Mercurial Messages: October Horoscope — Finding Our Balance


October begins with a New Moon in Libra, which speaks of the beauty way, and not just superficial beauty. The symbol for Libra is a woman holding the scale of fairness, proportion and composition. The Libra motto is “no Justice, no peace: know justice — know peace.” It honors the light within all, and seeks equality and balance in our loving relationships and our community, an important conversation as we head into national elections.

Mercury enters Libra on October 7, conjunct Jupiter October 11 and furthers this conversation. Feisty Mars squares Jupiter on October 5 and sharpens our tempers and competitive nature. Venus begins the month in broody Scorpio then enter Sagittarius on October 18 and opens our hearts. Mars conjuncts Pluto on October 19, which adds a volatility that can either explode, or propel us forward. From October 24-27, the Sun and Mercury enter Scorpio and bring a new seriousness, focus, and introspection, and prepare us for the depth and creativity of Halloween.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)...You may want to run ahead, but the necessary power or resources you need may be in other people’s hands and require you to build cooperation in order to move forward. Let competition stimulate growth as Mars squares Jupiter October 5, be careful what you want October 19- 28, as you will probably get it.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)...You may notice a stiff learning curve this month, so make it productive. Emotional situations can become convoluted with Venus in Scorpio, opposed your Sun; it pays to keep interactions simple and warmhearted. Opportunities open up after October 20. Your work can gear up, and tensions can actually stimulate opportunities.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)...October 1-8 you can feel nervy, spread thin, but communication begins to flow October 7 -October 11. Negotiate around an argument mid-October as Mercury squares Mars, but don’t do other people’s work for them. Do use your fascinating ability to ask the right questions to promote open honesty all around.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Invite people to your house this month; always a sanctuary, your house and office can be a warm receptive place for people to gather with open hearts. That may be in contrast to your work situation, where relationships need finesse to negotiate potentially spiny differences, but produce potentially productive transformations.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Your generous heart and social skills can ease community tension. But if a beloved retreats into a sullen cave, don’t poke; let them be and invite them to reconnect when they’re ready. Be kind to your health and careful around potentially accidental conditions; use minor frustrations to create work progress.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Keep talking, for the world is ready to hear you as long as you can find the right format. Material goods flow towards you; just make sure they don’t flow away even faster. Respect secrets and keep your trusted confidant status, particularly around the third week of October.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…You may be unusually visible this year with Jupiter in your sign. People are watching, so share your talents and make it count. Early October flows with opportunities, but they may have a catch; be openhearted and read the fine print. Discriminate carefully between imagination and intuition late October.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…You can get unusually cynical, even for you, before October 8 and after October 22. Or you can find ways to transcend the cynicism with a compassionate heart, and this allows you to feel a deeper connection underneath. It’s up to you. Focus intensifies mid-October; own your paradigm by acting, not reacting.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…People take you seriously, but they don’t know what’s going on inside of you. You may be dealing privately with strong emotions though October 18. Don’t spend your time, money or resources casually mid-month; put them where they matter. Luckily your community wants to be unusually warm and beneficent.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…You may breathe a sigh of relief as some confusion or collusion around work and authority structures begins to clarify. Goals may still be foggy, but you can see where the next step lies. Look for interesting communication around work mid-October. Stay calm when others lose their temper late October and feel appreciated by Halloween.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…You may really be churning your subconscious, working around issues of conflict or paradoxical feelings as the month begins. New opportunities can open up if you look beyond the box, and ask for help from unusual sources. Let good karma from your natural generosity flow back your way, towards Halloween.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…You may feel more settled than you have in months after October 7 as Mercury enters Libra and conjuncts Jupiter. Unnecessary worried drains away, and you can see what really needs your vision and your efforts. Intuition sharpens towards Halloween, tune into beauty, connection, possibilities and compassion.

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Heather Roan Robbins
Heather Roan Robbins is a heart-centered and choice-oriented astrologer, palmist and ceremonialist with 30+ years' experience. Her book, Moon Wisdom: Transform Your Life using the Moon Signs and Cycles, brings real astrology into an accessible format. She's trained in astro-locality, mythic, multi-generational and traditional astrology and uses it at the core of her spiritual counseling. Visit


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