Aries Monthly Horoscope

October 2019

Put your pioneering style on ice for a minute, Aries—at least, as much as you can. October is your annual “relationship” month, when the stars line up to help you play well with others. Your solo star may well be on the rise, but why not combine your superpowers? Success is still as sweet (if not sweeter) when you make that meteoric rise with a savvy sidekick or two.
Not only is the Sun in Libra and your seventh house of one-on-one partnerships until October 23, but your ruling planet, ambitious Mars, is in Libra from October 4 to November 19. Translation: relationship rocket fuel! An exciting contract or business alliance could hit the fast track. With speedy Mars riding shotgun alongside the confident Sun, you won’t want to take TOO long to “think it over.” Luckily, most Aries tend to trust (and act on) their impulses. Make sure all the details check out, then hit the gas!
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Alas, it won’t be only Libran “love-and-light” vibes all month. Although Mars is your cosmic ruler and always has your back, he’s in “detriment” (a weakened position) when visiting Libra. It makes sense: Mars is the mythological warrior, and Libra is the sign of peace. They’re strange bedfellows, and their combined energy fields can be an awkward match. Sometimes, their mashup can make people passive-aggressive or lead to simmering frustrations and sexual tension that don’t get a proper outlet.
Watch your renegade ways on October 7, when the Libra Sun locks into a tense square with hard-hearted Saturn, which is in Capricorn and your tenth house of challenges, regulations and authority. A dynamic-duo situation that’s been racing along at warp speed could hit, well, a speed bump. If you’re trying to get a deal signed, you may run into protocols or policies that slow things down. In a romantic or personal relationship, you may realize that there are some fundamental differences in your goals and future visions. Since you can’t sweep this under the rug or find a breezy workaround, call a timeout and see if you can forge a compromise. (Remember, Aries: That means BOTH parties will have to give something up for the greater good.)
If you’re unwilling to settle for less than having it all on your terms, the Sun-Saturn square will make it impossible to move forward. Are you being selfish—or just standing up for what you want? While you take a day or two to think that over, pop on your headphones and listen to therapist and modern love expert Esther Perel’s podcast “Where Should We Begin?”, actual recordings of couples’ therapy sessions. Hearing what others go through will remind you that relationships DO take time and work to thrive—and that’s okay!
Luckily, power struggles will settle down beginning October 3, when calculating Pluto ends its annual five-month retrograde through Capricorn and this same zone of your chart. Ever since April 24, Pluto has been back-spinning through your tenth house of career and authority, which might have been responsible for those potholes on your road to success. If you’ve had tension with a man in your life particularly (possibly your father) or felt simmering tension with a colleague or client, you can initiate an open discussion now. Proceed with care no matter what as Plutonian matters are always like a game of chess or poker—and the god of the underworld doesn’t want you to lay all your cards face-up on the table.
More than anything, it’s time to get strategic and think about everything you want to do with your life and your grandest goals. How can you get from Point A to Point J—and what would be the cleverest and most profitable route? With Pluto standing strong in your tenth house of public image, presenting yourself to the world as a powerhouse or a thought leader could position you for a serious status boost.
A moment of solo stardom arrives on October 13, when the year’s only Aries full moon beams into your sign. Look back to the March 24 Aries NEW moon for clues of what might start to come together today. Intentions set near your last birthday could come to fruition now. If you’ve been considering making a major move around a passion project or personal ambition, this could be your moment to strike! If all that stretching and compromising has left you exhausted, step away from the demands of others and “do you.”
But watch out for resistance from others in your orbit. The full moon will lock into a power-tripping square with Pluto in Capricorn, possibly causing an authority figure or decision maker to misinterpret your moves—or try to undermine you in some way. Since they may feel threatened by your approach, it could be worth stepping back and examining why. Rather than just chalking it up to “jealousy,” look at how you might be acting from self-interest (or appear to be). If you can present this as a win-win and show what’s in it for THEM, perhaps they’ll come around and turn into allies.
Life becomes more of a chessboard—but an exciting one!—starting October 23, when the Sun shifts into Scorpio and your eighth house of intimacy, mergers and strategic moves. For the next month, you may prefer to be more private or to focus on a few key relationships. A joint business venture could percolate, or a sizzling sexual attraction may start to gather steam.
This “come together” synergy is especially potent at the October 27 Scorpio new moon, which opens the door to strategic alliances. Sensing that someone has soulmate potential? This lunation paves a new six-month path to greater intimacy and closeness. For longtime couples, it could spark talk of an engagement, pregnancy or merging your lives in another significant way. Take your time and let the bond develop.
A blaring interruption could invade your cocoon, however, because this new moon will sit opposite disruptive Uranus, which is in Taurus and your second house of money, work and daily routines. Mundane matters and responsibilities could throw unexpected curveball demands. An exciting partnership, for example, might hit a speed bump when you realize that you’re not on the same financial page (or standing) or that your lifestyles and schedules don’t gel easily. If this seems worth it for the long haul, see if you can’t work through those differences now.
Also on October 27, impatient Mars will form a frustrating square to cautious Saturn in Capricorn. The effect is like having one foot on the gas and the other on the brake. As much as you want to rush a contract or commitment past the finish line, you’ll likely have to deal with some bureaucratic requirements that can’t be avoided. Roll up your sleeves and handle those responsibilities, whether that’s filling out annoying paperwork, providing a list of references or just being patient with the other person’s timeline. There’s no cutting corners allowed, Aries, nor can you outsource this whole gig. The silver lining? You’ll build trust and lay a solid foundation by doing everything with impeccable integrity.  
Halloween brings a wave of jubilant energy with the moon in Sagittarius flying close to adventurous Jupiter. With your worldly and effusive ninth house aglow, you could have one of those wild nights where anything can happen…and you end up somewhere totally unexpected with ten brand-new friends, laughing until you can’t breathe anymore. That’s the kind of freedom your fiery sign lives for!
But there will be a trick among the treats this year as Mercury—the planet of communication, travel and technology—begins a retrograde through intense Scorpio from October 31 to November 20. The last Mercury backspin of 2019 (and the decade!) could bring secrets out into the open. Protect your private data by strengthening easily guessed passwords and guarding sensitive information that you don’t want spread on the streets. An ex could resurface, and it might be hard to resist the temptation of this attraction. Think twice before sliding into their DMs…or between that familiar set of sheets. Mercury retrograde has a funny way of giving us nostalgia AND amnesia all at once!

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