November 2014

November can be a month when we carom between irrational exuberance and depressive restrictions. This whipsaw can allow for extremes of action and sentiment, swinging from enthusiasm and optimism to downheartedness and limitations.

We just have to carve our own path between the extremes, find and maintain the balance and keep in mind the admonition: moderation in all things.

The early part of November may seem like greased wheels in regard to our plans and our actions. On the 1st of November, Mercury sextiles Jupiter, Venus sextiles Pluto and Mars sextiles Neptune. On the 3rd, the Sun sextiles Pluto.

The early days of November allow us to make great progress in our plans and our goals. Not only are we likely to be feeling optimistic about our own individual plans. We may also have a strong advocate encouraging us and urging us on to our optimum best. All the while, we may find that our efforts are being done in a most productive and expeditious manner.

And well they should, for the Taurus Full Moon on the 6th of November raises the specter as to whether we have attended to the details and specifics of our daily routine and our projects or if we have blithely glossed over particulars in our enthusiasm and self-confidence.

With Mercury exiting Libra to enter Scorpio on the 8th of November, the Stellium in the Fixed Water Sign is increased with the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Saturn all in Scorpio. The Scorpio transiting planets will square Jupiter with a Jupiter Saturn square being influential from the latter part of October through the end of November. Venus squares Jupiter on the 9th of November. The Sun squares Jupiter on the 13th of November and Mercury squares Jupiter on the 22nd – 23rd of November.

The Uranus Pluto square is triggered in mid-November by Mars transiting through Capricorn. On the 10th of November, Mars conjuncts Pluto. Power can be ratcheted up. We may see consolidations of power as companies, organizations and entities come together to present an even greater frontal force. We might also see some large conglomerates stumble and fall. For ourselves, we may get a thrust of energy but how we cope with the energy will be telling. We could either be too overbearing, belligerent and looking to win at all costs. Or we could use our passion and determination to virtually move mountains. If we do not get carried away by the intensity of this time, then we can draw upon the Mercury trine Neptune on the 11th of November to intuit and sense which way to go, how to go and what we should look to achieve.

The other part of the Uranus Pluto square is hit off on the 12th of November when Mars squares Uranus on the same day that Venus conjuncts Saturn. This is a time when we need to be careful around machinery and electronics, for we could be hasty in our actions and liable to be accident-prone. This is also a time when it might feel as though the rug is being pulled out from under us. The need to step cautiously and act tentatively is something for us to take seriously. Any impetuous moves could lead us down a garden path and wind us up in a brambled mess. Caution during the mid-November period is advised, unlikely to be heeded.

On the 16th of November, Mercury sextiles Pluto. If we are not influenced by our emotions but take a cool, hard look at what is going on, we can be incredibly perceptive and devise a cost-conscious means to accomplish our purpose. Our thoughts are incisive and our communications concise and to the point. This is a good time for us to blueprint our plans and see what we can pare down and what we truly want to focus on.

The 16th also has Venus ending its transit of Scorpio to enter Sagittarius and Neptune turning direct. We could become intrigued by people foreign to us, people of different cultures, backgrounds and experiences. We may find ourselves broadening our social circle and engaging various types of people. With Venus entering Sagittarius, a Fire Grand Trine is reconfigured as Venus, and later this month the Sun and then Mercury, enter Sagittarius to trine Uranus in Aries and trine Jupiter in Leo.

The 18th of November has the Sun conjunct Saturn. We might feel our energy depleted and our attention forced to address old issues or outstanding matters. This is a time when we need to cut ourselves some slack, perhaps take a nap during the day or just take a “time out” to regroup and recharge our batteries.

The latter part of November could prove a little delusional thanks to the Sagittarius transiting planets squaring Neptune. It occurs first on the 20th of November as Venus squares Neptune, followed later in the month with the Sun square Neptune on the 26th and Mercury square Neptune on the 30th.

The Venus square Neptune can add a little flair to our interactions with other people. We could be easily infatuated with someone who appears enigmatic and hard to figure. A case of appearances deceiving, we might question whether we are doing the dance with someone ideal and romantic or a trickster, someone able to put on a good show but without much substance.

Mercury sextiles Mars on the 21st of November and any of our plans and projects strategized over the previous weekend can find us putting our spirit into action. We are looking at pushing forward with our goals and doing so in a methodical and well-conceived manner.

The Sun enters Sagittarius on the 22nd, a day that also has the Sagittarius New Moon and Mercury square Jupiter, the ruling planet of Sagittarius. The Fire Grand Trine is reignited and we could easily fall prey to the concept of being a ‘legend in our own mind’. We may be feeling upbeat and expansive, and this New Moon triggers a fortnight where we might be looking at stretching our wings. Our optimism may know no bounds and we might assume that our greatest plans can occur easily if only on a wing and a prayer.

While we have a great deal of planetary fire contributing to a fire in our belly with us wanting to get on with our expansive plans and despite the squares to Neptune that can cloud our vision and allow us to become somewhat delusional, we do have Saturn as a tempering process.

On the 25th of November, Mercury conjuncts Saturn and from late October through the end of November the Jupiter Saturn square is in orb and operational. We might not appreciate the braking action where our greatest stretches and widest expansions are tempered or cut short, but such restrictions or limitations can prevent us from going too far out on a limb or pursuing too intently certain interests whose prospects may in reality be only fantasies in our mind.

The 26th of November has the Sun square Neptune and Venus trine Uranus. Mercury squares Neptune on the 30th. A level of confusion may set in. We might question who we are and what we are doing. If we have hit some bumps in the road, and unable to see the bumps as a means to slow down and take a serious look at what we are doing, we could feel downhearted, even victimized, by the ‘slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’.

Fortunately, this end of November also offers us the opportunity of someone stepping out of the blue and providing us a different perspective whereby we can view our situation no longer from our rose-colored glasses but in a different light, a clearer light. We might become aware of options that we had not considered, alternatives we had not taken into account.

Even if we are futzing about during this mid to latter part of November, we may find that the universe steps in with one of those random events, a ‘Eureka’ moment, where we have the ability to reconsider what we are doing and where we are going. As the wise saying states: ‘when the student is ready, the teacher appears.’

This latter part of November in the US has Thanksgiving and this year we may be thankful for those magical moments, those miraculous ah-has, where startling insights and unexpected situations provide us a key to greater understanding to the transitional phases of our lives that we all are going through.

One of the key elements during these transformational times, times when we are shape-shifting and life has taken on different parameters by which it is operating, is the willingness and ability to get out of our own way. These times demand flexibility and adaptability, recognition that we are co-creators with the asequential realities of this paradigm shift, no longer solely in control of our destiny [as if we ever were!] but rather working with the energies unfolding and being open to the magic of these times.

November 2014… tempering our enthusiasm, cutting through the fog…