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Happy October, darling Cancer. At the end of September, the Fall Equinox encouraged you to take advantage of the cooler weather and plan autumnal dinner parties with your friends and family. This theme continues with a new moon in romantic Libra and your 4th House of Home and Family on Wednesday, October 6. You're feeling loved and supported — and are happy to be a generous host. Just don't do all the work, Cancer. Make sure to at least let guests help with clean up.
During October, several planets end their retrograde and go direct. First up is Pluto, which has been retrograde since Tuesday, April 27. During this time, your task was to shake off any sexual shame that's been holding you back from your happiness. Pluto is the planet of death and rebirth, so when it goes direct on Wednesday, October 6, you must take what you learned and put it into action. Go ahead and tell your partner about the role-playing scene you've always wanted to act out. If you're single, expand your dating pool in all the ways you've been curious about. There's no right or wrong way to go about your sex life, as long as it's consensual and makes everyone involved happy.
You must create and hold boundaries in your sex life.
The next day, on Thursday, October 7, Venus, the planet of love, beauty, and abundance, enters Sagittarius and your 6th House of Health. This transit asks you to slow down. In our society, it's easy to feel that you have to work constantly, stay up late, and get up early to continue the grind. If you push yourself too hard professionally, though, you risk crashing. You'll be more productive in the long run when prioritizing your mental health. And remember, Cancer, all you have to do is look around at your friends and family to know there's more to life than work.
Saturn, the strict disciplinarian of the Zodiac, has been retrograde since Sunday, May 23, encouraging you to set boundaries during this time. In particular, you had to adjust to vaccinated life while continuing to honor your comfort levels. When Saturn goes direct on Sunday, October 10, in Aquarius and your 8th House of Sex, you must create and hold boundaries in your sex life. First, write down what you are comfortable with. If you're down with one-on-one dates but aren't up for a packed concert, let your partners or potential new lovers know. Hold your ground. If you do, you'll attract partners who share the same values, and your love life will flow much easier.
Next up, Jupiter, the planet of growth and expansion, ends its retrograde, where its been since Sunday, June 20, on Sunday, October 17. Over the last three months, you were driven to tread lightly when it comes to nostalgia. Enjoying an occasional trip down memory lane is fine, but you have a tendency to glamorize former loves through the lens of the past. Work with a therapist or try journaling to remember the ups and the downs of your past relationships. When Jupiter goes direct, it's your job to focus on the present and the love in front of you.
When Mercury retrograde also ends on Tuesday, October 19, you'll have an easier time seeing your exes for who they are. You don't have to hate them. Instead, recognize the reality that you are exactly where you should be.
The next day, Wednesday, October 20, brings a big full moon in bold Aries and your 10th House of Ambition. Full moons mark manifestation. You'll start to see the results of your efforts. Circle this date in your calendar because the stars are aligned to bring you bountiful professional news. If someone inquires about your rates and availability, remember to always insist on your worth.
Beware of jealousy when the fighter planet Mars enters Scorpio on Saturday, October 30.
Spooky Scorpio season begins on Saturday, October 23. Scorpio is a fellow water sign, so this time of year is great for digging deep into your emotions and enjoying vulnerable pillow talk after hot sex. Just beware of jealousy when the fighter planet, Mars, enters Scorpio on Saturday, October 30. Going deep into your feelings is one thing, but you don't want to accidentally like an ex's Instagram from three years ago by going deep into stalking mode. Continue to practice self-care to ground yourself in the present, and you simply must come up with an epic Halloween costume. See you next month!
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As Allure's resident astrologer, Sophie Saint Thomas believes in the power of glamour and embracing one's sexuality — all the while, looking to astrology to navigate the intricacies of modern life. She is also the author of Sex Witch: Sex Witch: Magickal Spells for Love, Lust, and Self-Protection and the upcoming Glamour Witch: An Empowering Sex-Positive Guide with Spells and Witchy Beauty Tips for All Budgets and Body Types.