Our astrologer, De Rui, tells us all about October

Diplomacy, harmony, and building stronger relationships take up a fair amount of energy heading into the new month. The Libra New Moon at the end of September launched a period of exploration and, possibly, experimenting with how to balance, compromise, and achieve fairness between different interests or parties. Mercury, representing logic and communication, helpfully turns direct on October 2, cutting down on crossed messages and misinterpretation between people. Powerful outer planet Pluto also turns direct on October 9, lifting some survival anxiety or insecurities. These shifts lighten the mood considerably and give a boost to human connection.

The period following the Full Moon in Aries on October 10 is lively and optimistic. Besides Mercury and Pluto turning direct, so do Saturn and major asteroids Vesta and Juno. Blockages we may have been feeling—especially related to self-imposed restrictions, questionable commitments, or intimate partnerships—may work themselves out as the month progresses. These more easeful, natural energies support the call of the Aries moon during the two weeks in mid-October. At this time, we are propelled forward with a new sense of self and belief in our unique individuality. Pushy and aggressive vibes can come up, but with the Sun and Venus joining energies in the latter half of October, this Aries period is more likely to be marked by friendliness and social support.

In societal terms, the tension between Saturn and Uranus—a holdover from 2021—potentially reaches fever pitch once again. Rules and regulations supposedly safeguarding collective needs continue to chafe against new realities in the climate, financial markets, and world peace and security. At this point, it may still be hard to see where or how the chips will fall. Beginning with the Scorpio New Moon solar eclipse on October 25, a time for digging deeper and truth-seeking begins. Five days later Mars, representing forward momentum and fire energy, turns retrograde and enters something like hibernation until January 2023. At this point, there will not be much left to do but face the music and contemplate next moves.  
 

The Month by Sun Sign

Aries

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The Full Moon to be illuminated in your sign on the morning of October 10 is a time to appreciate your personal gifts and to see more clearly how you are able to contribute to the world. Look for people to cross your path with whom you have little in common, and yet who are able to see you fully for who you are. Even if common ground seemed unlikely at first, these folks can turn out to be true pals who somehow just understand. The planet of optimism and abundance, Jupiter, is getting ready to take a hiatus from your sign at the end of the month, so use the next few weeks to take on tasks and projects others are too scared to handle.  

Taurus

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Taking care of others by minding the small details of their life and making things run smoother for them can be satisfying undertakings at the moment, winning you a lot of kudos. There is also great potential for healthy and useful conversation or discussions before October 11, when Mercury wraps up its time in your fellow Earth sign, Virgo. This month’s explorations into relationships and self-assertion may not be at the top of your list of concerns, but efforts you can make to more deeply understand how you relate to others and how you assert your own goals can result in rewards. The Scorpio solar eclipse on October 25 is a time to push beyond appearances to find truer treasures.  

Gemini

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The current planetary alignments are offering a lot of support to you, especially in terms of supportive souls and others who share your values and preferences. Your energy and ability to execute your wishes also remains strong while Mars is in your sign for the next several months. Jupiter, the planet of optimism and abundance, remains in prime position at least through the end of October. From October 11 onwards, you can also feel confident about presenting new ideas or contributing fresh perspectives with Mercury giving a boost to your communicative and persuasive powers. Use all the good vibes to set higher goals and to raise the bar on your aspirations. Any gains you clock on the relationship-building front could be helpful as well.  

Cancer

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If your relationships aren’t exactly humming along, now is not the time to throw in the towel. Further tweaks and adjustments are likely necessary, as efforts you put in on these fronts will prove fruitful. After the Aries Full Moon on October 10, the emphasis falls more on being able to calmly and assertively allow others to understand who you are, what you want, and where your boundaries lie. By the solar eclipse in Scorpio on October 25, your path ahead will be clear. Another energy at work currently is the availability of nurturance from someone whose love language is acts of service. Either you are providing practical help to someone who really appreciates it, or you are on the receiving end of someone’s loving efforts.  

Leo

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The positions of the Sun, Venus, and Jupiter are favourable for creative collaborations and a general sense of optimism over the next few weeks. Forming and sustaining new types of relationships, in particular, could be satisfying and enlightening. Your sense of personal confidence and assuredness shines in the middle of the month under the light of the Aries Full Moon. During this period, feel very good about contributing your thoughts and perspectives in meetings and discussions since your views are likely to be well understood and received. The Scorpio solar eclipse on October 25, perhaps, brings a little more tension to an otherwise expansive month. At that time, it will be necessary to dig deeper emotionally to break out of outdated patterns.  

Virgo

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The most supportive energies for you can be found in the first and last weeks of October. Speeches, pronouncements, and proposals are best unveiled before October 11 or after October 30, when you are more easily understood and well received. Kindred spirits and those aligned with your tastes and values also become more plentiful after October 23. One silver lining is that all month long, others are likely to deeply appreciate the way you mind the details and look after people. Pay attention to the changing relationship dynamics around you as well as how you are asserting yourself, even if these themes don’t seem front and center right now. There are likely to be some strong undercurrents playing out under your nose.  

Libra

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The social life may be revving along at the moment as Venus, the planet of love and beauty, transits your sign. You give off an air of being comfortable in your own skin, and others may subconsciously be following your example as they collectively navigate the need to uplevel their diplomacy and tact. Mercury soon joins Venus in your sign, giving your words and messages an extra boost of support. While your energy levels might not be the highest, there is room to be productive and to tick off some longstanding items on your to-do list. Being authentic and more true to yourself is a major theme in the middle two weeks of the month, while the October 25 eclipse will require opening your heart to some hidden truths. 

Scorpio

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Pay closer attention this month to how you handle people, as there could be subtle undercurrents going on that can easily be missed. Just a little effort or adjustment on the people front can reap big rewards at a time when nothing seems to be amiss on the surface. After the Aries Full Moon on October 10, it may help to be more conscious of how you assert yourself and go after your goals. There could be some insights available about revealing more of yourself to others. The New Moon solar eclipse in your sign on October 25 is a lovely time to feel connected to the collective mood and to experience a sense of wholeness. Enjoy the special moment. 

Sagittarius

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Creative collaborations and surprising team-ups are more than possible at the moment. People who align with your values can come out of the woodwork, just as you are working on building stronger relationships and showing your true colours to the world in October. Projects you have only ever dreamed about might be closer at hand than they have been so far. Take advantage of Jupiter’s last few weeks supporting your self-confidence and abundance before it takes a two-month hiatus in Pisces. The Scorpio solar eclipse on October 25 will require confronting some scary places in your psyche if you are to make the most of it, but the portal could just as easily pass without making any real waves if you are not ready.  

Capricorn

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Circumstances may force you to talk a cold hard look at your people skills. Fortunately, everyone is more or less in the same boat, and you at least have the help of some irritation or disagreements to help you know where to look. There is some room for improvement in terms of compromise and consensus, or even on basic civility and tact for some of you. By the Aries Full Moon on October 10, the focus then turns to how to unleash your own voice and agenda without capsizing the vessel. Mercury supports your words and messages in the first half of the month. Someone could show their love by helping you with the little things.  

Aquarius

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As with Gemini, there is every possibility of being well-supported by the people around you at this time, if you can pause to recognise it. Especially as we head toward mid-month, your fresh perspectives and proposals can fall on like-minded ears and receive easy buy-in and agreement all around. Jupiter continues to give your confidence and self-assurance a boost through the end of the month, before it takes a two-month break in Pisces. Use the energies to take on ambitious projects that you need plenty of nerve and optimism for, as the planet of abundance and expansion will return to offer support from December onwards. The solar eclipse in Scorpio on October 25 brings the unsettling need to dig deeper.  

Pisces

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Even in the absence of open conflict or disagreement, there could be relationship dynamics at work right now which require some attention. Any efforts you make toward improving harmony, balance, and fairness with those you deal with could yield surprising and important rewards. After the October 10 Full Moon, a similar amount of discernment could be turned towards what you reveal of yourself and how authentic you allow yourself to be. The inner work that is completed during this period will lay the groundwork for what could be an intense and powerful Scorpio solar eclipse on October 25, when the veil could be lifted on certain key areas of life. Try to remember that any energy not operating with ease at the moment is a temporary phenomenon. 

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