As we venture further into the shorter days and chilly nights of autumn, we have quite a feast for the eyes when we look to the sky this month. This is because October 2023 will bring spectacular meteor showers and two major cosmic events: a solar eclipse on October 14 followed by a lunar eclipse with the Full Hunter’s Moon on October 28. As we inch toward Halloween, you may feel particularly spooky with the arrival of this celestial display! Join us as we dive into what this time of year may mean for you, according to your zodiac sign. (Have questions about these horoscopes? Ask us in the comments section below!)
A General Note About Lunar Eclipses and Astrology
Lunar eclipses always fall on a full Moon—but are much more intense, dramatic, and shocking than a supermoon. While a supermoon is closer to the Earth, a lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow falls over the Moon’s surface.
There are usually two to three lunar eclipses each year, always falling close to a solar eclipse. Depending on the nodes of the Moon, which dance through a zodiac sign axis for about eighteen months at a time, we will experience eclipses in that polarity of signs. (For example, Taurus-Scorpio.)
Learn More: The Astrology Of Eclipses
Most often when we think of a lunar eclipse, we think of a gorgeous—or frightening—”Blood Moon” where the Moon’s surface becomes bright yellow, brown, or even red. Ironically, although “Blood Moon” is an alternative name of the full Moon in October, October’s lunar eclipse will not glow red because the Moon will just barely fall into the shadow—or umbra—of the Earth.
Astrologically, lunar eclipses are believed to be three times more emotional, intense, and powerful than full Moons. While a normal full Moon can still bring endings or culminations, lunar eclipses often trigger major milestones or life changes that we remember forever. They ramp up the power of a full Moon to full speed and can trigger crisis events that expose deep secrets, fears, or news. On a positive note, they can mark meaningful breakthroughs or victories, but on a more somber note, they can create dramatic breakdowns or separations.
Lunar eclipses often reveal their biggest news on the day that they occur but can still deliver revelations not only the week that surrounds them but also an entire month before or after! This is why we call it “eclipse season.”
The Astrology of the October 2023 Lunar Eclipse and Full Hunter’s Moon
Beware: You may feel especially stimulated, triggered, drained, or hyper-emotional during the weeks surrounding this Hunter’s Moon.
This year’s Full Hunter’s Moon occurs on October 28, 2023 at 4:24 PM Eastern at 5 degrees of Taurus. (Each sign of the zodiac is made up of 30 degrees, so 6 degrees would mean that the full Moon will be positioned approximately 1/6 of the length of Taurus—closer to Aries than Gemini on the wheel. See the illustration below.)
The axis of Taurus-Scorpio is especially powerful, as it balances an earth sign with a water sign. This duality engages with worth, values, money, romance, trust, and power. On one end, Taurus encourages us to embrace our physical world and abundance, bringing a greater focus to our resources and wealth. Scorpio, on the other side, is more mystical and ethereal, as it forces us to embrace and understand our shadow sides.
This is the final eclipse on the Taurus-Scorpio axis until the 2030s. We began eclipses on this axis in November 2021, which means that the themes, stories, journeys, and situations that began to arise then should reach culmination within the weeks surrounding this Hunter’s Moon. Also, look back toward May 19, 2023, which was a new Moon in Taurus and you will see similar situations, conversations, and themes.
Related: Learn About Each Zodiac Sign
The Hunter’s Moon takes place in Taurus (5 degrees)—so look to see where this falls in your natal chart and you’ll have even more insight on what may pop up in your path!
As for watching and witnessing the eclipse, it won’t entirely be seen in North America, as it falls over Africa, Europe, and Australia more significantly. The penumbral eclipse begins at 2:01 PM Eastern. The partial eclipse begins at 3:35 PM Eastern. The maximum eclipse takes place at 4:15 PM Eastern. The partial eclipse ends at 4:52 PM Eastern. The penumbral eclipse ends at 6:26 PM Eastern.
When breaking down the cosmic energy that will further echo at this time, we look to the astrological aspects—or “conversations”—the planets are having now. They will color the energy in our lives. First, the eclipse is opposite Mercury and Mars, which will bring up a deep need to communicate our emotions and desires and connect with others.
The eclipse is also perfectly united with the planet of luck, Jupiter, which will spill joy, optimism, and miracles onto our lives. This could be a major time for favor, recognition, happy endings, wealth, or a big break. Take your chances, put yourself out there, and you could win big personally or professionally—even around love! If you dream it, you could manifest it!
Saturn smiles upon the eclipse, bringing stability and long-term strength. Venus, the ruler of this eclipse, dances with Uranus, sprinkling surprises on our lives, and links with Neptune—which will make us want to embrace our heart’s desires and imaginations even more.
Hunter’s Moon Horoscopes By Zodiac Sign
Here is a quick guide for how you may be affected by October’s Hunter’s Moon. (Find your birthday in the date ranges below to read your personal horoscopes.)
♈ ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
Buckle up for a destined changed around your finances and money, Aries. This could be a big win around your income. For instance, you may now find that you get a lucrative raise, job offer, or client.
However be sure to watch your expenses, too, so they don’t leave you feeling drained.
♉ TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
You are stepping into a whole new chapter of your life, Taurus. You will likely feel like all eyes are on you. This will be tied to your destiny and the newfound path you are carving out for yourself.
Significant relationships will also be on your mind, which could bring a victory union or a realization that you will be happier on your own. No matter what, though, realize that a lifelong dream could be in reach.
♊ GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)
It’s time to lie low, rest, and recharge, Gemini. This eclipse will have you feeling burnt out and in need of some TLC. Don’t push too hard at this time, as you could end up depleting yourself even more.
This is a great moment to focus on mental health, reflection, and healing any wounds from your past. If a secret or person from your past returns, handle it lightly.
♋ CANCER (June 21 – July 22)
You’ll be feeling more popular than ever, Cancer! This eclipse will likely surround you with a community who adores you—and who you admire, as well! A lively celebration, victory ceremony, or gathering could aid you in expanding your network. Ask for favors as they could now be granted.
♌ LEO (July 23 – August 22)
The world will hear your roar now, Leo! As the eclipse dances through the heavens, you could watch as a major turning point in your professional life arrives. This could be a promotion, recognition, award, or new job offer.
However if you’re not seeing the success you desire, you may want to figure out a new path or career endeavor forward.
♍ VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
The universe is aligning to push you in exhilarating new personal and professional directions, Virgo. You will feel the call of adventure.
Now is an excellent moment to consider how you can expand your mind and perspective on life, culture, and the world. Some of you may be focused on long-distance travel or relations, while others may see progress on a media, spirituality, or academics matter.
♎ LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)
Now is a key moment to assess your wealth and big-money matters, Libra. If you’ve been awaiting a settlement, bonus, royalties, or inheritance, they may now arrive.
However, this could be a fantastic moment to get more engaged with assets, investments, or stocks. If you’re married, you could find your partner is able to bring more cash your way.
♏ SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)
A destined shift around your relationships has arrived, Scorpio. This is a great moment to focus on what you give and receive. A milestone moment could be here for you—such as moving in, getting engaged, making long-term promises, or even being wed.
If you’re not aligned, you could break apart. If you’re single, look for someone who is seeking a long-term relationship.
♐ SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
Get ready to be super busy now, Sagittarius! You’ll be juggling many irons in the fire! This is a key time to assess your work and life balance and make sure everything is aligned. You could be polishing off assignments for your job or even leaving one project or employer for another.
If something pops up around health, diet, or fitness, handle it and expect that you’ll need to change.
♑ CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
Embrace the fire within your heart now, Capricorn. The eclipse could bring a lifelong moment around true love, romance, creativity, children, or fertility.
You’ll be eager to have fun and live in the moment as you stop and smell the roses. If single, this is a glorious time to put yourself out there, as you could find a soulmate connection. If you’re an artist, get ready to channel the muse.
♒ AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
An important moment around home, domesticity, or family is here for you, Aquarius. This could see the final touches on a renovation, redecoration, or move. If looking to get into real estate or see a change around it, focus on this now.
If you need to step in to help one of your kindred, do so with a sweet touch.
♓ PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
The cosmos are encouraging you to dream big and consider vast new ideas, Pisces. You may now be working on a milestone communication or intellectual project. Contracts may also cross your path.
If you’re looking for a change of scenery, consider visiting siblings or jetting off to a nearby locale. Can’t get time off? Even play tourist in your town!
The Farmers’ Almanac famous Best Days and Gardening By The Moon calendars are based on the astrological placements of the Sun and Moon. Horoscopes are metaphysical interpretations based on similar principles.
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Kyle Thomas is an expert astrologer who writes for The New York Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Marie Claire, Elite Daily, Bustle, and more. He has been featured on Access Hollywood, E! Entertainment, NBC and ABC television. Kyle is globally recognized as a "celebrity astrologer" for his guidance of well known actors in Hollywood and prominent business executives, but he also loves sharing his comic insights with everyday people. His work explains how astrology influences lifestyle and trends worldwide. Learn more about him at KyleThomasAstrology.com.