November 2003

A Conscious Evolution Newsletter




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November Star Watch

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Special Days and Aspects for November 2003

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Welcome to November! Click on a date in the calendar to see the current aspects and events for that day.

November 1, 2003

Moon Phase
First-quarter Moon in Aquarius, 4:25 Universal Time.

Mercury at 13 degrees Scorpio sextile Jupiter in Virgo
Scorpio Mercury’s sextile with Jupiter makes this a good day for achieving clarity in your own mind about the “big picture” of your situation, particularly with regard to everday work situations in Virgo’s domain. Indications are also favorable for communication with authorities.

Mercury at 13 degrees Scorpio trine retrograde Saturn in Cancer
This influence is serious, practical and rather private, so organizing things at home to create conditions for emotional comfort is appropriate today.

Jupiter at 13 degrees Virgo sextile retrograde Saturn in Cancer
The tendency for careful expansion indicated here is good for making business decisions.

All Saints Day: Christian celebration honoring all saints, known and unknown, celebrated since the fourth century.

National Author’s Day: Write to your favorite author, says the granddaughter of the schoolteacher who got this day declared a holiday in the United States.

Day of the Enlighteners (Den na Buditelite): A day honoring the patriots, writers and revolutionaries who helped bring Bulgaria to nationhood.

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November 2, 2003

Venus enters Sagittarius
With Venus in Sagittarius, the experience of love and anything to do with art or beauty can expand your consciousness. During this transit, which lasts until November 27, be open to new possibilities in matters of love and art, and you may be rewarded by the growth of your soul.

Venus at 28 degrees Scorpio square retrograde Uranus in Aquarius
This transit calls for new experiences in love relationships and partnerships. It’s a good time to shake things up a bit, but some might be tempted to provoke a fight with their partners just for the stimulation of it.

All Souls Day: The day in the Christian tradition that continues the long practice of early civilizations of honoring the dead, particularly the recently departed, in November. The day is celebrated in Mexico with an Aztec flair, as El Día de los Muertos - the Day of the Dead, which includes giving gifts of sweets that look like skeletons and other signs of death.

Coronation of Haile Selassie I: Rastafarian holiday in honor of the Ethiopian emperor they believe to have been the Messiah. He was crowned on this day in 1930.

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November 3, 2003

Happy Birthday to DaleLouise!
Happy Birthday to Valentine!

Sun at 10 degrees Scorpio square Neptune in Aquarius
There could be a rather slow and fuzzy-headed quality to interactions under this square. Things move slowly and the energy is rather damped-down, perhaps even discouraging, but that will ease in a day or so.

Japanese Culture Day (Bunka-no-Hi): Rationalism, civilization and enlightenment are celebrated in Japan, and the government awards medals in the arts and sciences. The day also celebrates the birth of a past emperor.

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November 4, 2003

Election Day: Americans hold elections the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

Mischief Night: English kids traditionally run wild on the eve of Guy Fawkes Day.

Will Rogers Day: The birth of America’s “cowboy philosopher” is a state holiday in Oklahoma.

Yitzchak Rabin Memorial Day: Israel honors the prime minister who shared in a Nobel Peace Prize before being assassinated at a peace rally by a nationalist Israeli on this day in 1995.

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November 5, 2003

Sun at 13 degrees Scorpio trine retrograde Saturn in Cancer
Realism and practicality combine harmoniously in water signs. This is a good influence for taking stock of situations involving emotions and doing what feels real and workable.

Día del Puno: Indians in the Andes of South America honor their Incan ancestors by playing out the story of two brothers sent by their father, the Sun, to found the nation on an island in Lake Titicaca.

Guy Fawkes Day: Remembers the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot to kill King James I and his government in 1605 England. Macabre fun is made of the executions of “the guy” and his co-conspirators.

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November 6, 2003

Sun at 14 degrees Scorpio sextile Jupiter in Virgo
This happy, positive, lucky transit lasts a few days and lends a cheery feeling to the world, making this a good time to interact with others and get together with friends.

Gustavus Adolphus Day: Bonfires on Reindeer Mountain and parades are part of this Swedish holiday in honor of a 17th-century king who reformed many of the country’s systems and was killed in the Thirty Years’ War.

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November 7, 2003

Happy Birthday to EagleOverTheSea!

Uranus at 28 degrees Aquarius goes direct
The planet of quick change and sudden enlightenment, retrograde since June 6, goes direct in the sign it rules.

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November 8, 2003

Total Eclipse of the Moon
The eclipse begins at 22:15 Universal Time.

Grand Sextile / Star of David
Read about this harmonious formation of oppositions, trines and sextiles in the article, An Intense Invitation: The Upcoming Harmonic Concordance, in this issue.

Guru Nanak Jayanti: Sikh holiday celebrating the birth of the first Sikh teacher, who lived from 1469-1539.

Michaelmas (Orthodox): Orthodox Christians honor the Archangel Michael and all the angels.

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November 9, 2003

Moon Phase
Full Moon in Taurus, 1:13 Universal Time. The total eclipse of the Moon that began at 22:15 Universal Time on the 8th ends at 4:21 Universal Time.

Grand Sextile / Star of David
Read about this harmonious formation of oppositions, trines and sextiles in the article, An Intense Invitation: The Upcoming Harmonic Concordance, in this issue.

Remembrance Day / Poppy Day (U.K.): The commemoration of the November 11, 1918 armistice that ended World War I is celebrated in the United Kingdom on the second Sunday in November. The United States and Canada hold the same observance tomorrow. The British Legion distributes red paper poppies on this day, as the American Legion does the following day, in remembrance of those who died in “the war to end all wars.”

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November 10, 2003

Armistice Day / Veterans Day / Remembrance Day / Poppy Day (North America): The U.S. and Canadian holiday (observed yesterday in its U.K. version) in remembrance of those who fought and died in wars. The holiday originally celebrated the November 11, 1918 armistice that ended World War I, and the paper poppies symbolic of the day still reflect John McCrae’s poem about poppies blowing above the graves in Flanders, a site of heavy fighting.

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November 11, 2003

Venus at 10 degrees Sagittarius sextile Neptune in Aquarius
In the midst of Venus’ journey through Sagittarius, which sets the stage for the expansion of consciousness through experiences of love and art, the sextile with Neptune increases sensitivity, augmenting the potential for love, romance, artistic expression, and the sharing of beautiful dreams.

Mercury at 28 degrees Scorpio square Uranus in Aquarius
This transit adds stimulation, unpredictability and quick thinking, maybe even inspiration, to the consiousness-expansion of the day’s other major transit. If you aren’t too busy romancing or interpreting dreams, this would be a great day to work on writing or painting your masterpiece.

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November 12, 2003

Mercury enters Sagittarius
Mercury’s journey through Sagittarius, lasting until December 2, provides yet another opportunity this month for learning and mental growth, this time related to the wider world. Let your mind explore where it hasn’t been before. Go ahead and get a little philosophical; you’ll be in good company.

Venus at 12 degrees Sagittarius square Mars in Pisces
This transit stimulates and tests relationships between females and males, while also calling into play considerations of settled values versus immediate demands. Together with this month’s many beautiful, artistic, consciousness-expanding, philosophical and enlightening transits, this square of Venus and Mars could spur new realizations in the whole realm of male/female interaction. For more on the square, which becomes exact today, and how it plays into a major pattern in November’s skies, see the article, An Intense Invitation: The Upcoming Harmonic Concordance, in this issue.

Birth of Baha’u’llah: Celebration of the birth of the teacher and Messiah of the Baha’i religion.

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November 13, 2003

Have a great day!

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November 14, 2003

Happy Birthday to pasquale!

Mars at 12 degrees Pisces trine retrograde Saturn in Cancer
The beneficent transits just keep on coming! The trine between “Do it now!” Mars and “Do it right!” Saturn yields a steady source of energy to use in working towards achieving something solid from the inspirations and dreams the month’s star-patterns have been stirring up.

Children’s Day in India: Children are honored and entertained on this day, celebrated on the birthday of independent India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, whose love of children is legendary.

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November 15, 2003

Venus at 15 degrees Sagittarius square Jupiter in Virgo
This is a happy-go-lucky, feel-good transit, with the only drawback being the potential of indulging in excess. But with the influence of the Mars-Saturn trine still operating from yesterday, it’s more likely that the combined planetary influence will be favorable for making good decisions, particularly in terms of investments, and having an enjoyable time doing so.

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November 16, 2003

Happy Birthday to tinkerbell!

Shichi-Go-San (Seven-Five-Three Festival): A celebration of young children, this is an ancient festival in Japan. On the Sunday nearest November 15, parents take kids of these ages to Shinto shrines for special blessings.

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November 17, 2003

Moon Phase
Last-quarter Moon in Leo, 4:15 Universal Time.

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November 18, 2003

Venus at 18 degrees Sagittarius conjunct Pluto
The conjunction with Pluto adds depth and intensity to the experiences of love and art that are so favorably highlighted this month. Pluto always carries some potential for a dark side, so jealousy, possessiveness and insecurity could play a part in the intensity of feeling generated here, but if those feelings can be assuaged, this transit can signal a beautiful and sexy time for lovers.

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November 19, 2003

Mercury at 10 degrees Sagittarius sextile Neptune in Aquarius
Imagination, awareness, sensitivity, intuition, dreams, spirituality and an escape from mundane reality - plus the ability to grasp the meaning of and communicate from those wild fields of the mind - are all highlighted under this interpretation. Songwriting, anyone?

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November 20, 2003

Mars at 15 degrees Pisces oppose Jupiter in Virgo
Bossiness, tinged with irritable perfectionism, could enter the picture today, as normally fiery Mars - still dampened in his unusually long journey through the Piscean seas - faces off with the King Planet, Jupiter, situated in earthy, detail-oriented, methodical Virgo. But with self-awareness to rise above the irritations, there is enough confidence and will in this transit to make progress on important projects.

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November 21, 2003

Sun at 28 degrees Scorpio square Uranus in Aquarius
Expect the unexpected, including the possibility of accidents or the potential uncovering of unsettling secrets in society or groups. Combined with the continuing effects of the opposition of Mars in Pisces and Jupiter in Virgo that was exact yesterday, this could be a time when unexpected conflicts arise in a big way from out of the blue. These might not have terribly negative results, but they certainly could disrupt the lovely reverie that the planetary patterns have suggested would linger through the first two-thirds of the month.

Qud’s Day: An Islamic day of rallies in support of Muslim Palestinians and against oppression of Muslims anywhere.

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November 22, 2003

Sun enters Sagittarius
Entering broad-minded Sagittarius, the Sun leaves behind the more inward realms of Scorpio for the congenial, philosophical domain of the Archer. Where Scorpio represents deep questons of death and rebirth, Sagittarius represents far-flung interests in all there is to learn, especially those things outside one’s familiar sphere of activity.

Lailat al-Qadr: Islamic Night of Destiny, a holy night honoring the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.

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November 23, 2003

Happy Birthday to BlueDove!

Total Eclipse of the Sun
The eclipse begins at 22:19 Universal Time and ends an hour later.

Moon Phase
New Moon in Sagittarius, 22:59 Universal Time.

Mercury at 16 degrees Sagittarius square Jupiter in Virgo
Like the Mercury-Jupiter sextile that began the month, this is another transit beneficial for understanding the “big picture” and for public communication. However, with Mercury now in gregarious Sagittarius, the square with Sagittarius’ ruler, Jupiter, could easily provoke such “big talk” from so many confident know-it-alls that a good set of ear-plugs might be in order.

Japan’s Labor Thanksgiving Day: Japan’s Thanksgiving Day, a legal holiday, is also the country’s Labor Day.

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November 24, 2003

Mercury at 17 degrees Sagittarius square Mars in Pisces
If yesterday’s “big talk” made you roll your eyes and plug your ears, today it’s likely to make you feel cross and combative. Or it’s likely to make you think that others are cross and combative. Repressing any hostility you feel will only add to the trouble, so you might want to seek a safe outlet, like punching a pillow or screaming your head off somewhere where no one will hear you and call the cops.

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November 25, 2003

Mercury at 19 degrees Sagittarius conjunct Pluto
After the beautiful reveries, the loving and artistic feelings, of the first two-thirds of the month, followed by the disruptions of the past few days and the cacophony of strong voices, each declaring different versions of the “big picture” with strident certainty, Pluto appears directly in Mercury’s path to add a probing intensity to the situation. There could be an urgency at this point to get to the bottom of things and break through to a solution.

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November 26, 2003

Venus at 29 degrees Sagittarius sextile Uranus in Aquarius
The energy that turned from dreamy to dicey on the 20th of the month, which was brought to the brink of urgent intensity when the Mercury-Pluto conjunction became exact yesterday, promises or threatens today to break through to another level, one way or another. The presence of loving Venus in philosophical Sagittarius forming a sextile with the unpredictable but potentially enlightening Uranus at home in Aquarius suggests that the breakthrough could produce an exciting and revolutionary new understanding. Or it could instead go the way of the warriors squaring off in the day’s other important transit.

Mars at 19 degrees Pisces square Pluto in Sagittarius
The square of Mars to Pluto can signal ruthless warfare and bitter power struggles, although it also contains the potential for creative transformation, depending upon how the active, intense, willful energy of the transit is put to use. The placement of Mars in peaceful Pisces and Pluto in broad-minded Sagittarius means that the peaceful path of resolution through a mutual learning experience is clearly available, but it will require a conscious decision by the parties in conflict to resolve the upset planetary energies of the past few days in an intelligent and above-board manner. Otherwise, this transit could signal a big blow-up that transforms the situation through underhanded and ruthless destruction.

’Id Al-Fitr: The end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is a joyous time when the fasting ends and a three-day festival begins, lasting through November 28. It is known as the festival of ever-recurring happiness.

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November 27, 2003

Venus enters Capricorn
After a month of celestial aspects that got off to a slow start, moved through a period of glorious, lingering beauty and artistic dreaminess, and then deteriorated into a bunch of indicators of noisy and possibly destructive conflict, November’s last major transit offers the possibility of making things better through hard work undertaken in harmony with others. Venus brings her beauty-loving values and powers of attraction under the authority of Capricorn’s discipline and patient striving to be useful. Capricorn’s steadfast pursuit of processes that work in practical reality, combined with Venus’ ability to foster cooperation, team up to lead us on into December with a quieter, more grounded energy than any we’ve seen in the undeniably exciting yet tumultuous month of November.

American Thanksgiving Day: The fourth Thursday in November is the traditional day in the United States for the American version of the autumn harvest celebration and feast.

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November 28, 2003

Have a great day!

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November 29, 2003

St. Andrew’s Eve: In Poland, young women break dry branches from cherry trees, place them in wet sand and tend them for the next few weeks. If the branch blooms by Christmas, the sign is that they will marry within the year. Other methods for predicting romance are also tried, such as pouring wax into water to read the shape and looking for letters in apple peels tossed over the shoulder. Collectively, these charms are called Andrzejki, named in honor of the “manly” St. Andrew.

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November 30, 2003

Moon Phase
First-quarter Moon in Pisces, 17:16 Universal Time.

First Sunday of Advent: The Christian season of preparation for Christmas begins.

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Astrology by Maria Barron
Holidays compiled by Maria Barron, Anindita Basu and Sucheta Shetty
Birthday graphics by Maria Barron for Metamorphosis

For an astrological look at the month as a whole,
please see November Star Watch in this issue.