It’s hard to believe 2020 is almost over. We have faced huge, once-in-a-generation astrology this year, and a huge shift is coming next month. Think of November as the last big push before giving birth to a new world. Things are going to look very different come December. In the meantime, we have to feel the discomfort of the present moment to get to the light at the end of the tunnel.
We start the month with Mercury getting tangled with Saturn before going direct on Election Day (Nov. 3). Mercury will be in justice-oriented Libra, so we can expect this week to be about governmental interrogation. Then Jupiter teams up with Pluto for their third and final conjunction of 2020, one day before Mars finally moves direct on Nov. 13. This combination suggests an understanding of how to move forward, something we’ll feel on a personal and cultural level. On Nov. 15, there will be a lovely new moon in Scorpio–this is a powerful opportunity to set intentions before the astrology gets too volatile. One week later, the sun moves into Sagittarius, pulling us out of the depths of Scorpio and into a more optimistic mindset. All this is building up to Nov. 30, when we’ll have a full moon in Gemini and a lunar eclipse.
With Mercury and Mars both direct for the first time since early September, we’ll see a renewed power to know what needs to be done (Mercury) and execute (Mars). Complementing this decisive energy, the sun is moving through Scorpio and Sagittarius this month, two signs that encourage authenticity and fearlessness. Scorpio will witness your darkest moments and hold space for your most challenging feelings. Sagittarius will tell you their honest opinion, whether you asked for it or not. Both signs value seeing things for what they are, not how we want them to be. Use this energy to practice listening to your intuition–that indescribable “knowing” feeling –and acting on it.
Remember to read your rising sign first.
- 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 Scorpio season! The cosmos got you a special birthday present this year: grunt work! The last few months have brought a lot of daily activity, and some of it has been a real drag. You’re not out of the woods yet, but the burden will get lighter mid-month. As you get your bearings, the feelings that were submerged during your busy period could resurface. Pay attention to your impulse to power through. Are you using busyness or social media to numb out? Emotions have a way of manifesting in the body when you try to ignore them. Overwork and overwhelm are the symptoms, not the disease. They are messages telling you to rest, reflect, and listen. Be as intentional about your periods of rest as your periods of work.
The ego is not necessarily the enemy. Like a knife that can harm or prepare a delicious meal, your ego is a tool that can be wielded for good or ill. This month is about finding healthy ways of expressing yourself in your art. You can’t nail an audition if you don’t believe you’re the best one for the role. You can’t fully embody a character before you understand every inch of yourself. A little healthy navel-gazing is part of the job description. Get curious about the thought behind the thought. Notice the way you move when you’re uncomfortable or upset or elated. Take up space and don’t apologize for it. Bringing your whole heart to your collaborations isn’t selfish.
November is highlighting the tension between your public and private life. Your friends and community are trying to tell you something you can’t see clearly for yourself yet. Try to receive the messages that are coming through. Having a strong support network will strengthen the foundation for your entire life. Don’t believe the myth of individualism: we were never meant to be self-sufficient. Change is on the horizon, and you’re going to rely on the people you trust. The past few months have highlighted the frustrations with your living situation, and midway through November something finally shakes loose. Prioritizing your needs might feel scary, but it’s the only way to test your assumptions. Deep down, you know what you need to do.
The last few weeks have brought some much-needed clarity about your career and reputation. This month, your job is to bridge the gap between knowing and doing. It’s easy to get caught up in abstractions, but real progress is made by small victories. Stories about a big break or a sudden windfall often obscure the years of hard work and dedication that went on behind the scenes. The careers with staying power are the product of consistent effort. Creativity doesn’t come like a bolt of lightning–you have to cultivate it carefully. Trust that the opportunities will come when you’re ready for them. What are the small actions that will help you position yourself for success? What daily practice will help you welcome in the new?
November is the time to stop questioning whether your dreams are practical. You’ve come to a deeper understanding of what you find meaningful and how to turn it into something tangible. Art is valuable whether you earn money from it or not–not everything you create has to be for public consumption. But you’re expanding your definition of what it means to make a living, and you know that your creativity can take many forms. Even if you can’t see it yet, the gift you have is valuable–both spiritually and economically. Trust your ideas and nourish them with action. At the end of the month, there will be a necessary change in your home life and the way you normally do things.
Once mid-November hits, it’s all systems go. Mars, your ruling planet, will spring back into action in your sign. If you felt exhausted or overwhelmed for the last few months, you might feel a surge of energy–use it wisely. With Mars traveling full speed through the part of your chart that governs your body and how people perceive you, remember that you don’t have to follow every impulse at top speed. There’s a fine line between being enthusiastic and overzealous. Find healthy ways of channeling your frustration and excitement: ease into a new workout or start a journaling practice. You don’t have to prove yourself the second you walk into a room. Your presence is enough, and your work will speak for itself.
There are so many ways to move through difficult emotions: you can talk it out with someone, go on a long walk, or channel your feelings in your art. November is about making an effort to do the external and internal processing. You can’t vent to your best friend or partner about the same problem over and over again, especially if you’re not taking the first steps to address it. But you also can’t heal in a vacuum. Take what you’re discovering and bounce it off of someone you trust. Then on Nov. 30, Gemini’s full moon wants you to connect the dots in your financial life. Any side hustles or alternate income streams come to an important phase in the light of this full moon.
This month is going to make you aware of the obstacles in your creative projects. Annoying as that might sound–especially to an air sign who loves to move about unimpeded–it’s also an opportunity. The universe isn’t punishing you, it’s helping you by adding necessary constraints. The blank page is a writer’s worst enemy because it’s the moment when the possibilities are truly endless. When you encounter a “no” this month, try being grateful and curious about the workaround. Ask yourself: what can this teach me? What is this revealing to me? All your hard work will come to a head-on Nov. 30. With a full moon and an eclipse in your sign, all eyes will be on you.
Get in touch with your ambition this month. Untangle the idea that being an artist means you have to suffer. You made some important discoveries about your creative process in October–trust the revelations and channel them into your career. It doesn’t have to be complicated or earth-shattering. When an airplane pilot changes course, they don’t make a hard turn: an imperceptible pivot shifts them in the right direction. Being one degree closer to knowing how you want to express yourself as an artist will make an impact down the road. But you have to keep moving forward and be willing to fail. Have a bias towards action this month: every step you take (even if it’s wrong) will bring a new level of clarity.
Ready to get fired up? This month you’re going to feel a shift from reflection to action, with transits happening in your fellow fire signs (Aries and Sagittarius). Mars is going direct on Nov. 13, asking you to apply what you’ve learned about your motivation toward your long-term goals. Then on Nov. 21, the sun moves into Sagittarius, lighting up your creativity. You’ve been working hard all year, and not necessarily on projects you’re passionate about. Use this energy shift to play, have fun, and start something new. Don’t get hung up on defining it–just make art with your friends. Exercise your creative muscle outside the realm of ambition or accomplishment. At the end of the month, you’ll take on a new or important role within your community.
You can’t skip over the hard stuff. As tempting as it is to “be strong,” feelings are there to be felt. When Mercury powers through your house of daily communication this month, try scheduling a regular check-in. It can be a gratitude practice or simply asking, “how am I feeling today?” Acknowledging what’s happening in your body is the first step to moving through whatever’s keeping you stuck. Then on Nov. 30, a lunar eclipse is shining a spotlight on your career. Eclipses are like regular lunations in overdrive: they rapidly bring about much-needed change. There’s nothing that you need to “do”–just stay open to opportunities and enjoy the ride.
You can breathe again, Libra. The friction in your close relationships starts to soften mid-month, but not before coming to a climax on Nov. 9. Around this date, you might feel like you’re being baited into an argument or forced to do damage control. Be conscious of the tension so you’re not sucked into it. For the second half of the month, think about the ways you connect to higher meaning. Whether you’re spiritual or philosophical or both, tune into the feeling of interconnectedness. Loving isn’t just about caring for your partner, friends, or family. Love shouldn’t feel obligatory. Once you internalize the knowledge that there are no barriers between you and every person you encounter, you start to have deep compassion for everyone–including yourself.
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