We begin the month of November with the energies of the planet Venus still in retrograde, highlighting our relationships, our money and the things we value in general. Many of us have been feeling the extra tension from this. Hopefully we are using this time wisely to re-evaluate things and to restore balance in our lives. Venus will turn direct once more on November 16th, the same day that Mercury goes retrograde and it feels a bit like the planets are playing around with us!
Mercury will be in retrograde from November 16th until December 6th but do keep in mind there is approximately ten days of the shadow period before and after the dates. We can sometimes see the effects of the retrograde during the shadow, especially those of us who have a strong Mercury influence in our personal charts.
While this is happening, it is important to keep in mind that this energy often brings with it extra frustration as communication is often strained in some form or another. It is wise to make backup plans and to make backup copies of important documents and files. If you plan on traveling during this time, it is wise to be prepared for possible delays, lost luggage, missing passports, etc.
This is a good time for preventive maintenance so getting your car serviced, getting a physical, getting insurance, etc are all favored during this time.
A Mercury Retrograde period is the best time for doing any sort of review work. Think of the prefix “re” and apply it to just about anything and you get the idea: review, redo, revise, renew, remodeling, redecorating, etc. Practice patience and be prepared for plans to change or to fall through and you will handle this retrograde just fine!
Here's a quick guide on what to do and what not to do during a Mercury Retrograde for best results!
On November 7th, we have a New Moon in Scorpio at 15 degrees. Scorpio is one of the strongest signs in the zodiac. It often deals with the harsh lessons of losing something or letting go of something that is difficult to release, but there is always growth in this if we can choose to see it and surrender to the transformative power of Scorpio.
During this New Moon, the Sun and Moon will be making a trine aspect with the planet Neptune. This is wonderful energy for any sort of dealings with the arts; music, poetry, writing, art, etc. This is also compassionate energy, reminding you to show compassion not only for others but also with yourself. Spirituality is also highlighted with this energy and it is a good time for setting intentions having to do with your spiritual life.
Also, Venus will be square to Pluto, ruler of Scorpio and this energy can bring out obsessions, compulsions or you may be involved with someone you know is not good for you. It could bring back an old lover who wants to reconnect with you and if this is wanted, this may need some emotional healing before you can fully reconnect. It is also good energy for taking something up that you used to love but haven’t made time for, such as a hobby or sport that you enjoy. Because Venus is still retrograde during this time, it is important to remember to love yourself and give yourself the extra attention that you need. Venus also rules money so it might be a good time to revisit your relationship to money as well.
Jupiter is at the last degree of Scorpio during this phase and so it is time to let go of the old things, to release any pain you might be holding on to unnecessarily and get ready to move on.
Now let’s not forget that Uranus, the planet of change is also in retrograde now until March. On November 6th, just prior to this New Moon, Uranus will enter into the sign of Aries once again. This is a time to look back over the past 7 years when Uranus first entered the sign of Aries and see how far you have come since then. During the New Moon phase, this is a wakeup call to look at your past actions, review them and make new decisions to move forward again in a new way.
On November 8th, Jupiter will enter its own sign of Sagittarius and the energies shift once more. In Sagittarius, Jupiter is at home and many of us will feel an uplifting energy from this! This is a time for expanding the mind, expanding your experiences and venturing into new territory. Optimistic expansion is the energy behind this so look to see where Sagittarius is in your chart to see which areas will be highlighted for you. If you would like help in reading your chart, feel free to contact me.
On November 15th, Mars the planet of energy and direct action will enter into the dreamy and mystical sign of Pisces. While Mars is here, the energies are more subtle and we are more guided by our intuition than our intellect. For water signs (Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio) the energy will be assisting in your personal energy levels so take advantage!
On the night of the 22nd or 23rd depending on your time zone, we have the Full Moon in Gemini. This energy is social energy. It highlights our intellect, our ideas and our conversations. This is a good time to evaluate how you have been processing things mentally, are you glossing over details, getting too involved in gossip, being too restless and flighty in your thoughts? Remember, Full Moons are a great time for releasing so take a look at what things you are juggling in your life and determine what needs to be released or delegated to help you restore balance in your life.
On November 24th the planet Neptune goes direct once more. It has been retrograde since June in its own sign of Pisces. During this time, we often learn about some ugly truths either about our relationships with others, about ourselves or about our world. This is also a time when our spirituality is brought into focus and we are called to examine our more spiritual needs and see what needs to be done to reconnect with that part of ourselves. As Neptune turns direct once more, we hopefully have restored that connection, handled the truth we have learned with maturity and wisdom and found our faith renewed as we venture forward toward making our dreams a reality.
In Numerology, November is a number 4 universal month. This is a time for making plans, putting down roots, settling in and building foundations. Keep in mind with the Mercury retrograde, there may be some delays or some bumps in the actualization of this energy but with a little patience and understanding of divine timing, this shouldn’t be a problem!
If you would like to know more detail about your own charts for either astrology or numerology, contact me and I'll be happy to help!
Have a wonderful month!