Astro Doings November 2013

Hi Everyone

Hope you had a good October.  November promises opportunities to change direction, as three planets will do that this month.  In addition we have the second eclipse – remember they always come in pairs – an unusual hybrid solar eclipse.  Let’s take them in the order they occur.

Hybrid Solar Eclipse occurs on Sunday, November 3rd at 7:50 a.m. at 110 degrees Scorpio.  Attention all those with planets, luminaries (Sun or Moon) and other points on the chart from 8 to 140 degrees Scorpio, other fixed signs (Aquarius, Taurus or Leo) or other water signs (Cancer, Pisces).  The fixed signs are more challenging; the water signs are an easier flow of energy.  This eclipse combines both an annular (ring around the Sun) and total eclipses.  For more on the astronomical aspects of this event, I refer you to EarthSky (  On the East Coast, we will be able to see the eclipse in its partial phase at sunrise. Solar eclipses in general mark a time where we release all that no longer serves and are ready to move to another level of understanding or consciousness.  Scorpio requires us to look deep within and face/discard old fears, attitudes, and our shadow in order to claim our own power (key Scorpio word).  Scorpio’s ruler, Pluto, forms its fourth exact square with Uranus on November 1st, which makes these personal (and cosmic) changes much more imperative. There’s no time to lose in increasing our individual light (Uranus in Aries) in the world. Whatever we hide (another key word for Scorpio and Pluto) we tend to project onto others.  By bringing our shadow to light, we heal this projection and see ourselves and others more clearly.  It is in their fearless and penetrating examination of self, that Scorpios are said to be among the finest healers in the zodiac.  We all have Scorpio somewhere in our charts. Look to that area of your life for additional transformational opportunities. Not sure where that is in your chart?  Check with an astrologer!

Direction Changes

Jupiter goes retrograde on November 7th at midnight.  He’ll be at 200 Cancer.  Jupiter is the planet of expansion, “good luck,” optimism, enthusiasm, generosity, and spontaneity.  When he goes retrograde, we tend to become more cautious in spending and other aspects of our lives, less optimistic and extravagant.  This retrograde can help us get in touch with our own inner wisdom and thus better understand experiences that we’ve chosen to walk through.  Those with planets from 10-290 Pisces or Scorpio (easy flow) or Aries, Libra or Capricorn (more challenging growth opportunities) will feel this change of direction more readily.  We may all find that “retail therapy” is less effective during this retrograde, which will last for the rest of 2013.  (He goes direct in March 2014.)

Mercury goes direct on November 10th at 4:12 p.m.  He’ll be at 20 Scorpio. Communications will be clearer; travel will be easier; and your computer might be less cranky.  We all might think more clearly as well!  Hallelujah!

Neptune will go direct on November 13th at 1:43 p.m.  The planet of illusion, fog, mystery, redemption and compassion will be at 20 Pisces, the sign she rules.  She is the higher octave of Venus. Expressing directly and strongly (in her own sign) yet softly and intuitively (Pisces is a water sign), Neptune can help us realize, as John Lennon so eloquently put it: “Love is all there is.” Neptune avoids conflicts and tends to take the path of least resistance.  However, as the Tao teaches us water is the most powerful force on Earth.  How Neptune operates for each of us depends on where she is in the chart; how she relates to the other planets; and what area of the life she tends to operate in.


The full moon occurs at 10:16 a.m. November 17th at 250 Taurus. Taurus is an earth sign.  During this full moon we can turn our attention to Mother Earth and nurture her. Along with other earth signs (Virgo and Capricorn) Taureans are very attuned to her.

The sun enters Sagittarius, a fire sign ruled by Jupiter, on November 21st at 10:48 p.m.  Sagittarians are generally great lovers of animals, fine athletes and interested in higher education and thinking of all kinds.  They can also have an “us versus them” attitude.  Sagittarius is the rising sign in the Sibley chart of the United States.  As the sun shines on how we present ourselves to the world, I hope that our spiritual underpinnings come to the fore more than they have lately!

Have a wonderful November and happy Thanksgiving!

Peace and abundant blessings,


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