Astrology Of November 2016 – Surrender To The Unknown

November is marked by Neptune’s conjunction to the South Node of the Moon, just before Neptune turns direct at 9° Pisces. All of our actions, individual and collective, reverberate through the interconnected creation.

november-2016-astrology-calendarSouth Node conjunct Neptune is the “Magician” aspect. The South Node symbolizes what we master, what we are proficient at. In case of Neptune, the themes are mystery, magic, art, spirituality, dreams, drugs, escapism.  A magician is a natural at using the Neptunian energy.

But a magician is ultimately a performer. Sooner or later people start to notice the magician’s tricks. And magicians can get bored themselves with their own stuff. This is what Neptune conjunct South Node is about – releasing those behaviors, beliefs, thinking patterns that are not working anymore, and “getting real” (North Node in Virgo) instead.

If you have personal planets or angles around 11° in Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) the month of November is likely to bring profound changes in your life. You may not even notice what is happening, Because Neptune modus operadi is not ruthless and brutal like Pluto’s, for example. Neptune will simply “dissolve” whatever needs to be released. Some things from the past will come to our awareness though unusual mediums (for example dreams) to be released once and for all. Surrender to whatever comes your way. Art therapy can be especially useful during this transit.

Another powerful configuration in November is the Jupiter Pluto square. If you have personal planets or angles around 16° in Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) this month will be highly dynamic.

But let’s recap the most important dates of the month:

  • The month starts in a soft tone with a trine between Sun and Neptune on the 1st of November. Good things seem to come easy, especially if we cherish our creative and spiritual side.
  • On the 8th of November Mars enters Aquarius, not necessarily one of his favorite signs, however, given that we have an acute lack of the “Air” element in the sky (even mighty Jupiter in Libra cannot do wonders alone), Mars is more than welcome to join the humanitarian sign of Aquarius. We really need it there right now.
  • When Venus enters Capricorn on the 11th of November Venus enters Capricorn we will start taking life seriously (at least for a few weeks). After we let our heart wander in the sign of Sagittarius, it’s time focus, and achieve something that we can be proud of.
  • One day after, on the 12th of November Mercury enters Sagittarius. Fire signs or people with Mercury in a fire sign will communicate easier in the next three weeks.
  • On the 14th we have the Full Moon is Taurus, which is also a Super Moon. We will now get the tangible (Taurus is an Earth sign) results from whatever project we started at the time of the New Moon on the 30th of October.
  • Between 17 and 19 on November things turn foggy. Neptune conjuncts the South Node in the same time when Neptune is stationary direct (and is thus very powerful) and squares Mercury. Déjà vu messages, synchronicities, visions – simply listen to the unconventional wisdom that is there for you to help you move toward your North Star.
  • On the 21st Sun enters Sagittarius amplifying the mutable energy in the sky. We want to be everywhere and do everything (..and even if we don’t want to, we will have to)
  • On the 24th of November we have Jupiter square Pluto, a very powerful transit. Venus is conjunct Pluto in the sign of Capricorn at the time of the transit so it is likely that money and real estate will come into the spotlight.
  • On the 29th we have the New Moon in Sagittarius. The ruler of the New Moon is Jupiter so if nothing happened few days earlier when we had the exact Jupiter square to Pluto, it will probably happen around this date.
  • If the month started in an easy going mood with Sun trine Neptune, it will end on the 30th of November with a square between Sun and Neptune. The energy is not that smooth anymore, but now we know what we need to do to let go of the past and embrace the new.
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New Moon in Scorpio – a Time to Start Again

The Scorpio New Moon on Sunday 30 October is at 7° Scorpio.

What sets you on fire? What makes your heart sing?  What makes you feel alive? What would you die for?

The Scorpio New Moon is conjunct Mercury and trine Neptune, bringing us the clarity (Mercury) and the psychic intuition (Neptune)  to see what it actually takes to make our desires come true. Neptune softens the hard Scorpio shell, while Mercury, so close to the Sun and the Moon, has the power to penetrate the deepest  corners of our mind and soul and bring whatever is there into the light of awareness. In Scorpio, Mercury communicates at a soul level.

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Photo credit – Karen Mackenzie, Zodiac series 

The New Moon is not only in perfect angle to Neptune, but to the South Node as well, bringing to surface all the ideals we wished we have lived up to. How many of them are still relevant? Mercury / Neptune line up makes for a en extremely heightened intuition. Tap into your inner wisdom, and pay attention to your dreams, as well as to any message that might come though unusual channels.

Just like the Phoenix, the mythical bird that transforms itself by burning up in flames and then being reborn – we also need to let go of what no longer serves us, heal the past, and walk (again) the path from darkness to light.

Scorpionic journeys are not easy trails – they’re narrow, with ups and downs, blazing fast downhills with sharp turns, and they lead to the deepest caves of our soul – because this is where we will find what we need to feel whole again.

I cannot highlight more how important it is now to go deep within yourself and face your darkest fears. Burn away the old once and for all. Let go of that baggage in the basement – you don’t need it anymore. Call for new beginnings in your life.

To recap, the Scorpio New Moon is the perfect  time to do things that require intensity and passion, your full participation and commitment, body of soul. Now is the time to start again, to go for something you strongly believe in – even if you need to “set fire to the rain”.

To further understand how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 7° of Scorpio in your natal chart.  The areas in your life associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon.

Things to reflect upon during the New Moon in Scorpio:

  • Set an intention to get rid of some old “baggage” – What is that thing that keeps you stuck in the past? Which area of your life you will benefit from an autumn/spring cleaning?
  • Make a commitment about something you really really want
  • Grow – the Phoenix inside you can only regenerate through the hope and the desire to be born, to renew itself and continue to grow, over and over again
  • Forgive – What does it take to let go of the past, and blaming others for your current circumstances? Can you simply forgive, no matter what?

Scorpio New Moon Meditation

Because this New Moon is so watery and psychic, a love and kindness meditation can really do wonders if you do it right after the New Moon occurs (17:28 UT).

  • Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Allow yourself to relax
  • Start focusing on the sensations in your body. Do a body scan from the top of your head to the soles of your feet. What are the sensations you’re experiencing in different parts of your body?
  • After you reach the soles of your feet, move your attention to your sacral chakra, about two inches below the navel. Focusing on the sacral chakra is a great way to explore Scorpionic themes such as intimacy vs fear, attachment vs change, trust vs guild. Spend some time here. What do you feel? Explore this feeling, whatever it is, even if it is a sense of numbness.
  • Move your attention to your abdomen, and then to your heart. Spend some time here. Then make a wish of kindness for yourself, for example “May I experience love and kindness, happiness and peace”
  • Make the same wish for someone you love, for example your child, your spouse or your parent. Set the same intention “May you enjoy kindness, happiness and peace”
  • Now set the same intention for someone you respect, for example a mentor, a manager at work, or a celebrity you admire
  • Further set the intention to an acquaintance you have neutral feelings about
  • And lastly, send the love to someone you dislike or you resent. If you initially experience resistance, stay there until it goes
  • Then slowly move up through your spine all the way up to the top of your head. Stay there. And when you feel ready, set the intention for this New Moon. Do not think about your intention right now (when you’re reading this article), but when you’re actually doing the meditation. Be open to whatever comes.

Mercury conjunct Sun in Scorpio

We can’t read other people’s thoughts and feelings. Getting to know someone starts with exchanging information, but with time, this information trade “I tell you this, if you tell me that” transforms into a powerful bond. Our relationships become more than just the “exchange”, more than just a “trade”. With time, we have a “stake” in one another, we invest a part of ourselves into a part of the other.

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Scorpio rules the 8th house, the house of shared resources and intimacy. Building this “exchange” of intimacy takes time and trust. Mercury conjunct Sun in Scorpio  is here to teach us about the power of building a bond, a long term relationships by simply being there every day, by paying attention, by doing the small talk, ultimately, by slowly slowly developing empathy.

We are all empathetic to some degree, because as humans we evolved in social groups where empathy was an adaptive advantage. Mercury, the sign of the mind and of communication is conjunct Sun, the planet of the Self, in the sign of intimacy and long term relationships (Scorpio). Scorpio is a water sign, and beyond all proverbial Scoprio strength and mystery hides a watery, deeply intuitive and empathetic individual.

The transit of Mercury and Sun in Scorpio will give us insights into what empathy is and why it is important.

Things to do to develop your natural empathy:

  • Do something different – try something new, anything from trying a new dish, to watching a completely different genre of movie, to changing the place where you usually hang out. Simply try something new, even if it is random
  • Be open – examine your prejudice and preconceptions about the new thing you try or about the new person you are talking to
  • Listen – really listen to what the other has to say, and try to understand where they are coming from and what their needs are
  • Give in – make a commitment to simply give, without expecting anything in return

Mercury in Scorpio

Mercury enters Scorpio on the 24th of October and will stay here until 12th of November.

It is not easy to say what we really mean, especially when we talk about feelings. Even with the closest of friends, we have a natural defense mechanism to push people away, exactly in those moments when we feel most vulnerable. We hold a piece of ourselves back, and we are especially guarded when it comes to revealing a truth about ourselves, sometimes, ironically, even to ourselves.

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Painting: Rene Magritte – La Reproduction interdite

Mercury in Scorpio gets us in touch the depth of our feelings and helps us deal with those sides of ourselves that we usually hide. Our awareness of the underlying motivations of our thoughts and perceptions is increased now.

Mercury is a personal planet, together with Venus and Mars, so it has to do with how we relate to the others and with our interpersonal relationships in general.

Be aware that if you are not totally honest  with yourself about your motives and feelings when communicating with others, your unconscious or hidden agendas can harm the others even when that was not your intention. However, if you approach your interactions with honesty, the Mercury in Scorpio transit can bring a great opportunity to dramatically improve your relationships.

Things to do during this transit

  • Dig deep to understand what really drives you in your relationships with others – why do you reach out for contact, why do you need to be understood and appreciated? What are you afraid of? What makes you tick?
  • Reflect on the concept of honesty. Why is being untruthful, even exaggerating or omitting to mention something, so harmful?
  • Do some research and investigation on some controversial topic – what you will find might change your perspective completely on that specific topic
  • Read a crime or mystery book
  • Check out the concept of “radical honesty”. The idea behind is to always tell the truth, no matter what. Check out the internet, you will find plenty of resources
  • Reflect on the implications of telling the truth – can you tell the truth and be kind in the same time? We all know that telling the truth is the right thing, be we should strive to do it with compassion
  • Have an honest conversation with your partner or with an close friend or relative. Don’t make excuses, try to lower your defenses and let your imperfections be seen

Mercury in Libra is opposite Uranus in Aries

Our thoughts, ideas and opinions will be a little bit “different”, if not unusual!, and our mind will shine brighter during this transit. Both Mercury and Uranus rule the intellect, with Uranus being the higher octave of Mercury. Uranus transforms the logical processes of Mercury into sudden shifts of awareness. Together, the two will look at mundane things from innovative, highly interesting perspectives.

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Image: Michael Cheval – Swing of Love

Speaking our mind, not matter what, will become more important than ever. The Mercury / Uranus aspect is found in the natal charts of Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, James Madison and other epic figures that have set the foundations of what we call now “freedom of speech”.

Mercury in opposition with Uranus will also manifest in some sort of “rebelling” on a mental level. We can get easily distracted and disconnected from activities that bore us, and let our mind instead take off to some more interesting places. And because Mercury is in Libra, these places will tend to be beautiful and have plenty of socializing opportunities.

Things to do during this transit:

  • Question anything that society says is “the way it is”. Or, how Buddha puts it: “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” Doubt everything, find your own light 😉
  • Write a blog / conduct a research / communicate about an idea that no one has explored before. Research studies such as “Couples who drink more red wine stay together longer and partners are less likely to develop dementia “ or “How chicken feathers can be used to determine the speed of a tornado” were probably conducted during a Mercury /Uranus transit 😉
  • If single, check some internet dating websites – Mercury is in the sign of partnerships and Uranus can make anything possible 😉

 

Venus in Sagittarius

Venus enters Sagittarius on the 18th of October.

Venus is Sagittarius is the Amazon woman as portrayed by Greek mythology. (think “Xena: The Warrior Princess”). According to the legend, Amazon women  fought, hunted, rode horses, used bows and arrows, they were fierce, independent and freedom loving.

There is something about Venus in Sagittarius very unique, that differentiate her from any18-sagittarius-venus other Venus placements: risk taking. Venus in Sagittarius is a “natural” when it comes to risk taking. And what from outside might look insane, makes total sense to Venus in Sagittarius – because she knows which risks to take.

Indeed, the fearless nature of Venus in Sagittarius is not foolish, but it is backed up by skill and experience equivalent to her confidence. She is a natural leader and her wordly experience garners everyone’s respect.

The most exciting thing about the Venus ingress is Sagittarius is that Venus will be in mutual reception with Jupiter in Libra. This is a very fortunate combination, because Venus and Jupiter are the two “benefics” according to traditional astrology, and when in mutual reception, they strengthen each other’s attributes, so in the next few weeks we will have more love, better partnerships – especially in the areas of publishing,  more exciting things to  learn and discover, better events to attend and travels to beautiful places. Now is the moment to “go for it” and say YES to life.

Those of you with Venus in Sagittarius will experience the “Venus return” – this is a good time to start a new romantic venture or a new partnership.

A Crazy, Unpredictable Full Moon in Aries

The Full Moon in Aries takes place on October 15 or October 16, depending where you live.

This also a Supermoon – that means that the Moon will appear brighter and bigger than usual – so you might want to go out and gaze into the moon and the night sky.

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The message of this Full Moon is: expect the unexpected, or even better, don’t have any expectations at all. With Uranus conjunct this Full Moon, absolutely, but absolutely anything is possible.

Is not that the surprises that this Full Moon will bring will not make sense. Bob Dylan being awarded the Nobel prize for literature is a very good example of possible outcomes of this Full Moon.

The ruler of the Full Moon is Mars which makes it a fiery Full Moon. Full Moons by definitions mark energetic peaks, and are a catalysts of emotional release. And because  Mars is conjunct Pluto – this time the energy will be explosive, “nuclear”, atomic – you name it.

We want to take a stand and claim our power.  The Full Moon is an Aries so “our needs” become more important than other people’s desires and expectations. Aries likes to start new things, new journeys and new ideas – and this Full Moon will teach us how to be a bit more like an Aries. In which area of your life you would like to start something new? The SuperMoon will give all of us all a much needed push forward.

The Full Moon is not only conjunct Uranus, but also Eris, the warrior Goddess who fights injustice.  Self-empowerment themes become more important than ever.

Try to channel your emotions in a constructive way. Pluto and Eris as transpersonal planets can give us the focus and determination, and enlighten us to do the right thing. Our actions might look crazy from the outside, but make absolute sense to us.

Those of us with planets or angles around 23° in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) will feel this Full Moon veeery strongly.

Now is the best time to take action in exposing a truth about yourself  or your relationships. You will finally stand up for what you truly believe in.

Whatever emotions you have repressed in the past may come spilling out with this Full Moon, so be prepared to do some cleansing.

Express yourselves and take your life to the next level.