Astro-forecast November 2017
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As we are approaching the end of 2017, energies seem to intensify again. The Sun’s journey through Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 22) takes us into the dark waters of our own subconscious. The evolutionary intent behind is a penetrating, feeling-centred self-analysis and facing those inner parts that need to be integrated and healed. Scorpio’s message is about contemplating our depths, facing our fears and whatever else has been buried inside. Jupiter’s entry into Scorpio on October 11 (until Nov 2018) has given extra significance to this year’s exploration of the deeper layers of reality, encouraging in us greater strength and determination to move past previous limitations and difficulties. Nevertheless, collectively we are shifting from a more extroverted and expansive time into a more introverted, dense and confined period symbolised by Saturn’s entry into Capricorn on December 20, but already preceded by the current Chiron/Saturn square, which has its last exact alignment on November 2.
Chiron, the mythic wounded healer, meets with Saturn, archetype of authority and accountability. A planetoid orbiting between Uranus and Saturn, Chiron is the symbolic bridge between the realms of Uranus (radical change, revolution and the overturning of old collective structures) and Saturn (lord of manifestation and preserver of existing forms). Before we can actively live the new paradigm (Uranus) , we have to face our fear of the future, including entrenched patterns of security thinking (Saturn). In many ways, we cannot rely anymore on our culturally transmitted values and beliefs, rather we need to question them for their validity. The Black Moon Lilith enters Capricorn on November 9 further emphasing this process. The Black Moon, not a planet but a potent point in the Moon’s orbit around the Earth, is regarded as a remnant of the ancient lunar consciousness and nature’s cyclic movement of waxing and waning: after times of growth and abundance times of contraction and austerity will follow. A deeper evaluation of what has been kept hidden and suppressed is needed so that doors can open for developments that overstep old taboos and challenge established structures and traditions. Ultimately, Lilith wants to connect us with our spiritual self and innate strength by getting in contact with our depth, accepting our blind spots and bringing them to light.
The earthy vibes of the Full Moon in Taurus on Nov 4 is opposite the Sun/Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio. The Full Moon emphasises the need to balance optimism and enthusiasm with practicalities; simplicity is the key to empowerment as the Moon trines Pluto, while Neptune’s rays to the Moon can enhance our intuition. At the same moment, Venus opposes Uranus activating a soul-searching review of what we truly value. Self-worth issues in relationships are highlighted, as well as finding the right balance between commitment and freedom. The liberating energies of Uranus have opened mainstream perspective to new horizons, which of course provokes fear in those afraid of change and the breaking with old traditions and dogmas that have been a source of security and comfort. Saturn concludes its trine to Uranus on November 11 combining innovation with common sense and inviting us to build bridges between the past and the future. Patience and confidence in our own creativity is the key for finding our way through the dark. Saturn will be conjunct the Galactic Centre, the heart of the Milky Way, from mid-November until early December. Old data that blocks our evolution is erased so that new information can be downloaded. This process of purging and releasing can feel unsettling, especially when we try to hold onto old beliefs. Venus aligns with Jupiter on November 13; the once-a-year conjunction of these two ‘cosmic benefics’ supports a much needed period of openness and a new view on old problems. As they meet in Scorpio, we can expand on our shared values while promoting trust, tolerance and understanding.
The New Moon in Scorpio on November 18 is in alignment with Chiron, supporting an inner confrontation with Scorpio’s transformative processes including our mortality and the life-death-rebirth cycle. Old concepts, relationships, and resources which are no longer beneficial to us can be cleared, healed and released with this New Moon. However, we can expect an increase in explosive energies as Mars is activating the radical Uranus/Pluto square from the New Moon until the beginning of December. We are asked to examine our deeper motivations, ambitions and strategies to avoid playing power games. Nevertheless, the overall mood shifts again and lightens up when the Sun enters Sagittarius on November 22 and Neptune stations direct on November 23. Let’s dream a new vision and spiritually prepare for the beginning of a new cycle at the fast approaching December Solstice.
Aries: While Mars is in Libra (until Dec 10), your focus is on your one-to-one relationships. If you feel challenged to balance your needs with those of others, search for ‘the middle way’. You might have to make some adjustments, especially from Nov 18 until December 1. Be willing to compromise and attempt to keep the peace.
Taurus: During this month your focus is on others, especially your intimate partnerships. You can learn something important about your deeper needs and inner resourcefulness. The Full Moon on November 4 in your sun sign highlights where you might hold on too tightly. Letting go of what is not working any more makes space for new opportunities of growth and expansion.
Gemini: This is the time of the year where it is important to look after your health and review your life-style. Shift to a healthy diet, boost your immune system, get some rest. Duties and obligations in your relationships might need to be re-negotiated to allow things to run smoothly. Weigh the pros and cons & take into account others’ needs as well as your own. Exchanging thoughts will bring clarity.
Cancer: This is a great time to nurture yourself with fun and play. Treat that ‘inner child’ of yours with some special outings, or throw a party and enjoy your home with friends and family. This is potentially a very creative time for you, when the day-to-day affairs can be lightened and revitalised with a good portion of exuberance and passion.
Leo: At the moment you might feel like spending more time at home or with your family. Nevertheless, expect some intense times in your emotional life. The Full Moon on Nov 4 could bring you the recognition for your hard work that you have been waiting for. This is your time of new inspirations, fresh contacts and playful inventiveness.
Virgo: During this period you might find a heightened interest into research, education and communication in general. Some solitude is needed for doing all the mental work that has been piling up. Nevertheless, this is a good time for delving deeper into the past and discussing family matters. Be open and take a rational approach. Allow yourself to expand on your perspective.
Libra: Mars remains in your Sun sign until December 10 providing you with an extra boost of energy to do the things you always wanted to do. The problem is to find the right balance between freedom and commitment. Make some space for yourself because this is an excellent time for manifesting your vision. November 13 can be very auspicious for your financial dealings.
Scorpio: Jupiter and Venus are combined in your Sun sign during most of this month. This is very lucky for all sorts of new endeavours and activities; you can be like a magnet attracting lots of great opportunities. Nevertheless, ‘watch your back’ because Mars is hiding in your solar 12 house of unconscious behaviour patterns. Reflect on your deeper motivations to avoid unwanted surprises.
Sagittarius: This is a time of review, letting go, and recharging your batteries. Reflecting on your experiences is immensely helpful now and will lead to new insights about yourself and your place in the world. You are going through a process of inner and outer restructuring which is ending soon (late December). You may receive good news from places you never expect. Remain receptive and open-minded.
Capricorn: Building the big picture together with others gives the advantage of drawing from everybody’s ideas and skills. The emphasis is on developing a vision of the future & creating a new value system that feels authentic and true. However, with the Black Moon Lilith is in your Sun sign (until August 2018), you might not feel like making too many compromises.
Aquarius: This is the time of the year where you need to get some good outcomes from the projects that you have been focusing on. Develop new plans and goals and expand your knowledge base. There are great chances for advancements in your career, especially if you have been working consistently very hard over a long period.
Pisces: You might feel like moving in a different direction and are working on a value system that supports the formation of a new outlook. Think of initiating projects or activities that expand your mind and feed your imagination. Nevertheless, you might be suffering when things turn out less than perfect reminding you of the wounds of this world (Chiron in Pisces).
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