Eclipses are the most important celestial events in the astrological year. Where they fall in your horoscope indicates the area of life where you will feel a compulsion to clear away all the dead wood — no ifs, ands or buts. It’s time for a fresh start, and whatever isn’t absolutely necessary will be tossed out. However, there is a higher purpose to be served by the solar eclipse on Nov. 13, and that’s to get you back on track so that you are following your heart’s desire and not your head’s, your lover’s or your pocketbook’s. Scorpio is the zodiac sign of what lies buried beneath the surface. Simply put, you’re going to have to dig down deep inside and get real about the things you want out of life because you will no longer settle for anything less.
ARIES (March 21- April 19)
People born under Aries have a hard time finishing what they start. Part of this stems from Aries being the zodiac sign of the spring equinox. You’re always on the lookout for anything that’s fresh and new and different. When you find it, you get instantly hooked and will pursue it to the ends of the earth. The other reason you have a problem with seeing things through to the end is your ruling planet Mars is driven by passion. Mars is the planet of adrenaline rushes, so you’re at your best when you’re exploding out of the starting gate. If you can cross the finish line in record time — great! But if things get bogged down — like if you have to go back and forth with negotiations or “take it slow” in a relationship or stop what you’re doing and start again — well, that’s when you run out of steam, lose interest and drop off the face of the earth. Thankfully, Mars will enter Capricorn on Nov. 16. Capricorn is the zodiac sign of the winter solstice; Capricorn is all about bringing things in for a landing. Mars in Capricorn will give you that second wind you need to clinch the deal, win the heart of your love interest or put the finishing touches on a project. Mars in Capricorn ensures that you can expect to be sitting pretty on top of the heap by Christmas.
TAURUS (April 20 -May 20)
The solar eclipse in your house of partnership brings things to the make or break point in your relationship on Tuesday. This is when you will be wrestling with competing feelings of I-can’t-live-with-him and I-can’t-live-without-him. It’s enough to make any bull see red. However, it is the nature of an eclipse to get you back on track in your life, which means that you are going to have to get real about why you are doing the things that you are doing. Are you staying in a relationship because it’s safe, secure and financially comfortable? There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you are, then you need to make peace with that and start playing by those rules and behave yourself. Are you feeling the need to bring things to an end, but you’re afraid of closing the door on something you might regret? Well, the only way you’re going to find out is to close the door and to be on your way because you will always wonder about what could have been if you don’t. And if you do discover that you made a mistake, then you will find your way back. Love has a way of overcoming all obstacles if two people are truly meant to be together. The eclipse presents harrowing choices, but they are necessary choices, and it’s only by making them that you will find the peace of mind you desperately crave.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21)
You need to switch gears because all of your worrying and fretting is messing you up. Tuesday would be a very good day to just get physical. Treat yourself to a long stint at the gym or a tryst with your main squeeze because this kind of exercise will get you out of your head and back into the here-and-now. That said, this is what you need to know — it doesn’t matter how much of a mess that you or your boss or your lawyer or your plastic surgeon made of things, you aren’t going to know what’s what until after the lunar eclipse on Nov. 28. This is when all the numbers and relevant data will be in and you will have a clearer idea of what can be salvaged and what should be dumped. Meanwhile, focus on what you can do to help that process along — like making phone calls, filling out forms and keeping appointments — and you will be OK. This is why God created to-do lists. This would also be a good time to put your faith in the hands of whatever you regard to be a higher power. There’s a time when we all come to the brink and when the only thing we can do is to take a leap of faith. That time is now. Put your trust in that invisible agency. It won’t let you down.
CANCER (June 22-July 22)
It’s time to stop hiding your needs. We are all creatures of longings and cravings, hopes and wishes. If you didn’t need someone in your life, then what would be the point of getting together? You were born under a zodiac sign that’s a tough nut to crack on the outside but a big emotional softie on the inside. If you come across as hard and crusty at times, it’s only because you’re trying to protect your feelings. But there’s such a thing as doing too good of a job. Like your namesake, you can appear armored and dangerous — especially when you start waving those claws around. What’s happening is that you’re waving people away which is why they’re backing off and keeping their distance. It’s not because they don’t care; it’s because they’re trying to respect your boundaries. If that’s what you want — terrific. But if it’s not — and according to the Stars it looks like you want to draw people close — then you’re going to have to show some tenderness. This week would be the perfect time to touch base with that guy you used to date, to open up to a loved one or to spend some real quality time with a friend. People need to be needed, and if you don’t show them that, then they’re not going to stick around. Even crabs are known to soften their shells from time to time.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Eclipses are the great cosmic course correctors. They always portend a time of change. Sometimes these changes come as great surprises, and sometimes they give you the impetus you need to do the things that you know you should have done long ago. On Nov. 13 there will be an eclipse in that part of your solar chart that pertains to hearth, home and family. This is when you will experience changes in the makeup of your family life and living situation, and these are likely changes that you have been planning for. They could range from moving in with your lover to purchasing a new home to baby makes three. However there are some Leos — especially Leos born between August 8 and August 19 — who could be struggling with property concerns and costs during this time. This is because of the eclipse’s close proximity to Saturn, the planet of tests. If this is the case, then you need to know that help is on the way. In fact, you could receive positive news as early as Friday that pertains to a sale, refinancing or some kind of financial relief or aid package. It may take as long as Dec. 14 for all the i’s to get dotted and for the t’s to be crossed, but trust in the wheels of bureaucracy because the money will be there for you when you need it.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You can expect life to get hectic and demanding this week as the Stars take control of your to-do list. It will be all you can do just to keep up with the surge of tasks, chores and obligations — especially on Nov. 14 and Nov. 16. But the good side to this frenetic activity is that you will be too busy to obsess over decisions that you have been postponing or ignoring all together. In fact, the pressure to drop some obligations and to act on others will bring a sense of relief and empowerment. Not only will you see your way clear to creating the kind of life you want to live, but that vision of the way that things could be will actually appear doable. The next six weeks are good for business, new projects and long-term investments, so be sure to keep this new-found momentum going. On Friday you will discover that your hands are no longer tied when it comes to a certain matter. Maybe you realize that trying to please someone who can’t be pleased is an exercise in futility, or you finally see that the other party whom you thought held all the cards is actually bluffing. In any case, Mars’s change of signs on Nov. 16 shows that you are ready to push for what you want and that you won’t take no for an answer.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
The solar eclipse on Nov. 13 will highlight a hidden resentment that’s been building for weeks. You’re sick and tired of the financial imbalance in your life, and you want to rectify it. Maybe it’s time to say “no” to loved ones who treat you like their personal ATM machine. Perhaps you’ve run out of patience with your spouse overruling you on spending and now you want to get a higher-paying job so that nobody can tell you what to do with your money again. Then again, it could be something as simple as wanting to set yourself up in business so that the only slips you have to worry about are the silky kind and not the pink paper ones. You have all the time in the world to implement these changes so that nobody gets upset or feels like you’ve betrayed their trust. If Saturn in Libra for the past 2 1/2 years taught you anything, it’s the value of introducing changes slowly and incrementally so that they stick. Meanwhile, Mars entering Capricorn on Nov. 16 urges you to stop worrying about what people think of you. Those who get you realize your worth and appreciate the lengths that you will go to make their lives more comfortable and complete. They also want to see you do your own thing and accept yourself for who you are. Don’t let them — or yourself — down.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
The solar eclipse on Tuesday is the perfect time to target what you want. The unique blending of solar and lunar energies combines the power of your will with the force of your nature so that you will move inexorably towards whatever goals you set right now. The only thing that could trip you up is your impulse to exercise the preemptive strike. This is the “reject them before they can reject you” self-defense mechanism of Scorpios. People don’t really understand how sensitive you are to rejection. You’re an expert at masking over your true feelings and the intensity of your needs. You’re so good, in fact, that people take you at poker face value. But what happens when you feel like they don’t care as much as you do or when they are uncertain about how to proceed is that you will be the first to say no and to turn tail without explanation. It’s not unlike a child gathering up her toys and leaving the sandbox when she’s decided that the other children are behaving abominably. Now it’s very possible that the children were behaving abominably — but that was years ago and people have grown up since then. And that includes you. So don’t let your suspicions and misreading of a situation lead you to undercut your own interests and happiness — not when there’s so much to gain between now and Dec. 19.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You could inadvertently torpedo all of the headway you’ve made recently if you’re not careful. Mercury backwards in the sky indicates regressive thinking, and its retrograde from Sagittarius into Scorpio on Tuesday could you land you back in the sticky mess that you just struggled free from. You always want to be wary of falling prey to rose-colored optimism when Mercury is traveling through this part of your horoscope because it’s often the best intentions that pave the way to the most hellish situations. Resist the temptation to forgive a debt, remove a penalty or welcome back a prodigal type because your leniency will wind up costing you. No good deed goes unpunished as long as Mercury is reversed — which will be until Nov. 26. If there was ever a time to hold people to their promises — while tightening the screws — then this is it. That said, you should know that you are finally on course to establishing the security and peace of mind that has eluded you for so long. Continue to seek new paths and avenues and you will find them; your success and fulfillment comes from your willingness to expand your horizons, to discover and to explore. You’re a child of the future, not the past, and you will never be disappointed as long as you believe that the best is yet to come.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Your prize is in reach — which is why you will have to exercise extreme patience and self-control when you learn that there will be yet another unscheduled delay on Wednesday. It’s to be expected when the Moon occults Mercury retrograde in that part of your solar chart that houses your hopes and wishes. Mercury retrograde has a fondness for tossing cosmic monkey wrenches into the most smoothly-run operations and gumming up the works. Try not to get fatootsed, and remember that delayed gratification is better than no gratification at all. The big news is that Mars, the planet of gumption and drive, will enter Capricorn on Friday. Mars is exalted when it’s traveling through your zodiac sign, which means that you can expect to make more headway in the next six weeks than you have in the past six months. Aided and abetted by Pluto, you can look forward to dramatic breakthroughs on Nov. 27, Dec. 10 and Dec. 14. Mars is also the planet of men, so this will do wonders for your love life — especially with the pinstripe suit crowd. Capricorn women are more at home hanging out with the boys in backroom than they are with the young flashy types. You want to fraternize with the players. Rest assured that Mars in Capricorn will put you in touch with the real movers and shakers and not the poseurs and wannabes.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You can expect big to-dos this week thanks to the solar eclipse. You would be well advised to step out of the way and to let events run their course without interfering. All of these changes are for the better — although you will have your doubts on Wednesday and Friday. It won’t be easy watching a co-worker get kicked to the side of the curb or a friend made to pay the piper for her past mistakes, but this is the nature of an eclipse. An eclipse will do whatever it takes to clear the dead wood, correct the course and get things back on track. Eclipse energy is dramatic and intense, and an eclipse in the sign of the Scorpion can be heavy-handed and unrelenting. It’s why you don’t want to mess with it — especially since it is also the same energy that will be lifting you to the next level of your career or field of expertise. Hopefully, this is what you want because you will be taking on some enormous commitments and responsibilities. If it’s not, then you will want to notify higher-ups ASAP. The future may look a little intimidating from where you stand, but this is all orchestrated so that you can become what you were always meant to be. Many people are born with untapped potential; few — like yourself — ever get an opportunity to realize it.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
You’re going to be suffering from split-vision this week as your outward perspective is not in alignment with your inner gyroscope, and you won’t know which to trust. Circumstantially, things are a mess. This current Mercury retrograde (it began on Nov. 6) really threw you for a loop by moving the field posts and re-arranging all of your priorities practically overnight. Goals that you were focused on evaporated instantaneously while matters you had put on the back burner were suddenly front and center and demanding your attention. Moreover, the people who said that they would be there for you turned tail and disappeared down their respective rabbit holes. Things do not look very good. However, a glance at what’s going on with your interior life shows that you are in a great place. Neptune moving forward in the sky bathes your horoscope in a soulful light. You probably feel more like “you” than you have in months. This is the sensation to drink in because it will give you the sustenance and strength in the weeks to come. People may wonder what’s gotten into you, and that’s OK because you’re probably wondering the same thing yourself. The long and short of it is that you are embarking on an extraordinary journey — one that promises to be as compelling as it is fulfilling. All you have to do is trust in your inner guide.