Time for some well-deserved fun, Gemini! October is one of your most playful and passionate months of the year as the Sun takes its annual voyage through Libra until October 23, heating up your festive, flamboyant fifth house. Bring out ALL the facets of your personality (or, um, personalities) and let your inner performer take the stage. Fall romance could be on the agenda for many Twins with el Sol blazing through this dynamic sector.
With lusty and emphatic Mars also in Libra from October 4 to November 19, you’ll be a force of nature—attracting admirers and playmates eager to join you on everything from creative projects to a frisky fall fling. As virile Mars visits your fertile fifth house, Geminis of the childbearing set could get a visit from the proverbial stork before or during the holidays.
As exciting as this sounds, the red planet is in “detriment” in Libra, meaning it’s in a weakened position since Mars is the warrior and Libra is the peacemaker. Reconciling those differences isn’t necessarily simple. Mars in your reactive fifth house can also amp up jealousy, an impulse that will be strengthened on October 3, when Pluto, the planet all things hidden, surfaces from a five-month retrograde in Capricorn and your intense eighth house. Since April 24, Pluto’s been back-spinning through this zone of merging, intimacy and shared possessions. You may have done some deep soul-searching and releasing of turbulent emotions, like shame, resentment and codependency. Pluto’s retrograde might also have revealed fissures in your closest relationships. An ex could have resurfaced, driving up jealousy or suppressed desires. Button-pushing people may have acted as “mirrors” who reflected back something you needed to examine within yourself.
If you happened to bury any feelings (retrogrades can cause us to submerge and avoid certain feelings), Pluto’s pivot back to forward motion could drive them up once again. Have you been unsure whether to trust someone or get financially entwined? Clarity could arrive shortly after the month begins. On October 7, the Sun will lock horns in its semiannual square with stubborn Saturn, which might spark a battle of wills. Drama could erupt if you try to cut corners or “game the system” in any way.
On the other hand, simmering sexual chemistry can reach full consummation today, if only because the tension is too strong to resist. It may be impossible to hold back your feelings! If you’ve been trying to get funding for a creative project or build buzz around an artistic venture, the Sun-Saturn square could unlock that as well. Squares can bring things to a breaking point OR a turning point. One way or the other, it will likely be a relief to get out of limbo.
On October 13, Pluto will get embroiled in a square to the full moon in Aries and your eleventh house of groups, networking and technology. These lunar beams mark an important day for any collaborative endeavors, so make sure you get out and mingle proactively. You could meet some amazing people who SEEM to be on the same page as you. But with shadowy Pluto in the mix, be careful how much you reveal right off the bat since not everything will be out in the open. Keep confidential intel under wraps until you learn more about how (and if!) your goals align. Take precautions with anyone you meet online as well as this moon-Pluto conflict could set the stage for catfishing, identity theft or another kind of digital scam. Steer clear of borrowing and lending money with friends or getting involved in anything involving finances or assets.
Have you been on the fence about a certain friendship and whether it can go the distance? This full moon could bring a decisive moment. You can address those issues at their root and move forward, or you might wind up severing ties or the time being and shift to a new crew. The raw and primal energy of the Aries full moon—mixed with Pluto in the erotic eighth house—can stir up strong sexual chemistry. A previously platonic pal might shift out of the casual zone and get bumped to “friends-with-benefits” status. Just make sure you don’t do it in a compromised state (e.g., confessing your attraction after downing a couple shots of “liquid courage”)—especially given that this full moon arrives in a hedonistic and emotionally charged sky.
Whew! Some order can be restored to the Gemini court beginning October 23, when the Sun shifts into Scorpio and your sensible sixth house of health, systems and efficiency. If you’ve tossed discipline out the window or just feel ready to get back on the wellness wagon, now’s your time to trade excess for a “less is more” ethos.
The Scorpio new moon on October 27 signals an excellent moment to start your fitness kick, clean-eating plan or major decluttering project (one room at a time, Gem!). This could dovetail with the release of a major stress source as the new moon directly opposes turbulent Uranus in your twelfth house of healing and endings. If a crying meltdown happens, let it! You may also decide to incorporate some spiritual practices into your wellness routines.
That same day, Mars gets embroiled in yet another of October’s tricky squares, this one with tough Saturn. If you’ve been overly stoic—or majorly melodramatic—the effects can catch up with you. Have you been spending lavishly and beyond your budget? With Mars hitting the gas and Saturn slamming the brakes, it’s an ideal opportunity (however uncomfortable) for reining in your finances and putting a plan in place, especially before holiday shopping season kicks into gear.
You’ll be glad you started working that through because on October 31, Mercury—the planet of communication, technology and travel—turns retrograde until November 20. Mercury will reverse through Scorpio and your orderly sixth house, which could make it tough to stay on top of the details and manage stress. Be careful not to take on more tasks than you can humanly handle. Instead of scarfing down Halloween candy by the handful, take stronger steps to bolster your immune system. You might be better off taking a “trick or (re)treat” so you don’t pick up any seasonal germs while your resistance is down. Ramp up your self-care during the retrograde and get enough sleep. Your rest periods are as important as—if not more important than—your hours of productivity.