As we enter October, Pluto stations direct after five+ months in retrograde, revealing secrets and unspoken truths. This is the season of release, so ask yourself what burdens and fears you can let go of to make space for harmony and balance. The Aries Full Moon and Scorpio New Moon promise some intense moments as we brave uncharted waters to heal relationship insecurities, while Mercury enters its pre-retrograde shadow in Scorpio on the 11th. Pay close attention to any recurring themes in the back half of the month, as you’ll be covering this material again once Mercury stations retrograde on the 31st.  

Aries —

Although a desire for partnership clashes with responsibility to career concerns in October, keeping a cool head through the tension improves your negotiation and planning skills. The Full Moon in your sign on the 13th favors cooperation — so don’t upset the apple cart trying to rush results! This month it is critical to trust the timing. The Scorpio New Moon on the 27th disturbs your confidence, inspiring you to establish proper relationship boundaries, but Mercury stations retrograde on the 31st, meaning those boundaries are up for reevaluation in November.

Taurus —

October should be the month to balance your winter itinerary, but this year unexpected work conflicts distract from personal projects. Rather than stress about the particulars, make “firm yet flexible” your motto. During the Aries Full Moon on the 13th, an ethical dilemma surfaces, forcing reconciliation between your desire for independence and your need to please. The Scorpio New Moon on the 27th could indicate the start of a new romance, but this relationship is intended to shock you out of complacency, and may not be a long-term prospect.

Gemini —

October encourages balancing personal ambition and relationship responsibilities, but your interpersonal dynamics are in flux — even if you choose honesty over avoidance, affairs of the heart could leave some scars. The Aries Full Moon on the 13th creates tension between you and your peers by altering expectations of the role you play in their lives. The Scorpio New Moon on the 27th tests your faith so that you might more deeply acknowledge your purpose and power. 

Cancer —

Although you seek rest in October, unresolved partnership matters crop up to disturb the peace. Try to handle disputes with grace, as these tensions juxtapose the security you deserve, revealing that those cords you cut earlier this year were truly the best choice for your peace of mind. The Aries Full Moon on the 13th says “don’t force your future direction!” Be present and honor your evolution over the past six months. The answers will come. The Scorpio New Moon on the 27th foreshadows an unexpected sensual or creative encounter.

Leo —

October reminds you that authenticity and empathy shouldn’t be at cross-purposes. There are ways to be supportive of others without cheapening your commitment to your personal practices and routines. To this end, the Aries Full Moon on the 13th creates conversations which poke your insecurities so you can develop an action plan to face your concerns around compromise. The Scorpio New Moon on the 27th unearths a buried memory that needs processing and integration so you can move into a new stage of trust in your intimate relationships.

Virgo — 

Worries over creative control of a personal vision might force you to take a hardline ethical stance with collaborators in October, leaving you feeling undiplomatic. Are you willing to accept the fallout of doing the unpopular thing? It’s up to you to determine whether the appearance of harmony trumps your own happiness. The Aries Full Moon on the 13th highlights a lesson about the shadow of wanting to please, so proceed with caution. The Scorpio New Moon on the 27th wants you to shake off silence and speak truth to power.

Libra —

While you now long for serenity, this month you’re urged to accept responsibility for a past grievance you’d rather ignore. The obligation itself isn’t the problem, but rather the dread you’ve built up in your mind around confronting it. Give this matter attention to call back the agency you surrendered to fear. The Aries Full Moon on the 13th proposes asking close friends for counsel during a dark night of the soul, while the Scorpio New Moon on the 27th imbues you with much-needed newfound confidence.

Scorpio —

You’d love some indulgent rest now, a desire that conflicts with all those appointments you scheduled prior to the start of the month. Although you’re inspired by the enterprises and exchanges that are keeping you busy, you’ll have to monitor your energy to keep on task until the Sun enters your sign on the 23rd, waking you from your reverie. The Aries Full Moon on the 13th helps you make lasting changes to unhealthy work or health habits, while the Scorpio New Moon on the 27th propels you into an electrifying leadership role!

Sagittarius —

Though you’re entrenched in community projects this month, don’t overdo it in the favors department just because your value is suddenly being recognized. Avoid falling in step with the first person who appears with an attractive offer, keeping doors open and playing the long game. The Aries Full Moon on the 13th suggests prioritizing self-care and money management, while the Scorpio New Moon on the 27th says “pay attention to dreams and synchronicities!” Messages from your unconscious will provide literal hacks for pursuing your waking life desires.

Capricorn —

In October, quit worrying that you’ll be labeled a “show off” when you show up! What’s the harm in accepting praise? Let yourself enjoy how the spotlight hits when recognition is well-deserved. The Aries Full Moon on the 13th encourages asking for support and paying attention to who shows up for you for a change. The Scorpio New Moon on the 27th stimulates new friendships as you break away from an established pack. The getting-to-know-you process will feel liberating as these contacts advance your inner growth.

Aquarius —

If you’re questing for self-improvement this month, be practical about how much you take on and know that your progress has not been stalled. Be careful not to overload yourself with pointless projects and rather have faith and be patient. The Aries Full Moon on the 13th suggests releasing an expired narrative about your life’s story, while the Scorpio New Moon on the 27th kickstarts a career opportunity (just be sure to double-check business correspondence once Mercury stations retrograde on Halloween).  

Pisces —

Your task in October is to see yourself as capable and whole. Other’s priorities have trumped your own for too long, so tensions with peers and associates now force you to be decisive. Determine which collaborations merit investment or pull back (respectfully) to focus on personal goals. The Aries Full Moon on the 13th declares support goes both ways: if you’re not getting it, don’t kill yourself trying to give it! The Scorpio New Moon on the 27th delivers an unexpected message that catalyzes a travel or education opportunity.  

Nyssa Grazda is a LA-based astrological consultant, writer, and intuitive. She speaks to planetary transits, magic, healing, and personal empowerment on her Instagram at @neongeometryastrology.

Artwork by: George Stoyanov.

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