Which Leonard Cohen Song Are You Based On Your Horoscope?

Brace yourself for a lot of goodbyes and endings this November, darlings. I hate to break the news to you, but it’s gonna get real—and lit—all in one month. Yes, that means it’ll feel a little bit like an emotional roller coaster since there’s a full moon in Earth sign Taurus and a new moon in Scorpio. Basically, this means death and rebirth, so your life will be shifted, but in all the right ways.

It’s not all work and no fun, though. Since Venus goes into Scorpio season on the 7th, you can definitely count on a lot of playing, especially in the romance department. Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket, however, and keep your options open. This is not a time to limit yourself, but really test the waters and go with what feels right, not logical.

The latter half of the month switches to the good old centaur (hey, Sags) which means you’ll be interested in altruism and matters of the mind. In this way, the month has a little bit of everything—from the mind to the heart to the body—and what better way to delve in than listening to some Leonard Cohen and letting his genius guide you? After all, we lost his brilliant, gentle soul a year ago, so it’s time to give him a proper yahrzeit.

Which brings me to this—find out which Leonard Cohen song you are below:

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Since the sun stays is in your sign until the 21st, you’re a bit stuck in the past this month—mostly thinking about all the things that haven’t gone your way, and wondering why. It’s important for you not to ruminate too much, since living in the past has never helped anyone too much. Luckily, since Jupiter is floating in your sign until the 8th, your spontaneous and adventurous side is coming out to play. This means you may do some traveling, redo your home decor, or find other ways to spice up your life.

Romantically, you are on fire—although if you are in a relationship that isn’t working out, it may be time to put the fire out for good. Why stay with someone you aren’t happy with? Life is too short to settle, dear Scorpio. It’s time to live passionately, which is what you do best.

You are “So Long, Marianne.” Intense, full of passion, dark. 

“Well, you know that I love to live with you
But you make me forget so very much
I forget to pray for the angels
And then the angels forget to pray for us”

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Since the sun moves into your ruler Jupiter in Scorpio until the 21st, your life is all about endings in order to make room for new, better beginnings. You have trouble letting go and saying goodbye, even when situations and relationships are toxic to you and make you unhappy—you’re often a little too forgiving and diplomatic for your own good. Put yourself first for once; otherwise, you’ll always feel a bit irritated when things don’t go your way.

Your love life is going to be in full force this month—and on fire just like you. You will want to be everywhere, so be careful not to overextend and become overwhelmed and overstimulated. You love the game (without being mind games, of course), and the give-and-take thrills you. Just be careful not to go too far. Be your best self and give generously.

You are “Sisters of Mercy.” Independent, honest, philosophical.

“Well they lay down beside me, I made my confession to them.
They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem.
If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn
They will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem.

When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon.
Don’t turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon.
And you won’t make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night”

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19)

While you are usually a bit more subdued, this is a social month for you, since Jupiter is in Scorpio until the 12th, which is your house of communication. Don’t fight it—savor these moments, especially since the past few months have been difficult and a drain on your emotions. The new moon on the 18th helps you figure out who you are closest to right now, who you can rely on most—and that’s obviously important. Friends are everything right now, especially if you are newly single.

Romantically, you are on a journey, whether single or in a relationship, and things are changing—for the better. Don’t get too caught up in the fantasy, though. See things for what they are, not what you want them to be.

You are “Famous Blue Raincoat.” Pragmatic, practical, calm.

“Well I see you there with the rose in your teeth
One more thin gypsy thief
Well, I see Jane’s awake
She sends her regards”

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18)

You’ve always been a bit of a romantic, so this month is definitely for you. While you are definitely having another ambitious, career, and goal-driven month, your romantic life is just as important. Since Jupiter is in your 10th house of success until the 21st, this is a good time to go after your career dreams and network. Ask for a raise and/or a promotion; you may just very well get what you want (and deserve!). Look around for better and better options—professionally date around, so to speak, especially since the new moon on the 18th is in your favor.

When it comes to your love life, the new moon is also giving you a green light, indicating you may meet someone new who blows your mind, sets your heart aglow—or you may finally dig deeper with someone you’re entangled with. Either way, it’s time to get serious.

You are “Suzanne.” Dreamy, optimistic, unique.

“Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by, you can spend the night forever
And you know that she’s half-crazy but that’s why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her that you have no love to give her
Then he gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer that you’ve always been her lover”

PISCES (February 19-March 20)

Since Jupiter is in Scorpio, your worldly 9th house, you are all about travel and new experiences right now. You’re a little bored, honestly, and need some spice in your life. Go somewhere, even if it’s just for a long weekend, since you may not be able to get away for very long. If you can’t leave at all, do something you don’t normally do, like go to a dance party, a glass-blowing class, ask someone on a date, write a poem, get a Tarot reading. The world is your oyster.

You can’t be happy if you don’t know who you are, you know? When it comes to romance, the better love affairs happen because you know what you want—and getting what you want feels oh so good, doesn’t it? Since this new moon on the 18th is a great time for a feisty, intense romance, it’s time to get real—and open up with other people.

You are “You Want It Darker.” Introspective, sensitive, intuitive.

“There’s a lover in the story
But the story’s still the same
There’s a lullaby for suffering
And a paradox to blame
But it’s written in the scriptures
And it’s not some idle claim
You want it darker
We kill the flame”

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Since both Jupiter and Venus are rolling around in Scorpio this month, you are killing it—both with your aspirations and your love life. What else could you want? This month is all about deep connections though, so anyone that isn’t on board with that in your life—or who just wants a casual encounter that doesn’t mean anything—should be nixed. Not everything has to be serious, of course, but why expend emotional energy on someone (or something) who doesn’t deserve it?

Right now, you crave security, which is a perfect combination with the stars. So, don’t settle. You aren’t being a diva by not settling. You’re just putting yourself first. With the Taurus full moon on the 4th and the full moon on the 18th, however, it’s not all firey hot romance, it’s also time to make sure your efforts with your career are also just as hot.

You are “Hallelujah.” Feisty, outgoing, generous.

“Maybe there’s a God above
All I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah.”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Since Venus and Jupiter are in your 7th house of partnerships this month, you are all about finding balance—and finding your home in other people and places. You don’t want to just be part of a group or a relationship or a job just because it “works,” you want to feel passionate. This is a good time to say bye to everything in your life that just isn’t cutting it. Be bruta—you might need to be—but be kind, too.

The new moon on the 18th is all about change and developments, so if you end a relationship or start one around this time, you’ll know why. Go with your gut—usually first instincts are right. You are a master at rationalizing your choices, which is a huge mistake, because that’s always an indication something isn’t right, but you are trying to justify it to yourself.

Since Mars is also moving through your 6th house of work until early December, you will also be equally as concerned about your job. The same rules apply.

You are “Who By Fire.” Quiet, contemplative, authentic.

“And who by brave assent, who by accident,
Who in solitude, who in this mirror,
Who by his lady’s command, who by his own hand,
Who in mortal chains, who in power,
And who shall I say is calling?”

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Things get reallllly real for you this month, Gemini. Since Venus and Jupiter are running through your active 6th house, you just can’t sit still. You want to be doing something all the time, especially since Mars and Libra meet in your social 5th house as well, meaning you’ll probably be meeting all sorts of new people this month. On the flip side, you’ll have to be self-protective when it comes to your emotional and physical labor. Don’t come on too strong or give more than you receive. You’ll end up burning out. A few nights in wouldn’t kill you, you know?

When it comes to business, don’t leave your job as second best. You need to put a lot of effort in, especially since you may be feeling a little unappreciated. If you aren’t getting what you want, start networking and applying to other prospects. You care about what you do, so surround yourself with like-minded folks. On the 21st, Sag goes into your 7th house of relationships, meaning you are all about partnerships—this could affect both your job and your romantic life.

You are “Chelsea Hotel.” Complicated, loving, vivacious. 


“I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
You were talking so brave and so sweet
Giving me head on the unmade bed
While the limousines wait in the street
Those were the reasons and that was New York
We were running for the money and the flesh
And that was called love for the workers in song
Probably still is for those of them left”

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

There’s a lot coming for you this month—and part of that is Cupid’s bow and arrow. Since Venus and Jupiter are in your 5th house of tru muv, you may fall in love with several people this month, which is kind of unlike you. But roll with it, crab, rolllll with the punches. It may be a bit confusing at first (there are so many of them, so little time, what’s a girl to do?!), but having options is never a bad problem.

That being said, don’t get your hopes up—just have fun. It’ll make it easier to decide in the long run, since early romance is usually half-made up fantasies in your head, and half-real. We’ve all been through breakups, we know what this means.

But life isn’t all romance. Leadership is on your mind this month as well, whether it manifests at work or in a project or new creative endeavor. Focus, network, and think of new ways to push forward and expand your vision. Don’t get stuck in a rut.

You are “I’m Your Man.” Loyal, dedicated, true.

“And if you’ve got to sleep a moment on the road
I will steer for you
And if you want to work the street alone
I’ll disappear for you
If you want a father for your child
Or only want to walk with me a while across the sand
I’m your man
If you want a lover
I’ll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I’ll wear a mask for you”

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Since Scorpio is in your domestic 4th house, along with Jupiter and Venus, you are in a super active period of your life right now. This means lots of hang outs, activities, and ideas are brewing—and happening. There is always an endless list in your mind of things you want to do, so this is the time to do them. Hang out with friends, meet new friends at events, actually finish that project you’ve always been meaning to.

Your career is on fire right now, especially when the new moon is in Taurus on the 4th. There may be some important company events—make sure to be on your A-game. You never know what may happen, so make sure your boss sees that you are an absolute star. Your romantic life is equally dynamic right now. Be a boss.

You are “Dance Me to the End of Love.” Fun, outspoken, memorable.

“Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Oh, let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love”

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Since Venus and Jupiter are in Scorpio, your third house of domesticity and home, this month you are simultaneously about comfort, but also about discovering new digs in your neighborhood. You crave stability, but also want to revitalize your friend group and relationships. This is the time to do just that. The full moon makes you crave change, but not too much—you are still craving to be in your comfort zone as well.

Because of all these social outings, money is on your mind—maybe think about ways to make more of it. Are you being paid fairly? If not, ask for a raise. If that isn’t possible, try to think of solutions, like spending less or freelancing more, until you can figure out better ways to advocate for yourself.

You are “Take This Waltz.” Kind, organized, dedicated. 

“And I’ll dance with you in Vienna
I’ll be wearing a river’s disguise
The hyacinth wild on my shoulder
My mouth on the dew of your thighs
And I’ll bury my soul in a scrapbook
With the photographs there, and the moss
And I’ll yield to the flood of your beauty
My cheap violin and my cross
And you’ll carry me down on your dancing
To the pools that you lift on your wrist
Oh my love, oh my love
Take this waltz, take this waltz
It’s yours now, it’s all that there is”

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Ambition is your new name. Whether you’re trying to get a promotion, a new job, or freelance more, you are on it this month. It’s good timing, considering Mars is in Libra all month, meaning you are ruthless and not about to back down. Of course, the new moon on the 18th indicates that a big change is going to happen, and it will probably be in your favor.

When it comes to love and friendship, you are about quality over quantity. You may not be meeting new people, but perhaps you are rethinking the roles people have in your life—and how to best place them. Maybe you have a crush on someone that you’ve always been shy around; now is the time to make a move. Or, conversely, perhaps you’re seeing someone who is better suited to you as a friend. Think about these roles and how they relate to you and what you need.

You are “There Is a War.” Level-headed, authentic, creative.

“There is a war between the rich and poor, 
A war between the man and the woman. 
There is a war between the ones who say there is a war 
And the ones who say there isn’t. 
Why don’t you come on back to the war, that’s right, get in it, 
Why don’t you come on back to the war, it’s just beginning.”


Joanna Valente

Joanna C. Valente is the author of Sirs & Madams, The Gods Are Dead, Marys of the Sea, Xenos, and the editor of A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault.

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