Written By Eric Francis |
This month opens up a new mini-era of astrology, characterized by three super-interesting and potentially world-changing events. The first is that Mercury stations retrograde on Election Day—the first time it’s ever done so on the day of a presidential election. Mercury will be retrograde from Nov. 6 through Nov. 26. Next, is a total solar eclipse in Scorpio on Nov. 13. That’s new, at least going back nine or so years. All eclipses are moments of celestial speedup. This event will stir up all kinds of deep, inner secrets, desires and emotions. Take the ride with awareness. Finally, there is a Mars- Pluto conjunction timed with the Gemini Full Moon of Nov. 28. This is quite a combination; you may find yourself saying to others things you never, ever dreamed you would say.
Aries (March 20-April 19)
It’s been written that a clever person learns from his or her own mistakes, and that a truly wise person learns from the mistakes of others. You need to do both. You also need to learn from your successes; though to do that, you’re going to need to remember what they are. A beneficial exercise would be to bear in mind everything that you said you wouldn’t do again, and notice when you’re going in that direction. You’re approaching the point of a key decision that you could reverse; however, you will carry this one forward. Yet before you get there, you will get a series of “advisories” from within yourself, and from your environment. Pay attention; this will be useful information in advance, though not in retrospect.
Taurus (April 19-May 20)
You may feel that the circumstances of a relationship are now decidedly outside of your control; though if that’s true, I suggest that you pay close attention to the ways you really do have influence over your life. The most significant of these is to make decisions, in a conscious and ongoing way. To make decisions, you need a basis for doing so, and that basis would be: does this help me, or does it hurt me? If you see things in such elemental terms, it will be easier to decide. If you notice that something both helps and hurts you, it would count for the latter—since what is helpful is actually helpful, doing no damage at all. Confusion around this is precisely the trouble that so many people struggle with. You don’t have to.
Gemini (May 20-June 21)
Before you declare a crisis or go into survival mode, consider the various factors of your situation carefully. You need to do this from four points of view, in order to get the whole story. The things to consider the most carefully are your goals—that is, what you want. If you persist with that, you’re likely to discover that these are more specific than you thought at first. Putting them into language and perhaps documenting some as sketches or photos will demonstrate that. Before you go into survival mode, consider how well you’ve survived up until now. That’s an indication that you need a lot higher, more interesting and in sum, more beautiful goal than merely keepin’ on keepin’ on.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Who do you say you love, and why? I suggest for a while, you put a moratorium on the use of that word, since it may be at the root of the biggest misunderstanding in human history. Rather, stick to trust, and make sure you have a tangible basis for that notion. Once someone violates your trust, even a little, it’s time for a discussion and for reconsideration. In that discussion, it’s essential that you listen, then speak your truth, and then listen again—in that order. While you’re at it, listen to yourself, and make any decision you make mostly on the basis of what you have said rather than what anyone else has said. You know your own truth, and it’s time you listened.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
This is one of the most significant times of your life for putting down roots, going deep into your feelings and making peace with the past. Yes, all of the above in one series of events, which has been underway for a month or so already. The transits you experience this month are not a passing phase or trend. They’re what I call threshold events, which take you from one place to another. You may be feeling like you’re living with an unusual sense of vulnerability and transparency (even by your standards). It’s clear that you’re likely to encounter certain feelings or facts from your past that are not pleasant, but these moments present an opportunity to be vividly clear with yourself about who you are and what you want—and the emotional pitch you want to set for your family.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
The best thing you can do is figure out the way your emotions are influencing your mind, and until you do that, avoid making important decisions. I suggest you focus on small decisions, to get the hang of making them, in what may seem like a new and unreliable psychic environment. Imagine you’re having a dream, but you’re not sure that you’re really dreaming. You decide to do a series of tests to see whether various actions you take get a predictable result. As you ride the aspects of the next month, including Mercury retrograde touching some of the most sensitive angles of your chart, keep doing those little tests of what is true for you. If you proceed with caution, listen carefully and refrain from pushing yourself, you’ll learn everything you need to make a series of brilliant decisions in the near future.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
Questions about the ways you value yourself, and express that value to yourself, are about to reach a new depth. If you haven’t read one of my self-esteem rants (or even if you have), I will state again that this is the biggest problem on the planet, and you’re now in a position to address that problem in a constructive way. You may have one of those moments (or a series of them) where you think, “good gods, what would I have done, if only I placed a higher value on myself? If I had only respected myself more?” I have news for you: there is still time. Opportunities to treat yourself correctly abound, and in truth, this is a journey you’ve already committed to. As a starting point, just make sure that you choose people who treat you with love and respect.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
This is the month when you finally get clear about what you think, and how you think—and discover that the only logical step is to do something about it. There are several connection points that I can describe clearly. One is connecting with your passion. Your charts are all about drive, which seems to shift one day from something abstract (spiritual comes to mind) to something more like four-wheel-drive. You are the driver, and you are sitting on considerable power. Yet to make the best use of it, you must blend it with equal parts pleasure, and regard for the greatest good for all concerned. When in doubt, that must be your default position; you’re now involved in something that’s a lot bigger than you are, and you must remember that.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
How far do you want to go, and how fast? You seem to be going at the speed of sound; though traveling faster than someone’s voice can carry makes it difficult for information to catch up with you. You also seem committed to a certain point of view, though you can be sure this viewpoint could use verification, particularly given the recent discovery that you were either deceived about something, or deceiving yourself. You’re trying to figure out whether this was a misunderstanding of some kind, which is part of the fog that has rolled in lately. I suggest you be more attentive to your own motives and “subconscious” choices, because you’re responsible for them in any event.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
Are you learning from your mistakes? That’s probably the most relevant question anyone can ask themselves, on our particular planet (On other planets where creativity is emphasized over survival, it’s a less pressing issue—but we have a lot of learning to do here). I suggest you start with the mistake you seem to make the most often. I have a hint that it involves who you choose to love, and moreover, why you choose to love them. The aspect of “why” is more significant than “who,” since the “who” changes but the “why” does not—or at least, not lately. Basically what it looks like you’re doing is taking your deepest doubts about yourself and dramatizing them in a relationship. These doubts could have better use, for example, in a healing context.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
What you may have said recently about your talents or professional abilities may be coming home to roost. It’s essential that you tidy up the loose ends on anything that might not have been fully true, particularly regarding a goal that you expressed without fully thinking it through. You may, however, feel that doing so would compromise your authority in some way. In fact, the veracity of your words, stated intentions and their alignment with your emotions is the very basis of your authority. You are in a phase of your life where there is absolutely no wiggle room for the truth, as in none at all. Something is either true or it’s not, and you need a high standard.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You seem to be working out a paradox between who you are professionally and who you are “as a person.” The solution to the paradox is that you’re the same in any case. This shifts the question to why you feel like there is, or should be, a difference—which is a different topic. If you proceed from the basis of sameness, the way forward will be a lot more obvious. Also, you seem poised to connect with the passion that is behind the choices you make, particularly regarding what to pursue as a goal. Though you may go through a few possibilities before figuring this out, in fact you are driven by the desire to help others, though that has a few layers of motivation as well. As long as you keep asking sincere questions, you will not be deceived.
THE ABOVE IS NOT MEANT TO BE TAKEN AS MEDICAL ADVICE. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL.
Eric Francis Coppolino, founder and editor of Planet Waves, is a professional astrologer and journalist. A pioneer in the field of new planet discoveries, he has worked with clients and written about astrology for wide audiences since 1995.
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