It’s actually a spooky month this October, astrologically speaking, so please forgive the sin of cliche. But here’s the twist (there’s always a twist): The darkest forces in the universe are on our side this time. On October 3rd, Pluto, the planet of power and transformation, went direct in the strict and upstanding sign of Capricorn, forcing us all (but especially leaders and public figures) to atone for corruption, profligacy, treason, being an immature little baby, and whatever else we’ve all gotten up to that is poisoning us from the inside. Pluto is a surgeon, looking for the rot that is necrotizing our collective happiness and then cutting it out entirely. So now that he’s going direct—a.k.a. operating at full strength—he’ll be able to act effectively and decisively to make things right. It’s a scary story with a happy ending.
As always, we have a full moon and a new moon. The full moon comes first on the 13th (notably not a Friday) and in the sign of warrior Aries, and although full moons bring a lot of tension and heaviness, this one is sweetly kissed by Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and easy wins. So this one may culminate a catharsis of some kind (perhaps physical!) that will feel more satisfying than draining. The new moon in Scorpio on the 27th, meanwhile, is an opportunity for a deep meditation on all the fine print of your life. Re-examine the fundamentals, like: What am I getting out of therapy? Do I want to live here? Is this relationship as lovely as it seems or is there a secret part of me that wants to swan dive out of my current life? Questions that get under the hood. You might not (immediately) love the answers when you hear them, but don’t close your ears to them. (That would be rude.)
And finally Mercury goes retrograde on Halloween, which shouldn’t be scary at all! By now, we’re all versed in how to make that period of time as manageable as possible (cultivate the patience of a saint, avoid texting your ex, don’t buy a new phone). Just make sure your costume doesn’t have a heavy tech component.
You get paid to shine, and you shine when you get paid, Aries. The kaleidoscopic interplay between Pluto, Mercury, and Venus in your house of career and money is creating a disco light show that spells money money money. Or, if it’s not literally money, a windfall of things you want: the chance to work on more interesting material, attention from mentors and bosses, a better workspace, and more. Whatever it is that you value is within your grasp.
The Aries full moon on the 13th hits your house of self and interpersonal relationships, and with Mars (your planetary ruler and the god of war) opposing you in this debate, you may truly want to avoid poking any sore spots with your partner (business or love) or people you live with. With full moons, you tend to sense the tension building to a slow boil, so whatever you’re feeling now, that’s going to be the thing. Swerve as needed.
On the 27th, the new moon in Scorpio lights up your house of finances and other people’s money, so now is a very good time to wish upon a star (or the moon) for a fortunate settlement (divorce, litigation, etc.), an economic boost for your partner, or a winning lottery ticket. If those things don’t fly into your lap on this day, that’s all good—new moons are simply about you opening the door of possibility. Or buying the ticket.
If you’ve been putting off your homework, or your thesis, or even the prospect of higher education itself, this is the month to get in touch with yourself-qua-student. Show up to class, make yourself do the reading, DEFINITELY apply to study abroad. If you’re not in school-school, remember that, actually, all of life is a kind of education, so raise your hand to travel where you’ve never been or visit new museums, etc. You always know what’s what, Taurus, but you still have much to learn.
The full moon in Aries on the 13th is simply coaxing you to connect with you and only you. Think about the things that put you right in your body—saunas, little jogs, taking the scenic route home after work, laying down on the floor with your arms crossed over your eyes and all the lights turned off, dancing in your bedroom, masturbating. The moon implores you to indulge in yourself.
The Scorpio new moon on the 27th is an excellent time to get married, although most people pick their dates without consulting the stars, so if you are, that would be quite the coincidence! Or would it!? Just know that it’s looking very nice for all things partner-related, whether you have one, want one, or don’t want one. You’re as lucky as you want or don’t want to be!
A very hot thing happened to you this month: Mars entered Libra in your house of love and fun. Let’s break it down a tiny bit:
– Mars, the planet of energy, action, our bodies, our physical motivations (sounds sexy),
– Entered the sign of Libra, a highly compatible fellow air sign that rules over relationships (very sexy),
– In your house of dating and love (wow, so sexy).
Now, I don’t mean to imply too heavily that sexy times are ahead (did I give that impression?), because astrologers never truly know what’s going to happen, and you should be reading for your rising sign anyway. But this is an energizing, buzzy little placement that is, cosmically speaking, making it easy for you to fall in love, STAY in love and have sex, find people you click with, enjoy creative pursuits, connect with your kids, feel joy in all you do. It’s a good one.
The Aries full moon on the 13th hits you where your friends and networks live. If you’ve had tension with pals lately, this may come to a boil, so please proverbially tip-toe around your text thread. If you’re not feeling up to work events or social functions organized around a theme (activism, creative pursuits, reunions), don’t push yourself to attend. You can always imbibe the gossip later.
The Scorpio new moon on the 27th is an excellent time to reexamine your routines. This could be your workflow, and if you’re waiting for the right time to communicate that you’re working too hard, now’s your moment. Or it could be about when you wake up and how you take care of your body every day. When people say “life is what happens when you’re waiting for x,” this new moon is about that variable and rethinking what you want the value of it to be. Because your daily habits are your life, maybe more than anything else, and it’s very difficult to be mindful of them all the time. So allow for this one little lunar spotlight.
If you’re in a committed relationship—marriage, cohabitation (the zodiac pretty much recognizes common law marriage), business partnership, creative partnership—then your union may be on the precipice of a new era. Anything you’ve been suppressing or simply ignoring that undermines the strength of your connection will start to come out, and you might have to evolve your relationship a little. Evolve is a nice word that means die in your current state and go through the pain of giving birth to a new version of yourself, but yeah, that might be just the trick for you, too.
Your career is in the crosshairs of the Aries full moon on the 13th, which could bring closure to a particular pursuit to level up at work. Whether you’re looking, interviewing, or starting a new venture, you will get an answer. It might not be the one you wanted to hear, but it will allow you to move forward.
This Scorpio new moon on the 27th will open doors to creative pursuits — either through divine inspiration to make something cool or by introducing powerful people who are willing to give your art a prestigious audience. Creativity should be interpreted as broadly as possible, which includes all manner of self-expression (fashion, writing, comedy, speeches, even how you fall in love with someone else) and even procreation. It’s a fertile time, in every sense.
This month may bring clarity on anything involving your health. It may be that you’re waiting on news, or perhaps you’re looking to see results from a new therapy or treatment. Perhaps you’ve simply focused on feeling present in your body lately, and it’ll start to become more natural and automatic.
That good grounding feeling won’t negate a sense of wanderlust that may build around the Aries full moon on 13th. Perhaps it’s the seasonal transitions or maybe a dreading of upcoming Halloween parties with co-workers, but you want to get out of town. Book something now while you have some time to think about where you want to go and what you want to do. If you wait too long, your only option may be a 3 a.m. coach Amtrak ticket that costs, somehow, $450. That’s not even that much of an exaggeration.
The Scorpio new moon on the 27th will create some calm around your home and hearth—which might be especially needed if you do travel mid-month. Whether you finally replace your gray futon with a goldenrod settee or populate your windowsill with a succulent even you can’t kill, you’ll feel cozy in your own home.
Your romantic relationship may feel under a microscope, Virgo, which is a level of scrutiny you usually invite. The problem is that you alone cannot control this equation; just because you’re perfect doesn’t mean your partner is. But if you are seeing someone, especially in an on-again, off-again capacity, you will get a clear read on your toxicity levels. If your conflicts are non-toxic, you’ll be fine. Things may not be perfect, but the universe will leave you to continue navigating that together.
The Aries full moon on the 13th hits you in your wallet. This could be good news or bad news, but it may stress you out either way. Perhaps you were promised income from a project that has been delayed. Or a promotion was offered with a vague timetable (your favorite!). The full moon sniffs around for weak links and breaks them, and if something is not right, it will make it very clear to you, which will immediately empower you to act.
The new moon in Scorpio on the 27th may help you attenuate the noise in your life. If you’ve been coping with your (many?) external stressors by engaging in lots of little, meaningless social interactions, then prepare for a much-needed wave of quiet. This isn’t time to cocoon, necessarily, but you have some astrological help in selecting for quality over quantity. That’s closer to your speed anyway, and it’ll be a lot more soothing.
Are you moving? Is it time to re-think the couch? Are you finally going to frame and hang that huge print you bought on a whim from an artist in London? Your home sector is due for a bit of a renovation, and you could take on some massive project—moving, buying or selling property, painting the walls an actual color. Whatever the specifics, you may want to give a serious think to how your living space suits your actual living.
The full moon in Aries on the 13th hits you right in the marriage (or committed partnership, or business partnership, etc.), and you could find yourself voicing feelings that are a total surprise to you! Sometimes we don’t know how angry we are when we’re locked into a dynamic that feels familiar and structured, but doesn’t give us quite all the room we need. But asserting a little independence is healthy (separate sleeping as a conscious, mutual choice, anyone?) and will not break you.
Time to ask for a raise, because the Scorpio new moon on the 27th wants to grant all your wishes for more income. It’s very stressful to assert that you’re worth more money than you’re currently making, because someone could always say, “No, you’re not.” But you are, and they’ll probably say yes.
If there’s chaos around you—family, friends, in-laws—give yourself permission to opt-out this month. With Libra entering the most intimate, private sector of your chart, feel free to stay in more than you go out. Requests for your time are extremely negotiable, so feel free to keep a lot of yourself to yourself. You’re not responsible for external messes, and so not only do you not have to clean them up, you don’t have to live in the stink, either.
The full moon in Aries on the 13th may end some tension with a co-worker or a boss. If you’ve been put on menial assignments or given twice the workload of your paygrade, this moon might bring all that to a skidding, screeching halt. This might be a productive but exhausting experience, so have a few gummy vitamins handy that week.
The new moon in your sign on the 27th joins Mercury in lighting up your house of self, and it may have the effect of making you both more compelling to others and less inclined to engage. Whether you’re in a relationship or not, you’re likely to value a lot of freedom and independence now, so if anyone wants to hang, they’ve got to do it on your time, because it’s too precious to spend casually.
If you’ve been hunting for a full-time job or more stability in your income, you are likely to get it this month. The trick is to play everything by the book—get your resume in tip-top, use exclamation points judiciously, and practice interview questions with friends (you know they are going to ask what your greatest weakness is, and you know it’s a little bit of a bullshit question). But if you follow the rules, you will get what you want. Which is not usually how it works, so that’s a nice change.
But that material bounty may not spill over into other areas of your life. The Aries full moon on the 13th may precipitate a break-up with friends or a lover. Okay, ouch, but here’s the good news: full moons aim to provoke our vulnerabilities not to destroy us, but so we can reinforce them now and prevent disaster. If your closest relationships are in good working order, this moon will likely pass with no effect (although tensions may still run high, and people may be crankier than usual). And if you end up falling out, take but an inch’s worth of comfort in knowing that it would have happened eventually, but more explosively.
Speaking of healing, the Scorpio new moon on the 27th is an exceptional time for personal growth and emotional stability. Not only does it light up the part of your chart that governs interiority and self-reflection, but it’s in the sign of Scorpio, which is all about rebirth in the wake of hardship or trauma. Make sure you give yourself plenty of mental space to breathe. It’ll revive you like a glass of water after a piece of pizza.
This is a period of tremendous personal change, Capricorn. It may not be sudden, but there’s a definite astrological pruning happening, and defining pieces of your life (relationships, places you like to go, things you like to do) are falling away like rotten branches. What is emerging is someone not only strong and capable (that’s always been you, Capricorn), but vibrant and full of creative energy. This is a good time to embrace transformation and a very bad time to resist it. So don’t you dare.
The full moon in Aries on the 13th strikes in your house of home and stability. This may be part of the overall transformation of you, but do you like your home and the people in it? You may feel the impulse to discard both bathwater and baby, and you owe it to yourself to investigate your profound irritation. Sometimes it really is about a change of scene, and this moon will make it very clear to you how much rearranging it will take for you to feel homey at home.
You might feel a little more social than usual around the new moon in Scorpio on the 27th. A little. Instead of butterflying between multiple acquaintances, you’ll want to hunker down with a few close friends. Quality will prevail over quantity, which is usually how you like to operate. So you still get to be picky about whose Halloween party you’ll be attending…
So much is going on beneath your surface, and although you’re not necessarily a secretive person, you may not want to share your turmoil with others just yet. Your unconscious is restructuring itself, and it may feel at times like you’re being vivisected from the inside by a careless surgeon. The instinct to stay private is a healthy one, because you need boundaries and time to make sense of everything. This is a very rich time for breakthroughs in therapy.
The full moon in Aries on the 13th may bring an intellectual breakthrough. If you’ve been struggling to master complex topics at work, or if you’ve been frustrated with how to structure a longer written thing, the puzzle pieces are about to fall into place in a big way. But wisdom unfortunately won’t just fall into your head; you’ve got to generate it with earnest effort. So make sure you’ve at least attempted failure if you’re going to succeed.
Your career and most public achievements will be blessed by the Scorpio new moon on the 27th. This is the time to be big and ambitious about what you want and how you’re going to make it happen. If you’re relatively unknown in your field, this is the time to network with a little more intentionality—remember people’s names, follow up, be prompt, etc. You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to show up. The fact that you are a genius is just frosting on the cake.
Help is on the way, Pisces. If you’ve been feeling disconnected from any sense of community—or worse, stuck in one that is fundamentally toxic—you may find your people this month. It may not be that they swoop in on white ponies to rescue you from your social discomfort; perhaps some of these individuals are friends you’ve had for years but are just seeing in a new light. But dynamics will shift, and you will be much more cozy in the new arrangement.
Your pockets may feel uncomfortably shallow around the Aries full moon on the 13th. Money is almost always a stressful subject, and you may face either a delayed payment or an unanticipated expense that may make you feel powerless and angry. Who can blame you? Full moons act swiftly and decisively (especially in the sign of Aries), but then they go away. However painful this hardship is, it’s likely to be short-lived, and you are resilient.
The Scorpio new moon on the 27th may widen your circle of influence, especially if you have any kind of platform for publishing or speaking. You won’t be thrust into any kind of spotlight you’re not courting, but if you want it, it’s yours. Any projects you begin that involve communications will be powerful and well received. Assume you’ll go viral if you post something, because with this moon, you really might.
Illustration by Audrey Helen Weber.