Technical Note

My analyses are based on composite charts that combine data for the New and Full Moons of each month.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

November 2009 for Everybody

November 2009 for Everybody

A Threshold

November 2009 will be an exciting month.

The November 2009 full moon chart interrupts a long series of challenging and sometimes discouraging charts. So many recent charts supported the tearing down of institutions or the break up of the existing order. Many others supported obstruction and delay and endless, confusing debate.

The November full moon chart points to progress and rebuilding, driven by vision, desire and ideals. Visions of possibility will outstrip disheartening realities. Intense, captivating visions of new possibilities will powerfully motivate people. Resistance to change will weaken. Old barriers to progress will fall.

In the recent past, visions of change and reform shattered against stubborn obstacles. This time, vision and desire will prove stronger than the obstacles. Those trying to resist will find themselves in disarray, unable to present a united and effective front.

And let us be clear. We are not talking about reviving, or simply revising old and outdated visions. We are talking about decidedly new visions, visions of a new and different future.

Ongoing change will push us to involve ourselves in the process of change. As we participate in the process of change, we will invariably call upon our fresh, new visions to set the direction of change. We will see the inevitability of change as an opportunity and a reason to pursue our visions.
Visions, Practicality and Determination
However, a new realism will
also set in. People will be more inclined to do the hard work and make the hard choices needed to realize their visions.

The negatives in our current situation will not be able to compete with the power of the visions that now grip people.

The scope and complexity of the challenges ahead will become increasingly clear. But this awareness will not discourage us. Rather, it will spur us to action. It will encourage people to express their visions all the more clearly and to pursue them all the more vigorously.

Long-stalled projects will gain new momentum. Forward momentum will increase generally.

In essence, November 2009 marks the threshold between a crumbling past and a future of dramatic reform and renewal. It begins a new route through life, one that leaves behind an old road strewn with stubborn obstacles to change and insurmountable barriers to the pursuit of new visions.
Macro and Micro
Perhaps the most obvious example is the current effort to reform health care. November should see important progress in this effort. A new vision of a reformed and enhanced health care system in the US will take hold and opposition will be effectively swept aside.

But in each of our lives something similar will occur. Some are struggling to straighten out their finances. Some are enduring difficult changes at work. Others are dealing with complex and demanding health or family matters.

Each of us will be caught up by some new vision of possibilities for ourselves and those around us and we will use this vision to power help us through the challenges confronting us.

In each case, also, we will find ourselves feeling a new commitment to a disciplined, long-term effort. We will not simply “fix” some problem, or “eliminate” a bad habit, leaving everything else as is. We will make our lives conform to a new, idealized conception.

Resistance will not vanish, nor will the challenges end. But they will no longer seem as important to us as fulfilling a vision of possibilities. Nor will we be as easily sidetracked by irritations, diversions and minor challenges.
The Astrological Details
The full moon chart for November 2009 is deceptive. One is struck, initially, by the large number of difficult, obstructive aspects and the small number of positive aspects. These difficult aspects are close enough to register on the chart, but not close enough to really dominate that chart.

Mars, Saturn, Sun, Mercury, Moon, Pluto Jupiter and Uranus are all involved in grand squares and T-squares. Meanwhile, Venus is making seemingly modest little trines to Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune. It is also making an ambiguous quincunx to Uranus.

At first glance, this chart *suggests* a month of overwhelming obstacles with only a couple of lightweight facilitating aspects to soften the blow. Closer examination of the chart completely reverses that impression.
The Difficult Aspects
Most of the difficult aspects are close enough to be felt, but felt, for the most part, as background, as influences whose full strength is either already behind us or still some distance ahead of us. They are certainly not strong enough to drown out the effects of the visionary and inspiring Venus/Uranus/Neptune configuration.

The difficult aspects are just not exact enough to be truly worrisome, at this point. The wasteful Mars/Jupiter opposition, for example, is only exact to within 10 degrees. The explosive, warlike Pluto/Uranus square is only exact to within 8 degrees. The rebellious, seditious Saturn/Uranus opposition is only exact to with 7 degrees and it is separating.

The highly destructive Saturn/Pluto square is pretty close. It will be exact near the November new moon. It's destructive effects cannot be discounted, but neither should they be exaggerated. But in this astrological context, I think any negative effects will, at worst, distract us briefly.

In my view, they are more likely to motivate us to positive action than turn us aside from our goal. Indeed, a Saturn/Pluto square, given its destructive effects on established institutions, is more likely to weaken lingering obstacles to change than otherwise and heighten our commitment to our visions for the future.

The Sun and Moon are exactly opposite. However, the Sun and Moon oppose each other every month and most of us survive that just fine.
Inspiration and Practicality
The positive aspects, however, are significantly closer. The Venus/Jupiter trine, though separating, is exact to within 6 degrees. The Venus/Chiron trine, though separating, is exact to within less than two degrees.

The Venus/Neptune trine is the most exact. It is exact to within about 10 seconds (hardly anything) of arc and closing. The Venus/Uranus quincunx is exact to within less than a minute of arc and closing.

The relationship between Uranus and Neptune is especially strong, subtle and rich. There is a nearly exact semi-sextile between Uranus and Neptune. Neptune is stationary direct at the time of the full moon. Uranus will be stationary/direct at the end of November.

This complex mix of retrograde, stationary and forward planetary motion will further enhance and enrich the power of this aspect. When Uranus and Neptune are both direct, the momentum for visionary change will become unstoppable.

Uranus and Neptune are also in mutual reception. They are intensifying, enhancing and complementing each others' power as well as that of the entire Venus/Neptune/Uranus formation.

All of these subtleties add an all but unfathomable complexity to the inspiring, visionary power of the Venus/Neptune/Uranus configuration. Its transformative, visionary power will sink deeply into the fabric of things.

Apart from its involvement in this potent configuration, Venus occupies a highly influential position in its own right. In this chart, Venus exercises decisive influence over Sun, Mercury, Moon, Mars, Saturn and Pluto.

So, the most exact, intense influence in this chart is the link between Venus, Neptune and Uranus. The Venus/Neptune/Uranus relationship will generate all but irresistible visions of new possibilities.

Uranus, in mutual reception with Neptune, and forming an exact quincunx with Venus, will irresistibly and inexorably draw us and our personal visions of the future in the change process.

Finally, Saturn, the planet of order, practicality and realism, is very strongly placed in Libra. Hence, to a greater extent than we have seen in recent times, common sense and realism will prevail as people pursue their visions through a landscape of fading obstacles and challenges that are too far off, as yet, to be truly discouraging.

In sum, the November 2009 full moon chart presents a clear picture. It shows a world possessed by captivating visions of the future, amidst already falling barriers to that vision, and challenges that, though serious and real, are retreating into the past or at some distance in the future. And, at this point, any negatives that manifest will more likely spur us to greater action than block our progress.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Astrology Forecast for November 2009

Astrology Forecast for November 2009
FOR EVERYONE ~ Promise. November brings three contradictory things. One is a barrage of virtually insurmountable hurdles, obstacles that we must often work hard to overcome. It also brings tremendous inspiration and hope for the future. Finally, it brings the beginning of significant progress after months of delay and uncertainty. We must use the month's inspirational vibes for guidance and the growing momentum to start working through the obstacles toward new goals. The world is in a very fluid state. People are open to new ideas and ready for change. Things we might have thought unrealistic just a few weeks ago now show promise. Opportunities we might not have known existed now beckon us forward.

ARIES ~ Push comes to shove. November brings a mix of challenges and visions of a brighter future. The challenges are real, but so are the possibilities for a more attractive future. And it is clear that, despite the challenges, the future can be much better than the past. Knowing that will make it easier to convince family and close friends to make needed adjustments and allowances. To enable progress, everyone's expectations must be harmonized with new realities. All must take their share of responsibility to realize future potentials in good time.
TAURUS ~ Persistence and cooperation. Your work situation is growing more challenging as the powers that be cope with economic events beyond anyone's control. Adjustments are unavoidable. You understand the necessary trade offs. You can do more, but you have your limits. Some things will stay the same, but something will definitely have to give. In the end, you will need to change the way you work and/or adjust personal activities so you can continue to function successfully on the job. Visions of future possibilities inspire and motivate you to persist.
GEMINI ~ Maneuverability. You will find yourself less restricted and less upset by ongoing events than others. You will also be better able to use the situation to your advantage. You will find your mind brimming with insights and useful suggestions. People will be in need of your ideas and inclined to take your advice. You could find yourself treading a somewhat more solitary path in days to come, however, as you redefine the meaning of affection and friendship. It is time to start harmonizing your social involvements with your higher aspirations.
CANCER ~ New foundations. The disruptive events of November set off a lengthy and thoroughgoing lifestyle transformation for Cancerians. The material and the philosophical foundations of your life begin to shift simultaneously. You will find yourself envisioning a new way to live and a new place to live in. It will take time and effort to realize what you envision, though. These are the kinds of changes you must make one slow, well-planned step at a time. Most important, you must successfully achieve certain financial goals before you start making firm commitments.
LEO ~ Hard work and politics. Inspiration, enthusiasm and nervous energy are running high. However, realizing the changes you envision will take lots of hard work. The forces of change are affecting key areas of your life, so you have to keep moving forward. Frustration and nervous exhaustion could set in. The trick is to transform the nervous energy into the kind of patience and dedication that is needed. Although it is subtle and indirect, you have real influence over the decision-making process. Improvement in long-term financial areas is around the corner.
VIRGO ~ Shape the future. November brings a mix of tantalizing future prospects and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. You know absolutely that the prospects are realistic. But you also know that if they are to pan out, you'll need to motivate people. Along with this realization will come a seemingly magical ability. You'll be able to reshape the hopes and desires of others in accordance with your own visions of the future. Using such power is risky, but you'll need to if you and others are to overcome the obstacles you all face.
LIBRA ~ Dreams and realities. Visions of ideal romantic situations and other alluring possibilities are potent distractions. But responsibilities weigh heavily. Big financial decisions and economic challenges loom and, truth to tell, energy is a bit low. Enjoy the visions, and the distractions. Let them motivate you and help you choose your goals. But you must settle down and start making the choices that will streamline your existence. It is high time to let go of involvements that only weigh you down. Bring your lifestyle your resources and your goals into harmony.
SCORPIO ~ Strive. The situation is very complex and very simple. Complicated circumstances are, well, forcing you to make lots of adjustments. It is simple because you really just have to do it all. However, if you work it just right, you can move everything in the direction of dreams that are quietly, and secretly, motivating your thoughts. You can create a living situation that is more affordable, more loving and more in accord with your own preferences. Self-healing is a big priority. Stalled financial issues will also begin to move forward.
SAGITTARIUS ~ Planning and leadership. You can see beyond current difficulties. Your visions for the future are turning attractive - and realistic - enough to inspire yourself and others. You can, in fact, influence how others see the future. Your most immediate and important task, however, will be to update your personal goals to suit new realities and your new vision for the future. You also need to consult friends and others in your community. They need help formulating plans. That will help all concerned define goals and devise a good strategy.
CAPRICORN ~ Crunch time. Events are forcing changes in just about every key area of your life. These changes are irresistible and permanent. You do not lack for access, influence or power. You know what there is to know. By now, you have moved beyond easy answers and quick fixes. You are ready for reliable, realistic guidance. You can also help others cope. You understand how today's tough choices will lead to a much brighter future. People need to see that connection and showing it to them will inspire and motivate them.
AQUARIUS ~ Impose order. Aquarius is ground zero for a big release of energy. Positive, inspiring, exciting energies will collide with blocking, challenging energies. For every challenge, there is an inspiring and energizing response. Many stalled issues and projects will start moving forward too, creating opportunities. It will be your job to bring the visions and opportunities together with the challenges to produce progress. The overall effect could be a little overwhelming. You will probably have to lay down some ground rules to handle the traffic. Make time for rest and recreation.
PISCES ~ Momentum increases. "Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy," goes the old song. That is good advice for Pisces this month. You will be talking to people you never thought you'd talk to about thoughts you never thought you'd think. It is past time to break out of old patterns and if this burst of energy doesn't do it, nothing will. This can be a very nervous-making process, though. Schedule some down time. Give it some time. Things will fall together more smoothly than you might think.