On Tuesday 19th November at 4.21am in London Mercury will conjunct the North Node at 7 Scorpio 42 and oppose the South Node at 7 Taurus 42. The sign of Scorpio rules the sharemarkets and Taurus rules banking. I have been writing about the financial implications of October and November 2013 for a long time, but a brief look at the media over the last six weeks of this flakey Mercury cycle says it all. Near Tuesday 19th November and Tuesday 26th November 2013 we will see critical headlines about Twitter shares (why on earth did they launch them on Mercury Retrograde?) the UK Royal Mail shares (repeat, why did they launch them on Mercury Retrograde?) and particularly the story of the year – foreign currency manipulation. That is the story of the year, because it broke near the Scorpio eclipse back on Sunday 3rd November . And who is involved in this currency rigging investigation? Very likely, your own dear bank. However, one of the parties under scrutiny in this trillion-dollar story is Goldman Sachs, about whom I wrote during Hurricane Sandy. Remember when all the lights in New York blacked out, except in the Sachs building? There was a reason why the universe wanted us to peer at Goldman Sachs more carefully that night. You can read an old feature about the horoscope of Goldman Sachs at The Astrology Show blog on this website.
Aries: 18-24 November 2013
A new story in your life begins on Friday 22nd November at 3.48am in London. The story involves your travel, internet, education, foreign or publishing agenda. What is being written here will last forever, because Psyche is in Sagittarius and she describes what becomes immortal in your life. This story will run until Christmas and after December 15th it will be pure pleasure. I know that you take holidays, pursue the web, teach, study or write all the time. You might do it informally or formally but it’s a part of your life. What is different about December 2013 is the epic nature of what is possible. This could be so memorable and special – just follow the signs.
This week is also about your money, charity, house, possessions, company or apartment. What happens near Tuesday 19th November at 4.21am in London is a rewrite, change or additional chapter to the saga you’ve had since 1st October. I’m really hoping you read this website regularly as you will have been reading the fine print since September and having Plan B up your sleeve. What happens close to Tuesday reminds you that what you, he, she or they assumed was a done deal back near 5th October was far from it. Keep talking and looking at the numbers. This isn’t over until you are past the Mercury-Saturn conjunction on Tuesday 26th November.
Taurus: 18-24 November 2013
I hope you have been reserving judgement about the situation with your former, current or potential partner. Or your enemy. There will be more information or a significant change to what you assumed you knew. The Mercury-North Node conjunction on Tuesday 19th November at 4.21am in London in your opposite sign of Scorpio puts your opposite number, or your opposition, right at the top of your agenda again. Fortunately you read your horoscope regularly so you’ve been aware of this since September and made allowances. You are no doubt longing to see some action, progress and movement with this person. Once you are past next week, you can start looking forward to February 2014 when the North Node finally leaves Scorpio and at least one of the stuck wheels will start to move.
Perhaps this person is implicated in the financial, business, property or charity story as well. Or maybe it’s just your bank. The Sun joins Proserpina, Psyche and Ops in Sagittarius from Friday 22nd at 3.48am in London. By the first week of December there will be a new beginning; a fresh start. You will have paperwork to sign or signatures to accept – maybe a handshake agreement – before everyone disappears for their Christmas holiday. I also think some aspect of this will be pure pleasure for you, in the fortnight before Christmas!
Gemini: 18-24 November 2013
Gemini, your ruler Mercury has been all over the place since 1st October and this has affected your working life, on a daily basis, but also the relationship you have with your body. You were put on this planet to communicate and connect and finding answers and asking the right questions is normally a fuss-free process for you. Instead, this week, you will find the work or wellbeing story changes yet again, as either new information arrives, or there is a complete alteration with something crucial which was in motion in early October. The whole time you (or others) were ‘knitting’ your life together the ball of wool was actually unravelling. This week is about dealing with that and understanding that it will not be until Wednesday 27th November that you can finally exhale and see what you’ve got to work with.
I should probably have run this news first, as I am sure you place your former, current or potential partner above all other priorities. And maybe enemies or rivals if you have them! From Friday 22nd November at 3.48am in London something very fresh and welcome begins in your life. The feedback or reaction you get from others helps you make some good judgements about this crucial man or woman. Then, when you reach December 3rd and particularly December 5th it feels like it’s time to launch, or perhaps relaunch, something special. This cycle takes you through to Christmas and, thanks to this person, it looks outrageously merry.
Cancer: 18-24 November 2013
People who don’t understand astrology or read their horoscope have been making all kinds of assumptions about your children, godchildren or young relatives. Alternatively they have been drawing hasty conclusions about projects involving the young or your professional commitments to the next generation. Maybe this has just been about a relationship which may end in parenthood. In all cases, whatever was ‘final’ in October or the first fortnight of November is about to be rewritten. As Mercury conjuncts the North Node on Tuesday 19th November at 4.21am in London you seem likely to be erasing or amending the original story, with a real moment of truth next week. I am sure you just want to know when this cycle will be over. It improves hugely in February 2014; not that far away. For the moment, just cut yourself some slack by refusing to assume anything. Those jigsaw pieces are still being moved around a board.
Do give as much energy to your daily working life as you do to more emotional issues, like children. From Friday 22nd November you begin your real Christmas story, which is about your lifestyle, the way you enjoy the service you perform for others and the level of soul satisfaction you get from just doing your duty. It looks like you have a new project, a new role or perhaps a turnaround phase in an existing plan. The New Moon on 3rd December looks like the birth of something special and the lead-up to this starts this Friday. It’s also time to look at your body and to go back to that old lesson Virgo people know; the state your body is in, defines who you are, what you do and how you feel. I think you’re going to love December and what it can do for you in this department. Stay tuned.
Leo: 18-24 November 2013
Leo, I am sure you are waiting to exhale where your home or family is concerned. Your house or apartment. Your home town or homeland. Your people or place. Fortunately you read your horoscope regularly (or so my website statistics tell me!) so I’m pretty sure you’ve had a ‘wait and see’ policy about all this since 1st October. You have one more paragraph of this story to erase or amend. Why? Because Mercury makes his final pass over a spot in your horoscope that was activated back on 5th October, this Tuesday. The overriding issue for you is the frozen nature of your life – at least where your people or place are concerned. Something, or someone, has been in the freezer for months. I can promise you that the delays or complications will never be this difficult again. Not for 29 years.
Let’s now look at your children, godchildren or grandchildren. And also at projects which involve the young, or relationships which may end in pregnancy or step-parenthood. Suddenly there’s a whole new chapter in your life, starting Friday 22nd December at 3.48am in London. By December 3rd and 5th I feel you will be wisely pouring tremendous time and energy into this fresh story in your life. The two weeks preceding Christmas send your feelgood factor off the scale. As the New Moon is traditionally associated with pregnancy, conception and birth a high percentage of Leo people will welcome a new soul onto the planet this December. The cycle starts now.
Virgo: 18-24 November 2013
Virgo, you will be very happy with the outcome of the discussions about your house, apartment, family or household between now and Christmas. There may also be wider questions about your home town or homeland. This new story in your life begins once the Sun changes signs to the optimistic sign of Sagittarius on Friday 22nd November at 3.48am in London. By the time your ruling planet Mercury is also in that sign, from Thursday 5th December, I believe everything old will be new again – but there may also be a brand new unfolding chapter. There is something rather special about all this. It’s going to endure. Thus, renovations (or a garden) may be there for decades. Or a family reconstruction of one kind or another will last. Please do use this cycle, especially in the lead-up to Christmas.
As you have been dealing with Mercury Retrograde Shadow since 1st October, and he is your ruler, I am sure you just want to know when some internet, media, publishing or other voice-led saga will end. You’re inching closer. The Mercury-North Node conjunction on Tuesday 19th November will involve a rewrite or strike-out of what you thought was there before. The general heaviness of the situation is down to Saturn, but I am happy to report that from the end of next week you can say goodbye to a very demanding two month cycle.
Libra: 18-24 November 2013
Libra, what was in motion with the money, business, house, charity, possessions or apartment was more like a train waiting to reverse. This has been the case since 1st October which is why I have been repeating myself since September; always read the fine print! You are now nearing the end of this peculiar two-month cycle, and it looks as though what you hear or read near Tuesday 19th November is the turning point. The second one comes next week; it’ s not over yet. By the time December is closer, though, you can put some things down to experience. I am hoping on your behalf you kept the stakes low and the flexibility high; nothing from October was ever a done deal.
It’s time to use your voice across all mediums and media. Your way with words or images. Your internet presence, obviously, but also timeless ways of being heard and read. December is the month when it all takes off for you but Friday 22nd November is actually the very beginning. I would certainly pay attention to what the universe wants to show you on the weekend of Saturday 23rd November and Sunday 24th November, as from the New Moon on December 3rd you are on your way. Psyche in Sagittarius suggests your message (whatever that is) will endure. This isn’t just about the end of 2013, it’s about the years beyond that. Choose your words well. I imagine once Bacchus enters Sagittarius from 15th December just the simple business of being heard and read will bring you enormous joy.
Scorpio: 18-24 November 2013
When can you put something to bed? I’m sure you want to, because after all, this is intensely personal; it’s about your reputation, image, appearance and internet profile. Fortunately you have had astrology on your side since September, warning you not to make assumptions about October. What happens near Tuesday 19th November at the Mercury-Node conjunction in Scorpio finds you rethinking, reviewing and perhaps recreating what was in place weeks ago. Once you get past next week’s Mercury-Saturn conjunction, also in Scorpio, near Tuesday 26th November, I think you can draw a line under this episode. The larger issue is the situation, organisation or person which will not go away. And this affects every aspect of how you are seen, or how you appear. Nothing ever seems to move forward, does it? Yet from the end of February 2014 life becomes a great deal less repetitive.
You are on track for a new financial, business, charity or property beginning near the New Moon on December 3rd and the story starts on Friday 22nd November. There is something epic about this. It’s not just an end-of-year decision about your money, company, house, apartment or good cause. It actually has lasting power and it has a great deal to say about your faith in a happy ending. There is undoubtedly a great deal of belief here; Psyche and Ops are involved in the story and they are all about trust in the future. In the two weeks just before Christmas what you earn or own will make you very happy indeed. No price to pay for that.
Sagittarius: 18-24 November 2013
Sagittarius, your birthday horoscope at Harper’s Bazaar (taking you through to December 2014) appears this Friday 22nd November so please don’t miss it. One of the issues I’ll address there is relevant right now. It’s the continuing question of how to handle your dark secret, your invisible role or your confidential project. It looks as though what was agreed or ‘resolved’ weeks ago is now set to change. The Mercury-Node conjunction on Tuesday 19th November will either add to the original story or alter it so much that there’s a complete turnaround – it really depends on your personal chart. Please wait until next week before you actually call anything final. Mercury is still in shadow and you need to wait for that Mercury-Saturn conjunction to pass on Tuesday 26th November before you can stop doing endless re-takes of the same scene and finally call ‘Action!’ and get on with your life. I know that what you are covering up, hiding from others or doing without any recognition is heavy. It weighs you down. When does life lighten up? Next year. Give this time.
Prepare for a photograph, YouTube classic or digital tribute of a very special nature. Or are you a Luddite who prefers to be painted in oils or immortalised in a notebook of poetry? It’s all about you this week, or at least your packaging and profile. Your horoscope clicks over on Friday 22nd November at 3.48am in London and from that point forward, it’s Sagittarius Season. There is a rich irony with all this, because nobody who is admiring your exterior has a clue about your interior world, which is still so very demanding. You need some light relief, though, and it’s time to be who you are – on the outside – and use this new cycle, so obvious from this weekend – to focus on your name, appearance, style, shape, image, reputation and general ‘Me-ness.’ December looks like fun.
Capricorn: 18-24 November 2013
You will be asked to hide your light under a bushel after Friday 22nd November and operate behind the scenes on plans which make you virtually invisible. Alternatively you will suddenly start writing a new chapter in your life, best described as classified. This invisible role or highly confidential project will dominate December so you are quite right to go with what you feel, this weekend. This is so much more than it might appear. What you do with this unseen part will be an enduring performance; it far outlasts December 2013. This is also true of what you are covering up from the world – this is rather special and it’s there forever.
You must be wondering when you will ever be able to relax into your friendship, your social life or the world of groups – as you used to, anyway. From the second half of next year life begins to look and feel normal again. The most difficult and demanding situations, organisations or people will either change from that point; leave your life – or just no longer concern you. Right now you are dealing with a very clunky situation which began in October. This still isn’t final, despite what you hear or read near Thursday 19th November. You need to have the final sign-off on this friend, group or social saga when your ruler Saturn conjuncts Mercury near Tuesday 26th November. Give it time. It must seem as if this is all you ever do, but right now it really will pay you to wait before passing judgement.
Aquarius: 18-24 November 2013
The career discussion or paperwork since 1st October now changes and you will either amend what you thought you knew, or even delete part of the story. If you don’t work this applies to your life as a volunteer or your time at university. The conjunction from Mercury to the North Node on Tuesday 19th November is the mail-drop from the universe you had to have. Fortunately you have had astrology on your side since September, warning you to examine the fine print and to privately adopted a wait-and-see approach to the people or organisations you’ve been speaking to. They probably don’t use astrology, but you do, which is why you now have alternatives waiting, or at least the flexibility to make changes. You have just one more road hump to get over; next Tuesday’s Mercury-Saturn conjunction. From that point, you can draw a line under events since 1st October and put them behind you.
Your group, or your friends, becomes the hot new story in your horoscope from Friday 22nd November. This episode is full of female faces, as Psyche and Ops, two potent goddess asteroids, are very much involved. I feel the wheels on this start rotating slowly but surely near Friday or Saturday 23rd November, then by the New Moon on Tuesday 3rd December, it’s a steam train. Get on board and enjoy the ride. This is going to be big. Of course your friends or your group/tribe commitments are always crucial to you. You’re an Aquarian, after all. What is special about December is the unusual cluster of heavenly bodies in your zone of tribal thinking. This is going to last. Whatever you are up to with your friend, or your fellow travellers, will be immortalised. And it will be so enjoyable.
Pisces: 18-24 November 2013
Of all the signs who could potentially be most affected by this epic Mercury Retrograde cycle, you have to be at the top of the list. Mercury rules information, communication and transportation and as this planet has been affecting your internet, travel, publishing and education agenda since 1st October I’m hoping you’ve made allowances. If you read your horoscope back in September you knew that it would not be until the end of November that normal transmission would be resumed with your website, trip, foreign connection, book or course. What happens near Tuesday 19th November means a necessary change or addition to the story you had since 1st October. Then, next Tuesday 26th November you have one more moment of truth. For this reason, I’m just going to repeat myself, and suggest that you keep on reading the fine print and treat the ‘news’ or conversation as a process, not a full stop.
You enter the most fantastic cycle in terms of your success, achievement and soul satisfaction from Friday 22nd November. You may have a regular job, an academic commitment or a purely voluntary role, but something very special will emerge by Christmas. A new project or position is very likely near the New Moon on December 3rd and after December 15th when Bacchus changes signs, you can be sure that work will not seem like work at all – more like a banquet at the feast of life. Sure, this is holiday season, but you’re crazy if you think it’s all about the couch and a Netflix binge. This is about success in the true meaning of the word; an achievement which is your personal Everest (or a fairly decent attempt at reaching it) that has enduring power in your life. Start climbing.