Romance can be complicated even during the best of times, but there is an extra ripple in the fabric of relationships when the month begins. Communicative Mercury is in passionate Scorpio, yet Mercury is retrograde until November 10. This retrograde period complicates conversations with confusion and misunderstanding that can make it harder to maintain harmony in a current alliance or to get off to a good start with someone new.
However, this time can be used to repair partnerships with deep discussions about critical issues. In fact, the Sun's presence in profound Scorpio keeps life in the intensity lane until the Sun moves into easygoing Sagittarius on November 21. Reconnecting with people from the past is another possible plus of the Mercury Retrograde period, and it also provides a second chance to make a better impression.
Practicality enters the realm of romance on November 5, when love planet Venus shifts into earthy Capricorn. Discipline, patience and hard work can earn respect and increase self-worth, but dominance is a less friendly theme during this transit.
Staying in control of relationships is complicated by Venus' square with shocking Uranus on November 14, and its conjunction with penetrating Pluto the following day. Consistency and trust may be lost during these volatile days. But if you're stuck in an unsatisfying situation, these transits offer alternatives that will break patterns with surprising sources of pleasure and a deepening sense of desire.
The month ends in friendlier territory, when sweet Venus opposes generous and joyous Jupiter on November 28.