Changing Signs – Changing Directions
November is a month of CHANGE! Mercury, Venus and Neptune change directions, while Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and the Nodes change signs. The Sun changes signs every month and the Moon every 2-3 days, but so many permutations in one month is rare! In addition Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune are all strong, being in the signs they rule.
The Moon’s Nodes are opposite one another across the zodiac, moving in the reverse direction from the planets. On Midterm Day, November 6th, the North Node will leave self-absorbed, attention-grabbing Leo and enter compassionate, sensitive Cancer until the spring of 2020. The message is to open our hearts! However, the South Node moving into responsible Capricorn can trap us in our usual reliance upon corporations and the New World Order, a direction at odds with more egalitarian systems promised for the Aquarian Age of the future.
Jupiter enters Sagittarius
Also on Nov 6th Jupiter reaches 29o Scorpio, the final “testing degree” before a planet enters the next sign. The corresponding Sabian Symbol refers to Native Americans standing up for their tribal rights. Review and analysis are appropriate before penetrating a new sign, so expect flashbacks of illicit sexual affairs and assaults, hidden fortunes and offshore accounts, as well as self-sabotage and death as Jupiter passes through the Scorpio-ruled National 12th house. News may shed light on 12th house issues: prisons, mental institutions, the epidemic of loneliness, drug addictions, self-harm and suicide, outer space and the subconscious within. The “greater benefic” Jupiter suggests that national patterns need to be transmuted in positive ways.
Three days after the Midterm Elections, Jupiter enters Sagittarius, expanding our worldview, but often in self-righteous and arrogant ways. Although November screams “Change!” real forward movement won’t occur until Jupiter propels itself into the US 1st house in January, initiating some BIG unexpected happenings throughout 2019!
Since Sagittarius rules religion, philosophy, law, higher education and TRUTH, expect investigations to pry into political and financial shenanigans, including those that gripped the nation during the Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings when the shockingly common prevalence of sexual assault, especially of women, was revealed to the nation.
Uranus Retrogrades into Aries
Also on Midterm Day, Uranus – which rules unexpected chaos, change and disruption – retrogrades back into Aries where it stirred up trouble for 7 years, from March 2011 until May 2018, so expect protests on Election Day and thereafter. More positively, the pioneering spirit of Aries may express as innovation and change in technology, electronics, the internet-of-things and computers, and potentially in business and finance as well. Breakdowns and breakthroughs, seismic eruptions, and all things unexpected may also occur. These next 4 months of upheaval mark the last time revolutionary Uranus will be in fiery Aries until 2095.
November 16th through December 5th is Mercury retrograde season once again (every ~3 months) as machines break down and communications get scrambled. Pay attention to detail! Luckily Mercury enters Sagittarius in the US 12th house on November first and stays into January, combining its energies with Jupiter for much of November, featuring writing and publishing, self-reflection, meditation, and inner work. The Sun joins Mercury and Jupiter in Sagittarius the last week of November, further enhancing our worldview, while expanding our thinking and high principles.
Venus direct in Libra
Venus will be in Libra throughout November, which favors romantic and business relationships, social interactions, fashion, beauty, art, and easy money. During the first half of the month, Venus will complete her 40 days of going “backwards” which occurs every 2 years. When Venus is retrograde, stock markets tend to pull back, and women find themselves at a disadvantage. Once Venus goes direct on November 16th, money matters should improve and women begin to recover their confidence. However, with Venus in Libra, women are often cajoled into being gracious and cooperative; yet they are holding repressed anger within that must be released. With Venus opposed Uranus and square the Nodes all month, increased market volatility and women’s protests may destabilize the status quo in surprising ways.
Mars enters Pisces
Also on the 16th Mars enters moody Pisces until January. Venom dissolves and empathy emerges somewhat, but there is a lack of clear focus in action, as if waiting for the New Year to begin before moving forward. This placement is represented by the crusader who seeks to ease the suffering of others, hoping thereby to end one’s own misery as well. It represents service backed by an agenda.
Neptune goes Direct
Dreamy Neptune resumes forward movement in Pisces on the 25th of the month, encouraging more outward expressions of sensitivity, spirituality, music and high ideals, and reinforcing the new Nodal position in Cancer and that of Mars in Pisces. Water signs stimulate our emotional side, soften our feelings and increase defensiveness. Nonetheless, the overall tone of November is quite mixed between hard-to-resolve challenges (grand squares) and healing solutions (grand trines). Hang in there and have a Happy Thanksgiving!