November horoscope: Finding Gratitude within the Challenge

Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac

Through November we’re challenged to turn cynicism into gratitude, not by hiding out from the world’s trauma, but by reframing and redirecting our focus, and by doing our best to help. Suspicion, focus, love, competence and gratitude all swirl together, but we can choose which streams to pursue.

Expansive Jupiter has just entered Scorpio for this next year, reminding us that our freedom can come from Scorpio’s depth, as Jupiter encourages us to look under rocks, get real and transform. As Mercury enters Sagittarius on November 5, joined by the Sun on November 21, they remind us to widen our horizons and explore gratitude to restore our resiliency and do the work needed to evolve.

November begins focused, even obsessive, with Mercury, the sun and Jupiter all in focused and brooding Scorpio. Our hearts are softened by Venus and Mars in Libra, though we long for a more perfect world with kinder people and more romance. Venus enters Scorpio November 7 and can sharpen our response. Let’s practice compassion and perspicacity mid-November when emotions flow strongly, as Venus conjuncts Jupiter while Mercury squares confusing Neptune, and Mars squares powerful Pluto. The sun enters upbeat, honest, restless Sagittarius November 21 and calls us to pour intelligence into our visions.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…If you feel challenged about working with other people’s resources — their ideas, stuff or money, your independence tweaked by waiting on other people’s decisions — know you have more bargaining power if you exercise patience. While you’re waiting, focus on the philosophic bigger picture and resources outside of your normal purview. Opportunities expand after November 21.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Stable Taurus, if your world may feel rocky or touch on your insecurities in any equal relationship, particularly around November 4, ask for reassurance directly rather than give into suspicion. Dream together mid-November as Venus trine’s Neptune, and quietly be there for others through the holiday.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Challenging work communication can test you as the month begins; when others withhold information, consider being quiet, connecting to spirit, and looking elsewhere for your info, rather than talking more and trying to draw them out. Communication picks up as the month wears on, and ends on a lively note.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Let your suspicions flow away as the month begins, and redirect that curiosity into your creative work instead. Be self-contained but not isolated. Mid-month, nurture friends through a challenge. As you stay centered, people are drawn towards you. Comfort returns after Thanksgiving.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Don’t get unnerved if the people around you appear withdrawn or distracted as the month begins; it’s not about you. Be empathetic and patient, warm but self-entertaining. Calm, rather than feed, drama and gossip mid-month. Feel the enthusiasm shifting in your direction by Thanksgiving.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Your solitary or obsessive streak may be showing as the month begins; if you long for connection, don’t stay home and isolate. Connect to community through classes or learning with more formal communications early in the month; make yourself useful mid-month, then invite others in from Thanksgiving on.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Use your private time to reorganize your personal resources time, energy, money, crafts materials as the month begins. Self-reliance frees you to connect on a more egalitarian basis. Make your points; put in your proposal the last week of November; people are ready to listen.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…You may navigate the murky deep waters of early November better than most; it’s familiar territory to you. Be as skeptical of your concerns of other people’s philosophies, and you’ll be just fine. The world calls you to a more visible role in the months ahead.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…If you start November unsure of where to put your foot next, slow down and do the deep inner work. Seek the answers inside, with your own history, with your relationship to spirit. Stay calm mid-month. Step back out into limelight after November 21.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…Your community may need either your support, or for you to reorganize your relationship to them, in response to recent events. Your work has demanded a lot, but now take a step back for a better work-life balance. After Thanksgiving, when others grow sociable, your inner world calls.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Your work may take some finagling as November begins. Follow every lead and collaborate with other successful projects. Prove that you can both work alone and weave cooperation. Take it one day at a time mid-month. Then step into community outreach as the sun enters Sagittarius.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Take every opportunity to learn this month; life teaches, and you’re in training. If the situation is strange, don’t take it personally; just ask what you can learn from it and step forward. Be flexible but not stretched thin through Thanksgiving, then refocus on work.



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