October Horoscopes: What book is in your stars?
We are coming off of a fiery full moon in Aries and heading towards the new moon that gives us space for a moment before we turn toward the blue full moon on Halloween. This month is weighty with lunar energy, perfect for those Halloween vibes, but also it gives us something to work with as we continue to navigate Mars retrograde.
Yesterday, October ninth, Mars squared Pluto and is the second of three squares for this month. This square isn’t quite as weighty as the Mars/Saturn we saw earlier in the month, but it still brings some challenges—particularly revealing the power struggles, structures, and abuses we are up against. We may be unable to find any immediate solutions to the whole of these struggles, but it is good to turn our face toward long-term strategies.
The rest of the month brings moments of light, like today when Venus trines Uranus and brings some positive and fun energy full of little pleasures. We are in Libra season, and that can be full of unexpected and fun energy. And even the new moon’s energy that is really driving home the necessity of letting go.
All of these astral events are asking us to utilize this month to analyze the things that are happening around us, to take time to get rid of what is not serving us and to cultivate the pleasures that bring us joy. So what better way to do that then to read?
Below I have included small snippets in place of a full horoscope. The horoscope comes in the form of book recommendations for the month of October. I hope that you find something to accompany you on your journey.
Rest. You are magic and so is making space to recharge. Freedom and closure are powerful for you right now.
The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1) by Katherine Arden
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse's most frightening tales.
The Hollow Gods (The Chaos Cycle, #1) by A. J. Vrana
Black Hollow is a town with a dark secret.
A maelstrom of ancient grudges, forgotten traumas, and deadly secrets loom in the foggy forests of Black Hollow. Can three unlikely heroes put aside their fears and unite to confront a centuries-old evil? Will they uncover the truth behind the fable, or will the cycle repeat?
Don’t hide the light that shines within you. You are finding harmony in the day to day. Unbury yourself.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
Of Light and Darkness by Shayne Leighton
Raised among a secret society of Witches, Shifters, and Elves, human-born Charlotte Ruzikova finds that she is the freak in her world of magic and monsters. When she stands before an army of impossible obstacles, the likelihood of survival in this coming-of-age modern fairy tale is slim. After Charlotte captures the attention of the young Elven prince, her scorn results in an all-out war between light and darkness.
Put energy back into your covens. Libra season is a flourishing time, but the world is dampening that currently. Find ways to tap back into your vibe.
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school's resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death.
Disenchanted (Disenchanted, #1) by Brianna Sugalski
Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger—and unsolicited help of the sardonic stranger who inserts himself on her quest—she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch.
There is a ton of energy for you right out of the gate. Harness that, but also be mindful of how it impacts your own energy levels. This is an intense month for connections.
White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
In a vast, mysterious house on the cliffs near Dover, the Silver family is reeling from the hole punched into its heart. Lily is gone and her twins, Miranda and Eliot, and her husband, the gentle Luc, mourn her absence with unspoken intensity. All is not well with the house, either, which creaks and grumbles and malignly confuses visitors in its mazy rooms, forcing winter apples in the garden when the branches should be bare. Generations of women inhabit its walls. And Miranda, with her new appetite for chalk and her keen sense for spirits, is more attuned to them than she is to her brother and father. She is leaving them slowly - Slipping away from them -
The Shrike and the Shadows by Chantal Gadoury & A. M. Wright
Hans and Greta, two outcast orphans, find themselves facing accusations of witchcraft and are met with an ultimatum: burn at the stake, or leave the village forever.
With nowhere else to go, they abandon their only home.
As they venture into the strange forest, their path is fraught with horrific creatures, wild and vivid hallucinations, and a mysterious man tied to the witch's past.
The Shrike is watching, just beyond the deep darkness of the woods.