In honor of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius, the 2021 Planet Waves annual readings are called ALL OF US HERE. These are audio readings for all 12 Sun signs and rising signs.
For the next few days, we will be offering all 12 signs of ALL OF US HERE for $88.These extended audio readings will synchronize you with the astrology of the forthcoming year.
They include a video introduction wherein I describe the charts — done by Dec. 21, the day of the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction.
There is also a separate written reading called AN AQUARIAN ERA for $88, which covers Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Aquarius from 2021-2023 – this is available for pre-order for all 12 signs. It is your best introduction to Pluto in Aquarius (2023-2044).
Friday, November 20 — The Day of the Scrambler
If today is your birthday: Ready, get set and go for what you know you need, in terms of resources and changes on the home front. Your ‘attractor factor’ should be considerable in the coming year, so don’t sell yourself short. Harmony does not equate with conflict-phobia — you’re not known as a push-over, so no need to start now. Chances are you’ve been working hard for quite a while, so take stock of your talents, what you have to offer and what satisfaction means to you. In other words: know your worth. The time to act is fast approaching. — Victoria Emory
Thursday, November 19 — The Day of the Reformer
If today is your birthday: Your mind is intensely powerful and your greatest resource; never forget that. Focus your attention with purpose this year, and you’ll find you’re able to make solid headway toward long-term goals. That’s not to say deny your emotional reality; just know that the better you feel about your own personal achievements, the easier it will be to work through relationship issues or other insecurities. Seize control in the moment, and recognize opportunities as they appear. Discipline and commitment are called for, but well worth the rewards. — Victoria Emory
This week, the Sun is making its slide through the end of Scorpio. The Sun makes its final aspect while in Scorpio — a sextile to Saturn. This is exact at 2:17 am EST on Thursday, Nov. 19.
After that, the Sun goes void-of-course until it ingresses Sagittarius on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 3:39:39 pm EST.
The Sun’s applying aspect to Saturn is an opportunity to corral important organizing projects this week. Get yourself focused. The blend of the Scorpio Sun and Capricorn Saturn is serious, deep and (in my view) delicious astrology. It’s a dark, musky form of feminine that’s infused with psychological awareness and a sense of purpose.
Then the Sun goes void for part of the weekend, which offers time to drift and relax a little. There are those moments when you really do need to rest on your laurels. This is one of them.
The Sun making its sextile to Saturn Thursday is accompanied by the Moon conjunct the Capricorn stellium, which has an emotionally penetrating quality. Let yourself be driven by necessity, of whatever kind moves you. Necessity might feel like desire, though it’s a more compelling current. Shed the guilt and give yourself what you need.
Scorpio Horoscope This Week (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — There is such a thing as good enough. Emphasize the positive, and remember what you need — especially from people. There is an old expression, “Waste not, want not.” It is based on an earlier expression, “Waste makes woeful want.” Consider everything precious right now, including desire. Imagine that desire is something you use with precision, rather than generally. Wanting is a tool, a power, that will always get some result. Therefore, use it wisely, and with premeditation. Remember that any form of focused thought is a form of desire, and you have plenty of that going on. This is the moment to be cautious and conscious about what you allow into your mind. It’s also a time to monitor your speech, and keep your words and images positive. This is a habit of thought that can be cultivated. It’s true there is plenty to be negative about right now, which is all the more reason to emphasize what is good, what is true, what is beautiful and most of all, what is truly necessary.
Wednesday, November 18 — The Day of Temperament
If today is your birthday: If you are ready and willing to change, you will learn and grow. If you resist change and growth, you will seem to face unfair challenges. Your chart is all about how you position yourself, emotionally, mentally and physically. Give yourself enough of whatever you can to make sure that you stay reasonably in balance, especially time to think and reflect. We live in a time when quality of thought is overlooked. Yet at the same time, people consider themselves gourmet chefs and lovers of fine food, and only eat at McDonald’s. It’s time to cook for yourself. — efc
Tuesday, November 17 — The Day of the Bridge
If today is your birthday: Stay close to the line between idealism and pragmatism: what you want in a perfect world, and what you can do today. Gradually, you will bring these two things together. Daily action must be informed by a wider vision and sense of purpose. Visions for the world must be engaged on the most practical level of carpentry, plumbing and social organizing. These are neighbors, not opposites. And you have access to both expressions of energy and the ability to mingle them for a powerful result in your life and the world around you. — efc
Briefly for now! I am writing the horoscope. Today the Sagittarius Moon is square Neptune. I’ve interpreted this in the birthday reading below, if you want to see how it would translate into a personal context. Adding a bit, in a mundane rather than personal growth context, the astrology of the day says don’t believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see. If you want to know something, find out for yourself. The world seems to be at the intersection of being sick of being lied to, and not wanting to do the work of actually finding out. It is up to you to find out. Your troubles begin when you farm out your quest for the truth. — efc
Monday, November 16 — The Day of the Boss
If today is your birthday: One would think that the matter of what is important to you could evade controversy. Yet personal priorities are one of the most controversial matters in relationships, as well as in social life. Your chart is calling for grit, pragmatism and sincerity on the matter of your needs, desires and goals. You will be able to tell if you are squirming a little: that’s the thing you really want. It would seem that others and potentially you feel that you’re too wild-eyed and optimistic about what you might do with your life. I suggest, if that is true, that you get out of that mode, and give yourself the space to dream, to try, and to journey. There are no guarantees in life — that is part of the fun. — efc
Sunday, November 15 — The Day of the Encounter
If today is your birthday: This New Moon birthday heralds a pivotal new chapter in your evolutionary path. Yet to seize the opportunities available, you’ll first need to unpack some complex power dynamics in key relationships. Hidden agendas or secrets must be confronted, and the place to start is within. Get clear about your true desires, perhaps obsessive patterns, and any underlying fears involved. Karmic ties are a two-way street and life’s greatest teachers, and whatever’s going on has a lot of history behind it. You’ll be surprised, however, how honest communication paves the way for major growth in other areas of your life. — Victoria Emory
Saturday, Nov. 14 — The Day of the Investigator
If today is your birthday: It will be tempting to stay in the past, or to be attached to past goals. You have been through so much, and it’s time to move on, into new territory. That means moving forward. Yes there will be familiar material, people you know, and past history to resolve. Yet what matters is that you have new goals and new destinations. This would be true even if you stay within your same general milieu. Allow others to have an influence on you and get you out of your set patterns. You need change, and a measure of freedom, so you can grow, evolve and have fun. — efc
Friday, Nov. 13 — The Day of the Commentator
If today is your birthday: Mars stationing direct on your birthday represents a turning of the tide. If it’s been tough going on the job or with your well-being, you now know what needs to be dealt with in order for you to confidently move forward. An opening is opening both before you, and within you. Slowly, begin to take charge, and make the most of opportunities arising in your life, your work, and your relationship to your health (which, of course, enables you to go about your business). Trust the incoming clarity and cooperation you’ll find flowing between your heart and mind as you make your decisions. Did one of these cause the other? It’s hard to say. But when you’re deep in the flow of life, effortlessly handling your affairs, it really ceases to matter. — Spencer
Thursday Notes: Jupiter-Pluto Conjunction
Today is the third and final Jupiter-Pluto conjunction for this 13-year cycle. This time around, the conjunction occurred three times: in April, June and today. Here are some thoughts.
Jupiter is the expansive force. It magnifies and makes things larger. Its influence makes books longer, and houses bigger, and it magnifies the presence of whatever it contacts. Jupiter is also about the collected knowledge and wisdom of humanity. It is the ambassador to foreign lands. In classical and Vedic astrology, it is associated with Sagittarius, Pisces, and Cancer.
However, the thing about Jupiter is that it can at times represent a whole lot of nothing. Or it can represent the exaggeration of an idea.
Pluto is the unstoppable force. Associated with the shadowy depths of the underworld, Pluto is a deep presence in the psyche that drives growth forward when nothing else will. It often works on an “unconscious” level, meaning that people often try to tune it out. Pluto tends to be a source of fear, particularly of change, of sex, and of death.
So one thing we must be conscious of is exaggerated or oversold fears. The truth always exists in a relationship to fear. Track this carefully.
Thursday, Nov. 12 — The Day of Sensual Charisma
If today is your birthday: Know the difference between truly understanding something and thinking that you do. Know the difference between knowledge and presumption. It’s easy to spot: if you have a position, try to explain yourself, and then account for where you gathered each factual element. If you can explain something to (for example) a teenager, and also account for your sources, you know something. You know even more when you can argue both sides of an issue competently. That said, bear in mind that you have an inner source of knowledge that will be active this year. It will be close to infallible; the potential errors involve listening and interpretation. Inner knowledge must be verified if you are new to this source, so that you can see how it works, and understand the mistakes you are prone to make. This is training yourself to use your innate guidance system. —efc
Wednesday, Nov. 11 — The Day of the Underground
If today is your birthday: Keep your mind on the big picture. You run the risk of getting caught in the small details, which are important but which are not the end goal. The thing you want, the thing you’re working toward, is much larger: it’s about your connection to the world. To connect means to open up, and that implies vulnerability. You are in a sensitive spot where this is concerned, the more so for being at such a pivotal place in your life. In the most practical sense, make sure you know when you’re making a decision. Many of these go by unnoticed, and you simply must know when you are making a choice of any kind. —efc
Mercury re-enters Scorpio today as part of its process of working out “shadow phase.” Mercury turned retrograde in Scorpio on Oct. 13, and then backed up into Libra. A week ago, Mercury stationed direct in Libra and headed back for Scorpio, where it arrives this afternoon.
Mercury will still be in “shadow phase” through Nov. 19, which is the longest measure of the retrograde effect.
Remember that Mars is still retrograde though Friday, so that calls for honoring the unknown (as does any inner retrograde planet). I know we are all looking for some certainty.
That’s going to be an inner process, a personal discovery, not something that comes from any authority assuring you that all is well. You’re going to need to figure that one out for yourself.
As you go through your day, you will collect bits of information (if you’re paying attention), which will provide facts for the fact pattern. You need one of those; you need to be consciously assembling what you know, because data is only useful in context.
Use the clairvoyant, sleuthing power of Mercury in Scorpio to figure out what is going on around you. It’s not so hard to see, and to document. — efc
Tuesday, Nov. 10 — The Day of Metamorphosis
If today is your birthday: Mercury enters Scorpio on your birth anniversary, which is a reminder that you are responsible for what you know. Society plays fast and loose with this basic requirement of karma, and the result is a lot of confusion. The problem with accepting that you know something is that the next step is to act on it, and that takes additional commitment. In any event, there is no denying that you’re aware of something about yourself, which you may have long suspected, and at least you owe yourself an experiment in treating that basic truth as real. — efc
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Today’s opposition between Venus and Mars has many facets to it, though the upshot is: be honest about what you want. Make sure you want what you say you want. Honesty around desire is the only way out of the hall of mirrors that this aspect pattern presents.
You may have lots of reasons to not be honest about your desires, though to conceal them from yourself or others is the trap.
Here’s the astrological picture, for those who study such things. Venus is in one of its signs of rulership, Libra. It makes an opposition to Mars in one of its signs of rulership, Aries. So this can be a standoff or confrontation. It can serve as an aspect of separation, or of an honest meeting.
The challenge around honesty is that Mars is retrograde in Aries, which is not known for its confidence. The retrograde represents a withhold of some kind — facts or feelings withheld in a relationship, or some issue needing healing held back from the light of truth that would heal it. To proceed with honesty under such circumstances can be a challenge, though today is the day to do it: it won’t be the same tomorrow.
This aspect, though challenging, represents a rare opening. Yes it may seem like threading the needle, though you have both the thread and the needle. So take the chance while you have it. Be gentle, but be real. — efc
This Week’s Scorpio Horoscope
SCORPIO — Your traditional ruling planet Mars stations direct this week, which represents a release point of some kind. It’s as of an energy well of some kind has been blocked, or perhaps you have turned things down so that you could take care of some personal maintenance. Now that flow is about to return, first slowly, then gradually, then finally up to full capacity. This is about many things: working well, taking care of yourself, and making sure that you have a wholesome environment for the part of the day devoted to business. As that happens, Jupiter makes a conjunction to your modern ruling planet Pluto. This is a reminder that the ideas of the past, and particularly of your childhood family, have served their purpose. You need a more creative approach to existence than those old folks ever had. You need more passion. And you benefit from allowing curiosity to lead you rather than preconceived ideas. You will recognize curiosity by the delightful sense of not knowing, rather than the one that feels intimidating.—efc
Monday, Nov. 9 — The Day of Earthly Temptation
If today is your birthday: Address relationship matters in an honest and direct way and you will relax some of the tension you may feel. You are not one who likes to be pushed in any way, so you will need to be more forthcoming than usual with those you care about, which may seem like taking a big risk. What you withhold will remain in darkness and therefore seem to be a potential threat. Therefore, bring all of your material and subject matter and concealed issues to the surface of the discussion and you will find that you have more influence over your life, rather than less. — efc
Sunday, Nov. 8 — The Day of the Borderline
If today is your birthday: If all is fair in love and war, what is the measure of justice – survival? In love there must be trust, and trust comes with some vulnerability. But what are you afraid of? Complex relationship dynamics in your birthday chart indicate a long-standing situation you’re close to resolving. Loaded agenda from the past may feel overwhelming, so get clear about what you really want, and that includes how you want to feel about yourself. Examine the balance of power, you may perceive a loss or sacrifice. But is that true? Much that has been unsaid must be expressed. But fear and desire are flip sides of the same coin, and you’re not alone in feeling either one. — Victoria Emory
Two interesting developments this weekend — first is that Mercury, still slow and powerful in the sky, has cleared its square to Saturn in Capricorn. The second is that Venus moves in to oppose retrograde Mars, exact Monday morning. The overall feeling is one of being released from a constraint of some kind. You will want to self-regulate, though, as Venus opposite retrograde Mars can be a little volatile. Someone in the transaction is not revealing their true position. It will come out sooner or later (probably sooner) though you don’t want to come to many conclusions based on the information you obtain from others. Focus on your own research and your own feelings. Your knowledge and emotional response will change over time, and it will help to pay attention to those changes and developments. — efc
Saturday, Nov. 7 — The Day of Discovery
If today is your birthday: We have all heard the expression “thinking outside the box.” You might look that up. It does not mean peaking out of the opening of a carton. It means exiting the box entirely and approaching the question from a whole new direction. There are lot of ways to do this, though to be meaningful, leaving your previous framework behind is the essence. This can mean taking a walk when you’re trying to solve a financial problem, reversing your point of view entirely, painting when you want to write, or playing music to inspire visual ideas. Outside, as in beyond. — efc
Friday, Nov. 6 — The Day of the Rousing Vigor
If today is your birthday: You do not need to justify your position to anyone, particularly your family, or the chorus of critics in your mind. Your spirit needs to soar free, and that means you must feel what you feel and think what you think. This matches your extended project of learning how to think independently, which ultimately means to act on your ideas about life. Thinking only gets you so far; you want to move around in the world, and that is always an experiment. There will be controversies. There will be people who disagree with you. They are allowed to, and you don’t need to rethink everything just because someone says you do. — efc
Thursday, Nov. 5 — The Day of the Enchanted Realist
If today is your birthday: Pay careful attention to when you get “stop” and “go” messages from life. Stop does not always mean come to a dead halt and give up; it can mean pause, slow down, get more information, or most significantly, consider the decision you are making. By the same virtue, “go” does not necessarily mean plunge ahead, but rather, proceed with awareness and caution. Allow the momentum to catch you gradually. There are some issues where you will be more free to cruise on and others that will send you back to your homework a few times. Pay close attention to the difference. — efc
Tuesday Evening Notes
Mercury is direct. Returns are starting to come in. I did not see violence in today’s charts, and have had the sense things will be relatively calm. They have been. My own experience voting was that there were more poll workers (about eight) than there were voters (me, and a friend).
One of the potential consequences of an election held on the day Mercury stations direct is some unexpected outcome, for example, a reversal of what was predicted. The Gemini Moon passed through a square to Neptune today, which represents a fog, delusion or deception of some kind. Usually when the square has passed, the fog clears. Now the Moon will trine newly-direct Mercury, still very slow and powerful in the sky.
I am not watching television. I saw a live vlogger re-broadcasting CNN commenting on the spin spin spin, and knew I could not partake. So I’ll be chilling here, watching former “print” sites make heads or tails out of things, and holding court on Facebook. One of my hobbies is propagating interesting conversations, such as about what books you’ve read in the course of investigating Covid personally.
We talk about a lot of real stuff, which is not what you usually get on Facebook. Tomorrow is The Day of the Enchanted Provocateur. I’m about to write the birthday reading, I’ll put it below this.
Weds., Nov. 4 — The Day of the Provocateur
If today is your birthday: No matter how many times a particular door has seemed closed, or locked, try again. If you’ve run into blocks, snags or delays, try again. Consider your approach carefully. You need the right language but moreover, the right feeling for whatever you may be doing. Really think about your presentation. You might consider speaking less than you usually do, and doing more inquiring and listening. You’re likely to succeed at what you do, so make sure you choose based on your preferences rather than some sense of obligation. Whatever works out for you, you’ll be doing a lot of it. — efc
Tuesday Notes: Mercury Direct (birthday reading below video)
9:30 am EST entry: With today’s station direct of Mercury in Libra (at 12:49:37 pm EST), we are in the territory of the gods having a perverse sense of humor. That said, plans tend to go awry when Mercury is stationing, and there are a lot of plans in place right now that we need to come off the rails. Everyone has a plan for the U.S. election.
There’s Russia and China; there’s Iran and there’s Israel. There’s the pharmaceutical cartel, with Tony Fauci as its godfather. Many others have plans, none of them with any legitimate interest in controlling all of the United States.
In any event, the election is unlikely to be resolved today. It may take as long as between now and Mars stationing direct on Nov. 13.
In local news, from a personal standpoint, take it easy. Usually, Mercury direct is a big green, but not this time. The square to Saturn, and Mars remaining retrograde, are factors to take into account — and they will represent situations in your life that you can probably identify.
There are no easy answers right now. I think we should be grateful to have some relevant questions.
Tuesday, November 3 — The Day of the Long Breath
If today is your birthday: Events this year will help set you free, by setting you free of your worst fears. At least they can if you allow the truth into your consciousness, which is not so popular these days. Start with discovering what is not true. This will open up the possibilities, though you want to work with a limited set. Recognizing deception is the first step on the quest for truth. It is sometimes the more difficult of the two. The second is figuring what is correct. This must be done gently, because it’s possible to open up a whole other set of incorrect assumptions. The discovery of what is false opens up a vulnerability and a need. Handle that need gently, and take a minimalist approach. You might pay attention the your patterns of incorrect assumptions and work on that level most diligently: the level of structure. — efc
Monday Notes: Freaky Few Days in America
To My Fellow Americans:
Get ready for a freaky few days, as Mercury stations direct, and the nation goes through the ritual of selecting its so-called leader. There has never been so much at stake, and yet it’s unlikely that the election is going to provide much resolve.
There are very large forces at work: larger than any one country, but not larger than God — or whatever you consider to be the cosmic universal intelligence that wrote our DNA better than any computer scientist or vaccine merchant could ever hope to rewrite it.
In these days, pay attention to how you feel, what you say, what you do, and what you think. Take some notes, and take some photos. Stay in contact with your friends. More than anything, do you part to send peaceful and loving vibes to the many people who need them, the people who are having a hard time getting through the day.
Please watch this blog, our Covid blog (linked above), our front page, my Facebook feed (always a good conversation going there) and other areas on Planet Waves for the best updates we have for you. Thanks for tuning in. New article with horoscope coming tonight. —efc
Dear Friend and Reader:
This weekend I made a discovery related to Tuesday’s chart for Mercury direct. This, of course, is the day of and therefore the chart for the U.S. election. As I’ve mentioned a few times, the last time Mercury stationed direct on Election Day was in 2000, when George W. Bush lost, but still took office.
Because he actually lost Florida, Bush lost both the electoral vote and the ‘popular’ vote (meaning the vote), but was inaugurated anyway. Democracy — ain’t it grand!
That was a genuinely extraordinary chart that I would love to teach in a mundane astrology seminar. Short story is, at the time the polls closed, Mercury was stationing direct conjunct asteroid Pallas (politics, law) in the very last arc minutes of the very last degree of Libra: hanging by a chad.
My old friend and very senior colleague, Jim Shawvan (famous for popularizing the phrases Mercury shadow and Mercury storm), predicted the events of the 2000 election as if he had copies of USA Today six months in advance. At least we had some entertaining astrology to help deflect the sting of Bush and Cheney stealing the election. It was not much consolation. But it was a great astrology lesson.
I remember that night. It felt like the bottom falling out of the world. Eleven months later was 9/11, the “galvanizing, Pearl Harbor-like event” at the outset of the 21st century. Then the bombing of Afghanistan. Then the bombing of Iraq, again.
Monday, November 2 — The Day of the Transformation
If today is your birthday: Timing is the name of the game, and the chances are, a slight to modest delay will work in your favor. The reason not to rush is because you will learn more if you drag things out a bit. This is where time is on your side. Let everyone else make the mistakes, and be the wise person who learns from them. Be wise, as well, by being the person who knows yourself better than your seeming adversaries do — and get to know them better than they know themselves. You have many advantages working for you now, though make sure you take every step, and proceed meticulously. Focus on the details. Read the fine print. Awareness is pure gold, and leads to knowledge. — efc
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Sunday Notes: Look Where You Want to Be
Mercury changes direction in a little over two days from the time of this writing. That is the most sensitive part of Mercury retrograde, partly owing to how the process tends to instigate impatience — understandably so. Presently, we have the added twist of Mars remaining retrograde for another 10 days or so after Mercury stations, so you might say we are in Mars storm as well.
More on Mercury and Mars as the week develops. Saturday morning EDT, the Moon simultaneously opposed the Sun and conjoined Uranus in one of the most electrically driven Full Moons of all time.
The Earth is still ringing from that event (and will be for a while, with the reverb fed by Mercury’s station direct in Libra). The Moon Sunday has a quieter feeling-tone, or potentially so, as it opens up into a trine with the Capricorn group (Pallas, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn in that order).
Trines can work two ways: a sense of ease, or a sense of flow that can go out of control. Either way they seem to open up an energy tap that slips in rather than requiring a clash, trigger or confrontation (such as with a square or opposition).
Guide the energy as gently as you can. You do not need to do much, except (in the words of a surfer I once met in Maine), look where you want to be. — efc
Sunday, November 1 — The Day of the Onslaught
If today is your birthday: If you let what is easy be easy, you will find some peace of mind. If you take what is easy and make it difficult, you will distract yourself from the real challenges you face. Much that you want is within reach if you don’t push it away. You would be wiser to see what you attract, and to choose your activities based on what you want to do rather than what you think you have to offer to others. This could facilitate a natural state of balance where you don’t feel like you have to impress anyone. Your ideas are a work in progress, and you cannot put yourself in a position where you owe them to anyone as part of a commitment. — efc