It's a thoughtful start to November, as Mercury enters Scorpio and encourages us to dig deep and to leave superficialities behind. On November 2nd, Venus conjuncts Mars in Virgo; this passionate, energetic and upbeat energy will particularly benefit Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, as well as Gemini and Sagittarius. However, these same signs may find their values being questioned and tested when Jupiter opposes Chiron on November 3rd.
At the end of the first week, imagination and intuition soar, aided by a Sun-Pluto sextile on November 5th and a Mercury-Neptune trine on the 6th. The next few days bring a very sociable but slightly insincere vibe around us, as both Venus and Mars conjunct the North Node, on November 6th and 9th respectively, suggesting that ambition is motivating our social contacts at this time. When Venus moves into charming Libra on November 8th, the emphasis on social graces is reinforced. Romantically, this ingress is great news for Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.
A much more intense and genuine interest in others is sparked by the sextiles on November 10th, between Mercury and Pluto, and the Sun and Jupiter. Followed by a Scorpio New Moon on the following day, the focus now is on research and on really knowing and understanding others, as opposed to using them.
Mars moves into Libra on November 12th, giving Libra and the other air signs, Gemini and Aquarius, a renewed sense of purpose. The other cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer and Capricorn will also benefit from this energy. There immediately follows a flurry of quite noble aspects, including a Mercury-Chiron trine on the 12th and a Mercury-Jupiter sextile on the 13th, when powerful, healing words can be spoken both in private and on the world stage.
On November 18th, Neptune turns direct. For Pisces and the other water signs, Cancer and Scorpio, this signals an end to destructive fantasies, and the beginning of a more positive way to use any pain the previous months have brought. For the earth signs, Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, a difficult emotional period is not helped by the intense Venus-Pluto square on November 20th, although for Virgo especially, the desire to teach others how to cope is strong.
Indeed, as Mercury enters Sagittarius on the 20th, followed by the Sun on the 22nd, teaching becomes increasingly important to all of us, as does the rule of law. The Venus-Uranus opposition on November 23rd highlights independence, which could lead to trouble within certain world powers. On the same date, however, a Mars-Saturn sextile affords good judgement to most of us.
How we communicate comes under the spotlight on November 24th, when Mercury conjuncts Saturn and squares Neptune. Leaders won't want to make false promises at this time, and may struggle with diplomacy. A Full Moon in Gemini on the following day, accompanied by a Mercury-Mars sextile, underlines a sense of duality - the need to say the right thing, but also to protect one's own integrity. Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces may struggle with drawing boundaries at this time, and feel unable to say no to others. On November 26th, Saturn squares Neptune, providing yet another warning not to over-promise or under-deliver, but those mutable signs will not be finding this easy.
It looks as if we'll all be getting the hang of it by the end of November, though. On November 29th, the Sun squares Neptune and conjuncts Saturn, providing a huge helping of "get real" vibes to round out the month. Scorpio will lead the charge towards realism, accompanied by the other fixed signs, Taurus, Leo and Aquarius.