We spend most of November steeped in the powerful current of willful Scorpio. Rapids are inevitable at month’s beginning as we’re still experiencing the reverberations of shock-and-awe Uranus opposing the Sun exactly on Oct. 28, leaving us somewhere on the scale between excitement and bewilderment surfing the new turf. Mercury retrograde is adding to these uncertain times. We’re more devilish than ever about getting to the bottom of things and upending the truth about ourselves and our relationships—to say nothing about the state of the world.
We’re readying for grand Jupiter’s transition into a new sign (lucky Capricorns!) so this month has a lot to do with extreme new beginnings that come from extreme emptying-out. It seems we’ve put it out there—our ideas, our truth, our desires—and we’re making sure we’ve left no stone unturned so we can build on firm foundations as Jupiter moves onto Cap—the builder—next month. If people are feeling or acting a little spikey, offer compassion. We’re going the wringer and making sure we’ve got the right mindset to do what we need to do, come the astrological showdown that is 2020.
- Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21)
- Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)
- Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)
- Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18)
- Pisces (Feb. 19–March 20)
- Aries (March 21–April 19)
- Taurus (April 20–May 20)
- Gemini (May 21–June 20)
- Cancer (June 21–July 22)
- Leo (July 23–Aug. 22)
- Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 21)
- Libra (Sept. 22–Oct. 22)
Happy Birthday, Scorpio! With Mercury retrograde in your willful, get-to-the-bottom-of-things sign, you may feel overwhelmed in a tumble of information which brings you to the edge and reveals the truth of your current alliances. With the Sun having come full circle back to your part of the Zodiac, this will be an outgoing time where things are coming to a head and karma lays bare where your thoughts and energy have been this past year.
If steps need to be repeated or someone or something owes you an explanation, this is a ripe month for scores to be settled and commitments to be made. You’re a force to be reckoned with, especially from Nov. 18—22 when both desirous, assertive Mars and the life-bringing Sun travel in your sign for one powerful punch. Use this energy wisely. Mars will remain in your sign through the end of the year making sure you finish a memorable 2019 with chutzpah! Relationships will not be denied you, come the culminating Full Moon in sensual Taurus and your 7th House on Nov. 12. Keep holding space for your deepest desires and clearest vision, and you’ll magnetize exactly what you’ve been thinking about—or clear marching orders to get what’s in alignment with what you’re really capable of.
Your imagination and ability to disappear into character or just escape your routine will be strong the first half of the month as the Sun and retrograde Mercury travels through the ethereal mist of your 12th House of Dreams and Spiritual Journeying. Past life regression? Playing off-type on TV? Yes, please! You may be a little lackadaisical and need to let go and let live, even more than your typical bohemian self.
Doubling down on this theme, you have the planet of love, beauty, and the good (if indulgent) life—Venus—in your 1st House of Personality until Nov. 25, bringing a fresh cycle to relationships. Put your best foot in your fanciest shoe forward, even if you feel like you don’t know where your next step is. This is a time for revamping your appearance and letting go of old or stale identities. When the Sun enters your sign on Nov. 22, you’ll be firing on all cylinders. Make sure to bring your wildest intentions to the altar on the powerful New Moon of Nov. 26. It’s likely been a huge year of growth, whether on the inner or outer plane, so make sure to thank the planet Jupiter who is finally moving on to the next sign on Dec. 2, having taught you how to fly even amidst 2019’s turbulence. The grand planet is heading toward your 2nd House of Income so don’t despair. More on that next month!
November begins with a purposeful solemnity, Capricorn, as you may find yourself withdrawing for some serious reflection and assessment. The Moon, Saturn, South Node, and Pluto are all in Capricorn and your 1st House reminds you that your steps count and there is a lot on the line—not that Capricorns need to be reminded that the weight of the world always feels on their shoulders. Relationships may go somewhat on the back burner as Venus, planet of relationship, gets a spiritual cleanse in the 12th House which teaches us to let go and appreciate things as they are.
With Mercury retrograde, people or themes from the past could pop up, and you’ve been becoming clearer on who is in your artistic tribe and supports your evolving goals. You’ll be glad you trusted the process especially when Venus moves into your sign on Nov. 25 and commitments—artistic and romantic—are more clear and you’ve renewed confidence to ask for what you want. Next month, charismatic Jupiter enters your sign signaling big growth in the year ahead. Take time this month to consciously let go of ideas, people, and pursuits that no longer serve you so the runway is clear of debris for maximum take-off in December and into 2020.
The month begins with some incredibly truth-telling, intense, and passionate conversations which may require that you stop playing it so cool. You don’t have much of a choice with the communicative heft of Mercury retrograde joining Venus in deep-diving Scorpio, forming a tense but strength-building square aspect to your Sun. Relationships provide an expansive playing field and learning ground. Admitting that you don’t have all the answers and that’s not even the point may require a new level of spiritual awareness and letting go.
Incredible liberation is on the other side of conflict if you can just quiet your mind long enough to really listen. This won’t be a quiet month, although scheduling time away from the hustle and bustle is fundamental to getting what you need with Pluto and Saturn stubbornly staying put in your 12th House of Spiritual Awareness and wrapping up old cycles. The cluster of Scorpio planets, while providing grist for the relationship mill, is highlighting your career and status. It may be your professional relationships that need most of your attention and this would be a great time to gather your alliances—although don’t put anything in writing until after Mercury goes direct. Especially look after Nov. 18 to make moves in your career—or let the spotlight find you—as feisty Mars in Scorpio further electrifies this attention-grabbing house at the top of your chart.
You’ve been a demonstration of will power lately with the Scorpio Sun sending beams of support, extrasensory perception, and the courage to say what’s on your mind. With Mercury retrograde, there may have been a slight delay, but you’ve been catching up and this month may offer some relief amidst the usual retrograde confusion as you get some things off your chest and resolve old scores or lapses in communication. With the Sun and Mercury lighting up your 9th House, you’re on a quest for the higher truth and it’s more important than ever to live according to your values and not back down from conflict or opportunity for growth.
Adding spark to your quest is lightning-rod Uranus in your 3rd House of Communication, giving you ample opportunity to break out of old communication molds and see what happens when you just say what you need. You’ve realized you can’t please them all and you’re tired of exhausting yourself trying! This will only intensify as Mars moves from Libra into Scorpio and you’re on a veritable warpath for justice, not to mention hungry for extreme experiences or something that gets your blood flowing. This is the month to feel your edge! Look forward to the culminating Full Moon in your 7th House of Partnership on Nov. 12 as things come full circle in relationships and you’re ready to receive more.
The tsunami of Scorpio energy is wiping away old structures in your 8th House of Money and Intimacy. The common denominator here is “sharing.” Any agreements hastily made or built overtime on anything but the truth may reveal themselves for what they are. The good news, however, is that you’re taking a scrupulous eye toward shared resources and relationships, and making sure there are systems in place that really do work for you and fixing any energy leaks. You can thank Mercury retrograde for any revisitation of old themes or brushing things out from under the rug that were stubbornly hiding. Once you clear inner and outer obstructions (Mercury stations direct on Nov. 20!) you’re quite the force. That and you’ll have Venus fresh in fiery, compatible Sagittarius giving you a reason to flirt or be flirted with as the planet of love and relating is sending beams of personal magnetism. The Sun comes in hot in Sagittarius and your 9th House of Adventure on Nov. 22, giving you ample reason to spread your wings after burning off the excess in the month’s first three weeks. Seed New Moon intentions on Nov. 26!
You’ve been learning the limitations of independence and going your own way as Pluto, Saturn, and the South Node of the Moon have been showing what it’s like to experience the mountain top either through solo pursuits or dogged determination to stick to old belief systems. With Uranus on your Sun, however, nothing stays the same. Your heart is really with the “village” and collaboration with people who can teach you things and vice versa. We’ve all had to eat some humble pie lately and with the Sun and Mercury retro in Scorpio, and your 7th House of Committed Relationships, you can count on others to tell you where and if they’ve felt shut out.
As Venus moves into your 8th House of Intimacy on Nov. 1 (until Nov. 25), all this truth-telling and transparency actually leads to more fun and juicier connection if you dare to say what you feel. A Full Moon in your sign on Nov. 12 should usher in some intense conversations and a certain reckoning. The cosmos is conspiring to open you up!
The planet of love and attraction will be coming home to your 7th House of Committed Partnerships giving you an unexpected spike in romantic vibes. Look out for funny, adventuresome playmates or for the best to be brought out in a current partner as this planet will sweeten all things relationship. You’ll be grateful for it too as you still have that demanding cosmic pair of Saturn and Pluto in your 8th House of Intimacy and Shared Resources, which can put you through all sorts of trials and tribulations in affairs of the heart until you’re really clear on what you want and willing to show up for it. With flirty Mars in Libra in your 5th House of Love and Creativity, it looks like you’ll definitely have some fiery people options to work out karma with!
Emotional housekeeping is a big theme this month as well as Mercury retrograde and the Sun in intense Scorpio in your 6th House of Well-Being, Health, and Self-Improvement. You may be in a bit of a fix-it mood and wanting to not only clean up old relationships but really invest in caring for your emotional self. Talking through things with a partner and really setting some ground rules that you both feel good about can really set you up for a harmonious December! Follow hunches, especially after Nov. 19 when Mars gives you extra verve around learning a new skill or enlisting support around self-care. The New Moon of Nov. 26 would be a perfect time to seed intentions around committed partnerships and artistic collaborations.
You’re loving the water vibes of Scorpio via the Sun, Mercury (and Mars starting Nov. 19) adding passion and flair to the very expressive 5th House. To say it’s time to let off some steam in November would be an understatement. Considering that Mercury is retrograde, there’s always a bit of Murphy’s law in effect, but all the more reason for you to throw caution to the wind a bit and take some personal days to frolic, self-express, and reacquaint yourself with risk and reward.
You’ve been a good soldier, having had no choice with the pressure-cooker trio of Pluto, Saturn, and the South Node in ambitious Capricorn giving you a sort of Sisyphean drive to keep aiming for the top. That doesn’t necessarily go away in November, but you’re definitely invited for a passionate, misbehaving pit stop. Look forward to Nov. 25 when lovely Venus enters your House of Committed Love and Artistic Collaboration inviting some more balance and grounding after what will hopefully be a couple of “lost weekends” in November.
The Sun in sizzling, private Scorpio will be blazing through your 4th House of Home and Family aided and abetted by that Mercury retrograde promising themes will be revisited and a lot of energy will be visiting your most sacred of spaces. You’ll also be a bit more of a homebody the first three weeks of the month. If there were projects left undone or clutter left uncluttered, this would be a great month to give some TLC and get things completed. We all know how Scorpio energy likes to transform through emptying and refilling, and this outside-in approach will trigger an inner clearing as well.
There also should be some unexpected developments in your career and public stature as Uranus will be triggered in your 10th House (opposing that Sun in your 4th House). You’re taking up a new cause or showing a new face to the world at large. The more connected you can stay with your deep inner self, the more excitement you can enjoy—and less neurosis—as your world seems to shift beneath your feet. Enjoy the playful duo of Venus and Jupiter (exactly conjunct on Nov. 24) in optimistic Sagittarius and your adventurous 9th House begging for reckless creativity or skipping town with a sweetheart toward month’s end.
Scorpio energy—in the form of the Sun and Mercury retrograde in your 3rd House of Communication—is forcing you to see the world through new doors of perception. You’re thinking about things more deeply, even reviewing past decisions made, and are bringing a certain willful intensity to every discussion that may leave people wondering what happened to your mild-mannered self. This time you’re not taking no for an answer and are ready to really dig deep into things so you have research to back up your arguments and move your world forward—especially when feisty Mars joins the whirl of appointments, emails, and chats that make up this 3rd House terrain. Something you left behind—an educational course, curiosity, or unread book—has a way of circling back and making you pay attention. The right information wants to find you and the world is giving you a second chance to really digest it as Mercury retrograde in this busy, sponging 3rd House will be giving you all sorts of undeniable signs and synchronicities in your everyday world.
Look for repeating themes and consider signing the dotted line after Mercury goes direct on Nov. 20. Venus in your House of Home and Family will deliver motivation to beautify your space and add a little natural flair or clear up some space. You’ve doubtless had a lot of action in the home arena with Jupiter also here and Nov. 24 should really wrap things up with a joyous full-circle moment. Next month, expansive Jupiter will move on to your more raucous 5th House of Creative Self-Expression.
You’re led by the assertive, go-go-go energy of Mars as this cosmic God of War leads your sign until Nov. 19 and is taking charge of every situation. Earning money has also been a theme and old sources of income may circle back with not only the Sun, but Mercury in review-mode retrograde visiting your 2nd House of Earned Income (only amplified by Mars on Nov. 19). Surprises could also come having to do with finances and you could choose to forge or break up financial alliances with Uranus bringing unexpected developments to shared resources. Pay special attention to the Full Moon in security-minded Taurus on Nov. 12.
Staying open to re-purposing an existing skill set or even following hunches about shared investments could prove very fruitful. The way you earn is receiving a lot of cosmic attention as is the fine print of financial contracts under the investigative eyes of these planetary transits in Scorpio. Information that may have slipped through the cracks is more easily seen now because you’re just more interested in knowing exactly what’s going on! It’s not all about money, however. Lovely Venus traveling your 3rd House of Communication will heap on the charm and have you feeling more social and desirous being out and about in November.
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