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The big, ‘feel good’ planet Jupiter is something of a leading star during November and can be seen rising ahead of the Sun in the East shortly before the dawn. This month sets the trend for an astrological dynamic that will be with us now through into late 2017 and brings back a reminder of energy we experienced from mid 2012 to early 2015. The Uranus square Pluto aspect was the signature background theme of those three years and brought us revolution and change in many forms. Looking back to just a few years ago most people can say that their personal world is a different place now, or at least their view of the world has significantly altered. Many of the things, which we took for granted, have undergone some form of transformation.
Although the exact contact between the two planets, Uranus and Pluto has now separated – they will be reconnected by challenging contact from Jupiter later this month, when Jupiter makes a square angle to Pluto. Jupiter then goes on to be in opposition to Uranus in late December and then repeats this pattern several times over the next year. Jupiter is currently in the sign Libra, which puts the focus on extending our understanding and appreciation of others through all relationships and social connections. There is a desire to form more balanced partnerships and allegiances, to have more cooperation and make unity and balance the priority rather than constant conflict now.
The recent Uranus Pluto square set us against anything that held us back from a true expression of personal and collective freedom and so much rebellion, dissent and chaos was experienced that we welcome the idea of some cohesion. With the idealism and optimism of Jupiter touching in on Pluto we will be challenged to find out if the choices we have made over the last few years are really serving the best interests of everyone involved or are they just our own preferred option. Put to the test in the next months we may have to let go of some selfish expectations or overly demanding attitudes in favour of compromise and peace. We will be required to reach for a higher expression of love in all our dealings with others.
The second week of the month brings opportunity to set off on a new path or make changes. In the few days building up to the Full Moon on November 14, three of the faster moving planets change zodiac sign. Feisty Mars moves into Aquarius, which puts an emphasis on collectivism and activities which take into account the bigger picture and community interest. On November 12, Venus moves into Capricorn and Mercury into Sagittarius. This brings a practical realism to what we yearn for and some stability in relationships, as well as broadening our outlook so we can include new or far-reaching options in looking for resolution. The high point of this energy will manifest around the Full Moon in Taurus, which puts further accent on stabilising situations and striving for a new peace or harmony in our lives. As a ‘Super Moon’, this Full Moon will be the closest and brightest of 2016. It is also the largest since 1948 and the Full Moon won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034. Definitely a time for appreciating and enjoying whatever feels good in your life.
The next Full Moon is at 23° Taurus on November 14 at 1:53pm and the New Moon is at 8° Sagittarius on November 29 at 12:19pm.
Aries: You have a strong appreciation of what has value, and what doesn’t. You get some satisfaction and sense of achievement from providing for the basic needs of yourself and others. Feelings of economic insecurity can find you staying longer than necessary in an unsatisfactory work situation. Wise decisions are based on knowing what is right for you and not on always playing it safe. Remember that the talents and abilities you've built up over the years are your security and if you put them to good use you will find the stability you’re reaching for.
Taurus: Emotions and personal attachments are central issues in your life now, though it may be that you are the one stretching the limits. You want to have the chance to make some kind of statement about who you are and what sets you apart from others rather than what you share in common. Trust and intimacy are primary concerns right now and you might have cause to test the bonds with the people closest to you. Start with an identity reality check. Be sure you know who you are first and then get out there and let everyone else know.
Gemini: At this time you have a deep longing to seek refuge in something, which transcends everyday life. Perhaps this will manifest itself in creative, musical or artistic work. Give time to whatever enables you to merge with something greater than your personal self. You won’t function well in the social whirl during this Full Moon so take time out to appreciate your talents away from distractions. This is a time of reorganising yourself on a subtle level and it’ll take awhile to become aware of the changes. Begin this phase slowly with plenty of time to delve into that impressive imaginative resource that is your inner world.
Cancer: Satisfaction comes when you have a sense of belonging to the people you work with, and knowing that they also appreciate you. This Full Moon you might be thinking more about how your ideals fit in with the people around you. You may have become quite attached to personal projects and have some difficulty letting go of the reins when other people need to take over. Use this opportunity to make a positive move towards openness and you may discover a talent for working with people in groups, especially if this involves caring or humanitarian projects.
Leo: If you’re not already striking out to fulfill your ambitions then now is the time to make plans for your future. Getting yourself some recognition for what you do well takes on extra significance during this Full Moon. You may find yourself playing a much more significant role, even being out in the public eye as you’re especially able to appreciate what is wanted now. Remember though, it could be wise to develop a certain emotional detachment, so that you feel less vulnerable. You want to get ahead and be appreciated and now is the time to dream up your wildest dreams and take the risk of following them.
Virgo: During this Full Moon travel, higher learning, study and spiritual matters can occupy your mind. You are hungry for understanding and will seek to attain further knowledge or wisdom. It's a great time for planning, dreaming up new schemes, or rearranging the way you look at things. Patterns you establish now do not need to be perfected until later, so you can stick to generalities until you've got the basic plan established. Don’t be surprised if you find an opportunity to link with foreign cultures, as there are valuable exchanges to be had. You have much to learn over the next few months.
Libra: Use your ability to tune in to the deepest emotional signals in other people during this Full Moon. If you can face your inner emotional fears now, you’ll help guide others through theirs. You have the courage to be honest with yourself which encourages others to be honest about their failings too and you’ll be appreciated for the support. Start this next phase with the determination to throw out some old worn out ways and unproductive thinking. This is a time of renewal for you, so be prepared for some real transformation.
Scorpio: Personal and professional partnerships need your attention now. Try to find the balance in your most important relationships during this Full Moon phase. You may make too many compromises for the sake of emotional peace. You can be very sincere when you want to be but it has to go both ways or you’ll have reason to feel resentful. An increased receptivity to the influence, problems and needs of others inclines you to a listening job in which you can give support and nourishment.
Sagittarius: Emotional problems can arise at work because of some over-sensitivity and unconscious overreaction. Be aware of where you feel threatened by change and adapt before it happens. You’ll find yourself working on behalf of others now and wanting to be at your best and give your all to improve conditions, either at work or some other important area of your life. Consider which longterm projects will give you the greatest sense of personal achievement and know that your mind body and spirit are being looked after.
Capricorn: There is no time like the present when it comes to having fun, entertaining friends or relaxing with a loved one. Romance in all its forms is demanding to be indulged. Your tendency to yearn for the security of love and intimacy is at a peak and you might find yourself trying to match reality to your fantasy with disappointing results. Begin with a flourish but remember that a more lasting satisfaction comes from creative achievements of all kinds and can be found in simpler pursuits. Whatever you do make sure you have plenty of time to daydream between social events.
Aquarius: The bonds to the past may seem stronger at the moment. There is plenty of opportunity to reconsider people and places that have been important in your past. Fundamental security is a major preoccupation for you especially now and you’ll be thinking of ways that you can bring something of your past experiences into the future. You function best when there is peace on the home front, but you might find yourself distracted by family worries or be concerned with matters of the home, land or property. Start to express some of those deep inner tensions that you’ve allowed to build up.
Pisces: When you communicate, you’ll find you do so with feeling and conviction. You have a compelling persuasive aura about you now and you are well suited to situations where communication is essential. It may be your job to sort the wheat from the chaff and dispel confusion over certain matters. This is no time to be taking it easy because your skills are required in many areas and friends and neighbours will benefit from your knowledge. Remember to maintain a good pace and you’ll have a lot to be grateful for if you are prepared to be generous in sharing yourself.