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Cosmic Weather Report

The Month Ahead
by guest writer, Astrologer Kelly Benson

November 2020

    The Sun moves through mysterious and penetrating Scorpio as we enter the darkest time of the year (from now to the winter solstice). While the Sun’s life force is at its weakest, we acknowledge natural endings and honour the cycle of life, death, sex, rebirth and transformation. As we retreat to the warmth of the indoors and the nights are longer, we’re given the opportunity to reflect on the past year. The Scorpio season pushes us consider the deeper mysteries at work in our lives, as well as their meaningful connections. We’re encouraged to probe the depths, get curious, reflect, and reclaim the lost and fragmented parts of the self in order to become whole again. That’s why this is the best time of year to make necessary cut backs, finish old business and get closure on draining relationships dynamics.

    This month the celestial swell is rich with activity as we come in hot on the heels of a rare Blue Moon in Taurus. Mercury is about to station direct in Libra (on the US election day no less). Venus makes her way through peace-loving Libra, while Mars is still retrograde in militant Aries. And that grand trio of Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto is still cruising through Capricorn.

    Tread softly with yourself and others because the air is thick with opposing viewpoints and heated discussions! As Mercury switches direction on Tuesday, Nov 3 it brings snags, glitches, technical difficulties and errors in communications. This is bookended by Mercury squaring Saturn on Nov 1 and Nov 5, indicating clashing objectives and a tendency towards rigid mindsets. People feel at cross purposes with each other. It’s not easy to get others on board with your vision as misinterpretations are rife this week. Slow down, take your time forming your thoughts and consider what your authentic intention is.

    On Monday Nov 9, harmony-seeking Venus moves opposite assertive Mars which increases our competitive nature. People feel passionate about their views and will go to great lengths to get their point across. Our sensual nature will also get a boost with this influence as people choose to express themselves through more physical means. Pent-up frustrations need somewhere to go making this a productive time for intense physical output such as physical labour, yard work, exercise and passionate lovemaking. (Hey, let’s make love not war!)

Note: These action-oriented aspects indicate that change is happening whether we like it or not and we must adapt and evolve. On Tuesday Nov 10, Mercury moves back into Scorpio (due to its retrograde then direct motion) bringing with it an investigative style. We're eager to look deeper to investigate and find the truth. Given the other aspects at work, this can be a difficult time to get others to compromise or negotiate contracts. However, it will be a good time for wrapping up business and finalizing issues especially regarding money, shared property, and taxes.

On Thursday Nov 12, we have the third and final Jupiter- Pluto conjunction in Capricorn making this a time to evolve, grow and transformation, perhaps in ways we never thought possible. Changes regarding the possession and control of power are expected, especially in politics, government and big business. Adjustments related to the flow of power are activated as new or previously unrevealed options are now illuminated. Individually and collectively, we’re inspired to do to better, to focus on what needs to be done, and to achieve.

This is also a potent time of health, healing, regeneration and rebirth. As Frank Herbert writes, “The sleeper is awoken.” Now is the time to awaken to the potential that resides in us! This bring us to Mars stationing direct on Friday Nov 13, after a 10-week retrograde in Aries. We might experience some discomfort and irritability, but it’s soon burned away as Mars ignites our courage and we feel empowered to step forward and take positive action. We’re ready to champion our causes to get things moving again! This time with a new refreshed vision and a better sense of the power we possess.

    The Sun makes a favourable sextile to both Jupiter and Pluto on Saturday Nov 14, bringing with it a more optimistic outlook. Tangible solutions to complex problems begin to reveal themselves. Couple this with the New Moon in Scorpio occurring on Sunday Nov 14 and constructive inroads are revealed, making this one the most potent New Moons of the year. Be sure to get some quiet time when the Moon is at her darkest to reconnect with the inner you and listen to yourself with an honest open heart. What are your wants, needs and desires? This is also a time to plant seeds to create a life with meaning that reflects your true nature. You might realize you’ll need to phase out one way of life to make room for another. This may take days, weeks or even years, but now is the time to set those coordinates. Not an easy task, but a necessary one as we wrap a significant year and get ready for a new one.

    On Thursday Nov 19, Venus squares Saturn and the harsher realities of life are brought to the surface. Rather than shake our fists in frustration, consider the responsible actions that are possible to make your world a better place to inhabit. This is a time to cut back on habits that just aren’t serving you anymore. On Saturday Nov 21 Venus enters Scorpio and we’re further pushed to remove the obstacles that stand in our way. The decisive nature of Scorpio pushes us to refine our strategies making this is a good time for reassessing our vital resources (money, time, energy, people). As the drive for intimacy increases, romance and love affairs will become more serious and passionate. It can be a “make or break” influence that reveals if a relationship has the chops to hold that kind of passion. If you’re faced with making some tough calls, think of it like a hard autumn pruning: your garden is set to grow back stronger!

On Saturday Nov 21, the Sun moves into Sagittarius and our sense of adventure is awakened. We’re curious to discover more about the world around us, and the call to travel and learn about other cultures beckons. We’re eager to expand on our dreams and expand our view to think big and aim high! This can be a time of increased friendship exchanges because we’re more open to meeting people or taking part in activities that would normally be outside our comfort zone. Get out and enjoy the fresh air, as hiking and winter sports call our name. Increased education, classes, reading and studying are major influence as well.

As Mercury trines Neptune on Monday Nov 23, we are open to experiencing the softer side of life. We’re feeling more imaginative and creative, which makes this a good week for artistic endeavours. We’re more likely to notice the good fortune present in our lives and be receptive to relationship overtures from others. The once-a-year opposition between Venus and Uranus on Friday Nov 27, brings unexpected changes, a boost in resources, and new thought paradigms.

As we wrap up the month, the Earth and Sun are in perfect alignment making a Lunar Eclipse / Full Moon in Gemini on Monday Nov 30. This Full Moon occurs in mutable energy indicating a time to adapt and change as necessary. The more rigid we are, the more likely we will fail to get our needs met. Taking an expansive view and getting curious about what’s really going on with others can help.

This “air and fire” energy, plus feeling the intense dance of oppositions, makes us energetic! We’re pushed to deal matters in the moment while still considering the bigger picture and our long range objectives. This is a great time for lively discussions and debates whereby we will discover new ideologies and share points of view.
Ingresses and Events November 2020 *all times Pacific

Nov 1, 2020, at 11:06 AM         Mercury 26°  Libra 16’ square Saturn 26° Cap 16’

Nov 3, 2020, at 9:50 AM          Mercury 25° Libra 54’ Stations Direct

Nov 9, 2020, at 11:08 AM         Venus 15° Libra 22 opposition Mars 15° Aries 22

Nov 8, 2020, at 5:46 AM           4th Quarter Moon 16° Leo 37

Nov 9, 2020, at 8:08 AM           Venus 15° Libra 22 opposition Mars 15° Aries 22

Nov 10, 2020, at 1:55 PM           Mercury enters Scorpio

Nov 12, 2020, at 1:39 PM          Jupiter 22° Cap 52 conjunct Pluto 22° Capricorn 52

Nov 13, 2020, at 1:39 PM          Mars 15° Aries 14’ Stations Direct

Nov 14, 2020, at 11:48 AM        Sun 22° Scorpio 54 sextile Pluto 22° Capricorn 54

Nov 14, 2020, at 7:57 PM          Sun 23° Scorpio 15 sextile Jupiter 23° Capricorn 15

Nov 14, 2020, at 9:07 PM          New Moon 23° Scorpio 18’

Nov 15, 2020, at 11:43 AM         Venus 22° Libra 55 square Pluto 22° Capricorn 55

Nov 16, 2020, at 9:33 PM          Venus 23° Libra 26 square Jupiter 23° Capricorn 26

Nov 17, 2020, at 12:07 AM        Mercury 8° Scorpio 01 opposite Uranus 8° Taurus 01

Nov 18, 2020, at 11:18 PM         Sun 27° Scorpio 25 sextile Saturn 27° Capricorn 25

Nov 19, 2020, at 3:29 AM          Venus 27° Libra 26 square Saturn 27° Capricorn 26

Nov 21, 2020, at 5:22 AM          Venus enters Scorpio

Nov 21, 2020, at 12:40 PM        Sun enters Sagittarius

Nov 21, 2020, at 8:45 PM          2nd Quarter Moon 08° Pisces 20’

Nov 23, 2020, at 8:40 PM          Mercury 18° Scorpio 10’ trine Neptune 18° Pisces 10’

Nov 27, 2020, at 2:38 AM          Mercury 23° Scorpio 11 sextile Pluto 23° Cap 11’

Nov 27, 2020, at 9:11 AM           Venus 7° Scorpio 38 opposition Uranus 7° Taurus 38’

Nov 28, 2020, at 4:36 PM          Neptune Stations Direct 18° Pisces 10’

Nov 28, 2020, at 6:51 PM          Mercury 25° Scorpio 47’ sextile Jupiter 25° Cap 47’

Nov 30, 2020, at 11:01 AM         Full Moon Lunar Eclipse 8° Gemini 38’

Nov 30, 2020, at 11:01 AM         Mercury 28° Scorpio 23’ sextile Saturn 28° Cap 23’
November Moons

Fourth Quarter Moon 16° Leo 37’           November 8, 2020 at 5:46 AM

New Moon in 23° Scorpio 18’                  November 14, 2020 at 3:43 PM

Second Quarter Moon 29° Pisces 20’      November 21, 2020 at 8:45 PM

Full Moon /Lunar Eclipse in 8° Gemini 38’         November 30, 2020 at 11:01 AM
    Every culture on this beautiful blue dot has watched, recorded, and anticipated the movements of the Sun and Moon. Because we observe the Sun during the daytime, our ancestors associated Sun energy with conscious action, will power and the father principle. In contrast, we honour the Moon (that reflects the Sun’s light) at nighttime and it is associated with unconscious behaviours, feelings, moods, home, family and the mother principle.

    As the Moon makes her journey through the First Quarter Moon (aka New Moon) to the Second Quarter Moon, Third Quarter Moon (aka Full Moon) and Last Quarter Moon these are cosmically charged times when we are more likely to experience powerful feelings and bursts of energy that we put into action. These cycles can work for us or against us, depending on how we approach this celestial energy.

    When Venus enters her own sign Libra on October 27, we’re encouraged to strengthen our bonds with friends and loved ones. This influence promotes positive relations with others, especially romantic ones! Because we’re more aligned with our needs, it’s easier to witness what’s happening for someone else. Sometimes the greatest gift we can offer is to truly listen, taking in what our friend needs to say without jumping in or trying to fix them.
Astrologer Kelly Benson is Vancouver based
and is available for private consultations via phone and Zoom.