Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Astrological Analysis - November 2011 (& 11.11.11) for Everyone
November 2011 ( & 11.11.11) for Everyone
Life Changing Events (Happy Holidays!)
November 2011 is a month of personal decisions. It will bring the continuation of now familiar stresses and strains. It will also mark the beginning of an even sharper and more intense confrontation between people with conflicting religious, political and economic views. It is also a time of surprising inner, personal transformations. And, need I add, mounting stress.
Meanwhile, Pluto is still in Capricorn, still stress-testing global political and economic power structures. Uranus is in Aries stimulating protest, rebellion and outright revolution. Neptune is about to enter Pisces where it will trigger heightened ideological clashes. We are also beginning to feel the effects of the unusually powerful 2012 chart, which promises straightforwardly revolutionary change.
Taken singly, the energy output of each of these long-lasting astrological events would be overwhelming. Combined, their transformative (and disruptive) power is immense.
These high energy levels will also magnify the impact of other, seemingly routine astrological phenomena.
Events are constantly revealing flaws in our plans and weaknesses in our support systems, forcing significant changes in our life plans.
We frequently hear that others have experienced life changing events of all kinds. Often not for the better.
We continue to experience significant relationship stresses. It seems like all relationships are becoming high maintenance.
We are experiencing power struggles at work, at home, and in our social lives.
It is often hard to figure out what is going on in the world immediately around us. Most of us are fighting fatigue. Our thoughts and emotions often churn uncomfortably. We are feeling an increase in obsessive behavior, nervous tics, hyperactivity and all forms of addictive behavior, major and minor. There is a constant sense of uncertainty and urgency. Stress is interfering with our sleep.
We are also experiencing deep upwellings of spiritual energy and insights. Amidst the unceasing stresses and strains we achieve moments of unusual clarity and the strength to go on. We will discover things about ourselves that we never knew, even as we start turning into a different kind of person, different kinds of people.
11.11.11 and More
People have asked me about the meaning of the date 11.11.11. When asked about a date, such as this one, I always cast a chart or two.
As it turns out, two of the most important events in November do, in fact, occur around 11.11.11.
Neptune will be stationary/direct on 11.10.11. Neptune governs the evolution of thought and belief.
Neptune is poised to enter Pisces to begin a new cycle of the Zodiac and a prolonged and sweeping renewal of belief systems, world wide.
It often causes violence, particularly ideological or religious violence as old and new ideas clash.
Chiron will be stationary/direct on 11.10.11 at 11:11pm GMT.
Chiron governs illness, injury and healing, including large scale natural and manmade disasters and violence. It uses these things to destroy the barriers between the personality and the spirit. Whatever it takes . . .
Thus, around 11.11.11, we will experience a kind of one-two punch. Neptune will begin driving our beliefs and ideas into new, more spiritual territory. Chiron will break down barriers between the personality and the spirit.
It looks like an influence that will simultaneously push human thinking into inspiring new territory and spur violent clashes between adherents of different beliefs. Its potential for turbulence and disruption seem to me especially marked in light of the intense astrological energies now at work.
Continuing Retrogrades, Sort of
Uranus, which governs reform, including revolutionary styles of reform, will remain retrograde until December 10th. Jupiter, which governs economic growth, will remain retrograde until December 25th.
Thought and belief will move forward. But wealth-building and reform processes will remain stalled.
Frustration with the status quo will no doubt become more intense, especially as new and tantalizing possibilities develop.
Both Uranus and Jupiter are preparing to go stationary/retrograde. When planets change directions, their energy is more intense, more complex and harder to figure.
While Neptune and Chiron will be direct, the confusing effects of their retrogrades will still be felt.
From early November thru early January, all four planets will be in this strange condition, sending out very mixed, thoroughly disorienting signals.
These often baffling cross-currents will be multiplied and magnified by the intensity of the background energies - Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, and Neptune's imminent entrance into Pisces and the approach of 2012.
The planets offer the promise of immense movement. The overall effect will surely increase global strains significantly.
Taking a Stand
During November, positions will harden. Determination to bring change – or to prevent it - will increase dramatically. People will see with increasing clarity and consternation just how high the stakes are, even as the confusion mounts. We will be obliged to decide were we will stand in the decisive, fateful struggles to come.
Economics, The Coming Debate
The most prominent structure in the November chart is a well-positioned, well-formed, highly energetic, but wholly deceptive grand trine. Generally, a grand trine is a highly desirable, strongly supportive, facilitating aspect. This particular grand trine is a very mixed blessing.
Mars, Jupiter and Pluto are involved in this grand trine. The involvement of both Jupiter and Pluto make it a wealth-building trine.
Totally Mixed Economic Signals
The meaning of this grand trine isn't what we might expect, or hope it to be.
Jupiter is retrograde. That will impair the grand trine's wealth-building powers and sew ever more economic doubt. However, Jupiter is also slowing, prior to going stationary/direct.
This will give some the deceptive sense that the global economy is about to surge, despite evidence to the contrary, and vice versa.
Also, Jupiter and Pluto are now entering a difficult part of their wealth-building cycle. They will remain in difficult relationship for several years.
The upshot is an exquisitely tantalizing blend of mixed economic messages, coming at a time of deep economic anxieties and intense need.
Jupiter is also preparing to complete a third and final opposition to Saturn, further retarding economic growth. The fact that this is the last of three oppositions supports a sense of economic relief, further scrambling the economic signals.
In effect, the grand trine is creating an information vacuum hungry for new ideas about our economic future.
Nature Abhors a Vacuum, Especially Where the Economy is Concerned
Mars in Virgo occupies the third point of the grand trine. We know that Uranus is transiting Aries, which is ruled by Mars. This turns Mars into a roving Uranian ambassador, spreading revolutionary Uranian energy as it goes.
Mars (heavily charged with Uranian energies) is in close opposition to Chiron and Neptune, both of which are stationary/direct.
This will causes a collision of ideas - of philosophies, religious beliefs and political and ideological thought.
This burst of highly charged new ideas will collide with the massively ambiguous economic messages, bringing its own kind of chaos. New and old ideas, good and bad, will both struggle to fill the vacuum. To me, it suggests a perfect storm, or a tsunami, of conflict, uncertainty and confusion.
Everything Turns into Everything, or Way Too Much Information
Perhaps one of the most important outcomes is that we'll lose our ability to think of economic problems in simple terms anymore. Solving economic problems will seem to require solving issues of political and economic justice first. And that will pretty much boggle the global mind. People will be overwhelmed.
No Going Back
A partial solar eclipse in Sagittarius also makes this a month of decision, sort of. We will feel compelled to make a firm commitment to a future course of action. However, the issues will grow more numerous and complex as we try to make our commitments.
What happens is largely up to us, but the stars do offer some direction.
The south node is on the cusp of the 10th house near the Part of Fortune. This tells us that the planets want us to avoid decisions based on 10th house issues.
Translation: November's chart works strongly against relying on authority, old, off-the-shelf solutions or solutions based on past successes: no power plays, no appeals to established authority, no grand standing, no pat answers.
We need to turn our backs on established methods and join the quest for a new way forward.
The north node is on the cusp of the 4th house with Venus and Mercury. The solar eclipse on November 25th also affects the 4th house.
The planets want us to favor 4th house methods. They are strongly in favor of deep thought, soul-searching and intensive discussion. We need to consider issues from the perspective of home and family - down to earth and close to home.
Urgent Issues Fuzzy Thinking, Blurred Ideas, Slowly Evolving Total Commitment
The north and south nodes all straddle the highly sensitive vertical axis of the chart.
Hence, our evolving commitment will be crucially important to every aspect of our lives. By the same token, we will be pushed toward such commitments by just about every facet of our lives.
Because the energies flow through mutable signs, this decision will probably won't be simple or quick.
All of the above astrological bodies are in fuzzy, mutable signs. Also, Neptune will be churning out vast clouds of confusion. Everything might seem to call for urgent action. But issues will be too complex and too unclear for quick, decisive solutions.
We are turning a corner onto a long road. We are looking at global immersion in a complex decision making process.
Because of the eclipse, the commitment will also mark a major turning point and our choices, or our failure to make choices, and how we go about making them will have important consequences.
The issues surrounding us will become clouded, cumbersome almost forbiddingly complex. But we will be compelled to engage them seriously nonetheless and at to least begin making choices.
An eclipse marks a moment of truth which is often not seen as such at the time. This particular eclipse requires that we place a bet amidst confusing and fast-changing circumstances and accept the consequences, even what it is wholly unclear what those consequences will be . . . that we make a moral commitment and a leap of faith.
Post Script: Mid Point Pictures
The two strongest midpoint contacts in the chart offer us valuable pointers, too.
Saturn is exactly conjunct the midpoint of Mercury and Mars. During November, we need to think things through carefully before speaking to avoid conflict or to avoid turning a delicate situation into an embarrassment or an outright disaster.
The second midpoint is Neptune exactly conjunct the midpoint of the Moon and Chiron. We must fight a tendency to go to extremes as we seek relief or healing. We need to avoid playing the blame game as we seek out the causes of our difficulties. We need to search out a path of personal healing and growth that does not impair or impede the progress of others.