This will be a November to remember and an opportunity to find your fortitude. Tension and intensity will be present throughout the month and resilience will be asked of you.
The new moon in Scorpio on the 4th brings with it an invitation to notice where fears, emotional poison, and hidden attempts at power show up in your life. This can, of course, manifest in self, others, or the collective.
From the 10th to the 17th, the planet Mars will be in a stressful relationship with the planets Saturn and Uranus. During this time, it is imperative to be in touch with your unconscious emotions as they will have a tendency to be expressed in ways that are potentially harmful. Take this as an opportunity to see where the poison originates and find ways to make it medicinal.
The full moon on November 19 features a partial lunar eclipse. Eclipses exist on a particular axis of zodiac signs for approximately 18 months at a time. In November, the very changeable Gemini and Sagittarius axis shifts into a more stable axis of Taurus and Scorpio. Stability seems like a good thing after all the change that has taken place in the last year and a half.
Key planetary dates
November 4: The new moon continues to be highlighted by the planet of willpower planet, Mars. Scorpio is a Mars-ruled sign, a theme carried over from the month prior, and the new moon will be opposite Uranus, the planet of sudden shifts. Because the new moon is in Scorpio, it is a good time to be mindful of experiences that exist below the surface emotionally. Allow some space during this lunar cycle to review the ways in which you assess and access vulnerability. Assessing vulnerability means exploring how we hide parts of ourselves due to fear of loss and abandonment. Accessing vulnerability happens by allowing what is authentic from deep within to be shared with a loved one who can witness and hold space for us.
November 6: Two planets shift signs: Venus moves into Capricorn and Mercury enters Scorpio. Venus in Capricorn brings a heightened desire for emotional maturity and really gets us in touch with what values we are going to take with us on the next part of our journey. Venus will go retrograde while in Capricorn, giving us an extended invitation to really check in with deepening our understanding of our responsibility and social roles. Mercury in Scorpio brings an invitation to listen inward deeply, understand how our internal dialogue may be based on past losses, and learn how we can confront the way we communicate outwardly as a reflection of the internal dialogue. The awareness and acknowledgment is enough.
November 10: Mars and Mercury conjunct and square Saturn. The two planets will come into a tension-filled square as they come into 90 degrees of Saturn. Awareness is very present on this day. Mars and Mercury together can make the chattering mind amplify. They can also contribute to speaking words that can carry a sting with no forethought. Scorpio is the sign that represents poison. Emotions from the depths of your being are likely to show up from within and be expressed or communicated. We must be mindful to use our will to direct our thoughts in a positive manner. The square to Saturn is asking us to utilize this energy to break away and become unattached to the old poisonous patterns that existed when faced with emotionally stirring experiences. Being unattached does not mean lack of feeling. It is to feel and to be in acceptance by not allowing the emotions to fill you and take over.
November 17: Mars opposes Uranus retrograde. Mars and Uranus, two planets that create much stimulation, seek to harmonize through a push-and-pull relationship. The invitation is to take a step back and observe what is happening that could potentially hurl you into fight-or-flight mode. Although immediate action may need to be taken, take it from a place of centered awareness rather than from a part of yourself that is dysregulated and not embodied authentically.
November 19: The full moon on the 19th is a partial lunar eclipse in the sign of Taurus. This marks the beginning of eclipse season in Taurus and Scorpio, which lasts until October 2023. Taurus is a sign that has simple desires and enjoys attending to the essential needs of life whereas Scorpio often has much more complexity to it and is driven by emotions from the depths of our being, often unconsciously driving us if we are not doing the work to find awareness.
The theme of sustainable resources will become more drastically highlighted in the collective. The Taurus-Scorpio axis also activates a heightened awareness around how comfortable we are with being able to ask for what we truly need. If you don’t feel like you can ask for what you need, be mindful that to receive your needs, you must be vulnerable enough to share them. What is stopping you? On a more communal level, try to contribute to a more sustainable sort of stability, one that allows resources for you as well as those who are less fortunate. Have you gathered the practical resources you need in case a power outage occurs? Do the people in your neighborhood know one another in a way that everyone could offer support in times of need? Find ways to take simple steps toward making sure the necessities would be accessible if something were to happen to the power grid and the water system.
November 22: The Sun enters Sagittarius. After coming out of the depths of Scorpio, we come to a lighter place. The rest of the month has a lighter feeling and a desire to get into nature and explore before the grips of winter take us into a deeper inward exploration.
November 24: Mercury moves into Sagittarius. This asks you to really take a good look at the way you have constructed your beliefs over the last few years. Where do you get your information? Does the information you have been receiving go against your personal convictions? Is the information you have been provided with absolute truth or is it a current understanding? These are all questions to ask as this month begins to come to a close.
November 28: Mercury cazimi in Sagittarius. Cazimi is an Arabic word that translates to “heart of the Sun.” The term means that the planet is within 17 minutes of the Sun and is going through the purifying fire. It is believed that clarity can surface during this time. Be mindful to notice where your opinions come from and allow yourself to change your opinion when presented with new information that you find to be more accurate and truthful.
See also: An Intro to Astro Yoga
About our contributor
Cameron Allen began his path to understanding mind-body awareness with a degree in health and sports science and psychology. Beyond the colonized education system, he began seeking understanding through direct experience with nature, Astrology, herbalism, rootwork, yoga, and other indigenous technologies. Cameron is a herbalist, astrologer, and writer. Cameron is a student of life and continues to deepen his studies of ancient wisdom and apply it to modern life.