You’re on a mission, and you won’t be stopped! October could prove to be one of your most ambitious months in 2019, so don’t ease up on those #bossgoals now, Capricorn. Not only is the Sun in Libra and your professional tenth house until October 23, but energizer Mars is also making its biennial blaze through this zone from October 4 to November 19. When the red planet arrives, everything speeds up, which can drive up stress and excitement in equal measure. Work could be demanding before the holiday season, with long hours and short turnaround times. But on the upside, you’ll make strides that can help you close the decade with a huge feather in your cap!
The tenth house is the zone of leadership and public image, and with Mars here, you can rise to major prominence. Take, for example, 16-year-old Capricorn climate activist Greta Thunberg, the iconic teen who led of the Global Climate Strike that swept the planet last month. Or, in a quieter but no less potent form of activism, the L.A. “bodega” serving healthy food for less than five dollars a meal, created by nonprofit founder LaRayia Gaston. Whether you inspire 4 million people to join your movement or make a difference for the handful of folks you influence doesn’t matter. This month’s bold and pioneering starmap invites you to step up and be The One. As the famous quote goes, “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person, you may be the world.”
This call to greatness gets amplified by transformational powerhouse Pluto, which wakes up from a five-month retrograde in YOUR sign on October 3. As karmic Pluto zooms into forward motion, you’ll emerge from the shadows. If you’ve been hiding out or dimming your lights, Pluto’s course correction turns up the intensity again. A personal project could speed up, especially if you’ve been blocked by a few obstacles or resistant people who seemed to be undermining your efforts. Have you been considering a style revamp or a major life change? The soul-searching you’ve done since April (whether you realized you were doing it or not) could now pay off, inspiring you to make decisive moves.
You’ll still need to play by SOME of the rules, though. In fact, there are a couple days when you want to be sure you’re not pissing off the wrong people—unless, of course, that’s your mission. On October 7, the Libra Sun will lock into a heated square with rigid Saturn, which is also in Capricorn. You may butt up against a few restrictions in your quest, perhaps clashing with an authority figure or encountering bureaucratic slowdowns. You might have your own reservations about how you’re seen by the world, wanting to be seen as serious and “professional” without being stifled!
These dueling desires for social acceptance and autonomy will repeat on October 27, when fiery Mars in Libra also squares off with Saturn in Capricorn. This will be akin to having one foot on the gas and the other on the brake. You could wind up in a major power struggle—perhaps one that could be avoided—if you insist on butting those Sea Goat horns against every brick wall you encounter. Is compromise possible without selling out on your ideals or settling for less than you deserve? On these two days, that’s debatable. When in doubt, ride it out: Why swim upstream if you don’t have to?
Need to pause for a personal cause? Midmonth, take a time-out from your ambitions to touch down at home base or savor a little self-care. On October 13, the annual Aries full moon will beam into your fourth house of home, family and emotional foundations. If you’ve been considering a move or a change in your living situation, these moonbeams can catalyze your plans. For Caps of the parenting set, this maternal moon could bring pregnancy news or an opportunity to bond with your children. A powerful woman could figure prominently into events today or over the next two weeks.
Watch for emotional intensity at this full moon because it will square off with Pluto in Capricorn, which can shorten your fuse and make you prone to knee-jerk reactions. Your Sea Goat serenity may be in short supply, if not entirely AWOL. A family member or close person might push your buttons (and they always know exactly where those are), provoking an unexpectedly potent reaction. Knowing this ahead of time, you can plan to avoid provocative people and topics.
Lightness arrives on October 23, when the Sun shifts gears into Scorpio and your eleventh house of groups, teamwork and technology. Step away from your desk and go mingle. You’ll accomplish more when you focus on “who you know” rather than “what you do.” Of course, demanding Mars will remain in your career sector until mid-November, so there’s still plenty on your plate. But now you can mix it up a bit more!
A collaboration—or the start of a fruitful one—could take flight on October 27, when the year’s only Scorpio new moon beams into your eleventh house, sparking synergies. You might be invited to join a professional association that forwards your goals. Or maybe politics is calling your name? Whatever the case, this new moon is here to expand your circle and bring some dynamic new thinkers into your orbit. It’s a great day to host a party or an event, especially one that benefits a cause that you care about.
Keep the divas and drama queens off the guest list however, Capricorn. The new moon will stand in opposition to disruptive Uranus in your fifth house of passion and self-expression. An attention-hungry person (who may have a large ego to boot) may try to steal the spotlight and derail progress. Drunk or belligerent behavior might even erupt at a party, so dodge any scenes that look like they could blow up into a bad reality-TV moment. If you’re leading a team or addressing a crowd, make sure everyone feels included and acknowledged. Under these stars, you might unwittingly come across as arrogant—SO not the look you’re going for.
This new moon also marks a great day for a digital launch or sending one of your online creations viral. If you do put yourself out there on the interwebs, watch for interference from the Uranus opposition. Tone down the snark and irreverence, and don’t post anything that could be seen as controversial unless you’re 100 percent willing to stand behind it—and take the heat.
This advice remains in effect for the rest of the month (and beyond). On October 31, trickster Mercury—the planet of communication, technology and travel—turns retrograde in Scorpio until November 20. With Mercury serving up a double dose of mayhem around all things social, you’ll need to tread carefully in your interactions, both online and IRL. Been craving a little more offline time? Start your digital detox now. Need space from a friend whose hysterics have become exhausting? Use the retrograde to reconnect with old contacts and let this draining dynamic die down. Since Mercury retrograde can cause electronic data and devices to go up in smoke, be sure to back up all your most important files long before Halloween. The last thing you need is a ghoulish surprise—or to find that the “Day of the Dead” applies to your laptop battery conking out on you just when you have a major project to finish!