November 2016

The astrology for November 2016 begins with a strong Neptune influence. We could be enchanted by presentations, seduced into believing the hype and fully accepting of the spin. Unless we draw upon our intuitive sense with no rush to judgment but take the time to see what is really going on, we could fall prey to the snake oil sales people.

The Scorpio New Moon on October 30th, which had the Sun, Moon and Mercury trine to Neptune, impacts the next fortnight up to the Taurus Full Moon on the 14th of this month of November.

This two-week period incorporates in the US the presidential election and may render the results as being determined by the images and the Hollywood-style glitz, and liable to render the results as all appearance but little substance.

The Neptune influence continues through this first week of November with the Sun trine Neptune on the 1st, and the Sun transiting the second decanate of Scorpio with its Pisces influence from the 1st into the 11th, and Mercury transiting the Pisces second decanate of Scorpio from October 30th into the 5th of November.

There can be a great deal of feeling, moods and emotions accentuated and so it would be wise for us to recognize our sensitivity and our vulnerability to the influences around us. We could be like dry sponges taking to water, soaking up the feelings all around us.

Fortunately, Mercury sextiles Pluto on the 3rd. If we are not swayed by our emotions, we may have a laser-like focus to cut through some of the fog we might have had to contend with. Our thinking can be clear, our discussions to the point. Even if the tricksters have been out and about inveigling us, we can cut through the pretense and pull back the curtain to the Wizard of Oz screen to see the reality of the little person pulling the strings. Not only can we step away from situations that might have enticed us with little substance but we could also use this time for astute planning and strategizing our plans and the most expeditious ways to accomplish our goals.

While the last week of October could have had relationships in a tricky whirlwind with various characteristics acting out, the 5th of November has Venus trine Uranus. Whether a Mutual Admiration Society or not, we can better appreciate the individual qualities of those special people in our lives. We are not interested in cookie cutter folk. On the contrary, we wish to engage those people who are on their path, marching to their own drummer, and who find this life journey to be a wonder-filled romp, albeit bizarre at times, of investigations and explorations. Serendipity is afoot, and we might find ourselves in the right place at the right time to bump into someone exciting or to find fascinating aspects in our familiar companions.

The second week of November has all sorts of shifts and changes as three planets change Signs.

The week begins on the 7th of November with the Sun sextile Pluto. We might be more focused on what is truly important in our lives, willing to cut away the dross and concentrate on the truly meaningful. We can be expeditious in our approach, drawing upon the essentials without overly flavoring or decorating what we are getting involved with.

Mars exits Capricorn to enter Aquarius on the 9th. Our passion and our energy can be directed to our future plans and alternative goals. We may be more interested in our possibilities than our present reality.

On the 11th, Venus exits Sagittarius to enter Capricorn. We might choose to spend time with those people who add something to our life, those people who can help us advance our ambitions. The sense of ‘what have you done for me lately’ could be the determining factor in regard to our personal connections. We may want something, even expect something, from those with whom we do the dance.

Mercury exits Scorpio to enter Sagittarius on the 12th of November. While we might be more buoyant and exuberant with some people talking a blue streak, our thought processes may be so broad and general that it seems like our communication are a broad abstract paintbrush. Mercury is in Detriment in Sagittarius, not a comfortable space for Mercury, for the tendency is to generalize to the point of diffusion.

The Taurus Full Moon on the 14th of November accentuates the ‘out with the old, in with the new’, all done with things presented in an appealing package. Whatever we might rid ourselves of we are likely to find replacements that speak to our style and quality of life.

November 15th has Mercury sextile Mars. Our thoughts and conversations may revolve around expanding into new directions and all with a great sense of confidence and optimism. We do have to be wary of getting carried away by our passion and our intentions without taking the time to do our due diligence. Forging ahead with direction in mind but little itinerary in hand can throw us into confusion as we approach the 18th when Mercury squares Neptune. We could continue to buy into irrational exuberance, but we might also question whether there are certain issues, unintended consequences, lurking on the pathway as we proceed. Some of the bloom of our enthusiasm might be dampened by anxieties and fears of the unknown. Let’s keep in mind the acronym of fear – false evidence appearing real. If we maintain clear-headedness and not get carried away by our hopes and wishes, then we can avoid falling into the pit of our own undoing where we have glossed over specifics and assumed that what we conceive is guaranteed for us to achieve.

Remember this paradigm shift reminds us that we are not in control of circumstance but rather co-creators with the universe unfolding. Our opportunities and our challenges are determined by our free will and use of choice.

The 19th of November has Venus sextile Neptune with Neptune ending its retrograde cycle and turning direct. Someone could prove of great assistance in clearing the way and dissipating the fog in which we might have found ourselves engulfed. Drawing upon a trusted confidante we can use their objective perspective to weigh our options, consider our proposals and help cast a clear light on what we are doing and why we are doing it.

On the 21st of November, the Sun enters Sagittarius and creates a Stellium of three planets in the Mutable Fire Sign as the Sun joins Mercury and Saturn in Sagittarius. We may feel as though we have gained a second wind, but it would be wise that we not overly play our hand, which we are liable to do with Mercury sextile Jupiter on the 22nd. While we could be encouraged to take on more than would be appropriate, this third week of November can be something of a whipsaw.

Mercury sextiles Jupiter on the 22nd, followed by Mercury conjunct Saturn on the 23rd. Although we can be feeling upbeat, we might find our balloon being popped as old issues or past restrictions get in our way of our exuberance and lightheartedness.

The 24th of November is Thanksgiving Day in the US and also the day that Jupiter squares Pluto. Suggestions by other people might seem innocuous even encouraging but to borrow the lyrics from the 1970’s Motown Group The Undisputed Truth:

“Smiling faces sometimes pretend to be your friend
Smiling faces show no traces of the evil that lurks within
Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don’t tell the truth uh
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof”

This Thanksgiving weekend asks us to keep an eye open to what is really going on and not get hoodwinked by specious promises or insincere flattery.

We have Jupiter square Pluto on the 24th followed by Venus conjunct Pluto and Venus square Jupiter on the 25th. With the 25th also being Black Friday in the US when holiday shoppers are out and about ringing up an avalanche of sales, we have to be careful regarding excess, spending too much, eating too much, buying into whatever is presented to us too much.

November 26th allows clarity to reign and possibly in some surprising ways. Mercury trines Uranus and we can gain remarkable insights. Unexpected news can put a smile on our face. We may be able to see what is going on as the truth is revealed to us.

The Sagittarius New Moon on the 29th of November is in orb of a square to Neptune and with Venus square Uranus. We need to be sharp and on our toes in regard to what we might assume is going on. Things may appear one way but unexpected curveballs could lay ruin to our assumptions and our intentions.

The month of November 2016 ends with the Sun square Neptune on the 30th, and we might feel slightly out-of-sorts, feeling victimized by conditions or circumstances over which we have little control.

It would be wise to keep in mind that during this paradigm shift we are entering new ground. Although we might have to react to shifting sands, we do not have to play the victim. If we are aware and maintain mindfulness, we can work with the unfolding events and situations to our advantage. It would be wise to commit to the affirmation: ‘Victim no more.’

November 2016… cutting through the fog…