Super Libra! As this month gets underway, you may very well feel like your own action hero, able to scale tall buildings in a single bound, thanks to the life-giving Sun barreling through Scorpio, your second house of daily life, work, money and surroundings. Whether it’s long-term financial planning, building steady progress at work or tending to the weeds in your metaphorical garden, this month, you’re all about taking care of business. With a small army of planets congregating in Scorpio, not to mention an eclipse, November is all about building material and emotional security. Last month, taskmaster Saturn entered this same house, where it will stay for the next three years, further underscoring themes of daily habits, stability and values. Do you know your worth, Libra? (Honesty, please!) That’s the question.
As you tackle the ins-and-outs of your life, you may encounter some bumpy communication, with clever Mercury retrograde (backward) from November 6-26. Until the 14th, Mercury is in Sagittarius, your third house of ideas. Back up your precious data, including your personal files. (You’d hate to lose those sweet pics of your baby’s first birthday party because of a technological mishap.) Issues with a close friend or sibling could flare up, due to poor communication. Don’t worry too much about your well-meaning words being misconstrued, though. Peacekeeper Venus, your ruler, is in Libra until November 21, holding that olive branch at the ready.
Midmonth, the cosmos arrange your priorities—ready or not—as a Scorpio solar (new moon) eclipse charges up your second house of money, daily routines, and self-worth. This November 13 eclipse ushers in the new guard when it comes to dealing with the daily aspects of your life, perhaps in the form of an exciting job opportunity or a hefty sum of dough, courtesy of your own diligence. (Yep, every thread you’ve followed to its end—the start-up side business, pursuit of a new client, relationship-building with one of your field’s pioneers—with hopes of advancing your own stature, not to mention bank account, is paying off.) An unexpected expense might pop up around this date, and as much as you don’t want to shell out cash for storm windows, a new dishwasher or a new laptop, you may just have to chalk it up to, well, life. If you find yourself dreaming of a new income stream around this date, tend to budding plans over the next sixth months, shepherding your “a-ha” moments into honest-to-goodness reality.
Upping the ante, intense Mars visits Capricorn, your fourth house of home and family, November 16- December 25. If your holiday gatherings are generally low-key, this might be a year to remember, as Mars might bring stress to your sanctuary. Tensions with relatives could erupt into mega-arguments if you’re not careful (and especially if you’ve been repressing how you really feel about Aunt Jennifer’s incessant comments about “single-dom these days”). To avoid flying dishes and huffy exchanges, channel your excess energy into constructive activities, i.e. offer to help your mom clean out her art supply closet or suggest a post-dinner stroll through a nearby nature walk. With Mercury retrograde making travel a bit bumpy, you might even postpone your trip until next month. If you do brave potential travel delays, you could find your visit is both stressful and energizing…especially simmering tensions with a relative, which ultimately serves to clear the air. Even if it’s snowing where you are, open those windows!
This action-packed month ends with a full moon lunar eclipse in Gemini, your ninth house of publishing, global travel and higher education. In your wildest dreams, where would you want to visit? Well, a jet-setting opportunity could land at your door (and then whisk you far, far away). If you’ve been secretly craving the classroom, perhaps cracking open a continental philosophy textbook is in your near future. Or perhaps you sell that bodice-ripper to a publisher that started out as your innocent-enough response to 50 Shades. Whatever the development, it’s been building since the May 20 solar eclipse in Gemini. Don the rose-colored glasses and say “Hi!” (or “Hola!”) to your brand new life, which could easily have a nice infusion of spirituality. Since this might be an emotional turn of events, don’t pull the trigger on a drastic decision just yet. Let the embers cool before you roll the dice or take a reactive leap you later regret.
LOVE & ROMANCE
Feel the love, Libra! With magnetic Venus is Libra until November 21, you probably have a sea of admirers at your feet. Maybe the guy behind the counter at your local gourmet shop gives you an extra helping of turkey meatballs (along with a not-so-sly wink) or your honey seems extra effusive about your glowing skin. Single or attached, be sure to soak up the sweet vibes. The more love you let in, the more you’ll have to give…and this can only lead to heightened romance mojo. During this time, your relationship-oriented sign will especially enjoy pleasing your partner. Make thoughtful overtures, like remembering to ask how your sweetie’s presentation went or surprising your love with tickets to, say, fellow Libra Sting’s latest concert.
The last week of the month, Venus saunters into Scorpio, your second house of sensuality and luxury…can you say indulgence? Enjoy a glass of Sancerre at a fancy hotel with a water view. Pick up a trendy new item of clothing. Make a reservation for two at the hottest new restaurant in town. Score tickets to a fancy museum gala (and then enjoy the indecision as you try to choose between chiffon and sequins). As far as coming up with ideas for over-the-top dates, your pleasure-loving and aesthetically oriented sign could do this with your eyes closed.
As love planet Venus sweetens your disposition, aggressive Mars enters Capricorn, your house of motherhood and home, from November 16-December 25. Maybe you wake up one day with babies on the brain. You start looking at photos of you and your love, thinking how cute your progeny would be. If having children has been on the lower end of your priorities, the ticking of your own biological clock or that of your honey’s might just blast you awake. (How’s that for stirring the proverbial pot?) Along with the kid pressure, you might feel a rush to accelerate your relationship, perhaps merging your two apartments into one. Suddenly, cozying up together every night, instead of every other night, sounds incredibly appealing. With all this swelling desire, you could take some positive steps toward a more meaningful commitment. But in the midst of all this excitement, stop to ask yourself: am I rushing it? With thoughtful, step-by-step Saturn in your second house of daily routine for the next three years, you’re best advised to take things one move at a time. In other words, don’t languish in endless Libra procrastination, but maybe start by leaving an overnight bag at your honey’s before you rent a moving truck!
MONEY & CAREER
Dollars and sense, anyone? This would not be the month to let your Wall Street Journal subscription lapse. The November 13 solar eclipse and new moon in Scorpio, your second house of work and moulah, ensures that this will be a money-focused month. A sudden change-maker, this eclipse could usher in a shiny career opportunity, perhaps a new gig. Dividends from a wise-investment could suddenly spike, or another chunk of income, borne of your own due diligence, might appear. (Break out the bubbly!) Or, you could find yourself saddled with a sudden expense, perhaps for an untimely home repair or technology breakdown. (If you’ve been walking around without a case on your iPhone, consider this your warning: new screens don’t come cheap). Since eclipses work in a six-month time frame, chart your own career longings during this time. A below-the-radar professional desire could morph into a brand new line of work. So whether you’re into selling rare antique lamps, designing your own alluring perfume, becoming head honcho of a hedge fund or some other exciting venture, get set for brand new horizons. Need a boost? Subscribe to the awesome website The Daily Worth.
This eclipse launches a three-year series of eclipses on the Taurus/Scorpio axis, effectively sounding the whistle for you to reform the way you handle your precious resources (as well as share with others); value currency on a day-to-day basis; adhere to your budget; approach your work and its impact on your long-term security. During this time span, your bright eyes might just open up to new ways of earning money, including passive income (yep, that storied method of padding your bank account while you catch up on your beauty sleep). Active income will figure into your financially planning, too. Expect opportunities to do both.
But all revenue-generation depends on what’s going on inside…so definitely take stock of how you value yourself and your work, your time and your resources. Next time you offer up a free consult to that friend-of-a-friend you met at a recent dinner, think twice. Likewise, be uber-respectful of others’ time as well, particularly if you have noticed an, um, subtle pattern of entitlement, lateness or overall difficulty hewing to a set schedule. For example, when running late for dinner with a friend, you might not call with a polite heads up, rationalizing that you’d like to avoid the uncomfortable feeling of having let the friend down. Consider that your lack of communication is actually far more irksome, especially if said pal could have used that time constructively, as opposed to waiting idly, fingers tapping on the table. If you’ve been having a rocky road on these fronts in the last month or so, don’t fret. This is a harbinger of the lessons in store for the next few years…as mature Saturn in Scorpio tours your house of values and worth. It will get easier. Meantime, you might go out and buy yourself a belated birthday gift: a beautiful new watch. Make it a symbol of your new, emerging respect for time (your own and other people’s).
From November 14-26, communicator Mercury moves retrograde (backward) in Scorpio, your second house of money. So before you get carried away in holiday cheer and start buying extravagant gifts for your loved ones, firm up your budget. Watch your spending, too, in your post-shopping activities. (Who doesn’t want to treat oneself to a nice ol’ prime rib and leathery Cab after bearing the fluorescent lights of retail shops?) During this period, you may need to be more assertive at work. Instead of grumbling under your breath that so-and-so always leaves the heavy lifting for reliable you, do something revolutionary: say “No.” If you want others to respect you and your unique contributions, you first have to respect yourself and your unique contributions. So check people-pleasing tendencies and start speaking up.
With stressful Mars enters Capricorn, your fourth house of home, expect added pressure to build lasting security, from November 16-December 25. A sudden move could reveal cracks in the foundation. If you get a 30-day notice to vacate the premises and your savings are a little slim because you’ve been living the high life, you could find yourself scrambling. Get on that nest egg, stat. Or, you could find yourself unsuccessfully juggling the demands of work and family life. If you’ve become accustomed to spending dinners with one eye on your BlackBerry, just know that your distracted behavior isn’t going to fly.
The last week of November, the energizing Sun moves into Sagittarius, your third house of socializing, so hit the holiday party circuit and connect, especially, with colleagues in your locale. You never know…as you make merry with eggnog and sugar cookies, you might just connect with a host of new people and contacts. A new opportunity to pen a column or get back to the classroom as a teacher could arise, especially with the full moon lunar eclipse in Gemini, your ninth house of publishing and higher education, on November 28. Around this date, you may put the finishing touches on an application to return to school, possibly for a writing degree. Or perhaps you’ll satisfy your wanderlust, with a unique travel opportunity that offers you the chance to inspire people with your specialized knowledge, i.e. if you’re a yoga teacher, perhaps you want to start holding retreats in foreign settings with breathtaking views and an emphasis on food-as-pleasure. Or, perhaps you’ll be filled with the giving spirit and end up organizing a holiday drive for food, toys and clothes. Not only will you score points for fulfilling your civic duty, but if you hold it at your office, this act of generosity will be especially win-win, as you raise your company’s profile.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Get back on that health wagon! For the last five months, Neptune, planet of illusion, has been retrograde (backward) in your sixth house of physical, mental and emotional vitality, meaning you’ve probably been adrift when it comes to taking charge of your own wellness needs. Perhaps you indulged more frequently in a) frothy margaritas; b) salty French fries; or c) both of the above. No worries, as Neptune moves direct (forward) on November 10, your health mandate is back in effect. You’re back to your early morning workouts, making sure you’re properly hydrated and getting enough rest. If you have a sweet tooth (or cheese tooth) and often fall prey to the buffet tables at holiday parties, curb temptation by sating yourself with decadent, yet nutritious treats. Then enjoy everything in (Libra buzzword) moderation. Another pitfall of Neptune retrograde in the sixth house could be hypochondria. So if you’ve been up late at night, having decided that the smallest twinge of an ache in your leg is late-stage Lyme disease…you can relax. Instead of running “cinema noir” in your head, take a deep breath. A tendency to panic should lessen after the 10th.
In other news…get set for some serious Scorpio action. Between the eclipses and structured Saturn’s entry in this intense sign, you have a letter-pressed invitation to rearrange your priorities, simplify your routine and budget your time. Yep, we can hear that deep breath you’re taking. If you tend to overextend yourself, you need to do less, enjoy more. Skip the family obligation that’s not really an obligation. (A naming ceremony for cousin Carol’s cat? Definitely not somewhere you need to be.) Instead, treat yourself to soul-soothing activities, like spa days, relaxing afternoons meandering through shops, delightful strolls through some art galleries. Sound like the kind of prescription you can handle? We thought so.