Astro Doings November 2015

Hi Everyone

November promises to be much like the end of October with not a lot (and toward the end of the month, no) fixed, sustaining energy. We will continue to have mostly cardinal energy, which initiates, starts, and flits from one thing to another. It rarely finishes what it starts – that requires fixed or sustaining energy. The cardinal signs are Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn. We also have some mutable energy, which also flits and changes what has been started. It’s very changeable and multi-talented energy. The mutable signs are Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces.

We’ve all experienced this combination of energies. Think about mornings when you look in your closet and can’t figure out what to wear. You think about this outfit – and maybe even try it on – but it’s not right. So you try another and another – cardinal energy. By now you’re late and probably have a pile of clothes on the floor. So you finally decide on an outfit, but all day long you’re not satisfied with it. You think about different ways to change it (mutable energy), how to fix it and/or what you would do next time. Sound familiar? So for the rest of this year we’ll be experiencing this kind of energy, not being able to settle down, sort of twitchy.

Those of us with a lot of cardinal and/or mutable energy may feel especially restless, unable to focus or find a clear direction. Think of it as a time of experimentation without attachment to the outcome – like trying on clothes. This is not a bad thing – it’s just what is.

The Sun moves into Sagittarius (mutable energy, fire element) on November 22nd at 10:26 a.m. The Scorpio (water, fixed) New Moon occurs on November 11th at 12:47 p.m. and the Sagittarius/Gemini Full Moon occurs on November 25th. Toward the end of November we have a lot of fire and air energy. These two elements do very nicely together, but the combination can be somewhat of the Peter Pan complex of not wanting to grow up. I’m sure you know people (or may be one of them) who have wonderful, visionary ideas about things but yet never seem to be able to bring them to fruition – that’s one way fire and air can work together. At the end of November the Sun, Mercury, Saturn (all in Sagittarius) and Uranus (Aries)are in fire signs. Venus and Mars are in Libra (air

Lest the earth and water signs feel left out, Jupiter and Pluto are in earth signs, Virgo and Capricorn respectively. And there is one planet in water – Neptune is still in her own sign, Pisces. While she is very strong there, Neptune doesn’t have anyone to play with. Neptune and Pisces are both about compassion, redemption, and forgiveness, all of which seem to be in quite short supply in our world currently. Neptune does end her inward retrograde motion on November 18th at 11:32 a.m. she’ll be at 70 Pisces and will stay at 70 through the rest of 2015. Those with planets or other significant points on the chart at 1-140 Pisces, Virgo, Gemini, or Sagittarius (the mutable signs) or the other water signs, Scorpio and Cancer, may feel this change of direction more acutely. For the other mutable signs this will be another “growth opportunity” relationship; for the other water signs it will be an easy flow of energy that we have to pay attention to in order to full benefit from it.

Hope you have a wonderful November and a gratitude-filled Thanksgiving holiday.

Peace and abundant blessings,

Margaret

Astro Doings October 2015

Hi Everyone

I hope you had an opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous lunar eclipse at the end of September. It was truly spectacular! In comparison to last month, October looks pretty staid.

Good news! Mercury goes direct on October 9th at 10:58 a.m. ET. He’ll be at 00 Libra and will whiz his way through the sign for the rest of the month. Libra is an air sign, and Mercury likes the air element. Libra is about balance – they would like to have it – and relating to others or better to “the other.”

Venus, Mars and Jupiter are running together in Virgo all month. Virgo is a rather misunderstood sign. It’s more an issue of not understanding the complexity of the sign. It can express itself as analysis paralysis, for sure, but Virgo is really about harvesting all the parts of ourselves into one whole. Maya Angelou’s quote describes Virgo perfectly: “A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.”

That’s it folks. There’s a new moon on October 12th at 190 Libra and the full moon is on October 27 at 30 Taurus. The Sun moves into Scorpio, a water sign, on October 23rd.

What interested me most about October is that until the Sun enters Scorpio, a fixed sign, there are four planets in cardinal signs (Aries, Libra, Cancer, Capricorn). They are: Sun, Mercury, Uranus and Pluto. There are five planets in mutable signs (Virgo, Pisces, Sagittarius and Gemini). They are: Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune. Cardinal energy starts but rarely finishes. It’s male in its feel and its job is to get things going. Mutable energy is multi-talented, restless, and frequently indecisive. Since there is so little fixed energy (Taurus, Scorpio, Leo, Aquarius) to sustain and slow some of the impulses of the cardinal and mutable signs, October’s energy may seem very scattered and moving in fits and starts. This will continue into November as well. Of course if you have planets in cardinal and mutable signs, this may either seem totally normal to you and/or you may find yourself more scattered than usual.

Have a great October everyone!

Peace and abundant blessings,

Margaret