MONTH OF October
Ready to restore some order to the Taurus court? The stars are lined up to support your efforts this month—for the most part—whether you’re doing a deep clean and declutter, streamlining a project plan or prioritizing healthy habits. With the Sun in Libra and your sixth house of wellbeing and organization until October 23, the excess of September is “out” and lean, green living is “in.”
To power up your efficiency efforts, energizer Mars will make its biennial visit to Libra from October 3 to November 19. You’re ready to tackle whatever “problem spot” you set your sights on—and to be as proactive and solution-oriented as possible. (Think: charging Bull!) When the warrior planet does its half-marathon through this sporty sector, your athletic and competitive side could emerge. But since #NoLimits Mars has a tendency to overdo it, make sure you stretch before and after workouts and avoid extreme dietary changes. Stress levels can rise while Mars is in this intense and perfectionist zone. Make time to relax and replenish your energy stores.
How’s the lineup on Team Taurus? Employees and helpful people fall under the sixth house domain. With Mars here, you could be revved up to delegate duties to a rockstar intern or service provider. Or you could might experience with a coworker, perhaps dealing with snarkiness or underperforming. Assertive Mars prompts you to hold people accountable who aren’t pulling their weight. Maybe it’s time to level up to a new skill set? Outsource to specialists or sign up for training yourself. Your own knowledge base can benefit from a workshop or course.
While Mars in Libra can help you get ‘er done, this isn’t its most comfortable placement. The warrior planet’s in “detriment” (a frustrated position) in the sign of peace, a contrast that doesn’t always mesh so easily. It also won’t be a month full of Libra “love and light” vibes since the Sun will embattle itself in a couple of clashing aspects with other planets.
The first, on October 7, is a square to rigid Saturn in your ninth house of higher learning and expansion. Big ideas could ram into what feels like major barriers or perhaps get some pushback from the powers that be. Decision makers could have unrealistic demands, asking for the moon while barely promising any stardust in return. Be careful that you don’t pour hours of work into a proposal or initiative without having a clear green light. (“Sounds great!” isn’t the same as “yes.”) Or you might be the one trying to get a bold concept cleared, only to be faced with an endless demand for paperwork and bureaucratic demands.
Maybe it’s best if you keep a little bit of intel under wraps and just quietly observe before sharing your visionary plans. On October 3, transformational Pluto will end a five-month retrograde in Capricorn that began on April 24, driving some of your projects into the “underworld” or even imposing a gag order on some Bulls. Well, it felt like that, anyway! In truth, this was an excellent time to go behind the scenes to learn, tinker and test a few iterations. Sure, you may have encountered a few skeptics, even haters, along the way. But you’ve also learned something important: Stay true to your message but keep educating yourself and asking the important questions, even—especially—of yourself! Soon enough, your exciting and inspired ideas will start to move and flow. If you’re pondering a return to school or starting a business, potent Pluto moving forward in this sector can catalyze plans.
Wait to make any conclusive moves until after the October 13 full moon, which lands in Aries and your twelfth house of spirituality, hidden agendas and endings. This could be a powerful portal into an important transition that’s been brewing since before your birthday. Does some part of your life need to be wrapped up before another can begin? There could be huge realizations now and an inevitable push to let go of something you’ve been trying desperately to control. Surrender, Taurus—and listen to the universe instead of forcing an agenda.
The full moon will form an exact square (90-degree angle of tension) to Pluto, indicating that some hidden information could come to light. Or you could be struck by a lightning bolt of truth, perhaps from something you read or learn or discuss in a frank conversation. This could change the course of events for you, Taurus, providing a clue that brings you closure. Stay open: You never know who might be the “messenger” with exactly the info you need to hear.
Relationships take center stage starting October 23, when the Sun starts its monthlong visit to Scorpio and your seventh house of partnerships. At the October 27 Scorpio new moon, you could pair up with someone for business or pleasure, making your status official—or heading in that direction in the coming weeks. But no dynamic duo will take flight at the expense of your individuality, Bull! This new moon will stand opposite liberated Uranus in Taurus and your first house identity and solo ventures. Any relationship will have to give you plenty of breathing room and the space to express your selfhood. Don’t rush in, either. With changemaker Uranus shaking up your entire self-concept and bringing rapid fluctuations to your lifestyle, committing won’t be the path to instant security. You’ve still got to do the work of figuring out who YOU are and what you’re all about.
Careful not to spin into “analysis paralysis” while you’re doing that mental equation, Taurus. On October 27 (the same day as the new moon), intense Mars in your analytical and anxious sixth house will form a challenging square to cautious Saturn in Capricorn and your big-picture zone. You could get way too much advice or feedback, leaving you frozen in your tracks. It’s a bit like having one foot on the gas pedal (Mars) and the other on the brake (Saturn). Be careful not to be a know-it-all or a harsh critic—unless, that is, you’re prepared to accept the same in return. You may need to gather more data before moving ahead with a big project. Or if you’ve been too in your head, this square could provide a much-needed dose of perspective, even if it’s not delivered gently. There’s a much bigger world out there than the one between your ears, fascinating as that universe may be!
Halloween arrives with treats (a lively moon-Jupiter mashup in Sagittarius and your erotic and mysterious eighth house—hello, sexy costume party!) and what feels like a trick…as the trickster planet Mercury will turn retrograde (backward) from October 31 to November 20. The planet of communication, travel and technology will reverse-commute through Scorpio and your partnership zone, a tricky time for signing contracts or formalizing any alliances. Protect your most important data to the cloud and an external hard drive, and consider scanning any important legal docs if you only have a hard copy of them. You never know when that backup will come in handy.
With Mercury askew here, some Bulls might have second thoughts about a budding connection or find yourself at odds with a romantic partner. This CAN be a fruitful time to work through your differences and have productive dialogue that cements your bond (even if it’s hard to hear at first). Retrogrades can bring back the past, so don’t be surprised if an ex surfaces. Proceed with caution rather than rushing in for a reprise.
LOVE & ROMANCE:
The month starts off with both love planets, Venus and Mars, nestled in Libra—and lighting up your sixth house of beauty and healthy living (AND loving). Your ruler, affectionate Venus, is there until October 8, and then passionate Mars picks up where she left off, from October 3 to November 19. Couples may be inspired to get in shape together, and as UN-sexy as it sounds, could bond while handling nitty-gritty details, like balancing the Q3 budget or embarking on a household project together. Single Tauruses might meet someone through healthy pursuits, so don’t fall into a tech trance at the gym or hiking trail!
With Mars in this position, watch for a tendency to be overly critical of others or yourself. If you’re under a lot of stress, be proactive and get adequate self-care, building in plenty of downtime (and top-notch bodywork!). And don’t be a stubborn Bull about doing everything yourself. There are plenty of talented, qualified people who’d be happy to step up and lend a hand—whether out of the goodness of their heart or for a negotiated fee.
Starting on October 8, Venus will traipse through Scorpio and your relationship house, bringing her harmonizing and balancing vibes to bear on all kinds of partnerships. With your mate, you may find yourself longer on patience and much more appreciative of their wonderful qualities. Focus on THAT and not the dozen minor annoyances. Single? With Venus in “playing-for-keeps” Scorpio, a budding relationship could turn official. Or, if there’s no one on your romantic radar, you might attract people with long-term potential. Be clear about what you want because you CAN manifest it now!
October 12: Venus-Uranus opposition
Things could shift without much warning under this unpredictable showdown. But before you lose all sense of control, look at your role in a key relationship: Are you shape-shifting to fit into what they want? Compromise comes with the territory in successful relationships, but if you’re living with resentment on a daily basis, it’s time to get things out in the open.
MONEY & CAREER:
Get down to business! The Sun is in Libra and your sixth house of administrative details until October 23. With motivator Mars also here from October 3 to November 19, you’re a force of nature when it comes to organizing, systematizing and decluttering—a Taurean strong suit. Studies show that environment directly impacts productivity. If your office could benefit from the Marie Kondo treatment, get to it! Since the sixth house also rules the people who work for you, consider hiring an assistant—virtual or TaskRabbit—to help you get ever-lingering projects off the ground.
If you’ve been trying to do it all alone, practice the art of delegating. Communication planet Mercury wings into Scorpio and your partnership house for an extended trip on October 3, helping you articulate your needs and ask for (proper) support! Put that Taurus pride aside and join forces for the win. This will get even easier once the Sun enters Scorpio for a month on October 23. At the October 27 Scorpio new moon, a new alliance could appear or you might be offered a contract. But don’t rush: an opposition to freedom-seeking Uranus in Taurus warns against giving up your autonomy in exchange for security. Can you negotiate a few things on YOUR terms?
Speaking of negotiation, try to get that done before Halloween. On October 31, Mercury will turn retrograde until November 20, a cycle that’s notorious for wreaking havoc on technology, travel, information and communication. Back up all your most important data. Contrary to popular belief, Mercury retrograde doesn’t have to be scary. While this isn’t an ideal time to enter new business relationships, it’s as good a time as any to review and assess ongoing associations to determine what’s working and what needs a major overhaul. Since retrogrades rule the past, reach out to connections you may have neglected. Take a peek in their social feeds to see what they’re up to and invite them out to breakfast. These seven tips on “the art of reactivating” will help you come in prepared!
October 7: Mercury-Uranus opposition
Hold your tongue! You may be burning to blurt out something that feels imperative to say, but speaking without thinking can create unnecessary chaos. Even constructive criticism will go over like a lead balloon. Write down your thoughts so you don’t lose them, but wait until later in the week to decide whether or not to actually share them.
Love Days: 24, 27
Money Days: 17, 7
Luck Days: 15, 1
Off Days: 13, 26, 31