October 2023: Horoscopes for Moderns
The pressure is on for a hardcore revaluation of our relationships. And as a nation, are we living in the equivalent of Norman Bates' fruit cellar?
OCTOBER OPENS ON THE WANE of a recent full Moon.
As the Moon sheds light, we’re also offered the opportunity to offload—everything from annoying habits, excess weight, or unruly hairstyles. More critical is the relationships we’re involved with presently. Are they mutually supportive, or have they lost symmetry?
If you study the chart below for the recent full Moon, you come away with a distinct impression of how we’re sensing the world around us. Polarisation is throbbing and is the month’s central theme. And with Pluto sitting near the fulcrum of the chart’s see-saw pattern, it’s best to prepare for a stream of loss—and the renewal that follows.
Of course, life is constantly relieving and rebirthing, but with Pluto sitting at a late degree of Capricorn, every other planet in the Zodiac is forming (or preparing to form) an aspect to the dynamo.
Thus, the entire month has a shadowy Plutonic hue to contend with. Appropriately enough, as I’m writing this, the entire US government is on the verge of shutting down.
And if you haven’t seen the cover of the new New Yorker magazine, the same too-spent-for-comfort theme is depicted in a whimsical illustration about our past-their-sale-by-date leaders. (Oops, there went Diane Feinstein).
Yep, the cover’s artwork nails it as the US continues to off-gas its grueling Pluto return. We’re all stuck in the equivalent of Norman Bates’ fruit cellar.
After emailing me a copy of the cover, my friend Jessica Murray wrote: “It wouldn't be so bad if some of them were at least wise…”
Speaking of Norman Bates:
Before I list your horoscope below, I’m inviting you to join me throughout October as I serialize my new book, The Astrology of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
Unwittingly, at the start of his film, Hitchcock listed a date, time, and place stamp after the opening credits.
I was amazed at the aptness of the horoscope once I drew it up, and a good part of my book deep dives into the various astrological correlates to the film’s narrative. I promise you a fun and slightly freaky ride.
The serialization will be for my paying subscribers, so join us for this perfect prelude to Halloween.
Oh, and one other quick note:
Last week, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Edward Rathke for his Wolf Substack. We talked astro-psychology, my relationship as a teen with Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson, the horror of TikTok memes, subpar astrologers, and some new reveals about my upcoming romance novel, I Love You Jeffrey Dahmer.
Here are your Sun sign horoscopes for October 2023. Again, these are not rising sign horoscopes.