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Mercury Retrogrades until November 15

Happy birthday Scorpio!
Happy birthday Scorpio!

…so keep reorganizing and dealing with issues from your past until then.
By Lilly Roddy

After the 15th, you can start your new projects. • This is a busy month, with the planets quite active from the 1st through the 13th. Typically, the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) go direct during the fall and winter months. This reactivates our energies and pushes us forward for the next year or so. We are all feeling a greater sense of urgency. • The middle part of the month, the 14th through the 22nd, is more peaceful and laid back before things get busy and active again during late November. The upcoming holidays could be very busy and somewhat erratic on the 28th, Thanksgiving Day, and Hanukkah. • The busy, edgy days this month are the 1st, 3rd, 10th, 14th, 15th, 24th and 25th. Good days this month are the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 19th, 20th, 23rd, 28th and 30th.

ARIES (March 21–April 19). As the month opens, you could be feeling like you need to get away from it all. Be sure to keep your options open. Work and relationships demand your attention, and you must find some balance in all of this. Don’t let your health suffer with this stress. You are focused on the deeper aspects of commitment, trust, and loyalty. And with Mercury retrograde, you may discover some things you didn’t know. Will you use this information to deepen your partnerships, or should you just disconnect and move on? You are feeling lighter by the end of the month after finding some resolution. Create your own agenda.

TAURUS (April 20–May 20). Relationships are certainly the focal point for November. With Mercury retrograding through your relationships sector, you are being made more aware of your own relationship patterns. If you are in a partnership, these patterns are more likely to come to the surface so you can see them and consider a better way to relate. This is a better approach than feeling defensive over what you’re learning about relationships and communications. Overall, you are still in a work-oriented, progressive mood. You are getting better at planning for your own future and getting rid of the deadwood. Look for that action to pick up after the 15th.

GEMINI (May 21–June 21). You have two areas that are in the spotlight this month. With your home and family life, you are putting a lot of energy into your home. This can be a time when you are doing some cleaning or home repairs. You will also be more connected to the holidays this month—perhaps even hosting the Thanksgiving dinner so we can all attend! If there is bad blood among family members, it will show up. With your co-workers and your work environment, you are getting things cleaned up and reorganized, and you might even need to replace computers or office equipment. Some of that organizing may trickle over into your home life as well. Relationships are more important as we get to the end of the month.

CANCER (June 22–July 22). Just like the other cardinal signs (Aries, Libra, and Capricorn), your month starts off with a bang. Your career area could be getting a new infusion of energy. You are certainly looking for something to boost your passion for your work. This can also indicate the need for a total shift in career direction. Don’t be afraid to follow your passion. Relationships can be testy, especially if you are feeling isolated or alienated from your partner. If you are single, it’s a very good time to put yourself out there to seek a partnership. You are feeling more creative this month. Take some time out to play. By the end of the month, you are back into your routines.

LEO (July 23–August 22). This month you are paying attention to your home and family life. You are in a period of cleaning out and reorganizing. You have been doing this since last July, but you’ll pick up the tempo in November. With family, this can be a time when you are being very real and not softening your feelings. If there is a crisis, you are more than ready to deal with it. You are cleaning out the parts of your life that don’t have a real purpose, replacing them with things and people that really support you. You are still feeling somewhat nostalgic through the end of the month, but that will clear up after the 25th. Keep following your “to do” list and watch your spending this month. You will be more impulsive.

VIRGO (August 23–September 22). Things may seem to be at cross purposes this month, with Mars (planet of action) moving through your sign and Mercury (your ruler) retrograde. Mars is much more about taking action and confronting things. You will be more body-conscious with Mars. However, Mercury retrograde is making you rethink your plans and go back to the drawing board. Don’t let this get too frustrating—use this time to focus on the real issues so you can move forward with your plans on the 15th. Communication is a big deal this month. Check all of your work, your writing, any documents you sign, and the things you post on Facebook and Twitter. Groups and organizations are better for you this year—consider joining one after the 15th.

LIBRA (September 23–October 23). Since your individuality and freedom are the primary issues in your life, this may not seem like a very good time for your relationships. But in truth, you are getting clearer about setting boundaries and actually letting people know how you feel. This may seem to create more upset initially, but it will surely create fewer problems in the future. This month you are focused on your money and resources, catching up on your financial affairs, and getting things in order. You may not feel as “holiday-ish” during Thanksgiving this year. It may be best to take a trip and get away from it all. On the surface you continue to be busy, so that’s a good place to work on setting boundaries.

SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). Happy Birthday to Greg and all the Scorpios out there as you observe your natural yearly cycle of completion and renewal. With Saturn (the judgmental planet of usefulness) and Mercury retrograde in Scorpio, this is a very intense birthday time for evaluating what does and doesn’t work in your life. You are feeling completion in many parts of your life and looking for new long-term goals to put into place. After the 15th, you will feel much better about your commitments and moving forward. Get your ducks in a row so you will be ready to act. Group energies are also active this month. If you aren’t already involved with a group, consider joining one after the 15th.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). This month offers mixed energies. One part of you is in a period of rest and retreat, while the other part wants to get those work and career energies rejuvenated. This can be a very good time for planning what you want to do—but wait until after the 15th to start any new projects. This can be a frustrating time at work. You may be at odds with clients or your boss. Take some time to yourself and get very clear about what is really important and what you are willing to fight for. You have not been very focused on your career, so this month’s energy is helping you get back on track. As we get to the end of the month, you’ll be feeling more like your old fun self!

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). There’s a busy holiday season on the horizon for you. You are already overloaded, and the holidays haven’t even arrived yet. Relationships and family are capturing your interest this month. If you are involved, this is a time of renewal for your partnership. If you are single, this is a time to put yourself out there! You are looking for more freedom and self-expression. You are re-evaluating the groups and organizations in your life, and if you’re not getting something from them, you’ll be moving on. The holidays can be a tense time for you. Be sure to do something that you really like! If you can’t do that, try to have a good exit strategy—a trip out of town would be very good for you. You will be very, very career-focused as we get to the end of the month. Get ready!

AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). With all of the planets, including Mercury, retrograde in your career sector, you are examining your future plans, where you’ll dedicate your resources, and how you can get all these things done. You are very careful about who you share your time/love/money/talent with. You are expecting others to participate and do what they say they’ll do. This could be a time to launch your own business (or just to fine-tune your current job) so you are happier with your career. Time your moves to begin after the 15th for best results. Toward the end of the month, be sure to put some fun on your calendar!

PISCES (February 19–March 20). With Mars (planet of action and confrontation) in your relationships area, this is a hot, spicy, and volatile time for relationships. If you are doing well, this is a great time for a second honeymoon. If you are single, this is a great time to put yourself out there. You are unusually magnetic, but if you are looking for someone new, don’t put your plans into action until after the 15th. Your life is plenty busy, but you are not feeling all that much pressure this month. The holidays will be a great time for you to get out of town and free your brain from the daily stress and strain. You’ll really be seeking some solitude during the holidays, but you’ll be more socially active again in 2014.

Read Lilly Roddy’s 2013 forecast at “Will This Be a Gem of a Year?” For more astro-insight, log on to


Lilly Roddy

Lilly Roddy has been an Astrologer for the last 25 years. She counsels individuals in personal, business and financial matters as well as teaches classes in Astrology. She is a regular contributor to OutSmart Magazine.

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