November begins in deep fall, time of Celtic Samhain, of Egyptian Isis Day (celebrating the goddess Isis’ search for and resurrection of Osiris), and of Mexican Day of the Dead. It’s Scorpio season: changing colors, secret processes, mysterious apparitions, creepy shadows, sticky mud, cold endings, and hidden renewals. Now more than ever we can meet our inner ghouls and release their chains. As purposeful Sun and pensive Mercury sink their teeth into the Eighth Sign, our inner work takes on a dark radiance.
The November stars push us to a more active expression of our autumn experience. They move us to emerge from the tempting embrace of shadowland, to take a stand, and to produce tangible results.
Not only do Sun and Mercury traverse Scorpio, the sign of mystery, but so does Mars, Scorpio’s extroverted coruler. With puffy Jupiter and jumpy Uranus directly across the sky in Taurus, sign of tangibility, we’re poked and prodded from our dark yet comfy introversion into making an external mark. There’s a dual pull: on the one hand our own compelling inner processes, and on the other, a push for new, progressive directions and outer results.
The dichotomy is reiterated with Pluto, Scorpio’s co-ruler, in Capricorn, sign of the ambitious builder. After five months in retrograde, Pluto’s ruler, Saturn, now goes direct, increasing the push for tangible, measurable results. Not that this is bad; in a way, it’s strengthening. But part of us would like to hide under a rock to do our internal Scorpionic thing, and the Taurus, Capricorn, and Saturn influences force us to look at what’s going on “outside”.
Accenting the sense of being pulled in different directions is Venus. On November 8, this planet of love and values, ruler of the two recent Eclipses, enters Libra, a more mental and collective sign of scales and of discernment.
Later in the month Sun leaves Scorpio’s potent waters to enter upbeat Sagittarius, and Mars pushes closely behind. Ruled by Jupiter, the red planet of action continues to keep our challenges in view. He confronts Saturn, planet of the establishment, indicating that the conflict in the Middle East will not be another just another proxy war. This shattering event will continue to polarize opinion as we look at the side we want to take. Is it about one nation or another? Or, beyond duality, is it about peace and compassion?
November ends with a Full Moon in Gemini, sign of the twins. This lunation activates asteroids Israel, Palestrina and Pax. Which powers are more compelling? How are we acting on them? Personally and collectively, what is our best harvest?
As we emerge from November’s challenging depths, what will we be holding? Will we be carrying a garbage can, emeralds of prosperity, a lethal weapon, an alchemist’s magical pouch… ?
We can prepare now to choose and apply our powers. As November begins, we’re still on the portal of the Lunar Eclipse in Taurus, a lunation that activated new paths of abundance and with them a new network. Additionally, Saturn is slowing to turn direct. Since mid-June, his retrograde in Pisces, sign of spirit, has been a journey of reconnection with our inner teacher, of restructuring something related to creativity, healing, angels and the mysterious side of life. We can feel strengthened to move ahead on a goal in these areas, something we felt we “should” have done, but for one reason or another it had previously seemed elusive.
In the already intuitive first days of November, this transit accents….
What do November’s stars have to say?
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