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Do planets affect you?

Facing astrology with October's beautiful planetary lineup.
RELATED TOPICS: PLANET
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T his month, all the naked-eye planets are crammed into one section of the zodiac. This busy freeway zone from Leo to Libra will look very cool. And it carries us to our topic: how the planets affect our lives.

The scene unfolds 45 minutes before sunrise. The action starts October 8 when from top to bottom stands a dramatic straight line composed of the Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and then Mercury down low. The next two mornings, the Moon floats smack among them. Then on the 11th, the hair-thin crescent Moon hovers next to Mercury.

The action resumes on the 16th, 17th, and 18th when Jupiter closely meets dim Mars with dazzling Venus above them and brightening Mercury below. A week later, Venus and Jupiter float rivetingly side by side. Add Saturn in the evening sky just two constellations over, and it’s clear that all the naked-eye planets plus the Sun stand in the same general direction. Does this put the solar system out of balance like a badly loaded washing machine?

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