Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Tips for almanac use: All the aspects can be felt in advance of the date of occurrence. It is good policy to view these as due dates for various energies and prepare accordingly for one’s context. Some slower interactions can be felt a month in advance, so it’ s wise to read ahead and ritual up. When we proactively manifest these symbols then the world doesn’ t have to do it for us.
November almost seems to have clear-cut themes. It’s looking like an alternation between the inner and outer purging of our lives. The inner tends to be the less-visible parts: our dreams, fantasies, beliefs, self-concepts, idealizations, et cetera. The outer is standard real life stuff, especially possessions and finances. Doing each side can facilitate the other, but starting with the outer is usually easier. Go through your crap and then go through the crap that floats up inside as a result.
Mercury squares Neptune on the 1st, blurring the lines some more but hopefully bringing respite from the recent tensions. This is not the best for precise solutions, but it’s great for letting things float downstream. Contemplative pursuits are extremely recommended; let the thoughts follow the current, but keep yourself on the shore.
Venus moves into Sagittarius on the 2nd, where she will stay until the 26th. Be ready to venture away from the familiar because the standard entertainments won’t be quite as thrilling. Find something to keep you stimulated or at least be ready to self-entertain.
Mercury also moves into Sagittarius on the 2nd, where he will stay until January 7th, (extra long due to retrogradation.) This is a brain-overload period, where ideas and information fly fast and hot. Try to focus on what is actually relevant to your path, and avoid quests of distraction and deferment. Work on ridding your awareness of impurities, or the figurative fires will do it for you.
Venus and Mercury both trine Uranus on the 3rd. This would tend to sponsor either catharsis and/or chaos; largely depending on what’s been happening lately with and around us. It would be fabulous for breaks from old patterns that no longer serve us, but it will definitely require a conscious choice and then the follow-up.
Mars opposes Neptune on the 7th, whisking us off for an energetic-limbo contest with our illusions. It’s important to maintain our balance while passing under and beyond our self- undermining fantasies and former-futures. If this can be done smoothly, then we may find lots of motivation, energy and possibly inspiration that had been eluding our awareness. Don’t fall.
Neptune stations direct on the 9th, gearing us up for the final push out of Aquarius before heading into Pisces in early February. This is our chance to jettison our personal-projection fantasies about how the world should be while increasing our compassion for and surrender to what actually is. Set the awareness free of its own former visions and get ready for a deeper plunge into one’s own creations come February.
The Full Moon is on the 10th at 12:16 pm in 18 degrees of Taurus. This is a rather pleasant lunation except for the eclipse that comes at the end of this lunar cycle. It’s time to deepen our practicality and appreciation: keep streamlining those values and possessions (attachments) and pare it down towards the functional core of things. Reach out to special loved ones and affirm the importance of those connections.
Mars moves into Virgo on the 10th, where he will remain until July 3rd; a whopping 8 months due to retrogradation starting in January. This is going to be a whole lot: it’s asking us to work towards perfection while cutting out our perfectionist tendencies. Thankfully, it’s more of a paradox on paper: Realistically, it means we should be cutting deadwood and enriching our soils without getting too persnickety. Don’t let the details eclipse the process and progress. And seriously, don’t over-think things; take a break and come back at it fresh.
Mars trines Jupiter on the 16th, urging us to get some creative envisioning/planning going. We need those aspirations and something to look forward to, just don’t cross over to the crazy side of optimism. Bolster that confidence.
The Sun squares Neptune on the 20th, demanding more purging from the back cupboards of our psyches. Old self-identities and projections, outdated dreams and projections; they all could use some recycling. Let us all get over ourselves and back into ourselves.
Venus sextiles Saturn on the 22nd, putting the brakes on satisfaction without growth. It should give us some rewards for our recent efforts and hopefully solidify the good. Practice trust and gratitude for whatever we receive, for it could always be worse.
The Sun moves into Sagittarius on the 22nd, asking us to further stretch our egos. The easiest way is to study; feed the passion for knowledge and hopefully it will sponsor more flexibility and consciousness. Try refreshing your perspective on your life and its trajectory and see if some new avenues present themselves.
The Sun trines Uranus on the 23rd, helping facilitate this ego-yoga that’s been going on lately; but not without our willingness to stay open and ready. Either way, push towards being more awesome without the constraints of specific destinations.
Mars trines Pluto on the 23rd, offering us a chance to further cleanse and purge our minds and closets. It could be a little dangerous without an outlet, so figure something that can be composted and get it broken down and cooking in the mix; these things take time to make their transformation, so start now.
Mercury stations retrograde on the 23rd, until going direct on December 13th. We now have the chance to undo mistakes and make other necessary course corrections. This round has a lot do with perspectives and the belief systems that create them: It’s a good time to sort through these and trim them down. Maybe even revise our personal narratives by recasting all the roles/characters as normal people struggling to live their lives to the fullest–just like us.
Venus sextiles Neptune on the 24th, bringing some relaxation and lightness more into the mix. Have some fun, take a break from the grindstone and smell the freshness of the air, or find better air if necessary. Breathe deeply.
There is a partial Solar Eclipse on the 24th at 10:10 pm in 2 degrees of Sagittarius. This eclipse brings a potent opportunity for renewal and purification. Hopefully we have fewer things weighing us down and can fully embrace a reset to our operating systems. It would be appropriate to do a ritual honoring the learning experiences these Earth-lives offer us. Don’t forget to ask for help from the universe and trusted ones as appropriate.
Venus enters Capricorn on the 26th, where she will stay until December 20th. This is more pro-practicality and really supports getting some wise things done. Invest in some solid efforts now, even in the name of long-term laziness if it helps the psyche. Work through it. Don’t indulge sentimentality if it costs too much energy.
Venus squares Uranus on the 26th, forcing us to shift our value systems even further; to find as much joy as possible in the process and processes instead of teasing oneself with the promise of purely future rewards. Enjoy the now; fewer expectations are better.
Venus trines Jupiter on the 27th, giving us a needed boost of optimism and faith. Confidence in ourselves and in goodness can really help the flow of life by reducing unnecessary hesitations and sensitivities. Joy within helps foster joy without: There are upward spirals; they just require more effort than the downward.
So, what more can be said. Probably lots, but life doesn’t need to be any more complicated than it already is, and overload is best avoided. Anyways, the celestial weather is clearly trying hard to get the world and us to cut way down on craptasticness and get back to greater simplicity and standard common sense. May we all get gracefully back into the natural rhythm.