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happy birthday, Libra!

Illustrations by Sariel Friedman

October is traditionally the “death month” in the Northern Hemisphere, when our human ancestors embraced the Earth’s vibrant display of decay and dismantlement. (Hello, why do you think Halloween, Día de los Muertos, and All Saints’ Day are celebrated in such close proximity in the autumn month?) This essential death cycle is vital to our ecosystem, and we can learn a thing or two from it. After all, we’re not exempt from the process; everything dies, and one day we will, too. But it’s not necessarily the macabre event candy companies and purveyors of sexy lobster costumes would have you think. 

Death clears a path for fertile growth, and October offers some incredible energy for continuing to grow through the death season. Love and relationships will be highlighted from October 8 to November 9 when Venus enters perfectionist Virgo. She’s finally overcome her shadow period from this summer’s Venus retrograde, meaning everyone’s love life will finally begin to shape up. Communication becomes clear and direct after October 9 when Mercury’s dreaded retrograde period comes to a triumphant close, moving forward in congenial Libra. October 12’s Libra new moon turns the page in our relationships, giving us a fresh start. The month ends on a cozy, stable note with an earthy, romantic full moon in Taurus on October 27, making sure to be as attentive as possible in fulfilling our emotional, material, and physical needs.