November's Cycles and the Full Moon

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley Astrologer The astrology of November includes a Mercury retrograde period and two eclipses in addition to the ongoing drama we’ve had for months. The starting aspects were multiple: there was a T-square, with Venus opposed to Uranus and square to Pluto; an opposition between Jupiter and Mars; a waning conjunction between the Sun and Saturn; an opposition between the Moon and Mercury; and a trine between Neptune/Chiron and Saturn.

This odd assortment of aspects set the tone for the month and speaks to complications in relationships, difficulties with sorting out our priorities, deep emotional turmoil based on the need to face our fears, plus a desire to act on impulse, which we may later regret. Many people are feeling overwhelmed. There’s a sense that life is moving too fast to keep up, and for many, there’s a dragged-out experience of exhaustion.

Exhaustion can stem from a number of different issues. A person may, in fact, simply be doing too much. Or, you may be over-giving of yourself, and not receiving enough in return, indicating a need to rethink the balances in your life. Another possibility, and one too many of us tend to dismiss, is that those things you are spending your energy on may not be what your heart and soul really desire. During the retrograde Mercury period, it is a great time to really ask yourself the question, “Am I really committed to my work or to those issues or relationships into which I am pouring my energy? Is my heart really in them? Or am I supposed to be dreaming a new dream, and preparing to act on that?”

These same aspects that set the tone of “it’s complicated” can also bring new insights around how to adjust our evolving personal priorities to a changing world. Mercury slowed, then stationed retrograde at 3:04 PM PST on Tuesday November 6. (Yes, it was election day, and like I said, “it’s complicated.”) As it stationed, Mercury squared Chiron and trined Uranus, indicating that the potential for all of us during this time is to take an inner look at what has troubled us in the past, take a deep breath, and awaken to a new perspective. It requires that we let our own minds slow down, take a look backwards, and allow, not force, not push, but allow a different way of seeing. Considering the outcome of the elections, I’d say a good number of people may have done this.

For some, Mercury retrograde periods reflect times of awkward communications, or failures to keep appointments, or even a breakdown of equipment. For others, however, it can be a time of great reflection, inspiration, and tying up loose ends. It’s definitely not as simple as choosing hassles over ease. However, it is possible to choose to slow one’s compulsive mental impulses by the process of intentional reflection. This, in turn, can reveal non-useful patterns of thought and/or action, and offer the opportunity for change.

November’s New Moon arrives Tuesday, November 13 at 2:07 PM PST at 21 degrees 56 minutes Scorpio, and with it comes a Solar Eclipse, and retrograde Mercury exactly square Neptune. The eclipse is likely another gateway for energies which assist us in getting ultimately more comfortable in our “new” skin during the shifting sands of global change. So we need to be sure we’ve allowed some of the old to be released, and the new to emerge. And it’s nearly guaranteed that some discomfort comes along for that ride.

Mercury moves back into Scorpio on November 14, where it stays for the remainder of the retrograde period. From about the 16th through the 20th, the Sun, Mercury and the North Node of the Moon will be in a conjunction in late Scorpio. On the 20th, the Moon joins Neptune and Chiron in early Pisces. These aspects will intensify the need to dig deep and be fearless in our willingness to be in emotional difficulty while still being present to our highest spiritual selves. We CAN do this.

On November 21, both the Sun and Venus change signs. The Sun shifts into Sagittarius, and Venus moves to Scorpio. From the 25th through the 27th, Venus will be closely conjunct Saturn, so don’t be surprised if you feel a bit restricted or limited in your feelings of closeness in relationships. Your capacity for some shrewd negotiations financially or in developing contracts that were initiated prior to the Mercury retrograde, however, could be stellar! Mercury stations direct on November 26 at 2:48 PM PST at 18 degrees Scorpio, opposed the Moon at 17 Taurus, but remains in its shadow until December 14th, so don’t expect your life to suddenly turn around the week after Thanksgiving. It will take awhile.

November’s Full Moon will occur at 6:46 AM PST on November 28, at 6 degrees of Gemini, and in accompanying it is a penumbral or partial lunar eclipse. With the Sun and Moon both at 6 degrees, and opposing one another, they form a T-square with Chiron. The Sun is trine Uranus, and the Moon sextile Uranus. Saturn, meanwhile trines Chiron and is in quincunx to the Moon. What does that all signify? The potential at that time is high for an additional opening, an opening for individuals and the collective to operate from a significantly more spiritually advanced level.

Will we take advantage of that opening? Some will and some won’t. Individual humans have the choice to evolve consciously, but as a collective, we are carried forward ever so slowly by inertia plus the will and energy of those who do choose to move ahead. Operating from a more advanced spiritual level simply means increasing one’s consciousness. It means choosing to be more aware, less dense, less in denial, less reliant on mental direction. It means continuing to open your heart, listen to your soul, and heed it’s calling. Act from love, not fear. This is old wisdom, not something occult or even that mysterious. It’s just not how the dominant culture operates, and it requires acting “against the grain” of consensus reality.

Thanksgiving greetings to all. An attitude of gratitude makes the whole world more beautiful.

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