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Look for Venus reappearing as the Morning Star from the beginning of November, twinkling brightly in the east before sunrise. In the early evening, Jupiter appears low on the western horizon, with Mercury visible above it. Saturn is bright in the west, with reddish Mars overhead as the sun sets.
Time for empowerment and transformation
Shift in our collective spiritual direction
Jupiter enters Sagittarius
Mercury goes retro
If you’re feeling rather unsettled at the moment, I’m not surprised, given how much astrological activity is going on around this New Moon! The Moon’s Nodes, Uranus and Jupiter are all changing signs around this time. There’s also lots going on around 16-17 Nov, it’s a very busy lunar month! Details below.
The New Moon falls in Scorpio in the early hours of Thurs 8 November (AEST) signalling the beginning of a major new cycle in self-empowerment and relating to others in a deep and passionate way. The sign of Scorpio is associated with rebirth – or more accurately with all stages in the three-fold journey of transformation: death, the passage through the underworld and then the rebirth, rising like the phoenix from the ashes of the old self. Scorpio represents the capacity for intense transformation and is the ultimate survivor.
Scorpio is Water sign, sensitive and feeling things at a very deep level. Scorpios are very loyal and dependable. The sign is ruled by the planet Pluto which gives them their characteristic intensity, and they are finely attuned to power issues, with a kind of X-ray vision that tells them who’s to be trusted (and who’s not). They will carry secrets to the grave, and so have a natural talent for confidentiality. When manifesting negatively though, they can be ruthless and power-hungry. You really don’t ever want to cross a Scorpio – like the scorpion, they are famous for that sting in their tail!
If your birthday is close to this New Moon (within a day either side), this marks the beginning of a significant new cycle in your life in terms of your identity and your sense of purpose. If you have a planet at 15 degrees of Scorpio, this marks the beginning of a new cycle for you in whatever that planet symbolises (e.g. relationships for Venus).
Even if this New Moon doesn’t contact any planets in your chart, look at the house it falls in – this is the area of your life where a new cycle is starting.
Remember to create your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon. The New Moon is exact at 2.02am Queensland time (AEST).
Venus will continue to be visible as the Evening Star for a couple of weeks after she turns retrograde, but will be seen gradually lower in the evening sky until she is no longer visible (as she gets closer and closer to the Sun). With this retrograde conjunction to the Sun, Venus disappears for seven days, after which time she emerges transformed as the Morning Star, and a whole new 584-day cycle begins (a cycle sacred to the Mayans). In ancient times Venus was seen as a dual goddess – the Evening Star was her peaceful aspect, whereas the Morning Star was her warrior incarnation; the rebirth of the Morning Star was seen as an auspicious time to go into battle.
Venus will reappear as the Morning Star from the end of October.
If you’re feeling rather unsettled at the moment, I’m not surprised, given how much astrological activity is going on around this New Moon. The Moon’s Nodes are changing signs; the North Node goes into Cancer on Wed 7 Nov (AEST) signifying a shift in our collective spiritual direction towards more caring and nurturing, moving away from the purely pragmatic approaches of the South Node in Capricorn.
On the same day (AEST), Uranus retrogrades back into Aries for one last visit before it finally settles into Taurus for the next 7 years. Uranus is known as the Great Awakener, bringing new levels of consciousness into our lives. Uranus in Aries over the last 7 years has brought increased awareness in areas associated with Aries and its ruler Mars – such as wars and conflicts, violence (domestic violence especially), and sex (the increased popularity of Tantra). Uranus goes direct again on 7 Jan 2019 AEST at 28 Aries and returns to Taurus on 6 March 2019.
Lastly, on the same day as the New Moon, Thurs 8 Nov AEST, Jupiter moves into his home sign of Sagittarius. Jupiter is traditionally a planet of good fortune, and he is especially beneficial when in Sagittarius, the sign associated with quests for the meaning of life. Jupiter in this sign is likely to increase confidence and optimism, bringing an undeniable buoyancy to life, as well as a feeling of abundance. At the collective level, Jupiter in Sagittarius may bring changes to laws regarding education, religious freedoms, and international travel.
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Have you been revisiting the love and friendship themes of 8 years ago in this Venus retrograde period? The retrograde period finishes on Fri 16 Nov as Venus turns direct again at 25 degrees Libra. On the same day, Mars moves into dreamy Pisces. The lovers are lacking in connection right now, with nothing in common between their respective signs.
Mercury goes retrograde on Sat 17 Nov for 3 weeks, bringing the potential for confusion, mistakes and delays. Double-check appointments and flight times, that you have your keys with you, and that messages get through OK. This is not a good time to make any major purchases or sign contracts, unless you’re prepared to revise your plans – or take purchases back to the shop – down the track. The upside of Mercury retro is that it is a great time to catch up on all your paperwork and reorganize so you can be more streamlined. Mercury is retro until Fri 7 Dec (AEST).
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The Full Moon in Gemini on Fri 23 Nov invites us to find a balance between logic and intuitive knowing, so that any action we take integrates both polarities, aware of relevant information yet trusting our intuition. With Jupiter part of the signature of this Full Moon, the Universe is sending us a strong invitation to trust, both in ourselves and in the Universe. Check your birth chart to see which house is under the Full Moon spotlight at zero degrees Gemini as this is the area of life where matters may well come to fruition or be revealed. This Full Moon is exact at 3.39pm Queensland time (AEST).
Neptune turns direct on Sun 25 Nov 2018 allowing us to move forwards again after a five-month period of self-reflection in which we have revisited and maybe revised our dreams and visions for the future. We may also have revisited our spiritual longing, our urge to transcend 3D reality. As Neptune also symbolises veils of illusion, we may have become more aware of the ways in which we manage to deceive ourselves, only seeing what we want to see or believing what we want to believe.
The cosmic opportunity now is for our vision to be clearer and more connected with Spirit.
Neptune stations at 13 degrees Pisces, and hangs around at that degree for almost 2 months before it goes direct again, so if you have this point strong in your birth chart, or if you’re born around 4 March, you’ll be feeling a strong urge to transcend reality and dissolve into a state of spiritual oneness. For some of you, this will be felt as a complete brain meltdown, especially if you’re trying to maintain a left-brain existence. The key is to surrender to the inspiration and creativity of Neptune, indulge in art or music, and engage in spiritual practices like meditation so that you transcend reality, rather than get drawn into the negative side of Neptune, escapist patterns such as addictive behaviours.
Looking ahead to next lunar month…
The next New Moon is on Fri 7 Dec 2018 at 5.20pm Queensland time (AEST) at 15 degrees Sagittarius.
Chirone Shakti is a professional astrologer based on the Sunshine Coast, Qld. She loves empowering clients to live the fullness of their potential. Her work is transformational and rooted in her background as a counsellor. She also teaches Astrology in classes and online. Check out her website and sign up for her free monthly newsletter and follow her at Chirone Shakti – Stargazer Astrology.
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