The moon enters Capricorn at 3:38 AM, which could find us feeling grounded and focused. Discussions begin moving forward as Mercury retrograde ends in Virgo at 5:07 AM! The moon squares off with Jupiter in Aries at 8:37 AM, stirring up big emotions, and finding us eager to break out of our comfort zones. The moon squares off with Venus in Libra at 10:35 AM, finding us in the mood for love, or feeling creatively inspired. We feel we’re ready to take action toward a goal as the moon squares off with the sun in Libra at 8:14 PM.
All times ET.
Stay in the cosmic loop with the VICE horoscopes newsletter. Get horoscopes straight to your inbox when you sign up here!Aries: March 20, 2022 - April 19, 2022
Your focus turns to your career or life in public as the moon enters Capricorn. Mercury retrograde ends in Virgo, which can find you moving forward with a reorganized routine!Taurus: April 19, 2022 - May 20, 2022
You may be planning your next adventure as the moon enters Capricorn. Mercury retrograde ends in Virgo which, finding you clearing up confusion and moving forward with discussions about your love life or creative pursuits.Gemini: May 20, 2022 - June 21, 2022
You could be organizing your bills today as the moon enters Capricorn. Your ruling planet Mercury ends its retrograde in Virgo, which can find you getting reorganized at home and in your personal life.Cancer: June 21, 2022 - July 22, 2022
The moon enters your opposite sign Capricorn, illuminating the relationship sector of your chart and inspiring connection and collaboration. Discussions flow more smoothly as Mercury retrograde ends in Virgo.Leo: July 22, 2022 - August 22, 2022
The moon enters Capricorn, which could find you inspired to reorganize your schedule or workspace. Mercury retrograde ends in Virgo, helping discussions regarding finances moving forward.Virgo: August 22, 2022 - September 22, 2022
Romance, creativity, and fun are in the atmosphere as the moon enters fellow earth sign Capricorn today. Your ruling planet Mercury ends its retrograde in your zodiac sign, Virgo, which can find you moving forward with a discussion you’re eager to have.Libra: September 22, 2022 - October 23, 2022
You may be in the mood to get cozy today as the moon enters Capricorn and lights up the home and family sector of your chart. Miscommunications and delays begin to clear up as Mercury retrograde ends in Virgo.Scorpio: October 23, 2022 - November 22, 2022
The moon enters Capricorn, lighting up the communication sector of your chart, and misunderstandings and delays begin to clear up as Mercury retrograde in Virgo ends.Sagittarius: November 22, 2022 - December 21, 2022
Your focus turns to themes like wealth, luxury, and security today as the moon enters Capricorn. Mercury retrograde ends in Virgo, which can find you moving forward with conversations regarding your career or future plans.Capricorn: December 21, 2021 - January 19, 2022
The moon enters your zodiac sign today, Capricorn, encouraging you to connect with your emotions. Mercury retrograde ends in fellow earth sign Virgo, which can find you moving forward with travel or education plans.Aquarius: January 19, 2022 - February 18, 2022
The moon enters Capricorn today, encouraging you to slow down and rest. You could be reorganizing your bills or other financial concerns as Mercury retrograde ends in Virgo.Pisces: February 18, 2022 - March 20, 2022
Your focus turns to your social life as the moon enters Capricorn today. Mercury retrograde ends in your opposite sign Virgo, which can find you and a partner (in love, business, or otherwise) moving forward with a conversation.
Mercury retrograde in Virgo ends at the start of the month, and the sun in Libra inspires peace and harmony—at least until the full moon in Aries rams in, encouraging us to confront issues head-on. Great compromises can be made!
Scorpio season begins this month, encouraging great transformation, and radical changes take place during the solar eclipse in Scorpio. Mars retrograde in Gemini begins toward the end of the month, lasting until January 12, 2023, which could find us working with our passion, anger, and courage in new ways.
Stay in the cosmic loop with the VICE horoscopes newsletter. Get horoscopes straight to your inbox when you sign up here!Aries
It’s an exciting time of year for your relationships! Read your monthly horoscope here.Taurus
October is busy for you, dear Taurus. Read your monthly horoscope here.Gemini
It’s a season of the heart! Read your monthly horoscope here.Cancer
The sun in Libra illuminates a cozy sector of your chart. Read your monthly horoscope here.Leo
Your social life is busy, busy, busy! Read your monthly horoscope here.Virgo
This season is about the finer things in life. Read your monthly horoscope here.Libra
Happy solar return, dear Libra! Read your monthly horoscope here.Scorpio
You’re feeling especially introspective, little scorpion. Read your monthly horoscope here.Sagittarius
It’s an important time to reconnect with yourself and others. Read your monthly horoscope here.Capricorn
Your career is in the spotlight! Read your monthly horoscope here.Aquarius
It’s an especially expansive time of year. Read your monthly horoscope here.Pisces
You’re having important conversations. Read your monthly horoscope here.
October opens with the sun in relationship-oriented Libra, finding you having important discussions with your partners (in love, business, or otherwise) about your responsibilities to one another. Money in particular can be an important topic as you and your partners work out how to share resources, and approach topics like bills, debts, taxes, and inheritances.
Venus in Libra opposes your ruling planet Jupiter in Aries on October 1, may boding well for conversations about finances, and inspiring a connected, open-hearted atmosphere. People are in a very generous mood at this time and gifts may be exchanged. Just be careful not to overspend: Jupiter is all about growth, but also excess, so keep your finances in check.
Mercury retrograde in Virgo ends on October 2, finding you and your partners moving forward with ideas and discussions you’ve been mulling over and reworking over the last few weeks. Mercury in Virgo connects with Pluto in Capricorn on October 6, and you may be revisiting discussions that took place on August 22 and September 27. Research that happened then may become relevant now! You could be connecting with some VIPs at this time, too. Excitement pops up in your social life, especially on October 8 as Pluto ends its retrograde in Capricorn. The dynamic in your social circle can shift in some significant way, which could mean drama or teamwork. There can be amazing momentum toward a goal.
Your focus is on finances during the full moon in Aries on October 9. Aries is a fire sign that’s all about independence, and you’re striking out on your own in some way at this time, dear Pisces. Mercury reenters Libra after its retrograde on October 10, finally helping discussions about money move forward. Between the full moon in Aries and Mercury in Libra, big realizations and discussions about your belongings, income, shared resources, and your financial plans take place. The sun makes a helpful connection with taskmaster Saturn in Aquarius on October 11 and sharing money, making future plans, and organizing belongings can be difficult, but you feel supported to have real conversations that explore your limits and expectations.
Things might feel a little confusing at home as Mars in Gemini squares off with your ruling planet Neptune in Pisces on October 12. There may be a lazy energy in the air. You could feel directionless, nostalgic, or irritated about choices you may need to make—but you may not be in a total funk as Mercury opposes your other ruling planet Jupiter, too. The mood might be open-minded and optimistic, even if there’s a touch of confusion or laziness. Be mindful of fibs or shady behavior, and be firm about your boundaries.
Discussions that took place on September 2 and September 18 may be revisited at this time. Good news could arrive, but don’t rush into celebrating anything until you see it in writing. This is not to say you should be pessimistic, but some skepticism might be wise. Venus connects with Saturn on October 14, helping you stay grounded! A feeling of support and security is in the air. A boost in confidence arrives as the sun connects with Mars on October 17, and creative inspiration flows as Venus connects with Mars on October 18. You’re in touch with your feelings at this time and might have a sense of outgrowing the past, and are ready to move forward!
The sun squares off with Pluto on October 19 and Venus squares off with Pluto on October 20, which might bring power struggles. Egos can clash at this time and complicated feelings like envy and greed surface. There might be drama in your social life. People might try to manipulate each other with money or clout, and you may not be willing to look past this kind of behavior. It could be time to take action and resolve these issues, set boundaries, and change the dynamic! It may be difficult and bring up intense feelings, but you don’t have to do it alone; enlist a qualified therapist to help, and check in with your friends.
The sun meets Venus on October 22, and you may be settling a debt or creating a fresh start in some way. It’s a lovely time for forgiveness. You and a partner can have a realization about what’s truly important to you both! Also on October 22, Mercury connects with Saturn, inspiring a grounded, focused atmosphere that’s fantastic for dealing with details, making plans, and discussing commitments. October 23 marks the end of Saturn’s retrograde in Aquarius and you may be ready to set important boundaries around time to rest and relax. You may have some interesting dreams, and feel pulled to connect with your spirituality or explore your psyche with a therapist.
Adventure is also on the way as Venus and the sun enter Scorpio: This is an exciting time of year for you, dear Pisces! Venus in Scorpio can find you and your partners connecting in a deep, intellectual way, and the sun in Scorpio could find you planning a trip abroad, focusing on your studies, or publishing your ideas. The solar eclipse in Scorpio takes place on October 25, and you’re embarking on a life-changing journey! You may learn an idea or visit a place that deeply impacts your spirit. Eclipses can bring radical changes and might also be tiring or emotional, so don’t overbook your schedule and make time for rest and relaxation.
Conversations move along quickly, especially about your home or family, as Mercury connects with Mars on October 26. Intense discussions take place as Mercury squares off with Pluto on October 27. Investigations might take a surprising turn at this time. Your ruling planet Jupiter reenters your sign, Pisces, on October 28, and you’re feeling revitalized. You’re ready to expand in new ways, break out of your comfort zone, and be your most adventurous self!
You’re inspired to find new ways to express yourself creatively. You may be feeling more at ease with yourself in your relationships and generally like you have more breathing room; like there’s space to explore, emote, create, and simply exist! Mercury enters Scorpio on October 29, perhaps bringing news from afar. Mercury in Scorpio bodes well for your studies and could also be helpful for long-term, big-picture planning.
Mars retrograde in Gemini begins on October 30, which might find you reworking plans for a move or renovation. This could also play out emotionally as you address deep wishes, anger, or other complicated feelings about your past, family, or personal life. Mars is the planet of action, but during its retrograde, we’re called to examine our motivations and our relationship with Mars-ruled themes, like anger, willpower, courage, and independence. By the time this retrograde ends on January 12, you’ll have a much better idea of what you want, and how to deal with issues at home, with family, and in your personal life.
Good luck this month, Pisces, and see you in November!
Libra season is an exciting, expansive time of year for you, Aquarius: The sun lights up the sector of your chart that rules travel, adventure, and new opportunities. You may be planning a trip abroad or breaking out of your routine in some significant way. This is a productive moment for any studying or schoolwork, and Libra season also bodes well for publishing or sharing or information!
Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries on October 1, perhaps bringing big, exciting news. Venus is the planet of love and harmony, and Jupiter is the planet of luck and opportunity: An inspiring or loving message or invitation may arrive! Be careful about overindulging when Venus and Jupiter are in this alignment, try not to gossip too much or over spend, and remember your responsibilities.
Mercury retrograde in Virgo ends on October 2, which can find you moving forward with conversations about money. You could be approaching themes like bills, debts, inheritances, or shared resources in a new way. Mercury in Virgo connects with Pluto in Capricorn on October 6, and you may be thinking back to August 22 and September 27 as conversations that took place during those times might come up again.
Pluto ends its retrograde in Capricorn on October 8, which might find you feeling restless at night or having intense dreams. This is a powerful opportunity to explore your spirituality or your psyche; breakthroughs may take place!
A corner is turned in communications on October 9 with the full moon in Aries. Information comes to light, decisions are made, and a new perspective can give you a deeper understanding of a subject or situation. Mercury reenters Libra after its retrograde on October 10, which could bring messages from afar or help you understand the “big picture” of your goals and desires. The sun makes a helpful connection with your ruling planet Saturn, currently in your sign, on October 11, finding you making firm plans or solid agreements regarding travel, education, or publishing.
Things may feel up-in-the-air as Mars in Gemini squares off with Neptune in Pisces on October 12: Desires are all over the place! Figuring out the cost of things (materially, emotionally, energetically) can feel overwhelming at this time, and there might be some laziness or restlessness. Watch out for fibs, sneaky behavior, and half-done jobs: If you’re engaging with someone who slacks off, you might be especially irritated by them at this time!
Mercury also opposes Jupiter in Aries, inspiring a generally open-minded and optimistic attitude, but that makes it more important to be mindful of exaggerations, overlooked details, and laziness. Discussions that took place on September 2 and September 18 might be revisited now. Don’t despair: There’s no reason to assume the worst about these astrological alignments! Just be honest about what you can expect from yourself and others. The astrological atmosphere turns around quite quickly: On October 14 Venus and Saturn are in alignment, inspiring an energy of dependability and security. This bodes very well for making future plans, discussing expectations, and reaching an agreement.
The sun connects with Mars on October 17, creating a busy, productive atmosphere. You feel particularly confident or strong at this time! Venus connects with Mars on October 18, inspiring a creative and flirtatious energy that’s fantastic for your love life or generally letting loose and having a good time!
Things are a bit more complicated as the sun squares off with Pluto on October 19 and Venus squares off with Pluto on October 20: Pluto is the planet of power, but it also rules more difficult themes like jealousy, control, and greed. Deep philosophical discussions about these themes can take place, and as these conversations unfold, ego clashes and differences in values become apparent. You might learn that someone holds a very different worldview than you… what will you do about it? Pretend the discussion never happened? Try to change their mind? Accept them for who they are? Or say goodbye? These are difficult decisions, and you might feel like you have to make them now. But you don’t have to deal with this alone: Enlist the help of a qualified counselor as and unbiased opinion may be helpful.
A realization about what’s truly important to you arrives on October 22 as the sun meets Venus. Intriguing information surfaces. Mercury also connects with Saturn, creating a solid atmosphere for discussing future plans and getting organized. Fine details can be sorted out.
Saturn ends its retrograde in your sign, Aquarius, on October 23, and you’re feeling prepared to move forward with new responsibilities. October 23 also finds Venus and the sun entering Scorpio! Scorpio season is an exciting time of year for you professionally. You could be receiving rewards or recognition, and exploring next steps in your career. You might be in the public eye, and during the solar eclipse in Scorpio on October 25, a radical shift to your relationship with the public and career goals takes place.
Eclipses can bring drastic changes and often have a fated feeling about them. If you believe in destiny, you might feel like fame is arriving or changes that are “meant to be” are taking place in your career. But eclipses can also be tiring, so don’t overbook yourself. You might feel frustrated by abrupt changes, and if you feel unsure about what you want in your career, you might feel a lot of pressure. But when all is said and done, you can emerge from this period with a much deeper understanding of what you want your legacy to be.
Mercury connects with Mars on October 26, finding communications moving a lot at a very fast pace. Discussions about your creative projects or adventures move rapidly and intriguing information surfaces as Mercury squares off with Pluto on October 27. If there have been repressed feelings or ideas, it’s time to look at what you’ve been avoiding. Make space to journal, meditate, or talk to a trusted friend or counselor. Finally getting things off your chest may be just what you need!
The planet of opportunity, Jupiter, reenters Pisces on October 28 after spending time in Aries, which could bode well for you financially! You may be building your wealth or sense of security in some significant way, but if your income is increasing, try not to let your spending increase, too. Make time to reflect on what’s truly meaningful and worth your investment of money, time, and energy. Jupiter is the planet of growth, but it can also be the planet of excess, so find a balance regarding your spending. News about your career arrives as Mercury enters Scorpio on October 29. There might be a lot of buzz about you and your talents at this time!
Mars retrograde in Gemini begins on October 30, which can find you exploring your desires and motivations on a deeper level. Your love life and creative projects are a big focus: You might need to change the way you approach these themes or seek more passion in your life… or maybe you need to unleash some passion that you’ve been too shy to share! Perhaps there’s something you’ve been unsure about expressing… What would it look like for your life and art if you did express these things? Do you feel the spark in your love life? Have you been connecting with people who share your desires? Have you expressed your desires at all? Have you been having enough fun? Do you feel stifled or pent up? These are the sorts of issues Mars retrograde in Gemini asks you to explore.
Good luck this month, Aquarius, and see you in November!
The sun in Libra lights up the sector of your chart that rules your career, making it an exciting time to receive attention!
Rewards and recognition could be coming your way, and you’re applauded for an exciting achievement on October 1 as Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries! A big dream you’ve worked toward for a long time could be coming to fruition and the reward can be especially sweet! Just be careful not to overindulge at this time; it’s not like you to be a show-off, but you might be a bit more ostentatious than usual at this time.
Mercury retrograde in fellow earth sign Virgo ends on October 2, which can find you moving forward with travel plans. If you’re in school, Mercury moving direct is helpful for your studies. Ditto for publishing! Mercury in Virgo connects with Pluto in your sign on October 6, and you might be thinking back to August 22 and September 27 as similar themes discussed then can be revisited now.
Mercury is the planet of information, and Pluto is the planet of hidden things: Secrets could be revealed or intriguing investigations can take place! You might connect with some influential people at this time, too. Pluto ends its retrograde in your sign, Capricorn, on October 8, helping you tap into a deep well of inner power: You’re on the brink of a remarkable transformation.
The full moon in Aries takes place on October 9, which could bring an issue regarding your home, family, or personal life to a culmination. You might be moving or rearranging your space. It’s a wonderful time to donate items you no longer need. A powerful emotional release is possible at this time: Capricorns are famously composed and even stoic, but your sensitive side can be explored during this full moon! This is a powerful moment for honoring your ancestors and past, and for gaining closure.
Mercury reenters Libra after its retrograde on October 10, kicking up communication about your career, reputation, or life in public. You may hear about a gig, or there could be a lot of buzz about your work! The sun makes a helpful connection with your ruling planet Saturn, currently in Aquarius, on October 11, boding well for discussions or plans regarding wealth or security. You might be creating a new budget or feeling confident and in-charge at this time! The sun symbolizes identity and Saturn symbolizes responsibility: You feel sure of your capabilities, your worth, and what you have to offer, and bringing this energy into the negotiations can lead to great things!
Mars in Gemini squares off with Neptune in Pisces on October 12, creating frustration around communication and making plans. We’ll have to be mindful about not overbooking ourselves as Mercury also opposes Jupiter in Aries on this day! Mercury’s alignment with Jupiter might also find us thinking back to September 2 and September 18, as ideas and discussions that took place around then might come up now. The mood is open-minded and easygoing, but we need to be mindful about exaggerations, miscommunications, and fibs. Take it slow, and don’t rush conversations.
Venus connects with Saturn on October 14, boding well for your finances and negotiations. Again, you’re feeling confident in your worth and your values at this time, and this confidence bolsters whatever you’re working on! You could feel especially popular, respected, or sought after at this moment. The sun connects with Mars on October 17, inspiring productivity, and Venus connects with Mars on October 18, bringing creativity and popularity. All in all, this is a busy time for your career as your talents are sought after.
The sun squares off with Pluto on October 19 and Venus squares off with Pluto on October 20, creating an intense atmosphere. Pluto is all about power and transformation, but it also stirs up feelings like jealousy, greed, and control. Some ego clashes may pop up, and the harder people cling on to what was, the more difficult it is to move forward. Change is inevitable, but it isn’t easy, and you might be noticing how difficult it is for yourself and others at this time. Change in power or leadership at your workplace could be a big topic of discussion. Fears about being left behind while others zoom ahead in their career may come up. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable by being controlling or possessive, it might be time to set boundaries: Enlist the help of a qualified counselor. You don’t have to go through it alone, Capricorn! Feeling like you have backup can be very helpful.
The sun meets Venus on October 22, bringing an important realization about what’s important to you in your career, and Mercury connects with Saturn, boding well for making plans and agreements, especially regarding money or other important responsibilities.
On October 23, Saturn ends its retrograde in Aquarius, Venus enters Scorpio, and Scorpio season begins! Saturn ending its retrograde can find you focused on building security in your life, and you might be moving forward with plans on managing your wealth and belongings, or generally organizing financial matters. Venus in Scorpio adds extra sparkle to your social life! You might feel especially popular, and exciting social connections can form. This also bodes well for connecting on a deep and intellectual level with your established partners.
The sun in Scorpio lights up the sector of your chart that rules your social life, and during this time, you might be exploring new groups or communities, meeting people who share your intellectual interests, and you feeling inspired to take on a new hobby. The solar eclipse in Scorpio takes place on October 25, and you’re experiencing a radical change in your social life. A powerful shift may be taking place in your friendships: Perhaps you and your friends are growing up, or finding new dreams and inspirations, or you could be connecting with an unexpected social scene. A new wish or hope enters your heart at this time, and its impact can radically alter what you previously thought you wanted your future to look like.
Mercury connects with Mars on October 26, helping conversations move along at a quick pace, and Mercury squares off with Pluto on October 27, finding you getting to the root of an issue. Intense discussions can take place, probing questions asked! You’re getting straight to the point in a discussion with your boss or in your career or life in public.
Jupiter reenters intuitive, creative water sign Pisces on October 28 after spending some time in Aries: This can bring a big boost of communication. Big, inspiring discussions can take place, and you might be breaking out of old thinking patterns and exploring new ideas. This is an intellectually expansive period. On a more mundane level, your local neighborhood might be expanding in some significant way. This could mean new neighbors are moving in, new shops or restaurants are opening, or new or renovated parks are entering the picture. If you’ve felt limited in your neighborhood, the dynamic is shifting. Mercury enters Scorpio on October 29, inspiring an intellectually busy atmosphere with exciting ideas and introductions.
Mars retrograde in Gemini begins on October 30, which can find you reorganizing your routine in some way. Special focus is given to a gig or a goal at this time, and you’re examining your daily habits on a deeper level, perhaps ending and old habit. Mars is the planet of anger and passion, and it’s all about taking action! While Mars is retrograde, you may have to look at your own relationship with themes like anger and passion, and examine what motivates you. Capricorns are famously busy and productive, but maybe you need more time to recharge, and Mars retrograde in Gemini can push you to be more flexible with your schedule.
Good luck this month, Capricorn, and see you in November!
The sun in Libra lights up the sector of your chart that rules your social life, making it an exciting time of year to connect with new and longtime friends, and explore groups, communities, or organizations that share your hobbies and interests!
Libra season is also a lovely opportunity to connect with yourself about your hopes and dreams for your future. Sagittarius is the optimists of the zodiac, and Libra season supports your dreams! October 1 can be particularly inspiring as Venus in Libra opposes your ruling planet Jupiter, currently in fellow fire sign Aries: Venus is the planet of beauty, unity, and connection, and your ruling planet Jupiter rules growth and opportunity. Their opposition in Libra and Aries can bode especially well for your social life, love life, and creative endeavors. Some drama may be stirred up, and it would be wise not to over-indulge at this time, but in general, the mood is especially uplifting, affection, and open-hearted!
Mercury retrograde in Virgo ends on October 2, which can find you moving forward with discussions and plans about your career or life in the public eye. Conversations about a promotion at work, publicizing your achievements, or rewards due to you are kicked up! Mercury in Virgo connects with Pluto in Capricorn on October 6, perhaps finding you thinking back to August 22 and September 27; research that took place then might be relevant now. Conversations may be revisited, especially about money, resources, or work. Pluto ends its retrograde in Capricorn on October 8, which may again intensify discussions concerning wealth and security.
The full moon in fellow fire sign Aries takes place on October 9, bringing a culmination to a situation brewing in your love life or creative efforts. You could be completing an exciting art project or showing off something you’re proud of. This is a highly passionate full moon, and new connections or a rekindling of an existing spark take place. Or you might be ending a situation: This full moon finds your heart filled with passion, and that could mean leaving a relationship where your fire isn’t matched. You might attend a big party or celebration; this is a powerful full moon for letting loose!
Mercury reenters Libra on October 10 after its retrograde last month, creating a busy atmosphere in your social life. This is an exciting moment to meet new friends, share ideas, and discuss future plans. The sun makes a helpful connection with taskmaster Saturn in Aquarius on October 11, which bodes well for scheduling and making agreements. The sun symbolizes truth and Saturn responsibility, making this a solid opportunity to discuss limits and expectations. It's a no-BS energy, but in the gentlest way!
Mars in Gemini squares off with Neptune in Pisces on October 12, which might find you unsure about how to proceed in a situation concerning your personal life or relationships. Your partners may be unsure, too, and their insecurity or hesitation might be frustrating, perhaps finding you thinking back to previous times when things didn’t work out. Try to stay grounded and don’t jump to conclusions about how things will work out. Astrologically, this isn’t the time to push yourself or anyone else to a decision. Being forced to make a choice could mean choosing inauthentically, perhaps lying to ourselves or others, so take it slow instead!
Mercury also opposes Jupiter in Aries on October 12, which might find you thinking back to conversations that took place on September 2 and September 18. The mood is open-minded and optimistic, but do watch out for exaggerations. A lot of information is coming in, and rushing through it might find you skipping important details. Again, the best way to proceed is slowly!
Venus mingles with Saturn on October 14, which can bode especially well for discussing values and desires. This alignment might also find you making solid social connections and communications! The pace picks up as the sun connects with Mars on October 17: A busy, go-getter energy flows, and things don’t feel slow anymore! Your partners could be more decisive at this time.
Venus connects with Mars on October 18, inspiring passion, romance, and creativity. This is an exciting opportunity to connect with your romantic partners, friends, and people who share your hobbies and passions. The mood shifts on October 19 as the sun squares off with Pluto: Power struggles or ego clashes—especially concerning money or social status—may pop up.
Venus squares off with Pluto on October 20, stirring up a little drama in your social life. If you feel like someone is bossing you around by telling you who to befriend or how you should spend your money, it’s time to set a boundary and protect your energy. This can be difficult, but you don’t need to do it alone: Enlist a qualified counselor to help, and let your friends know what kind of support you need!
We feel more sure of our desires and ready to take action as the sun meets Venus and Mercury connects with Saturn on October 22. The sun and Venus’s meeting can also find you exploring a new friendship or deepening the intellect you share with a partner. Mercury’s connection with Saturn is helpful for making plans and agreements: Mercury is the planet of information, and Saturn of commitment, so their harmonious alignment is great for organizing details, creating schedules, or discussing responsibilities. It’s a productive, focused atmosphere!
October 23 is busy: Saturn ends its retrograde in Aquarius, activating the communication sector of your chart and finding you feeling eager to set plans in stone. Venus and the sun enter Scorpio, encouraging you to slow down and reconnect with yourself. This is a powerful time to catch up on quality time alone or indulge in a private getaway with a lover. Your imagination is especially active, and inspirational realizations can take place as you meditate or write in your journal. Take a break from work if you can, and prioritize rest. Catch up on sleep! Sagittarius is famously boisterous party animals, but you might feel more shy at this time.
A brilliant realization about your inner self can arise on October 25 with the solar eclipse in Scorpio. Solar eclipses are powerful new beginnings, and this one marks a moment of release: Something you held onto for a long time—perhaps for security or because you simply hadn’t processed the situation—can finally be released or evolve into something new. This is a powerful opportunity for change, but it might also feel emotional or tiring, so give yourself plenty of space to rest and feel your feelings.
Communication moves along at a speedy pace as Mercury connects with Mars on October 26. Intense discussions about money, expectations, future plans, or how you invest your time or energy take place as Mercury squares off with Pluto on October 27. Your ruling planet Jupiter reenters Pisces on October 28 after spending some time in Aries, and an energy of expansion arrives in your home or family life. You might be moving somewhere with more space or reorganizing your current home. Your family (blood or chosen) might expand in some way, or you could simply be feeling more emotionally expansive. Your connection with the past deepens. Mercury enters Scorpio on October 29, helping you connect with your inner voice in a deep and profound way. Secrets may be shared or hidden places explored. This is a powerful time to explore your psyche or work through issues in therapy.
Mars retrograde begins in your opposite sign Gemini on October 30, which can be a particularly interesting period for your relationships. You may watch your partners in love, business, or otherwise, exploring how to better express their anger and passion… and you, in turn, may be exploring these themes, perhaps together. If you tend to jump to conclusions about people being upset with you, this Mars retrograde can find you considering that. If you tend to connect with people who have a difficult time taking action or being decisive, this retrograde might also mean dealing with that, too! Retrogrades have a bad reputation for being messy or intense, but they provide opportunities for closure, to revisit the past, review how we do things, and learn more about the issues we care about resolving or healing.
Good luck this month, Sagittarius, and see you in November!
Libra season is an introspective time of year for you, little scorpion: Your birthday season is nearly here, but first the sun moves through a very private sector of your chart, encouraging you to rest, reconnect with your inner voice, and explore your psyche.
This is a marvelous time for a private retreat someplace secluded and beautiful. Step away from your usual routine and responsibilities if you’re able. Libra season is an opportunity for you to rest and to escape from your everyday concerns. The value that rest and time away from work has becomes very clear to you on October 1 as Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries, and this could be an incredible time to connect with your spirituality or explore your creativity. That said, Venus rules pleasure and Jupiter rules excess, so be careful not to over-indulge!
Mercury retrograde in Virgo ends on October 2: Between October 2 and October 17, when Mercury clears its post-retrograde shadow, the plans and conversations you revisited during the retrograde finally begin to move forward. Friends can take on new roles in your life at this time, and, again, themes like rest and quality time are a focus. Mercury connects with one of your ruling planets, Pluto, in Capricorn, on October 6, which could find you thinking back to August 22 and September 27: Research done during that time may come in handy at this time, and deep, meaningful discussions can be revisited. Mercury is the planet of communication, and Pluto is the planet of depth, secrets, and transformation: Valuable information may be revealed and discussions can lead to profound change. You could be connecting with someone quite influential at this moment, too.
Probing questions can be asked as Pluto ends its retrograde in Capricorn on October 8. Scorpios are famous for their magnetism and intensity, and these qualities may be intensified during this alignment! You could be completing a project or releasing an old habit during the full moon in Aries on October 9. Aries is a highly physical, passionate zodiac sign, and you may feel inspired to release energy in a physical way, whether that means extra time in the gym or dancing all night.
This could be a great moment to remove a recurring item off your schedule and rearrange what your day-to-day routine looks like. Aries is the first sign on the zodiac wheel, symbolizing courage and independence, which makes this an exciting full moon for striking out on your own: What’s something you’re ready to do solo, Scorpio? Perhaps there’s a project at work you’re ready to take the lead on, or a shared responsibility at home that you would like to take charge of. Habits are also highlighted at this time, and you could be letting go of an old routine or dumping a habit during this full moon.
Mercury reenters Libra after its retrograde on October 10, encouraging you to connect with your intuition: It’s a lovely moment for journaling, meditation, and connecting with your spirituality. Secrets can be shared! This could also be a powerful opportunity to set boundaries regarding communication; maybe end a discussion you’re no longer interested in, or put your phone on do not disturb more frequently. Helping you set boundaries is the sun’s connection with taskmaster Saturn in Aquarius on October 11: This alignment could find you feeling in touch with yourself emotionally and well prepared to say yes or no to what’s truly right for you. You could be setting boundaries around your home or personal life, and perhaps creating more space to rest, unwind, and enjoy time away from work.
On October 12, your other ruling planet, Mars, now in Gemini, squares off with Neptune in Pisces, and Mercury opposes Jupiter in Aries, which could find you thinking back to September 2 and September 18. Mars is the planet of action, but Neptune is the planet of dreams and fantasies: When they’re square, it can be hard to know what’s a realistic or effective action. At this time, let yourself dream big and don’t be afraid to make an ask, and keep things flexible so you can experiment and try different approaches to your goals. Mercury in opposition with Jupiter could find you revisiting big discussions, so be very careful about not over-booking your schedule or buying into exaggerations. There may be a whirlwind of promises and excitement at this time. Enjoy them, but do stay grounded.
Sweet Venus mingles with serious Saturn on October 14, boding well for planning for the future, discussing boundaries, and raising standards. You feel very clear about what you need for emotional support, and may be confidently cutting ties with whatever is preventing you from feeling free or comfortable as the sun connects with Mars on October 17. You could also be settling a debt at this time.
Venus mingles with Mars on October 18 inspiring a fun, flirtatious atmosphere, but watch out for ego clashes on October 19 and October 20 as the sun and Venus square off with Pluto, respectively. There are two sides to the Pluto coin: One is change, and the other is control. Pluto can be transformative, but it can also stir up jealousy, possessiveness, or manipulation.
As the sun and Venus square off with Pluto, the more difficult side of people’s personalities can surface, and decisions will need to be made: Will the high road be taken, or the low? Take a look at the choices you’re making and ask yourself if you would be proud in the future. Consider the choices your friends and partners are making and ask yourself whether you feel people are moving with integrity. If you feel like someone is being shady, it may be time to set boundaries or end a relationship. Difficult conversations could take place at this time, but transformative ones can also arise… it may come down to maturity level, inner confidence, and integrity.
The sun meets Venus and Mercury connects with Saturn on October 22. The sun’s meeting with Venus can bring an important realization about what’s important to you. Rest and relaxation are at the top of your mind, and indulging in a restorative escape could be key. Mercury’s connection with Saturn bodes well for discussions about agreements and future plans, especially when it comes to to your home or personal life.
October 23 is busy with Saturn retrograde in Aquarius coming to an end, and Venus and the sun entering your zodiac sign: Happy solar return, dear Scorpio! Saturn turning direct can find you moving forward with plans about your living situation or personal life. Venus in your sign could mean you’re feeling particularly charming and attractive, and it’s an exciting moment to make introductions, create art, update your wardrobe, and explore your romantic desires!
The sun in your zodiac sign means it’s Scorpio season: The world is on your wavelength, and you feel revitalized and reenergized, eager to take on the challenges of the next year. You could feel like you’re reemerging after a period of rest! A powerful period of awakening begins on October 25 with the solar eclipse in your zodiac sign: A sudden realization finds you making important decisions and changes in your life. Business-as-usual may be turned upside down: The status quo might not work for you anymore, and you’re ready to drastically transform things! Scorpio is associated with the phoenix, a mythical bird that’s representative of rebirth: You could be going through a significant rebirth at this time. While you are a sensitive, tender water sign, the phoenix burns brightly and is associated with fire and the sun, and you might feel like you’re dancing in the flames of passion and creativity during this eclipse!
Mercury connects with Mars on October 26, giving communication a boost: Discussions are moving at a fast pace! Intense conversations take place as Mercury squares off with Pluto on October 27. Jupiter reenters fellow water sign Pisces on October 28 after spending some time in Aries, inspiring an especially romantic, and creative moment for you. You could be revisiting a creative project or rekindling a connection at this time, especially if you’ve been too busy with your daily chores, work, or responsibilities lately. Jupiter in Aries may have found your schedule busy with work and other commitments, and as Jupiter reenters Pisces, you’re realizing how important it is to pencil in time for fun, too.
Mercury enters Scorpio on October 29, which can find you feeling especially witty and talkative. You may be ready to discuss an idea or intuitive hunch that’s been brewing in your mind. Your knack for research and investigation is especially strong! Mars retrograde begins in Gemini on October 30, and since Mars is one of your ruling planets, this could be a significant moment for you, especially when resolving linger issues and settling debts. Mars is all go-go-go, but when it’s retrograde, pushing forward may not be the best move. It would be best to strategize and take a closer look at your motivations, goals, and the way you take action. Powerful transformations can take place if you can slow down and examine these parts of yourself. Again, this Mars retrograde is an especially meaningful time to settle debts or other unresolved issues.
Good luck this month, Scorpio, and see you in November!
So you’ve finally taken a hard look at your life, and the tattered Scarface poster in the corner, and decided it’s time to start caring about your living space. Let’s take all that art you’ve collected, (like that shrimp cocktail painting that guy you met at a bachelorette party made for you, or that Ray Pettibon flyer your high school BFF gave you) and make this rental camera-ready. You’ve seen photos of celebrities’ living rooms, and professionally designed hotel lobbies and you want to bring that high-brow energy into your abode. That’s right: You’re ready to create a gallery wall—but you might not know where to start.
I know it looks intimidating on the ‘gram, or wherever you get your design inspo, but creating a striking gallery wall at home could truly not be easier. First things first—you’ve gotta know your steeze. Are you a maximalist? A Virgo? Someone with a very short attention span? You can tailor how you hang your art based on a ton of factors. If you already own a bunch of prints, photos, or paintings, but you’re struggling with framing and hanging, we’ve found an assortment of ready-to-go frame sets ranging in style from classic to bohemian that make planning a breeze. On the flip side, coming into the experience fresh allows for even more flexibility, and there are a bunch of cool brands out there making it stress-free to create a cohesive, thoughtful gallery wall.
Step one is to think about scale, then figure out what style you gravitate towards. If you have a small place, it might sound counterintuitive, but smaller paintings, when isolated, can make your space seem more cramped—filling the entire wall will naturally draw your attention up, giving a more spacious feel. Similar rules apply if you have the problem we all wish we had: a giant wall to fill. Giving each piece proper breathing room will have a much bigger impact than clustering your art in the center of a big wall.
Now, onto the contents of your wall. Prints, paintings, and posters are obvious options, but you don’t have to stop there. Depending on what you like—maybe you’re a hoarder collector of antiques, knick-knacks, commemorative plates, baseball cards—you can put them all on your wall in a great big maximalist display. If you’re more of a Marie Kondo-obsessed minimalist, even better. It’s not hard to create a zen atmosphere by focusing on a singular theme or color story. Pre-fab frame kits and picture ledges create a clean, cohesive look, with minimal effort and time spent.How to plan out your gallery wall
Once you’ve picked a style or general vibe for your wall, it’s time to take inventory of all the things you want to hang, then order frames to accommodate each piece. If you’re starting from scratch, I highly suggest ordering a set of frames that you like the look of and working backwards. Regardless, the best hack for hanging a wabi-sabi style gallery wall is to make butcher-paper mock ups so you can easily plan and rearrange. Once you’ve decided on your favorite configuration, you can nail straight through the paper where you’ve marked the picture hangers, et voila—you’re ready to hang. Pro tip: Starting with your largest frame, and building around, usually heeds the most natural, sophisticated result.
For precise grids, or if you plan on filling the entire wall, a self-leveling laser comes in super clutch. It’s not a necessity, but you will thank yourself later.
If you have a lot of personal photos that you want to feature, Framebridge makes it stupid easy for you to create the wall of your dreams—all you have to do is pick a set of frames that matches your project, upload your pictures to the site, and, in a matter of days, your will receive your framed prints and a life-size hanging guide in the mail. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the design process, Framebridge also offers professional gallery wall consultations, starting at $99, so you don’t have to think about what looks best where.Where to buy cool art online
Still needing to flesh out your assortment? We gotchu. There are plenty of places online to find art on any budget—affordable, vintage-inspired prints, one-of-a-kind art pieces, and even some wacky accessories to tie the whole look together. For the affordable route, AllPosters, Zazzle and Society 6 have plenty of cool options, so you won’t have the same basic-ass Klimt print that’s in everyone’s college apartment (no offense). There are plenty of Art Deco designs, as well as original photography and reprints of vintage advertisements that work as a great anchor piece to build the rest of your layout around. For more ideas, check out our complete guides to online shopping for affordable art and eye-catching prints.Frame kits
Sometimes “faking it” is the best option. Sure, you could take months to hunt through Ebay and garage sales finding unique frames, but who has the time for that? Grab one of these cool sets, and be done with it.Shelf it
If you want a clean, minimal design but have anxiety over hanging a bunch of perfectly aligned frames, picture ledges are truly the absolute fastest way to make a big statement. There are plenty of options in neutral shades that will blend into the wall, plus fun, colorful acrylic shelves for a nice visual pop.Add a bit of flair
The best way to display your Princess Diana Beanie Baby, Lego creations, or signed Mickey Mantle card is to incorporate it into your gallery wall. You can frame practically anything—they make shadow box frames for everything from your college jersey to a bunch of vintage matchbooks. Try adding dimension by breaking up your grid with an object, a neon sign, or a piece of three-dimensional art.
Don't panic—there is truly no wrong way to do it.
The Rec Room staff independently selected all of the stuff featured in this story. Want more reviews, recommendations, and red-hot deals?Sign up for our newsletter.
It’s your birthday season, Libra! The sun is in your sign, and you’re feeling revitalized and focused on your goals for the year ahead.
The sun is symbolic of vitality, creativity, and celebration, making it a dynamic time of year for you! You could be making exciting introductions at this time, especially as Venus, currently in your sign, opposes Jupiter in Aries on October 1. Venus is your ruling planet, so having it in your sign can find you feeling especially in your element! You might feel particularly charming, attractive, and social. And Venus in opposition with Jupiter will only magnify these feelings! Jupiter is the planet of expansion, but also of excess, so be careful not to over-indulge. That aside, Venus’s opposition to Jupiter could make for an especially fun moment in your relationships: Deep connection can take place, and you and your partners (in love, business, or otherwise) feel optimistic and open-hearted about your relationship. Philosophical discussions about wants and values take place, gifts are shared. A desire you have may be fulfilled.
Mercury retrograde in Virgo ends on October 2 and finally clears its post-retrograde shadow on October 17. Use this time to catch up on rest and quality time alone: Intriguing discoveries about yourself and the world can be made while you’re deep in meditation! Mercury connects with Pluto in Capricorn on October 6, finding you thinking back to conversations and research that took place on or around August 22 and September 27. Profound discussions, incredible revelations, and secrets may be shared at this time! This is also a powerful moment for introspection and connecting with your inner voice. With Mercury retrograde over, discussions that had been delayed or confused can start moving forward or clearing up.
Pluto ends its retrograde in Capricorn on October 8, stirring up intense emotions about your home, family, personal life, or past. But it’s also a powerful time for change and release, especially with this month’s full moon. The full moon in Aries arrives on October 9, bringing a climax to a situation that’s been brewing in your relationships!
Full moons are powerful times for release and can be quite emotional: You’re learning a lot about yourself, your partners, and what you want in a partnership. This can be a liberating full moon; you might feel like you’re breaking free from a dynamic that’s been stagnant or inhibiting your growth. A discussion you’ve been dancing around or a circumstance you were unsure how to address can be confronted straight-on during this full moon. In your partnerships, this is a very powerful moment to create a compromise or leave an old way of doing things in the past.
Mercury reenters Libra after its retrograde on October 10, finding you feeling chattier, eager to be out and about, and moving forward with plans and discussions that had been put on hold during last month’s retrograde. The sun makes a helpful connection with taskmaster Saturn in Aquarius on October 11, putting you and your creative collaborators on the same page about future plans and shared responsibilities. This also bodes well for your love life, as you get clear on your expectations and standards. In general, the energy is mature and responsible.
Mars in Gemini squares off with Neptune in Pisces and Mercury opposes Jupiter in Aries on October 12, perhaps finding you thinking back to September 2 and September 18. Mars square Neptune might inspire a lazy atmosphere, and it would be wise to double check facts, avoid jumping to conclusions, and be mindful about exaggerations as Mercury opposes Jupiter. Sloppy work might be done if you’re not mindful! Your schedule might be messy at this moment.
You may feel very frustrated about other people expecting a lot of your time and energy, but you’d be wise to consider whether you’ve been over committing yourself and saying yes to invitations and requests when you should be saying no. Slinking your way out of a situation without addressing it head-on may feel easy, but consider the long-term consequences on your reputation. On that note, notice if other people are making huge promises that they don’t seem to be living up to: You may want to remove yourself from a situation with them or call it out. You might have to be patient with others at this time, especially if you’re traveling or working on a group project… quite a bit may be disorganized!
Venus connects with Saturn on October 14, inspiring a supportive atmosphere and finding you having meaningful conversations about the future and commitments. The sun connects with Mars on October 17, bringing a burst of energy, confidence, and vitality, and Venus connects with Mars on October 18, inspiring creativity and flirtatiousness. The mood might be a touch competitive, too, and as the sun squares off with Pluto on October 19: Watch out for ego clashes and power struggles.
Venus squares off with Pluto on October 20, making it an especially intense moment for you as you come to terms with changes that need to be made at home or in your personal life. During this time, you’re getting clear on your values and self-worth as you break away from a family member or someone who has clouded your perspective. If you’re in a dynamic with a person who is jealous or manipulative, this could be an opportunity to put your foot down and change things: You don’t have to do this alone, enlist the help of someone qualified to help you navigate any complicated relationships!
The sun meets Venus and Mercury connects with Saturn on October 22: The sun’s meeting with Venus can mean making an important discovery about what’s truly important to you. It might also find you feeling quite attractive and charismatic! Mercury’s helpful connection with Saturn bodes well for communication and planning for the future.
Saturn ends its retrograde, Venus enters Scorpio, and Scorpio season begins on October 23: Saturn retrograde ending in Aquarius can bring clarity about which creative pursuits you want to commit to, and what you want out of your love life. Venus and the sun in Scorpio shift your focus to your finances: You may be negotiating a raise, increasing your rates, or reworking your budget. A gift could come your way, and discussions about values, self-esteem, comfort, or security arise in your partnerships. You’re especially appreciative of the relationships where you can be honest when talking about these themes!
A radical shift regarding how you manage or approach things like money, security, belongings, and self worth takes place during the solar eclipse in Scorpio on October 25. A deep feeling of release occurs: Perhaps a fear or anxiety you’ve held will be relieved as you learn new skills or address a problem you’ve been avoiding. Things can have a fated feeling about them at this time, and it’s a powerful moment to take charge of your responsibilities regarding material wealth and security.
Mercury connects with Mars on October 26, inspiring a problem-solving atmosphere and boosting communication. Discussions move quickly at this time. A profound discussion about the past takes place as Mercury squares off with Pluto on October 27. An intriguing discovery could be made!
Jupiter reenters Pisces on October 28 after spending some time in Aries, finding you exploring which gigs, projects (personal or professional), and duties you want to take on. Your schedule is busier, but it may be energizing or satisfying and expansive in some way. The mood is especially productive, and it’s a powerful moment to try new habits and shift your old ways of doing things. Mercury enters Scorpio on October 29, which may stir up discussion about money. You’re organizing financial paperwork and perhaps reworking your budget.
Mars retrograde begins in Gemini on October 30: Travel or education goals may shift, you could be reediting work you want to publish, or generally reconsidering how you relate with the world and how you want to make your mark as an intellectual icon. Mars retrograde can stir up discontent that has been festering for a while, and it asks us to take a second look at how we can take action toward, or make emotional space for, issues that incite us. One of your best assets, dear Libra, is your diplomatic tact: It could be put to amazing use at this time as you help mediate and resolve issues.
Good luck this month, Libra, and see you in November!
The sun is in Venus-ruled Libra, a sign that knows all about the finer things in life, and you, dear Virgo, are focused on themes like money, luxury, your belongings, and security. A lovely gift may come your way as Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries on October 1! Your wealth can grow and an energy of decadence and abundance flows! Though Jupiter is the planet of luck, it’s also the planet of exaggeration and extravagance, so try not to overspend. Moderation is key.
Your ruling planet Mercury ends its retrograde in your sign, Virgo, on October 2: You’re finding your words more easily and generally feeling ready to move forward with plans and discussions. Delays and misunderstandings are finally clearing up. Mercury connects with Pluto in fellow earth sign Capricorn on October 6, which can find you having a deep and meaningful conversation with a romantic interest or partner. This alignment could mean connecting with a deep well of creative talent within yourself. You may be translating your heart’s passion into a work of art at this time. If you haven’t partied and let loose in a bit, this may also be an exciting moment to do so!
Intriguing invitations may come your way. You might also be thinking back to discussions that took place on August 22 and September 27. Information received then could be relevant again now. Pluto ends its retrograde in Capricorn on October 8, which may inspire a deeply passionate atmosphere in your love life, or may inspire a profound creative breakthrough!
The full moon in Aries takes place on October 9, which can find you settling a debt or resolving a lingering issue. Aries is a fire sign that’s all about independence, courage, and new beginnings: Setting yourself free for new adventures could mean tying up loose ends, and this is a powerful full moon to do exactly that! Financial matters can be addressed, and themes like taxes, bills, inheritances, or money you share with partners come to the fore. New information concerning these themes may surface.
Communication about money gets a boost as Mercury reenters Libra after its retrograde on October 10. Mercury in Libra can find you reorganizing your budget or handling paperwork regarding finances. The sun makes a helpful connection with taskmaster Saturn in Aquarius on October 11, and you’re feeling especially productive: Great strides can be made toward completing goals, projects, and items on your to-do list!
Mars in Gemini squares off with Neptune in Pisces on October 12, which may find you dealing with confusion in your career or relationships. A partner’s laziness might irritate you at this time. If you’re in a relationship (in love, work, or otherwise) with someone who doesn’t believe in you or in themselves, you might find it especially problematic at this time, and feel eager to create a big change. You may feel unsure about the path forward… so don’t rush things! Now is a better time to observe, rather than act. Mercury also opposes Jupiter on this day, which can inspire a friendly and open-minded mood, and big ideas about money are shared—but details may be overlooked, so take your time. This alignment can also find you thinking back to discussions that took place on September 2 and September 18.
A valuable gift may be shared as Venus connects with Saturn on October 14. Solid discussions about expectations and boundaries can take place. You may find that a habit you’ve taken on, like meditation or walking, is especially enjoyable or supportive at this time. The sun connects with Mars on October 17, inspiring strength and courage. This alignment can also find you pushing forward with a project and tackling your to-do list. Your clients and bosses might be especially impressed by how effortless you make things look! If you’re in the public eye, work you’re doing is well received, and recognition or reward arrives as Venus connects with Mars on October 18. In your love life, conversations about shared goals can be explored!
Intense feelings, like envy or greed, are explored as the sun squares off with Pluto on October 19 and Venus squares off with Pluto on October 20. An ego clash or power struggle may arise. A change in plans could arouse control issue issues. Resistance to new ways of thinking might make this an especially challenging time. If you feel like there’s someone in your life who is controlling about your schedule, bossy about how you should spend your time, or generally makes you feel limited, this may be an opportunity to set a firm boundary. Reaching out to someone qualified to mediate or support you as you set these limits may be helpful. Your everyday routine might change in some significant way: Change is hard, but these transformations could find you exploring new opportunities and giving up old, bad habits!
The sun meets Venus on October 22, finding you realizing something important about your values, wealth, or sense of security. Gifts may be exchanged. A special talent of yours is shared! Mercury also connects with Saturn on October 22, inspiring a productive atmosphere that’s fantastic for strategizing and making plans. Saturn ends its retrograde in Aquarius on October 23, finding you getting reorganized and moving forward with a plan, gig, or project. Also on October 23, Venus and the sun enter Scorpio, activating the communication sector of your chart and creating a busy atmosphere in your communications and social life! Venus in Scorpio might mean exchanging flirtatious messages, and it can bode well for the intellectual connection you share with your partners.
The sun in Scorpio can also find you organizing paperwork or focused on gathering information. You could be reconnecting with your neighbors or exploring where you live if you happen to be someplace new. Scorpio season is a fantastic time to explore your neighborhood and figure out your favorite cafes, parks, and best-kept-secret spots. If you have siblings, you could also be connecting with them at this time.
The solar eclipse in Scorpio takes place on October 25, which can find you learning about something new that totally changes your perspective. You could be undergoing a deep transformation regarding how you communicate. This is a powerful moment for journaling and meditating as the insights can leave a great impact on you, dear Virgo! A breakthrough in communication can take place. Discussions move along at a quick pace as Mercury connects with Mars on October 26: This alignment may find you especially productive at work. Mercury squares off with Pluto on October 27, inspiring a change in plans; control issues may surface if things don’t go according to plan. Flexibility is a highly valuable trait at this time.
Jupiter leaves Aries and reenters Pisces on October 28, inspiring an expansive energy in your relationships! New partnerships may be beginning, and you and your established partners can deepen your connection. Your partners could be exploring new opportunities or coming out of their shell in some way that’s inspiring and energizing for you. If you’re looking to meet new people, this can also be an exciting moment to do so. The spiritual connection you share with others can deepen at this time. Inspiring, philosophical discussions take place as Mercury enters Scorpio on October 29, facilitating ease around making plans and sharing ideas. Mercury in Scorpio is also great for any research or writing projects you’re working on.
Mars retrograde begins in Gemini on October 30, marking an important period in your career as you reconsider your goals and reassess your action plan. You might be engaging with the public in some significant way, and asking yourself important questions about what you want your legacy to be. Mars rules themes like anger, passion, drive, and motivation: Approaching all these in healthy, productive ways is a lesson all of us are exploring during this moment. You, dear Virgo, are focused on themes like credit where it’s due, being a great leader, and expressing your ideas to the world.
Good luck this month, Virgo, and see you in November!
Libra season is a busy, social time of year for you, dear Leo, with plenty of communication taking place!
Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries, which could bring you an especially sweet message or find you receiving news that is gratifying in some way. Mercury retrograde in Virgo ends on October 2, helping communications move forward after what may have been a period of disorganization, delays, or misunderstandings. The sun in Libra illuminates the sector of your chart that rules the mind, which can find you taking care of paperwork and sorting out details of plans and arrangements. Your focus is also on connecting with your local neighborhood: You may be exploring new shops or restaurants that have opened, or connecting with your neighbors. If you have siblings, you might be connecting with them at this time, too!
Mercury direct in Virgo can find you moving forward with discussions regarding money, and on October 6, Mercury mingles with Pluto in Capricorn, perhaps bringing interesting information about your finances, work, or responsibilities. Aside from money, you can also gain insight into your habits, and this is a powerful time to shift your usual routine. This alignment can also find you revisiting discussions that took place on August 22 and September 27: Information shared then may be relevant now. Pluto retrograde in Capricorn ends on October 8, again making it a powerful time to adjust your habits! Breakthroughs can take place.
The full moon in fellow fire sign Aries takes place on October 9, which could bring a discussion to a dramatic climax. The way you think about the world may be drastically altered! A journey could be reaching completion at this time, and new dreams about where you want to go, what you want to study, or the ideas you want to share, are brewed up. An educational goal may be reached at this time. A message you’re eager to share could reach its audience.
Mercury reenters Libra after its retrograde on October 10, which can bode well for communication: You feel especially witty, charming, and organized at this time. The sun makes a harmonious connection with Saturn, which is currently in your opposite sign, Aquarius, on October 11, making it an especially productive time to discuss plans, agreements, and expectations with partners.
Mars in Gemini squares off with Neptune in Pisces on October 12, which can find you dealing with some confusion in your social life. The mood is lazy, and people might promise things they can’t deliver; if something sounds too good to be true, trust your intuition, Leo. People may have good intentions and even be quite optimistic, friendly, and chatty as Mercury opposes Jupiter on October 12! But details may be overlooked. Take it slow and make important decisions on another day. Let yourself take in all the information. Also at this time, you might be revisiting discussions and plans that were made on September 2 and September 18.
Venus connects with Saturn on October 14, a fantastic time to discuss dreams and goals with a partner! The mood isn’t especially romantic, but it is productive and focused, and it can be a great opportunity to have a sincere conversation about boundaries and needs. Venus is the planet of pleasure, and Saturn of responsibility: The rules of love and desire can be discussed! The sun connects with Mars on October 17, creating a busy atmosphere in your social life. An energizing discussion could find you eager to spend time on a hobby or interest. This can also be an effective moment for teamwork and communication in general. Venus connects with Mars on October 18, inspiring a fun, flirtatious atmosphere!
Intense feelings may surface as your astrological ruler, the sun, squares off with Pluto on October 19, followed by Venus squaring off with Pluto on October 20. An ego clash could take place, or control issues flare up. You may be having a reckoning regarding the people in your life who you cannot have a fair, reasonable conversation with. If you feel like someone is manipulative with their words, or twisting your words, it’s time to set boundaries and perhaps bring in the help of someone qualified who can help mediate or support you as you make these changes. The sun meets Venus on October 22, finding you having an important realization about your values, especially regarding communication. Also on this day, Mercury connects with Saturn, helping you set boundaries in communication, and your relationships. Plans and strategies can be discussed.
Saturn ends its retrograde in Aquarius, Venus enters Scorpio, and Scorpio season begins on October 23! Saturn turning direct can find you and your partners discussing responsibilities, plans, and commitments. This may not be the most romantic energy for connecting, but it’s a very solid one for recommitting to goals, setting boundaries, and discussing expectations.
Venus in Scorpio could mean redecorating your home or entertaining loved ones. In your love life, you might be inviting someone into your home or personal life in some significant way, or perhaps you’re reconnecting with someone from your past or who is connected to your past. If you already live with a partner, you may spruce up your home together in some way, creating a private space for you to connect. The sun in Scorpio also finds you particularly focused on home and family, and the solar eclipse in Scorpio takes place on October 25, marking a big change in your living situation in personal life. You could be moving, renovating, or creating a transformation in your home or family life in a significant way. Your relationship with the past can also undergo a deep transformation.
Mercury connects with Mars on October 26, helping communication move along quickly, and this can be an exciting, dynamic time in your social life. Important questions are asked as Mercury squares off with Pluto on October 27. You could also be reorganizing your schedule or plans in some way. New information can propel you to take action and change your daily routine or habits.
Jupiter reenters Pisces on October 28 after having spent some time in fellow fire sign Aries, bringing your focus to finances. People may be especially excited to invest in you at this time, and resources might become available to you. But remember that while Jupiter is the planet of luck, it is also the planet of excess, so be careful to watch your spending, and stay on top of issues like debt, taxes, or money you owe others. Much may be given to you at this time, but be aware of any strings attached, and be mindful of what’s expected in return. Mercury enters Scorpio on October 29, which can find you connecting with family or organizing paperwork regarding your home or living situation. Or you may be reconnecting with the past at this time!
Mars retrograde in Gemini begins on October 30, activating the sector of your chart that rules your social life. You may be reflecting on how you work with or fit into group dynamics: Are you good at working on a team? Or do you prefer to go it alone? We may not always have a choice, and this Mars retrograde can inspire you to look at dynamics that play out when you work with groups. Again, your social life is a big focus at this time, and you could be addressing or resolving issues with friends, and looking at the role anger plays in your interactions. Finding healthy, productive ways to work with anger and frustration is a great way to work with Mars retrograde in Gemini.
Good luck this month, Leo, and see you in November!
The sun in Libra lights up one of the coziest sectors of your chart! This season can find you focused on your home and family life, and connecting with the past. Cancers are famously nostalgic, and Libra season could mean you’re reconnecting with days gone by in some significant way. A touching gesture can be shared as Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries October 1. An achievement may have special meaning to you, your family, or regarding your past, and the rewards can feel especially sweet!
Mercury retrograde in Virgo ends on October 2, finding communications moving forward after some delays or reconsiderations. Mercury connects with Pluto in Capricorn on October 6, bringing a deep and meaningful discussion with a partner. At this time, you may also be thinking back to a conversation that took place August 22 or September 27. Information received then could now be relevant! A transformative energy flows in your relationships as Pluto ends its retrograde in Capricorn on October 8: This is a powerful moment to learn more about the people you’re in partnership with and to forge deep bonds. Power and control issues may arise, and the challenge at this time is to let go, and stay true to yourself.
The full moon in Aries takes place on October 9, perhaps finding you reaching new heights in your career. A project you’ve been working on could finally be released, and some reward or recognition may come your way. Aries is the archetypal “winner” of the zodiac, and during this full moon, you feel like you’ve reached the “finish line” in some way, especially in regards to your career or life in the public eye.
Mercury reenters Libra on October 10, which could find you taking care of paperwork or having discussions about themes like your living situation, home, family, security, privacy, or your personal life in general. The mood is productive, especially as the sun makes a helpful connection with Saturn in Aquarius on October 11. Solid conversations about all these themes, as well as financial issues, can take place.
Mars in Gemini squares off with Neptune in fellow water sign Pisces on October 12, finding you feeling lazy or losing interest in an idea. Be mindful of fibs, sloppy behavior, and exaggerators, because Mercury also opposes Jupiter this day. This could be fun, as it inspires open minds and brings some exciting opportunities, but it could also mean that important details are overlooked. Being mindful of the line between being free-spirited and careless would be very wise! If someone tells you something that sounds too good to be true, trust your gut. Discussions that took place on September 2 and September 18 may also be revisited at this time.
Venus connects with Saturn on October 14, bringing a supportive and grounding atmosphere. This is a solid time to discuss boundaries and expectations, and you enjoy a boost of confidence as the sun connects with Mars on October 17. You may find yourself having an easier time letting go of the past or making changes. Venus connects with Mars on October 18, inspiring a flirtatious and creatively inspired atmosphere.
Intense discussions take place in your partnerships as the sun squares off with Pluto on October 19 and Venus squares off with Pluto on October 20. Venus is the planet of unity and harmony, but Pluto is the planet of change and transformation, and as they clash, we’re challenged to give up the past so we can move forward. Change is hard, and remaining cool and peaceful in the midst of great transformation isn’t easy, or necessarily sensical! Change can be messy, and they could come with tears, laughter, or a great sense of release and liberation. It can be exhilarating or heart-wrenching, and these extremes feel activating at this time.
Relationships are a big focus, and our partners can often challenge us to let go of old ways. It’s often said that relationships require compromise, change, and growth: This can be healthy and wonderful! But, dear Cancer, if you feel like someone is forcing you to change, like their ego or control issues are muddying up your connection, or like you’re being manipulated, this may be time for you to exit the relationship or set boundaries. You don’t have to do it alone; call in the help of a qualified counselor!
A profound realization about your past, family, or current living situation can take place as the sun meets Venus on October 22. On a more mundane level, you could be redecorating your home and beautifying your surroundings. Also on this day, messenger planet Mercury connects with Saturn, boding well for making plans, discussing commitments, and generally focusing and strategizing, especially regarding themes like money, home, relationships, and shared resources.
October 23 finds Saturn ending its retrograde in Aquarius, which could mean you’re especially focused on your financial responsibilities. Themes like bills, debts, taxes, money you share with partners, or inheritances are at the top of your mind.
Venus and the sun enter fellow water sign Scorpio also on October 23, illuminating a very romantic and creative sector of your chart! Powerful romantic connections can take place during the solar eclipse in Scorpio on October 25: If you’re looking for love, what feels like a fated meeting could occur, and if you’re in a relationship, a radical, transformative interaction could take place between you. Aside from your love life, you might also be embarking on an important creative project, one that stands out due to your passion. Excitement flows in your social life, and you could attend an event or find yourself being celebrated in some way. Eclipses can also be emotional and tiring as they herald great change, so, make extra time to rest and relax, and to process any big emotions that come up.
Discussions move along quickly as Mercury connects with Mars on October 26, and a difficult topic may be broached with a partner as Mercury squares off with Pluto on October 27. Mercury is the planet of information, and Pluto is the planet of secret things, which can find us discussing intriguing topics at this time.
Lucky Jupiter reenters Pisces on October 28 after spending time in Aries, which may find you embarking on a special journey. You could literally be traveling abroad, or your journey might be more intellectual like diving into a topic of study. You can make huge strides in your educational goals while Jupiter is in Pisces, and this is an exciting time for publishing your work, as well. Your ideas may spread far and wide! Mercury enters Scorpio on October 29, bringing exciting party invitations and boosting communication between you and your romantic partners and creative collaborators. Mercury in another water sign could also mean you’re connecting with your intuition in some significant way!
Mars retrograde in Gemini begins on October 30, which can find you gaining awareness of your strength, willpower, passion, and even anger, in some unique way. You may learn about an aspect of yourself that you had never noticed. A way that you’ve been shooting yourself in the foot might even be revealed! Cancers are sometimes called moody: If this describes you, it’s possible that you’ll learn how this behavior can be seen as passive aggressive or hurtful to others at this time, and you could discover new ways to approach your feelings of frustration and anger. Bottled emotions are a theme, and finding healthy, productive ways to express them is a wonderful way to spend Mars retrograde!
Good luck this month, Cancer, and see you in November!
October opens with the sun in fellow air sign Libra, lighting up the sector of your chart that rules passion, celebration, and the heart. This is a powerful time of year for connecting with what’s important to you… and simply having fun!
Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries on October 1, making for an especially fun, revelous atmosphere. You could attend an exciting party, go on a romantic date, or find yourself having a creative breakthrough—inspiration abounds! Just be careful not to over indulge: Venus is all about pleasure and feeling good, but Jupiter can also be the planet of excess.
Mercury retrograde in Virgo ends on October 2, which can find you moving forward with plans regarding your home, family life, or living situation. Mercury is your ruling planet, so moments when it changes direction, like the end of a retrograde, can be pivotal for you: At this time, you may gain more clarity regarding discussions and decisions concerning your personal life, especially as Mercury connects with Pluto in Capricorn on October 6. This alignment could find you receiving insightful information! You may also be revisiting discussions that took place on August 22 and September 27.
Pluto ends its retrograde in Capricorn on October 8, which can find you taking notice of power dynamics in your relationships, especially in regards to money. You could be cutting loose from agreements that came with strings attached, and independence is a big theme during October 9’s full moon in Aries. Full moons are periods of release and change, and this one can also bring big shifts to your social life. Drama may bubble to the surface! Alliances might shift, and you’re seeking community in spaces with people who respect your free-spiritedness and encourage your unique point of view. A wish may be coming into fruition at this time, and new dreams for the future could be entering your heart.
Mercury reenters Libra on October 10, which can find you reconnecting with a crush or enjoying the intellectual connection you share with established partners. Discussions about your creative pursuits can take place, and invitations to parties and celebrations may arrive. The mood is light and easygoing, and you feel a strong sense of support from your community on October 11 as the sun makes a helpful connection with Saturn in Aquarius. Travel, education, or publishing plans can be firmed up at this time.
Geminis are famously detail-oriented, but you may feel a bit all-over-the-place on October 12 as Mars in your sign, Gemini, squares off with hazy, dreamy Neptune in Pisces. The mood could be lazy, but you could find yourself packing your schedule with responsibilities… Gemini, think deeply about what you want to commit to, because this sloppy energy isn’t the best for attempting to be an overachiever, and you might find yourself feeling upset about the way you are received by others if you can’t finish everything you said you were going to do (especially if other people are counting on you). Undersell and overdeliver rather than make promises you can’t keep. This may be hard to do as your ruling planet Mercury also opposes Jupiter on this day, finding you in a very optimistic mood. But this alignment could find you missing important details. Slow down and take in the information around you. You may also find yourself revisiting discussions that took place on September 2 and September 18.
Venus connects with Saturn on October 14, creating an especially connected, supportive atmosphere in your love life! If you’re looking for love, you might connect with someone responsible who is very clear on their wants and values. If you’re not in the mood for love, this is still a supportive atmosphere for creating art or embarking on an adventure! Boosting your confidence is the sun’s connection with Mars on October 17: The energy can be especially passionate! October 18 continues to be fun and flirtatious as Venus connects with Mars; it’s a wonderful time to connect with others and have fun!
Things may be more intense as the sun squares off with Pluto on October 19 and Venus squares off with Pluto on October 20. You could be making important decisions about how you manage your money and who you go into business with. You and partners in business or romance may decide to reorganize how you manage things, and bringing a third party to help mediate any issues would be wise.
An important realization about what makes your heart happy takes place on October 22 as the sun meets Venus. A new beginning can be unfolding in your love life, or you may be starting a new art project. You’re feeling especially aligned with your purpose. Also on this day, your ruling planet Mercury connects with Saturn, boding well for making plans and agreements and discussing expectations and standards. Future plans can be worked out.
October 23 marks the end of Saturn retrograde in Aquarius, which could find you making an important realization about the world. Themes like responsibility and credibility are on your mind, and the importance of the truth and accountability are topics of discussion. You’re reflecting on how your influence can have a positive impact on the world!
Also on October 23, Venus and the sun enter Scorpio, marking the start of Scorpio season! This is a busy time of year for you in regards to work, getting reorganized, and perhaps focusing on your personal wellness. The solar eclipse in Scorpio takes place on October 25, which can find you drastically updating your daily routine. Eclipses have a fated feeling about them, and often, life looks very different after an eclipse takes place. If you’ve been wanting to make a radical change to your schedule, this could be exactly the time to make it happen! A new gig or project may begin, and you may be changing your daily personal habits in a significant way.
Communications move along at a quick pace as Mercury connects with Mars on October 26, and intense discussions occur as Mercury squares off with Pluto on October 27. After spending time in fire sign Aries, lucky Jupiter reenters Pisces on October 28, activating the sector of your chart that rules fame and fortune! This can be an exciting, expansive moment in your career, when your reputation grows and new opportunities are explored. There might have been an opportunity you had your eye on many months ago that you can finally pursue now! Mercury enters Scorpio on October 29, finding you organizing your schedule and boosting communication about your regular gigs, projects, and duties.
Mars retrograde begins in your zodiac sign, Gemini, on October 30, which can find you focused on your passions, your anger, and your sense of willpower in some significant way. Your relationship to these intense themes and your methods of taking action can undergo a significant evolution in the coming months! Finding healthy, productive ways to express your anger is a focus.You can gain some insight into how others perceive you, especially when you’re in Mars-mode (when you’re activated by any intense feeling, especially when you’re arguing, taking action, or pursuing a partner). This self awareness can inspire a deep transformation within yourself.
Good luck this month, Gemini, and see you in November!
The sun in Libra lights up the sector of your chart that rules your daily routine, productivity, habits, and work, which could find you in a busy mood! While the gigs and projects on your to-do list are likely taking up a lot of your time, your ruling planet Venus, currently in Libra, opposes Jupiter in Aries on October 1, calling you to create more space for fun and relaxation! Romance and creativity flow, and a welcome break in your everyday routine takes place—just be careful not to overindulge. Venus is all about pleasure, but sometimes Jupiter can mean excess, so focus on moderation!
Mercury retrograde ends in fellow earth sign Virgo on October 2, which can find you moving forward with creative projects, finally going on dates that had been rescheduled, or going out and partying, especially if plans were rearranged or you didn’t have the time in the last few weeks. Mercury mingles with Pluto in Capricorn on October 6, inspiring profound conversations. You could get to know someone on an even deeper, more intimate level. A transformative discussion takes place. You may also be revisiting conversations that happened on August 22 and September 27.
Pluto ends its retrograde in Capricorn on October 8, which can find you deeply immersed in an idea or study that inspires you. You may be exploring your spirituality at this time. A journey or idea can have a transformative impact on you. You could be stepping out of your comfort zone in some significant way, letting go of old ways of thinking about the world. You may be exploring your psyche in a deep and significant way during the full moon in Aries on October 9. This could also be a transformative time for you in therapy as you experience an emotional release. If you’ve felt like you’ve had to bottle up your feelings, this is a significant full moon for exploring these emotions and finally letting them out! This full moon also calls you to slow down and rest. Take a break from your work and everyday routine. This full moon in independent, fiery Aries calls you to do your own thing!
On October 10, Mercury reenters Libra after having been retrograde, which can find you ready to reorganize your schedule and to take on new gigs and responsibilities. You might have had some changes in your routine, and things can finally feel like they’re settling down now! The sun makes a harmonious connection with taskmaster Saturn in Aquarius on October 11, which can bode well for your career: You may be given new responsibilities, or find success in a leadership role.
Mars in Gemini squares off with Neptune in Pisces on October 12, which can find you dealing with confusion in your social life and perhaps finances. Passive aggressive or lazy behavior is especially annoying at this time. If something sounds too good to be true, think twice before investing time, energy, or money. Details may be overlooked as Mercury opposes Jupiter, also on October 12. Be careful not to add too many items to your to-do list; take it easy. You could also find yourself revisiting discussions that took place on September 2 and September 18.
Venus connects with Saturn on October 14, which could bring rewards or recognition your way! You might feel like your talent and hard work are especially valued. The sun connects with Mars on October 17, finding you feeling especially confident in negotiations and as you address financial issues. The mood is especially flirtatious as Venus connects with Mars on October 18, and exciting gifts may be exchanged.
The sun squares off with Pluto on October 19 and Venus squares off with Pluto on October 20, which could find you having intense conversations. An ego clash may take place, and themes like jealousy or greed come to the fore. If you feel you’re engaging with someone who is gaslighting you, twisting your words, or trying to manipulate your choices, this is a powerful time to set boundaries and get the support you need from a qualified counselor. Being clear about who you are, and your values, could help you move through social turbulence at this time.
October 22 finds the sun meeting with Venus, which could mean updating your beauty routine or editing your closet. Venus is all about peace and harmony, and as it meets the sun in Libra, the zodiac sign of balance, you are in deep introspection about how to make your day-to-day life easier and more peaceful. You may choose to remove one of the usual items on your to-do list, or to ask for help: Venus is all about collaboration, and sometimes, doing a task with someone else is exactly the solution! Aiding communication on this day is Mercury’s connection with Saturn, inspiring stability and boding well for focus and long-term planning.
Saturn retrograde in Aquarius ends on October 23, which can find you especially focused on your career; you may be taking charge of a project or stepping into the spotlight. You might feel ready to move toward a career goal you have in mind. Also on this day, Venus and the sun enter Scorpio, illuminating the sector of your chart that rules relationships, making it an exciting moment to make introductions and connect with your partners!
The solar eclipse in Scorpio takes place on October 25, which can find you taking a radical new approach to relating. You could connect with someone new and noteworthy, or you and a partner could reconnect in some significant way. If you believe in destiny, you may feel that the changes and developments in your relationships that are taking place are fated! Eclipses can be tiring and emotional, too, so give yourself and others plenty of time and space to move through feelings and rest. Now may not be the time to rush things, but to simply watch how it all unfolds.
Communications move along quickly, especially at work or concerning money, as Mercury connects with Mars on October 26. Investigations can reveal intriguing information as Mercury squares off with Pluto on October 27. Intense discussions take place at this time! Lucky Jupiter reenters Pisces on October 28 after having spent time in Aries: Your social circle is expanding in some significant and exciting ways. Jupiter in Pisces also activates the sector of your chart that rules your hopes and dreams, and being that Jupiter is all about options and possibilities, exciting and expansive opportunities could come your way! You may reconnect with an old hobby or explore a new interest and become deeply involved with a community while Jupiter moves through Pisces. Mercury enters Scorpio on October 29, boosting communication between you and your partners.
Mars retrograde in Gemini begins on October 30, which can find you reimagining how you approach your financial goals. Astrologers often describe Taurus as cautious and stubborn, especially in regards to their belongings or money. While Mars is retrograde in Gemini, Taurus, you may find yourself with the opportunity to examine the difficult feelings that come up for you regarding your things and finances. Mars is the planet of passion, anger, and action, and during its retrograde, you can gain deeper insight into what all these themes mean for you.
Good luck this month, Taurus, and see you in November!
Libra season is an exciting time of year for your relationships as the sun in Libra lights up the partnership sector of your chart, encouraging connection and communication. You can make many new introductions at this time, or connect with established partners more deeply. Fun, open-hearted connections form as Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries on October 1! You could be connecting with particularly charismatic and popular people, and your open, adventurous energy is especially alluring to others.
Mercury retrograde in Virgo ends on October 2, which can find you straightening out your schedule, moving forward with plans, and generally getting reorganized. Mercury connects with Pluto in Capricorn on October 6, bringing an intriguing discussion about your career or reputation! There can be some exciting buzz about you at this time. Helpful information may surface. You could also be revisiting discussions that took place around August 22 and September 27. Pluto ends its retrograde in Capricorn on October 8, which can find you feeling a renewed sense of power or control in your career or your life in the public eye.
The full moon in your zodiac sign, Aries, takes place on October 9, finding you connecting with your emotions in a deep way. This is a powerful time to express and release your emotions. You may have been very focused on your partnerships lately, but this full moon is all about connecting with yourself. Your zodiac sign is all about independence, and you’re striking out on your own in some significant way at this time. You may leave some partnerships, and bonds can be strengthened in other relationships during this full moon. Relationships with people who value you and support your freedom are especially appreciated at this time. Confrontations might take place, but this could also be a fantastic time for compromise and collaboration.
Mercury reenters Libra after its retrograde on October 10, which may find you reconnecting with people. Partners can share new ideas as they revisit old conversations. Solid social connections could be formed as the sun makes a helpful connection with taskmaster Saturn in Aquarius on October 11. This is an excellent time for teamwork or moving forward with any groups or communities you’re a part of.
Your ruling planet Mars, currently in Gemini, squares off with Neptune in Pisces on October 12, which could make for a particularly lazy atmosphere! Sloppy communications may lead to misunderstandings or annoyance. Be careful of fibs and exaggerations, especially as Mercury opposes Jupiter on this day. While this alignment could put people in an optimistic, productive mood, it can also find folks skipping over details and approaching things in a nonchalant manner. Mercury’s opposition with Jupiter could find you revisiting conversations that took place around September 2 and September 18.
October 14 finds you and your partners having meaningful discussions about future plans as Venus connects with Saturn. Venus is the planet of harmony, and Saturn of commitment, and whether you’re looking to settle down or simply want to feel the support of your friendships, this is a solid time to discuss these wants and values! The sun connects with Mars on October 17 ,inspiring confidence, particularly in communication. The energy is particularly fun and flirtatious as Venus connects with Mars on October 18!
The sun squares off with Pluto on October 19 and Venus squares off with Pluto on October 20, which can find you exploring power dynamics in your career. And ego clash or power struggle may take place, and themes like greed or jealousy are explored. You may be confronting the ugly truth about someone or something, and feel like it’s time to take action. You don’t have to do it alone: When working with tricky Pluto energy, bringing in a third party can help move a situation forward, so reach out to a qualified counselor or friend. Again, power is a major theme at this time, and you would be wise to reflect on the power you wield, and consider how your actions can impact your reputation. How do you want to be remembered? What do you want your legacy to be? This i a pivotal time for your relationship with the public.
The sun meets Venus on October 22, which could find you connecting with someone quite charming, and inspire a sweet, connected energy in your relationships! Also on this day, Mercury mingles with Saturn, which bodes well for making agreements and arranging plans. Saturn retrograde in Aquarius ends on October 23, finding you and a group you’re working with moving forward on a project. Your social life is a big focus at this time, and you’re thinking about which groups, communities, and hobbies you want to focus on during the coming months.
Venus and the sun enter Scorpio on October 23: Welcome to Scorpio season! Issues regarding money are at the top of your mind at this time. Venus in Scorpio could bring intriguing gifts and find people particularly interested in investing in you. The sun in Scorpio might mean reorganizing your bills or settling debts. You’re focused on issues like taxes or inheritances, or having important discussions with your partners about how you share money or other resources.
The solar eclipse in Scorpio takes place on October 25, bringing a radical breakthrough regarding these financial matters. Solar eclipses can find us feeling like life has been totally rebooted, as if the slate has been wiped clean in some major way. This can be a huge relief! Or it might feel stressful if we’re not ready to let go of the past. Are you ready, Aries? New opportunities await if you can release old dreams, expectations, or habits. A debt could be settled, or forgiveness may be given or received at this time.
Communications move along at a fast pace as Mercury connects with Mars on October 26. A straightforward, to-the-point energy flows in your conversations. Probing questions can be asked as Mercury squares off with Pluto on October 27. Interesting information may be revealed. Jupiter reenters Pisces on October 28 after spending time in your zodiac sign, Aries, inviting you to create more space in your life for rest. Jupiter in Pisces calls you to escape your everyday routine and indulge in fantasy and art! You can do some deep exploration of your psyche, or connect with your spirituality in some profound way at this moment. Mercury enters Scorpio on October 29, kicking up conversations about money. This could be a solid opportunity to reorganize your budget, and discuss details regarding money or resources you share with other people.
Your ruling planet Mars begins its retrograde in Gemini on October 30. During this time, Mars highlights the communication sector of your chart, challenging you to reconsider the way you think and talk about themes like your temper, passion, goals, and motivation. Finding healthy, productive ways to deal with anger is a lifelong process for many, and no matter your zodiac sign, bringing attention to how we can effectively work with our most difficult emotions is a powerful way to work with Mars retrograde.
For you, Aries, taking time to reflect on any bickering in your life and where it stems from might be a great start, as Mars is in chatty Gemini during this retrograde. Figuring out how to transform heated arguments into respectful debates, or learning to slow down before you speak are also important things to think about. Mars is also all about passion and willpower: Is there something you want to say that you’ve been unsure about expressing? This Mars retrograde calls you to reflect on these themes.
Good luck this month, Aries, and see you in November!
Having recently gone from a very large abode to a much smaller (but roommate-free!) spot, I’ve learned firsthand how challenging it is to find furniture that adapts to different spaces and hides seemingly in plain sight while not in use. Clearly the algorithm gods agree with me: This “Transformer Table” recently went viral on Instagram and TikTok, with over 116 million views on this one video alone in just a week. If you haven’t seen it until now, I’m surprised it took this long for the shape-shifting piece of furniture to make it to your feeds.So, what is the Transformer Table and how does it work?
The Transformer Table has garnered attention for its (pretty impressive) versatility; it can accommodate anywhere from two to 12 people with minimal physical labor to make the switch. The 18” console table is ready to use straight out of the box, no assembly required. It looks great as an entryway credenza, but extends up to 10 feet, so you can host up to a dozen real ones for a massive Friendsgiving. You can even use it as a desk during the day, thanks to the included bench. It’s easy enough for one person to add or stow the leaves, which are how you can easily add or subtract surface and space to the table, and can also be changed into a four-person configuration to suit your needs without eating up precious floor space. And this isn’t cheap fiberboard shit, either; all of Transformer Table’s products are made from 100% solid hardwood, and can be ordered in four shades to match every decor.Oh also, there’s the coffee table
If you sadly lack closets (I feel your pain), the transformable coffee table comes in clutch for stowing away extra leaves in between all those natural wine-fueled dinner parties you’ll be hosting. When leaves aren’t in use and need to be out of sight, they slide into this solid wood coffee table, giving the table attractive slats and the appearance of being a chest. Smart!And naturally, there’s outdoor furniture
Transformer didn’t stop at tables, ladies ‘n gents—they went for chic outdoor lounge sets and struck gold. If you have limited outdoor space, or don’t want to crowd your entire green space with furniture, this modular patio set is ideal. It’s also awesome if you move a lot (New Yorkers feel that pain), need to stash your furniture in the colder months, or just get bored and want to be able to reconfigure for an entirely new look.
When I moved in last week, one of the movers gave me some free advice. With a twinkle in his eye, he said—about my furniture—“I think you will get rid of half,” and no one has ever quite read me to filth like that before. He was right; I was trying to fit my big apartment furniture into a too-small box, but the solution was just a scroll away.
And anyway, we prefer the term cozy, not small.
The Transformer Table is available at Transformer Table.
The Rec Room staff independently selected all of the stuff featured in this story. Want more reviews, recommendations, and red-hot deals?Sign up for our newsletter.
We can be focused on future planning as the moon in Sagittarius connects with Saturn in Aquarius at 8:48 AM. Watch out for bickering or impatience as the moon opposes Mars in Gemini at 11:03 AM. Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries at 2:12 PM, inspiring a fun, romantic, and creative atmosphere, but try not to over-indulge! The moon squares off with Neptune in Pisces at 4:45 PM and Mercury in Virgo at 5:46 PM, perhaps finding us confronting confusing feelings, asking questions, and getting reorganized!
All times ET.
Stay in the cosmic loop with the VICE horoscopes newsletter. Get horoscopes straight to your inbox when you sign up here!Aries: March 20, 2022 - April 19, 2022
Communication could be particularly busy as the moon in fellow fire sign Sagittarius opposes Mars in Gemini! Keep your impatience in check. Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter, which is currently in your sign, Aries: This can inspire a hugely romantic atmosphere, and exciting social connections could be made!Taurus: April 19, 2022 - May 20, 2022
The moon in Sagittarius connects with Saturn in Aquarius, which can bode well for future planning, especially concerning your career or long-term goals. Your ruling planet Venus, currently in Libra, opposes Jupiter in Aries, inspiring you to relax and indulge in whatever makes you feel at peace!Gemini: May 20, 2022 - June 21, 2022
The moon in Sagittarius lights up the relationship sector of your chart, and it’s a busy day for connection, especially as sweet Venus in fellow air sign Libra opposes Jupiter in fiery Aries. Big excitement may be brewing in your social life, love life, or creative pursuits at this time!Cancer: June 21, 2022 - July 22, 2022
Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries today, which could find you enjoying a great achievement! Cancers can be quite shy, but you’re happy about the attention coming your way The moon in Sagittarius squares off with Neptune in fellow water sign Pisces, which could find you feeling inspired to break out of your usual routine.Leo: July 22, 2022 - August 22, 2022
The moon in fellow fire sign Sagittarius opposes Mars in Gemini, which can stir up some drama in your social life! But an easy energy flows around communication and connection as sweet Venus in Libra opposes lucky Jupiter in Aries.Virgo: August 22, 2022 - September 22, 2022
Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries, which could find a delightful gift coming your way. Wealth and luxury are also highlighted themes at this time. The moon in Sagittarius squares off with your ruling planet Mercury, currently in your sign, Virgo, kicking up discussions about your home, family, or personal life.Libra: September 22, 2022 - October 23, 2022
The moon in Sagittarius encourages communication today, and your ruling planet Venus, currently in your sign, opposes Jupiter in Aries, which can bode especially well for relating and partnerships! Exciting meetings and collaborations may take place.Scorpio: October 23, 2022 - November 22, 2022
Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries, encouraging you to indulge in whatever relaxes you most! The moon in Sagittarius squares off with Neptune in Pisces and with Mercury in Virgo, finding you making important decisions about how you want to invest your time and energy.Sagittarius: November 22, 2022 - December 21, 2022
Venus in Libra opposes your ruling planet Jupiter, which is currently in Aries, making it an especially exciting time in your social life! Romance is in the air! The moon in your sign, Sagittarius, squares off with Neptune in Pisces, finding you feeling especially nostalgic: Connect with loved ones and honor your past.Capricorn: December 21, 2021 - January 19, 2022
The moon in Sagittarius connects with your ruling planet Saturn, which is currently in Aquarius, inspiring you to explore how you can make the ideas you’ve been brewing up into a reality. Venus in Libra opposes lucky Jupiter in Aries, finding you enjoying great success!Aquarius: January 19, 2022 - February 18, 2022
The moon in Sagittarius connects with your ruling planet Saturn, currently in your sign, Aquarius, helping you set boundaries and make long-term plans. Venus in fellow air sign Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries, perhaps bringing a sweet message or exciting discussions!Pisces: February 18, 2022 - March 20, 2022
Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries, which could find you receiving an exciting gift or making great strides toward a financial goal. Something you’ve invested effort into may be paying off at this time. The moon is in Sagittarius today, finding you reflecting on your goals and achievements.
Bonjour fans and frenemies, and welcome to the September edition of Backed Hard, the monthly roundup in which Rec Room’s editors, writers, and corn shirt scouters provide all the juicy deetson the best stuff we hauled home with us this month.
Last month, we popped in futuristic earplugs so that our headbanging adventures don’t mean a future of hardcore tinnitus; we slipped on chainmail garb for the Renaissance Faire while chowing down on a medieval turkey leg; and we beat our running records thanks to Hoka trainers. This month, we’re slouching our 80s-inspired socks (and pairing them with sandals), getting into watercolor painting because we need a highbrow hobby, switching to natural toothpaste that doesn’t taste like sadness, and drizzling our incoming spooky-season roasts with herb-infused olive oil. We truly believe Paris Hilton would be saying “that’s hot” if she saw our September selections—and that’s enough for us. From Thai tea spread to fancy sunscreen, this month’s editors’ picks are testament to the simple pleasures in life, like sitting in the lap of the 12-foot-tall Home Depot skeleton and letting him gently cuddle you to “Monster Mash.”
September’s winding down, and we know you’ve gotta run to that book club your friend forced you to join, so we’ll cut to the chase and lead you our favorite buys of the month.A camping chair to match your RealTree Crocs
IDK why it took me so long to buy a camping chair—I live in LA, where I’m outdoors constantly, and a lightweight folding chair makes life better at the beach, the park, a rooftop, outdoor movies, or in any scenario where you’d normally have to sit on the ground but would prefer to feel a little comfier and more dignified. I bought this hunky camo boi before a screening of Goodfellas at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and it made a huge difference in my film-watching experience to be sitting in a state of back-friendly, blissful recline. Plus, it matches my Obituary hat. —Hilary PollackThese shockingly tasty vegan snacks
I didn’t believe that vegan snacks could actually be so good you’d wanna eat the entire bag in one sitting—then I tried these crispy delights from Good Eat’n. Pro baller Chris Paul’s new line of plant-based snacks slap so hard I am ready to eat my words (and another bag); I will never again pre-judge vegan options. The NBA All-Star is known for being passionate about his plant-based lifestyle, and set out to create really delicious and approachable healthy options. The crowd favorite, by far, was the Big Dill Ranch Tortilla Chips—honestly, they’re at least as good as (and possibly better than) Cool Ranch Doritos, and I also loved the Hot Hot Puffs, which had a serious amount of kick you rarely find in packaged foods. —Becca BlasdelThis Thai tea spread that rivals Nutella in deliciousness
I have a longstanding obsession with Thai iced tea and was so excited to try the Umamicart x Moon Man Thai Tea Spread as soon as it dropped. I toasted a piece of fluffy, white bread and smeared on a layer of this delectable, lightly spiced sweet stuff, then made it into the best fluffernutter sandwich of my life. Check out my full review of the spread here, or just trust me and buy a jar. —Hilary PollackThis skin-pampering sunscreen
Summer may be over, but Nécessaire’s “The Sunscreen” is the product I didn’t know I needed until it recently earned a spot in my skincare cabinet (plus, you should wear SPF every day, not just in the hot-weather months). Formulated with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and non-nano zinc, it reminds me of The Ordinary’s staff-favorite skin-clearing serum, but with SPF 30. I’ve actually noticed my skin having less breakouts when using it—a truly angelic product. —Nicolette AccardiSlouchy 80s-inspired socks
This has to be my favorite late-summer/early-fall trend. All the off-duty fashion week models in Manhattan are wearing slouchy 80s socks with their socks ‘n’ sandals ‘fits, boots, sneakers, and dress heels, and they look so effortlessly put-together. This set from Amazon is affordable, and way softer than all of my thick athletic socks. —Mary Frances “Francky” KnappNatural toothpaste that actually tastes good (and works)
Recently, after burning TF out of the roof of my mouth on an errant French fry, I ended up with a gnarly canker sore a few days later—and discovered in the process that oral irritation can be aggravated by sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS. I have bratty gums that are always getting mad when I drink acidic juices or brush too hard, and in the process of researching how to help my mouth heal from the burn, I read that switching to an SLS-free toothpaste can reduce overall irritation and sensitivity. I hate the ultra-generic mint Tom’s stuff, so instead, I picked up this natural toothpaste from Dr. Sheffield’s after reading the A+ reviews—and I immediately became a fan. I know that the strawberry-banana flavor was probably formulated for kids, but that doesn’t mean I, an adult in my mid 30s, can’t enjoy it. It tastes amazing—like old-school bubble gum—and has helped my mouth heal quickly while also keeping things squeaky clean. —Angel KilmisterThis celeb-approved vitamin C serum
I’ve been hawk-eyeing Sunday Riley’s CEO Glow Serum ever since I saw it used by a hot, poreless Bridgerton actor in this unintentional ASMR video/YouTube skin routine tutorial. It usually takes a week for my skin to show any differences from new serums and lotions, but I legit looked like I had swallowed the sun and spent a day in the sauna after just a few days of using it. The serum is enriched with all kinds of vitamin C-endowed ingredients, such as primrose, ginger, pomegranate seed oil, and jojoba oil—but it’s that special boost of turmeric that gives my skin a Greek-god-like glow. In the words of one Amazon reviewer, “Most of the time I wear it, I don't wear makeup. It's that good.” —Mary Frances “Francky” KnappHerb-infused bougie olive oil
I effin’ love olive oil. So, when Brightland released Aurora, which is an herb-infused oil blend of rosemary and early-harvest Arbosana California olives, I was very game to get cookin’. I have used it to cook eggs, roast potatoes, and drizzle on avocado toast. It’s also very aromatic—who needs scented candles? —Nicolette AccardiThe setup for a personal watercolor journey
I’ve dabbled in various forms of art from acrylic painting to ceramics, but for whatever reason, watercolor has always intimated me. I decided enough was enough—I will not live my life in fear! So I ordered everything I needed to start my watercolor journey. I first bought a small set of beginner watercolor paint and brushes., but hesitated to buy watercolor paper because I thought it was a scam (paper is paper, right?…. right???) but quickly realized that it’s actually quite necessary. The first things I painted were some poorly done bookmarks using techniques I vaguely remember learning in middle school art class. Though they were hideous, I felt nostalgic and calm while painting, so I highly recommend that everyone get a little watercolor set! —Erica SullivanThis little gadget will save you a call to the plumber
Calling all longhairs and sink-cloggers: If you’re going through a half-dozen bottles of Drano a year (or more), I’m here to save your ass. I came back from a trip to find that my shower would not drain at all despite my numerous attempts to force-feed it chemicals that would probably make my skin melt off if I made direct contact. Nothing was working, and then the maintenance guy in my building tipped me off to just grab a couple of these bad boys, which are basically like spiky Q-tips for your pipes. Great name—the DRAIN WEASEL. It’s insane how well they work, they’re chemical-free, and you can use them in your shower, your bathroom sink, your bathtub, or wherever else you need to just get in there and pull out a Wookie dreadlock that’s formed in your drain. Peep the many harrowing photos in the enthusiastic positive Amazon reviews if you dare. —Angel KilmisterA genuinely good non-alcoholic Champagne facsimile
I’m a drinker, but a choosy one; if it’s not a martini or natty wine, I usually stick to the mindset of “why bother?” I have water for hydration; I don’t need a mocktail. But my mind has sort of been blown wide open by TÖST’s all-natural Champagne substitute, a sparkling white tea, cranberry and ginger non-alcoholic beverage. It’s crisp, dry like real bubbly, and in a coupe, it looks nearly identical. My friend had recently ordered too many bottles for a pregnant pal and we decided to crack one open for shits ‘n’ gigs. It tastes like the fanciest glass of really good ginger ale you’ve ever had, and of course, we figured it would also be excellent as mixer, too (LOL). —Becca BlasdelMy storage hack for small apartments
No more junk drawers, mate. It’s time for some rustic, rattan Martha Stewart-esque junk baskets to hide your seasonal decor, vases, errant chargers, and whatever else you want out of sight. I made finding the perfect storage baskets my hyperfixation for weeks, and after price comparing sets on Amazon, Wayfair, CB2, Bed Bath & Beyond, and West Elm, my Da Vinci-sleuthing found this set of four straw baskets with a 4.6-star average rating on Amazon from over 1,500 reviews. They’re sturdy, fold out in seconds, and make me feel so much more organized. —Mary Frances “Francky” KnappVirginia Woolf now watches over me
Virginia Woolf is one of my all-time favorite authors. The first of her works I read was Orlando, and I think it changed my brain chemistry because I have not been the same since (in a good way). I especially love this photograph of her, though it looks a bit haunting. Still, I decided that I would actually feel more comfort than fear in knowing Virginia will stare down at me while I watch Love Island and eat pasta. Turns out I was right, I love her presence! Though, I must admit the photo is a bit creepy for those who visit my apartment and don't know who she is, but I’m okay with that. —Erica Sullivan
Who knows what October will bring, besides buckets of half-melted miniature Milky Ways? Can’t wait. See you next month!
The Rec Room staff independently selected all of the stuff featured in this story. Want more reviews, recommendations, and red-hot deals? Sign up for our newsletter.
Serves: 4 to 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
**for the awaze sauce: **2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 (1-inch piece) ginger, peeled
6 tablespoons berbere
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine
kosher salt, to taste
**for the makina sauce: **3 large|210 grams jalapenos, roughly chopped
½ tomato, roughly chopped
¼ cup|60 ml olive oil
kosher salt, to taste
**for the lamb: **1 ½ pounds|680 grams lamb stewing meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
1 ½ tablespoons kibe
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 pound|454 grams lamb bones, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
1 red chile, thinly sliced
½ cup|125 ml white wine
to serve: injera
- Make the awaze sauce: Using a knife, mash the garlic and ginger into a paste. In a small bowl, add the berbere, olive oil, red wine, 2 teaspoons of the garlic and ginger paste, salt, and a splash of water. Whisk the mixture together until it forms a paste, adding more water if necessary. Keep covered and refrigerated for up to 1 month.
- Make the makina sauce: Add the jalapeños, tomato, olive oil, and salt to a blender and puree until almost smooth. Keep covered and refrigerated for up to 1 month.
- Make the tibs: In a large bowl, combine the lamb meat (not the bones), 4 of the garlic cloves, 3 sprigs of rosemary, 1 of the onions, 1 teaspoon of the kibe, cardamom, salt, and pepper. Mix well and set aside for about 20 minutes or until the lamb bones are cooked.
- Heat a large cast iron skillet over high. Once it starts to smoke, add the lamb bones and cook them, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes. (The fat from the meat will fry it.) Reduce the heat to medium-high, add the marinated meat and vegetables to the skillet, and cook until browned but not well-done, about 10 more minutes. Throw in the remaining garlic, rosemary, onion, jalapeno, and red chile and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then deglaze with the white wine. Cook until slightly reduced, about 1 minute, and season with salt. Add the remaining kibe and cook until incorporated into the sauce, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with injera, awaze sauce and makina sauce.
Get recipes like this and more in the Munchies Recipes newsletter. Sign up here.
Contrary to what pop culture seems to think, Jewish cuisine is a lot more than pastrami on rye, hummus, and bagels with lox. (That’s only like 90% of it—there’s also latkes.) For real, though, nailing down what Jewish food is can arguably be a much more difficult task than defining, say, French or Italian cuisine. For one, Jewish food isn’t rooted in a specific geographic region or cooking style; and even within the irrefutable dishes, people have argued for generations about the best way to cook brisket, or how much horseradish goes in maror (if it doesn’t play like a Hot Ones challenge, my mother would argue that you didn’t use enough horseradish).
Claudia Roden takes up the issue of defining Jewish food in her monumental, James Beard Award-winning cookbook, The Book of Jewish Food. In it, she discusses attending a gastronomic conference in the early 90s in Jerusalem where a central question was, “Is there such a thing as Jewish food?” When pondering the issue later, over a family dinner, her cousin emphatically declared, “There is no such thing!” (Clearly, he’d never had a Larry David sandwich.) Roden continues on to say that Jewish culture is deeply complex and historical, and that local, regional food can tend to be regarded as Jewish simply when it “travels with Jews to new homelands.” This can be an effective way to approach a category of food that, indeed, involves flavors and techniques from all over the world, which is why Roden’s book covers Jewish food from India and China to Ethiopia and Italy. Anyway, enough with all the philosophy, right? You’re just looking for a new rugelach recipe, so let’s get into it.
The best cookbooks don’t just tell us how to make stuff—if they did, there would only be, like, 20 cookbooks. No, the greatest cookbooks are the ones that also teach us about what a culture or kind of cuisine entails, what it means, and why we should care about it. Because Jewish cuisine is so vast, there’s a ton of space for great literature about it. Here are some Jewish cookbooks worth picking up.The Jewish Cookbook by Leah Koenig
From Mexico: The Cookbook and Magnus Nilsson’s The Nordic Cookbook to the eternally popular The Silver Spoon, Phaidon’s cookbooks basically serve as encyclopedias to the kinds of cuisine they cover. The Jewish Cookbook is a massive compendium that comprises original recipes from Koenig as well as contributions from absolute OGs like Jerusalem co-author Yotam Ottolenghi, Taïm owner Einat Admony, and Russ & Daughters proprietors Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper. As always, this Phaidon collection has great photography, making it an equally solid cookbook and coffee table book.King Solomon’s Table by Joan Nathan
This book is a lot of things: a treatise on the food of a bygone Israel, an odyssey to understand the culinary cross-pollination of ancient cultures, and, of course, a collection of killer recipes from Joan Nathan, one of the true bosses of Jewish cooking. (Her Jewish Cooking in America is another heavy hitter.) King Solomon’s Table is broken up by meal, and embraces a fun, cosmopolitan approach (hence the Chilaquiles Brei, Arkansas Schnecken with pecans, and Sri Lankan breakfast buns). Nathan’s book shows that, despite your grandma’s insistence, there’s no one way to make anything. That said, there’s literally only one way to dress a kosher hot dog.The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Rosen
Rosen’s lauded, 800+ recipe tome is one of the ultimate authorities on Jewish cuisine. (I mean, it’s almost like that’s what its title implies.) It might be a little heavy for someone just looking to make a killer chicken soup with matzo balls… though I bought this solely for the kugel recipes and I’m not tired of it yet, so I’d recommend it to anybody.Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
I’m not sure that Jerusalem is explicitly a Jewish cookbook, but it’s a touchstone work from co-authors Yotam Ottolenghi (aka the President of Israeli Cooking) and Sami Tamimi, who went on to write the excellent cookbook Falastin. There are a ton of classic recipes here, including one for the greatest hummus of all time. Ottolenghi basically runs a cookbook empire at this point, and all of his books offer something unique. The Ottolenghi book that I use most often is probably the veggie-forward Simple (which has a bunch of—you guessed it—quick and easy bangers), but there’s no denying that Jerusalem is full of top-tier showstoppers.Koshersoul by Michael W. Twitty
Michael W. Twitty followed up his 2018 James Beard Award-winning book The Cooking Gene with a totally unique work of cultural fusion called Koshersoul. An African American-Jewish writer and historian, Twitty takes readers to the intersection of two rich heritages, providing around 50 Southern-influenced recipes for dishes like Louisiana-style latkes, collard green kreplach filling, West African-inspired brisket, Sephardic-style black-eyed peas with tomatoes, and matzo-meal fried chicken. Anyway, I’m hungry now.Sababa by Adeena Sussman
Sababa’s introduction explains, “Sababa is a state of being, where everything is cool as can be. It means, quite simply, ‘everything is awesome.’” Props to Sussman for pitching in to wrest the phrase back from what we’ve unfortunately done to it. Though, how can things not be awesome when you’re making Israeli-style street corn and chewy tahini blondies?Jew-ish by Jake Cohen
Come for the black and white cookie on the cover, stay for the black and white cookie recipe inside. From the gorgeous photos to the fun, easy writing and recipes, Jew-ish never takes itself too seriously, instead offering up a book for people who are trying to stoke their passion for Jewish food and culture while still having a good time. Honestly, a flip or two through this book is enough to set anybody on the path from casual cook to Challah Influencer to full-on Bread Lord.
Jewish food finds balance between history and comfort. Whether it’s the holidays, a Friday night seder, or just a chill nosh with the homies, you’ll become everyone’s favorite mensch when you cook out of these books.