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by Shirley Johnson “Relationship means something complete, finished, closed. Love is never a relationship; love is relating. It is always a river, flowing, unending. Love knows no full point; the honeymoon begins but never ends.” ~OSHO October is predominately ruled by the Zodiac sign Libra. Libra, ruled by the planet of love and relating, Venus. Libra is known as the sign of relationships; both of marriages and open enemies. I recently came across the Osho quote above and reflected on how it relates to Libran energies. I have come to learn that relationships are truly the core of our existence. We mirror each other so much. We help each other, we inspire each other, we learn from each other, and we teach each other. This month with the Sun in Libra and a New Moon in Libra we are highly influenced and emotionally inspired by the relationships in our lives. But perhaps we ask ourselves this month what does relationship mean? How are we relating to the others in our lives? How are we allowing others to relate to us? Can we begin to stretch our idea of relating? Can we give space to those around us to grow and perhaps relate differently? Can we hold this same room for expansion in ourselves? October will also start the beginning of a Venus Retrograde. Similar to Mercury Retrograde, during this time Venus appears to be moving backwards through the sky. Venus Retrograde will occur October 8 – November 18, 2011. As Venus moves in retrograde in the sign of Scorpio back into Libra on November 7th, we will be challenged to be in our relationships more deeply. The superficial ways of relating will no longer serve us, and the movement of Venus will force us to share the secrets our hearts have been holding. It will beckon our heart to come forth and tell those who we are relating with our truest feelings. This month don’t hold back. In the spirit of Osho – “love knows no full point” – allow your relating to go to the next level. Be open to the possibilities of new ways to relate to others and allow for these new ways to color your life deeply. For astrology questions or consultation inquiries: shirleycjohnson@gmail.com