If you find yourself questioning everything at the start of this month, you can blame it on the stars.October kicks off with some destabilizing energy that will require you to be more honest with yourself than you may be comfortable with. Although it likely won’t be fun, it will help you to get ready for the full moon on October 13,when it’s time to let go of what you’ve outgrown. Prioritize making clear-minded changes before the October 26, when we’ll start feeling the shadow of the impending Mercury Retrograde that begins on Halloween this year. Spooky? Without a doubt.
Browse on to find out everything you need to know to carry you through the rest of Libra season.
You don’t need things to be easy in order for them to be healthy. Balance isn’t only about peaceful feels! The full moon is in your relationship house on October 13 andis likely to kick up some interpersonal conflict. While that’s not exactly fun, it may be necessary to clear the air. Be brave enough to get real with others, Libra. To do the work that true intimacy and collaboration requires, prioritize authenticity over accommodation, my sweet friend.
Change requires you to tolerate some things in disarray for a while before things get good—and it is totally time for change, Scorpio. As things in your life mature or expand, the ride tends to get bumpy before it evens out. Don’t worry that you’ll get stuck in the chaos, it’s just a phase, and like most phases, it’s here to aid in your development. Allow things to be in a state of flux without assuming that they’ll stay this way, my love.
Strive to show up for yourself in ways that honor your heart’s desire, but not at the expense of your practical needs and preexisting commitments. October brings with it some mixed messages and topsy-turvy energy, so do your best to stay in your center, Sagittarius. Taking the riskier path may be your best bet this month, but not if it comes at the expense of your integrity. Preserve your authenticity, but not at any cost.
Yours is a sign of great impatience, dear Capricorn, but also great ambition. You’re always thinking of the long game, but drive yourself to distraction along the way. A huge part of a successful work life is getting things done, but another, equally important part, is organizing your energy so that you can complete your tasks and have vitality to spare at the end of the day.It’s not only okay to take breaks—it’s totally essential, my industrious friend.
Sometimes you need to go your own way, even if others don’t agree with it or understand your vision. That said, this is a bad time to abandon thoughts of collaboration, Aquarius. Consider the needs of others, especially if you need to part ways with them on something. As you go about the business of doing you, make sure that you’re not alienating people and leading them to feel like they don’t matter to you.
The good news is that you can achieve what you set out to this month, even if by all accounts it looks like a long shot. The tricky news is that you may need to honor your instincts over the counsel of others, and that may create some relationship troubles for you, dear Pisces. While you can’t please everyone all the time, you can be forthright and kind about it. Honor your vision as you do what needs to get done, my love.
October is likely to find you in interpersonal situations that require you to adjust your attitude or actions. Whatever you have going on, it’s important that you take a proactive approach to addressing it, or you’ll find yourself inadvertently making things worse. Prioritize balance by supporting others, but not at your own expense, and visa versa. It’s time for you to be the change you want to see in your relationships, Aries.
How you cope with disappointments is ever so important. Don’t get so caught up in the story of your problems that you lose sight of your free will within them. October is the time for you to act with generosity and decisiveness, so here’s a ~pro tip~ to help you out: When you focus on what you don’t have, you miss out on what you do. Look for the evidence of abundance in your life and the world around you, and then orient yourself from there, Taurus.
Over the past several months your perspective has been expanded and it’s enabled you to develop new ways of looking at life. Even if it’s been hard, it’s also been really good for you. Now’s the time for you to actually integrate that wisdom into your worldview and then finally your actions so that they better reflect the person you want to be. Step into the unknown with intention this month, Twin Star.
The friendship that you have with yourself creates the foundation upon which all of your other relationships are built, and is always a home you can return to. This month it’s important that you are attentive to your own needs and instincts not only so that you feel better, but so that you can better invest in your relationships. Don’t expect your loved ones to do more for you than you are doing for yourself this month; your best life starts within.
Having healthy boundaries with yourself is an essential practice if you want to act in ways that reflect your truth and not your fears. Be weary of allowing your frustrations to motivate your actions, Leo.No matter how impatient you’re feeling, this month marks a powerful time to slow down and get centered. Strive to shift your focus from looking for “the right answer” to the right answer for you and you’ll be pointed towards where you need to go.
Instead of looking for solutions to your problems, strive to more deeply understand them, Virgo. This is likely to slow you down in the short term, but it will make your actions more impactful and sustainable in the long term. It’s time for you to have faith in your process, and then get to work. Be brave enough to let some things unfold without you managing them as you align yourself with the big picture this month.
October 2018 Horoscopes
ARIESMarch 21 to April 19
The new moon in your relationship house on the October 8 is a powerful time for you to remember who you are and what you care about, Aries. This month is meant to confront you with the idea of savings; are you conserving your finances for the future? Are you holding onto relationships because of what they once were, even if they’re no longer flowing? It’s time to let go; bring care and consideration to what you release, my love.
TAURUSApril 20 to May 20
Your ruling planet goes retrograde on October 5 (and will stay there until November the 16), and you can expect things to feel upsetting because of it. The good news is that you need some upsets in your life; it’s the only way that you’ll look at the messy truth of your relationships and own your part. Taurus. Look within for the answers, and then shift your behavior accordingly. You’re ready for this, my love.
GEMINIMay 21 to June 21
It’s time to pick a lane and stay in it for a while, my love. You’ve been running in too many directions without a clear plan, and it’s exhausting. Instead of trying to do it all, try to do the most important things really well. Try to be ready to let some attachments that have actually been getting in the way of your progress go by the time the full moon comes around on October 24. True growth and change comes from the inside out, Twin Star.
CANCERJune 22-July 22
It’s time to call in the big guns this month: courage, empathy, and motivation. You’re ready to lay new foundations in spite of your fears, of past hurts, and even other people’s opinions. Take risks that feed your heart, reflect your soul, and allow you to be more of the person that you want to be. October will come with its fair share of dramas and upsets, but the only thing you need to manage is your response to each thing as it comes, dear Moonchild.
LEOJuly 23 to Aug. 22
The full moon on October 24 marks a major shift in your relationship to your career or conscious goals. The best thing that you can do is to spend the start of the month leading up to that date seeking to better understand what you want, Leo. Being willful is a powerful thing, but sometimes you’ve got to yield. Things are changing, and if you try to control the changes before you understand them, you’re likely to create new, totally confusing problems for yourself.
VIRGOAug. 23 to Sept. 22
There are some contradicting themes at play for you this month, Virgo. You’re both dealing with exhaustion, and totally energized. You’re both feeling inspired, and totally stuck. The key is to seek the potential in your situation instead of the limitations. Yes, you have to work to make it happen, but you also have so much support available to you if you’re willing to see it. Cultivate healthy boundaries within yourself so that you can make the most of what you’ve got.
LIBRASept. 23 to Oct. 22
This month your ruling planet, Venus, is retrograde, and this makes it an excellent time for slowing down and looking within. How you manage your finances is a reflection of your value system, so take the time to reflect on your actions. This retrograde can mark a time when you turn a corner in your relationship to money, but it won’t happen on its own; do the work to understand your behavior so that you can change what isn’t working, Libra.
SCORPIOOct. 23 to Nov. 21
Things are changing, and not totally of your own making, Scorpio. You’re not meant to have it all figured out, you’re meant to grow and learn. Try to seek understanding, and not answers; to develop your connections, instead of directing them. The best way for you to respond to the unexpected is with open interest and curiosity. You’re on the verge of a new way of being. Don’t rush it or make the mistake of assuming limitations.
SAGITTARIUSNov. 22 to Dec. 21
You’re likely to have unexpected opportunities arise from even the most upsetting of circumstances this month, Sagittarius. But there’s so much unrest in the world around you that it would be unwise to assume that you know how things are going to land. Experiment with new ways of doing things, and hold space for twists of fate. You get to co-create your life, so do your best to see the potential in even the most annoying of things.
CAPRICORNDec. 22 to Jan. 19
You’re ready to do the things that you’ve been putting off, to challenge yourself, and to make life-affirming choices. The astrology of this month is helping you to actualize your hopes and goals, but you’ve got to put in the work. Approach your goals in new ways, question your old stories, and explore the potential that you see available to you. The tried and true is valuable, but this is the time for experimentation, Capricorn.
AQUARIUSJan. 20 to Feb. 18
Act as though anything is possible, even when you’re scared it isn’t. When you’re feeling uncertain of the path ahead is when you most need to be flexible and open. Strive to remain open in the face of challenges that make you want to dig in your heels, Aquarius. You’re being challenged to live in new, more sustainable ways, and that will take emotional presence, time, and practice to achieve. Just do your best, my love.
PISCESFeb. 19 to March 20
Getting where you want to be doesn’t have to be a struggle against where you are, Pisces. Each step is part of the journey, even the dumb ones. Take your time and be gentle with your progress this month. Try to create space in your thinking to validate and appreciate what you’ve got. Being grateful for where you’re at can only help you get to where you want to be more gracefully.
Jessica Lanyadoo is an internationally-respected astrologer and psychic medium based in San Francisco.
Words: Jessica LanyadooArt: Gabbie Bautista