You know what horoscopes are—but what about colorscopes? Color astrology is based on the belief that certain hues have the power to calm, energize, encourage, and ground you based on your unique astrology sign. And what better way to wear (and see) this color than to display it on your nails? To kick off 2016, we're starting this new series with Rose Theodora, resident astrologer and color expert at Enamel Diction. With a neuroscience and art history degree from UCLA, Theodora is an expert when it comes to color therapy and astrology. Each month, she'll be sharing the power color you should be wearing on your nails, as well as the specific shades and finishes for your own sign. You can read more about colorscopes here. Enjoy!
THE GIST: The month of October is dominated by the sign Libra, a cardinal sign (which means that it initiates a season). Libra is known for its diplomacy, social grace, and conflict resolution. October is about strengthening your relationships, striving for deeper harmony and peace.
As we all channel our inner Libra this month, you'll want to look to your Libra friends for guidance, and be sure to wish them a bon anniversaire!
October 16: FULL MOON in the sign Aries—let go of selfish tendencies.
October 30: NEW MOON in the sign Scorpio—strive to know yourself deeply.
GRAY acts as a counterbalance to this month's ups and downs. Wearing this color helps you cultivate a greater allegiance to your heart. It is the color associated with the middle path—it’s neutral, and contains equal amounts of light and dark. Gray is egalitarian and one of the least emotional colors. This month will be emotionally charged, so sporting a subtle, refined, and intellectual color such as gray helps you to feel more centered and level-headed.
Congratulations, Aries! You're finally ready to make that commitment to that special someone, and if you're still single, knock it off! It's time to get serious about sharing yourself with someone else. Later down the road, you'll have wished that you shared yourself with someone more intimately. The time is now, so revel in it. Take a risk! This doesn't only apply to love; it also applies to the new people who will be showing up in your life. Get to know them, ask them questions, and try to listen to what they have to say. Chances are you'll learn a lot about yourself in the process.
Your power shade this month is…
A steel gray polish inspires you to commit.
Your life is restructuring itself, Taurus, and not in a passive sort of way. This is something deep within you that is an echoing and beckoning call for change. You feel spent, and it's understandable—you need to change things up. For one, your resources appear out of whack. Are you giving or taking too much? The little intricacies, the way that you share yourself, the way that you handle your day-to-day stuff is all shifting—mainly your perspective, and it's all a wonderful blessing. Spend this month thinking about how you can bring your life more into balance, e.g., eat healthier, find a workout that you enjoy, and if you're feeling called to change jobs (and you should!), do it now. Do it this month!
This matte shade is perfect; you'll think so too.
Relationships—they aren't also easy, Gemini, but this month, it's time to find true love. Really mull through your fears around making a commitment, keeping in mind that not all relationships threaten your freedom. You'll want to focus more on creativity and being jovial, something you're a master of anyway. Spend the month getting to know your romantic side—if you're single, go out as much as possible, and if not then, it's time to kick it up a notch with your significant other. At the very least, you'll need to take your creative side seriously—make time to explore your ideas even more.
This pewter shade of gray has just the right amount of sparkle to keep you engaged.
Home changes related to career and family are matters at heart, Cancer. Home is particularly auspicious in October, and setting anything into motion (e.g., selling, buying, or remodeling your place) will all benefit you tremendously. Expect to get more than you are asking for. Be open, and know that you deserve these changes that are awaiting you. The world feels like a much safer place for you, and as a result, you feel more comfortable being yourself.
Creating harmony in your home this month is key, and this shade of polish keeps you feeling completely comfortable.
It's not time to throw in the towel just yet, Leo. Wait and be patient. All good things come to those who keep the faith, and yes, who work toward their goals too, and that's you, Leo! You've worked hard over the past year, and you can bet your bottom dollar you'll see a return. Make sure that you rest when you need to, and speak from the heart. This month is about speaking up and sharing what you know. A short road trip might also be in order; say yes!
A light shade of gray keeps you energized.
After all the change is said and done, now it's time to start cashing in and asking for what you deserve, Virgo. This month, you'll need to take everything that you learned last month and actually apply it. You NEED to ask for what you're worth. This also goes for time wisely spent. You have become an efficiency expert, so spend your time wisely. Don't do something just because it's the right thing to do; do it because you want to.
This shade of gray isn't your norm, but it reflects your future.
Happy birthday, Libra! Being the sign of the scales doesn't actually mean that you're always in balance, but it does mean that you are striving to be. In which case you understand imbalance probably more than anyone. This month is about walking the walk—if things aren't working, let it go on the 16th! Make room for your new experiences. These are experiences you've been dying to feel. Allow these necessary changes to occur, and put your knowledge into practice—you're secretly a warrior, and it's time to act like it (gracefully, of course).
This month is a continuum from last month, Scorpio, where you'll need to listen to your inner voice. Paint your nails gray, and stare at them each night before you sleep! Communing with the unexplored, isolated parts of yourself is crucial in getting to know them, because you're about to embark on a festive journey a year from now. Rest up!
This color helps you to stay where you're comfortable—in the deep zone.
Be über social and pay closer attention to what you're manifesting right now, Sagittarius. You are naturally positive, and this month is no exception. Focus on where you stand, and really think about where you'll be in five years if you stay on the path you're on. How does it look? Do you like who your friends are? Do you want to invest another five years? Now is the time to think about what you truly want to create and who you want to share it with.
This month's gray-blue shade allows you to keep things in perspective.
Capricorn: You're shining bright, Capricorn—we can see that! Congratulations on embracing all the changes. If you haven't already received some news about a promotion or moving, expect to soon, and remember that fear only prevents us from experiencing something unknown. Embrace the unknown, and get excited about this year's new career prospects. Well, maybe not entirely new, but at least sort type of change and this month seems to be a significant starting point.
Your polish for November keeps you centered and living in the moment.
Nothing expands your mind quite like traveling, does it, Aquarius? If you're still considering studying abroad somewhere, going back to school, or taking that trip, now's the time do it! Life is sort of like a game, and it's your move. No one understands abstract thinking more than you, but perhaps there are some other skills that would make you more well-rounded.
Think of all the possibilities in October; this pretty shade of gray inspires you.
Sure, you're a feeler by nature, Pisces, and you're empathic, but do you really go deep? October asks that you really learn from your experiences, and if you want to share that with someone else, you should. You'll need to be honest with yourself before you can have that deep relationship that you've been craving. Explore your metaphorical death and rebirth in the coming month; start now.
This shade from Dior is where it's at; it's deep and sensual and honest.