November 11, 2023

New Moon in Scorpio & Thanksgiving

Nov 11 – Mars at 21 Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus – A prelude to the New Moon in Scorpio – Actions and intentions meet unexpected change or disruptions. Be alert to reactive responses to others behaviors. Cultivate patience as change is unfolding.

New Moon in Scorpio conjunct Mars

Celebrate on evening of November 12th

Nov 13 – New Moon at 20 Scorpio – 1:28 am –  New Moons each month offer us new beginnings. This new Moon in intense Scorpio calls for going deep and feeling into where we are. As it aligns with Mars and opposes 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.

The Sun has been traveling with Mars in the zodiac, accentuating action, directness, assertion, and courage. Use this vital energy to break through, take a stand for that which you value, and for self directed action. Mars in Scorpio expresses itself with intensity. We watch our reactive impulses, our spontaneous responses, to heighten our awareness. Mars carries a destructive side that includes violence, disruption, and blame. 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, (known as Cazimi) and 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. Cazimi is the term used when a planet exactly conjuncts the Sun. At that exact point the Sun’s rays cleanse and strengthen the powers of Mars. Mars in its own sign takes on a dignity, and heightens its ability to create Scorpio’s transformations and new beginnings. Tune into your deeper desires and align with the power of this alignment to direct yourself toward the goals and

aspirations that are most meaningful to you. Mars is Cazimi with the Sun every two years. The last time Mars was conjunct the Sun in Scorpio was 1991.

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 are lifted to gather with others and share Sagittarian enjoyment. A wonderful season to learn and stretch our minds.

Thanksgiving Day

Nov 23 – There’s an Aries Moon for a lively Thanksgiving! Mercury in Sagittarius, lots of talk with passion, story telling, and sometimes strong opinions! Sun in enthusiastic Sagittarius conjunct Mars squares Saturn in Pisces – Saturn reins in roaming Sagittarius and intense Mars, helps us focus, organize and simplify. Good for getting the dinner on the table! Venus in Libra brings enjoyment, sweetness, and appreciation of good food and company. This is a day full of passion, eagerness, and engagement.

Happy Thanksgiving

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?

The Twelve Signs for the New Moon: 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, 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, 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. It is perhaps one of the most powerful times for you to declare your intentions for what you want to manifest in your life. Mars in its own sign, your sign, is like a rocket ship taking off to carry you to the goal you choose. You will feel more energy and can accomplish many things, but also be aware of any frustrations that might boil over and erupt, so keep yourself moving, with your goal in mind. Keywords for November, “Energy to direct.”

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): Dear Sagittarius, Mercury entered Sagittarius on the 9th. It stimulates your mind. Your communications and teachings with others are highlighted. The New Moon on the 13th falls in your house of mysticism. Get out your favorite Tarot deck or Oracle cards for greater attunement and guidance for the months ahead. With Mars in cazimi to the Sun, the power of clarity of intention marks a new beginning. Meditate on your deepest desires. 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, Venus having entered Libra on the 8th, highlights positive relations through your career or when you show up in your public role. These new relationships are rewarding. The New Moon in Scorpio takes place on the 13th, a time to set your intention for your goals in the year ahead. With Mars cazimi the Sun on the 17th, any intentions you have in regards to working with groups, or being part of a larger community, can be declared to powerfully activate those goals. 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, 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. Mars cazimi the Sun on the 17th, will send off that intention toward its target like an arrow sent from the bow of your clarity. 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, the New Moon in Scorpio takes place on the 13th. It is an auspicious time to set your intention. As this New Moon falls in your house of philosophy, and expansion of consciousness, teaching and learning, you might stretch yourself into something new, perhaps connecting with what inspires you. You have deep feelings for the plight of others and strong ethics that guide you. With Mars cazimi the Sun on the 17th, the clarity this alignment provides helps you to know and communicate your needs and boundaries. 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

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