.

You are a part of the astro fire brigade, along with Aries, and Leo. The Cosmos has added true love, creativity, and frolic to your to-do list, thanks to Uranus in Aries and your fifth house. Since Sagies are the centaurs of mythology, please keep your arrows in your quiver and let Cupid do the shooting. His arrows don’t maim; they bestow love.

On the 22nd, the Sun moved into Libra and your 11th house of friends and associations, and Venus, Mercury, and Mars are holding court in your 10th house of career. Mercury will jump ship and enter Libra and your 11th house on September 30th. Venus will join him on October 14th, and Mars will hold out until October 22nd. But one way or another, your career will benefit. Plus your creativity is overflowing with inspiration.

Pluto has good news for you. He’s going direct, and out of retrograde, on September 28th. Since he’s homesteading in your second house of earned income, money should start flowing your way. Now, if only you could learn to manage it, generous one. The Cosmos is crossing its fingers (that is metaphorical fingers).

With Mercury entering Libra and your 11th house on the 30th, you’ll be schmoozing and cruising, and hopefully, reaping rewards. Don’t be a blurt-mobile; eloquence is a far better choice.

Your 11th house gets a boost on October 1st when feisty Mars trines pushy Pluto in Capricorn and your second house of earned income. October 1st. Two days later, Venus does the same, but she’s far more charming and diplomatic.

On the 5th, the Moon beams in Aries and your fifth house of true love, creativity and frolic. And on the very same day, Venus and Mars are conjunct in your 11th house of friends and associations. Someone is going to have a marvelous day. And that someone is you, Sagie.

You’re going to have to gear up for a tense aspect between Venus and Saturn on October 8th. Saturn’s in your home sign, so you’ll probably feel vulnerable and unappreciated. Take in stride, and stay positive. All is not lost. On the same day, the Sun and Mercury throw kisses to each other, which will enhance your communication skills. With one caveat: Instead of orating, which you are prone to do, try listening, and then reflect on what you have heard before you respond. It will be a winning combination–you’ll wipe the floor with your competition.

You’ll need all your cojones to deal with the pressures when Mercury and Pluto go at it on October 9th, and Mars and Saturn do the same on October 11th. Nix the negativity and stay positive.

That said, back up a day. October 10th is a banner day. Jupiter moves into Libra for a 13-month stay. For Sagie, that means networking with friends and associations. Your popularity will soar. Everyone will want you at their party. Venus enters Libra on the 14th, and harmony and camaraderie abound.

Mercury moves into Scorpio on the 17th and conjuncts the Sun the next day. It’s a good time to reflect on the bigger picture, and you could use some me-time to rest up from your social life and networking. On the 18th, Mercury conjuncts your ruler Jupiter in Scorpio. You can talk most anyone into your way of thinking. Conjunct are de rigueur these days. The new moon in Libra conjuncts the Sun in your 12th house—all the more reason to reflect and rest.

Mars enters Libra and your 10th house on the 22nd to bolster your fame and fortune. Aggression seems unavoidable. However, the Sun is moving into Scorpio on the 23rd. It’s transformation time, sweet Centaur, and you’ve got a lot to ponder.

capricorn starla's starcast on equality365.comCapricorn
December 22-January 19

With the Sun and expansive Jupiter in Libra and your 10th house, your career is center stage. Add to that, Mars, Venus and Mercury in your ninth house of international travel, education, publishing, and philosophy, you’ll get a peek at the bigger picture.

Pluto the transformer goes direct—finally– on September 28th in your home sign. He’s been throwing obstacles at you for the last five months. He may not stop completely, but you should be better able handle it. He thinks he knows what’s best for you. And most of the time, he’s right. His motto? It’s for your own good.

Mercury moves into Libra on September 30th, which enhances your diplomatic skills in business and intimate relationships. It also bodes well for Dreamers and their immigration issues.

As October begins, fiery Mars in Virgo trines powerhouse Pluto in your home sign. With all that high-octane energy, you will be invincible. Unless, of course, you get too comfortable with yourself and your success and miss the opportunities this aspect can offer. Odds are, that won’t happen with an ambitious Capie. Venus also makes nice with Pluto and her charm is irresistible.

The full moon beams in Aries and your sixth house of work and health. Hopefully, you will be full of energy to finalize projects and prepare for new challenges.

Sensual Venus and warrior Mars are moving closer and closer to each other. As they do, you should plan a romantic rendezvous—whether you are single or attached. And on October 5th, they will be conjunct in your ninth house. Perhaps a long-distance love affair in your future? These two planets are dynamite together. Their chemistry sizzles. And hopefully, you will too. Make the most of this duo before Venus moves into Libra on October 14th. And you might think about adding some trendy fashions to your wardrobe.

Venus is going to tangle with your ruler Saturn on October 8th–ninth house in Virgo challenges 12th house in Sag. You may run into challenges, as hidden agendas emerge. Saturn likes to clean out your emotional closet. The good news? He’s moving out of Sagittarius on December 19th. The bad news? He’s moving into your home sign and first house. Don’t despair. As Dinah Washington sang, “What a Difference A Day Makes.” Because, also on the 8th, the Sun conjuncts Mercury in Libra and your 10th house of career. The only danger? If you are too self-absorbed.

In the next couple of days, Mercury gangs up on Pluto in your home sign on the 9th, and the Sun does the same on the 10th. You’ll feel some pressure; you’re either receiving it or doing it out. Maybe both.

However, on October 10th, Jupiter waves goodbye to Libra and enters Scorpio and your 11th house of friendships and associations. Since Capricorn rules the 10th house of fame and fortune, it’s a win-win situation.

A day later, the astro roller coaster takes you on a wild ride Mars the warrior in Virgo squares your ruler Saturn in Sagittarius and your 12th house, which tests your patience. Face it, you can’t always get immediate results. If it isn’t one thing, it’s another. Two days later on October 13th, Mercury throws kisses to Saturn in your 12th house. Use this time to sort out the details.

October 14th: Venus enters Libra in your 10th house of career. She always smooths things out and inspires your artistic endeavors. You might even be willing to compromise. A word to your associates: Don’t hold your breath.

Mercury joins Jupiter in Scorpio in your 11th house on October 16th. You’ll articulate with great eloquence. Mercury speaks; Jupiter acts. The new moon shines in Libra and your 10th house of fame and fortune on October19th to open new doors of opportunity. Feisty Mars joins them on the 22nd and adds clout. Finally, the Sun moves into sexy Scorpio on the 23rd. But that’s another story.

aquarius starla's starcast on equality365.comAquarius
January 20-February 18

On September 22nd, the Sun joined Libra and your ninth house of travel, education, publishing, and philosophy. So do one of them–or all of them. After all, you’re one of the smartest people you know. Given your co-rulers, Saturn and Uranus, sometimes you don’t know if you’re coming or going. It’s no wonder. Saturn disciplines; Uranus surprises.

Mercury, Mars, and Venus are time sharing in Virgo and your eighth house of other people’s money, wild sex, and mortality. Sounds gloomy, but don’t jump to conclusions. It’s the hub of spirituality, where an ego has no place. This trio of planets combines communication, initiative, and love with Virgo practicality and logic. It invites the possibility of raising, borrowing, or inheriting a new source of money, which you will probably need after the same trio frolicked in Leo last month.

One by one they will enter Libra. But Venus and Mars will be conjunct in your eighth house on October 5th, and when they get along, you could reap the rewards, be it love, money, or spiritual guidance.

On September 28th. Pluto the transformer will go direct in Capricorn and your 12th house of secrets, the subconscious and spiritual enlightenment. You might want to join a charitable organization. You do support a humanitarian approach to life—it’s easier for you than an intimate relationship. Since Capricorn rules your 10th house of fame and fortune, your career should continue to advance.

Finances could be a bit tricky at month’s end. Jupiter in Libra and your 10th house opposes unpredictable Uranus in your second house of earned income on the 28th. And realistic Mars opposes unrealistic Neptune in emotional Pisces on the 30th. But you should be able to talk your way out of any situation, because Mercury enters your Libra and your 10th house, also on the 30th. Diplomacy rocks!

Mars and Venus in your ninth house make nice with Pluto in your home sign. Thoughts of faraway places meets thoughts of transformation. What a delightful stream of thought. Think like Descartes, who famously said, “I think therefore I am.” Mars does it on October 1st and Venus on the 3rd.

The full moon in Aries lends credibility to your communications on October 5th. There’s more action that day when Venus and Mars conjunct in your eighth house of other people’s money, experimental sex, and philosophical enlightenment.

As for romance, what you have sown, you shall reap. October will be more conducive to love, especially when Venus moves into Libra on October 14th to stay until November 7th. Mars joins her in Libra from the 22nd to December 9th. It won’t do any good to pout during September. Be kind to others and karma will reward you. It can’t hurt, and it might help.

October keeps your busy; you’re like a bumble bee trying fertilizing all the posies in your garden. Two aspects go down on October 8th. Venus squares your ruler Saturn in Sag and your 11th house of friends and associations, and the Sun conjuncts Mercury in Libra and your 10th house of fame and fortune. The first aspect messes with your finances and friends, and the second one blesses your career. So I ask you: which one are you going to obsess over? Neither or both?

Mercury and the Sun in Libra both skirmish with Pluto in Capricorn. It’s a matter of mistrust and control. But those aspects take a backseat once Jupiter enters Scorpio and your 10th house. For the next 13 months, you will have the good luck planet nurturing and expanding your career, reputation, fame, and fortune.

On the 11th, Mars squares your ruler Saturn which will frustrate you, but two days later, Mercury flies to the rescue and makes nice with Saturn.

Mid-October Venus moves into airy Libra and your 10th house of career, fame, and fortune. Jupiter, Mercury, and the Sun are already there. It’s like the Four Musketeers: One for all, and all for one. And the “one” happens to be you. Make the most of it, because three days later on the 17th, Mercury sashays into sexy Scorpio and your 11th house of friends and associations, which is ruled by? You guessed it—Aquarius.

Mercury conjuncts Jupiter in Scorpio on the 17th. Then it’s back to Libra on the 18th, when the new moon shines on Libra and your 10th house. The Sun conjuncts the new moon in Libra. More doors open for you, darling Brainiac. Don’t dilly dally—run through them before the Sun moves into Scorpio on the 23rd. Get ready for new friends and new connections. Oh, by the way, Mars moved into Scorpio on the 22nd. Whew! It’s like Porky Pig (pre-Muppets) announces in “Looney Tunes”, “Th-Th-The, Th-Th-The, Th-Th… That’s all, folks!” And if you don’t know who Porky is, ask your grandparents.

pisces starla's starcast on equality365.comPisces
February 19-March 20

The Sun and Jupiter are in your eighth house of other people’s money, wild sex, and mortality. When it comes to money, during the last few months you may have been hanging on by a thread. As soon as it comes in, it turns around and goes out. All your piggy banks are empty, and there’s no more loose change in the couch. As luck would have, one of your planetary, Jupiter, is watching over you.

With Mars, Venus, and Mercury in Virgo and your seventh house of partnerships, there’s just one problem. Well two for sure. One, chances are you will need to compromise (oh, that word). Two, dreamy Neptune, your other planetary ruler, is in your home sign, so you aren’t always practical. In fact, you love to play the game, “If I won Lotto” instead of counting sheep at bedtime. If you’re thinking about getting married, don’t hire a wedding planner. Wait until the Sun moves into Scorpio and your ninth house of travel, publishing and education on October 22nd to make plans. You may want to tie the knot in some exotic location.

Since Virgo rules the sixth house of work and health, and Mercury rules Virgo, your health may be an issue, and you need to deal with it. That means you must communicate with clarity when you see specialists to find a solution.

But help is on the way on September 28th, when Pluto turns direct in Capricorn and your 11th house of friends and associations. His retro motion has been the bane of your existence since April. For the last five months, he’s been trying to transform you. Now we will see what he has wrought. But he’s not finished—you’re still a work in progress. And because Pisces is a mutable sign, there’s hope.

On September 30th, Mercury moves into Libra and your eighth house of other people’s money, wild sex, and mortality. You’ve always been intuitive but now you’re even more so. You may also be more interested in the arts. Although logic isn’t your strong suit, it behooves you to do some financial planning. And with Libra’s diplomatic influence, you may be able to discuss sensitive subjects without drowning in emotional chaos.

As October begins, Mars and Venus in Virgo and your seventh house make nice with Pluto the transformer in Capricorn and your 11th house of friends and associations. Mars adds enthusiasm and energy, while Venus adds charm.

The full moon in Aries on October 5th beams in your second house of earned income. On the same day, Venus and Mars close the distance between their orbits to be conjunct in your seventh house of relationships. Good for both business and sensuality. This will certainly spark a fire down below. You’ve got nine days before Venus moves into Libra and your eighth house. Actually, she’s going to turn you on to some kinky sex—an intimacy that plunges you into sensual bliss.

Partnerships may experience some tension on October 8th when Venus squares Saturn, and it could impact your career. You may feel unloved and unappreciated, as your self-worth takes a hit. Try not to read too much into this aspect because on the same day, the Sun conjuncts Mercury in Libra, and you will feel the urge to say what you really think. Words may effortlessly flow out of your mouth. But don’t fall in love with your own rhetoric. Listen to what others say, because there’s a lot riding on this—like other people’s money that you are hoping to receive. Or a book you’re hoping to publish. Or a possible lover you’re hoping to seduce. Just sayin’…

Mercury gets into a scuffle with Pluto on the 9th, and the Sun takes on Pluto the Transformer on the 10th. Mercury has you mistrusting the situation, while Pluto gives you the third degree. While the Sun represents creative force, expression, and leadership, Pluto is in an intense and power-hungry mode that thrives on control. And he’ll stop at nothing to do so. You’re a sensitive, tender-hearted Pisces, who shuts down whenever there is a conflict. In this instance, fishy one, silence is truly golden.

Anyway, there’s much bigger fish to fry on October 10th, because expansive Jupiter, one of your planetary rulers, moves from Libra to Scorpio and your ninth house of long distant travel, education, publishing, religion, and philosophy. He makes himself at home, for he’s planning to stay for 13 months. And he is ripe for adventure, be it traveling the world or expressing his views on controversial issues. Like whether to stand or kneel during the national anthem.

Mars the warrior goes ballistic with Saturn the disciplinarian on October 11th, fueling your impatience with your business partners. Two days later, Mercury will try to smooth things out with Saturn. Keep your fingers crossed.

Hopefully, it’s just in time for Venus as she enters Libra and your eighth house on the 14th. Nice and easy does it. Mercury leaves Libra three days later and moves into sexy Scorpio and your ninth house where he will conjunct Jupiter on the 18th. So turn those visualizations loose.

The Sun conjuncts the new moon in Libra on the 19th–ego meets emotion to welcome new opportunities and financial possibilities. There’s a slight hitch, when the Sun in Libra and your eighth house of other people’s money opposes Aries in your second house of earned income. You’re ready to sing the “Money” song from “Cabaret.”

Mars moves into Libra on the 22nd, where he’ll use his super-power energy to benefit your finances. And finally, on the 23rd, the Sun enters charismatic Scorpio and sets his sights on your transformation, guided by Pluto, one of his planetary rulers. So let the magic begin.

aries starla's starcast on equality365.comAries
March 21-April 19

With the Sun and Jupiter in Libra, your seventh house of relationships is highlighted. At the same time, Virgo and your sixth house of work, health, and pets are hosting Mars, Venus, and Mercury. Venus provides cheerful support in your sixth house, until she moves on to Libra and your seventh house of relationships on October 14th. Mercury keeps communications moving forward in Virgo until he makes his move into Libra on September 30th. And your planetary ruler Mars keeps you on your toes at work until he moves into Libra and on October 22nd.

After five months of retrograde in Capricorn and your 10th house of fame and fortune, Pluto goes direct on September 28th. If career matters have been stuck, they will soon be unstuck and start moving forward. On the same day, Jupiter in Libra opposes unpredictable Uranus in your home sign, which means your personal and professional relationships, are in for a big surprise. This may be good, or bad. You never know with Uranus. Whatever happens, don’t let it scuttle your ambitions and goals.

When Mercury moves into Libra on the 30th, your feisty nature takes on an air of diplomacy. Chutzpah meets charm, a winning combo for partnerships.

Your ruler Mars makes nice with Pluto in Capricorn and your second house of earned income on October 1st, and Venus follows suit on October 3rd. These two aspects promise to endow your career with drive and diplomacy.

On October 5th, the full moon beams in your home sign. Aries encourages spontaneity and enthusiasm, but can also make you impulsive and impatient. When you want something, you want it right now. You would better off celebrating your accomplishments and channeling that Aries energy into something positive. Or just go the gym and exercise until you collapse.

Your ruler Mars has been orbiting closer and closer to that of Venus, the love planet. And they are conjunct on October 5th. Talk about playing with fire. But sensual Venus knows how to handle things, you adorable brute or are you the Wonder Woman of the Cosmos. Whatever, their sizzling chemistry bodes well for your work and health.

On October 8th, one minute Venus in Virgo is hassling Saturn in Sagittarius and your ninth house of travel, education and publishing, and the next, the Sun is conjunct Mercury in your seventh house of relationships. Come the 9th, Mercury in Libra and your seventh house is badgering Pluto in Capricorn and your 10th house of fame and fortune, and on the 10th, the Sun is badgering Pluto.

Now for some great news; Jupiter enters Scorpio and your eighth house of other people’s money, wild sex, and mortality on October 10th. It could be an inheritance, a dividend, or a horse with the odds of 40 to one. Jupiter isn’t riding into the sunset. He’s homesteading in Scorpio until November 9, 2018.

Meanwhile, your ruler Mars in Virgo is squabbling with Saturn in Sagittarius, who keeps throwing obstacles in your path. Keep ducking and wait it out until Mercury in Libra and your seventh house signs a treaty with Saturn in Sag.

Venus enters Libra and your seventh house on the 14th, and Mercury enters Scorpio and your eighth house in the 17th and conjuncts Jupiter on the 18th. Sometime in the middle of all that kissy-face action, Mercury opposes unpredictable Uranus in your homesign.

You’ll be happy to see the new moon in Libra on the 19th, and even happier when the Sun conjuncts La Luna. Ego and emotions become one in harmonious splendor. .

Your planetary ruler Mars enters Libra and your seventh house on October 22nd. Use this abundance of energy to focus on your relationships. It’s against your nature to share, but why not to try? The universe knows you love to conquer, but not everyone loves a bossy pants. And despite your bravado, you want to be loved.

The Sun waves goodbye to Libra on October 23rd and moves into Scorpio and your eighth house of other people’s money, wild sex, and philosophical enlightenment for a 13-month stay. It’s difficult to decide which to do first, but I’m sure you’ll figure it out—if you’re not worn out from the planetary shenanigans.

taurus starla's starcast on equality365.comTaurus
April 20-May 20

Your ruler planetary ruler Venus is now rendezvousing with Mars and Mercury in your fifth house of true love and creativity. So if you’re single don’t dawdle, start circulating. If you’re already involved, wedding bells may start ringing. Or does that mean that your order is ready? Just kidding, bull-baby. Love is definitely in the air, and with the Sun and Jupiter both in Libra and your sixth house of health, you should be fit as a fiddle to frolic in Cupid’s bower. Venus also oversees your finances. You love money almost as much as sex… well almost.

After five months of retrograde, you can finally take a deep breath and move forward. Pushy Pluto, the transformation wizard, goes direct on September 28th in Capricorn and your ninth house of international travel, publishing, and philosophy. Whatever Pluto sends your way, you’ll have to handle it. You’re prone to stubbornness. Too bad; that won’t stop Pluto from giving you a make-over.

If there is any doubt about true love coming your way, you can look ahead to October 10, when Jupiter moves into Scorpio and starts sprinkling his magical dust on your seventh house of relationship. Best of all, he’s staying there for 13 months. Great for singles and if you’re already in love, it gets even better.

Your creativity and sense of aesthetics are also at a high. Taurus natives are often artists—Bono, Adele, Stevie Wonder, Michelle Pfeiffer Jack Nicholson, Ella Fitzgerald, Willie Nelson, Salvador Dali, John Waters, William Shakespeare. Even if you’re a banker or a stockbroker (many Taurus are), you can find a way to express yourself. Maybe you can arrange your gold bullion in a special pattern. Or if you’re a chef, your gourmet meals are visual masterpieces. You get the idea.

When your ruler Venus in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces in your fifth house of true love on September 30th, it could cause problems in relationships and finances. Neptune blurs reality—a boon in creativity–and hidden agendas may be the root of the problems. Others could take advantage of you, by preying on your emotions. Don’t let them. Avoid risky liaisons and investments, and check out any potential partners or schemes to make sure everyone and everything is on the up and up. If you want to give of yourself, volunteer for a relief effort. And remember, a true gift is given without expectation.

Also on September 30th, Mercury moves into Libra and your sixth house of work and health. If you need to lose weight, start a diet, or join a gym. You can get a bit chubby, if you over-indulge in gourmet cuisine and vintages because you’re hungry for pleasure.

During week one of October, Mars and Venus are making nice with powerhouse Pluto in your 9th house. Mars adds passion and intensity to the pursuit of your goals, and Venus adds magnetism and more passion to relationships. There’s a possibility you may fall for a suave and elegant foreign suitor. Before you capitulate, check out their Dunn and Bradstreet rating. See if he puts his money where his mouth is. And you can take that any way you want.

When the full moon in Aries beams in your 12th house of secrets and the subconscious on October 5th, it’s time for reflection. You can exercise your mind instead of your body—admit it, you do have a lazy streak. Maybe you can dream up a few sexual fantasies. You might even test them out, for on the same day your sensual ruler Venus conjuncts passionate Mars in your fifth house of true love. If you can’t get away from work, lock your office door and go at it. Hopefully, your office is soundproof.

On the 8th, your ruler Venus tangles with Saturn the Cosmos disciplinarian, causing stress and negative feelings, which causes you to be irritable and feel lonely. Rather than taking this out on a loved one, spend a little time alone until you get over it. Instead of giving in to a pity party, you may have to have a conversation with yourself. Venus likes harmony, and sometimes it’s your turn to create it.

Communication is the key at work, and it helps when the Sun conjuncts Mercury in fair-minded Libra. But it behooves you to think about what you want to say before you open your mouth. That won’t be easy, because the Sun is fussing with Pluto. You’re determined to be in control at work. If you keep this up, VIPs are going to swat you like a fly. If you insist on causing trouble, be sneakier about it.

Headline on October 10th: Jupiter has entered Scorpio and your seventh house of relationships, and he’s bringing a treasure trove of good luck with him.

Keep that in mind when Mars squares Saturn on the 11th. Say hello to stress and frustration in your love life. Thank goodness this only lasts a few days. You may want to scream. If you have to do that, turn on the news, get down on your knees, and take it out on our dear leader.

Luckily, Venus is entering Libra and your sixth house of work and health on October 14th. That will ease your tension and stimulate your artistic bent. On the 17th, Mercury enters Scorpio and your seventh house of relationships, and you are able to express yourself with clarity and good will. In the middle of all that, Mercury and Uranus throw things at each other, and the Sun flirts with Saturn. A work colleague may catch you off guard or make a pass at you. So gird your loins until you find out.

There’s good reason to be optimistic, since Mercury conjuncts expansive Jupiter in your seventh house on the 18th. And the Sun conjuncts the new moon in Libra on the 19th in your sixth house of work and health, ego and emotion unite.

On the 22nd Mars marches into Libra and your sixth house. You can lead the charge at work, but with diplomacy instead of stubbornness. And last, but far from least, the Sun enters Scorpio and your seventh house of relationships. Scorpio’s ruler Pluto is orchestrating your make-over.

gemini starla's starcast on equality365.comGemini
May 21-June 20

The Sun and Jupiter are frolicking in your airy cousin Libra and your fifth house of true love, and Venus, Mercury, and Mars are overseeing your fourth house of home and family. Venus inspires you to beautify your home. Mars will provide the energy, and Mercury will organize the details and figure out the budget.

Saturn may throw a wrench into the various projects. There could be arguments about the changes you want. Or if you try to hurry the project, the contractor or decorator might try to pull a fast one. Make sure the contracts are foolproof. You may be so delighted by the outcome; you might throw a party and invite a few hundred of your friends to enjoy your witty repartee. That could be a bit pricey, but as a wise Gemini once declared, “It’s only money.” Schedule your soiree at the end of the month or early October. Venus and Mars will be conjunct on October 5th, and would make for some sizzling chemistry in your casa.

It should be reassuring to know that on September 28th, Pluto is finally going direct in practical Capricorn. He’s spent the last five months retrograde in your eighth house of other people’s money, wild sex, and philosophical pursuits. Try not to mix them up, as Pluto moves forward again determined to continue your transformation. He’s aiming for the stars, and will nothing or no one get in his way.

Besides, with the love goddess Venus opposing dreamy Neptune on the 30th, you’re in the mood for love. And with Mercury flying into Libra and your fifth house, you’re looking far and near to find it. You’re in the mood to through caution to wind—after all, you are an air sign, and so is Libra the charmer. Joie de livre is your motto. Or is it your middle name? At the moment, you’re hungry for spontaneity and freedom. There’s always the chance you’ll go overboard. But as long as you aren’t on a boat, who cares? You have a responsibility to live up to Gemini’s reputation, in spite of the fact our dear leader is denigrating it. If you had your way, you’d put him a slow boat to China. A very slow-moving boat. That could take years, right?

Mars and Venus are both embracing Pluto in Capricorn. Passion and intensity are de rigueur. But expect major changes are in the process of taking place. And karma is leading the way. Hopefully, you didn’t lead a wagon train into disaster during a past life.

On October 5th, the full moon beams on Aries and your 11th house of friends and associations. You’re in demand socially, because of your mental agility and delightful eccentricity. And Venus and Mars are making you even more amorous than usual. If you can spare a few moments from your sex life, you can use that sizzling energy to create an object of beauty. We don’t necessarily mean a baby.

Well, here comes Saturn again, the party pooper. He wants to rain on your parade, and you may not be able to hide from him. He wants you to settle down and eat humble pie. He also wants to point out the flaws in your personal life, so he’s preying on your insecurities. A bit of R&R might help, if you use that brilliant brain of yours to reflect on your life. Otherwise, your inner drama queen might emerge—and it’s not pretty.

On the eighth, the Sun and your ruler Mercury rescue you from temporary obscurity when they form a conjunction in Libra and your fourth house of home and family. You will impress everyone with your clever oratory. The words just roll off your tongue, but then you are a masterful communicator.

Unfortunately for you, your ruler Mercury in your fifth house of true love and fun gets into a scrap with Pluto in Capricorn and your eighth house of other people’s money, sexual curiosity and spiritual enlightenment. Even if others prattle on about conspiracies and what-have-you, don’t take the bait. Reply with an Oscar Wilde retort. An insult disguised as flattery. The Sun squares Pluto the next day, and you’ll have an urge to control and manipulate everyone around you, even authority figures. And that would be a mistake, so behave yourself.

Luckily, expansive Jupiter enters sexy Scorpio and your sixth house of work and health—and pets. He’s spending the next 13 months there, so lots of glorious moments are ahead of you. Mars frustration with bossy Saturn may put obstacles in your way, but only for a few days. You’ll feel some pressure to kowtow to authority figures. That doesn’t sit well with you. To be safe, you’ll have to fake it.

Venus glides into Libra on the 14th, and she’s in her element, because she’s Libra’s planetary ruler. For you, it means added charm and diplomacy in your fifth house of true love and artistic creativity. Chances are you not only appreciate art, you create it. Uranus sets a fire under you in your 10th house of fame and fortune and Mercury will try to push you. So much so, you might be distracted and lose your insight. But also you might meet extraordinary new people and experience flashes of genius. Do let what they say and let it go in one ear and other. Listen to them; you can always walk away if you get bored.

Your ruler Mercury enters Scorpio on the 17th, so you might go into observation mode or seek an adventure. Or both. Scorpio is an innovative voyeur. And as Malcolm Forbes once said, “You’re never too old to learn something new.” He loved motorcycles, yachts and hot air balloon rides. Mercury compounds his arrival by conjuncting Jupiter. Triviality goes out, and inspiration rides in.

Perfect timing for the Sun’s conjunction with the new moon. It’s all about opening yourself to new experiences. You have a yen for freedom and independence. If anyone challenges you, show them the door.

On the 22nd, Mars charges into Libra, where he may acquire some class and diplomacy. This aspect will expand your social life—AGAIN. When the Sun moves into Scorpio and your 12th house, you can muse about how you want to transform yourself. Pluto insists, and he’s Scorpio’s planetary ruler. Plus he doesn’t take no for an answer, In fact, he ignores it every time.

cancer starla's starcast on equality365.comCancer
June 21-July 22

With Venus, Mercury and Mars in your third house of communication, you’ll utilize every form–from snail mail to techie innovations. Now that Mercury’s well out of retrograde, you can spend to your heart’s content. You always have a stash of money hidden away. The sun and Jupiter have moved into Libra and are focusing on your personal happiness.

Your third house also highlights short trips and your siblings. You can travel with them, if you want, sweet crab. You can always retreat into your emotional shell.

Romance can blossom. Venus and Mars are orbiting closer and closer to each other, and will be perfectly conjunct on October 5th. They don’t get together that often, but when they do, their engines combust.

Communication will be fast and furious, so much so you’ll look for a way to leave the office and bask in a beautiful vista. Somewhere with mountains and a gently bubbling stream and the sound of chirping crickets as night falls.

The good news is that Pluto turns direct in your seventh house of relationships on September 28. He’s been on your case for five months, hoping you will absorb some of his many lessons and willingly transform yourself into his vision for you. You’d happily dream your way through life if you had the right partner, thanks to Venus and Neptune in opposition.

That probably won’t happen, although Mercury is entering elegant and justice-loving Libra at the end of the month, inspiring and reaffirming your appreciation of the arts. And Jupiter and Uranus are planning a surprise and it has to do with spontaneity and freedom. You may suddenly become uninhibited and show off those sexy hidden emotions of yours, especially during the full moon that shines in Aries and your 10th house of fame and fortune.

As October begins, Mars makes nice with Pluto in your home sign, encouraging you to go after what you want and what is important to you. With Pluto’s blessing, more than likely you will succeed. Venus adds intensity and passion—not that you need any more. This climate is especially good for intimate relationships. If you’re single, you could begin a new relationship. It might be a long-term alliance. It also bodes well for your finances, if you can get out of bed long enough to makes a sound investment.

You may not have a choice when Venus squares Sag in your sixth house of work and health on October 8th. It does help when the Sun conjuncts Mercury in Libra on the same day. You be able to articulate with clarity and sincerity. Thank goodness, this didn’t happen on the 9th, when Mercury squares Pluto in your seventh house of relationships. Intensity and impatience reigns, as you attempt to persuade others to accept your point of view. Then the Sun sticks his nose in your business and you’ll hard press to keep your emotions under control. Relief comes when Jupiter, astro’s good-luck plane planet moves into Scorpio and your fifth house.

Mars and Mercury take on Saturn, Cosmos’ disciplinarian, but on different days. First up, Mars skirmishes with him in Sagittarius and your sixth house of work and health. Normally, you would enjoy a little S&M action, but this aspect is far from erotic. The Mercury soothes Saturn. The situation is still serious, but practicality and precision can save the day, if you stay on topic.

On October 14th, something good happens. Elegant Venus enters Libra to focus on your personal life, and on the 17th, Mercury moves into Scorpio and your fifth house of true love and creativity. And fun!. And he conjuncts Jupiter later. It’s time for the big picture and long-term plans. Triviality ends and personal growth abounds, as well as the possibility of true love, whether you’re single or in a committed relationship.

Since the moon is your planetary ruler, you pay close attention to the moon’s phases. And on the 19th, the Sun conjuncts the new moon in Libra and your fourth house, bestowing harmony on your home life. Ego (the Sun) combines with emotion (the moon) to make a strong and meaningful statement. On the same day, the Sun in Scorpio opposes unpredictable Uranus in Aries to spring a surprise on you.

On the 22nd, feisty Mars enters fair-minded Libra and bestows energy on you. In “Star Wars” cant, the force is now with you. All the better, because on the 23rd, a benevolent Sun glides into Scorpio and your fifth house of true love, creativity, and fun. It’s about time.

Leo starla's starcast on equality365.comLeo
July 23-August 22

If you’re thinking about your finances, you’re right on the money, pun intended. Venus, Mercury and Mars are all in your second house of earned income. Your planetary ruler, the Sun, and lucky Jupiter have taken up residence in Libra and your third house of communication and short trips. August’s powerful eclipses are still sending out rays of success on your behalf. You just have to deal with Neptune slowly meandering through your eighth house of other people’s money. There are moments you might be frustrated and impatient, but if stay focused on the bigger picture, things will fall into place. Stay confident, Leo style and continue to love yourself—never a problem for Leo.

On September 28th: Pluto turned direct in Capricorn and in your sixth house of work and health, after his five-months retrograde. Now that he’s going forward again, this should put things back on the right track There’s still some leftover wanderlust, courtesy of dreamy Neptune. But there are decisions to be made.

At month’s end, Mercury the Messenger moves into diplomatic Libra to join the Sun and Jupiter, so communications about money should be rolling in gracefully and fast enough to keep you smiling in anticipation. Mars wants you to go after what you want, Leo style, as if you would do anything else, and Venus and Pluto are supporting your actions. Yes, the pace is intense but you love a challenge. And Pluto is full of them.

On October 5th, the full moon shines in Aries, your fiery cousin, and faraway places beckon, promising stunning vistas. On the same day, Venus conjuncts Mars in Virgo and your second house to intensify your passions. You’re on fire, and thanks to Venus, your demeanor has never been more charming.

Saturn, which is inhabiting your fifth house of true love, may try to subvert your affections by pointing out the flaws and inadequacies of your lovers (yes, you may have more than one) and those of your BFFs. Hopefully, you won’t give in to that negativity.

As October 8th dawns, the Sun is conjunct Mercury in Libra, again in your third house of communication. If you are planning to give a speech, you will impress others with your clarity and sincerity. But you won’t be satisfied with superficial answers. It’s a time for meaningful repartee, as far as Pluto is concerned. Dig deep into your psyche and keep your ego in perspective. Take the high road when dealing authority figures and you’ll avoid Pluto’s wrath.

Besides, Jupiter is moving into charismatic Scorpio and your fourth house of home and family on the 10th, and he’ll remain there for 13 months. He’s the great expander, and will fill your home with joy and ultimately overcome any frustrations you might be harboring.

On the 14th, Venus joins the Sun in Libra. You’ll be inclined to bend over backwards to please others. You might even be willing to compromise, but don’t overdo it. You’ve got to be ready when Mercury in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries and your 10th of career and public reputation. You never know what unpredictable Uranus is going to do.

When Mercury moves into Scorpio, which is ruled by Pluto, and your fourth house of home and family which is ruled by Cancer the caregiver, it would behoove you sit back and observe before you take action on the 17th. The very next day, Mercury conjuncts Jupiter, so that would be a better time to take action.

Your ruler, the Sun, conjuncts the new moon in Libra and puts a positive spin on communications. Your ego combines with lunar emotions to open a new era of possibilities. But right aver that, the Sun opposes Uranus and takes your love life and creativity for a spin in what-the-heck-happened territory. This too can awaken new possibilities, but it can also disrupt the status quo of a new relationship. As long as your freedom and independence aren’t threatened, you can deal with an unexpected turn of events.

Of course, feisty Mars has to add his two cents. He’s your fiery cousin and quite irrepressible. When your ruler, the Sun, moves into Scorpio, he rives up emotions on the home front. But more about that in my next column.

virgo starla's starcast on equality365.comVirgo
August 23-September 22

Mars is in your home sign he’s encouraging you to charge forward and deliver. He’s a courageous warrior and he expects the same out of you. With him endowing control over situations, wannabe competitors will bite the dust. Venus and Mercury are also in your home sign, so make the most of this trio before they move on. Your ruler Mercury endows mental acuity in your home sign, and when he moves into Libra on September 30th, he switches his focus to your second house of earned income. Charming Venus follows the same path, but she doesn’t move into your second house until October 14th.Jupiter the giver is already in your second house, where he’s orchestrating financial opportunities for the past year, so make the most of his generosity before he moves into Scorpio on October 10th. And there may be hard work involved.

Meanwhile, Pluto the transformer is going direct on September 28th, after a five-month sabbatical in Capricorn and your fifth house of true love, creativity, and frolic. where he erected (oh, that word) roadblock after roadblock. But come September, he’s removing all of them, hoping you have learned something from these setbacks. At the same time, you’ll be dealing with Jupiter’s opposition to Uranus in Aries and your eighth house of other people’s money, and unruly sex. You want to kick off the shackles of responsible behavior and opt for freedom and independence. What you make of this, is either problematic or delightful. It’s your choice.

At month’s end, Mercury switches his allegiance to Scorpio and your third house–all the better for communication. You can finally have that heart-to-heart you’ve been wanting. Venus in the home sign has to deal with Neptune in Pisces and your seventh house of relationships. Neptune is the God of the Sea, and when he’s nice, he provides psychic inspiration, sweet dreams and lovely illusions. But when he’s naughty, he blurs reality and causes confusion.

During this same time, Mars in your home sign makes sweet with Pluto in Capricorn and your fifth house of true love. As a result you know what you want, and Mars encourages you to go for it. Venus is also making nice with Pluto for the same reason, adding elegance and charm to the situation. Maybe you should go shopping. The full moon in Aries and your eighth house of other people’s money and wild sex concurs and is on board for the whole emotional kit and caboodle.

Married or single, romance blossoms when Venus conjuncts Mars in your home sign. All of your relationships benefit from this sizzling combination. But nothing lasts forever, so Venus is going to fuss with Saturn in Sagittarius and your fourth house of home and family on the 8th. You might want to hide for a day or two, sparing your loved ones from your innate critical commentary. Or you could just concentrate on the positive vibes when the Sun conjuncts your planetary ruler, Mercury, in your second house of earned income, also on the 8th. You honesty and good will bodes well for a raise or new business interests. Or both. Mercury the messenger squabbles with Pluto on the 9th, and impacts your love affair to the point of obsession. A day later the Sun does the same, affirming your urge to control the situation, and possibly exposes a deep-seated psychological pain. Pluto wants you to get rid of that emotional baggage.

You can do that when Jupiter enters Scorpio and your third house of communication and short trips. Maybe you could find solace in a monetary retreat. After all, you are astro’s favorite virgin. Never mind that you are the only one. At first your efforts are frustrating. You can dish out criticism, but be hurt when someone dares to criticize you. Face it, sometimes you ask too much of yourself. Your ruler Mercury helps you move on so you can concentrate on your financial well-being by reverting to you practical approach to life and your responsibilities. .

There good reason to celebrate on October 14th, when Venus moves into Libra and your second house of earned income. You can deal with your planetary ruler’s overtures to Uranus, who is up to his favorite pastime—springing surprises on you when you least expect them. Good or bad, he doesn’t even know until the last minute.

Your ruler Mercury moves onto Scorpio on the 17th to sequester himself in your third house of communication. And once there, he conjuncts expansive Jupiter, and trivial matters take a back seat to clarity. Just in time for the new moon in Libra to bless your second house of earned income, which the Sun plans to conjunct. FYI: Uranus is busy, preparing another surprise for you.

No reason to panic, for fiery Mars is joining the planets in your second house of earned income on the 22nd. The next day the Sun leaves Libra and moves into Scorpio to complement and assist you as you take your messages to the world.

(To inquire about Starla doing an astro chart and/or a personal consultation for you or as a gift for a friend, please email her at starsviastarla @gmail.com.  She also does gypsy readings—similar to Tarot, but using playing cards.)

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About Starla Smith

Starla Smith is a career journalist, writing features for such publications as The New Yorker, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Daily News, The Des Moines Register, Vibe and a prize-winning Gannett Newspaper. She helped launch Theater Week Magazine and eventually became its publisher. As a regular contributor to Playbill, her interviews and photos were featured in Playbill and Playbill-on-line. Smith was featured in the New York Times “Style” section for her “Word Portraits,” specialized tributes, speeches, and presentation profiles. And she covered theater and features for City Search, Digital City, and the Tena Duberry WOW! Radio show. She previously served as astrology guru for Out Magazine, and she hastens to assure her readers that “Starla” is indeed her real name.

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