The 6 Astrological Events That Actually Mean *Good* News for Your Week

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This week is about leaning into pleasure and fortuitous opportunities where you can find them. This energy kicks off on Monday, when at 15 degrees of Libra, Venus, the planet of love, opposes Mars, who stations direct on Friday, at 15 degrees of Aries. Venus opposite Mars can feel intense, but it's also very sexy and can appeal to a sense of pleasure, which is a critical piece of self care, especially now: Orgasms can provide for stress relief by amplifying oxytocin and endorphins, and some research even suggests they may boost immunity, which is particularly essential as cold and flu season sets in. Take time to be with yourself in the most intimate way, because your body's ability to experience pleasure is vital to health always, but especially as we adjust to longer nights and continue to live with unprecedented political drama and stress.

Also on Monday, the sun in Scorpio trines Neptune in Pisces, amplifying compassion and increasing your intuitive knowledge. Pay attention: you may receive the guidance you need. You could also use the day's energy to do a tarot spread, perform a ritual, play or listen to music, and prioritize meditation.

Then on Tuesday, Mercury moves back into Scorpio, amplifying the ability to "know" even more. In his retrograde shadow, Mercury is in cleanup mode, helping to bring clarity to confusion that ensued during weeks of traveling retrograde. As the nation reconciles from the intensity of the recent election, where there's been a massive amount of disinformation spreading, Mercury's return to Scorpio helps to bring clarity where it's been distorted. Pay close attention to what's coming into focus now. It's Scorpio season after all, and the truth will prevail.

Come Thursday, November 12, we have the final Pluto-Jupiter conjunction of this year's trio of rare conjunctions that happen every 13 years. The previous two meetings of these planetary titans happened on April 4, and June 29, and this third conjunction is the final until 2033. Jupiter is the biggest planet in the solar system, and he amplifies what he touches. Pluto, the smallest planet, gets us to the heart of the truth and rules the death-rebirth cycle. This combination of Jupiter and Pluto together this year has correlated with the explosion of COVID-19, the amplification of Black, Indigenous, and people of color's (BIPOC) voices, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

In light of the recent election, we can also expect the nation's polarization to be in the spotlight as we find our way through political chaos. And with COVID-19 rates on the rise, we'll likely gain additional insight about what's next in the battle with this pandemic. Given the amount of stress we face, it's essential to note that the Pluto-Jupiter conjunction is remarkably positive and robust. Financial matters, professional-success goals, and launches of any kind are favored. Things born under this aspect have a high likelihood of decisive success.

Financial matters, professional-success goals, and launches of any kind are favored. Things born under the Pluto-Jupiter conjunction aspect have a high likelihood of decisive success.

Finally, two more pieces of fortunate news: Mars retrograde ends and the planet stations direct on Friday, and the new moon on Saturday has stellar aspects, as it perfectly sextiles the Pluto-Jupiter conjunction. So, amid the myriad challenges and incredible stress swirling, the end of the week provides powerful reasons for hope.

Mars's retrograde began on September 9, and while Mars will remain in Aries until January 6 (an unusually long period for Mars to be one sign), this week, we turn a corner as he stations direct at 15 degrees of Aries. While it will take a few days to feel Mars's pivot forward, and we'll feel the intensity of Mars's station for a few days, the forecast remains clear: The rest of the year will go exceptionally fast. Mars's retrograde often corresponds with dips in feelings of excitement, focus, and goal-driven momentum. And since this past Mars retrograde happened alongside Mercury's during a global pandemic and polarizing political election, it was particularly brutal.

Take a moment and think back to where you were on September 9, and consider what you learned since then? What's emerged in your life since then? What have you processed, and who have you become in the process?

Then get ready: The new moon on the 15th, which happens at 12:08 a.m., occurs at 23 degrees of Scorpio in a sextile to the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction, and it's one of the most fertile new moons of the year. Plant seeds of desires, especially as they relate to business, career, money, and success. Projects begun under this new moon will do well. Cast a spell, set your intentions, and then start.

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—which she uses to coach high-achieving female entrepreneurs to reach their next level of success. Pre-order her book, Cosmic Health (January 2021), here.

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