MONTH OF October
All the world is abuzz for you, Leo! The Sun is flitting through Libra and your social and innovative third house: Not only is your schedule packed with events and pitch meetings and gatherings, but you’ve got a million ideas swirling through your mind—ones you’re eager to share. Luckily, you won’t have to look far. Synergistic sparks fly during Libra season, and you could meet kindred spirits at every turn. Consider partnering up on a trial project or two to test your chemistry. Under these experimental skies, you never know!
Dynamic duos are revved up even more because from October 3 to November 19, energizer Mars is also soaring through Libra, a biennial blaze that heats up exciting dialogue and gets you pumped to pair up. You might collaborate on a project that stokes your creative fires or become the spokesperson championing a worthy cause. Since the third house rules neighborhood, community activism could call your name, especially as the U.S. gears up for 2020 elections. Politics, including local campaigns, could be compelling to leadership-driven Lions.
Before you light any roaring fires, though, a warning: Mars can add excitement and stress in equal doses. With aggressive Mars in your communication house, you can come across as pushy or combative if you’re not careful. Rather than deliver your message quite so emphatically, first see if it gets through with a slightly gentler tone. In Libra, Mars is in “detriment,” a weakened position, because the warrior planet is a bit uncomfortable hanging out in the sign of peace. It could be hard to get in sync or find the right tone.
Is the devil in the details? You may find out starting October 3, when transformational Pluto ends a five-month retrograde through Capricorn and your sixth house of health, organization and analytical thinking. Since April 24, Pluto’s been backing through this part of your chart, which might have driven up issues around control and micromanaging. Power struggles could have erupted, especially with employees or coworkers. If you’ve been dealing with anxiety or a health issue, it may have been hard to figure out the cause with shadowy Pluto back-spinning like this. Chronic stress could have disrupted your sleep patterns or caused you to lapse into self-soothing habits like emotional eating.
Now, with Pluto is resuming forward motion, you can corral the chaos and get to the root of what ails ya. Take a deep breath: You’ll be better able to manage people—and their dynamics—once Pluto straightens out. Have you been afraid to step into your power because you’re worried about pleasing others and being liked? No mas! The dwarf planet’s course correction will help you get a better grip on mind-body-spirit balance. A nagging psychological or emotional issue may have been affecting your physical health. The link could soon become clear, putting you back on the path to wellness and vitality.
On October 7, the Sun in your inquisitive third house will lock into a tough square with stern Saturn, which is in Capricorn and your sensible sixth house. There won’t be any skating around delivering facts and figures! The Sun-Saturn square practically ensures that authority figures and decision makers will insist on solid data and due diligence. Before you float one of your big ideas past a person with veto power, make sure you’ve got everything in place. Sheer enthusiasm isn’t enough to win them over, and the reality check could be painful. Otherwise, wait for a day when the conditions are more receptive. If you get constructive feedback, take it like a pro and apply it. Exude a winning attitude instead of a sense of entitlement. This will happen again on October 27, when Mars repeats this conflicting angle to Saturn, which will leave you feeling like you’ve got one foot on the gas and the other on the brake.
October 13 is an auspicious day, and your efforts can really hit the mark. The year’s only full moon in Aries beams into your ninth house of luck, expansion and limitless possibilities. You can see the big picture clearly, and you’re ready to take a risk. These moonbeams could bring opportunities to travel, study or start a business. A visionary concept you hatched six months ago could come to fruition now. If you’ve been unsure about whether or not to take a leap of faith, this full moon will give you the guts—and the gusto—to go for it.
But just as you’re prepared to issue a press release and fly Lizzo to Dubai to perform at your epic launch party, someone (make that a certain dwarf planet) comes along and sticks a pin in your balloon. This year, the Aries full moon will get T-boned by a square from calculating Pluto in your critical sixth house. It’s not necessarily a “full stop” moment, but it definitely splashes cold water on your dreams.
Pluto rules the unconscious, and its presence could drive up anxiety, causing you to second-guess the merit of your ideas or sending you into a tailspin of analysis paralysis. A cadre of naysayers might appear to do Pluto’s dirty work. If skeptical people seem to go out of their way to tell you why your plans won’t work, know that it’s your fear being projected into reality. Sharpen your ideas and get your research in order, but stick to your conviction and keep championing your vision, Leo. Chances are, this is just your worries talking. Your mission: Don’t give fear power over you!
Some much-needed downtime arrives starting October 23, when the Sun shifts into Scorpio and your fourth house of home and family. It’s time to nest and rest—or at least to bring some balance back by attending to the more personal parts of your life. The October 27 Scorpio new moon sets off a lovely sixth-month cycle that boosts your bonds and could bring a new living situation (or an improved one) into fruition. If you’re home-hunting, this is a great day to start your search in earnest!
But watch for another cosmic clash as the Scorpio new moon opposes volatile Uranus in Taurus and your career zone. Work-life balance? Au contraire! The planet of unpredictability could throw a professional curveball into the mix. Perhaps an unforeseen project gets dropped on your desk right as you’re about to book holiday plans or sign a lease on a new space. Or maybe you just realize that getting proper self-care also means you have to set firm boundaries with your coworkers and clients. Since Uranus rules technology, that might mean implementing a “no emails after 8:00p.m. unless it’s an emergency” policy or logging off the social media apps and unwinding with a hot bath or a good old-fashioned book. One digital detox, coming right up!
At the Scorpio new moon, your loved ones will appreciate your undivided attention. Just make sure you don’t slip into playing caretaker for them and using all that free time to attend to THEIR needs. That is so not the point here, Leo. Scorpio season is your time to be pampered and to refill YOUR tanks with unconditional love and support.
Domestic affairs could get tricky starting October 31, when communication planet Mercury turns retrograde in Scorpio until November 20. Mercury rules technology, interpersonal affairs and travel—and since it’s in your fourth house of home and family, that could spark tension and misunderstandings under your roof. Take special care to be patient rather than battling your siblings over who hosts Thanksgiving dinner or where everyone will stay for Christmas break.
Mercury’s rogue moves can mess up your online flight bookings for holiday travel or delay the signing of a lease or mortgage. Home electronics are especially vulnerable to the trickster planet’s wiles, so check the warranties on your appliances and plug all your devices into surge protectors. While you’re at it, renter’s or homeowner’s insurance would be a great investment if you don’t already have it. Be patient and know that your emotions will be especially delicate, which could drive you to say or do regrettable things in a stressed-out moment. Avoid people who push your buttons. It’s okay to protect your heart while Mercury has you thin-skinned and reactive. Since retrogrades are inherently nostalgic, this would be a lovely time to visit a spot that has sentimental meaning to you or to flip through old childhood photos. Reconnecting with a beloved relative or longtime friend will be heart-warming now. Boot up FaceTime and do a pas de deux down memory lane!
LOVE & ROMANCE:
With the love planets, Venus and Mars, waltzing together through Libra and your upbeat, social third house the first week of the month, friends could become lovers and lovers should lean in to the friendship aspect of their relationship. Make room for more at the table because mutual pals, siblings and colleagues will share top billing with bae. Singles could meet someone hanging in the ‘hood or while engaged in intellectual pursuits, like participating in a book club or workshop. Coupled? Seize opportunities to do more together, perhaps exploring your community, taking a class or a short romantic day trip.
Mars is here all month (until November 19), churning up the passion and fun but also the competitive vibes—plus it can pull simmering tension to the surface. Check in with yourself regularly to make sure you’re not acting passive-aggressively or a bit overly self-assured. Confidence is one thing, but you won’t win friends being pushy or doling out guilt trips.
On October 8, Venus leaves Mars in the rearview as she moves into intensifying Scorpio and your foundational fourth house. This can provide a soothing counterbalance to Mars’ erratic energy by helping you slow down, get out of your head and back into your feelings. Partnered up? Make a point of spending quality time bonding and being affectionate with your S.O. Small investments in this account will pay major dividends over time! Regardless of your relationship status, make time for self-care or a little indulgent pampering. And should stress start to mount, remind yourself that not everything can be, or needs to be figured out now.
October 12: Venus-Uranus opposition
During this face-off between transformative Uranus and amorous Venus, a work situation could affect your romantic life—which you’ll find either thrilling or disruptive, depending on how you feel about the status quo. You’re not normally a big fan of change, but trust that whatever happens now is for the best in the long run.
MONEY & CAREER:
Get out and circulate! The Sun is in Libra until October 23, warming up your third house of communication and community. Spread your message, tell people what you’re up to and, if you’re job hunting, let friends and colleagues know exactly what you’re looking for. With gutsy and assertive Mars also here from October 3 to November 19, the squeaky (Leonine) wheel gets the premium-grade oil. You’re a natural communicator with exquisite taste and Libra’s influence will add extra beauty and charm. While you’re being a Lion about town, make sure you have something to promote: get to building that online portfolio on Squarespace, curate an Instagram grid or spark dialogue with your Twitter peeps. (Might there be a blue check in your future?) Figuring out a tailor-made social media strategy will take you far.
You’ll be productive at home once Scorpio season begins on October 23, and possibly even on the hunt for a new place to live. Set your sights on the October 27 Scorpio new moon for good real estate karma and begin your search then! If you’re happy at your current address, maybe it’s time for a new home office or style refresh? Make it meaningful by bringing in spiritual cleaning concepts. Thank the items you no longer need before you toss them or get out your compass and Feng Shui your workspace. Scorpio energy favors symbols with meaning (for example, an elephant figurine on your desk for prosperity—trunk up!), which will pair perfectly with luxe Leo touches like textured throw pillows. Is your style minimalist and clutter-free or does every inch of space need to tell a story? Consider, too, career inspiration as decoration. That note from your supervisor telling you did a kick-butt job? Frame it and put it on your wall of fame. A relative could provide helpful advice or even a job lead around this date.
Try to get anything home-related sorted before Mercury turns retrograde in Scorpio from October 31 to November 20. This transit, which happens three or four times each year, is notorious for foiling technology, travel, information and communication. Back up all your most important data—including all those nostalgic family photos sitting on your hard drive—and watch that your emotions don’t eclipse your better judgment. With hotheaded Mars in your communication house, you could be thin-skinned and reactive—never a good thing when calm decisions needed to be made.
October 7: Sun-Saturn square
Lower your expectations a notch, and you won’t be disappointed. With reality-checking Saturn throwing shade at your ruler, the enthusiastic Sun, you might be on the receiving end of some tough love today. The assignment you thought you nailed might not go over as well as you’d hoped, so be prepared for some constructive criticism. Receive it graciously and you’ll come back swinging once you apply it!
Love Days: 31, 7
Money Days: 15, 24
Luck Days: 13, 22
Off Days: 20, 1, 10