Tuesday, November 15. Is your mind going a mile a minute today? The Moon in Gemini is busy taking in and probably sharing a lot of information today. This mental energy is very much supported by a sextile aspect between Mars in Aquarius and Mercury in Sagittarius. Air and fire combine to ignite the drive for visionary truth. But just because someone is passionate, doesn’t mean their ideas are worthwhile. Watch out for too much of a good thing when the Moon squares Neptune in Pisces and makes a trine to Jupiter in Libra. Thankfully, the opposition between the Moon and Saturn gives us enough pause to judge for ourselves. This is only a temporary influence, but may help us avoid being swept up by ill conceived plans.
Wednesday, November 16. It is possible we are feeling a bit hung over from over expressing ourselves yesterday. The release of our words may serve to help us sink deeper into silence today. We start the day with a stimulating sextile between the Moon in Gemini and Uranus in Aries. Then, the Moon makes no more aspects until it enters quieter Cancer this evening. The Moon is waning and it feels appropriate to spend time at home if possible replenishing our bodies, minds, and spirits. Many people are experiencing grief, trauma, and actual oppression since the presidential election. The Moon in Cancer turns our hearts to defending those who need it. As we ask ourselves what really matters, listen to the heart that cares for others.
November 17—Disseminating Moon: Sharing. The mind may be the last part of ourselves that knows the answer to the question, What really matters? You may already know your answer, even if you don’t have the words. The Scorpio lunar cycle implores us to listen to deeper sources of wisdom. We need these sources—the ancestral realm, the mysteries behind the veil, the dark, our bodies, our souls—to know how to answer this question. With this deep-rooted knowing, what is your next move? This phase of the Moon invites us to share the merits of our lunar commitment to mindful intention. The world has changed and we must change with it. What matters is that it matters what we do now. The Moon in Cancer is a place to start. This Moon is protective. Perhaps our sense of family is expanding. Perhaps we extend the desire to care for others to complete strangers. Perhaps we know that everyone deserves a secure home and the connection of beloveds.
Friday, November 18. Mercury in Sagittarius makes a square to Neptune in Pisces today. An interesting twist is that Neptune exactly conjoins the South Node of the Moon as well. This means that the karmic quality of the day is amped up substantially. The Nodes of the Moon indicate where we’ve come from (south node) and where we are headed (north). With Neptune in the past placement, we need to look at mass illusion. Neptune can feel altruistic, only concerned with how we are all one and ultimately the same. This point of view can be beautiful but also dangerously deluded. A major delusion in this realm is the idea that white people are not responsible for systems of white supremacy because their intentions are to dissolve differences. Here, the idea that we are all the same is not productive, or safe, to those who don’t have the privilege of white delusions. The north node in Virgo implies that we need to use our faculties for discernment and pragmatic solutions. We can wake up if we value what is useful versus what makes us feel better. Mercury is a trigger point to this axis between the nodes. The messenger god highlights a choice. Some will want to keep following the path of fantasy. Some will choose the path of service.
Saturday, November 19. Yesterday’s transits gave us the opportunity to examine our delusions, thanks to Neptune conjoining the South Node of the Moon and squaring Mercury in Sagittarius. Today, Neptune stations direct, signaling a time to redirect our desires for oneness. Neptune is a tricky god, expressing beauty and illusion at the same time. What impulses do we trust? The Scorpio lunar intention to know what really matters helps us to discern. Some answers are too glib. We can be suspicious of easy and empty gestures. If the vision requires work, we can be more trusting of it. Venus in Capricorn makes a sextile aspect to Neptune. In this sign, the goddess of beauty is focused on hard work that pays off. She is both an ally and a temptress. Perhaps we need to let ourselves dream a little as we commit to the work ahead. The Moon in Leo adds playfulness if we get too confused about esoteric choices.
Sunday, November 20. A grand fire trine burns away Neptune’s fog. Neptune has been influential the last few days. Intuition and identification with other’s suffering is strong under this influence. The Moon in Leo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Uranus in Aries recharge our batteries. We’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotion lately. This trio helps us to feel re-energized. They represent an alignment of creativity, responsibility, and authenticity.
November 21—Last Quarter Moon: Evaluating. Sun enters Sagittarius. We are shifting into the last week of the Scorpio lunar cycle as the Sun shifts into Sagittarius. We might be feeling a little dissonance between these two concurring energies, but that is to be expected. It would be disrespectful to the dark journey we’ve been on this lunar cycle to snap into the jovial Sagittarian season too quickly. There’s no doubt the sensations of the thinning veils and connection to our beloved dead are fading as those portals begin to close again. We are left with memories of deep connection. These connections matter. The next lunar cycle will be seeded by Sagittarian dreams. These dreams have a better chance of taking root if we continue with the Scorpio journey before us. This phase of the Moon looks critically at what has gone before. I don’t know about you, but I find constant rehashing of mistakes to be exhausting. It feels like we’ve done nothing but that since the presidential election. How else can we honor the journey we’ve been on? How else can we reap the wisdom that has been sown?
Tuesday, November 22. One thing Americans do not seem to struggle with is the desire to express our opinions. Perhaps Facebook was invented to satisfy this national characteristic. We tend to love our ideas. We tend to think we know a thing or two. Even when it is painfully obvious we don’t. The sextile between Mercury in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Libra encourages us to share opinions. As an experiment, what if we tried to keep from doing that for one day. Rather than say what we think, how can we cultivate curiosity and wonder? The natural world has many things to say to us. Perhaps we could devote this day to listening to these voices? The Moon in Virgo does not tolerate fools today. Silence is a virtue.
Wednesday, November 23. If we did our silence work yesterday, we may be able to reap cogent, useful insight today. Yesterday, with the sextile between Jupiter and Mercury, I suggested we try to silence our unending need to express our opinions and listen to nature instead. Today, Mercury conjoins Saturn in Sagittarius and we see the value of grounded wisdom. Saturn is instructing us about how belief shapes reality. Saturn is usually the voice of unpretty truths, we might even say harsh realities. Many are waking up to the truth these days, while others are deep in denial. Neptune in Pisces is still powerfully conjoined the South Node of the Moon, asking us to turn away from delusion toward better, unified visions. Like it or not, Saturn will hold us accountable.
Thursday, November 24. U.S. Thanksgiving. We are supposed to be gathering with loved ones and giving thanks today. The dining table may not be the calmest place this year. We have things to discuss and if we not, then the undertow of tension might be too much. Don’t back away from reality today. Yes, we need self-love and self-care. Yes, we need to know our own strength. Yes, we need to believe it matters what we do. And, we still need to look with clear eyes at the world right now. Jupiter in Libra makes the first of three squares to Pluto in Capricorn today. (March 2017 and August 2017 are the other two times.) With Pluto, there is always a dance between what is hidden and what is revealed. The issue is fear. The potential, when we can embrace fear, is to release transformative power. Jupiter is reminding us about balance and justice. Where is it? What gives us access to it? What fears keep us from it? What power helps us claim it? Today and tomorrow, Venus in Capricorn conjoins Pluto and makes a square to Jupiter and the Moon in Libra. Women, gender rights activists, artists, and lovers play an important role in revealing fear and power.
November 25—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. The entire Scorpio season feels like an exercise in surrender. What I mean by surrender is to cease resisting the pull downward, the time of letting intention go, the space of opening to what comes next. For myself, the best outcome I can expect from this lunar cycle is to truly know what matters most. I had to let go of what I thought that meant in order to find it again. What about you? What have you found through the Scorpionic process of surrender?
Saturday, November 26. The Moon returns to Scorpio for the final days of this Scorpio lunar cycle. Some things, ideas, illusions, and beings have died this month. We lost Leonard Cohen. Loss is not easy. We may be feeling vulnerable about loss with Mercury in Sagittarius forming a square to Chiron in Pisces. It may shake our faith. Mercury also makes a trine to Uranus in Aries, an aspect that supports innovation and breakthrough. One struggle today may be to integrate mental activity with emotional insecurities.
Sunday, November 27. Tensions could be strong today. The Moon in Scorpio makes a square to Mars in Aquarius. And even though the aspects are not exact, there is a tense t-square pattern with Jupiter in Libra opposing Uranus in Aries with both square to Pluto and Venus in Capricorn. Rebellion, reactivity, covert control are ingredients that fuel unease and dissatisfaction. Know your base. Know what matters. Be willing to show up.