A Powerfully Transformative November by Henry Seltzer

astrology-NovA Powerfully Transformative November

by Henry Seltzer


The astrology of November features Mars, Chiron, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, and Eris. The astrological symbolism for the first part of the month harkens back to the mid-October New Moon that began the lunation cycle that is still active over the first ten days of November. That Libra New Moon featured a strong presence of Uranus, as well as Pluto, Mars, and Saturn, as indicated by the Sun and Moon in opposition to Uranus, the conjunction of Mars and Jupiter in a close trine with Pluto in mid-Capricorn, and the highlighted presence of Saturn, aspected by Mercury, Venus and the New Moon. The implication is that while surprising results have become the norm, with the potential for anger to surface, due to the active Mars-Pluto connection, there have also been ameliorating factors such as the strong presence of Saturn, symbolizing a contrasting manner of studied and measured action.

Saturn is greatly featured all this month, having recently crossed into Sagittarius, abandoning the depth orientation of Scorpio in favor of the wild open spaces represented by this freedom-loving Fire sign. This is a time when Saturn’s powers of contraction and limitation seem somehow less darkly and pessimistically restrictive, being rather more generously inclined toward mentoring and the learning of important life lessons.

The astrological archetype of Uranus, emblematic of trickster surprises and sudden enlightenment, is also strongly featured throughout November, because at the timing of the November 11th New Moon standing in inconjunct (or quincunx) aspect to Jupiter, and to the Sun and Moon, forming a yod. There are likely to be many surprising twists and turns of circumstances that may lead to unexpected wisdom. Uranus is also aspected by Jupiter and Venus as the month gets underway. The contrasting energies of Saturn and Uranus, strong in this month’s astrology, create a push-pull thrust for studied action in favor of necessary change. We have the simultaneous desire to adhere to existing life patterns (Saturn) no matter what, together with the concept of abandoning these as proves necessary, on the basis of deep intuition that brings stunning awareness (Uranus) of an enlightened position on the needfulness of radical transformation to the basic structures of our lives.

Chiron, the Wounded Healer, is located in the same degree of Pisces that Uranus occupies in Aries, and is thus also powerfully highlighted in these late fall skies. Venus and Mars were exactly opposed to Chiron at the timing of the October 27th Full Moon, just a few days before the beginning of the month, while the Scorpio New Moon of mid-November continues the strong presence of Chiron by trine, his position in mid-Pisces, and by an extremely close opposition from Jupiter. There could therefore be undercurrents of activity below the surface layers of our psyches that have to do with buried places within us, the residue of early trauma that remains unresolved. We win when we pay the closest possible attention to everything that happens to us now, especially in terms of interpersonal connection, both within and below the surface layers of our personalities. By becoming more conscious of our early wounding, and accepting ourselves in this way, we have the capacity now to move beyond previous painful circumstances, and to heal in these dark places within us

The new planetary archetype of Eris is similarly triggered at the timing of this month’s New Moon, and also the Full Moon of November 25th, another extremely powerful lunation. Eris represents a Feminine Warrior energy in support of deep soul intention. Her highlighted presence toward the end of November and on into next year, particularly over the summer, about six moths away, acts as a powerful stimulus for standing up for what we most profoundly believe, vitally necessary in these times of individual and cultural metamorphosis.

Heading into the ending of a climactic 2015, Pluto and Uranus are drawing nearer to being once more in perfect square with each other, just as they were at the beginning of the year. We still therefore remain in the transformational stew that is the hallmark of this extremely potent decade. We are changing, at times slowly and at times by means of the rapidity of sudden epiphany concerning our situation, as indicated by the powerful positioning of Uranus during this turning of the year. We are enjoined by the cosmos to do our best to stand and deliver, coming always closer to embodying the deep soul purpose that we hold inside ourselves, as we can manage to discern it.

ARIES (March 20-April 19) This is another untamed month for you, Aries, amidst a series of such cycles. You are filled with energy for escapades of a quirky kind, as you discover new meanings in partnership connection that inevitably lead you back to your own arc of development. By fits and starts you are finding your way home to your own inner truth. This is more than a little wild, and yet also informative, allowing you to see more deeply into what is going on for you near the end of a powerful year. You are finding that the changes in your career and professional life, with which you have been involving yourself for many months, do not abate but rather intensify, although perhaps with a richer pay-off in terms of more complete understanding of your situation, and of the profound process in which you currently find yourself.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19)  A vitally informative month is coming up for you, Taurus, one that finds you in a process of arriving closer to discovering your life purpose, and the underlying worldview that supports it. You are also investigating, by means of intuition, the depths of your own inner world. As you do, you perhaps encounter a strong commitment, through the subtleties and the veiled illumination of the hidden places within you, to better understand your inner world. Partners become extraordinarily important in this enterprise, providing both mirror and foil for your own depth explorations. You are focused on accomplishment of an unusual kind, so that it is not achievement in career and profession, alone, which moves you. Inner intention provides a more important set of priorities, which must be acknowledged in order for you to experience true and lasting success.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20) You come upon an exciting month, Gemini, as you propel yourself forward into new ideas about your life direction. You have been reviewing your situation over the course of a perhaps difficult summer, when your self-expression has been the subject of a great deal of meditative inquiry. Surprising events and sudden epiphany continue to light your way forward, so that you are constantly processing the multitude of your potential plans. You could also be tuning more intently to the residue of early trauma in the hidden places of your unconscious, and the effects of these upon you, now, in your current stage of greater maturity. Inner investigation is called for, and extremely valuable. It serves you when you remain as aware as possible of whatever prevents you from following the star of your inner purpose that guides you onward.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is another amazing month for you, Cancer, when you are dealing with innovation and fresh insights at multiple levels of your being. Your professional life has many facets now, with twists, turns, and surprises, so that you find yourself struggling how best to make your way forward. It might take a move to the inside. The question of your fundamental life direction concerns achieving joy as well as practicality, while engendering soul growth. This applies to key areas for you: family ties, self-expression, and relationship. There is a way in which partners, both intimate and professional, hold the key to navigating concepts of higher purpose. You are coming into contact now with a set of values that transcend egoic concerns, and superficial rewards of the marketplace, in favor of what might only be capable of being discerned from a deeply interior perspective.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is an amazing month for you, Leo, as you near the completion of a momentous year. The beat of major change continues apace, possibly involving your work environment or health regimens, with most recent developments being sudden, and filled with unexpected enlightenment. You are finding your way into greater clarity concerning what life is about for you, this time around, and communicating to others around you, with verve and élan, the profound inner truth that you feel. In many ways what is your lifeblood right now lies in reaching out to simpatico peers, and also family members, and you are focusing much of your creative effort in this direction. You are feeling into what you might be able to conceive as a mission of service to the greater good, as you make your way toward greater understanding of your soul-level life path, in alignment with deep intention.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) Your values are on the line, Virgo, as you come to a time of decision, after recent passages of profound introspection. You are subliminally very aware of your unique point of view, that represents an invitation from deep inside you; a level of intuition that always tells you true as long as you can muster the trust to open to it. Your artistic self-expression has been rocketing through a series of changes for many months now, which have been major in their impact, and you are still coming to further layers of the onion. Inner realms hold the key to plans and shades of awareness that have long been locked up inside. When you take the opportunity to explore these deeper areas of your being, you ultimately come to a more integrated sense of yourself; arriving at one measure of what your life is all about.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another highly significant month for you, Libra, as you come closer to understanding your inner as well as outer layers of motivation and life direction. In many ways, your unconscious process is calling upon you to recognize and respond to its profound information, with your actions, and by paying attention to inner priorities. New concepts of self-definition are part of this inquiry, in response to the recent New Moon in your sign. You are dwelling in spaces of visionary imagination, so that you do well to write down your dreams when you awake, or to journal regarding your self-discovery. Your ongoing investigations, both internal to yourself and regarding your relationship connections, speak to where your life is taking you, and how best to navigate the new psychological territory that you find yourself entering.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a very interesting month for you, Scorpio. The recent New Moon from the previous month brought surprises with it that you are perhaps working through only now. These more specifically involve your workplace or your family dynamics or perhaps habitual health regimens that you are revising. The subsequent Full Moon in your opposite sign a few days past implies that your thinking regarding the very concept of partnership is also coming into a new phase. Recent contemplations of your inner world have brought up issues of motivation for what you most truly desire to accomplish, long-term. Ultimately, you are seizing the moment provided by this month, and punctuated by the New Moon of November 11th in your sign, to take renewed inspiration and practical steps toward for what you might be willing at this point to term your life mission.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is another climactic monthly cycle for you, Sagittarius. What you are all about right now hinges on career and outer world performance and its accolades, with, however, significant stirrings beneath the surface layers of your personality. You have been going all out in a mode of serious commitment to your work in the world, discovering further ramifications as you go. As is becoming more and more obvious, you are slowing down in order to go within, and this is part of an ongoing transformation of values that has also claimed a great deal of your attention, in hidden ways. You begin to feel inner priorities to be as important as outer ones. Your intuition is sizzling, and leads you to unique self-expression that more fully encapsulates the true you, that is only just now in the process of being revealed.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is an excellent month for progress, Capricorn, although not of the more obvious kind. You are still mightily transforming, and as you do, are drawn to inner realms of dream imagination, unfamiliar, and yet perhaps the place where your most important product lies. You could benefit from writing down your dreams, as you reflect on where your life is taking you at this critical juncture. Everything becomes clearer when examined from the standpoint of deep intuitional knowing. You encounter leaps in understanding, and also in personal impact, once you accept the information that is coming to you in this way. Your work in the world thus assumes importance not only in and of itself, but also for your continuing process of spiritual evolution. The seeming sacrifice is minor on your part. By honoring these inner realms, you enable your entire being to prosper.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is another amazing month for you, Aquarius, providing new vistas of growth and consciousness. Your ongoing and rather intense experience has been epic in terms of personal evolution, in matters of relationship connection and developing worldview. You have recently been engaged in ratcheting up your commitment to a path forward for yourself that makes better sense for you, long-term. The recent Full Moon of late October, just a few days before the beginning of the current month, was powerful for you, and represented an integration of mind and heart, enabling you to navigate public presence with an eye to inner realities. You are growing in awareness, and in understanding. You are revisiting the realms of your unconscious places, mining these vast spaces within you for the gold of a better and more complete revelation of your own deep intention.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) The social and visible world, and its limitations, are very much with you this month, Pisces. You are yet also quite importantly dealing with more subtle vibrations that emanate from deep inside. A shake-up of everything that exists at your surface layers thus makes up one stream of the cosmic energy flowing through you. Your commitment to your endeavors in the world, and their payoff, thus interacts with matters that arise directly from your own deep center, and you seek a big-picture viewpoint that embraces both. Your intuitional sense is correct, that to neglect these hidden places within you would be to imperil your outer world progress as an incomplete or empty exercise. In the context of your depth investigations of issues beneath the surface layers of your psyche, partnership is powerful for you now, and could provide one key to their resolution.

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 and a variety of astrology reports are available  on his website. His new book about Eris, the planet discovered in 2006, beyond Pluto, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon and at AFA.
Henry 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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