Technical Note

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

Sunday, October 31, 2010

November 2010 for Everyone - Approaching the Big Bang

November 2010 for Everyone

Approaching the Big Bang

Taking Close Relationships into Account

On March 12, 2011 (GMT), Uranus will enter Aries to begin a complete, new transit of the Zodiac.  This ingress will set off a cycle of rapid, dramatic and widespread protest, change and reform (not necessarily in that order). I think of Uranus's entrance into Aries as a Big Bang. What we are seeing in the charts right now is the final run up to this Big Uranian Bang. (See my blog post of 3/31/10: April 2010, for Everyone, Prepare to Cross a Historical Threshold)

In preparation, the stuff of the world is being ever more thoroughly softened up so that it can be ever more easily reshaped when the forces of change are unleashed next March.

It is hard to get anything done in such a world, especially one already in the midst of transformations unleashed by Pluto's ongoing transit of Capricorn. We can see new possibilities emerging, but we remain unable to make decisive moves. Situations, personal and global, are becoming increasingly fluid, unstable, and unpredictable, with no end in sight.  One has to wonder. If the run up is so turbulent, what will the main event be like?

This month, like last month, emphasizes deep changes in our relationships. In November, the focus is on our closest, warmest and most intimate ties. We must examine these relationships in light of upcoming changes, and vice versa. What changes would we make for the sake of those we love? Knowing the likely affects of any changes on those closest to us, should we go ahead with them?  What can we do to soften the effects of any changes on family, friends and allies.

For the moment, we need to set aside thoughts of personal advancement, finances, abstract ideals, and the demands and expectations of authorities and focus on the effects of change in our most important relationships. And in those relationships, the emphasis should be on what we experience emotionally - what we feel. 

It is likely to be a time of heart-to-heart talks - often when, where and with whom we least expect it.  People will be in the mood to communicate their innermost concerns.

But the importance of November goes considerably beyond the personal. 

Our lives are shaped by laws, customs and institutions.  These "constants" often determine our expectations and influence our plans.  But these seemingly immutable constants originate in human experience.  They evolve as people evolve, or they should.

This month, the planets want us to focus on our experience with those who mean the most to us. Find out what those you love are thinking and feeling.  Use that knowledge as you make plans for the future.  Even where existing laws and customs conflict with the needs and expectations of your loved ones, you should prioritize the needs of loved ones. Maybe it’s time to change those laws, customs and institutions in keeping with the real and present needs of real people.

We will also need to remember these insights as we continue to prepare for Uranus's entry into Aries next March and change and reform begin in earnest.

Expanding Boundaries, Emerging Spirituality

Our personal boundaries are softening and expanding.  Existing bonds will become surprisingly fluid, creating unexpected space between ourselves and those close to us and allowing room for new concerns, new activities, new people.

Our inner, mental and emotional boundaries are expanding, too, to encompass deep spiritual and psychological concerns, many of which we might not be consciously aware of at the moment. The planets are telling us to start making room in our conscious lives and active relationships to work through these issues. 

Beyond that, the planets are urging us to change our laws, our habits, and work to change customs and our institutions to better accommodate these profound, and profoundly personal concerns.  We will be demanding a softer, gentler environment in which to live our own lives and the lives of those we love, one with room for more concerns that used to be considered intangible, imponderable, or even simply irrelevant to day-to-day life.

In sum, November's vibes are telling us to set aside concerns arising from external sources, at least for now.  Instead, we should pay attention to the needs and expectations of those we love the most and to concerns arising from deep within our own hearts and minds. Adapt your plans accordingly.  And then set about changing the world accordingly. This is likely to become a recurring theme in the emerging debate about what we all want the new world to look like.


When Uranus enters Aries, a big part of what will happen is what we might call re-patterning. Our inner, personal lives will be re-patterned. Our relationships will be re-patterned. The world we live in will be re-patterned.  That much is inevitable.

November’s charts are telling us to make sure that as these new patterns emerge, they are comfortable for those we love, and that they accommodate our spiritual and psychological growth.

The Astrological Details

This month’s analysis is based on a composite of the new and full moon charts. This composite chart, in my view, takes us closer to the essential meaning of the month.  It also tends to "smooth the curve," averaging out energetic highs and lows that can distract and mislead. 

The composite chart, like many other charts during this run up, has a dense patch of aspects in one section of the chart – the lower half, right hand part. Such charts suggest a high degree of fluidity. Lives are in flux. Clarity is in short supply. Certainty is rare. Demands on our time and energy are peaking.

Such charts indicate a time of transition, with numerous conflicting demands, none of which we can easily set aside.  They are times of high energy and high output.  Adjustments are continuous.  We might, for example, think of a single parent, raising a family and working a full- and a part-time job, all the while training for an entirely new, different career. We just have to stay that busy until we reach a turn in the road.

On the macro-level, such charts tell us that the old status quo has vanished and a new one has yet to be established. We might, for example, think of a time when an old industry is leaving town and a new one is just just getting established. Or when an established business changes owners.  Stress, confusion, risk and, above all, personal exertion reign.

More specifically, November's charts ask that we pause to examine our situation from a distinctly personal, or interpersonal, perspective. 

Empty Houses

There are fully six houses with no planets (1st, 2nd, 6th, 9th, 10th, 11th). In this context, these houses represent self-assertion, personal finances, work commitments, intellectuality, higher authority and abstract idealism.  The fact that these houses are empty tells us that these aspects of our lives are de-emphasized.  Our attention will, and, in fact, should be elsewhere.

Tenanted Houses

Planetary activity is in the houses representing community, family, friendship, partnerships and collective finances (taxes, investments, insurance, pensions - shared risks and benefits) and the house governing spirituality (3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 12th). In other words, the planetary emphasis is on those things that bind us to other people, emotionally and concretely.

With the Moon close to the ascendant in the 12th house of spirituality, there is also a strong and important emphasis on spirituality and deep psychology. In other words, the planets are focusing on those things that determine at the most profound level who we are, why we do what we do, really, as well as on those closest personal relationships that give our lives meaning and value.

Sign Posts

The Moon's north and south nodes define the meaning of a chart fundamentally. The north node (green) tells us where we will find answers; the south node (red) where not to look for answers.

Red Light

The Moon's south node - the cosmic red light - is in Cancer in the 11th house, the house of Aquarius.  This placement points people away from reliance on pre-existing, abstract ideals or set ideas about relationships generally (11th house) and family in particular (Cancer). Set aside pre-existing notions of family and friendship. Don't make assumptions.

Green Light

The Moon's north node, the cosmic green light, is in Capricorn, in the 5th house, the natural house of Leo. In this context I would define it as the house of our closest and warmest relationships, generally. The north node is close to Pluto, adding significantly to its potency.

This placement tells us to focus on the immediate, direct, concrete experience in our ongoing relationships.  Pay attention to what people are thinking and feeling and saying - to what you are thinking and feeling. Open yourself to the reality of present experience.

With that experience before you, develop a plan for the changes you are facing. You should consider how people will feel, what they're experience will be like, if a given plan is fulfilled.  Embrace plans that will optimize personal and interpersonal experience.

Ignore the voice of authority and tradition, for now.  Forget about your ambition, societal expectations, the voice of authority, your personal standing in the world, for now.  Listen to what you heart is telling you about the realities you are all facing. Then decide what changes you want to make and how you want to make them.

Basing plans for the future on rigid, pre-existing ideas, or pre-existing blue prints, would be destructive.  Basing your plans on the content of personal and interpersonal experience will take you in the right direction.  Listen to your heart.

Ultimately, 11th and 5th house interests must be reconciled.  Ideals must be harmonized with experience.  But for now, we must favor the signals that are coming out of the 5th house.

Expanding Personal and Interpersonal Boundaries

Another noteworthy aspect in this chart.

The Moon is in Leo in the 12th house and very close to the ascendant. It is opposing Neptune and Chiron in Aquarius in the 7th house of partnership.  This is a complex and powerful aspect: there is a lot of subtle, mutually reinforcing interplay between the planets, the signs, and the houses involved.

Also, the aspect is angular, affecting two of the most sensitive points in the chart.  Its effects on relationships will be pervasive.

12th house issues - very deep psychological and spiritual issues - will demand a place in our relationships generally.  The new patterns in our closer, more intimate relationships must accommodate these issues.

12th house energies soften boundaries, blur definitions and weaken ties and commitments. They do this, really, by opening us to transpersonal planetary forces - forces that transcend the personal and the interpersonal. Intangible issues begin to matter a great deal to us.  Chiron’s involvement virtually guarantees that the feelings surrounding these issues will be intense and bittersweet.

These influences also open us up to thoughts and experiences that would ordinarily be considered "strange" or "unusual."  They can also strengthen our intuition and weaken our powers of reason, at least initially. You need to be prepared for thoughts, experiences and conversations that take you outside of the normal.

The Bottom Line

We will be changing the patterns of our lives so that we can harmonize any changes we are making with the needs and expectations of our closest friends and allies.  These needs and expectations will most likely include newly emerging concerns over spiritual and deep psychological issues.

Changes arising from discussions with close friends and relations will take precedence over pre-existing notions in any negotiations with the powers that be.

Stationary/Direct Planets and Finances

In November, Jupiter, Venus and Neptune will be stationary/direct.  In early November, while these planets are all stationary, confusion and uncertainty will intensify.  However, later in November, as these planets achieve full forward motion, clarity will increase.  Progress will be possible in many areas. 

However, the astrological situation remains extremely complex and fluid and I would advise against haste or overconfidence.  Uranus will remain retrograde until early December, further delaying reform efforts of all kinds.

These planets all have direct and potent effects on the economy today, each for a different reason.  So we can expect forward economic movement and a general improvement in the economic situation. 

However, again, the general astrological situation remains exceedingly complex and fluid and I would advise against simplistic conclusions or hasty actions.

Things will most likely remain fluid and changeable and directions uncertain until Uranus enters Aries, next March.  Things will not become stable at that time or return to anything like normalcy.  But the full on processes of change, which appear to be in abeyance, will be unleashed at that time.  How it will all end will not become clear, by any means.  But one certainty, of a very general kind, will emerge: things are going to change; things will never go back to the way they were.

Now, though, during the run up, is the time to decide on the ideas and principles that will guide our actions in the tumultuous era of change and reform that will soon be upon us.