Cycles and circles and spirals are at the core of who we are, despite the fact that we have mostly lost sight of them. What you are about to read is intended to offer insights into ways to reconnect with our roots through the ancient art/science of astrology.
We offer a glimpse into the current celestial cycles under which we are all currently operating, so that we may have some awareness of how to use these energies for the highest and best possible outcomes. To fully understand personal impact from these energy patterns, it is necessary to know one’s own birth chart, but much can be learned by staying alert to the world around us.
We will again begin by focusing on the Moon’s cycle from New to Full and back again. This is the fastest-moving cycle in our heavens and the most readily accessible in the sky to even the most casual observer. Since, in astrological understanding, the Moon represents our emotions - and how we respond to the ebb and flow of everyday life - it is also the most easily observed in a personal way.
For the first two weeks of this month we will undoubtedly be dealing with the fallout from the Taurus Full Moon Oct. 31, which strongly featured Uranus, the planet of sudden change, and most likely has brought a surprise or two. On Nov. 15 the New Moon in late Scorpio suggests an opportunity for each of us to begin a new cycle of emotional deep cleansing in concert with practical organization, as it supportively connects with the Capricorn cluster. At this time also, these era-defining planets in Capricorn (Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and Pallas) are in a tense configuration with Venus, the goddess of love, harmony and beauty, in justice-loving Libra. Finding equity, direction or purpose in the rapidly changing social and economic landscape that is our current life will be highlighted and may be challenging.
On Nov. 30, the Full Moon in early Gemini is also a partial Lunar Eclipse which, if skies are clear, should be visible locally at 4:29 am. In addition to being visible in the U.S., bestowing even more significance, it is also making contact with freedom-questing Uranus in the Sibly chart (1776) of our country. This taps even more deeply into our well of unexpected developments over the coming months. Those born on or close to Nov. 30 and May 30 can expect to feel this most strongly.
At the start of the month, Mercury (communications) in fair-minded Libra is concluding its last retrograde of 2020. It will station (appear to stop) on Nov. 3, the final day of the U.S. election. When a planet stations, its significance is magnified and up for review. In this case, we will likely be focused on reconsidering the accuracy of information and viewpoints around us. On Nov. 10, Mercury moves into deeply-transformative, investigative Scorpio until Dec. 1. We should prepare for uncertainty about the outcome of this election in the near future. Mercury was similarly positioned in 2000, a year marked by the Bush/Gore deadlock. All indications point toward an even more tumultuous period for months beyond election day this year, related to other planetary cycles.
Venus moved into the artistic sign of Libra on Oct. 28, with which she is strongly associated. Through the first three-week stretch of November, our attention with be drawn even deeper into social awareness and issues of fairness. On Nov. 21 she moves into mysterious Scorpio, characterized by focusing even more intensely on complicated emotions.
During this entire time period, Venus will remain visible in the pre-dawn sky, and if you’re up that early, look to the east. She shines very brightly and is easy to spot with the naked eye.
The prevailing potent planetary player for the second half of this year and especially in November is Mars, bright and red in the night sky, rising in the east after nightfall. Its energetic prominence is due to several factors: First, it is rare for Mars to spend six months in Aries; the last time this occurred was 1988, a year also marked by heat and drought. Second is the fact that it is in a very tense configuration with the historic group of planets in Capricorn. Mars has been retrograde since Sept., and on Friday Nov. 13 appears to stop (station) once again to make the third and final run at the gauntlet that is the Capricorn cluster. This week will undoubtedly mark an important energy shift, especially in the realm of political and military matters.
Altogether, warrior Mars will have been retrograde for nine weeks and its influence will continue even afterward, challenging the “old boys network” meeting in the Capricorn board room well into Jan. 2021. Venus joins the dynamic configuration also, bringing the feminine perspective on justice into the mix - again. Tensions will be sky-high, and it will be most important to choose our battles wisely. It IS possible to use these energies productively in order to avoid being abused by them. Those born Jan. 5-17, April 4-16, July 7-19 and Oct. 8-20 will register these climactic energies in their personal lives most strongly.
The planets beyond Mars move more slowly through the zodiac. Jupiter (expansion) and Saturn (restriction) have a regular cycle of coming together every twenty years. Their union registers with great significance in social, economic and political terms worldwide. Since they are slow movers, we feel the effects of this pattern long before they meet late this year on the Winter Solstice, Dec. 21. They have been traveling together in business-minded Capricorn through this entire year, and we have all felt their energies whether we could name them or not. One clear example of their coming together is the beginning of the world wide COVID-19 lock-down.
Jupiter and Saturn will leave Capricorn and begin their journey through socially-oriented Aquarius together, and we will all be aware of the great energetic shift starting in late Dec. It’s likely that people will be taking to the streets, either to celebrate or to protest, most likely both.
Before leaving the Capricorn boardroom, Jupiter (largess) will meet with Pluto (deep transformation) for the third and final time. These planetary energies will continue to work on what remains of the ‘Old System’; the established structures which includes big money in technology, banking and oil. We will no doubt be able to watch those in power try to hold onto what is left of their tight grip. This is also leading up to the exact Pluto return in the Sibly chart of the U.S. in 2022/23. This has never happened before in the history of our country, and it means that the planet of death and rebirth will return to where it was approximately 246 years ago when the American nation began, and will continue to feed the evolution of who we are collectively and what this country wants to grow into going forward.
And finally on Nov. 29, Neptune (illusion, delusion and vision) will appear to stop in the middle of dreamy Pisces and resume its slow forward motion. As noted in reference to other planets, these stations are especially potent moments. Whether it begins or ends retrograde phases of the cycle, the energies are intensified. Neptune signifies great collective dreams as well as individual fantasies. We can reliably expect a disruption in the flow of ongoing processes. This may be most apparent in the rear-view mirror due to the subtle ways of both Neptune and Pisces. But it is there. Tuning into it is apt to require being still and quiet.
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