The days maybe getting shorter but those early ones, particularly in the first week of October, can still be mellow and mild as the colours of nature deepen and glow like fire in the stunning sunsets that are so beautiful on clear and bright early evenings, now.
This is a really fun month for the children as they have their autumn half term break around the new moon on the 28th and Halloween parties and fancy dress fun on the 31st. Mercury turns retrograde on that day, so last year’s themes and events will strike the strongest note in this year’s festivities! If you’re planning something new, though, expect some twists and turns as your arrangements take shape!
October is the month we most associate with Libra, the sign not only dedicated to loving close relationships and marriage but also to close friendships – the kind we make for life, the neighbours’ children we grew up with, the new friends we made at school and those special friends who came into our lives through our shared interests in our grown up years.
The signs of the Zodiac each have their individual requirements and ideas about the qualities that make a friend into a close friend for life. Read on to find your own sign’s fundamental musts in forming a strong friendship…
Sep 23 – Oct 22
Happy birthday, Libra! This is the start of a whole new astrological year for you, and with father Mars moving into your sign on the 4th, any plans that have been making slow progress will start moving to your relief and pleasure as October unfolds. This will give you time to take a breather, relax and enjoy this beautiful time of year.
Libra is the archetypal sign of close friendships in all of the Zodiac and values friendship, for its own sake, very highly. You are wonderful at making others around you feel at ease because your love of harmony and justice in all things, means that you don’t like anything that you do to hurt or upset anyone. A best friend who is decisive, assertive, loyal and enthusiastic about life with a never-ending flow of optimism and a “glass half full” view of the world is perfect for you.
This is the month when you can accomplish anything that you want to do. You’ll find friends and co-workers are more than usually willing to support your ideas and to share their resources with you to help you realise your goals and, by the month’s end, you may even discover information that completely transforms them, making them stronger and better, in the process.
Finding the right time and the right circumstances to have those important discussions with your partner may have been less easy than usual in recent weeks, but October is the perfect month for getting to grips with these kinds of talks. Mercury moving into Scorpio on the 3rd joined by Venus on the 8th, and Mars in your sign from the 4th bring decisiveness, clarity and agreement to your discussions, so that by the full moon on the 13th, you’ll feel you’re both closer to each other and closer to your shared goals.
October is the perfect month for a planned retreat to some idyllic spot in the countryside to bring some harmony and balance into your life. Incorporating a spa with pool and sauna, will set you up well for the coming cooler months. Book it or the second weekend in this month to maximise the experience!
As October progresses and the mid-term break gets closer, your lively brood will be excited at the prospect. They’ll be even livelier around the time of the full moon, mid-month, so involve your partner in planning trips to theme parks or outdoor spaces that are perfect for letting off steam in a way you can all enjoy.
Oct 23 – Nov 21
There’s a lot of planetary activity in your sign, this month, with Mercury and Venus moving there in the first week and the Sun joining them on the 23rd, followed by a new moon in Scorpio on the 28th. What does it all mean? You’ll find people interested in what you have to say and you’ll be increasingly popular because of it so that, by the time the new moon ushers in a new phase for you, you’ll be pleased at what that new phase promises to bring.
Scorpio is a strongly passionate sign and can be quietly possessive about their important friendships. Once you have made that bond, you are devoted to protecting and preserving the link for life. Someone who is caring, resourceful, devoted and sensitive to your needs when times get tough for you, will be a friend for life and offer strength and support in equal measure.
A communication you receive in the early part of October may mean greater involvement for you in neighbourhood matters. Scorpio is renowned for good management skills and your input will be very valued, especially during the second week of this month.
Your partner may be surprised at your plans for a trip in October and you may both have to search for a compromise to make it work for you because of sudden commitments in their life, during the first half of this month. But you are brilliant at stepping back and looking more deeply at what can be done to sort things out for everyone. After the Full Moon on the 13th, book a meal together at your favourite restaurant and the solution will miraculously emerge!
October is your personal zodiac year end and so, during this time, you may feel less energetic than usual. Sleep is very important for keeping your sign on its toes and enabling you to cope, comfortably, with everything that tends to go on in a Scorpio’s life – you know what I mean: nothing is ever simple! Meditation will help you to let go of the day’s concerns and make sleep easier to achieve. This will carry you forward to the month’s end when your energy will naturally start to rise again.
It’s likely that, as a child, you loved scary movies and telling spooky ghost stories, so Halloween with your children could be a really fun time. When their friends come around to any parties you’ve planned on the 31st, gather the kids all around you as darkness falls, light the candles and re-visit your childhood; re-count those chilling ghost stories that gave you such a thrill when you were small.
Nov 22 – Dec 21
Your ruler Jupiter is still moving through your own sign, bringing great opportunities and good fortune to you. The more you socialise and make new contacts during this month, the more opportunities and benefits there will be!
Sagittarius is a freedom loving sign who enjoys travelling and bringing new people and experiences into the life. You’re always seeking the deeper meaning of all that you encounter, so you tend to take life too seriously, at times. A friend who is frank about issues, not afraid to be outspoken with you and has a humorous view of life, keeps you optimistic and forward looking when you feel a bit let down by the world – someone who accepts you for who you are and doesn’t seek to change you in any way.
You may be feeling that October is becoming increasingly demanding as the month progresses and you may also feel restless and confined as a consequence. A lovely link between the Sun in Libra and Jupiter in your own sign, mid-month, gives you the ideal opportunity for a much needed weekend break.
your ruler Jupiter in Sagittarius sees your beloved as happy as you with all the good things that this brings. This is truer than ever, mid-month, when friends may invite you to an event that turns out to be wonderful for you both and even financially beneficial, too.
The first two weeks of October may be a bit busier than usual and it may be hard for you to get some time to yourself because of work commitments or everyday routines suddenly being disrupted. Even though you are a sign that can adapt, it can be challenging to go with the flow when daily arrangements suddenly need to be changed. Life becomes calmer after the full moon on the 13th – so, accept any temporary changes until mid-month and any stress will be minimal.
October is an exciting time, socially, for your children. Many friends made in the new school term, will be coming to your home and things could get quite hectic towards the end of the first week. Join together with your friends and plan a community event for all your children to take part in around the time of the full moon. This will keep everyone – parents and children, alike, occupied in making plans for the big day.
Dec 22 – Jan 19
The powerfully transforming planet Pluto has been retrograde in your sign for some time, now, encouraging you to focus on what to let go of and what to hold on to, but in ways that work better for you. From the 3rd, when Pluto resumes forward motion, you are, at last, able to put this plan into action with very satisfying results.
Capricorn is probably the most ambitious sign of the zodiac and so can be status conscious but is also very responsible and concerned about community. You will seek a long term friendship with the type of person that can lift you up, inspire you and improve your own life in the process – a friendship where each of you perfectly complements the other. This is someone who is successful in life and who can help you become more successful in yours, and totally understands and appreciates that you may need to have more than one special friend in your life.
The first half of October is a busy time for you and it’s difficult to keep up with all your arrangements at home and at work. Keep up that steady pace that you are noted for and focus on priorities and, by the time of the full moon on the 13th, you will have it all in hand.
Your social connections are very important to you, Capricorn, and give you a sense of purpose and belonging. No one understands this more than your other half who is always there to welcome those new people into your life and support you in nurturing your friendships. You’ll be reminded of this when someone new enters that circle with ideas and inspiration that your partner values and appreciates as much as you and which bring happy times with new friends for you both to share.
You are a health conscious sign, even though you tend to push yourself very hard where meeting obligations is concerned. Around mid-month, you are likely to get the chance to escape to a place that gives you peace, quiet and soothing solitude. You’ve earned this break so take it – it will give your energy levels a boost in very satisfying ways.
There’s a good deal of ferrying about to be done in October – so much so, that you begin to feel like your children’s private chauffeur – more than usual, that is! Try not to over-commit yourself around the time of the New Moon on the 28th, so that you can avoid having to do some trips for them over again at Halloween and save yourself some time and energy in the process – but, no matter what, things will turn out to be even better, as a result.
Jan 20 – Feb 18
The emphasis is on work and professional interests for you during October. Leave discussions in this area of your life until after Venus joins Mercury in Scorpio on the 8th for the best results. Allow for some changes to be made when Mercury goes retrograde at the month’s end and you will see how these revisions can work to your advantage!
Aquarius is gregarious, fair minded and accepting of all types of people and at ease with everyone. You have a kind and humane attitude to people and animals alike. You look for a friend who shares your view of the world, a like-minded type regardless of culture, beliefs or gender. You enjoy friendship the most with someone who loves the simple pleasures and comforts in life as much as you do, but also someone dedicated to improving society by placing themselves at the heart of what is most important to you.
You are likely to find yourself sorting out a family holiday as the month progresses and it may be to somewhere secluded and far away from it all – even the very sociable sign of Aquarius needs time with their family now and again. Take any hiccups in travel arrangements around the 27th in your stride – After the New Moon on the 28th, you will leave any problems behind.
Although you are probably the most unpredictable sign of the zodiac, keeping that special relationship with your partner dependable and reliable is crucial to your happiness together. This month, you are likely to feel that stability strongly and are also free to do what you want in the way that you want to do it. You’ll feel very intuitively understood and appreciated, particularly around the time of the full moon on the 13th.
Yoga, meditation, pilates, abseiling, kite flying: all have that quality of the unusual and original about them, and they all involve being with others and a degree of teamwork that can keep you interested and committed to these kinds of exercise and activities. Even if it is more for the experience and the new people – it will still help your health and fitness levels as autumn unfolds.
You have a natural talent for organising children and making them feel equally as important as grown-ups. People in your community appreciate this about you and this is why you are likely to be involved in school projects and after school activities, not just with your own children, but with their friends and classmates, too. The second week is especially good for encouraging the children to discuss the kinds of projects and activities they want to do, so that by the time of the full moon on the 13th, plans for these will be in place, in ways that please you all.
February 19 – March 20
October is an enchanting month for you with its changing autumnal colours that inspire your artistic talents and poetic imaginings. Keep a record, either in words or images, of the magical experiences you’ll have when you are out and about, and they will both warm and delight you when you re-visit them on those lengthening October evenings curled up in your favourite cosy chair before a crackling log fire!
Pisces is a compassionate, self-sacrificing, empathic, sensitive, intuitive and even psychic sign, so you will seek friendship with someone who can ground you with a practical approach to life that, nevertheless, can see harmony and beauty in their surroundings, like you. A best friend for you is someone who is honest and strong and able to give you a view of a situation that protects you but also helps you provide that compassionate understanding and support to others without being exploited because of it.
Distant locations in exotic places are beckoning to you, now, and you’ll find some very beautiful ones in your searches, especially in the second week. Trust your intuition and make that reservation for somewhere new in late October and it will be a case of de j’a vu in the best of ways when you actually arrive.
Your willingness to make sacrifices for the one you love and your patience and loving support help your partner to make the most of their resources in October but particularly in the second week of this month when you’ll be touched by how much your partner appreciates and values all that you give. A weekend or evening away together around the full moon on the 13th could turn out to be blissful for you both!
You have a natural affinity with the vulnerable creatures in nature, Pisces. With your love of water and its reflective qualities, you will find exploring rock pools and going on coastal walks – with your dog, if you have one, the perfect form of exercise and relaxation during this month. These activities also have the added bonus of letting you escape into peaceful solitude while actually doing something that’s good for you!
The children are back at school and into that everyday routine that involves discipline and application at lesson times. You recognise, probably more than many others, that, after a very tiring school day, your children need winding down time when they come home. Indoor picnics by the fire and chilling out with favourite games after homework is done, work perfectly and set them up for school the next day.
March 21 – April 19
The first half of October sees you giving your usual generous helping hand to friends who seem to need your decisive and enthusiastic approach. You love to be active and in doing so will be leading the way with the autumn tidy up, whether in yours or your friends’ gardens, or in the local park helping your community. There doesn’t seem to be much time for you, but after the full moon in your sign on the 13th you’ve got everyone back on an even keel and can turn your attention, fully, to your own goals and interests.Aries has a warm hearted nature and is impetuous, ardent, frank and generous, so you look for someone who can hold their own in an argument and who has a good sense of fun. A friend who admires your get up and go approach to life and who can keep up with you but who is also good at picking up on the things you’ve missed, is perfect for a long term best friends relationship.
Any projects or plans that you have in the pipeline for your working interests and professional involvements in October, will fall into place with long term transformational effects, that give you the kind of environment you’ve been seeking to create for quite some time. It all starts to happen when Pluto moves forward, again, on the 3rd.
An intense discussion about your feelings for each other is likely to bring out the passionate side in your partner, in the first week of October, and you‘ll feel very loved and valued because of this. Expect more happiness at the month’s end when it feels like it’s happening all over again!
As an Aries, it can be hard for you to slow down so you’ll probably find it easier following a programme in a group where you can exercise your leadership qualities, showing others the way. Check in at a local mind and body practice or clinic for a relaxing but also invigorating experience mid-month – you’ll, no doubt, enjoy the challenges and opportunities this will bring.
For most of this month, your children will be busy with school work and after school activities. School sports, indoors and out, are likely to be big on the agenda, and you’ll be out there, cheering your children on for every event – including Halloween fancy dress at the month’s end.
April 20 – May 20
You love the mellow tones and changing colours of early autumn, Taurus, so take every opportunity to enjoy the beautiful bright but shortening days. Go for country walks and fill up your senses with the sound of winds whispering through the trees. Watch the leaves crackling underfoot and the sunlight still warming the air, as you prepare for cooler days to come. On those chillier nights, be sure to keep snug and warm, indoors, sipping delicious hot chocolate and watching your favourite rom-com on TV.Taurus is a faithful and enduring sign and affectionate and loyal, even when that closest friend seems busy and occupied with other interests from time to time. You look for good company and someone who makes you feel at ease – a trustworthy confidante who enjoys your company as much as you enjoy theirs, getting together to share happy times at every opportunity.
You are likely to get the opportunity to take a long distance trip with a close friend around mid-month – don’t hesitate to go as it will turn out to be wonderful and you’ll realise one of your hopes and wishes, as a result.
Your loved one is eager to talk about issues that are very important to you both during October. This could result in you both learning more about where you disagree over joint interests and why, but it could also lead to a closer understanding about the goals that are important to you. You’ll find your partner’s support for these very endearing and heart warming, especially around the time of the full moon on the 13th.
You can become quite sedentary in the autumn as the days grow cooler and the sofa beckons, but Mars in your area of health and well being from the 4th really boosts your energy levels, encouraging you to take daily walks and eat more healthily (and still enjoy those cosy comforting evenings in!). The second half of this month is ideal for putting all of this into action.
An event organised for your children and their friends should turn out to be a real crowd pleaser mid-month, and your partner and close friends will come up with some wonderful ideas to make it more fun – anything to do with water, e.g. swimming or boating should be a real success.
May 21 – June 20
You are probably one of the most playful signs of the zodiac with your love of surprises and all things that are ever-changing. The falling leaves of autumn and how they twist and twirl – suddenly taking off in a completely unexpected direction are reminiscent of your sign, so it’s to be expected that chasing falling leaves for the thrill of catching them is a perfect pastime for you, at this time of year.Gemini is curious, witty, versatile, joyful, playful and always on the go. This sign looks for a knowledgeable mind that can supply all the background details to the many facts that you pick up as you go on your merry way. Age makes no difference in close friendships for you – it’s your friends’ intellect and capacity for understanding the bigger picture that you love the most.
Someone who you respect for the way they inspire others may also inspire you to change your every day routine around mid-month. This will result in meeting new people and experiencing new things – just what a Gemini needs to bring a bit of sparkle and pizzazz into your life on a daily basis!
You and your beloved may have been waiting for a shared resource to become available so that you can get on with a joint venture that is precious to you both. You are likely to see movement, here, from early October onwards and especially in the second half the month when your versatile and original way of solving puzzles helps you get much more for your vested interests!
Looking after your health and fitness has got to be fun if you are going to stick to a plan for any length of time, Gemini. Try out anything that grabs your interest this month and keep an open mind until your ruler Mercury goes retrograde on the 31st. Then re-visit all you’ve sampled and decide what works best for you.
Your children are likely to keep you very busy, now, helping out with homework and finding new games and activities to play at home, during the lengthening autumn evenings. A get-together around the full moon on the 13th, with a close friend and their children will turn into a great adventure for you all.
June 21 – July 22
All the water signs love the magic of reflections in nature. As one of the signs of this element, the changing and, often, unpredictable weather that October can bring is a delight to you. You’ll be out there with your camera or brushes, paints and canvass looking for autumnal rainbows and sunny sparkling pavements after a sudden October shower brings magical sheen to everything you see. By the time of the new moon in Scorpio on the 28th, what you’ve learned and gathered will open a new creative chapter for you.Cancer is very romantic and imaginative in expressing affection but can be shy or too proud to show them, at times for fear of seeming too emotional and sentimental, risking feeling ridiculed which you really dislike. You need a good friend who provides strong support without asking too many questions – they don’t need to ask how you feel because they already know, understand and provide the support as and when you need it.
You may be thinking about making changes in your home environment during this month, especially after Mars, the planet of energy and action moves into this area of your life on the 4th. Take advantage of this boost and, by the time of the full moon on the 13th, you’ll be more than satisfied with the changes you’ve made.
You are a very loving, loyal and affectionate sign, although sometimes you find it hard to show how strong these traits are. After Pluto moves forward in this area of your life on the 3rd, you’ll find that your loved one is prepared to take the lead in a very caring, sensitive and passionate way. A romantic evening out in the last week can draw you closer together with a much deeper understanding of each other and this helps to resolve, very smoothly, any domestic differences of opinion that may arise towards the month’s end.
October, for you, is about bringing a healthy lifestyle right into the heart of your home. Around the time of the full moon, mid-month, inspiration abounds, encouraging you to go for new and broader experiences in your life. If you haven’t already got one, a hot tub in your garden could make October the month to pep up your well being in new and novel ways.
You are one of the signs of the zodiac that can make any kind of learning fun, so your children are fortunate to have you helping them with school projects, now. October emphasises fact-finding, communication and development of ideas for them. An excursion mid-month amazes you all, especially with the exciting discoveries they make.
July 23 – August 22
Leo is ruled by the sun, so it’s not very surprising at all if you feel a little wistful as the days of summer give way to those of autumn. These lengthening evenings in the first half of October can still be mild and mellow. They are perfect for get togethers with friends in a garden or on a terrace lit up with lanterns, tree lights and warm, glowing embers. The full moon on the 13th in Aries makes this a good weekend for a party barbecue.
Leo is very creative and thoughtful but can also be over-generous and sometimes too forgiving. You need a best friend who is honest, loyal, reasonable and fair – someone who will live up to your grand expectations and who can be trusted wholeheartedly. Living up to your expectations all the time is quite a challenge but you have a big heart and will be ready to forgive and understand any lapses!
Your social life should bring you happy times during October, and this is especially true in the first week, even if there is a sudden change of plan due to work commitments. Don’t worry; you’ll be able to re-visit any postponed arrangements by the month’s end when Mercury goes retrograde on the 31st.
Your warmly affectionate and sunny nature is a great way to bring your partner round to your point of view, and you’ll find this very valuable in getting them to accept your home renovation plans, now. These plans may have been on your mind for some time and you will most likely have done your research on fabrics and furnishings. You have great taste and believe in spending whatever is necessary to get the very best of materials. Your partner is likely to enthusiastically support your ideas during this month and by the end of the second week, both of you will be amazed at how wonderful it has all turned out!
You’ll be exploring activities to keep you healthy as autumn gathers momentum and winter is not so far away. As a sign that loves warmth, sunlight and being with your friends, you may pick up some ideas in the second week that will help you to make the best choices. You love theatre and anything with an element drama, so dancing to your favourite music, even just at home, is a good place to start creating an enjoyable exercise routine.
As a sign that loves costumes and performing, the chances are that Halloween plans may be on your mind, even from the start of the this month. But the half term break also needs some thought; towards the month’s end, things to do and places to go with your brood will occupy your mind. A family pow-wow, mid-month, helps put everything into place.
Aug 23 – Sep 22
Your sign is thrifty, practical and finds a great deal of pleasure in using energy to achieve a goal that has lasting value. The autumn harvest has gathered momentum, so it’s time to get busy, taking advantage of the fresh food that’s plentiful. There are still blackberries and apples to be picked out in the countryside, then baked, frozen and stored for wonderful treats to share with family and friends – especially for when the days get colder in the months to come.Virgo is honest, helpful and very supportive but can be cautious in assessing people. You are likely to have very few special friends but once the bond is made, it lasts a lifetime. This would be someone who pitches in when effort is needed to reach a goal or provide a service – a friend who is capable of compassion and inspiring the same in you and who looks for the good in life but is not afraid to tackle its problems, too.
The first half of this month, right up until the full moon on the 13th, sees you very busy in your neighbourhood with frequent trips to your favourite local haunts. You could meet someone new in your social circle who completely changes the way you understand what others’ think and why they think it – unnerving at the time, perhaps, but by the second week, the benefits this brings will make the change a happy one!
Virgoans are not known for their sentimentality, but their practical outlook belies a very devoted and romantic nature. Expressing your emotional side may be easier after passionate Mars moves into your area of personal feelings on the 4th, leading to some very loving and cherished moments between you both around the time of the full moon on the 13th.
This is a lovely time of year for you, Virgo. The symbol of your sign is a woman with a sheaf of corn – very reminiscent of this time of year. Whatever the weather, you love to be outdoors, walking on a nature trail that you’ve created so take every opportunity to enjoy these autumnal mellow days, exploring your local parks or even further afield, and keeping fit and well, in the process.
Your children may surprise you this month by being more inquisitive and investigative than usual, and you may find yourself truly enjoying leading their fact-finding missions. The fun you share doing this sees the month ending on a very happy note for you all.
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