“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same; there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”
― Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button screenplay
This week quivers with more than a Halloween candy hangover. We need a lighthouse to steer ourselves across the choppy waters, to manage the uncertainty and changes of this potential-filled time and steer our world into a good harbor. Our lighthouse is made of our core values, our fiercest hopes and gentlest visions. Let’s hold on to this lighthouse and use it to steer through decisions small or large and when challenge or opportunities shifts the ground underneath.
Uranus and Pluto, the two planets most connected to change, transformation, revolution, form seven exact era-changing squares from 2012-2015. Though we feel their effects the whole three years, one of the exact squares forms this weekend, and Mercury tags them both. These two planets started a new cycle together 1965-68, synchronous with a cultural debate over racial equality, women’s rights, gay rights, ecological concerns, social structure, the division of wealth, and nuclear power. Sound familiar?
So here we are back again at the crossroads. This square can trigger events which shake us up and remind us to keep working towards the positive changes started at the conjunction. We, or someone we know, may have our emotional attachments deeply challenged and feel pressured to gain insight so we can get on with our work. Those born during the conjunction can feel particular pushed to get involved and steer the changes.
Mercury is retrograde through November 11th, and snuggled up next to Saturn, asking us to review what we’ve said and done, and holding us accountable. It also encourages us to look at how we (not just the National Security Administration) communicate, collect information, and move through the world, and make adjustments if needed.
Friday will be eventful and informative, even shocking. Even though much that we’d like to change feels stuck in the mud and needs to be reviewed and reorganized, other changes we didn’t expect, or really would rather not happen, are churning along. It’s easy to blame others for the shock, especially if we’re still eating Halloween candy, but will deprive us of the gifts of introspection and the tools we need to actually improve the situation as Mercury sextiles Pluto and quincunx Uranus as those two planets exactly square off.
As we approach a Scorpio New Moon eclipse on Sunday morning, introverts will be more comfortable that extroverts; everyone needs to take a step inwards to connect to themselves and their core source. Leaves drop, dogs shed, relationships change and our understanding pivots, but let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Be specific about what needs to be composted and what needs to be revived.
Relationships may be tested by all this intensity early in the week; we need a break from the pressure, and can assume our beloveds are part of that pressure, unless we take a break together. So prioritize the positive part of bonding early in the week, hold hands and deal with the world together or encourage each other’s efforts, rather than try to work on the relationship itself.
Venus enters Capricorn later in the week and helps us get back to work, but may cramp our self-expression for a while, and stimulate a self-critical, emotionally insecure edge. It will really help to stabilize our situation if we turn our feeling into constructive action or work on our skills base now, and come back to reassess our situation towards the end of the month.
Friday, Nov 1: This crazy day is ripe with danger and possibility. Communication and transportation can glitch up and set us off early in the day, we are so easily triggered. But that helps us distill the essence of what needs to change, as long as we continue to introspect in the process under a friendly but easily-affronted Libra Moon as the Sun and Mercury conjunct in Scorpio and bounce off an exact Uranus-Pluto square. Look for opportunities to make wise choices under pressure, an opportunity to move a personal agenda forward within a chaotic moment. Know that any caring and compassion we share now will return to us many-fold.
Saturday, Nov 2: Enjoy solitude, avoid isolation: retreat, process, investigate. Turn within as the Moon wanes into Scorpio, but watch the internal self-talk, and don’t buy internal muttering or cranky depression, or a defensive attitudinal swagger. Find that fine line between realism and cynicism. Do necessary surgery, pruning, paring down as Mercury sextile Mars, but don’t cut away healthy growth. See past defense, look for the essence within one another, but stay centered on one’s own spine.
Sunday, Nov 3: A New Moon in Scorpio, solar eclipse, hits early at 5:49 MST. (Remember the clock falls back this morning.) Notice a turning point, an ending and beginning. Dive under the surplus of feelings and listen to deeper soul wisdom as the Sun and Moon conjunct and sextile Mars. Afternoon urges us to share a common event, but not reveal too much; look for privacy within connection. Tonight, we feel the weight of serious concerns and can plan well for short-term efforts. Knowing the next step helps with the heaviness.
Monday, Nov 4: It’s easier to be alone than to be badly accompanied, or so says Venus semi-square Saturn. If relationships test us, it can seem easier to be elsewhere, but may be essential to stand by without over-reacting. Respect boundaries impeccably this morning, and don’t take the bait if poked. We need to be trustworthy to ourselves as well as others, and balance conflicting needs. Later on, as attention and tension relaxes, respond to an urge to explore or recreate as the Moon enters freedom-loving Sagittarius.
Tuesday, Nov 5: Use this competent, positive day to catch up on missing pieces and put local plans into motion; our skills are called upon. A waft of existential loneliness can filter through as Venus enters Capricorn, work can get in the way of connections unless we find a practical way to strengthen ties. If soul restlessness translates to physical restlessness, walk while processing. Morning is more serious, afternoon practical, evening brings in a social element but work stays on the mind.
Wednesday, Nov 6: Make practical design decisions. Watch for a wave of insecurity or tough memories that tug the heart and nudge us to get serious, controlling, or even mean in relationships. We need to provide our own security as the Moon conjuncts Venus in Capricorn and the Sun conjuncts Saturn in Scorpio. Our chosen discipline furthers personal authority, but to try and control others in politics or romance will only backfire as the Moon squares Mars midday. Afternoon has an aimless, wandering quality while we process internally, but serendipitous meanderings can bring in valuable information later on as the Moon sextiles Neptune and Mercury.
Thursday, Nov 7: If a wave of melancholy washes through as the Moon conjuncts Pluto this morning, it can be hard to see the potential in our situation unless we dive into the roots of spiritual practice or lean on familiar traditions. We’re pulled and pushed by tradition but can exercise choice. Let go of bad habits and cling to good ones. Midmorning competence encourages steady efforts; small successes help our mood as the Moon trines Mars. Later on a new sensitivity and appreciation can help us refine our aesthetics or soothe one another as Venus sextiles Neptune.