the cusp between fall and winter, and the bridge between Scorpio and Sagittarius.
In November, we move from the fixed and watery realm of the Scorpion to the
fiery, mutable dominion of the Archer. Under these skies we see many of
mans religiously significant holidays: Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Bodhi
Day, Yule and Christmas. It is not coincidental that there are so many different
types of religious observances during the reign of the Archer. Sagittarius
and its ruler Jupiter are associated with organized religion and philosophy
and are concerned with applying this to their quest for understanding the
universal laws that govern humanity.
It is often said that the
signs of the zodiac from beginning to end represent man in all his various
stages of growth; from the infant-like naivety of Aries to the empathic and
compassionate Old man of the sea that is Pisces. Sagittarius
is the 9th sign of the zodiac and, as such, is in the figurative homestretch,
less concerned with self than some of the previous signs, and aiming his
arrows towards an understanding of universal truth.
Sagittarius is represented
by the immortal centaur Chiron: half-human, half-horse. Unlike most of his
more bestial cohorts, Chiron was a gifted philosopher, teacher and healer.
Mythology says that a poisoned dart from Hercules caused Chiron so much pain
that he renounced his immortality and was rewarded by Zeus with a home in
the heavens as the constellation Sagittarius.
The expansive and jocular
nature of the Archers ruling planet, Jupiter, lends a cheerful resilience
to natives born under this sign, together with the desire to expand, usually
ideologically, but occasionally physically as well. The dual nature of the
centaur hints of a conflict within most Sagittarians - finding the balance
between the animal and the man. The symbolism of the Archer, and Chiron,
are keys to understanding the Sagittarian. Half-man, half-beast, with his
arrows pointing to the sky, the nature of the Sagittarian is to aim high,
but be grounded in his humanity. The legs of the horse walk upon the earth,
yet his head rises to the clouds and his arrows shoot straight and high and
This month, the Sun enters
Sagittarius on November 23. That gives us three more weeks of the highly
charged Scorpio energy that we have been working with throughout October.
As we begin November we see the Sun, Mercury and the retrograde Venus all
in Scorpio. The Sun and Mercury will each take a turn at squaring Neptune
during the first week of November, which can lead to feelings of depression,
mental confusion and disturbing dreams, especially around the 5th, when the
Moon enters Scorpio as well, intensifying these already strong feelings,
and magnifying the effects of the squares.
The transits remain relatively
calm until about the third week of the month. November 19 features
a partial (penumbral) eclipse of the Moon at 27 degrees Taurus. The eclipse
should be visible throughout most of eastern and central North America, as
well as western Europe, including Great Britain. The eclipse seems to stop
time, stop energy and stop movement, while also focusing energy. Where once
there was light shining down on us from the heavens, there is suddenly darkness,
nothingness. This temporary lack of stellar input serves to bring our awareness
closer to the energy of the current lunar cycle. It is said that it takes
up to 28 days (one lunar cycle) to truly understand what effect a lunar eclipse
has had on you. Certainly, this one will be somewhat minor, and unless
it exactly conjuncts, opposes or squares a major point in your natal or
progressed chart, its unlikely to have a major effect on your personal
life. Eclipses, however, are often linked to earthquakes and floods, perhaps
stemming from the Moons association with our seas and life cycles on
Earth. It would be a good time to send out protective white light to people
living in the region of Mount Etna, as recent eruptions from Europes
only active volcano have the potential to spark larger, perhaps catastrophic,
The day after the eclipse
is a significant one as well, as Venus finally ends her current retrograde
cycle and begins to move forward through Scorpio. At the same time, Mercury
slides out of Scorpio - a potentially compromising place for him - and into
Sagittarius, where a much more open mode of communication emerges. In The
Pulse of Life, psychological astrologer Dane Rudhyar describes each sign
of the zodiac as reacting against the extremes of the sign that precedes
it. The observation seems especially valid when talking about the differences
between Mercury in Scorpio versus Mercury in Sagittarius. The secretive,
occasionally manipulative form that communication takes in Scorpio is turned
on its head by the frank and honest Sagittarian. Honest to a fault, perhaps.
Which is a clue as to why Mercury is actually in its detriment in Sagittarius.
The zealousness of Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius can make for a mode of communication
that is exaggerated and sermonizing. Debates become about principle rather
All in all, November promises
to be an introspective, yet intense month, with the concentration of Scorpio
energy through two-thirds of November very reminiscent of the heavy vibrations
of the last week of October. Its worth remembering that a journey through
Scorpio can lead to amazing revelations, transformation and even rebirth.
Through the darkness, light emerges. In this case, the light is the frank
and unsullied energy of the Archer, galloping through the heavens, ushering
in our festive season and bringing truth to us all.