Your Weekly Horoscopes: October 1 to 7, 2023

Let’s do the time warp

weekly horoscopes oct 1 7 2023

Still running on the adrenaline of last week’s rousing full moon in Aries, October begins with us fully immersed in eclipse season. Eclipses bring sudden beginnings and endings, and unexpected twists of fate make this October not only spooky, but an actual time warp. Everything speeding up this quickly brings confusion, exhaustion, and plenty of wrong turns. But there are also opportunities to dig in and investigate the root of the problem. Mercury enters Libra on the 4th bringing balance and good humor to our communications, despite how frazzled we might feel on the inside.

(Horoscopes follow for each sign. If you know your rising sign, reading for that sign too will provide further insight.)

Your Monthly Horoscopes: October 2023

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Aries (March 21 - April 19)

Everyone wants a piece of you this week, but rather than taking on even more responsibility, you have to take a few things off your plate. This might seem antithetical to the task at hand—last minute wedding planning! job applications! making three different kid Halloween costumes—!but taking time for rest isn’t indulgent, it’s necessary.

This week’s mantra: “Diverge.”

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(April 20 - May 20)

Being new somewhere is a humbling experience. Whether you’re learning the ropes at a new job, cramming for grad school midterms or training for a half marathon, you hit a wall on the 4th that feels insurmountable. Remember that one bad run doesn’t invalidate your entire training program. Showing up again is what matters.

This week’s mantra: “Practice.”

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(May 21 - June 20)

August and September were calm, productive and, honestly, a little boring for you. But this week, things are about to get weird. Your mind is all over the place—fantasizing about a new career path, investigating family secrets and doing a ton of online shopping for stuff you can’t afford. Your ruling planet Mercury enters Libra and your pleasure sector on the 4th kicking off a few weeks where romance, creativity and taking risks are your top priorities.

This week’s mantra: “Float.”

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(June 21 - July 22)

Something is getting very claustrophobic about your home office. Even if you don’t work from home, you’re feeling like you can’t escape your job. You’re splayed on the couch doing your annual rewatch of Gilmore Girls and writing emails in your head. Is it time to change up some furniture? Repaint an office wall? Retire your lap desk and move to the garage instead?

This week’s mantra: “Balance.”

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(July 23 - Aug 22)

You spent so much time improving your financial health in August and September, which makes the temptation to splurge on something ridiculous this week even stronger than usual. You’re thinking that you earned a little treat…and you have. But before you click buy, consider whether this is an investment or a momentary high.

This week’s mantra: “Temperance.”

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(August 23 - September 23)

August and September brought huge developments in your health, routine and self-image. You had a lot of time this summer for introspection, but now that things are getting busy again, you’re falling into some old compare and despair traps. Your ruling planet Mercury’s shift into Libra on the 4th opens up your perspective to one of more balance and ease. It’s possible to hold other’s ideas and still keep your cool.

This week’s mantra: “Release.”

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(September 23 - October 21)

You’re caught up in a fantasy this week: on a literal vacation or daydreaming your way through the workday. Though it might feel like you’re avoiding something, it might be better to let that relationship or financial problem work itself out rather than tying yourself into knots to fix it. Mercury moves into your sign on the 4th giving you a boost of confidence in your self-expression.

This week’s mantra: “Relax.”

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(October 22 - November 21)

Change is hard, but this week, it’s time to let something go. What’s surprising about this moment is that it’s not at all painful but actually a cathartic release. A lot of the stress and worry you were feeling was less about the situation and more about being hard on yourself. You’re entering an era of taking your power back.

This week’s mantra: “Relinquish.”

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(November 22 - December 21)

So much of your time and energy has gone into work for the past two months, and this week brings one last push to ace that final interview, pull off a last-minute project or finish preparations for a community event. After the 4th, you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor with friends, coworkers and community. 

This week’s mantra: “Finish line.”

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(December 22 - January 19)

You’re actively trying to simplify things when it comes to your career these days, but it’s harder to do that when it feels like a friend or coworker is trying to undermine all your decisions. A confrontation about this on the 4th is difficult but clarifying as you discover who’s really on your team.

This week’s mantra: “Recruit.”

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(January 20 - February 18)

More than most, the last two months have been heavy for you, Aquarius, and this week you get to shake off the last remaining doubts and confusions. October is going to be about learning new skills and identifying very specific goals for your future. Start keeping a list of everything that you want to accomplish!

This week’s mantra: “Ready.”

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(February 19 - March 20)

August and September brought so much clarity around your closest relationships, but as October begins, you’re feeling a momentary confusion about where you belong. Luckily, Libra season brings opportunities to go deep, ask hard questions and find a new therapist. You’re slowly but surely finding a better balance between what’s yours and what’s theirs.

This week’s mantra: “Claim.”

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Jaime Wright is an astrologer and writer based in NYC. She has been writing PureWow’s weekly and monthly horoscope columns since 2019, and also authors the cult favorite...