Mercury Strains Relationships

Mercury, the planet of communication, has created excess tension lately as it has charted a reeling route through the cosmos, bouncing into other planets like a pinball (figuratively speaking, of course). Given that communication is so crucial to harmonious interactions, your own relationship may have become strained during this time. Not to worry!

Your Harmony Reading will prove especially useful on November 26, when Mercury links up with severe Saturn. Discussions will turn serious as you agonize over details, and reaching agreements will feel like an uphill battle. The best you can do will be to keep a smile on your face and not let it get to you! If you’re able to avoid resentment, this transit will pass quickly — and without repercussions.

Fortunately, by November 28, Mercury will move in a more joyful direction as it aligns with both Venus and Jupiter for a day of whispered sweet-nothings and friendly get-togethers; the opposition between Venus and Jupiter this same day will only add to the merriment. You and your loved ones will feel especially indulgent as you lazily enjoy one another’s company.

The month comes to an end with the Sun shining a soft light on enlightened Uranus on November 30, a day to try something new and different! When doors to unexpected opportunities open before you, be sure to boldly step through them. As scary as the unknown can be, sometimes it can bring amazing improvements to your world!


The Stars Challenge Your Relationship

When Venus runs into rebellious Uranus and possessive Pluto on November 15, your heart will be severely tested. Under Uranus’ influence, tensions will come to the surface, and one (if not both) of you will rock your relationship’s boat. Meanwhile, with Pluto also at the helm, one (or, again, possibly both) of you will desperately try to maintain the status quo. Expect a push-and-pull conflict between freedom and control that will be difficult — but certainly not impossible — to overcome.

On November 17, the full Moon rises in Taurus opposite the Scorpio Sun, making for another challenging transit. Taurus is grounded and practical, while Scorpio is passionate and emotional; both, of course, are extremely stubborn. Somehow you’ll have to find a way to balance these two opposites … but a little ingenuity will go a long way.

Finally, two days later on November 19, the universe will give you the break you’ve been waiting for! An exuberant alignment between Mars and Jupiter will leave you brimming with confidence and willpower. Effort and luck will combine to help you successfully tackle any task on which you set your sights!


The Stars Challenge Your Work Ethic

Mars, currently in meticulous Virgo, meets Saturn on November 9 to whisk you down the straight and narrow path of work, work, and more work. Prepare to toughen your fortitude and perseverance as you put your nose to the grindstone!

Also on November 9, Mercury partners with Neptune to throw off your well-laid work plans. Daydreams could distract you from the hard-lined approach you need to maintain, so remaining on track could prove particularly challenging.

Mercury makes a move in your favor on November 10 when it finally turns direct once again. However, the planet of communication’s change of direction means it will slide right back into alignment with Neptune on November 11 for another day of daydreams and distractions.

Fortunately, luck is in your favor on November 12 once the Sun and Jupiter get together. At the very least, you’ll feel good about yourself and any recent decisions you’ve made … but if you put in a bit of extra effort, you’ll have the potential to achieve something far greater that could have long-lasting effects!

Finally, Neptune turns direct on November 13 — a very subtle shift that will nonetheless lead to a better understanding of your true self.


The Heavens Remind You What’s Most Important

If the beginning of this month got you a little down, don’t worry. By November 4, things will start to turn around — and maybe even pick up the pace!

November 4 sees Venus move out of adventurous Sagittarius and into calculating Capricorn. This may not seem like the most exciting move for the planet of love, but it will certainly help you transform yourself into someone more sophisticated and chic, ensuring more effective networking and business success for you! Outwardly, romance may fizzle … but behind closed doors, earthy Capricorn will bring out the more sensual side of your relationship.

November 6 will act as a bit of a speed bump of sorts, as this day sees Saturn conjunct the Sun. You’ll need to deal with mistakes and eliminate excess before you can expect to make any forward progress.

Jupiter then turns retrograde on November 7. For the next few months, you’ll want to focus away from material expansion as you instead try to dig deeper and uncover your true purpose. Once you have that figured out, you’ll find that material success will be easier to achieve. Besides, the best things in life are almost always free, right?

Venus will reinforce that last point on November 8 when it forms a sweet, charming alliance with Neptune. Romance will be tender and you’ll find yourself reaching out to friends, all while you try to help those in need. Indeed, it’ll be a feel-good day all around!

As you consider what’s most important to you, why not take some time to evaluate your relationship?

Leap Cosmic Hurdles

When life’s ups and downs leave you flustered and wondering which way to go next, look no further.

So, which upcoming transits contain the biggest hurdles? Well, fortunately, the first one won’t present much of a challenge! On the contrary, in fact, as the brooding Scorpio Sun flows into a smooth alignment with dreamy Neptune on October 25, during which you may have trouble differentiating between your imagination and reality. Passion will be put on hold as love becomes platonic and nurturing. If you don’t try to accomplish anything major during this transit, you should pull through it without any real problems.

October 29 will present a slightly taller obstacle as retrograde Mercury runs into hard-headed Saturn. You’ll need to deal with financial concerns, and mistakes you’ve made in the past could rear up once again. Saturn will demand that you face your problems directly and take care of them once and for all. It may not be fun, but in the end, you’ll be glad you took action.

Then, on October 31, you’ll encounter your biggest hurdle of the bunch as Mars and Pluto come together for a formidable transit — one that will force you to truly grasp the nature of your situation before you can do anything to fix it. Mars will be chomping at the bit to make progress, but Pluto simply won’t allow it until you prove you know what you’re doing.


Planets are in Motion

Dear Kimberly,
The planets are forever in continuous motion with respect to Earth and each other, and over the next two days, the Sun and Jupiter will align, Mercury will switch signs, and Saturn and Mars will go head-to-head. So, naturally, wouldn’t you expect that the way the planets influence¬†you¬†would also change over the course of your lifetime?And what about those other planetary shifts over the next couple days? Well, you can first expect a beneficial alignment between the Virgo Sun and Jupiter on September 7, coming on the heels of the new Moon in Virgo a couple days before. Here, the Virgo Sun’s work ethic and Jupiter’s good luck will come together to help you strengthen the foundation of any plans or projects you began under the new Moon.

Also on September 7, Mercury moves into Libra, bringing a couple weeks of pleasant conversations and very few arguments. After all, Libra hates conflict! You may dither a bit as you come to conclusions, but whatever decisions you finally make are sure to be fair, just, and sound.

Finally, watch out on September 9, when Mars squares off against Saturn for an alignment that will leave tempers flaring — with no outlet for healthy release! When things go boom, accidents may happen, so your best bet will be to focus on tedious chores and keep yourself distracted from anything that might set you off.


Astro Alert


Dear Kimberly,
Charming Venus in harmonious Libra just wants life to flow smoothly and romantically … but when Venus goes up against Pluto and Uranus in the coming days, romance will be anything but smooth.So, what exactly are you preparing for? Firstly, on August 24, Venus squares off against control-happy Pluto. Sure, your powers of persuasion and seduction will be at an all-time high, but so will your levels of jealousy and insecurity. If negative thoughts invade your mind, just keep reminding yourself that they will soon pass — it’s simply Pluto at work.

Also on August 24, the Sun and Mercury fall in line with each other in detail-oriented Virgo. If nothing else, this cosmic connection will provide a distraction away from Pluto’s powers, as you won’t be able to resist getting practical matters taken care of and out of the way.

Then, on August 25, Venus falls into a difficult opposition to disruptive Uranus. After the previous day’s struggles, Uranus’ independent nature could tempt you to just stomp off and do your own thing. However, take several deep breaths and try not to let these rough-edged energies overpower you! Freedom may seem appealing now, but holding off on big decisions for just a couple days could save you from doing something you’ll later regret.

Don’t let love crumble!