October Birthstone: Opal * Birthstone Color: Multi-colored
October's birthstone is the Opal. Its name comes from the Latin word "opalus," meaning precious jewel. One legendary explanation for this gemstone's origin is that it fell from heaven in a flash of lightning and that’s why it has its reflective characteristics.
Most of the world's Opals are found in Southern Australia. Other sources of this gemstone are Brazil, Mexico, Czechoslovakia and Nevada.
Ancient monarchs believed that this stone had protective powers. They were set into crowns and necklaces to ward off evil and negativity. These gemstones were also used for their healing properties to ward off nightmares. Opals are also used to attract positive energy and interaction with people, power, sexuality, receptiveness, and aids in visualization. They also focus “light and love” to the world.
Some people use Opals as an alternative to the diamond engagement ring. A gift of Opal is symbolic of faithfulness and confidence.
DEGREE & SIGN
15 Cancer 26
22 Libra 32
29 Capricorn 09
06 Taurus 48
Planets in the morning sky
Venus and Jupiter
Planets in the night sky
Mercury, Mars and Saturn through the 8th.
Jupiter from the 5th, Uranus and Neptune all month.
The sun will go into Scorpio on
Next Solar Eclipse will be on
November 13 * 21 Scorpio 57 @ 5:08 PM.
ARIES - March 20 – April 18
Home life is the theme for this month. Positive changes will help you get to your goals and dreams. Emotional issues seem to be more restrictive or limiting and you may feel overwhelmed with choices you have to make. Take your time in making a decision and when you finally do, do not change your mind. Your vacillation will keep you making the same mistakes over and over again. There is so much wonderful energy around you to do and have anything you want now, so be ready to make a change, take an appropriate risk and be happy again. If things are too overwhelming, take a breath, meditate, try a relaxing walk around your neighborhood, talk to a friend about it, or pray. There are so many amazing opportunities ahead of you to become the person you want to be and have the things you feel you need in life – so go for them. If others try to make you feel negative about any of your decisions, perhaps it’s time to let them go.
TAURUS - April 19 – May 19
What a great time to start that diet or exercise program, if that is your wish. You are trying your best to shape up, look good and get out there to impress everyone. The only one you need to impress is yourself. Make sure you have some quiet time for you since it looks like you are very busy, too scattered and doing too much for others. Do you have some unfinished projects that your attention? Maybe others can do some things for themselves for a change (what a concept) and you can handle your own chores, goals, dreams and objectives. If this is a time for a healthcare checkup or annual physical, be sure to keep that appointment. You may be run down and exhausted so you want to make sure that you health is at its best with all of your obligations.
GEMINI - May 20 – June 19
Partnerships (business and personal) are very lucky now. If you want to start a business with a friend or colleague, what are you waiting for? Now is the time. If you are looking for a significant other, get yourself out there so the energy and opportunities can come your way. No one is coming to your door; you have to get dressed, go out and meet people. Lectures and seminars in your area of interest is always a good thing to do. Adult education courses are also a fine option. At the very least, you can go on personals sites and see what is out there for you. If in a relationship, this can be the time where you feel unsatisfied on many levels and are looking for a change. Be sure this is what you want because once you head in that direction, it will be very hard to come back to what you had.
CANCER - June 20 – July 21
Financial review is a good thing. See what you have and how you want to spend your money. It’s a great time to re-organize and finalize many issues relating to your financial goals, security and stability. Be open to spending on what you need. Emotionally, you feel drained and exhausted, overtired and fatigued, so it is up to you to do whatever you need to do to make yourself feel happier and healthier. Be sure to eat properly and take time to eat your meals. You don’t need to be one of those harried people who eat their meals in the car. That just isn’t a healthy way to eat and digest your food. Eating in the car causes more accidents than people using their cell phones! Surround yourself with those you love and talk about things that may be on your family’s mind. It is important to find out what issues need to be resolved, but first you have to know about them.
LEO - July 22 – August 21
This is an outstanding time to travel and/or continue your education. Many times traveling to foreign countries is an education in itself. There are so many fantastic opportunities for you if you are bold enough to take them. Be sure they are appropriate to your dreams and future goals; otherwise you will be wasting your time. So much good luck is around you now that you can just about do anything with positive results, but what are you going to spend this good luck on? If you need to go back to school, get a new job, a new relationship, start a new business, move or just finish up home and personal projects – start the energy rolling in those directions now!. Positive energy is with you and although you may be cautious about some of the things you must finalize, handle them while the luck is with you.
VIRGO - August 22 – September 21
This is the time to make very important decisions about your current job and your future career. If things are not going the way you had expected, perhaps it’s time to make the change you have been thinking about for such a long time. Major issues need to be dealt with so that they don’t weigh heavily on you. Positive energy will allow you to deal with any issues that come your way, so do what must be done. Creativity and innovative ability will help you relax and accomplish so much. Be sure you have a written list of things to do so that you can feel as if you’ve made progress once projects are completed.
LIBRA - September 22 – October 21
New opportunities in your career will help you achieve many goals and dreams you had on the back burner. Are you interested in starting your own home based business perhaps? This is a great time to start any new adventure that you feel is in your best interest. So many changes are coming into your life that it would be a good idea to make the changes go in the direction you wish. Don’t let life (or anyone) push you into any direction; take a stand, make a plan and follow it so you can have everything that you feel would be an important addition to your life. Good luck and energy follows you around, so it would be a shame to lose out on the positive opportunities it will bring. Be strong, stop second guessing yourself and move in the direction that you feel the strongest.
SCORPIO - October 22 – November 20
So many things seem to be going on behind the scenes or in secret. You may be holding onto your own secrets or secrets of others. If this is the case, it would be wise to release them so that you don’t attract any of the negativity that they may attract. Others may also be keeping secrets from you. It is up to you to make others feel comfortable enough to share the things that are important for you to know. Try not to be judgmental or upset by any news you may receive. If you are open and loving, so many rewards will come to you. This is an amazing time to study esoterica or metaphysics, philosophy or religion. You seem to be making choices about belief systems or trying to enhance the ones you already have, so why not start in that direction now.
SAGITTARIUS - November 21 – December 20
You are open to making many important decisions and moving your life forward on many levels. Sag’s may wish to try new opportunities, new ventures, new beginnings, or just start going in a different direction. The changes will be important so this is a time to figure out what would be in your best interest and take the bull by the horns and do it! Home life may have some welcomed changes. Emotionally, you are in a much better place and feel relaxed, in control and secure. It’s a great time to write, paint, sing, dance, act or do whatever artistic endeavor you wish to perfect. The enjoyment that your artistic abilities will bring you will be endless. For those who do not think they are artistic or creative, maybe this would be a great time to take a class in something you’ve always wanted to do so that you can see how wonderful your talents truly are.
CAPRICORN - December 21 – January 19
You may be making many decisions about your financial future, how to make your money grow or how to use it more prudently. It is a very important task to stretch your finances and you will do it well. You may feel restricted and limited in some way, but with your Capricorn intelligence and logic, you will be able to figure out what you need to do to make things work out well. Many important decisions need to be made and procrastinating won’t help. Some friendships may be at risk so be sure to be supportive of your friends and listen to their problems now – they may need your time and advice.
AQUARIUS - January 20 – February 18
Family issues can be unsettling or crazy at times. There may be many issues to be settled and some serious talks with those you love. Make yourself heard and be strong enough to tell a loved one when they are wrong. Offer solutions that you feel will work for everyone. Finances also should be budgeted and each new project should be saved for so that you can pay cash and get the best price from the contractor, etc. Mentally, you are thinking very clearly, have a very optimistic attitude and are looking forward to a superb future filled with those you love, dreams coming true and great opportunities. Don’t let this energy pass you by.
PISCES – February 19 – March 19
Your family and you may be at different ends of the spectrum. You need to clarify what you need from them or what they are doing that is making you uncomfortable. Dealing with your spiritual journey is a positive step forward even if others do not understand what you are doing. Your path is yours alone. Be strong and know that your artistic and creative juices are flowing and you must do something positive with them now. Being the sympathetic helper of many, you will once again be tempted to help others while keeping your dreams and wishes on hold. Do whatever makes you comfortable, but be sure to know that your goals are just as important, if not more, than others. Take care of yourself for a change.
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