Belt it out, Cancer! Whatever youve been holding back, whether its for three days or three years, now is the time to express yourself, as the bold Sun in Scorpio shakes up your third house of passion and play until November 21. While open, even effusive, expression doesnt come naturally to all Cancers, its a great time to practice wearing your heart on your sleeve, rather than guarding it beneath protective armor. When it comes to vocalizing your approval of the homemade gnocchi with sage butter on your plate, were pretty sure you dont need help. So why should your undying admiration of that special someone stay under wraps? This theme of opening up is strong this month, and guess what? Its just the start, since for the next three years structured Saturn will be touring Scorpiothe same passionate sector of your chart. Getting schooled in self-expression might not sound so bad after you read about how this normally-shy woman used karaoke to build her confidence: http://www.elle.com/fashion/spotlight/discover-confidence-with-karaoke You have sequins in your closet, too. So what are you waiting for? Break em out!
Before you turn into a microphone-hogging, spotlight clutching attention seeker (as if!), youll want to take a pause with all matters of communication, since messenger Mercury is going retrograde (backward) from November 6-26. The first half of the retrograde is in Sagittarius, your sixth house of efficiency and health, so youll want to review, reevaluate and revise your fitness and organizational habits (any retrograde period supports all activities that begin with re, i.e. reflect, renew, etc.) Whats working? Whats not? Perhaps youre over that age-old blueberry allergy and can now afford to mix in a few with your morning yogurt. After November 14, Mercury slides back into Scorpio, your fifth house of drama. Avoid temper tantrums like the plague. Your teary version of But this is just how I feel can make the other person feel like theyre staring down the barrel of a loaded gun. Keep your incredible capacity for deep, beautiful emotions on the up-and-upyou dont want anyone feeling tied to you out of guilt, obligation or resentment. Youre in charge of your emotionsas opposed to your emotions being in charge of you. Dont forget it.
On November 13, a changemaking solar (new moon) eclipse falls in Scorpio, your fifth house of passion, and stirs up intense longings. A new romance or even a pregnancy is possibleif not near this date, then in the coming six months. November 13 marks the beginning of a three-year eclipse pattern on the Taurus/Scorpio axis, which will push you to explore the themes of drama versus detachment, love versus friendship, learning when (and when not) to sweat the small stuff, being super-affectionate versus cool and distant.
Like it or not, the time has come for you to make yourself available to the big, bad worldnew friends, colleagues, and groupsnot just your tight-knit circle. Your tribe is calling, and that means you have to take some risks with exposing your authentic self so that you can find your peeps. Perhaps youll unearth a new attitude about love, one thats more spiritual in nature less clingy and possessive. Think: Live and let live. Dont think: Tom Cruise and an alleged book-length pre-nup (even if he is a fellow Cancer). Its possible that friendships could become romantic. You might discover that youre being more expressive, more creative, fearlessly revealing your passions. Say what you feel, instead of hesitating and holding back. Ditch the self-consciousness, and ever so slowly, all the confidence youll need, at your well-manicured fingertips. With sexy Mars in Capricorn, your relationship house, November 16-25, you can feel confident to make a bold first moveor even to move swiftly ahead with a commitment.
The month ends with a powerful lunar eclipse in Gemini, your twelfth house of closure and endings, on November 28. Expect a lightening bolt epiphany, as your normally strong psychic abilities are off the charts. Your intuition will send you exactly the message you need, and at just the right time. This could signify an ending of sorts, one that will open up to a brand new chapter of life thats more spiritually appropriate for you. If someone leaves your life, know that a better soul match awaits. For clues, look back to the May 20 new moon eclipse in Geminisomething that started at back in the spring will come to a conclusion or manifestation. A person could reveal his or her true colors in a sudden, shocking way. If you need to cut ties, you may decide that now is the time, while the universe is giving you an extra healing boost. Guides, guardian angels and healing entities surround you in spades, and could reveal themselves through signs (coincidences and repeating number patterns) or as helpful mentors. Stay alert!
Your romantic life has just taken a turn for the hotter, Cancer. Good thing you can stand the heat, because its getting toasty in your boudoir! This month, the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Saturn all make appearances in sexy, penetrating Scorpio, your fifth house of passion and romance. So lets just say, youre not up for chattin about the weather or whos going to the World Series this year. Youre into romantic one-on-one time. Dim lights. Diving into the depths of your own starry-eyed heart and letting your partner in. The fifth house also rules fertility (literal and metaphorical), so a pregnancy or news of one is possible this month, too.
This possibility is especially strong near the November 13 total solar eclipse in Scorpio, which can bring surprising events in your love life. Eclipses are game-changers that spark actionthe kind where theres not turning back. You could fall in love when you least expect it or feel the stirrings of desire for a baby (not exactly rare for maternal Cancer). An unplanned pregnancy is certainly possible for many Crabs in the next six months, thanks to this game-changing eclipse. Either way, your emotions are at high tide near this date, and youre going to want to DO something about it!
Just watch your temper, since you can go from sultry to salty in no time flat. With communicator Mercury retrograde (backward) for most of November, you may just be more argumentative and prone to stirring up drama where none need exist. The whole world is, actually, since Mercury retrograde is notorious for sparking misunderstandings. With your thin skin, you often take comments extra personallybut dont waste your time stewing or flying off the handle. Give lots of rope in your relationship now. If your honey wants to move the fan in the living room, dont interfere, just because you have a better sense of how things should be. You can sling insults with the best of them (your intuitive arrow knows just what to aim for), but your snark and sarcasm can inflict wounds, too. Practice the golden rule.
Are you pining for a past love? Even if youre not, one could make an appearance this month. Retrogrades bring back the past, and with both Mercury and Jupiter in this position now, a former flame could come a-calling. There could be some unfinished business that needs tying up, but stilleven if youre coming from platonic place, do you really need this person you once tried to erase from memory back in your life? Maybe the only business to settle is you telling this person in no uncertain terms to lose your number! Or, perhaps youve both matured and are ready for relationship now. Proceed with caution.
When magnetic Venus enters Scorpio on November 21, get set for some holiday romance. Ooh la la! (Plus, a romantic getaway sounds so much more exciting than dinner with the fam, no matter how good that second, possibly third, helping of your dads famous sweet potatoes might be.) With sexy Mars also in Capricorn, your house of committed relationships, from November 16-December 25, you might just see a marriage proposal. Hows that for a holiday bonus? You can be sure that your excitable, Cancerian nerves will be going haywire, since Mars can also add pressure. Perhaps youre completely smitten, but still feel a touch reserved when it comes to that kind of til-death-do-us-part commitment. Perhaps youve been daydreaming about this moment for a long time, so much that its taken on epic levels of importance, squeezing all the joy out of it for you and your patner. Slow down, especially while Mercury is retrograde November 6-26. If the pressure gets too be too much and starts to, say, interfere with your famously voracious appetite, soothe your nerves by remembering that when it comes to true love, the biological clock and other so-called reasons-to-rush just dont exist. Trust in the timelessness of your dearest heart connection. Still need convincing? Check out this affirming book from past life guru and Ivy-league educated psychiatrist: http://www.amazon.com/Only-Love-Real-Soulmates-Reunited/dp/0446672653. And leave the race to the altar to bad reality TV shows!
If youre still hedging by months end, a clearer picture will likely arrive with the November 28 full moon eclipse in Gemini, your twelfth house of closure. Whatevers been troubling you will be cleared up, with a vivid, Technicolor illumination of hidden elements. Perhaps the full truth and spectrum of your feelings comes spilling out. (If so, this tune, written by Feist, who was born when the moon was in emotional Cancer, can help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-iAS18rv68).
If youve been telling yourself lies, i.e. Im totally cool with the fact that my boyfriend lied to his meddling ex about how serious were getting, well, lets just say your nose wont be looking Pinocchio-sized for long. Air your grievances. Express such resentments so that you can once and for all let them go. This sounds clich, but bears repeating: whatever anger youre harboring for someone elses actions hurts you the most. Perhaps, in the course of these important conversations, youll learn something thats temporarily shocking or upsetting, i.e. your sweetie lied about having shagged his closest gal pal (long before you met, in fairness). Or youll see an unsettling text from an ex. Whatever you do, dont jump to conclusions. Eclipses have a way of throwing our usually-sound judgment into a tailspinand lets not forget that your sign can go into a veritable fugue state when emotionally upset. Instead of making public declarations about the end of your relationship and sharing all those gory, intimate details you cant un-tell, remind yourself that emotions are like storm clouds. They pass. Sleep on it before you act (or rather react) in haste. The momentary satisfaction you get from jumping ship will in no way be worth it when you realize that your deep, swooning love remains.
Stock up on the antibacterial gels. Even earth-mother Cancers could get a little extra skittish when it comes to the spread of germsand for good reason. With Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius, your sixth house of health, from November 6-14, you could be more at risk for the communicable diseases. That sniffling, sneezing close talker at the office? Steer clear, and be sure youve taken your vitamin C. Theres nothing you can do about airbone germs, save for wear a face mask. But you can and should wash your hands (preferably with soapy lather), and disinfect all surfaces.
If you abandoned your beloved yoga practice because things got too heated at the office or at home, now is the time to check the studios schedule and pencil in time for a class or two. Getting back to an old fitness routine will feel like the salve you didnt even know you needed. With all this months planetary shakeups, exercising is key to excising stress. Perhaps youll rejoin your old gym, or snag a free trial pass and wait to sign up until next month.
On November 28, a lunar eclipse in Gemini, your twelfth house of healing and rest, could bring vivid dreams and subconscious messages (though with Jupiter already retrograding in that same house since early October, youre likely familiar with the prophetic and larger-than-life dreams). If you dont keep a dream journal, now might be the time to start. The more intentional you are about recording your nocturnal wanderings, the more these nighttime images and sensations become imprinted on your brain. Under this influence, you may just find that youve become a veritable psychic yourself. Perhaps your true-to-life dreams or other synchronicities have you wondering how to harness your own intuitive powers. Though each persons sixth sense is unique, you may find that taking a tarot, astrology or intuitive development class helps unleash your own capabilities, simply because youre learning a concrete modality. One Cancer we know started studying Tarot, only to soon realize that she was clairaudient, meaning her messages came in the form of instructive and divinely timed songs that pop into her head. At the end of the day, youre a Cancer, meaning that all you need to do is trust your gut to guide you to the right teacher.
Look to the images and messages in your dreams for help in figuring out where to direct your attention. This is familiar territory to you, and, in fact, your own emotional needs might be sated when you pull out the tissues and offer a loved one your comfy shoulder to cry on. If youve gone to the extreme of caring for others needs in lieu of your own, beware. Latent, persistent stress might just manifest in a physical symptom or illness. Your awareness of the mind-body connection is especially keen now. Before you go shrieking off to the local lab for an expensive litany of blood tests, just know this is likely a message from your soul to relax or back off of some toxic situation.
Heres your recipe for success: set up that easel; sing your scales; warm up at the ballet barre; turn tin cans into bird-shaped masterpieces; sling an SLR around your neck and set out to capture the most minute architectural details in your hood on film; gather your adventurous pals and shoot some improvised comedy, a la fellow Cancer and comedian Larry David. So what if your day job is in accounting, advertising, retail or the like? Just because you deem it not creative doesnt mean that you dont have a naturally imaginative mind. These next three years, with serious Saturn in Scorpio, your fifth house of creativity, you have much gold to be mined in this area of your life. Even if you are already working in a creative environment, like, say, as a designer of cool handbags, push yourself to see just how much more magic you have at your disposal. Most of us have far more innate talent than we realize. The clock is ticking, Cancer. Make hay (and amazing art) while the sun shines. Disprove that nagging idea that youll waste all your material if you begin one project; the reality is the opposite: the deeper you dig, the more there is to explore. No more flimsy excuses. Since serious Saturn favors structure, you just might hit the jackpot with this genius boot camp approach to creativity, written by esteemed dancer and fellow Cancer Twyla Tharp (http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Habit-Learn-Use-Life/dp/0743235274). Now is not the time to be soft with your own artistic longings. Get thee to the studio (even if it means skimping on your beauty sleep). For an even more practical yet direct approach (complete with case studies of people who went for their dreams), check out Michael Ellsworths The Education of Millionaires: Its Not What You Think and Its Not Too Late (http://www.amazon.com/The-Education-Millionaires-Think-Portfolio/dp/1591844207).
As you delve into new, playful territory, the finer details of your life may just go awry. Cest la vie, Cancer. With Mercury, planet of communication, retrograde for the larger part of the month, you could have some unfortunate snafus on the email, phone and texting fronts. Important data could go the way of the Bermuda Triangle. Trusted electronic equipment might just decide to stop working for no reason. The remedy? Get uber-organized the first week of the month, before Mercury starts doing backstrokes in Sagittarius, your sixth house of efficiency on November 6. Issues with your support team might pop up. If your MVP starts going MIA on deadlines, dont worry. This star player will be back in action before long. When it comes to setting timelines, build in extra hours for the delivery of important projects. You dont want to find yourself pleading broken printer to your biggest client. If all this has you gritting your teeth in frustration, take a deep breath. Letting your temper flare over minor issues isnt going to do anyone any goodleast of all you.
Easing Mercurys bumpy ride, on November 10, spiritual Neptune goes direct (forward) in Pisces, your ninth house of optimism and expansion. The planet of illusion has been in reverse since June, and so this turnaround will help you click in to a stirring soul vision or get you back on an inspiring path youd started to pursue earlier in the year. If you abandoned a writing project that felt too daunting, too big to really sink your teeth into, you might just see the light and get back on the daily laptop train. You may find yourself gravitating toward a college degree, perhaps setting the stage for med school. Or, you might stumble across the perfect training program, one youd have never even thought about if you hadnt started chatting up your neighbor at the caf (thanks to your curiosity about the carmelized onion, bacon and cheddar scone she ordered). Maybe youre passion-driven, opting to train for a career as an herbalist versus the more traditional route of getting your MBA. Travel will help clarify your purpose, too. If youre called to visit a certain winery in California, beach in South America or lemon grove in Tuscany, you might just find the key to your professional calling. Not only is a vacation good for the soul, but this month, it might just help you clarify your purpose, too.