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October is a month of slow-downs, delays, and downright stoppages. You’ve been putting the pedal to the metal this entire year, so it’ll feel very strange to slow down to a semi-normal pace. Yet that’s what October demands from you. The forward surge of the last ten or twelve weeks may well continue into the first week or so of October. Yet the fast pace will subside throughout the rest of the month, allowing a welcome respite from the intense and frenetic pace of the year.
The forward surge of the last ten or twelve weeks may well continue into the first week or so of October.
On or about October 9th, be prepared for some delays with some of your endeavors that have recently begun. You may have anticipated some of the delays and made allowances for them. Others will come as a surprise, probably around October 18th. And understand that most of these delays won’t be within your control. So get ready for the monkey wrenches. You will need patience, patience, and more patience.
In fact, patience is your mantra for October. October is your month of peace, patience, and partnership. Exercise as much patience as you possibly can. This is an “us” month rather than the “me” month that was intensified in September. Your whole year has been about action, independence, and new beginnings. Yet this can be an enjoyable month if you allow yourself to bask in standing somewhat still for a moment. Whatever you do, don’t push it. It isn’t likely to be effective and may interfere with some critical timing on your projects.
Your whole year has been about action, independence, and new beginnings. Yet this can be an enjoyable month if you allow yourself to bask in standing somewhat still for a moment.
Instead use your free time to catch up with friends and engage in some light social life. Indulge in a power nap (or two or three) for goodness sake. Push your own “reset” button in whatever way you can. This aspect of your life may have been neglected this year because of the business pressures you’ve been working through. Put your full attention and energy into taking a short break from the action. This can manifest through some restful travel, taking time for more sleep or more exercise, or taking a cooking class with your bestie or your significant other (just a few examples). Whatever feels nourishing and slower is really beautiful right now.
This month holds similar energy to that which you experienced in January, yet now you’ve had almost an entire year to devote to dynamic shifts. Your “shifting muscles” should be in peak form. Now’s the time to focus on your relationships and cultivate more of that lovin’ feeling in that realm of your life. Hold back from feeling pressured to make any major decisions. Let things rest and percolate. You’ll feel differently about things at the end of the month and you might also get some new information that’ll shift your perspective and alter your decision-making process. This is all to say: Give yourself permission to breathe for a moment.
Now’s the time to focus on your relationships and cultivate more of that lovin’ feeling in that realm of your life.
Understand that the energy of October is very much at odds with the underlying energy that you’ve been working with during the year, so it won’t feel entirely comfortable. Yet this is the time to see others’ points of view, to use gentle persuasion over force, and emphasis teamwork and cooperation. Know that the seeds you’ve been planting all year need time and fertilizer in order to take root and grow properly. If you disturb the germination period, you won’t yield the results you want—it’ll actually impede their growth. Sit back. Give yourself permission to relax and recharge. This is the time to spend some energy on details and allow those seeds to sprout.
October’s also a month where you’ll be feeling more emotionally sensitive—which may come as a surprise during your hard-driving year that’s been mostly focused on getting things done and moving forward with focus and power. The year has been active and ambitious. You might have forgotten what it feels like to actually unplug, slow down, and just be. You’ve been moving so fast that this is the month to make time for those who’re important to you.