October 30, 2020

Astrology for November

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Oct 31 – Halloween, Full Moon in Taurus

With the full moon in Taurus we are asked to ground ourselves as the world moves through the powerful transitional times of Scorpio. This Scorpio time of year carries intensity, heightens power struggles, and initiates transitional states, bringing the darkening days. The full moon is always in the opposite sign of the Sun, now being earthy Taurus. Taurus is the sign of the body, of nature, seeking harmony and beauty, apt instructions for this culminating time before our election results.

Yet what a time we are in!!! Hold tight for our journey ahead, as this full moon exactly aligns with revolutionary Uranus, right before our November 3rd elections! Uranus signifies unexpected events, sudden change, rearranging of situations, breaking things up and breaking situations open. How fitting that this is a ‘blue Moon’ on Halloween, All Saints Day, the ancient Celtic New Year, Samhain, when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest.

We can glimpse the world behind this world, the powerful forces of awakening (Uranus) contending with the shadow material (Saturn Pluto) of our past creations. Uranus brings us to that edge, a potential break through point. What will we choose? Can we move through the illusions of our polarization to a deeper layer of truth, that world behind this world where everything is interconnected, and know that those who polarize for gain are dragging us back into ignorance. Take a deep breath and plant your feet in the soil of our Earth as we move through this week.

This Full Moon conjunct Uranus brings the revolutionary power of women, both crisis and inspiration. Sudden and surprising events are set in motion. Uranus has the ability to move us beyond our conditioning or bring chaos to a world too deeply embedded in rigid, unimaginative, and separatist views. The possibilities of Uranus will saturate this week. We are highly charged with expectation, with the unknown, and the Taurus Moon instructs us to stay grounded and steady.

Mercury is retrograde, station (at its still point before going direct, November 3rd) squaring Saturn. Mercury retrograde is a time of review, of slowing to carefully consider. If we rush ahead, communication and timing is off. (We hear that it is important, now, to have patience for the results of the election.) Saturn demands truth, exactitude, maturity and wisdom. There is a stand off between truth and deception. What is the truth, how do our perceptions develop? As we come into the Full Moon and Election Day, November 3rd, we are challenged to get to the bottom of things, moving through gas lighting and spin. With Venus in Libra, we are asked to consider each other, and to consider our values. This is where the healing lays, as Venus aspects Chiron the wounded healer.

Celestial events for November

Nov 3 –Election Day- Mercury goes direct at 29 Libra, 12:50 pm EST, 9:50 am PDT

Nov 6 – Mercury squares Saturn

Nov 9 – Venus in Libra opposes Mars in Aries

Nov 12 – Jupiter conjuncts Pluto for the last time at 22 Capricorn – Each time Jupiter conjuncted Pluto we have had a surge in the Corona virus. Jupiter and Pluto together signify tremendous effort and push to accomplish a big project.

Nov 13 – Mars goes direct at 15 Aries – suddenly we are able to move forward, get on with things.

Nov 14 – New Moon at 23 Scorpio – this New Moon in Scorpio carries the energy of rebirth and transformation. We might seed an intention for rebirth of greater consciousness, renewed commitment to our deeper values and moving forward on intended projects.

Nov 21 – Sun into Sagittarius, Venus into Scorpio

Nov 30 – Lunar eclipse – 8 Gemini, Sagittarius – Eclipses act as “wild cards”. They signify dramatic events when transiting our charts, getting us to pay attention to areas in our life that need to change. Eclipses expose things that need to be seen. They move us out of compliancy and habit, offering us the opportunity to broaden our awareness, deal with denial, and integrate into a higher state of self-awareness. When eclipses are exact they bring about change! This eclipse highlights areas of communication, relations to others, especially siblings and relatives, and the challenge to harmonize polarities within ourselves or with others. Our intention for healing can be powerful for us during this eclipse.

This lunar eclipse is followed on December 14th by a very important solar eclipse, falling on Donald Trumps natal Moon in Sagittarius. (For more on this join Susan’s talk on Friday, November 6th, sign up here)

Dec 14 – Total solar eclipse, 23 Sagittarius

The Election

So much uncertainty, polarity, and deeply deceptive communications, are present like never before in this Election. Both Mercury and Mars are retrograde on November 3rd, describing these characteristics. There is the need, with these planets being retrograde, to review the President’s character and actions, especially the bullying, deception, suppression of the vote and polarizing communication to hold his power. From an astrological view, Trump is very challenged during this election. The Moon in Gemini, on the night of the Election highlighting his sun, does offer some positive support. Biden has transiting Saturn to his Jupiter, creating a challenge to easy victory (but which can also appear as the smaller crowds he draws with his stance on corona virus and safety). And Biden, as well, has several positive aspects assisting him. More positively the chart of Biden and Harris is very positively aspected. We will have to wait and see.

So, we are called to ask ourselves during this very powerful year of challenge and transformation, what are our values for our country and for ourselves? All of us are being called to participate in transforming our country, in fact, to re-envision all the systems, structures, and the governing laws we live by as Untied States citizens. Women play an incredible role now and into the future. (For more on this join Susan on Nov 6th for her monthly talk on Zoom.)

Mercury and Mars retrograde will definitely signify delays, conflicts, and polarization over the results of the Election. There is a chance that the outcome won’t be fully known until December 14th, the day a total solar eclipse falls on Trump’s moon.

The Twelve signs and opportunities for November 2020: For Sun and Rising Signs

Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): Take a moment to look back to the end of June when Mars first entered Aries. You can reflect on what that fiery Mars has brought into your life. With its retrograde motion beginning on September 9th, what have you been carefully considering? What situations have you reviewed and redone? In November, Mars continues to give you energy and heat. It is at its station point before it goes direct on the 13th. At its station point, it is loud and strong. Clarify what it is you are most desiring, and what your body is telling you about any needs it has. The strength of that Mars is its ability to clarify issues. With Mars going direct on the 13th you will feel a release, and now it becomes easier to move forward.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Time for change, dear Taurus. Take an inventory of your life, and name your values. Where do you want to create change? With Uranus conjunct this Taurus full Moon, change is coming. I know how hard it is for you to let go and change! But this can be a liberating gift. Ask yourself; do I really need to be doing all that I am doing? Where is breakthrough desired? This month is all about revising, reprioritizing. Moving into something new!! Venus now in Libra, accentuates enjoyment in relationship. Watch these dates, become the witness, when Venus meets up with Mars, Saturn and Pluto, November 10th, 11th, and the 16th through the 20th.

Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): Dear Gemini, Mercury has just retrograded back into Libra, and though you can not yet move forward in your agile and bright way, there is a lifting of the challenge that you have encountered with Mercury retrograding through Scorpio. For the quick Gemini that you are, Mercury’s retrograde in Scorpio, asked you to navigate through deep feeling complexities. During this time as Mercury ends its retrograde to go direct on November 3rd, (the election!) it confronts serious Saturn. Simplify your schedule and spend some time reflecting on what to complete, while previewing what you next want to manifest.

Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): Dear Cancer, This full Moon time highlights possibility and breakthrough for you. Stay alert and be flexible. You are ready to bring into your life something new. On November 14th the new Moon is in Scorpio. This supports creative projects and positive expression. With your sensitivity to the energy around you, be thoughtful of the intensity the world is going through. It’s like a battle between the masculine and feminine, between stimulating conflict and that which seeks harmony and greater inclusiveness. So align with that earthy Taurus moon. Re-center yourself and find your clarity by connecting with nature.

Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): This full Moon highlights your career, as well as anything you strive for, and would like to achieve. With the Moon and Sun in fixed signs, and next to Uranus, there is the encouragement to make change. Bring attention to the synchronicities around you, as you may find them a guiding force. The fixed energy may bring up resistance to change. No worries. Now there is an opportunity to perceive and communicate in new ways. With Mars going direct on the 13th you feel a release and that you can proceed with renewed energy.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): Dear Virgo, with Mercury having traveled in Scorpio, and retrograded, you were especially sensitive to the deep waters of collective feelings. Now Mercury enters Libra, though still retrograde, the ability to lighten your mind and to find balance is better supported. As Mercury slows to go direct on November 3rd, and it travels slower than normal through the 10th, it will square Saturn. Your communications ask for special care and thoughtfulness. The combination of Mercury and Saturn encourages you to simplify your schedule. Spending time in contemplation can be especially helpful and give positive results.

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Dear Libra, Venus entered Libra on October 27th, and stays in Libra until November 21st. When Venus enters your sign it brings sweetness to your life. You might look over the past 4 months and reflect on the power that Mars in Aries has had to stir things up, both in relationships, and as a challenge to your own equanimity, to your ease of functioning. But now you feel the shift in energy. Creativity and enjoyment with others is highlighted. Venus opposes that fiery Mars on the 10th and 11th, so relationships can heat up. Astrology helps by reminding us to stay in observation instead of reaction.

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Happy Birthday, dear Scorpio! With the Sun now in Scorpio, and Halloween around the corner, you know how to navigate these deep waters, sometimes more skillfully than others, perhaps. Take good care of yourself, dear Scorpio, as you feel deeply, and are moved by your passionate nature. The Full Moon in Taurus is an important time for ritual and grounding, to fully inhabit this present moment and your body. With Uranus in the full moon alignment, don’t be thrown off by sudden changes. Instead move into that Uranian energy, and make those changes you’ve been thinking about. It will be easier especially after the 13th, when Mars goes direct!

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): Dear Sagittarius, this month, Jupiter, the planet of Sagittarius, conjuncts Pluto for the third time this year. When this happens, dear Sagittarius, you can accomplish quite a lot. Pluto intensifies and empowers Jupiter to increase and enlarge its scope. It also supports transformation wherever you want to apply it. Though you might not experience immediate financial rewards, as Mars goes direct on the 13th, you get more energy and focus. Excellent time to renew your intentions.

Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): Dear Capricorn, What a year for you!!! You can take notice of the changes you have been through and have initiated this year. So honor yourself! This is a powerful year for you in terms of transformation and seeding new growth. At the beginning of November be thoughtful of communications, as this Mercury retrograde squares your planet, Saturn. From November 13th through the 20th, please don’t take things personally as Venus squares the planets in Capricorn. Instead be watchful in relationship with others. Listen to others from a neutral place. With Uranus in an earth sign, harmonizing with your earthy Capricorn, you continue in a time of breakthroughs, innovative creativity, and change.

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): Dear Aquarius, this is your full Moon as it accentuates your ruling planet, Uranus! I suggest a ritual on Halloween night, full Moon night, for you! Give honor to the eccentric and revolutionary change agent planet Uranus. Give honor to your uniqueness and your love of learning! Uranus is your navigating planet, as long as you don’t get stuck in Saturn’s rigidity. And that includes rigidity in opinion!! Open yourself to the synchronicities you encounter this month because this is Uranus’s way of speaking to you. Uranus and this Full Moon open your consciousness to greater revelation and mental creativity.

Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): Dear Pisces, as the Sun moves through Scorpio this month, it travels through the area of your chart that highlights expansion of consciousness. It highlights broadening your knowledge, enjoying learning of distant lands and cultures. It leads you into imaginative reveries, where insight dawns on you. Under the Blue Moon, this full Moon on Halloween, writing, singing, and all forms of communication are supported. This month is an especially creative month for you; in whatever ways your creativity is expressed. Take good care of your sensitive self as the world moves through tumultuous times.

Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 38 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





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