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November 2016


Astrological highlights by Danielle Blackwood

November 2016

November begins with the waxing Moon providing a surge in productive energy and bringing along some magic, inspiration and imagination courtesy of Sun trine Neptune.   Deep gratitude to all the women who journeyed here to my retreat on Salt Spring Island to share space and raise energy over this past weekend: to release and rebirth, and make magick in the woods and by the sea!  I'm already looking forward to the next time.

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Mars enters Aquarius from November 9th until December 21st: there may be a shake up in the works. We are feeling edgy, and new ideas come like flashes of lightening out of a clear blue sky. Dare to take a stance, speak your truth and gather for the good of the many. The unique, the untried and the creative are favored now.  Be true to your vision, find your tribe, and work towards shared goals.

Venus enters Capricorn from November 11th until December 8th: money, resources, security and stability are highlighted. How can we create a better foundation? How can we craft a career anchored in right livelihood? We’re checking our bank accounts and our minds are on the bottom line. Mercury enters Sagittarius on the 12th, adding some buoyancy, optimism and spark to our ideas and interactions.

Super Full Moon in Taurus

The super full Moon in Taurus on the 14th, necessarily opposite the Sun in Scorpio, brings up themes of security, shared resources, money, and property.  Sex and power are also underlined.  The Moon in Taurus is possessive, stubborn and determined.   It is traditional Taurus wisdom that anything can be made better with a good cup of tea and a nice hot bath.  And, with these times of unrest and transition in the world, there is solid, old-fashioned good sense in that practicality.  Taurus is an embodied, deeply sensual archetype that is connected to the tangible: body image, self love, a stable home and foundation from which our creativity and relationships can be nourished.  Taurus is a Fixed Earth sign, and is associated with Venus.  Even more ancient than her Venus correspondence, Taurus resonates with Aphrodite Pandemos – “Aphrodite common to all the people”- an earthy, lusty, fertility goddess.  Taurus is connected to the Empress card in the Tarot - lush, fertile, abundant and comfortably living in accordance with the Earth. Other goddess archetypes that resonate with Taurus include: Gaia, Lakshmi, Venus, Hathor, Epona, and Flora.  On this full Moon, bring your attention to shoring up your foundations, making your sanctuary sound, and connecting with your sensual self.

Neptune stations direct on the 19th. Whenever a planet stations, the collective is saturated for a few days in the archetype of that planet. Although we may be feeling idealistic and inspired, which is especially beneficial for creatives -it’s also advisable to keep our feet - as Neptune can also befuddle, confuse and dazzle us with smoke and mirrors.  Double check appointments, travel plans, and agreements.

Sun into Sagittarius

Sagittarius season begins on November 21st at 1:23 pm (PST), where the Sun will shine its light on the Sagittarius part of our chart for the next 30 days.  Look to see where Sagittarius is in your chart to find out where you will be experiencing expansion.  For Sun sign Sagittarians, happy birthday!  Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign, meaning that it is a sign that bridges one season to the next (in this case, autumn to winter) and expresses through the dynamic, visionary element of fire. 

Archetypally, Sagittarius is the hero on the quest toward individuation.  The bow and arrow associated with Sagittarius symbolizes the focused release of Self out into the world to embrace what’s “out there”, to define what’s “in here”.  Sagittarius is here to let us know that to make life have meaning is the meaning of life.  Sagittarius explores and expands its worldview through spirituality, religion, metaphysics, law, higher learning, and pilgrimage travel.   The gift of Sagittarius is the adage, carpe diem!

Sagittarius is a bit of a “Rockstar philosopher”, and their search for the next experience and their unquenchable thirst for a new horizon can lead to a reputation for hedonism. However, theirs is the unfolding archetypal road of the Journey, and they are here to travel both the inner and outer worlds to see what's around the next bend.  The mysteries of faraway lands, and the lure of uncharted ground intoxicates and beckons them onward.  They are the sign that throws a few belongings into a backpack and heads off to Nepal; walks the ancient path up Glastonbury Tor, and trades stories over a campfire on a beach in Tofino.

The month is concluded with the new Moon in Sagittarius on November 29th at 4:18 am PST, and, 7:18 am EST.  All new Moons are potent times for a fresh start in a particular area of our lives. Look to your chart to see which house contains seven degrees of Sagittarius. This is the life area you are meant to take a leap of faith in now. To set off in a new direction that will expand your consciousness in some profound way. Set your intentions for the next six months through adventure, travel, higher learning, and spiritual exploration.

New Moon in Sagittarius Affirmations

  • Freedom is my birthright, and I do as I will, harming none
  • The time is now to focus on my dreams.  Time waits for no one.
  • I look for the higher meaning in everything that happens
  • I now honor my thirst for knowledge and fill my well with whatever my spirit requires
  • I am open minded, and embrace new experiences, people, and situations
  • My faith in life is unshakeable.  I trust in the grand plan of the universe
  • I bounce back quickly from adversity, and set my sights on the next horizon
  • I trust that spirit is leading me where I need to go

Lunations and Planetary Ingresses November 2016 – All times PST

Nov 8th             9:52 pm           Mars enters Aquarius

Nov 11th           8:55 pm           Venus enters Capricorn

Nov 12th           6:40 am           Mercury enters Sagittarius

Nov 14th           5:52 am           Full Moon 22°Taurus 38′ (8:52 am EST)

Nov 19th           8:39 pm           Neptune stations Direct 9° Pisces 14’D

Nov 21st           1:23 pm           Sun enters Sagittarius

Nov 29th           4:18 am           New Moon 7° Sagittarius 43’ (7:18 am EST)

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