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By Maria DeSimone

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Aquarius Horoscope: October 2013

Push the envelope

Your keen intelligence normally gives you a higher-than-average degree of certainty about what you know. A couple of key events this month, however, may raise questions for which you don't have the answers.

The Libra New Moon in your 9th House of Big Ideas on October 4 is bent by stressful squares to Pluto and Jupiter and shocked by an incendiary opposition to Uranus. While the upside could be the sudden revelation of the meaning of life -- or at least of your life -- you're more likely to see your perspective on the future shaken and stirred. If you're able to let go of old concepts, you could receive a heavy download of useful insights.

Adaptability is also a must with the last of three Saturn-Uranus quincunxes happening on October 5. This oil-and-water mix of duty and freedom occurred on November 15, 2012, and April 12, throwing you curveballs that you can finally hit out of the park.

The impulsive Aries Lunar Eclipse on October 18 falls in your 3rd House of Information, interrupting patterns of communication and learning. If you've rushed into a class or a relationship too quickly, you may need to go back and fill in some critical details before you can get back in gear. Trickster Mercury's switch from forward to reverse on October 21 takes this theme of tying up loose ends to the next level.

The messenger planet is retrograde in your 10th House of Career until November 10, possibly hindering professional activities with delays and miscommunications. This is your chance to do some serious research, reconnect with people from the past, and prepare for a new project at work.

Keep in Mind this Month

Your natural curiosity and genuine desire to learn make it easy for you to move on from outmoded ideas and discover new ones that work.

Key Dates for Aquarius

SUPER NOVA DAYS

October 1-3: Sink or Swim

Expect disagreements over matters of principle on October 1 with the willful Sun in your 9th House of Higher Truth, creating a harsh square to controlling Pluto. This struggle could become more personal on October 2 when needy Venus semisquares Pluto, encouraging you to examine your values and assess your resources more carefully. On October 3, Venus and the Sun run into trouble with maverick Uranus, rattling personal relationships and professional alliances. Your chances of making brilliant discoveries and avoiding chaos improve when you and those around you are open and willing to change.

October 16: Fearless Leader

You may gain the enthusiastic support of others with enticing Venus in your 11th House of Groups creating a thrilling trine with trendsetting Uranus. You respond eagerly to unconventional sources of fun and are willing to try an irreverent approach to overcome obstacles in personal and professional relationships. Experimenting with alternative ways of working with others could produce surprisingly positive results.

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