Sidereal Insights Astrology

                                                            Welcome to Sidereal Insights, every month we explore the  astrology
                                                          of the current planetary transits across the heavens from  a western
                                                          sidereal perspective. 
                                                       Be sure to read for your sidereal sun and rising sign, which may be different
                                        than the sign you’re accustomed to. Sidereal astrology is different from traditional tropical astrology, so your regular sun and rising signs may not apply in a sidereal reading or forecast.  If you need to look up your sidereal sign placements, use the easy online calculator at to find out for free. (See Chart Below)

November is a busy month for little messenger Mercury, affecting readers of all signs. Early on, Mercury throws politesse to the winds and heads out of bounds for much of the month. Already in the shadow of his retrograde, he’ll reverse course later on in the month for his final retrograde this year before encountering the sun and Jupiter near month’s end.

Out of bounds planets don’t play by the commonly accepted rules of society, rather, they are considered to “walk to the beat of their own drum”. They are the planetary mavericks: eccentric, unconventional, and unorthodox, for better or for worse. They are “beyond the pale” so to speak.

During these weeks in November, through the 20th, we are inclined to innovative thinking in any field requiring a skill for analysis, problem solving, or communication. On the flip side, it’s easy to become obsessed with stories, whether in literature, film, or even the stories we tell about our own lives. We are prone to misconstruing words and blowing things out of proportion.

Mars finally makes his move into Aquarius on November 7th, the same day as the new moon in sidereal Libra. He’ll spend the coming six and 1/2 weeks in the sign of ingenuity, insight, and rebelliousness, driving those with Aries sun or Aries ascendant to more impulsiveness than usual.

Venus stations direct on the 16th, the same day Mercury begins his third and final retrograde of the year. In Scorpio, Mercury retrograde could bring secrets to light and reveal occult or hidden things, and signals a time for reviewing research findings or the results of investigations.

Financial dealing or debts could come into the open, and if the opportunity arises to review your financial picture as it relates to debts, taxes and investments, take it. Just don’t take on any new debts or make any new or major investments, or file new estate paperwork until after Mercury resumes direct motion.

For the full picture about Mercury retrograde, be sure to read your November Full Horoscope by Sign for both your sidereal sun and rising sign. For my best advice for how to navigate Mercury retrograde check out the blog post A Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide at

The 26th is a very lucky day for just about everyone, but most especially for Leo babies--if you have Leo sun or rising you may want to mark November 26th with a gold star.

Egos could run high this day though, creating the potential for conflict when we identify too closely with our ideas and opinions. Don’t allow yourself to be provoked if someone challenges your worldview. Instead, try to consider things from their perspective.

The very next day is a bonus lucky day for readers with Gemini or Virgo sun or rising sign, when Jupiter reconnects with Mercury in retrograde. You’ll have one more of these special days after Mercury resumes direct motion in December, and you may notice a common theme connects all three days if you’re directly affected.

There’s a chance arguments or disagreements could develop; channel this energy constructively through competitive sports or high energy activities like boxing.

Thankfully, Jupiter’s influence offers a measure of protection from Mar’s challenge to Mercury that same day, suggesting things are likely to work out in the end. Whatever benefits Jupiter brings may require initiative or courage to unlock.

All readers will want to check their sidereal natal charts for planets or points at either 9 or 10 degrees of Scorpio, where Jupiter meets up with the sun and Mercury over those two special days in late November.

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Phaedra Mitchell is a western sidereal astrologer with more than 20 years of experience working with spiritually conscious individuals to recognize their soul purpose, reveal karmic life lessons, and discover where they can be of joyful service in the world. For sidereal or tropical consultations, personal readings, or to learn more, visit

Apr. 14 - May 15: Aries - The November 7th new moon in Libra activates your partnership sector, potentially bringing a new joint project or venture your way. With Venus retrograde, reunite with a partner you’ve worked well with before for this new adventure and you’ll be set up for a good outcome. If no opportunity manifests within +/- four days of the lunation, make your own opportunity by initiating your new venture on the 9th. Later, at the full moon November 23rd, an income source may draw to an end or you may finally pay out for an expense.
May 15 - June 15: Taurus - The new moon in your 6th House November 7th offers you a head start on turning over a new health leaf instead of waiting to make it a New Year’s resolution. If you’re considering returning to a diet or lifestyle you found beneficial to your health in the past, you’re especially well positioned for success. You do, however, have to take action in order to make change. Do that on the 9th. Something dear to you may come to fruition near the full moon November 23rd.
June 15 - July 17: Gemini - Reignite your romantic or creative life in the days just after the November 7th new moon. Go back to an unfinished art project or creative undertaking and take a new direction. Take a calculated risk. You could receive a spiritual blessing or gift of some kind near the full moon in Taurus on the 23rd, or reach the end of a significant inner journey. Take some time to yourself and relax.
July 17 - Aug. 17: Cancer - If you have an unfinished home improvement project, renovation, or redecoration underway use the November 7th new moon to renew your attention to it. You can see it through now, and with fresh eyes you can easily take things a new and improved direction. Then, enjoy an evening out with friends and a romantic partner or a child if you have one at the full moon on the 23rd.
Aug. 17 - Sept. 17: Leo - If you had been in talks which previously stalled, you may find negotiations renew after the Libra new moon November 7th. Or, if you’ve set aside a writing project or travel opportunity, you may be inspired to come back to your interest with renewed enthusiasm. Use the 8th or 9th for action. At the full moon November 23rd finish up or update a professional project and relaunch it for your existing and past audience or clientele.
Sept. 17 - Oct. 18: Virgo - An income opportunity could come your way near the November 7th new moon in Libra, Watch the days within +/- four days of the new moon, or make your own opportunity by taking action toward an old business idea, service, or product--offer a service or product which you’ve sold successfully in the past. Give an old business idea an update, and reach out to past clients to gauge interest and make your first offers on the 8th and 9th. A travel or publishing opportunity could culminate near the Libra full moon November 23rd, or you could complete a course of study or a legal proceeding in late November.
Oct. 18 -Nov. 17th: Libra - It’s your birthday new moon, dear Libra! Do anything you want except make upgrades or changes to your appearance, or buy or ask for expensive or designer gifts. Instead, ask for gift cards for your birthday this year and wait to do your shopping until after Venus, your ruler, resumes direct motion later this month. Then, near the full moon in Libra November 23rd, you could pay off a debt of some kind, whether a loan or tax obligation, or even release a psychological debt you may be carrying. Or, you could receive money or resources of some kind.
Nov. 17 - Dec. 16: Scorpio - Have you been wanting to make a change in your life, dear Scorpio? The November 7th new moon in Libra offers a sterling opportunity to make a change to an unconscious belief or to visualize a new outcome for your life. You can embark on a new spiritual path, journey, or lesson in the days near November 7th. Or, begin a new solo project in the days just after the new moon. Then at the full moon put the finishing touches on a joint project.
Dec. 16th - Jan. 15: Sagittarius - Your social life undergoes a rebirth of sorts with the new moon in Libra, dear Sagittarius. You could experience a surge of activity in your social sector including the chance to make new contacts or a new friend. Be out and about to make the most of this new moon. The full moon in Libra November 23rd lights up your work and health sector, dear Sagittarius. Finish up a project at work or go for an annual health checkup. Take a close look at your diet too, and use the full moon to eliminate any foods which aren’t supporting your best health.
Jan. 15th - Feb. 13: Capricorn - Watch for a career opportunity to come up in the days near the Libra new moon November 7th--the ideal opportunity would see you reprising a role, partnership, or reconnecting with those you’ve worked with professionally in the past. Or, you could make your own opportunity by taking action to do any of the above on the 8th or 9th of November. Doing business with past partners, clients, and colleagues is best supported at this time. Get out and do something fun with a lover or a child in your life near the full moon in Libra November 23rd, dear Capricorn. All work and no play makes life dull.
Feb. 13 - Mar. 15: Aquarius - Your international sector is highlighted at the new moon November 7th. You could decide to go back to school to finish a degree or program of study which you previously started, or to take a return trip to somewhere you enjoyed visiting in the past. Or, finish writing that novel or screenplay you began so long ago. If you have an unfinished home improvement or redecorating project in the works, dedicate some time near the November 23rd full moon to finishing things up.
Mar. 15 - Apr.14: Pisces - The new moon in Libra November 7th stimulates your 8th House of other people’s resources. If you’ve been needing a resource or funds for something, you may notice an opportunity to make your request. For best results, make a follow up request to someone who has helped you in the past, and if a contract is in order, delay signing any papers at all until early next year, when Mercury has returned to full strength. Then, at the full moon November 23rd you can finish up a writing project, meet a deadline, or take a trip nearby.