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Horoscope October 2023: Get ready for new lovers and new betrayals

Plus watch out because Halloween will be shadowed by a lunar eclipse in Taurus on October 28, eliminating the veils between this realm and the spiritual

Grace McGrade is an intuitive astrologer and priestess based in Los Angeles. She is the host of the podcast “Bitchcraft: Spirituality for Bad People.” Her sessions include birth chart readings, tarot, energetic clearings and psychic consultations. For more astrology, read her guide to risings signs and moon signs.

Autumn opens with the Sun shortening in the relationship-oriented sign of Libra, but balance is hardly an expectation as we catapult into eclipse season. As we depart Virgo season and the Sun enters the sign of Libra, our focus turns from our daily improvement to our connections with others, balance and fairness. We’re hoping to find equilibrium between our outer worlds and inner landscapes, despite the interpersonal chaos that ensues. October incites a six-month window of new dynamics, with friends, colleagues and lovers.

As we are halfway through the astrological year, we are assessing the relationships we want to renew, and those that desperately need to be broken away from. Venus leaves her summer shadow period and moves into the tidy, practical sign of Virgo on the 8th, while Pluto stations direct on the 10th. It’s time to stop entertaining the familiarly toxic and embrace change. October brings us two eclipses, a solar eclipse in Libra on the 14th and a lunar culmination in Taurus on the 28th. Simply put, what we value and want has changed, and beauty that is only skin deep is boring. We are looking to incite new relationships that are integral, honest and reciprocal. Transforming the lower expressions of Libra, this October we are moving away from certain scenes, putting an end to people pleasing and social climbing, while honouring our commitment to find balance.

The strong pull of the Solar Eclipse in peace-loving Libra increases our desire for partnership, but we are all encouraged to draw from our own banks of harmony and light. With chatty Mercury moving into Libra on the 4th, we have the ability to see two sides of a conflict, to weigh out options from a place of neutrality. War God Mars moves into Scorpio on the 12th, exposing our true motives and deep desires that push us forward. The theatrics of the eclipses incite revelation, and betrayals may be illuminated, but we are encouraged to stick to the Scorpionic quest for truth.

Mercury moves to Scorpio on the 22nd, followed by the Sun on the 23rd. This infuses our day-to-day with a level of intensity, increasing our appetite for depth. Scorpio rules the waters of the subconscious and turns our focus to the underworld, as we ponder themes of power, loss, sex and transformation. The month culminates with the Taurus Lunar Eclipse on the 28th, keeping Halloween legendary, as we end a two-year cycle of expunging old wishes and wants.