November Astrology Column

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November 2011
Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of November features Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Mercury. One reason that Mercury is highlighted this month is that the planet of communication is conjunct Venus and parallel to Pluto at the time of the Scorpio New Moon from the end of last month that characterizes this current monthly cycle. Mercury is conjunct Venus nearly all month long before turning retrograde on the 23rd, one day before another exciting New Moon that is also a Solar Eclipse. The Mercury Retrograde period that is initiated then and lasts through the entire month of December – when you take the Mercury retrograde shadow period into account – will have the usual characteristics of missed communication and mechanical breakdown as we turn inward for this holiday season in order to better understand our own nature and the nature of the culture in which we find ourselves an active participant.

At the beginning of November and at the First Quarter Moon on November 2nd, the Sun and Mars form a bi-quintile yod to Uranus, while Uranus is in turn quintile to the Moon’s South Node, marking in the heavens four points of a five-pointed star. This brings a powerful dose of the intuitional and surprising energy of Uranus into the picture, since this month’s lunations aspect Uranus as well, while Pluto remains square.

Neptune is also highlighted in this month’s configurations. The Sun at the time of the Scorpio New Moon is parallel while by the time of First Quarter Moon at the beginning of the month, taking place on Wednesday, November 2nd, Mars has begun to form his opposition to Neptune, which lasts through the following week. Mars with Neptune means that we take on a chameleon-like sympathetic coloration from our surroundings, while idealism flourishes along with a certain degree of sensitivity and spaciness that is more in harmony with other-dimensional realities than with life in the physical plane.

With Pluto also aspected by this month’s lunations as well as it remains in square with Uranus, and with Jupiter exactly trine Pluto at the time of the Scorpio New Moon that begins the month, we are feeling the energy of all three outer planets as we make our way toward this important end-of-year time. As the fall continues to unfold and the winter months loom, there is a natural drawing in of the extraverted energy of the summer so that these powerful harbingers of societal change, which eminent Astrologer Dane Rudhyar called “the ambassadors of the galaxy,” bring to us the great gift of becoming more closely in tune with spiritual values as we evolve. Their prominence now is letting us know that change is upon us, and that we have within our hands the power to reshape our lives as we see fit in order to make a better world. When we enlarge our mind’s gaze to take into account these numinous presences then in spite of everything we have the courage and the confidence to keep faith with ourselves at the deepest possible level, and to continue to allow the future unfold just as it needs to.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a big year for change, Aries, and your remarkable evolution continues into the present month. You are feeling subtle vibes for an exciting fresh start in all areas of your life, especially the necessary spiritual component that ties together and gives meaning to the remainder of your journey. You have only to beware of taking yourself too seriously or the cosmic connection too lightly. This is a climactic fall season for you and it must be noted that your life at this time cannot be fully understood by the same mind set that that has gotten you to this point, and that has prevailed within your thinking up to now. New mental perspectives are required transcending previous ones, and these incorporate Spirit as a significant component in the equation.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is a positive and also a perhaps difficult time for you, Taurus, when you find yourself deepening your search for meaningful solutions. There is a creative tension in your process now, as the journey of your transformation continues. This is potentially a very confusing time for you although a richly rewarding one as well. You are all for changes that have been building and are no longer able to be put off. In assessing a noticeable sea change in life direction, you discover that it is an essentially spiritual mission that you are engaged in, so that you do not get anywhere without relying on some form of cosmic consciousness. You are also very aware of significant partners now, and see them as helpers in finding your own way through.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is yet another powerful month for you, Gemini. You are finding new wrinkles on old issues that illuminate relationships of all kinds and how they manifest. This goes far beyond the simple surface layers of your psyche. A new sense of comfort and security is becoming possible for you; one that redefines your very self-expression and that does not lean on any one’s opinion but your own. This affects everything, especially relationship in your life, as well as home and family commitments and the way you actualize in the public sphere including career agendas and future plans. The circumstances that surround your present journey have the ultimate effect of kindling within you the next phase of your ongoing encounter with Spirit, working itself out in your life.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) Your synapses are sizzling, Cancer. Work is play for high stakes and proceeds in stop-and-go fashion with more go than stop. This makes your career a gloriously unknown quantity right now that could be exciting as well as edgy. You are simultaneously feeling the energy of Pluto in your partnership sector whispering uncertainty there as well. A spiritual necessity engages you or else confuses with shifting perceptions while relations with significant others and even with yourself are all in flux. This might sound more than a bit scary but it feels like a celebration, and you win when you go with your gut instincts and party on. If in the process you accomplish some serious soul-purpose along the way so much the better.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) Surprising realizations continue to abound, Leo. You are focused this month on home and family and as well your security needs in general. During another big month of changes, the realization is beginning to dawn upon you that your psychological well-being is entirely tied to the holistic grace of the earthly environment and the numinous starry cosmos combined; that success in the world is a reflection of the integration of the innermost depths of your being as much as it is found in the more easily accessible surface layers; and that your own happiness depends on the happiness of all others. The possible activities arising out of these realizations are many and varied, but some form of exploit seems to be called for. Your task is to find the one that is uniquely your own.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) It’s another powerful month for you, Virgo, as you continue to explore your unique path toward spiritual evolution. You are re-inventing yourself in this summer and fall period and it’s scary but also exciting and life-changing when you can get beyond your fear. In this regard, communication is key. Not only will you be able to benefit from the perspectives of others around you, but in sharing your fears, you will lesson their subjective impact, since voicing them makes them less poignant. Another potential trap of this particular time is the possibility for idealization or even illusion concerning significant relationships in your life. You might need to resort to inner guidance – and your own currently potent sense of intuition – in order to make it through without a loss of faith.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This month is a special time for you, Libra. You are likely to be fortunate now with finances, or at least have no problem getting by, but the more important question to ask is what you might be able to create from the gift provided by these resources. Your values are shifting as you explore new perspectives on both outer and inner work, with the one feeding off the other. Meanwhile, partnership with others around you is an important and enlightening although fitfully transformative factor. Security in this area seems elusive, but you are in the process of forming a stronger basis for your own emotional security in terms of greater self-reliance and a deeper connection to the beneficence of the universe that serves to guide you onward, even as it puzzles you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This month is a significant one for you, Scorpio, both spiritually and physically. Riding the wave of the New Moon in your sign from the previous end of the month, you have loads of energy for both work and play, and find yourself in fortunate circumstances for new realizations to dawn and for personal growth in general. You have in fact so many chances coming at you that you might easily feel confused by your multi-form possibilities. You are making a powerful intuitional connection between where you are right now and where you more and more find yourself heading. It is vitally important that you pay close attention to these inner impulses – foreign as they might perhaps seem to the ways of thought stemming from your prior conditioning.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a powerful time of the year for you Sagittarius, what with your birthday looming and a Solar eclipse in your sign during the last full week of the month. The energy of early November is also strong, bringing you riches of a spiritual and intuitional kind. You are changing with the shifting tides of this climactic year, and might have difficulty in finding your footing without a firm reliance on Spirit inside you. The trick for you right now is to remain open to what is being offered without judging that gift in any way. The material world might fail you but what never will is that sense of cosmic connection that you are lately developing more and more as you explore the fullest range of your possibilities.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are refining your approach, Capricorn. This month is when you take your can-do approach a step further, making an art out of the achievement-orientation that is your hallmark. You are actively visioning a novel and qualitatively different future for yourself, one involving a good dose of the spiritual along with the mental and physical techniques that have been so successful for you in terms of past results. You are beginning to recognize that while the latter is consistent with what consensus thinking calls for, and beyond which has no greater expectation, it can lead you right into a dead end. This recently emerging expansion of your potential includes a melding of heart and mind, inner and outer. You are taking a courageous stand for yourself based firmly on internally felt values of home, family and tribe.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are intent on making a difference, Aquarius, but on your own timing, and in your own way. This month you are strong on career performance and professionalism, getting yourself out there into the world and communicating powerfully with your peers. As you do, you find that you are more and more tuned to the subtle vibrations of your inner cosmos as well to the outer. You come at the world more whole when you take all these operational levels of your psyche into full consideration. Like the proverbial iceberg, almost everything is underneath the surface, so that what you can learn from within might indeed prove startling. There are angels in the woodwork waiting their chance to come out and play, only the game is for real and the stakes are high.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are at something of a standstill, Pisces, but it is a creative one. While you explore new perspectives on where your life might be taking you, this time around, you connect more fully with yourself at deep levels and allow grater scope to the concept of how you define success. You are engaged also in fighting interior demons as you go, or perhaps you wind up befriending them in the process of getting more comfortable with the vast and yeasty spaces of your inner world. Communicating your deepest and most profound truth is powerful for you now, and unlocks layers of mystery as you settle in for the winter. Like the caterpillar in chrysalis you are preparing your cocoon and like the butterfly you will eventually emerge, but transformed.

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs is available on his website. Holding degrees from MIT and the University of California-San Diego, Henry is a popular speaker and also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.

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