November is a dynamic month, with a Solar Eclipse and several planetary stations, including Mercury retrograde. The last half of the month is highlighted by a grand earth trine, which will be favorable for prosperity and manifestation. The sign Sagittarius will be a dominant energy, bringing higher perspective, inspiration and expansion on all levels. On November 2, Mercury and Venus enter Sagittarius, which brings a more expansive, idealistic trend this month. Mercury will be in this sign until January 9, 2012. From November 2-5, we can receive more uplifting communications and inventive ideas, as well as benefit from a wider perspective. However, challenges can come from overextending oneself. On November 6, Ceres in Pisces turns stationary direct, followed by Neptune in Aquarius on November 9 and Chiron in Pisces on November 10. This combination can bring greater compassion and healing, especially for those exhausted from a long struggle. Ceres rules giving and receiving care and support. As the Neptune station can also bring more confusion and illusion, it is best to put off important decisions during these few days. In the coming weeks we can receive new clarity on how to manifest our dreams and visions. Mars entering Virgo on November 10 will assist us in providing discernment and structure. Also on November 10, the Full Moon occurs at 18 Taurus. The previous New Moon in Scorpio challenged us to take a deeper, more resourceful approach. Now we can incorporate the Taurus qualities of being thorough, patient, practical and deliberate to matters involving resources, finances and values. Venus aligned with the North Node in Sagittarius at this time should also bring favorable opportunities for new relationship connections. The Sabian symbol for this degree, “A new continent rising out of the ocean,” could be taken literally (as in the Cayce prophecies) and also as representing the surge of new potential to help us make personal breakthroughs. From November 16-23, there will be a grand earth trine pattern formed by Mars in Virgo in trine aspect to Jupiter in Taurus and Pluto. This aspect brings more drive and opportunities to further one’s goals, particularly in finances and business. This is a good time to take action, as trines usually require some outer activity to achieve the best results. You can also more easily trust your higher intuition about the best approach to take at this time. Mercury turns retrograde on November 23 at 20 Sagittarius. This cycle will last until December 13. The Mercury shadow period begins on November 5, which is known to also bring some early retrograde occurrences, such as traffic jams and computer breakdowns. With Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius, we will need to watch out for misjudgments in our actions and communications that could lead to accidents or other mishaps. Usually matters become more unsettled at this time and often a situation is completely changed by the end of a retrograde cycle and requires a new approach. This cycle will bring challenges for travel, publishing and legal situations. It can be best used for spiritual growth, visualization, and consciousness expansion type of practices. The winter holidays may have a more spiritual overtone this year. The New Moon Solar Eclipse occurs on November 24 at 2 Sagittarius 37. This is a North Node Eclipse, which emphasizes the Jupiter-like qualities of positive new beginnings and future potentials. Like the archer, it is favorable to aim high at this time, and incorporate the other Sagittarian traits of optimism, benevolence and truth-seeking. We can also benefit by taking a more open-minded approach and being less judgmental of ourselves and others. A favorable Venus/Neptune aspect on this day enhances our idealism. Since this degree is on the Mars/Neptune midpoint, be sure to maintain good health and get enough rest. The Sabian symbol for this degree, “Two men playing chess,” emphasizes the importance of conscious actions during this period. On November 27, Venus in Capricorn forms a harmonious trine to Jupiter in Taurus, which favors all types of social and financial activities.
December features a Lunar Eclipse in Gemini! Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
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All references to Sabian symbols are from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle ofTransformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases, by Dane Rudhyar.