Horoscope: November 6 to 12, 2017
Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this weekly astrological journal based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies. This column is not intended as prediction. Your own experience will be more specifically defined by transits to your personal chart.
Highlighted Aspects for This Week
TUE: Mercury semisquare Pluto, Venus enters Scorpio, Uranus opposite Vesta
WED: Venus opposite Pallas Athene
THU: Sun sextile Pluto, Mars quincunx Neptune
FRI: Last Quarter Moon 12:36pm PST (8:36pm GMT)
SAT: Saturn trine Uranus, Sun square Nodes, Pluto conjunct Juno
SUN: Mercury sesquiquadrate Uranus
IN THE MIDST of such challenging times for many, we note with gratitude that the main aspect in effect this week is a harmonious one. Last week, we had the final test of the demanding Saturn-Chiron square; this week, we ride the last wave of opportunity represented by a favorable Saturn-Uranus trine aspect.
Because of the periodic retrograde motion of the planets, they can go in and out of exact aspect three times or more. This Saturn-Uranus aspect first occurred on December 24, 2016, and then repeated on May 18 of this year. We see certain developments now occurring in our shared social and political landscape that had their beginnings last December, and then went through "phase two" of their process in May -- but what do those time frames mean to you personally?
Was there a process or project that began for you about a year ago, that has taken its time in coming to fruition? As you look back at the spring, do you see ways that you took important steps to enable the process to continue to unfold? As you consider the present, what are the potentials that are finally ready to blossom? And are you ready for the changes these new developments will require you to make?
WITH THE THIRD and final exact trine, exact on Saturday, the time is ripe for the quantum leap that will help us break free from restrictions and create improved structures in our lives.
Perhaps with the clarity that this aspect provides, we will finally be able to untangle some of the knots of confusion that have held us back. It's true that the final Saturn-Chiron square was only last week, so certain obstacles may still take a while to be dismantled. But Uranus, especially, likes to surprise us -- so perhaps this week we will see more progress than we might have expected.
ON A SMALLER SCALE -- in other words, as we consider the aspects that are in effect for only days or weeks instead of for a year -- this week we see an increased emphasis on the Scorpio/Pluto themes of secrets being revealed and truths being uncovered.
The two most significant planetary events in this regard occur on Tuesday. A hard aspect between Mercury and Pluto indicates tension and increased suspicions and resentments. This aspect encourages us to look beneath the surface of any information we might receive, but we must also watch the tendency to see conspiracy behind every corner.
ALSO ON TUESDAY, Venus begins her annual four-week trek through Scorpio, joining the Sun and Jupiter already in the sign. This transit intensifies our attachments to those things we might want to "possess" -- whether the objects of our desires be people or things. Emotions such as jealousy and envy, and our need to control or manipulate may increase. We feel strong loyalty to whatever we have given our heart to, and require the same in return.
These themes are reinforced on Friday, when Pluto aligns with the asteroid Juno, known as "the marriage asteroid." This can be a make-or-break time for committed relationships, as it will be very difficult to hide our true feelings. These energies may play out in our personal liaisons, or in business-type partnerships.
The primary note here is that an alignment between planets indicates that one cycle is ending and a new one is beginning. With Pluto involved, we are going through a deep transformation and awakening to our true needs in partnership. Any changes that occur under this influence are making way for better manifestations in the future.
One additional Pluto aspect this week that I need to mention -- Sun-Pluto sextile that occurs on Thursday. This is a subtle but positive influence that will help us make the necessary transitions without too much resistance.
THE LAST QUARTER MOON occurs at 18°38′ Leo at 12:36 p.m. PST (8:36 p.m. GMT) on Friday. Given the polarization that occurred with last week's Full Moon in Taurus, we'll want to carefully watch events that unfold at the end of this coming week.
The Last Quarter Moon is said to mark a time of adjustment and transition, when we come to terms with the realization that old systems and values are no longer viable. It is a time of letting go of old forms so that we can begin the new lunar cycle on November 18 with a clean slate.
And that will be a powerful New Moon, with the Sun, the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Vesta all in Scorpio! And also potentially very healing, since the Sun and Moon are trine Chiron in Pisces.
Ah, but I'm getting ahead of myself. A week at a time! More on that New Moon in next week's Journal.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: You are coming to terms with what you most desire in life, as well as what you must release to provide space for the new to grow. Be sure to acknowledge your need for creativity and expansion, especially if your life has been seeming too contained or dark. Realize that with endings there are always beginnings, just as the night always gives way to the light of dawn. Do your best to focus on that light, as it will guide you and ease your load.
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