The mood changes drastically as the Sun and Moon finish their burrowing through introspective, brooding Scorpio today and join Venus in upbeat, outspoken Sagittarius over the weekend. The mood stays inspired if impatiently honest through Thanksgiving.
Friday begins with some urgent focus under a waning Scorpio Moon, let’s pay attention to the deeper work but not get snagged on stray emotional hooks. Notice the deepest suspicions, over the last few weeks life may have tap-danced on old scars. Feel it, and let this bring a chance for healing, rather than believe the old stories or get caught in old dark corners. It is a good time to work on any project that needs concentration, as the pace picks up and our attention will be spread thin in the weeks ahead.
Every sign is a cure for the extremes of the sign before. For the last month, Scorpio took us deep within to dive in the deeper research and spelunk in the depths of our psyche. The mood becomes lighter, brighter, more direct and proactive after Saturday’s New Moon in Sagittarius. Sagittarius season takes our attention up and out, helps us see a more global, philosophical perspective. We remember that sunlight dances on the Himalayas and fish still jump off the coast of Japan. We also don’t want to stew in old or dysfunctional situations and are perfectly happy to say so in no uncertain terms; this Sagittarius line-up encourages us to change the scenery through travel, politics or a fresh story.
Not all the tension is gone, Mars squares the asteroid Eris this week, an asteroid connected to tension and conflict, and Mercury is still in Scorpio, a place where it can hold on to the past. This brings an opportunity for us to let go of old resentments, but some may choose to take action on them instead. Look forward.
The Moon shifts to into industrious Capricorn the first few days of next week as Mercury conjuncts serious and competent Saturn, which is helpful for people battening down the hatches for the holiday and finishing term papers. Most people won’t be really interested in anything not related to their tasks, so save the tender feelings for later. We may have to make decisions and sign contracts and arrange last-minute logistics, but let’s not get grim in our industriousness. If we don’t have something to do, we can get depressed and start to focus on what or who were missing; if this occurs, look around and find other people who need help.
Travel is easier on Wednesday and Thursday with the Moon in collective, communal, if opinionated Aquarius. Sagittarius encourages us to remember gratitude and to seek out that which makes us grateful. That’s why we celebrate Thanksgiving this month. It’s also the holiday when relatives tend to be Sagittarian-like outrageously and cheerfully honest with one another in ways that are sometimes productive and sometimes just too darn frank. Beware the cranky grandmother or sullen younger brother.
People can be pretty freewheeling this holiday, get fast and loose with the recipes and choose to gather with friends and chosen family rather than stick to traditional patterns. Nervous energy cranks up, but can bring us laughter as easily as worry. Conversation can get pretty rollicking around the dinner table as verbal Mercury also enters eclectic, far ranging Sagittarius late on Thursday. Forgive honesty; engage the debate but choose kindness.
Friday, Nov 21: It can feel like the last day of the semester as the Sun and Moon hover in Scorpio near Saturn. The dark of the Scorpio Moon brings us in touch with deep, resonant feelings and asks us to finish a chapter. We may be a little disconnected from everyday life because we’re doing work at such deep level, processing feelings in our vast underground oceans. We may feel unusually intuitive this morning as the Moon conjuncts Mercury, though will tend to hear problems more than possibilities. Emotional extremes can spike midday as the Moon squares Jupiter and we may long to indulge ourselves to compensate. We steep in a thoughtful if easily angered or depressed reserve tonight as the Moon conjuncts Saturn. The situation may not be as dark as we fear, but we still have to look. Acknowledge feelings, but reserve decisions; the view may be very different in a few days.
Saturday, November 22: What a change in the vibes, depression can turn into action. The Sun and Moon both enter expansive Sagittarius this morning and conjunct one another at 5:32 AM MST. Get out of the house, out of any recent funky mindset and open up those horizons. Grab friends or beloveds, grab cat or dog and get outside. People may suddenly need to speak up and talk it out, take the first wave with a grain of salt and let people clear the backlog; Mercury squares Jupiter and we tend to say too much. Midafternoon can leave us disoriented as the Moon squares confusing Neptune but clears up to a heartfelt evening. Our attention leaves for the holiday even if we’re not physically moving yet. Let the Moon lift spirits as it conjuncts lovely, friendly Venus close to the Western horizon just after sunset.
Sunday, November 23: A restless day when we may be chafing at the bit to travel far in mind, body, or soul. We can let go of an old landscape and see what’s farther on down the road. Have patience, and assess how much of the restlessness is walking away, and how much is walking towards. A lovely Moon-Jupiter trine helps us greet small difficulties and old friends with equanimity.
Monday, November 24: We have work to do. Prepare for the holiday. Organization will make all the difference as the Moon enters Capricorn and adds form and function to our restlessness. Stay on task, get done what needs to get done for this week, and let go anything else. Keep an eye on unscrupulous long-term ambitions in the periphery, as some people may make a run for it. Control issues can be a response to excitement or anxiety, and our quirks show more towards the evening.
Tuesday, November 25: This can be a difficult day unless we bond with camaraderie and enjoy humor with our efficiency. Remember all holiday tasks are done to create a vehicle for connection and have no real worth in and of themselves. The Capricorn Moon conjuncts Pluto and squares Uranus early on; watch the driving and mood swings early in the day. Proceed with organization and roll with unexpected changes or glitches in the plans this afternoon. Unusual karmic quirks may bring an opportunity to repay a favor. An intelligent, industrious but potentially gloomy and perseverating Mercury/Saturn conjunction helps us stay on target throughout the day. Travel may take extra work, but can go relatively efficiently later on if we remember our purpose and make the journey an adventure.
Wednesday, November 26: Camaraderie returns as the Moon enters collective Aquarius, Venus trines eccentric Uranus and the Sun squares intuitive Neptune. Some last-minute confusion or misconceptions can make it a technically tricky day, but our hearts are more present and we can adapt. Solve the problem together and make it a bonding moment. Connection is so much more important than correctness, but not everyone can jump in all at once, let people arrive in their own sweet time.
Thursday, November 27: Relax and enjoy. Last-minute improvisation may bring the best part of the day. It can feel good to run around at the last minute, but hopefully as exercise and not for missing ingredients. Direct this unusual honesty carefully, get old stories out at the dinner table and steer difficult relatives away from present tension. To avoid true foot in mouth problems remember to consider if comment is not only true, but kind and necessary as Mercury enters Sagittarius tonight. There’s so much to talk about; share thoughts on the wild world, on anything hopeful, funny, inspiring, historic.
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The mood can be private, serious, scientific, and a bit squirrelly. If we have any tendencies towards obsessive-compulsive patterns, this week’s Sun, Mercury, Saturn and Venus lineup in Scorpio can bring it out.
Scorpio is the water sign we associate with wells, underground rivers, and deep reserves; water that dives deep. This week’s Scorpio/Saturn conjunction does encourage scientific objectivity if we reach for it. With this boost to our concentration, with this real consideration of the soul-depths, we can make progress on any meditative effort. It’s also good time for any research or good critical reporting because we can go in depth, really get at the roots of the work, and get a good chunk done. That is, if we’re interested in the truth.
Because if we’re not, the mood can be manipulative and suspicious; this Scorpio lineup can also lead us to sort incoming information to justify our position. Or stir up our oldest and deepest, most primal emotions, activate old scar tissue, and have it color the present moment. This Scorpio energy can swirl around in our subconscious, stirring up dust in the corners and bringing attention to look under the rocks in our own psyche, and look for creatures in the corners in the collective psyche. Notice the desire to feel intensely and be careful around events that stir up jealousy, envy, rage, revenge or longing, as those green-eyed monsters can lunch up out of the depths and grab us.
We have to add that magic ingredient to make this intensity useful, a real interest in the truth and in a balanced perspective. Or we can get stuck looking under the rocks and believing our worst fears or some pushy person’s propaganda. Let’s focus on the origins of true meaning, or put our attention on something we are positively passionate about in this present moment instead.
Today, Friday, the Moon in more outgoing if stubborn Leo gives us an outgoing window in an introverted week and encourages us to work the community and share our light. Over the weekend the Moon in particular Virgo can help us get the house ready for winter, tend to our chores and health, and engage in social critique. We can be overwhelmed if we see too many projects at once (because Virgo can see all the problems, but Scorpio prefers to work on one thing at a time) unless we break it down and take it one step at a time.
Venus enters more upbeat and restless, sociable Sagittarius late on Sunday and we come one step out of our shell. Notice a sudden interest in foreign cultures, faraway places, anything that doesn’t leave us feeling trapped or stuck in one place. Foreign accents suddenly attract us, world beat music and global aesthetics appeal. The coming winter holidays grow a step nearer and seem more possible.
We have serious business to do midweek but may feel torn as the Sun conjuncts taskmaster Saturn to heighten our sense of responsibility while Venus squares Neptune and calls us away into our imaginary world, into a longing to travel away from our difficulties. Relationships can get tricky if we’re pulled into our own worlds and project our feelings on to others. Let’s see if we can see past our projections and who the other truly is.
Friday, November 14: The day begins upbeat but stubborn as the Sun and Moon square off in determined fixed signs and the Moon conjuncts positive Jupiter in Leo. If people are a little loud in their self-promotion, they may be overcompensating for recent self-doubts. When in doubt, or if stuck in a stalemate, reach into Jupiter’s abundance to find soul generosity and step past the glitch. We may need to stroke a few egos to get our work done, but let’s avoid manipulative behavior no matter how tempting as the Moon squares Saturn and Venus later today. Cheerfully agree to disagree tonight even when people make outrageously provocative statements, and it’s not about the dialogue but about the emotional charge.
Saturday, November 15: The Moon enters industrious Virgo and encourages us to attend to chores polls against and equally strong urge to do sweet nothing. Consider finding a midpoint. It can help us list everything that needs fixing but don’t be overwhelmed by the list. The top of the list may be a need to rest, recuperate, and get right with the soul. Tonight our digestion needs healthy food and our minds need great conversation.
Sunday, November 16: We may be tested to walk our talk, as if the universe heard what we’ve said and now ask us to follow through. Watch a nervous critical edge, and ask if that comment will actually further before offering helpful suggestions as the Moon trines Mars this morning. Neptune stations and turns direct after months retrograde and asks us to step forward on our dreams. We have a chance to clarify some long-term misunderstanding. Afternoon brings a desire to wander as Venus enters Sagittarius, so let’s let the dogs take us to the park.
Monday, November 17: A cranky morning, leave people to their own devices and let them concentrate. Deal with loose ends and preparation. Let’s edit and organize our desk, not one another. Reach out and connect this afternoon as the mood shifts, people look in each other’s eyes with the softer tone as the Moon enters friendlier Libra. We may have to prepare the damage caused by an earlier breach in communication and rebuild the bridge.
Tuesday, November 18: Obstacles are likely, but so is success in overcoming those obstacles as the Sun conjuncts Saturn, while the Libra Moon opposes Uranus and squares Pluto. Notice an underlying nervous tension; it helps to be physically active and direct the stress. Participate actively in ongoing decision processes. Taking on responsibility can free us and put the reins in our hands. We need to both respect the authority within others for their lives, and retain authority over our own.
Wednesday, November 19: Honor the individuality of the other; let’s not impose our story on others, even if we’re sure we know what’s best for them. It is hard to watch beloveds make a mistake or not live up to their potential, but this may just be our own perception; if we truly love them we will speak up honestly about our concerns, but encourage them to be authors of their own life and learn from consequence. Watch for and reel in emotional decisions based on strong spikes of primal feelings tonight as the Moon squares Mars and enters Scorpio. If we feel our tales twitch, it may be good to take some time alone.
Thursday, November 20: It’s hard to see clearly around matters of the heart as Venus squares Neptune, because our hopes and fears, our interpersonal imagination, is so activated. Intense creative inspiration can pour into poetry or glide through our paints; we can so easily create fiction, but may lose track of the border between fiction and our present reality. We need to notice our projections, because they tell us something about our longings and our inner world, but need to own back our projections to see others clearly. We may also respond with lassitude, need extra sleep and dreamtime, want to escape into a good book or know we need a soul journey.
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Hang on to your hats, 2014 has a wild birth chart, and looks to be a wild ride. We’re right in heart of metamorphosis now.
by Heather Roan Robbin
Our new year’s resolutions will be particularly important this year. As 2014 dawns, Pluto, Mercury, Sun and Moon conjunct in determined Capricorn, and all four oppose bountiful Jupiter and square both change-master Uranus and assertive Mars to form four corners of a grand square. Together they begin a new if unsettling cycle, remind us that we’re smack in the transition stage of societal transformation. 2012-2015 Uranus in Aries calls us to innovate and revolt, and wrestles with Pluto in Capricorn as it pulls us to reorganize structure and government while remembering the old ways.
It won’t help to fight the changes. It will help to honor the sadness for what’s leaving, let the ache flow through, and then look for what’s being born in its place.
These planets encourage us to confront uncomfortable problems squarely, but can also help us make unusually wonderful progress. All year long we can expect action in many cultural hot-spots, like women’s rights, gay rights, racial equality, indigenous rights, and sustainable economies. A surge of freedom-seeking politics (Uranus in Aries) can trigger opposing efforts to crack down (Pluto in Capricorn). A gap between generations widens with political, cultural and technological advances, but can be breached wherever we work together.
This change is not just political. Saturn, the planet of structure and training, in profound Scorpio until next December, challenges us to take this work deep within our souls and develop a lodestar composed of our deepest goals and brightest guiding lights, then use that lodestar to navigate the changing, sometimes storm-tossed landscape.
Mars spends an unusually long time in Venus-ruled Libra (where it already resides-12/9/13-7/28/14) dancing back (retrograde 3/2-5/20) and forth in that grand square with Pluto, Uranus, and Jupiter. It invites us to dance this revolution, to take a creative Venusian, heart-centered, egalitarian approach.
Spring stays unsettled and blustery, so find balance between the wind gusts. That grand square perfects again in April. It’ll be a rocky month; we can expect fireworks, but we can accomplish great shifts if we ride its waves.
Late spring a helpful grand trine between Jupiter, Saturn and Chiron allows us to make headway through unusual alliances and encourages healthier architecture and economic structure. Jupiter enters Leo mid-July and waltzes with Venus, our hearts will long for more love, compassion, and time with our muse, but can flare melodramatically when conflicted.
Jupiter trines Uranus in the fall and supports all that go back to school or turn their work towards their bliss. Technological inventiveness can leap forward and leave us and our equipment feeling out of date, but may provide solutions to key problems.
Tend to relationships of all kind in the fall, make sure all is on track, equal, and that dreams are shared, because the Sun squares Pluto and opposes Uranus Oct. 3- 9 and dances on our interpersonal tender spots. Let’s work together next fall rather than let it wedge us apart.