Buckle up folks, October is shaping up to be a wild ride!
Let's talk about the most important dates of the month: Mercury retrograde ends Sunday October 2nd, and although the planet will be in its post-retrograde shadow for two weeks afterwards, its ending will bring some much needed relief.
Pluto, which has been retrograde since April 29th in the sign of Capricorn, will move direct October 8th. In astrology, Pluto represents transformation and rebirth. During the Pluto retrograde we may have been called to look deep within ourselves and address old wounds that have stalled our personal growth. As we wrap up this retrograde, we're encouraged to reflect on the lessons we've learned the past several months and how we've evolved as a result. What toxic patterns are we ready to leave behind, and how will we carry this growth into the future? Cardinal signs (Capricorn, Cancer, Libra, and Aries) likely felt this retrograde more than the other signs, but all signs will have felt it to some degree.
The very next day on Sunday October 9th we have a full moon in Aries. With this full moon occurring along the Aries/Libra axis, we can expect the theme to revolve around finding balance within our relationships. Libra is a sign of relationships, unions, and balance, while Aries is the sign of action and independence. Depending on which houses these signs rule in your chart, you may be compelled to strike a balance between the themes these houses rule, as it relates to yourself and those around you. For example, if Aries rules your 4th house it follows that Libra rules your 10th house (this is assuming you practice whole house astrology). Because the 4th house rules home and family, and the 10th house rules career and public image, then this full moon may touch on striking a balance between your personal and public lives. Aries will ask us to be bold and speak up for what we want, while Libra will ask us to honor how that impacts others. Balance, balance, balance is the name of the game for this full moon.
But wait, there's more! Let's get into the end of the month.
On Sunday October 23rd, Saturn ends its retrograde in the sign of Aquarius. In astrology Saturn represents responsibility, discipline, and hard lessons (fun stuff, huh!). But it's not all bad; during its retrograde, Saturn asks us to re-evaluate our current paths in life and course correct whatever's not working. While it's known as the planet of hard work and life lessons, it's also a planet of rewards; by doing the tough internal work, we stand to benefit in our external world.
Then, just two days later, we have a partial solar eclipse in Scorpio on Tuesday October 25th. Because this is a new moon eclipse, think of this as a time to start fresh. In Scorpio, a sign that represents transformation, death and rebirth, we may experience sudden changes, beginnings, or endings. Trust that these changes are for the best and will ultimately lead you down a more authentic path.
To round out this active month, on October 28th Jupiter retrogrades back into Pisces, a sign Jupiter rules, and Mars retrogrades in Gemini on October 30th. Jupiter, the planet of luck, expansion, and higher learning, was last in Pisces from the beginning of the year to the first week of May. Look back to this period to get a hint of what to expect from October 28th to December 21st, before Jupiter goes direct in Aries. Jupiter in Pisces is like a sprinkle of fairy dust over everything we do and experience, so lean into the dreaminess of this energy. And lastly, Mars, the planet of action and conflict, goes retrograde in Gemini at the end of the month until January 2023. This may make conversations a little ~spicier~ than usual, so protect your peace and think before you speak.
Here is your astrological forecast for October, according to Alexandria Lettman at Bustle.com:
Aries & Aries Rising:
"This month, you will face new challenges to close old chapters without lingering tension. Express yourself freely, but notice when your need to be right or to be heard has caused you to have prolonged arguments that aren’t worth it. You may feel an increased yearning to connect with people on deep and intimate levels. Work on your ability to trust others by moving toward healing the parts of yourself that are still wounded from past relationships."
Taurus & Taurus Rising:
"Your stubbornness could get you into trouble this month. Prove your point without disturbing your inner peace, and watch out for people who intentionally try to get a rise out of you. Your love life may be at the center of your attention, especially if you have someone special that you’re yearning to spend more time with. Make sure you aren’t forming unhealthy attachments by scheduling necessary 'me time.'"
Gemini & Gemini Rising:
"Things could get heated in your social life, encouraging you to step up as a leader to ensure your friends or community feel heard. An increase in your drive could see you taking on more projects at work that excite you, as you inspire your colleagues with your energy and enthusiasm. On October 30, Mars’ frustrating retrograde will begin in your sign, calling you to focus on fewer things at once to keep your efficiency steady."
Cancer & Cancer Rising:
"A surge of activity in your public and professional life could increase the attention you receive this month. However, this could unearth insecurities surrounding your self-worth that will test your resilience. As the month progresses, you could see the start of a new and exciting romance or decide to pour your time and energy into a new passion project. When Mars retrograde begins on October 30, your emotions will fluctuate less, allowing you to separate your intuition from your emotional instincts."
Leo & Leo Rising:
"Stand up for what you believe in this month, but remember you don’t have to prove your knowledge to anyone — especially those who are determined to pick apart what you say. Intense and mysterious Scorpio season will begin on October 23, encouraging you to persist through challenges and demonstrate your loyalty to those you love. However, the turbulent solar eclipse on October 25 will challenge you to face the truths you’ve ignored about family matters and how they have affected you."
Virgo & Virgo Rising:
"October will get off to a transformative start, bringing dramatic events that could cause you to consider whether you have invested enough time and energy on your healing and growth. Your senses will sharpen, allowing you to decipher the truth from lies. However, rushing to share your discoveries and doing what you think is best might not go down well with people who need to figure things out on their own. Learn when to step back instead of taking control."
Libra & Libra Rising:
"You could be on the verge of a milestone in your relationship that could see you taking things to the next level. Don’t let your insecurities interfere with what feels right in your heart. With the sun and Venus illuminating your financial life, you may feel more ambitious and driven to achieve your goals. However, you may have to address your deep-rooted fears of losing the things you have worked hard to attain."
Scorpio & Scorpio Rising:
"Working well with others will require you to adjust your attitude and behavior this October. Your colleagues may interpret your passion and drive as being bossy or overly critical if you’re coming on too strong. Remember, a good leader knows when to compromise and how to listen to others’ ideas. Come October 23, Scorpio season will begin, putting you directly in the spotlight. Learn to reach out for support when you need it instead of suffering in silence — people want to be there for you!"
Sagittarius & Sagittarius Rising:
"If you’ve been longing for your freedom and independence, talk things out with the person you are dating and find a way to restore balance in your life. However, if your feelings are growing stronger by the day, it may be time to talk to your partner about where things are going. The second half of the month could challenge you to address your suppressed feelings or resentment toward people who have hurt, annoyed, or betrayed you. Moving on will require you to stop rehashing the past."
Capricorn & Capricorn Rising:
"Get ready for new opportunities to confront your feelings or the people that have interfered with your happiness. Strive to make internal changes to influence your external reality. If there’s a big goal on your mind, you may feel more determined to succeed at making your dreams a reality. However, try not to uphold a rigid timeline, as you may be thrown off course by drama or delays if you insist on working without help from others."
Aquarius & Aquarius Rising:
"Use your forward-thinking to get ahead of problems before they escalate. You may need to initiate conversations to address disagreements which will be worth the initial discomfort you feel once you've cleared the air and found common ground. Just try not to be too blunt in your delivery. This October is a great month for you to push toward your future aspirations. Strive to influence progress in your career field without craving recognition for your efforts."
Pisces & Pisces Rising:
"Your hard work and attention toward healing will pay off, bringing financial and material rewards or a boost to your resilience and self-esteem. When Mercury enters Libra on October 10, you may need to work on shifting your mindset. Collaborate with people who inspire you instead of trying to keep up with them. You may be in pursuit of deeper meanings to your life experiences as we move into Scorpio season on October 23. Through moments of quiet reflection and stillness, the answers you seek will find you."
To learn more, check out Lettman's astrological breakdown for October here!