Your Weekly Horoscopes: October 17 to 23, 2021

This is one of those weeks where everything is bubbling up at once. Jupiter and Mercury both end their retrograde on the 18th, allowing us more forward motion and less painful review. Then, the full moon in Aries on the 20th has major “all-nighter” vibes, bringing something to a rushed culmination. Get it done now and ask questions later. Scorpio season kicks off on the 23rd, easing us into next week which allows more time to process. As beloved Scorpio Bob Ross always said, “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents…”

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

12 aries

Constant negotiations in both your business and romantic relationships have left you feeling defeated. But the full moon in your sign on the 20th is a chance to strike a deal, put an argument to rest and reclaim your autonomy. Channeling enthusiasm—even in the most difficult of situations—is one of your superpowers. Walk away from anyone who doesn’t appreciate how you shine.

This week’s mantra: The choice is yours.

1 taurus

Responsibilities at the office and home pick up when both Jupiter and Mercury station direct on the 18th. You’re finally getting recognition for all the procedures and policies that you’ve been implementing since the spring. Don’t get too caught up in the achievement game, though, because the full moon in Aries on the 20th falls in your unconscious sector forcing you to take a break before you burn out. Put up your OOO and read a book for once.

This week’s mantra: Achievement is a means, not an end.

2 gemini

A flirtation with an ex-fling that’s been playing out in your DMs moves into the real world as Mercury stations direct on the 18th. Time to see if you still have chemistry face-to-face. Whether your IRL date ends in a hot hookup or a disappointing one-armed hug, the full moon in Aries on the 20th brings a deeply cathartic hang with your besties where you can spill all the details.

This week’s mantra: Gossip is sacred.

3 cancer

The full moon in Aries on the 20th brings some well-deserved accolades for you at work while also driving you to the point of complete burnout. Attending to everyone else’s needs and constantly being in charge of raising company morale is no longer tenable. Scorpio season begins on the 23rd, allowing you to focus your energy on what brings you—not anyone else–joy.

This week’s mantra: Praise is wonderful, but so is rest.

4 leo

Drama has been a constant for you lately, Leo, but as Jupiter stations direct on the 18th, you’re provided with some much-needed levity in your one-on-one connections. Rather than arguing with your business partner about the best payroll processor, you’re trading memes while slogging through a boring Zoom webinar together. Scorpio season begins on the 23rd and for you, this shift is about focusing on what’s nurturing you from the ground up.

This week’s mantra: Laugh more.

5 virgo

Mercury retrograde has forced you to bring your spending to a halt over the past few weeks as you consider better options for your budget and investments. Mercury stations direct on the 18th, allowing you to breathe easier and yes, finally pick up your shiny, new iPhone13 Pro. Then, the full moon in Aries on the 20th aligns with you paying off a debt or loan that’s been hanging over your head. Your friends mocked you for being frugal, but now you’re making power moves.

This week’s mantra: Always have a plan.

6 libra

Though you’ve been feeling selfish about taking time for yourself, all that breathwork, retail therapy and yin yoga comes in handy this week. The full moon in Aries on the 20th forces you to make a quick decision about your relationship’s next steps. Whether this is a confession to your crush or a sudden breakup with your partner, embrace the transformation.

This week’s mantra: What do you want?

7 scorpio

After a grueling application and interview process, the full moon in Aries on the 20th brings a surprise job offer. Exciting! But you have to make up your mind quickly. Is this really the best fit, or are you just choosing anything to get out of your current situation? The sun enters your sign on the 23rd, allowing you to feel grounded enough to give your final answer.

This week’s mantra: Find a solution, not an escape.

8 sagittarius

Getting back into a solid schedule and routine is the primary goal this week as your ruling planet Jupiter stations direct on the 18th. After spending the last few months experimenting with everything from intermittent fasting to Pomodoro technique to quitting Instagram, you have a better idea of what works. Things don’t stay still for long though as the full moon in Aries on the 20th sends a wave of romance or inspiration in your direction.

This week’s mantra: Find a constant so you can break it.


Moving into a new home is an exciting and necessary change for you right now. But you can’t help but feel sentimental about all the memories you made in your soon to be former abode. Use the full moon in Aries on the 20th as an opportunity to not only pack up and remove your clutter, but to express gratitude for all the opportunities you’ve had in this space. Once Scorpio season begins on the 23rd, you’re ready to move onto a new dream.

This week’s mantra: Gratitude brings transformation.

10 aquarius

A boost of self-confidence arrives when Jupiter stations direct in your sign on the 18th. Last week’s struggles become this week’s blessings. Yes, that work project was a disaster, but didn’t you learn something from it? The full moon in Aries on the 20th brings resolution to an ongoing conflict with your sister or a close friend. Time to apologize so you can move on with your life.

This week’s mantra: Learning is a lifelong pursuit.

11 pisces

Tensions are building all around you this week. Your coworkers are protesting company policy, your sister-in-law is spreading conspiracy theories and your hubby is having a fantasy football meltdown. But with your ruling planet Jupiter stationing direct in your unconscious sector on the 18th, you’re blessed with the clarity that none of it is your problem. Channeling this breakthrough at the full moon in Aries on the 20th helps you clear clutter and reallocate your budgets for peace of mind.

This week’s mantra: “Not my problem.”

Jaime Wright is an astrologer based in New York. You can subscribe to her newsletter for more musings on the stars.

Jaime Wright


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...
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