This is a month with lots of activity, with ups and downs, and a few surprises, to keep your interest. Amid it all, you will have the chance to make plenty of progress. Mercury will not be retrograde in October, nor in November either, but Mercury, ruler of your most prestigious and sophisticated career sector, will be retrograde from December 3 to 22. You will need to make your biggest initiations now and in November. Next month will be especially bright, with good aspects brimming from so many days.Your career will be blazing brilliantly this month, and you can make big strides, so think of making an initiation, for it would be a shame not to take full advantage. Mars first entered your tenth house of honors, awards, and achievement last month on September 5, and as you enter October, Mars will still be brilliantly lighting this area, your career reputation sector. You will have some of your best ability to raise your profile and make progress of the entire year 2017 before Mars leaves on October 22 this month.To make this trend even bigger and brighter, Venus is traveling very close to Mars, also in Virgo, a place Venus entered last month on September 19. Venus will stay in this prestigious house of professional success until October 14. This tells me that you should make your biggest career moves in the first two weeks of October. But wait – there is more!Venus loves to be with Mars, and Mars loves to be with Venus, but often they have very different assignments and can’t be together – all they can do is gaze at one another across a star-studded sky. They are the cosmic lovers, and when together they set off vibrations that can shower you with magnetic charm and popularity. Remarkably, Venus and Mars will be conjoined on October 5, a wonderful day for you to get publicity or praise from a critic, or someone else whose opinion you value. Mars rules your fifth house, so your highly creative approach to a project is likely to be the topic of conversation.The same day, October 5, will bring a very different vibration due to the full moon, in Aries, 13 degrees in your fifth house of true love. This suggests to me that if you are dating, you will reach a crossroads, and it seems you will have to decide where you want to drive you relationship in the future.The problem is, Pluto, based in your financial house and thereby emphasizing money, seems to be at odds with your social life. Someone in your life seems to be very domineering and pushing you to spend money (or save money), and this may have to do with events you might have your heart set on participating in. This pushy person’s tactics seem unfair and manipulative, but I can’t discern the identity of this person with any more detail. Simply knowing this person may show up may help you be ready to cope.Keep in mind too that this is a full moon in Aries, and Mars rules Aries. As you and I discussed earlier, on the same day, October 5, Mars will combine energies with Venus, softening the effect of this full moon. I feel the topic will be about money, and if your relationship is strong, true love will prevail.The fifth house also rules your children too, so instead of seeing some sort of culmination to your love life, it may be instead that you and your child might disagree about an expense. Here, full disclosure: I am a softie – I feel children should have whatever they want, for they rarely ask for things. I still feel this way about my children, although they are grown up now. I love them with greater intensity of each passing day. Children will always hold a tender spot in my heart. When I was five years old, someone stole my new red tricycle. I had left it for a minute in front of our brownstone while I ran into my father’s beautiful grocery store for a peach. My father said I could not have another one. I never got one. His thinking was the next tricycle would only be stolen, too. Still, being little, I was disappointed that I didn’t ask my father to reconsider because I didn’t know how to do that – how could I find the words? I should have tried, as that little tricycle was so much fun. I still remember that day it was stolen, and the feeling of shock when my parents told me that a stranger took it. My parents were kind and loving – my father was just being practical. I understand, but wish I could have had another!If you are having a dilemma about a pregnancy, which is also ruled by the fifth house, here again, money may enter the discussion. All I can say is that children motivate us in ways that you can’t quite imagine before you have them. As my parents used to say to me, children will make you successful. So true! I wanted to give birth to my children while I was young, so even though we could not afford to have them when we were first married (I was 24), I went ahead and had two before I was 28 years old. Dear Sagittarius, your outlook for money in 2019 and 2020 will be excellent, if that helps you make a decision. (You will have to wait one year, and during that time, work on building your reputation first.)Jupiter is crowning Scorpio the celestial favorite now, October 10, but you need to get ready because by the end of next year, November 8, 2018, you will hold that title, all the way through to December 2, 2019. Get ready by deleting the elements of your life that are not working for you – make room for Jupiter’s goodies.If your birthday falls within four days of December 3, you will feel this full moon more than other Sagittarians.Now let’s turn to the new moon, October 19, in Libra 27 degrees. This will be an even trickier lunation than the full moon. At first, it looks to be one of the best new moons of the year – until you look closer. The Sun, new moon, and Jupiter will all be clustered together in Libra, a very sunny, sweet conjunction of great importance. BUT, Uranus, the planet of unexpected, even shocking developments, will oppose that little grouping of happy heavenly bodies and throw an angry, loud thunderbolt. This will create gyrating, volatile, and possibly shocking event. Uranus is at 27 degrees Aries, and the new moon is at 27 degrees Libra, 180 degrees away. This is hot, but not in a good way.There are many ways this could work out. A friend may say something to you that you find unacceptable about you or your sweetheart, or a friend may give you revealing information about someone who is in your life – something you did not know before that changes your entire view of the situation or relationship. Or, it could be that a group you belong to may turn against you and exhibit mob behavior – usually nice people turning ugly. It happens.Or, it may be that you have problems with a creative project that is being exported overseas, and you find yourself suddenly in difficult waters, perhaps tangled in paperwork or government policies. With the new moon involved, you may have to come up with money to solve things, and the matter may take longer to figure out than you would have hoped.Libra is a sign that blends well with yours, so I feel that you can find a workable solution. If your birthday falls on or within five days of December 18, you will feel this new moon the most. For a while you may decide to temporarily drop out of the social scene – you will have bigger fish to fry, namely, to get ahead in your career.Mars will move into Libra on October 22 to stay until December 9, sure to jazz your social interactions, so don’t be concerned about the idea of spending nights home alone now that the holidays are almost here. That is so unlikely! It is just that these full and new moons are a bit troublesome this month, but since the signs that they fall in will blend well with your Sun sign, I feel you can find a good solution. Now for the interesting and exciting news of the month! On October 10, Jupiter will leave Libra and enter the sign found just before yours on the horoscope wheel, Scorpio, and crown members of that sign the celestial favorite. This is due to a rare and glorious alignment of Jupiter, planet of good fortune, conjunct the Sun. Both of these planets will shine in a very private place in your chart for the coming thirteen months, until November 8, 2018.During that time, people behind the scenes will take an interest in helping you get ahead. You may or may not know about their involvement, but either way, they will be your guardian angels, anxiously working to see that you get ahead. During this time, your intuition and creativity will be very high, and again, the universe is whispering that you should work on your craft alone, away from others so that you will be able to concentrate.If you are working on a book or screenplay, a scientific lab project, or a thesis, this position of Jupiter will be one of the best you could ever wish to be given by a loving universe.During the coming months, it will be important to think about what goals you would like to tackle next, but also to delete parts of your life that you find unfulfilling. You are older and wiser now, and things formerly on your list to accomplish may seem a little juvenile now, for you are ready to tackle for bigger, grander goals. Here is the glorious news: in November 2018, you will be next in line for Jupiter to visit for over a year. Jupiter will make late 2018 through December 2, 2019 one of the best of your life.The last time you had this influence it was October 2005 to November 2006.In addition to getting ready by reviewing your goals, you will need to also make room in your life for new elements that Jupiter will want to bring you as options you might want to take advantage of. If you don’t, you will be overloaded with present obligations, unable to take advantage of any of the new goodies Jupiter will bring to you. If you don’t do the weeding out process of things, people, and obligations, the universe will do it for you, so you might see elements of your life being taken out with the tide.At first this may alarm you – the apartment you never liked will suddenly be on its way out when the landlord sells your building. Or, the job you wished you could leave suddenly disappears when your company brings in a round of layoffs. Don’t worry – anything important and valuable to you will remain, but anything marginal that has outlived its future usefulness will go.You will get a superb day on October 25, which will bring the luckiest day of the year, when Jupiter will conjunct the Sun in Scorpio, an annual event that always takes place in a different sign. Use this day to have a confidential meeting with an influential person, perhaps to interview for a new position or promotion, or to nail a key financial deal that has great profit potential. This would also be a great day to be overseas, visiting a foreign country that week – the day or two leading to this day, October 24 and October 25, will be special too. Import-export, or dealing with foreign people would be favored. Other positive moves you can make instead on October 26 (and days leading to it, as the energy of this aspect builds) would be perfect for taking an important test in college for your credentials (such as the Bar) or meeting with the committee to defend your thesis. If you are in a court case, on this date you may be able to offer a compromise that the other side likes or hear that the verdict favors you.Publishing and broadcasting projects are wildly favored too – present your ideas, for luck is on your side on October 26. Finally, you can also address spiritual and religious topics at this golden date, or go to a teacher to learn to meditate effectively.As said, Jupiter will remain with you for a year, from November 8, 2018 to December 2, 2019.You have plenty of time to get ready to make good use of the coming Jupiter-in-Sagittarius period that will begin November 8, 2018. You’ve waited eleven years – you only have one more year to go before you can wear the glittering crown of celestial favorite. 2018 will be your golden year, filled with travel romance, good health, career success, opportunity, and more. Prepare, dear Sagittarius. The best for you is yet to come!SummaryThe start of October brings praise and fine publicity for work well done. In a rare alignment on October 5, both Venus and Mars are conjunct in your tenth house of honors, awards, and achievement. Critics, influential VIPs, and subordinates alike are impressed with your recent successes, and everyone, it seems, will want to work with you. You may have been working on a creative project that is about to reach a final stage or finish.Pluto will be in hard angle, so funds you expected to come at this time may be held up or suddenly renegotiated. Don’t panic, but negotiate carefully, using all the most persuasive points you can think of using. This isn’t fair, but Pluto is known not always to be fair. Your fine reputation suggests it’s in the interest of this difficult person to work with you – he needs you more than you need him, so stay confident.Romantically, if you are single, you are about to see a culmination to your current dating relationship, where you may make a decision to either move closer or farther apart. A heated discussion about money might ensue and mar the moment, so try not to let that happen if you feel the matter is small in the scheme of things. Of course, if your partner is spending secretly and uncontrollably, that’s another story and that should be discussed, with a plan hatched. The October 19 new moon is a tricky one, for it furthers the discussion about the romantic, platonic, and business relationships in your life. You will need to decide what you are willing to give in a relationship and what – precisely – you hope to receive in return. Uranus will be at a very difficult angle at this time, so brace for a sudden shock concerning a friend, business partner, or person you are dating, for news is not something you would have ever seen coming. This is a new moon, so it may take weeks or months to make sense of the episode and decide how to sort it out. Additionally, the last third of October would not be an ideal time to travel.At the same time as this new moon and in weeks to come, you may have concerns about money, so be conservative when spending for the near future, until you get the lay of the land. Refrain from signing a contract as you get to October 19 and beyond.You will hear good news this month, too. Jupiter, your ruler and giver of gifts and luck, will move to Scorpio on October 10, to remain thirteen months, until November 8, 2018. With Jupiter in your twelfth house from this month on, you will be highly productive when working alone in a behind-the-scenes role. You may need to do research, writing, editing, or any work that requires reflection and solitude to be as polished as you would want it to be. Said a more visual way, you will do best as the director or screenwriter, rather than the actor in the spotlight.With Jupiter in this position, you will have much support from powerful people, but you may not know they are helping you, as key people may want to remain anonymous. If during this time, you need to focus on a physical or psychological concern, do so with courage and optimism – Jupiter’s move into Scorpio will give you superb outlook for success, for you will be able to locate distinguished, caring professionals to help you. You can go into rehab or attend to a physical problem that might require a procedure.October 26 will be the luckiest day of the year, perfect for a visit to a doctor of any specialty who can provide you with healing, or at the very least, greater comfort. It would also be the right day to learn how to meditate.When Jupiter leaves Scorpio next year on November 8, 2018, this planet of good fortune will move to Sagittarius, crowning you as the celestial favorite. In the meantime, you will need to review your goals, for when you get to late 2018, you will move to take on the role of the zodiac’s most favored sign and be given all kinds of fortunate breaks. Knowing what you dearly want to achieve will be critical, but happily, you have plenty of time to reflect on that, and to make your list and check it twice.