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You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens. ~ Rumi

Does anyone like a broken heart?  Yes, indeed there are some people who have learned to experience their heart breaking and find vitality within that experience.  But many folks absolutely resist broken hearts because they are uncomfortable, unpleasant, and most of all they force us to get out of the patterns of over thinking and over analyzing which we have used to stop listening to a heart.  

What's worse than a broken heart?  I can tell you – a heart that is closed off, and a neglected heart.  October is primarily ruled by the sign of Libra.  Libra rules the 4th chakra which correlates to the heart.  In Sanskrit, the heart chakra is called anahata.  Anahata translates into English as "unstruck chord", it represents the part within us that remains whole and unstruck despite all of the heartache, the pain, and abuse we endure.  I like to think of it as the part of us that no matter how bad of a day we are having can still look at a child, a baby, a puppy, a budding flower bush and still see beauty and can feel a sense of connection.

The New Moon in October takes place on October 15th.  With this new moon nuzzled right into the middle of the month it is a reminder to us to go deep into that space in our heart.  In order to go deep into our heart, we might have to notice that our heart has built a defense mechanism or that our heart is mourning or something else that perhaps we have avoided acknowledging.  This might feel like heart-breaking.  And hopefully it will be heart-breaking.  But this time, as we notice our heart break, can we commit to being present with our heart, rather than trying to fix it?  Can we bring the wound of the heart to the surface into our everyday life, and let the light heal it, rather than trying to put a bunch of makeshift bandages over it with an attempt to cover it up as though it is something to be ashamed up?

Libra also rules relationships – intimate relationships.  Each interaction with someone is a seed of relationship.  Each time we interact with another person, can we expose our heart so much that we might let it be vulnerable enough to break?  With each heart break we have a choice: 1) to build up a bigger wall around the heart hoping it will NEVER break again or 2) to accept its brokenness and to allow ourselves to feel it and commit to feeling with this exposed heart no matter how painful.  I am not saying that either are easy.  But I do know from my experience of constantly trying to enclose my heart, that it doesn't work.  The heart will break out of the encasement eventually and you will wonder why you didn't let it free earlier.

Libra:  This is your birth time, and you are favored with the New Moon in your first house.  This is a powerful time to incorporate your heart into EVERYTHING you do.  This birthday, give yourself the gift of a free heart.  Forgive those that you feel have mistreated you, notice where you are holding back love, and instead let all your love nd tenderness pour out of your freely.

Scorpio: Perhaps you have been trying to fool yourself out of wanting a relationship because you have not felt "lucky" in love.  Why continue to fool yourself and repress your desire?  With the new month in the 12th house, pay attention to your dreams and what they reveal to you about what you want.  Feel the fear of being hurt and rejected and go our and start dating anyway.

Sagittarius: The new moon takes place in your 11th house, house of friendships and social gatherings.  With the new moon on Oct 15th, this is a great day to spend time with your dear friends (old and new) and share your heart and gratitude for one another.  An old friend may reappear, make amends and give healing to each other's hearts.

Capricorn:  Our society often thinks that our heart and our careers need to stay separate, this month I challenge you to bring your heart to work with you everyday.  Notice if you are holding back your heart at work and how that is effecting your approach to work.  Take the risk to share your heart at work and notice how your work life will transform.

Aquarius:  The heart is the bridge between your mind, body and spirit.  Your tendency may be to spend much time devoted to your mind and spirit – to learning, thinking, and developing your spirituality.  This month, bring that devotion to your body as well.  Spend time cultivating the lower half of the body – legs, buttocks, thighs – run, dance, cycle – this cultivation is cultivating your spirit and mind as well!

Pisces:  If there was ever a time to spend meditating or in some form of practicing clarity, it is now.  You may feel like there is a lot going on, and perhaps feeling sensitive to all of the transitions and even overwhelmed.  Use your heart as an anchor at this time.  Spend time each day focusing on your heart.  Life is changing each moment, but your heart will always be with you and has all the guidance you need.

Aries: As an Aries, diplomacy might not always be the easiest thing for you, however this month it will be important to be sensitive to others.  Indeed it is important to take care of yourself and acknowledge your needs, but it is a thin line between putting your needs first and demanding that others put your needs first.  Remember other people's needs may not be your needs.  Allow them to give themselves what they need, and don't take it personally.

Taurus: It is time to get into your fall routine!  September may have felt like a month that was all over the place.  Now is a time to use the new moon on 10/15 to get acquainted with a routine for work and health.  If you have been looking for a job, something will come through this month.  Taurus Full Moon on  Monday 10/29 – put a start next to this day, and take a risk, expose yourself!

Gemini: It is time for some fun this month!  The new moon takes place in your 5th house of romance, play, creativity and expression.  Use the energy of the new moon this month on 10/15 to support your taking a risk to play and tap into some new creativity.  Perhaps you have wanted to take an improv class or singing lessons, or a cooking class.  This is a great time to start a new creative hobby that you have been curious about.

Cancer: The new moon in Libra takes place in your 4th house this month.  The 4th house is a Cancerian house and it governs the home, domestic life, nurturing, protection and mother archetypes.  This new moon may assist you in healing some challenges with your mother or in moving to a new home.  If you are wanting to move homes, start off the month cleaning and getting rid of old things to help energetically prepare for your move.

Leo:  There is a curiosity brewing inside of you.  And with this curiosity, also perhaps the drive to dig deeper into the curiosity.  This is a great month to start a learning commitment or return to school or the classroom.  To be a student is to be a teacher.  You never know it "all", so allow your heart to receive the teachings and enjoy being a student.

Virgo: This month can do wonders for your self-esteem.  Perhaps this month you realize how loved you are and how much love you are surrounded by, and how big your heart is.  Choose to be around those that keep you in touch with the brilliance of your heart.  This is your self-worth; your heart and your love.  From here you are truly able to accomplish anything!

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Shirley Kali Johnson, native New Yorker and San Francisco Bay Area-based, is a student of transpersonal psychology, yoga, and astrology. She has been studying astrology since the tender age of 5 years old and is thankful to share her love for the celestial bodies. She is available for Astrology Counseling, Reiki Healing, and Yoga. For more info or to join her mailing list, please go to www.soulisticwellness.com