Your Horoscope This Week — Oct 16 2016

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Compromise, cooperate, and coordinate. The sun is winding down its annual tour of balanced Libra this week, bringing one more push for harmony. Until Saturday, try — with Hillary Clinton-level discipline — to play nice. On Saturday, Scorpio season begins and it's going to be much harder to avoid those extremes. With this strategic, secretive sign ruling the skies until the 21st of November, there may be more shade and scandals being served. But despite its nefarious reputation, Scorpio is represented by four phases: The stinging Scorpion, charming serpent, soaring eagle, and alchemical phoenix. When they go low, you can definitely go high, rising from the ashes and refusing to take a single sip of that toxic tea.

On a more mundane level, Scorpio season is super-erotic, charging the air with seductive vibes. But there's nothing light and fluffy about these connections. Lust and trust are a package deal during this three-week phase. And from Tuesday through the 11th of November, amorous Venus sails through bold, outspoken Sagittarius. Time to get empowered between the sheets and take your purr to a roar!
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September 23 to October 22
Keep the celebrations going strong. The sun lingers in your sign through Friday, making this the final week of Libra season. Is there something left on your birthday bucket list? Maybe it would be worth it use a couple of those annual leave days this week, just so you can have the experience. What are your goals for the coming year of life? With lucky Jupiter in your sign until October 2017, you could go back to school, take a major international trip, or start your own business. Expansion is in the stars, so treat yourself to a horizon-broadening experience — or take the first steps in that direction — before the week wraps. You might have a partner in crime for these missions too! On Tuesday, your ruler Venus swings into Sagittarius and your BFF zone until the 11th of November. Someone from the friend zone could cop to a crush or you could swipe fatefully on a dating app. Coupled Libras need more playtime. Nothing over-the-top required. Just get out more and enjoy the local scene as a pair.

On Saturday, Scorpio takes the wheel and you won't be quite as much of a daredevil as you were for the past month. Until the 21st of November, your focus will be on planning, simplifying, and getting your budget in order before the holiday shopping impulse strikes. Work will pick up steam again and you could get word of a job offer by the 21st of November. Be proactive: Polish up your résumé and LinkedIn profile...if only to set yourself up for a promotion at the gig you already have.
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October 23 to November 21
Let them eat cake! Then, get ready to enjoy your own well-deserved slice. Scorpio season begins on Saturday, when the sun swoops into your sign for a month. This extended birthday celebration will leave you feeling energised, adventurous, and ready to explore new horizons. But during the workweek, you may still have some baggage to shed from your last trip around the sun. Don ye now the rubber gloves and give your space a through "Konmari" treatment. (Read: ditch anything that doesn't "spark joy.") Prune the dead weight from your social-media feeds and bench those unsatisfying hookups. With less clutter, you can actually see (and appreciate) the people and things that give you life.

With birthday season looming, you're no doubt thinking about how to treat yourself in the weeks ahead. This year, your gift could come from the "practical luxury" category, thanks to Venus planting in your decadent, yet practical, second house until the 11th of November. Splurge, but do so sensibly. Pick out a well-made and timeless classic that won't fade out of style. This Venus cycle will be grounding, helping you make choices that feel more mature than impulsive. Give the nice guys and girls a proper chance. Coupled Scorpios will enjoy more chill time, cooking fancy dinners and cosying up behind closed doors. Cheers to that!
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November 22 to December 21
Aren't you tired of dwelling on that situation, Sagittarius? Retire the drama this week as love planet Venus swoops into your sign until the 11th of November. Your romantic picture is looking bright and buzzy — good reason to change the channel and focus on the future! A brand-new type could draw you, so keep an open mind. Or proudly keep doing that single ladies dance: With Venus in your sign, loving yourself and enjoying your independence could be plenty satisfying. Even coupled Archers may need longer leashes for the coming three weeks. You know what they say: Absence makes the heart grow fonder. And when you are hanging out, stack the shared calendar with fun activities to keep the boredom from creeping in.

Got some squad goals to accomplish? Get the team motivated as the sun rounds out its annual tour of Libra and your 11th house of community during the workweek. Commit to a collaboration and define everyone's roles. Finish a group project...and hey, how about uniting your crew into group-themed Halloween costumes? On Saturday, however, some of your extroverted nature turns inward as the sun slips into Scorpio and your 12th house of rest and rejuvenation until the 21st of November. This is the month before your birthday, Sagittarius — a time best used for recharging and decluttering. What (and maybe who) do you need to release before your next year of life? Hit the spa first. Then, attack your closets. You might earn a chunk of your holiday shopping budget with the clothes you sell at Buffalo Exchange.
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December 22 to January 19
This week is like a mullet, Capricorn: business in the front, party in the back. With the sun hunkered down in your career house until Saturday, you'll need to show and prove. Stay focused! You could wrap the workweek with a feather in your cap and your end-of-year bonus locked and loaded. On Saturday, the sun shifts into sizzling Scorpio, lighting up your 11th house of social networking until the 21st of November. With your popularity on the rise, you may not have time for a million one-on-ones. Step into entertainment-director mode and organise your squad for seasonal celebrations and an unforgettable Halloween. The 11th house is the tech sector, so use the next four weeks for all things geek: learning software, YouTube-ing, and updating your devices with shiny, new models.

If you're going accessory shopping this week, make sure to grab a pair of rose-coloured glasses. This Tuesday, decadent Venus cruises into your 12th house of fantasy until the 11th of November, making a hopeless romantic out of you. For someone so accustomed to being practical, this can be a little disorienting. But surrender to the feels, Capricorn, because the emotion ocean could sweep you into a supercharged fairy tale. Some Capricorns, however, may be grieving a failed relationship or working through a tough impasse with your S.O. Give yourself the next few weeks to sort it out. No shame in calling the therapist to help expedite your healing process.
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January 20 to February 18
Give yourself a nice long leash this week, Aquarius. Until Saturday, the sun will be burning it up in Libra and your indie-spirited ninth house. Wanderlust will be all-consuming, while clingy people, boring routines, familiar spaces...ugh! Anyone putting demands on your time could wind up unfairly relegated to your shit list. Take a deep breath and give yourself the space you need. And hey, if you could use a couple of annual leave days for a midweek (solo) road trip, by all means, do. On Saturday, you’ll trade your backpack for a sleek crossbody bag — one that’s large enough to hold your laptop and files. With the sun moving to Scorpio and lighting up your ambitious 10th house until the 21st of November, your career will kick into high gear! One of your unique interests could turn into an enterprising moneymaker or you could take a huge leap up the ladder at work. Make a point of connecting with the influencers while you're out socialising. As your team-spirited sign knows, it's all about who you know.

Glamorous, amorous Venus is on the move this week, too. From Tuesday until the 11th of November, she'll sail through Sagittarius and your laid-back 11th house. Lighten up about love, Aquarius! If you've been on a Tinder tear, give your index finger a rest and go hang out with people casually. "The One" could show up when you're not even looking — it's Murphy's Law. Group hangs will bring relief for coupled Water Bearers, too. You can only handle so much cuddling and eye-gazing before your gag reflexes activate. Laughter and shared good times are your favourite aphrodisiacs.
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February 19 to March 20
The green-eyed monster's been sitting on your shoulder for the past few weeks — and you're ready to serve him an eviction notice. With the sun wrapping up a tour of your intense, seductive, and possessive eighth house this Saturday, relief is on the way. But before you shoo off that demon, make sure you get his message. Envy can be a powerful compass, pointing you towards a hidden desire. Instead of "coveting thy neighbour," how about remixing a version of what he or she has for yourself? And if you haven't been able to establish trust with a certain someone (after serving up multiple chances), it may be time to move on! On Saturday, the sun sweeps into Scorpio for a month, giving you the courage to address the pink elephant in your psyche. Honesty will be the best policy. Have "the talk" and get your answers. In some situations, candid conversations could bring you closer than ever.

Drop the power suit off at the dry cleaners, because from Tuesday until the 11th of November, charming Venus cruises through your career zone. Socialising will be part of your dream-building efforts now. Show up at the networking events and after-work parties. You could make a fateful connection at an industry shindig. This Venus cycle helps you clarify your relationship goals, too. Working towards a common goal can cement your bond with bae.
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March 21 to April 19
Grab your passport and book that standby flight! Pleasure-seeking Venus cruises into Sagittarius from Tuesday until the 11th of November, activating your wanderlust. Anywhere BUT home is where you’ll want to be now, so don't wait until the holidays to have, well, a holiday. Venus is the governess of love, so your travels could bring a spicy hookup or a candidate for a long-distance relationship. Mingle multiculturally, no matter your Google Earth coordinates. You'll enjoy getting to know people from different backgrounds now. Already attached? Plan a getaway with your S.O. before the month is through. How about feting Halloween with friends in another city?

On Saturday, the sun moves into Scorpio until the 21st of November, intensifying your love jones and sharpening your bedroom skills. This sultry and seductive monthlong cycle could bring some mind-blowing moments in your erotic history — ones you might only share with your locked diary. And while you need relationships with tons of freedom built-in, you won't compromise on the fidelity clause. Say a firm bye to people of questionable loyalty. If you can't trust them to have your back, how can you possibly let them into your heart? If you've been the uncertain one, this weekend could already start clarifying your direction. Keep it simple: Are you in or are you out?
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April 20 to May 20
Fire! Your inner minx takes the wheel this Tuesday as love planet Venus slinks into Sagittarius and your erotic eighth house until the 11th of November. Nightlife beckons, but you could be sipping your dirty martini in the dimly lit corner of a club, party, or ambient restaurant — preferably engrossed in conversation with one special soul. This Venus cycle puts you in a playing-for-keeps headspace. Time to ask for that monogamy and exclusivity clause — or take an existing relationship to a deeper level. The green-eyed monster could make a few cameos, too. Is your jealousy grounded in reality? Do your own detective work instead of reacting to hearsay. No tea, no shade, Taurus.

Halloween is right around the corner and you have strong DIY game this week. With the sun beaming through Libra and your crafty sixth house until Saturday, inspiration could strike for a handmade costume. Grab your glue gun or hit the thrift stores for staple pieces you can snip, stitch, and dump fake blood onto. Watch some YouTube videos, too. Practice makes perfect. Think about pairing up for a couples’ or BFF themed costume, because on Saturday, the sun heads into Scorpio and your seventh house of partnerships for a month. Single? Follow the rule of opposites attract instead of casting a partner who could be your twin. Your perfect complement could appear over the next four weeks. Already half of a power couple? Find new ways to collaborate and co-create. You might even start a business — or a band — together.
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May 21 to June 20
The coveted role of your other half could soon be filled, Gemini. This Tuesday, amorous Venus sails into Sagittarius and your relationship house until the 11th of November. While you love a no-strings hookup, you don't want to overload on those empty romantic calories. Over the coming three weeks, play the long game, clutching onto your final rose until you find someone worthy of having breakfast with (in and out of bed). Already have someone in mind? Pump up the volume on your efforts while the sun blazes through Libra and your passionate fifth house through Friday. Coupled Gems: Find new ways to co-create. With Venus in Sagittarius, planning a trip or taking a workshop together could be just the thing!

On Saturday, the sun drifts into Scorpio and your healthy-living zone for a month. While this isn't exactly good news for your trick-or-treat bag, your body will thank you. Forget deprivation: Just add more clean, green food to your plate to balance out the daily pumpkin spice lattes. Instead of meeting for drinks, invite friends to a dance class. Work will get busy, too! Be proactive and go after projects that speak to your soul. Daily, dedicated efforts will pay off over the next month, especially if you make it your goal to impress the influencers in your field.
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June 21 to July 22
Pass the matcha flour and agave syrup. Visions of a healthy Halloween are dancing through your head as radiant Venus beams into Sagittarius and your wellness zone from Tuesday until the 11th of November. This cosmic phase flips that old adage on its ear: When you feel good, you look good — not the opposite. Relight your inner pilot with nourishing food, sufficient sleep, and lowered stress levels. You've been known to get stuck doing things out of "obligation" for loved ones — and at your own expense. Start saying no to that and yes to more "me time" at the yoga studio and with activities that give you life. When you're relaxed, you're receptive to romance — which is amorous Venus' domain, as well. You could even meet your mate at the gym in the coming three weeks — or get your S.O. to join you for some buddy workouts, in and out of the bedroom.

Make sure you get your domestic bliss fix during the workweek as the sun winds down its monthlong tour of Libra and your nesting zone. On Saturday, the sun sails into Scorpio and your festive, flamboyant, and flirtatious fifth house until the 21st of November. Off with the fleece slippers, on with the silver Bowie boots! Wearing your wild side on your sleeve (literally) is a form of creative expression — and it's time for people to see the real Cancer, no apologies. Romantically, this will be a hot spot for you. Pause the Netflix queue and have your dates in public, Instagram-worthy venues. A leadership role is calling your name. Don't be shy about rocking the crown, Cancer: You're a natural Alpha who rules with compassion (despite an occasional bossy streak), so it's in your DNA to reign!
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July 23 to August 22
Mirror, mirror, on the wall: Frisky, fashionable Venus zips into your flashy fifth house until the 11th of November and you're so fire, Leo. It's not exactly late-breaking news that you enjoy being the centre of attention. And during this three-week romantic renaissance, you'll have no trouble drawing all eyes onto you. Keep your standards high and don't be shy about pursuing the object of your affections. In a relationship? Plan more play dates and get vocal about your desires. It might not be as obvious as you think that you'd really love to have rose petals scattered on the bed — or that you’d feel more adored if you got a nightly Snapchat and phone call instead of just texting a couple times a week.

Social-butterfly status is still yours until Saturday, as the sun winds down a tour of Libra and your garrulous third house. You have places to go and people to see, so keep your calendar full during the workweek. On Saturday, the sun slips into Scorpio and your domestic fourth house until the 21st of November, luring you back to the lair more often. Break out the slow cooker, load up the Netflix queue, and keep your yoga pants in rotation along with your party clothes. You don't have to full-on hibernate, but just give your apartment a little more love. Winterise your bedding, update your decor and think about hosting more often — from intimate dinners to a Halloween house party. If you’re in the market for a move, start scouring the real estate section. Your dream address could appear before December rent is due. Or maybe, it's just time to find a new roommate or consider having the place all to yourself.
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August 23 to September 22
Roll out the welcome mat. Festive, flirtatious Venus drops by your domestic fourth house until the 11th of November making Chateau Virgo ground zero for all things social. If you've pondering the possibility of hosting a Halloween bash (or an intimate pre-funk), send out the invites! GFs could pop in from other cities for extended slumber parties. When it comes to love, your nesting instincts will be strong. Don't overplan your dates: Netflix-and-chill season may be your poison over the coming three weeks. Coupled Virgos could exchange keys, co-sign a lease, or redecorate the bedroom together. Add a dimmer switch and, hey, is there room for a swing over the bed?

Work will also be busy this week, so keep on hustling while the sun lingers in Libra and your diligent second house. On Saturday, you’ll burst out of the cocoon again as the sun moves on to Scorpio and your third house of friendship and neighbourhood activity. Check the local listings, because the party is closer to your front door than it's been for a while. Try making eye contact (or sparking a conversation) with people you pass along your commute or who are waiting next to you for their morning Americano. Talking to strangers could have surprising benefits between now and the 21st of November — especially ones with a “Scorpionic” flavor. Think: soulful eyes, dashing charm, mysterious allure, and at least one tattoo. Kindred spirits pop up, too, and your friendly vibes could draw a new BFF who you can trust with your deepest secrets.
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