This Month in Astrology – October 2021
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On October 6th, the New Moon occurs in the sign of Libra, prompting a new beginning. It’s a time for taking charge of our relationships and giving them their due attention, as well as working on our negotiation and partnering skills. The resolution of conflicts is in focus and the objective.
This lunation aligns with Mars and forms a quincunx with Uranus. As such, we should watch for too-quick decisions and actions, but pay close attention to our instincts and impulses now. Mars adds more power and energy to our quest to harmonize and partner, but we can struggle a little with the idea of going our own way. As much as want these things, it can be difficult to integrate these urges into our personalities or to act upon them consistently.
Four major bodies turn direct this month: Pluto on the 6th, Saturn on the 10th, and Mercury and Jupiter on the 18th. While the shifts themselves can be a little disorienting and perhaps intense in some cases, we start to see some developments. We’re on the road to making progress.
On the 6th, Pluto turns direct after retrograde motion since late April. Intensity is with us in the days (and perhaps weeks for the sensitive) surrounding this date with a strong focus on ambition and the need to feel empowered. Over the coming weeks and months, the power to make deep changes in our lives becomes more insistent and direct (less internalized). We are less likely to brood over changes that we feel have been thrust upon us and more likely to make necessary changes.
Saturn turns direct on the 10th, serving as a strong reminder to take care of our responsibilities and bring our goals down to earth. With Saturn’s direct turn, our responsibilities, and perhaps our limitations, are magnified. Gradually, our longer-term goals and plans become clearer.
On October 18th, Jupiter turns direct. This change of direction can mark a turning of the corner with certain projects and relationships as well as attitudes–we enjoy increased enthusiasm. With Jupiter direct, our confidence in ourselves, our beliefs, and the universe builds. We are more lighthearted and ready to share ourselves and what we’ve learned with others. Friendship and happiness goals are in focus, and they’re moving along.
Also on October 18th, Mercury turns direct in the sign of Libra, and will continue its retrograde until October 18th, staying in the same sign throughout. During this period, we can be slow to reach a decision — possibly painfully slow, as our minds bounce back and forth between the alternatives, finding merits for any and all of them.
This retrograde cycle may affect our close partnerships the most. We might rethink old positions and relationships, and our observations tend to be particularly idealized. In a general sense, retrograde Mercury periods send us to the past for more or previously hidden information. They’re cycles for learning to let go of control, and for thinking about issues in a new way.
On October 20th, a Full Moon occurs in the sign of Aries, reminding us to consider how we are honoring ourselves in the context of our close relationships. New revelations can occur now, particularly regarding our physical bodies, leadership skills, ability to initiate and begin new things, and close partnerships.
This Full Moon urges us to strike a balance between meeting our personal needs and attending to the needs of a significant other, and between independence or autonomy and dependence or companionability. With the Sun forming an alignment with Mars and square to Pluto near this Full Moon, there can be pressures and a bit of paranoia attached to our realizations and the courage and passion for taking action. We can struggle with obstacles, but we’re brave, determined, and resourceful.
|Oct 1||10:19 PM||Neptune quintile True Node||Nep 21 Pis 18'Rx
TNo 3 Gem 18'
|Oct 6||7:05 AM||New Moon in Libra||13 Lib 25'|
|Oct 6||2:29 PM||Pluto Direct||Plu 24 Cap 19'D|
|Oct 7||7:21 AM||Venus enters Sagittarius||Ven 0 Sag 00'|
|Oct 8||9:33 PM||Ceres Retrograde||12 Gem 08'Rx|
|Oct 10||10:17 PM||Saturn Direct||Sat 6 Aqu 53'D|
|Oct 12||11:25 PM||First Quarter Moon||20 Cap 01'|
|Oct 18||1:30 AM||Jupiter Direct||Jup 22 Aqu 20'D|
|Oct 18||11:17 AM||Mercury Direct||Mer 10 Lib 08'|
|Oct 20||10:57 AM||Full Moon in Aries||27 Ari 26'|
|Oct 23||12:51 AM||Sun enters Scorpio||Sun 0 Sco 00'|
|Oct 28||4:05 PM||Last Quarter Moon||5 Leo 37'|
|Oct 30||10:21 AM||Mars enters Scorpio||Mar 0 Sco 00'|
(See the full table for 2021.)
See also: This Week in Astrology week to week for more detail.
This Month’s Overview Horoscopes
The following horoscopes outline how the above astrological influences might affect each individual sign.
Overview horoscopes fill in here as I write them, ideally during the week before the month begins. It is not unusual to see some signs temporarily missing as I usually write the twelve of them over the course of a few days, and I always start with the featured sign of the month (birthday month).
October 2021 Monthly Horoscope Overview for Aries:
With a strong focus on your partnership sector this month, dear Aries, you're in great shape to find more balance in your life. It's that time of year when others' agendas and needs tend to come into the spotlight, and you're paying your relationships their due attention. You also tend to seek out others' company, advice, and feedback at this time. A new perspective on your life or practical help from others can be advantageous now.
You can have a new mission related to companionship, relationship needs, and goals after the New Moon on the 6th. Even so, with Mercury retrograde in your partnership sector until the 18th, you may need to look back before moving forward.
The 6-9 is particularly packed with energy, with the New Moon occurring along with the Sun, Mars, and retrograde Mercury in alignment in your relationship sector. You certainly have the courage to make changes or take action in a partnership. Someone may be bringing out strong feelings and desires in you, and conflicts entered into now may serve as a valuable reflection of your own desires for action and reaction. Or, someone might encourage you to take action.
Conflicts are possible, particularly if you don't know where to direct excess energy. On the other hand, pairing up to get something done can come naturally. Things can get tricky, and there can be an accelerated, energized pace to your interactions and possibly animated or impulsive communications. Revisiting long-standing problems is ultimately helpful, although it can feel problematic initially.
Venus moves into harmony with your sign from the 7th forward, helping you attract positive attention and feel more comfortable with your feelings and pursuits. It's a fine period for personal charm and attractiveness–you're incredibly likable and relatable. Sharing ideas and beliefs with someone special can bring a relationship to a new level. You're likely to enjoy chatting with others and exchanging ideas or talking through problems.
With Saturn's direct turn on the 10th, you feel more equipped to take charge. Truths coming to light help you get a better grip on the reality of friendships or projects, a long-term plan, aspiration, or goal. You're in better shape for meeting responsibilities.
Mercury and Jupiter turn direct on the 18th, contributing to a hopefulness about your friendships and long-term plans. These events can bring your social life to life. Connecting brings more joy. Conversations and projects begin to move forward.
It's a great month for tackling problem areas in your relationships and putting them behind you. A relationship can improve tremendously by focusing on long-term happiness goals. Teamwork can be golden now! A significant someone can be an excellent sounding board for your ideas. You might lay the groundwork for promotion and networking, and you draw others to you with your sincerity and confidence. Opportunities to advance or reach your goals seem to arise through relationships and contacts. People in your life are encouraging you, or your relationship with someone is a motivator for handling a problem.
The 20th brings a Full Moon in your sign, and feelings bubble up to the surface with great force. You can have epiphanies about your needs as this lunation brings unacknowledged personal needs to the front burner. It can be an important time for checking in with those feelings and desires that you've brushed off or left unfulfilled, especially with so much recent attention to others' needs.
The month's focus shifts a little as the Sun moves into your solar eighth house on the 23rd. Mars will do the same on the 30th. These influences bring light to--and stir--your passions. Your need to connect intensely with someone or something comes into focus. You're getting into a period when taking charge of financial matters that you may have swept under the rug can be most productive.
October 2021 Monthly Horoscope Overview for Taurus:
With a special emphasis on your solar sixth house in October, dear Taurus, you'll likely find that matters of health, work, and routine are often in focus. It can be a time for being exceptionally productive and enjoying the feeling of being useful. Still, it can also be a rather busy period that requires some backtracking over incomplete or outdated projects. With Mercury retrograde until the 18th, you could be waiting for information before pushing something ahead.
It may be that if you need to launch a new exercise or nutrition regime or a new work project, you'll feel a strong desire around the New Moon on the 6th, but after the 18th, you're more likely to get the chance. Lifestyle improvements are appealing and in favor. You may be able to secure the support, financial or otherwise, that you need.
The New Moon on the 6th can stir the need for new beginnings with your job, work, chores, daily routines, habits, health, and self-care programs. You're motivated, assertive, and courageous about starting anew. It's an exceedingly dynamic time for these matters, and you're heavily invested in making improvements. Even so, you could battle your desire for independence and freedom, perhaps dealing with erratic moods.
You can experience a great impulse to get organized or in shape. Watch for impatience, arrogance, and ego getting in the way--instead, encourage your initiative, bravery, drive, and vigor. It may be that you need to wait for an answer or information before starting fresh, and it's best not to rush things. Aim to clear away clutter and tie up loose ends instead of pushing a matter that needs more time.
Helping you organize and structure your life is Saturn's direct turn on the 10th. This influence can help clarify your business, career, and life path goals or projects. There may be a reality check, but you'll also determine what's genuinely doable. All month, your eye for detail can benefit your career or boost your reputation. Conversations or list-making can help free you from inevitable frustrations. Career and reputation matters are picking up steam, even if it's a slow and steady pace. Hard work may not pay off just yet, but you enjoy some substantial progress.
Even further, with Jupiter's direct turn on the 18th, you're likely to enjoy more optimism about your career or general life direction. Professional and reputation matters gain clarity, slowly but surely. Although it can take time to get back on track, you are likely to see some subtle improvements in these areas.
While there is a significant focus on learning from the past or doing editing work and making adjustments until the 18th, you feel ready to apply yourself after this date. Information unblocks, and you know your next step.
You might seek--and find-- more meaning in the work you do or daily routines. Energy and motivation levels soar. You can feel pumped up about pursuing health or fitness programs or energized to improve your habits and daily routines. Solving a work or mechanical issue can be a wonderful relief. The chance to straighten out a misconception can emerge, and others seem to recognize your efforts, talents, or leadership ability. This can also be a time when a work or health pursuit, project, or lifestyle adjustment inspires you.
The Full Moon on the 20th can awaken you to feelings you've kept at bay, helping you to pursue your desires more wholly. Your intuition is telling you something now! The need for balance between physical and emotional health becomes obvious. It's time to take care of needs that go beyond the physical and practical. After this, you can bring your renewed self back to your work and self-care programs.
A focus on close relationships, especially partnerships, emerges from the 23rd forward and strengthens after the 30th. It's a time for pursuing what you truly want in the relationship department, and if you have to stir up some activity to do so, so be it!
At the same time, your approach to practical matters is positive and creative as you close out the month. Drawing up plans for the future can be in the spotlight and quite successful.
October 2021 Monthly Horoscope Overview for Gemini:
October's transits help you connect with your need to enjoy and express yourself as an individual, dear Gemini. You are putting your unique stamp on whatever you're doing, which is a crucial self-discovery process.
There is an emphasis on recreation, play, romance, or creativity this month, but you may feel in limbo on some level until the 18th, perhaps as you are waiting for news or otherwise can't seem to enjoy yourself fully. Mercury is retrograde until that day, and you may be looking back before moving forward. While this is an important month for personality growth and liberation, it's best to take things one step at a time.
The New Moon on the 6th can unearth a strong desire or need to start fresh with romance, joy, entertainment, love, dating, leisure, or hobbies. You might discover new needs or sides to your personality or new channels for expressing and enjoying yourself.
Because the Sun meets with Mars and retrograde Mercury around this time, these areas of life can be stimulating, animated, thrilling, or tense. It's a fantastic time to follow your passions, but do so mindfully, and be sure you know what they are. Competitive feelings can drive you, possibly to resolve a problem from the past that's now blocking your path forward. There can be much thinking or conversing about particular issues that have slowed your progress. However, it's best to watch for false starts and hasty moves since Mercury is retrograde until the 18th.
Saturn ends its retrograde on the 10th, helping you work on bringing your expectations down to earth. Self-improvement endeavors can be in focus and more successful as you have a firmer grip on what's realistic and realizable. Your life might improve with a promise, support, or increased structure and commitment.
Jupiter turns direct on the 18th, awakening your optimism on the same day that Mercury also ends its retrograde. You feel more comfortable sharing your creative side, friendships improve, a fun project or pastime excites you, or there may be much to enjoy with a love interest or partner. There can be quite a bit of excitement about sharing your ideas and interests with others.
Mercury's retrograde cycle until the 18th can point to some slowdowns or delays. You may not have all the information you need to move forward on a matter, mainly related to relationships, creative projects, or other heartfelt pursuits. After the 18th, blocks lift, and you see forward movement.
The month holds very encouraging energy for sharing ideas, new interests, rediscovering an old flame or friendship, and creative or publishing projects. You might enjoy a new line of study or develop a current project, and writing and learning flow exceptionally well. You're looking to freshen your mind with new possibilities. Taking steps to free yourself from a debilitating situation or problem can figure strongly now, and it feels great! Your personal magnetism is skyrocketing along with your increasing confidence.
The Full Moon on the 20th brings up the need for special attention to your friendships, social life, networks, and happiness goals, dreams, and hopes. Feelings for someone or a project can blossom now. This lunation can remind you of the need for others, whether it's about support or simply a sense of belonging. Reaching out at this time can be therapeutic.
From the 23rd forward, more attention to work and routine is likely. It's a good time to take on challenging projects that you may have been putting off. You have more initiative and energy for work projects and can apply yourself with more vigor. You can sometimes feel a little bogged down by chores and responsibilities, but you also see ways to improve your life as you fulfill your obligations.
The last day of the month is strong for making decisions about higher learning, long-term goals, and making plans to do more, learn more, and experience more.
October 2021 Monthly Horoscope Overview for Cancer:
In October, your attention often turns to personal matters, domestic affairs, and family or home life, dear Cancer. With Mercury retrograde until the 18th, your personal life is animated but not consistently smooth. However, any backtracking you need to do now will contribute significantly to the strength of future plans.
A new project or approach to your personal affairs and home life is in order from the 6th. New beginnings and a fresh start relate to family, home life, long-term investments/ business, and comfort and safety matters. You can feel raring to go but should probably watch for impulsiveness or prematurity. Consider that Mercury remains retrograde until the 18th, and while you can be revving up on the 6-9, you may not have all the information you need to push ahead. You might return to an old project or problem, or your personal or home life can be very busy or even hectic, as something is up in the air.
If you find the proper channels to express it, a more courageous and bold approach to your life opens up doors. Watch for ego conflicts and impatience, however. Aim to pour extra energy into a household project or invigorating activity with family for best results. Being active and productive is the goal.
Through most of October, you're likely to experience a lot of energy centering around the home or with family. Instead, this can be a more demanding time for you, in general. You might be redecorating or reorganizing. Channel this energy constructively instead of allowing it to turn into restlessness or conflict.
With Saturn's direct turn on the 10th, you're likely to gain more clarity with finances or a relationship. This turnaround can also boost your conviction to make a significant lifestyle change. You may see some forward progress with debts or financial support from this date forward. There could be the need to buckle down that prompts you to be more attentive about, or responsible for, a matter. It's also possible that you gain more clarity in your intimate life or about an important project.
Jupiter turns direct on the 18th, and Mercury also ends its retrograde on that date. You can feel more confident about dealing with tricky emotions and complicated problems. Certain delays or blocks lift, or the information you need to move forward comes through! While you've seen progress before this date, it's been slow going. Now, you feel some forward momentum building.
Transits now can serve to open your heart and produce flowing energy related to family or emotions. New ideas and solutions are in the offing. You can feel quite a bit of enthusiasm building, and a sense of support is uplifting. Your personal life, intimate relationships, and family or household matters are in particularly good form. Emotional, financial, or domestic affairs can be especially rewarding and fruitful. There can be pleasant intensity or activity in an intimate relationship and possibly with home projects. You may be exploring new ways of relating to loved ones with great results.
The Full Moon on the 20th occurs at the top of your solar chart, reminding you of the need to pay special attention to your work or reputation. A responsibility or a call to action is possible now. You might recognize the need to perform or take the lead. While you could feel some pressure to perform, don't push yourself too hard, as there's a tendency to worry a little too much at this time.
From the 23rd, and even further from the 30th, your focus turns to entertainment, romance, and creative self-expression. As such, you end the month far more outgoing than you began it. It's a terrific time for recognizing your need to play, enjoy yourself, have some fun, and share your affection or creations with others. It can undoubtedly be your time to shine.
October 2021 Monthly Horoscope Overview for Leo:
There can often be reasons to keep you focused on your daily routines this month, dear Leo, with a strong emphasis on your solar third house. It's also a time for communicating, connecting, running many errands, or juggling many activities.
You quickly become enthused with your plans, projects, and ideas in October. Romantic expression moves from slightly timid to wonderfully terrific around the 7th, when Venus moves into your romance sector for the remainder of the month and beyond. This cycle brings more lightness, warmth, and graciousness into your life, and it ups your powers of attraction. The desire to interact, spread your charm, and enjoy yourself increases. Benefits come to creativity, romance, children, entertainment, and other channels through which you express your need for play and reinforcement.
Learning, communicating, and connecting are all prominent themes. You are super motivated in these areas, although you should watch for haste. While you can quickly make a lot of headway, there can be some errors or things you overlook. Choose your words wisely and watch for impatience with communications and movements.
The desire or need for new beginnings after the New Moon on the 6th relates to communications, studies, learning, connecting, and transportation. New channels for expressing yourself, making contact, or getting out and about can open up. Your enthusiasm to get things done, succeed, and excel is through the roof in the days following. Do watch for impatience, and try not to voice your unsatisfied desires if they've come on very suddenly -- give them time. Aim to pour excess energy into pet projects or following through on a missed connection.
It's also a time when problems resurface, or you're in limbo, waiting for answers, with Mercury retrograde until the 18th. Aim to keep some emotional distance if engaging in debates and try not to take things, especially done or spoken in impatience, too seriously. There can be many distractions, but it can be an exciting time for reviving an old mental interest or idea.
Saturn's direct turn on the 10th helps ground you, bringing more clarity to a relationship or your stand on a situation. Realistic expectations of projects and people lead to happier moods all around!
Jupiter ends its retrograde on the same day that Mercury does: the 18th. You may be connecting with people and information that help you get closer to your goals after this date. Slowly but surely, more clarity comes to your projects and communications, editing work finishes, or word comes that moves things forward. Building faith in a relationship can be in focus and rewarding.
There could be helpful, happy, or pleasing people coming (or coming back) into your life. Even with increased family focus as the month advances, your social life is set to grow. Moods lift. You can find much joy in feeling part of a partnership or close friendship.
It's also an excellent time to advance towards a cherished goal, benefit through help from others, and learn something handy. People seek you out and enjoy your input. Getting active with a partner, even in small ways such as sharing time running errands, can give your relationship a nice boost.
The Full Moon on the 20th is a call to expand your interests and experiences, particularly if you've been too focused on your personal life. The power of your words is strong all month, and you can be prolific when it comes to writing or speaking. This lunation can awaken you to your need for more spirited activities and interests. It's a nudge toward rounding your life out with pursuits that feed your spirit for adventure.
The last week of the month emphasizes more focus on family or home life. The Sun begins its transit of your home and family sector on the 23rd, and then Mars heads into this same area of your solar chart on the 30th. You're in a more self-protective and protective phase, and improving your home or personal life can be appealing. Building up inner strength and nurturing the self and loved ones are in the spotlight in the coming weeks.
October 2021 Monthly Horoscope Overview for Virgo:
October brings vital energy for settling in and focusing on comfort, financial, and security issues, dear Virgo. The emphasis on your sector of self-worth and personal resources is impressive. It fairly demands your attention on what you have and what you might want to build or strengthen to feel safer and more content.
The month feels pleasurably slow in spots. Even when things speed up towards the end of the month, it's a pleasant kind of busy. Some backtracking or review of money may be in order until the 18th while your ruler, Mercury, is retrograde in your resources sector, after which business deals or money matters begin to move forward.
You're likely to derive much satisfaction from accomplishing something tangible and measurable this month. You find it easier to pick and choose your activities to your benefit. Lovely connections between your money and work/health sectors can produce excellent opportunities to prioritize and make what you deserve. You seem to naturally gravitate to those ventures and activities that serve you best. You see the importance of strategy and patience with your practical affairs this month.
At the same time, you're ready to work for security, and you are also quick to defend yourself. You might connect with a desire to live in more comfort. A great idea now might open the doorway to an increase in income down the road, even if it faces some resistance right now.
The New Moon on the 6th occurs in your sector of resources, money, talents, and personal possessions. As such, it's a time for new beginnings related to money and self-worth. You're highly dynamic and motivated, and a fresh approach to your finances and things is in order.
Still, it comes at a time when Mercury is still retrograde, and haste makes waste. It's best to observe, plan, and edit. You could be waiting for more information before pushing ahead. An old problem might resurface, and it can feel pressing and seem to demand action. Watch, however, for impulsive moves and communications that can lead to mistakes. It could be a good time to revisit old ideas and update them, and the review of past purchases or budgets can be helpful.
With Saturn's direct turn on the 10th, you'll find it easier (or necessary) to get back on track with diet or fitness plans or work projects. It's a time to adopt a more straightforward approach to meeting and facing your responsibilities. Learning where you stand on a matter can be a relief and can also improve planning and decision-making.
From the 18th, the chance to make your daily life or chores better--and even joyful--can emerge. The next several months are excellent for benefits from work, services, and health. For now, you're easing forward, and it feels comfortable. You may now have the information you need to make effective decisions and take charge of your personal affairs, finances, and resources.
Enthusiasm grows, as does your confidence, particularly on practical levels. There's a reason for renewed hope or optimism about finances or work, and a work or self-care program can motivate and inspire you. You're super motivated to improve your health and wellness and to appreciate and enjoy your everyday life more thoroughly. You might take steps toward putting a problem behind you.
The Full Moon on the 20th can bring a reminder of overspending, or you could have cause to celebrate! Revelations, epiphanies, and turning points relate to an intimate relationship, passion project, or money owed or shared. You are determined to pursue your desires. Even so, you could be battling others or your own fears of loss.
The last week of October is strong for new interests, a busy mind, and learning or studying. It's an active time for changing mental interests, entertaining original concepts, learning, and networking, and this energy will continue into November. You're brimming with beautiful ideas and discovering all-new interests that inspire and motivate you. You're passionate about your ideas, and you enjoy sharing them with others.
October 2021 Monthly Horoscope Overview for Libra:
There is a strong focus on you and your personal plans this month, dear Libra, with many bodies in your sign. It's an important month for pursuing your goals, expressing yourself independently, and taking care of yourself.
Mercury is retrograde in your sign until the 18th, and it's also vital that you look back before moving forward! With both Mercury and Jupiter changing directions on the 18th, watch for fuzzy thinking, and add a buffer zone of a few days in both directions to the equation. While the New Moon on the 6th motivates you to want to start fresh, you'll feel clearer three weeks into October.
Mars in your sign most of the month can pump you up nevertheless. Planets in your sign harmonize with lucky Jupiter, bringing some events that feel like lucky breaks. It's an excellent time for building bridges or boosting current relationships. Hobbies and recreational pastimes can be in stronger focus. You're especially inclined to dream big dreams as you focus on renewal and creative refreshment. You may feel freer to express yourself or happy to explore hobbies and other forms of expressive recreation.
It's a powerful time for learning and leisure. You may be motivated to pursue your heart's desire. It can be a time of tapping into your enterprising side. While Mercury remains retrograde until the 18th, and conversations can be learning experiences, you most readily rise above problems. You have the confidence that you can make things happen, particularly for fun, romance, children, and creative projects.
Disconnects with others can be part of the picture, particularly related to home or family life. Still, these interruptions have a way of pointing out new ways to do things you may not have seen otherwise.
You have a real need for change, action, and dynamism in October. You no longer tolerate certain restrictive circumstances. Your temper can be quick, and some restlessness is possible if you don’t find healthy outlets for excess energy. Be active but avoid haste for best results. Mars spurs you on and motivates you to pursue your desires. You are making things happen, and while you can be a little headstrong and impatient at times, this is generally a good time for knowing what you want and getting things done. This is more the case after the 18th.
Always when Mars transits your sign (which happens for about six weeks every 2-3 years), there is some danger of pushing yourself too far, whether on physical, mental, or emotional levels. However, Mars can help improve your confidence as long as you practice self-control at the same time. Discovering a new passion, interest, hobby, or love may be in focus now.
The New Moon on the 6th feels intense and stirring. It’s about personal reinvention, new personal beginnings, health and body issues, attitudes, and personal manner, and you can get quite revved up about making changes. The Sun and Mars head toward alignment in your sign producing combustible energy that increases your courage but perhaps also your tendency to impulsive or impatient behavior. It would help if you were as self-aware as possible to benefit from this transit.
Observe what's happening around you and what you feel so that if you need to make quick decisions, you'll be in the right headspace. Taking charge, taking the lead, and being straightforward are themes. However, it wouldn't hurt to tone things down if you're feeling hot and bothered. Confidence is attractive; impatience leads to poor choices. Your independence is in the spotlight this month!
On the other hand, mental energy is abundant but perhaps stifled or misdirected at times in October, particularly around the 7-9. You may want to watch for offhand or unintentionally insensitive remarks as well as impulsive actions. Some backtracking or frustration can serve as a push to clear the decks for new beginnings.
Mercury turning direct on the 18th is helpful, and so are Saturn on the 10th and Jupiter on the 18th. Blocks are lifting! Jupiter turns direct in your romance and creativity sector, giving the green light for romance, arts, and entertainment. It ushers in hope and feelings of optimism, particularly about a creative project or a romantic relationship. Your spirit to enjoy life is building. You certainly possess extra charm this month. It’s an excellent time to update your personal presentation and envision what you’d like to make of the year ahead.
Others seem to be in your corner, and an important meeting of minds can occur. Your powers of attraction skyrocket, and outstanding creative opportunities arise. You could be the go-to person for information and know-how.
Around the Full Moon on the 20th, your attention turns to relationships and unrealized feelings. There can be frustrations or heightened awareness about your relationship needs that require changes. Your true feelings emerge now, and they’re a little raw.
From the 23rd, motivation to pursue your financial goals is strong and building. You'll be heading into November with a mission. In the last days of October, you could solve a problem or two, not only for yourself but for others as well, or news comes in that clarifies things. You can use the power of words to attract what you want or to further your interests.
October 2021 Monthly Horoscope Overview for Scorpio:
Your private life is especially animated this month, dear Scorpio. Rest, reflection, and focus on mental and spiritual health are big themes. Around the New Moon on the 6th, you can feel as if you're unblocking and unburdening. It would be best if you had extra rest or attention to putting old problems behind you. Feelings about the past or a private matter can be complicated, and you can have a sudden surge of desire to put a problem behind you.
Still, Venus continues its transit of your sign in the first seven days of the month when others see you as especially desirable and likable. More importantly, you're gentler on yourself. While it's not until the last eight days of October that things really pick up the pace on an overt level, there is much going on behind the scenes and inside your mind until then.
In fact, this is a powerful time to put an end to situations or attitudes in your life that have become more burdensome than rewarding or that have grown toxic for you emotionally. You have the power of Mars in your mental health zone up until the 30th, making difficult areas hard to ignore, empowering you with the courage to let go, and demanding that you take action and face your inner demons. However, it may not be until after Mercury's retrograde in the same sector, which ends on the 18th, when indecision ends and you feel stronger in your convictions.
Physical energy can be on the low side this month, but emotional energy and enthusiasm run high. You're in a planning-and-dreaming stage, and there's a strong focus on detoxifying and cleansing on emotional, mental, and physical health levels in October. When Mars enters your sign on October 30th, you'll focus on "out with the old and in with the new." Until then, it's your job to identify what the "old" in this formula truly is so that you're ready for the "new."
Your inner mental landscape is very active this month. Dreams, visions, and questions are in strong focus. Watch for impatience and the temptation to take shortcuts that can end up costing you more than you saved, as well as a tendency to speak of a matter too soon, particularly when Mars joins with retrograde Mercury in your privacy sector on the 7-9. However, conversations tend to spark sudden awareness and eureka moments.
You're in fine shape for making peace with the past and more thoroughly enjoying downtime, loved ones, and family. All month, you're in a robust cycle for tapping into your inner wisdom. You may not be making many cut-and-dried decisions, but you're doing some critical thinking and processing.
Living arrangements and conditions are clearer this month. From the 10th, organizing your personal life is in fabulous favor. Facing your responsibilities realistically puts you in a solid position to manage them. Take things gradually and enjoy the process of bringing more order and security to your personal space and inner world.
There can be distinct opportunities to improve your work, financial state, and reputation this month. A new business venture may be in the works--there is more to the story, but ideas and plans are kindling now.
Mercury and Jupiter turn direct on the 18th, and family and domestic affairs improve considerably. It can be a time for seeing the way around an obstacle that you once thought was insurmountable.
The Full Moon on the 20th requires a bit of a scramble to meet deadlines or deal with work or health matters. It's a time for recognizing your need to take better care of your health, work, or routines. This lunation can bring work and physical health to your attention, demanding some balance.
From the third week of October, you begin to attract more attention and come out of your shell. First, the Sun moves into your sign on the 23rd, and then Mars on the 30th, bringing you more visibility and a sense of starting anew. It's a period of personal discovery and awakening--a time for reorienting yourself and starting fresh.
October 2021 Monthly Horoscope Overview for Sagittarius:
Your dreaming heart is beating strong in October, dear Sagittarius, with a powerful emphasis on your sector of hopes, wishes, and friends. Transits stir a focus on groups, associations, collaboration, networking, and attention to long-term projects.
Demands on your time can be big this month, and mostly pleasantly so, although you may need to pay special attention to managing your time effectively. You might be in the position of leader in a club or group or focusing quite happily on pursuing happiness goals. Pluto, Saturn, Mercury, and Jupiter turn direct after retrograde motion this month, generating a sense that things are moving forward.
There can be a strong sense of beginning anew, mainly related to friends and collaborations and the beginning steps involved with fulfilling a long-term dream.
Even with a tremendous focus on community and your place in the world, Venus is in your sign from the 7th, bringing you special and personal attention and encouraging you to be kinder to yourself. As October advances, your need to cocoon, heal, and catch your breath builds. It begins a period of wrapping up your solar year and making the most of reflection and private time.
Mars is assertive and energetic and moves through your social sector until the 30th. Mercury spends the month in the same sector but is retrograde until the 18th, and Mercury retrograde woes can be prominent when it meets Mars on the 7-9. Considering your limits is vital at this time. Practical considerations or obligations may seem to slow you down, but fixing problems now can lead to massive improvements or the discovery of a better way of doing things for future reference.
October can be a time of rallying for an important cause or excitement about new prospects, friendships, or ventures. It’s easy for you to get quite fired up about issues close to your heart this month. Your feelings about friends can also be more intense in October. All month, you are rather anxious to turn over a new leaf, excited about new ideas, and ready to put plans into motion. You’re willing to put more energy into personal enjoyment and your social life. There can be obstacles along the way, and the need to wait for more information is real until the 18th. Aim to keep the passion but ditch the impatience for best results.
New ideas are abundant, although not always easy to put in motion. Fortunately, those that survive after facing resistance or obstacles are likely solid and successful.
The month's New Moon on the 6th is a time of motivation, new hope, and beginnings related to friendship, business income, happiness goals, networks, and community or group involvement. It's best to allow time to receive and process new information along these lines. With its alignment to Mars and retrograde Mercury, this New Moon can come on strong and seem to demand a fast answer, yet all the information we want or need isn't yet available. Enthusiasm is strong and so can be competitiveness or aggression, so be mindful of your choices. If a change is necessary in friendship, this can be a time when the issue is forced. It can also be a time for getting the courage to reach out to someone.
Transits now can bring back an old problem to your attention. It's best to watch for a tendency to misconstrue situations or put a lot of energy into something you'll likely change your mind about later. You need time to scope things out, and you should take it.
Conversations begin to open up as October progresses, and you stand to either make a new connection that lasts in the long term or enhance the bond of an existing one. Projects gain some momentum. Your social life is lively and seems to go your way for the most part. There may be a reality check or a strong reminder of your need to pick up your socks with your daily affairs in the first half of the month, but you’ll quickly enjoy more structure to your communications, studies, and everyday happenings. Procrastination is taxing, and as you meet your goals and responsibilities more promptly, you feel more energetic and confident. You’re also in a high position to evaluate which of your interests, studies, and projects are genuinely worth your efforts.
Others might reinforce or supplement your ideas in pleasant ways. Connecting, mingling, chatting, and networking can encourage you or bring opportunities into your life. Contributions from others tend to be helpful or motivating. Learning with study groups can be beneficial, or you might acquire new knowledge or gain inspiration from groups with which you connect.
The motivation to pursue personal interests increases and you may return to old or abandoned dreams, studies, and plans with new excitement.
The Full Moon on the 20th can pull your attention to personal or independent creative projects and romance. There can be a romantic revelation, or your personal life and projects deserve some attention. Feelings are full and rich, and hard to ignore! Epiphanies occurring now are about where to find your joy. It’s a good time to celebrate your feelings, although tension can be strong.
While the Sun and Mars move into your privacy sector on the 23rd and 30th, respectively, you close the month with some excitement about learning new skills, or you might enjoy a conversation or a new interest. Compliments, positive reinforcement, acknowledgments, and other kind gestures are in favor. Finding a healthy balance between doing and resting is within reach.
October 2021 Monthly Horoscope Overview for Capricorn:
Your professional presence is more powerful this month, dear Capricorn, or you are in the position to impress people with your energy, confidence, and motivation. With a strong showing in your solar tenth house of the public, responsibility, and long-term goals, you're taking the lead in October.
Until the 18th, there can be some rethinking, redoing, and backtracking on projects, but this is essential work. After this day, clarity increases, and energy for professional new beginnings or renewed faith in your goals is with you.
The New Moon on the 6th brings a fresh start relating to your career, reputation, responsibilities, performance, leadership skills, and life path goals. It's about starting anew, and there may be a disruption before there's a new beginning. You're ambitious, ready to take charge or take the lead. The desire is to stay on top of matters and reach for something better. However, be careful that you don't push something or someone too hard or too quickly. Draw upon the courage and initiative of this time, and avoid the impatient or egocentric side of current transits.
From the 6-9, watch for a feeling you need to rush something to the finish line since there is likely more to the story! It's a good idea to watch for impulsive communications and moves. An old problem that you put aside can now re-emerge, or you could feel driven to resolve a complicated issue. You're communicating and coming across with more strength than usual, so make it work in your favor rather than against you!
Your love life or your feelings are more private, intimate, and possibly complicated from the 7th forward. While much is going on under the hood, your performance is often in the spotlight, and you make a huge impact. Activity increases involving career, reputation, or relationships with parents and authority figures. You have a desire to do things your way, or you're showing a more confident, braver, and bolder image to others.
From the 10th, money matters require more structure and discipline, but they also improve steadily now. Focus on firming up your budget, evaluating business projects, and paring down excess so that you can make yourself more secure and pay particular attention to your practical affairs. You might purchase or receive something that you've always wanted, or you're especially fond of taking care of or improving prized personal possessions. You're also likely to feel more personally powerful and purposeful with your ruling planet, Saturn, turning direct after several months of retrograde motion.
Frequently in October, you have great enthusiasm for a project, business, or financial matter, and hurdles seem smaller as a result. Thinking up long-term plans can be fun and useful now. People are interested in what you do!
You may be exceptionally resourceful in the work you're doing, drawing upon your talents to make things happen. You might draw energy and motivation from the exploration of new methods or subjects. This is a strong time for career and practical matters in general, as you seem to be especially willing to take charge and go after what you want. Projects seem to come together.
While there is a strong emphasis on work and responsibilities to the outside world, the Full Moon on the 20th brings your attention to home and family. The need to settle things in your personal life becomes apparent. Be sure to recharge so that you can give other areas of life your "all." You're pumped up now, although there can be moments when frustration or fear drives you, and it's best not to make impactful decisions in these states.
From the 23rd, a new vision for the future comes to you, and a sense of purposefulness boosts your confidence. There is less emphasis on performance and a building focus on personal happiness goals. The Sun's entrance into your networking sector at this time helps alleviate some of the pressure to perform.
You still have a good head for making plans for money or business as you close the month. You seem to have more information or a fuller picture of a matter. You might get the chance to clarify a misunderstanding or your opinion on an issue.
October 2021 Monthly Horoscope Overview for Aquarius:
You're looking at the "big picture" for much of October, dear Aquarius, with a strong emphasis on your spirit sector. You could crave experiences that transcend the ordinary, and a case of wanderlust can take hold! Opportunities to satisfy this itch, whether physical or mental, are good, especially from the 18th forward.
The New Moon on the 6th can fill you with take-charge energy. If you have a project that you want to share with the world, a new course of study you'd like to begin, or anything that feeds your need to expand your horizons, it may be best to wait until after Mercury turns direct on the 18th.
New beginnings are in store regarding personal interests, education, beliefs, mental outlook, publishing, promotion, sharing ideas, personal philosophy, travel, and other ways of broadening your views and life experiences. In fact, your ambitions fire up, and you can be excited to learn, perhaps to gain a competitive edge. It's a great time to pour energy into a project that gets you somewhere, and you're in a great position to tear down obstacles in your path and solve problems.
Again, consider that Mercury's retrograde until the 18th points to a need to look back before pushing forward. Waiting for news or information can be annoying but ultimately helpful if you use your waiting period to edit, revise, and rethink. You may need to correct technical problems or deal with delays or confusion about your next step. By the 18th, these things begin to turn around. Delays may be blessings in disguise if they point you in the direction of alternative methods that end up working out better for you. An example may be a minor breakdown of a device that leads you to discover a repair shop that becomes your favorite.
From the 6-9, you can feel a strong desire to stand up for your ideas or state your case. You may be craving more action, life experience, or a change of pace. Ideally, you get the courage to pursue a long-coveted goal. Competitive activities can thrive, whether physical or mental. Consider that seeking instant gratification can distract you from genuine desires and needs. Transits during this window tend to resurrect problems from the past. Watch for a tendency to make sudden moves or to speak too soon about a matter. Keep in mind that you can be communicating without thinking (or feeling).
Mars moving in harmony with your sign most of the month (to the 30th) is a significant boost. Whether obstacles fall out of your way or you move them out of the way with ease, it's a time of more smoothness and confidence.
Saturn turning direct in your sign on the 10th can nudge you forward, and it can also help with self-discipline. It might fuel your confidence to face reality and make better decisions as a result. This can be a time when specific health pursuits resume or begin.
Jupiter is also transiting your sign, and it turns direct on the 18th when Mercury also ends its retrograde! People see your best qualities in a favorable (or new and improved) light. You can be feeling some excitement and enthusiasm about your interests, a piece of news, or promising prospects. There could be some recognition for work you did in the past or excitement about the revival of a favorite dream/plan. You are looking at the world around you, yourself, and situations with building confidence and positivity.
You can experience a strong desire to break out of the mold or routine through what you learn, what you do, or where you go. You're particularly courageous and motivated to try new things. There can be notable developments related to education, transportation, or publishing from the 18th. You have an expanded vision of what you want to experience or achieve in the future, making it an excellent time to set goals.
The Full Moon on the 20th can bring deadlines, errands, and paperwork to your attention. If you've been avoiding your daily affairs, it's a time for bringing back more balance to your life. Communications, making connections, and transportation are in the spotlight, and changes are afoot. It's a time of heightened awareness of your need for a smooth flow in your daily affairs so that you can feel freer to take advantage of opportunities to learn more, grow, expand your audience, and widen your experiences.
The last week of October brings a stronger focus on work and career. This influence that continues and builds in November is a strong one for stimulating ambition and emphasizing goal-setting. The Sun climbs to the top of your solar chart on the 23rd, and Mars follows suit on the 30th.
Even so, opportunities open up to you as you share your thoughts and make an effort to reach out to others. Conversations can be very fruitful and even inspiring. Plans may come together. It's easier than usual to find satisfying channels for enjoyment and self-expression.
October 2021 Monthly Horoscope Overview for Pisces:
October is an important month for looking within, dear Pisces, but it's also a time for bonding, partnering, and excelling. You're more inclined to focus your energy on one or two important projects, and your interest in connecting with a special project or person strengthens.
The month can frequently bring themes of getting in better touch with your inner power and recognizing and building support from others. There can be some matters from the past to settle or some backtracking. While days when planets end their retrogrades can feature blurry vision, there's a lot of it happening this month, and things are unblocking. Pluto turns direct on the 6th, Saturn on the 10th, and Mercury and Jupiter on the 18th.
Until the 30th, Mars intensifies your emotions and turns your attention to the hidden or deep elements of your life. It's a necessary process that we shouldn't rush or undervalue, but it does seem to keep you working behind the scenes and not always very "present" in your social life. You're frequently in the position to observe and strategize with your plans. Your money situation can be very much tied up with others – what you share, owe, and what you're due.
It's a time for stepping back from your worldly goals just a little so that you can gain a new perspective and reorient yourself.
After the New Moon on the 6th, there can be new beginnings with shared finances, debts, obligations, support, intimate matters, personal psychology, ownership matters are in focus. You're super motivated to improve these life departments.
In fact, transits now stir up all sorts of desires from deep within. The desire to feel more in control of your life or empowered can take hold, and you seem to have the courage to make changes or take action to match. You're seeking emotional and physical stimulation, and it makes sense to listen to your desires but choose wisely when it comes to putting them into action. A new business, money, or intimate relationship may emerge, but you're looking back before you go forward with Mercury retrograde until the 18th. New ideas and old issues can keep your mind racing until then. You can be especially busy going over previous work, researching ideas for future plans and goals, or doing editing activities. Aim to avoid hasty words and moves.
Fortunately, you have Venus in a very public area of your chart from the 7th forward, boosting your reputation and, most importantly, your enjoyment of your work or responsibilities.
Saturn turns direct on the 10th, and while this shift often requires us to face reality on a matter, it can also encourage taking steps toward strengthening your position. Knowing where you stand can lead to making better plans. As we advance, you'll feel more equipped to put negative habits and attitudes behind you. Gradually, you're feeling stronger, more capable, and clear-minded.
You can be strongly attracted to what's beneath the surface or hidden from sight, and you can delight in trying to solve a mystery or figuring something out now. It becomes far more comfortable to resolve emotional dilemmas or predicaments or, if not fix, make peace with your problems. You might decide to share a burden. It's a time to see the hidden layers or elements of a situation to your advantage.
Especially after the 18th, you might take an intimate relationship to a new level or discover something powerful about yourself. It's an excellent time for support, whether it's of the emotional, mental, or financial kind. Your desire to improve, grow, and overcome obstacles is great. If you've had a lifestyle change in mind, plans to get that started can emerge. The desire to win can move you to make improvements.
The Full Moon on the 20th brings your attention to a money matter or your resources. It's a time for recognizing your needs, and with more clarity about your feelings, you'll have a better idea of your next step. You're facing feelings and making changes and improvements that get you to a stronger sense of security, predictability, and safety.
The final week of October also has you coming out of your shell, craving more adventure. This theme continues and builds in November as you connect with a desire to refresh and renew your spirit.
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October 2021 Aspects TimeLine:
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This Month’s Ephemeris:
This Month’s Ephemeris with extra points and abbreviations rather than glyphs:
Ephemerides with additional points are for Eastern Time. The North Node and Lilith are the True positions. Retrogrades are underlined. Extra points are Chiron, Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, and Lilith. These come from the excellent software, Sirius 3.0.
Using the table below: The Moon is Void of Course from the time of its last aspect listed below until the Moon enters a new sign. Generally speaking, these periods are not ideal for launching new endeavors, although they’re not impossible periods, either.
The times given below are Eastern. These should be adjusted for different time zones. For example, for Pacific Time, subtract 3 hours from the given times.
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