Your horoscope-inspired guide to things to do and places to visit this month
Broadsheet Culturescope is a new series where we recommend the best things to do this month based on your horoscope. Astrology not your thing? We get it – Broadsheet’s office is also divided. If you’re just looking for some weekend inspiration, jump straight to culturescopes for some of the best things to see, explore and do in Melbourne this month.
Mercury retrograde officially ended on October 2, but it may take until the middle of the month for the haze to lift. If you’re familiar with this infamous astrological cycle, or have felt its chaotic effects in the past month, you’ll be glad to know that clarity and forward momentum are on the way.
Libra season is in full swing, so expect things to get fun. This is, by far, the most social time of the astrological year, when we tend to feel more friendly, lively, and enjoyable. Libra, symbolized by the scales, is all about balance. It is therefore a good time to reflect on relationships and create additional joy with your loved ones and in your own life.
You will feel motivated with the arrival of the Aries Full Moon on the 10th – Aries energy is confident, courageous and impulsive. And the Sun and Venus both move in Scorpio on the 23rd, shifting the energy from light and harmonious to intense and brooding. Now is not the time to chat. Have difficult conversations, no matter how confrontational they may be.
And the October 25 Scorpio Solar Eclipse will highlight the parts of your life that need to change. Eclipses are one of the most powerful astrological events and exist to shake things up. You may not be looking for a major upheaval, but it’s better not to resist it – welcome the unexpected and enjoy the ride.
Your attention is on your loved ones. It’s a great time to create moments of conversation, connection, and love. When was the last time you went on a date? If you’re in a relationship, you might be inspired to put a little extra effort into your love life. If you’re single, don’t be surprised if someone new comes your way. The Scorpio Eclipse is a particularly transformative time for Aries. Schedule time to reflect alone.
Culturescope: It’s meeting time.
Libra season can inspire you to adopt new — and beneficial — habits. You will experience an injection of energy that supports good intentions, but you still have to put in the effort. Meanwhile, the Scorpio Eclipse is a good time to deepen your relationships or turn things around. It brings new partnership energy, which could mean a new romance, engagement or business partner, or a belated breakup.
Culturescope: tap into that newfound vigor and take a beautiful nature walk just outside of Melbourne. Looking for a physical challenge closer to home? Here are five 60-second stretches you can incorporate into your daily routine, without leaving the living room.
You’ll feel sexier, playful, and social during Libra season — make the most of it. Think about events or activities you are passionate about and create time for serious fun. You may be feeling ready to launch a new creative project, start a romance, or start a new hobby. Now is the time to explore.
The Scorpio Eclipse can also shake up your daily life, creating space for those passions or prompting you to invest in your well-being. Changes at work are also on the cards.
Culturescope: There are a ton of fabulous things happening around Melbourne this month. If you’re feeling creative, try a life drawing class at the iconic Nicholas Building or Abbotsford Convent. Do you feel more daredevil? Try rock climbing in this great new place.
Your home and your family are in the spotlight this month. Honor the desire to spend a little more time on the couch. It won’t be all Netflix, though. You might feel inspired to move, renovate or redecorate. You can also assess your family relationships, visit loved ones, or welcome a new family member.
When the Scorpio Eclipse arrives, you will be motivated to have more fun. When was the last time you spent time doing something fun or creative? Romance and dating can also be on the agenda, but Scorpio energy can be quite intense, so try to enjoy it for what it is – fun.
*Culturescope: Spring clean your home, your mind, your car, your pantry. If you’re one of those looking to zhoosh around the house, these handy tips for selecting the right piece of art will make the choice a little easier. If the creative chord pulls, join the Gemini in a drawing class. *
Community and conversation are at the center of Libra season: get out there and connect with your friends. You’ll feel more relaxed in social situations, so tell your friends how you feel. Expressing your needs can make you feel vulnerable, but now is the perfect time to push yourself. The Scorpio Eclipse can bring an unexpected change to your home. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with family matters, be sure to take some time for yourself.
Culturescope: Grab a meal at one of the quieter restaurants in town for this month’s catch-up, so you can have a proper conversation.
Libra season is a great time to work on your confidence at work; stop wasting energy on things that don’t move you forward. Focus on the money and how you earn it – ask for that raise or start the side hustle you’ve been having on the back burner. During the Scorpio Eclipse, you may feel the need to shake up the way you communicate and try new ways (and platforms) to share your ideas.
Culturescope: The National Institute of Dramatic Arts offers a ton of courses aimed at boosting your confidence in business screenplays, including the Public Speaking Bootcamp, Creating Great Communicators, and Presenting with Confidence.
Your birthday season is the perfect time to refresh your look or reinvent yourself. What new projects do you want to start? What do you want to live? Once you have your answers, you will know where to focus your energy. The Scorpio Eclipse can change the way you earn money (start a business, explore investment opportunities) or encourage you to be more careful with your bank balance.
Culturescope: It’s time for a new haircut, piercing or tattoo. If you’re on a budget, treat yourself to a cut at home, but with these tips to avoid disaster.
You will likely feel calmer and more thoughtful this season. You might want to look back over the past 12 months and figure out where you’ve felt stagnant or what habits you want to change. Let go of whatever is blocking you. The Scorpio Eclipse will bring positive opportunities. It’s time to explore new hobbies, refresh your wardrobe and adopt healthier routines.
Culturescope: Plan a trip to Lake Tyrrell, Victoria’s “mirror of the sky” and see things from a different perspective.
Cocktails, dinner, gallery opening, footy – don’t be surprised if you find yourself saying “yes” to all of them. With Libra, the season catches up with your extended friendship groups. During all of this activity, you may be inspired to take stock of the networks and communities that make you feel most connected, so you can focus your energy in the future.
The Scorpio Eclipse is a powerful time to take care of yourself and indulge in whatever activities you find most rewarding. If you have a spiritual or meditation practice, you may feel motivated to lean into it, with better results than ever.
Culturescope: There are so many fun ways to catch up with friends in October: festivals dedicated to homebrewers or Italian cinema, full moon parties, Friday night parties at the NGV or ghost stories at the Atheneum Theatre. For those who want something meditative, we love classes from Happy Melon, Universal Practice, Humming Puppy and Light Practice – or you can try it at home with help from The Broad Place.
Career momentum is on the cards. You might attract additional recognition for your work or identify new opportunities to step up. You’ll also have more clarity about the career direction you want to take, so spend some time thinking about your career goals.
With the Scorpio Eclipse, listen to these inclinations to contribute to something greater. New friendships and relationships can enter your life; think about setting limits to find the balance between supporting others and taking care of yourself.
Culturescope: Celebrate those professional victories at one of the city’s best new bars or, if you’re looking for a quieter space to consider your next career move, Mirosuna in South Melbourne focuses on wellness for professionals .
You’ll feel adventurous and optimistic this month, and you’ll want a change of scenery – a weekend will be even nicer than usual right now. Your mind will be open and you will want to learn new things, challenge your point of view or share your ideas. The Scorpio Eclipse signals a new chapter in the career realm. It can mean a new role or a new promotion, or a desire to change direction.
Culturescope: Head out of town to a scenic winery or destination restaurant.
Things can seem more intense during Libra season, so cherish the quiet times and set aside time for self-care. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to create more trust and intimacy in your relationships. During the Scorpio eclipse, opportunities to immerse yourself in a subject you are passionate about or begin a new research project may arise.
Culturescope: Unwind with a massage at home or at Little Company with Still Beauty, one of the best and most requested massage therapists in town. A few hours at Comma, soaking in a mineral whirlpool or jumping in a Finnish-style sauna, will also do an anxious mind good.
Things to do in Melbourne
Alison Lasek is an astrologer who has worked in arts, culture and communications for over 15 years, including six years at the Australian Center for Contemporary Art. She has contributed to publications such as Art and Australia, Runway Journal and Vault magazine, and studied with British astrologer Alice Bell.