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November 2008

For the New Moon Cycle in Scorpio :
October 28/29 to November 27/28, 2008

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Oct.28 – NEW MOON in SCORPIO (05:54 of Scorpio)

NEW MOON in SCORPIO

Ottawa, Canada and
Washington DC, USA:

Oct.28, 1:14 PM EDT

London, UK:

Oct.28, 11:14 PM GMT

Sydney, AU:

Oct.29, 10:14 AM AEDT

"What's a New Moon?"

Read more about the Sun-Moon cycles.

Read more about how you experience SCORPIO energy in your life.

Scorpio! The sign of darkness, passion, sexual energy, intensity, revenge and the scorpion's sting. Its energy is wrapped in mystery, secrecy and shadow. And death. Ah yes, Scorpio and death. There is perhaps no Zodiac sign that is more feared—or more captivating.

How did Scorpio become associated with death? Traditionally in the northern hemisphere (where western astrology originated), October and November were a time when the herds were culled. The weak, old and surplus animals were slaughtered, allowing the limited stores of feed to keep alive those animals that were strong enough to survive the cold winter. Meat from the culled animals also gave the village provisions to live on until the land came alive again in the spring. The result was that during Scorpio, there was an awful lot of death happening.

This was about survival—life and death—but Scorpio goes much deeper than just physical existence. It is about sacrificing that which is not essential, in order to strengthen the whole. Our survival instincts guide us in coming to grips with what is unnecessary, incompatible or simply past its "best before" date. With this inevitably come deep, primal feelings and experiences that can shake us to the core and change our lives.

It is said that the veil between the worlds of life and death are very thin while the Sun is in Scorpio, probably in part because of the traditional prevalence of death at this time of year. The dead and the living can interact and communicate more easily than at virtually any other time. This is where the concept of Halloween began, with its ghosts and spirits and "things that go bump in the night." Rooted in the Celtic holiday Samhain (pronounced SOW-wen), this is a time of death that supports the continuation of life, and is often considered to be the Celtic New Year.

Mysteries

Around this time of year, the Greek goddess Persephone (or Roman Proserpine) descends into the Underworld – the place of the dead – to spend a few months with her husband Hades (Pluto, and the modern planetoid associated with Scorpio). While she is there, her mother Demeter (Ceres), agricultural goddess, mourns her loss and walks the earth. Winter descends as she refuses to allow anything to grow until her daughter returns in the spring. This archetypal story is the basis for the Eleusinian Mysteries, which involved highly secret rituals of initiation.

Scorpio is the gateway to the occult mysteries. Death is truly one of life's Great Mysteries. One minute the person is there, the next minute they are gone, leaving only an empty body behind. Where do they go? Humanity has invested enormous amounts of energy throughout its history in seeking answers to this question. It is a testament to life's prolific diversity and creativity that so many different answers have been found, each with its own unique perspective on life. And no matter which of those answers make sense to you personally, they inevitably must grapple with the enigma of life, death, rebirth and transformation.

These areas are not to be entered into lightly, and are best done with the careful guidance of someone who has the training, knowledge, empathy and life experience to know the territory. Deep psychology lives in these realms. Just as the Eleusinian Mysteries are about elevating the human spirit to a state of higher vision, psychology at its best is a combination of spiritual, emotional, intellectual and experiential transformation that shines a light into the darkness of the unknown. Whether we do it accompanied by a therapist, counselor, spiritual advisor, astrologer, soul mate or our own inner wisdom, we all venture into that Underworld at various times in our lives—usually under the influence of Pluto transits!

Ultimately, Scorpio is about transformation. It is the mysterious process by which the caterpillar morphs into a butterfly, the sperm and egg gestate into a new living being, and pain evolves into acceptance and renewal. Transformation is the in-between phase where magic takes place. You can't rush it, you can't force it and you can't stay the same once you're in its grip. Change is inevitable—it's a question of when and how.

Scorpio is the energy that initiates us into that process, nurtures its progress and acts as midwife to the rebirth. The darkness of Scorpio is seen by some as the absence of light and good, but we could also look at it as the darkness of the womb in which the magic of gestation takes place until it is ready to emerge into the light. This lunar cycle can be a time that initiates you into contact with your deeper nature, or it could begin the breaking of the egg that brings you back out into the world again.

Astrological Factors

The New Moon in Scorpio is especially strong this time around. The traditional planetary ruler, Mars, is in Scorpio, giving it a very intense energy! This lunar cycle can encourage you and those around you to delve deeply into your feelings and instincts. This might come out a bit abruptly in the form of blunt speech or putting too sharp an edge on the point you're trying to make. Mars and Scorpio are about courage, empowerment and emotional strength – precious inner resources that could also damage if used too vigorously or without empathy.

Cradle aspect configuration

Mars is forming one point in a Cradle aspect configuration (repeated below from the last update). Saturn and Uranus form the cross-piece of the Cradle, as they lurch down the home stretch toward their first exact pass on Nov.04, the US Election Day. (More about Saturn-Uranus below.) With this being the cycle that includes the US Election Day, it is likely to act as a lightning rod for all that intense Scorpio energy, as well as the Saturn-Uranus combination!

The other two points of the Cradle can provide outlets for this tense yet innovative energy. Mars contributes courage, empowerment and the encouragement to immerse yourself in the deep creativity, passion and piercing insight of Scorpio. At its best, it can give you the motivation to take action (like GET OUT AND VOTE!!). At its worst, it could make you more sensitive to paranoid imaginings and worst case scenarios, which might make aggression and hostility into the outlet. Stay grounded by staying focused on what's important in the immediate moment. Take time out from intensity if it gets to be too much. Take a break. Take a walk. Mars is sextile to Jupiter and Saturn, which will hopefully provide the wisdom and responsibility needed to keep that Scorpio passion within manageable limits.

Mars is also in a very tight square to Chiron which stationed direct just 3 days ago and is still a very strong energy. This suggests a potential for healing—although this may not be exactly painless or pleasant. Tender emotional buttons could get pushed, leading you to over-react to what others say and do. This as an opportunity to see things in a different, perhaps more detached light. This new perspective could help you gain some emotional distance, giving you a fresh understanding of what gets stirred up inside you and what you really want. By tuning into your body, instincts and feelings, you have the chance to grapple with the deeper levels of these things, thereby bringing some healing energy into the situation.

Venus forms a T-square aspect figure to the Saturn-Uranus opposition (Oct.28-Nov.07; more on this below). Your attempts to raise your equilibrium, worth, values or interactions with other people up to a higher standard or principle could be challenged by difficult and/or unpredictable circumstances. It will help not to reach too far beyond what you can grasp, but don't sell yourself (or the other person) short either.

Lastly, Pluto is about to move into Capricorn again on Nov.26 where it will stay until 2023. This is the backdrop of deeper transformation that hovers behind the more short-term changing landscape being shaped by the Saturn-Uranus opposition. Change IS coming. The rumbling we have felt recently is, I believe, the beginning of longer-term change. Conditions are likely to shift back and forth over the next 2 years, as the Saturn-Uranus opposition plays out and deeper layers of change emerge. To rebuild something, you must loosen the screws, take it apart and put it back together again. This is a time of prioritizing what is worth keeping and what needs to be replaced or restructured.

This current lunar cycle will see which fork in the road we take, both collectively or individually, which will affect what we find along our path. The experience of the journey and how we travel down that road is as important as which path we take. Turning back is not an option. In front of you lies a choice. To choose wisely will require awareness and acceptance of your most authentic Self, your deepest passion, your strongest self-honesty, your highest principles, your greatest vision, your truest commitment, your most heartfelt courage and your willingness to shine a light into the darkness to find out what's really there. That light is fuelled by hope, honesty, courage and faith.

Oct.22-Nov.19 – Cradle aspect configuration and T-Square aspect configuration

(Repeated from last update.) It starts with Saturn in Virgo opposite Uranus in Pisces, which pits the traditional and realistic against the unconventional and visionary. The idea is to see each clearly with their particular gifts and shortcomings, while allowing each to balance out and complement the other.

Then we have Jupiter in Capricorn, which is in trine aspect to Saturn and sextile to Uranus. Jupiter is like a friendly mediator, being able to see the positive qualities of both sides of the opposition. Taking a practical approach with principles and truth can help to keep the extremes from becoming rigid adversaries. It can also help to acknowledge the benefits and advantages of taking a disciplined, grounded and mature approach to struggles between opposites.

Cradle aspect configuration

Then we have 3 different planets moving across the Scorpio midpoint between Saturn and Jupiter, bringing more friendly mediating energy. Mars goes over that point first (Oct.22-Nov.06), with a message that Jupiter's pragmatic principles are all fine and nice, but there is also room for passion, enthusiasm and listening to your instincts. Then the Sun moves into that zone (Nov.04-17), encouraging you to draw on confidence in your personal power to ride out any stress or confusion you might feel. Then Mercury (Nov.13-19) brings depth of perception to detect the hidden messages between the words people speak.

The Cradle configuration can show a creative and optimistic way of dealing with stress and conflict. Jupiter contributes hope, optimism and perspective. Mars instils courage, energy and the ability to endure intensity. The Sun radiates self-esteem, confidence and a sense of self that can outlast whatever problems are in your path. And Mercury brings awareness, ideas and the ability to give a voice to your deeper feelings and intuition.

However, there's also a fine line between creative coping and inability to face what's really going on. The Cradle can also show potential for denial or difficulty dealing with problems, by using the "positive" energies of the trine/sextile planets (Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Mercury) to avoid the stress of the Saturn-Uranus. For example, it might be easier to believe you are 100% right, rather than both you and the other person having something of value to say. As a result, you might impulsively lash out to intimidate, blame or even attack anyone who says otherwise. Another example: you might feel you need to question everything you believed to be true. It could be tempting to assume that the inconsistencies or faults lie only within you, rather than considering that contradictions lie in all people, including the ones you respect or admire. This could be an opportunity to learn how to accept that maybe life isn't as stable or predictable as you thought it was—which isn't necessarily a bad thing. 

Oct.28-Nov.07 – T-square aspect configuration (Venus square Saturn-Uranus opposition)

T-Square aspect configuration

Venus (the planet of money) is in conflict with both Uranus (chaos, change) and Saturn (stability, conservatism). With all the global financial chaos that's been happening over the last few months, it's a no-brainer that this could bring more of the same—or at least bring these issues into sharp focus. Venus is in expansive Sagittarius, so it's possible that the economy (global, national or personal) could be trying to grow, yet be caught in the turmoil of different forces pulling it in different directions. It might also indicate problems with inflation that are a by-product of recent attempts to stabilize global finances.

This T-square reaches an exact peak on Nov.02 (all three planets at 18 degrees), in the final days before the US election. This transit could push some emotional buttons related to the economic situation, as people make their voting decision or figure out how to deal with finances. On a more personal level, relationships could also be going through some ups and downs during this time, or get stuck in perpetual chaos or rigidity. Your equilibrium could get a little wonky as you spin back and forth to adjust to the changes – kind of like log rolling!

The important thing is that this is a time of decision, a time of choices. The outcome cannot be foreseen—it is being created and co-created, as we weigh our options both individually and collectively. With Uranus, as with lightning, we can never be certain exactly where it will strike or what route it will take to get there. You must choose between staying the course (Saturn) or changing direction (Uranus). Depending on your situation, it could make more sense to go with one over the other or to somehow find a combination of both.

However, one thing is clear: change is coming. Even if you decide to stick with what you have (Saturn), something about it will have to change (Uranus). That might mean you need to tear down the old structure and rebuild something better. Or, it could mean you need to knock out a wall to build an extension onto the existing structure. Or, it might involve running headlong into the wall of reality, forcing you to accept a situation you were hoping to avoid.

It will probably help to remain open, focused and optimistic, and not erratic, over-indulgent or stubborn. Keep risk-taking within logical, common sense bounds, and breathe some flexibility into your safety zone. 

Oct.30 – Mercury trine Neptune (21:28 of Libra/Aquarius)

Your mind is very open to imagination, dreams and compassion under this transit. This can be a very creative time, when ideas flow like a magical river. It can also be easy to get caught up in yearning and fantasizing about your hidden wishes, although it is possible to channel this into creative expression. (e.g., writing poetry, dancing, wistful music, singing in the shower, whatever!) Listening sympathetically to others' problems may come easily now, and you are more likely to get a compassionate response from others about your own problems. However, it may also be difficult to draw clear and firm boundaries with others, since you are more susceptible to the emotional gravity of others. It is ultimately a time for optimism, hope, creativity and intuition, although it's wise to keep at least one foot on the ground. 

This is the last of 3 passes: Sep.19, Sep.28 and Oct.30.

Oct.30 – Mars sextile Saturn (18:33 of Scorpio/Virgo) (Oct.31 in UK, AU)

There is an opportunity to harness the energy of willpower using practical discipline. Your physical and mental energy are likely to be stable and enduring, or else they can become this way more easily than usual by applying a sustained focus of effort. This is a great transit if you need to be productive or to make progress in a goal that you are working toward. The thing to watch out for is a tendency to be over-cautious to the point where you get stuck in the planning stage and don't get much done. Or, you might try to rush into the production phase before your plans are fully formed. This transit works best when these areas are brought into balance. 

Oct.30 – Mercury leaves the Shadow (until Dec.26) ("What's the Shadow?"  Read article about the Shadow.)

Mercury finally leaves the shadow—the part of the zodiac where it went retrograde from Sep.24 to Oct.15. This means the confusion, delays and miscommunications of the last 2 months have mostly dissipated and things should be more or less back to normal (whatever that is). The difference is that you now have the benefit of seeing things from a different perspective, which gives you more choices than you had before. If you've been waiting until Mercury finished with the retrograde cycle before you made a final decision about something, this can be a good time to decide what direction you want to go. Just don't forget your common sense.

Special Note: Mercury seems to be suffering from Mercury Retrograde this time! I'm seeing typical Mercury retrograde symptoms far later in the cycle than usual. I'm not sure why this is happening, but you might find that the usual delays, confusion, having to do things twice, rescheduled appointments, etc., might go on longer than when Mercury actually leaves the Shadow. Perhaps this has to do with Mercury's Direct Station (Oct.15) being extremely close to the New Moon in Libra (Sep.29). Or maybe it has to do with the fact that Mercury was conjunct Mars when it stationed to go retrograde (Sep.24), although Mars usually speeds things up, not delaying their manifestation. In any case, our beloved trickster might linger a little longer this time around. Make him feel welcome ...and then show him the door. ;-)

Oct.31 – Mars trine Uranus (19:02 of Scorpio/Pisces) (Nov.01 in AU)

This is a very high energy time, although not necessarily predictable or reliable. Your energy may come in spurts or in response to situations that don't normally affect you very much. You may find an upsurge of daring and confidence that seem to come out of nowhere. Or your sexual desire might suddenly come alive. This transit can inspire motivation that is spontaneous, sudden or unexpected. It might make your physical or emotional energy fluctuate or feel a bit "wired." However, it can also give a burst of courage and drive that can propel you out of a rut or inspire you to break free of limitations. Freedom, liberation and asserting your individuality are key areas that can ignite this energy. You might also find yourself involved in group activities, possibly in a leadership role or in a way that your ideas have a greater effect than usual on others. 

Oct.31 – Venus sextile Chiron (16:04 of Sagittarius/Aquarius) (Nov.01 in UK, AU)

Although this transit lasts for only a few days, it is possible to make some progress in your healing and rebalancing efforts, although it will take some effort to make it happen. This may show itself in relationships, social interaction, finances, values, health or your spiritual connection to the Universe. You have an increased ability to negotiate with others and with your circumstances to achieve a fair compromise that results in equal sacrifice and benefit for all concerned. However, there is a risk of wanting to avoid conflict and discord so much that you negotiate beyond what you are truly comfortable with -- peace at any price. By accepting and embracing the effort or struggle that is required, you can get out of your own way and achieve a more healing balance in those struggles. You now have increased ability to facilitate changes in situations that are within your control. It can also be easier to accept and adapt to that which lies beyond your control. Your effect on others can be potentially healing right now, especially by helping them find a new balance and point of acceptance in the conflicts and struggles of their lives. 

Nov.02 – North America returns to Standard Time

2:00 AM – If you're in North America and your area observes Daylight Savings Time, you will turn your clocks back one hour today. 

Nov.02 – Neptune Stationary Direct (21: 28 of Aquarius; direct until May.29.2009) ("What's a station?" Article about stations.)

Neptune now turns direct, after being retrograde since May.26. For up to a week before and after this date, you might feel a bit dreamy, disconnected, depressed, sluggish or scatter-brained. The Neptune energy takes you into a non-rational, intuitive place and can stir up feelings and issues from the unconscious. Vivid dreams could give you insight into situations you have been wrestling with, and your intuitive sensitivity might seem to come out of nowhere. Or you might experience the opposite—your dreams elude you and you feel cut off from your usual intuitive sense. What is happening is that your "right-brain" (intuitive, creative, non-rational, faith-oriented) is passing the torch to your "left-brain" (rational, logical, linear, practical), and you can get caught in the whirlpool of transition. Try not to control the process, but allow it to carry you and point you in a different direction. The learning you have gathered over the last five months or so—related to spirituality, longing, inspiration, creativity, imagination, fantasy, divination and intuition—can now start to be applied more directly in your life over the next few months. It may be possible to channel your experience into a creative form—possibly artistic, but definitely creating something new out of what has been, which can ultimately be healing and uplifting. 

Nov.03 – Venus square Saturn (18:51 of Sagittarius/Virgo)

Finances, relationships, social contacts and/or pleasures may seem blocked or require extra effort right now. Manifesting your desires may require added hard work, but this struggle could also bring you closer to your goals. It may feel like there is a huge rock blocking your path that keeps you from fulfilling your heart's desire. It may be necessary to face some difficult aspect of your situation before it is possible to know how to proceed. This is ultimately a problem to be solved by confronting that which is unrealistic, unworkable, or just not in your best interest. This can also be a time when you arrive at a crossroads and must make some firm choices, or when circumstances might force you to change your direction. This transit can make your choice clear, although it might not be the one you hoped for. 

Nov.03 – Venus square Uranus (18:59 of Sagittarius/Pisces)

Under this transit, you may be tempted by impulse spending, or you might be somewhat erratic in your use of resources. This can result in unpredictable or unstable finances, so double check your bank accounts and credit cards before you draw on them. It is also a time when the way you relate to others (or they to you) could be somewhat inconsistent, fickle or impulsive. If your relationships or financial situation have been struggling with difficulties for a while, this transit could bring a lingering problem to the surface and require attention. On one hand, this could be a welcome breath of fresh air that cuts through the complexity of your problems and puts the cards on the table (despite the stress and conflict that likely triggered it). Or, you might feel resistance to making these changes and instead experience this as a time of unwelcome instability, upset and adjustment. However, this may be a good way to break free of excessive restraint, control or structure, which allows new possibilities to emerge that couldn't do so otherwise. 

Nov.04 – Mercury sextile Pluto (29:18 of Libra/Sagittarius)

Penetrating insights and passionate communication are possible under this transit ...although, so is speaking more forcefully than you intend to about things that require a bit of delicacy or discretion. It is also a time when your mental concentration can come together so easily that you become obsessed. You may prefer in-depth discussion to small-talk, and it might feel awkward if you aren't able to explore the depths in your interaction or communication with others. However, you likely have an increased ability to pick up on undercurrents of what's happening around you. This is also a time when you can start to shed and leave behind old worn out perceptions and ways of communicating. You also have an increased ability to take thoughts, ideas and information and transform them into something healing ...or wounding. Choose your words carefully and mindfully. Writing down your thoughts and ideas to capture the energy of this transit can help you gather the deeper qualities. 

Nov.04 – Mars square Neptune (21:28 of Scorpio/Aquarius)

For up to a week before and after today, you have a chance to discover and work with your blind spots and the hidden motives that trip you up. It may feel like you are spinning your wheels or "shadow-boxing" and not even sure why. You may be fighting a hidden agenda or unconscious motives (yours or someone else's). You might also be trying to apply a concrete solution to an ambiguous situation, and then wondering why it isn't working very well. Responding to conflicts in a passive-aggressive or manipulative way can be tempting under this transit, since you may not know how to take direct and effective action. Resentment might become a defiant way to express toothless anger. Part of the problem may be that you are fighting against your own idealism, and resisting the acceptance that the other person or situation can't be the way you want them to be. Feelings of disappointment or helplessness may trigger much deeper feelings from your unconscious, making it difficult for you to know how to respond effectively in the here-and-now. It will probably help to work on owning your feelings, needs, longings and (hidden) agendas. Being honest with yourself about what's really going on inside you will go a long way toward increasing your empowerment. 

Nov.04 – Saturn opposite Uranus (18:58 of Virgo/Pisces) (Nov.05 in AU)

Responsibility and common sense face off against revolution and vision under this transit. These energies mix together like fireworks inside a small room! The fact that they're in an opposition aspect (180 degrees) only amplifies their differences. However, you can get them to complement each other provided you don't get locked into thinking that one must win out over the other. It's tempting to get stuck in one extreme or the other, thinking that it's a contest about which is the "better" planet/approach/candidate/path. At its worst, they can create a war between the past and the future, between rigid conformity and chaotic rebellion, or between needing others' approval to feel good about yourself versus being so independent that you can't allow yourself to connect with others.

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At its best, this is about negotiating a cooperative balance between them. Saturn contributes stability and caution, which provides balance with the flexibility and foresight of Uranus. When these two energies work together well, they can produce lasting change that opens up old structures and allows room for future growth. Uranus inspires you to open yourself to your best unique potential, while Saturn provides a solid foundation on which to express it.

Saturn and Uranus come into opposition about every 46 years. So either you weren't alive when it happened last (in 1965-67) or you might not remember it very well. The last opposition took place in the tumultuous 60s, when the radical youth faced off against the "establishment." It also coincided with the infamous Uranus-Pluto conjunction which also fuelled the dramatic changes that began in the 60s. Over the next few years we are approaching the square aspect between Uranus and Pluto, which indicates a major turning point in the processes that began with the conjunction. The Saturn-Uranus opposition is a prelude to that turning point—the beginning stages of it.

The disruptions and changes we are seeing now—economically, socially, politically and ecologically—are the early rumblings of long-term change. This will unfold both collectively and individually. Trying to control or hold it back (Saturn) will only amplify the reactionary result (Uranus). Giving up letting the chaos run wild (Uranus) will only send us crashing headlong into reality and harsh consequences (Saturn). Both sides must have a say in what happens.

This is the first of 5 passes: Nov.04.2008, Feb.05.2009, Sep.15.2009, Apr.26.2010 and Jul.26.2010. It is likely to affect you most if you have planets or points in your natal chart between 15-23 degrees, especially in Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces). To learn more about how this transit is affecting you personally, you can book an astrology reading with me. Find out more...

Saturn-Uranus and the US Election

With this first pass taking place on the very day of the US election, it has huge implications for the outcome and effects of this election, not only on the US but also in its ripple effects throughout the world.

Saturn and Uranus have already been reflected quite vividly in the dynamics of the issues and candidates in that election—the futuristic vision of change in the Obama-Biden team (Uranus), and the wish to preserve and sustain the values and foundations of the past in the McCain-Palin team (Saturn). However, Barack Obama has presented his vision of change in a very grounded, disciplined, practical way, which is a very Saturnian way for Uranus to express itself. And even John McCain has run a campaign focused on the idea of him being a "maverick," which is a very Uranian way for Saturn to express itself.

When all the ballots are counted, it is possible that there will still be strong reactions by the losing side who are not content to yield gracefully. The US could wind up even more polarized between Saturn and Uranus, especially since it is already a very divided nation along these lines. Just because the election is held and a winner chosen doesn't mean it will instantly resolve the split. The best approach will be to find and strengthen common ground, to listen to all concerns with an open mind, and to find ways to bridge the gap between diverse groups. 

Nov.04 – Mercury enters Scorpio (until Nov.23) (Nov.05 in AU)

Cunning communication and insight are at their peak, as Mercury skulks through Scorpio. It’s a time for unearthing secrets and delving deeply into the psychological Shadow (Carl Jung’s term for the unconscious parts of ourselves that we don't want to or know how to face). There is opportunity for healing and grounding now, but you may have to resist the temptation to manipulate others to control that process. Your awareness of the undercurrents around you could be increased...or you might stir up those undercurrents in others without intending to, by blurting things out in a blunt or harsh way. This transit presents an opportunity to learn new ways to wield words with the skill of a surgeon - to heal and remove what is toxic, not to wound or retaliate. Use it wisely. If you are not crystal clear with yourself about your motives and feelings when communicating with others, your unconscious or hidden agendas could seep through and cause hurt when that was not your intention.  

Nov.05 – Venus sextile Neptune (21:28 of Sagittarius/Aquarius)

Artistry, romance, creativity and faith have the potential to flow freely now. Your creative Muse is whispering in your ear, although it will still take your own elbow grease to turn it into something real. Socially and romantically, things could run smoothly and even a bit magically, so be sure you are clear in yourself about what you really want. This can be a time of blessings and abundance (in all areas of life) ...but there is also the risk of overspending and being overly optimistic in your assumptions about money and relationships. Your natural beauty and warmth can be brought out by this transit, but don't just waste it on creating a façade of outer glamour and charm. Let the essence of your inner beauty and pure spirit shine through your appearance and mannerisms! 

Nov.07 – Sun square Chiron (16:09 of Scorpio/Aquarius) (Nov.08 in UK, AU)

Your self-confidence and patience may be a bit strained right now, stretched by the urge to break free of chronic constraints. Motivation and self-esteem may seem to sag and suffer from old problems that you thought were resolved. This is probably because you are seeing "the flaws in the system" that are preventing you from getting the results you want. It will help to take a fresh approach to your situation. You may need to let go of what you think the results "should be" or how they should come to you. Be open to getting what you want in a different form than you were expecting. You may have to work extra hard for results now, especially if it means having to find a different route to success. If it seems like a door of opportunity has closed, look for an unexpected advantage or hidden alternative. This could allow you to tap into other opportunities that wouldn't have been possible otherwise. 

Nov.10 – Sun sextile Jupiter (18:21 of Scorpio/Capricorn)

This is a time when your understanding of the Big Picture and your place within it has the potential to click into place. As a result, your confidence and self-esteem can be quite high right now. Your ability to see opportunities and possibilities more clearly can produce an experience of being "lucky." Your insight into life and the world around you may be especially bright, optimistic and inspired. This is a "feel-good" transit, when your sense of self can seem to expand and become free. You may feel especially connected to spiritual energy during this time. Just be careful that all this self-assurance and "knowing" doesn't backfire, by overestimating the extent of your knowledge or underestimating the reaction of your audience. It is possible to become a bit self-indulgent under this transit, so be careful not to overdo it. Beyond a reasonable caution, this is a transit to enjoy! 

Nov.10 – Sun Trine Uranus (18:51 of Scorpio/Pisces) (Nov.11 in AU)

You are more open than usual to spontaneity, surprises and "flying by the seat of your pants!" Your sense of humour and fun are let loose during this transit, as is your ability to break out of old outworn habits. You may get a flash of insight, a burst of courage or a surge of inspiration under this transit. The spirit of who you are can become released now, possibly leading to you behaving a bit "out of character." It's a great time to try new things and experiment with something that's out of character for you. In fact, it may be surprising how easy it is to break out of your usual routine...so much so, that it's good to be careful not to be too reckless under this transit. If your self-confidence, self-expression or self-esteem have been stifled or dampened lately, these could come flying out rather erratically, carelessly or chaotically. Strive to have fun pushing the envelope without ripping it. ;-)   

Nov.11 – Sun sextile Saturn (19:34 of Scorpio/Virgo) (Nov.12 in AU)

You have an opportunity now to make some progress in obtaining results in your projects, career, ambitions and creative expression. It is possible to tap into a disciplined mindset, which can be used to take some steps toward goals that you're trying to manifest. You are surrounded by potential to achieve this, although it will not simply be handed to you -- you will still have to work for it. Your mind and purpose are likely to be clear and strong now, enabling you to be decisive and productive. Leadership, management and organizing abilities are potentially high right now. Asserting your authority in a situation that calls for it can be done successfully, as long as you don't let yourself become rigid or bossy. It can be a good time to learn or practice new skills, or to apply yourself to any kind of serious study. It is also a time when you could formulate some solid plans for future projects or make some progress with current undertakings. Make the most of it! 

Nov.12 – Venus conjunct Pluto (29:32 of Sagittarius)

Intensity in love and close relationships can occur under this transit, as well as a compelling need to get more control over your finances and assets. This could manifest as power dynamics emerging in your interactions with others, in which you engage in a negotiation for a better balance of power that is more in your favour. Or, you might become somewhat obsessed with the pursuit of pleasure and beauty, possibly trying to compensate for a low sense of self-worth. Or, there can be a valuable opportunity to develop a deeper connection with those close to you. You might find it necessary to negotiate with others for financial support. You may have to dig deeper than usual to extract needed resources from hidden places (or to deposit them there, out of reach from others who want a piece of your hoard). Keep your integrity high and dry by being honest with yourself about the ethics of your actions. 

Nov.12 – Venus enters Capricorn (until Dec.07) (Nov.13 in AU)

Friendly, abundant Venus travels through serious, structured Capricorn, bringing out her grounded, material side. It may be time to make new plans and commitments for material or relationship goals. It can be a time to get serious and make some solid decisions about what works and what doesn't. It may help to organise and systemise the way you approach relationships, finances, resources and pleasure. An example of systemising pleasure is to schedule regular time to pamper yourself, or to make a point of doing the hard work that will pay off in pleasure later (like eating healthier food or working out more). Although this might seem a bit unromantic or uninspiring, you'll find that laying the groundwork for what you want to attract into your life will provide support for the rewards to come. 

Nov.13 – Jupiter sextile Uranus (18:50 in Capricorn/Pisces)

Brilliant ideas, breakthrough insights and unconventional opportunities! This is a very creative transit—not just artistically, but especially in terms of combining ideas and possibilities in innovative ways. At its best, you could feel like unseen hands are lifting you free of hopelessness and cynicism, opening up new potential and vision. On the other hand, you might also feel that you're being asked to live up to a lot more than you feel capable of fulfilling; and it might feel that this vision lies just a bit farther than your reach. Allow it to unfold in its own time, and watch for opportunities to take steps toward that vision. You don't have to give up your old depression, cynicism or pessimism all at once, but let yourself become open to a different way of seeing things a little at a time. Let this change come to you; you don't have to force it.

This is the last of 3 passes of this transit: Mar.28, May.21 and Nov.13. This year you may have found opportunities that inspired your imagination or could open up new possibilities for you. Yet, these possibilities have required effort and imagination to figure out how best to combine the ingredients to propel you in a new direction—or to reap the benefits of the direction you have taken for the last several years. At this final pass, you are hopefully working more directly with these potentials and seeing your path fairly clearly ahead. If not, it might help to do some brainstorming with a friend, advisor or co-worker (or astrologer!), to see how you can still harvest these energies to use in your future. 

Sabian Symbol for the
Full Moon in Taurus

Taurus 22

White dove flying over troubled waters.

What a fitting Sabian Symbol ("What's a Sabian Symbol?") for this Full Moon! This symbol shows the promise in all those trine and sextile aspects, plus the struggle of the T-square and the Full Moon opposition. To a world struggling with global economic woes (clearly troubled waters), this symbol offers a ray of hope—or a warning that there is more to come.

Dane Rudhyar (An Astrological Mandala) notes the parallel of this image with the story of Noah and the Ark. (Although most commonly known as an Old Testament bible story, the story is found in many different cultures and religious traditions.)

In that story, the dove is sent out after Noah has endured most of his long ordeal. The dove is an indicator of whether that ordeal is at an end or not. In the story, if the dove returns with a branch or some other item that is found on land, it means the end of the journey is at hand.

In the biblical story, Noah sends the dove out 3 times before the end of the journey is indicated. However, the symbol itself doesn't tell us what the dove's answer is. What the symbol does show is that we are watching and hoping for relief. I'd say currently, that's about right.

Are you waiting for a sign of relief in your personal life? Have you been going through a time of hardship that has you crossing your fingers and praying for signs of a turning point for the better? This could be a life-altering crisis or an annoying situation that has gone on for a bit too long.

This Full Moon and the 2 weeks following (until the next New Moon on Nov.27) are likely to bring you a sign one way or the other. Either you are at or near the end of your journey, or you have a bit more distance to cover before you arrive at your destination.

 

Find out more about the Sabian Symbols in these recommended books:

The Sabian Symbols in Astrology,
by Marc Edmund Jones

An Astrological Mandala,
by Dane Rudhyar

The Sabian Symbols: The Original Symbols Fully Revealed,
by Blain Bovee

Nov.13 – FULL MOON in TAURUS (21:51 of Taurus)

FULL MOON in TAURUS

Ottawa, Canada and
Washington DC, USA:

Nov.13, 1:17 AM EST

London, UK:

Nov.13, 6:17 AM GMT

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Nov.13, 5:17 PM AEDT

"What's a Full Moon?"

Read more about the Sun-Moon cycles.

Read more about how you experience TAURUS energy in your life.

For a sign that likes things calm, peaceful, relaxing and stable, this is one wild Taurus Full Moon! There are more aspect configurations than I've seen in the lunation charts in many months. But let's start with Taurus as a sign first.

Taurus is your Inner Archetypal Gardener. It makes things grow. It tills the earth, nourishes it with fertilizer, gives it water to make it moist and pliant, creates a comfy space and plants the seed in this fertile ground, and then adds the magic ingredient: patience. Taurus is where we take care of ourselves to nurture our own growth, which includes stability, support and enough energy to keep us going and growing. That energy might be in the form of food, money, shelter, possessions, pleasure or even self-worth.

It is when we fear we don't or won't have enough of what we need that we see the counter-productive side of Taurus. We can become possessive, stubborn, rigid, and fixated on external things that we confuse with being a measurement of our self-worth. On the other hand, the best of Taurus knows that the real profit is not the thing you have that makes you feel good—it's the feeling good! That you can take with you, whether the thing remains with you or not.

Venus, the planetary ruler of Taurus, has been a busy girl. Just the day before this Full Moon she conjoined Pluto in Sagittarius and then slipped into Capricorn a mere 9.5 hours later. At the moment of the Full Moon in Taurus, Venus still lingers in the first degree of Capricorn (where Pluto will be in just 14 days) and is still closely conjunct Pluto, but now they are in different signs. This is called a dissociate conjunction and it introduces an extra level of complexity to an already challenging aspect.

Venus and Pluto bring personal finances together with large-scale economy. In this time of financial nose-diving and golden parachutes, this Full Moon could well see a new phase of financial upheavals and structural changes—starting, for example, with an accounting of what's being done with the dough that's been earmarked to mend the corporate and social safety nets in the US. However, with Pluto hovering on the brink of Capricorn, and soon to follow Venus there, any changes now are likely to be just a taste of changes yet to come.

A conjunction normally unites different planetary energies through their shared sign. However, this dissociate conjunction straddles the Sagittarius-Capricorn cusp. Adjacent signs don't exactly hiss and spit at each other, but they're not necessarily the best of friends either. Their energies have similarities but move in distinctly different directions. Sagittarius is a Fire sign, full of passion, vision, adventure and a love of the quest. Capricorn is an Earth sign, preferring stability, systemization, organization and predictability. However, both signs want to know what's really going on—Sagittarius seeks a higher Truth and Capricorn wants to know the facts. They both look at the world from a societal or Collective point of view, as well as the individual's role within it.

The Venus-Pluto dissociate conjunction at the Full Moon suggests a need to find solutions that are both imaginative and practical, far-sighted and cautious, fuelled by faith and supported by common sense. Venus acts as the scout, leading the way into Capricorn just before Pluto. It suggests that practicality must come first. The more immediate or personal issues and problems may need to be resolved before it is possible to tackle the bigger picture. For example, it may be wise to deal with any financial difficulties in the short run, while knowing that a more comprehensive solution can be developed over time. Get yourself stable and strong now so that you have the strength for the longer journey, even though it might require accepting some hard work and limitations for the time being.

T-square - Sun-Moon and Neptune

Then there's the T-square aspect configuration between the Sun-Moon opposition (the Full Moon) and Neptune. This aspect figure dominates the Full Moon chart because it is so precise—a mere 15 minutes of arc! (Although with Neptune's blurred edges, what's a quarter-degree among friends?) I once heard Neptune associated with large-scale economy (wish I could remember by whom—Robert Zoller? Robert Schmidt?). The idea was that the entire concept of money is just that—a concept. We don't even base currencies on the gold standard anymore. It's all about the idea of how much something is worth, which can be very changeable and relative. Since Neptune is all about illusion—big illusion—it was suggested that this conceptual, nebulous economy is to some extent ruled by Neptune.

With that in mind, it's not a far walk to see that Neptune in precise T-square to the Taurus Full Moon likely indicates issues about the need to stabilize, define, organize and nail down the current slippery global economy. On a more personal level, you might be facing a difficult decision about how to manage your finances in the face of uncertainty or dissolution. Or you might be caught in the undertow of idealism, yet struggling to understand how to manifest that on a daily or mundane level. For example, how do you answer the call to be of service to the world or your community, while still taking care of your personal or family needs? You might have to stretch your creative imagination to wrap around both ends of the scale.

The Cradle aspect configuration continues to hover in the skies (Oct.22 to Nov.19), involving Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. The Sun became exact to form the extra "leg" of the cradle on Nov.09-10. The Sun is brought back into focus on Nov.13 when the Full Moon fills in 5 out of 6 points of a Grand Sextile. This is a fairly rare aspect figure, although the 5-pointed figure is a bit more common. The almost-Grand Sextile shows enormous potential and the ready flow of energy, although it could also open up doors that you might prefer stayed closed.

Inch by inch, row by row
Gonna make this garden grow
Gonna mulch it deep and low
Gonna make it fertile ground

Grain for grain, sun and rain
Find my way in nature's chain
Tune my body and my brain
To the music of the land

Plant your rows straight and long
Season with a prayer and song
Mother Earth will make you strong
If you give her loving care

- from The Garden Song
by David Mallett
as sung by Arlo Guthrie

If you have any natal planets near the empty point (17-22 degrees of Cancer), you will feel the Grand Sextile energy through things to do with that planet. For example, if it's your natal Sun, it could focus that potential on your health, self-confidence or creativity. If it's your Moon, events and experiences might emotionally move you more strongly than usual, or you might have a "close encounter" with your family (whatever that phrase brings to mind for you).

Cradle and almost-Grand Sextile with Mercury

The Cradle is also very strong on Nov.16, when it becomes Mercury's turn to rock the Cradle. This brings penetrating insight and the ability to say what needs to be said, although hopefully softened somewhat by wisdom, understanding, practicality and humour. On top of this, the Moon now occupies the leg of the Grand Sextile that was empty at the Full Moon (17-22 of Cancer). Again, if you have a natal planet in the now-empty leg of the Grand Sextile, this area of your life will be very active! That's not just because it occupies the now-empty leg, but also because the Full Moon conjoins it on Nov.13!

Suffice to say that this Full Moon, and its unfolding process over the next 2 weeks, will be packed with potential and opportunities, although these might have some surprises or an unexpected outcome. That potential will likely require hard work, as well as patience and faith, before you can harvest the results. Invest your time, energy and passion wisely. Consult with a trusted friend, advisor, expert and/or your astrologer to gain insight, knowledge, planning and a solid reality check. And remember the old saying: be careful what you ask for; you might get it! Be careful the seeds you plant; the harvest is near.

Nov.13 – Sun square Neptune (21:30 of Scorpio/Aquarius)

Your ideals, hopes and wishful thinking may loom a little too large during this time, making you prone to disappointment and disillusionment. You might want a fantasy or dream to come true so much that you disconnect from the reality that seems to be in the way -- only to find that the obstacle was serving a positive purpose after all. Your imagination may be very active now, but not easy to control or balance with reality. However, it can be a very creative time if you're able to harness that imagination for productive use. Unconscious urges and longings may be especially close to the surface, so you have an opportunity to learn more about the hidden forces that drive you (and perhaps distort your view of the world around you). Spiritually, you might discover that your yearning for enlightenment is not the straightforward path you had hoped for, but it can be just as valuable (although disappointing) to discover what is *not* your best path. Emotionally you may feel a bit overwhelmed, discouraged or confused. On the plus side, you have an opportunity to observe a deeper part of you, which is usually camouflaged against the distracting background of day-to-day life. There is tremendous creative, spiritual and healing potential to be found by listening to and working with the inner voices from those depths. 

Nov.14 – Mercury square Chiron (16:16 of Scorpio/Aquarius) (Nov.15 in AU)

Your mental focus and perceptions may feel a bit strained right now. You could find yourself locked in a struggle of indecision that stems from a "glass half empty" versus "glass half full" dilemma. It may be difficult to stay objective and evenly balanced in your perspective, but by working with this you could also find a new mental focus that gives you increased clarity. It might be tempting to sink into cynicism as a way to deal with what seems like a no-win situation. On the other hand, this transit could bring your mental perspective to a kind of "healing crisis" that forces you to get a better grip on the ideas, communication and frame of mind that have been problematic for you. Instead of reaching for extremes (hoping this will clarify the path in front of you), it will help more if you can take a few steps back to allow all the conflicting and out-of-sync elements to coexist together -- creative paradox. If you have been in denial about something, this could be a turning point that allows you to grapple with the complex reality of your situation. 

Nov.16 – Mercury trine Uranus (18:48 of Scorpio/Pisces)

Unusual ideas, flashes of insight and seeing unexpected possibilities are all part of this transit. You may find it easier to be open-minded right now, especially about insights that have eluded you. Your ability to see beyond your usual horizon of perception can bring visionary brainwaves, as well as a fun sense of humour. You might be inspired to experiment with something new or do something out of character. You might have an impulse to break free of old habits or constraints. This can be a very liberating transit that opens your mind to new possibilities and ideas. However, be careful that you don't become so liberated and spontaneous that you become erratic, hyper or reckless. Words may come tumbling out of your mouth before you've had a chance to consider their wisdom, or you might find yourself talking non-stop and interrupting, creating a bit of awkwardness in those around you. On the other hand, you might also find the clarity and vision that gives you the words to speak your truth with new conviction. It's a great time to do some writing or other form of self-expression, especially if it's spontaneous or involving technology. 

Nov.16 – Mars enters Sagittarius (until Dec.27)

This energy flies! You might feel inspired to defend a righteous cause, or to lead others in taking a stand about something. Or you might strive to move heaven and earth to reach toward a dream. You might be motivated to learn something new, or to share your knowledge with others. Inspiration, confidence and optimism can run high during this transit, which may be experienced as a release of optimism, freedom and spontaneous elation. However, it could also be a bit too much of a good thing, launching you or others into arrogance, confrontation or intolerance, especially if challenged by strong opinions. Expanded courage could make it easier to take risks or try new adventures, which will probably work best if you're balanced with realism or common sense. This is a time to act from your highest intention of morality, philosophy, spirituality, compassion and understanding. 

Nov.16 – Mercury sextile Jupiter (19:26 of Scorpio/Capricorn) (Nov.17 in AU)

You may have an abundance of ideas and words to express them under this transit. There is the potential (if you reach for it) to put ideas, facts and thoughts together into a cohesive whole. You may find you can understand the overall patterns in a situation, or you are able to see the Big Picture, better than usual. New insights and a change of perspective may abound, as your stream of consciousness flows abundantly with optimism and visionary possibilities. You may find yourself more talkative than usual, as you try to share and convey the new ideas, inspiration and knowledge coming into your mind. Write down your best ideas for later development, since you may be having too much fun now playing with ideas to want to stop and make them manifest just yet. There is a chance that you may be so elated and confident that you might come across as a bit overbearing or even as a "know-it-all," so be sure to listen too. 

Nov.16 – Mercury sextile Saturn (20:00 of Scorpio/Virgo) (Nov.17 in UK, AU)

It can be easier to take a logical, practical approach to problem-solving and decisions now. It's a good time to make plans and work out the logistics of how you're going to get from "here" to "there" in pursuing your ambitions. Or, you may find it's time to bring closure to finished goals, by distilling and systemizing what you've learned in the past several months. This will probably require a bit of effort on your part to make it happen, but the opportunity is there if you choose to take it. This transit can bring mental stability and the ability to apply your mental focus in a practical and grounded way. It may be easier to see things realistically and objectively. Creative energy can become productive and rewarding, if you use it methodically or logically. 

Nov.17 – Mercury square Neptune (21:32 of Scorpio/Aquarius) (Nov.18 in AU)

Your mental focus may be a bit clouded, confused or lethargic right now, as your conscious mind struggles to grasp the formless, limitless expanse of the Universe and the unconscious. You may experience some disillusionment or disappointment, in your observations or communication with others. However, what is flowing under the surface of events right now is the need to dissolve away the crust of old expectations that blocks your view from seeing a greater Truth. If you're feeling off-balance, try to listen more than you talk, so that you can be receptive to your inner sensitivity. Left-brain analysis might be difficult to work with right now unless you balance it with a lot of right-brain intuition. You may have to let go of a rigid mindset, or give up what you think you understand about a situation in your life, in order to open yourself to a new perspective that is difficult to define but is ultimately in the best interest of your spiritual growth. 

Nov.21 – Jupiter trine Saturn (10:19 of Capricorn/Virgo)

The expansiveness of Jupiter works cooperatively with the concise structure of Saturn in this transit. Its peak effects can be felt for up to about a week to 10 days before and after the exact date (above). This transit can bring adventure and caution into a healthy balance. You have the confidence and imagination to envision bright possibilities in your life, while also having the grounded realism to make the plans and do the hard work to make it happen. If you have been making plans to create, build or reach for a goal in your life, this is a time when you may be able to make substantial progress. You have access to vision that can see beyond obstacles, insight to deal with problems, enthusiasm to sustain your efforts, and faith in the process as it unfolds. It is also easier to be responsible, stable and predictable without limiting your options or potential. There's a slight possibility that this could backfire somewhat, by giving you the strength to push through your vision or opinion with such force that others find it overwhelming. Or, you might feel so reassured and confident with the way your life is unfolding that you take it for granted and don't apply any real effort to help it along ...and then wonder why it didn't bring as much as you thought. Make a point of putting this energy to productive use!

This is the last of 5 passes of this transit! The exact pass dates are: 16-Mar-2007, 6-May-2007, 21-Jan-2008, 8-Sep-2008 and 21-Nov-2008. It is rather unusual to have 5 passes of any Jupiter-Saturn transit, and it only happens when they are on opposite sides of the solar system (e.g. the trine and opposition aspects). The last time we had 5 passes of a Jupiter-Saturn aspect was at the last opposition in 1989-91. This current long-term trine aspect means we've had two years to work with this productive and powerful combination of energies. Also, whatever long-term plans you have nurtured during this time, you have had opportunities to develop something even better than you originally thought was possible.

If you're scratching your head and looking around for what that might be, consider these themes. In what ways have you:

  • Taken a leadership role at work, in your community, among your coworkers, in your family, etc.?
  • Softened your understanding of what it takes to assume a role of authority, perhaps seeing that it requires wisdom and compassion, as much as "laying down the law"?
  • Moved toward a position of seeing how you can turn your dreams, visions, hopes and wishes into reality?
  • Begun to see perfection in the practical, and the realistic side of idealism?
  • Sensed that there is a narrow yet solid path emerging between "the rock and the hard place" in some dilemma in your life?

Nov.21 – Sun enters Sagittarius (until Dec.21) (Nov.22 in AU)

Happy Solar Return to all Sagittarians! While the Sun is in Sagittarius, we all get to explore our horizons, seek our highest truth, discover our spirituality and gain fresh wisdom. Sagittarius energy encourages us to reach beyond our grasp, to exceed our limitations, and to rise above our primal impulses. Whether we are encountering other cultures, countries and languages, or expanding our horizons through new knowledge or spiritual awareness, this is a time to be uplifted and inspired. We are challenged to explore meaning in our lives and to connect with whatever we regard as sacred and sublime. In Sagittarius we also gather new knowledge and understanding, making sense of the patterns and themes within the raw information around us. It is not enough to simply have facts and data. Sagittarius presents us with the opportunity to reach for the highest truth we know, and then to exercise that truth in moral and ethical ways. The trap we must be careful to avoid is that it's easy to assume that our truth is truth for everyone else too, which is not necessarily the case. Our well-meaning wish for others to experience the inspiration and passion that we feel can seem to turn us into self-righteousness know-it-alls. It's tempting to believe that we are privy to knowledge that others are denied. There can be a fine line between sharing passionate knowledge versus shoving opinions down someone's throat. Everyone has their unique perspective on life, and therefore their own sense of meaning and truth that works for them. And yet, debating and challenging each other's knowledge, beliefs and values are also an important part of the Sagittarius passion for exploration. As the Sun journeys through Sagittarius, expand your awareness of how these issues play out in your life. 

Nov.23 – Mercury enters Sagittarius (until Dec.12)

Communication, ideas, thoughts and perceptual "spark" become expanded in Sagittarius. Your mental focus tends toward a philosophical and spiritual outlook that seeks the highest truth in the broadest context. However, it's not always easy for the conscious mind to assimilate and digest such a vast territory of knowledge, or to find the higher meaning in mountains of raw information. You might feel a bit overwhelmed by trying to take in such a panoramic view of your world, but the gifts from doing so are abundant and inspiring! To get the most out of this transit, try learning something new that expands your horizon. Or pick a situation in your life and imagine that you're looking at it from a mountaintop -- what do you see from way up there that you can't see when you're closer to the ground? Just remember that whatever visions and insights you get from doing this, these are SOME of the truths to be found, but not necessarily the only truth. Leave room in your new understanding to remember that every mountaintop shows a slightly different view and that this doesn't make one mountain right and the others wrong. 

Nov.25 – Sun conjunct Mercury (03:48 of Sagittarius) (Nov.26 in AU)

During this transit, your sense of self and purpose can become merged with what you think, perceive and say. On one hand, this can make for an easy flow of ideas and communication from inside your brain to the external world. It can also increase your perceptions and observations of the world, as you file it all away in your internal database. On the other hand, you may find yourself a bit tongue-tied, as it could be hard to separate your sense of self from your perceptions and ideas enough to find the words to adequately express them. In that case, just observe and go with the flow; the words will come later. It can also be a time when it's not easy to be objective, especially about yourself and how you bring yourself to the world around you. It's like your Being automatically expresses and sets into motion the things you think, perceive and want to say. This can help you to feel like your sense of self is shining effortlessly, but if your thoughts and perceptions are in conflict with other parts of you (e.g., emotions, needs, objectivity) then it might become a time when you act a little too quickly with blinders on. Strive for balance and self-honesty before you act. 

Nov.26 – Pluto enters Capricorn (until Mar.23.2023) (Nov.27 in UK, AU)

Deep transformation of authority, conventions, standards, expectations, societal structures and institutions, and the status quo in general—that's the summarized interpretation of this 25-year transit. Our experience of it is likely to be far more complex!

The last time Pluto was in Capricorn (1762-1778), the US colonies had enormous power struggles with Britain, culminating in the American Revolutionary War and the US declaring sovereign independence. The time before that (1515-1532), Martin Luther defied the authority of the Roman Catholic Church and initiated the Protestant Reformation. Pluto challenges Capricorn's authority and hierarchy through the empowerment of those who have felt oppressed by it and who are willing to stand up and fight for their independence (literally or figuratively).

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The recent election of Barack Obama to the US Presidency is a similar signal that the status quo is being challenged in our time. Whether or not you supported Obama, his election—indeed, the entire campaign of all candidates—constitutes a jaw-dropping change from past elections and governments in the US. Even if you are not in the US, this shift in American politics will have ripple effects in many ways around the world.

Obama's campaign was centered on the idea of fundamentally unique and transformative change. Although I doubt he consulted any astrologers in planning his campaign, his message intuitively tapped into the rising and changing tides of Pluto in Capricorn, as well as other change-oriented transits (notably, the current Saturn-Uranus opposition and the pending Uranus-Pluto square). This upcoming presidential term is bound to be one wild horse to ride! The rest of the world will also be responding to these energies over the coming few years. The US election is just the crest of the incoming wave.

On a personal level, take a look at the established conventions in your own life that feel like you've outgrown them. What authority, circumstances or rules do you see around you that have been holding you back from fulfilling your potential? In what area(s) of your life do you need to empower yourself and give yourself permission to claim authority over your choices and your life?

What has kept you from doing this before now? It's not a rhetorical question: give it some serious thought. Did you need to develop your strength, skills or abilities first? Do you have issues about authority that must be conquered before you're ready to acknowledge and embrace your own capacity for it? With authority comes responsibility and having to accept the consequences of your decisions and actions.

When you abdicate to the authority of others, are you giving away your power? In an ideal world, authority, like respect, must be earned, not assumed. However, we often accept the authority of a person or system that we don't really respect because it's the easiest or smartest way to deal with someone in a position of power. While this may be wise in many situations, sometimes we give away too much of our power—more than we have to. Allowing others make our decisions for us that we are not happy with can in the long run turn into resentment, depression, loss of self-esteem, and/or something that I call "kick the dog" syndrome (you can't yell at your boss, so you go yell at someone else who can't or won't fight back—perhaps even the same thing your boss just did to you).

These are some of the themes to watch for in your exploration of the influence of Pluto in Capricorn in your life. There are many other ways it could manifest and other issues that will, no doubt, need to be challenged as this transit unfolds, but this is a good place to start. Remember: you've got the next 25 years to explore it, work with it, push against it, question it, fight for it, fight with it and learn to embrace it.

It will help to treat this as a long-term process, and don't push yourself to take action before you feel ready. If circumstances give you a push anyway, or if you need some support to become ready, find some supportive people and resources to help, encourage and guide you. If you are getting major Pluto transits to your natal chart now or in the near future, a personal reading is highly recommended to give you a clearer understanding of how you are being affected and how to turn struggle into triumph. 

Nov.27 – Uranus Stationary Direct (18:44 in Pisces) (Nov.28 in AU) ("What's a station?"  "What is retrograde?"  Read articles on retrogrades and stations.)

Uranus now turns direct, after being retrograde since Jun.26. This often brings a turning point in situations involving spontaneity, freedom, breaking free of old patterns, rebellion and expressing your personal uniqueness. For up to a week before and after this date, it could feel a bit chaotic or erratic—or perhaps just spontaneous and exciting. However, Uranus' ultimate agenda is to clear the way for your true spirit to manifest in your life. You may experience unexpected changes, flashes of insight, or disruption of established situations that aren't working well (which might include computers, Internet, mass media, groups, friends or future plans). This can be the awakening of a new perspective, to be brought into a clearer focus through open-mindedness and being willing to try new things. 

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