November 2023

November begins with a balancing act between acquisition and elimination and suggests that we streamline our ways of doing things and rid ourselves of the extraneous that only takes our time and wastes our energy.

The Stellium in Scorpio with the Sun, Mercury and Mars continues their individual oppositions to the Taurus-transiting planets of Jupiter and Uranus. Finding a point of equilibrium between self-abstinence with its primal resourcefulness and accumulation of stuff that tends to weigh us down will be much of the dance through the third week of November.

The 3rd and 4th of November demand that we maintain awareness, be mindful and act cautiously.

The 3rd has the Sun opposed Jupiter, and Venus opposed Neptune.  It would be wise to keep in mind the classic idiom ‘a fool and his money are soon parted’. Despite years of society’s entitlements and easy monies, let’s not be foolish but instead be astute with our finances. Bright shiny objects and huckster salespeople may be appealing, even enticing, but they could also be a drain on our resources. Wanting what we want without carefully considering their true value or their cost could have us winding up spending more for something of questionable value.

The 4th has Mercury opposed Uranus and Saturn turning direct, ending its five-month retrograde cycle. Whenever a planet changes direction, whether from direct to retrograde or from retrograde to direct motion, things can get squirrely as we try to recalibrate to the shifting energy. And an adverse aspect of Mercury Uranus is my least favorite energy configuration for communications, travel, and high technology. I always try to avoid air travel under such aspects, a concern increased with the recent dysfunctionality and the lowering of qualification standards in the airline industry. Let’s not be surprised if we need to address issues with our computers or we experience Internet problems. Even accidents around our home might occur. This is a time for us to be calm and patient and offset liable problems before they occur.

The volatility of these times with their extremes of significant challenges and magical opportunities can be seen in early November.

No matter how daunting the 3rd and 4th of the month may be, the energy switches to a more positive upturn on the 6th and 8th.

Everything might neatly fall into place on the 6th of November when Venus trines Pluto, and Mercury trines Neptune. By taking time to visualize what we wish to accomplish and draw upon collaboration to lighten our load, we can prioritize our activities and then with dogged determination and greased wheels we are likely able to successfully accomplish what we have set out to do. Not only are we able to get things done, but we could do so in an intriguing and attractive manner.

Pluto is triggered again on the 8th, this time by Mercury sextile Pluto. This is also the day that Venus exits Virgo to enter its own Sign of Libra [4:30 AM EST]. Similar to the 6th, our mind is sharp, although differentiated by the 6th, when our intuitive sense was heightened, the 8th gives our mental sharpness a forensics quality of being able to cut to the core, be precise and succinct in our thinking. Similar to the 6th, our presentations can be appealing, for we are taking into account how other people are likely to perceive our message.

Just as we have become familiar with the volatility of these times, the roller coaster ride of ups and downs, challenges and opportunities, we experience the liable difficult times on the 3rd and 4th, the sweet times of the 6th and 8th, and challenges once again on the 10th and 11th of November.

The 10th of November has Mercury exiting Scorpio to enter Sagittarius [1:25 AM EST]. The Scorpio Stellium of three planets transiting the Fixed Water Sign ends as Mercury enters Sagittarius, a Sign of Detriment for Mercury where our thinking becomes diffuse and less concentrated. As Mercury enters Sagittarius, Mercury squares Saturn. While we might have felt buoyed and upbeat with Mercury’s entrance into Sagittarius, old issues or present restrictions could dampen our enthusiasm, even dash our optimism. Things we considered once resolved may turn up and force us to attend to them.

The 11th of November cautions us to be highly aware and mindful. Mars opposes Uranus, and unexpected developments could trigger accidents. We need to be careful around machinery, avoid rash actions, and be wary of curveballs that might arise virtually out of nowhere. Reckless actions can lead to disastrous consequences. We may need to apply braking action to prevent us from going off the cliffs.

The Scorpio New Moon on the 13th [4:27 AM EST] has the Sun Moon conjunction opposed Uranus. Influencing the two weeks up to the Full Moon on the 27th, the New Moon can have us experiencing unexpected expenses both from inflationary increased costs and necessary maintenance or repair costs. Monies may seem to be going out more than coming in. Even if we have been oblivious to rising costs of living [and who possibly could be?], it might be impossible to neglect the tsunami-like increased costs of utilities, gas, food, housing, and other items that make up our monthly budget.

What to do? Many people may simply grouse about present situations with few solutions or effective resolution to the tightening grip of inflationary costs.

As suggested by so many, we have no alternative but to play the hand we’re dealt. How we play our hand will be determined by our attitude. Either we can play victim to circumstance, or we can assess our situation and then determine the best practices approach to successfully handle the conditions in which we find ourselves.

Support and encouragement from a special someone can assist us through any trying times, just as we can be an advocate for someone going through their difficult times.

Mercury sextiles Venus on the 15th. Even if we have become myopic to our situation, someone else can provide an objective perspective, have us consider options and alternatives that we might not have considered, and give us a boost in our confidence to effectively deal with our conditions.

We all tend to see only what we see and view only that which is right in front of us. But these times suggest we think outside the box and take into account the magic and the miracles occurring during these times of paradigm shift. Things can occur in the most unexpected ways and often for our greater good.

The 17th – 18th of November suggests we draw upon our faith and a belief that things work out for the best. The 17th has Mars trine Neptune and the Sun trine Neptune, followed on the 18th by the Sun conjunct Mars. If we would draw upon the powers of prayer, creative visualization, and determined intention, we could virtually move mountains, figuratively rather than literally.

Back in 1995, I experienced a major traffic accident where I hit black ice, my car spun around, and I was broadsided by a tractor trailer. Doctors suggested I might be permanently paralyzed, a diagnosis I was unwilling to accept. I worked with physical therapists and many alternative healing modalities. After a year, the orthopedic surgeon gave me a gold star for coming back from the dead.

The mind and our intention and our perseverance are powerful tools that assist in creating conditions we would aim for.

Drawing upon enlisting our power of affirmative belief, we can take the spirit engaged and put it into action on the 20th and 21st when first the Sun sextiles Pluto on the 20th, followed on the 21st by Mars sextile Pluto. We could embrace the sentiment ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’ and find our way.

These times ask that we accept our co-creator role with the universe unfolding, take a proactive approach to our conditions, and then with dogged determination move ahead with our intentions but always being willing to be flexible and adaptable to changing circumstance. There can be no stopping us when we commit to our journey, maintain humility, and align with our personal destiny during these tumultuous times. Tumult is a dynamic that allows changes to occur suddenly and dramatically and often to our benefit, whether or not we see the benefit initially.

The long Thanksgiving holiday in the US could have us feeling more upbeat wanting to gallop forward only to be reined in by past issues or present responsibilities.

The Sun exits Scorpio and enters Sagittarius on the 22nd [9:03 AM EST], followed on the 23rd by the Sun square Saturn. The 24th has Mars exiting Scorpio and entering Sagittarius [5:15 AM EST], followed by Mars square Saturn on the 25th.

Talk about a whipsaw! Just as we feel exuberant and enthusiastic, old situations crop up to pop our balloon. But that’s life during this paradigm shift with extreme volatility tending to keep us off balance and forcing us to be aware, mindful, flexible, adaptable, and resilient to the changing times.

The entry of Mars into Sagittarius creates a Stellium in Sagittarius as Mars joins the Sun and Mercury in the Mutable Fire Sign. We may be full of beans but with limited outlets to express our new-found vitality and optimism. Whether we apply the brakes, or the universe does it for us, we could feel as though we are accelerating fast forward and moving quickly ahead only to be stopped or delayed. The situation of starts and stops can be frustrating but could also prove beneficial in the long run keeping us from running away with ourselves.

The Gemini Full Moon on the 27th of November when the Sun opposes the Moon [4:16 AM EST] also has Mercury square Neptune. A vast array of possibilities could have us in a world of confusion. What we see might not be what we get, and we need to avoid jumping at conclusions or making decisions based upon scant evidence. People may be all over the place, the truth stretchers out in full force, and the liability of our being ruled by our emotions and desires rather than comprehensive consideration of the matter at hand.

November 2023… like an accordion, contracting and expanding…