ARIES: King of Swords
This month you’re likely to be thinking more about doing business and finding your place in the world than anything else.
With a line-up of planets moving through your 8th house — the area associated with joint resources and other people’s money — as well as Mars (your ruler) joining Pluto in your public sector, the focus is going to be more on career and professional achievements.
The King of Swords is all about power and authority. Success, Accomplishment. Strategy. Intelligence. You’ll have all of these things at your fingertips and should be taking advantage of them — particularly in the first two weeks of the month.
This is a time for putting your ideas out there — verbally or in writing — and communicating them to others. It’s not the time for ambivalence or uncertainty.
Look at the King in this card. He’s a bit more colorful and flamboyant than we’re using to seeing with the King of Swords. He’s usually rather stoic and somber.
But this whimsical version is just spirited enough to capture the dynamic and playful Uranus in Aries transit you’re dealing with and just dignified enough to capture the Mars in Capricorn transit you’ve got moving through your 10th house.
This King says you can have the best of both worlds. It doesn’t have to be all work and no play. And you won’t get anywhere if it’s all play and no work.
Happy Birthday Scorpio! Here are some highlights for the month ahead.
Lunations: Moon Phases for the entire month
Full Moon: This month’s Full Moon occurs on November 6th at 14° Taurus 25′.
New Moon: This month’s New Moon occurs on November 24 at 0° Sagittarius 07′.
Retrogrades: Neptune turns direct on November 16th at 4° Pisces 47′. Chiron turns direct on November 23rd at 13° Pisces 05′.
Uranus is retrograde for the entire month of November.
Ingresses: Mercury enters Scorpio on November 8th. Venus enters Sagittarius on November 16th. The Sun enters Sagittarius on November 22nd. Mercury enters Sagittarius on November 28th.
Continue reading for complete scopes for each sign:
Today you could be taking stock of your life and looking at the actions and decisions that have led you who you are today.
The Judgment card calls for self-evaluation and awareness, a need to develop enough spiritual altitude to look objectively at your mistakes and short-comings as well as your triumphs and victories.
The Judgment card is a powerful reminder that in order to put the past behind us we must not only let go of prior judgments but heal the wounds that have been holding us back. It’s a card of both atonement and forgiveness. Of unconditional love, understanding and acceptance — for both ourselves and for those who’ve hurt us or let us down.
In this version we see a vulnerable, child-like angel standing before three trumpets, grasping a sword in her hands. She could be cutting through the ties that bind her to worldly concerns as she prepares to receive her penance.
The image is shown in negative form — a symbolic reference to the concept of gaining an inverted perspective and seeing things from another’s point of view.
You may have been beating yourself up over your own transgressions or making too many excuses for those who have done you wrong. This card encourages you to see things as they truly are, and to adopt a more impartial understanding so that you can not only move on, but can also put the guilt and regret to rest.
Eight of Cups
Today you may be taking a serious look at what (and whom) in your life you need to put behind you.
The Eight of Cups may seem like a difficult card, and the decisions that accompany it may not be a walk in the park, but in the end it can be tremendously empowering.
Here we see the goddess Persephone walking empty-handed into the unknown. Eight golden vessels stand upright behind her, reflecting the difficulties associated with walking away from something that was once fulfilling.
This should be a period of cleaning out closets, weeding unhealthy relationships from your life and letting go of outdated beliefs and fears. It’s cathartic in the sense that it forces you to look at what’s no longer working for you and to do something about it.
There is a natural sense of purpose associated with this card, even if it brings with it some sadness or loneliness. It may be that the Universe has something different (better) in store for you, and it may be that your current life circumstances are leading you down a different path.
It’s the difference between “fate” and “destiny” — or more specifically the difference between letting life happen to you and making it happen yourself.
You’ll have to remember that the emptiness and loneliness you feel is temporary, and a necessary part of getting to the other side.
The High Priestess
As the Sun trines Neptune today, you may be feeling more sensitive, more intuitive, and more aligned with the inner-workings of your psyche.
This transit can bring in psychic impressions, such as astral travel, lucid dreams or déjà vu experiences. While that may be a bit unnerving for you at first it can open up doors for you that you never dreamed possible.
The High Priestess is a strong feminine energy — regardless of your gender. It speaks of intuition, perception and wisdom, and all the secrets of the universe unveiled.
In this version of the card we see repeated themes of timelessness and esoterica. There’s a photo of a Victorian-era woman laid across a set of ancient sky maps.
A spiraled time-piece — stretching out to infinity — and a crooked wand are also present. But most prominent of all is the High Priestess’ all-knowing gaze.
She is both young and old, embodying both innocence and wisdom. She is the keeper of secrets, knowledge and mystery.
You may be getting more in touch with your own intuition, or thinking about delving into the mystery schools — learning tarot, astrology, numerology, etc. Or you may find yourself experiencing profound instances or deja vu or synchronicity.
As Venus trines Neptune today, it’s a good time to acknowledge your dreams and aspirations.
You could be feeling a renewed sense of hope about a goal that is now starting to feel more reachable. Or you may be feeling inspired to explore your intuition and psychic impressions.
The Peacock is the Animal Wisdom Tarot’s version of the Star card and is called “The Illuminator” in this deck.
Illumination is one of the hallmark traits associated with the Star card. It also ties in beautifully with the Venus / Neptune trine, which reinforces the Star’s association with inspiration, hope, harmony, faith and serenity.
The Peacock in this card gazes at his own reflection on the surface of a tranquil sea. The Stars in the night sky are also reflected, and the Peacock’s tail feathers curve up to them and glow just as brightly. The “Star” in this card is a starfish just below the surface.
The Star card represents a sense of rebirth and renewal as well. As it follows the Tower card — which is associated with disaster and destruction — it can serve as a welcome refuge or a beacon of hope. It’s important to also remember the healing and therapeutic properties of the Star.
Mars moves into Capricorn on October 26, 2014 at 10:42 UT (or 6:42 ET), where it will remain until December 4, 2014 when it moves into Aquarius.
Mars transits bring action and energy to the area of a natal chart where the transit occurs. It also affects planets in a natal chart that it forms aspects to, which are in turn influenced by the sign placement (in this case Capricorn) as well as the house Mars is placed in and rules in the natal chart.
For those born with Mars in Capricorn, this transit marks what’s called a “Mars return.” This will occur at some point during the current transit through Capricorn, between Oct 26, 2014 – December 4, 2014.
As Mars — natally and by transit — refers to what we’re passionate about as well as what we’re instinctually compelled to do, this transit emphasizes the Capricorn inclinations toward tradition, ambition and success, which is generally earned through hard work and over time.
Mars in Capricorn people often have a more serious, soulful, old-school quality about them which can manifest in a variety of ways — all within the parameters of the Capricorn archetype.