Horoscope: October 29 to November 4, 2018
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
All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 7 hours; for Eastern Time, add 3 hours.
MON: Mars semisquare Saturn, Mercury conjunct Jupiter, Mercury trine Chiron
TUE: Mercury enters Sagittarius 9:38 p.m.
WED: Venus opposite Uranus 1:44 a.m., Mercury quincunx Uranus, Venus enters Libra 12:41 p.m.
THU: Jupiter trine Chiron 10:35 a.m., Jupiter sextile Pallas Athene
FRI: Jupiter opposite Juno, Venus sesquiquadrate Neptune
SAT: Mercury semisquare Pluto, Venus quincunx Chiron
THE RIPPLE EFFECTS of last week's potent Full Moon continue into the coming week, energized by the exact Venus-Uranus opposition on Wednesday. This aspect requires a great deal of flexibility in our relationships, and can cause instability in partnerships that have been too restrictive or inauthentic for one or both parties. With Venus being retrograde in Scorpio, intimate alliances from the past may emerge from the shadows, whether in our memories, in our dreams, or in our waking life.
Venus in Scorpio also represents the power of the feminine, as well as what we deeply value or feel passionate about. As a transpersonal planet, Uranus brings about changes with the intention of raising the consciousness of humanity -- in particular our social consciousness, but also our individual awareness of and alignment with the Higher Mind. This can be a time of great awakening, if we can let go of the emotional patterns and power struggles that have held us back.
This is the second of three Venus-Uranus oppositions, marking the middle phase of a process that began on September 12 and completes on November 30. The energies will be a little different for that last pass, since Venus will then be direct in Libra and Uranus will have returned to Aries. To take most advantage of the opportunities represented by that final opposition, it is vital that we use this week's aspect to bring in the Light, cleansing our emotional bodies of that which keeps us in darkness.
ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT event occurs this week, although more subtle in its influence: magnanimous Jupiter is in harmonious trine aspect to Chiron, the Wounded Healer. The aspect perfects on Thursday, but is brought into our awareness earlier in the week, thanks to the Mercury-Jupiter alignment on Monday.
Jupiter is nearing the end of its journey through Scorpio, a trek that began in October 2017, the same week that the first of many revelations of power abuse came forward, sparking the #MeToo movement. Now, Jupiter is trying to wrap up its business in Scorpio, getting the last of the emotional debris out of the corners and from under the rugs, before moving into Sagittarius on November 8.
Jupiter's trine to Chiron offers both increased awareness of a wound and a magnified potential for healing same. Chiron is in Pisces, which means the wound being revealed has to do with our ability to trust in the goodness of the Universe, and in Divine Compassion. When difficulties arise, when our minds cannot comprehend a tragedy, it can be challenging to accept that Love is actually the predominant force in the Universe. And yet, to respond with hate, fear, or apathy only increases that energy on the planet. This feeds the causative factors behind the tragedy, invoking the opposite of what we wish to have occur.
So, Jupiter and Chiron are on a mission this week, to increase our capacity to heal our personal wounds of disillusionment and despair. By addressing this issue on an individual level, by holding the light in times of darkness, we are also healing humanity.
OTHER SHIFTS occur this week, as two planets leave the watery realms of passionate Scorpio. Mercury moves into hopeful Sagittarius on Tuesday, which can lighten our perspectives, contribute to good humor, and help our minds dwell on more positive potentials.
As with all signs, however, there are positives and negatives to Sag. Its primary adverse qualities are judgmentalness, self-righteousness, and sarcasm. But, if we keep calling in the light and higher intentions, we should be able to take advantage of the more favorable traits that Sag is known for: idealism, generosity, tolerance, and inspiration.
JUST HOURS after its opposition to Uranus on Wednesday, retrograde Venus leaves Scorpio and re-enters Libra. Again, this change of signs may lighten the energy field a bit, since Libra is dedicated to creating harmony and balance and is a much more comfortable place for Venus to be. However, we'll need to watch out for the tendency to give in for the sake of outer peace, instead of standing our ground and risking disagreement and discord.
Over the next two weeks, until Venus goes direct on November 16, the planet will be backtracking over territory first covered September 3 through 8. This is a powerful time to review relationship issues we may have glossed over at that time, and to make the decision to be more authentic and honest about our truth going forward.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: In October and November of 2017, when Jupiter aligned with your Scorpio Sun, an impulse of energy was infused into your being, meant to drive your intentions and ignite your faith in the depth of your knowing. Throughout this past year, you have been challenged to continue to delve into the truth of your emotions. Going forward, your ruling planet Pluto in stable Capricorn asks you to find the purposes behind all that you have learned, and to establish goals for how to apply your heightened self-awareness. The more you can focus on your true motivations over the coming year, the more prepared you will be to take advantage of the alignment of Pluto and Saturn in early 2020 -- a time that should be significant in some area of your life, depending on where that alignment occurs in your natal chart.
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