The Astrology of November features Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Mercury. One reason that Mercury is highlighted this month is that the planet of communication is conjunctVenus and parallel to Pluto at the time of the ScorpioNew Moon from the end of last month that characterizes this current monthly cycle. Mercury is conjunctVenus nearly all month long before turning retrograde on the 23rd, one day before another exciting New Moon that is also a Solar Eclipse. The Mercury retrograde period that is initiated then and lasts through the entire month of December – when you take the Mercuryretrograde shadow period into account – will have the usual characteristics of missed communication and mechanical breakdown as we turn inward for this holiday season in order to better understand our own nature and the nature of the culture in which we find ourselves an active participant.
Neptune is also highlighted in this month’s configurations. The Sun at the time of the ScorpioNew Moon is parallel while by the time of First Quarter Moon at the beginning of the month, taking place on Wednesday, November 2nd, Mars has begun to form his opposition to Neptune, which lasts through the following week. Mars with Neptune means that we take on a chameLeon-like sympathetic coloration from our surroundings, while idealism flourishes along with a certain degree of sensitivity and spaciness that is more in harmony with other-dimensional realities than with life in the physical plane.
With Pluto also aspected by this month’s lunations as well as it remains in square with Uranus, and with Jupiter exactly trinePluto at the time of the ScorpioNew Moon that begins the month, we are feeling the energy of all three outer planets as we make our way toward this important end-of-year time. As the fall continues to unfold and the winter months loom, there is a natural drawing in of the extraverted energy of the summer so that these powerful harbingers of societal change, which eminent Astrologer Dane Rudhyar called “the ambassadors of the galaxy,” bring to us the great gift of becoming more closely in tune with spiritual values as we evolve. Their prominence now is letting us know that change is upon us, and that we have within our hands the power to reshape our lives as we see fit in order to make a better world. When we enlarge our mind’s gaze to take into account these numinous presences then in spite of everything we have the courage and the confidence to keep faith with ourselves at the deepest possible level, and to continue to allow the future unfold just as it needs to.