The alignments during this period alternately evoke stabilizing and destabilizing archetypal patterns that will test our ability to uplevel how we navigate through the crises of 2020. On November 27, Venus in Scorpio opposing Uranus in Taurus sets off the period with a paradoxical call to value our own authority while also seeing the importance of intimate cooperation with others. This culminating “full moon” phase of their annual cycle that began last March – the beginning of the pandemic – can play out in many ways depending how on our individual situations have evolved since then. How well we stand our ground in relationships and collaborative endeavors is likely to be amplified. If we are feeling a lack of vitality or productivity in them, it may be because we are avoiding conflict by not being true to ourselves. It takes a willingness to disturb a superficial peace to reorient relationships so that they can be mutually supportive. Allowing this process to happen would reignite our passion and free us to fully express our unique creative gifts as we interact with others.
The Pluto/Jupiter/Saturn triple conjunction in Capricorn, so prominent all this year with its archetypal force bearing down through socio-economic contraction and restriction, is still extremely potent being within a five-degree orb. November 27 to 30, Mercury in the resourceful sign of Scorpio sextiles this triumvirate, suggesting we will have the support we need to find our ground amidst the turmoil of reorientation. The planets in Capricorn archetypally harmonizing with the planet of perception, ideas and communication can motivate us to deepen our focus and strengthen our efforts in problem areas with a realistic, optimistic attitude. “All crises are transitions between two states or conditions of existence or consciousness,” wrote Dane Rudhyar. We naturally learn from these periods of instability to discover that the most solid ground we can have is one that is connected to a spiritual purpose. That esoteric link, which is characterized by being in service to something much greater than our individual needs and desires, is the balancing force that helps us transition from one state of consciousness to another and become increasingly able to fulfill a unique cosmic need in every moment, without thought of reward or recognition.
Retrograde since June 22, Neptune stations direct on November 28 at 18°09’ Pisces. This distant outer planet is at its most potent when it pivots direction as that is when its spiritualizing force is most intensified. Switching from retrograde to direct represents a shift from an internalization of Neptune’s basic function to an externalized focus on its call, which is to act intrinsically from Love. Through resonating with the Neptune archetype at this powerful moment, we may truly feel even if for a moment that we are connected to each other and to the larger Whole of all existence. This in turn may influence how we respond to the current crises and whether we chose to act in a way that honors this connection. Even with the simple decision of whether to wear a mask or not, the operating question should be: What is the loving thing to do? When the Sun moves into a square with Neptune on December 9, the call to compassion is channeled directly into the heart of our being. This could activate our courage to face the conflicts at hand and redefine what winning looks like. All-inclusive Love conquers all.
On November 30, the twice annual inertia-busting eclipse season commences with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse along the Gemini/Sagittarius axis of ideas and philosophy. Eclipses tend to correlate to conditions that move us out of a state of feeling stuck. And while we all may be hoping that means we may be close to resuming an active external life, the real movement necessary may be to adjust our own attitude about what is happening in the moment. The Sun and Moon in mutable signs represent an ability to be in a constant state of adjustment and mutation as we gather and make meaning out of the new information we receive constantly. The Sun/Moon opposition emphasizes the polarity between two ways of approaching and processing the data and a need to integrate them. The Moon in Gemini’s intellectual curiosity gathers, organizes, catalogs and shares data as needed, often without discernment. The Sun in Sagittarius works in broader strokes, focusing on levels of abstraction to integrate seemingly non-related areas of wisdom into an overarching philosophy of life, but it can sometimes become overzealous in a particular point of view that lacks openness to the experiences and truths of others.
Right now, for example, we have an unprecedented pandemic of conspiracy theories, largely propagated through social media. It is exposing a huge gap in our ability to determine what is truth – our own and the agreed upon truth of our collective reality. Now more than ever, we need to develop critical thinking so we can examine what is a justifiable belief from an unsubstantiated opinion – before passing it on. Part of that is just doing the work to triangulate data from reliable yet varied sources and to examine if it relates to our immediate reality. Another important part is to do this from a place of knowing our own internal truth, which is connected to spirit. This eclipse is a call to make this effort to transmute data into wisdom. The Moon in Gemini represents the need to be mentally still long enough to allow the necessary information in any given moment to be received, and to acknowledge that the sacred source of data synchronistically delivered is not of the mind but of spirit. This is the art of letting things happen. The Sun in Sagittarius asks us to come together to determine how best to apply that which we know on a collective level in a way that serves everyone. This is the art of living together.
We don’t know the overarching cosmic purpose of the extreme collective crises we’re experiencing this year, but there is something fundamental for each of us to learn from it that has the potential to catapult us to a more holistic way of being. The latest surge in the global pandemic is again extending the crisis, and the pressure is reaching a crescendo. This correlates to the critical last days of Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn before their era-changing conjunction at zero degrees Aquarius on the winter solstice in December, a week after the Total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius. It really seems the cosmic intelligences are delivering an urgent call to find our cosmic purpose, our ground, by facing our unique personal crises with as much personal integrity, wisdom and compassion as possible. By doing this, we will serve not just society but something much greater we can’t possibly understand.