Organization? Check! This month, the devil is in the details…but, then again, so is your freedom. Amidst some serious planetary action, November has its fair share of mundane moments: whittle down those piles in your office, throw out the moldy block of cheese in your fridge, color-code your closet (or bookshelf, by spinal hue, if it suits you). Through November 21, the energizing Sun tours Scorpio, your meticulous sixth house of organization. The theme of getting systematized and streamlined might as well be tattooed on your forehead (lest you forget the pleasures of clean white sheets, a neat workspace, and a spotless house). And you’ll be called to clean up your health and wellness act, too, since a slew of other planets are in Scorpio; if your body has been crying out for some quality exercise, find a way to pencil in regular trips to the gym, yoga studio or fitness activity of your choosing. (Zumba, anyone?) It really doesn’t matter how you get your blood pumping. Just sweat!
The added fitness focus will provide you with a handy stress reliever, especially since Mercury, planet of communication (and Gemini’s ruler) will be retrograde (backward) from November 6-26, first in Sagittarius (until November 14), your seventh house of partnerships. This week could bring some uneasy bumps in the road with relationships and collaborators. Watch what you say, agree to, and put in writing, as Mercury retrograde can make communication unclear. If possible, delay signing on the dotted line, since matters could appear vastly different once the planet is direct (forward). Teaming up too quickly is also a no-no. An ex or an old work partner could resurface, as retrogrades tend to bring back the past.
From November 14-26, Mercury is in Scorpio, your sixth house of systems and health, making the second part of the month a perfect time to review your organizational tools. In addition to weeding out useless files and decluttering, use this time to think about the bigger picture: what structural changes do you need to make so your systems run smoothly, allowing your effervescent self to shine? Since the sixth house also rules help, you may experience uncomfortable tensions with your support staff (or to consider hiring some help if you’re bogged down by details). Are you delegating properly and communicating your needs to others clearly? A little review of your own managerial qualities could be in order.
Midmonth, get ready for some interesting changes. On November 13, a solar (new moon) eclipse in Scorpio electrifies your sixth house. This kicks off a change-making eclipse series that will run until 2015 on the Taurus/Scorpio axis, sweeping in every six months or so. During the next few years, these eclipses will transform the way you approach the following areas: health, healing, being analytical versus spiritual, and being organized versus go-with-the-flow. Key people may come in and out of your life as helpers, mentors, and guardian angel figures. Your own control issues will come to the fore, begging you to heal what lies beneath. Though eclipse-inspired events can sometimes feel jarring, ultimately they will serve you in organizing your thoughts, systematizing without losing your spark, streamlining your life and lining up a team of talented players to help you rise to the top. Who’s on the Gemini Power Squad? A new right-hand man or woman could appear out of the blue—perhaps even someone from your past.
On November 21, the Sun moves into Sagittarius, your seventh house of relationships. Perhaps it’s time to make a dynamic duo official? If that’s your inclination, explore the feelings! One caveat: Keep that fist-pumping celebration to yourself for the time being. Waiting until December might be wisest, when the cosmos get a little more settled, helping you think clearly—and avoid any Gemini backpedaling.
The end of November has another huge moment for you: a November 28 full moon and lunar eclipse in Gemini. This date marks the culmination of the May 20 Gemini solar eclipse, and the new beginnings that took root near your birthday. Think back to what you started then. Did any new, promising opportunities pop up on your radar? Your own sense of self may be dramatically different—along with the way you dress, express yourself and view the world. What was a mere idea six months ago (moving in with your sweetheart, starting your own website, climbing the professional ranks) could blossom into bona fide reality. This day is also perfect for some illuminating personal inventory, as full moons act like huge cosmic spotlights (this one made ten times stronger by the eclipse). Take stock of yourself and your life in a substantive way, making sweeping changes wherever needed. Eclipses are change makers—rearranging our lives for the best whether we like it or not. Good thing you like variety, Gemini!
LOVE & ROMANCE
Meow! Your sex appeal is off the charts this month, as magnetic Venus luxuriates in Libra, your fifth house of passion and romance, until November 21. While Geminis aren’t known for being at a loss for words, this period encourages you to bring your self-expression to new, warm-hearted and even visceral heights. When it comes to the object of your affection, show your honey just how dazzled you are by their (insert earth- shattering quality or physical feature). Plan some sizzling dates, perhaps a soak in the hot tub under the stars. If you’re flying solo, pick up the fiery gauntlet and be the symbol of sex you wish you were having. Scatter red, blooming roses around the room. Opt for flickering candlelight instead of that glaring overhead lamp. Oh, and let’s not forget the pleasures of packaging. Since you are the prize, dress like one. Add some bold, eye-catching pieces to your wardrobe, and a little something extra to your face, even if you’re not the heavy-makeup type. Gemini lipstick maven Poppy King says that the right lip shade should look like “the sun has just come out from behind the clouds.” A little swath of color will do the trick!
This live-out-loud romantic mood will temper any irritations caused by Mercury going retrograde (backward) in Sagittarius, your relationship house, November 6-14. The first half of the month could bring some annoyances on the communication front with your love. Perhaps there’s some uncharacteristic bickering that brings out your sarcastic or verbally wounding side. (Ouch!) You or your loved one could disagree over a meaningful issue, like, say, where you’re going to spend the coming holidays, with your sweetie’s overbearing parents or with your mom, who’s been known to microwave the turkey. (Choices, choices…) Since retrogrades are harbingers of things past, you could also see the resurfacing of an ex (you know, business as usual for a Gemini)..but this period could bring even more opportunities for strolling down memory lane than usual. A hallmark of your sign is duality, and so Geminis are more prone to get caught in the act of straying…kinda. Still, you may not think it’s a big deal to blame the last minute plan changes on your mother or a broken down car, when really, your own whimsical desires are the culprit, i.e. you had to chat up that new hottie at happy hour. Just don’t expect your partner to feel the same, especially when the excuses are transparent. Be careful—and honest. Is your flirting really all that innocent? And if not, is it worth the heartache it could cause?
All month, sexy Mars is heating up the commitment and intimacy areas of your chart, first in Sagittarius, your seventh house of partnership and then in Capricorn, your eighth house of soul-merging. You’re not always one to be pinned down, but this month, you’re doing the two-step around some serious issues, such as marriage, cohabitation and even child-rearing. Since aggressive Mars can sometimes bring stress, you may find more flare-ups in your love life, too. If that’s the case, make sure you adopt a “Make love and war” philosophy—emphasis on the “love” part of the equation. You might feel pressured to commit. Beware of a contentious breakup or division of assets, if you’re splitting up. You’re armed with a million zingers—yikes!—but use them judiciously, especially with Mercury retrograde for most of the month. If you’re uncertain, maybe just take a time-out, since negotiating is not favored during the retrograde. When it doubt, zip it.
Then on November 21, the Sun moves into Sagittarius, your seventh house of relationships, heralding a month to really settle into your relationship. But first—drumroll, please—there’s a potent full moon and lunar eclipse in Gemini on November 28. Hello, day of reckoning! Look closely at who you are, using the eclipse as your full-strength magnifying mirror. Look back to May 20, 2012, the corresponding new moon and solar eclipse in Gemini. This is your full-circle moment, when a relationship could progress to the next level. Have you been contributing to the instability in your partnership, maybe by initiating a never-ending list of changes or criticisms? Now you could settle into your own skin a little more, confident about your strengths as well as your weaknesses. There will be no more fence-sitting: this development could either improve your relationship, or make it painfully obvious that you’re not a match and a parting of the ways must commence. But more than that, it’s a wakeup call to take personal responsibility: for your best qualities as well as your baggage. Owning it all, rather than projecting it onto a partner, will also improve your closest personal ties.
MONEY & CAREER
Get packing! No, you’re not jetting off to some beachside locale (nice as that sounds), but you ARE organizing and streamlining a different type of baggage, the kind of clutter that makes your home, work and finances flow less smoothly than you’d like. With the Sun moving through Scorpio, your sixth house of efficiency, you’re on a mission to clean up old files, revamp outdated systems and perhaps even consolidate projects and processes wherever applicable. This call to organization gets even louder the second half of the month, when Mercury goes retrograde (backward) in the same house. Sifting through old papers and notes could bring you down the Yellow Brick Road of nostalgia, but it could also reacquaint you with some of your brilliance from yesteryear. Who knows? You may just find some gems in those old piles and turn them into your next million-dollar idea.
While you’re at it—get some help around here! Midmonth, a solar and new moon eclipse in Scorpio lights up your sixth house of support, beginning a three-year series of eclipses on the Taurus/Scorpio axis. During this stretch, you’ll be learning to fill your ranks with awesome, intelligent and reliable folks—the kinds who could be trusted with keys, passwords and your most sacred property. Take stock of the people who make your life so much easier: assistants, accountants, babysitters, housecleaners. If you’ve been too trusting, now might be the time to tighten your boundaries and not always err on the side of being an open book. For example, don’t give Evelyn, the new chef, your grandfather’s secret recipe for Rhode Island clam chowder (at least, not without signing an ironclad NDA). At the same time, if you can’t explain how you do things in a simple, straightforward way, no one will be able to help you. You’re definitely due for some support, so try to curb impatient tendencies for well-meaning colleagues who are offering you solutions. Part of getting help is releasing your need for control. If that sounds daunting, don’t worry. Events around the eclipses will grab you by the shoulders and point you squarely in the right direction of letting go.
Before you get too overwhelmed, know that there’s a helpful transit this month: on November 10, dreamy Neptune goes direct (forward) in Pisces, your tenth house of career and success. Neptune has been retrograde since June, so you’ve experienced an overall fogginess when it comes to identifying and acting on your long-term career goals. Some thrilling opportunities may have crossed the transom, though you weren’t quite sure where they were going or how to proceed. That awesome exec you met at your gym, with whom you had a really fun, inspiring lunch? You’ve had no clue how to maximize that promising connection—even if you felt something was there. After November 10, you can dream again, in that way that’s essential to manifesting your most ambitious career aspirations. So envision yourself exactly where you want to be (like, say, sitting in the director’s seat of a feature film, saying “yes!” to 4 a.m. calls because it means your dreams are coming true) and then start plotting your road to get there. You could attract a karmic mentor or glamorous public opportunity. Don’t be afraid to act a little movie star-ish to get ahead, either. Fun fact: Marilyn Monroe was a Gemini with a strong Neptune influence. Perhaps you need to don your best halter, change your name from Norma Jean and head over to the nearest subway grate?
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Ch-ch-changes! When it comes to revamping your attitude toward health and wellness, David Bowie’s catchy tune might as well be on repeat. Last month, taskmaster Saturn settled into Scorpio, your sixth house of health, for three years, so you probably already have a sense of the tweaks large and small that you have to make to support your overall vitality. Now is the time to get disciplined about your health and wellness. If you’re lacking in Vitamin D, get more sunlight. If you get easily frazzled at the office, stock up on some tension tamer teas. Most Geminis move at such a fast pace that you might not even realize the toll your schedule is taking on your health. With Saturn here, don’t wait until you get heart palpitations or feel that the only way out is to trade your hectic, five-meeting-a-day schedule for a nomadic, ashram-hopping life. To stay in the game, you have to cultivate more generosity when it comes to your own habits—that means not being too hard on yourself when you have the occasional hot fudge sundae. Perhaps you’ve been excessively rigid about your diet, looking down your nose at anyone who dared to eat Buffalo wings or cheese-laden nachos in your presence. By no means are we advocating for a high cholesterol diet, but in your case, you might need a little nudge toward moderation.
Midmonth, the new moon and solar eclipse in Scorpio, your sixth house of well-being, will be an excellent day to kick off any changes you need to make on this front. Yes, even during holiday season, Gemini (good thing you like to stand apart from the crowd). From November 16-December 25, motivator Mars enters Capricorn, your eighth house of deep cleansing, making this a perfect time to initiate a detox. Whether you opt for green juicing or just nixing sugar and carbs, remember that any effort to cleanse your physical body will also have an effect on your spiritual and emotional body. So as you oust toxins from your body (after one-too-many espressos, perhaps?), you just might be confronted with the emotional contaminants that have to go, too. If you’ve been holding onto an outworn relationship or telling yourself you’ll never finish that novel, replace what’s not working with new, healthy mantras. (We like the Daily Affirmations from mind-body pioneer Louise Hay: http://www.louisehay.com/affirmations/)
On November 28, the full moon eclipse in Gemini could spark a makeover—possibly even a radical one. You’ve undergone some mega changes, and it’s high time your look reflect the new you. Make no mistake: getting a haircut, pedicure, manicure or new set of skivvies is far from superficial. In fact, integrating your inner changes and outer appearance will have a healing effect on your psyche. Now that you have that settled, who’s going shopping with you? If you’re having a wardrobe crisis—or you’re just ready for clothes that really reflect the person you’ve become—hire a stylist or image consultant for the day. Or grab a savvy friend whose look you love and ask her to show you her go-to shops. A new you is emerging; might as well dress the part!