Technical Note

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sign-by-Sign Forecast for November 2011

 Astrology Forecast for November 2011

At long last.  The world will shake off its stifling inertia in November.  Finally.  There will be an immediate surge of progress in vitally important areas, areas blighted by delay for too long. There will be a sense that more important progress will follow in the months just ahead.  But battle lines will also be drawn.  There will be conflict over the direction of change.  Those who want to block progress will confront those who embrace it.  People with irrational or hysterical views will cloud debate.  It could be some time before things settle into a stable pattern again.  We’ll all need to reinvent ourselves on a continuing basis to keep up in a world that is rapidly reinventing itself.


Tread softly. The abundance you receive this month will be of several kinds, all of which you've been hoping for.  Health, finances and personal ambitions will all get a boost.  However, the process of change could be nervous-making.  Shaping opportunities to suit your specific needs and preferences could be tricky, especially with all the unfamiliar details. You'll also be dealing with stressed people, all working hard amidst uncertainty and doubt. Anxiety, misinformation and plain old wrongheadedness could derail progress, at least temporarily.  Urge others to remain calm, focused and civil.

♉ TAURUS ~ Some assembly required.  A vision of the future will finally begin to emerge. A vision of how to realize that vision will also begin to dawn. The operative word here is "begin."  The stars are well-aligned for Taurus.  Things do look ready to will fall into place - just maybe not all at once. It could take months to figure out specifically what you need as well as what you want.  You must also position yourself to seize the opportunities as they move past you.  Impatience or irritability will make things harder.

♊ GEMINI ~ Positivity vs. hyperactive negativity.  Gemini is in tune with the opportunities now opening up, probably better than most of the people around you. There is more at stake now than many realize and you need to make that understood.  However, the air is full of misinformation, doubt, conspiracy theories and plain old hysteria.  You, too, are prone to overexcitement. Your special contribution will be to help generate the clarity, confidence and harmony needed. Don't underestimate the resistance to be overcome or the importance of your role in overcoming it.

♋ CANCER ~ The "eye" in team work.  You may have sought partnerships invested in project that you had to put on a back burner for lack of progress. But things are now gaining traction. Many ideals in which you invested emotionally are also starting to bear fruit.  There are many who would intentionally or unintentionally derail your efforts. Your famous intuition is in especially good working order. Share your insights willingly. You and key partners will need those insights to see through the confusion and misinformation and to steer around stubborn obstacles.

♌ LEO ~ Healer in chief. Some are talking about opportunities.  Some are broadcasting their own worst fears.  Some are going to ridiculous extremes. Some are spewing crazy talk.  But what Leo hears most clearly are demands for healing.  Everyone must be heard.  Fears must be calmed.  People need to be talked back from extremes.  Hysteria must be dampened. Obstructions must be politely but firmly overcome.  This isn't just the usual drama, either. Your intervention is vital.  Each of your healing achievements will yield substantial benefits, now and for many years to come.

♍ VIRGO ~ Small victories.  Virgos might feel like they woke up in the middle of a riot for all the furor surrounding them.  There are many big problems out there and some are approaching crisis levels.  Unfortunately, absolutely nothing is going to get fixed fast or easily.  New solutions certainly won't come online soon enough to restore needed calm. Things really could get out of control.  As so often in recent times, you have a special feel for the situation. Your input could help avert harm and produce greater benefit than anyone realizes.

♎ LIBRA ~ Place your bet carefully. Unusually delicate financial decisions await. The outcome depends on the decisions of many others who have their own priorities and who aren't necessarily thinking very clearly. It also depends on events you simply cannot foresee. Some heavy-hitters are involved, too.  Rather than the careful reasoning you prefer, you'll need to go with intuition, educated guesswork and improvisation. And then live for awhile with the consequences. The planets suggest an emphasis on fairness.  It would be the right thing, even if the good guys didn't have an edge.

♏ SCORPIO ~ Renewal. Others might be concerning themselves with difficult and complex choices this month and how to take advantage of emerging financial opportunities. There will be some of that for Scorpio. But Scorpios could find themselves more preoccupied with issues related to a lifelong partner.  You could be especially concerned with the darker, secret side of such a relationship and how it has burdened you in some especially difficult way.  What will make November important and memorable for you will be a deep healing and quiet reconciliation in this life partnership. 

♐ SAGITTARIUS ~ Good luck and introspection.  The planets line up well for Sagittarius in November.  Personal charisma peaks.  Luck blesses you financially and in relationship areas.  Travel and/or educational matters prosper.  November marks a fine prelude to the lengthy, challenging phase of your life that is now approaching. Ties to family, friends and familiar beliefs will weaken as a journey of self-questioning and self-discovery begins.  New horizons will appear in the realms of spirituality, art, music, and literature.  Be careful to do right by existing commitments.  Avoid unhealthy forms of escapism.

♑ CAPRICORN ~ Progress plus confusion.  Capricorn should make progress on priority issues in November with the promise of more progress to come.  But you could be shocked as well as frustrated by the outlandish objections some will have to your plans.  Others could come to you with wildly unrealistic expectations.  People could get very emotional, even troublesome.  The best way to allay fears, manage expectations and minimize resistance is with patience and reason.  Sound reasoning might look like a tough sell in this highly charged environment, but it remains your best bet.

♒ AQUARIUS ~ Give it a while.  A kind of mist has clouded the Aquarian lens for many years.  It softened events and created emotional distance.  It also deepened your understanding. This mist is now dissipating.  You will be more directly involved in everything. You will also feel stronger.  Stimulating new possibilities will present themselves.  You are a more complex person, now, and the world is more complex and fast moving than you remember it being. It will take some time and effort to integrate the new, better you into this fast-moving, intense world.

♓ PISCES ~ Into deeper waters.  An enchanted mist will soon settle over Piscean minds.  It will get denser and remain so for many years.  It will create emotional distance.  It will make you even more intuitive and absorb you more completely into your own thoughts and feelings.  You'll be even less willing to settle for a standard version of reality.  You won't feel as robust as you might like, sometimes.  But it will make you more powerfully Piscean than you already are.  But stay in touch with the rest of us.  We'll really need your Super-Piscean insights.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Astrological Analysis - October 2011 for Everyone

Analysis - October 2011 for Everyone

Approaching a Watershed Moment

We can best understand October 2011 as preparation for major events that will begin in November 2011.

In October, there are four planets retrograde. By the end of December, they will all be moving forward. 

In February, Neptune will move into Pisces, taking us across a major historical threshold.  The combined effect of this forward motion and Neptune's entry into Pisces will push us over a major historical threshold. And most likely into even more turbulent times.

Stationary/Direct Movement

Neptune will move forward on 11/10. Our ideals, inspiration, our vision, beliefs and expectations can move into new territory. Old, outdated beliefs are currently experiencing a temporary resurgence. The ideas that will replace them are slowly gaining prominence. They will break into the open in February when Neptune enters Pisces. Expect intense conflict between old ideas and emerging new ideas.

Chiron will move forward on 11/11. Healing processes and health care issues will move forward.

Uranus will move forward on 12/10.  Processes of reform and change will move forward.

Jupiter will move forward on 12/26.  Wealth-building processes will advance. However, general financial conditions remain rough.

Neptune/Pisces Ingress - Crossing the Threshold

When Neptune enters its home sign, Pisces, next February, it begins a brand new, ~165-year transit of the Zodiac. (There is an extensive discussion of Neptune's entry into Pisces in my April 2011 post:

Our ideas and our ideals will begin a major new stage of evolution. We will begin breaking free of outdated, under developed or distorted ideas and ideals that have affected our lives for more than 150 years.  We will begin building a new set of ideas and ideals and evolving old ones.

The result is likely to be chaotic and conflicted as new and evolving ideas collide with old ideas.  The conflict of ideas that we are currently seeing is only a prelude.

October is the still, quiet moment before we cross this threshold onto the real battleground of ideas.  It will offer us our last big chance to delve deeply into our own hearts and minds before the conflict of ideas begin in earnest. 

The planets are giving us special, added support in October so we can achieve greater clarity and deeper commitment.  And to help us find release from old mental and emotional limitations.  And to help us break limiting, confining patterns of thought and behavior. After October, once the shift begins in earnest, we will have to do these difficult things on the fly.

As for events themselves, the world will remain in something of a holding pattern in October. Expect no resolutions until November.

October's Aspects

Many Familiar Relationship in October

Some of October's aspects are familiar.  A dense matrix of planetary pressures continues to stress all relationships.  I will not discuss these issues again, here. For those who are interested, there is an extensive discussion of these relationship issues in my September 2011 post:

So What's New in October?

October's charts include an unusual structure.  It is triangular, like a Yod, only harder.  It is made up of two sesquiquadrates – one of the minor difficult aspects – and a square.

Mars is at the apex, strongly placed in Leo in the 1st house.  With Uranus in Aries, the home sign of Mars, Mars is carrying a powerful and problematic Uranian charge. Mars and Uranus very often combine in awkward, disruptive, uncontrollable ways.

Pluto and Uranus are squaring each other at the base of this Yod-like, triangular structure.

All of these planets are difficult to deal with, singly or in combination. In this structure, their difficult energies will grate and chafe against each other (and us), producing a great deal of friction and outright conflict, both inner and outer.

The aspects in this structure are not exact, but the planets involved and its placement lend it special force. 

Speaking Up, Acting Out.  Loudly.

This hard Yod will bring an obsessive, repetitive focus on a particular goal or set of issues. In this case, the issues are the assertion of individual, personal preferences in the face of debate among more established powers at higher levels in our society.

The wealthy and powerful are fighting it out amongst themselves.  Now, the little guy, people on Main street, people at the grassroots, want a say, too. Boy, do they ever.

This hard Yod will likely cause aggressive, persistent efforts to be heard amidst the conflict going on in the corporate boardrooms, the legislatures, ministries and cabinet rooms around the world. 

Individuals at the grassroots, on all sides of the issue, will try to aggressively, forcefully insinuate themselves into this battle of ideas now raging at high levels of government. This will escalate, widen and deepen social, economic and political conflicts across the globe.  This trend, already becoming apparent, will gain strength going forward.

Layers of Complexity, Clouds of Subtlety

The hard Yod is potentially very explosive, especially with Mars, Uranus and Pluto involved.  However, it is embedded in a supportive, protective mystic rectangle.  (So, incidentally, are the difficult aspects affecting relationships.)

The mystic rectangle involves: 1. Mars (self-assertion), 2. Sun, Saturn and Juno (stress testing of relationships), 3. retrograde Neptune and Chiron (deep healing and spiritualizing energies) and 4. Lilith, portal to the repressed, irrational and dysfunctional.

This mystic rectangle, taken by itself, supports deep psychological purging and personal healing amidst stressed and rapidly evolving relationships.  This process will be tough even with the support of the mystic rectangle. Added to the energy of the hard Yod, it presents a uniquely intense and important set of personal challenges.

Hard Yod Plus Mystic Rectangle

The supportive, protective mystic rectangle is linked to the difficult, incendiary hard Yod in two places.

Mars, bristling with incendiary Mars/Uranus energy, pins the apex of the hard Yod to one corner of the mystic rectangle.

Semi-sextiles extending from Chiron and Neptune to Uranus and Pluto, join the base of the hard Yod to one corner of the mystic rectangle.

Briefly, the mystic rectangle and the hard Yod form a single, integrated – albeit unstable and challenging - structure.

At one pole is self-assertive Mars with radical change on its fiery mind.  At the other pole are retrograde Chiron and Neptune, exerting a liberating, healing, idealizing and spiritualizing influence.  In between are forces that stress and test personal relationships and forces that support deep psychological releases and spiritual growth.

The mystic rectangle will blend and channel this intense, difficult and highly problematic mix of energies into constructive channels.

The protective, supportive, benevolent effects of the mystic rectangle shouldn't be underestimated. However, the combination of energies is literally and inherently explosive.  They will be difficult to contain even with the mystic rectangle.

While the overall, long-term effect will be beneficial, the specifics, the immediate, near-term events could be hard to deal with.

This is a potent combination of forces that seems designed to trigger the total, simultaneous transformation of individuals and nations.  So complex, intense and wide-ranging are the energies involved.

Personal Healing and Popular Revolt

As noted, this mystic rectangle/hard Yod will support common people trying to enter the already fierce debate over how to deal with the acute challenges that is already taking place at high levels in society and government.

It will saturate our lives with forces that dissolve blockages, cleanse, heal and spiritualize.

It will enable the ego to overcome barriers, in itself and in others, to acceptance and group participation. New alliances - strong, resilient, capable, highly motivated alliances - will form.

In short, the combined mystic rectangle/hard Yod will make a potentially disastrous month a potentially energetic and constructive month.  However, there is no getting around the potential for trouble with this combination of energies.  The level, complexity and intensity of the challenges come close to completely canceling out, or overwhelming, the supportive energies.

While the supportive elements are strong and prominent, so are the destructive, transformative elements.  In the event, it could be very hard to sort out the supportive from the destructive elements in our experience.  In some cases, the supportive forces will win out over the destructive, and vice versa. Some will experience a wild, invigorating, liberating mix of both.  It could take many months to figure out what really happened and whether it was for better or for worse.

It will give many of us one last chance to prepare ourselves for the surge and intensification of reform, protest and conflict that will begin in February. For some, it could bring instant, life-changing turmoil.  For still others, it could just be a brief, quiet moment before chaos breaks out somewhere in the lives of their friends and co-workers.

Midpoint Pictures - Likely Events and Experiences

Mars square the midpoint of Chiron and the ascendant inspires a discussion of past wrongs and a willingness to discuss visions or realizations related to our own suffering and healing processes.

Jupiter opposite the midpoint of the Moon and Mars inspires a love of truth, an appreciation of honesty.

Pluto conjunct the midpoint of Mercury and Chiron
strikes a potentially strident, self-righteous note. Crusading voices will demand healing and redress of grievances.

North node square the midpoint of Sun and the ascendant
encourages the cultivation of friendships and new alliances.

North node opposite the midpoint of Mars and the midheaven
inspire a desire to inspire the community with your own vision.  In some cases, this could bring efforts to impose one's will on the community.

An Economic Note

Last month, in my analysis for September 2011, I discussed the Jupiter/Pluto wealth-building cycle in general terms:

As noted in that analysis, we are just leaving a relatively smooth phase of this cycle.  We will enter a difficult phase of the present Jupiter/Pluto cycle officially in June 2012. 

The difficult phase will last until August 2015, or roughly 3½ [3.5] years.  Pluto's transit of Capricorn will make this a more difficult phase than other, comparable phases.  I think we are already feeling its effects.

The 12 year, Jupiter/Pluto, wealth-building cycle governs, among other things, relations between government power and the power of the wealth-builders. 

During the approaching difficult phase of this cycle, it will, for example, be especially hard for governments to coordinate job creation efforts, pass trade agreements, implement effective monetary policies, and so on.

Bottom line?  Don't count too heavily on governmental efforts to solve any of our economic problems in the near term.

The real solution of our economic problems waits upon the solution to more basic issues of social, political and economic justice, which people around the world are really just beginning to hash out.

A Footnote on Comet Elenin

A number of people have written to ask me about the meaning of Comet Elenin. Comet Elenin was discovered on December 10, 2010.  Astrologers often depend on charts for the time of discovery to understand the import of a heavenly body.

I did not do a chart for the moment of discover itself. However, I believe my analysis for December 2010 offers insight into the meaning of Comet Elenin:   It isn't pretty.