Your Weekly Horoscopes: October 15 to 21, 2023

The goal is simplicity

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It’s the week between eclipses, y’all! Though things aren’t as intense as they were last week, or as cathartic as they’ll be next week, everything feels urgent. The goal is simplicity, and while it’s satisfying to throw out the trash, it’s also incredibly draining. 

This week:  

  • Mercury meets the sun on the 20th, bringing the clarity we’ve been craving from this long haul purge. 
  • On the 21st, the sun squares off with Pluto which energizes, motivates and stirs up our fears all at once.  

Never a dull moment under these skies… 

(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)

Last week’s solar eclipse brought powerful insights around your closest relationships, and this week, you’re feeling conflicted over whether you should commit or walk away. As Mercury meets the sun on the 20th, you have an “a-ha!” moment that brings clarity around how to state your needs without causing too much drama. 

This week’s mantra: “Clarity.”

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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Whether you’re in school or not, the vibe is: midterms. You have so much to do, but don’t feel like you have any of the time, energy or resources to get through it all. In the moments when you’re feeling most overwhelmed, consider whether all this stress is yours or if it belongs to someone else. Perhaps these tasks aren’t as hard as you think. 

This week’s mantra: “Cram.”

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Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Whether the band is breaking up, your kids are leaving the nest or your cookbook club is on hiatus, you’re feeling a need to reprioritize how you spend your free time. You’re usually obsessed with keeping busy as your mind never stops going, but what if you slowed down and focused on one thing at a time? Your world opens up when you simplify.  

This week’s mantra: “Easy.”

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Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Last week’s solar eclipse brought some hard truths about your family to the surface. But instead of stewing in the pain, you’re learning to let it all go, to surrender the battles you’re never going to win. As the sun connects with Pluto on the 21st, you get powerful insight about who you’re meant to keep close and who’s meant to fade away. 

This week’s mantra: “Embrace.”

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Leo (July 23 - August 22)

Last week’s eclipse left you feeling deeply burned out and this week, you’re realizing that it might be time to quit the group chat, cut off some acquaintances and skip your cousin’s bridal shower. Do you need to be hanging with your ex co-workers? Is it necessary to attend your neighbor’s boyfriend’s birthday party?  

This week’s mantra: “No.”

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Virgo (August 23 - September 23)

You thought you’d have some extra cash to take advantage of sales this week, but instead, you’re digging into an emergency fund to cover unexpected expenses. This might be the perfect moment to start a Poshmark account and launch that side hustle you’ve been threatening to start for years.  

This week’s mantra: “Hustle.”

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Libra (September 23 - October 21)

Last week’s eclipse left you feeling exhausted, and this week you’re ready to sign off and hide for a bit. Your social calendar isn’t as full as it was this summer, so instead of trying to fill it with lunch dates, yoga training and book clubs, stay home and take a nap instead. 

This week’s mantra: “Shed.”

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Scorpio (October 22 - November 21)

It’s always the darkest before the dawn, and this week, you’re living out your final few days in hermit mode. Whether it’s been a restorative retreat or more of an excruciating exile, you’ve learned a lot about yourself during this time of introspection. As the sun meets up with communicative Mercury on the 20th, you get some profound insight around the best next steps to improving your life. 

This week’s mantra: “Restore.”

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Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

Last week’s eclipse brought shake ups to your friend group, workplace and also to your dreams and goals. Now you have the bittersweet task of letting something go to make room for what’s truly aligned. As Mercury meets the sun on the 21st, you get some profound insight about the best next steps from a new mentor or friend. 

This week’s mantra: “Listen.”

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Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)

That big meeting is finally here, and this week feels like a make or break moment for getting clients, influencing the community and establishing your place as a leader. Some wise words from your boss or trusted mentor on the 20th remind you that the point is less about impressing someone else and more about the joy of trusting in your own abilities. 

This week’s mantra: “Lead.”

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Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

Whether you’re writing a thesis, completing a work project or just stringing together pieces of gossip to make one cohesive story, this week is about synthesis for you, Aquarius. If the events of this summer’s Venus retrograde didn’t already make it abundantly clear what kind of relationships are right for you, then the truth you discover this week will. 

This week’s mantra: “Connect.”

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Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

For you, Pisces, this week is all about consolidation. It’s a couple’s therapy session where you get it all out on the table or a meeting with a finance advisor that finally convinces you to do a balance transfer and release some of your economic burdens. Shedding these psychological ailments also encourages you to take better care of your body. Time for a reset on all fronts! 

This week’s mantra: “Cleanse.”

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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...