Maya del Mar's Daykeeper Journal: Astrology, Consciousness and Transformation

November 4

Uranus direct

November 21
Venus direct

November 23
Ceres direct

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Retrograde Watch
by Maya del Mar

All three changes in direction this month are towards direct movement. By December 1, only Saturn will be traveling retrograde. Direct movement means that planetary expression is more outward. Overall, there is more happening, and more new events occurring, when there are few retrogrades. This is true of November and December 2002.

Uranus starts the month off with a bang, and it probably will be a bang, as it turns direct on November 4, accompanying the Scorpio New Moon. (Read the entry for November 4 in the Daily Success Guide to grasp the accompanying influences.) Uranus always gives us a wake-up call.

Uranus turned retrograde last June 2. When Uranus is retrograde, we undergo a process of developing our own talents, our own brilliance, and our own ideas of a better world. When it turns direct, we move out into the world with those ideas of reform. Events occurring around the retrograde station indicate our current catalysts for our inner reforms of our concept systems.

At the exact time of the retrograde, 60 Minutes was reporting on the Israeli refuseniks, those reserve officers who refuse to participate in the occupation of Palestine. GW had just given a speech in which he stated that the U.S. will bomb 60 countries, and the U.S. was boycotting a preliminary UN Conference on Sustainable Development—in Bali, later bombed by terrorists.

With Uranus turning direct, revolution against these warlike, destructive policies will begin to hit the streets. We had a preliminary sample with the anti-war marches on October 26. They were held all over the world, and drew 100,000 in San Francisco, California, and between 100,000 and 200,000 in Washington DC. Another Uranian catalyst was the crash of the liberal Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone’s plane, just as he was turning the corner towards victory in his very hard-fought re-election. Many people will carry his inspiration into direct action now—just in time for the election.

Venus finishes her 40-day journey into the Scorpionic underworld on November 21, just after a very dynamic Scorpio-Taurus Lunar Eclipse. When she turned, on October 10, Congress passed the Iraq war resolution, giving Bush a blank check—despite an avalanche of disapproval from the voters. Now we’ve had time to think about it. The public, and other nations, have questioned the value of this war, and demonstrated against it—before it even starts. And the military, meanwhile, has, under War Secretary Rumsfeld’s direction, revised their war plans so that they can strike more quickly, before protest is too overwhelming.

During the Venus retrograde period, revelations emerge from underground which change our relationships, desires, and values. The Eclipse will really knock out old baggage, and we can start afresh with our new priorities after November 21.

Ceres turns direct on November 23. She went retrograde on August 13. Ceres is the great mother. In Aries she takes care of us by encouraging aggression. But what kind of aggression? And the means? We’ve had three months to think about it. In August, Aries’ ruler, Mars, was in the director-of-the-show sign of Leo, which added to Aries’ go-it-alone tendencies.

Now Mars is in Libra, the sign of cooperation. Cooperation may pick up now. Libra is also the sign of war and peace. Which do we choose?

The combination of Uranus, Venus, and Ceres turning direct this month opens the starting gate on manifesting our expanded sense of identities, our changing values, and our renewed nurturing power. We can move forward with new confidence into our personal participation in the creation of the new world in which we are engaged.