The midpoint between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice is an important point in the progress of the Sun through the year. Seasonal festivities are now mainly focused around Halloween but the actual ‘cross quarter day’ is on November 7. Many of the stone megaliths throughout Europe indicate the Sun’s alignment to a specific point in the landscape. These ancient markers remind us of the cyclic nature of our solar year. By following the movements of the planets we can also become aware of much bigger cycles within society and our group consciousness.
The main Astrological event this month is a significant point in a dynamic relationship between Saturn and Neptune that takes about 36-37 years to complete. This current square angle will be active until mid September 2016 and is likely to bring about huge shifts in our awareness, viewpoints and attitudes, both on the personal level and within the mass consciousness. This phase will take us through to 2025 and a completion of this cycle.
The square angle is a challenge, an uncomfortable situation, which requires action. Saturn acts as a teacher and represents the world of physicality. There are responsibilities, conditions and inevitable consequences that come with the human experience. We all experience the doubts, fears and insecurities of living in a three-dimensional state. Understanding how to navigate the material world brings self-discipline, resourcefulness and also practical wisdom.
Whenever we encounter Saturn we are being asked to take a reality check — are our limits supporting us or preventing further growth? Do we need to rewrite our contracts, check our boundaries or face up to something?
Neptune is almost opposite in nature. It draws us to a non-material world beyond the limitations of physicality. It dissolves the boundaries of time and space. We touch into the dream world of mystery, illusion and delusion whenever Neptune is in our consciousness. There are no limitations with Neptune, no definition or structure. It speaks to us of unseen worlds beyond the physical senses, an infinite oneness. It invites us to experience the realm of spirit.
Saturn is currently in Sagittarius whilst Neptune is in Pisces, and both these signs are ruled by Jupiter, the ‘feel good’ planet. Jupiter seeks happiness, meaning, something beyond the mundane and ultimately, a sense of joy. Sagittarius is philosophical, a truth seeker whilst Pisces is merging with mystical realms. The challenge indicated by the current square angle will bring up issues of moral or spiritual significance, as we are encouraged to expand and grow into something beyond our current experience.
The themes during the coming months will be about our commonality, compassion and connection to all life. The next challenge will be to represent this expanded awareness in our social systems and organisations. There will be reality shifts. Sometimes this could be through a profound revelation of spiritual understanding or it could be due to a disintegration of what seemed to be reliable and trustworthy into a state of chaos. The next year will be arduous for anyone who has not begun to explore higher truths that are inclusive rather than separatist or divisive. Disillusionment has to happen as the existing illusion breaks down. For those who are very entrenched in the material world this can translate into a sense of self-righteousness, religious fanaticism or determination to bring law and order into areas of perceived chaos. For those who are already consciously seeking on a spiritual level the challenges will be found where dreams or ideals don’t match with daily life. The bottom line here from Saturn is ‘Get Real’ and from Neptune ‘Let Go to the Flow’. The challenge is to do both simultaneously!
The New Moon is at 19° Scorpio on November 11 at 5:49pm The Full Moon is at 4° Gemini on November 25 at 10:45pm.
Aries: One of your greatest talents is your ability to tune in to the deepest emotional signals in other people. 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 allows others to be honest about their failings also. You’ll be appreciated for the genuine 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.
Taurus: Your enormous receptivity to the problems and needs of others gives you a listening job. You can give support and nourishment to those that need it. But you can also be to quick to meet the demands of others, so take care not to become drained by these emotional contacts. You may discover you've made too many compromises for the sake of emotional peace. Try to find the balance in your most important relationships. 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.
Gemini: Emotional problems can arise at work because of some over sensitivity and unconscious overreaction. Be aware of where you feel your own security is threatened by change and adapt before it happens. You’ll find yourself working on behalf of others now. You want to be at your best and give your all to improving conditions, either at work or some other important area of your life. Consider which long term projects will give you the greatest sense of personal achievement but ensure that your mind body and spirit are also being looked after.
Cancer: 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 but with disappointing results. Begin with a flourish but remember that lasting satisfaction comes from creative achievements of all kinds and can also be found in simple pleasures. Whatever you do make sure you have plenty of time to daydream between social events.
Leo: 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 now. 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 this month with expressing some of those deep inner tensions that you’ve allowed to build up.
Virgo: 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.
Libra: You have a strong appreciation of what has value, and what doesn't. You can achieve contentment by providing for the basic needs of others now. The threat of economic insecurity can mean that you are staying longer than necessary in an unsatisfactory work situation. Wise decisions are based on knowing what is right for you, not by always playing it safe. Remember that the talents and abilities you have 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.
Scorpio: Trust and intimacy are primary concerns right now and you might have cause to test the bonds with the people closest to you. Emotions and personal attachments are central issues in your life now, but are you the one stretching their 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. Start with an identity reality check. Be sure you know who you are first and then get out there and let everyone else know.
Sagittarius: At this time you have a deep longing to seek refuge in something, which transcends everyday life. This may manifest itself in creative, musical or artistic work, which enables you to merge your spirit with the greater ocean of the collective spirit. You do not function well in a social whirl and need to 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 a while to become aware of the changes. Begin this month slowly with plenty of time to delve into that impressive imaginative resource that is your inner world.
Capricorn: Satisfaction comes when you have a sense of belonging to the people you work with, and know that they also appreciate you. This is a time when you might be thinking more about how your ideals fit in with the people around you. You must realise that you often become quite attached to pet 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.
Aquarius: You make important emotional bonds to people you work with, and you may find yourself playing a much more significant role. Being out in public view is also likely 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 your wildest dreams and take the risk of following them. Remember that everything you achieve has to be imagined by you first.
Pisces: You are hungry for understanding and insight now, and are keen to read or study a great deal 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 set up now do not need to be perfected until later, so you can work with a vague outline until you've got the basic plan established. Don’t be surprised if you find an opportunity to travel or link with foreign cultures, as there are valuable exchanges to be had. You have much to learn over the next few months.