The ugly before the beautiful

 Weekly Horoscopes for November 10 – November 16, 2014


“’Cause it could get ugly/Before it gets beautiful” — “Don’t Judge Me,” Chris Brown

As I say in the video above, I almost decided to quit. Then I started thinking about the upcoming Mars-Pluto conjunction coming up this week, on Monday. Energizing Mars and Energy-rich Pluto together form a turbine of will. They are a Voltron of strength to make a way when there “ain’t no way.” Maybe it’s that kind of week for you, or it already has been. Regardless, the story of us, of you, is still the same.

You see, it’s taken billions of years for the Earth to come up with you. You owe it to yourself (and us) to be the best possible you that you can be. However, life offers you no guarantees that you will become that, even at the end of your life. It won’t even offer that you for the end of this week. Yet this Mars-Pluto conjunction symbolizes what we do when we exert grit and sinew to be all that we can be without any assurance, insurance or guarantee. And sometimes, as CB says, it gets ugly before it gets beautiful.

You may not look particularly after writing all day with what you think is a measly word count. You may not look lovely at dawn after your 4:30 am training session for a marathon. You could be clutching your steering wheel for dear life with your kids in the back seat as you drive them to school and then yourself off to a job where you can’t stay any more but can’t leave because you’re broke. The raw ugliness of recognizing that you might not make it can be overwhelming.

It could get ugly before it could get beautiful
Mars-Pluto coming for your obstacles

Yet it’s this gristle of spirit to push forward, despite all the odds against you, that is what’s most beautiful about you, about us. You can do this, whatever this is, because you already have before. Of course, past performance is no guarantee of future results. However, you never had any guarantees. We’ve always had the hidden hand of grace around us and our own hands in front of us. Reach yours out now, whether it’s to brace yourself for a fall, to get up, or stretch them up to the next rung of your success story.  Grit and gristle, baby! Mars & Pluto are that hand of grace.

Aries (March 21st to April 19th)

Your monthly horoscope

The Voltron-like powerful alliance between your patron planet, Mars, with Pluto, in your tenth house of career suggest that you should put pedal to the metal with a project or endeavor you’ve had in mind. You are likely to be tested in this area of your life, and you may attempt to come out of this without getting your hands dirty or to spare your ego from any scratches. There’s nothing “clean” about this Mars-Pluto match-up. I’m not encouraging you, however, to fight dirty, but don’t be afraid to get in the trenches to make happen what needs to happen. You’re stronger now than you could imagine. Putting yourself on the frontline will probably make you wonder why you don’t spend more time there.


Taurus (April 20th to May 21st)

Your monthly horoscope

One of the enduring and shameful astro-prejudices that I see against your sign is that Taureans are somehow mentally slow. I challenge any astrologer to look at a list of famous Taureans and they’ll be hard pressed to find a slow one. What is true, however, is that you plunge deep in wanting to understand something and once you do, no one exemplifies as much mastery of it as you do. This, of course, takes time. This Mars-Pluto line up this week bodes well for you sinking your teeth into a subject or adventure that allows you to go deep in your investigations. Be careful, however, not to get lost. You may need to lighten your responsibilities so you can immerse yourself as much as you would like, or designate a time period when you can sink as deep as you’d like and emerge when your time is up.


Gemini (May 21st to June 20th)

Your monthly horoscope

There’s no sign that has the courage to allow curiosity to put one at the brink of ruin or reward as much as yours. Most of the time, the world (or just your loved ones) makes that out to be a liability for you. Yet, at your best moments, their concerns are not truly yours. You can’t have true knowledge if you don’t know the ledge, according to you. This week, own your desire to push the boundaries of your curiosity. However, do recognize that your loved ones are partially correct: curiosity can lead to ruin. Who knows how a spontaneous vacation without pay from your corporate job will affect the bigwigs’ views of you? But, again, they’re only partially right: curiosity can also lead to fantastic rewards. This Mars-Pluto match-up in Capricorn requires you only to try.


Cancer (June 21st to July 21st)

Your monthly horoscope

The charge and determination of the Mars-Pluto hookup at the top of the week should prompt you to think about the difference between an argument and a debate before you’re in either and not able to tell the difference.  You are likely to have to stand up for yourself or your principles, perhaps even with a loved one or partner. Arguments usually center more on how people feel; debates focus on the difference between points of fact or interpretation. One way to prevent either form of communication from becoming too much or going on too long is to be direct and clear, whether you have a point to make or a feeling to express. No need for a lot of back and forth.


Leo (July 22nd to August 21st)

Your monthly horoscope

Roll up your sleeves, Leo! Mars and Pluto land in your sixth house of healthy practices, whether those practices keep you strong and healthy or your desk clear and efficient. Having the heart of our solar system, the Sun, as your planetary ruler, often means that you need something that challenges you enough to merit your full energy and attention. However, don’t wait for anyone to hand that to you. You’ll likely have to initiate it. And even if it’s a challenge that’s been created by someone else, like a fitness challenge, if you fear failure and a bruised ego then you’ll know it’s a challenge worth shaking your mane at. Pay attention to what you fear, because that fear often lights the launching pad to your next adventure. But the shape and nature of that launching pad is unique to each individual fear, so respect that. For instance, if you have a fear of embarrassing yourself while doing deadlift weight training, then that doesn’t mean you have to start doing that when the gym is crowded.


Virgo (August 22nd to September 21st)

Your monthly horoscope

Many of the most celebrated entertainers of our age are Virgos, with Michael Jackson and Beyonce being the most notable. However, there are countless others. One valid reason, among many, may surface in your own life this week as Mars and Pluto add truth to power in your creative and pleasure-seeking house. Virgos will often outwork most others not because they’re “neurotic,” as many always conjecture, or because they’re consumed by perfection. This can be true sometimes, but the deeper reason is because y’all enjoy the hustle, bustle and transformation you receive from work. For you, work that you enjoy cleanses and purifies the body and soul. However, like all pleasures, it’s important to know how to say, “When.” Otherwise, the pleasure and the work can overtake too much of your life. Watch out for that now as well.


Libra (September 22nd to October 21st)

Your monthly horoscope

The Mars-Pluto combo happens in the part of your chart that hits closer to home, as in your physical home, family or your fundamental sense of security in the world. The positive expression of this “turbine” in your home is great for cleaning and organizing it like a cyclone. You will not yield even a millimeter to any dirt. The other positive expressions with family or your sense of security is that YOU are the #1 person to call this week in a crisis. Somehow you could have a steely calm and resolve for danger or anything that requires you to act as a first-line defender or responder. The hazards of the Mars-Pluto conjunction is when it has no outlet in anything that requires reaching deep into yourself. Then it could feel like an underlying rage about situations that may be too numerous to identify at present. If that’s the case, then find something really dirty to scrub or go work out. (Yes, I’m serious. You’ll thank me later.)


Scorpio (October 22nd to November 21st)

Your monthly horoscope

According to modern astrological legend (and yes, that’s shade), Mars and Pluto are your sign’s two rulers. So anytime those two are together, it’s going to have a high impact on your life. I think anything with Mars, your sign’s traditional patron, is going to raise your profile. This proves no less true with penetrating Pluto pushing you to look deeper within to see what you’re truly made of. And, indeed, you’re ready to add warp-speed to some part of your life. Of course, you shouldn’t push yourself into something that’s clearly self-destructive. How will you know the diff? You’ll know you’re engaged in an activity that grows more of you than destroys when doing it yields more control and knowledge rather than less of both. So, yeah, you pushing yourself a bit in training for a marathon ≠ a marathon night with Maker’s Mark, for example.


Sagittarius (November 22nd to December 21st)

Your monthly horoscope

You may feel torn this week between desiring to be part of the hustle and bustle of survival, like most people seem to be, feeling numb altogether, and wanting to be large enough of heart and mind to save the world. Basically, throughout the week, you may struggle with inadequacy. Let’s start with the patently obvious: we’re all inadequate, depending on the size of the task. You cannot save the world, but you can save a stray cat or someone from having a dismal day with one of your brilliant smiles, jokes or insights. And, yet, this is saving the world. Breathing is part of the hustle and bustle of life too. It doesn’t have to be way more than that. As for the numbness, your circuits could feel overloaded by all your feelings. Take a good nap. Sagittarians need rest too.


Capricorn (December 22nd to January 20th)

Your monthly horoscope

One of the things that many astrologers get wrong about your sign are those times when you become nothing less than a force of nature–indomitable, insatiable and so alive! This is you this week! Being a force of nature could be wonderful if you were in the wild somewhere. However if you’re on the 8th floor of a high rise, cramped in a cubicle with only a flickering screen & your cell phone to keep you company, then…you see where this is going. You’re going to have to get out to release the excess energy of this Mars-Pluto combo. You have to embody it, since it requires physical action. Perhaps you can take a long hike in a park or place where you can be close to the earth. Venturing for money and security, after all, is only one way to manifest your sign’s Earth-bound orientation. You also have to honor the surge of nature coursing through your veins.


Aquarius (January 21st to February 18th)

Your monthly horoscope

People may be quick to dub you as cold and detached, but the calm of the sea is just as deceptive. There’s a lot that stirs beneath the surface this week.  Your chief requirement this week is be honest that it’s not all peace and love now within or without, or to chide yourself for your darker feelings, including anger. There is a quiet benefit to anger when it’s managed and acknowledged, however. The anger will commit you to take action and hold your resolve to make moves. You have perhaps allowed a situation to carry on for too long. No sense upbraiding yourself for that or hoping that it could be otherwise. Perhaps last week’s full moon brought into full life what’s really going on. Recognize what’s happening and why, and now come up with a plan of action for change.


Pisces (February 19th to March 20th)

Your monthly horoscope

Although there’s been a lot of ink spilled on the victimized aspect of Pisces, there’s not enough on the victorious one, the one that comes stumping for how much the world can be better, more beautiful, and more capable. That’s the face that you’re likely to show this week. The surge between Mars-Pluto happens in your eleventh house, the part of your chart that inspires creative collaboration, friendship, and social responsibility. You’re the sign that reminds us that we’re all “in this” altogether, and you’re likely to have such a powerful awareness of this that you’ll do something as proof of concept. Perhaps you might get involved in an organization or work with a group of people to take service to a community up a notch. Hell, with the energy surging through you, you might head it up.