Nov. 22 to Dec. 21
The total solar eclipse in Sagittarius on Dec. 14 rattles your first house of self and ultimate potential, bringing forth personal revolution. This moment may feel like clarity or cruelty, but change will be impossible to avoid. In the words of fellow Sagittarius and American saint Tom Waits, “The beginning of it starts at the end.”
Notable Sagittarius: Ada Lovelace / Dec. 10, 1815
Dec. 22 to Jan. 19
The sun in Sagittarius in your 12th house of sleep and recovery is here with a nightcap and a sleep mask to prove that rest is the necessary counterpoint to creation. Guru Vironika Tugaleva writes, “To be with people, you must be alone. To listen, you need silence. To exercise, you need rest. You do not need to inflict rest, silence, or aloneness. You can simply surrender to your existing urges for these essential actions.” The nap I am prescribing is an essential preparation for future action.
Notable Capricorn: John Denver / Dec. 31, 1943
Jan. 20 to Feb. 18
You’re usually unaffected by guilt, but current planetary placements are making you feel as if you are not, or are not doing, enough. This may trigger a response of overspending, trying to buy love from members of your inner circle like an absentee card shark father seeking redemption. Now is not the time to play fast and loose with finances. Give the gift of an earnest compliment.
Notable Aquarius: Eva Braun / Feb. 6, 1912
Feb. 19 to March 20
You’ll be in heavy work mode for the first three weeks of December, Pisces, laying the foundation for the empire you are all but destined to bring into being in 2021. Yet, tenacity and elbow grease make your ever wayward inner rebel feel stifled and in serious need of reward. May I gently suggest the reward be of the fortifying, rather than destructive, variety? Wild can wait.
Notable Pisces: Pattie Boyd / March 17, 1944
March 21 to April 19
It’s rumored that Leonardo da Vinci used his pupil and lover Salaì as a model for the Mona Lisa. The controversy and speculation surrounding the painting continue to imbue a portrait of a long-dead woman with intensity and interest. Apply a similar approach to your life’s work, ram. Make whatever you do cause for conversation.
Notable Aries: James Franco / April 19, 1978
April 20 to May 20
Famed dancer, choreographer and fellow bull Martha Graham wrote, “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” Taurus, what expressions are you blocking and what fears are laying the mortar? You are obliged by the laws of vitality and the impulse of creation to exist as you are and deliver what you can.
Notable Taurus: Teresita Fernández / May 12, 1968
May 21 to June 20
You are your own twin, Gemini, but the weeks ahead will have you scouting for partnership. You’re not in the market for a mate so much as a co-conspirator. Charles Darwin advised, “It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” Personal evolution through combined forces, dig it.
Notable Gemini: Anastasia Romanova / June 18, 1901
June 21 to July 22
Visionary Swedish film director and fellow crab Ingmar Bergman had his first creative epiphany at age 8. He traded his toy tin soldiers for an image projector he dubbed a magic lantern. This toy became a tool for Bergman, allowing him to create spaces where he felt safe and seen for the first time. I bring you the story in the hope you will make space for a similar barter. Surrender ordinary toys for unexpected tools.
Notable Cancer: Iris Murdoch / July 15, 1919
July 23 to Aug. 22
Your soaring expectations of yourself and others often lead to crushing disappointment. Recalibrate your expectations to allow for faltering, your own included. Character isn’t revealed in failure or falling, but in our recovery from it. Give grace freely and forgiveness easily.
Notable Leo: Debra White Plume / Aug. 20, 1954
Aug. 23 to Sept. 22
The sun and mercury in Sagittarius in your fourth house of home and domesticity can leave you feeling both reclusive and nostalgic. The fourth house rules not just the material home, but your concept of it: how you cultivate and protect sacred space and yourself within it. You, Virgo, are building a home for yourself with the bricks of everything you needed, but did not receive, from the home you were born into. Your space is medicine in the making.
Notable Virgo: Sophia Loren / Sept. 20, 1934
Sept. 23 to Oct. 22
Shakespeare’s mad magician Prospero exclaims in “The Tempest,” “My high charms work, And these, mine enemies, are all knit up in their distractions. They now are in my power.” If anyone can weaponize charm, it is you of the scales and sweet talk. Confuse combatants with kindness and win your battles with well-chosen words.
Notable Libra: John Coltrane / Sept. 23, 1926
Oct. 23 to Nov. 21
When the jellyfish is threatened, it can transform and regenerate its own cellular data, reducing itself to its simplest form, beginning life again at an earlier point in its development. When fear or injury is imminent, you too revert to a version of yourself fully capable of accepting and overcoming the threat.
Notable Scorpio: John Gotti / Oct. 27, 1940