Your October 2021 Horoscope in the Simplest Terms

October is the first real month of Autumn, but it’s also one of the final months of the astrological year. Here are my monthly recommendations for what your October do’s, don’ts, and try’s. 

The Sun and Mercury’s Retrograde are both in Libra for October 2021. I could break down what that means for your October, but it’s easier to just get suggestions for what you should and shouldn’t do during the season. Grab your flannels and autumn sweaters, the temperature’s dropping and Hallow’s Eve is on her way.


Do sweatshirts, gym memberships, and motivational podcasts. Try intensive yoga – sun salutations or power yoga. Don’t do long drives to anywhere, opt instead for short drives to Target for dollar section goodies. Pay attention to October 8th, 18th, and 20th.


Do butternut squash mac and cheese, homecoming dances, and homemade pastries. Try some new recipes, healthy or not. Don’t do synthetic people; pay attention to who is sticking with you through Mercury’s Retrograde. Pay attention to October 6th, 1oth, and 23rd.


Do a walking tour of the Main Street scarecrows, chit-chat, and your mom’s old favorite CDs. Try a new genre of music or a new playlist. Don’t do anxiety; try (actually try) meditating or writing down what’s making you nervous. Pay attention to October 7th, 12th, and 23rd.


Do cold water plunges, pasta with friends, painting watercolors in your favorite place. Try a new medium, maybe pottery or photography (I, personally, enjoy collage). Don’t do first dates with boys with J names; they’re lame, and honestly, like, you can do better. Pay attention to October 2nd, 11th, and 28th.


Do expensive gold jewelry, Christian Girl Autumn sweaters, staycation weekends. Try faux leather skirts; real leather has a severe environmental effect, and faux leather is less expensive and easier to clean anyways. Don’t do big egos. Pay attention to October 8th, 13th, and 17th.


Do your own rules, study sessions, horror comedies. Try Scream, binge-watch Scary Movie or host that Rocky Horror Picture Show scene that you keep seeing on TikTok. Don’t do drama – babe, you made it this far through Mercury’s retrograde, don’t get messy now. Pay attention to October 5th, 15th, and 23rd.


Do meditation, fantasy novels, fall crafts with friends. Try, just for a moment, stopping to smell the flowers in order to maintain that balance in your life between work and rest. Don’t do FashionNova; you have a good sense of your own style, learn to trust it! Pay attention to October 8th, 19th, and 23rd.


Do new jackets, bad movies with friends, midnight snacks. Try empathetic responses to your friends’ complaining – I know, being empathetic about the boyfriend you hate sucks, but just give it a shot. Don’t do third-wheeling – being empathetic does not include hanging out with the boyfriend you hate. Pay attention to October 6th, 23rd, and 30th.


Do hiking boots, a meditative bath, Starbucks seasonal drinks. Try new comedians’ Netflix specials, or rewatch John Mulaney’s old ones. Don’t do a barbecue. You will regret it – it’s a bad month for barbecues, and they’re summer foods anyway. Pay attention to October 4th, 21st, and 31st.


Do lazy Saturdays, family dinner Sundays, and hustle during the workweek. Try indulging in weird Oreo flavors – my personal favorites are the Chromatica ones. Don’t do siestas after school – get your homework done and go to bed early! Pay attention to October 6th, 15th, and 27th.


Do casual trespassing, signing petitions, 3 a.m. chats with that guy you’re crushing on. Try pumpkin spice lattes – I know they’re a basic white girl drink, but honestly, refusing things just because they’re “basic” is a bad reason to refuse joy. Don’t do promises – this might not be a month where you manage to keep them. Pay attention to October 3rd, 17th, and 26th.


Do long naps, flirting with strangers, spirituality. Try a new fruit addition to your iced water, which will add some new vitamins and flavors. Don’t do closed minds. Criticism is a friend, not an enemy, and the faster you understand that the faster you can condescendingly tell other people. Pay attention to October 5th, 21st, and 30th.