Get out and Vote Edition
Election Day in the U.S. on November 6 is likely to bring big shifts and shakeups. The dramatic surge in early voting is a powerful leading indicator that is further reinforced by the astrological cycle shifts occurring the same day, spearheaded by the Great Awakener Uranus. Retrograde Uranus leaves Taurus, where it spent the last five months, and backs into Aries for a four-month return visit. Briefly entering Aries in 2010, Uranus fully resided there from March 2011 to May 2018, correlating to disruption in the status quo via the rise of individual expression and the fight for self-determination. Shockingly unbridled free expression exposed the severe prejudices, fears and dysfunctional thinking plaguing humanity so we can see it clearly and respond. After five months in values and resources-oriented Taurus, Uranus’ shift back into independent Aries will be palpable and is sure to reignite the spirit of free expression, perhaps erratically and with revolutionary fervor. Those who were not paying attention before are fully awakened now and will be letting their voice be heard at the polls.
As Uranus changes signs, it does so in exact square to the North and South Lunar Nodes simultaneously backing into Cancer and Capricorn respectively. The North Node represents the unfamiliar areas we need to grow into and the South Node represents our comfort zones and life skills we have mastered. The Nodes are calculated mathematically from the Sun/Moon/Earth relationship, moving backwards through the zodiac and changing signs approximately every 18 months. The last time the North Node squared Uranus at 29°37’ Sagittarius/Pisces was a week before Uranus entered Aries in March 2011, the month that ushered in the Arab Spring. The North Node entering matriarchal Cancer on Election Day indicates women may dominate the polls and be poised to lead us into a more inclusive future that places high value on nurturing the human family. The Moon enters Scorpio on Election Day, forming a tense grand square with Uranus and the Nodes, indicating passions will be high as we are awakened with a new sense of purpose. Clarity is power and when we know our purpose nothing can stand in the way.
The New Moon in Scorpio on November 7 commences a new lunar cycle that will shift focus to our relationship with intensity. Scorpio is an intuitive and emotional water sign that keenly senses the hidden mechanisms of life. On an esoteric level, Scorpio focuses on the powerful space between life and death as the key to transformation. It urges us to explore life’s mysteries through total physical, emotional and spiritual immersion. This process teaches us how to develop a high-level of non-identification with all the fears and judgments that prevent us from living our full potential in life. The New Moon is empowered by a sextile to Scorpio’s Ruler, Pluto, intensifying our feelings and infusing us with a vast concentration of energy. Those who brace themselves against the intensity of life out of fear will misdirect this power. But the more willingly we embrace intensity as the force of transformation, the closer we come to discovering our powerful authentic self.
The Big Shifts continue when Jupiter enters its home sign of Sagittarius on November 8. As it crosses the 0°mark it aligns with Uranus and the Nodes to bring opportunity and meaning to the table of change. Jupiter in Sagittarius is the truth seeker adventuring into the unknown of everything to cultivate the widest philosophical vision possible. Jupiter’s larger than life expression can have a big impact when it changing signs. Last October when it entered Scorpio, the sign ruling sex, it coincided with the Harvey Weinstein scandal that launched the “MeToo” movement worldwide and exposed the pervasive suppression of women’s power in society. Jupiter in Sagittarius will empower women lawmakers who were motivated to run for office in record numbers. Perhaps these women will use their moral imperative to finally ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and make it the law of the land. Jupiter in Sagittarius over the next year is sure to magnify issues of religion, ethics, the law and higher education as it teaches us the art of living together. Diversity is the doorway to ever-wider perspectives and the richest experiences life has to offer.
On November 9, retrograde Venus in Libra forms a trine to Mars in Aquarius. Venus will move less than a degree until it turns direct on November 16 so its laser focus on total relatedness is more acute as it aligns with the planet that represents self-determination. Women may feel more empowered to assert themselves and men may express more inclusiveness. The Venus/Mars trine in the New Moon chart bodes well for gender relations as well as a balanced expression of our internal anima and animus. It also may indicate the possibility of a positive working relationship between male-dominated Washington D.C. and the unprecedented number of winning female candidates coming into the halls of Congress. The chart shape for the New Moon in effect for two weeks is a Bowl with Venus and Uranus at the opposing rims and the North Node as a handle. This is a further indicator of women shaking up the status quo to lead us into a more loving future.
Here’s the data for the major aspects this week (Pacific Time, rounded to the nearest whole degree unless otherwise noted).
November 6 – North Node square Uranus at 0°0’ Leo/Taurus at 9:57 a.m.
November 6 – North Node at 29°59’ Cancer at 10:08 a.m.
November 6 – Retrograde Uranus at 29°59’ Aries at 10:50 a.m.
November 7 – Moon conjunct Sun (New Moon) at 15°Scorpio at 8:02 a.m.
November 8 – Jupiter at 0°Sagittarius at 4:38 a.m.
November 9 – Venus trine Mars at 26°Libra/Aquarius at 7:12 a.m.
November 11 – Sun sextile Pluto at 19°Scorpio/Capricorn at 7:18 a.m.