Your October Horoscope, Revealed

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There’s something magical about autumn — could it be Libra season? Enjoy the increased sociability that this beautiful season brings. But watch out for a potential emotional overhaul before you start frolicking into sweater weather. Venus goes retrograde on the 5th and stays that way until mid-November. She represents beauty, love, and money. Her time spent in retrograde will change your perception with these areas of your life. It’s going to be an intense period of self-discovery, as Venus will be hitting her backspin in Scorpio. Translation: You may face changes that need to happen for you to grow.
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This movement through Scorpio may set off transitions that needed to happen, like, yesterday. Avoid getting overwhelmed by letting your intuition guide you. Gather your thoughts and use the 8th’s new moon in Libra to assist you with your emotions. Clear your mind and concentrate on what you’d like to do by the full moon in Taurus on the 24th. We enter Scorpio season on the 22nd, so prepare to kick things up a notch from flirty to mysterious.
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Aries
March 21 to April 19

Just when you thought you were free and clear, bam! Another planet goes retrograde. I’m not here to be the bearer of bad news, Ram, I’m just stating the facts: Venus goes retrograde every 18 months and its latest backspin will begin on the 5th. When you think about your past year and a half, what needs to change? You’ll have until November 16 to address those areas of your life. So, this month, follow Venus’s lead: Hold off on spending your hard-earned cash. Can you avoid any unnecessary spending until the love planet is direct? Don’t worry, you can reward yourself at the end of Venus’ retrograde.

During this period, take time to think about how you approach romantic relationships. What part do you play in creating happiness for your partner? Are you giving too much? Are you supporting your loved ones? Face the facts and strike a better balance through communication. Words will come quickly when Mercury moves into your eighth house of death, sex, and rebirth. Your planet of health and work is here to help you work through challenges and create solutions. When the sun joins Mercury in your eighth house on the 22nd, you’ll experience a burst of creativity. As your planetary ruler of entertainment, this movement will help you regain a sense of spontaneity.
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Taurus
April 20 to May 20

Now that Mars is direct, you may be feeling more connected to your inner self, Taurus — and the timing couldn’t be better. This month is calling for a new perspective on love. Venus, your ruling planet, is going retrograde on the 5th. She will stay in this state until the middle of next month and you may spend this period feeling the way that Venus is acting — a little turned around and backwards. Retrogrades are a time for self-discovery, so take all the time you need to regain your direction and set some love life goals.

If you’re unattached, you could feel overwhelmed by dating. Let yourself feel what you need to feel alone before pursuing anything. Once you feel up to mingling, your social circle may expand rapidly. If you’re in a relationship, explore something from your past together. Venus retrograde may inspire doubt, but trust your intuition. On October 10, Mercury moves into your seventh house of partnerships. As your money planet, this indicates that you could find new ways to make bank with others. Toward the end of the month, the messenger planet will collaborate with Jupiter. These two planets working together could indicate a debt being repaid or cash that you had forgotten about.
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Gemini
May 21 to June 20

It’s time to let loose, Gemini! If I could offer only one piece of advice to you this month, it would be to spend the beginning of October taking in all of the fun and creativity that the sun is beaming your way. Socialize with friends and create lasting memories while he’s still in your fifth house. But be careful not to overbook yourself — this is still a period of relaxation, so find time to decompress every day. Enjoy this down time while it lasts. The sun will have you back on your toes once he moves into your house of health on the 22nd.

There is a time and place for everything, Gem. If you’ve been tinkering with the idea of making some extra dough, plan to get started on the new moon on the 8th. If you’ve got a financial goal in mind, start a short-term plan that you can execute by the 24th, when the moon reaches fullness. Have you been having wild dreams since the summer? Uranus, the planet of individuality and change, has been spending his time in your 12th house of intuition. Keep a dream journal near your bed in case you come against a real mind-boggler. Dreams may not be literal, but they can reveal your innermost desires.
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Cancer
June 21 to July 22

You worked hard all summer, Cancer — it’s finally time to get back to doing what you love. The sun will be in your fourth house of home and family until the 22nd. Focus on recreating balance in your home. Your career planet, Mars, is direct and building up momentum at work just in time for you to get the hang of balancing all the demands that seem to come your way. He started giving your work life an overhaul when he entered your eighth house of regeneration last month. If you’ve been challenging yourself, keep it up. That being said, try not to over-exert yourself. Retreat to your shell when you need to.

Venus, your planet of home and family life, is retrograde from the 5th to the middle of November. This energy won’t stunt you, but it will inspire you to re-evaluate what is necessary and what isn’t (so you may need to slow down a bit while addressing those big questions). Your ruling planet, the moon, hits its new phase new on the 8th while it’s in Libra. Take a break from work to reconnect with your social circle. Your friends will invigorate you while everyone is enjoying Libra season. After the 22nd, the sun moves into your fifth house of pleasure. Jupiter has been shacking up in that funhouse all year for you! If you’re having a tough day, remember that there’s good to be found in the smallest things.
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Leo
July 23 to August 22

Lucky Leo, your planetary ruler, the sun, keeps it movements nice and simple. There isn’t too much guesswork about what is on the horizon for you. He spends his time in Libra until the 22nd, energizing you with an easygoing and charming nature. While it will be easy to spend time with friends, your romantic affairs might not sail as smoothly. Have patience while Mars rustles things up in your seventh house of partnerships. If you temper your reactions and pause before speaking, you’ll be able to weather the storm. Try trying on other perspectives before determining your own opinion.

You might feel frustrated at work when your career planet, Venus, goes retrograde on October 5. Venus only does this every 18 months, so, as annoying as it might be, this is your opportunity to take a long look at how you’ve been running the show. Don’t agonize over minor issues that appear out of place, but consider how you might create a better work environment overall. Let your job work itself out while you restore balance at home. On the 10th, Mercury teams up with Jupiter to help you see that you can find comfort and purpose at home when the office gets to be too much.
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Virgo
August 23 to September 22

Have you heard about how Will Smith (your fellow Virgo) decided to celebrate his 50th birthday by bungee jumping into a gorge near the Grand Canyon — from a helicopter. What would compel a person to do such a terrifying thing? Oh, I don’t know, maybe Mars inhabiting your house of health? A combination like that would make anyone feel invincible. You might not have plans to bungee jump anytime soon, but Mars’ direct energy still has you on top of the world, Virgo.

Let’s not forget that the action planet also rules your sexuality. If you’re single, get out there and mingle. If you’re partnered, make some magic happen in the bedroom. You’re feeling more adventurous and less cautious in all matters. Mercury, your career and ruling planet, remain in your money house until the 10th of the month. This glow-up may have collected a few admirers along the way for you. Maintain your confidence and meticulous nature when your money planet, Venus, goes retrograde on the 5th — you’ll need to keep your wits about you. After the 22nd, the sun moves into your third house of communication, allowing you to get your ideas across with clarity.
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Libra
September 23 to October 22

This has got to be your favorite time of the year, Libra. As temperatures cool down, you’re heating up. Conversations flow more freely, friends make time for each other, and it's easy to get booked up. If you had a rough summer of love, you’ll be happy to hear that those days should be long behind you. Mars, your planet of love, is direct and picking up steam while he turns your fifth house of entertainment into the love shack. Single? This is an excellent time to focus on enjoying yourself — don’t get too caught up in the details. If you’re in a relationship, reignite your spark by surprising your partner with an impromptu and adventurous date. Whatever you come up with, they’ll be into it as long as they’re with you.

Venus, your ruling planet, goes retrograde on October 5, allowing you to hit the undo button on any relationships that weren’t meant to be. If you can avoid ghosting someone, leave them better than when you found them. What would you rather deal with if you bumped into them on the street? A friendly face or extended eye contact followed by an awkward dodge? Spread good vibes during your birthday month and they’ll eventually come back to you.
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Scorpio
October 23 to November 21

Your summer was a wild ride to say the least, Scorpio. Luckily, some of those distractions are about to fall away and you’ll be able to focus more on your targets. You could be on track to seeing a major increase in stability over the next six months. On the 5th, your love planet, Venus, goes retrograde. Whether you’re single or partnered, you won’t need to worry too much. She’ll hit her backspin while she’s in your sign, allowing you to continue to make progress (you just might have to go at a slower pace).

And, even at half-speed, you will be looking magnetic. Venus will offer you a hearty helping of her beauty and charm and, if you take it, you’ll positively shine. Celebrate your birthday in style when the sun moves into Scorpio on the 22nd. It’ll be joining Jupiter, who’s been hanging out in your sign since Ocober of last year. These two expansive celestial bodies will remind you of your blessings and make you turn more than a few heads.
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Sagittarius
November 22 to December 21

It’s time to take care of yourself, body and soul, Sagittarius. Venus, your planet of health and work, wants you to take it easy while she’s retrograde from October 5 to November 16. Avoid any intense expeditions and instead, take advantage of Venus’s current position in your 12th house of spirituality. Apply your sense of adventure to your inner self — you could end up feeling downright enlightened. Connect with your intuition during the retrograde to discover peace within yourself and whole new perspective on your well-being.

The sun will join Venus in your 12th house after the 22nd, illuminating the importance of your beliefs. Jupiter will contribute to your magnified sense of self, as he’s been camped out in this house all year. Last but not least, Mercury, your planetary ruler of love and career, packs himself into the 12th house on the 10th. Look inward and you’ll be able to make decisions that truly serve you. All this may sound a little introspective for your liking, but it’s important to work on yourself this month to continue growing.
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Capricorn
December 22 to January 19

You’re radiating positive energy this month, Capricorn. Venus, in all her charm and beauty, will be occupying your 11th house of friends until November. Paint the town red with your favorite people — Libra season is made for socializing. During the new moon on the 8th, think about what you want from your romantic relationships. Harness this lunar phase’s restorative energy to set an intention that sticks. If you’re single or seeing someone special, mark the 24th in your calendar. Your love ruler, the moon, will be full that day and brimming over with romance If you’re in a relationship, find a way to make that Wednesday special for your S.O.

You’ve been riding a career wave this year, but you may want to seek out calmer waters this month. Venus’ retrograde begins on the 5th and lasts into November. As your career ruler, her backspin won’t derail your progress, but it may ask you to direct your energy elsewhere.Shift your attention from work to home when Mars, your planet of family, gains speed. He’s out of retrograde and ready to help you move forward with your domestic goals.
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Aquarius
January 20 to February 18

You have the potential to crush your networking and career goals this month, Aquarius! Venus and Jupiter are getting together in your 10th house of social status to make you a hot commodity all month long. Venus is all about glamour, while Jupiter is tuned into luck. When they combine with your hard work, almost anything is possible, so revisit any pie-in-the-sky goals you set for yourself — they just might be doable now.

Plan to meditate during the new moon on the 8th. The moon is your planetary ruler of health and work — paying attention to it is a crucial part of creating intentions. Set a small goal that you can meet by the full moon on the 24th. If you’re single, you may fall for like-minded people focused on success. Your planetary ruler of love, the sun,makes his way into your 10th house of social status after the 22nd. If you don’t make a romantic connection, you may find a fantastic networking opportunity.
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Pisces
February 19 to March 20

What’s good for Scorpio is good for Pisces. Your fellow water sign is lending you some of their spicy vibes to you this month, so enjoy them — but handle with care. Though you share a ruling element, Scorpios are quite different from Pisces folks. They’re fixed (read: a tad stubborn), while you’re mutable (pretty darn adaptable). You may feel in over your head if you let that tough customer energy override your decision-making

Speaking of that Piscean flexibility, you worked your butt off last month. Now that Mars has gone direct and is making up for lost time, you and your workload will feel lighter. The red planet is spending his time in intuitive Aquarius this month. Continue giving it your all at work, and listen to your gut when it comes to spending after the 22nd. Mercury, your love planet, moves into your ninth house of travel and expansion on the 10th. If you’re single, you could find yourself attracted to a gaggle of people. If you’re attached, pick a time to take a short road trip or impromptu vacation with your honey.
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