Do you want the good news or the bad news about this week’s horoscope?


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Not gonna lie: You’re probably going to be really triggered this week—but there is a way to turn this into a huge healing breakthrough, says astrologer Jennifer Racioppi, who has some brilliant insights on making the most of this good news/bad news moment. Here’s how to live your best food, fitness, and self-care life this week, no matter what your sun sign is.

Monday, October 15

Now’s the time to commit to yourself (and what you love!), with Venus retrograde in Scorpio. This alignment insists that you learn some big lessons about confronting pain, finding your voice, and taking a stand for your truth. (By the way, we’ll be here a while: Venus’ retrograde journey started October 5 and continues through November 16.) Because of this, today might bring forth meaning and knowledge in a way you’ve craved for a long time. Tune in.

Today might bring forth meaning and knowledge in a way you’ve craved for a long time. Tune in.

With the moon moving through Capricorn, conjoining both Saturn and Pluto, your insight becomes undeniable. (It’s easier to admit what you know than try to pretend you don’t know it.) Have courage and be honest with yourself. Venus, despite its tough love lessons, prompts you to explore your most genuine sense of self-confidence, self-assurance, and self-possession. Yes, please. Trust yourself.

Tuesday, October 16

With the waxing quarter moon occurring at 23 degrees of Capricorn, we arrive at the halfway point between the last new moon and upcoming full moon. The moon in brass-tacks, get-it-done Capricorn pushes you to explore your determination and resilience. Now’s not the time to back down or move away from what you know you want. Focus on your goals instead. Yet, stay open to seeing your shadow, too. With the moon traveling close to Pluto you might be asked to confront a part of yourself that you’d rather not see. If so, gracefully accept your imperfections. You are human after all. You may feel emotional and heavy, but movement supports you, so be sure to get to the gym, dance class, or yoga studio. No excuses.

Wednesday, October 17

Feeling in a rut with your routines and wellness practices? The moon, now traveling in evolutionary Aquarius, instigates change. With Venus in retrograde, now’s the time to consider what you value, and want, especially as it relates to self-care. If your routines don’t light you up and genuinely excite you to get out of bed in the morning, remember you can make shifts. Continue to experiment with the plethora of options at your fingertips when it comes to wellness practices, many of which are low-cost. Journaling, breathwork, meditation, basic yoga postures, low-cost at-home workouts, and shifts to your diet might even bring savings to your budget. Most importantly, commit to love what you do every day. Experiment with your routine until you find what’s right for you.

Thursday, October 18

Feeling triggered today? If so, trust that pain offers a gateway to more profound healing and self-understanding. (Easier said than done, of course, especially given how emotional triggers often feel.) Yet, no matter how intense your emotions might feel, they will pass. So try not to make any decisions while things feel incredibly charged.

Feeling triggered today? If so, trust that pain offers a gateway to more profound healing and self-understanding.

Instead take a step back and allow yourself some time before making a concrete choice on how to move forward. With the moon waxing gibbous, the intensity of the upcoming full moon builds. (Spoiler alert: It’s not an easy full moon.) But there’s no need to fear the worst. Stay confident in your choices and allow yourself adequate self-care. Meditation, savasana (AKA “corpse pose” in yoga), transformational breathwork, or a long walk will be exceptionally good for you today.

Friday, October 19

It’s incredibly important to tune into your intuition today. Pushing forward will not work. So don’t even try. Instead, access the voice within, choosing wisdom over your ego-driven agenda. Should conflict become unavoidable, take the lead from former First Lady Michelle Obama, and remember you can always take the high road. With Mercury in an ideal angle to Neptune, the merits of your practice can come through. Call upon your higher self, and trust that she’ll support you. The beautiful part of cultivating a spiritual practice is that it offers resources in the most challenging of moments. When it comes to movement, slow and steady win the race. If you can find your way to a pool, you might even love allowing yourself the joy of a leisurely swim.

Saturday, October 20

With the weekend here, now’s the time to prioritize family, fun, and free time. Unless you passionately follow politics and want to support your favorite candidates. If so, dive in. With the midterm elections quickly approaching, there’s no time to waste. As we approach the full moon happening on October 24, political passions only intensify, so why not get to work on behalf of the issues you care about? With the moon waxing in Pisces, connecting with your community provides a sense of purpose. However, stay mindful of your boundaries too; otherwise, you might walk away processing emotions that aren’t even yours.

Sunday, October 21

Self-care Sunday vs. Sunday Funday? Either way, take care of your heart. With the sun in an awkward angle to Chiron (the wounded healer), now’s the time to compassionately hold space for the wisdom coming through you. Remember, you always have all of your answers within. However, finding a place of clarity often means holding space for confusion and lack of confidence, too.

Finding a place of clarity often means holding space for confusion and lack of confidence, too.

It’s all a part of the process. So go slow, stay mindful and don’t push any answers. The universe is asking you to surrender that which you no longer need, to create space for a deeper level of authenticity coming through. Not easy, but necessary. To that point, though, trusting your inner knowing remains non-negotiable. Stay faithful and allow.

Jennifer Racioppi is the creator of Lunar Logic—a philosophy that integrates the deep wisdom of both science and spirituality, and blends her expertise in astrology, positive psychology, and women’s health—to coach high-achieving female entrepreneurs to reach their next level of success. 

Want more celestial intel? Here’s the energy forecast for October from “RockStar Shaman” Alyson Charles. And if your zodiac sign doesn’t quite fit you, here’s why.  

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