It’s party time, Capricorn! As the life-affirming Sun cruises through Scorpio, your eleventh house of networking and group activity, you’re a veritable social butterfly. This month, Mercury, Venus and Saturn visit Scorpio, making this sector of your chart feel like a cocktail party (with penetrating conversations and stiff drinks). Your orders for November: you must have fun. Knowing your hard-working sign, you’ll feel more inclined to let down your hair if it’s a mandate. Yep, you’ve got a job, Capricorn: charm the designer jeans off your colleagues and friends, new and old alike. Socializing can still be productive—and you may need to remind yourself of that when you’re tempted to skip a fete and burn the midnight oil at your desk.
Before you get too swept away in the celebratory mood, a word to the wise: Mercury will be retrograde (backward) from November 6- 26, first in Sagittarius, your twelfth house of the subconscious (until the 14th) and then in Scorpio, your eleventh house of friendships. All month, communication might feel a little wobbly, so be extra careful when broaching sensitive topics with friends and loved ones. Also, triple-check the invites you’re getting, since Mercury retrograde can cause sudden plan changes, travel delays and all manner of mistakes. You’d hate to get gussied up for an awards ceremony, only to realize when you get to the grand hall that you got the date wrong. This is a tricky transit for technology, too. Back up data on your computer, smartphone and other devices; when it comes to Mercury wreaking havoc, you’d rather be safe than sorry.
Amidst any communication or travel breakdowns, a November 13 solar (new moon) eclipse falls in Scorpio, ushering in big changes on the social front. You could suddenly become part of a whole new group and feel like a card-carrying member. Teamwork is highlighted, so if you tend to work as an island, this eclipse will push you to delegate and join forces with powerful new collaborators. You could experience a changing of the guard with friendships, a reshuffling within a team or ranks of colleagues. If you’ve been putting the finishing touches on a web site overhaul, now is the perfect time for a re-launch (especially since Mercury retrogrades favor revisiting past efforts in some way). Or, if you’re working on a brand new project, perhaps in social media, you might want to wait until Mercury goes direct (forward) on the 26th to make your big debut…and use most of the month to revise, revise, revise, so that your launch is all the more splashy.
Finding your tribe has never been more pressing, Capricorn—and this is a fact that will become all the more obvious over the next three years, as the eclipse kicks off a three-year series of eclipses on the Taurus/Scorpio axis. The events spurred by these eclipses will force you to shift your priorities around work and love, drama and detachment, emotional expression and healthy distance, authenticity and fakery. Your serious sign has a rep for being stoic, but often there’s drama all around you, with you being the calm eye of the storm. You’re most comfortable as “the rock,” which is why your friends count on you so much. As a result, the rare times you do allow yourself to emote, you can melt into outright hysterics. One Capricorn we know couldn’t reach her boyfriend—during a trial separation, no less—so she called him 38 times (he counted) in a single day.
While these displays can shock some people, your closest friends aren’t so surprised. These are the folks you need to be around, the ones with whom you feel less pressure to always have the right answers. This series of eclipses, starting on November 13, is about choosing your battles—and your alliances—with new criteria, based on your real needs, not the ones you think are socially acceptable. Find balance within your emotions, so that you don’t go to the extremes of either repressing or exhibiting behaviors that are grounds for a restraining order.
To even out the uncertainty of your shifting alliances, here’s some good news: go-getter Mars enters Capricorn November 16-December 25, stoking your ambition. Year-end push, anyone? While all the other slackers are gathered ‘round the holiday cookie tray, you’re making serious power moves, the kind that make even Santa’s industrious elves look lazy. It ain’t over till it’s over, so if you had any setbacks this year, you will gladly make up for lost time at the end of 2012.
Of course, you WILL need to rest, especially when the Sun slips into Sagittarius, your twelfth house of retreat, on November 21. Power down a bit for the month before your birthday, or at least put your energy into tying up loose ends. If you have the choice between a work happy hour and getting a foot massage, choose the latter, especially if you’re feeling run down. Pamper away, Capricorn, because a little shot of stillness is exactly what you need to gear up for your birthday season (also called your solar return, since the energizing Sun comes back to your sign).
On November 28, a full moon lunar eclipse in Gemini shines a light on your sixth house of efficiency, systems and health. This day is the culmination of events that started back on the May 20 eclipse. Perhaps you’ve been making a concerted effort to live stress-free, by exercising more, chugging green juice and eliminating toxic thoughts from your brain. On this date, the fruits of your labors are apparent, as you experience greater vitality, both physically and mentally. You may need to upgrade your organizational systems, or you could see the departure of a key support person, like an assistant or a babysitter. Fret not, Capricorn, as a stellar replacement will show up soon enough. While this may be The sixth house rules pets, so this eclipse could center on an animal in your life. Is it time to adopt a furry friend?
LOVE & ROMANCE
Office romance? With love planet Venus in Libra, your tenth house of career, you might just find love while on the job. Give your face a little after-work sheen, and hit the industry events. While you may usually view these parties with a skeptical and dutiful eye, this month you could be pleasantly surprised, when a potential amour chats you up at the appetizer table, small talk turning spicy and ending with exchanged numbers. Since the tenth house rules authority, you might be drawn in by an older or more established person…which is not such a stretch for your wisdom- and status-loving self. Or, you may be the older, more experienced one in the match. Hey, why not?
If you’re single and lookin’ for love, don’t forget to mine your inner circle, especially after November 21, when magnetic Venus dips into Scorpio, your eleventh house of platonic relationships. Given Venus’ sweet touch, don’t be surprised if a friend (or two) suddenly gains serious benefits. If you scan the social landscape and don’t see it happening, you might also meet someone at a party or through mutual friends. If you’re not in the habit of asking friends, “So you who do you know that would be a good match for me?” maybe you should start—now. Your pals love the real you, the one who sometimes laughs so hard that food comes out of your mouth and will wake up at 5:00am to drive them to the airport…and they’d love to do you a solid by introducing you to your true love. Plus, matchups through friends can potentially expand the goodwill in your non-familial clan. (We can see the best man/maid of honor speeches now…”I always knew they’d be perfect together…”)
Midmonth, your sex appeal gets a mega-boost, as sultry Mars visits Capricorn from November 16-December 25. Since Mars rules the desire nature, your own sensual urges will be clearly on display. Don’t be surprised if you get an extra helping of attention (hopefully fun and flirty, as opposed to vulgar…) from loved ones and strangers alike. Use this assertive energy to impress a crush or your partner, with your fearless attitude toward love and sex. With confidence like this, you are set to mesmerize the object of your affection. Your mojo is back and in full effect, so play it to the hilt, dressing the part.
MONEY & CAREER
Don your best party shoes, Capricorn, ‘cause this month, the path to success is laden with after-work drinks and chicken satay appetizers. This is not a time to shy away from social invitations. With the gathering of planets in Scorpio, your eleventh house of group activity and networking, you never know what kinds of valuable connections you’ll make now. Polish your elevator pitch so that it sounds less like a script and more like an off-the-cuff recitation of your deepest passions. The more you speak from an authentic place, the more you attract the power players who want to be on Team Capricorn. At the November 13, solar eclipse in Scorpio, you might get an enticing invitation to join a new association of like-minded professionals, or you could form a powerful new friendship or connection. Since eclipses are known to catapult your life forward, you may be surprised at just how much this new alliance could transform life as you know it. If you’re invited to join a multimedia venture around the eclipse, leap at the chance, since technology-based projects are favored. Another possibility? You might ditch your normally traditional, old-fashioned ways and embrace technology full-on. If you find yourself thinking, But this is so not me, rejoice. That signals healthy growth—a good thing when it comes to achieving your biggest, most cherished professional dreams.
For the first three weeks of the month, harmonious Venus graces Libra, your tenth house of career. During this time, you might feel like the new darling on the scene (even if you’ve been at your company since before friending colleagues on Facebook was even a twinkle in HR’s eye). Your popularity at an all-time high, this is not a time you can miss your mark. A colleague might even try to benefit from your Midas touch, thinking their message will be better received if it’s coming out of your mouth. Sashay your hot self down to the latest work event. Oh, and definitely dress the part, wearing whatever your version of a power suit is. Soften your look with aesthetically-pleasing fabrics and colors. The combination of Venus in your tenth house and the cluster of Scorpio planets in your eleventh house of networking mean you can’t lose. So make sure you have a stack of innovatively designed business cards at your disposal, and get on with your meeting-and-greeting.
To aid in your rising prominence at work, sleepy Neptune goes direct (forward) in Pisces, your third house of communication, on November 10. For the last five months, Neptune’s backstrokes have caused plenty of fog and crossed signals. Maybe a colleague has been giving you the runaround, or you’ve had trouble keeping matters straight in your head. You might have found yourself thinking, Wait, did I ask so-and-so to chair the conference? Facts and observations slipped your mind with frightening regularity. When mental confusion gets the heave-ho on the 10th, clarity has your name all over it. Woo-hoo!
Soon after, energizer Mars enters Capricorn, your first house of personal goals, from November 16-December 25. Your foot on the gas, this transit amps up your professional drive. If Venus sweetens your appearance on the job, Mars in your sign gives you a fair amount of juice when it comes to getting the job done. Your naturally diligent sign isn’t known for slacking anyway, but having Mars here will ensure some late nights at the office, not to mention stellar productivity. While others are taking late lunches and holiday shopping with wild abandon, you’re checking off item after item on your to-do list. By the time the New Year rolls around, you’ll have earned some quality R&R.
At the month’s end, a November 28 full moon lunar eclipse in Gemini, your sixth house of support, could bring a new assistant or a complete overhaul of your organizational systems. If you’ve been carrying more than your fair share of the workload, you may need to reach out and ask for some critical help. The days of doing it all on your own are over. Work smarter, so that you can work harder on what really matters.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Lights, camera, action! Actually…all you’ve noticed is the action this month, Capricorn. Eventually, even your persistent sign needs a break. On November 21, the metaphorical cameras stop rolling, when the Sun enters Sagittarius, your twelfth house of rest and endings. The last week of the month calls for some serious downtime. Turn off your phone when you’re not at work. Limit the number of emails you send after hours, assured that whatever the matter is, it can wait until the start of business. Make your own health a priority. Eat nutritiously, schedule extra hours of sleep or curl up with an engrossing book. The element of water soothes your soul, so soak in a fragrant bubble bath or hot tub.
On November 28, a Gemini lunar (full moon) eclipse catapults well-being efforts in your sixth house of health. Over the last six months—beginning at the May 20 Gemini solar eclipse—you’ve been striving toward better health habits. Or, perhaps an active phase began then, with you running around town, to the gym, to meet friends, to run errands. (We’re tired just thinking about your schedule.) At this full moon, you may see the happy resolution of a lingering health matter—or, you may see the writing on the wall and easily identify a source of stress that’s bringing you down.
Once you know what the culprit is, cut it out of your life. You don’t need draining tension or unhealthy energy tampering with your overall vitality. Eclipses demand action, so if you have a friend who is, say, constantly threatening to hurt herself, maybe you should take the necessary steps to alert her family—and then maintain a polite distance. You can’t fix things for people, and actually, the most loving thing you can do is let them sort out their messes on their own (with the help of mental health professionals, if need be). These kinds of decisions tear your duty-bound soul apart…but, in fact, your first duty is to your own safety and health. If you’ve been neglecting your own well-being, it’s time to get serious about fitness in your life. No more rationalizing, “I’ll develop better nutritional habits after this next box of Girl Scout cookies…” The jig is up, Capricorn, for you and your Tagalongs (or whatever your favorite flavor is…).
The sixth house also rules efficiency. You might discover that you need to get organized and deal with the details surrounding a pressing issue, the seeds of which spawned near May 20 solar eclipse. Maybe you need a new babysitter, but have been dragging your feet. Or you’ve been putting off a doctor’s appointment. Whatever the situation, the urgency of the full moon will cause you to act—and act fast. While this might cause a momentary blip of stress on your radar, rest assured that you’re handling a situation whose time has come. It’s time to put the proper support team into place—and to tighten the ship to make sure you’ve got the help that you need.