As predicted last week, with all that intense focus on the sign of Scorpio, a big merger or closure was in the air. This, from USA TODAY – “Yahoo! shareholders urge AOL CEO Tim Armstrong to consider merger.” One prediction came true, to the day, three years after you saw it on this website. Back on October 17th 2011, this story went up on The Astrology Show – Wall Street Crisis Christmas 2014. Here is an extract – “Look at the road from November 12 2014 to Christmas. It is intense. It is stressful. And astrologers and astrologically savvy financiers should watch it carefully. The trends begin about six weeks before Christmas 2014. On 12 November…” On the same day, the BBC News reported SIX BANKS FINED £2.6 BILLION BY REGULATORS. And it’s not over yet. Traders’ attempted manipulation of foreign exchange rates is one story that will run – all the way to Christmas. This Financial Times front page says it all, and I’m going to continue that prediction into November 17th-23rd, because nothing is stopping for the banks, any time soon. Or for Wall Street.
Aries: 17-23 November 2014
Aries, if you know you have horoscope factors in Pisces (check here) then Neptune’s direct motion in that sign this week, will affect you very personally. It can help to stay grounded, so long walks in the park, boring gardening or housework chores and a certain wariness about alcohol and drugs may assist. No matter what your personal chart looks like, it’s now time to seriously address what you cover up and hide from other people in a clandestine or even sneaky way. It is also time (on higher moral ground) to focus harder on roles you play behind the scenes, where others are the name or face, and you are virtually undetected. On a more neutral note there may be classified information or confidential concerns for you. Neptune requires reining in. Now you know who and what you are dealing with, you are in a position to pull sharply away from a path you were on, just a few weeks ago, or to alter it somewhat. The key to this week is being utterly realistic about people, organisations and situations which aren’t real-world at all. I also need to mention the choices you are making about travelling, teaching, studying, publishing, writing or involving yourself more deeply with another region, nationality or culture. Don’t just stumble into this, because in 5-6 weeks the repercussions of whatever you’re entering into now will be more serious and demanding than you can see now. The trick with a new Saturn transit is to be wide-awake about what or whom you are drawing more closely to you, and the best way to head off issues before they ever happen.
Taurus: 17-23 November 2014
Taurus, only you can decide if your friend (or your group of friends and acquaintances) is a total and welcome trip – or a shambles waiting to happen. This is the week to isolate the issues and look at them in the clear light of day, because your horoscope suggests you are around a man who has difficulty getting real, or a woman who is all over the place. Collectively, of course, there may be a team, society, association, club or similar network of people which is about as organised as an aquarium when the fish food goes in. Trying to pin down people who are heavily Neptunian or Piscean (a classic hallmark of this cycle) is like trying to tap a goldfish with your finger. You can get close, but there is something so slippery, so darting, so elusive and so defiantly un-catchable about some of your friends and groups now, you need other tactics. Being highly conscious of his/her/their world and fitting your own needs around it, is a good idea. You do the ring-fencing, containment and control and eventually these people just have to live within the parameters and boundaries you set. I don’t think the personalities involved, or the structure, is ever going to be of this world – but a parallel reality can be interesting for you, as long as it’s in check. What else is going on now? The slow build-up to Saturn in your finance, tax, business, precious possessions, charity and property sector is worth watching. You know there could be issues next year. And you know you have choices. Now, how can you program the future before it happens, so the stakes are suitably low?
Gemini: 17-23 November 2014
Gemini, you now have two major trends affecting your daily workload, your professional ambition, your academic career, your social mountaineering and your ideas about service and duty, as opposed to personal advancement. Those trends lock into each other seamlessly. One is about the need to get very, very real about a situation which has dragged for too long. The other is about understanding the way certain people, departments or organisations operate (chaotically, or approaching borderline chaos) and factoring it into your year-end plans. Neptune is direct this week, on the midheaven of your solar chart, which is where you get to the top, or try to hang onto your place on the professional, corporate, university or business ladder (sometimes non-profit too). You are never going to change him, her, them or it as you wish. But you can do trade-offs and compromises. Expecting some kind of magic-wand transformation where those who are messy, vague, forgetful or just hopelessly untethered to reality to improve is futile. However, you can insist on some kind of system or structure, or even just start building it around them. Think of this as an ocean net. An enclosure, which satisfies you, at the same time that it allows him, her or them to go on as usual. At least you will know where you stand and where the limits are! This week also ushers in more activity in your opposite sign of Sagittarius, ruling your opposite number (in love or work) and also any opposition (rivals or opponents). It is worth repeating. What and who you usher into your life now, will weigh very heavily on you next year, so you must be completely conscious of who and what you are embracing and what is involved.
Cancer: 17-23 November 2014
Cancer, you appear to have been woken up to the full-thrust reality of travelling, studying, teaching, publishing, using the internet – or dealing with different regions, cultures and nationalities. Maybe a combination of all that, as the Ninth House can be quite intricate. The reason for the reality check about the total non-reality of the situation, is Neptune’s direct motion in your Ninth House. It has taken a while, but at last your eyes are open. The next question is, do you retain the plans, people, projects or pursuits – or do you run away screaming? The truth is, Neptune situations and people can be very inviting. When it all gets too real and basic out there (too mundane, too gritty, too ordinary) you can always dive headlong into these little escapes, or embrace those who offer a genuine alternative to the everyday. As always with Neptune transits, the trick is management. The trip, course, workshop, book, website has to be shaped and crafted so it’s a good fit for your real-world existence. You might say the same for this regional, interstate, international or foreign connection. Make it work for you. I don’t think you can alter the essential nature or approach of those involved, or the actual structure of the journey, qualification or project, because it is what it is. But you can certainly assert your right to make him, her, them or ‘this’ function in your life. The other issue now is your body or your daily workload. You’re fully aware now of a fork in the road in your destiny. You can go left, right or just get off the road. As with every Saturn cycle (and you have a major Saturn cycle on the way) you benefit by asking more questions, entertaining more outcomes, projecting more seriously and fully into the future. If there is paperwork, trawl it like a professional. Or get a professional. In all cases, be a realist, even if you have to be a pessimist, about what 2015 involves.
Leo: 17-23 November 2014
With Neptune now direct, or moving forward, and about to square Venus too, you have some fast thinking to do about your money, house, apartment, family inheritance, business interests, banking and possessions. You can find out more about this cycle at The Astrology Show but essentially, it is time to control and contain what is going on. You may be dealing with a Neptunian or Piscean type who is all over the place. Who does not know what day it is. Who has a poor reality function. Alternatively, there is a large organisation, or perhaps just a wide-open situation, where you feel a tremendous need to anchor and ground yourself. I suspect your mortgage, rent, family, flatmate or live- in partner, builder (or anyone else connected to your home life) is intricately connected, as the Sun, your ruler, conjuncts Saturn this week. What else matters now? Venus and the Sun are poised to enter Sagittarius, which rules your children, godchildren, young relatives. Which rules youth projects and a younger demographic. Which rules sexual relationships where pregnancy, adoption or step-parenthood is a possibility. Know exactly who and what you are letting yourself in for, Leo, before you wake up on Christmas Day and realise just how real life suddenly became. You can’t really avoid a Saturn transit through your Fifth House. However, you can minimise what is at stake. And you can be a conscious life consumer. A classic example of this may be stumbling into pregnancy. Or just hastily accepting school agendas for your child. Be wide awake.
Virgo: 17-23 November 2014
Virgo, you are dealing with a man who is all over the place, in many respects – or a woman who may not know what day it is. This person is a Neptunian or Piscean type, or has a horoscope which hooks into those placements in your own astrological chart. If you are curious about what a Neptune cycle does, then I have a more detailed explanation up on The Astrology Show right now. The reason for this sudden awareness of the potential chaos, confusion or messiness of a particular person or situation is in your chart. Neptune is turning direct, or moving forward, and so you must now be far more conscious of the need for some rules. Your former partner may have been lost to you through separation, divorce, an official severance or split – or even death. Your current partner may be there for reasons which are emotional, sexual, romantic, personal – or just strictly professional. A potential partner can be just as engaged with you as someone who is actually there; Mr or Miss Possible/Potential can be a potent force. Along with these players, the other contenders for the Neptune crown might be jealous rivals, professional competitors, open enemies (for example in legal battle with you) or just people you love to hate. The Seventh House of your horoscope describes all such people and while Neptune is moving forward here, you must understand the psyche of the other person. This individual is confused and confusing. And you can’t change his or her personality. You can, however, work around. You can craft the situation. And you can walk away from the more obvious risks, as you appear to have been pursuing something for late 2014 or early 2015 which might add to the blurring of the boundaries. Any situation where it’s really unclear where the lines are drawn should be avoided at all costs. What else is going on now? Well, this may be related, but you clearly have a choice waiting for you, where the house, flat, family, household, home town or homeland is concerned. That choice will be hard to reverse after Christmas so now is the time to ask more questions, give particular decisions deeper thought and if necessary, think of every single cotton-pickin’ scenario.
Libra: 17-23 November 2014
Libra, it can be useful to read about Neptune in more depth, when he is moving forward in your lifestyle zone, so have a look at this Astrology Show feature, which I have updated for the week ahead. You appear to have been sleepwalking into a situation which you must now avoid, or at least try to reshape. It affects the way you live and work on a daily basis. It may also affect your body, no matter if the issue is food, drink, drugs, doctors, gyms or naturopaths. It is very likely that you are being powerfully affected by someone who is disorganised, or just hugely unrealistic and out of touch with your concept of the real world. If so, this person would have slid into your life, or reappeared, since July 2014. Neptune can work in very subtle ways, so before you know what is actually happening, you wake up to find yourself woven tightly into situations affecting the way you work, or deal with your body, that an outsider would find truly concerning. Why the concern? Because Neptune types can create mess and disorder, and if there is one house of your horoscope which should be relatively orderly and manageable it is the Sixth House, ruled by Virgo in the natural zodiac. Sometimes the issue in this transit is a whole organisation, company or department which is shambolic. And sometimes it’s just a nebulous situation – a trend, atmosphere or particular current of the zeitgeist which makes you feel confused. This week is so useful Libra, because you can stop something or someone before it really screws up your life. That is a blunt thing to say but sometimes you have to speak plainly when Neptune is around. Dazed and Confused is a classic Led Zeppelin song but it should not describe someone who would have such a hefty impact on your workload, daily routine or health next year! At the very least, can you craft, contain, control and curtail what is going on? Also this week – a klaxon horn alert about the internet, media, multimedia, publishing and other channels for your voice, images and ideas. Before you take something/someone any further, peer into the future and ask yourself just how heavy a load this is going to be. Try to be a total realist about this.
Scorpio: 17-23 November 2014
Scorpio, for some time now, you have been seeing the many different effects of Neptune on your children, godchildren or young relatives. On youth related projects and plans, or the impact of a younger demographic on your work. On babies, through to young adults. On intimate relationships which could so easily end in pregnancy, adoption or step-parenting. For more on this Neptune cycle, continue reading here. Basically, you have Neptune in the Fifth House, which has long been associated with birth and offspring; children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren; illicit affairs; fertility and unsuccessful pregnancy too; godchildren and adopted children; younger people who play the role of son or daughter to you, individually or collectively, even if they have quite a different status in your life. This week you must keep your eyes wide open about recent discoveries and realisations, and stay wide awake, as you insist on change, or even walk away from who/what is creating mess in your world. If insisting on change (a few rules or real-world alterations would not go astray) works, that’s great. If it doesn’t, just keep the person or situation, but ring-fence him, her or it – and make it fit into your universe in a way which suits you, for a change. This may involve dropping one or two plans you were pursuing in September-October, but that’s fine. If someone/something is too shambolic, though, and you just know it’s disorienting you, then you can walk away – of course. What else is going on this week? The Sagittarius stellium is building in your zone of money, tax, business, rent, mortgage, credit card, possessions, charity and banking. You are at the brink of deciding how 2015 will be for you. The factors have been there for months, building in intensity and importance since September. Find out more, Scorpio! And don’t be afraid to imagine what could go wrong next year. Of course it may never happen. But the reality is, X, Y and Z does happen, all the time, to others. So read widely. You do have a choice.
Sagittarius: 17-23 November 2014
Sagittarius, it looks as though you have been lured into a potentially messy or borderline chaotic situation affecting your home life, family relationships, flatmates, home town, mortgage, rent, renovations, home country, house or apartment. The person, place or plan has concerned you for a while and alarm bells probably rang back in October. Now you must be proactive about avoiding any future issues next year, as you must be a realist about what (or who) is so ungrounded, or just ungrounding. It is not too late to change your mind about things and it may save you a great deal of muddle or perhaps a genuinely messy situation next year. This is fairly hardline astrological advice, but Neptune transits can really leave you feeling all at sea, unless someone (like an astrologer) yells from the shore and holds up a red flag. You have willingly drifted or happily swum into a situation which has an unreal quality about it, like a colour illustration from a children’s book or a still from a film. It has storybook elements, as all Neptune scenarios do. As Neptune turns direct, though, you have to address the likely outcomes and scenarios in 2015 and wake up and smell every rose which is now in front of you. Feel free to reject who or what seemed like such a good idea weeks before. And if not to reject, then at least to create some kind of structure or framework around the person or the situation so that you are in control of the walls, and you have the reassurance of knowing there are boundaries. If ever there was something or someone which was all over the place, everywhere, all the time – it is this – and you are the only person who can build the sea walls to stop any further flooding. This week is also noteworthy for the building stellium in Sagittarius, your own sign. How you look and appear next year is down to decisions you make now through December. If you don’t want to wake up in January regretting your lack of informed decision-making right now – get some information! And seek expertise.
Capricorn: 17-23 November 2014
Capricorn, the planet Neptune turns direct this week, in the Third House of your horoscope, which rules e-mail, Skype, telephone calls, letters and all basic communication. The Third House also rules language differences, the media, publishing, the internet as a whole and multimedia. You must now accept some uncomfortable truths about a person, organisation or situation which was the most delightful escape for you back in September, but ever since October, has increasingly sent your compass needle spinning in all directions, all the time. Feeling rudderless, lost or all at sea is a classic manifestation of a Neptune transit, and yet it is your early warning device kicking in. You must now insist on some rules. Communication is taken for granted, but it is the oxygen and life blood of so much that circulates in every single department of your life. If this week involves getting rid of something or someone which was on your agenda for weeks, so be it – anything to avoid further muddle or messy situations. If you just need to cut and trim what is there, then do some life gardening. Don’t assume or rely on guesswork with any aspect of your communication, as you would benefit from fact-finding or intelligent questioning, rather than hazy stabs at what you think might be going on, or what you hopefully assume is the case. The Third House of the chart also rules short-distance travel and commuting, as it is ruled by Mercury the messenger in the natural zodiac. You may want to look at the practicality (or not) of regional or local trips and the whole business of getting from A to B, which involves your bus, train, bicycle, car, motorbike or domestic flights. What else is showing up in your chart now? You are on the verge of making decisions which will affect 2015 as a whole. Take your time and take good advice. One decision may concern what you deliberately cover up from other people and do in secret. Another might involve an uncredited, invisible role you play behind the scenes. Think carefully.
Aquarius: 17-23 November 2014
Aquarius, before you enter into an arrangement (or lock it down) affecting your house, apartment, business interests, money, possessions or charity – sit back and look at what you have been discovering since October. I am sure that in September particular people, organisations or situations looked like a television mini-series you just wanted to walk straight into. A little Hollywood adventure that you could lose yourself in, or a children’s pop-up picture book you just wanted to pop into. This is standard stuff for a Neptune transit, which is what you have been experiencing. The reality, of course, has been dramatically different, and you are now at a stage when you are wavering between three choices. Firstly, walking away. Secondly, staying in the game, but changing the rules. Thirdly, staying in the game, but losing half the board (and then changing the rules). Things have reached a stage where you must be a total realist about who and what you are dealing with. Did you miss a fact or figure before? Were you listening properly or reading carefully enough, earlier? Do you need to ask some harder questions? The warning bells should be clanging if you are dealing with people or organisations which seem woolly, not entirely in touch with the real world, or (to put it politely) not exactly on the same planet as you. Aquarius, you have choices here. And there is an utterly sensible choice just waiting to be made, which would help you keep things on track and avoid the worse of the riptides and chaotic currents which could easily take over in 2015. What else is big in your chart now? Saturn in Sagittarius is on the way in. Before you go hurtling into a new phase with (or for) that friend, or the group, try to look at all the many, many different ways you could play it and help your future self, by ditching the riskiest, highest-stake plan of all. Look at alternatives.
Pisces: 17-23 November 2014
Pisces, your ruling planet Neptune turns direct this week, moving forward through your own sign of Pisces, which changes your direction as well. You have some choices to make about your name, your label, or your brand. About your reputation, your personal appearance and your image. Feel free to pull right out of a plan which you were agreeing to, only weeks before. Or at least, modify this plan, so that the risk of a messy situation in 2015 is minimised. What makes for a messy situation? People or organisations which are muddled or semi-chaotic. A certain level of vagueness or a dislike of being pinned down. You seriously benefit from calling a spade, a spade, Pisces. With Neptune’s direction change, you can now take hold of the currents which have been carrying you along since September, and actually control what is going on. You can get a foothold on planet earth, and from there you can set about controlling and containing a situation which was, quite seriously, taking you further and further away from normality, reality and ordinary, everyday existence. It takes great insight to be so wide-awake that you can actually identify what has been happening – or what is still happening. Neptune can be like that. Blinking hard, several times, will help you. So will a notebook and pencil, because actually listing and naming – labelling – the elements of the situation (just the facts) since September will help you to crystallise your thoughts and make some informed choices. The way you look and appear in 2015 is too precious to be left to fate, or other people. Ditch a plan if you must. Alter if, if you have to. Neptune can be so insidious, and it would appear that some situation, organisation or person which deeply affects your image or profile must now be addressed – and not before time. What else are you dealing with this week? A big choice about your future career, projects, plans, role or goal. You already have misgivings. You urgently need to ask more questions and get some answers. Even in writing.
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