Written by Pam Younghans
SAGITTARIUS RISING: Three planets exit emotionally intense, watery Scorpio and enter optimistic, fiery Sagittarius over the course of the next few days: the Sun makes ingress on Wednesday, and Mars and Ceres follow suit on Friday.
As these three join Mercury in the ninth sign of the zodiac, we may find it easier to rise above some of the emotional density we've been feeling lately.
At its highest vibrational level, Sagittarius can help us cultivate a more philosophical or hopeful perspective on events. Archetypes linked to the sign include the Adventurer, the Intuitive, the Eternal Seeker, and the Wise Sage. The arrow of The Archer is always pointed upward, in search of the greater meanings of life. With help from Sagittarius, we have access to a broader vista and thus are more able to view life from a higher perspective.
THE ARCHER'S SHADOW: There is, of course, a shadow side of Sagittarius, as with all the signs. With so many planets in the sign — and especially with the Sun and Mars square moralistic Saturn in Pisces this week — we will need to be on alert for ways in which we might be self-righteous or dogmatic. If we are too adamant about the validity of our personal beliefs, we may have little tolerance for alternate world views. The Judge, the Proselytizer, and the Fanatic archetypes are engaged, which may cause resistance and separatism.
We may also find it hard to focus on practical tasks, our minds restless and our attention diverted by each passing insight or shooting star. And, although Sagittarius is known for its lighthearted sense of humor, it also can be sarcastic and tactless when not conscious of how its words might be received.
FINAL DAYS OF SCORPIO: This week, before the shift into Sagittarius occurs, the Sun, Ceres, and Mars congregate in the final two degrees of Scorpio, with all three in harmonious aspect to transformational Pluto. On Monday, when the Sun and Ceres conjoin in the eighth sign and are sextile Pluto, family bonds are emphasized and potentially deepened. The focus is on intimacy and honesty, leading to stronger emotional connections.
Mars is exactly sextile Pluto on Tuesday, and then aligns with Ceres on Wednesday. The themes here are similar to what we experienced on Monday, but we may be more assertive or courageous in how we approach issues or express our desires. A mother-bear, protective instinct is strong and we are unlikely to take things lightly.
DAILY ASPECTS: Here are my brief interpretations of this week's most important planetary aspects:
Sun conjunct Ceres, Sun sextile Pluto, Pluto sextile Ceres: The need to feel connected to home and family is strong. We are willing to work on issues that need to be addressed to improve these relationships.
Mercury trine Chiron: Conversations today may bring up old feelings of insecurity, but healing is possible through honest sharing and attentive listening.
Mars sextile Pluto: We have the courage to take decisive action today and may feel especially passionate about reaching a longer-term goal.
Venus sesquiquadrate Saturn, Venus opposite Chiron: Fears and insecurities can arise regarding relationships today. This may result in feeling emotionally distant from a loved one. As always with Chiron aspects, much can be healed by focusing loving attention on our inner child self.
Sun enters Sagittarius: The Sun will travel through the sign of The Archer from November 22 to December 21. Over the course of this solar month, we are drawn to explore what we believe and to engage in activities that expand our sense of life's meaning. In general, we may have little patience with practical details, preferring to contemplate the entire forest rather than the individual trees. The Sagittarius Sun also can provide an uplift in confidence and optimism.
Mars conjunct Ceres: This alignment helps us have the courage to directly face the truth of a family situation. It also may inspire us to play the role of psychotherapist for a loved one, as needed.
Sun square Saturn, Sun sesquiquadrate Chiron: The need to take care of responsibilities could interfere with our freedom today. As an ideal comes face-to-face with reality, we may feel short-term anxiety, heaviness, or depression. Situations may bring up old childhood wounds of not being good enough, if we feel we are being judged as being "bad" or "wrong" in some way.
Mercury quincunx Uranus: The mind is distracted today, making it hard to focus on practical matters. An intuitive knowing may lead to a change of plans.
Mars enters Sagittarius: Mars will be in Sagittarius from November 24, 2023, to January 4, 2024. We are inspired by higher ideals during these weeks, and are more likely to act if we fully believe in what we are doing. Motivation is strong if we know that a greater vision or cause will be served by our actions.
Ceres enters Sagittarius: While Ceres is in Sagittarius, from November 24, 2023, to February 7, 2024, self-esteem and self-acceptance are enhanced as we seek to find greater meaning in our lives and to expand our consciousness.
Saturn semisquare Chiron, Mars sesquiquadrate Chiron, Mars square Saturn: Fears and insecurities may arise if we do not feel confident about our ability to take care of practical matters. Frustrations and anger are possible as a result of an underlying lack of belief in ourselves.
Mercury sesquiquadrate Jupiter: We may receive and feel overwhelmed by too much information. The mind is scattered, making it harder to attend to details.
Venus quincunx Uranus: Restlessness or boredom in a relationship could indicate a need for more freedom, independence, or flexibility. This is a good opportunity to consider where there might be some elements of codependency at work.
Mercury trine Eris: It is easier to be more forthright in communications today and to express our true needs and opinions.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: Although you may feel very clear about your dreams and desires, and be strongly inspired to achieve them, there are likely to be some delays in how and when they manifest this year. The story of The Tortoise and the Hare may be helpful to remember, with the moral being that "slow and steady wins the race." If you find yourself or your goals tested, consider that these challenges are enabling you to strengthen in some way, and that the end result — and the timing — will be far better than it would have been if all had proceeded exactly as planned. In addition, your determination and persistence in overcoming obstacles will enhance your self-esteem in lasting ways. (Solar Return Sun semisquare Venus, conjunct Mars, square Saturn, trine Neptune, conjunct Ceres)
In peace, love, and gratitude,
All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 7 hours.
- Monday: Sun conjunct Ceres, Sun sextile Pluto, Mercury trine Chiron, Pluto sextile Ceres
- Tuesday: Mars sextile Pluto
- Wednesday: Venus sesquiquadrate Saturn, Sun enters Sagittarius, Venus opposite Chiron, Mars conjunct Ceres
- Thursday: Sun square Saturn, Sun sesquiquadrate Chiron
- Friday: Mercury quincunx Uranus, Mars enters Sagittarius, Ceres enters Sagittarius
- Saturday: Saturn semisquare Chiron, Mars sesquiquadrate Chiron, Mars square Saturn, Mercury sesquiquadrate Jupiter
- Sunday: Venus quincunx Uranus, Mercury trine Eris
CLASS THIS WEEK: My Solar Month Class covering the month of Sagittarius is this Wednesday, November 22! Everyone who has registered should have received an email last week with links to the class handouts. Be sure to check your inbox on Monday for an email with the Zoom link and passcode.
If you are interested, there's still time to sign up! To learn more, please visit https://events.humanitix.com/solar-month-class-sagittarius-2023
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Astrologer Pam Younghans writes the NorthPoint Astrology Journal based on planetary influences and insights received. Her hope is to bring astrology "down to earth" in a way that will help readers navigate current energies, while also utilizing these energies for spiritual and personal growth.
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