Your October 2019 Horoscope
October offers an opportunity for us to get clear about our values before diving into life’s next mystery. Libra season—ruled by Venus, planet of love and abundance, and usually celebrated romantically over cider doughnuts—has a harsher vibe this year. In the first half of the month, the sun makes difficult connections with both solitary Saturn and transformative Pluto. Pleasure must be earned. That new fall sweater, unfortunately, must be purchased at full price.
The full moon in Aries on the 13th signals a moment to take a leap and live our best lives. Full moons are a time of culmination, and there is no better time to take a risk than under the influence of the zodiac’s wildest and most childlike sign. This lunation makes a harmonious connection with idealistic Jupiter in Sagittarius and is one of our final chances to take advantage of the expansion planet’s good luck. Whether it’s getting bangs or flying to Rome, let’s do something we’ve never done before.
On the 23rd, the sun enters Scorpio, our enigmatic fixed water sign (Happy Birthday to our sweet Scorpio baes!). As we learn time and time again from official Scorpio spokesperson, Drake, life’s too short for “fake love.” It’s time to hunker down in our caves with the real ones. On the 27th, the new moon in Scorpio has us in our feelings, and ready to begin our next project—or relationship—with a quiet passion.
October’s final trick is the beginning of Mercury retrograde in Scorpio just in time for Halloween on the 31st. This retrograde has us reviewing our best kept secrets. As the darkest days arrive, what are we ready to reveal?
(Horoscopes follow for each sign. If you know your rising sign, reading for that will provide further insight.)
It’s hard to focus on celebrating yourself when your house—the very foundation of your life—is such a hot mess. It’s still your birthday season in early October, and friends certainly haven’t been shy about showering you with gifts. But you won’t feel the lasting effects of that vampire facial or enjoy your favorite meal until you face the literal and metaphorical demons in your closet. Let cleaning your apartment be your ultimate form of self-care.
On the 13th, at the full moon in Aries, you are ready to commit to something that comes out of left field. If grabbing drinks with an acquaintance from high school turns into the most romantic date of your life, go with the flow. Accept how bizarre it is when your sister-in-law turns out to be your ideal business partner. Right now, it may seem random or just a crazy story to tell over drinks but allow it to be the start of something wonderful.
Scorpio season begins on the 23rd, and all you can think about is how to get more cash. If you’ve been considering asking for a raise or launching a side hustle, the new moon in Scorpio on the 27th is a particularly auspicious time to plant that seed. Start reviewing your budgets when Mercury stations retrograde on the 31st so you can hatch further money-making schemes. Keep grinding.
Despite your best efforts to schedule time off from work, book a massage or put your phone on Do Not Disturb, small annoyances keep dragging you back from your isolated bliss at the beginning of the month. Remember that the email from your boss can wait and so can your sister’s dilemma. There’s no reason you can’t enjoy silence for one day. Start taking small steps to reclaim your space.
If you’ve been wishy-washy about getting exercise, the full moon in Aries on the 13th is your big moment to return to the grueling CrossFit grind or finally start training for next year’s half marathon. Make it a whole thing: pay upfront for a month’s worth of classes or invest in those running shoes you’ve been eyeing since 2013. The sunk cash will hold you accountable and get you to the gym. It’s hard, but it’s worth it.
On the 23rd, the sun moves into Scorpio, and it’s finally your season. Happy birthday, sweet thing! Make a plan to spend the new moon on the 27th indulging in a witchy spa day as a birthday present to yourself. Make sure you have healing crystals, drippy wax candles and fresh lavender in the bath. Mercury retrograde begins on the 31st as does a whole new phase in your self-care journey. Speak up for what you need.
Your friends want to help you. Though you’re working constantly and still barely coming up with rent and/or getting any closer to achieving your #goals, you don’t have to suffer alone. It’s easy to get caught in the hustle but remember to lean on your network for support. Don’t skip your BFF’s birthday party just because you have to get up early the next day. Dance all night. Someone you meet may have the job opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
Creativity is in the air at the full moon in Aries on the 13th, and it’s time for you to debut your next masterpiece. Whether it’s sharing your experiments with 35mm photography on Instagram or finishing those hand-sculpted bowls to bring as a gift to your cousin’s wedding, don’t be shy about showing off what you’ve made. Who cares if it’s “just” a hobby and not your career? You deserve praise for those skills!
As the sun moves into Scorpio on the 23rd, you are ready for a break from reality. It’s a spooky time of year so try to be mindful about how and when and why you escape. The new moon in Scorpio on the 27th should be spent offline, reflecting on your growth since this time last year. As Mercury retrograde launches on the 31st, pause to acknowledge what is no longer serving you. Get focused on the big picture.
As the sun in Libra continues to light up your public image sector, your career is on fire, baby! Investors are finally taking your business seriously, major opportunities for collaboration are presenting themselves and you are discovering that you’re an incredible boss. On the flipside though, you are so burnt out. The lack of sleep is catching up to you and so are the holes in the sole of your once-fashionable boots. Take a day off and get your bangs trimmed, then get back to work.
You are completely absorbed in family drama around the full moon in Aries on the 13th. Whether it’s mediating a war between your parents and your sister’s fiancé or becoming the unofficial birth coach when your cousin goes into labor two weeks early, you must rise to the occasion and handle a crisis with grace. Take a moment to be thankful for the calm of the home you’ve built for yourself when the storm finally settles.
As the sun enters Scorpio on the 23rd, you are suddenly inundated with invitations to gatherings for both business and pleasure. At the new moon in Scorpio on the 27th, have an actual adventure with your ride-or-dies. Rent a car and get to that haunted house upstate you’ve been talking about for years. When Mercury stations retrograde on the 31st, more than one old acquaintance may appear in your inbox wanting to hang. Make some time in your calendar for them too.
Whether it’s a trip to the French countryside with your boyfriend’s family or finally enrolling in a permaculture course at the community center, places you’ve never seen and information you’ve never known are blowing your mind at the start of the month. Why can’t you enjoy the experience though? You’re too concerned with how it looks to everyone else. Try to forget their opinions and remain present—aka, don’t post about it, live in it.
You find out something major on the full moon on the 13th in Aries. Maybe it’s that your sister is pregnant or your best friend is engaged. Though you are authentically thrilled for her, you immediately feel overwhelmed by the collateral responsibilities heading your way. Don’t let her pick up on the fact that this news brings you anything but joy though. Practice patience and offer support. Save the existential dread about “growing up” for therapy or your journal.
Whether you’re switching careers or returning to the office after maternity leave, Scorpio season, especially at the new moon on the 27th, finds you starting over professionally. Though you may feel like a fish out of water, especially with so much change in your home life to process, relish in how wonderful it feels to have a fresh perspective and fewer expectations. Mercury stationing retrograde on the 31st offers even more space to explore the work environment that best supports you.
As the month begins, you should be focused on your finances—cold-emailing potential clients for your fledgling graphic design business or let’s be real: making a step-by-step plan to pay off your credit card debt. But instead, you keep engaging in petty drama with toxic friends. You fall into these arguments and old habits because it’s easy and you understand the dynamics. But it’s time to exit the group chat and invest in something with a future.
You discover a surprise gift in your mailbox at the new moon in Aries on the 13th. Whether it’s a forever-coveted silk pajama set from your long distance boo, a feminist book club subscription from your mentor or simply a desperately needed check from grandma, don’t take this goodie for granted. Savor its rewards. Don’t forget to go above and beyond in expressing gratitude to the gift-giver. You may even want to thank them publicly. An overly saccharine Instagram post never hurt anyone’s ego.
As the sun enters Scorpio on the 23rd, you feel inspired to commit to some long-term goals. Use the new moon on the 27th as an opportunity to get clear about where you want to be in the next month, the next year and even the next decade. As Mercury stations retrograde on the 31st, you run into an old professor, inspiring you to consider what it might be like to head back to school. Keep learning.
You are ready for cuffing season. Whether single or taken, all of your free time at the top of the month is spent shopping for cute blankets and throw pillows to add to your Netflix & Chill mise-en-scène. Unfortunately, though, you keep getting sidetracked from achieving peak cozy because you are so tied up at the office. Make a plan to play hooky and spend the day on the couch with your boo. Tackling your inbox feels better after a good shoulder rub.
If you feel the urge to get a drastic haircut or buy some stylish but risky new wardrobe pieces, go for it around the full moon on the 13th! Let this bold choice inspire some fresh self-confidence. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. If someone says it’s “too much,” it’s just because they wish they had your guts.
As the sun moves into Scorpio on the 23rd, your thoughts shift to money: what’s yours and what do you owe? The new moon on the 27th is the time to negotiate a lower interest rate, make that call about your student loans or follow up on those late invoice payments. Take some time to review your budget before Mercury stations retrograde at month’s end. If you know the bill is coming, it won’t surprise you.
At the top of the month—whether it’s getting back to the gym, cutting out gluten or just making a firm rule about your bedtime—you are devoted to developing healthy routines. Though it’s tempting to turn these lifestyle choices into your new religion, spend some time deciding whether or not the practice is effective before singing its praises or making a permanent change. There’s magic in flexibility.
On the 13th, the full moon in Aries urges you to step out of your comfort zone or let someone else take the lead. Accept a friend’s invitation to that restaurant with the $75 prix-fixe menu or let your Tinder date take you to an experimental noise show. Order a matcha latte instead of a black coffee just once. Sure, you may not love it, but be open to the experience. Whatever happens could expand your sense of self.
As Scorpio season begins on the 23rd, love is on the brain. Like a flash of lightning, someone intriguing enters your life around the new moon on the 27th. Be cautious but keep your heart open: for better or for worse, this isn’t like any relationship you have experienced in the past. As Mercury stations retrograde on the 31st and exes start to slide into your DM’s, take a pause to appreciate how much you have grown.
All you wanna do is have some fun. Heading up to the mountains for Oktoberfest, renting a car for a weekend at the vineyard and trying out every pumpkin spice scone in a 20-mile radius are on your agenda for the top of the month. Unfortunately, when you check your bank account, you can’t actually afford to do it all. Reimagine some of your plans and indulge in fall’s pleasures closer to home. It’s always a great time to bake a pie.
If you’ve been putting off getting involved with a community project or local charity you care about, there’s no better time to head to your first event than the full moon in Aries on the 13th. Bring your boyfriend or your BFF along to calm your nerves and also to get them pumped about the cause. (Next time, it’ll be your boo who drags YOU to the meeting.) Nurture your relationships by participating in something you believe in together.
As the sun enters Scorpio on the 23rd, you are consumed with handling life’s daily battles. Despite all the attention to detail, on the new moon on the 27th, you may be caught off guard when you miss an appointment or a deadline. Use this mistake as an opportunity to revamp how you approach your routine. Be careful though; with Mercury stationing retrograde on the 31st, you may get obsessed!
Despite the incredible amount of energy you’ve put into making your home an oasis, at month’s start, it feels impossible to relax. There’s never a dull moment in your relationships: Your girlfriend’s mom is in the hospital, your roommate’s anxiety is through the roof and your client you had to fire won’t stop sending emails. Though it’s impossible to completely retreat, remember that your kitchen is in fact stocked with the best snacks. Share your comforts as you weather their storm.
A major breakthrough in your career arrives with the full moon in Aries on the 13th. Whether you are stepping into a new role after the sudden firing of your boss or grappling with a skyrocketing follower count on Instagram—suddenly, a lot of people are listening to you! With great power comes great responsibility (and a whole lot of work), so pace yourself. You deserve the space to grow into who you are becoming.
As Scorpio season kicks off on the 23rd, you are inspired to make art! If you have kids, try out a mother/daughter ceramics class or re-learn how to crochet while teaching your son how to stitch a scarf. As Mercury stations retrograde on the 31st, you start digging even further into the creative archives. Listening to that ska album you made in high school might be as cringeworthy as it is inspiring for your next great work. Be your own muse.
At the top of this month—after years of living in the same place—you are finally feeling like you understand your neighborhood. As you’ve settled in, though, you have also noticed all of the little problems: the crumbling infrastructure of your building’s foyer, everyone’s inability to actually stop at the stoplight, the way all of your packages go missing…Of course, you have taken it upon yourself to fix it all. Don’t get exhausted trying to be a hero.
Get out of town for the full moon in Aries on the 13th. Impulsively buying suspiciously cheap plane tickets for a long weekend in Paris might seem extreme, but trust that the perspective you’ll gain is worth the price. Even if you can’t afford an overseas getaway, try to be a tourist in your own town and see something you’ve never seen. It’s wonderful to toss your ideas against a fresh backdrop.
Scorpio season begins on the 23rd, and you are ready to retreat to your cave. The new moon on the 27th finds you starting the process of deep cleaning your apartment or reconnecting with extended family members for the first time in many moons. Your public image has been shifting over the last year and has left you feeling disconnected from your own private life. As Mercury stations retrograde on the 31st, prepare to purge everything (and everyone) that doesn’t fit with your new sense of self.
Is it possible to have too much fun keeping track of your weekly budget? At the beginning of this month, you are continually delighted by your own dedication to Google Sheets. Somehow though, despite all the color-coding, you keep spending too much money on treats. Stop easing the pain of dead-end Hinge dates with overpriced cocktails or buying all those new books you don’t have time to read. You know yourself too well to invest in things you don’t enjoy. (Also, get a library card.)
It’s especially important to cut down on expenses in the first half of the month because the full moon in Aries on the 13th is a chance for you to make a major investment. Not to be over-dramatic, but whether it’s finally closing on your dream house or dropping the deposit for your graduate program, this particular transaction may actually change your life. How much your world is expanding will soothe your anxieties about the debt you’re acquiring. Breathe.
As the sun slides into Scorpio on the 23rd, you feel called to start a journaling practice or at the very least, join more conversations on Twitter. Celebrate the new moon in Scorpio on the 27th by acquiring your favorite pens and a special new notebook. And as Mercury stations retrograde on the 31st, make a commitment to continue sharing all you have to say.