Home sweet home! This month, your normally active, life-of-the-party sign is hankering for some quality downtime. The first three weeks of November, the Sun is in Scorpio, your fourth house of domesticity and roots, making you crave more time with your loved ones and family members, especially your female relatives. Adding to the home-emphasis are Mercury, Venus, Saturn and a solar eclipse all visiting the same fourth house. There’s no use fighting it: November is a month for self-care and tending to all the foundational matters of your life. Perhaps you’ve been subsisting on takeout. We don’t care how delicious or healthy that Mexican place is; the easy route of ordering food will not soothe your soul the way stocking your kitchen cupboards and spending quality time in your beloved kitchen will. Have a great chicken curry recipe? Been hankering for homemade fish tacos, complete with sautéed tilapia and your special Baja sauce? Well, what are you waiting for? Invite some pals over to partake in your culinary indulgences. Speaking of indulgence, this is also a great month to pamper yourself. Skip out of work early to head off to your local spa or create your own regimen of luxurious skin care products at home. For once, your social butterfly of a sign is eschewing the spotlight for some much-needed privacy, not to mention R&R.
Book that massage now. From November 6 -26, communicator Mercury is moving retrograde (backward), a cycle that can cause miscommunications, technology troubles and travel delays—among other annoyances. For the first half of this cycle, Mercury is in Sagittarius, your fifth house of romance. An ex could send you a vaguely suggestive email, or you might run into each other randomly. If you go meander down memory lane, just be sure to review the aspects that were not so good (since that’s part and parcel of every relationship). You may find yourself needing to clarify the terms in a relationship or with a current love interest, particularly if you’re having trouble seeing eye-to-eye. On November 14, Mercury’s backstrokes hit the deep Scorpio waters, possibly wreaking havoc on the home front—yes, the one you’re so diligently tending this month. Rely on your capacity to breathe deep, especially if you’re celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S. and experience that holiday travel from hell. Err on the side of sharing LESS, not more. If you’re not careful, you might just end up spacing and blurting out that long-hidden family secret, …or just saying some other regrettable thing, like what you really think about your aunt’s semi-creepy new boyfriend. In fact, if things get that bumpy, be prepared to make it up next month with a more wholesome, whole-hearted celebration. There is a silver lining, however; errant tensions might just prompt you to clear the air with a female relative or perhaps one of your kids. Though it may not be fun in the process, your relationship could emerge stronger than ever.
On November 13, a Scorpio new moon and solar eclipse ups the ante in your fourth house of nurturing and personal foundations. This marks the start of a three-year eclipse series on the Taurus/Scorpio axis, set to dramatically reshape your work and home life. Through eclipse-related events, you’ll be asked to find a personal versus professional balance—becoming intimately familiar with just how closely related these two areas of your life are. Perhaps you’ll see the links between your relationships with your parents and your children. One Leo we know realized that she owed it to her son to mend her troubled relationship with her mother. You could have a similar light-bulb moment. Some Leos might have a surprise pregnancy or find themselves relocating, possibly for work, during this stretch. A powerful woman, possibly a relative, could figure into the scenario. In the next six months, you could see some seismic shifts in your relationship with a key female or a child. Expect the unexpected, and get set for the sudden opportunity to move on up in your personal life.
After a month of cozying up with your Netflix account, your party-hopping self is ready to get out of the house and back into high social gear, when the Sun moves into fun-loving Sagittarius, your fifth house of drama and passion, on November 21. Can we get a woot-woot? You are so ready to be back on the scene, so break out the glitter and gold!
The month ends on another powerful note, with a November 28 lunar eclipse in Gemini, your eleventh house of friends and group relations. A key relationship you’ve been cultivating for the last six months comes full circle around this day. Your efforts will pay off in unexpectedly fulfilling ways. Celebrate with Kobe beef burgers, perhaps? This is an excellent day to launch a new web site or put yourself out there online, or through other mediums, including television, video and podcast. Or perhaps you’re thrust into the role of connector, bringing a powerful group of people together for a cause. If you have either idle time or plenty of drive (or maybe even both), why not produce a heartwarming holiday benefit, bringing your A-list friends together for a good cause. Whatever role you assume, let your authentic and eccentric sides shine.
LOVE & ROMANCE
Mild, medium or hot? With sexy Mars in Sagittarius cranking up your fifth house of romance and passion until November 16, the only temperature you have bedroom eyes for is extra-spicy. So crank it up, Lions. If you’re attached, you are hereby committed to extracurricular time in the boudoir. You’re not shy about your sensuality now, so perhaps an educational trip to Babeland (or your local erotica shop) is just what the love doctor ordered, especially if you and your honey aren’t quite seeing eye-to-eye in the bedroom (a distinct possibility, since Mars can sometimes add tension or pressure). Enjoy decadent pleasures on your own, too: fill your bath with fresh rose petals; indulge in some scented body oil; feel empowered to treat yourself like the regal queen (or king) you are.
As your flirtatious side is getting an Olympic-grade workout, know that simultaneously, communicator Mercury is also going retrograde in Sagittarius, your fifth house of romance, from November 6-14, causing some serious snafus, i.e. you arrive at the airport to meet your honey, wearing only your Burberry trench and a smile, only to realize you’ve full-on flashed that Homeland Security cam. (Say cheese!) Or perhaps that romantic dinner you slaved over, with delicate fresh oysters as a starter, gets postponed because your sweetie is stuck in an everlasting meeting. (Cue the wilting shellfish and fallen soufflé.)
On November 13, a solar eclipse in Scorpio, your fourth house of home and family, makes your baby-meter go haywire. You only thought you knew the pangs of the biological clock. This day could have you rushing off to fill a Giggle.com registry…but first, maybe you should have a good old-fashioned heart-to-heart with your love? Do you both have two feet into the parenthood game? Since this is a new moon (solar) eclipse, its effects could take six months to fully play out—so (whew!) you don’t have to go for an instant conception. Or, since the fourth house rules residences, you might just throw caution to the wind and get cohabitation plans underway, perhaps even buying a home together. You’ll be inching closer to a more family-friendly lifestyle. Before you know it, you look around and you two are the only ones in your friend circle without concerns about diapers, costly preschool tuition and finding a babysitter for date night. Well, you might start to wonder, What am I waiting for?
If having kids isn’t part of the agenda for you, it’s possible that you’ll start spending more quality time with a niece, nephew or a friend’s child. You might adopt a pet or move into a new place that really feels cozy. Putting yourself in this feminine space can energetically attract a deeper kind of romantic love into your life. Open the nurturing channels and see what happens.
MONEY & CAREER
If your finances have hit potholes as of late, relief might be closer than you think. On November 10, Neptune, planet of illusion, moves forward (direct) in Pisces, your eighth house of joint ventures. During the five months Neptune has been retrograde, you may have found long-term planning to be a little like reaching for the mirage in the desert. Relief, stability, sound strategies? They’ve been consistently out of your reach—and by no fault of your own. When Neptune goes direct, clarity around money will increase. Now that your fiscal visibility is on the rise, you might even receive a windfall of dough, perhaps through an inheritance or unclaimed tax refund. Your moolah mojo is back, along with your fiery law of attraction and manifestation skills. Whew! (We know, you worried they were permanently busted.) If you’ve been off-target, now is the time to breathe deep and visualize having a nicely padded bank account, a generous raise or the home of your wildest dreams. This cosmic development could prompt you to visit your local realtor, either to sell or buy. Relocating to a quaint cottage or apartment by the water is also possible. If you’re a homeowner, check the pipes and plumbing, since watery Neptune can be associated with floods, and its forward motion could unleash some water.
Since money matters are really just matters of energy (blocked or unblocked), do some quality meditating and visualizing about prosperity. What are the visceral sensations you associate with having abundance in your life? Do you freeze up and think you don’t deserve to live comfortably? Do you have a hard time imagining beyond your current circumstances, even if they’re decent? Now is the time to pay attention to whatever might be holding you back on the money front.
Issues of security (material and emotional) are definitely on your mind, especially since mature Saturn started trailing through Scorpio, your fourth house of personal foundations, last month. For the next three years, you’ll be consumed with planting firmer roots. Does your current dwelling represent the powerful soul and bright light you’ve become? Or perhaps there are other qualities in your character that have recently come to the fore. You’ll want your surroundings to reflect that. What really resonates with you? Perhaps your bookshelves have come to take over your home…only you wake up one day and realize that you haven’t even read half those texts, i.e. your dusty college economics books and the once-trendy memoir that never really appealed to you anyway. The more you settle into your own skin, your internal “home,” the more aware you are of external changes that need to be made.
During this period, collaborations with women are auspicious. You might just find a female mentor who guides you through a tricky period of balancing the personal with the professional. She could even show up unannounced, around the November 13 solar eclipse in Scorpio. This change-making eclipse could also prompt a sudden desire to move—or perhaps a job that necessitates relocation. A family member may either need or provide extra support suddenly. If your mom decides that a tax-deductible gift will be a win-win for you both, accept the money graciously. And if a female relative, possibly an older one, needs more support now, you could find yourself being the anchor, even if that just means making regular visits, taking her grocery shopping, or helping her run errands.
The month ends on an outgoing note, with a November 28 lunar eclipse in Gemini, your eleventh house of group activity. If you’ve been skirting your networking duties, you can make up for lost ground on this day. Since the eleventh house also rules technology, this could be a perfect day to launch a website. You’ll be poised to make a real splash in your chosen field (and maybe even beyond…you never know the kind of traction your innovative ideas might have with a larger audience). Or, you might just assume a leadership role, perhaps organizing a professional affiliation group, like for entrepreneurs or artists. Your initiative could land you on television, as a talking head in your area of expertise. With this eclipse, your own results could be public, so get camera ready. Or, during this time, a beloved colleague could leave suddenly, perhaps because of a new job offer elsewhere. While it may take you time to walk by his or her office and not feel nostalgic, know that this shift ushers in a very necessary changing of the guard. Who knows what new paths are waiting for you on the other side?
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
While Leos have a rep for being all “me-me-me,” especially when it comes to the spotlight, your sign is not known for scheduling “me” time (with the exception of one Leo we know who actually put her self-dates in her physical calendar). These next three years, as taskmaster Saturn tours Scorpio, your fourth house of self-care, the emphasis is on learning to tend to your most emotional, physical and spiritual needs. Your fun-loving sign is known to add too many activities to your schedule, because who wants to miss out on any of the action? Well, Leo, you might just discover that the real headliner is at home, in the finer points of how you nourish yourself on the most basic level. Yep, you might just be called to shut out the noise and go deep. Examine your patterns and then institute realistic habits for taking care of yourself. If sautéed Brussels sprouts (especially with aged Pecorino Romano cheese) bring you an inordinate amount of pleasure, stock your fridge. (Also, since we’re talking healthy habits, maybe you can take comfort in the fact that hard cheeses are said to be lower in fat than their soft counterparts…sorry, Brie lovers.) Simplify your environment. Saturn helps you pare down to your essentials and make sure that those are in place before you pile on more needless objects. One friend made a game of shedding her old stuff during this transit, starting out with 40 boxes and a storage facility full of shoes, furniture and miscellaneous crap. By the end, she’d emptied the storage unit and now has a very streamlined life, courtesy of Saturn. Mission accomplished.
Aiding your efforts to live a healthier, more grounded life? Spiritual Neptune in Pisces goes direct (forward) in your eighth house of deep cleansing on November 10. The planet of illusion has been retrograde (backward) since June, and the turnaround marks a prime time for cleaning up your act. Perhaps you want to undertake a hearty, healthy juice detox, clearing your system from all that cheese, red wine, ice cream and coffee you’ve been consuming. Warning: ridding yourself of toxins isn’t going to be a cakewalk (obviously!). However, a thorough cleanse can offer you more energy and mental clarity to better equip you for dealing with all the changes banging on your door. Since the eighth house rules mysticism, you might just find yourself making room for a little more transcendence. Explore spiritual traditions that speak to your soul. Paging the divine!