We are in deep this month, with not one but two retrogrades (Mars and Mercury) keeping things very interesting. If you ignored the “slow down” memo last month, there’ll be no avoiding it once Mercury goes retrograde in Scorpio on 14 October. With our mental and physical faculties operating at half speed, the time for introspection is upon us. All the “re” words are your October mantras. Reflect, reassess, review and recalibrate. Resist the urge to make drastic changes and use the time to figure out what it is you really want.
My favourite aspect (Jupiter sextile Neptune) delivers inspiration between 3—16 October when a brilliant idea inspired by the craziness of 2020 could just drop in. From new business ventures to moments of artistic genius, the time is ripe for mining opportunities out of the chaos.
Wishing you a great month, and remember to think twice before you jump into anything.
Aries And Aries Rising
21 MARCH—19 APRIL
Harder, better, faster, stronger; they’re words that serve you nicely but as Mars retrograde continues this month, the “go slow” signs continue. In the first two weeks of October a situation at work highlights an intense power dynamic. On the 14th Mercury—the planet of intellect and communication—goes retrograde (until 4 November), prompting you to think about the state of play around shared assets (think: cash, real estate etc). Retrogrades are not the time to move fast, so try to lean into the slower pace and use the time to get your ducks in a row. You’ll be grateful you did.
Taurus And Taurus Rising
20 APRIL—20 MAY
You don’t lose your temper often but there’s a reason “raging bull” is a thing. Your greatest challenge this month will be keeping your cool amidst the crossfire, especially in the first fortnight of October. When the planet of communications, business and intellect (Mercury) goes retrograde come 14 October, situations may arise that have you rethinking partnerships. Whether it’s your main squeeze, best mate or business partner, the back half of October is ripe for reflecting on what’s working and what’s not. No need to make any drastic changes (yet) just notice what comes up. The lesson in any “problems” have the power for major transformation.
Gemini And Gemini Rising
21 MAY—20 JUNE
The go-slows continue this month with Mars retrograde stirring up tension in your social life. The first couple of weeks are dominated—in every sense of the word—by friction which could kick off around a joint venture. Whether its business idea, or a group holiday booking that’s fallen through (because #2020), things could feel pretty fiery. Try to keep things in perspective and remember, as Ben Lee says, “We’re all in this together”. On the 14th, your ruling planet, Mercury, goes retrograde bringing mischief to your everyday routine. Use the second half of the month to think about your relationship to (over) scheduling. Scale back where you can and consider whether busy = happy.
Cancer And Cancer Rising
21 JUNE—22 JULY
Being direct isn’t always easy but it is essential this month. In October, some interesting developments at work will force you to stand your ground. Tension between your professional life and your relationship (if you’re in one), could force your hand. Think of it as a learning experience, a chance to flex your assertiveness muscle. Asking for what you need is not a bad thing—you might just get what you ask for! Have your journal on standby for the second fortnight of October. Mercury retrograde brings a different vibe to the back half of the month. The time is perfect for some creative introspection. Clear the decks as much as you can and crawl back into your shell for some artistic soul-searching.
Leo And Leo Rising
23 JULY—22 AUGUST
Mars retrograde continues to manifest in some pretty feisty vibes this month. Your greatest challenge will be remembering that not everyone handles the heat quite as effortlessly as you do. Your living sitch will be squarely in focus from 14 October when Mercury goes retrograde. Appliances and electricals could start playing up or communications with housemates (flatmates, pets, overly sensitive house plants) could come undone. Log off, unplug and detach wherever you can to spend time reflecting on what you’d like to change about your home/family life. It could be as trivial as finding the perfect shade of white to paint your room, or as epic as showing up in a different way to your family. No need to press go on anything just yet, but use the retrograde as a time for reflection.
Virgo And Virgo Rising
23 AUGUST—22 SEPTEMBER
Some people fight fire with fire; your style is more “outsmart the competition through hard work and excellence”. Still, Mars retrograde may not leave you with much of a choice but to get in the ring in October. There’ll be frayed nerves and edginess, especially around things you share (cash, property, real estate etc). From the middle of the month (14 October), Mercury your ruling planet will be retrograde adding another cosmic speedbump into the mix. Take extra care with your devices, back up files and triple check contracts and important emails—‘tis the season for miscommunications and tech mishaps. On the flipside, it’s a great time to crack on with any solo work where you just need to knuckle down and stay in your own lane. You do you, and you’ll be sweet.
Libra And Libra Rising
23 SEPTEMBER—22 OCTOBER
If your partner is driving you to distraction, it’s in the stars. If you’ve been trying to push the irritation to one side and bury the feels, things will likely come to a head in the first two weeks of October. It’s intense but has the potential to be transformative. You may feel empowered to be more direct than usual in expressing your needs. Mid-month Mercury retrograde (starting 14 October) adds to the excitement. This one is activating all things financial for your sign, so be extra careful to check T&Cs and do your research before you commit to anything. Work with the energy by doing a new budget or embarking on a general monetary spring clean.
Scorpio And Scorpio Rising
23 OCTOBER—21 NOVEMBER
You’re highly skilled at (though rarely acknowledged) for keeping your irritation under wraps. If you managed to keep your cool through September, even the steadiest Scorps might blow their top this month. Mars retrograde kicks up a gear, and the lack of momentum around your daily routine might trigger some big feelings. Adding to the drama, Mercury is in retrograde from 14 October (until 4 November). Allow extra time to get things done wherever possible. Take the pressure off making any major decisions. Prioritise self-care. Slow down, reassess how you’re looking after your health. Get strategic (another one of your super powers) about how you can take better care of yourself.
Sagittarius And Sagittarius Rising
22 NOVEMBER—21 DECEMBER
Patience may be a virtue, it’s just maybe not in your top five favourites. Even still, you may have to give it a whirl as Mars retrograde continues this month, schooling us all in the art of “little to no progress”. The first couple of weeks are a study in big feelings; keep your cool and it could make for some interesting people watching. Come the 14th, Mercury will turn retrograde, making you feel uncharacteristically low-key. Take the cosmic cue to go within and do a little soul searching. This is perfect astro weather for quiet reflection and reassessment of all the things that have unfolded in 2020.
Capricorn And Capricorn Rising
22 DECEMBER—19 JANUARY
A restlessness around where you live may have had you shortlisting properties faster than an agent on Million Dollar Listing. Those itchy feet are here to stay this month as Mars retrograde continues to unfold. The first two weeks look especially eventful, with some moments of drama offering clarity around what or where to make changes. When Mercury goes retrograde in Scorpio on 14th of October, you’ll be inspired to do some soul searching on the friend front. The potential for confusion and miscommunications with mates will be major. If you’re organising get-togethers, make sure everyone is on the same page. Assumption is the mother of all er, stuff-ups.
Aquarius And Aquarius Rising
20 JANUARY—18 FEBRUARY
Slow down, or prepare to be slowed—that’s the vibe this month as Mars retrograde continues to do its thing. Look out for issues with siblings and extended family during the first two weeks when some big astro weather sets the stage for drama, drama, drama. Mid-month you’ll be thinking long and hard about professional trajectory. It’s a time for brutal honesty and introspection, so take time out to think about what it is you really want work-wise and how you could go about making it happen. It’s not the time to make any rash decisions but perfect to think about what feels authentic for you. On a surface level, miscommunications and mix-ups could happen easily so take extra care to cross your Ts and dot your Is on the job.
Pisces And Pisces Rising
19 FEBRUARY—20 MARCH
Chances are money’s been on your mind since Mars retrograde kicked off in September and during the first couple of weeks of October, it continues to take up major brain space. Circumstances involving friends and finances could muddy the waters or force you to take control of a cash-related situation. It’s not a problem, but it definitely needs to be dealt with. Mercury retrograde (14 October—4 November) brings an introspective quality to the back half of the month, beckoning you to reconnect with whatever feeds your soul. If you’re doing any kind of publication—from an academic essay to creating content online—take extra care. Then, wherever possible, schedule plenty of rest and let yourself recalibrate.
Emma Vidgen is a writer, astrologer and meditation teacher. She is also the co-founder of The Wayward, a site dedicated to demystifying the mystical and doing life differently. Follow her on Instagram at @emma_vee and @thewayward.co or book a reading.
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