In the early morning hours, feast your eyes on the beauty of the Autumn skies! Venus, the bright lantern above the eastern horizon, leaves her meeting with Jupiter and draws close to Mars, the dim red looking star. To the South, in the early morning, see Orion the Hunter, with his glittering belt and sword, followed by his dog (the Dog constellation), with sparkling star Sirius crowning his head. To the North, observe the big Dipper upright, balanced on its handle.
In this Scorpio time of year we experience the “fall” of darkness. Watery Scorpio lives in the depths, crossing thresholds into hidden places. Scorpio individuals are full of feeling, experiencing life and themselves with intensity, and always seeking truth. It is within intimate relationships, that their most powerful lessons arrive.Venus and Mars conjunction takes place on the 2nd and lingers until Venus enters Libra on the 8th. Bring attention to your relationships, observe where there are differences, even conflicts, and step back from engaging. Understand what you are wanting, those impulses that cause you to react, and find a middle ground. The New Moon takes place in Scorpio on the 11th, as Venus and Mars move into Libra the mood shifts into a more diplomatic, measured, and social mode. (painting by Karen Zelin)
In November, Saturn and Neptune enter a square alignment. These two planetary archetypes are radically different from each other, bringing tension, the challenge of integration, and confrontation between the stark realities of these times, with our ideals, and hopes, both within ourselves and large groups of people. Strong polarities between differing beliefs increase. The potential is that Saturn gives a form to Neptunian genius, its dreams and imagination, connecting us to a unifying source of inspiration.
Twelve opportunities for November 2015: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): This past month you have been refining, analyzing, working hard, learning new skills. On the 12th this shifts into more focus in both relationship and creative expression. Situations begin to settle down. Nurture balance and harmony in your life. Fine tune your responses. This season continues the theme of transformation and change. As the Sun moves into Sagittarius you feel dedicated to new inspirations.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Work moves more smoothly, including the relationships within work. Enjoyment with others and entertaining is highlighted. All artistic endeavors are enhanced, along with commitment to long range goals or larger projects. From the 18th through Thanksgiving, be alert to unexpected situations and intense dynamics. Observe, and embody compassion for the underlying motivations now coming to the surface.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): This month your mind and feelings dwell in a deeper place, sorting emotions and reactions, and seeking to understand the relationship dynamics that you have been involved in. Relationships with those you work with carry a more serious tone and patience works to your benefit. By the 20th you gain a larger perspective. Planning, and organizing are enhanced as well as your ability to focus.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): This month your own enjoyment is highlighted! Pick a day or two, let go of your concerns, and enjoy the day. Tap into your dreams and creative possibilities. Decide on what you are committing to. Make a plan and follow through. At the Full Moon on the 25th, take time to reflect. After the 22nd work comes back into focus. Some important decisions will be made.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): Time at home allows you the room to explore and expand into something that interests you. You seek greater depth and meaning this month. It is important to hunker down and in, setting the stage for gaining recognition in later November. Commit to a long-term goal or project. Take stock of situations and view situations from a practical point of view, especially toward the end of the month.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): This month your mind ponders deep thoughts. One of your siblings may be on your mind. You are more in touch this month with the undercurrents of feeling around you and the experience of your compassion is healing. Changing situations or environments help you break free and make new beginnings. Discussing a certain family situation, toward the end of the month, in order to come to a more solid and secure situation presents itself.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): With Venus entering Libra on the 8th, sweetness grows in your life. A fondness for the one you love, greater artistic expression, and harmony grows. This is an excellent time for designing, creating, and any artistic pursuits. Be flexible to the unexpected in relationship, later in the month. Something or someone may surprise you or their response could throw you off. Patience brings forth wise perception and communication.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): This is your time of year. You shine now. People experience your depth, your generosity, and you feel both your strength and vulnerability. This month change up something in your daily routine. There is a part of you that is restless and longs to break free, to be irreverent. For your birthday month treat yourself to a getaway retreat, or a candle light dinner and seductive evening. Your artistic and social aspects are enhanced after the 12th.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): You may feel as if you are working harder or more hours than before, experiencing more responsibility, or getting a lot accomplished. Simultaneously there is a great need to dream, to enter into the Neptunian realms of imagination, fantasy or longed for ideals and dreams. Give yourself time to imagine the next possibilities that may be unfolding for you. Balance work with long ocean walks and big skies. Toward the end of the month your focus is sharp and clear.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): This new moon can initiate change for you. Let your intention at the New Moon, on the 11th, set the stage for this change. You are ready to take on a project and to break through to another level. You experience others giving you more appreciation and acknowledgement this month, especially through your interaction with the public. You feel a drive to share social justice, or artistic expression. Make a plan to complete some postponed intentions that you can accomplish over the next 6 months.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): This month more people call you and want your supporting services. You feel the tenderness, the vulnerability, and the deep perceptiveness of this time. And though you usually have a quick response, slow yourself down and check in with the energy and feelings of others. This month hard work, and imaginative reveries, artistic expression, or a great love, balance each other. Thanksgiving brings joy and attentiveness.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): In November you review and reflect upon the meaning of your automatic responses. This is a time when your ideals, hopes, and imaginings are put to the test. With Saturn squaring your planet, Neptune, take a look at what you project the world to be. See situations just for what they are. For best results this month balance the demands of life and others, with your imagination, play, and reverie. Thanksgiving is a good time for you! You will shine and be thoroughly appreciated.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 33 years, bringing together traditional & esoteric astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. For info on her Friday monthly astrology groups, her Qabalah, astrology and or, painting classes, and for personal consultations, call (831) 479-3751, or go to www.susanheinz.com.