There is a great Morrissey song titled ‘November Spawned A Monster’ which just about sums up the intense Scorpio stellium in the new month ahead. The monster is the global economy, incorporating bankers, the sharemarkets and currency trading. As you probably know, the sign of the scorpion rules all those things, because it falls under Pluto, the planet to be associated with underground resources: gold, diamonds, coal, water, gas and so on. Pluto is also about the balance of power. What we are about to see in November is the final detox in the hardest, slowest economic cycle the planet has endured for 29 years. There will be tremendous market instability as Mercury completes his retrograde and a few hard calls before Christmas, and relief at last. Apart from a blip halfway through 2015, this Saturn in Scorpio cycle is mostly over.
Aries: 27th OCTOBER - 2nd NOVEMBER
Now there are no more excuses, you simply have to turn things around, with the promise of a satisfying January or February outcome. Your career, your life at university or your unpaid position is the target for your current goals and ambitions. Fair enough, too, given what you have endured in recent weeks. Despite some very set intentions you appear to have been at the mercy of situations, organisations or people which just hit you at the wrong time, in the wrong place. As a result you have no doubt been feeling disempowered and left wondering what to do. Everything in astrology is about the timing, though, and from this point forward, as your ruler Mars joins Pluto in the practical sign of Capricorn, the momentum is incredible. In fact, you will be making up for lost time, with visible results by January and perhaps a permanent, impressive change by February. The key to everything is to assert your own power over your own self and life. It does take a will of steel, but you have it. More to the point, you are probably now sharply conscious of the need to dedicate yourself to climbing the ladder in the most stoic, steady and persistent way. You may want status. Success. Fame. Your own personal mission statement fulfilled. You may want glamour. Respect. Unshakeable standing. The only thing that will get you there, though, is an investment in your own abilities to move mountains and alter the way you pursue the highest peaks of your CV. You are well-known for being the Speedy Gonzales of your chosen field, business or industry. Now, however, you must plod upwards like a mountain goat, taking each rung with a smile on your face.
Taurus: 27th OCTOBER - 2nd NOVEMBER
For a couple of reasons, one difficult, one pretty easy, you now have to change the way you use the internet; travel; study; teach; deal with foreign people or places. Perhaps this list contains two crossover zones for you – maybe it is just one major challenge. What happened to you (or, who happened to you) since September has left you longing for a chance to make up for lost time. It’s not just about recovering lost ground; you now realise you have to utterly transform everything, no matter if it is online or in the real world – at home or away. When your ruling planet Venus forms a sextile to Pluto on Saturday 1st November it is the third horoscope pattern in seven days to urge you on. You cannot possibly return to the way things were last year, or the year before that. However, the 2014 version of your life (so far) is also far from satisfactory. Instead, you need to deepen your understanding of the way you get from A to B, on the internet or across the map, by getting back to basics. This is about what you believe. It is a philosophy or a faith as much as anything else and perhaps it is time to take your cue from Sagittarians, who are never tourists – they are cultural exchange artists. They never just complete a qualification – they pursue deep knowledge. They never merely mentor, guide or educate others (or write) – they live their ideals and ideas, from a deep inner conviction. You have been given a couple of gigantic shoves by the universe in recent weeks, not only to right a few wrongs in your life, but also to take the whole thing further and to reach higher. By January, with enough willpower, your Meaning of Life is in the bag.
Gemini: 27th OCTOBER - 2nd NOVEMBER
You have been given a very basic and boring lesson about money, property, business, charity or your precious possessions in the last few weeks. If you have spent even ten minutes on an internet forum devoted to your particular concern, you will realise just how common an issue this is. Fortunately, things are now on the turn and you are finally in the right time, at the right place, to get things back on an even keel. This is more than wanting a return to some kind of normality, though. What has happened to you has made you realise that ‘normal’ is actually not particularly normal at all. It’s just something you got used to, because you didn’t have the willpower to climb out of it and actually run your financial or material life. Is that too harsh? Unfortunately it is a truth of the Pluto in Capricorn cycle you are currently in. It is awfully easy to coast by on the surface and never peer into the great knowledge base you are actually supposed to acquire. It is all too easy to assume you have zero willpower to do anything decisive or transformative. Thus life rolls on – until that fateful day (you probably had yours in the last few weeks) when someone – or something – intervenes. Now, you must waste no more time. Mars in Capricorn is setting the pace and you could do more in four weeks than you did in four months. You could even create such momentum with your money, house, flat, business, charity or possessions that you enter 2015 in a happily altered state. Perhaps the only thing standing in your way is the fear that you will succeed and then find yourself regretting wasted months. Even wasted years. That in itself is a waste of time, though, because the reality is, your life could actually start now. Looking backwards may not even be an issue. It only becomes an issue if you allow it. And as 2015 is already suggesting, you have so much to look forward to. The empowerment that comes from controlling what you earn, own or owe and actually living the truth of your own values could be sensational. January is calling you.
Cancer: 27th OCTOBER - 2nd NOVEMBER
Mars is now setting up shop in your opposite sign of Capricorn, which rules your opposite number in life. This may be your wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend or professional partner. The sign of Capricorn also rules your opponents and opposition; anyone against you, no matter if is profoundly personal or purely professional. Finally, the sign of the goat describes your former partner – and also anyone you long to shag in the future. What does Mars do? He speeds things up. There is no room for procrastination with this transit. Mars is moving steadily through the sign where Pluto took up residence in 2008, forever changing the tone, atmosphere and pace of your partnerships, as well as your battles. These two together are pretty transformative, which is why you may feel as if it’s now or never, over the next few days. You are quite right. Some things cannot wait. You probably know astrology is about synchronicity. Carl Jung’s theory of deeply meaningful coincidence. As I write these words for you on a flight from Honolulu to Sydney, I can see a film playing on the back of my neighbour’s seat. The film stars Tom Cruise. Cancerian like you. He has also been through all those Seventh House issues since 2008, described above, no matter if you cast his former parter as Nicole Kidman or Katie Holmes. Make no mistake, this is an intense and prolonged transit when you are taught very big lessons about power and how it functions in a partnership, or in a conflict. What is different about this week in particular, though, is that Mars is turning the key in the lock. Sometimes it is very easy to do nothing because we are too confronted by what transformation would mean. It empowers us, and weirdly enough, that level of control and potency can be highly confronting. Change can also be scary, which is why so many people remain stuck with the same old, same old, even as they hear themselves complaining about it. You are now being given a chance to change your life, with (or through, or about) this person. Say yes?
Leo: 27th OCTOBER - 2nd NOVEMBER
On Sunday 26th October Mars entered Capricorn, the sign which rules your lifestyle, daily workload and your relationship with your body. This really sets the agenda for November and the Moon’s conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn on Wednesday 29th October, followed by a Venus sextile to Pluto in Capricorn (again) on Saturday 1st November rings the changes. After many weeks when you were not in control of your daily routine, your body or your working life – you can now wrestle the steering wheel around to your side of the road. None of this has really been your fault; circumstances beyond your control bent your everyday existence or your health all out of shape recently. However, what you can take away from this time is a new appreciation of just how important it is to have the little things taken care of. In astrology, the sign of Virgo rules your work, your service and duty to others – and also your duty to your own physical wellbeing. Virgo is also associated with minutiae; the world of the very small. Now you must address the tiniest, apparently most trivial aspects of your daily life. It is from the small changes you are about to make that the most powerful results will build, with amazing outcomes possible by January, which is not that far away. First, though, you must remember that the golden rule with Pluto transits is to apply intense willpower, determination and focus to the task ahead. Only then will you be a match for the situation, person or organisation which has dominated for so long. And only you know what that is.
Virgo: 27th OCTOBER - 2nd NOVEMBER
You are now staring down a two-month period of deep change where your son or daughter is concerned. This also applies to relationships which may bring pregnancy, stepchildren or younger in-laws into your life; of course it also applies to godchildren, nieces, nephews, youth-related projects and so on. Over the last few weeks you have come to appreciate just how important it is to show leadership in all these intensely personal areas of your life. It does not matter if you are guiding or helping a younger generation, or mentoring your own dynasty, created with your own DNA; some rather relentless situations have brought you to the point where change is the only answer. You simply have to feel as if you are running your own life, in regard to this, and despite your best efforts, it is only now that you are in the right place, at the right time, to do just that. Of course you could lag behind, or lapse in your efforts; this would only result in disappointment with yourself, as well as a profoundly wasted opportunity. In actual fact, the whole point of what you were put through in September and early October was to get you to claim your own power. That will be the reward from all this; long after you have turned an issue around with this younger generation (or the relationships which bring it closer) you will have become utterly empowered.
Libra: 27th OCTOBER - 2nd NOVEMBER
Ever since Pluto changed signs back in 2008 you have seen some fairly typical manifestations of the cycle, affecting your home, family, household, home town, property investment or homeland. If people have departed the family circle, the loss has resulted in a change in the balance of power within that branch of the tree. If you have been dealing with local government, council or perhaps intensely patriotic national issues, you have also been immersed in politics in the truest sense of the word. In other cases the concern has been with flatmates, or landlords, or tenants, or builders; anyone who has taught you about controlling what happens with your apartment or house. Every year since 2008 you have a variation on a theme to contend with. Right now, you are dealing with one of the most urgent agendas yet. Mars has changed signs to join Pluto in Capricorn and transformation in a hurry is the only option. Is it possible? Mostly. The final, lasting results may not be entirely in place until you are well into the first quarter of 2015, but you should certainly be able to see weekly progress from now until January – then, by February, sure signs that you have come a long way. The last few weeks have shown you what life is like when you explore your sense of belonging to a place or people in depth. Once you get it right, everything else is manageable. That means deepening the ties to your home turf or your sense of nationhood or kinship with your countrymen. It means focussing very hard on the rooms which make up your home – or the garden. For many people born under your sign it means putting family first. Now, you are on your way.
Scorpio: 27th OCTOBER - 2nd NOVEMBER
The truth is, you can’t really persuade anyone to do anything, until you have the right medium for your message. The internet alone offers an abundance of choice for that. Beyond the medium, there is the question of what to say (or write) and how to say it. Your very choice of words can move mountains. There are also more fundamental questions about the most efficient way to connect people, places and ideas – and that is your task now. The last few weeks have seen your ruling planet Pluto put you through your paces in a way that has made you long for a chance to change. Now you have that chance, and it is ongoing; if you are prepared to harness all your willpower and concentration to become utterly single-minded about communication, you can turn your situation around. There is a carrot for the donkey in this case (despite being a scorpion, you are now the donkey) and it’s quite a tempting one – you can’t really complain about the motivation. Beyond that, though, your horoscope suggests you have been on a thoroughly bumpy ride via the web, the media, publishing and the whole business of being heard and read. With every bump you have come closer to the core of what you need to do; the time has come to control your own Communication H.Q. very tightly. You could see results within a week. You could see your own empowerment within a month or two. That is a good enough reason to start right now and mean it.
Sagittarius: 27th OCTOBER - 2nd NOVEMBER
Someone (or something) entered your life in a big way in September, making it vital that you upgrade and improve your approach towards money, property, charity or business. In addition to that potent encouragement, you have also put up with less comfortable reasons to change. You have been shown what life is like when you neglect to put your finances, lifestyle and security first. You have also been shown how much easier life becomes when you make it your business to earn and own, before all other things. Underpinning this is a growing sense of what you will and will not sell out for; an appreciation of who or what is priceless to you. Just hanging on to particular possessions or property is one way of ensuring its value lasts. However, the most precious thing of all is a guiding principle which has nothing to do with the material world and everything to do with your own integrity. The deeper you go into this current Pluto cycle the more you realise you must master this; not just the bean-counting, but also the art of evaluating who and what matters most and then digging your heels in, so that you can make it yours forever. All of this is miles away from the person you actually are, but no matter. Whatever it takes, right? And everything you have been shown about your world over the last few weeks has taken you to the point where you must use your own strength of will to turn everything around and wave a magic wand over your life.
Capricorn: 27th OCTOBER - 2nd NOVEMBER
Capricorn, you now have Mars in your sign, so you have very little tolerance or patience for any obstacles affecting the way you appear to the world – or the way you are seen. The First House of your solar chart is associated with your label, name, brand, reputation, personal appearance and online profile. This is now where you will find momentum building, as after several weeks when no matter how hard you tried, you could not really wrestle back control – you are finally in a position to do just that. Of course, the person you must work with the hardest and convince the most, is yourself. Having just been pushed through the most intense and relentless period, though, it seems you are ready to do just about anything to be on top of this again. And by ‘this’ I mean the way you look, and the way you are regarded. The Moon-Pluto conjunction in your own sign of Capricorn near Wednesday 29th October may well bring things to a head. The time has come to assert yourself and fly your own flag. Also, perhaps, to understand what soldiers of old knew; half the battle is the armour, the horses, the helmets, livery and pennants. Appearances are everything and you have to now throw yourself into honouring that, if you are to get anywhere. It is not your normal style to self-promote; to thrust yourself forward; to blow your own bugle. It is time you learned what every Aries knows, though, and that is – put yourself first, get yourself out there, and be first in line (with the right horse and armour too, no matter if it’s a car or a suit). Perhaps you would not do this at any other time in your life, but the last few weeks are a lesson in what not to do. So, onwards!
Aquarius: 27th OCTOBER - 2nd NOVEMBER
At long last you are in a position to bring about change. It has been impossible to do more than make half-hearted attempts at this over the last few weeks, but now you are in the right place, at the right time. A great deal depends on your self-control and your will power. Without those firmly harnessed, you may find a repeat of the same scenario from 2013 or 2014, when something (or someone) completely took over, leaving you feeling as if there was very little you could do. The tide is now turning, as the planet Mars joins Pluto in the most sensitive area of your solar chart, enabling you to make firm strides this week, but also into December and beyond. It could genuinely be a new year, for a change, with at least one department of your life, and possibly more, remodelled. There is no point in having the same old debates with yourself, or even playing the same games with yourself. You are the only person who can turn things around and now that you have been given a clear run to do this, there is nothing and nobody to stop you. Only you. On the plus side, although there is no such thing as instant gratification with a Pluto cycle, there is certainly the promise of weekly progress, of the most visible and encouraging kind. And really, what else are you going to do? Slide backwards? Keep procrastinating? This is virtually a fait accompli.
Pisces: 27th OCTOBER - 2nd NOVEMBER
How do you harness people power to make a group, team or association function at its highest peak? Much depends on a breezy, detached way of relating to both men and women in the circle. No ego, no agenda, no feelings (whoa, whoa, whoa feelings) to complicate things – just an awareness of the larger goal that everyone shares and must work towards. This keeps things circulating as they should; it also guarantees you will sidestep some of the more emotional scenarios that can often break a group up, or splinter the trust and teamwork. Beyond this very particular way of relating to people en masse, there is also the question of friendship to consider, because this week is also about being a friend, and knowing what it means to have a friend. What happened to you in September and October gave you two very good reasons to set November and December aside for change and improvement. The only issue for you was physically being able to pursue it; the circumstances have simply not been right to date. From this point forward, though, if you are prepared to tightly control what you say and do with these people (and with one friend in particular) then you can turn things around in a remarkably short space of time. Pluto and Mars in Capricorn have a gift for you and that gift is empowerment. Nothing to do with what is wrapped up under the tree – yet in its own way, genuine empowerment is the best and shiniest present you could hope to receive. Forget what (or who) did not work for you so well in 2014; in this kind of cycle it is really not too premature to say that 2015 begins in late October.
Copyright Jessica Adams/William Morris Entertainment/Curtis Brown 2014.