It’s a whirlwind week of contrast and contradiction, as certain areas of daily life move forward at a breakneck pace while others glide along interdimensionally, as if driven by invisible forces, causing some of us to wonder if anything is moving at all. Don’t worry; everything is moving, even if progress can only be calibrated in the tiniest increments—so tiny that it’s impossible to be clear about the big picture. Try not to let frustration with the diverse paces devolve into blaming or name-calling.
We are in a particularly prickly phase that could lead to especially mean-spirited meltdowns. Make nice when you can—planetary configurations coupled with these differing time signatures could cause normal interactions to morph into emotional speed traps.
The “full speed ahead” attitude can be attributed to Mars, which symbolizes muscle and motion. All week long, Mars tightens its conjunction to Pluto, in Capricorn, which is exact on November 10, as well as its square to Uranus, which is exact on November 12—it really is the old one-two punch. The Mars/Pluto conjunction feeds the need to use force in almost every instance, so don’t be surprised if all week long you feel the urge to dominate almost every situation. Try to resist indulging those inclinations, not because your frustration isn’t based on reality, but because this week not many people are interested in reality, or at least not a reality that includes the needs of others. Everybody wants to rule the world–and they just want it the way they want it.
But it’s when Mars moves out of its conjunction to Pluto and into its square with Uranus that things really get rough. It won’t be easy keeping aggressive energy contained. A Mars/Uranus square is an explosive combination that tends to blow up stagnant situations. It has the power to draw long-denied feelings to the surface, especially when it comes to resentments that have been brewing for a while over important issues. Try not to let a discussion over something as simple as a recipe for brownies turn into a brawl.
On Tuesday, November 11, the Moon moves into Cancer, where it will oppose Mars and Pluto as it simultaneously squares Uranus. The Moon’s presence only exacerbates the mess, but it is a powerful mess, and if you take rash action during this mess, the consequences are apt to decay as slowly as the half-life of Plutonium. Also be aware this dials up personal and political issues previously stirred up by the Grand Cardinal Cross of April 21, 2014.
Of course, you may not be able to avoid taking a stand—sometimes it takes a planetary black hole to transform the polite and often codependent or dysfunctional surface of personal interactions into authentic responses. And while those reactions may be uncomfortable, they are sometimes necessary. Anger for its own sake or just to blow off steam tends to have detrimental results no matter where Mars is in relation to Pluto or Uranus. Anger as an instrument of clarity is a different story—there will still be consequences, but in keeping with that old cliché the truth will set you free, those consequences could be beneficial. It just won’t be easy knowing the difference between self-righteousness and a simple desire to set the record straight.
The interdimensional, less aggressive contribution to the week is an ongoing conjunction between the Sun and Venus, in Scorpio. A Sun/Venus conjunction fosters creativity, and when that artistic lens focuses through Scorpio, passionate expression is the result. Keep in mind that Scorpio has its own filtration system; it assimilates information in a slightly different way than the rest of the Signs, if only because Scorpio has to suss out what’s happening beneath the surface of the obvious before it can make a decision. As the week unfolds, Venus moves into a conjunction with Saturn, closely followed by the Sun. The sober deliberation of a Sun/Venus/Saturn conjunction, in Scorpio, might be the perfect antidote for the Mars/Uranus/Pluto volatility.
Although this is still the first week in November, by the time we finish wrestling with the next few weeks of planetary patterns, we will be close to the end of 2014 and the beginning of the New Year. It’s been another year of unspeakable violence here on Planet Earth, and as you try to find the time to reflect on what’s transpired in your life, think about where you can create peace. Every act of kindness has a positive consequence. Use that knowledge to be an agent for love and compassion.
Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.
Aries March 21-April 19
You’ll need a solid method or practice to keep you grounded and centered in the midst of so much change. So take a deep breath, exhale slowly, and even if you feel like you have no time at all for reflection, make the time to scope back and look at your situation. You can push ahead out of habit, or you can identify what still needs to shift into a positive direction.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Go ahead, wear your heart on your sleeve, and allow yourself to be vulnerable. Yes…it might hurt, but keeping an open heart has the potential to transform previously habitual reactions into genuine responses. And that authenticity could provide the necessary resilience to make good relationship choices.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Call it a financial crisis, or channel the intensity into action. Okay, I’m not sure how…but if you’re willing to put your shoulder to the wheel the situation will turn around. Dialogue with the people you need most to help solve the problem, and even if some of them are the problem, you can still work with them to create a positive compromise.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Your inclination is to throw down, and while that might provide momentary pleasure, dealing with the aftermath could be more trouble than it is worth. Rather than take someone else’s inventory, be clear with yourself and your partners, both personal and professional, about what you need to feel satisfied with your joint efforts.
Leo July 23-August 22
It’s a unique situation, and while it might present as a health crisis or a work challenge, either way it’s a question of confidence—and I’m not talking about self-confidence. The challenge is learning to believe in and rely upon a benevolent universe that supports your efforts to grow as it simultaneously provides safety and security in a tumultuous world.
Virgo August 23-September 22
Aim the volatility of the week toward creative endeavors and then watch yourself move into action. While some of your ideas won’t work, if you take the broadest possible perspective, your enthusiasm won’t be dampened. Indeed, your joy will inspire those you love to participate in positive action where and when they can.
Libra September 23-October 22
The crux of those relationship issues you’ve been working on for the last seemingly endless period of time reaches a mini-climax over the next several weeks. As certain issues come to a head, you’ll need crystal clear insight to handle the volatility. This process isn’t necessarily about ending dysfunction; it’s about integrating all you’ve learned.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
It’s still a communication problem, particularly if you’re still holding back or tamping down your feelings. I’m not suggesting you say everything—a deluge could cause a mudslide. But not being honest with yourself about what you need could have a detrimental effect on your self-esteem.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Despite the current financial upheaval, your internal world is rich with inspiration. Couple that with the determination to transform your ideas into reality and you’ll pull out of the doldrums. Map out a plan, contemplate strategies, and get to work. I can’t guarantee complete success, but I think you can count on solid progress.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
You can’t hold back—not even if you want to. So figure out how to harness your personal power and then aim it at specific areas in need of attention and renovation. Focus first on your home—what needs to change in order for you to feel more comfortable? Then turn that observing eye inward and see how you can renovate your internal world.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
You’re in for a mild case of “the blurts”—saying things you know shouldn’t be said and delighting in your uncontrollable impulses. Please try to think before you say things you can’t take back. It may feel good in the moment to finally tell the “truth,” but a funny thing about relative truth is that it may only be true for you.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Think about your intentions, and then ask yourself if you are in alignment with what you value most. Certain areas may be completely congruent—thought, speech, and action comfortably consistent. But other places, places of the heart, may not be as aligned as you would like them to be. Don’t fret about it; just use the current intensities to help you bridge the gap between wishful thinking and self-actualization.
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