weekly astrology forecast | October 30th, 2023 to November 5th, 2023 - november's war zone triggers our triggers and our instinct to stay alive

Lots of oppositions in November, as the Gods (and those who think they are), battle it out, through us, 

with the whole month flavored by an INTENSE Sun/Mars conjunction on November 18th when they (as we) start a new cycle together in Scorpio. 

(Sun/Mars conjunctions are important launch pads - four years ago they met in Virgo and we spent the next two years enmeshed, collectively, in health and work matters, two years ago they met in Libra and we spent the past two years enmeshed in balance, relationship and partnership matters and now we usher in two years of Scorpio drama - death, merged monies, transformation, sex, gender, secrets. Oh course Mars was debilitated in Libra and is now strong/stable in Scorpio, that's good.)

We are the heroes we have been waiting for guys, so how are we going to handle these November challenges? 

Remember that butterfly effect - the chaos theory thing about a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world causing a hurricane in another. Maybe this has been disproven, I don't know, BUT it is certain that small things create BIG things.  

If we go back to that sandwich metaphor/analogy (which was it or was it just an imaginary peanut butter and jelly created by my growling stomach) from my last post HERE we might remember that World War I started with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand when, after several unsuccessful attempts at his life, the killer stopped for a sandwich just as the Archduke's car was turning around right in front of him. The killer then shot Ferdinand and his wife plunging the world into years of chaos. 

I am sure a good, properly made sandwich has saved the world many times, too. 

If we are haunted right now by the beating of the drums of war, maybe the most important thing we can do - with the Sun in Scorpio - is what we don't do. 

Let's not normalize any of this sh*t. Let's catch ourselves projecting our shadow onto THE OTHER and welcome it back into ourselves like we might a long lost cousin. Let's not over-indulge our pandemic weary minds in death and destruction. Let's all let go of something DEAD. Yes, that leather handbag you haven't used for years is a good place to start. 

Don't stop there. Clean out your closet. Your inbox. Your refrigerator. Nothing dead gets to stay. 

I used to have many pictures of people who had past scattered around my house. Now I have just a few and all in one place and it brings me comfort to go there, but the rest of my house is dedicated to the LIVING. 

To life. 

(also I have found it helpful to centering my home's energy in the present, to hang more recent pictures of people, instead of mostly pictures of grown people when they were children or old events, etc, we do need roots and need to be rooted though, so see what you think of this - experiment a bit)

Taurus is the house of my gnarly T-Square's empty leg, so I know a little bit about this part. 

Bring plants into your home. Get a few of those plant lights - they are not expensive and they work - if you don't have the sun/windows. More life. 

We have to untangle this dangerous slow suicide we are dancing with through negative thinking

Anyone born in the 1960's with Neptune in Scorpio, maybe I am especially talking to you - stop idealizing death in any way you are idealizing death. Pray. And you, Pluto in Scorpio generation (roughly born 1984-1995), we need your power and not your manipulations, please bring us your best and highest selves. And the Uranus in Scorpio generation (roughly late 1974-late 1981) - the world needs you to show us how to change! What do you need to change?

This won't be about stuffing what is uncomfortable because Sun/Mars with that Scorpio vibration for the next two years tells us the dead are not going to stay buried. The North Node in Aries is answering to Mars, so this all matters more than ever. There is only one way through - NEW ACTION. Courage. Yes, maybe fighting. But we don't have to kill each other. Yes, Scorpio rules death. But, Scorpio is also the phoenix rising from the ashes. We can TRANSFORM each other. 

There's a Full Moon in Gemini at the end of November. Let's see where all this stands/where we stand when we get there. 

In the meantime, as the Sun/Mars/Mercury oppose Jupiter in the beginning of the month - ask yourself, where is my blind conviction? What am I not seeing in my own life?

As the Sun/Mars oppose Uranus - DANGER WILL ROBINSON - next week and in play starting this week - ask yourself - where is my finger on the trigger due to old trauma/woundings? How can I release this tension in a healthier way?

From mid month on as Mars/Sun square Saturn and hopefully bring some restraint and limits to whatever the hell is going on in the world - ask yourself - how do I need to restrain/limit myself?

At the end of November and into the middle of December as Sun/Mars trine Chiron - ask yourself - how can I learn to live with these very old/unhealable wounds? so I can get my FINGER OFF THE GOD DAMNED TRIGGER?

Let's unpack the week. 

TUESDAY - Venus trine Uranus 

WEDNESDAY - Mercury inconjunct Chiron 

THURSDAY - Vesta stations retrograde

FRIDAY - Sun oppose Jupiter, Venus inconjunct NN, Venus opposes Neptune, Venus semi-square Jupiter

SATURDAY - Saturn stations direct

SUNDAY - Mercury oppose Uranus, Third Quarter Moon in Leo

MONDAY - We wake EDT to a void Moon, so we are kind of floating through the morning. Get routine tasks attended to early. The Moon moves into Gemini at 11:07AM. Now we are nurtured through ideas/learning, conversations, variety, versatility, humor/logic, pairs of things, interactions within our local community, with our siblings, our tech/transportation, commerce (sounds random, but think about Mercury/Hermes, ruler of Gemini, our fleet footed and trickster messenger and about how ideas and other things spread). Luna immediately is met with a square to Saturn - an obligation, limit, boundary, block, authority. Saturn is strong now, preparing to station direct in a few days. The morning's flow hits tension/frustration. This is pressure/can feel depressing. We will just have to deal with it/work within its limits. The Moon will be in Gemini for a couple days, squaring first Saturn and then Venus and finally Neptune. Things won't be totally comfortable. Tension/frustration, the need to be versatile and go with the flow. 

TUESDAY - Venus trines Uranus. 21 degrees Virgo and Taurus. Forward movement. Changes that click into place. This is about real world practical things. Take advantage. We just have to keep a heads up that we don't overdo something/count on something that isn't real - because we can see Venus's next aspects are an inconjunct to Chiron - something hurts - and an opposition to Neptune - illusion/burst bubble. 

Take things one step at a time. See how your energy feels - do you feel energized or exhausted. Let that guide your actions here. Lean into what is exciting/forward feeling, but don't jump off a bridge with it. For some people, this could be good news with love or money. 

Usually trines keep us going in whatever direction we are headed, but Uranus is a wildcard. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. 

WEDNESDAY - Now Mercury in Scorpio is between his square and opposition to Uranus - that rock and a hard place aspect called an inconjunct. This is Scorpio/Aries. Both powerful Mars signs. Words can hurt. News can be painful and feel personal even if it isn't; triggering other times we have felt unsafe. Mercury in Scorpio doesn't mince words. Drive safely. Think before you speak.

THURSDAY - Vesta, stations retrograde at 7 degrees Cancer. We are going back over the home/family/real estate/mother/family business/home business/safety situation we have been obsessing over - the thing that has been keeping us up at night. She will re-enter Gemini on December 20th when old conversations and ideas are pulled into the mix and finally station direct at 21 degrees Gemini on February 8th, when we start to cover all of this all over again. This is where Venus was during a Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse in 2021 and connects to ancestral healing. This is also the degree Venus started and ended her Gemini retrograde in May 2020 when we were all locked down and enough people charged with changing our values to shift things and THAT ONE - link to post HERE - was connected back to 2012, so I would anticipate Vesta's retrograde now and into 2024 to matter. This retrograde will also connect back to late August 2023 when Vesta first crossed 21 degrees Gemini. If a home/family situation slows, stops or turns around now, know this is going to be a long journey where the conversation/ideas will change. 

FRIDAY - the Sun opposes Jupiter, Venus opposes Neptune and inconjuncts the North Node. Venus semi-squares Jupiter.

The Venus/Jupiter semi-square is kind of telling us here that the Jupiter aspect with the Sun and Venus's aspects with Neptune and the North Node are all part of the same thing. So, we had that trine from Venus to Uranus earlier in the week - the brakes came off something, we slipped right into change/the future with something. Now we get to see pretty quickly if this is all a delusion or just all too exhausting. 

The Sun's opposition to Jupiter - combined with Venus's challenges - warns against over-spending (if, let's say that earlier Venus/Uranus brought in some unexpected money, don't run out and spend it all on something you don't really need - take a breath with it), counting chickens before they have hatched. Things could feel very all or nothing, but what is actually real here? Oppositions are like Full Moons. Something is illuminated. 

Exaggerated and unbalanced situations (sometimes big lessons with Sun/Jupiter) are CULMINATING. Some will get lucky with this energy though. Here's hoping it's you. 

SATURDAY - Daddy's home as Saturn stations direct - even, if this year, daddy's drunk (Saturn in Pisces), has a head cold or is slightly off his rocker. Still - here is a REALITY CHECK - and another reason not to elope to Vegas with the Sun/Jupiter, Venus/Uranus. Saturnian situations can turn around - particular our career/ambitions will start to PROGRESS AGAIN. If some kind of ending was held back with Saturn retrograde, here is where we might get it. Limits are imposed, but they likely won't be rock solid with Saturn in Pisces. 

Keep in mind Saturn is slow moving and will take some time to get up to speed. Cappy risings will probably feel his change of direction first.

SUNDAY - Mercury opposes Uranus as the Moon in Leo squares the Sun in Scorpio. Mercury/Uranus here is unexpected news, an ending or a monkey wrench. Plans change. Expect the unexpected. There is tension/frustration around change or money/values situations. At the same time we get our Third Quarter Square Moon - an adjustment needed after last week's Full Moon in Taurus. The Moon in Leo pulls our ego into the mix. External validation vs research/shadow work/what is hidden. The pull will be toward the external - maybe getting credit?, but ultimately it will work out best to keep those cards closer to our vest for now ... let's see what the Mercury/Uranus shakes loose FIRST. The Moon in Leo looks plenty challenged with multiple squares. Better to deal with the Moon in Virgo next week's better aspects if you can. If not, know they are COMING.

I hope something here is helpful. 

Just keep in mind, we can't avoid the challenging squares and oppositions that take us to the smooth trines and sextiles - we need the timeline shifting challenges to line up with better/smoother situations. The chickens have to come home to roost. They have nowhere else to go. 

The Eclipses have ended, but their ramifications continue to roll out. Remember that last Eclipse, the one in Taurus, ends with an empowering trine to Pluto. 

November looks challenging. 

I don't want to sugar coat it. 

Pace yourself. Maintain your boundaries and filter the collective news when you need to. Forewarned is forearmed. We are going to be triggered and confronted and how we will respond will matter as much as that sandwich did to Ferdinand. 

Small things are big things. 

Stay in your own shoes. 

xo all

please excuse any typos or nonsense, too tired today to reread

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