By Joy Vernon

November: Explore and Grow

8 of Experssion-tarot
8 of Expression: (Mercury in Sagittarius)
from the Mythical Goddess
Tarot, author Sage Holloway, artist
Katherine Skaggs. © 2008 by Sage Holloway
and Katherine Skaggs. Used by permission. of Fire

If you stay up bleary-eyed watching the returns on Election Day, you’ll be awake for the late night sign change of Mars. The planet of aggression and ambition moves from business-like Capricorn into idealistic Aquarius — the sign of innovation and outside-the-box thinking. We might see something surprising and unexpected happen! Or, with the malefic qualities of Mars and the technological associations of Aquarius, perhaps an equipment malfunction will materialize.

Election Day also sees a void-of-course Moon from about 7 a.m. Mountain time to 2:45 p.m. Tradition states that anything done during a void-of-course Moon will fail to see results. The Moon is in the final third of Aquarius, the tarot’s Seven of Swords, usually showing a man sneaking away from a camp precariously balancing his loot. This card is associated with lying, cheating, and stealing, a sadly relevant commentary on the American voting system.

On November 11th, the beautiful and loving planet Venus enters career-oriented Capricorn where for three weeks she’ll bring harmony to those areas of life governed by structure and rules.

The next day, the quick planet Mercury enters Sagittarius, the sign of travel, education, and expansion. Mercury is thrilled to be here, and like a wide-eyed student drooling over the university’s catalog, will have trouble narrowing down his choices. Let’s major in everything! Mercury’s usual inquisitiveness is overwhelmed in Sag’s the-sky’s-thelimit boundlessness, to his detriment, upping his excitement but losing his focus. The tarot card is the 8 of Wands, titled Swiftness, and alludes to the ease of flight — and the difficulty of sticking the landing. The November 14th full Moon in Taurus is a big, bright supermoon in her exaltation in the sign of the Bull, associated with luxury and comfort.

Happy birthday, Sagittarius! On November 21st, the Sun moves into the sign of the itinerant philosopher, joining fast-moving Mercury and slow but steady Saturn. Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of extremes, Sagittarius becomes the home for two weeks of these three planets. During this time, you might find yourself bouncing back and forth between new ideas and innovations and the familiar reliability of carrying on with how it’s always been. The new Moon in Sagittarius on November 29 might make it clear what you want in your heart.

November 23rd brings a conjunction between loquacious Mercury and reticent Saturn in philosophizing Sagittarius. This is a day to get a download from a knowledgeable elder, and maybe the student will become the master for a day.

Thanksgiving Day will see some highly focused interactions between the Moon and Jupiter in balanced Libra and Venus and Pluto in rule bound Capricorn. The challenging component of these relationships can bring out conflicts on this traditional day for showing appreciation for friends and family. In the morning, the Moon in Libra trines feisty Mars in Aquarius daring you (and your family members) to say what you really feel. Then the afternoon and early evening bring a series of heated discussions on topics that pit fairness and equilibrium against maintaining power and control. With Venus’s harmony softening Pluto’s elitism, and Jupiter’s generosity on the side of justice, it is likely the gratitude of the season will win out over tempers. The evening ends with a Moon- Jupiter conjunction in Libra the peacemaker, bringing the concord of heart and wisdom to the closing arguments.

We end the month with a new Moon in Sagittarius on November 29. This lunation will be in the middle third of Sagittarius, governed by Luna herself. The tarot card is the Nine of Wands, titled Great Strength. This card can indicate protecting your heart with secure boundaries. But it’s not about battening down the hatches and hiding from the storm—these protections are to provide a safe home base from which you can explore and grow.

December: Lightning Fires

December Tarot- 10 of Fire

10 of Fire: Self-Destruction (Saturn in
Sagittarius) from the Mythical Goddess
Tarot, author Sage Holloway, artist
Katherine Skaggs. © 2008 by Sage Holloway
and Katherine Skaggs. Used by permission.

Mercury enters no-frills Capricorn on December 2nd. “Just the facts, ma’am,” says the planet of communication. Use this to start and stick to a writing schedule, or to adopt a more disciplined approach to emails and other communications.

Relationship-oriented Venus enters abstract Aquarius on December 7th. The planet of love often fails to relate when forced to express herself in such theoretical terms. The good news is that while one-to-one relating is stilted, building a larger community with a core purpose is inspiring and makes a difference.

The Full Moon in Gemini on December 13th will be powerful for putting ideas into action. That day the Gemini Moon will form a grand trine in air, connecting Jupiter in Libra with Mars in Aquarius, activating all three air signs in the zodiac. Air represents the mind and communication. Funneling the mental air energy into the fiery Sun- Saturn partnership in Sagittarius, the archer with his far-shooting arrows, we think big, aim high, and, grounding our goals in Saturn’s diligence, we launch our success. This might be a great day to plan or refine your plan for next quarter or next year (and get it done before Mercury slows down for its retrograde next week!).

Mercury will be retrograde from December 19th until January 8th. This would be a perfect time to review last year, perhaps getting taxes done early or doing a detailed assessment of your business in 2016.

Mars enters Pisces the same day Mercury stations retrograde. Mars, the masculine principle, in Pisces, whose oceanic qualities recall gestation, has a strong inseminating symbolism. Unlike the usual boldness of Mars, this is quiet and internal, sparking intuition. Mars will be born into his home sign of Aries at the end of January, symbolically bringing your own inner contemplation into external expression.

Saturn enters the last third of Sagittarius on December 20th, symbolized by the tarot’s Ten of Wands. The image often shows a man hunched over the burden of carrying an armful of wood. This card suggests that work becomes much easier when we keep the destination in mind — gathering firewood is about roasting marshmallows and singing around the campfire; a load of wood is about a new deck for watching late night summer sunsets. Saturn can help us remember that discipline and dedication are not punitive but constructive as they help us to build the life we desire.

Happy birthday, Capricorn! The Sun now enters the sign of the seagoat, Capricorn. This is the Sun’s birthday, as dawn brings an end to the longest night and the days once again begin to grow.

Christmas Day dawns with a Venus-Jupiter trine in the air signs Aquarius and Libra, marking a day that overflows with good cheer, the trickle-down sharing good will to others.

The almost midnight New Moon in Capricorn on December 28th includes Mercury tightly conjunct the Sun and Moon and an exact sextile to Mars in Pisces. Capricorn often needs someone to light a fire under his hoof, and Mars provides this beneficial spark. This fire is likely to burn deep and quiet, bringing dreams, intuitive understanding, and uncompromised self-knowledge. A perfect time to plant the seed that will be born when Mars returns home to Aries in a month.

New Year’s Eve, the last day of the year, brings our final aspect of the year: Mars and Neptune embracing in the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces. The conjunction happens at 11:53 p.m. Mountain time, just minutes before the ball drops. The New Year’s kiss might be surprisingly passionate! There’s an almost Scorpionic feel to this connection, deep dreams and flowing fantasies taunted into expression by a desirous Mars, but the warrior also lashes out to protect his secrets. Spend this New Year’s Eve with only those closest to you if you want to keep your counsel. Under those circumstances, relationships can run deep and the most private people might open up. This deep and soulful exchange is a powerful way to end, and start, the year.


Joy Vernon

With twenty-five years’ experience, Joy Vernon brings expertise and practiced familiarity to her specialty of esoteric tarot, which layers astrological and qabalistic symbolism onto the traditional images. Joy works as a reader at Isis Books. To see how this month’s astrology affects you, please visit to schedule an appointment