Forecast for November 2019

Long-Term Shifts in 2019

We have had 2 important planetary aspects in play this year and both involve the planet Neptune. The first one, Jupiter in square to Neptune, will challenge us to see the world through a myriad of vantage points, and learn something from each of them. These lessons will show us how deeply our idealizations and illusions about the world and other people influence us (and not always for the better).

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You’ll remember that in 2018, Jupiter was in sextile to Neptune which helped us broaden our narrow opinions about people whom we shunned or deemed “beneath us.” We were invited to cultivate genuine tolerance and compassion for our fellow humans. Jupiter square Neptune is a continuation of the same themes of that transit, but in a more stressful way; the sextile felt easy and pleasurably stimulating. But now that these two are connecting by square there will be some heavy lifting to do and it’s likely to feel like work. I’ve been calling this transit “Mass Delusion” because Jupiter is endlessly expansive and Neptune paints the world with a rosy tint. In other words, many people experiencing this transit may find themselves drawn into a group fantasy or even out-and-out lie promulgated by a charismatic figure. Naive folks may be taken in. If this is you or someone you know, anchor yourself firmly to the practical or risk being carried away by big, useless and unreal ideas.

Fortunately, this year’s other transit, Saturn sextile Neptune, will provide some of the grounding needed. This is a harmonious transit which brings necessary structure to any delusions of grandeur we’re still grasping onto. Saturn and Neptune are planets that plan for the future, although Neptune can get lost in the fantasy element of it, while Saturn can be rather inflexible about it. The two of them in sextile however, make magic happen. Neptune softens the defenses of Saturn and Saturn brings us the self-mastery needed to identify our Neptunian blind spots. Together they are capable of bridging earth and sky.

We each have dreams of what we’d like our future to look like, but they get murky as our pretentions, immoralities, illusions, and limiting beliefs get involved. This year’s success will come to those of us who are able (and willing), to sort some of that out. We must look at the intricacy of our personal web of desires and dysfunction to see them for what they are. Doing so will help heal our personal and collective suffering this year.

How do November’s planetary movements affect you? 

Check this YouTube playlist for Pandora Astrology’s horoscopes this month and watch the one for your Rising sign as well as your Sun sign. 
Want the big picture of this year’s planetary influences? Find out more about this year’s trends and pivotal (retrograde) days: Transits in the Year 2019.
This year’s themes affect individual people in individual areas of life according to their own astrology charts.  Will they affect you? Look here to find out: Are You Currently In Transition?

Planetary Stations and Retrogrades

The big event this month is that the sextile of Saturn and Neptune is drawing to a close. When Saturn the Builder and Neptune the Dreamer connect harmoniously, it’s a golden opportunity to build your dreams. Have you built anything you dreamed up this year? The final pass of this truly wonderful aspect is on –so you must at least get the foundation in place by then. And speaking of foundations, Saturn/Neptune combinations are really great for charitable efforts.

The difficulty with really taking advantage of great harmony of this kind is that we human beings often only notice the hard stuff—we only scratch where it itches. And there’s some really stressful energy building as Saturn finishes out its Capricorn span this year and gets ready to sail through the end of Capricorn where it will meet Pluto in a conjunction. This only happens about every 32-36 years and it’s about the most difficult planetary combination imaginable because it combines themes of construction (Saturn) and deconstruction (Pluto). This particular one is happening in just one pass in January of 2020 at 22º of Capricorn—which means that if you have a planet in your chart in 22º of Capricorn, Aries, Libra or Cancer, you will be caught up in the mood of building while demolishing.

Mercury Watch

November begins with Mercury moving retrograde (backwards), tangling lines of communication and messing up office equipment. This one is likely to be a doozy, because it’s in Scorpio, a sign known for intensity and depth. Expect a deep-dive into your own psychology this month, and attempts to direct attention away from your own shortcomings and onto the flaws of others are likely to lead only to bad results. So keep it real. Fortunately, “Lesser Epiphany Day” arrives on November 11th to bring clarity to whatever you’re unearthing. That day is not an ordinary Mercury-Sun conjunction, but an “occultation” which has some commonalities with an eclipse and this will intensify its effects—so don’t open that box unless you really want to know what’s inside. Mercury goes direct on November 20th and by the end of the month, we’re out of the woods. Whew! Here’s more about Mercury Retrograde.

Seasons

November begins with the Fixed, Watery sign of Scorpio. In water’s stillness, there is sensitivity. Perhaps a quiet pond knows every falling leaf that disturbs its surface; so it is with Scorpio. It is as if the year is holding its breath while the shade of Death passes by.  This is the time of the killing harvest, the slaughtering of animals, the shedding of blood.  Scorpio reminds us that all things that are born also die, ourselves among them.  Humbled, we pass deeper into the autumn cold. This year Scorpio runs until November 22.

On November 22, Sagittarius begins. This Fiery, Mutable sign carries an optimistic tone, reminding us to have faith.  Winter is coming—craving warmth, we huddle together around the low-burning hearth fires and listen to the elders tell stories that give our lives meaning.  In winter’s darkness we gather in groups and practice tolerance and hope. The days will continue to grow shorter until the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. In the meanwhile, we must trust that spring does indeed exist and will come again. Sagittarius runs until December 21.

If your birthday is coming, you’ll want your annual birthday reading (called a “Solar Return” reading) to happen in the month before your birthday–because your birthday is your Personal New Year. It’s the best time for setting resolutions, intentions and new life-directions. Get yourself in alignment with what your Greater Self wants for you this year, beginning with knowing what the plan is.

Lunations

Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.

Full Moon at 19º Taurus: November 12, 2019
“Enter the Darkness, Have a Catharsis–and It Doesn’t Even Have To Hurt”

If Mercury Retrograde has got you down and you’re feeling sucked into a pool of drama, then this Full Moon–loaded with harmonious aspects–has the antidote. Taurus slows down the action and invites you to occupy your own skin. During the 3 days surrounding the Moon (November 11-13) take a break and return to simpler things. Go for a walk in nature. Play with your pets. Eat some nutritious, homemade food. Cook some too! Dig in your garden. Attend a yoga class. These are the oases the Taurus Moon has to offer you. Soothe your body, heart and spirit by coming back to the basics. Watch the video above for more about this lunation.

New Moon at 4º Sagittarius: November 26, 2019
“Last Party Moon Before Winter”

The Sagittarius New Moon that happens around this time of year always brings a lighter mood, but this one (happening on November 26) is particularly nice. And with Mercury turning direct on the 20th, we will be feeling better as those snarled-up communications begin to untangle. This Moon involves lovely trines to Chiron, the Wounded Healer and Juno, the Matriarch and Matchmaker. There couldn’t be better conditions for gathering with those you love and celebrating your connections. A special healing is available for those who draw on Sagittarian tolerance and gather together people who have strong differences under the umbrella of shared ideas–you might have more in common with a stranger than you think.

November’s Full Moon is sometimes called the Beaver Moon.

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November’s Horoscopes Have Arrived

If you want to know how the sky news of November 2019 affects your sign,
check your horoscope here.
Be sure to check your Rising sign first, then your Sun sign. 

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