November begins with Mercury moving retrograde (backwards), tangling lines of communication and messing up office equipment. This one is likely to be a doozy, because it’s in Scorpio, a sign known for intensity and depth. Expect a deep-dive into your own psychology this month, and attempts to direct attention away from your own shortcomings and onto the flaws of others are likely to lead only to bad results. So keep it real. Fortunately, “Lesser Epiphany Day” arrives on November 11th to bring clarity to whatever you’re unearthing. That day is not an ordinary Mercury-Sun conjunction, but an “occultation” which has some commonalities with an eclipse and this will intensify its effects—so don’t open that box unless you really want to know what’s inside. Mercury goes direct on November 20th and by the end of the month, we’re out of the woods. Whew! Here’s more about Mercury Retrograde.
November begins with the Fixed, Watery sign of Scorpio. In water’s stillness, there is sensitivity. Perhaps a quiet pond knows every falling leaf that disturbs its surface; so it is with Scorpio. It is as if the year is holding its breath while the shade of Death passes by. This is the time of the killing harvest, the slaughtering of animals, the shedding of blood. Scorpio reminds us that all things that are born also die, ourselves among them. Humbled, we pass deeper into the autumn cold. This year Scorpio runs until November 22.
On November 22, Sagittarius begins. This Fiery, Mutable sign carries an optimistic tone, reminding us to have faith. Winter is coming—craving warmth, we huddle together around the low-burning hearth fires and listen to the elders tell stories that give our lives meaning. In winter’s darkness we gather in groups and practice tolerance and hope. The days will continue to grow shorter until the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. In the meanwhile, we must trust that spring does indeed exist and will come again. Sagittarius runs until December 21.
If your birthday is coming, you’ll want your annual birthday reading (called a “Solar Return” reading) to happen in the month before your birthday–because your birthday is your Personal New Year. It’s the best time for setting resolutions, intentions and new life-directions. Get yourself in alignment with what your Greater Self wants for you this year, beginning with knowing what the plan is.