Your October Horoscope, Revealed

Oh, October. The month where everything turns pumpkin spice and playlists start to fill up with Drake. It's also the start of cuffing season, which is no surprise astrologically, as the sun simmers in Libra until the 23rd, then Scorpio after that — two of the most relationship-friendly signs of the Zodiac. We'll all be touched by that urge to merge this month — and on the 19th, the annual new moon in Libra can refresh our romantic feeds or bring important talks about a shared future.

Enjoy your reliable black ankle boots for walking to work, but keep a pair of "red bottoms" in your bag. Date night dressing could hit new levels of glamour with fashionista Venus in Libra — the sun sign of history-making chart-topper Cardi B, incidentally. And like the rapper, who brags of her ability to cut off a romantic interest for getting "comfortable," this month's stars also remind us to hang on to our independence and self-respect. On the 5th, the full moon in empowered Aries help us spring free of restrictive (or painful) circumstances.

Liberated Jupiter is also switching signs on the 10th, ending a 13-month tour through Libra and moving on to intense and erotic Scorpio until November 8, 2018. This Jupiter transit is a big deal for many reasons, one being that it will spark a sexual revolution. But not just in the bedroom. Outspoken Jupiter is the great magnifier and in Scorpio, reproductive rights will become an even hotter issue to fight for. And as for all the cloak-and-dagger politics going down? Secrets have a funny way of getting exposed when Jupiter beams his stadium-sized spotlight into Scorpio's chamber. If you're covering something up yourself, it's best to come clean — or make sure anything that should be kept confidential is password-protected, hacker-proofed, and even locked behind a firewall.

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September 23 to October 22

Bring on the ragers! Libra season wages on until October 22 — and since that makes you zodiac royalty, this is a time for unapologetic celebration and self-adoration. With worldly, adventurous Jupiter hovering in Libra until October 10, gift yourself a life-changing experience that will forever broaden your horizons. (Hint: It probably involves a suitcase — maybe a passport, too.) You've hosted Jupiter in your sign since September 9, 2016, and this whirlwind tour has expanded your life in so many ways. But after 13 wild months, you're probably ready to get into a little more of a grounded groove. On the 10th, you bid the red-spotted planet adieu as it floats off to Scorpio and your sensible, but sensual, second house. Turn your attention back to practical matters, like balancing your budget and even making more bank. Work will be the focus of this next Jupiter cycle, but as the sign of balance, you'll always need adequate playtime. On the 19th, 2017's only new moon in Libra brings another reminder to treat yourself. Sit down and make a wish list, too! This is your astrological New Year and the seeds you plant under these moonbeams can bring a bumper crop over the coming six months.

Romantically, October will be full of twists and turns. The full moon on the 5th could bring a milestone moment for a partnership. Business, pleasure, or otherwise, you could decide to go "all in." But make sure you're sure! Venus and Mars share a flight path through Virgo and your 12th house of illusions until the 22nd. You could misread signals or get swept up in a fantasy — fun in the moment, but oh, the crash! Thankfully, on the 14th, Venus (your enchanting ruling planet) heads into Libra, followed by Mars on the 22nd. Anyone who tried to play you or ghost you earlier in the month will be back, hat in hand. It's up to you to decide if they are worthy of a second chance. Make them work for it. Paired Libras may feel inspired to plunge deeper and even attend a couple's therapy session to improve communication. You could be the one feeling the need for greater freedom after the 22nd as motivator Mars races into Libra until December 9. Pour yourself into your passions! The energizer planet only visits your sign every other year, but when it does, you can make epic headway towards your personal goals.
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October 23 to November 21

Let the reinvention tour begin! This October will be one for the highlights reel as Jupiter, the planet of abundance and worldly expansion, heads into Scorpio from the 10th until November 8, 2018. You only get a visit from Jupiter every 12.5 years and when he swings by your sign, you'll literally feel like you're living a totally new life. (Jupiter's last tour of Scorpio was from September 2006 to November 2006, if you want to flip back for reference.) This once-per-decade gift from the heavens could bring huge and exciting changes to your life. Some of them could even happen at a faster pace than you feel "ready" for. Don't resist! Traveling, studying, writing a book, or starting your own business — Jupiter could inspire any or all of these pursuits. Even in the unlikely case that nothing changes with your outer circumstances, your attitude about life could shift. With broad-minded Jupiter at the controls, you'll see life from a worldlier, wide-angled perspective. Who knew you could be that accepting, Scorpio? You're going to surprise yourself.

But first, is there anything you need to release in order to move into this new phase of life? Until October 23rd, the sun will be in Libra and your transitional 12th house. Use this time to sort, declutter, and say farewell to that which you've outgrown. Scorpio season begins on the 23rd and you'll want to celebrate your birthday with a lighter load. This next year of life is meant for adventure and discovery, so the less you have anchoring you down, the better! Staying organized could already pay off near the 5th when the full moon in Aries brings a promising work opportunity.

Romance could take a backseat to self-discovery, but it doesn't have to. With cosmic canoodlers Venus and Mars weaving through your teamwork and tech sector until the 14th and 22nd respectively, why not invite bae along on a few of your adventures? You could discover a shared passion you didn't realize you had. Single Scorpios, give the dating apps another whirl. All it takes is one lucky swipe. Ready to move on from a situation you've outgrown? After the 22nd, Venus and Mars in Libra will help you make a graceful, yet speedy, exit.
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November 22 to December 21

Summon the Sagittarius squad! There's strength in numbers as the Libra sun lights up your collaborative 11th house until the 23rd. Maybe you're forging ahead towards a professional goal or stocking the fall entertainment schedule with group outings and Airbnb weekends. Work or play, you'll be happiest when collaborating with other savvy souls. But don't give up all authority. Take-charge Mars is holding court in Virgo and your 10th house (aka the executive suite of the Zodiac wheel) until the 22nd. Someone still has to be the captain, Sagittarius, and it's looking like you're it. Don't second-guess your vision when the chorus of opinions flows in. Sure, you can consider the input, but you also know what works for you. Geek is chic until the 23rd, so if you need to make more money, try learning new software or online skills. You could make an amazing virtual connection near the new moon on the 19th. This is also a stellar day for getting started on any digital ventures. Like Sag sister Chrissy Teigen, you could be the next Instagram superstar or maybe make a killing on a holiday Etsy shop.

With Venus and Mars hovering in Virgo for much of the month (until the 14th and 22nd, respectively), you could feel a little "married to the job." Cupid will make an early cameo, however, when the Aries full moon lights up your true love zone on the 5th. An attraction that's been brewing since the March 27 new moon in Aries could evolve into something real — or you could meet someone with promising potential. Coupled? This full moon could raise the stakes. Ring shopping, exchanging apartment keys, picking out baby names — it could get that serious within two weeks of these moonbeams

Now for the biggest news of the month: On October 10, your ruler, nomadic Jupiter slips into Scorpio and your soulful, transitional 12th house for a year-plus. For some Archers, this may be the perfect time to take that "gap year." Could you live the bohemian life in a remote surf town or do a stint teaching English on another continent? Highly possible. Even if you stay put, this is a time for healing, meditation, and getting deeply connected to your emotions. You could start working with a great therapist or find an incredible mentor. And suddenly, you have the patience and focus to get into yoga. Keep a lighter schedule so you can dream, create, and enjoy romantic pursuits. When Jupiter lands in Sagittarius on November 8, 2018, life will take off at a galloping pace again, so catch a breath while you can!
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December 22 to January 19

Success is on the horizon, Capricorn — and it's as much about putting in elbow grease as it is about taking chances and wooing the right people. With the sun powering through Libra and your prestigious 10th house until the 23rd, you want to show and prove, delivering Grade A, Capricorn-level results. (As if you'd ever sink below that!) But firestarter Mars is in Virgo and your risk-taking ninth house until the 22nd, so playing it safe could also mean missing out on a prime opportunity. And with Venus in Virgo until the 14th, give those promising contacts service with a smile. You don't have to kiss ass, just be a helpful, open, and generous team player. Sharing resources can be a wonderful way to earn loyalty points.

Has it been getting a little lonely at the top? With magnifier Jupiter in Libra and your ambitious 10th house for over a year, you might have climbed too high all by your lonesome. Well, here's some news you'll enjoy hearing. On October 10th, the red-spotted planet makes his annual move and heads into Scorpio and your 11th house of teamwork and tech until November 8, 2018. Turn those solo missions into squad goals! Even if you have to share the profits, you'd rather celebrate victories with friends by your side than stand in the spotlight alone. With abundant Jupiter here, you could make big money from an online venture (hello, future Instagram influencer?) or by learning new digital skills. And having fun for fun's sake is also going to be your new jam. Get involved in some extracurriculars: Sign up for an indoor team sport or start a band!

Emotionally, the warm fuzzy days might be scarce in October, but the 5th is the exception. The full moon in Aries lights the hearth in your fourth house of family and female friendships. Schedule some bonding time with your innermost circle. If you've been at odds, you could bury the hatchet at last. When it comes to love, Venus and Mars put you in a frisky, free-spirited state for much of the month. Diversify your dating portfolio and even stay open to the possibility of long-distance. Traveling will keep things sexy for coupled Caps — and after the 22nd, you might even mix business with pleasure and try working together. An office crush could heat up, too, but make sure it's the real deal before playing with fire.
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January 20 to February 18

Playtime is never really over for an Aquarius. But starting this October, you may be goofing off a lot less frequently. With supersizer Jupiter swinging into Scorpio and your 10th house of ambition from October 10 to November 8, 2018, your career will kick into high gear. Achieving a grand goal will be your main focus — and honestly, that can be fun, too. But this passage is somewhat bittersweet, since Jupiter is also wrapping up a 13-month tour of Libra and your indie-spirited, adventure-questing ninth house. No tears! The sun, Venus, and Mars will all visit Libra this month, ensuring that your wanderlust won't go AWOL. You might travel for business or romantic purposes instead of purely for pleasure. The new moon on the 19th is a stellar date to hop on a plane or at least book a flight to a must-see-before-30 destination.

When it comes to love, you might get a jump start on cuffing season. Venus and Mars will hover in Virgo and your playing-for-keeps eighth house until the 14th and 22nd respectively. If you know you've found someone who could make you happy for years to come, do your part to nudge the relationship to a more permanent level. Surprise! Romance could even emerge from the friend zone or a random Tinder swipe near the Aries full moon on the 5th. If it's time to break free from a restrictive romance, Venus and Mars bring a diplomatic, but hasty, jailbreak. Cry into your coffee for a couple weeks, but after the 22nd, get back out there again. A cross-cultural connection or long-distance romance might next on Cupid's agenda.
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February 19 to March 20

October will start off on an intense note — but take heart! Things are lightening up with each passing day. Until the 23rd, the sun simmers in Libra and your erotic, emotionally-potent 11th house. Magnifier Jupiter is in Libra for the first third of the month, rounding out a 13-month tour. Yes, life will feel sexy and mysterious, but also a little insular and introspective. That all starts to shift on the 10th, as jovial Jupiter makes his annual move, heading into Scorpio and your worldly, adventurous ninth house for over a year. Welcome back! You've been flying under the radar since fall 2016 — and your friends might ready to send out a search party. But, as of October 10, you'll be bursting back onto the scene and searching for unfamiliar territory to explore. Before November 2018, you could visit a new continent, live abroad for a month, or even pull up the stakes and relocate to a far-flung zip code. When the sun joins Jupiter in Scorpio for a month on the 23rd, you'll be unstoppable!

In between booking flights and following Italian villas on Instagram, do make time to focus on relationships. Love planets Venus and Mars will share a flight path through the most committed zones of your chart. Certain duos could become "officially official," while the ones that aren't built to last could fade away. No faking it, Pisces. But don't just bail in a moment of frustration. With the right person, working through the conflict can be an intimacy-builder.

And of course, don't forget your career. On the 5th, the full moon in Aries could bring a prime opportunity to make it rain. Your hard work of the past six months could yield rewards — but it might be up to you to parlay the opportunity for yourself. If you know you've earned it, strike while the iron's hot in the first two weeks of the month!
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March 21 to April 19

Ready, set, launch! October erupts on an energetic note, as the annual full moon in Aries on the 5th pushes you into the public eye. People will be googling your name! Get all your profiles up to date with your latest bragging rights and do your own round of self-promotions. Make sure you're Instagram-ready when you step out of the house. With the sun cruising through Libra and your partnership zone until the 23rd, your "random" interactions with strangers could yield a date or a power lunch. You'll be seriously charmed once Venus enters Libra on the 14th. But hang on to that final rose, Ram — and save it for someone who turns you on mind, body, and soul. On October 10, lusty Jupiter slinks into Scorpio and your erotic eighth house until November 8, 2018. Your sexual revolution is so on! But you're also playing for keeps. Coupled Aries will feel a strong urge to merge and could wind up engaged, cohabitating, or in a long-term business partnership over the coming 13 months. A fresh crop of candidates could arrive near the Libra new moon on the 19th — or, this could be the day where someone proposes a "how about we" idea? Need to reboot your libido? Make physical movement a part of your daily ritual. As you get grounded in your body, you'll feel sexier in your own skin — and that's when it gets fun to share your energy with someone else.

Work will be busy, too, as your ruler Mars whirs away in industrious Virgo until October 22. Keep an eye on the bottom line and don't cut corners! Your integrity is what will keep you heads and tails above the competition, even if you work at a slightly slower speed. On the 23rd, when the sun switches gears and joins Jupiter in Scorpio, you could be up for a bonus. Working on commission might appeal more than the straight paycheck route. Got an idea for a holiday side hustle? Develop away, especially if it's something that's easy to produce for a high profit margin.
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April 20 to May 20

Salud, Taurus! As a cluster of planets cruise through Libra and your house of healthy living this month, it's your natural glow that serves up the best beauty look for fall. You might also quit a bad habit like smoking or Google-stalking your ex. Time to move on — that's the message of these moonbeams. With your ruler, radiant and romantic Venus, swinging into your wellness corner from the 14th, you could find love on the adjacent elliptical machine or turn bae into your workout buddy. When Mars joins the Libra party on the 22nd, careful not to let your competitive streak kick in. (That's how people get injured, Taurus.) Just focus on doing your personal best — at the fitness studio and the office. An exciting career opportunity could arrive with the new moon on the 19th. Before then, circulate and network. Nurturing your professional relationships will position you for that prime opportunity.

Love could get serious this month — and some Bulls could make a big, bold leap. On October 10, Jupiter, the galactic gambler, swings into Scorpio and your partnership house for a year-plus tour. Relationships of every variety will be blessed by this cycle. And since the red-spotted planet is also a free spirit, you can still maintain your independence while also pairing up. Opposites will definitely attract, so open your mind. A complementary force can bring a dynamic spark to your universe that you just couldn't create on your own. With Jupiter's global influence, you might fall for someone of a different culture or give a long-distance thing a go. Or, start planning that epic baecation, preferably to a passports-required locale — and maybe on a $46 flight tailored to millennials?
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May 21 to June 20

Yours is the name on everyone's lips this October, Gemini — enjoy your moment! Five heavenly bodies will electrify your fifth house of fame, fierceness, and flirtation. It would almost be sin not to take advantage of the planetary PR campaign. Pitch, present, promote! If you're not comfortable in the limelight (rare, but it can happen for some Gems), maybe it's about putting your work on display. Or, why not create an alter ego for yourself and get into character? Sometimes, all it takes is a little wardrobe and styling to give you that last confidence boost. Glamorous Venus will help you mightily after the 14th. Dip into that pot of gold — eye shadow, that is — and make your entrance.

Romantically, set your dials to "swoon!" Your Tinder account will be blowing up and you'll make plenty of IRL connections, too. The new moon on the 19th could bring a paramour with LTR potential. Already attached? Stock the shared calendar with dress-up dates. Who knows? Your dessert course might just arrive with an engagement ring instead of tiramisu — or you could start picking out baby names. Not quite there yet? You could solidify plans for a holiday vacation or give each other official drawers in your respective apartments.

Give your body some love, too! On October 10, athletic Jupiter zips into Scorpio and your sixth house of healthy living until November 8, 2018. This energizing cycle will get you pumped about fitness and fresh food. (Time to have a vegan phase, Gemini? Maybe so.) Abundant Jupiter reminds you to celebrate your unique body type. Skip the "no pain, no gain," approach to fitness and find a workout that is fun and challenging. This Jupiter cycle can be like Miracle-Gro for your career if you're willing to roll up your sleeves. Long hours might be part of paying your dues, but you're also setting yourself up for success. You could leap up the ladder or even be tasked with more independent assignments. The freelancer's lifestyle could be your thing!
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June 21 to July 22

Early hibernation, anyone? With planets pinging Libra and your domestic fourth house all month, you don't have to apologize for being a homebody. But that doesn't have to mean isolating yourself from the outside world. A social surge from Venus in the first half of the month will inspire you to entertain. Mix up a signature cocktail and let Chez Cancer be the pre-party destination this October. Invite your sister or college roomie to come spend a week on your couch. With cosmic lovebirds sharing a flight path through Libra after the 22nd, coupled Crabs could start apartment-hunting together, or if you're already cohabitating, take on a decor update to your shared space.

But Netflix-and-chill will only be one of your preferred speeds. A romantic revolution is coming on October 10 as buoyant Jupiter swoops into Scorpio and sets your flirtatious, flamboyant fifth house ablaze until November 8, 2018. Over the coming year-plus, you could quash any rumors about Cancers being shy. The camera loves you when Jupiter's in your fifth house, whether you're posing on step and repeats, starring in a friend's independent film, or vlogging like it was your job (because it could be). If you're not the spotlight queen, then let your work be the star. Some Cancers might even be ready for an agent who can support your ascent. This Jupiter cycle could bring pregnancies, engagements, or other Cupid-related milestones. You'll also have a fashion moment — and a creative one, too! Make a weekly date night with the muse so you can develop one of your talents. Maybe it's guitar lessons or a life-drawing class. Just let yourself play!
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July 23 to August 22

You're here, you're there, you're everywhere! With a spate of planets buzzing through your curious third house, it's going to be hard to track you down this October. New friends crop up at every turn — and with energizer Mars in your money zone until the 22nd, socializing strategically with coworkers and prospective career contacts can be good for your bank balance. A kindred spirit with BFF potential could appear near the new moon on the 19th. Have you been feeling some sparks with an office crush or friend? Lines could blur in October, but don't just let things happen. If you're going to go there, get clear on hopes and expectations. (Ideally, before any clothes are shed.)

Ready to put down roots, Leo — or pull up the stakes and relocate? Worldly Jupiter lands in Scorpio and your domestic fourth house on October 10 which puts your lair in its crosshairs. Where you live and who you live with could determine your happiness during this 13-month cycle. If you're unhappy with your current zip code, this is a cosmic reminder that you are never stuck. Start plotting out your exit strategy by scoping out new cities, joining online groups, and making connections there. Before you know it, you could be hooked up with the right people who might point you to a job or an apartment. Or maybe you just go abroad for a semester or do a month-long apartment swap. Stay open to possibilities. Love where you live? Lively Jupiter will bring lots of flair to your lair. You could be entertaining regularly or even living solo for the first time. With this indie-spirited planet in the mix, one thing is for certain: You need your space — and hiding out in the bathtub to avoid an annoying roommate doesn't count. Family will have your heart with Jupiter here. Moving back home might be an option, but set up an adult relationship with your folks, even if that means paying them some rent so you can negotiate your autonomy.
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August 23 to September 22

Virgo on a mission! You'll hardly have a minute to catch your breath this October as go-getter Mars blazes a trail through your sign until the 22nd. Keep on prioritizing those personal goals and passion projects. Mars only visits your sign every other year, and when it does, your tanks are full of premium fuel. Creative Venus is also simmering in your sign until the 14th, and there will be no shortage of brilliant ideas bubbling. Your determination could even pay off financially on the 5th under the beams of the Aries full moon in the form of a bonus, profitable sale, or even an investor who wants to fund your genius ideas. Lawyer up! Your intellectual property is worth more than you might realize and you want to get those terms in writing.

Though your hustle is real this October, your extracurricular life is also on the upswing. And on October 10, expansive Jupiter heads into Scorpio and your garrulous third house, making you the reigning monarch of the social butterflies. Mingle locally and globally. Kindred spirits crop up on every continent during this 13-month cycle. Your friend group could swell — so much so that you may choose to host a weekly or monthly gathering just so you can see everyone! Get involved in hometown happenings and think of creative ways to explore new cities. Maybe your BFF in Berlin would be down for a month-long apartment swap; or you could do some cross-country cat-sitting for your friends who travel for work often. Writing projects could become a huge success, as could any social media efforts you make. Hello, Snapchat superstar or Instagram influencer? Yep, it could happen, Virgo.

Romantically, this Jupiter phase makes a serious flirt out of you — but it might also be hard to settle down. And in October with cosmic coquettes Venus and Mars pulsing through your sign, you won't have a shortage of interested parties. It might be you, however, who is tapping the brakes. Settling? That's something your sign will never do (well, not for long, at least). Hold on to your independence, and if you're in a relationship, make sure you have enough breathing room so that you don't get bored.
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