Lunar Eclipse in Taurus
Oct 28 1:24 pm PDT, at 5 Taurus
This Lunar Eclipse takes place in Taurus as the Sun is in Scorpio, highlighting this fixed pair of signs. With the lunar eclipse taking place near the north node, the past is up for review for our growth. We have a rather explosive situation with this lunar eclipse, Jupiter opposite Mars in Scorpio. During a lunar eclipse the shadow of the Earth falls upon the lunar face for us to see. What is it illumining? Jupiter enlarges the energies of the planet it is in aspect to, so here it is increasing the powerful Scorpio intensity, and we feel this in the world right now. Pluto, the god of the underworld is squaring the nodal axis, bringing up old and ignored, unresolved issues. Mars in Scorpio can be destructive, and strike with sharp intensity, invading the boundaries of safety.
The Taurus North Node is ruled by Venus, so we look to Venus to give us more insight as to what can benefit the situation. Venus in Virgo wants to form relationships in careful and practical ways. But this Venus in Virgo can easily bend into criticism and judgment which prevents the potential break-through set up to happen, (Venus trine Uranus). Saturn in empathetic Pisces mediates the eclipse energy with its trine and sextile, offering deep insight. Saturn always calls for slowing down and deepening in order that greater wisdom and insight can arise.
For those of us with planets on the Taurus Scorpio axis (as well as everyone in general), we can be alert to feeling more sensitive, overwhelmed, and deeply challenged by the awareness of both the beauty of the autumn and the intensity of violence erupting. We can align with Saturn in Pisces, and ground ourselves with empathy as we witness these polarities and extremes in which we live. As the North Node transits it will soon conjunct Chiron, the wounded Healer, and possibly bring about some healing of the deep trauma of our societies. (peaking in February 2024)
Below is the Sabian symbol for the degree of the Lunar eclipse. The Sabian symbols are symbols for each degree of the zodiac, which were first conceived in the 1940s.
Sabian Symbols:A BRIDGE BEING BUILT ACROSS A GORGE
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in Taurus 6 (5°- 6°)
Finding a way to end separation and form group consciousness
“Building bridges to end separation”
Following a catastrophic setback it can feel like the Earth has opened up to swallow us. The best way to counteract the sense of separation and desolation is to engage in a challenging community project that gives substantial proof of our involvement and importance in life.
The Moon is exalted in Taurus, meaning our lunar natures of waxing and waning emotions and intensities can be steadied and nurtured in the earthy and cool Taurus. Perhaps the lunar eclipse shows us something of ourselves that needs to be seen so the Scorpio transformative processes can take place. Venus the ruler of Taurus is in mutable Virgo, harmonizing with break-through Uranus, which often introduces new levels of consciousness and integration through unexpected crisis.
Affirmation for Lunar Eclipse in Taurus
“May I be steady in my presence so the heart of the matter breaks open and gives birth to deeper understanding, harmony, and peace. May we find our way to end separation.”
Each full Moon time highlights polarity and paradox. The Sun, now in Scorpio, is balanced through the night by the Moon in the opposite sign, Taurus. Out of the mysterious and hidden depths of being, the place where opposites blend and create (Scorpio) the rich and beautiful fullness of nature (and our nature) comes into physical being.
(painting by Susan Seddon Boulet)
Navigating Tumultuous Waters
Courage and Action for the New
During the end of October and through November, the Sun travels with combative and aggressive Mars in intense and deadly Scorpio. On October 28th, at the Lunar Eclipse, Mars opposed Jupiter increasing its warrior qualities. By mid-month, to the end of the month, the Sun and Mars oppose disruptive and rebellious Uranus. The energy of the month is volatile, with sudden unpredictable and chaotic events. Saturn stations to go direct on the 3rd, supporting serious consideration of world wide events. Venus enters Libra on the November 8 to aid in finding equilibrium, diplomacy and better relations.
These intense alignments for the month can be embraced through courageous acts rather than disruptive and volatile aggressiveness. They show us the timeliness for adventuring into new opportunities, breaking out of the old patterns, and decisively moving into something new. New life chapters potentially can be initiated. It encourages us to dare to be ourselves in new ways. As Saturn stations, (in the beginning of the month) commitments can be made and solidified. Focus and organized structuring of time and plans can support new endeavors.
Celestial Events for November
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Oct 28 – Mars at 11 Scorpio opposes Jupiter in Taurus – Mars in relation to Jupiter enlarges our warrior energy. Do you need to get things accomplished? Or do you need some courage to take a certain action? Jupiter in Taurus may be quietly enjoying itself when intense Mars in Scorpio pokes it, calls it out, and points a finger at it to get it going or to trigger a response. In general, it can intensify aggressive traits and actions.
Oct 28 – Lunar Eclipse, full Moon – 1:24 pm PDT, at 5 Taurus – The shadow of the Earth falls upon the Moon during the time of the Lunar Eclipse, giving us an opportunity to connect with what is hidden in the psyche that needs to be released. Eclipses are times of intensification of energy, imagine a more powerful full or new Moon. People can often feel tired, so it’s a good time to slow down and honor the mystery in which we live. Eclipses activate times to acknowledge and release issues from the past (lunar Eclipse) or sudden openings that can redirect our future (Solar Eclipse). (See above)
Oct 28 – Mercury at 11 Scorpio opposes Jupiter in Taurus – A day to get to the truth of things. Good for research, investigations and teaching.
Oct 29 – Mercury conjuncts Mars at 11 Scorpio – A day to get directly to the point of the issue. Clarity, sharpness in communicating, or argumentative.
Oct 31 – Samhein, Halloween – Venus at 21 Virgo trines Uranus in Taurus – Dress up! Venus, this day, loves the unusual and the eccentric.
Nov 2 – The Sun at 10 Scorpio opposes Jupiter in Taurus – a day for enjoyment, learning new things, exploring new opportunities, traveling for the day. with Jupiter in hard aspect, watch for excesses or taking on too much.
Nov 3 – Venus at 25 Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces – Openness and empathy in relationship, idealism, and sensitivity to other’s challenges.
Nov 3 – Saturn stationary direct at 1 Pisces – Saturn stationary emphasizes slowing down, and deepening our insight and reflection. We tune into the collective feeling space, yet center and ground. Keep things simple.
Nov 4 – Mercury at 21 Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus – Sudden unexpected changes in points of view. Communications that bring in sudden disruptions. New insights that change our direction.
Nov 6 – Venus at 28 Virgo trines Pluto in Capricorn – Relationships invite transformation and exposing what has been hidden. Deeper impulses are explored.
Nov 6 – Mercury at 25 Scorpio trines Neptune – A day for imaginative revelry, poetry and the arts. Empathetic communications.
Nov 8 – Venus into Libra – With Venus leaving Virgo and entering its own sign, Libra, its expression is strengthened. Diplomacy, peacemaking, and artistic expression is enhanced.
Nov 9 – Mercury into Sagittarius – Mercury leaves intense and investigative Scorpio and enters broad minded and philosophical Sagittarius. Watch a tendency to by pass details that may be important.
Nov 10 – Mercury at 1 Sagittarius squares Saturn in Pisces – Saturn restrains and slows the quick moving Mercury inorder to bring structure and organization to thoughts. It works best to simplify an overload of information.
Nov 11 – Mars at 21 Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus – Actions and intentions meet unexpected change or disruptions. Be alert to reactive responses to others behaviors. Cultivate patience as change is unfolding.
Nov 13 – New Moon at 20 Scorpio – 1:28 AM
New Moon in Scorpio
Nov 13 – New Moon at 21 Scorpio – 1:28 am – New Moons each month offer us new beginnings. Their themes and motives evolve through the 12 signs of the zodiac. This new Moon in Scorpio calls for going deep and feeling into where we are. As it aligns with Mars and Uranus sudden changes are highlighted, as well as disruptions to our sense of direction. Strong reactions can take place to unexpected events in relations. Mars and Uranus both represent lightning. Change can be as quick as lightning strikes, so can incoming insights. Keep grounded, centered and alert. Something can be exposed that needs to be seen. Set your intention to let go, clear, and move forward into new projects, or involvements.
Affirmation for New Moon in Scorpio
“I become keenly aware of my interactions with others and the feeling realms of being in the world at this time. I take action on intended changes and move forward with my vision, while staying present to the deeper layers of my responses.”
Nov 13 – The Sun at 21 Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus – This is a continuation of the New Moon energy.
Nov 17 – The Sun conjuncts Mars at 25 Scorpio, trines Neptune in Pisces – Sun conjunct Mars in intense Scorpio wants directness and action while Neptune in Pisces seeks peace and imaginative revelry. On this day, our imaginative powers can fuel our actions. Our empathy can direct our choices and responses.
Nov 20 – The Sun at 28 Scorpio sextiles Pluto in Capricorn – This day supports letting go, clearing and new beginnings.
Nov 22 – The Sun enters Sagittarius – While the Sun was in Scorpio the days shortened, and we felt darkness descend. Having adjusted to the darkening season, with the Sun entering Sagittarius our passions return. Spirits lifted to gather with others and share Sagittarian enjoyment. Wonderful season to learn and stretch our minds.
Nov 23 – The Sun at 1 Sagittarius squares Saturn in Pisces – Saturn reins in roaming Sagittarius. A day for focus, organization and simplifying.
Nov 24 – Mars enters Sagittarius – Mars leaves intense and emotional Scorpio, and gallops into adventurous Sagittarius. Learning and stretching into new territory is enhanced. Boldness is increased.
Nov 25 – Mars at 1 Sagittarius squares Saturn in Pisces – Saturn tempers Mars impetuousness. If you hit an obstacle, slow and reflect. What might it teach you by slowing down?
Nov 27 – Full Moon at 5 Gemini – This is a lighter and playful Full Moon. Gemini is inquisitive and curious. Gemini spreads its attention over diverse and broad areas to gather knowledge and ideas, to connect with a variety of people. Its challenge is to simplify and focus its interests. It’s more challenging for Gemini to slow and deepen its insights into wisdom. This full Moon forms a square with Saturn. Saturn wants to restrain the Gemini energy. It can be frustrating. One may have the experience of an obstacle or delay in one’s plans. Yet under this Full Moon it is positive to schedule time to reflect on one’s thought processes and mental energy for better outcomes.
Each full Moon time highlights polarity and paradox. The Sun, now in Sagittarius, is balanced through the night by the Moon in the opposite sign, Gemini. Out of a spirited and passionate need to explore and adventure (Sagittarius), there is a need to share and communicate new experiences and ideas. Sagittarius’s arrow of directness and wisdom meets Gemini’s restlessness and a gathering of all the ideas and ways Gemini’s mind has been stimulated. Gemini the sign of the twins is often of two minds, both and is Gemini while Sagittarius aims singly at one target to get to the point.
Nov 27 – Mercury at 25 Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces – our communications may get bogged down with a difficulty to know exactly what we are feeling.
Dec 1 – Mercury into Capricorn – While Mercury in Sagittarius can be overwhelmed by the scope of its imaginative vision, Mercury now entering earthy and practical Capricorn seeks out a plan and structure for its thoughts. A good time for planning and organizing.
The Twelve signs for November: Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): Dear Aries, the New Moon in Scorpio takes place on the 13th, an excellent time to commit to change and taking action in a new way. It’s a time to stretch into new possibilities. The Sun and Mars (your planet) are Cazimi on the 17th, tune into your deeper desires and take action. The Sun enters fiery Sagittarius on the 22nd, and Mars on the 24th, entering adventurous and philosophical Sag. Thanksgiving day is under an Aries Moon so there is lots of passion for discussion, special excitement for you. Saturn squares the Sun and Mars that day, reining in the impulsiveness of that combination. Venus in Libra seeks pleasant conversation and harmony in relationship. Keyword for November, “Insight.”
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Dear Taurus, the New Moon takes place on the 13th, which can be a good time to affirm new partnerships and deeper awareness in relationship. Your planet, Venus, enters Libra on the 8th, leaving practical and hardworking Virgo. Relationship, balance, and the arts, play a bigger role in your life. On the 17th, with the Sun Cazimi to Mars, declare what you aspire toward. Take up the courage and warrior spirit to follow through in a way you never have before. Keywords for November, “Tuned into relationship dynamics.”
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): Dear Gemini, Mercury enters Sagittarius on the 9th. It is full of enthusiasm and desire to share ideas, especially during Thanksgiving, as it is in harmonious trine to the Aries Moon. The New Moon takes place in Scorpio on the 13th. An excellent time to commit to a new health program or routine. with the Sun Cazimi Mars on the 17th you can launch your plan with great direction and action. The Sun enters Sagittarius on the 22nd, illuminating your house of partnership and relationship in general. You, Gemini, thrive in relationship with others and this is a time to deeply enjoy. Keyword for November, “Directed Mind.”
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): Dear Cancer, Venus having entered Libra on the 8th, your home now becomes even more of a sanctuary. Here enjoyment with family is supreme. Mercury enters Sagittarius on the 9th, and you gain new information. The New Moon in Scorpio takes place on the 13th. Be flexible under its rays, and know that things are changing. Set an intention that supports your heart’s desire. With the Sun Cazimi Mars in your house of creative expression, the energy of creativity, love and play is activated. Share your heart. Keyword for November, “Resilience.”
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): Dear Leo, the New Moon in Scorpio takes place on the 13th opposite Uranus, so be flexible with unpredictable events. Something may open doors for you in a new way, or perhaps, you now are ready to reach for new possibilities. Mercury enters fire sign Sagittarius on the 9th, bringing more optimism and a broader perspective to your life. Under the New Moon, take time to affirm the power of transformation, especially as it comes a few days before Mars Cazimi the Sun, where the power to transform and begin a new cycle is empowered. Where would you like to direct its energies? Keywords for November, “Clarity and directness”
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): Dear Virgo, your planet, Mercury enters Sagittarius on the 9th and spices things up with lively conversation. The New Moon in Scorpio takes place on the 13th, opposite Uranus. This is intense and transformative energy. Conversations now may change your point of view. Neighbors, siblings and friends may play a significant role. With Mars cazimi the Sun you can direct your communications with power and get to the bottom of things. This New Moon highlights the house of your mind, your flow of thoughts. What needs to be said? Your focus can be like a laser, seeing with clarity the point that needs to be declared. Share your writings, share your insights. Keyword for November, “Communications.”
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Dear Libra, this gathering of planets in Scorpio are highlighting your house of self worth, values, talents, and relation to money. This Scorpio energy describes the inner intensity and resilience that you carry. Now’s the time to use those talents, and the power you have to tune in, to support issues and events that bring transformation and potent change. Now you can be direct and clear in your communication as Mercury travels with Mars through the 9th. Venus enters Libra on the 8th and balances the intensity of Mars in deep feeling Scorpio, with the Libran qualities of consideration and thoughtfulness. The yin and yang find balance. There’s been changes in your finances, and you may want to review what’s next. With Venus in Libra until December 4th, friendships and relationships are enjoyed, and your popularity may be increased. You can feel the sweetness of life even amidst these tumultuous times, so give yourself some kindness and tender care. Set your intention under the quiet of the Scorpio New Moon in how you want to share you talents and the things you value. The Sun conjuncts Mars on the 17th and energizes you with action. On the 22nd the Sun enters Sagittarius and lifts our spirits with its fiery passions. A good time for visiting, learning, writing and communicating. Keyword for November “Finding enjoyment.”
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Happy Birthday dear Scorpio, this is a powerful time for you! Not only is the Sun in Scorpio celebrating you, but Mercury and Mars travel there as well. Your planet, Mars, is in its own sign, which increases its strength to go after what it wants, giving you courage to take a stand. This is a time to use its power in strategic ways. Allow its energy to fuel what you wish to accomplish and achieve. Be thoughtful, with Mercury in Scorpio next to Mars, of its power to communicate things intensely and pointedly that you may have been holding back. Tune into those deeper levels of desire that you have set aside, and feel into how you want to communicate them without overwhelming others with intensity. You are a sensitive and resilience person. You are often aware of your vulnerability, though others probably don’t see it. Instead they feel that core of strength that Scorpio possesses. Venus enters Libra on the 8th. During this time finding space to be quiet and undisturbed brings clarity. Mars opposes Uranus on the 11th, which can be a time of surprising or unexpected events. This is followed on the 13th with the New Moon in Scorpio and finally on the 17th with the Sun conjunct Mars. This is a powerful time for you. You will feel more energy and can accomplish many things, but also be aware of any frustrations that might boil over and erupt. Keywords for November, “Energy to direct.”
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): Dear Sagittarius, this is a time for catching up and completing projects. “Behind the scenes” is highlighted this month, and meditations carry power. Insights come to you when you find quiet reflective time for yourself, which can lead you into the next year. Some of you may feel intensely the world affairs, and have a need to take an action. Your ruling planet, Jupiter, is in Taurus, and there it desires stability, and time to appreciate the beauty of nature and life. Jupiter in Taurus loves to grow things and create wonderful environments, yet the grouping in Scorpio brings intensity to your doorstep. With Mars next to Mercury, decisions are being made. Mercury enters Sagittarius on the 9th and broadens your perspective. Your communications and teachings with others are highlighted. The New Moon on the 13th falls in your house of mysticism, so use your deck of Tarot or oracle cards for greater attunement and guidance for the months ahead. The Sun enters Sagittarius on the 22nd and Mars on the 24th. Though both are tempered by the square to Saturn in Pisces, Thanksgiving looks to be a passionate and conversational time. Keywords for November, “Attunement to Spirit.”
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): Dear Capricorn, with a gathering of Scorpio planets in your house of connecting with groups and friends, you may have powerful experiences with others in group dynamics this month. This is the area of the chart that steps outside of the box and seeks creative vision with like minded people. It’s forward thinking, and can cultivate a broader overview to stretch into the months ahead. If you are leading, there is power here for you as a leader. With Mars so strong in its own sign, Scorpio, and near Mercury and the Sun, your insight can be sharp and preceptive. You can get right to the point. Mars may need some taming into patience and flexibility, because Uranus the change agent is so strong. So allow yourself to both step back and observe with some detachment, but also to be deeply involved. That’s an art! Venus enters Libra on the 8th and brings new relations through your career. The New Moon in Scorpio takes place on the 13th, a time to set your intention for your goals in the year ahead. The Sun and Mars enter Sagittarius on the 22nd and 24th, respectively, as they square your ruling planet, Saturn. This is a good time to slow down and review. Keywords for November, “The power of the group dynamics.”
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): Dear Aquarius, the gathering of planets in Scorpio takes place in your house of career, and what you aspire toward. This is a potent time to achieve your goals, and to transform your public role in the community. Perhaps you are shifting your focus, or putting more energy into a new direction. The energy and motivation is there for you to accomplish what it is you are desiring. So at the beginning of November, take some time and reflect on what you want to manifest. On the 8th Venus enters Libra, and highlights teaching, learning, travel, and higher education. These are favored and support your desires. Mercury enters Sagittarius on the 9th, until December 1st. This period of time is conducive to letting people know what you are offering. Learning and sharing in groups is highlighted! One of your favorite things. On the 13th, under the rays of the New Moon in Scorpio, is an excellent time to set your intention for the month ahead, especially in regards to what you would like to achieve or accomplish. The Sun and Mars enter Sagittarius on the 22nd and the 24th, giving energy and leadership to your group endeavors. Keywords for November, “Energy and motivation.”
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): Dear Pisces, with Saturn stationing (appearing to stand still) in the 1st degree of Pisces, you are slowed to deeply consider the ramifications of events or situations. This benefits you by drawing forth your deep wisdom and insight. Take your time. There is a situation that is transforming and you now have the ability to be very clear and decisive. Know what you can do and what you can’t do. This Saturn in Pisces wants you to honor your boundaries. Your ruling planet, Jupiter, now in Taurus, brings you stability and clear powers of communication. The New Moon in Scorpio takes place on the 13th. It is an auspicious time to set your intention. You have deep feelings for the plight of others and strong ethics that guide you. When the Sun and Mars enter Sagittarius on the 22nd and the 24th, the mood lightens and enjoyment of friends and family are prominent. Happy Thanksgiving! Keywords for November, “Timely considerations.”
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 41 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 readings, call (831) 479-3751, or go to www.susanheinz.com