“We must accept life for what it actually is - a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature.” - Robert Louis Stevenson
RISE TO THE CHALLENGE!
Life isn’t easy! Whoever told you it would be was lying. Each of us faces our share of daily dilemmas. But despite the difficulties, there’s a whole lotta joy to tap into in this world – you just need to get past the challenges in order to find your bliss! This is the month for transformation, encouraging your inner Phoenix to rise above any hardships that you face.
Problems are challenges put before you to help you to grow. What is the problem? That’s where you need to grow! Whether you have to surmount struggles with your job, home, relationship, family, health or financial fixes, take the attitude that this is life showing you the way to empower yourself. By trying new things, braving adversity, keeping persistent and standing up for what you believe in, you will become stronger, learn more and come to appreciate the Phoenix within you!
Astrologically, November is about overcoming the hardships we face. We are encouraged to rise above life’s difficulties to find greater growth, self belief, and Phoenix-like determination! With many planets in Scorpio, a Solar Eclipse and Mercury still retrograde until the 11th, this is the month to triumph over our inner demons while acknowledging our outer Angels.
LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS
Lets face it – people and relationships can be challenging! Okay, some people can be true idiots, but how you deal with them is key. Accept the reality of others. In dealing with difficult people realize that you can’t change them and shouldn’t even try. It’s always a good idea to make an effort to see the best in others, or even see their side of the story, but don’t pretend the negative stuff doesn’t exist. Take responsibility in your interactions with others – don’t put your trust in an unreliable person, don’t tell secrets to a gossip, don’t look for love from someone who can’t give it, and don’t believe the hype from an overly pushy salesperson. This is part of accepting others for who they are, which makes your life easier too!
3 November – Scorpio New Moon/Solar Eclipse: Transformational energies combine with new beginnings, turbo charging us toward renewal! Welcome greater courage to move forward, dumping the emotional and spiritual stuff that has held you back. Find motivation to start new endeavours, tap into greater power and conquer what you could not before. A door now opens, positive change awaits and the phoenix rises from the ashes! If this eclipse is “hitting” your chart you probably have already felt the beginnings of change, and this will continue to unfold over a period of months.
5 November - Venus into Capricorn: A new cycle of practical love unfolds! For the next three weeks personal affections are more sensible, sober and serious. A great period for seeing those in our lives more realistically and taking responsibility for what we value – in our friendships, love connections and with ourselves! Additionally, ambition, issues of security and financial rewards are all sought after now.
WORK & FINANCE
Money or job challenges? Fear is one of the most prevalent emotions that people express about their financial position. It is usually the result of uncertainty about a situation. A powerful antidote is taking action. Taking action allows you to feel more in control of your situation and encourages you to find solutions. This is the month to take inventory of your current situation, evaluate and create a plan for change. Set realistic goals and learn more about money matters and investments. Hedge your risks by creating a contingency plan – have a backup in mind so that you can release your fears. Connect with others - money comes from people and the greater your circle of connections, the greater your financial possibilities.
10 November – Mercury in Scorpio goes Direct! After three weeks of reverse transactions and bumpy interactions, this planet ruling communications moves forward! We are now given the go ahead to pursue our goals and implement our projects! The planning and revamping of our endeavours during the Retrograde period can now pay off as we can take the lead in sharing information and knowledge with others.
All November – with Mars in Scorpio all month we are encouraged to focus our energies on making powerful changes in our life. A new period of intensity emerges – helping us to transform areas of self doubt into feelings of self worth. As we grow stronger in confidence our passions and feelings grow too! Find something that you feel intensely about and express yourself through it! Allow that Phoenix energy to grow wings!
HOME & FAMILY
The challenges that happened in the past should stay in the past. Instead of wasting time wishing things had been different or that you had been treated better, start changing how you deal with family situations now. We all have some regrets or issues about family history, but concentrating on you and your family’s future is what counts. Release blame, finger pointing, anger, resentment and criticizing others – this helps no one. Focus energy on solving problems, not assigning blame. Start with a clean slate, allowing you and family to work together to resolve current issues in a positive and thoughtful manner.
17 November - Taurus Full Moon: A time when our senses are illuminated! The taste, touch, feel and smell of life is magnified now, allowing us to appreciate more of the joy factor in all that we do. Honour those things that you value while releasing what is no longer pleasing. Cultivate greater artistry and beauty by nurturing your talents and abilities. Create a stronger foundation now by letting go of what is no longer valued or supportive.
HEALTH & SELF
We all have setbacks. Be it a new course of study, workout routine, diet or major project - we all have times when nothing seems to work, or we are going nowhere. Having a positive mindset and believing in yourself is key. Stop acting from a fear frame of mind and start trusting in yourself and the world around you. Be persistent when it comes to keeping yourself inspired! Remind yourself of your goals, surround yourself with encouraging people and share your vision with others. Break down challenges into smaller, more manageable portions, keep track of your progress and as you do this your level of confidence will grow along with your dreams!
22 November – Sun into Sagittarius: A new cycle of optimism, curiosity and expansive expression begins. Opening up to universal understanding, philosophical awareness and freedom-loving adventures help inspire more confidence and motivation! See the big picture in order to manifest it! Tap into higher minded expression and greater possibility-thinking in order to surmount any challenge!
If you have a birthday on one of the following dates in November, here are some of the energies you can expect for your year ahead:
1 November (Sun conjunct Mercury/Sun Inconjunct Uranus/Sun sextile Pluto) Your Key Word: Expression! Breaking free of limitations while finding greater self expression is highlighted. Patience and persistence along with more confidence in sharing your personal power brings success.
3 November (New Moon in Scorpio/Solar Eclipse) Your Key Word: Intensity! Powerful new beginnings bring much opportunity but also positive change. Embracing a new sense of courage, making fresh starts and finding greater passion is highlighted.
6 November (Sun conjunct Saturn) Your Key Word: Responsibilities! By focusing on tasks or undertakings that seem demanding much can be accomplished. Professional advancement having to do with organizing and planning is highlighted. Attention to the realities of life, form and order is key.
12 November (Sun trine Jupiter) Your Key Word: Opportunity! Feeling optimistic and open to new possibilities helps to manifest positive happenings! Expansion is highlighted while embracing new learning, philosophies or spiritual endeavours brings greater satisfaction.
17 November (Full Moon in Taurus) Your Key Word: Fulfillment! This strong lunar phase indicates an anticipated, eventful, emotional and completed cycle for your birthday year ahead! Issues regarding love, creativity, luxury and finance find culmination!
24 October (Sun square Neptune) Your Key Word: Clarity! Use imagination for creative concepts and artistic expression, but when it comes to details and decisions, make sure you are thinking clearly! Be grounded and lucid when dealing with spiritual / idealistic types.
**Warmth, Heart and StarLight to all Sweet Star Seekers for a wonderful month ahead!**
With Much Warmth, Heart and StarLight,
GiGi Sosnoski is a New York City Astrologer, Motivational Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Planetary Intuitive, Workshop facilitator, Writer of monthly Motivational articles and videos, Radio and TV contributor and regular on TVNZ’s Good Morning show. As a Life Enthusiast, her passion is sharing upliftment and inspiration with others. Encouraging people to get excited about their lives, their abilities, their relationships and their futures is what she does best! Contact GiGi to help yourself find greater awareness, confidence and further understanding of your true potential as seen in your unique Astrology chart!
This is the second year in a row Shay and I have hosted Canadian Thanksgiving at our place - which happens to fall (pun intended) in October. I do the cooking - and Shay does the decorating. These place cards are a culmination of both our ideas - easy to make and add the perfect touch to any Thanksgiving table.
What You Will Need:
- Mini pumpkins or gourds
- Card Stock/Place cards
- Pen or printer
- I like things to looks perfect - as I have odd looking printing, so I printed everyone’s names onto clear labels using my computer. If you don’t have the things necessary to do this - just print the guests names on the place cards nicely and voila.
- Using a sharp serrated knife - make a slice in the top of the pumpkin about a 1/2 cm deep between the stem and the side.
- Then facing the knife away from the stem, slice diagonally towards the first slice.
- Make sure it is a thin slice and on enough of an angle so that the card can sit nicely.
- Once the cuts have been made - wedge the place cards in. I find the gourds “bleed” a little and this actually works well to adhere the cards in and stabilize them.
- Place them at each persons seat and you’re done!
Tip: I like to seat couples and best friends away from each other forcing people who might not normally chat make a new friend and be more engaged, makes for a more interesting evening!
After visiting the Apple Farms this past weekend - we had enough apples to feed an army. Though I may be good at cooking - I am NOT good at baking. This recipe is my take on a healthy “apple pie” (minus the crust). I have never been a huge “crust fan” either so this is my kind of pie…only the filling!
While at my uber healthy friend Sophia’s house, she whipped up this fruit concoction for her daughter - and I had the leftover’s with some non-dairy ice cream…So thank you Sophia for the inspiration!
What you will need:
- 2 apples
- 1 large mango
- 2 pears
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp liquid stevia
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Cut all of the fruit into cubes - any size is fine - I prefer mine about the size of a sugar cube.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, add the coconut oil, fruit, cinnamon and stevia.
- The fruit will start to bubble a bit and get a tad “saucey”. Just keep stirring it for about 7-10 minutes and your compote is done. (I still like mine to hold shape and have a bit of a crunch).
- Once the compote has cooled a bit - scoop it on top of your vanilla ice cream (I like coconut milk ice cream) and ENJOY!!!!