I have been writing this column for over twenty-five years now and in order to better assist readers who are not students of astrology I offer some suggestions as to how to use the monthly summary.

Read the summary with your calendar that shows the whole month on one page. Read through the intro and make note of the days that I point out. Mark the new Moon and the full Moon. The days between the new Moon and the full Moon are when you generally want to start something that you want to grow. Do look at that Moon void chart and take a rest on those days. I have discovered that no matter what I plan, it turns out another way on a Moon void day. Anything you try to accomplish will turn out with unexpected results.

Make note of the three days before the new Moon. People usually get anxious during these days because the phone does not ring or they feel confused or simply nothing is happen. That is because it is wind down time before the new Moon. You will usually notice that the action of life picks up once the new Moon occurs. Also note the days that planets change directions, especially Mercury retrograde.

Hopefully these suggestions will give you a bit of a start to maneuvering through life with astrology.


November is a month of changing tides. First off, the nodes of the Moon are changing signs from Leo and Aquarius to Cancer and Capricorn November 6. The lunar nodes are the points in the ecliptic path of the Sun. For a great explanation check out

The South node of the Moon represents what you no longer need in life such as behaviors, thought processes, and other aspects of life that are familiar but not necessarily what you need any longer. The North node is that window of life that needs to be opened so that you can fulfill a potential you possess. It calls for us to have the courage to get and go for that distant goal.

With the North node moving into Cancer we will be dealing with our emotional needs. Many of us will want to satisfy our needs for love and affection. In most cases we may not even realize we had that need until now. We will suddenly have the desire to create a sense of belonging and safety.

At the other end is the South node of the Moon in Capricorn. It represents our responsibilities and the need to be productive. Capricorn wants x amount of return for x amount payoff. Many of us will have to come to terms with whether we are getting an emotional return on our efforts. Are you doing all the work in the relationship? Are you doing all the work in your career and others are getting the benefits? Many of us will wake up to the fact between now and June 2020 we need to nurture ourselves better than in the recent past. Take action to be content.

Additionally, the Lunar nodes coincide with economic activity. In many places housing prices will peak and the economy will cool just a bit.

Jupiter moves into Sagittarius November 8 transiting there until December 2, 2019. Jupiter represents expansion and growth. Optimistic and “know it all Jupiter” rules Sagittarius so he is extra potent there. Hopefully, Jupiter in Sagittarius will broaden our awareness so that we can move out of narrow mindedness and into world view both in our politics and personal lives. Jupiter rules foreign connections, trade, and travel. Many of us will be getting out to see the world and hopefully, trade relations among countries will ease. Religious matters come to the forefront as will people who are professional sportsmen or women. New voices emerge onto the world stage.

Jupiter last transited Sagittarius November 2006 to December 2007. What were you doing during that time? Similar events may come to pass. After all, history does repeat itself.

Jupiter is especially good in Sagittarius but all of you must avoid overdoing just about any activity. Many Sagittarius will be a bit heavier at this time next year so wave off the dessert tray. Aries and Leo receive good vibes from Jupiter as life proceeds with greater ease. Opportunities come from people who think you are fit for the job.

Uranus, retrograde in Taurus since August 7, backs into Aries November 6. Aries gets one last dose of sudden change between now and March 6, 2019. More importantly Uranus is square the lunar nodes. Those of us born in the latter days of any sign are going to feel various levels of uncertainty. This goes triple for Libra, Capricorn, Aries and Cancer. Many of us will feel like we need to rebel against the status quo. We will want to let go of that which is a burden. Others of us will be needing a new job and our life routine will be unstable. This is going to last over the next several months. Embrace the uncertainty and explore what you really need at this time in life. It may not be a job or a steady living situation.

Right before moving into Pisces, Mars is sextile Uranus November 15. Mars and Uranus at his distance is quite productive for Aquarius and Aries. Aries and Aquarius are bold and we cannot help but notice them when they walk into a room.

Mars finally moves out of Aquarius and through Pisces November 15 until December 31. Pisces’ symbol is two fish swimming in different directions. While action oriented Mars moves through Pisces we may not be able to go right to what we want. Expect side trips and a bit of floating in limbo. Please don’t be passive aggressive now. Take a swim or scuba class.

Venus goes direct November 16. Remember she has been retrograde since October 5. Relationships have been challenging for so many of us but now that Venus goes direct we can see the picture a bit clearer. Honeys who came back are most likely going to leave once again. You might be glad.

Before Venus goes direct she is trine Mars in Aquarius November 9. Libra and Aquarius are extra sexy now. Don’t stay home, get out into the world and have fun. It is going to be happy hour at some point so go be happy.

Just as Venus is going direct Mercury goes retrograde November 16 to December 6 in Sagittarius and Scorpio. Work on projects that have been started and do not start new stuff including a new job. Those situations will not work out in the long run. Pay attention and back up the computers. Mercury loves to play tricks on us while he is retrograde. Again, pay attention.

On the last day of November Venus is opposite Uranus. Upsets and surprises happen with our love life. Partners will go missing in action while some relationships will just fizzle. Connections that begin now will most likely not endure.

Neptune goes direct November 24 in Pisces. While Neptune was retrograde since June 18 we have been extra sensitive to the forces around us. That will ease especially for Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Gemini.

Before Neptune goes direct the Sun is trine Neptune November 6. This is a great day to show compassion to others in your life.

The new Moon occurs November 7 in Scorpio at fifteen degrees at 10:02 am CST. This new Moon is trine Neptune in Pisces. For all of us it represents an opportunity to transform ourselves as a whole. Change is afoot and the loud voices are not necessarily the strongest. Use this new Moon for personal transformation. Have a conversation with yourself to determine what makes you tick and how you can fine tune your mechanism. On a mundane level evaluate financial matters and shared situations.

The Sun in Scorpio is sextile Pluto in Capricorn November 11. This is a time to gather your personal forces to get a task accomplished. Capricorn and Scorpio are extra magnetic and charismatic.

Mars now in Pisces is square Jupiter in Sagittarius November 19 . Mars and Jupiter together tell us we can get a lot accomplished but must choose our activities wisely. This is not the time to take on a giant. This aspect is just four days before the full Moon November 23 at zero degrees Gemini at 11:39 pm CST. The days leading up to this full Moon as well as the day of the full Moon can be anxious and angry days. Tempers will flare and accidents occur. Take a breath count to ten and slow down before your emotions boil over and start a grease fire. This is especially true for Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.

The Sun moves through Sagittarius November 22 - December 21. While the Sun moves through Sagittarius our attention turns to the broad world around us. We move beyond ourselves towards a world view. This is a good time to be thankful for what we have and to consider a new life for ourselves. The Sun, Jupiter, and Mercury get together for a conjunction November 26/27. This is an optimistic time for many of us but especially for Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Growth occurs in many areas of all our lives. At the same time Mercury is square Mars in Pisces. Avoid reactionary behavior and use this aspect to accomplish tasks as opposed to fussing and fighting. Mars sextile Saturn adds the ability to calm our rash behavior so that we can finish just about any challenging task.

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