A Transformational November of Taking a Stand
by Henry Seltzer
The astrology of November features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Eris. All the outer planets are strongly represented in the New Moon and Full Moon configurations, so that, as the month continues to unfold, our awareness of the transformational intensity of these times that we are living through is ever-present. The October 30th New Moon sets the stage for this powerful November cycle, bringing forward into the picture the astrological factor of thoughtful Mercury, in close conjunction with the Sun and Moon that day, and representing greater consciousness and a species of abstract logical analysis. The sign placement of these personal planets being Scorpio becomes an added factor of emotional intensity that stirs us deeply, especially when we consider that Mercury is in partile or same-degree trine formation with the Pisces placement of numinous Neptune. We are therefore this entire month experiencing a compassionate and a highly idealized time of recognizing what we all hold deep inside ourselves, that directly connects with, and supports and underlies, the surface details of all our activities in the visible physical plane that we more consciously inhabit.
As befits this Scorpionic time of the year, the surface layers of our more normative comings and goings are only part of the story now, with the vast unseen realm of unconscious process taking a major role in the characterization of this month’s true activity. Neptune, along with the other outer planets, represents access to numinous realities beyond the purely physical, the significant life of our deep internal process. This is the vast unconscious realm, deep within, which Freud and Jung first annunciated in the early 20th century, and which finds even greater credence today. The highlighted placements of Uranus with Eris, and of Saturn and Pluto, complete the roster of planetary significators, also including Venus in close aspect with Mercury and Mars at the timing of the mid-month Full Moon that punctuates this rather intense monthly cycle.
The new planet, Eris, beyond Pluto, only named as recently as 2006, represents the astrological archetype of Spiritual Warrior: that is to say the determination to stand up for what one most deeply believes, at soul level. This energy is strongly highlighted now, and is thus prominent on our inner radar, because still within little more than a degree of Uranus, and closely squared by Mars, in the timing of the New Moon that initiates the Scorpio cycle. The question that comes up for everyone quite poignantly these days is whether you can find that inner urge for true achievement, what you feel, at the most profound level, that you must, at all costs, accomplish in this lifetime. This might have nothing to do with success in the eyes of the world, but is nevertheless vital from the standpoint of an inner drive, deep within, for what feels most important.
This month of November represents quite a ride. When we see in the timing of the First Quarter Moon of Monday, November 7th, that the Sun and Moon are closely aligned with both Saturn and Pluto, in the same degree that they occupy, in the two signs between, and that Saturn is almost exactly in parallel aspect with Pluto, we can be sure that in some profound and completely individual fashion, the structure of our lives is changing. We can see this also in the collective, where this thought can give us courage as we come to understand that we are not hopelessly enmired in an existing status quo, but that everything, even the underlying social fabric of our lives, is in serious flux.
With the Full Moon of the following Monday, November 14th, at the 22 degree mark of Scorpio, the same degree that Eris occupies in Aries, we come to a culmination of these remarkable two weeks, the launch point for the remainder of the November cycle. We come as well to a better understanding of what we have going on deep within us. This includes the necessity for standing up for ourselves, and for our most deeply held values, no matter what.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is another month of transformational intensity for you, Aries. The good news is that, after leaving something behind that no longer serves you, space is being made for what does. Relationship concerns gain in clarity. Your fundamental mission this month is to explore your own depths in creative and constructive ways, which allows you to connect more fully with others. Issues of self and other that have been in process for the last month or more are now arriving at a new stage, and contribute directly to career changes and new attitudes regarding the possibility of more purposeful progress. The structures by means of which you run your life constitute a moving landscape for you these days; things go much better when you allow yourself to relax and enjoy the ride.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This month represents an important turning point for you, Taurus, one in which you are getting a much better handle on issues of partnership and close bonding. An active process of depth intuition reveals much to you when you can stay open to the messages that you receive. The very structure of certain aspects of your life is irrevocably altering, particularly in the way that you are now coming to regard this area of committed relationship. There are limitations in the realm of interpersonal linkages that you have had to deal with lately, perhaps creating barriers to intimacy. If so, then these seeming restrictions have in fact been a blessing, as will become more clear as the current month of November continues to unfold. You are in a position to make great strides in the way that you pursue deep connection with others, and, in the final analysis, with yourself.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is another amazing and rather intense month for you, Gemini, when many aspects of your life are in flux, and you are called to deeper purpose. Issues of finding your true path forward, combining career prerogatives with concepts of service to others around you, are emerging further into consciousness. These are tinged with idealism and yet are also very real, taking you out of your normal round into a world of mysticism and greater meaning. You are also making a move toward better understanding your own internal motivation in the field of close interpersonal relationship. This is an active and intense area for you right now, and is also tied to your ongoing explorations of your intentions for the future. You are in essence seeking a new way forward that is more closely aligned with that in which you most deeply believe.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) This month is a sensitive time for everyone, Cancer, and for you in particular. You are very attuned now to the deep emotional energy represented by your sign, and to issues of exploration and evolving self-definition. What comes up for you most strongly, perhaps, would be the external productions of your mind and heart, expressed through drama and artistic tasks of all kinds, including any work you may do with children. There is also a way that important area of committed relationship is still a changing landscape for you. Changes there are still in the works, accelerating over the course of this monthly cycle. You continue your ongoing process of seeing more deeply into your inner world as a way of exploring the full spectrum of true identity. As you integrate these various factors, you are getting a better handle on who you are below he surface layers of your psyche.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a month of exploring your depths, Leo, so that you feel more private than usual, and less on stage. The recent New Moon from the last days of October comes to you straight from the dark and hidden places within your psyche, as represented in your chart structure by Water signs such as Scorpio. You are feeling into issues of home and kin, including family of origin, and as you do might also be exploring poignant concerns stemming from early wounding. Your creativity is also going through changes as this rather intense month continues to unfold. You could find greater focus now on the productions of your self-expression, becoming temporarily slower and more thorough in what you are accomplishing. This does mean taking more time, but on a more positive note, the lessons that you absorb will be longer lasting.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month, Virgo, is a time for you of financial and material good fortune, along with partnership progress. Potential developments in understanding of how your relationship component plays itself out in your life lead you to a better comprehension of the powerful factor of one-on-one connection with significant others. This is also a time of tremendous opportunity for you in terms of evolving worldview, provided you can stay open to all your possibilities. You are in the midst of a dreamy period of time that partakes of idealistic relationship conceptions, and also getting clearer regarding the necessary compromises that you must make with contrasting practical considerations. You are seeking renewed inspiration from the inside out. Your fundamental approach is bolstered by a series of cosmic promptings that you make serious commitments, but only to that with which you most deeply resonate.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is a month of relative contrast, Libra, when you have a spiritually active and fundamentally optimistic attitude pervading your soul, and yet also feel the pull of a practical, overly restrictive and even pessimistic feeling of hard and fast reality closing in on you. This occurs together with a sense that something deep within you is irrevocably changing. This is therefore in some ways a difficult month for you, more so if you try to avoid transformation and the process of letting go. Certain parts of yourself are restless with the urge to move on, while with other parts of your psyche you may be holding back. The factor of important partners in your life becomes more relevant to this issue as the month continues to unfold, and can help you to break free of attitudes and habitual patterns of behavior that have become obsolete to your expanding self-concept.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is an interesting month for you, Scorpio, in this your birthday time of the year. The inner work that you have been doing is a natural fit for your energies, and is bringing forth greater understanding of the vast and yeasty area within you that surpasses the surface layers of your psyche in both volume and profundity. Your relationship orientation is also strong right now, and becoming more freely flowing as the month continues to unfold. There is a powerful contrast that forms within you between working in concert with an important partner, and alone. You are pursuing your inner sense of destiny wherever it might lead, taking on with renewed commitment to a sense of mission that goes to your very depths and can be considered as a form of discipleship to a higher power, one that is found strictly within the confines of your very own mind and heart.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a month of definite advancement toward achieving your intended future, Sagittarius, although it is progress on both inner and outer levels that you are making. Your goal orientation this month is striking. Success in the eyes of the world is indicated, although the path leading to it is neither rapid nor easy. Along with outer achievement in the works, you are simultaneously striving to better understand yourself in the very depths of your being. This monthly cycle has much to contribute in these subtle and more profound areas, which do not lead to any obvious outcome, but are nevertheless vitally important for everything that you are striving for. A different form of success is thus blossoming for you, at the deeper layers of your psyche, as you get a better feel for what it is that you ultimately came into this lifetime to accomplish.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a very good month for progress, Capricorn, and for achievement in the public sphere where your proclivities in large part take you. There are likely to be positive developments in the field of your professional concerns; with a catch however, in that your movement forward in outer affairs must be accompanied for their greatest benefit by private advances within the sphere of your ongoing exploration of your own inner world. Your vast unconscious is a vital part of your psyche and contributes to everything that you say and do. As your inquisitiveness begins peaking, during this present monthly cycle, this intellectual curiosity can be brought to bear in many different directions. You are encouraged not to skip the inner investigations that, although barely recognized in narrow materialistic tracks of consensus thinking, have been calling you to greater perception of all that you hold inside.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is another powerful monthly cycle for you, Aquarius, although something of a confusing time as well, because your work in the world of schedules and events is emphasized, while much is simultaneously cooking beneath the surface layers of your psyche. You are very aware these days of how directly your inner experience contributes to your outer persona, but that doesn’t make their integration any easier. After a sizzling summer and early fall, over the course of an active November you are coming to startling new conclusions regarding world view, both philosophically and in terms of more normative behavior. You might be unsure of where you stand, as you combine mystical realities with the concrete behaviors of the actual physical world. The solution is to give each of these very different parts of yourself their due, without worrying too much about the seeming contradictions between them.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) Welcome to the maelstrom, Pisces. This month promises to be dramatic for you, although in a good way. You are being hit quite strongly now with a combination of archetypal energies that strike a vibrational chord along every angle of your chart. These key areas are all being activated: this includes your sense of identity, and of partnership recognition, as well your feelings of deep inner process and the way that you put yourself out there in the world. While maintaining a communicative achievement orientation, you find strength in looking ahead to new paths to conquer. You are planting your flag even yet more firmly in the practical application of an enormously profound sense of values. In the midst of all of this, you are finding the philosophical wherewithal to advance your understanding of the world around you and of yourself as well, at the deeper layers of your being.
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 beyond Pluto only recently discovered, in 2006, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon, or from your local bookseller through New Leaf distributing. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.