In it to win it! This year’s Libra season charges out of the gate at an especially frisky pace as the Sun soars through your sign until October 23, joined by activator Mars, the planet of energy and drive, which is making its biennial blast through Libra from October 4 to November 19.

The “balance” your sign is forever seeking may be in short supply as the Sun and Mars keep your schedule action-packed. You’re the spotlight’s favorite target now, so shamelessly self-promote! One of your trailblazing initiatives could start a huge buzz. And with magnetic Mars ramping up your charisma and confidence, your sex appeal is off the charts!

Great as that sounds, hosting Mars in your sign isn’t always a cakewalk, especially since the warrior planet is in “detriment” (a weakened position) while visiting peaceful Libra. The ramped-up red planet can send you into overdrive, making you anxious or causing you to come on way too strong. A pinch of Libra magic will do the trick now, thanks. But DO make a point of being direct when you’re upset or have unmet needs. People can’t read your mind—nor will they pick up on vague or passive-aggressive clues. As uncomfortable as it can be to fight through your innate politeness, others will actually appreciate you being straight-up with them.

Family and home take a turn for the better on October 3, when karmic Pluto ends a five-month retrograde through Capricorn and your domestic fourth house. Since April 24, you’ve been navigating intense moods and what felt like a series of emotional earthquakes, especially in your household. Power dynamics with a female relative in particular may have been volatile, with seething resentment or outright aggression welling up from the depths. Maybe your thoughts turned to your ancestors, with dreams about departed loved ones so vivid that they felt like a visitation. Old family patterns and baggage could have surfaced, making this a productive (if painful) time to process the past and untangle those knots. If you’re a parent, you may have struggled with separation issues between yourself and a child—either feeling smothered by too much closeness or fearful when they pulled away.

That begins to change on October 3 once Pluto resumes forward motion, helping you pierce the veil of confusion. You’ll be better able to connect the dots and address household conflict at the root, and to let your loved ones be individuated people as you figure out a healthy level of bonding. If the energy in your house feels off, you might try some Feng Shui techniques, starting with a space clearing and deep cleaning. (Check out tips from our Feng Shui astrology section: As you work through emotional issues AND beautify your space, you’ll begin to feel comfortable in your skin again—at home inside yourself.

Keep doing the inner work, Libra, and don’t just shuffle things around on the surface. On October 7, the Sun in your sign gets embroiled in a stressful square with rigid Saturn in Capricorn. While it’s great that you’re peeling back the layers, be discerning about who you share those insights with. Not everyone needs to know your childhood stories, nor is it appropriate to wear your heart on your sleeve in every situation. Keep your business and personal lives separate.

On the flip side, if you’ve been overly stoic, the Sun-Saturn square could start to show cracks in your armor. Here’s an idea, instead of pretending to be perfect or have it all together, keep it real with the folks who love you. They’re standing by to support you—if only you’ll let them. On October 27, Mars and Saturn repeat this tense aspect—so if the facade doesn’t crumble earlier in the month, the tension of aggressive Mars butting heads with cautious Saturn could push you to the brink. Try to do some conscious “mood management” before this day, however, because when the emotional floodgates open, they could unleash quite a torrent! You’re likely to be thin-skinned and to take things personally during these two transits.

Harmony and balance (your Libra watchwords) return on October 13, when the year’s only Aries full moon beams into your seventh house of relationships. A key partnership comes under the microscope now. Does everything feel mutual between you? Since full moons can bring turning points, you might decide to make things official—or call the whole thing off. A budding connection that’s been building since the spring could turn into the real deal. Ready to sign a business contract or to commit to one special person? This could be the day!

For existing duos (both business and romantic), this lunation helps you clear the air and get back in sync. Brace yourself: Pluto in your foundational fourth house will be squaring this moon, so once you scratch the surface, you may find that some intense and layered feelings are roiling under the surface.

Some grounding energy comes in beginning October 23, when the Sun shifts gears into Scorpio and your second house of work, money and stability. The excitement and excess of Libra season gives way to an industrious groove. Prioritize your projects and devote your time to the ones that will build a sense of security—and a nest egg. If birthday bingeing left you with a lingering hangover (well worth the fun!), you can get back to some daily practices and healthy habits that help you feel centered. The key for any Libra who feels out of balance? Slow down. Less is always more when you get overloaded…and with Mars still in your sign until November 19, that is likely to happen for a few more weeks.

Fresh financial starts are favored on October 27, when the annual Scorpio new moon kicks off a new six-month chapter for productivity and prosperity. If you’re starting a new routine or circulating your resume, these galvanizing moonbeams give your efforts a boost. Keep your ears perked for new work opportunities, clients or projects that can build your professional profile.

Halloween adds a ghoulish surprise when Mercury, the planet of communication, technology and travel, starts its final retrograde of the decade. Keep tabs on your funds while Mercury backs through Scorpio from October 31 to November 20. Conflict could erupt with coworkers and clients, likely over a silly misunderstanding. Make sure everyone has crystal-clear instructions. Back up all your work-related files and strengthen passwords, especially on any online banking or payment sites and apps. Got an important meeting or interview scheduled? Reconfirm the time, date and details to avoid any Mercury mischief!

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