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October 2020 Virgo Overview Horoscope
You’ll be craving stability all month, but the planets aren’t exactly cooperating with those desires. On the one hand, the Sun is in balanced Libra and your security-seeking second house, putting the focus on work, money and routines. If you can simplify and streamline your everyday life, now’s the time to do it! Put on the blinders and focus on one task at a time, crossing items off your to-do list as you go. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect Virgo day?
Hopefully, your efficient efforts will distract you from the follies happening in other parts of the sky. There’s the fact that October’s a rare “blue moon” month, with TWO full moons bookending it. Then there’s your ruling planet, Mercury, turning retrograde. Even the best-laid plans won’t anticipate all the curveballs coming at you. But at least you can be prepared to expect the unexpected!
Drama or intensity in your love life will start to clear up after Sunday, October 4, when Pluto ends a five-month retrograde through your romance sector. If you dealt with heartbreak earlier this year or felt the “quarantine blues” from a lack of glamour and novelty in your life, pleasure could start to make a comeback. Finding creative outlets is always a good idea for you, Virgo—and with Jupiter, Saturn AND Pluto all powering through this expressive zone until late 2020, your original ideas could create major buzz!
Watch your words when Mercury turns retrograde, delivering a double dose of mischief to your tech, travel or interactions. Mercury backspins from Tuesday, October 13, to Tuesday, October 27, in Scorpio and your communication house. After that, Mercury will continue its reverse motion in Libra until November 3, disrupting your second house of money and work. Look over your budget with a careful eye and be extra considerate with coworkers.
Your social life could see an upswing on Thursday, October 22, when the Sun moves into Scorpio and your interactive third house for a month. Don the N-95 mask and spend quality time with your quarantine crew…or do it virtually if that’s the safest way.
Get ready for exciting news—and possibly big changes from afar—when the October 31 Taurus full moon illuminates your adventurous ninth house. With unpredictable Uranus alongside la luna, Halloween surprises could definitely be in order. Ready to take a calculated risk or a big leap of faith? You might surprise everyone you know and just go for it!
Week 1: October 1-11
Hot and bothered
The month starts off with mega-intensity as the Aries full moon on Thursday, October 1, beams into your eighth house of merging, intimacy and shared finances. Percolating passions could reach a boil this week. A connection that’s been developing since the March 24 Aries new moon may morph into a full-on commitment…or you could decide to part ways. The eighth house can bring on extremes. Wondering if you should stay or go? These moonbeams will light the way.
An investment or a real estate or legal issue could also be on the table. This once-a-year full moon in your shared-money zone could attract some heavy hitters to Team Virgo. Can you divvy up the credit (and control)? Do your careful Virgoan vetting, of course. If your potential partner meets your impeccable standards, the rewards of a collaboration could be well worth sharing.
Love makes a comeback on Sunday, October 4, when potent Pluto ends a five-month retrograde in Capricorn that began on April 25. As the tiny titan powers forward in your fifth house of love, creativity and self-expression, it will travel in tandem with expansive Jupiter and officializing Saturn. For many Virgos this could herald a complete 180 to your romantic (or innovative) life.
Pluto moving forward will also bring a welcome dip in drama. Wave buh-bye to guilt-trips, emotional blackmail and any random exes who popped out of the woodwork during the past five months. We’re not saying YOU had anything to do with the histrionics of yore. But it never hurts to do a personal debrief to check for patterns you’d like to permanently overcome.
Careful, though: Pluto has one last kick left to deliver. On Friday, October 9, he’ll lock into an intense square with hotheaded Mars, repeating a volatile clash they made (in the same signs) on August 13. As Pluto in your love zone faces off against retrograde Mars in your uber-emotional eighth house, jealousy, possessiveness—and the most intense sides of your temper—could flare.
Instead of taking the bait when your buttons get pushed, can you vent to a trustworthy friend until this amped-up moment passes? Even if you feel all righteous and KNOW you’re seeing this clearly, you won’t regret saving this fight for a less-inflamed day. There may just come a time when you need that bridge you’re dying to burn.
Week 2: October 12-18
Mercury retrograde and a new moon
Watch your words! On Tuesday, October 13, your ruler, Mercury, begins his final backspin of 2020, retreating until November 3. The winged messenger will mess with not one, but two areas of your life during this retrograde period.
Until Tuesday, October 27, Mercury will backpedal through your third house of communication, disrupting technology, travel and social encounters. Then Mercury bumbles back into Libra and your money zone until November 3, futzing around with your careful budgeting efforts.
Long-term, your money picture is bright. On Friday, October 16, the year’s only Libra new moon will sweep into your second house of work, income and daily routines. Despite the brief Mercury messes, this signals a six-month period when you can enjoy a fresh start in terms of funding. Stay alert for new sources of revenue. Just don’t sign on any dotted lines until Mercury corrects course on November 3.
There’s yet another reason to hang onto your wallet for now—temptation could threaten to derail even your most responsible plans. This pragmatic new moon will get T-boned by a triple square (90-degree angle of stress) from Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto—all in your hedonistic and dramatic fifth house.
You could resolve to spend less or cut back on your alcohol consumption…only to be lured by a favorite designer’s 80 percent off flash sale or the uncorking of a scintillating Semillon. Have you gotten a little too hardcore again, Virgo? Choose moderation over deprivation, and you’ll ease into long-term success.
Week 3: October 19-25
Power struggles and a social upswing
This week gets off to a dramatic start. Headstrong Mars gets into ANOTHER cosmic dustup, this time with over-the-top Jupiter. Just as they did on August 4, these two impatient and rash planets will push dueling agendas.
You’ll feel the tension in your love life as Mars in your passionate fifth house locks horns with Jupiter in your zone of intimacy and shared resources. Fights over money, quality time and how you divide duties with your mate could blow out of proportion. And while the theatrics could earn you an Oscar nomination, it’s best to drop the curtain on these antics. Single? You could find yourself obsessing over someone from your past, especially since Mars is retrograde all month, which could bring an ex back into the picture.
Look for a nice boost to your social life on Thursday, October 22, as the Sun enters directed Scorpio and your communication zone until November 21. Even if it’s online, group activities and new hobbies are looking good now. Get your social game back on track and seek out kindred spirits to help make your creative ideas a reality.
Week 4: October 26-31
Full moon adventures
Your ruling planet, Mercury, wraps up its retrograde by backing into Libra and your financial zone from Tuesday, October 27, until Saturday, November 3. Keep close tabs on your budget and spending. Strengthen passwords on any online shopping sites you visit regularly since Mercury retrograde can bring data breaches. Tensions could rise with clients and colleagues, so make sure everyone is clear on expectations. Clarify instructions, reinforce deadlines and adjust plans if it looks like you aren’t on track to meet your goals.
A bit of consolation: Beautifying Venus also moves into Libra on Tuesday, October 27, whetting your appetite for the finer things. If you’ve been eyeing an upscale splurge, start pricing it out this week. Then hit “buy now” on the best deal you can find AFTER Mercury turns direct on November 3.
The month ends with a Taurus full moon on Saturday, October 31, flooding your ninth house of growth, adventure and risk-taking with its bold beams. Talk about a Halloween treat! This full moon, in exact conjunction with master of surprises Uranus, brings opportunities during the next two weeks to publish, travel or extend your horizons in ways you can’t imagine. If you’re looking to start a bold new side gig or add an impressive credential to your educational resume, now’s the time to take some big first steps.