Free People Horoscope by Tracy Allen, Week of October 5–11

See what the universe has planned for you this week!

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September 23–October 22

This week, the sun in Libra gets tangled up in the Uranus-Pluto war that raged on from 2012 to 2015 and generated change—and friction—in your relationships and your home or family. Your identity and intent seem to be at odds with your parents, the past, buried anger or other unpleasant emotions, business or personal partnership and other one-to-one connections. You don’t feel like you’re in the driver’s seat, and keeping the peace is not as easy as you’d like, especially if people aren’t falling into line around your birthday. Libra is a surprisingly tense sign, because its ideal of balance is difficult to achieve in the real world. The need to appear nice and the desire for relationship can prevent you from owning up to your dark side and letting others go their own way. Cope with tension this week — don’t try to repress it. With Mercury going direct, your communication and thinking will start to clear up, but a Venus-Saturn disagreement symbolizes temporary trouble in making yourself understood. Don’t let your fear of being alone influence so much of what you say and do. Through introspection, you can learn a lot about yourself, shift your emotions and loosen the hold that the past has over you. Get beyond your ego’s need for niceness and face the personal qualities and emotions you’d rather not claim. Only then can you transform them.



October 23–November 21

The sun is tucked away in the last house of your chart and fighting with heavyweights Pluto and Uranus this week. So you’re inclined to rest and reflect as your solar year draws to a close, but mental pressure and everyday variables compel you to engage and deal with problems. Be careful not to speak too harshly because, if there’s a crisis brewing in your head, it could result in a blowup. Seek a balance between solitude and taking care of business. Working behind the scenes would be a good solution. You’d love to escape your duties now, but look for compromises that give you some space. Mercury is going direct, so your intuition should become sharper. A Mars-Neptune opposition means teamwork and group activities might be challenging, especially if you’re idealizing people or the satisfaction you’ll get from doing something. Coordinating a creative venture could be especially difficult. Try to cooperate, but schedule a mental escape if you need to. A Venus-Saturn skirmish hints that limited funds or confidence could curtail socializing, and rigid values or priorities may clash with group interests. Again, find the middle ground rather than giving up. Jupiter is harmonizing with Pluto, linking your expanding goals, ideals, friendships, affiliations and professional contacts with a powerful shift in your mindset and your way of expressing yourself. Don’t hesitate to connect with people who can be beneficial to you.



November 22–December 21

Socializing, networking, friendship and group activities could be challenging this week, with the sun fending off turbulent Pluto and unpredictable Uranus. Finances, possessions, self-esteem or your personal values and priorities may impact your ability to fit in and cooperate. An impulse to do your own thing might spur you to break away from the pack. You may feel like you can’t express yourself, love who you want to love or pursue a particular pleasure without detaching from some of the people in your life. Balance individuality with group interests as best you can. Sharing a new experience with others who are game may be a good compromise. With Mercury going direct, communication with friends and associates should start to improve. A Mars-Neptune opposition suggests underlying malaise, fatigue, uncertainty or idealism could derail your efforts to achieve a goal, and your family or home life could also drag you down. Again, balance is key. Try to give equal time to ambition and comfort. Working from home would be a great option. You may be surprisingly inhibited in your relations with authority figures and people you want to impress. Or you may feel acutely aware of not being as far along on your path as you’d like to be. Don’t get discouraged. Combining your sky-high aspirations with a determination to build up your security and make the most of your talents will ensure gradual success.



December 22–January 19

The sun in your ambition angle runs into trouble with Pluto and Uranus this week, complicating your ability to shine. You’re focused on achieving your goals, climbing the ladder and perhaps taking on a leadership role. But turbulence inside you, a compulsion to control people, circumstances and your environment and upsets in your family or home life can mar your efforts to accomplish something and come across well. Observe how your unconscious drives and changeable moods affect your stated intentions. Seek a healthier balance between your personal and professional lives. With Mercury turning direct, your communication with authority figures and thoughts on your life direction will be more on point in the coming weeks. But a Mars-Neptune opposition could cause you to become discouraged or confused when you try to assert your truth, fight for your ideas or broaden your horizons. You could be tempted to overdo something that puts you in an altered state. If you feel lost, be sure to postpone decisions and actions that have major consequences. Jupiter in your exploration sector is vibing with Pluto, helping you to regain a positive perspective and devote energy to personal growth. This planetary configuration blends faith in the future with a strong will, and it encourages you to expand your world by developing new beliefs, seeking out unfamiliar experiences and pursuing knowledge—while embracing the transformation that is taking place deep within you.



January 20–February 18

You’re inspired to learn, travel, meet new people and pursue exciting experiences, but the sun’s battles with Pluto and Uranus this week will complicate matters. The pressure to finish something up could prevent you from leaping into the future, or underlying dark emotions could cloud your upbeat outlook. Unexpected info or encounters and changing your mind could pull you in a different direction, so stay flexible. Restlessness, anxiety and psychological turmoil can threaten positive beliefs and plans; give yourself time to think. Luckily, Mercury is turning direct, improving both thinking and talking. A Mars-Neptune faceoff implies that a conflict over money, possessions, jealousy, trust or values could be connected to a fear of loss, and practicing non-attachment may be useful. A Venus-Saturn disagreement echoes a theme of not getting what you want from people. You may need to scale down your expectations and try to integrate your desires with those of others. Closeness and sharing are important to you in the coming weeks, but they don’t feel easy right now. A Jupiter-Pluto meeting suggests that you’ll benefit from investing in your close relationships and believing that you can trust someone. And it underscores the concept of regeneration from within that starts with moving past something painful in your psyche. You have to want to heal and change. Bravely confront something hidden and unpleasant, and learn what you can from it.



February 19–March 20

Closeness with another person, private time by yourself and your current inclination to focus intently on one thing could be complicated this week, thanks to the sun in your depth sector quarreling with Pluto and Uranus. Your shifting goals, group pressure, trouble with a friend or the need to network might pull you in a different direction. Or up-and-down finances, resources or confidence may pose a problem. As a result, sharing, trust or intensive work will be affected. Fortunately, Mercury is finishing up its retrograde phase, improving your concentration and the ease with which you can confide in someone. Mars in your relationship angle is facing off against Neptune in your sign, though, so you might feel like you’re being opposed yourself. An interpersonal conflict is apt to be confusing, and working on your boundary issues can help. Pisces tend to run the risk of becoming too enmeshed. If you need to step back from a collaboration, argument or partnership, make yourself clear. Try not to idealize someone else as being stronger, braver or more accomplished than you. Resist comparing yourself to others. A Venus-Saturn squabble signals that career-building could also limit your social life or love life now. But if you have faith in people and believe that you can learn from and benefit each other, you stand a better chance of fortifying your burgeoning interests and objectives with a powerful support team.



March 21–April 19

One-to-one connections may be tricky this week, since the sun in your others angle is fighting with Pluto in your ambition house and Uranus in your sign. Goals or your career could infringe on a partnership, and restlessness or an urge for autonomy could make you pull away from someone. Control issues and personal-space issues are two of the likeliest sources of tension in a relationship. Keep striving to master the art of give-and-take. You’re a naturally independent sign, and with Uranus camped out in Aries for several years, flying solo often seems like the path of least resistance. Thankfully, Mercury is going direct, facilitating better communication and clearer thinking. With amiable Venus in your productivity zone, you’re willing to work on a relationship, but Venus’s clash with Saturn hints that limiting beliefs can undermine you. Allow yourself to enjoy what you’re doing in the moment, and appreciate blessings like good health and fulfilling work. Value being needed. A Mars-Neptune opposition could lure you off track if you’re attempting to get a lot done. Try to strike a good balance between action and rest. Take breaks to escape into your imagination or reflect on your feelings. But don’t think you’re wrong to take on plenty of responsibilities. Expanding your skillset and doing fulfilling work will enable you to grow and move on to the next chapter in your career or shift your life direction.



April 20–May 20

The sun in your efficiency house is battling Pluto and Uranus this week, which could make it challenging for you to accomplish as much as you want to. Your conscious outlook and subconscious feelings are likely to impact your productivity, and you may need to schedule breaks that allow you to escape—in body and/or in spirit. You might also find creativity, romance, fun and self-expression to be rather complicated now, as Mars and Venus in your fulfillment zone are fighting with Neptune and Saturn. You’re in the mood to do whatever pleases you, but your friends or another group may let you down, especially if you’re idealizing what a good time you’ll have. You might need to do your own thing and let people off the hook. And on a personal level, if you’re seeking closeness, someone might seem withholding or you may feel inhibited yourself. Intimacy is becoming a big deal to you, with serious Saturn camped out in your sharing sector but, when Venus and Saturn square off, no one is feeling the love. Luckily, Mercury is going direct, gradually facilitating much better communication in the coming weeks. Plus Jupiter is also in your fulfillment zone, and it’s clicking with Pluto, encouraging you to bet on yourself and continue to grow in a courageous direction. Let go of old beliefs that limit who you can become.



May 21–June 20

With the sun in your fulfillment house, you’re fired up to enjoy life and set your own priorities. But the sun’s skirmishes with Pluto and Uranus this week suggest involving other people in your quest for pleasure could be complicated. You might get into a power struggle with another individual or not receive the response you’re after when you express yourself in a relationship. And your friends or another group could unsettle you by not doing what you want. Give people space to go off in their own directions, and give yourself permission to do the same. With Mercury turning direct, you’re bursting to show your feelings, creativity or personality, but self-expression may take a few weeks to get back on track. Pay attention to your underlying mood—and perhaps also to your family and/or home life. Mars and Venus in your foundation angle are fighting off Neptune and Saturn, causing some discomfort. You might be craving peace and feel like someone is testing you. Or you could argue with someone you live with, especially if you’re confused about something big, like your life direction. Working on a creative project at home will be satisfying. A Jupiter-Pluto collaboration suggests inner confidence and putting down roots will help you to turn a corner psychologically. This is a good time to get financial help related to real estate.



June 21–July 22

Your moods, family or home life could be a little turbulent this week, with the sun in your foundation angle squabbling with dominant Pluto and unpredictable Uranus. A power imbalance might trigger insecurity and make you want to go up against someone to get more control. Or uneven progress on a goal or ups and downs in your career could keep you from feeling comfortable with where you are. You want to settle in and enjoy your personal life or peace and quiet, but a challenging individual and unexpected circumstances may prevent you from nesting. If you’re tempted to do something radical, alone time should help you to recenter yourself. With Mars and Venus in your thinking-and-talking zone quarreling with Neptune and Saturn, a difference of opinion, confusion, misdirected or negative thoughts and disappointing interactions are possibilities. A pleasant mindset could get a reality check, but don’t let yourself get discouraged. Seek a middle ground between asserting your own ideas and absorbing knowledge from people who are coming from a different place—literally or figuratively. With Mercury going direct, you’ll gradually feel more at ease expressing what’s inside you. A Jupiter-Pluto meeting implies increasing your contacts will enable you to meet people who will make a big difference in your life, and an open mind, optimistic attitude and honest communication will transform your relationships in a lasting way.



July 23–August 22

The sun is fending off Pluto and Uranus this week, impacting your thinking, communication and interactions. A health concern, job pressures, difficult coworkers or a demanding schedule could get to you. Resist the temptation to obsess over little things, and don’t get into a power struggle. Maintain a flexible frame of mind, because you could receive information that conflicts with what you believed to be true. You may not know what to think right now, and that’s okay. Be open to new ideas. With Mercury turning direct, you’ll gradually be able to think more clearly and express yourself more effectively. With Mars in your worth zone, you may be inclined to fight for what’s yours or take action on—or get into a dispute over—your values and priorities. But a Mars-Neptune faceoff suggests you’re confused or discouraged by a lack of financial or emotional support, and you might even feel deceived. Proactive self-sufficiency is all well and good, but you may also need to grieve a loss that pains you instead of overcompensating for it. A Venus-Saturn battle again implies you’re not getting what you want and need to operate within the limits of the learning-and-maturation process you’re going through. Your confidence and financial security will grow and you’ll be able to manifest what you value as you transform your skillset and your productivity shifts into a higher gear.



August 23–September 22

A faceoff between Mars in your sign and Neptune in your others angle this week suggests you’re working hard to execute your agenda and have the energy to assert yourself, but people may disappoint, confuse or discourage you, taking the wind out of your sails. You could be very busy doing what you need to do and need to press pause to take care of someone else. Try to find a good balance between action and compassion. Although you’re inclined to further your own interests now, this is a good time to be of service to another person. Venus is entering Virgo, upping your magnetism and agreeability, but her squabble with Saturn hints that a family or domestic obligation or your underlying mood could prevent you from feeling very social and pleasant. If you’re feeling reserved, spending some time at home may be the answer. It could seem hard to relate to people at the moment, especially if you have the sense that something inside you is dragging you down. Mercury is turning direct, which will slowly sharpen your thinking and improve communication. Best of all, Jupiter in Virgo is vibing with Pluto in your fulfillment house, reinforcing your personal growth process. Keep believing in yourself, pursuing new experiences and expanding the range of possibilities for your future while also transforming how you love and create—and what makes you happy.

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