Horoscope: November 13 to 19, 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
MON: Venus conjunct Jupiter, Mercury square Neptune
TUE: Venus sesquiquadrate Chiron
THU: Venus semisquare Saturn, Venus trine Neptune, Sun trine Chiron, Mercury trine Ceres
FRI: Sun quincunx Uranus, Mercury sextile Mars
SAT: New Moon 3:42am PST (11:42am GMT)
SUN: Mars square Pluto, Venus square Ceres
SCORPIO is a profoundly complex sign. Perhaps that is why I've had a hard time finding the right words with which to begin today's Journal. I've made five attempts at writing this opening paragraph, each one coming from a slightly different tack.
Here are the beginning phrases of my first five efforts:
"We look into the mirror this week ..."
"The door to deep transformation opens before us ..."
"We are truly in a Scorpionic time, with so many secrets being revealed ..."
"It's an interesting paradox, having a New Moon in Scorpio ..."
"We often experience a healing crisis when we are transitioning from one state to another ..."
Or perhaps I can blame the Mercury-Neptune square that perfects on Monday for my mind's inability to get on board a single train of thought and ride it to its destination. But no matter what the reason, the truth of the matter is that we have another powerful week ahead of us, and I'm feeling some resistance about diving into its energies.
THAT'S WHY the idea of a healing crisis came to mind -- we rarely enjoy such an experience, but we accept it as a necessary step in the curative process. Our perception of such an event can change when we see it through the eyes of wisdom.
I received that message through two sources this morning -- the first came as I read a few more paragraphs in John O'Donohue's book Anam Cara, in which he wrote:
"To the fearful eye, all is threatening. When you look toward the world in a fearful way, all you see and concentrate on are things that can damage and threaten you. The fearful eye is always besieged by threat.
"The loving eye can look lovingly upon anything. If we could look at the world in a loving way, then the world would rise up before us full of invitation, possibility, and depth. The loving eye can even coax pain, hurt, and violence toward transfiguration and renewal."
SYNCHRONISTICALLY, reinforcement of this theme arrived in my inbox this morning, through Shanta Gabriel's "Inspiration for the Week" email. Her message for the coming week is:
"A disruption of energy serves to bring more clarity. Bless it."
As Shanta explains,
"Blessing the situation will cause it to vibrate at a higher frequency. To bless means to confer energy upon. When we bless something, it brings the Infinite Intelligence in Divine Light to the circumstance. It also gives us the opportunity to ask for a Creative Solution if it seems so dire that we can't see our way through it."
There is little, if any, difference between looking at the world in a loving way and blessing a situation. Whichever way we choose to verbalize the concept, this is our guiding directive for the coming week.
ON OUR WAY to the week's main planetary events -- both of which occur next weekend -- we are first blessed by an alignment of Venus and Jupiter that perfects in the very early hours of Monday morning. This conjunction finds the two "benefic" planets joining forces, providing a helpful energy boost to our process of transformation.
We can feel more hopeful and optimistic with the assist of these planets, but since they are in Scorpio, they also require that we do some honest soul-searching as a part of our journey of renewal. And what do we need to ask our soul?
With Venus, we may want to ask: What do I really value? What does my heart need? Am I willing to reveal the truth of my being to loved ones, to myself? And with Jupiter, our questions may be: What do I believe in? What can I invest my energy into that will increase my joy and my sense of life's meaning?
And with Scorpio, the questions might be: What do I feel passionate about? What empowers me? And what fears do I need to release so that I might experience greater depth, intimacy, and commitment in my life?
THE THEME OF HEALING is very present this week, and especially strong on Thursday. On that day, we have three supportive trine aspects, all perfecting in the morning hours (Pacific Time).
A harmonious Venus-Neptune trine, building on the energies of Monday's Venus-Jupiter alignment, opens our hearts to new levels of forgiveness and compassion. Also in effect, a Mercury-Ceres trine increases empathic communication and expands our ability to relate to animals and others in our care. In other words, this is a great day to sit down with your beloveds of any description, since emotional and telepathic bonds are more easily established.
The third trine on Thursday is between the Sun and Chiron. This influence is also woven into the energies of Saturday's New Moon, at which time both the Sun and the Moon are in positive aspect with the Wounded Healer. This means that we carry the potential for deep spiritual and emotional healing into the new lunar cycle.
TWO TRANSFORMATIONAL EVENTS occur next weekend -- the New Moon in Scorpio and a Mars-Pluto square.
The New Moon occurs on Saturday at 26°19″ Scorpio, at 3:42 a.m. PST (11:42 a.m. GMT). This lunation is notable for several reasons -- the trine to Chiron and its therapeutic effect being one of them.
But there are also a total of five planetary beings in Scorpio at the time of the New Moon: the Sun, the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Vesta. This line-up greatly increases the "Scorpionic" impact of the event, energy that is carried into the new lunar cycle. We can expect heightened emotions, more secrets and suspicions being revealed, deep transformations occurring, loyalties being questioned, and plays being made to gain power and control.
The New Moon is also in a strong quincunx aspect with Uranus, which can feel uncomfortable, but is actually a helpful catalyst for necessary change. As astrologer Emily Trinkaus writes in the current issue of The Mountain Astrologer, this quincunx "reinforces the theme of being shaken out of our comfort zone. To renew our own vitality, and to breathe life back into our relationships, we need to interrupt our habitual patterns of reacting and defending."
MARS AND PLUTO form a square aspect about once a year, so Sunday's event is not rare -- but Pluto and Mars are the modern and traditional rulers of Scorpio, so their conflictive relationship at this time (with the New Moon and so many planets in Scorpio) could have particular impact.
What can we expect? Most likely, an increase in the "Scorpionic impacts" I listed above. With Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn, we see at essence a struggle between the desire to collaborate and the need to wield unquestioned authority.
With this aspect, we are challenged to rise above co-dependent behaviors to more fully claim our personal power. Our test may come through encountering feelings of powerlessness and needing to find new ways of asserting ourselves. To pass this test, we must not devolve into anger and competitiveness, or resort to old "work-arounds" such as passive-aggressive behaviors that never address the problem directly.
THANKFULLY, some of the other planets are well positioned to help us utilize the most positive characteristics of Mars in Libra. These qualities include the courage to fight for what is fair and just, and the ability to manage conflict.
Throughout the weekend, Mars is at the midpoint of Mercury in Sagittarius and the North Node and Ceres in Leo. This means we have access to the best qualities of Mercury in Sag -- intuitive wisdom, a positive perspective, and the ability to inspire through meaningful communication -- and of Ceres and the North Node in Leo -- creativity, confidence, and the ability to lead with heart.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: You are in a healing cycle as you embark on your new year, with greater compassion and faith being incorporated into your sense of self. At the same time, your self-concept is shifting in ways that will ultimately allow you greater freedom and autonomy. As you move beyond old emotional patterns, you will likely need to make adjustments in how you relate to others, and old contracts will need to be rewritten. This year requires you to explore themes of honesty and assertiveness, and to find new ways to express your desires.
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