** Your Monthly AstroNews **

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Astrological Greetings, Dear Ones,

They say that February is the month of Love – I say that October is the new February. There has already been a great deal of focus on relationships in general specifically focused around desire, frustration and conflict with the recent Mars retrograde; however with Venus heading into her retrograde on the 6th of October, the focus definitely stays on relating, with that extra energy on Desire.

Why? Well, the lady of love is set to go backwards in the sign of Scorpio the sign of Passion, Sexuality and Raw Desire. Venus rules the opposite sign of Taurus, so she is not all that comfortable dressed in the black leather and chains of Scorpio, but she sure is kinky here. She loves power, she wants control and she is obsessive. She is the Femme Fatale, the dark mistress, the Lilith to Eve. Venus in Scorpio is loyal to the death; however, is just as ready to kill you should you cross her or betray her.

We will be confronting our shadows in love, just like we have during the Mars retrograde. All relationships are up for review, and we will collectively have to face those parts of us in love which want to possess, own and consume. Ex-lovers may come around for a second go, and we can be tempted to make very regrettable decisions, and we should avoid making up or breaking up until she goes direct in November.

There is a consolation prize – Venus will retrograde back into Libra, a sign she rules, the sign of balance, compromise and giving, making us able to perhaps pull back, reflect and negotiate before she speed back into Scorpio.

Those who are Libran or Taurean Ascendants, Moons or Suns will feel her sting the most in Scorpio, and deeply repressed stuff may come up to show us what we still need to integrate when it comes to Love.

Luckily, Mars heads out of his “shadow phase” around the same time, so that pent up frustration, exhaustion and aggression should be much better, giving us a chance to breath. However, it doesn’t last too long as Mars squares Venus most of October, which means that as much passion and desire as there will be, there will be just as much conflict. This is a common aspect for affairs and three-way situations, and as sexy as it can feel, there is a destructive edge to it. Adding the Aquarian Mars’ free-spirited energy to the possessive energy of Scorpio Venus, we may be very challenged and tense between these polarities.

This Venus also rules both Lunations this month; with the New Moon in Libra on 9 Oct and the Full Moon in Taurus on 24 October. Whilst these are beautiful Moons, full of potential, there will certainly be a bit of a bite there from Lady Venus in Scorpio.

Adding to the overall flavors of power, control and domination, is Pluto going direct at 18 degrees of Capricorn at the beginning of October – whichever area Capricorn is in in our charts will be getting quite a dose of Plutonian energy, transformative, perhaps (needfully) destructive and intense change here.

This is the last month that Jupiter is in Scorpio before he heads into Sagittarius, which also expands the Scorpionic energies of sexuality, power and control and eventual healing, as we have seen in the “me too” movement.

This is going to be a potentially powerfully transformative month for many of us, and we may learn the valuable lessons of freedom versus intimacy and control versus surrender. Our Relationships have the opportunity to really become very deep, intimate, powerful and evolutionary for us.

Saturn Direct all month, 3-4 degrees Capricorn

Neptune Retrograde all month, 14/13 degrees Pisces

Pluto Direct 1 October, 18 degrees Capricorn

Venus Retrograde at 10 degrees Scorpio 6 October

With that said, as usual, I will be including information for my upcoming workshops, courses and retreats in the emailer. If you wish to just read your ‘scopes, just scroll a little further down and there will be your guidance for the next month!

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UPCOMING RETREAT

Astrology Weekend Workshop at the Buddhist Retreat, Ixopo, KZN

Discover the Magic & Power of Nature through the Planets & Stars in this informative weekend workshop!

Learn how the cycles of nature affect you personally, and how your unique blueprint – your birth chart – can help you live to your fullest potential. Discover yourself, your strengths, challenges and which areas of life to maximize on, and live with greater equanimity and consciousness.

Astrology is a powerful and insightful tool for growth, and used with wisdom, can be transformative!

Your guides for the weekend will be Astrologers Corinna, from Gauteng, and Margarita, from Cape Town, who have both completed their Diplomas with Rod Suskin, famed South African Astrologer & Sangoma. They have both travelled the path of Astrology for many years, and have been involved in the world of Astrology completing various courses & workshops, for some time. Both have their own practices and are honoured to share the magic and power of the planets with you.

The weekend’s workshop will focus on, but not be limited to :

Fate & Free Will discussions, The Planets, Signs & Houses, the Aspects, Elements and Modalities, the Sun, Moon and the Rising sign, as well as the Cycles of Life.

There will be stargazing sessions, yoga and Q&A opportunities, and attendees will be working with their OWN birth charts.

Beginners are most welcome, and encouraged.

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UPCOMING TALKS & WORKSHOPS

Crystal Soul Wellness Fair

Saturday 20 October

9am – 3pm

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Join me at the Crystal Soul Wellness fair on Saturday 20 October from 9am – 3pm for mini Astrology readings; starting at R150!

Psychics, Tarot readers, Soul Plan readings, Astrology, Energy healers, Reiki practioners, Massage, Kiniseology and Refloxology will all be on offer.

The mini market will be offering crystals, esoteric goodies, crystal essences, sacred jewellery and much more.

Nestled in Glencairn valley in a gorgeous new Yoga Studio with a beach view and with Blended, a vegetarian restaurant right next door…this just can’t be missed!

Make a booking with me on margs@margaritaceleste.com to reserve a spot or simply swing by and bring a friend 😊

If you are a group of four or five, and wish to have a private class at your home, Astrology OR Tarot, simply drop me a line and we can work something out!

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UPCOMING ASTROLOGY COURSE

The fifth Astrology Basics for Self-Empowerment Course is the fullest it has ever been and growing – this is a course which is always met with great enthusiasm by a new group of dedicated students – this also being the fourth time I have partnered with the School of Intuition and Healing – what a great team we make!

Astrology is rising in popularity, and the sixth course will be running every Monday evening in June 2019. This course gets very full, so please don’t hesitate to book your seat as soon as possible.

To see what students think, here are a few testimonials:

“I really loved your teaching style. I liked that you differentiated between lecturing the content and then allowing the group to do the exploration / application of the knowledge afterwards. This kind of experiential learning I believe to be really beneficial as it grounds the knowledge. “

“I really really enjoyed this course and am excited by the new possibilities for growth that I have access to as a result of having taken this journey with you. Thank YOU  for sharing your gifts and holding the space for me to learn and explore.”

“I loved being with a class of lovely ladies and getting to know myself and others and being in an environment that felt safe, free and that had no expectations or pressure. “

“I thoroughly enjoyed Marg’s teaching style – relaxed yet composed and well-structured. For a young teacher, she seems to have ancient wisdom running through her veins.”

“The guided meditations each were a special and powerful treat!”

“It was a very well-constructed course, Margarita was an excellent teacher and took us through step by step”

Spaces really ARE limited, so please do drop me an email, or email the address on the poster below to book your spot or find out more information.

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UPCOMING TAROT COURSE

Our Metavarsity Tarot Course is wonderfully popular, with the current one reaching maximum capacity of 10 people!

The next course has been planned, and will be running from March 2019, so book your seat now to avoid disappointment!

I will also be happy to hold short, 2 hour workshops in Tarot, so if you are a group of people wishing to learn, or simply don’t have the time of money for a longer course, simply get in touch with me!

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Dates and signs of the Moon Cycles for October: 

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New Moon , 9 October, 15 Libra

This is the time to SET INTENTIONS in the line of something that you want to manifest in your life, as the Moon begins to gather light and grow, shaping our desires and needs, in line with the house that the degree of the New Moon falls into. It is a time to make our dreams come true, and we should align ourselves with what we truly want at this time.

This New Moon in Libra is a pretty one. Yes, it is ruled by a Scorpio Venus, which will give lady Venus a bit of a harsh edge, but it is a light Moon in favour of new beginnings in relationships. This can herald a time of compromise and balance, perhaps what has been previously imbalanced can now be resolved. Mars trines this moon from Aquarius, which lends this moon a bit of action and impetuous to begin decisive communications, not only in love but also in friendship. Mercury nearby in Libra is also smoothing things out and seeing all sides to a situation. If there ever was a better time to re-negotiate your relationships and begin again, this is it! The only difficulty may be the Pluto square, which, once again, points us to potential power struggles and learning to release control in love.

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Full Moon : 14 October, 1 Taurus

This is a time to LET GO of something that no longer serves you as the Moon begins to wane, in line with the house that the degree of the Moon falls into. It is also a time in which a light will be shone into that area of life and stirred up. It is a time in which your original intention at New Moon could be fulfilled.

The Moon is exalted in the sign of Taurus, and so this may be a rather Hedonistic Moon – we can indulge your senses now, and planning a dinner party or a sumptuous event over this time will be delicious. This Full Moon may also feel a bit more grounded than usual, with its trine to Saturn, reining it in and making sure we don’t go overboard. Of course, the ruler of this Moon, Venus in Scorpio, is squaring this Moon which can give it a bit of a hangover, and make us substitute love for affection and visa versa. Shadows issues around possession, jealousy and control could be released over this time.

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**To see how the planets affect you personally, simply access Astro.com to explore your chart, or contact me for an in depth & insightful  reading. **

And to end off, here are your monthly horoscopes, sign by sign, based on your Sun Sign – savour, and enjoy!

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Aries

Even though the Retrograde Venus has more of an effect on Librans and Taureans, this month sees a strong focus on Love for you, too Aries. The recent Mars Retrograde will have had you lashing out and feeling rather frustrated at mot being able t move forward, and there may still be a feeling of tension when it comes to relationships. However, there is also potential to really REALLY heal over the month of October, and although things may feel quite painful, the potential for spiritual growth is very real, especially in your more committed relationships. As much as you like to be the Hero, try and avoid rushing in to rescue, and allow your nearest and dearest to also fish themselves out. There will be passion this month, mixed with conflict, which you quite like anyway – just make sure it doesn’t go overboard and become destructive in any way. Keep talking about it, keep communicating. And have some fun with your friends!

Taurus

With the Venus Retrograde, you are perhaps going to feel somewhat reflective and maybe even a bit challenged when it comes to your relationships – try and detach from the control mechanism you have, wanting to “own” or “possess” others, and try to develop an attitude of surrender if possible. It is hard, because you do struggle to let go and trust, but that really is what the Universe wants from you, especially for those of you who are born in the first part of Taurus, as Uranus comes closer and closer to your Sun and urges you towards radical change. The focus is definitely on love, your values and power – and things may feel a bit chaotic, to be honest. There is an air of unpredictability which is precisely the thing that is asking you to let go of your tight hold, just a little. The Universe is supporting you by lending an air of sweetness and emotional connection despite the instability which is stressful for you.

Gemini

Love is in the air for everyone, and that includes you, Gemini. This month sees a fling for you, or if you are already attached, focus on having fun, romance and sexuality this month. Yup, you’re having a good time and you should make the most of it. It may be beneficial for you to take up learning something you are really passionate about, and if you have the chance, go and travel a bit, expand your worldview. Your sharp tongue is softened by your ruler being in Libra this month and you are much more willing to negotiate than usual. That won’t stop you from passionately speaking your heart, however, and there will be conviction behind your words, whatever the circumstances. Just make sure you aren’t being too subjective and get a bit of distance mentally from your own views versus others’.

Cancer

Although you could be said to be more of a homebody, Cancer, October is a month to really get yourself out there. Everyone has seen what you are up to professionally and you can be rewarded for it. Perhaps you’ll be sent off on an overseas assignment, or you could catch a lucky break abroad. The world is your oyster now, and your intuition is leading you the right way. Perchance you could immerse yourself in a spiritual philosophy or path and that gives you a lot more than you bargained for – in the best way possible. Love looks tender and sweet this month and you could be enveloped in fluffy feelings of romance, sharing and intimacy. You are one of the lucky ones this month Cancer!

Leo

You’re getting off to an early start with the festive season, Leo, and you will be loving the spotlight at the moment. Gracious and willing to share of your bounty, you feel inspired and excited by what the future holds and there could be great success over this month for you. I would advise you to network, network, network, and get yourself out there. Use that silver tongue and warm charm to get you where you want to go. Your skills of negotiation are sharp and people want to be around you at the moment. Inwardly, there may be seeds of insecurity or even feelings of exhaustion, for even you, Leo, can’t always keep up. It has been a long year so make sure that you are getting the rest that you need right now.

Virgo

Virgos are in for an interesting month. On one hand, there will be an increased desire to be alone and withdraw – becoming the Hermit will seem very appealing to you at the moment. Yet, on the other hand, there is also a sense of sociability and wanting to have good, deep debates with others. Perhaps you can learn to balance the two here, and enjoy both. Money is a topic, too, and you could be coming up with some very smart ideas as to how to utilize your very best skills and resources in order to really get what you want.

Libra

You will be tested this month, Libra, although it IS your birthday month and a very big chance for you to celebrate. Happy Birthday! If your relationships are stable and grounded, then they will have the chance to get deeper on many, many levels. If they are not healthy and good for you, they will be thrown into turmoil. And even you can’t always make the peace. Even you have to get drawn into the drama and intensity and find your way through it somehow. Venus is retrograde, and because she is your ruler, you will feel her more than others this month. You may also feel a sharp financial pinch or your darker financial side will rear its head – a side that is potentially possessive and likes to hold onto what it has. Examine your relationship to money and see if anything needs a change.

Scorpio

Both Venus and Jupiter, the Benefic planets, are in your sign all month Scorpio, so you should be having a pretty darn good time in love and in love. Adventure beckons and love awaits and you will sit there, silently giggling behind your hands at the poor souls who have no idea how to handle Venus Retrograde in Scorpio. As for you, you will relish it, lap it up and enjoy the depth of relating that comes with this planetary cycle. You’ll also have a fair bit of focus on finances, and the chances are that you’ll have more than enough to go around – just make sure you don’t spend too much. A word of warning – things may be more unpredictable than you think in your live life so don’t take any security for granted right now.

Sagittarius

Jupiter is about to head into your sign soon, Sagittarius, which means that you are in for a huge amount of fun later this year for a whole year. Jupiter is your ruler as well, so this means really wonderful things for you. For now, take some time out to be alone if you can, and if you can travel, that would be even better, but travel along the lines of spiritual retreat in order to grow and expand. This can be a really beautiful month for you, Sagittarius, and there can be a deep sense of unity and connection with everything around you, perhaps even connected to your home and family. Your mind is expanding in a profound way and you are willing to share what you are learning at the moment.

Capricorn

This month is all about home for you, Capricorn – you may have extra family responsibilities coming your way and it could certainly feel somewhat onerous or challenging to manage – we know. Pluto and Saturn have been in your sign for a really long time, and they are putting you through your paces at the moment, testing your limits. The thing is, your limits are strong, and you can go where not many are able to, and these next two years are really productive and growth oriented. This month sees you able to knit together freedom and responsibility in a very manageable way between home life and having fun, and for once you’ll have them nicely in balance, with neither overwhelming the other.

Aquarius

For once, you should have a bit of fun this month, Aquarius. Play, creativity and fun are all favoured for you and you’ll find that you have enormous drive towards the things that you are passionate about. If single, you will be having the greatest time out of everyone, and if attached, you’ll revive the romance. There will still be a bit of an air of conflict floating around, so be careful – you could get into heated debates with those you love, especially your kids if you have them. If there is a home situation going on for you, you could feel an equal amount of enthusiasm as well as anxiety, and you could make split second decisions that are regrettable

Pisces

You’re feeling extra soft and dreamy this month Pisces, sensitive to the extreme but potentially is a very productive way. However, be careful of slipping away and escaping into unhealthy habits, as your sensitivity will be extended to your physical body, too. Anything you put in could have a reaction, even more so than usual. Avoid any kind of substances, even if just sugar, because you could very quickly fall into a trap. You’ll be feeling very homey at the moment, wanting to set up a routine in your life that benefits you in some way and some of you may even get a pet or feel an extra strong connection to an animal in your life.  Your ruler Jupiter is about to change signs, which will bode good things for you in the upcoming year.