Here's what the planets have to say about every facet of your life in the month ahead.

By Maressa Brown
October 01, 2019
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Autumn vibes are officially here. It's October: a month for busting out your comfiest sweaters and cutest boots, going on crisp evening runs that call for that lightweight hoodie, plotting how you'll spend the spookiest night of the year, and hitting the books or doing your best to get ahead on professional goals, given that summer fun is squarely in the rearview mirror. The tenth month of the year is just as much about enjoying the moment just as much as it does deep reflection and looking to the future, especially since Halloween is basically the gateway to the holiday season. (Related: Susan Miller On the Astrological Themes That Will Affect Your Health and Fitness In 2019)

October's rep reflects its astrological line-up: Until October 23, the sun moves through social butterfly, balance-seeking, beauty-loving air sign Libra. Then, until November 22, it makes its journey through transformative, deeply emotional, sexy water sign Scorpio.

Libra and Scorpio season—the first all about fostering partnerships and elevating beauty and balance, and the second encouraging us to identify and swim in the depths of our most intense feels—combine to create a month that's all about connecting with others and understanding ourselves in a much more intimate way, which can, in turn, make it easier for us to morph dreams into reality. The air-to-water energies urge us, first, to take a fun-loving, harmony-seeking tact in our relationships, and then to identify and understand the emotional and psychological roots of our big-picture desires to get super-focused on what we want—in love, wellness, and work—and then get after it. (Related: What I Learned From Eating and Exercising According to My Zodiac Sign)

But the sun's trips through Libra and Scorpio are far from the only astrological news that October has to offer. Here are a few other planetary highlights you'll want to mark on your calendar:

  • October 3: Pluto, the planet of transformation, ends its retrograde in hardworking earth sign Capricorn, so now's the time to reflect on any realizations you've had over the past five months regarding power dynamics and control issues in your relationships. It might be time to let go of toxic entanglements.
  • October 3 to 31: Mercury, the planet of communication, moves through Scorpio, bringing intensity, a boatload of emotional depth, and mystery to the way you connect with others.
  • October 3 to November 19: Mars, the planet of action, moves through Libra, infusing our actions with the desire to please others and keep the peace. Sounds sweet, but stay self aware: It can end up erring more towards passive-aggressiveness.
  • October 8 to November 1: Venus, the planet of love, money, and beauty moves through Scorpio, which can elevate intensity, passion, and possessiveness—not only in hookups and relationships but in any area of life where we express ourselves artistically and romantically.
  • October 13: This full moon in competitive fire sign Aries forms a harmonious trine to lucky Jupiter (currently in fellow fire sign Sagittarius), but squares off against transformative Pluto and taskmaster Saturn, which can inspire us to dream big while identifying and accepting boundaries and limitations.
  • October 27: A new moon in Scorpio is the perfect time to be honest with yourself about your most fervent, difficult-to-shake emotions, and then get clear on the best ways to fulfill your desires. This is one astrological moment made for setting intentions and making moves.
  • October 31 to November 20: Mercury retrograde in Scorpio will require revisiting any emotionally-charged issues you may have put on the backburner. A retrograde is an opportunity to address them once and for all, in order to move forward. Oh, and of course, don't be surprised when the meme-worthy aspect of retrograde glitches communication, transportation, and technology, as well.

Want to know more about how October's planetary vibes will affect your health and wellness, relationships, and career? Read on for your October horoscope, broken down by sign. (Pro-tip: Be sure to read your rising sign/ascendant, if you know that, too!)

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Aries (March 21–April 19)

Health: Around October 13, when the full moon is in your sign, you might be irritated by the fact that it seems like everyone else's needs have been coming before your own. Blow off steam by going for a therapeutic run or lifting heavy, then schedule a massage or another self-care routine you love. Getting physical and reflective can offer clarity and calm. (Related: The Best Workout for Your Zodiac Sign)

Relationships: While action-oriented Mars makes its way through your seventh house of partnership from October 3 to November 19, it's time to take a proactive approach to any relationship issues you've been blowing off. At the same time, you and your S.O. or romantic interest might be more prone to spar—especially where egos are involved. Being real with one another and airing your grievances could actually set you more in sync in the long-run.

Career: On October 3, after transformative Pluto ends its retrograde in your tenth house of career, look back on any realizations you've had over the last five months related to control and power at work. If a head-to-head dynamic with a colleague or an overly competitive attitude towards your daily to-dos has felt like it's not serving you, taking a different approach now can set you up for even better results.

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Taurus (April 20–May 20)

Health: While go-getter Mars moves through your sixth house of wellness from October 3 to November 19, you'll be fired up to take your current fitness plan to the next level. At the same time, this transit can also lead to feeling restless and overstimulated, so make sure to build in time for stretching, meditating, deep breathing—whatever practice you find restorative.

Relationships: If you're single, you might be quick to dive into a passionate, seriously sexy arrangement, as romantic Venus moves through your seventh house of partnership from October 8 to November 1. And if you're attached, you're bound to be more focused on bonding with bae. Your challenge: staying true to your needs in the midst of all this intense one-on-one time.

Career: Around October 13, when the full moon is in your twelfth house of spirituality, you could feel burned out by the nonstop pace of your life and need to take a time out. While you hate to put work on hold, giving yourself a chance to recharge can make it possible to return stronger, more focused, and centered.

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Gemini (May 21–June 20)

Health: Around October 27, the new moon in your sixth house of health is an awesome opportunity to get clear on a fitness aspiration—whether that's upping your strength work, training for a race, or doing that local yoga studio challenge. The more focused you are about what you want to achieve, the better; once you zero in and decide on a game plan, you'll be pretty much unstoppable.

Relationships: Expressing yourself creatively, especially in relationships, comes even more naturally while action-oriented Mars moves through your fifth house of romance from October 3 to November 19. For this reason, you might want to get a steamy sexting session going, or get even more vocal about what's in your heart with someone you've been seeing. Embracing this playful energy has you radiating from the inside out.

Career: You and your coworkers might have to put your nose to the grindstone to complete a major project or need to lean on friends to deal with a crossroads in your professional path around October 13 (when the full moon is in your eleventh house of networking). Either way, this moment serves to remind you that when you embrace support from others, you'll feel even more capable and successful.

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Cancer (June 21–July 22)

Health: Thanks to go-getter Mars' trip through your fourth house of home life from October 3 to November 19, you'll want to spend downtime with family members and close friends—so do double-duty by roping them into your fitness routine. Going for hikes or hitting that weekend spin class with loved ones will make you feel more connected and productive, not to mention brimming with endorphins.

Relationships: While relationship-oriented Venus moves through your fifth house of romance from October 8 to November 1, matters of the heart are sure to get ~interesting~. You're pretty much a magnet for anyone you have your eye on, so enjoy all the next-level flirtation, impromptu date nights, and if you're single, nonstop app matches. It's all well deserved.

Career: You may need to step into the spotlight at work around October 13 when the full moon is in your tenth house of career. Making a major presentation or pitching a business proposal might feel stressful initially, but your willingness to run with whatever you're assigned and be a team player could win you lasting points with higher-ups.

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Leo (July 23–August 22)

Health: Once transformative Pluto ends its retrograde in your sixth house of wellness on October 3, reflect on any less-than-healthy aspects of your routine (like struggling to get enough Zzzs or spending on daily PSLs) that could use an overhaul. If you commit to identifying and tackling these habits head-on now, you can improve your mental strength and feel more energized.

Relationships: You might want to be even more direct and assertive than usual while go-getter Mars moves through your third house of communication from October 3 to November 19. Use this to your advantage by telling your S.O. or a new match exactly what you do and don't want. You'll find that setting healthy boundaries can make for an even hotter time.

Career: Around October 13, when the full moon is in your ninth house of adventure, you'll be itching to get out of your comfort zone on the job. You might find yourself Googling for any excuse to travel or take a class that will boost your skill set. Take your intuition seriously—if you can make a move that turns these daydreams into reality, you'll be much more satisfied.

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Virgo (August 23–September 22)

Health: Around October 27, when the new moon is in your third house of communication, you'll be running around like crazy, but it's a perfect time to zero in on general housekeeping tasks—like touring that new gym or researching that meal delivery service—that can help you elevate your healthy routine. Steps you take now can set you up for rewarding results down the road.

Relationships: While romantic Venus moves through your third house of communication from October 8 to November 1, you'll be even more drawn to witty, intellectual people and cerebral, snappy banter is even more of a turn-on than usual. For that reason, try to plan dates that serve as conversation starters (think: a museum exhibit or film fest versus that trusty ol' happy hour), and you'll send sparks flying.

Career: You'll feel energized to take on even more work, get started on ambitious business proposals, or initiate investment plans, thanks to go-getter Mars' move through your second house of income from October 3 to November 19. Just be sure to check in with your gut and make sure your actions are based on your own personal vision and goals as opposed to reflecting someone else's values.

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Libra (September 23–October 22)

Health: You'll feel like briefly putting your aggressive fitness routine on hold bump up your self-pampering (maybe try cupping or an infrared sauna) on October 21 when beauty-loving Venus in your second house of values harmonizes with dreamy Neptune in your sixth house of wellness. Seeing just how much this restores your body and mind could inspire you to do it on the regular.

Relationships: Standing up for your own needs while also taking your S.O. or a potential match's needs into consideration is the theme of the October 13 full moon for you, as it falls in your seventh house of partnership. Identifying how and when you're willing to compromise is a major lesson to be learned right now. Once you know where you stand, you'll feel even more centered and satisfied in your relationship.

Career: Around October 27, when the new moon is in your second house of income, it's a good idea to set a realistic financial goal. Gather info and ask all of the questions before taking your first step, because you'll want to be absolutely committed to it. Once you dive in, your passion, confidence, and having the right support system in place will keep you on track.

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Scorpio (October 23–November 21)

Health: You might be frustated with your lack of progress on a particular fitness goal—and, as a result, feel cranky around October 13, when the full moon is in your sixth house of health. Taking a step back to think about what you can control, and then getting to work on that, can feel therapeutic and proactive. You've got this.

Relationships: While romantic Venus moves through your sign from October 8 to November 1, you'll be feeling super magnetic and eager to express your deepest, steamiest desires to your partner or a potential S.O. You might even put other to-dos on the backburner so you can prioritize more pleasurable activities, like an X-rated FaceTime session or well-planned, classically romantic date night. Let your intuition lead the way.

Career: You might want to makeover your current approach to hitting professional milestones around October 27 when the new moon is in your sign. As urgent as this might feel, you'll do best to hold off on concrete action until you've meditated on what you really want. Even more self-awareness now can lead you down the right path.

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Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)

Health: While the confident sun moves through your twelfth house of spirituality from October 23 to November 22, you might be drawn to more solo, self-reflective activities than usual. This might mean honing your deep breathing practice, doing a walking meditation, or journaling—all of which might feel just as mentally rewarding as an intense sweat session and like you're tackling your wellness in a holistic way.

Relationships: Around October 13, when the full moon is in your fifth house of romance, you might feel like you've been working so hard lately that it's kept you from having fun with your S.O. or a potential partner. As a result, you'll want to do something impulsive and bold to express your emotions and chill out. All your to-dos might still get in the way, but striking the balance between professional responsibilities and your emotional health is a key lesson now.

Career: While go-getter Mars moves through your eleventh house of partnership from October 3 to November 19, you might be itching to take charge of a group project. Your instincts to be the boss are praiseworthy, but ultimately, collaboration and allowing everyone's voices to be heard is the most important means to a successful end.

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Capricorn (December 22–January 19)

Health: You almost can't help but fill your busy schedule with even more group fitness opps while social Venus moves through your eleventh house of networking from October 8 to November 1. Whether you're meeting up with your BFF for a run or trying a new Pilates class, connecting with people who are on the same page with wellness can inspire and motivate you even further. (More proof of that right here: The Benefits of Taking a Group Fitness Class)

Relationships: Small talk won't cut it with your S.O. or a potential bae around September 13, when Mercury and Venus pair up in your ninth house of adventure. You want to get deep, philosophical, and maybe even make exciting plans for the future involving travel or leveling-up your skill set. Connecting on this serves as a major turn-on.

Career: You'll want to shine and earn well-deserved credit from higher-ups while action-oriented Mars is in your tenth house of career from October 3 to November 19. At the same time, it's possible that you'll be even more vocal when you don't see eye-to-eye with your bosses. This impulse might be a sign it's time to strike out on your own in some way, which could lead to even more satisfying recognition in the long run.

Aquarius (January 20–February 18)

Health: You might feel burned out by the sheer volume of to-dos and nonstop texts and emails you feel like you have to tackle around October 13, when the full moon is in your third house of communication. If you feel like you'll cope best by crushing an intense workout, go for it, but you might also do well to manage your stress with more grounding, chill practices (like taking long evening walks or doing morning sun salutations). If recharging really is your priority, there's no shame in keeping it low-key.

Relationships: You might be feeling restless and want to have more eye-opening experiences with your partner (or, if you're single, someone new) while go-getter Mars moves through your ninth house of adventure from October 3 to November 19. Travel (even an impromptu road trip) can be an awesome way to satisfy this urge, but any opportunity to learn together can serve as a surefire chemistry booster.

Career: Around October 27, when the new moon is in your tenth house of career, you could get caught up in deep reflection about how you you want to shape your professional path from this point. You'll want to figure out how you can best give back while also feeling appreciated for everything you bring to the table. Believing you deserve to have both can set you up for more professional happiness.

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Pisces (February 19–March 20)

Health: Your regular workout routine could suddenly feel like a total snoozefest around October 27 when the new moon is in your ninth house of adventure. If you're feeling implusive (and chances are you may be), you could sign up for a studio membership or training plan that's 180 degrees from your usual grind. It makes sense to shake things up in order to escape a rut, but stay true to yourself. The best route is one that challenges you, suits you, and is sustainable.

Relationships: While action-oriented Mars moves through your eighth house of sexual intimacy from October 3 to November 19, you'll want to be even more assertive about your needs met between the sheets. If it seems like your current partner is on a different page value-wise, it might be time to call it and put all that steamy energy toward connecting with someone who's more compatible.

Career: You might be reflecting on whether or not your current work reflects your big picture values around October 13 when the full moon is in your second house of income. How might your job be even more in line with what you stand for and need to feel creatively and emotionally fulfilled? Answers to this question should offer you valuable insight for your next major professional move.