by Liz Worth

These horoscopes are meant for creative inspiration. Use them to fuel your hobbies, writing processes, passions, professions, and artistic paths of all kinds. Remember that inspiration comes in many forms and what’s offered here via my interpretation is only one possible approach to your creative processes. 

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October 2019: An Astrological Overview

The month of October begins with some important questions:

Where are you allowing your identity as an artist to be repressed?

Are you self-censoring your art, for fear of rejection, poor acceptance, or commercial failure?

How do you hope your work might transform the creative world? Is what you’re working on adding to a conversation, stirring the pot, creating waves, pushing boundaries, or transcending genre?

These questions may not apply to you across the board, but I encourage you to meditate on each of them to see if there is a nugget of truth waiting to be uncovered in any one of them.

We begin October facing the shadows of the past. You might feel like old demons have come back to haunt you as past insecurities have a tendency to rise up right now.

You may find yourself replaying old conversations with the doubters in your life. We all have them, whether they come in the form of family figures or school teachers, or friends and acquaintances who just don’t “get” what you’re trying to do as an artist.

But there’s always a reason these experiences get stirred up. As we gear up for a new month, the skies are asking you to look at where you still carry the pain of past doubt. Or where an old belief about what you can and can’t do is still lingering within your bones, waiting like an old wound to flare up again.

The skies are also asking you to look at how you can channel the words of any naysayers into defiance, fuel for your voice, your message, your mission.

If you’re creating your art for a greater purpose – to help someone, inspire others, change something, challenge the status quo – this is the month to dig deep into that mission.

Full Moon in Aries: Sunday, October 13 2019, 5:08pm EST

If you are holding onto lingering doubts or other people’s expectations in a way that is blocking you from creating with the depth you crave, or with the boldness you know you’re capable of, the Aries Full Moon on Sunday, October 13 is here to help you transmute that old energy so that it’s no longer in your way.

Full moons are powerful times to release, let go, and close old chapters. In fiery Aries, this lunation opposes the Sun in people-pleasing Libra, allowing you to tap into the courage you need to break away from any fear that has become a creative block. Especially if that fear is sourced from avoidance of conflict or criticism.

You can’t be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay. This Full Moon can help you let go of the need to be liked.

New Moon in Scorpio: Sunday, October 27, 11:39pm EST

The Sun is in Libra until Wednesday, October 23 when it enters Scorpio. Here, the Sun joins up with Mercury and Venus, which enter Scorpio’s transformative energies earlier in the month.

There will be strong pulls to create from deep, honest places in October – places that you might be even afraid to venture into.

But that’s the point. If you come away with just one creative prompt from these horoscopes, I hope it’s this:

Create from your fear.

Write what you’re afraid of.
Act out your worst case scenario.
Paint one of your nightmares.
Create something for your own catharsis. Allow your art to help you release something that you no longer want to be controlled by.

If you’re waiting for fresh inspiration to hit, the New Moon in Scorpio will be a good bet on Sunday, October 27, arriving at 11:39pm EST.

With an opposition to Uranus and squaring Pluto, this New Moon is in conversation with some major astrological changemakers.

Breakthroughs are highly likely at this time, but the inspiration that hits may put you out of your comfort zone a bit. Stay open to the unusual and allow yourself to experiment. Be brazen and rebellious – it’s not a time to worry about being nice.

Want to know what’s up for your sign throughout the month? Read on for your individual horoscope below.

Want to know more about how astrology impacts your creative processes? I can help you better understand your relationship to time, imagination, inspiration, and more. Work with me here.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

You were born to be wild, Aries. So why are you acting so tame? There’s been unnecessary drama for you lately. People around you have been needier, clingier, and cattier than usual, and it’s been getting you down – and keeping you distracted.

You’re also taking on more than you should, diluting your energy and leaving little time and space for your art. Sure, you can work fast, but just because you don’t need as much time to burn through your to-do list as other people doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to prioritize your art the way you wantto.

What a lot of people don’t know about you Aries is that you’re actually quite sensitive. You do a lot to help others, but it’s rare that anyone notices when you’re tired, stressed, or hurt, because you do such a good job at taking care of yourself.

October asks you to take a good long look where you need to harness your inner wilderness again. Get off your usual routine, break some commitments, or cut someone loose if they’re affecting your mental state.

Clear your schedule so you can clear your head and tap into the inner genius that’s waiting to be unleashed.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)  

Surrender is the name of the game this month, Taurus. I know that’s not always easy for you but hear me out:

A big theme this month is learning to trust that you are in the right place at the right time. There will be days when you get frustrated at yourself for not hitting your targets, or not producing something at the speed or level which you are holding yourself to right now.

Spirit is asking you to see that those moments where control feels like it’s slipping away are actually the times when the universe is taking over. Allow your mind and heart to open up so much that you can find the answers you’re looking for in the days when things are not going as planned.

Look for the ways the world around you fills in the blanks when you can’t find the right words for your manuscript, or you can’t envision where to take an idea next.

See that your creative process is in constant collaboration with the universe itself, and that you are both moving in tandem.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

There’s an ongoing theme this year that is pushing you to know yourself in much deeper ways, Gemini.

You may have started 2019 off wondering what you really want, or questioning who you really are. Or, you are realizing that as we get closer to the end of the calendar year, you’re coming out of 2019 a lot different than you expected.

That’s okay. The month of October encourages you to take creative inspiration from all the unexpected twists and turns you’ve encountered this year.

How have you grown?
What have you learned about yourself?
Where have there been painful realizations or humbling experiences?
Where have you had to take a reality check on a friendship or work situation?

This is a prime month to sign up for a memoir-writing workshop or spend some time doing something creative with no-strings-attached, like a collage as a visual journal, or a vision board, to represent all of the newfound aspects of yourself that you are now growing into.

Now is the time to speak up. Write a heartfelt blog post, put together that book proposal or freelance pitch, or consider giving a talk on a main stage somewhere in the coming months.

Think of how your creative vision extends beyond the art you make and think of the kind of statement you want to lend your voice to.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Last month the universe assigned you to choose one big goal to work towards by the end of 2019. Do you have it in your sights now?

I hope so, Cancer, because October is going to test your level of commitment to your creativity. To have a clear goal in mind is so helpful when faced with distraction, and this month is ripe with potential for you to be pulled off course into other people’s stuff.

Don’t let yourself be so easily swayed. I know it’s not always easy for you to say no, but don’t let guilt get the best of you right now. Let your creative dream become the anchor that everything else in your life revolves around this month.

Protect your artistic freedom and let everything else fall around your creative process. Set a schedule that you can stick to and don’t feel you have to justify, apologize, or renege on it.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Where have you been coasting, Leo?

The month of October asks you to look at where you need to push yourself a little bit more.

If you’ve been phoning it in on your current project, or you’ve been waiting for inspiration to strike for a while now and nothing’s coming, it’s time to shake yourself awake and get cracking. Even if you’re not particularly motivated, or clear in your current direction. The important thing right now is that you move.

If you’ve got a project humming along just fine, great – in that case, this is a time for you to ask yourself where else you can give your creative career a boost. Maybe that means doing more to promote your work; reaching out to some managers, agents, or studios; or hiring a social media manager or coach to help you strategize for 2020.

Whatever you need to do, Leo, trust that’s time to take charge. Don’t wait for something to fall into your lap as the stars are urging you to be the one to make something happen instead.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

The month of October may challenge you to go with your gut more than you would like to, Virgo.

While you would be more comfortable working through a specific plan or outline, the stars this month advise you to be ready for anything.

That novel outline you so carefully mapped out may suddenly not feel so motivating.

The series of blog posts you had planned might not match your mood.
The rehearsal times you have booked might not end up being so productive.

This is not to dishearten you, though. It’s only to say that it’s not the time to become too attached to certain plans, or perceptions of how things will turn out.

Stay open to unexpected solutions and happy accidents rather than forcing your ideas to come out looking a certain way.

There might be something better waiting in the wings of what at first looks like a bit of creative detour. You’ll thank yourself later if you allow for flexibility rather than rigidity.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

It is Libra season for much of the month and that means you are going through a cosmic re-set right now, Libra.

Things might feel like they are falling together in new ways. You might be re-evaluating where you are and where you want to go within the next year.

There’s so much happening in the world these days and Librans are particularly called to serve in ways that are righteous, compassionate, and lawful. This is a strong time for you to redefine your artistic practice with a stronger message, or to find new inspiration in the trying times that we are currently living through.

How might your voice speak for your generation, Libra? How do you see yourself fitting into the context of today’s world?

Those are two questions to ponder throughout October. May they help to seed new creative visions for you throughout the next twelve months.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

We’ll be talking more about Mercury retrograde in next month’s column, but I mention it here for you, Scorpio, as the planet of thought and communication will retrograde through your sign starting on October 31, just days after the New Moon in Scorpio on October 27.

Why is this something for you to pay attention to? Because that Mercury retrograde is going to be helping you to clean out your spiritual and emotional closets in November, which will make way for a lot of creative space.

So you’ll want to approach October as the lead-in to a big pause. This month is a good time for you to stay heads-down with anything you have on the go. Review your to-do list early on in October and see what’s most important for you to be accomplishing right now, whether it’s hitting a specific word count or booking your next gig.

End the month off feeling like your major priorities are well taken care of, so that you can take some time out for the spiritual de-cluttering that’s just around the corner.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

After a lot of stops and starts in recent months, you are ready to be all-in on your creative work once again and people around you are feeling it.

Stay open to those who are seeking you out for collaborations and coffee dates right now, Sag. There’s something in the air for Sagittarian artists who are working in public capacities, or want to. If you’re looking to build your community or want to merge your imagination with a like-minded creator, this is a beautiful time for you to be making deeper, one-on-one connections.

See where your relationships can take you right now. To be able to swim in the creative depths that you envision for yourself will be an all-consuming journey, and so it’s best to share it with someone who can help to navigate and shoulder the enormity of your creative capacity.

If you are die-hard lone wolf, at least work to get yourself out there for some deep conversation. Inspiration and validation will come through honest connections this month.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Things are coming together, Capricorn, but there’s still some groundwork to be laid for you right now.

The opportunities you’re focusing on this month are part of the bigger picture for you, but they may not be the be-all-end-all of your creative journey.

Instead, this might just be the beginning of something more. Don’t be discouraged if something doesn’t turn out to be the overnight sensation you’re hoping, or if you don’t get the reaction or results you need right out of the gate.

October reminds you that your efforts right now are operating on a slow burn. Patience is just as important as gratification, and so the universe encourages you to find validation in the small successes as much as you do in the big wins.

You are on the right track, but the fireworks aren’t set to go off until we get into 2020. Give it a bit more time.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Learn to listen, Aquarius. October brings you some interesting opportunities to strategize and gain better perspective on your craft, but you have to be willing to learn in order to make the most of what’s being offered right now.

As the old saying goes, you can be your own worst enemy, and right now your rebellious streak is threatening to get the best of you.

I know you like to try to figure things out yourself and prove that you can do it all on your own, but this would be a good time to take someone else’s advice, even if it’s not the advice you want to hear right now.

Listen to your editor, or to the friend who’s offering constructive criticism.
Meet with a coach or mentor to see what kind of direction they can give you.
Take someone up on an offer you hadn’t considered before.

Allow your creative process to become vulnerable to someone else’s perspective and see how your work changes through the benefit of listening.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Some of your plans haven’t turned out quite the way you expected this season, Pisces, but that’s okay: You’re starting to see that those setbacks are actually favours.

You’ve been freed from the wrong partners, the wrong collaborators, the wrong ideas.

You’ve been given the space you need to execute your vision on your terms.

You’ve been given permission to go in a different direction, cross new paths and try new things.

You’ve also been given the go-ahead to take a little time for yourself if you need it. There’s a strong window of opportunity for you to get lost deep, deep into a creative project or path right now.

Sequester yourself to write poetry all day. Create your own retreat by taking off for a weekend. Book yourself some time at a co-working space, or turn off your phone and become unreachable for a while.

Let yourself be one with your creative vision and forget the rest of the world exists for a little while.

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