Monday, November 4, 2013

Astrological Trends, November 2013 – "Turning Inward to Correct the Extreme"

The Empress rules Venus and with good reason.
She's grace, beauty, abundance and charm.
From "Steampunk Tarot"© by Barbara Moore
and Aly Fell

So far the November skies have been dominated by Scorpio.  This month’s energy has been deep, magnetic; filled with passionate emotion and mystery much like the infamous Zodiac sign itself.  Scorpio’s influence can make us soar like an eagle, or strike out in confusion and sting those around us.  The eighth house, residence of the scorpion, is the most intense place in the Zodiac.  It’s here where the mysteries of life, birth and death are stored.  (See Blog: “Sun In Scorpio”) The beginning of this month hasn’t been for the faint of heart.  We’ve had challenges: A powerful yod, the exact squaring of Uranus and Pluto and a New Moon with a hybrid solar eclipse attached to it. That’s only been in the first three days. ( See Blog: “New Moon in Scorpio" )

On November 5th Venus enters Capricorn where she stays until March 5th of 2014.  Beautiful Venus, becomes very grounded in Capricorn, embracing the practical in her nature. There’s very little fun and flirty energy here.  She wants us to seek loyal, honest partnerships that support us.  Venus expects to see proof of a deep, committed love before allowing us to give our hearts completely.  Once we have our proof though, Venus in Capricorn says this relationship is for keeps, so act accordingly.

Jupiter, the Santa Claus of the solar system, goes retrograde
#10, The Wheel rules Jupiter
and shows us how the turn of fate
expands our world one way or another.
Also from "Steampunk Tarot"©
on November 7th. This is the biggest change in astrological template this month and one of the most significant until early spring of 2014.  Jupiter carries an expansive energy when it’s direct.  Prior to its actual retrograde period there will be a general feeling of too much of a good thing.  Societally, individually and bureaucratically, there will be a sense that we’ve over-shot the mark, become too bloated and extreme in some ways.  Jupiter retrograde says slow down, perhaps even halt the expansion process outwardly to turn inside and work on inner growth.  Use #9, The Hermit as a focus for mediations. Also contemplate the Four of Swords to ease an overly busy mind.

Consider that if we don’t build a strong, inner support system, either personally or as a society, we are doomed to collapse in on ourselves.  It’s time to relearn (‘r’ word) the value of middle ground and release behaviors and ideals that have become too extreme, or too top-heavy to pass the tests of time and adversity.  Jupiter asks us to take our expansion inside to grow our consciousness, as well as our capacity for inner truth and compassion.  We can’t continue to expand our world unless we do a little inner re-tooling.  Again, we see the recurring theme for November of transforming and becoming something greater than the sum of the whole – synergy. Jupiter will be in retrograde until March 6, 2014.

#17, The Star is both hope and promise.
We can blend the elements of our world
for a successful life through the habit
of conscious living. From "Steampunk Tarot"©
Other high points this month include Mercury going direct on the 10th with Neptune following suit on the 13th. Chiron, our wounded healer also goes direct on the 19th just before the Sun enters Sagittarius on the 22nd.  Our Full Moon in Taurus occurs on November 17th and Venus goes conjunct Pluto in Capricorn.  Pluto also squares off against Uranus in Aires as well. Whew!  There’s lots happening this month and most of it is set against the backdrop of Scorpio’s transformative energy.  This is a tremendous opportunity to ready ourselves for Jupiter’s expansion in the Spring.  I’ll be discussing the significance of the rest of these events as they draw closer. In the meantime, you have your assignments. Use the energy of early November to release, review, renew and revamp your thoughts and goals in preparation for a powerful Full Moon in Taurus.


Here's a link to an excellent article that explains Jupiter Retrograde.  Check it out!

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