October Sexoscopes

Feature illustration by Sophi Gullbrants; other illustrations by D Zhou

by Stefanie Caponi

Welcome to Libra Season, lovers! This month, the sun moves through the sign of partnership, bringing the focus to our relationships in a major way. Libra energy is romantic and agreeable, and we all find ourselves feeling a little softer, more flexible, and social. Venus spends most of October in Scorpio, so watch out for obsessive behavior in matters of the heart by taking the time to explore different ways to take a more playful and lighthearted approach to dating. Whether you’re playing the field or in a committed relationship, flirting and taking romance less seriously will bring new energy to intimacy. 

A full moon in Libra’s opposite sign of Aries, the individual, on the 13th, asks us to look at what may have been hidden, in regards to the ways we sacrifice our own identity within our partnerships. This lunation gifts us with the opportunity to transform past patterns of resentment, self-sacrifice, and over-emphasis on our expectations for our partners. Remember, the ultimate romance is the one we have with ourselves. In order to achieve balance and satisfaction, there must be active participation in tending to our own needs. This is the key to emotional and physical availability, and the gift of Libra season.

The sun moves into the dark and brooding water sign of Scorpio on October 23, bringing with it moody intensity and desire for transformative experiences, particularly sexual ones. Scorpio loves all things taboo, granting us an all-access pass to explore the darker parts of our psyche, if we are willing to be open to the experience. Each intimate encounter teaches us something about ourselves, our bodies, how we relate to others, and what we’d like more of. The past comes back to haunt us, as Mercury stations retrograde on October 31. Any ghosts from your past are returning to seek closure, and showing you where you may still be hanging on. Take note of what needs wrapping up so you both can move on.

 

Libra & Libra Rising (September 23-October 22)

Happy solar return, Libra! The sun is back in your sign, and you are feeling your balanced self! Last month you may have been retreating from the spotlight, and now is your moment to shine. Make sure you feel your best, because aesthetics are everything for you. Whether you’re involved or looking, your personal magnetism is at an all-time high this month. Expect admirers to make their presence known, or perhaps you’re ready to take that new romance public. Libras are known to be people pleasers, but this month it’s all about your pleasure, and that starts in the mind. Flirtation is an excellent gateway to stimulating your mental connection. Don’t be shy to share your fantasies: You need plenty of intellectual stimulation before you strip down to your birthday suit.

Scorpio & Scorpio Rising (October 23-November 21)

This month you may be keeping to yourself more than usual, Scorpio. Whether you’re keeping the details of your intimate life private, or just taking some time to recharge before your season starts, this month is asking you to take a look at what is going on behind the scenes for you. Before you can begin your next solar cycle, there may be some old emotional debris to be cleared out first, in order to have authentic, meaningful relationships that speak to your depth. Trust whatever comes to light at this time is helping you call greater love into your life. If you’re already partnered, take some quiet time to reconnect with your sensuality. Teach your lovers how to pick up on the subtle cues that will help them intuit your desires—they will appreciate the direction.

Sagittarius & Sagittarius Rising (November 22-December 21)

You’ll be in party mode all month, Sagittarius! The Libra energy has you feeling flirty and social, and everyone else is on board with your plans. Last month you may have put a lot of time into work, but now you can relax and have some fun. This is a great time to get out and meet new people, possibly through friends, or maybe it’s time to give dating apps another try. It’s all about energy and momentum: Where has your energy been when it comes to romance? This will provide you with valuable information about where to put your efforts. Each relationship is an opportunity to learn something new about ourselves, and you’ve learned quite a lot this year. Hopefully in addition to learning what turns you on in the bedroom, you have a clearer understanding about what you desire most in partnerships.

Capricorn & Capricorn Rising (December 22-January 20)

This month puts you in your glory, Capricorn! The Libra energy is breathing fresh air into the work you do and how the world sees you. You’ve been working really hard to build your reputation and grow your business, and your efforts will pay off in a big way this month. Achievement is sexy to you, and you prefer to surround yourself with partners who share your sense of responsibility and dedication. Attached or not, make sure you leave a little room in your busy schedule for romance. Libra is lighthearted and loves partnership, reminding you to let yourself relax and indulge your inner romantic. What makes you feel sexy? Incorporating small moments of sensuality throughout the day does wonders to relieve stress while building tension toward the main event.

Aquarius & Aquarius Rising (January 21-February 18)

Where do you want to go, Aquarius? If you have the opportunity to expand your world, this is your month to go for it. Try not to overthink or talk yourself out of trying something new, especially sexually. You’re attracted to the strange and unusual, and remember: What you seek is also seeking you. Vacation sex is so good because when we are relaxed and outside of our routine and comfort zone, we’re more tapped in to our uninhibited, experimental nature.   

Even if you’re in a committed partnership there is potential to experiment far beyond the boundaries of what your imagination conceives of. Lean into relaxation, to playful curiosity, and open up to unexpected scenarios. Noticing what turns you on may surprise you. Go with it, anyway.

Pisces & Pisces Rising (February 19-March 20)

This is a month of passion and intensity, Pisces. You love getting deep with your feelings, and everyone else will be more in touch with theirs this month, as well. The transformative experiences you crave will be met through erotic encounters; as you connect to your lovers, you meet yourself on profound new levels. Your partners’ satisfaction is your own, and it can be challenging to know where you end and they begin. Notice when this happens. It’s important to ask yourself if this is what you want or the way you’re accustomed to receiving pleasure. You’re more capable than you think of accessing your own power in relationships. The energy of this month is showing you where you can find balance between pleasing others and your own autonomy.

Aries & Aries Rising (March 21-April 19)

Partnerships are the focus for you this month, Aries. Your sign represents the individual, independence, and paving the way for others. Now you’re being asked to take a closer look at how you function within your close relationships. Your romantic partners are attracted to your adventurous spirit, and love that you are up for anything, but what do you need from those you are closest to? This goes beyond sexual satisfaction, asking you to evaluate what intimacy means for you. This can be an incredible time of growth, and possibly taking important relationships to the next level or meeting someone that embodies what you’re looking for in a partner. Trust that you’re receiving the right intuitive nudges. Let your guard down and follow what feels good.

Taurus & Taurus Rising (April 20-May 20)

Health and wellness are your focus this month, Taurus. Have you been so rigid with your schedule that you’ve been missing out on spontaneous opportunities for pleasure? Where can you spice things up and make your daily routine sexier? This is a great time to take extra care of your body, and invite your lovers to experience what self care means to you. Maybe this is working out together, going for a run, or taking a yoga class. Afterwards, treat your bodies to something decadent. Exchanging massages leading to an afternoon of slow sex without time constraints will restore your vitality. This month is all about finding the balance between the movement and the rest your body craves.

Gemini & Gemini Rising (May 21-June 20)

You’re feeling extra flirtatious right now, Gemini. You may have been in your head last month, or just resting and gearing up for fall. Having fun with your partner, meeting new people, and dating in general is high on your list of priorities this month. Don’t wait for an invitation—plan the romantic dates you would take yourself on and go for it. Get creative and invest in activities that make you feel sexy while providing plenty of opportunity for great conversation and witty banter. Bonus points for transitioning to dirty talk into the bedroom. Taking a lighter approach to intimacy will keep your libido high, and take the pressure off of expectations to rush relationships. There must be a mental connection to keep you interested, no matter how good the sex is.

Cancer & Cancer Rising (June 21-July 22)

You may be more interested in nesting this month, Cancer. Making your home cozy and romantic is your priority, and your loved ones appreciate your attention to detail. Shift up the energy in your home with new candles and soft bedding. Creating a mood helps you relax and feel sexier. This month emphasizes partnerships, and if you are already in one, expect your intimacy to intensify through actively sharing your deepest needs and values, both sexual and emotional. If you’re single, this is a wonderful time to connect to these themes. Ask how you can honor them within yourself, as you make space to call in the partnerships that align authentically with your unique desires.

Leo & Leo Rising (July 23-August 22)

Speak love into existence this month, Leo. Go ahead and let your big heart tell everyone you care about how special and loved they are. Expressing your feelings becomes easier and more joyful, as you naturally uplift and inspire everyone around you. This boost of confidence to be open and communicative helps bring balance to any relationships that may have been stagnant over the past few months. Harness this energy in the bedroom by telling your lovers how you would like to experience pleasure. Use your words to create erotic scenarios. Walk them through your sexy fantasies, offering enthusiastic instructions. You like to be bossy, and this month everyone else likes it, too.

Virgo & Virgo Rising (August 23-September 22)

Treat yourself to something decadent, Virgo. What do you value? What do you crave that perhaps isn’t practical, or even useful? This could be an experience, an extravagant meal, or an item that represents luxury. Whatever this means to you, allow yourself to indulge without guilt. Let this gesture be symbolic of how you are open to receiving love in all its forms. Giving is pleasurable for you, and it’s time to bring balance to receiving pleasure from others. Relax into receptivity. Practice asking for what you want, and trust that lovers are eager and willing to satisfy you; in fact, this empowers the people who care about you as well as deepens trust and intimacy. Take turns sharing erotic requests, start slow, make a game out of it, and play all night.

Stefanie Caponi is a Brooklyn-based artist, astrologer, tarot reader, and creator of The Moon Void Tarot deck. Follow Stefanie on Instagram @stefaniecaponi for more astrology and tarot insights.