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By Maria DeSimone

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Scorpio Horoscope: October 2013

Hide and seek

You long to work behind the scenes and withdraw from social activities this month with the Sun in your 12th House of Privacy until October 23. The peace-seeking Libra New Moon on October 4 reinforces your need to retreat by stimulating your reclusive 12th house.

But you might not be able to don your invisibility cloak quite yet with energetic Mars remaining in your 10th House of Career until October 15. Nevertheless, you aren't necessarily happy about being in the public eye or having to defend your unpopular position when Mars forms uncomfortable aspects with secretive Pluto and unorthodox Uranus on October 5-7. In fact, you may be frustrated with the pace of your progress as methodical Saturn in your determined sign forms an anxious quincunx to erratic Uranus in your 6th House of Work on October 5.

Your patience is running low, for this is the third and final recurrence of this aspect in a series that began on November 15, 2012, and returned on April 12. If you aren't seeing results, you may be tempted to try something risky or just throw up your hands and walk away.

Your desire for material comfort inspires you to seek ways to earn more money when luxury-loving Venus shifts into carefree Sagittarius and your 2nd House of Finances on October 7.

Mars enters timid Virgo and your 11th House of Long-Term Goals on October 15, extending your longing farther into the future. Sudden changes at work are prompted by the brash Aries Lunar Eclipse on October 18 that rattles your 6th House of Daily Routine. Contemplative Mercury reinforces your need to journey inward when it retrogrades in shadowy Scorpio on October 21-November 10.

Keep in Mind this Month

Spending time on spiritual pursuits allows you to reconnect with your inner world and is an excellent way to recharge your emotional batteries.

Key Dates for Scorpio

October 8-12: Lost In Space

Don't let your serious thinking turn into self-doubt when rational Mercury joins critical Saturn in obsessive Scorpio on October 8. A misleading Venus-Neptune square prompts you to give in to escapist behavior on October 10, because it's easier to chase an unrealistic dream than to deal with your current situation. On October 12, the Sun's square to outrageous Jupiter in your 9th House of Big Ideas tempts you to reach so far that you lose your center of gravity. Nevertheless, recognizing your limits can prevent trouble before it happens.

SUPER NOVA DAYS

October 29-31: Learning Curve

If you didn't learn your lesson when curious Mercury connected with karmic Saturn on October 8, you have another chance as it retrogrades over the ringed planet on October 29. This time, however, you should be able to get to the core of the matter without much trouble. Take decisive action that moves you toward your goals on October 31 as incorrigible Mars in your futuristic 11th house forms a powerful trine with masterful Pluto. Although you may feel invincible with your two key planets working together so harmoniously, an awkward Mars-Uranus quincunx makes it difficult to integrate your dreams into your daily life. Be patient; your lessons aren't quite complete yet.

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