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.

Mercury Retrograde Oct 31 - Nov 20

November 2019

It is time to take charge of your life.
People will show up from the past.

November opens with Mercury retrograde until November 20. Even though the Moon is growing to a full Moon( a good time to start new ventures) you will want to hold off on doing new stuff until after Mercury goes direct.

The purists will want to wait until the shadow of Mercury retrograde passes. That means that Mercury has come back to the position where it originally turned retrograde. That date is December 8. This astrologer considers that to be a time when the challenges of Mercury retrograde unravel and come back to normal. We all have our theories, but one thing for sure is that you do not want not to sign contracts or start new ventures while Mercury is retrograde. Money matters, communication and schedules are all subject to ups and downs.

This is big…

The first seven days of November are intense because Mars in Libra is building up to square Pluto in Capricorn. Mars is the warrior planet and Pluto in Capricorn is the big guys that have all the money and power. This is an intense and explosive aspect that can create drama, power struggles and manipulations. The aspect is exact on November 5.

During the days around this time a lot can be accomplished but must be done so with intense concentration. This can be a scary time. Attacks on your character can happen and there is sure to be some notable violence somewhere on the planet. We are sure to see a battle of titans during this first week of November.

On a lighter note, Mercury and the Sun in Scorpio are sextile Pluto November 9 and 13 respectively . This is a time when transformation occurs especially for Scorpio and Capricorn. Many of us will be magnetically drawn to a person or situation. This is not the time to give up your free will. Give thought to why things are the way they are in life.

The sextile between Saturn in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces is exact November 8. It was exact in June and January of this year. Saturn gives substance and structure while spiritual Neptune is our dream and ideals. While this is occurring, give thanks for what you have, but most importantly give thought to what you wish to manifest in life. This is a good time to begin a spiritual practice such as meditation.

At the same time the Sun is sextile Saturn and trine Neptune adding a dash of potency to this aspect. Mercury comes right behind the Sun and forms the same aspects November 13 and once again November 28 - 30. Do some inner work for the purpose of making changes in your outer world. Compassion and gratitude takes us a long way now so give thanks and drive your friend to the doctor.

Venus moves through Sagittarius November 1 to 25. While Venus moves through Sagittarius. Matters of love become less intense. We feel excited about love. This is a really good time to take a romantic trip. Just take a carry on since Mercury is retrograde. Do expect delays so just make it a fun adventure as opposed to getting bogged down with what does not work.

Venus in Sagittarius is square Neptune November 14. There can be confusion at this time. Do not be fooled by a pretty face. Give it time before you let yourself be dazzled.

Once Neptune goes direct, we can open ourselves to all those wonderful dreams we have envisioned recently. However those of us born with planets between 12 and 18 degrees may feel confused. The best way to protect yourself is to take all life decisions slowly and make sure you have all the information. Remember that with the sextile from Saturn in play, your dreams can come true as opposed to becoming a nightmare.

The Full Moon

The full Moon occurs November 12 in Taurus at nineteen degrees at 7:34 am CST. Taurus loves the comforts of life so this is a great time to drink and be merry. The fruits of your labor roll onto your plate. We will still be feeling the Sun conjunct Mercury retrograde the day before so this full Moon is potent for communication and electronics bugs. Don’t get bugged; have a good time. At the same time Mars in Libra is sextile Jupiter in Sagittarius. These two planets make for a fun time especially if you are on a date.

Mars moves into Scorpio November 19 followed by the Sun on November 22. This is a great time for making inroads in our personal transformation. If you are feeling suspicious, and controlling or confrontational you are not doing Scorpio consciously. The key phrase for Scorpio is. “I desire.” Remember that Saturn and Neptune can put together your dreams. This is a great time to bring into being that which you desire.

Once Mars moves into Scorpio we begin to feel this assertive planet form an opposition to Uranus in Taurus. The aspect is exact but we feel the effects November 19 to 29. These days can be very disruptive and if anyone is mad at you they will make it known in a big way. There is sure to be violence somewhere so be careful. This is not the time to irritated your enemies. Readers may want to rethink travel for the US Thanksgiving holiday. This can be a thrilling time especially if you are having your first holiday with someone special.

At the same time this aspect is exact November 24, Venus is conjunct Jupiter in Sagittarius. This is one of the best aspects in astrology. Be sure to over book your self so that you can make the most of this opportune time. Just stay conscious that the rugs of life can be pulled out from under you.

Venus moves through Capricorn November 25 to December 20. This is a really good time to strengthen business relationships. Do not skip the company Thanksgiving pot luck. You will make many connections and build rapport with people you may usually have a hard time with on a daily basis. Consider your finances and know that it is okay to act a bit stand offish.

The New Moon

While we are still feeling Mars opposite Uranus, the new Moon occurs November 26 at 9:06 am at 4 degrees Sagittarius. The new Moon is a new cycle and this cycle can bring some great opportunities. Pay attention, opportunities to cash in on special packages and offers. Since this new Moon is closely associated with Mars and Uranus, many of us will be forced to adhere to new circumstances brought on by someone who is connected to our destiny. Recognize when others are acting nervous and jerky and work around those people. Others will lend us a hand, but you must keep calm in order to make the most of this high energy new Moon. The next new Moon is an eclipse December 26. The heat is already turning higher.

The ice thaws with Venus trine Uranus in Taurus November 28. Get out and socialize on Thanksgiving. Once you get the family of origin out of the way get together with friends for your real Thanksgiving. It will be so much fun.