October’s horoscope is here to shake things up. September was a recap episode, a respite from the binge-worthy narrative of 2023, but October begins right back in the action and quickly rises to a climax.
After spending two months in analytical Virgo, communication planet Mercury joins the sun in balanced Libra on the 4th, making communication less about being right and more about finding the exact right thing to say. Venus also changes signs, closing out a four-month retrograde tour of bold Leo on the 8th, and moving into Virgo where love is shown through acts of service rather than grand gestures.
The desire to purge and release, Swedish-death-cleaning style, pervades the whole first part of the month (this is a great time to clean out your closets and your contact list), but the real shift begins on the 10th when Pluto stations direct, stirring our obsessions and highlighting our growing pains. Then on the 12th, Libra season indecisiveness is broken up when Mars enters Scorpio where the action planet cuts right to the point. This is all before the big cathartic release of the solar eclipse in Libra on the 14th. This eclipse is not for a rushed breakup, but rather a carefully curated estate sale packed with gems of rare furniture and designer clothing, all priced to move. It’s a moment to let go, with style. As the solar eclipse dust settles, Mercury enters secretive Scorpio on the 22nd and the sun follows into the fixed water sign on the 23rd. Happy solar return to all the Scorpios from Adam Driver to Zoey Deutch. October ends with another shakeup: a lunar eclipse in Taurus on the 28th—the final eclipse in the bull’s sign for a decade, tying up loose threads between events from November 19, 2021, April 30, 2022 and November 8, 2022. One last push out of our comfort zone closes one chapter and starts a new one.