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Monthly Forecast

By Maria DeSimone

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Capricorn Horoscope: October 2013

A fork in the road

Your drive to succeed professionally is in high gear this month with the strategic Libra Sun moving through your 10th House of Career until October 23. However, instability on the home front is likely to distract you from your work because of noisy aspects to uncontainable Uranus as it journeys through your 4th House of Foundations.

The Sun's opposition to untamable Uranus on October 3 increases your restlessness, tempting you to walk away from a domestic conflict or surprising you with radical behavior from a family member. Although the Uranus-Pluto square -- the fourth in a series that started in 2012 and lasts through 2015 -- occurs on November 1, you can feel the pressure between your inner and outer worlds intensify throughout October.

The shocking Uranus-Pluto square is reactivated on October 4 by the Libra New Moon in your 10th house, forcing you to choose between your public responsibilities and personal issues that require your undivided attention.

On the one hand, you recognize that the direction of your life has already begun to shift in profound ways. On the other, conservative Saturn's uneasy quincunx to progressive Uranus on October 5 heightens your resistance to change.

Venus shifts into inspirational Sagittarius on October 7 and Mars moves into your 9th House of Adventure on October 15, encouraging you to look ahead rather than hold on to the past. The speedy Aries Lunar Eclipse on October 18 fires up your 4th House of Family, leading you to believe that you can quickly patch up a wounded relationship, but Mercury's retrograde turn on October 21 indicates that it will take longer to solve the current crisis.

Keep in Mind this Month

It's important to consider the long-term ramifications of your current choices as tension between home and career rises, rather than limiting your analysis to the immediate situation.

Key Dates for Capricorn

SUPER NOVA DAYS

October 1-5: Phoenix rising

You may have to prove that you're able to meet tough challenges on October 1 when the punishing Sun-Pluto square stacks the odds against you. However, a psychic Mercury-Neptune trine advises you to trust your intuition when making decisions. Still, a rebellious Sun-Uranus opposition on October 3 provokes you to overreact if you believe that someone's working against you. The Libra New Moon on October 4 in your professional 10th house forms stressful aspects to Pluto, Uranus, Venus, and Jupiter; this is a cosmic wake-up call that reminds you what great potential you have for growth and transformation -- if you're willing to reinvent yourself. But don't move too quickly: An awkward Saturn-Uranus quincunx on October 5 reminds you to temper your strong sense of urgency with a more traditional approach to change.

October 8: Bundle of Nerves

Your ideas are challenged by friends as contentious Mercury connects with obstinate Saturn in your 11th House of Social Networking. Seriously consider your next move; Mercury's anxious quincunx to independent Uranus jangles your nervous system and tempts you to speak prematurely. Listen to others, even if the advice seems harsh; self-restraint is more effective now than doing damage control later.

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