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Fall 2013 Forecast Highlights

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As fall begins, so does another build up of the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square, which will peak November 1st, with the new moon in transformative Scorpio, the sign of the Phoenix, just two days later. This energy has been present in varying intensities since the first one in 2012, and the last one will peak next year. This three year period has been one of not-so-gentle change, specifically pushing us toward new beginnings and wrenching old attachments from us, sometimes before we think we're ready. In whatever areas of your life Uranus (in Aries) and Pluto (in Capricorn) touch, you are compelled, through internal need or external necessity, to pioneer radical change.

I and numerous other astrologers have written and spoken extensively about this Uranus-Pluto square period. Astrologer Jessica Shepherd has written a stellar guide to work with this configuration on a personal level. Check her out at

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The bulk of November brings a small pocket full of planetary goodies, from the 5th to the 25th, from Venus and Mars, perhaps stabilizing the growth that the Uranus-Pluto square is pushing for. Four harmonious sextiles form one after another: Venus sextiles Neptune from the 5th-8th, amping up creativity and inspiration, and also just general good will. It’s a good time for sweet things. A Virgo Mars sextiles Saturn at relatively the same time, extending to the 11th, emphasizing a thread of practicality and productivity throughout.

If you need a little discipline, draw it in during the Mars-Saturn sextile because as Mars moves on to sextile Jupiter from the 16th-21st, you may not be in the mood for as much discipline. This can be a good time for a mini-vacation in body or state of mind. Mars will still be in Virgo so you may still find yourself inclined toward productivity, but aim it at pleasure not just business, especially as the fourth sextile between Venus and Neptune, takes hold from the 20th-25th.

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