October 2020 Horoscopes

Our shared planetary picture

Pluto the slowest and last of the three heavy-weight planets moving through Capricorn goes direct on 4th, so forward movement is possible once again on the structural, governmental and hierarchy front. Mars retrograde in Aries is unhappy with this and continues to rail against restrictions but largely to no avail.

Mercury goes retrograde in Scorpio on 14th, taking us all back to review our recent communications, in different areas of life for each sign. And from 28th Mercury goes even further back into Libra to revew other matters that may be lingering behind what appears to be the problem.

Venus is gliding through Virgo for most of the month which can help us all tend to our physicality with more care. The New Moon in Libra on 16th (at 20.32 BST) squares Pluto. So this new cycle (in different areas of life for each sign) needs you to add an extra transformational element to it.

We also have two Full Moons this month, one on 1st (at 22.06 BST). And one on 31st (at 15.50 BST, so for that one, the build-up is the night before on 30th). This second Full Moon meets one of the definitions of a ‘blue moon’. It also happens to fall on Uranus in Taurus which should make it memorable. Change is in the air!


So what will this mean for us all?

Read the horoscope for your Sun sign and your Ascendant sign if you know it.


Aries:    Your ruling planet Mars has another challenging month running up against authority figures which can be frustrating! From 4th at least they are moving forwards (which is an improvement on last month) but Mars is still retrograde, hopefully looking at where he has been going wrong. Reflecting is not a favourite activity for Mars but we all have to work on our self-awareness from time to time (in fact fairly often). And now is such a time for the Aries warrior!

Partners may not be too sympathetic either and could oppose your plans, especially around 14th when the Sun is opposite Mars… Misunderstandings may need to be sorted out from 28th when Mercury comes back to iron out what was said, meant or done a few weeks ago. Venus helpfully glides in to smooth things over from 28th though which should help to resolve matters. New Moon on 16th also marks a fresh cycle in relationships and partnerships in some way.

Venus is working quite hard this month and tries to make amends with any authority figures you may have been clashing with recently or within any hierarchies you may have disrupted. Be glad of peacemakers. And borrow a leaf from their book for future use!

Mercury goes retrograde in your joint funds, intimacy and sharing zone on 14th. Full Moon on 31st could also bring up a stark difference between you and your partner’s views on security, how money should be spent or on issues around intimacy… At least things are finally out in the open!


Taurus:    Travel, study or cultural prospects should start to improve from 4th when Pluto goes direct or your outlook at least feels more optimistic. This completes a six-month deep review, looking at your beliefs and your place in the world. There are still unconscious processes operating though. What could they be? Answering this question may require you to delve deep! There could be a conflict too between compassionate commitments and the opportunity to travel.

Your ruling planet Venus is well-placed this month, offering pleasure through romance, children and creativity. Sports could be fun too which fits in with the New Moon on 16th which falls in your work, health and service to others zone. This is the perfect time to start a new regime! Give your work and daily routine a good look too. Your beliefs will have some impact on this. Something has to change.

Mercury, planet of thought and communications goes retrograde from 14th in your relationships and partnerships zone. It also opposes Uranus in your sign on 7th and on 20th which could unearth unexpected information or surprising communications that challenge your usual way of being and thinking about relationships. There may be conflict between your usual way of being and partnership needs too around 30th, in the lead up to Full Moon in your sign in the afternoon of 31st. This Full Moon will be challenging you to dare to make a change. Gather your courage and take that step!


Gemini:    Your chances of benefitting from ‘the money of others’ heightens from 4th when Pluto goes direct. The three planets that have been weighing down your 8th House of joint funds, intimacy and sharing for a long time, are finally all moving forwards once again and by the end of the year, two of them will have completed their stay in this area of your solar chart and will have moved on. (The 8th House covers the transformational processes of life: birth, sex and death and also joint funds including taxes, debts, inheritances and sharing in general).

Your ruling planet Mercury goes retrograde on 14th in your work, health and service to others zone. This is an opportunity to review communications with colleagues and to review your regime and daily routine. From 28th Mercury moves even further back to review matters connected to romance, children or creativity. So give this your attention too.

Venus spends most of the month gliding through your mother and home zone. And you may find yourself wanting to beautify your home and share its pleasures with others through entertaining.

Mercury opposes Uranus on 7th and 20th, once going forwards and then going backwards. This can bring flashes of insight into how your work, health and daily routine impact your mental health and vice versa. Full Moon in the afternoon of 31st also falls on Uranus which brings this axis even more strongly to your attention. Listen to what it has to tell you.


Cancer:    Your ambitions and will to push forward with your career or social status runs up against such a strong challenge from partners or partnerships that you have to stop in your tracks to carry out a review of how you have been trying to achieve your goals. Dealings with father or authority figures could also be a part of this and perhaps your own authority may be called in to question too.

Mars the planet of drive, assertiveness, applying your will, the assertive side of sexuality, use of physical energy and dealings with men is retrograde all month. You cannot proceed as planned. But Pluto goes direct on 4th which means that the three major planets in your partnerships zone are at least all now moving forwards. So some movement is possible, albeit not what you planned.

Venus spends most of the month in your 3rd House which helps you to communicate well and manage any tricky situations. Short journeys could be pleasurable as could interations with siblings and neighbours. Physical exercise can be a pleasure too. Walking and talking can also be a helpful way of discussing difficult subjects with partners around 18th – 24th.

New Moon on 16th falls in your 4th House of mother and home. Make plans that will help you to meet your emotional, self-nurture and personal development needs in the future. We also spring into the world from the home, so getting your base right will help your worldly ambitions. Pluto is challenging this New Moon, so deep transformation is being called for. Go with it!


Leo:    Finances should look a bit rosier this month as Venus glides through your 2nd House from 2nd – 28th. Although ‘the money of others’ may cloud the picture around 17th -18th as Venus runs up against Neptune but Jupiter then immediately lifts your income prospects, as do Pluto and Saturn until 24th.

You will be pleased to know that Pluto goes diect on 4th in your work, health and service to others zone which means that all three heavy-weight planets that have been sitting there all year (and longer) are now moving forwards (and two will have moved out of this area of your solar chart before the end of the year). Mars remains challenged all month, trying to get things done on the travel, education, ethics, publishing and legal front. But being retrograde and square three stronger planets, it is difficult to make headway.

Mercury goes retrograde in your mother and home zone on 14th to review communications and movement regarding home and mother-figures. This may include your recent role if you are a mother-figure yourself. From , 28th Mercury moves even further back to examine to what extent your thoughts and mindset have been behind any misunderstandings.

The second Full Moon of the month on 31st falls in your father, career and social status zone. This shows up any tension between parents and whether the demands of mother and home impede your ambitions. We spring into the world from the home and if home is not quite right, giving our best shot in the world can be compromised. What needs to change?


Virgo:    Matters around romance, children and creativity should start to improve after Pluto goes direct on 4th. This has been a weighty area for some time now but finally the three planets weighing things down will all be moving forwards, so progress is within sight.

Mars spends the entire month squaring these same three planets. This is coming from your 8th House of joint funds, intimacy and sharing. Plans or passionate intentions may have to wait for now, until Mars gets clear of ‘the big three (Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto) blocking the way.

Your ruling planet Mercury goes retrograde on 14th making communications more difficult, perhaps especially so with neighbours or siblings. This is a time to review how you have been communicating and thinking in general. Your recent patterns of physical movement could be an area to look at too. From 28th Mercury takes a further step back to look at finances, values and security which may in some way be causing the communication issues.

The best thing this month though is Venus gliding through your sign from 2nd to 28th. This makes you darling of the zodiac and we cannot help noticing your lovely qualities and attractiveness. Enjoy the adoration!


Libra:    An angry partner or discordant relationship could put paid to any peace at home this month, just as things were starting to move forwards… You are not the one stirring things up but you may have quite a job trying to calm them down. Your ruling planet Venus is working overtime trying to bring calm and reason to the situation and most importantly of all: dialogue.

Mercury planet of communication goes retrograde on 14th too which may not be the most helpful of things, especially when finances are being discussed. It also moves back into your sign from 28th and you may find yourself questioning your role and communication patterns and to what extent they may have played a part in the present situation… Do not be afraid to take an honest look.

The Sun ball remains in your court until 22nd, radiating warmth, optimism and freer self-expression. And New Moon on 16th is in your sign, marking a new cycle in your domestic or emotional life. Pluto is square this however which adds intensity and the need for deep transformation. This may involve having to let go of something (or someone) in the month or year ahead. Keep in mind that Pluto usually just removes dead wood.


Scorpio:    Your ruling planet Pluto goes direct on 4th, helping your resolve to keep your mind and communications positive. Your energy levels may have been low recently but that is about to change. The month before your birthday you are often at low ebb as the Sun has been away from you for the longest time. The good news is the Sun is bringing fresh energy and a sense of renewal to you from 22nd!

Your birthday whether this month or next is your personal new year and a more meaningful time to make resolutions for the year ahead than January 1st. Many Happy Solar Returns! It is also the perfect time to explore your planets for the year ahead with a good astrologer.

Mercury lends you mental energy too until 14th.  It then goes retrograde in your sign, retracing your communications over the past few weeks and your mindset. The Sun opposes Mars on 14th too, urging you to look at how your unconscious impacts your health and how your daily routine, work and diet impact your mental health.

Mars is challenging you all month on the work, health and service to others front. Your thinking (and I mean positive thinking) is central to your well-being. This is always the case but is even more imperative right now!

From 28th Mercury goes even further back to search your unconscious for the answer to what has been driving your thoughts. It can be helpful to have the support of a counseller or therapist on this journey. Friends, groups, organisations or community provide gentle relief from 2nd – 28th. There is comfort here. You just have to find it.


Sagittarius:    Your ruling planet Jupiter has been keeping company with heavy-weights Saturn and Pluto since last December. All three planets have been retrograde recently but the slowest moving of them all Pluto goes direct on 4th, so at last all three are moving forward once again. And you will be glad to know this is in your money, possessions, security and values zone. Progress at last! The only fly in the ointment now is Mars which is making demands in the romance, children and creativity area of your chart…

Meanwhile, Mercury goes retrograde on 14th behind the scenes. To what degree have knee-jerk reactions or your unconscious been getting in the way of achieving an understanding with others? And have you been self-sabotaging with negative self-talk? If so, it is time to iron that out! From 28th Mercury moves even further back into your friends, groups and community zone. Things need thinking through here too.

From 2nd Venus is smoothing your path in your interactions with father or authority figures, career and social status. If you need favours from people in influential positions, be sure to ask. Your ambitions are being helped along, be that professional or personal (although matters close to home may cloud the vision around 17th – 18th). Your improved standing in the world can help you to feel more secure in the world, be that financially or emotionally.

Mercury opposes Uranus on 7th and 20th raising your awareness of the impact of your work, diet and daily routine on your mental health and vice versa. Full Moon on the afternoon of 31st also lands on this axis, bringing the same message home but more emotionally. Respond to that message!


Capricorn:    You will be pleased to know that Pluto, the last of the three heavy-weight planets that have been moving backwards in your sign, goes direct on 4th and once again you can make headway. You have completed a five-month review and will hopefully now know how you need to move forward.

Your resolve is important but there are obstacles in the form of Mars which is retrograde all month, challenging your plans. This is coming from your 4th House of mother and home. This can be to do with projects related to home, dealings with mother-figures (or your own dealings as a mother-figure if you are one). Close family members may not support the changes you need to make but make them you must, for your own growth.

Self-nurture comes into this too, as does personal development. Mars retrograde means for you have to reassess your earlier approach in one or more of these areas. You have until mid-November to take a good look and then you should be ready to make progress in a more appropriate way.

Mercury goes retrograde from 14th in your friends, groups community, organisations and campaigns zone. There are things to rethink here and from 28th Mercury moves back into your 10th House to rethink some area of your worldly ambitions or dealings with authority figures too. New Moon on 16th challenges you to seek transformation too. It falls in your 10th House of father, career and social status, calling for a fresh start here in some way and the need for it to be a radical one. Now what could that be?


Aquarius:    Your unconscious starts to be more helpful from 4th when Pluto goes direct which means all three planets which have been weighing down this area of your chart are at last all moving forwards. (And by the end of the year, two will have moved on completely). Pluto going direct should help with any self-sabotage you may have fallen into and will help you to keep self-talk positive. Mars may be troublesome though, wanting to assert itself when you are communicating. You may have a shorter fuse than usual this month but try to keep a civil tongue…

Mercury opposes your ruling planet Uranus on 7th and once again on 20th (as Mercury goes retrograde on 14th). This is in your father, career and social status zone. Communications may need reviewing and when Mercury retreats even further from 28th, you may have to examine your beliefs and to what extent they have contributed to the present situation.

Venus spends most of the month in your 8th House of joint funds, intimacy and sharing. This helps to bring harmony and pleasure and you may benefit from ‘the money of others’. Sharing, including yourself physically and emotionally is well-starred too.

Full Moon on 31st lands on your ruling planet Uranus showing up any conflicts between parents, emotional needs and the demands of the world and comfort versus ambitions. What changes need to be made at home? Or do you need a change OF home? We spring into the world from the home. Getting home right has an impact on your trajectory into the world. Where do you need to position yourself?


Pisces:    Pluto going direct on 4th means forward movement is once again possible regarding friends, groups, community and humanitarian ideals. And you hopefully now understand what direction you need to go in. This may not fit with your financial desires though… Mars is trying to push ahead to achieve a better income or more inner security but is mostly banging its head against a brick wall this month.

Mercury goes retrograde on 14th in your travel, ethics and legal zone, giving you opportunity to review your recent communications. And from 28th Mercury moves even further back to review joint funds and transformational life processes. Could they be connected to the earlier issues? Mercury also opposes Uranus on 7th and 20th, bringing insights into how our day to day communications and higher beliefs are linked. Around Full Moon on 30th – 31st this will all be raised again but more emotionally.

On a more enjoyable note, Venus glides through your opposite sign from 2nd – 28th, highlighting the attractiveness of others and smoothing your path in relationships and partnerships (including business). There may be a short hiccough when your ruling planet Neptune adds confusion around 17th – 18th. This quickly passes though and togetherness beckons.


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