Illustration by Alex Ariza

November 2016 starts off in a similar way to last month, as Mars is still in Capricorn until the 9th, which means accidents and mishaps may occur at the beginning of the month, but it won’t be that bad. Sadly, since Venus takes Mars’ place on the 12th as it enters Capricorn, it creates disharmony and chaos. Your relationships will suffer from all sorts of tension. By the end of the month, however, a transformation will occur–and at this point, it is very needed.

For instance, since Jupiter and Pluto are at odds with each other, it could lead to arguments, bankruptcy, breakups, job loss, etc. It won’t be pretty. But this could also mean a fresh start for you, and for politics, for instance. Clearly, we all are in a position where we could benefit from change, so while it may be uncomfortable, it’s also good for the long run.

 SCORPIO 

This is your month, Scorpio. Because of this, it maybe intense for you (although really, what isn’t for you in general?). This month is the perfect time to schedule a lot of “me time” and time for you to gather yourself together and plan your life ahead. While you aren’t much of a planner, you need to refocus. From November 8-December 19, your fourth house of home, family and emotional security is on the forefront. Basically, do you. Don’t let people stay over for a weekend if you aren’t up to it—and make sure you’re happy at home. That’s what matters most. Then, the Taurus full moon and super moon on Nov. 14 is all about relationships—and making sure they are healthy. Be honest, don’t just sugarcoat things for the sake of saving face. The month ends on positive note for your career on the 29th—expect good news.

Suggestion: Your record suggestion from Rough Trade (64 N 9th Street): Lady Gaga – “Joanne.”

 SAGITTARIUS 

Relax. This month is all about you getting some TLC—and largely, from yourself. You have a habit of keeping yourself busy, so it’s time to chill. Since the Sun is making its annual drive through Scorpio and your twelfth house of rest, healing and closure—it’s time for just that until November 21. You’re tired and confused and emotional, so it’s a good time to let all that energy into your creative endeavors. Get coffee, do yoga, but don’t go overboard with the social stuff. On the full moon / super moon on the 14th, you’ll feel the need to reorganize and focus your mind, as it slithers into your sixth house of wellness and organization.

Suggestion: Your record suggestion from Rough Trade (64 N 9th Street): The Cure – “The Head on the Door”

 CAPRICORN 

It’s all about connection and friendship for you this month, so get out there and show your true self—whether it’s on FB, Twitter, a retreat, spin class, etc. You have the potential to meet like-minded people wherever you go this month. The super moon / full moon on the 14th lights up your fifth house of passion, which makes you feel confident and creative. Take advantage of this attitude while you have it—take risks. The end of the month, however, has something else in store. The new moon on the 29th in Sag is both a time of beginnings and ends. Maybe it’s time to move on from a relationship, job, creative venture, etc. Either way, this end will lead to bigger and better things.

Suggestion: Your record suggestion from Rough Trade (64 N 9th Street): Brian Eno – “Another Green World”

 AQUARIUS 

Your career is on fire this month. Until November 21, the Sun is in Scorpio, your tenth house of career, prestige and status—which means your career is getting a lot of traction. This means if you have a project or presentation, put your nose to the grindstone, because you’re about to impress people. Then, the Nov 14th full moon slides into your domestic fourth house, which makes you focus all on your home life and relationships—which is not a bad thing, since you don’t want to ignore this part of your life. You may want to get serious with someone, maybe even have a baby. This social vibe continues until the end of the month.

Suggestion: Your record suggestion from Rough Trade (64 N 9th Street): Beach House – “Depression Cherry”

 PISCES 

This month is all about personal growth for you, especially since the Sun visits Scorpio, your ninth house of expansion, travel and adventure until November 21. If you can travel, do so—if you can’t, try taking a workshop or class you’ve always wanted to. If you don’t do it now, when will you? The full moon on the 14th lights up your third house of communication, which shows that you may get a good signal from a job or relationship—beware however, this doesn’t last long. On November 24, Jupiter goes into Libra, your eighth house of intensity and intimacy, which clashes with Pluto in Capricorn, your eleventh house of friendships. This basically means that your communication with others may feel conflicted and at odds with what you want, so be patient, but also honest.

Suggestion: Your record suggestion from Rough Trade (64 N 9th Street): The Horrors – “Primary Colours”

 ARIES 

The month starts off with a focus on your friendships and relationships, as the Sun burns into Scorpio until November 21, your eighth house of intensity, power and joint ventures. This suggests you get very close and personal with someone else—which is always fun. However, this changes when November 14th, the full moon rolls around, and focus on your career, which means you could get a raise, or even a new job. Don’t forget to take it slowly though, and think through your choices, because you don’t want to jump on an offer or situation that may not be right for you.

Suggestion: Your record suggestion from Rough Trade (64 N 9th Street): Bauhaus – “The Sky’s Gone Out”

 TAURUS 

The universe is a little at odds with itself this month, which means your notorious diplomatic skills will need to go into super drive this month, as the Sun is in Scorpio until the 21st, in your seventh house of harmony and cooperation. This means you have to make compromises, since it’s not always all about you. You mean well, but sometimes you can be stubborn. Then, the Taurus full moon, a supermoon, comes full force into your first house of self and identity, which implies you’ve lost yourself in a relationship and/or your job. This full moon makes you crave independence—now you have to figure out a way to make this happen.

Suggestion: Your record suggestion from Rough Trade  (64 N 9th Street): Tim Buckley – “Goodbye And Hello”

 GEMINI 

Getting healthy and happy is your mantra this month. You’re in business mode right now, as the Sun is moving through Scorpio and your sixth house of health, fitness and organization until the 21st. This means you should start a new fitness routine, get into a good groove with catching up with your friends, start to meditate, etc. This also applies to your emotional life too, as the full moon on the 14th in Taurus flies into your twelfth house of endings and spirituality. This means any situation full of tension and unresolved will come into focus—and you will need to make a decision about whether to move forward with or without it.

Suggestion: Your record suggestion from Rough Trade (64 N 9th Street): Kate Bush – “Never Forever”

 CANCER 

This month is all about passion and romance, because the Sun is heating up Scorpio until November 21, your fifth house of love, passion and self-expression. This means you should go out and have fun—and it’s also a great time to meet new people, even if it’s just platonic. Besides that, however, the November 14 Taurus full moon falls into your eleventh house of teamwork and technology—which means a work situation could present itself in a positive way—or you might find out more good news on the job front with a new project that you’ve been working on for awhile.

Suggestion: Your record suggestion from Rough Trade (64 N 9th Street): Hole – “Celebrity Skin”

 LEO 

You’re a domestic goddess this month—whether you want to be or not. You’ve had a busy past few months with a lot of change happening on your home front. Because the Sun is in Scorpio, your domestic fourth house until November 21, you’re all about taking it easy. This means to take a lot of times for breaks and relaxation—it’s OK to drink tea with a good book. It’s also good to focus on your career, because the full moon on the 14th falls into your tenth house of career and achievement, which means everyone is looking to you for answers—and to do a good job, which you’re more than capable of. This month isn’t exactly easy for romance, so communicate honestly.

Suggestion: Your record suggestion from Rough Trade (64 N 9th Street): Richard Hawley – “Cole’s Corner”

 VIRGO 

This month is especially good for networking and socializing for you, as the Sun is in Scorpio, your social, communicative third house until November 21, making you even more charming than usual. Be careful not to overwork yourself, though, because you’re going to feel especially tired this month—from November 8-December 19, Mars moves into Aquarius, into your sixth house of health and organization. This means you should be especially careful not to take on too much work, or you’ll end up depressed and confused.

Suggestion: Your record suggestion from Rough Trade (64 N 9th Street): David Bowie – “Blackstar”

 LIBRA 

This month isn’t the sexiest month for you, but it’ll be a grounded one—as the Sun is in Scorpio which is your second house of work and money until November 21. This means you’re all about home and money and routine, which is not a bad thing. It’s been a busy few months, so this is a much needed break for you. However, this changes mid-month, as the full moon on the 14th illuminates your eighth house of intimacy and sex, which means it’s time to allow yourself to be vulnerable, to be in touch with your emotions. And you know, have fun. Not everything has to be all work, work work. This might mean you become closer to someone you’re already seeing—or someone new might fire you up.

Suggestion: Your record suggestion from Rough Trade (64 N 9th Street): Future Islands – “On the Water”

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