MONTH OF October
We interrupt this broadcast for a short pause, Scorpio. Until October 22, the Sun is submerged in Libra and your twelfth house of rest, endings and healing—your annual four-week “retreat” cycle. Need a nap…or just a minute to catch up? The window before your birthday (and Scorpio season) grants you planetary permission to get into a flowy state as often as possible. Restore and rejuvenate by keeping your schedule light. If possible, escape for a little off-the-grid getaway, even if it’s only for a night. Grab a deal on a spa pass while you’re at it. Under these creative rays, your imagination is dialed up, making this a perfect time to dive into an artistic project or some deep spiritual exploration.
This year, however, Libra season won’t let you totally tune out. Energizer Mars (your co-ruler) is paying its biennial visit to Libra until October 30, pushing you to confront issues you’ve swept under the rug. If some chapter of your life needs to end or majorly transform, you won’t be able to waffle any longer. The Aries full moon on October 20 could reboot your wellness goals and routines.
Pace yourself and manage your stress levels because Mercury, the planet of communication and technology, is retrograde in Libra until October 18, scrambling signals and giving you a bout of brain fog. But it’s not the only misbehaving cosmic player to blame. Since mid-August, all five of the slow-moving outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) have been retrograde.
This month, they start to turn direct (forward) again: Pluto on October 6, Saturn on October 10, Mercury and Jupiter on October 18. Your focus and momentum pick up again. By the time Scorpio season begins on October 22, followed by Mars’ move into Scorpio on October 30, you’ll be back in the saddle again.
The Sun is in Libra until October 22, giving you permission to rest
The Sun is in savasana until October 22, journeying through Libra and your twelfth house of rest, closure and healing. Slip off the radar for the first three weeks of the month—as much as you possibly can—and prioritize activities that replenish your mental, emotional and spiritual tanks. From meditating and spending time in nature (especially near water) to dancing and listening to music: Choose your escape route and float away!
But note to Scorpios: Powering down won’t be easy with energizer Mars in Libra disrupting this zone all month. Mars is in “detriment” here, a weakened position because, after all, he’s the warrior planet and Libra is the sign of peace. The uneasy combo can make it hard to chill out. People will be passive-aggressive, even whiny, and you might find yourself tossing and turning over stressful thoughts. Put in extra measures to power down at night, enforcing a strict “devices and lights off” deadline and having supportive people (whether friends, therapists or healers) lined up if you’re processing any heavy emotions or confronting some grief that you pushed aside.
The October 6 Libra new moon helps with transitions
The October 6 Libra new moon can be a beautiful moment for creativity and fantasy as your whimsical twelfth house twinkles in the autumn light. Have you been holding a grudge that’s eating at YOU? This new moon invites you to complete the forgiveness and amends-making process. Trade that resentment for radical acceptance. You can’t change the past, but you CAN make better choices for the future. Protect your own boundaries and let yourself be vulnerable and open again.
A spiritual or artistic endeavor gets a boost from these moonbeams, and projects you begin now will blossom between now and the April 2022 Libra full moon. Your efforts to release an emotional block may feel painful or laborious now, but by next spring, any hard inner work you do will also pay dividends in the form of more serenity. Take the first steps to reclaim your Zen!
Pluto also turns direct on October 6
On October 6, your ruler, transformational and karmic Pluto, wakes up from a five-month retrograde through Capricorn and your third house of expression, community and media. Messages may have gotten scrambled—or totally lost—during this retrograde, and you’ve been pushed to do a LOT of thinking about how you articulate ideas and engage with others.
Communication has been an ongoing issue for you to transform and improve for the past few years as Pluto makes its lengthy, once-in-a-lifetime journey through Capricorn from 2008 to 2024. You’ve already learned HUGE lessons about how to interact impactfully with others and when to trust someone enough to forge a friendship or creative collaboration. While Pluto was retrograde (since April 27), many Scorpios struggled to get their point across. Old fears, some driven by shame and anxiety, may have created blocks in key relationships. As Pluto corrects course, you’ll be better able to smooth out dicey dynamics. And during this psyche-probing October, you can get down to the root cause, which will help you make lasting change.
Saturn retrograde ends on October 10
Family and home matters take a turn for the better starting October 10, when structured Saturn rouses from a nearly dive-month nap in Aquarius and your domestic fourth house. Saturn has been retrograde here since May 23, which may have brought some challenges in your personal life. Luckily, they should have been in the name of maturity and long-term stability (Saturn’s domain), but there could have been some tough “adulting” choices involved. Scorpio parents might have dealt with a kid who needed extra time or attention, or the stress of juggling childcare and work. Your relationship with your own mother may have experienced a few growing pains (yes, even now!).
Many Scorpios moved or downsized your living situation in some way—a money-saving and smart pivot but one that required you to sacrifice certain comforts. Saturn has been in Aquarius since March 2020 and will remain here until March 2023, so this process is not exactly new. As the cosmic taskmaster corrects course, you’ll get the all-clear to make important decisions around your home and family. Prioritizing self-care is also important during this foundational time.
Jupiter and Mercury retrograde both end on October 18
On October 18, expansive Jupiter and expressive Mercury both end their retrograde slowdowns. If you’ve been dwelling on the past or feeling sorry for yourself, those heavy vibes lift. Hopefully you took a few pleasant trips down memory lane or did some deep thinking about a key part of your life you’re ready to change. As these two planets correct course, you can set your sights on the future instead.
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Jupiter is wrapping up a long visit to Aquarius from December 19, 2020, until December 28, 2021, but you’ll still have two more months to go big with your plans. Before the end of the year, you could make a long-distance move, expand your family or work through some changes with a relative, particularly your mother or a child.
The Aries full moon on October 20 boosts your wellbeing
Just in time, the October 20 Aries full moon sweeps into your sensible sixth house of health, order and analytical thinking. Its message: Simplify, streamline and prioritize! And ask for (good) help! The sixth house rules employees and assistants, and full moons mark transitions. If someone’s slacking on Team Scorpio, it’s time for a performance review or maybe to relieve them of their duties.
Ready to get your fall fitness plans underway? The full moon in your wellness zone gives you the surge of energy to replace those bad habits with life-affirming ones before holiday hedonism kicks in. Schedule those checkups and tests you’ve been putting off. Under the light of the full moon, a nagging issue could finally be properly diagnosed and treated. Since this zodiac sector rules digestive health, a cleanse or detox can give you a great seasonal “gut” reset.
Scorpio season starts October 22
Great news: Scorpio season shifts into gear on October 22, flipping the lights back on. After an intense internally focused month, it’s time for some action! Pace yourself, of course, because even as your confidence and can-do spirit return, energizer Mars is still marching through your restful twelfth house. Prioritize passion projects for the next four weeks while your solo endeavors get a special hit of solar power.
No more burying your head in the sand and ignoring your truest, most personal desires. Put your most cherished dreams on the front burner, whether that’s starting your own business or simply committing to a personal goal. After a period of relentless soul-searching, your strength and Scorpio resolve return. When your minor ruler Mars blazes through Scorpio from October 30 to December 13, your powers of persuasion will be unstoppable!
Mars-Pluto square on October 22
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The month gets off to an enchanting start with affectionate Venus traipsing through Scorpio until October 7. The past month brought your mojo back and maybe a few admirers along with it. Enjoy the attention Venus attracts and indulge in self-care and beautification. During this independent transit, you’ll enjoy being adored, but you won’t want to be tied down!
On October 7, Venus decamps to your stable second house until November 5, whetting your appetite for luxury and stability. Now you’ll settle into a more grounded romantic groove. With passionate Mars in Libra and your fantasy-fueled twelfth house until October 30, that trend is amplified. Together Venus and Mars in these positions can make you feel indulgent and sensuality and put you in the mood for some high-end glamour.
Since the twelfth house rules the imagination, go ahead and revel in your romantic reveries—and bring luxurious touches to any outings you plan, alone or with your favorite plus-one! Rather than hitting the same old venues, get tickets to a show or rent a room at a chic boutique hotel or Airbnb.
With Venus heating up your earthy second house, you’ll be attracted to reliable people who might have seemed “boring” at another time. For single Scorpios, sparks could fly with a coworker or someone you meet at an industry event. This realm rules your finances, so couples may need to smooth over any tension around money (luckily, peacemaker Venus is here to help). Whether your “security issues” are fiscal or emotional, talk them through and remember, you’re on the same team here.
Conserve your energy this month, Scorpio, at least for the first three weeks. Not only are a plethora of planets retrograde, but the Sun, Mercury AND energy planet Mars are all in Libra and your twelfth house of rest and closure. Focus the lion’s share of your energy on wrapping up any unfinished projects and balancing that out with lots of self-care. Heck, if you can slip off for a short sabbatical (even the three-day-weekend kind), do it. Delegate, systematize and maybe hire some help at the October 20 Aries full moon, which illuminates your sixth house of employees and organization.
Your motivation will return with a vengeance once Scorpio season begins on October 22. And when go-getter Mars joins the Scorpio soiree from October 30 to December 13, you’ll bring new meaning to the concept of finishing the year strong!
Love Days: 16, 21
Money Days: 29, 10
Luck Days: 26, 8
Off Days: 19, 24, 6
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