This week’s Neptune trine Mercury may make for an extra-emotional Thanksgiving


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The week begins with dynamic cosmic energy afoot. The moon wanes dark, as the new moon in Sagittarius quickly approaches. Happening on November 26 at 4 degrees of Sagittarius at 10:05 a.m. EST, this second-to-last new moon of the decade invites hope, optimism, and growth. To make the most of it, ask yourself this: What do you most desire to create at this time in your life? What is tugging at your heart?

Here’s the deal: Jupiter in Sagittarius rules this new moon. He’s currently wrapping up his stay in his home domain—a place he’s traveled since November 2018—and this new moon provides a moment to conjure his support to catapult your growth. So get clear on your needs, wants, and longings. Looking ahead to December 2 when Jupiter moves into Capricorn, you can expect a major pivot from the changing tides. So capitalize on the opportunity of the present moment that this new moon provides to stake claim to your dreams. Take time on Tuesday to write down your new-moon wishes, and commit them to yourself.

No retrogrades in sight—rather, Neptune trine Mercury

Speaking of dreams, Neptune stations direct on Wednesday, awakening passions within. Neptune rules all things ephemeral and functions as a higher octave of Venus, meaning the direct station helps you access a deeper place of love within yourself. One effect of Neptune coming out of retrograde is that you may feel a bit more emotional than you’re used to. So, if the tears begin to fall, trust that your catharsis is both healing and helpful.

On a higher note, Neptune stationing direct at 15 degrees of Pisces forms a trine to Mercury, who still travels in Scorpio. Mercury, while direct, continues to move out of his retrograde shadow. In this Mercury trine Neptune station, Mercury is undoubtedly here to deliver potent intuitive messages. Continue to pay attention to what Mercury is currently teaching you. Take time to really listen and hear. What is the Universe trying to get you to see? What is it saying? What do you “know?” Trust it the signs, omens, and, most importantly, your inner voice.

A Venus-informed holiday

When it comes to trusting your inner voice, even though so much feels murky and lacks clarity, you can trust it. Venus, the ruler of beauty, moves in Capricorn on Monday, November 25, and in this position, she brings a brass-tacks understanding and practicality to things. To amplify this sensation, take time to nourish and nurture your body, especially since this week marks, for many, the commencement of the holiday season and a busy travel time. To weather the chaos this time often brings, make sure you bolster your resilience by grounding yourself. One simple strategy for achieving this? Do not skip your workout. Even if you don’t have energy stores built up, taking time for restorative yoga or a stretching session can help to nourish your body. This facilitates both being ready for the holiday and being in tune with the messages your soul most needs to hear.

Speaking of Venus, this week marks a big one for the the goddess of love, who is awakening pain and simultaneously conjuring radical breakthroughs. She currently squares Chiron in Aries while trining Uranus in Taurus. All of this is happening while Neptune awakens from his retrograde motion. So in the wake of a new moon, during Sagittarius season, the universe asks for a commitment to truth.

The pain Venus is stirring connects to the time of year; for many, the holidays are incredibly painful. Grief sets in as the year-end pressure brews. So, stay compassionate with yourself and those in your life. Lean into the positivity of Sagittarius season while simultaneously feeling the feels, as needed. Just make sure you don’t lose hope.

This week ignites the cosmic flames of desires and helps you conjure what you most need right now. Trust the mystery; it’s unfolding exactly as it should.

Jennifer Racioppi is the creator of Lunar Logic—a philosophy that integrates the deep wisdom of both science and spirituality, and blends her expertise in astrology, positive psychology, and women’s health—to coach high-achieving female entrepreneurs to reach their next level of success.

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