Our astrologer, De Rui, tells us all about November

With Mars recently moving into its retrograde and planets moving through Scorpio, emotional undercurrents are running high. Even in the absence of concrete, real-world events, the subconscious is exerting an outsized force with the potential to manifest in the form of plot twists and unpredictable situations. Be gentle with yourself, and take some time to process the feelings coming to the surface. Deep transformation is on the table. 

The feeling of having to re-live the past can come up in the first week of November, as the Sun, Mercury, and Venus take turns merging their energies with the South Node of the Moon. Successes and wins may evoke feelings of déjà vu. Struggles we thought were long behind us can also rear their ugly heads. These types of experiences exist to help us take stock of where we have been, how far (or not) we have come, and where we want to go.

Under the influence of the Scorpio New Moon at the end of October, we may on some level be testing how deeply we can converge, influence, and exchange with others. Some may experiment with the limits of how much pain is tolerable in the name of relationship. Others may be grappling with issues around trust and fear. On the November 8 Full Moon lunar eclipse, much of this trial-and-error entangling reaches a climax. The portal of darkness granted by the eclipse facilitates otherworldly downloads and insights. Performing a ritual with incense, candles, and other sensual aids can bring out the best of the Taurus moon.

The middle two weeks of November are a time for self-care and healing. New ideas about what defines security and stability may take hold. The stronger emotional charge from the first part of the month may take a heavy psychic toll and we will need to shore up our defences before worrying about anyone else. By the time the New Moon in Sagittarius rolls around on November 23, we can then be ready for a new cycle of optimism and adventure. The ruler of Sagittarius, Jupiter, emerges out of retrograde just one day later, adding to the boost in faith and abundance we are likely to experience at the end of the month. 

The Month by Sun Sign

Aries

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The deeper, sometimes messy, negotiations between people may not normally interest you, but any effort you put into getting beneath the surface with others are bound to yield big insights this month. If you choose to ignore these explorations, the first half of the month may feel a bit heavy. After the lunar eclipse on November 8, there may be some fun around shopping trips and acquiring fine things that bring joy. But the vibes truly lift off in the second half of November, when your ideas and preferences will find more resonance. The Sagittarius New Moon on November 23 will be a time to set new goals and intentions when it comes to expanding your horizons. 

Taurus

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Any opposition you encounter in the first few days of November is helpful resistance training. By the November 8 Full Moon lunar eclipse in your sign, you will gain a much better understanding of the qualities that make you special. Others will also be able to appreciate more fully what you are about. The middle two weeks of the month are a great time to shine and preach your truth about solid foundations, self-sufficiency, and sensual pleasures. With Mars now in retrograde, beware of pushing too hard on projects that are not ready to be unveiled. Progress in the external world won’t be ready to move forward until some internal battles within you are first fought. 

Gemini

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The Mars retrograde in your sign moves a lot of the kinetic energy around you into the internal landscape. Pay attention to debates and battles inside you over the next few months as they could be critical to your continued growth and evolution. Keep expectations about productivity low for now so that nothing is rushed or sloppily completed. Any commitments you carry that are slightly past their expiration date are best wrapped up before November 22, when asteroid Vesta shifts signs and such obligations can become a thorn in the side. The November 23 New Moon may trigger an unconscious need for expansion and new philosophies. Inspiration will slowly come into focus over the two weeks that follow.

Cancer

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Multiple planetary alignments are supportive in the first half of the month, when you are more likely to feel heard and appreciated. In-depth experimentation with relationships and complex entanglements may bring insights at the lunar eclipse on November 8. In the middle two weeks of the month, activities that soothe your senses and ground you to the earth can bring psychic release and relief. If personal finances have been a worry, that is also the time to put some effort into planning and budgeting. The last week of the month is auspicious for picking up new commitments or delving deeper into a long-held passion. On November 23, the Sagittarius New Moon may bring opportunities for learning or travel. Consider them, even if inconvenient.

Leo

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Fortunately for you, the Mars retrograde now underway will go easier on you than on other signs. Embrace any anger or assertiveness that needs to be expressed, and look to release any burdens that are no longer worth carrying. You just might be able to find some creative inspiration for the internal gymnastics you are having to jump through. Energies straighten out a bit in the second half of the month, when you are more likely to feel seen and heard. The Sagittarius New Moon on November 23, in particular, might easily dispatch you on adventures of the mind or body. During this time, fellow travellers and kindred spirits can show up to lend a helping hand or kind words.

Virgo

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The quieter, deeply contemplative vibes in November suit your temperament and put emotional breakthroughs within reach. Following the Full Moon lunar eclipse in Taurus on November 8, you could take stock of the various resources available in your life and work to strengthen yourself. Irritations coming from others in the second half of the month present opportunities to grow, particularly in terms of knowing when to hold your own and when to set pride and ego aside. The concurrent impact of the Mars retrograde and the Sagittarius New Moon on November 23 may require you take a cold hard look at your personal morals and how you go about getting what you want. A broadening of your horizons is long overdue.

Libra

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A vague heaviness may permeate the first part of November for you, and it is possible that you will pass up opportunities to dig deeper to avoid stirring the pot. If by chance you were open to a little emotional rawness or messiness at this time, you might come out of it with insights on the human condition that would not normally be available. Similarly, this month’s Taurus lunar eclipse may inspire new perspectives on stability and security. In the second half, people come out of the woodwork to align with your ideas and preferences, and helpful souls can offer support in a clutch. The Sagittarius New Moon on November 23 sets you off on adventures of the mind or body. 

Scorpio

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Others consciously or unconsciously gravitate toward you at the moment as collective forces urge us all to get real and dig deeper. With Mercury and Venus making their way through your sign, your verbal and social skills are shining brightly. The Full Moon lunar eclipse on November 8 represents the pendulum’s swing, when you may be challenged to prioritise your own stability and security over entanglements with others. The last week of the month is the time to double down on passions and devote yourself to an activity you love. Beware of pushing too hard on projects or efforts while Mars is in retrograde. Nothing will move forward until you have addressed frustrations from the past that continue to haunt you.

Sagittarius

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Use the next few weeks to look after the people and activities you love. This is an opening to double down on your devotion and commitment so that the fruits of your efforts can be realised as they have never been before. Otherwise, the first part of November can feel a bit heavy and serious, although the clouds lift considerably around mid-month. The New Moon in your sign on November 23 is particularly special. Plan a ritual around the deep feelings of wholeness and healing you are likely the receive. At the least, you will find alignment and resonance with the collective mood. Heading into December, adventures of the mind and body present themselves. Show others how it is done.

Capricorn

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As with Virgo, you are likely to weather these intense emotional currents better than most. Make the effort to get real and go deep with others and see what can be resolved and brought to light. Especially in the first half of the month, your mind and your heart combine effortlessly to make you extra attractive and convincing. The Full Moon lunar eclipse in Taurus on November 8 brings the focus back to tangible, real-world issues—like how to create more stability and security for yourself. Such practical concerns around the middle of the month are more than familiar territory. Heading into December you could be tempted to pick up a new hobby, passion, or even person to be devoted to. 

Aquarius

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Complex entanglements, intense feelings, and dark passions may not normally be your cup of tea but if situations arise this month that warrant joining the fray, know that important rewards and insights may await you. The Scorpio explorations of the first part of the month, culminating in the Taurus lunar eclipse around themes of personal security and resources, could again test your patience. Rest assured that bigger ideas and ideals come into play after mid-month when planets move into Sagittarius. The November 23 New Moon in particular is a time when new plans could be hatched around adventures and higher learning. Striking personalities as well may come out of the woodwork to give your efforts and confidence a mighty boost. 

Pisces

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Powerful emotional currents are no challenge for your sign, which the next couple of weeks will most likely demonstrate. From plumbing the depths of connection to pulling back and looking after the self, these internally directed processes may very well be healing for your sensitive soul. Around mid-month, the mood music becomes a tad irritating with the planetary action moving into exuberant Sagittarius. The simultaneous influences of the New Moon on November 23 and a Mars retrograde settling in could build some tension around your philosophies and motivations. Dealing with these topics head-on could bring unexpected breakthroughs. Asteroid Vesta’s arrival in your sign on November 22 supports any new commitments and loyalties you may be developing.

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