…then tension…then retreat.
By Lilly Roddy
As the month begins, we all feel a surge in the amount of energy we have. Our next Mercury retrograde won’t be until mid January. 2014 will be the first year in a long time that we haven’t had Mercury retrograde during one of the major holidays in November and December. • We’ll experience the most tension around the middle of the month, although there will also be plenty around Thanksgiving. Be sure to build in some retreat time at the end of the month—we will all need it. • Neptune, planet of expansive consciousness, goes direct this month. This will help with expanding our compassionate side. Neptune will be in the same position that it was in when the United States began to deal with slavery and human rights prior to the Civil War. • The sun begins the month in Scorpio and enters Sagittarius on the 22nd. Mercury speeds through Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius this month. Venus starts the month in Scorpio but enters Sagittarius on the 16th. Mars is pushing forward in Capricorn all month. Jupiter remains in Leo, Saturn in Scorpio, Uranus in Aries, Neptune in Pisces, and Pluto in Capricorn.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). November is a busy month for you, and your career sector is very active. This can be a good time to strike out on your own or take on a new project at your existing workplace. You will not be especially patient, and finding a good outlet for your extra energy would be helpful. There is some tension with relationships, but you’ll lighten up some by the end of the month. Get your projects completed!
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). Relationships are still holding sway over you, especially in the first half of the month. This has been a time of reevaluating how you actually construct your relationships, and you are now ready to act on that. This is a good time to renew or begin a relationship, either personally or professionally. You’ll be feeling nostalgic this holiday season. Be sure and give yourself some family time—you will really enjoy it.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). The Twins are finally coming out of their slow time. There is a lot of activity in your workplace with all of the changes and improvements that are happening. Communications improve a great deal. Relationships take the stage by mid month—a good time to renew what you have or look for something new! You are still somewhat unclear about your career direction, but that improves next year.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). With Mars (planet of action and confrontation) in your relationship sector this month, any relationship problems you encounter (or that you’ve been avoiding) will be met head-on—especially from the 9th to the 15th. If you are single, this is a good time to put yourself out there! You will be a bit defensive this whole month, but it will help to just focus on your work and health routines.
LEO (July 23–August 22). For the most part, this has been a really good year for the Leos. Although you were feeling sluggish last month, you are back on track in November. You are especially energetic from the middle of the month on. This can be a great time to market yourself or your ideas, since people are just more open to you. Whether you are in a partnership or not, Jupiter will help mitigate any problems. Pay more attention to your health this month.
VIRGO (August 23–Sepetmber 22). You are still in an organizing mode this month, but you’ll shift your focus from getting your daily activities revamped to getting your home more “homey.” Overall, you are looking at some future planning for your career and possibly for your retirement. This urge to make plans only gets stronger through the end of the year. Make sure that you have an exit strategy around Thanksgiving. You will want to be around peaceful people during this holiday season. Do what’s best for you!
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). You have been focusing on your finances, and now you are more than ready to put your plan into action. This could be a really busy holiday season. Family activities are very important, but tempers may be short. This is a great month for networking in your business. Friends can be especially helpful. Relationships are a bit edgy around the middle of the month. Don’t let problems build.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). Happy Birthday to the Scorpios! This is your personal yearly cycle of looking at what you accomplished last year and setting new goals for the coming year. This will be especially important since you have been taking a very long-term look at where you’re going—a time for major decision-making about career, life, and love. There are plenty of extra opportunities career-wise this year, so take advantage of that! • Illustration by David Eduardo Flores Perez.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). You are a bit more laid-back and extra-sensitive during the first half of the month. Be choosy about the people you let become close to you! Your creative energies are still very strong. By mid month, you are ready for your demanding public, and it’s a much better time for career and relationships. Watch your impulsive spending this month.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). With Mars, planet of action, in your sign throughout November, you are ready to act, start new projects, and defend yourself from real or imagined attacks. This can be a great time for starting an exercise program since you won’t be sleeping much this month. Relationships are also tense, so be careful what you say. This is also a great month to make use of civic groups or business organizations. By mid month, you are ready for a break before your birthday cycle in December.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). You continue to work hard on your career. You are setting new boundaries and not overreaching as you usually do. Relationship energies are favorable for you this month as well. If you are involved, this is just a good time to be with your partner. If you are single, it’s a very good time to be looking! Groups and social/business organizations are more important to you by the end of the month.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). You have been in a bit of a laid-back mode. You are busy at work, but you would rather be on vacation. You are more active at mid month. As your career focus takes over, you begin to push for more of a leadership role. Friends are very important to you this month, and they’re ready to help you. It will be best for you to spend the holidays in a quiet and peaceful environment since you’ll be extra-sensitive during that time. Choose your holiday dinner company wisely!