About astrology, the recent crisis and the year ahead:
There is no astrological excuse for terrible events, because we all have free will and choice. We humans usually live out the symbols of a transit, but each symbol has a wide range of expression, from the gift form through the practical issues to its profound challenge. Nothing forces us to live out an astrological transit in the lowest form, and it’s always our soul’s choice how we respond to the transits.
Astrologers can see the patterns, note the triggers, and suggest how to work with them, but we cannot deprive people of their authorship. We don’t know what you’re going to do with the transit. The recent attacks in Beirut and Paris, and the consequent retaliation, was implemented while both Sun and Mercury worked through Scorpio, and the low note of Scorpio is obsession and revenge. Most of us experienced its neutral form of quiet reserve and focus. But it also breeds profound curiosity and the capacity to understand the complexity of the situation. Scorpio encourages us to be willing to look under the rocks, see the most uncomfortable truths, and find a transformative response. But we have to choose to go there.
The minor foreground aspects that affect our everyday life can bring something minor on a personal level, but when they play off these large major aspects, can trigger something much larger on the world stage. This year’s defining aspect, the back drop over which all the faster moving weekly transits enact, is a challenging square between Saturn and Neptune. Saturn is the symbol of tradition and knowledge on the gift edge, through practical discipline, personal authority and boundaries, on to restriction and oppression on the challenging edge. Neptune is symbolic of intuition, imagination, and spirituality on its positive side, religion, water, oil, dissolution in the pragmatic level and confusion, delusion, addictions, poisoning and martyrdom in its most challenging form.
Throughout this year we can feel lethargic, confused or depressed about all our Saturn issues, about our work or safety, authority structures or personal traditions. We’ll experience leaky (Neptune) boundaries (Saturn) on a personal and international level, and need to wisely strengthen our edges. We’ll be called to be our brother’s keeper (Neptune spirituality meets Saturn responsibility).We may see drought or flood, or experience a crisis of faith.
We can add discipline to our spiritual practice or find traditional ways to prevent martyrdom. This aspect is helpful if work to overcome (Saturn) addictions (Neptune), whether it’s a personal addiction to some escapism, or national addiction to oil. If we suffer from restricted imagination, it will help to practice our craft, and use positive Saturn (disciple, tradition, learning over time and through practice) to prime the pump. Do not give up hope. Use this contemplative time in a good way. Saturn squares Neptune exactly on November 26, and again in 2016 on June 17 and September 10, but we’ll feel it all year long.
The two planets symbolic of our emotions, Venus and Mars run together from Mid-October through mid-November and, along with recent Sun spots, amp up all our emotional responses, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Venus and Mars now run together in Libra- we (and all invested parties around the globe) are unusually motivated a craving for social justice- though we may not agree on what that means. Libra is the sign of open warfare and law as much as it’s the sign of love; it speaks of any relationship between equals.
And that is the secret, how do we act with each other in love and war as if we are equals, and offer equal power, equal voice, and equal Saturnine qualities of accountability and responsibility. Anything else can bring a war cry. Remember we always have a choice about how we respond to the transits, so choose wisely, and choose with honesty, hope, and compassion.
Mercury leaves Scorpio and enters Sagittarius for a swift and honest response, but opens up the conversation. The Sun enters Sagittarius on Sunday. Sagittarius sees things forthrightly and with a world view; we will be talking about international politics and our philosophy non-stop, at the coffee shop and on the evening news. If we can use this combination to speak honestly and work together, it bodes well. It can also speak of a time when people speak without filtering for diplomacy and really put their foot in the mouth, especially under stress.
Give the people around you leeway to just shoot off their mouth for a while; our anxiety can spill forth at first, then peter off into a more subtle and complex form of honesty. Thanksgiving and most of the holiday season’s parties occur in this potentially positive Sagittarius season. Sagittarius energy can help us appreciate what we do have and can build from there. If we’re honest with ourselves.
The weekend begins with a Sun-North node sextile, a minor aspect that encourages us to work together to accomplish a goal. The next few days are active, but not necessarily wise. An unsettling Mercury-Uranus semi-square on Saturday under an Aries Moon keeps us excitable and potentially hot under the collar, it’s up to us to keep us focused on solutions. We can use this unsettled energy to break out of ruts, but the political scene continues to simmer. Venus moves into a tricky T-square with Pluto and Uranus and our heart hurts for all the tumultuous pain, leaves us keenly aware of what we’ve lost, aware that trust and safety are ephemeral. Stay steady. We are processing loss for the world, we feel the pain of the world consciously or unconsciously and are never separate from the history of the world around. Our psyches are too leaky, our world too connected.
Friday, November 20: Our hearts are so soft and vulnerable they can be very guarded in response. The Pisces Moon echoes the poignant, sad Venus square Pluto and lists all the places that hurt. Sagittarius Mercury enters Sagittarius and may take a filter off our communication. People speak their minds, often without thinking through. This brings new layers of truth but not necessarily new layers of wisdom. That’ll be up to us. Be kind, everyone is feeling so raw; it can be hard to be practically competent as we roll on the waves of the oceanic collective subconscious. Engage prayer, art, and radical acts of kindness.
Sun sextile North node 4:18 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 4:54 AM, Mercury enters Sagittarius 12:43 PM, Moon opposed Jupiter 3:05 PM, Venus square Pluto 7:01 PM.
Saturday, November 21: This could be a difficult day, or it could be a relief, depending on our circumstance. Willfulness and decisiveness return and so does our contrariness as the Moon enters feisty Aries, Mercury forms a minor but tense aspect to Uranus and tempts us to do something, anything to relieve an interior discomfort. And that can get us in trouble. Instead, explore, connect, and repair. Notice an anxiety from feeling we should do more than we are, and take the time to do it wisely. Everyone may need to act out, let’s just be aware of how we impact others when we do so. Evening may be moody and disconnected, but we can hold hands while we roam around.
Sun semi-square Pluto 3:13 AM, Moon trine Sun 6:22 AM, Moon enters Aries 8:12 AM, Moon trine Mercury 10:35 AM, Moon opposed Mars 5:14 PM, Moon trine Saturn 6:59 PM, Mercury sesqui-quadrate Uranus 7:44 PM,
Sunday, November 22: The Sun enters Sagittarius and the mood could lighten up, or we could shift into action gear. It furthers to move, to dance, to walk in the woods. Get on a mountaintop and get some perspective. Midday we can easily kick into high gear and get our house ready for Thanksgiving as the Moon conjuncts Uranus. We are ready to move furniture. Or troops. Our thoughts may be on food, food supply food source, food content. We also have the capacity to stand back and be more philosophical, but not everybody will want to go there.
Saturn sextiles Ceres 4:42 AM, Moon square Pluto 6:59 AM, Sun enters Sagittarius 8:25 AM, Moon opposed Venus 9:56 AM, Moon conjunct Uranus 12:15 PM, Moon semi-square Neptune 8:26 PM,
Monday, November 23: Some people will have a change of heart, but all of us have a chance to make a solid and practical move forward as the Moon enters stabilizing and stubborn Taurus. Tempers will tend to either calm down or entrench as Mars sextile Saturn, but there’s more room for practical rather than reactionary responses. With Mercury in Sagittarius we’re still easily distracted and tend to run 10 different things at once Venus opposes Uranus. It furthers to make lists and organize.
Moon enters Taurus 9:25 AM, Venus opposes Uranus 3:13 PM, Moon sextile Neptune 8:50 PM, Mars sextile Saturn 10:18 PM.
Tuesday, November 24: We may feel confused or unsure (but appear highly opinionated) about where we’re going or how we’re going to pull this off as the Sun sesqui-quadrates erratic Uranus and active Mars quincunx Neptune. Instead of running headlong into the fog, we can take the practical next step, and then another, and reassess. Evening brings more certainty and rigorous thinking but can leave us depressed as Mercury conjunct Saturn and squares Neptune. Think it through, think seriously, but make sure to see the whole picture and not just the problem.
Sun sesqui-quadrate Uranus 5:14 AM, Moon trine Pluto 7:56 AM, Mars quincunx Neptune 8:58 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 6:25 PM, Mercury conjunct Saturn 9:56 PM.
Wednesday, November 25: Mercury squares Neptune under a full Moon in Gemini on this heavy travel day; notice the weather patterns and play it safe. Watch for misunderstandings or mistake in recipe ingredients as Mercury squares Neptune. We can get so scattered, and need to appreciate the humor in slapstick in this instead of getting even more frazzled when the mistakes occur. If depression or moodiness wafts, bring the attention in and return to what matters; safety, love, hearth and home. This is an important time to count our blessings. Do not let the pains of recent world events overwhelm. Focus on what we want to grow in our world.
Mercury square Neptune 12:14 AM, Mercury sextile Mars 9:31 AM, Moon enters Gemini 10:15 AM, Moon opposed Sun 3:44 PM, Moon opposed Saturn 9:46 PM, Moon square Neptune 9:49 PM.
Thursday, November 26: On the surface the conversation is buzzing, many people many hands can make the work light. Humor percolates, though people will tend to talk over each other or at cross purposes. And let us give thanks for every drop of this bubbling interaction as the Moon trines Venus and sextiles Jupiter. The Saturn-Neptune square is exact today and provides the moody undercurrents. We feast over the deeper worries; let them add poignancy and gratitude. Weave the community and the strength we need to handle all larger problems.
Moon opposed Neptune 12:25 AM, Saturn square Neptune 5:14 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 2:15 PM, Moon sextile Jupiter 8:23 PM, Moon trine Venus 8:35 PM.