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Planetary Illuminations - November 2018

Planetary Illuminations - November 2018

MAJOR NOVEMBER EVENTS

Three planets change direction.  When planets appear to change direction from our perspective on Earth, their influence is stronger and there tends to be a shift in energies.  Venus (which has been retrograde since October 5th) will turn direct on November 16th, the same day that Mercury turns retrograde.  This is likely to be a somewhat confusing time, rather like a riptide at the beach where the tide comes in and goes out at the same time. Most people know thanks to the Internet that Mercury retrograde periods are associated with confusion in communication and equipment failures. Mercury will be retrograde between November 16th and December 8th, so during that time frame (and for a week or so before and after) you will want to be more careful about making big plans or big decisions. 

Neptune also changes direction this month, and because Neptune is such a slow moving planet, when it slows down before making that turn from retrograde to direct it barely moves for weeks. Neptune has moved only one degree in the past six weeks, and it will take another six weeks to move another degree.  This means it is at a standstill in the sky, shining a laser beam of inspiration down to the Earth.  Though Neptune inspires us to transcend physical reality in order to achieve spiritual bliss, we sometimes try to take the shortcut to bliss via alcohol, drugs, illusion or media.  When Neptune is at a standstill (easily into mid-November) we will want to watch out for too much self-indulgence in escapism and focus more on the higher expressions of Neptune such as meditation or becoming transported through music and art.

Uranus retrogrades back into Aries.  Uranus, the disruptor and the planet which inspires us to lead a truly authentic life, beyond rules and structures that no longer serve us, has been in Taurus since May 15th and you can read more about that here.  Uranus is now retrograde, and it will be moving back into Aries on November 6th and will complete its passage through Aries in early March 2019.  Like all of the outer planets, Uranus is retrograde for about half the year. every year, but as it completes its passage through Aries watch for a last bit of speculative frenzy in the financial markets before the Taurus influence returns.  In our personal lives, this planetary influence will encourage us to resist following others' rules as we forge our own way.  On the global stage we will likely see an increase in the rebellion of small states and nations as the importance of individuality under this influence asserts itself. 

Jupiter moves into Sagittarius.  Jupiter, the planet of abundance, opportunity, and meaning enters its own sign of Sagittarius on the 8th of November.  Jupiter stays in a particular sign for about a year, so the atmosphere of expansiveness and optimism will continue into the fall of 2019.  It will be interesting to see what happens when Saturn, planet of restriction, aligns with Pluto, planet of destruction, in the spring of 2019 and the dual forces of constriction and expansion collide.  Stay tuned for more exciting information about THAT particular dynamic! 
 
NOVEMBER DETAILS

As we begin the month of November, a beautiful combination of Jupiter's expansion and opportunity with Chiron's opening of the healing process culminates after building for the last 10 days or so.  This planetary combination opens pathways to the healing process which ultimate liberates us from the bondage of our wounds (Chiron) and helps us to gain greater realization and wisdom.  Harmonious planetary cycles sometimes require our conscious attention in order to be utilized effectively, and this one will be felt for about a week after November 1st when the alignment peaks. 

On November 5th, plan to do something wonderful for yourself involving beauty and pleasure: a delicious and beautiful meal, a walk in the gorgeous fall landscape, an exquisite facial or simply a scented bath with a few flower petals thrown in for good measure. 

The New Moon in Scorpio on the 7th which coincides this year with astrological Samhain, the ancient cross-quarter holiday of power at 15 degrees Scorpio. The veils between the worlds are at their thinnest at this time, and our intuition is heightened so when we combine this with the power of the New Moon to create and begin anew we can see how magical this particular New Moon will be. The imagination and inspiration of Neptune harmonizes with both the Sun and Moon to open the doors of perception and enhance our divine connection as well as our creativity, and the New Moon ruler (Mars) harmonizes with Venus to create balance between yin and yang.  The effect of the New Moon generally begins a few days before the lunation and lingers for a few days afterwards. (Watch for more details at Astrological Musings.)   

Jupiter is the planet that expands our confidence and encourages us to find meaning in life.  It is associated with luck and good fortune, and it will move into its own sign of Sagittarius on November 8th.  I wrote about this above in the "Major Events" section and will be writing more about Jupiter in Sagittarius on the blog.  In the meantime though, you can expect to see a heightened sense of optimism in the world around you, at least until next spring when Saturn and Pluto collide in serious Capricorn.  Because Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius, its power to expand and open up new possibilities can operate unimpeded while in this sign. 

The 9th is a happy day when everyone seems to get along.  There may be an event that opens up a doorway to the fast track towards your future destiny - this doorway is open between November 4th and the 12th. 

Around this same time we may find ourselves focused on our outer worlds and neglecting ourselves, so watch for a sudden shock to our physical or mental health.  Proactively attending to our nutrition and personal ecology during this period will be very helpful in avoiding problems.  If you find yourself feeling an unusual amount of anxiety simply step back and use the very simple steps to get back to healthy living:  nutrition, exercise, reduce stress.  Ceres will enter Scorpio on November 11th, and in this intense and passionate sign Ceres, the planet of self care and nurturing, tends to become obsessed with food and health trends to watch for that and try to seek the path of moderation.

Mars, planet of drive and desire, enters mystical Pisces on the 15th.  The planet of action isn't very happy in the sign of letting go, and while Mars is in Pisces (until January 1st) it's a good idea to attempt to be as clear as possible in one's dealing with others.  Under Mars in Pisces we sometimes see passive aggressive behaviors and things that are left unsaid for too long.  Mars in Pisces is excellent for compassionate experiences and for sublimating one's own needs in order to take care of others, but make sure that a balance is found between that sublimation and your own important needs.

Venus and Mercury both change direction on November 16th.  Venus has been retrograde and turns direct in Libra.  Mercury turns retrograde in Sagittarius, which is one of the happiest retrogrades ever.  Sagittarius just likes to explore and doesn't really care which direction it goes in, so it's perfectly happy to follow Mercury forwards or backwards.  But Sagittarius can become overconfident, so during this Mercury retrograde period (including a week or two before and after) try your best not to let that Sagittarian confidence convince you not to double cross your "t"s and dot your "i"s.  Snafus are likely to happen anyway, but we can laugh it off and say "we knew it, Mercury is retrograde."  Mercury will be retrograde until December 8th. 

Energy is high between the 18th and 20th.  This is a good time for a 5k run or a really good argument, but not a particularly peaceful time.  During these three days or so everyone thinks they're right and there's no way to convince them otherwise.  Hold off on trying to resolve issues until the 20th when a harmonious solar aspect makes everything right again. 

The Sun enters Sagittarius on the 22nd, ending the Scorpio season and beginning the festivities of the holiday season, and the Sagittarius season begins with a Full Moon on the 23rd at the very first degree of Gemini opposite the Sagittarius Sun.  This Full Moon has a special abundance of positive Jupiter Juju with Jupiter aligned with the Sun and opposed by the Moon, helping to instill a new level of confidence you never dreamed possible.  Full Moons are the peak of the lunar cycle - the lunar light is in ascendance over the solar conscious experience, and the emotional intensity available to us can be channeled through the Will in order to create real Magic.   This Full Moon is energized by Mars which helps to focus the power of it, and because Mars is in Pisces the power is softened and allowed to be sweet yet intense.  In Gemini the Full Moon is about exploring ideas and learning about all of the different facets of our lives which make us a complete human. 

The 25th and 26th start out pleasant enough, but on the 26th we have the potential for disagreements and a lack of focused thinking.  Fortunately that subsides on the 27th - communication and transmission of information is highlighted on the 27th and 28th.  This will be helpful on the 30th when something could happen to disrupt a relationship, perhaps a miscommunication, or a missed signal of some kind.  There is also the potential for a surprising contact on the 30th, so pay attention!  You could have an experience with someone that will end up being significant for quite some time to come. 

PLANETARY CALENDAR (dates and times are Eastern time zone)

11/1  Jupiter trine Chiron
11/5  Venus conjunct Ceres
11/6   Sun trine Neptune
          Uranus retrogrades back into Aries
11/7   New Moon 15 Scorpio 11:02 am
11/8  Jupiter enters Sagittarius
11/9  Venus trine Mars
          Jupiter trine North Node
11/11 Uranus opposite Ceres
          Sun sextile Pluto
          Ceres enters Scorpio
11/15  Mars sextile Uranus
           Mars enters Pisces
11/16  Venus turns direct
           Mercury turns retrograde
11/19  Mars square Jupiter
11/20  Sun trine Chiron
11/21  Sun trine North Node
11/22  Sun enters Sagittarius
11/23  Full Moon 0 degrees Gemini, 0:39 am
11/24  Neptune turns direct
11/25  Mars trine Ceres
11/26  Sun conjunct Jupiter
           Mercury square Mars
11/27  Sun conjunct Mercury
           Mars sextile Saturn
           Mercury conjunct Jupiter
11/28  Saturn sextile Ceres
11/30  Venus opposite Uranus
           Venus square North Node

Lynn Hayes has been a consulting astrologer since the mid-1980s, working with clients to achieve greater self-understanding and empowerment. She uses the birthchart to identify psychological and evolutionary patterns and systems, and then uses a process using a powerful combination of methods including "vision crafting" to permit breakthroughs in all areas of your life and heal old wounds that can prevent you from moving forward. Clients report rapid progress in breaking through areas where they formerly felt "stuck," and achieving a level of self-understanding not before known. http://www.astrodynamics.net

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