Zodiac in Translation: Weekly Trends, Books and Horoscopes

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Nov 12 - November 18, 2018


Venus Station Direct and Mercury Retrograde
There is a handoff this week on November 16 when love-laden Venus goes direct while heady Mercury retrogrades! Now that we’ve straightened out our relationships (whew!), we get to focus on words, communication, travel, and all things Mercury. Mercury will span Sagittarius and Scorpio during this retrograde season.
I often hear a lot of negativity when folks speak about Mercury Retrograde. Should I travel? Get a new phone? Have that conversation with my boss? I don’t like to think of any of the planets or their retrogrades as bad or good, especially Mercury who actually stands in more neutral territory free from moralistic thinking. What I would say about Mercury retrograde is that it is a time to practice patience, practice presence. You may find yourself standing longer in lines or being delayed while travelling. These are opportunities to remember the moment in a very Thich Nhat Hanh sort of way. Notice the sunshine come down through the trees, the leaves falling like rain outside the window, the smile on the face of a stranger as they peruse their private thoughts. In Peace is Every Step, the smiling Vietnamese monk asks us to DO the dishes with presence, to peel an orange with pleasure, to love with peace. This is more how I see this retrograde—restoring our faith in the moment. 
Books referenced in Horoscopes
The Lady of Shallot, Alfred Lord Tennyson
Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins
Tao Te Jing, Lao Tsu
One Hand in My Pocket (song), Alanis Morissette
Peace is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh


November 12 - November 18, 2018
Aries or Aries Rising: March 21– April 19 
It might surprise you this week Aries when a subject you’ve deemed taboo in the past comes to the forefront and delivers no charge. Late 18-century etymology tells us that taboo meant to set apart or forbid. You’ve had permission for many moons now and these are the words that make up your new lexicon: empower, sanction, grant—allow.
Taurus or Taurus Rising: April 20 – May 20
Marble is said to rule the 7thHouse, which is where you’ve been working these last few weeks Taurus, under the dome of relationships. There is a bright sheen here, with a potential for solidifying, even deepening your commitments to a partner or best friend. This looks like alabaster. Get ready for deep-rooted satisfaction. 
Gemini or Gemini Rising: May 21 – June 21
Today on NPR they were launching a campaign to gather stories about being nice and delivering service to another person for the sake of kindness. Somewhere within this landscape is your week’s duty Gemini to deliver an act of service simply for the sake of making someone smile. Honestly it makes me smile just to think of you doing it! Who gets to twinkle because of you this week?
Cancer or Cancer Rising: June 22 – July 22
The mirror proves an interesting object for you this week Cancer and has me thinking of Tennyson’s Lady of Shallot: But in her web she still delights to weave the mirror’s magic sights.  You may see yourself more clearly as you recognize the reasons why you weave, spin, and create. Mirrors and manifestation are your talisman. 
Leo or Leo Rising: July 23 – August 22
Have you ever taken stock of your sexual history? Are there pockets of power within that history that need to be reclaimed? As you traverse the deeper layers of your personal psyche, you are ready to leave behind the wounds of the past to look toward new territory. You are your best advocate!
Virgo or Virgo Rising: August 23 – September 22
It is one thing to have knowledge for yourself and it is wholly another to share that knowledge inside a safe and loving community. Dearest Virgo, this week you will rub shoulders with the nurturers and you will find yourself whispering under your breath full and hearty thank you's. Receive with gratefulness this kind hand from your community. Stamp that hand into your memory.
Libra or Libra Rising: September 23 – October 22
Tom Robbins maps out the key to a long life in his book, Jitterbug Perfume. The remedy includes beets and a toggle between hot and cold water. Coming to see what you actually value right now Libra has you craving a local hot spring, steam bath, or maybe a Japanese spa. Spending money on what will keep you healthy, rather than on a world gone mad may be just the ticket. 
Scorpio or Scorpio Rising: October 23 – November 21
It is not easy to say me first for our Scorpio’s, so when the rare opportunity comes for you to shine a little brighter than everyone else in the room you have permission to take a much-needed bow. With a nod at your ego, that little voice that comes from your true self is asking to be acknowledged. 
Sagittarius or Sagittarius Rising: November 22 – December 21
Remember the saying about a journey of a thousand miles that begins with a single step? Forgive me for waxing pithy dear Sag, but this is so exactly the message for you this week. This proverb, attributed to Laozi gives you the go ahead to buy the right shoes, envision the mile markers ahead and full-heartedly step into a much anticipated adventure.
Capricorn or Capricorn Rising: December 22 - January 19
Alanis Morissette made music that seemed, for all intents and purposes, to be the soundtrack for some passionate cause or the other. In her song Hand In My Pocket she talks about being broke but happy, poor but kind, short but healthy high but grounded. Dear Capricorn admitting something or two about your own humanity this week has you paradoxically feeling more connected than ever. 
Aquarius or Aquarius Rising: January 20 – February 18
Why do we take risks? This is the question for you this week Aquarius and the answer may surprise you. It is not always smart to put yourself on the line, but when a chance offers you this kind of growth it might just be worth it. The opportunity to open your wings a lot wider awaits. Facing your vulnerability in these moments offers just the right medicine. 
Pisces or Pisces Rising: February 19 – March 20
Sussing out truth from fiction seems to be on everyone’s minds these days and in true form is also on yours Pisces. An honest meditation on what you know to be true might prove useful this week as you weather the storm of extremes. Take yourself back to your beginnings. See where the light originates somewhere just this side of your heart.

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