As we enter a new month, the slate is wiped clean and there are endless possibilities for growth. Here’s your October horoscope for 2023, so you can see what’s in store for your relationships, career, and emotions in the month ahead.
Libra, Sep 24 – Oct 23
Happy birthday Venus people. It’s your season of embodying Libran philosopher Nietzsche’s statement that: “We have art so that we shall not die of reality.” More than any other sign, you know perfectly balanced scales are a myth, and the art of equilibrium lies in a graceful choreography between everfluctuating polarities. Passionate Mars and flirty Mercury in your sign have you executing some dashing new dance steps this month, while the Libra new moon on October 15, your annual gift from the heavens, powers up partnerships and refreshes relationships for the coming six months.
Scorpio, Oct 24 – Nov 22
After an enjoyably social start, October warms up for you even more around mid-month when fire-starter Mars steams into your sign with energy to burn. Though with the feisty planet lighting a match to your volcanic personality, it may take all of your considerable willpower not to get triggered by someone pushing your buttons. When the sun and Mercury swish seductively into your deep water sign in the last week of October you’re absolutely in your element, and if anyone knows how to maintain an air of mystery that keeps people wanting more, it’s your Scorpionic self.
Sagittarius, Nov 23 – Dec 21
Been quick to judge? Mercury starting this month in the sign of balance suggests that reconsidering a hardline decision might yield better results. Normally Jupiter favours candid conversations to discuss differences of opinion, but October responds to a less direct, more diplomatic approach. Patience isn’t a Sagittarian superpower, but taking time to empathise will win more hearts than straightforward bluntness. When Mercury slides into secretive mode in late October, strengthen your passwords, keep confidential information under wraps and if your trust alarm goes off, listen.
Capricorn, Dec 22 – Jan 20
After an extended four-month emphasis on close relationships, Venus shifting into her healthiest placement in the second week of October makes self-care look attractive, so think about rebooting some of those lapsed wellness routines to restore your glow. Pluto’s planetary intensive in your sign since May has activated deep decisions about people and patterns in your life, and when the dwarf planet moves forward again in Capricorn around mid-month, you’ll find it easier to begin following up on any promising new connections and severing those that no longer serve.
Aquarius, Jan 21 – Feb 19
Uranus, your mentor planet, is currently guiding you to find ways of maintaining your sense of joy and purpose in the face of planetary changes. This month’s cosmic constellation supports doing this through art. As collective uncertainty and eco-stress fracture life as we’ve known it, new ways of contributing and communicating are springing up through these cracks. Channelling the complex emotions evoked by the crimes of our times into meaningful action, and standing up in whatever way you can for causes that support truth and justice has always been the Aquarian way.
Pisces, Feb 20 – Mar 20
Last month promoted organisation and cleaning up, this month is about making things beautiful. And ideally, doing that with someone else. October’s astral energy in the fair-minded sign of joint ventures and partnering fosters the urge to merge, and this diplomatic cycle helps you to broker equitable deals at the bargaining table. Artistic Neptune in your sign supports this month’s strong aesthetic to revisit unfinished creative projects, and with ethical Saturn in Pisces, if you feel that something isn’t sitting right, then this is the time to speak up rather than just letting it slide.
Aries, Mar 21 – Apr 21
In this month of varying light and shade, the aligning of opposites is everyone’s most important task. Your mentor planet, Mars, is currently assisting you to practise the fine art of diplomatic negotiation, of asserting yourself with Venusian charm, grace and irresistible persuasion. All of which is excellent prep for late October’s escalating intensity when Mars dives into the sign of secrets and intrigue, causing an increase in competitive flare-ups and power differentials. The benefits? Bonds can deepen and strengthen under this transit, as you get a better sense of who to trust.
Taurus, Apr 22 – May 21
As your guiding planet, Venus, relaxes from a fiery element into an earthy sign like your own during the second week of October, there’s strength in numbers, so consider teaming up on a co-operative project or communal income opportunity. Is there some way to consolidate resources for a mutually beneficial win-win? This year’s annual full moon in Taurus, on October 29, highlights just how far you’ve come in a particular area of your life throughout the year’s accelerated changes. So, reward yourself by fully acknowledging this progress and celebrating it.
Gemini, May 22 – Jun 22
Your mentor planet, Mercury, suggests taking inventory this month of the people you surround yourself with, while reminding you of the benefits of listening to the other person’s viewpoint before leaping to conclusions and expressing your own opinions. Busy Geminis are often in a rush, but during this cycle slowing down and negotiating patiently is the key to restoring harmony to relationships and communications. As October progresses, Mercury advocates taking back control of your time from the droves of data-tracking apps absorbing your everyday attention.
Cancer, Jun 23 – Jul 23
Could your work benefit from a collaborator who complements your skill set? For lunar-ruled Cancerians, the new moon eclipse on October 15, harmoniously aligned with objective Mercury, promotes fair judgment based on facts, not feelings, and presses restart on personal and professional partnerships. A full moon eclipse on October 29 in the sign of money and material security supports a revamp of your financial habits. There’s no need for austerity, though: Just make sure that you have got enough to cover the basics while also enjoying plenty of sumptuous earthly delights.
Leo, Jul 24 – Aug 23
If your majesty has been feeling a little off-centre in these days of rampant change, this month’s regulating energies will help you to know when to push a little and when it’s advisable to pull back. The outer planets’ slower pace suggests that there’s no need to race into rushed decisions, so pause, take a break and tune into their rhythm, which could deliver some interesting information on a more satisfying work/pleasure balance. This October, indulge in some of that awesome creativity you were born with. And looks definitely do matter this month, so style up for a win.
Virgo, Aug 24 – Sep 23
Last month others loved you up, now it’s your turn. When Venus steps into your precise sign in the second week of October for Virgo’s annual season of self-love, allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised by your own qualities, capabilities and achievements. Be less demanding of yourself. Remember, nobody’s perfect: We’re all artworks in progress. Your mentor planet, Mercury, will be spending half of October in the sign of aesthetic intelligence, so you will bring the voice of reason to any mediation, and with Venus ascendant, the most elegant solution is likely to be the best.