Your Weekly Horoscopes: October 2 to 8, 2022

To kick off the week, Mercury stations direct on the 2nd. Conversations that began back at the end of August pick up again now. But just because Mercury is direct, don’t think everything will go back to “normal” immediately. Mercury remains in retrograde shadow through October 16th. Until then, there are still things left to review. Keep taking things slow.

That said, penetrating insights arrive on the 6th as Mercury trines Pluto, an aspect found in the charts of extremely quotable celebrities from Paris Hilton to Liza Minnelli. This transit is a great time to get to the bottom of something (like who sent those roses?) or to gain influence. Choosing words wisely really packs a punch.

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

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(March 21 - April 19)

You’ve been plotting some major career or lifestyle shifts since the spring, Aries. You know that you have the skills, but do you have the courage to put yourself out there? As Pluto stations direct in your public image sector on the 8th, you’re ready to stop vision boarding and start doing the thing. It can be terrifying to tap into your personal power, but it’s necessary for you to get what you want. 

This week’s mantra: “Rise.”

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(April 20 - May 20)

So much of your life over the past year (and really, the past decade) has been dedicated to expanding your mind. Whether you’re on a spiritual path, deep in grad school work, or bridging cultural gaps in your family, there’s always a learning curve. As Mercury connects with Pluto on the 6th, you’re reminded of how to make these tasks less about work and more about fun. Remember that you’re doing this because you want to.

This week’s mantra: “Play.”

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(May 21 - June 20)

Mercury retrograde finally ends on the 2nd which is great news for you, Gemini! You’ve spent the last few weeks remembering things from the past that brought you joy, and now it’s time to integrate the things you want to keep into your present. As Mercury connects with Pluto on the 6th, you get one more interesting revelation in the form of a family secret. It could be dramatic, or it could be your grandmother’s favorite soup recipe. Make some comfort food and reflect on what you’ve gathered.

This week’s mantra: “Dig.”

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(June 21 - July 22)

For the last year (and really for the last decade), it’s felt like your commitments are constantly crumbling. Maybe your romantic partnerships are steady, but your business contracts are perpetually falling apart, or vice versa. As Pluto stations direct on the 8th, you find the courage to advocate for what you want in an ongoing conflict or negotiation. Relationships require collaboration so don’t deny your own opinions and power.

This week’s mantra: “Advocate.”

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(July 23 - Aug 22)

Mercury stations direct in your money sector on the 2nd, bringing your attention to some financial obligations you left hanging back at the end of August. Sometimes the problem is solved through cutting down on spending or picking up a side hustle, but other times, you need to ask for more. As Mercury connects with Pluto on the 6th, you get a clear message that it’s time to ask for a raise.

This week’s mantra: “Earn.”

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(August 23 - September 23)

Mercury retrograde is finally over on the 2nd! This is sweet relief as this one has been almost too personal for you, Virgo. You’ve spent the last few weeks caught up in some very existential questions, like “who am I really?” and “what do I even need?” Take some time this week to write down all that you’ve uncovered in this time of review so you can move ahead with clarity and positive intentions.

This week’s mantra: “Accept.”

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(September 23 - October 21)

It feels like your home has been in flux for the past year if not the past decade, Libra. Lately, it’s that your apartment is in desperate need of repairs, but contacting your landlord seems like a losing battle. As Pluto stations direct on the 8th, you’re pulled to take initiative and ask for what you want, even if it makes others feel uncomfortable. Request what you need to feel more at home.

This week’s mantra: “Nest.”

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(October 22 - November 21)

Your top priority is being a loyal friend, Scorpio. But for the past year (and really for the last decade), it’s been painfully clear that not everyone you let into your immediate circle deserves such a coveted space in your life. As Mercury connects with Pluto on the 6th, you have a lovely evening with neighbors or coworkers that inspires you to let them into your more intimate world. Take a chance on someone new!

This week’s mantra: “Connect.”

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(November 22 - December 21)

As Mercury stations direct on the 2nd, you realize that a relationship you’ve been prioritizing isn’t what it seems. Whether it’s a romance or business alliance, a conversation is necessary to get back on the same page. Think back to the end of August, what was said then that led you to this place now? How can you course correct without hurting someone’s feelings?

This week’s mantra: “Define.”

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(December 22 - January 19)

Your power time is now, Capricorn. Pluto stations direct in your sign on the 8th, increasing your visibility and influence both at work and in your personal life. This is a moment for “rebranding,” whether that’s editing your resumé, changing your Instagram handle or going for that extreme haircut. Not everyone will love the changes that you make, but as long as you’re making these choices with integrity, you’ll be magnetic.

This week’s mantra: “Shine.”

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(January 20 - February 18)

Mercury stations retrograde on the 2nd, and while this might come as a relief to most of your friends and family, you’re sitting with something heavy right now, Aquarius. As Mercury connects with Pluto on the 6th, you reach a breakthrough in therapy or through conversation with a trusted friend that helps you release some of the baggage. When it feels like too much to hold, you must let go of what you can’t control.

This week’s mantra: “Release.”

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(February 19 - March 20)

Relationships have been heavy on your mind for the last few weeks, Pisces, and this week is no different!  As Mercury retrograde ends on the 2nd, you get back to a conversation with your lover or business partner that began at the end of August. It was frustrating to sit in the gray area of uncertainty for this long, but both your feelings and perspective have changed for the better.

This week’s mantra: Keep talking."

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



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...