Unbutton and relax, you cosmic cranberries. With a four-planet stellium in soft-bellied Sagittarius, Thanksgiving Day hits the spot. Feel free to go back for seconds.
Coasting on the unseen beams of a new Moon at the first-degree of Sagittarius on Nov. 23, brother Sun and sister Moon continue their foray into the philosophical forests of the centaur. While you feast, you might tap into the wisdom and conviviality of this fire sign, especially if you find yourself in the face of family and friends whom you are grateful you need tolerate only once a year.
When at a loss for this sign’s natural patience, focus instead on the food. As in stuffing as much into your mouth as you can to stifle all those truths you’ve been stacking up all year. This is not the time to speak them.
If need be, you could call upon the conjunction of Mercury and Venus, also entangled in Sagittarius’s silky mane, for some honeyed help. When fused, these planets provide a panacea for defusing situations with expressions of love and appreciation.
When in doubt, remember that gratitude is the overarching theme of this holiday. It is important, if challenging, to overlook disagreements — at least temporarily — to remember to both give and receive the gift of thanks.
When reading personal horoscopes, read your Sun sign for the “big picture” and your rising sign for “where the work is.”
ARIES / ARIES RISING
March 21 – April 19
Mars opposite Mercury: Admittedly not the best aspect for family get-togethers. Maybe you should focus on doing the cooking this year.
TAURUS / TAURUS RISING
April 20 – May 20
Venus trine Chiron: Wounds may surface this week, but you can be confident that they will empower you, even if the people around you don’t.
GEMINI / GEMINI RISING
May 21 – June 20
Mars opposite Mercury: Your words could cut like a carving knife under this aspect. Avoid incident by not rushing to pass judgment.
CANCER / CANCER RISING
June 21 – July 22
Moon inconjunct Uranus: Careful, now. This aspect is primed for emotional outbursts and adjustments to primary relationships.
LEO / LEO RISING
July 23 – Aug. 22
Sun trine Chiron: It’s time to let those who’ve been painful players transform into tolerable teachers. It’s all gravy, baby.
VIRGO / VIRGO RISING
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
Mars opposite Mercury: Might we suggest a vigorous vinyasa to relax you before the festivities? Chill out so you don’t heat up.
LIBRA / LIBRA RISING
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
Venus trine Chiron: Be aware of your own patterns as you are confronted with holiday baggage. You can rise above and release yourself from their hold.
SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
Mars opposite Mercury: Channel any family-style aggression into anything but your conversations with loved ones. You might also try some tryptophan.
SAGITTARIUS / SAGITTARIUS RISING
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
Jupiter sextile Pluto: Positive change starts with you, so pass the turkey with a smile and leave the salt on the table.
CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
Saturn sextile Mercury: It could be a good time for serious conversations with certain people, especially those you see only once a year.
AQUARIUS / AQUARIUS RISING
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
Saturn sextile Mercury: Put your good judgment to good use as you try not to stir anything other than a pot of mashed potatoes.
PISCES / PISCES RISING
Feb. 19 – March 20
Jupiter sextile Pluto: There’s no need to force change even if you feel you’re being forced to tolerate this week’s festivities. Go with the flow.