Shimmy out of that scratchy suit fabric and into something soulfully silkier, Astro babes. October in the cosmos is a crystal clear month of seeing the contours that no longer accommodate our expansion, and standing ready and willing to finally make that change.
Powered up by Libra planets, it’s a mirror ball moment for remembering that transformation begins with regarding what’s right here before you. While the zodiac’s idealistic sculptress can sometimes sweep in to fix it before feeling it, the current cosmic palette invites us to take a pause before turning over the earth, remembering the inherent rightness of all that’s gone down to get us exactly here.
With down and dirty Pluto stationing direct, and a pack of planets entering the primal jungles of Scorpio, it’s not all hearts and flowers. In fact, these two astral beasties remind us that our fullest, most human vividness awaits us when we drop our aesthetic impulses to pretty it all up.
Whether you’re ready to shake it out, scream it out, or simply let it slide off your back, allow October to remind you that whatever’s leaving is carving a soul-shaped space in its wake, waiting to be filled by a new color of aliveness.
Read on for your sign’s sweet release for October and slip out of those old threads and deeper into your true skin …
LIBRA OR LIBRA RISING
September offered you a hearty dose of healing, Libra, as you learned to come in for the cool down and treat yourself like a freshly fluffed baby chick. With your birthday season now dawning, the impulse to leap out of the nest and get on with it is strong, as you look to either side and see all of the other birds spreading their wings. And while there’s no reason not to take action on electrical hits of inspo, there’s also a powerful call to ensure that your muscles are flexing in time to the beating of your heart. Trust that impassioned choices that come from your core are just as vital as the hardcore five-year plans that spring from your head.
Sweet Release: Strategy. ‘Tis the season to lean more on instinct and less on rational anticipation, coming closer to the grain of the moment and delighting in a little radical thinking.
SCORPIO OR SCORPIO RISING
September invited you to lay down your weapons and wipe your brow, Scorpio, as you reminded yourself that you were in it for the long haul rather than the sprint. And with your ruler, Pluto, stationing direct this month, you’re coming home to a new flavor of power that is innate rather than proven. Start by considering where you might feel the need to lock it all down. Some of your old concepts of security have actually been leaving you more brittle than bold, and you’re more than ready to leave the stickiness of solid ground and start trusting that an unseen road is rising to meet your feet. It’s a month for opening up to the shiftiness of it all and lubricating the dirt, remembering that a mud bath is much more delicious than defending your right to stand on parched earth.
Sweet Release: Your Grip. Even if it’s just noticing when you clench your jaw or hold fists at your sides, October wants you to practice uncurling your body and spirit ever so slightly.
SAGITTARIUS OR SAGITTARIUS RISING
September marked an invitation back to the podium, Wild Pony, as you were asked to remember that you are the only one who’s walked your walk and talked your talk. In October, Pluto stations direct in your arena of rock-solid worthiness, and you’re asked to dig even deeper into your wellspring of trust in your own competence and deservedness. Where do you still feel like an imposter? What are your beliefs about how much sweat is necessary for success? And what outside influences are continuing to distract you from your own, personal channel? This month wants to remind you that there’s at least one thing (and likely many more) that only you and you alone can bring forward. Dip back into your signature saucepot and treat the world to your proprietary blend, Sag.
Sweet Release: Comparison. Eyes on your own paper, Sag, as you power up with the notion that your very being is bespoke.
CAPRICORN OR CAPRICORN RISING
September invited you to dance with the flame, Cappy, as you allowed the present moment to move you to greater heights, let the remembrance of your mortality power you up for the right here, right now. And now you’re perfectly poised for the direct station of Pluto in your sign, an earth-shaking moment that cracks you open to a completely re-envisioned concept of success. Take a pause to consider where you still might plan your actions contingent upon their reception. More than any other sign, you have the capacity to quite literally brave your body against the elements to reach whatever peak you choose. Let this month feel like a dip into delicious egotism, as you silence the haters and climb on.
Sweet Release: Critique. Whether it’s sloughing off self-assessment or outside reviews, October is the moment to let your perfectly imperfect acts of creation be birthed exactly as they are.
AQUARIUS OR AQUARIUS RISING
September was a touchy-feely trip into the backrooms of your soul, Aquarius, as you were asked to look at the impulses that pulsated beneath the surface. And with Pluto stationing direct in your zone of sweet dream release and unseen forces, the watery work of dancing with your emotional underpinnings continues. Start by considering your relationship to endings. When something is ripe for release, how do you react? Do you blow it all up? Or wait for some external force to decide the final chapter? Even if what’s ending in your world right now seems utterly insignificant, how can you commit to loving up on the sensation of stepping out and beyond? Take this month to give your own life the ceremony it so deserves, Aquarius.
Sweet Release: Indifference. October invites you to remember that your own existence is worthy of mythos and meaning, as you throw whatever is ending the going away party it truly merits.
PISCES OR PISCES RISING
September was a month of powerful connections for you, Pisces, as you practiced befriending parts of your own existence you thought needed to be exorcised. And with Pluto stationing direct in your arena of electrically-inspired futurism, you’re ready to dance with the sheer possibility of it all, remembering that your life is much wider than you know. What’s powering up at the periphery? Where do you have an inkling or an impulse that’s just beginning to glimmer? In this process of peripheral thinking, also consider what flecks are more distraction than sparkle, and where you can hone in on the heat rather than become disoriented by all the dazzling lights. While it may seem paradoxical, there’s a way to both open wide and focus on right now, letting whatever you long to look upon glow and grow.
Sweet Release: Distraction. There’s a fine line between dancing with possibility and becoming wet-sponge saturated from over-porousness, Pisces, and this month offers lessons in learning the difference.
ARIES OR ARIES RISING
September’s reality checks were here to remind you that you could get curious about the shapes of things, Aries, as you immerse yourself in the process without having to impose your will. Now, with Pluto stationing direct in your arena of kingdoms and thrones, the flavor is decidedly more fortified. But before you ready your rallying cry and launch a heavy offensive, take a moment to consider where you are subtly shifting from apprentice to master. There’s an area of your life where you have deep wellsprings of experiential knowledge. Where there’s a fullness of faith that can plump you up from the inside out. Rather than a defensively spiky pufferfish, let this feel like the satiation of a multi-course meal. You’ve already earned your right to sit at the table, Aries. Now, what’s for dessert?
Sweet Release: Doubt. Even if it’s found in the tiniest flower bud, October wants you to power up on the petals of a full-bouquet faith.
TAURUS OR TAURUS RISING
September was all about the natural exuberance of organic expansion, Taurus, as you learned to forge forward on your path and partner with forces beyond your control. And with Pluto stationing direct in your arena of rolled-down windows and airplane wings, you’re asked to get even more boldly breezy, as you set your sights on a distant horizon. This process starts by making friends with a little bit of friction, Taurus. Where have things become slightly gray? Where have you lost the spiciness of your spice? The sweetness of your honey? With your planetary ruler Venus running the show this month, the power of pleasure needs is your only guidepost for growth. But remember that there can be a deep delight in the spine-tingling sensations as much as the staid.
Sweet Release: Mediocrity. Notice where some of your notorious mellowness has become stickily stuck, and choose gargantuan leaps towards oversized greatness instead.
GEMINI OR GEMINI RISING
September offered you a chance to fold your wings, Gemstone, as you came in for a landing and considered your concept of home security. In October, with your ruler, Mercury, moving into Scorpionic waters, and Pluto stationing direct in your underground zone of desires, it’s time for a meet and greet with your animal kingdom. You’re invited to both learn about your own nature, to bless it rather than tame it, and to take your part within nature, remembering your innate powers of regeneration. What is turning over? Where do you feel like you’re starting to come alive again? This doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing healing where you’re fully “over it,” Gemini. Just let whatever carnal cries are longing to be liberated come out to play without self-policing.
Sweet Release: Propriety. The medicine of this month is all about wanting what feels good to want with simplicity and immediacy, Gemini, knowing you don’t have to tie a bow on any of your beasties.
CANCER OR CANCER RISING
September asked you to celebrate the subtle changes, Cancer, as you learned to tap into the whispers in your environment rather than the shouts. With Pluto now stationing direct in your arena of relatedness, there’s something you’ve unearthed about the way you tango. Whether it’s romantic partnerships, business alliances, or besties, you’re being offered a chance to consider the power dynamics of all stripes. What if you were able to conceptualize a way of partnering that wasn’t about who had the controls and who didn’t? There’s an old, entrenched mode of viewing the haves and have-nots that October wants you to release, Little Mermaid. Doing so will bring you back into a more emboldened style of innate belonging that will magnetize the collaborators who are truly conspiring in service of your soul’s evolution.
Sweet Release: Blame. Shed your sense of checks and balances, and be willing to believe that all your fellow beings are doing the best they can with what they’ve got.
LEO OR LEO RISING
September gifted you a sun-kissed seedling energy, Leo, as you learned to begin at the beginning. With Pluto now stationing direct in your arena of humility and apprenticeship, you’re being invited to let yourself feel like a tiny dot amidst a dazzling whole. What if you were moored on a desert island, creating whatever felt good to create just so you alone could bear witness to it? And what’s your relationship to the forces that feel larger than you right now? Are you flailing about wildly with a flashlight, attempting to illuminate it all? Or can you move along the baseboards instead, playing a kind of sweet game of Marco Polo with your own life? When you trust that you can follow the sound of your soul’s voice without having to see it, you can evolve with more grace and less effort. Release the reins and let yourself move to the rhythm, Glitter Kitten.
Sweet Release: The Endgame. October is treating you to an immersive dip rather than a clearly charted course, Leo; let it feel like an after-hours celebration where you don’t yet need to “see” the break of day.
VIRGO OR VIRGO RISING
Your birthday season marked a fresh and clean moment to come out with it already, Virgo, as you let whatever was resting on the tip of your tongue break into power ballad. Now, with Pluto stationing direct in your arena of exuberance and full-bodied romance, you’re asked to relish your accomplishments and lick your chops. As you do so, feel into the parts of yourself that you still think needs to be pushed away in order for you to make “right.” Where are you believing that you are your own impediment to forward motion? That you need to be “fixed” in some fashion? October offers an opportunity to re-commit to exactly those pieces that you’d rather purge, treating your whole self with the courageous compassion you’d grant to anyone you truly loved.
Sweet Release: Extremism. October wants you to toss out either/or thinking and choose both/and, releasing yourself from the rigid black and white in service of the rainbow.