Friday, November 01, 2013
The Astrology of November 2013 – for Everyone
At Long Last
October’s chart carried us deeper into the crisis of conscience pictured in September’s chart. Our concerns advanced from the somewhat abstract realm of moral principles and conscience to the level of righteous indignation. A lunar eclipse accentuated this effect.
November’s chart will translate righteous indignation into action intended to restore compassion, justice and fair play in our lives. We will start revising the written and unwritten rules that govern society.
There is a total solar eclipse on November 3rd in Scorpio. The eclipse conjoins Saturn and the North Node. Scorpio is in its natural house for this eclipse making the 8th house influence definitive.
The course of future events will be determined by November’s eclipse in large part. The effect of the eclipse will be largely determined by the potent 8th house stellium in Scorpio.
The 8th house is the house where the wealth and power of the one become the wealth and power of the many, and vice versa. Social resources are pooled in 8th house institutions and redistributed to fund vital services that individuals cannot provide individually, like mortgages, insurance, pensions, social welfare programs, and so on.
The 8th house seriously affects everyone in society in numberless important ways. If you want to shake society up, fast, make changes in 8th house areas. And this is an 8th house eclipse, dominated by 8th house influences.
Arranged the way it is, this chart might seem to be about funneling even more money and power to the richest 1%, deepening existing social and economic injustice. A closer look at the chart tells another story.
At first glance, it looks like events in the collective, governmental and institutional houses, 5 thru 12, will force changes on the individual houses, 1 thru 4, (clear).
Except for the 8th house stellium, however, the planets are scattered. This creates oppositional relationships that will bring acute differences of opinion and vigorous debate. The partially formed Kite and the visible remnants of July’s Star Tetrahedron disperse planetary power further. This works strongly against the hardening of opinions and the concentration of power that allows for large scale social abuse.
November’s chart works strongly against the uniformity of opinion and concentration of power needed to impose rules on large numbers of people. But it strongly motivates people to put their principles into action.
Scattered as the planetary energies are, they are virtually all affected by the total solar eclipse and the 8th house stellium. They include:
- the Sun, which governs the conscious, intentional part of our personality,
- Saturn, which governs secular authority and power – law, family, tradition, custom – and order and discipline of all kinds,
- the North Node, which governs dharmic and karmic processes, the workings of karma at high levels and cosmic principles generally,
- Mercury, which governs communication and financial transactions. Retrograde Mercury indicates slowdowns, system upgrades, updates, etc. and random disruptions. Retrograde Mercury deals more than a few wild cards.
But there’s more:
- Scorpio and the 8th house resonate strongly with Pluto. Scorpio also governs Aries, the sign occupied by Uranus which is currently squaring Pluto which is exact again on Nov 1st, two days before the total eclipse. The stellium in Scorpio, surrounding the total solar eclipse will affect the energy of the Uranus/Pluto square.
- Uranus, like Mercury, will be retrograde during the eclipse. Change processes will halt; existing plans will come up for discussion and revision. Retrograde planets are often wildcards.
And there’s still more:
- The 8th house stellium and the eclipse set in the center of the cauldron formed by the visible traces of the Star Tetrahedron. It will supercharge and further disperse an already highly charged, highly dispersed energy field.
With both the Sun and Moon involved, people will feel a deep, unifying commitment. With Saturn involved, they will demand a common sense approach. With the North Node involved, they will expect immediate, simple, uncomplicated justice.
In general, the public mood will be marked by righteous indignation, reinforced by straightforward logic. People will be fed up and their minds made up.
November’s energy is dispersed, pervading every strata of society and every area of life. It is also intensely individual and personal, enough so to encourage the widespread defiance of authority and confrontation with peers we see as wrong or unfair.
The establishment will find it difficult to put up a united front against rebellion or suppress a trend toward civil disobedience, both of which will be very much in the air.
November’s underlying vibes – minus the eclipse – will affect people on every side of every issue – everybody will be feeling righteous indignation and determined to get justice. But, everybody can’t be right, no matter how self-righteous and indignant they might feel. Everyone will imagine that the winds of justice are at their back.
Eclipses are best known for bringing sudden, irreversible, overdue change. But they also bring justice. Under normal circumstances, the universe is maddeningly even-handed. Rain falls equally upon the just and the unjust, the wise and the unwise. Justice seems elusive.
Under the influence of an eclipse, rain falls primarily on the unjust and the unwise. Karmic bills come due. In the midst of all the debate and confrontation, through the mysterious mechanism of the solar eclipse, the Universe will render its opinion about what constitutes justice in a particular case.
In November the transformative process will quicken. However, it will also turn a corner. The eclipse will pick winners and losers. Those possessed of common sense and decency will come out ahead. November’s energies are pervasive. This scenario will play out on both the macro- and micro- levels, in the halls of power and on main street.
November’s eclipse will exact a costly penalty for violating cosmic principles. The course of events will veer sharply against the unwise and the unjust. They might not acknowledge the rebuke, but events in subsequent weeks and months will work strongly against them, nonetheless. They will emerge from November at a distinct disadvantage.
I expect November’s astrological events will begin resetting the imbalance of wealth and power in the world. Such things do not happen overnight or without incident, and they are often accompanied by fierce resistance, furious denial and, in some cases, social unrest, which can obscure events. But over time the trend will become unmistakable.