The Last Quarter Moon of Thursday, November 1st (see chart ) is an interesting one in terms of Chiron. The Moon in Leo opposes Chiron while the Sun squares it, and we may find that old patters of connection to groups or to individuals within our circle come up for better understanding and eventual healing through the early part of the month.
The Scorpio New Moon takes place on Friday afternoon, November 9th (). This is a magical and chaotic New Moon, one that squares Neptune and forms a Grand trine with Mars and Uranus, just as Mars is getting ready to turn retrograde in Cancer. Our emotions are definitely involved, and also the mystical spaces within ourselves that Neptune opens up for us. There is also the implicit conflict between the ideal, represented by Neptune, and the realistic / pragmatic, the constant backdrop to our wild imagination here on planet earth. The Sabian Symbol for this degree, "A Path Through Woods Brilliant With Multicolored Splendor," reminds us of the time of year, and also the multiple planes of awareness and the mystical possibilities of each passing moment as do the outer planet alignments. With Uranus in the picture, anything can happen.
Mars retrogrades late in the evening of the 14th, just after midnight PST (). As it does so, we are reminded to look closely into all our emotional reactions, especially since Mars also aspects Chiron at this time. The retrograde lasts until January 30th, when Pluto will already be entering into Capricorn. Mars does not leave Cancer until May.
The First Quarter Moon of Saturday, November 17th (), is another powerful lunation. This comes as a testing period following the New Moon, when we must determine which of our initiatives from the period of a week past is actually viable in the real world, and so brings up the conflict of the ideal and the real once more. Since the Moon also conjuncts Neptune in Aquarius, there is an added emphasis on the paradoxical polarity of these antithetical positions, that must nevertheless be resolved.
The Full Moon in Gemini, opposing The Sun in Sagittarius, of Thanksgiving weekend, taking place on Saturday, November 24th (), is accompanied by a forming Jupiter – Pluto conjunction that perfects in December. This entire configuration brings up the possibility of the resolution of opposites, and the renewal of connection with our circle of friends and loved ones for purposes of fellowship and spiritual realization. It should make for a good time to get together.