In October 2023, the planets move through the zodiac, inviting us to act in harmony with the universe. Mercury, known as the messenger, enters the deep space of Scorpio, encouraging us to think and communicate with depth. Venus, representing love and beauty, travels carefully through Virgo and then dances into peaceful Libra. At the same time, Mars, representing our energy and aggression, prepares to dive into Scorpio’s powerful energies, while several planets, like large Jupiter and mysterious Neptune, go retrograde, suggesting times for review and spiritual reflection. Each zodiac sign will experience these heavenly changes differently, bringing specific lessons, hurdles, and chances. Let’s explore the astrological wisdom and practical advice tailored for each sign.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Chiron is moving backward in the brave sign of Aries, quietly reminding us all of the important need to heal by looking inward and embracing our soft spots, seeing them as real strengths. This is a powerful time where the universe helps us to look deep inside, bravely face and accept our hidden hurts, and include them in our lives with kindness and wisdom. The backward move, or retrograde, of Chiron encourages us to turn our wounds into deep wisdom, blend our healed selves smoothly with the ongoing universe, and maybe come out of this star journey refreshed, reborn through deep self-healing and thoughtful inclusion.
Goal for today: Identify one area in your life where past hurts may be inhibiting your progress and consciously choose one action that fosters healing, whether that’s engaging in a heartfelt conversation, journaling, or seeking professional support.
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Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
With Jupiter, the planet of luck, moving backward in your sign, it’s a special time to think about your personal growth and the good things that have happened to you so far. This backward motion, or retrograde, encourages you to carefully think about your beliefs and big life plans, and how they might be adjusted to help not just you, but everyone. It’s a great time, Taurus, to make sure your own growth also supports a bigger, kinder vision for all. So, during Jupiter’s retrograde, aim to mix your success with a true wish to create wider, kind changes, making sure your growth and good luck also help others.
Goal for today: Revisit your personal, professional, and spiritual goals. Identify one goal in each area that may require adjustment or refinement to ensure they are truly aligned with your broader vision and values.
Suggested reading: “Signs of personal growth (what to do and a complete guide)” for guidance on how to achieve personal growth effectively.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
While Mercury, your guiding planet, sits balanced in fair Libra and before it dives into the deep, mysterious world of Scorpio, your communication and thoughts are filled with a nice mix of reason and kindness. This starry setup encourages you, Gemini, to handle talks and meetings with careful balance, listening as much as you share, and making sure your actions match your words to build trust and deep connections with others. It’s a perfect time to mix thinking and feeling in your chats, making them not just smart but also heartwarming, helping to build strong, honest ties with those around you. So, during this special communication time, let your chats show your honesty, peace, and understanding, joining your thinking and feeling in a dance of clear, trusting connections.
Goal for today: Engage in a meaningful conversation, ensuring that you practice active listening, mirroring, and validating the other person’s perspectives and feelings.
Suggested reading: “8 things effective communicators never do in conversations” improve your communication skills.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
While Neptune moves backward in dreamy Pisces, your imaginative and intuitive sides are super strong, quietly encouraging you to look at your dreams and hopes with a mix of high ideals and down-to-earth practicality. Your typical Cancer ability to care and give support, often used for others, should now be used for yourself, making sure your goals are both wisely intuitive and practically doable. So, during this special time, let yourself nurture your dreams with both the soft touch of idealism and the firm grip of practicality, allowing them to grow from your imagination into real life, all while Neptune moves backward through imaginative Pisces.
Goal for today: Reflect upon one dream or aspiration and determine one small, tangible step you can take toward making it a reality.
Suggested reading: “How to focus more on yourself: 10 steps to self-growth” to achieve a greater sense of self-fulfillment and well-being.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
As Venus moves through practical Virgo, it invites you, Leo, to combine your big, warm heart with some down-to-earth planning to make sure your kindness and generosity last and really make a difference. Your lively, supportive spirit is encouraged to think about the long-term effects and practical sides of your good deeds. This time in the stars is a chance for you, with your usual energy and boldness, to create acts of kindness that not only shine brightly now but also have lasting, positive effects. So, during this time, let your generous actions also be guided by thoughtful planning and consideration for the future, building a lasting legacy of goodness that shines far and wide.
Goal for today: Identify one way you can support a loved one that also honors and respects your own boundaries and resources.
Suggested reading: “7 simple ways to be a kinder person every day” for actionable steps on how to cultivate kindness in your daily life.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
As Venus moves through your sign, Virgo, it encourages you to blend love and practicality in your life. Your natural ability for detail and a drive to serve and improve can sometimes lead to self-criticism or a strong focus on flaws. Venus reminds you that love and appreciation for yourself and others can exist in and because of life’s perfect imperfections. During this time, let Venus’s gentle energy help you balance your practicality with a love and acceptance of imperfection, both in yourself and others. This moment invites you to honor and cherish love in its most genuine and imperfect forms, creating a balanced existence where the heart and mind coexist harmoniously.
Goal for today: Undertake an action that symbolizes self-love and acceptance, whether it be a small ritual, a moment of self-care, or an affirmation.
Suggested reading: “Loving yourself: 5 powerful ways to learn to love yourself (instantly)” to cultivate self-love and self-acceptance.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
As Mars moves through your sign and before it enters secretive Scorpio, while communication-focused Mercury also plays a role, you, Libra, are encouraged to speak up about your needs and wants confidently. It’s a time where you’re asked to be both clear and firm in your communications to make sure exchanges stay fair and balanced. Both Mars and Mercury are creating a space for you to talk and act with assurance while maintaining the balance in relationships that is so important to you. Simply, use this time to express yourself clearly and stand firm in your needs, ensuring that all interactions and exchanges are equal and fair. May your words and actions align in a way that keeps your relationships and interactions harmonious and mutually supportive.
Goal for today: Express a need or desire to someone close to you, ensuring that your communication is clear, honest, and also receptive.
Suggested reading: “7 phrases smart people use to assert boundaries (without causing offense)” to effectively set and communicate boundaries in a way that is assertive yet respectful.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
As Mars moves towards your sign, Scorpio, get ready for a strong wave of energy that’s headed your way, promising to make your season vibrant and intense. This energy is going to give you a lot of determination and help you focus sharply, creating a perfect setting for you to plant the seeds of your truest desires and watch them slowly grow into reality. The power from Mars encourages you to explore your deepest self, find your sincerest wishes, and determinedly nurture them with focus and care. This period acknowledges and uses your intense and transformative nature, allowing you to turn energy into a force that brings your desires from the world of thoughts into the real world. So, during this time, may you not only find the strength and sharp focus to pinpoint your desires but also find a way to make them real, creating a world that truly mirrors your being.
Goal for today: Set an intention that aligns with your core desires and create a small, symbolic gesture that signifies the planting of this ‘seed’.
Suggested reading: “10 traits of highly determined people that we can all learn from” to pursue your own goals and aspirations with greater determination and success.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
As Jupiter moves backward in steady Taurus, Sagittarius, you get a special chance to think deeply about your big goals and dreams. Even though Jupiter usually brings outward growth, its backward, or “retrograde,” movement now turns your attention inward, giving you space to explore and possibly rethink your beliefs and plans. This might seem like a slow or inward-pulling time, but it’s a great opportunity to make sure your big dreams and beliefs are not only true to you but also have a practical side, thanks to Taurus’s down-to-earth influence. So, see this time as a gift, letting Jupiter’s energy help you create a safe inner space to plant seeds for your future plans and patiently care for them with your typical Sagittarian positivity and adventurous spirit.
Goal for today: Identify a belief or philosophy that has guided your path and ponder upon its current relevance and application in your life.
Suggested reading: “People who achieve their goals in life usually share these 10 traits” as a guide for personal development and motivation.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
As Pluto moves backward in your sign, Capricorn, it’s your time to explore and change hidden parts of yourself. This planet, known for its power to change, pushes you to look deep inside, bringing to light things you might not see and transforming them. This might not be easy, but it’s a great chance to let go of old things and make room for something new. This period allows old parts of you to change and new parts to grow, giving you a fresh start. Simply put, it’s a time to discover, change, and come out on the other side refreshed and new. Dive deep, Capricorn, and allow this powerful time to bring forth a new you.
Goal for today: Identify an aspect of yourself or your life that is calling for transformation and take a small, actionable step towards initiating this change.
Suggested reading: “If you recognize these 12 signs, you’re ready for a major life change” to prepare yourself for a significant life change.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Saturn is going backward in emotional Pisces, inviting you, Aquarius, to blend your smart thinking with feelings and intuition. This time is about exploring your emotions safely and using that understanding to make your big ideas and visions more compassionate and empathetic. Saturn helps make sure this emotional journey is steady and not overwhelming, guiding you toward deeper understanding and wisdom. So, your task now is to let your innovative ideas be touched by the soft but powerful light of heart wisdom and to let your forward-looking ideas be shaped and enriched by a balance of smart thinking and emotional understanding.
Goal for today: Engage in a meditative or reflective practice that invites you to explore and embrace your emotional and intuitive facets.
Suggested reading: “8 signs you’re more intuitive than you realize” to harness your intuitive capabilities for your benefit.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
When Neptune, your planet, moves backward in your sign, it invites you, Pisces, on a special inward journey. It’s like sailing on a vast, dreamy ocean where your creativity and feelings run deep. While this place might feel familiar and cozy, allowing your imagination and empathy to flourish, Neptune advises you to keep a connection to the real world, ensuring that your dreams don’t just float away but find a place in your everyday life. This time is like a dance, where your dreamy, imaginative side gets to play with the practical and tangible world, allowing your creative visions not only to be dreamt but to actually come to life in the real world.
Goal for today: Engage in a creative activity that allows you to express your inner dreams and imaginations, be it through art, writing, or any other medium.
Suggested reading: “14 ways to improve your creativity and imagination” to boost your creativity and expand your imaginative abilities.