Mercury Retrograde Isn’t Playing Around, According To Your November Horoscope

Mercury Retrograde Isn’t Playing Around, According To Your November Horoscope

This November, own your right to have all the feels, without acting out against your own best interests. Mercury is retrograde until November 20 (hello, chaos!)and even after that, you can expect to feel its shadow all the way through November 27. So, needless to say, this month stands to be pretty annoying, especially communication and technology-wise. Plan for delays, misunderstandings, and crashes—or at the very least try and remain unsurprised when they inevitably happen. The big theme to watch out for this month is defensiveness. Pick your battles wisely this month, my loves.

You may find yourself spinning out of control, restlessly researching things that you don’t know—whether that’s a result of imposter syndrome, insecurity, or something else, is up to you. However, with Mercury retrograde in your sign this month, it’s an excellent time for reassessing and reviewing what you do know. Slow down and consider what beliefs are motivating you, and how that impacts the way you’re approaching your goals. Don’t obsess over details in a way that takes you further from the truth instead of closer to it. Stay aligned with the big picture, Scorpio.

Step into your power without leaving your higher self behind, Sagittarius. This month may find you turned around by too much happening at once. This isn’t the time for stepping around your beliefs or putting others down as a way to make yourself feel better. Use your ego to pick yourself up—not to run over others. True power is collaborative and generous in nature, my love.

If you’ve taken on too much recently, you may find yourself in the unfortunate position of not being able to do it all. Ideally, you shouldn’t have to sabotage your well-being in the efforts to follow through with *all* of your commitments. While you may not be able to have balance this month, you can strive to remember your priorities. Don’t allow your fear of not doing or having enough stop you from enjoying the abundance that’s in your life right now, Capricorn.

Relationships are complicated: They grow and change without any assurances, and it’s hard to know what’s right. This month you may need to let go of an outworn dynamic—but not the whole relationship—and change your expectations, so your collective progress doesn’t feel forced. Whatever it looks like, this is your moment to adapt, Aquarius. Slow down and compassionately consider what your next moves need to be.

You’re likely to find yourself confronted with some growing concerns this month—a few of which you’d be wise to consider, but many of which are just the consequences of changes that have been long developing. Don’t let your fears tell you that things are worse than they are! Be patient as you strive to uncover what’s happening within yourself, so you can decide how to best handle the situations you find yourself having to manage this month.

This month your challenge is to sit with stress, instead of act based upon it.  The way to bring peace to what’s upsetting you requires you to properly identify and understand it, before anything else. In your rush to prove to yourself (or others) that you can get things solved quickly, you run the risk of making assumptions and building a not-completely-true story from there. Be interested in your own feelings and the circumstances that are triggering them, Aries.

Practice embodying your boundaries instead of trying to convince others to take care of them for you, Taurus. If you need space, give yourself space without needing the approval of others. November is a bit complicated for you, relationship-wise, and the best way to deal with it is head-on. Show up honestly and let others do the same. Peace doesn’t only come from happy feels—it comes from acceptance and the ability to be present here and now. It’s a practice worth taking on, dear Taurus.

The middle ground is a beautiful place, but it’s not always possible or healthy to spend your time there. If the space between you and someone else is too great, it can be too much of a compromise to find the midpoint. Or if all parties don’t agree on where the middle is in the first place, you’re totally out of luck. Be realistic about the people you’re dealing with and where everyone is coming from, Twin Star. It’s only in this way that you can find the resolutions you seek.

Mercury is retrograde until November 20, and because of this, November is likely to be a tricky time for understanding where others are coming from, as well as making your intentions clear. People are weird! They can say one thing and mean another; disappear one week, and be needy the next. Even still, we’re all people, and we’re all weird in our own ways. Be patient with relational messiness this month, Moonchild.

Hold a thing too tightly and you risk breaking it. This month will test your ability to love without attachments, invest without demands, and try without conditions. The trick is to align with your central ambitions, and to let go of how you want things to look. November *can* mark a time when you turn a corner emotionally, so that your approach is more sustainable and humane—but that’s on you. Let go to hold on, Leo.

There’s no value in pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion—sacrificing yourself doesn’t help you to sustain your efforts. Check your ego at the door and get honest about what you can and can’t do in a healthy way, Virgo. You may need to lay down some boundaries, or just say no to some things for the time being. Be strong enough to assert yourself, and kind enough to do it in a kind and nurturing way this month.

The little things in life often pile up in such a way that it’s easy to lose perspective. No matter what it seems like now, how you respond to pressure is more important than the little things that are bugging you, Libra. Your defense mechanisms are a distraction that can get you into trouble if you’re not mindful about them this month. Strive to honor your word to others, and your self-care commitments to yourself, my love.

November 2018 Horoscopes

March 21-April 19
‘The only way out is in’, Aries. Find some peace within yourself by taking the time to sit with your feels without the pressure to do anything. It’s OK to be where you’re at, even if where you’re at is jumpy and uncertain. Things are moving quickly for you as Uranus retrogrades back into your sign, and Jupiter moves into Sagittarius early this month. Change is in the air, and you don’t need to know where it’s going to take you in order to trust that you’re in the right place, my dear.


April 20-May 20
If you’ve been feeling a sense of scarcity it’s time evaluate what you’re holding onto and why. The retrogrades of this month and the New Moon on the 7th is a chance for you to get honest with yourself about what you’ve been hiding from, Taurus. Strive to make peace with yourself and the conditions of your life so that you can reorient yourself to finally heal, instead of just deal. Release the past, not because you don’t have a choice, but because you love yourself enough to move on.


May 21-June 21
Jupiter moves into your relationship house on the 8th and this means that it’s an excellent time for meeting new people and forging new kinds of meaningful connections. The tricky thing is that your ruling planet, Mercury, goes retrograde on the 16th through December 6th, so in this period it’s wise to be a bit trepidatious; if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Finally, the Full Moon on the 22nd is going to be a time to get your ego in order. Pick your battles and your allies carefully.


June 22-July 22
Your gut instincts are reliable, but they’re not all you need. Things are moving quickly this month, and it’s time for you to tighten up your strategies, Moonchild. If you can identify what you need and where your limits lie, outside of any immediate situation, you’ll be better equipped to respond with grace. You’re likely to have to negotiate your place in an interpersonal dynamic this month; don’t abandon any part of yourself in your quest for happiness, dearest one.


July 23-Aug. 22
The potential for you to grow and shine is powerful this month, but it’s not an unqualified blessing. How you relate to control with the people you’re close to is getting stirred up and if you aren’t careful you can end up alienating the very people you’re trying to get closer to. Slow down enough to let others catch up with you, Leo, and try to be interested in the feels that come up when things don’t move at your preferred pace.


Aug. 23-Sept. 22
You’re meant to expand beyond the blocks that have kept you in place, especially the self-imposed ones, Virgo. Mars moves into your relationship house on the 15th, just in time for your ruling planet, mercury, to go retrograde. Be willing to look at the role of passion and ego in your connections so that you can transform whatever needs to change. The Full Moon on the 22nd will help you with that, as circumstances will push you to bend or break open.


Sept. 23-Oct. 22
This November may find you struggling with some good old-fashioned fear of the unknown. While trepidation is a normal response to uncertainty, it isn’t very useful. The antidote to fear is gratitude, so start there, Libra. Get grounded in the abundance of your life, the things you have going for you, and the resources you do have access to. Empower yourself mentally and emotionally so that you have the wherewithal to take the risks you need to, to create a life you truly love.


Oct. 23-Nov. 21
This month’s New Moon in your sign on the 7th is likely to trigger some pretty strong feels, but its nothing to fear, Scorpio. It will be a powerful time for healing; let go of the stuff that’s holding you back, especially in your attitudes and your self-talk. You deserve happiness! Start by seeking balance in how you approach your feelings; ask for help if you need it, embrace life-affirming actions, and take the time you need to care for your tender heart.


Nov. 22-Dec. 21
Your ruling planet, Jupiter, moves into your sign on the 8th and will stay there for about a year, and that’s fantastic news for you, Sagittarius. You will be able to increase your area of influence, make meaningful headway in your healing work, or just feel more optimistic. Pay special attention to events around the Full Moon on the 22nd; Jupiter is the planet of growth, so your job now is to make sure that what you’re doing is generative so that you don’t expand things that derail your life.


Dec. 22-Jan. 19
FOMO will take you for a long walk on a short pier this month, if you let it. Your value, happiness, and success are not reliant on any one person or situation. What other people have has nothing to do with you. Your path is your own, and is the only thing that you need to be focusing on in order to get where you want to go. Align yourself with your agency, and remember that no one person or dynamic can determine your worth; only you get to do that, dearest Capricorn.


Jan. 20-Feb. 18
Circumstances in November will test your ability to stay present with difficult feels as your life remains in a state of flux. Yours is the sign of the future, but when you skip steps in the present, especially emotional ones, you allow for those pockets in your presence to create instability that destabilizes your tomorrows. Be kind to the discomfort that you feel so that you can determine what needs to be worked through, and what needs to go altogether, Aquarius.


Feb. 19-March 20
It’s time to be brave and act with intention, Pisces. You are meant to have an ego, the best case scenario is that it’s healthy and well adjusted, but that can only happen if you’re willing to sit with the inevitable messiness of it. Mars enters your sign on the 15th, making ambition, boundaries, and passion a big theme for you. It may help to find movement-based outlets for your energy so that you can identify what you need, and the most effective ways of making it happen.