Meanwhile Venus and Mars, conjoined in Scorpio as recently as last month, separate into different signs, Venus dipping briefly back into Libra – the sign of her rulership – where she herself will turn to direct motion on November 18th, while Mars extends his energy into Sagittarius, eventually to squareJupiter there by month's end. The Venusretrograde reminds us that as we continue to ferment in the pressure cooker of change, our relationships provide us with incredible information concerning where we ourselves are currently at in the cycle of transformation that is so much a part of daily life right now.
The Heliacal Rise of Venus, when she symbolically re-emerges from the underworld to become the Morning Star, takes place on November 5th, the same day as the New Moon. This initiates a new eighteen-month cycle of Venus, and, according to the principles of Shamanic Astrology, this time in Scorpio rather than Aries. We move from a period of powerful women warriors and more direct confrontation on the relationship front to one of more obvious sexuality and greater subtlety in dealing with the so-called battle of the sexes. We will be more aware of motivational undercurrents in all our relationships.
As the important archetypal energies of the outer planets interact with our lives, we are brought to a better understanding of deep places within us, both those where we are able to let go of past trauma and move on with our lives and also those where we are still stuck. The New Moon of Friday, November 5th, aspects both Uranus and Pluto, just as Plutoconjuncts the Moon's North Node. This first weekend of the month therefore brings the mandate for radical transformation represented by these two powerhouse planets directly into our awareness, just as the hope and the inevitable disappointments of the American post-election period (no matter what your party affiliation) begin. The Uranus – Plutosquare, still forming, becomes much more active in 2011, signaling massive and much needed transformation. We are all looking for answers right now to the current plethora of societal dilemmas, and these next several years leading up to the spring of 2012 – when the Uranus-Pluto is exact for the first time – and beyond, will provide if not answers then at least a working hypothesis for taking the next significant step. As has become increasingly evident, the old ways are simply not working any longer. Both collectively and in our individual lives as well, we represent right now the butterfly in his cocoon, dissolving, dreaming up what will eventually emerge as our newly awakened and freer selves.