Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods, makes two big moves this week. On Wednesday 26th November at 2.36am in London, he conjuncts Saturn in Scorpio, the sign which rules banks, world economies and the sharemarkets. On Friday 28th November at 2.25am, he changes signs to Sagittarius, where Saturn will also follow him on Tuesday 23rd December. Sagittarius is the sign which rules airlines and all forms of air travel, from round-world trips to space tourism. Nothing ever comes out of thin air in astrology. Even though media headlines sometimes make it appear as if a dramatic event has just come from nowhere, by retracing the planetary patterns it is possible to find out when an issue started, and even why it began. The heavy reality check the world is due to take about airlines, aeroplanes and space tourism in the final week of December, owes a great deal to the situation which will be set up after Friday 28th November so we should all be reading the fine print and asking more questions, because this is a global issue. As for the Saturn-Mercury conjunction in Scorpio, on or very close to Wednesday 26th November we will all have to live in the real world, financially, and deal with what is there – not what we want.
Aries: 24-30 November 2014
Aries, there is a lot to be said for asking penetrating questions this week. What you hear or read near Wednesday 26th November has such a huge impact on your money, house, business interests, charity, possessions or apartment that it should not be taken at face value. The Getting of Wisdom is a great book, but also a good description of what must now happen. You cannot actually sign off from this episode correctly until you communicate and connect – at least as far as you are able – and discover what the realities actually are, particularly in the context of 2015. The tremendous weight you feel in regard to all of this will vanish in about one month from now, so consider this week’s hard mental tasks to be part of that slow release. You just have to get on with it! The other key issue this week is the growing emphasis on travel, foreign connections, regional ties, education, publishing, the internet and academia. A meeting or important piece of correspondence will be in your diary at any point from Friday 28th November, but you must anticipate all the likely scenarios for next year, as going in blind is not your best move right now. Again, questions are the answer, ironically enough. Find out what you absolutely have to know.
Taurus: 24-30 November 2014
Taurus, you have had to deal with two revelations about (or for) your partner in recent weeks which have made you feel that everything must be done according to the limitations of the situation. This also applies to your former or potential partner; the sense of being restricted is very real and you no doubt wish life would be faster and easier. Should you have a particular opponent, rival or enemy, then this difficult man or impossible woman has been at the heart of this new, ‘No options’ atmosphere and you probably need an energy top-up by this stage of the month. In actual fact, the energy will come from the certain knowledge that this is the last time in years you will ever have to deal with an episode like this! The Mercury-Saturn conjunction on Wednesday 26th November is decisive. Decisions must be made. Discussions must be had. Things must go in writing. If you are ever going to get to the end of one particular story, then you must find out as much as you possibly can; what do you have to lose by asking questions? The entry of Mercury into your financial, tax, banking, charity, business and property zone on Friday 28th November is a clear reminder that you must read the fine print on documents and agreements which will affect your life in 2015 and even as far ahead as 2016. Do not get yourself into something you later wish it was easier to extract yourself from.
Gemini: 24-30 November 2014
Gemini, your ruling planet Mercury makes two important aspects this week. First of all he conjuncts Saturn in an area of your horoscope where you must provide a service for others, and do your duty through your daily workload. This horoscope zone also describes your body and the way your physical being affects your capacity for work. After this Mercury moves into your opposite sign of Sagittarius, but more on that in a moment. The news or discussion midweek seems likely to give you a very small canvas to paint on. You must do your best with what you are being given, and what you are being given is hardly likely to inspire or excite you. Saturn does not operate like that. Instead, you just have to put your head down and get on with what you can, no doubt with your Keep Calm and Carry On mug by your side. You have no idea how liberated and exhilarated you will feel, in January 2015, when at last one monkey is off your back. Monkey? It’s more like a ten-ton gorilla, but you will be working, living and looking after yourself very differently within weeks. The arrival of your ruling planet in Sagittarius is a reminder to be sharply aware of what you are setting up with (or for) your partner. This applies to former and potential partners too. I would also put enemies, rivals and opponents into that category. Whatever is going in writing, in particular, needs close scrutiny, as arrangements and agreements which affect 2015 and possibly 2016 could weigh very heavily, in a way you are not aware of now. Read the fine print.
Cancer: 24-30 November 2014
Cancer, the Mercury-Saturn conjunction in Scorpio on Wednesday 26th November only underlines the realities of being someone’s parent, someone’s godparent, someone’s aunt or uncle. There are some truths about these roles which are so well-known that they enter the realms of cliche, but this is your life, and you must live it. Turning to the experiences of others and their hard-won wisdom may help you; even something as innocuous as an internet forum may help you. It’s useful to know that other parents, godparents, aunts and uncles have been there before you. Some Cancerians have no interest in breeding, but put their heart and soul into work, or voluntary work, that benefits children and young adults. For you, the role or project is clearly the talking point. There are also serious sexual relationships which may be hit by this Mercury-Saturn conjunction; the kind that could make you an aunt or uncle, if your partner was to marry you – or the kind that could lead to pregnancy, were the condom or pill to let you down. This tremendously heavy atmosphere, so leaden and loaded all the time, will melt away at Christmas. For now, you must do what you must do. The week ends with a reminder from Mercury that everything you set up about your working life in 2015 right now, could be made without full awareness. So ask questions. Lots of them. Don’t sign anything until then.
Leo: 24-30 November 2014
Leo, the planet Mercury changes signs to Sagittarius on Friday 28th November, which rules your son, daughter, niece, nephew or godchild. If you volunteer or work in a field where children and young adults are the demographic, then Mercury may turn his attentions there, instead. There are also serious sexual relationships which could lead to marriage (instant aunt or uncle status to a younger generation), or the rather obvious routes of pregnancy, adoption, step-parenting and so on. You will soon know what the issue is likely to be, as the e-mails, media items or telephone calls will begin shortly after Friday, and it looks as though December is a month of reckoning, when so much of the next 12 months will be set up. It is extremely important that you are fully aware and completely informed before you make decisions you will have to live with – and how – so promise yourself you will skip assumptions and wishful thinking and stick to some fairly gritty and no-nonsense enquiries. This week also sees a decisive Mercury-Saturn conjunction on Wednesday 26th November which helps your rapid closure with an issue which has dragged on for months, affecting your relative, home town, flat, house, homeland or household. Perhaps it’s even dragged on for years (Saturn entered this zone of your chart in late 2012). This ain’t no disco, to quote Talking Heads. It’s certainly no party. It’s a Saturn Event, and they are about as frothy and fun as an elephant sitting on a Mini Cooper. The elephant will get off the car eventually. For now, just talk. And talk.
Virgo: 24-30 November 2014
Virgo, your ruling planet Mercury also has rulership over Gemini, and it may be that you, along with the other Virgo and Gemini people you know, are more affected by this week’s planetary activity than other signs. This is certainly going to be a week when the penny drops. You have already had a couple of moments of truth, in relation to your internet, publishing, media or multimedia interests – or perhaps in more basic forms of communication, relating to the telephone, public speaking, language differences and so on. What happens on or very close to Wednesday 26th November is another penny dropping. In fact, it will clang rather heavily. You need to know, though! You need to know exactly what is and is not possible, so you can put one foot in front of the other and proceed to closure. This will happen very close to Christmas Eve, as Father Christmas is speeding across the sky with his reindeer. The week ends with Mercury’s arrival in your Fourth House, which rules your home town, homeland, house, apartment, family members or household. Before you leap into handshake agreements, or signatures, be aware that you need more information. You need the benefits of internet forums, books by experts, homespun wisdom and experience from others who have been in your situation – and so on. There are some decisions you may not want to make. Look into it, before you lock up your life for 2015 and possibly 2016. If something or someone feels rather heavy to you now, be a realist about the weight you’ll carry next year.
Libra: 24-30 November 2014
Libra, there is a popular misconception about astrology, popular in Indian culture in particular, that it is somehow a fixed and immovable creature, with total control over your destiny and an iron grip on your fate. This is a load of rubbish. Astrology is rather like an astrolabe on a ship, or a giant compass, which reveals the currents of time and the alternative journeys you might take. Awareness is everything. Just by reading your horoscope now, you are shaping your own future with full tilt consciousness. The projects and plans in front of you after Friday 28th November may involve the internet, or more traditional forms of communication – the hand-written or spoken word, perhaps. As you steer your boat towards 2015 you need to be utterly honest with yourself about people, ideas, organisations or situations which you already know could be hard work. There is nothing inescapable about your fate. You seem to be under the illusion that you have locked yourself in. You haven’t. You can change or modify this. And if you ask enough insightful questions, you may even obtain answers that encourage you to walk away. Everything is negotiable after Friday! The week is marked by a Mercury-Saturn conjunction on Wednesday 26th November which encourages you to see these new tasks with your money, business interests, charity or property as the final stitches on a heavy tapestry. This particular piece of work makes the Bayeux look like Fuzzy Felt. Keep stitching and working the fabric of your life. You’ll discard this in around four weeks.
Scorpio: 24-30 November 2014
Scorpio, events do not just drop into your life from nowhere. What you are now contemplating in terms of your money, house, business, flat, company, charity or possessions had its roots back in May or September, when wheels began to turn and you began taking a particular journey. Since then you have come to know the situation, organisation or people rather better and you are now know what you’re dealing with. Or do you? Your horoscope suggests that you’re still not entirely up to speed with who or what you may be letting yourself in for, next year. Mercury changes signs on Friday 28th November, giving you ample time to find out. In fact, December should be set aside for the deepest questioning and the most thorough and realistic appraisal of what might be waiting for you next year. It’s not too late to pull out. There is no law against it (or if there is, at least you can negotiate it in December, before Saturn changes signs at Christmas). Perhaps all that is required is a different sort of promise, or a revised understanding. What else is going on now? Saturn’s last gasp in Scorpio, your own sign, has already confronted you with two wake-up calls about your reputation, label, name or personal appearance. You know, as a result of this, that there will be more to come. That’s fine. Having come this far, you are more than ready to do whatever it takes, to sign off on one episode.
Sagittarius: 24-30 November 2014
Sagittarius, it can be harder to deal with Saturn in the Twelfth House of your solar chart than any other cycle, because it is so very difficult to share your private burdens with anybody else. Because you have been covering up a very heavy secret for such a long time, or dealing with a role which others don’t really see – let alone understand or recognise properly – everything has been an internal matter for you. You can share other things in your life with sympathetic friends or intimate confidantes, but not this! Fortunately, the Saturn cycle is breaking as you read this, and you have already seen one or two developments in recent days, which make it very clear this is the end game. Once you accept what cannot be changed, you know what you have to work with. You also need to remember that the future will be utterly different. The game will change. Your options will open up again. In some ways you have to park one particular saga in 2014 and leave it there, but over the long-term, you could surprise yourself at how easy it is to return to something which was once so very restrictive and difficult and do something new with it. What else is unfolding in your chart this week? Mercury enters Sagittarius on Friday 28th November. Make December decisions about your personal appearance, reputation or name very cautiously and find out exactly what is involved.
Capricorn: 24-30 November 2014
Capricorn, your ruling planet Saturn forms a conjunction to Mercury on Wednesday 26th November. On that day, or very close to it, you will need to take the bare bones of the situation involving a friend, or a group, and work with what you’ve got. You may be able to return to certain issues, set-ups or people later on, either in 2015 or 2016, and approach things in a new way. By then the atmosphere will have lifted and certain events will be out of the way. For now, though, the priority has to be finding closure at Christmas. You have so many other priorities (and some are wildly exciting and enthralling) that you cannot really afford to keep labouring away on a situation that you did not choose. Oh, you might have chosen the surface elements, back in 2013 – but you certainly did not sign up for the kind of saga you have been confronted with this year. Do what you must, and then set aside time and energy for another few tasks, before you leave this behind you. After Friday Mercury will change signs to Sagitttarius which rules your Twelfth House. Look very closely at what is submerged in yourself or your world. What is invisible to others, unless they peer into your hidden depths. Scrutinise your own mysteries and enigmas. This is where you have been gently lowering yourself into a situation you already tried to escape from once. Your reasons were valid, but they were not the real reasons at all. Your soul was warning you about a great weight you needed to avoid carrying, and your soul was right. Now, look at what lies below the surface in yourself, or in your life, and be ruthlessly honest about what 2015 might involve as a result. You can pull back from this. Change it. Or just walk away.
Aquarius: 24-30 November 2014
Aquarius, you must now be utterly practical about your career, charity role, non-profit work or university commitments. You only have so much time and energy available for this, and although the events of the last week or two have cranked up the drama and intensity, it is also true that you have other fish to fry. Ask yourself what you could achieve, between now and Christmas, that you would be satisfied by, and even proud of. Of course you’re going to have to work very hard, and put up with all sorts of restrictions, limitations, waiting games and obstacles. That is in the nature of this Saturn cycle. Yet, there are ways to do all that, without squeezing every last drop from your soul. And yes, you should still be able to walk away from this with a sense of completion, at Christmas. The new story in your life (well, new since the middle of 2014) involves a friend or group. Perhaps both. You walked into this without any deep knowledge of who or what was involved, and the early stages were about assumptions rather than realities. Now you have had a taste of reality (already) and found yourself dealing with someone, or something, rather heavy. That old hippy word from the 1960’s is actually quite apposite for the new Saturn cycle you are facing. Them Heavy People is a great Kate Bush song, while we are talking about quaint hippy notions, but in this instance, ‘heavy’ means human beings who clang when they walk. Who are heavy-nova, to quote Kylie. Who don’t exactly spring onto the dance floor and fling themselves around. Did you know you can pull out? How would that make you feel? If you don’t want to pull out, just make sure you lighten the load for yourself before it’s too hard to shift.
Pisces: 24-30 November 2014
Pisces, you are experiencing two levels of Saturn in Scorpio at the moment. One level involves the concept of teaching and learning. Instruction and education. The exchange of knowledge. None of it has given you an easy ride. You have had one waiting game after another, or been hit by people, places or organisations which are ridiculously stuck. This is the kind of cycle when you hit Jobsworths – pedants who are so enslaved by their systems that they lack the imagination or intuition to make the right decisions. You, of course, know what those decisions are! Yet, in this week of all weeks, the whole business of information and knowledge exchange has to be taken on the chin, because you seem very likely to be facing situations which are utterly restrictive and severely limiting. Try to be mature about this. No, life is not a picnic – sometimes you have to eat egg sandwiches on a bus. Beyond the knowledge exchange which forms one layer of this cycle, there are also very specific issues about your regional or international travel, your use of the internet (with all its mental travelling), your digital or traditional publishing, your belief system – and your relationship with people from different nationalities and backgrounds. What you decide this week, helps you gain closure by Christmas. That’s a promise. And for your next task, you must scan the fine print on new professional, university or non-profit sector undertakings, so you do not over-burden yourself in 2015. That paperwork will be with you in the next few weeks.
Copyright Jessica Adams/William Morris Entertainment/Curtis Brown 2014.