Welcome to Scorpio Season, Where the Vibe Is Intense, Emotional, and Really, Really Sexy

Scorpio Season 2023
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Photo Illustration: Michelle Alfonso
Getty | Roberto Machado Noa / Gilmanshin / Tevarak
Photo Illustration: Michelle Alfonso

Following the sun's moment in Libra, which highlights our one-on-one bonds and desires to bring more balance and beauty into the world, Scorpio season makes it clear that autumn is in full swing. The delightfully spooky, ethereal time is perfect for pulling out all the stops on a memorable Halloween costume. It's also a chilly, dark, and increasingly sleepy time of year. But the sun's moment in Scorpio isn't only about binge-watching your favorite haunting flicks and slurping up autumn-spiced drinks.

It's also a time tailored to taking the temperature of your most intimate bonds, embracing transformation (even when it scares you), and floating in the deep end of your most complex and intense emotions. After all, it will include the final eclipse of the year, which can lead to exciting, emotionally-charged changes in your relationships, including the one you have with yourself and your values.

Here's what you need to know about Scorpio season, in general — and particularly for 2023.

When Is Scorpio Season?

The sun's time in the sign of the Scorpion happens annually from approximately Oct. 22–23 to Nov. 21–22. This year (in US time zones), Scorpio season is from Oct. 23 to Nov. 22.

The Overall Vibe of Scorpio Season

For an idea of how Scorpio functions in astrology and colors mid-October to mid-November, you might pull some clues from the sign's two rulers: go-getter Mars, the planet of action, energy, and sex; and Pluto, the planet of power, transformation, and the underworld. In turn, Scorpio isn't satisfied with surface-level anything, preferring to get to the heart of the matter and connect with others spiritually and emotionally. Innately comfortable with the shadow side of life and sexuality, Scorpio is also incredibly magnetic and intense. Those born with Scorpio placements (meaning their sun or one of their big three or even big six is in the sign) can easily command a room but surely won't open up to just anyone, keeping their cards close to the vest.

It also bears noting that, as the fixed water sign, Scorpios can be resolute and obstinate. Once they've committed to a path, it can be truly challenging for them to switch it up. And associated with the eighth house of emotional bonds, joint resources, and sex, Scorpios are comfortable grappling with topics that other signs shy away from or find taboo.

All of that said, while the sun moves through Scorpio, we're all encouraged to reflect on — and, ideally, deepen — our most intimate relationships. Your ability to get closer to someone you love, be vulnerable, build trust, and venture into intimidatingly uncharted waters — perhaps related to investing or going into business with one another — is supported through this emotionally charged, often spiritually satisfying time of year.

Fueled by competitive Mars and commanding Pluto, Scorpio season also asks us to consider the power we hold in our own lives and what we're willing to do to maintain it — or seek even more.

Scorpio Season: What to Expect in 2023

Although the sun moves through Scorpio every year, the moon and other planets each have their own unique patterns through the sky, making for a unique astrological picture that differs from one year to the next. Here's what's going on astrologically during Scorpio season 2023.

On October 28, just several days after Scorpio season kicks off, we'll experience the final eclipse of the year — a lunar eclipse and full moon — in Taurus. This dramatic, emotional moment will likely mark the culmination point of an ongoing narrative that began for you back in 2021. For a sense of how it will affect you, find where Taurus — specifically 5 degrees of the fixed earth sign — falls on your birth chart.

Since June 17, Saturn has been retrograde in the dreamy mutable water sign of Pisces, but as of November 4, it will move forward, encouraging you to pursue personal growth, wisdom, and maturity in an external way once more. This could mean volunteering to take on more responsibility on the job or being up for putting in more work to bolster your relationship, applying whatever you've learned from self-reflection around the subject since the summer.

On November 13, the new moon falls in the fixed water sign, presenting an opportunity to start new chapters related to your most intimate relationships, sex life, joint financial endeavors, and inner transformation.

Here's what every sign can expect this Scorpio season. Feel free to read the below based on your zodiac sign and/or rising sign, too.

Aries (March 20-April 19)

Libra season was all about focusing on your closest friendship, relationship, maybe professional partnership. You were taking note of how you were showing up for your nearest and dearest — and how they've been showing up for you. But while the sun moves through Scorpio and your eighth house of emotional bonds, you're going to be considering what you need to feel more comfortable and nurture intimacy within your tightest bonds. This is also a significant season for working on endeavors related to joint resources, like investments or business proposals.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

While the sun moves through Scorpio, the confident sun zips through your seventh house of partnership, making one-on-one relationships — whether romantic, platonic, and even professional — a major focus. It could be that you and your honey are on the precipice of a new chapter of your relationship or you're designing a business proposal with a friend or colleague. Either way, you'll feel more prepared and confident building on your goals as part of a pair.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Scorpio season usually brings your focus to everyday tasks and your wellness routine, thanks to the sun's trip through your sixth house. While it may strike you as mundane initially, you'll get the green light to be especially productive within your day-to-day hustle. Think: checking annual health exams off your list or signing up for a new yoga studio membership. Caring for yourself in this way can feel productive and centering.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

For you, Cancer, Scorpio season is all about embracing spontaneity, tuning into your inner kid, and taking note of your artistic impulses. You could be especially creative and drawn to playful pastimes, thanks to the confident sun's journey through your fifth house of romance and self-expression. No matter what's in your heart right now, you'll be inspired to share it in a carefree, lighthearted way. Yep, this is the perfect moment to step up your flirting game.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Scorpio season brings your focus to your inner life and closest relationships, with the confident sun, your ruler, moving through your fourth house of home life, Leo. Carve out more time to connect with your loved ones over your favorite seasonal activities (like whipping up a batch of your favorite baked goods or taking a restful, restorative Yin yoga class together) could be a top priority. No matter what you choose, slowing down alongside the people you care about most is sure to do wonders for your heart and mind.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Prepare for your social life to be even busier than usual, Virgo. While the confident sun moves through Scorpio, it lights up your third house of communication, nudging you to say "yes" to all the invites. You'll want to make more plans with friends, colleagues, and family thanks to invitations galore to everything from happy hours to weekend trips. You might also be craving more mental stimulation than usual (yes, really!), so make a point to dive into books and films you've been wanting to check out and then trade notes with your inner circle.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct 22)

Scorpio season brings your attention to money matters and your values, with your ruler, the confident sun, taking a trip through your second house of income. You've been in the spotlight recently, as a result of the sun moving through your sign during Libra season, and now, you can take whatever lessons you learned over the past four weeks and apply it to boosting your cash flow. Ask for a better rate on a project you're psyched about or call a meeting with a higher-up to talk about a potential raise. Acknowledging your worth now can set you up for the payoff you've been dreaming of.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Welcome to your season, Scorpio! With the sun moving through your first house of self, your focus is on reimagining and strengthening your personal brand — how you are presenting yourself and getting after the passion projects that keep you up at night because you're so fired up to see them through. This time of year is particularly conducive to making moves that allow you to make your mark. Your confidence also soars, so it could be a wonderful moment to say exactly what you want — and manifest it into your new reality.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Scorpio season can be a bit snoozy for you, Sag, because the confident sun is moving through your 12th house of spirituality and dreams. You're less fascinated with the external world and your typical globetrotting adventures and more inclined to get swept away by spiritual pursuits, like meditation and mindfulness. Rest and restoration are key now, so carve out more solo time than usual. Making room for more downtime sets the stage for bigger gains once your season hits.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

While you might have been even more focused than usual on all of the to-dos that could lead to receiving professional recognition during Libra season, Scorpio season brings your attention to team projects, because the confident sun is moving through your 11th house of networking and friendship. During this time, you can more readily join forces with others in order to make a shared vision a reality. Collaborative efforts also help you to feel more supported, connected, and seen by friends and colleagues.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Sure, you love to shake things up, Aquarius, but as a fixed sign, you're also a creature of habit, too. And although Libra season inspires you to get out of your comfort zone even more than usual, Scorpio season could see you wanting to make an impression professionally. That's because the confident sun will be moving through your 10th house of career and public image, cranking up your confidence around stepping into the spotlight and leading the charge in order to earn well-deserved recognition from higher-ups. Get clear on what you want to achieve, and nothing will stand in your way.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Scorpio season throws the spotlight on your need to break free of the mundane, Pisces. The confident sun will be moving through your ninth house of adventure and higher learning, so any opportunity to broaden your horizons will be truly satisfying. Now's your chance to enjoy a long-distance trip, take a cooking class that introduces you to flavors you've never tried before, or hone your skill set so you can ultimately advance your career. Let your astute imagination run wild, and you'll be well on your way to making the most of the season.