Cashmere throws, cable-knit sweaters and crockpots, oh my! Bring on the creature comforts of fall! The Sun is making its annual visit to Libra and your homey fourth house until October 23, putting the spotlight on all things domestic. Expansive Jupiter is also wrapping up a 13-month cycle here on October 10, so you'll want to get your cozy on while you can! Soon enough, you'll be exiting the cocoon and flapping those colorful wings (more on that in a minute), and you might only touch down for a costume change between parties and romantic escapades.
During Libra season, you're in your element, because Cancer rules the zodiac's fourth house. So as the Sun beams its rays here, you could be inspired to redecorate, spend more time with family or hunt for a new address. And once motivator Mars marches through Libra, from October 22 to December 9, you'll be especially driven to put down roots. Caution: family friction could flare, so if you're heading home for the holidays or hosting guests, take extra peace-keeping precautions. Maybe giving hotel recommendations would be better than offering Chateau Crab as a crash pad.
On October 10, a tense square between the Sun and shadowy Pluto in your relationship house could bring some intense talks with a business or romantic partner. Who knew THAT issue had been brewing for so long? If there's lingering resentment or if one of you has felt uncomfortable saying something —surprise! It might slip out "accidentally" and with unexpected forcefulness. A brooding person could make you feel like you're walking on eggshells today. Maybe it's time to stop tiptoeing around their domineering behavior already.
The October 19 Libra new moon writes a new six-month chapter around home and family. It's one of the year's most fortuitous dates to turn over a new leaf with a relative or to start looking for a new address. This lunation opens a long window, so events set in motion today (such as a renovation, baby plans or preparing a house for sale) could fully come together by next spring. And if none of that is on your radar, that's fine. The fourth house rules self-care, making this is a great day to adopt nurturing habits: cooking more than ordering in, reading books instead of going down a nightly Facebook rabbit hole and getting regular massages.
Careful: The Sun also forms its annual opposition to volatile Uranus today, which could throw your work-life balance into turmoil. Where do you need to say "no" more, both at home and the office? A curveball demand from work or an erratic schedule could interrupt your quality downtime. If you've been cast into the caretaker role one time too many, stop enabling and start asking other people to step up. You can't be there to put out every single fire, especially if it interrupts your workday and impedes your job performance.
While most of this month's cosmic action falls in the personal realms of your chart, there's one day where your career takes center stage. On October 5, the Aries full moon will illuminate your tenth house of success and professional goals, amping up your ambition. Make some power moves and step into a leadership role. You could earn long-overdue public recognition for your work, perhaps in the form of an award or promotion. A big project you've been involved in since the spring comes together now. At the very least, you'll know whether this mission is one you want to continue. If you're working below your potential, la luna gives you a push to go bigger. Come up with an exit strategy and start paving the way for a role that makes better use of your talents. The tenth house rules men and fathers, and a guy in your life could figure into changes near this full moon.
But the month's headliner is Jupiter, which shifts gears for first time in more than a year on October 10, exiting Libra for a 13-month stint in Scorpio. Since September 9, 2016, Jupiter's been in your domestic fourth house, deepening your roots and bonds. You may have been spent most of 2017 focused on home, family and personal issues. Even if you traveled a lot, you probably kept to yourself and a tight-knit circle. Women especially have played an important role. This was a foundational time, meant for establishing a secure financial and emotional base.
Now Jupiter hosts a cosmic-coming-out party as it barrels into Scorpio and your passionate fifth house of self-expression, creativity and love until November 8, 2018. Lights, camera, action! This sets off your luckiest year in more than a decade for artistic and romantic affairs. You won't be hiding in that proverbial Crab shell with outspoken Jupiter in this unfiltered zone of your chart. This "carpe diem" move will help you tap into your desires and childlike energy throughout the coming 13 months. You'll take an adventurous approach to things that once may have scared you! (Our 2018 Planetary Planner has an in-depth report on Jupiter in Scorpio for YOUR sign—pre-order your copy here!)
Enter the muse! Musicians, performers and all "maker" types will enjoy a renaissance during this Jovial golden era. The spotlight will follow you, and shyer Crabs might need to get used to all the attention you attract. Fame could arrive when you least expect it. Just ask Taurus Candace Payne—aka "Chewbacca Mom"—whose playful video of herself guffawing in a Chewbacca mask went viral back when Jupiter was in HER fifth house. Oh, the places a selfie will go! That's both an invitation AND a precaution, actually. Ensure that you put your best face forward this year—Star Wars mask or not.
The fifth house rules glamour, and you could play around with new looks, hairstyles and colors. With entrepreneurial Jupiter at the helm, you might roll the dice on a creative business venture. Take inspiration from fellow Crab Tracy Toler-Phillips, who launched her vegan and cruelty-free lipstick line, Cupid and Psyche Beauty, right as Jupiter is rolling into Scorpio. Take a chance and put your unique stamp on a project or promising venture.
Jupiter's last visit to Scorpio was from October 2005 to November 2006; look back to that time for clues of what might resurface now. You'll get an even bigger preview once the Sun enters Scorpio on October 23, ramping up the passion and joie de vivre. On October 26, Jupiter and the Sun will make their once-a-year conjunction (meetup), which could be one of the boldest days you have all year. Speak fearlessly from the heart, no matter what anyone thinks. Put your talents on display or tell someone how you really feel about them. You've got nothing to lose except a little pride—maybe. With Jupiter in this confident and charismatic zone of your chart, you'll have enough of that to spare. Look out, world—Cancer has arrived!