Dr. G’s October Flute Horoscopes

We are now safely into the Fall Season and, although most planets are transitioning into adjacent houses, everything is still moving forward this month. Enjoy it while it lasts because a Mercury retrograde in the sign of Scorpio is looming on the horizon for next month (in fact, it actually begins on Halloween – truly terrifying!). This is a great month to back up technology, ensure all direct deposits are hitting accounts properly, and create Plan B’s for any travel plans scheduled in November (just in case). Get done what you can get done this month and save all of your receipts to avoid delays next month.

by Rachel Taylor Geier

Libra (September 23-October 22) – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Mercury moves into your 2nd house of income on October 4th. You might find yourself in the right place at the right time talking to the right person about potential new job opportunities when Mercury moves into your house of income. If the principal oboist wants to spill some tea about a potential flute position in another orchestra, take notes. Figure out who to touch base with to set up an audition.

Mars moves into your 1st house of identity on October 5th. You are in need of a personality makeover. Time to change your life, Libra! What can you do to create a better sense of balance in your life? How can you change your approach to difficult situations? What needs to be overhauled in your life to bring a more positive and happy existence? Mars will help give you the energy to change that which can be changed.

Venus moves into your 2nd house of income on October 9th. Venus tends to make us a bit more popular and interesting to others. As it will be moving into your house of income at the beginning of the month, this is a great time to schedule interviews and/or auditions. You will likely impress your committee with your magnetic personality.

A Full Moon appears in your 7th house of relationships on October 13th. A Full Moon in your 7th house typically indicates the end of a toxic relationship. Is there a colleague that you simply do not get along with? Are you having a difficult time communicating with a fellow flutist? Do you have a student that clearly does not want to play the flute anymore? You may need to have difficult conversations with others during the time of this Full Moon. Cut ties with connections that no longer serve you.

The Sun moves into your 2nd house of income on October 24th. A new job opportunity may be presented to you when the Sun moves into your house of income. Did you ace that interview? Did you play your heart out at that audition? The job may be yours! If not, another opportunity will present itself at this time. Take it! This is the Universe giving you a nudge in the right direction.

A New Moon appears in your 2nd house of income on October 27th. Whatever this new opportunity is, you will accept your new position on or around the time of the New Moon. Don’t look back! You may be accepting more responsibility with this move, but it is a step in the right direction (not to mention a nice little boost to your paycheck).

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Mercury moves into your 1st house of identity on October 4th. As a fellow Scorpio, I understand very well that most of us Scorps tend to avoid talking about our feelings and/or insecurities with others. Mercury, however, will encourage you this month to seek out a counselor or mentor to help change your approach to certain situations. Are you too much of a perfectionist? Do you focus too much on the negative? What is bugging you, Scorp? Talk it out.

Mars moves into your 12th house of behind the scenes activities on October 5th. Mars is generally not comfortable in the 12th house, but for musicians, Mars in the 12th is very good energy for getting a lot accomplished in the practice room. Practice everything. Work on those items that are really bugging you (intonation, that darn run in that excerpt…yeah, you know the one!). Explore new repertoire.

Venus moves into your 1st house of identity on October 9th. Venus in your house of identity may have you wanting to change something about your appearance. New hair color? Sparkly new stage shoes? A gorgeous new flute bag? Go ahead and treat yourself to a beautiful new recital outfit. Just be careful to not overspend – Venus can sometimes make us act like a teenagers with the family Visa card. Set a budget.

A Full Moon appears in your 6th house of daily work and health activities on October 13th. Something may be taken off of your plate at work around the time of this Full Moon, giving you a bit more flexibility in your otherwise ridged schedule. You may be a little disappointment that this task (or ensemble) is coming to an end, but the Universe is trying to tell you to move on to bigger and better things. Out with the old, in with the new!

The Sun moves into your 1st house of identity on October 24th. The Sun is quite literally putting the spotlight on you when it moves into your house of identity. This is a great time to host a recital or masterclass. All eyes will be on you. Enjoy your diva moment!

A New Moon appears in your 1st house of identity on October 27th. You may be starting a new personal project at the end of the month. Do you have a goal that you have been working on for a while that has not yet been successful? Have you discovered a new approach that may help you achieve your ambitions after all? What steps will you need to take to implement this new plan and how will this effect the other areas of your life? Make sure you have a thoughtful plan in place before jumping into anything.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

Mercury moves into your 12th house of behind the scenes activities on October 4th. Practice everything this month! Try out some new repertoire and crazy new practice techniques. Most importantly, keep a practice journal or flute blog and record your practice experiences. What works? What doesn’t?

Mars moves into your 11th house of groups and communities on October 5th. You will likely be slammed with rehearsals (both previously scheduled and impromptu) when Mars, planet of action, moves into this house. Not to worry – you will have tons of energy to make it from group to the next. This is also a great time to schedule sectionals with your fellow woodwind friends – you will get a lot done in a very short amount of time.

Venus moves into your 12th house of behind the scenes activities on October 9th. Venus values beauty and love. This is a great time to practice pieces that speak to your heart. Sure – this will not necessarily be practicing with a purpose, but it will be practicing to develop deeper inspirational connections with your music.

A Full Moon appears in your 5th house of creativity and joy on October 13th. A creative project you have been working on will likely come to an end around the time of this Full Moon. You may be putting the finishing touches on a composition or wrapping up a performance of a newly composed work. Nice work!

The Sun moves into your 12th house of behind the scenes activities on October 24th. Your attention will be moving to the practice room at the end of the month. Use this time to create practice plans for each session. What are your goals for the day? What would you like to accomplish by the end of the week? End of the month? Create a plan and experiment with new approaches.

A New Moon appears in your 12th house of behind the scenes activities on October 27th. Try something new in your practice routine. Switch it up and practice excerpts before long tones. Change the time of day you practice. Are you a morning practicer? Try practicing after sunset. Are you more productive?

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Mercury moves into your 11th house of groups and communities on October 4th. You may need to have some very direct conversations with musicians in your orchestra section, chamber group, or flute choir. Somebody is chronically out of tune and you want to help them fix it! The clarinet section may be dragging the tempo at the beginning of the second movement in that Beethoven symphony. They may not even know they are doing it! Have courage to bring this to their attention.

Mars moves into your 10th house of career goals on October 5th. This is a good time to start making progress on your long-term career goals. Do you need more education and/or training? Do you have a great idea for a Ph.D. dissertation study? Do you want to strengthen your conducting skills? Or try your hand at composing? Mars will help you take action on all of your goals.

Venus moves into your 11th house of groups and communities on October 9th. Throw a get together for your flute section when Venus moves into this house. You will be popular, of course, but you also genuinely want everybody to have a good time and make connections outside of rehearsal.

A Full Moon appears in your 4th house of home and family on October 13th. You may be moving this month! Have you purchased a house recently? You could also be moving to a new studio space. Are you teaching at a local high school or middle school this year?

The Sun moves into your 11th house of groups and communities on October 24th. The Sun puts a spotlight on rehearsal at the end of the month. Fall concert season is in full swing and you likely have a number of concerts scheduled around the same time. Do what you can to avoid burnout. Take breaks and prioritize practice.

A New Moon appears in your 11th house of groups and communities on October 27th. In the midst of the craziness of your current performance schedule, you might learn about an audition opportunity with another group. Go for it! Take that audition! This group is very meaningful to you and could open new doors in your career.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

Mercury moves into your 10th house of career goals on October 4th. Schedule a chat with your advisor or an influential flutist in your community. You are interested in moving your career forward this month, but not quite certain where to start. Talk it out with a more experienced musician. What worked for them? What advice can they give you to get your ideas off the ground?

Mars moves into your 9th house of travel and higher education on October 5th. Mars will encourage you to take a Fall vacay somewhere exciting. This is a great time to travel! Summer crowds have disappeared and airline prices have plummeted. Go ahead and book that adventure!

Venus moves into your 10th house of career goals on October 9th. You may be quite popular with authority figures at this time, Aquarius. Others really enjoy your playing style and are inspired by your ideas about music. This is a great time to have a chat with your conductor about future performing opportunities.

A Full Moon appears in your 3rd house of communication on October 13th. Take a break from social media around the time of this Full Moon. You may have recently experienced some miscommunications with other flutists online and the now haters are attacking. Give it a few days and/or weeks to blow over. If you need to apologize, do so. Otherwise, just take a break from screens and focus on your own career.

The Sun moves into your 10th house of career goals on October 24th. The Sun is putting a spotlight on your career. Take those actions that you discussed earlier in the month with your advisors. Is there a program of study that you would like to apply to? Go for it! A prominent orchestra with whom you would like to perform? Audition!

A New Moon appears in your 10th house of career goals on October 27th. All of your ambitions are about to be rewarded! The New Moon will bring in a new opportunity for your career. Did you recently interview for a teaching position at a local institution? Congrats! You will likely be awarded the job. Whatever the Universe brings into your life at this time, seize the opportunity.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Mercury moves into your 9th house of travel and higher education on October 4th. This is a good time to look into travel grants to study abroad. Would you like to study flute playing in Germany next summer? Attend a famous musical festival in a far away country? How can you put together a grant to cover all of your expenses? Which agencies will you apply to? Start gathering your materials.

Mars moves into your 8th house of banking and finance on October 5th. When Mars moves into your house of banking, you will be encouraged to discuss your grant proposal with a financial advisor. What is realistic? What expenses can you cover using your savings? Are there other loan programs available to help fill in the gaps? Do you have a savings plan?

Venus moves into your 9th house of travel and higher education on October 9th. This is a great time to go on a Fall vacy. You need a break! Go explore the foliage in the countryside or enjoy the uncrowded beaches in Maui.

A Full Moon appears in your 2nd house of income on October 13th. You may be leaving a job around the time of this Full Moon (voluntarily or otherwise). Remember: When one door closes, another opens. The Universe may be encouraging you to move on to bigger and better things. There is another ensemble with your name on it that will suit you better.

The Sun moves into your 9th house of travel and higher education on October 24th. Travel is on your mind when the Sun moves into your 9th house!  You may already be on vacation or working hard on formulating your travel grant. Work out any kinks in your itineraries. Plan out enough time to get from one event or location to another.

A New Moon appears in your 9th house of travel and higher education on October 27th. A new funding opportunity for your travel ambitions will present itself during the time of this New Moon. Jump on it! This may be an advertisement for a new grant or even an opportunity to combine your trip with another much larger funding opportunity.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Mercury moves into your 8th house of banking and finance on October 4th. Sit down with your financial advisor when Mercury moves into your 8th house to discuss financial opportunities to make a large purchase. A new flute, perhaps, or a loan to go back to school? How can you put together a realistic loan or savings program to make your purchase sooner rather than later?

Mars moves into your 7th house of relationships on October 5th. Mars will help you make new friends! This is a great time to network and make new connections with flute friends near and far. Hit up social media! Strike up conversations with flutists that you really admire. Are there projects that you could collaborate on with your new friends?

Venus moves into your 8th house of banking and finance on October 9th. Venus will help you attract the additional resources you need to finally make your large purchase (hello Law of Attraction!). Aries is a sign that likes to get things done! Think positively and you will find everything you need at your disposal.

A Full Moon appears in your 1st house of identity on October 13th. Out with the old and in with the new! You are about to change something significant either about yourself and your flute playing (or both!). Revamp your sound from the ground up! Practice long tones very slowly and deliberately. Listen to each note one by one. How can you improve the very center of the sound? How do notes connect to one another?

The Sun moves into your 8th house of banking and finance on October 24th. Your attention will be placed squarely on making your large purchase. Are you ready? Do you have your financial plans set up? Automatic payments ready to go? Loan documents properly signed? This is a great day to check that your t’s are crossed and your I’s are dotted.

A New Moon appears in your 8th house of banking and finance on October 27th. Welcome to your new flute! Good job! You made it work and now have a great plan for paying the bill. Enjoy your new purchase. Show it off! You’ve earned it.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Mercury moves into your 7th house of relationships on October 4th. Spend some time organizing coffee dates with your colleagues. Make new friends and share ideas. Can you collaborate on any projects? Host joint recitals? Plan out a masterclass series? Network. Network. Network.

Mars moves into your 6th house of daily work and health routines on October 5th. Work. Work. Work. You will be a workaholic when Mars moves into this house at the beginning of the month. Teaching hours of back-to-back lessons? Constant rehearsals? You will indeed have enough energy to accomplish everything on your to-do list.

Venus moves into your 7th house of relationships on October 9th. Venus will make you quite popular with friends and colleagues. This is a great time to host a party! Invite your flute friends over for wine and cheese and discuss new musical opportunities around your community.

A Full Moon appears in your 12th house of behind the scenes activities on October 13th. If you have been working on a project behind the scenes (such as a composition, a book, or preparing for a recital), you may need to abandon or postpone your work around the time of this Full Moon. It just isn’t ready yet. Shift your attention onward to more pressing matters and return to your project at a later time.

The Sun moves into your 7th house of relationships on October 24th. You will be attending a number of events during this time. Chat with your musical colleagues at these gatherings. What new and exciting endeavors are they planning this year? Can you take part in any of these opportunities?

A New Moon appears in your 7th house of relationships on October 27th. You may meet a very important new colleague when the Sun moves into your 7th house. Clear your schedule and make some time to chat with this new friend. They have some wonderful ideas about music that may be very influential for your career.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Mercury moves into your 6th house of daily work and health routines on October 4th. Arrange a discussion with your boss at the beginning of the month. What can you do better? What do need to do to be promoted to principal flute or have more opportunities to perform on key works? How can you be more involved in the organization? Can you rearrange your work schedule to establish a better work-life balance?  

Mars moves into your 5th house of creativity and joy on October 5th. This is a good time to start on a new creative project. Have you always wanted to record a CD? Contact a recording studio and discuss what you will need to get this project off the ground. Start selecting repertoire. Who will be involved? Establish a timeline.

Venus moves into your 6th house of daily work and health routines on October 9th. You will be quite popular at work when Venus moves into this house. Everybody will want your help on projects they are working on. Your opinion at this time is golden! Make time to participate on mock auditions and interview committees.

A Full Moon appears in your 11th house of groups and communities on October 13th. Your affiliation with a performing group may need to end around the time of the Full Moon. Perhaps this group does not challenge you any longer or the rehearsal schedule simply does not work with your other responsibilities. It is okay to cut the cord.

The Sun moves into your 6th house of daily work and health routines on October 24th. Enjoy the crisp Fall air and get outside for some good, old fashion exercise. The beauty of the foliage will inspire you to make daily exercise a priority. After all,  the improved circulation will be good for your air usage!

A New Moon appears in your 6th house of daily work and health routines on October 27th. You may be offered a new job at the end of the month! Congrats! This new opportunity will change your schedule quite significantly. Spend some time considering ways to better balance your new work assignments, studio teaching, rehearsals, and practice time.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Mercury moves into your 5th house of creativity and joy on October 4th. Get the word out about a creative project you are currently working on (perhaps a book, a CD, or a recital series). Connect on social media with others who may be interested in your work and could perhaps lend a helping hand.

Mars moves into your 4th house of home and family on October 5th. Mars will encourage you to renovate, or at least redecorate, your studio space. How can you make your space work better for you? Is there enough space and light in your environment? Can you introduce an inspirational painting or work of art?

Venus moves into your 5th house of creativity and joy on October 9th. It is always a great time with the planet of love and joy moves into the house of love and joy. Practice music that you love during this time. Play from the heart and attend performances that make you smile.

A Full Moon appears in your 10th house of career goals on October 13th. Something in your career is about to end. You may have spent several months, or even years, trying to be a certain type of flutist and realizing that this career path just does not work for you. Perhaps you have been chasing a life as a performer but not truly enjoying the time you spend on stage. Be honest with yourself. What is it about music that you love? Follow that path.

The Sun moves into your 5th house of creativity and joy on October 24th. Creativity is on your mind when the Sun moves into your 5th house. Do you have a creative project that you have been brainstorming about? Have you thought about composition or arranging various works for flute ensembles? This is a great time to explore new ideas.

A New Moon appears in your 5th house of creativity and joy on October 27th. This New Moon will help get your creative project off the ground. Your focus moving forward will be squarely on this new idea. Let your ambition lead you to something new and wonderful. Time to get to work!

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Mercury moves into your 4th house of home and family on October 4th. This is a good time to have a chat with your family about moving your teaching studio to your home studio space. Make sure your family is on board and work out a teaching schedule that works for everybody. You will enjoy having your family in closer proximity to your work.

Mars moves into your 3rd house of communication on October 5th. If you do not yet have a flute blog, this is the perfect time to set one up. Write about what interests you about flute playing, music history, music business, technology, and current events in the flute world. Turn your ideas into articles and books!

Venus moves into your 4th house of home and family on October 9th. Spend some time at home with your family today. Leave your flute in its case and take your loved ones out to a concert. Share your expertise with them and help them hear something new and interesting in the music.

A Full Moon appears in your 9th house of travel and higher education on October 13th. If you have been planning a trip somewhere, you may find your plans crumbling around the time of this Full Moon. Concert schedules may be to blame – Beware! Make sure to have a Plan B. If you cannot travel to New York in November, could you postpone your trip until after the New Year?

The Sun moves into your 4th house of home and family on October 24th. Your focus will be on home and family when the Sun moves into your 4th house. This may be a time when you are spending a lot of time in your home studio, teaching back to back student lessons, and devoting your free time to your loved ones. Make sure to balance work and family as best as you can during this time.

A New Moon appears in your 4th house of home and family on October 27th. You may be starting a new project at home during this New Moon. This is the perfect time to host a student masterclass at home. Invite your family! They will enjoy the opportunity to participate as mock audition judges.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Mercury moves into your 3rd house of communication on October 4th. The planet of communication is moving into your house of communication. Have you considered writing a book? Is there a particular composer or style of music that you love and would like to write about? Start by blogging about your ideas. What other ideas can you develop from these blogs?

Mars moves into your 2nd house of income on October 5th. Mars will turn you into a workaholic this month! Teach all of the students. Participate in all of the recitals. Attend all of the masterclasses. Do all of the things! Your energy to accomplish literally everything at work will be outstanding and inspiring to others.

Venus moves into your 3rd house of communication on October 9th. If you recently had any misunderstandings with colleagues, Venus will help you clear things up and smooth things over. This is a really good time to host a flute sectional! You will be able to solve problems as a group.

A Full Moon appears in your 8th house of banking and finance on October 13th. An investment you have made or a loan you have taken out may fall apart around the time of this Full Moon. Make sure you have a back-up plan. Do you have enough savings to cover expenses? Be as prepared as you can be in case your finances fall apart.

The Sun moves into your 3rd house of communication on October 24th. Your focus will be on writing. This is a wonderful time to publish a blog series on your Flute blog. Discuss the compositions of a single composer in a series of blogs.

A New Moon appears in your 3rd house of communication on October 27th. You may be presented with a new writing opportunity at the end of the month. Have your blogs caught the attention of a journal publisher? Can you turn your ideas into a longer article for a publication? Go ahead and start drafting!

Happy October!

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