Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac

The mood, and our thoughts, run slow, deep and with a sharp sting as the month begins. Mercury, arbiter of how we think, move and communicate, is retrograde in Scorpio until November 20. Mercury retrograde is good for anything that begins “re” — retrain, reorganize, rethink, research, renovate. It brings us back to finish unfinished work, but can make easy to misunderstand one another, forget, or have difficulties with electronics and communication. Mercury in Scorpio amps up our curiosity. We want to look under rocks and dive deep to get to the root of the matter. Humor may have a sharp-pointed edge. We just have to watch where our thoughts go, and put our minds to good use.

November 5 brings an argumentative, feisty patch as Mars squares Pluto, and the temper sharpens again November 19-25 as Mars in Scorpio opposes Uranus. Hold your ground when necessary, but release thoughts of revenge to help tend the communal energy field. As Mercury turns direct November 20, the energy swirls and new, important information arises. A new lightness and gratitude arises by Thanksgiving as the sun enters Sagittarius on November 22 and Venus conjuncts Sagittarius.

Let this Thanksgiving be heartfelt, fresh, and different.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Reconnect with old work contacts through November 20. Assess your work carefully around other people’s resources, funding and personal secrets. Expect some frustrations around November 5, watch your temper, and walk with consciousness around November 24. Reach out to new possibilities towards the end of the month.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…If old loves or business partners show up, or you feel the echo of old relationship dynamics, try a legally different approach. Break routine, release old interpersonal tapes and find more options. Mid-month is creatively juicy, just work through any misunderstandings. New strength supports you after November 25 as Venus enters Capricorn.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Mercury retrogrades can really impact you. Center down, know when to shut up, slow down, and edit your words wisely. Nerves can affect your health, so practice mindfulness. Look for a window of opportunity around November 11 and the last week of November.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Emotions churn, and relationships with parents and children need attention in early November. Sidestep conflict November 5-10. Review creative endeavors of the past, sketch pads, scripts, knitting, and look at an old art form with fresh eyes. Make overtures through Thanksgiving and be surprised at the positive results.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Get your home and heart ready for the holidays, and let go of any emotional or material baggage you don’t need. After a quiet, inward, sometimes frustrating few weeks, Thanksgiving opens like a bouquet. New opportunities come soon to replace what you have released.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Reconnect with siblings and old neighbors, finish writing what you’ve back burnered November 9-13. Mercury retrograde can be hard on mercurial Virgos; tend to health and catch up on old work rather than start something new. Rest mid-month. Thanksgiving can be a busy and fulfilling time.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…While the mood is strange at the beginning of the month, tend goods here on this earthly plane: inventory resources, pay bills, resolve old issues and release leaks and unnecessary expenditures. Look for luck around November 24 as Venus conjuncts Jupiter, and fresh opportunities emerge around November 28.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…This is your season; you know what to do. Just take your own thought process with a grain of salt and don’t get lost in those deep underground caverns. Assess your world identity; don’t hide in the name of safety. Present what you want people to know.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…You may be charismatic while others get cranky, but don’t obnoxiously tease grumpy people. Work on driving and moving safely, and keep accidents at a minimum November 4-13. Look to your dreams mid-month. Though your public self may be cheerful, tend to the deep, inner work percolating below the waves.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…You’re in a decade of deep work. One chapter may come to a head between now and February as Pluto and Saturn conjunct in your sign. This month, work through karmic issues around group dynamics, straighten misunderstandings. Life eases as Venus enters Capricorn November 25.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Former opportunities now circle back and begin to take root. Follow up on job leads and old contacts. Offer leadership in a difficult situation, and watch the door open. Don’t take it personally if people are grumpy, particularly November 19-25, but stand your ground gently.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…All the world’s a school and all the people in it merely students. This month has a steep learning curve, a chance to learn new materials, to apply what you’ve learned, and pass on what you know. Don’t argue with the ambient willful torque. Teach by telling stories.

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