As a young queer human navigating this world with its many ups and downs, I’ve turned to astrology for the last ten years as a guide to how and why I feel the way I do. I’ve spent months doing birth charts, reading up on the moon, and finding ways to heal based on how I feel the position of the planets directly affects my psyche. It doesn’t matter if you don’t believe in astrology — this column’s design is to bridge self-care with a monthly horoscope, and to bring peace to the body and mind. It’s an offering for the world right now, to feel more connected to your inner-self.
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
As always, dear Aries, you are ever diligent with your career, as your House of Career is shining bright. This is a particularly good month of work for you, and you are looking intensely productive in all aspects of your professional life. With that said, it might be a good time to review your goals. Are you setting the right goals for your life, and for your mental well-being? Or, a little heavy, but all too real: Are you truly happy? It’s worth interrogating if you have the mental wherewithal to dive in a little deeper from where your instincts usually lie. I say this because, though your career aspects are blossoming, your House of Family is vulnerable this month. As we enter the holiday season, you may experience a constant nagging that causes some emotional friction. Whatever you do, it’s imperative that you don’t just overlook such signs of disharmony. Try and nourish aspects of yourself that need stability, and be kind to yourself in the process.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
This month will be a little turbulent for you, baby Taurus. Your need for stability will be tested, and things might feel a little out of control. But fear not! The career-oriented planet Uranus is in motion, and by the end of the month, things should be looking steadier for you. Throughout the month, focus on trying to be a team player. If things are rocky in your professional life, the planets are showing that working with others will get you the results you need. Flexibility will be favored for you, darling one! Try to be open and more communicative. Right at the top of the month, on November 4th, the full moon enters Taurus, so if you have any Taurus in major positions of your chart, it’s a good time to celebrate the moon by focusing on grounded, earthly pleasures. Meditate on the joys of pleasure, and work on creating a balance deep inside of you. Take time to holistically ground yourself as we gear to the year’s end.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
November will be an important month of communication for you, sweet Gemini. As communication rules your sign, and as you deeply love speaking your mind and having intellectual debates with just about anybody, make sure you are saying what’s really on your mind — in moderation, of course! We all want to be heard, especially by you, Gem, so let your friends and confidantes know you’re listening to what they’re saying as well. This month asks you to get out of your head and focus on your heart: can you nurture it? Can you focus on opening up to intimacy with yourself, and with your loved ones around you? November will call for a greater amount of emotional labor from you, but be steadfast, and speak your truth!
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Cancer, sweet Cancer, please remember that there are others with feelings, too! I know you’re emotional, bless you, but November is a month that is encouraging you to slow down and think of others’ perspectives. It will be a time of reflection for you: how you’ve acted throughout the year, how you’ve processed your emotions — and that’s great! It’s almost like a year-end review. Be vigilant with yourself, and caring with your needs. However, do take note of others and their processes as you navigate this time with your interior. You may be feeling stretched thin, or like you’ve made too many commitments, and that’s ok. Find time to nurture yourself, and if you feel like crying, please do! There’s no shame in letting it out, but try not to prioritize your own sadness. The good news is, the rest of the year is looking harmonious for you. Do the work, be mindful, and enjoy the release.
LEO (July 23-August 22):
Leo, fiery yet kind-natured Leo, this month will require a LOT of patience from you. There will be moments that you will not want to negotiate, whether it’s with your partner/s, peers, or even family: you will be tested. Yet, you will have to try everything in your purview to not antagonize the folks around you. Stay level-headed. Instead of getting enraged, try not to even entertain that side of yourself. You don’t want to lose the alliances you have made, so avoid speaking through anger or frustration. These are people you want on your side, so you might need their love and support soon! By the end of the month, things will shape up to become more emotionally positive, and this will be, in part, due to the foundational layer you create at the beginning of the month. Happiness is hard work, but your natural tendency for joviality will be all the more enjoyed!
VIRGO (August 23-September 22):
November will be a relatively calm month for you — I mean, define “calm” — Virgo. Your main focus will be configuring your life so that things that may have been off-kilter during the late summer can reset and restart. This will call for important intention setting on your part, and perhaps even doing a sort of Kondo-ing on your life! What’s gotta give? This purge, whether physical or mental, will help you refocus and get a balance back that might’ve been lost in the last few months of heat and birthdays. Don’t worry: you’re on the right track. Also watch out for love, as corny as that might sound. You’re a bit of a secret cheeseball; a dedicated lover, and, well… it’s looking bright for you! ✨
LIBRA (September 23-October 22):
Librans have the tendency to get stuck: on an idea, a feeling, or a theoretical concept. You have the habit of prolonging the decisions that haunt you. Often, your way of showing balance is by being accommodating, though that has the tendency to backfire and turn into a deep rage and frustration towards the person, group, or matter you were trying to accommodate. Temper that feeling this month, and focus on finding some equilibrium in your current state, dear Libran. Are you happy? If not, what is obstructing you? Can you take steps toward fixing it? Finding balance in yourself is a big lesson for you to undertake, but try and really sit with it this month. Let go of any bitterness you may have at justice gone wrong, whether a world injustice or a personal one, and be still with your own interior. Focus on love within yourself.
SCORPIO (October 23-November 21):
This month is a birthday month for you, and it can be a hard month for those who think so intensely about death and life (that’s you, Scorpio). It can be a triggering month, too, for all those in the Northern Hemisphere; as the days get darker, you feel the tide come in with the mood. It’s okay to feel disharmonious with yourself, and you might be feeling it hard. If you’re feeling bad, don’t be ashamed. Birthdays can be difficult. Instead of looking away from the feeling; instead of turning off the feeling, articulate it with yourself. There is something powerful in naming why you feel the way you do. Embrace it. Juxtaposed against the rocky feeling of acute sadness, Venus enters Scorpio on November 7th, which could mean things might get a little romantic. You are good at being fearless, and this position will make you feel powerful, intense, and alive. Feel activated, and step into your McConaughey, Scorpio!
SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21):
You’re a good people person, Sagittarius, and November is an ideal month to socialize. This month has a lot of teachable moments for you. You’re naturally vivacious, and you’re deeply stimulated by the adventure of life. Enjoy this month, and embrace the things you’d otherwise overlook, like old friendships — or even new ones! As the Sun enters Sagittarius towards the end of November, you’ll feel a reawakening of relationships. Be open to them, and revel in the insights that you’ll gain from your fearlessness. With Venus entering Scorpio, it seems all things in terms of love feel warm and positive. Live and enjoy. As my favorite Sagittarian, Clarice Lispector, wrote: “You don’t understand music: you hear it. So hear me with your whole body.”
CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19):
Capricorns are the grandfather of the Zodiac. From Shonda Rhimes, to Aaliyah, to Susan Sontag, the Capricorn is a natural powerhouse of person. You are deeply emotional folks that hide your layers behind strength and facade. You’re a planner, and it’s one of your greatest strengths (though people love making fun of Capricorn perspicacity!). The month of November will be an important month of building and planning. You think Shonda got to where she is without the planning? Puh-lease! It’s a good month to focus on your financial intentions, and to map what the next few months will look like for you, it’s all about charting those finances. Take it slowly, and find a way to manage your stress. Drink green tea with honey, or channel your inner Olivia Pope and drink nice glass of red. However you choose to de-stress, sit back and take time to admire your own tenacity!
AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18):
Aquarians, y’all are some special humans. It’s almost like you have an antenna that extends out into the universe: you feel its energy in a very profound way. As we enter the Age of Aquarius, your positioning in this world grows deeper, and our awarenesses are vital, as is your heart. I know it’s hard to feel isolated sometimes, but bask in the glory of November, which will be an extremely positive month for you! The planets are looking favorably at you, and you will generally be in high spirits. Try and tap into the positivity that surrounds you, and try not to focus on the feelings of loneliness that sometimes pull you into immobility. Instead, connect with your outer humans, and feel the universal bliss.
PISCES (February 19-March 20):
Baby fish! I know sometimes things feel so hard. You feel like nobody understands the pain you’re in, or how much pain the universe is in. It’s hard for you to watch the complacency of the planet go by. You feel it all, Pisces. You feel all of it in your body, the motions ravaging you like a fish swimming through the rivers. This month is a good month to feel these things, and to turn them into action. Are there friends that need your help? How can you help them? Sublimate your intuition into actualized assistance. Let a friend lean on you. Do something caring for a person who is struggling. As you extend support to others, remember that we are better carers of others when we care for ourselves. Are you looking after your own heart? Focus on giving yourself the love that you (also) deserve.
Fariha Róisín is a writer living on Earth.