MONTHLY SINCE 1999
ISSUE # 209
Note: All aspects are most powerful and effective as they apply. Once the transit has completed, its force is lessened. The further it separates the weaker it becomes.
I have already begun writing about the period around the year 2020 and will continue to do so regularly. Those of you familiar with my work know that I look several years ahead and examine the coming changes long in advance. The period from about 2019-2023 is wrought with dangerous transits that afflict AmericaÕs chart, as well as the charts of several other nations. The year 2020 in particular has some extremely explosive moments that require our attention. Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto and Mars will all be dancing in Capricorn around AmericaÕs Pluto. This will be intense, powerful and potentially very dangerous. There is an explosive nature to the combination of Saturn and Pluto to begin with, and with the added expansive nature of Jupiter added in, and Mars acting as the trigger we can expect some events that may include political, social, military and even nuclear events. Once this election is behind us I will focus more of my attention on this coming potential maelstrom.
Things do not happen in a vacuum. The dominoes begin to fall long before an event of great magnitude occurs. The pressure in a volcano begins to build long before the eruption. What makes this coming period so intense and worrisome is that we see the precursory events are already beginning. ThatÕs why this election is so incredibly important. ItÕs underlying tension is a warning sign of whatÕs to come, and many of us already feel its reverberations in the collective unconscious.
I have an article coming out in the January issues of Dell Horoscope Magazine in which I discuss the history of these aspects and lay down the foundation for what we might expect. It wasnÕt an easy article to write. I donÕt like making hard predictions, but we are heading towards some very harsh and potentially difficult issues that we must face. ThatÕs one of the big reasons why I have taken such a personal stand in this election, something I very rarely do in public. How bad this period around 2020 may be will have much to do with who is in charge and what policies are put into place in advance. IÕm not going to go into all of that again here. Stating my opinion has already cost me some readers and clients who didnÕt agree with my point of view. But I felt it was my duty to analyze the charts of the two candidates and what their potential presidency would be like. IÕve had it with this election and with the way our political system is run. In some ways it is democracy at its very worst, run by public opinion, TV news stars and with so much bitterness spewed out itÕs impossible to see clearly. IÕm tired, angry and frankly scared, as I believe many of us are.
As I write this newsletter we are less than two weeks away from Election Day. As my readers know, for more than a year I have predicted that Hillary would win. I have never wavered from that prediction. This has been the most derisive contentious campaign in my lifetime, and perhaps in AmericaÕs. Most of us are exhausted and war-weary. Friendships have ended and the anger will not subside for a long time no matter the outcome. Besides the readers and clients I have lost, some friends are divided by a chasm of rage over this mess. I donÕt know if there will be a healing soon or not. I hope for the best.
Jupiter squares Pluto three times over the next 12 months. This is a power struggle brewing, and it will come to light during the coming year. Pluto is all about hidden agendas and vengeance, and we can certainly see the potential for this continuing to bubble under the surface after this election. Jupiter tends to exacerbate everything it comes in contact with, so we can expect this buried anger to escalate, not subside. It is just the beginning of the stress that will lead up to 2020. How difficult it will become will have much to do with who wins and how the transition of power is handled. I am by nature an optimist, and I do hope that we can overcome our fears and animosity and reach some sort of a healing. But I do warn you not to become complacent or ignore the signs around you. Awareness is all, as I say often, and never more so than when we are faced with such difficult times.
Neptune goes direct on November 19th. This will begin the process of externalizing our spiritual side that has been pretty much internalized since June 13th when Neptune began its backward motion. Neptune confuses and confounds us in many ways. This has been one of the reasons for so much misinterpretation and misunderstands over the past 5 months. Now things will be clearer, although itÕs happening too late for clarity in this election. We will see many things come out into the open and we will have a better lit road upon which to travel. Charity and understanding are the ways to salvation, and Neptune is all about our attempts to rectify past sins and transgressions. Read Liz GreeneÕs wonderful book Neptune and the Quest for Redemption.
In the meantime, may your life bring you happiness and compassion, and your understanding and charity expand.
The New Moon falls on Sunday October 30th at 1:38 P.M. EDT at 7 degrees Scorpio 44 minutes. All New Moons offer us an opportunity to begin anew and set an agenda for change. And no sign is as interested in change as this one. Scorpio and its ruler, Pluto and corresponding 8th house are all about rejuvenation and transformation. With the Sun and Mercury already in this fixed water sign there is already a desire to alter things and many people will feel the urge to make alterations on their life path. As with all Scorpio transits there is a strong desire to reach the facts about any subject and strip away all the layers that prevent us from seeing that truth. There is also a tendency towards obsessive compulsion and itÕs important to keep things in a good perspective. This month will be all about delving deeply and reaching an understanding of what you need and how best to get it. This is not a time to sit on the sidelines and just let things be. This is a time to consider all types of changes and to recognize that there are many possibilities that we may not have considered before. The rejuvenating power of Scorpio makes it uniquely suited to clearing out anything that has outlived its usefulness in our lives. But remember not to throw out the baby with the bathwater, as they say. Take a little time to honestly examine and evaluate each situation to see if it is truly out dated or only dormant. ItÕs interesting that we choose our elected officials while the Sun is in Scorpio offering us a chance to fix and transform existing ideas, or to aim in a new direction altogether. This sign rules the elimination of waste, but also the transformation and rebirth of any relationship, idea or project that can be redirected. Choose carefully, grasshopper.
THE SUN TRINES NEPTUNE:
On Tuesday November 1st at 4:17 A.M. EDT this creative aspect will put us all more in touch with our spiritual side. This trine gives direction to all things artistic, and itÕs very positive for those working in the arts, and you may find a new direction to take an unfinished song, book, painting or other artistic endeavor. But it can also be very positive when dealing with intuitive matter regardless of what field you work in. There is a creative side to all ventures, including business, and how you go about approaching your work will have a lot to do with how successful it is. Today you should follow your instincts more than your intellect.
MERCURY SEXTILES PLUTO:
On Thursday November 3rd at 1:08 A.M. EDT the planet of thoughts and communication, which is traveling through transformative Scorpio will sextile the ruler of that sign. This will work with the New Moon in Scorpio and is a chance to delve even more deeply into ideas or discussions without the usual difficulties. A sextile (and a trine) must be used proactively, and if it is it offers the potential to project the energy into a constructive and useful direction. It will be easier to get to the bottom of things and strip away the layers that often confound our desire to make alterations. Because this completes early in the morning it will be felt more the night before. Any important conversation that takes place as this aspect is approaching will have a stronger effect than you may realize. Listen carefully to what each of you is saying and you may discover some significant knowledge. Just be prepared to hear the truth. ThatÕs what Pluto and Scorpio are more interested in.
VENUS TRINES URANUS:
On Saturday November 5th at 2:23 A.M. EDT this exciting and charming aspect will complete. As always, when a transit culminates in the wee small hours of the morning its effects will be more vital the night before. This trine offers an adventurous potential for fun or romance, and you may become attracted to someone if this sets off your chart. But as with all Uranus transits you must be careful not to leap before you look. Any new romance that begins under this transit may be erratic or unstable. But it could be very stimulating, which may be all you need at the moment. Just donÕt make more out of it than there is and you wonÕt be disappointed. This will also be a very creative transit that may bring us some unusual ideas. If youÕre working on a project that has become bogged down, this might be a time when you can discover new ways of approaching it. This is also a day when we all may spend more than we had planned. While this trine is a positive energy, it also may be overly excited and discard our usual limitations. A little caution will go a long way. Leave the credit cards home and go spend whatÕs in your pocket. YouÕll enjoy it just as much.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6TH AT 2:00 A.M.
THE SUN SEXTILES PLUTO:
On Monday November 7th at 3:22 A.M. EST this positive sextile completes. This aspect will help us all uncover the true meaning behind our actions. This is a day to look over things and decide exactly what you need from the situation. If you use this transit properly you should be better able to achieve your desired goals than usual. Because it occurs the day before Election Day it will have an effect on the outcome. Many people will enter that voting booth still unable to make up their minds. Mars is about to enter Aquarius on Wednesday, which implies a big change in the energy of the world. Certainly no matter who wins tomorrow there will be a big transformation occurring. The combination of this sextile and the Mars entrance into the fixed air sign creates an atmosphere prone to new ways of looking at things. Obviously there will be some very important changes occurring over the next few months based on what we do now.
MARS ENTERS AQUARIUS:
On Wednesday November 9th at 12:52 A.M. EST until Monday December 19th at 4:23 A.M. EST Mars will be in this Uranus ruled sign. This is a potentially explosive period, though just how we experience that has many potential results. Mars will be in this sign for roughly 5 weeks, and during its transit here we may all feel a little edgy and irritable. Of course this will be more acute if this affects your personal chart. It will stimulate our electrical circuits, which is why many may feel short-tempered or nervous. If you do have this reaction just pay attention to who youÕre acting and responding to what others say and do. This can be a very productive time, if you focus your energy into positive projects. But if you allow it meander unconstrained thereÕs the possibility of irrational and erratic behavior. Stay busy and think before you act, and you can easily avoid any complications.
VENUS ENTERS CAPRICORN:
On Friday November 11th at 11:55 P.M. EST the planet of love and money enters this stoic earth sign until Wednesday December 7th at 9:51 A.M. EST. This isnÕt the most exciting of placements, and you may not be as apt to experiment or take chances, but it has a positive purpose that can help you define a relationship and put your finances in proper perspective. A romance begun during this transit may not be wild or adventurous, but it could have staying power and help you build a stronger foundation in your life. Sometimes itÕs better to seek realism and stability than excitement, but that has much to do with what you need in your life at the moment. This transit will be good for all financial matters. ItÕs a good time to begin a budget or invest for the long-term. It isnÕt a time to gamble or look for a quick buck. You probably wonÕt succeed and you could use resources that you will need in the near future. But if you are laying the foundation for a retirement, or buying a stock with a future, even if it isnÕt moving very much, you could be quite happy with the results.
MERCURY ENTERS SAGITTARIUS:
On Saturday November 12th at 9:40 A.M. EST the planet of thoughts and communication enters this far-sighted Jupiter-ruled fire sign until December 2nd at 4:19 P.M. EST. There are a number of planets changing signs this month, a sure sign that we are in for some deep rooted changes. Mercury traveling through Sagittarius will stimulate many peopleÕs desire to travel and explore the world. This is a good time to do so, as we are all more open-minded and less cautious than we were the last month. Of course with Venus just entering Capricorn there will be a restrictive and guarded approach to many things, which isnÕt bad considering this signÕs lack of restraint or boundaries. Anything that can enhance your mind and open you up to new ideas will be very welcome. Take a trip if you can, and take those blinders off. This is a chance to look at the world from a different point of view, so take advantage of it. This is also a good time for anything educational. Take a course, read some new books, or just get out and have open and honest conversations with others. Sagittarius had little regard for constraints of any sort. It wants honesty above all else, and will often tear down boundaries just for the sake of freedom.
This monthÕs lunar peak occurs on Monday November 14th at 8:52 A.M. EST at 22 degree Taurus 37 minutes. All Full Moons represent the top of the lunar cycle and the start of the waning Moon. This aspect each month shows us the height of our objectives and the following 2 _ weeks is a chance to integrate what we have learned since the last New Moon into our day-to-day existence. Taurus is the 2nd sign of the zodiac and thus represents the 2nd house, what we call the house of money and values. As such, when the Moon is full in this sign it brings up issues related to those topics. Because of the imbalance in our system, in America we tend to think only of finances when looking at this sign and corresponding house. But itÕs about so much more. What do you really value in life? Would you give up your health, family or happiness for a big bag of money? And if you did, would that cash bring you pleasure? These are the questions that will arise in some form as we process this aspect. There are many things to understand about what is most vital to us as individuals and as a society. Will we be able to settle our differences since this last divisive election, or continue to allow the underlying anger to disrupt our conversation? And if so, at what price do we compromise or cling to our own beliefs? This is often a time of pressure for the equity markets, though it isnÕt usually a crash or other catastrophic event. Depending upon the results of this election, there will be movement in the stocks that will represent our collective feelings after this long and hard fought battle. But on the individual level, how you handle the issues of importance and set your goals for the future will be of utmost significance.
MERCURY SEXTILES MARS:
On Tuesday November 15th at 12:23 P.M. EST this energetic and positive aspect will give us all a day to communicate in a direct and honest fashion. Since this election cycle began more than a year ago itÕs been very hard for many to say whatÕs on their minds. This is a chance to speak in a clear and concise way and to get things off your chest. Of course this isnÕt only about our political point of view, but about all issues. If thereÕs an important conversation youÕve needed to have but felt unable to express your feelings, this is a good time to do so. There is strength behind your words, but because this is a sextile you will be able to say them without stirring up the opposition that would occur if this were a hard aspect (conjunct, opposition, inconjunct or square). So take the time to think things through, and then get on the phone and tell that person how youÕre feeling. You can clear the air and youÕll feel better about it. It may also improve the relationship quite a bit.
MERCURY SQUARES NEPTUNE:
On Friday November 18th at 11:04 A.M. EST this confusing and difficult aspect completes. This is not a good day to try and clear up things. Misunderstandings will abound and it may be very hard to express yourself directly. We all need to make sure we are understood, and that we understand what the other person is saying. Otherwise there could be bad feelings that linger long past this transitÕs end. Travel may be quite difficult as well. You must double check all plans and directions. Make sure your car is running well and use a GPS or other devise to help you on your way. Caution should be used in all forms of communication and transportation. Even if youÕre walking you must be extra careful and pay attention. Neptune tends to distract us and that is how most accidents occur.
VENUS SEXTILES NEPTUNE:
On Saturday November 19th at 6:04 P.M. EST this pleasant aspect occurs. This isnÕt a very powerful transit, and many of us may not even notice its presence in the course of our busy day. But it is a good energy for all creative issues and may help in any artistic venture. This is a spiritual aspect that may open your consciousness to new and deeper ideals. Mediation and other forms of internalization usually fare quite well under this combination. It also brings the possibility of a romantic encounter, though with NeptuneÕs influence it may be more fantasy than reality. Still, a dinner or intimate connection might be very enjoyable and a much needed respite from the hassles of life. Be careful with money. The illusion that Neptune creates may interfere with how well we handle VenusÕ domain over the 2nd house of wealth. It could be easy-come easy-go. But with a little constraint this will be a nice day. And with Neptune going direct today as well, we are in store for some important knowledge that could aid us all in discovering a deeper understanding of our spiritual needs.
NEPTUNE GOES DIRECT:
Also on Saturday November 19th at 11:39 P.M. EST this most perplexing planet begins its forward motion. For the past 5 months much of our spiritual activity has been internalized. Now it will begin to manifest in the outside world. Any ventures that involve charity or helping others will have more oomph now that this planet is turning around. It will be easier to find the funding and support for anything that aids others, so push those helpful ideals out into the active consciousness. Neptune also rules many of the fine arts, and if youÕve been working on a project for some time and waiting for the opportunity to present it to the world, you can now start to look for the proper time and avenue to do so. You donÕt have to do it immediately. Anytime that Neptune is going direct is easier to present your art to the world. You will have months in which to do so.
THE SUN ENTERS SAGITTARIUS:
On Monday November 21st at 4:23 P.M. EST we enter the mutable fire sign. This is one of the most gregarious and outgoing of the signs, though it often lacks subtlety and nuance. Sagittarius is known as the great teacher. It opens our consciousness to new ideas we might not have considered before. It rules higher mindedness and higher education. Where the 3rd house (Gemini) rules lower schooling through high school Sag and the 9th house rule college and post graduate work. This sign also rules long journeys, foreign places and ideas, and the concept of the long and open road ahead. Sagittarians can often see far down that road, but usually miss the small details that are right in front of them. So you need to pay attention to those details or you could make many mistakes as you contemplate the bigger picture. There is also a tendency for this sign to be brutally honest, and at times it can offend someone for a lack of subtlety. Honesty at all costs is one of the keys points. ThatÕs fine as long as you are aware of this and try to soften the desire to get to the Ņreal truthÓ behind any issue. There are often several truths that coexist based on an individual perspective. Try to keep that in mind while attempting to reach the goal of complete veracity.
MERCURY SEXTILES JUPITER:
On Tuesday November 22nd at 1:19 P.M. EST this wonderfully positive and optimistic sextile comes along. This is a good day to discuss things that require an open mind. This is a good time to clear the air, as you can say whatÕs on your mind in an open and enthusiastic way. Because of the ongoing Jupiter Š Saturn sextile in the sky this will be immediately followed by Mercury conjunct Saturn (see below) so there could be an underlying harsh side to conversations. So try to take advantage of this outgoing and expansive point of view and use the easy and enlightened energy this creates to express yourself. This combination favors travel and all educational issues. Any journey, even a short jaunt can open your mind up to new ideas and ways of looking at things.
MERCURY CONJUNCTS SATURN:
On Wednesday November 23rd at 1:44 P.M. EST this potentially harsh aspect requires our attention. Be careful how you say things. You may be speaking with a harder tone than you realize. This isnÕt a negative aspect so much as a reality oriented one. This is a good transit for getting your work done, cleaning up your desk, or having a conversation that requires that sense of realism. You wonÕt be apt to hide from the truth, but rather will tend to see things in a clear light. However, when Saturn is activated we do also tend to only see the darker side, and thatÕs a mistake. Use this transit to put things in order and get your life organized. If you must have an important conversation, go in with the idea that while you may not like everything you hear, you will be told the truth as that person sees it. Just donÕt take things too seriously. Listen and absorb the information. Then in a few days revisit things and see how you feel about it all. There will be chances to revise and examine the topics in a few days. Do not make a permanent decision now. You may regret it. View it, discuss it, and then leave it alone until this passes.
JUPITER SQUARES PLUTO:
On Thursday November 24th at 5:42 P.M. EST the first pass of this square completes. This aspect represents a potential power struggle out of control. It may manifest in our government, in business and it may affect the individual if it sets off your personal chart. We will feel this coming for weeks in advance, and it will have an effect on the election. If there is a contested result this implies that it will not be easy to settle. Pluto is about vengeance and hidden agendas, and Jupiter blows things out of proportion. And with the state of our collective consciousness at the moment it wouldnÕt shock me if we did, in fact have some angry or even violent reactions to the present situation. Caution is called for, especially as this transit completes. There will be three passes of it this coming year, and it will be one of the primary underlying influences that will direct our society. JupiterÕs energy is often misunderstood. While it is the Ņgreater beneficÓ, it also is an expansive and uncontrollable force that will increase whatever it comes in contact with. It may bring you great fortune and opportunities, but it can also lead to a worsening if the connected energies allow. For example, if you are having financial troubles and Jupiter afflicts the ruler of your 2nd house you may experience an increase in your woes. If there is a health issues and Jupiter is active on the planet that rules the part of the body being affected there may be an exacerbation. Be aware of the power of this square and be careful how you approach others who may disagree with you. Remember the old saying: discretion is the better part of valor. And that is very true with this combination.
VENUS CONJUNCTS PLUTO:
On Friday November 25th at 6:48 A.M. EST we will all look at our romantic life from a delving perspective. The truth will be revealed, so be prepared to hear it. If you donÕt wish to, then donÕt examine it too carefully. There could be some intense encounters for a day or so leading up to this. Pluto is known for its compulsive energy, and it would be easy to become obsessive about someone. Be sure that person is worth your attention before committing too much of your feelings. It may be difficult to uncouple once youÕve set things in motion. Because of the ongoing Jupiter Š Pluto square Venus will square Jupiter soon after this completes. So in effect Venus is setting off that more intense aspect. Because Venus is a fairly relaxed energy it wonÕt be as difficult as it would be if this were Mars or Saturn. But there may be some personal issues that are brought up and will require you attention. Venus also rules money, so be careful for a few days about your finances. This may not be a good time to make an expensive purchase. You may be obsessed with having something only to find once this passes that it wasnÕt all that important after all.
VENUS SQUARES JUPITER:
Also on Friday November 25th at 8:45 A.M. EST this square comes along on the heels of Venus conjunct Pluto mentioned above. This is usually a pleasant and easy-going transit that may bring some over-indulgences. But for the most part is often benign. But because of the Pluto influence it may be much more intense. Try not to overdo things. Too much food, drink, sex or spending could result in bad feelings. With a little restraint this can be a good day for socializing and entertainment. There will be a strong sense of creativity, and if you take in a movie, show or museum you could release some deep and penetrating feelings. There is a desire for romance, and if this sets off your chart the combination of this square and the Venus conjunct Pluto might bring you someone who is very attractive. But as I said above, you should be careful not to jump in too deeply until you know who that person is and exactly what your feelings are. You could start something only to be looking for a way out once this passes.
MERCURY TRINES URANUS:
On Saturday November 26th 8:38 A.M. EST this positive intellectual trine will bring thoughts and ideas in a fast and powerful way. New concepts could begin, and you may have some very interesting thoughts. If you use this to your advantage you might be able to move forward some projects or creative ventures that have been stuck. Uranus wants change, and it wants it NOW! With Mercury ruling our thinking process this combination could result in some different and unusual ideas. Try to free your thoughts and allow your mind the room to meander. You could be surprised by what you come up with. This is usually a good aspect for travel, especially short trips. It can release you from the mundane and offer some exciting and adventurous opportunities.
DARK OF THE MOON:
The next New Moon falls on Tuesday November 29th at 7:18 A.M. EDT at 7 degrees Sagittarius 43 minutes. The day or two leading up to it will be a particularly low energy period. If you tend to be emotional this may be a very trying time each month. I have found that people with prominent moons or a Cancer Sun, Moon or ascendant respond to the lunar cycles more intensely than others. Spend this time finishing up anything that is incomplete, donÕt try to initiate new projects on a waning moon, it just wonÕt work out. Once the New Moon hits you begin new projects or attempt a new approach to an existing problem. If you have been living in a situation or involved in a relationship that is intolerable or has outlived its usefulness this would be the proper time to move on with your life. If you have been working on a project that is almost complete but you seem to lack the energy for the finality, you must push during these low energy days to end the matter once and for all. If you donÕt, when the New Moon arrives it will bring this ŅdeadÓ energy along with it and conflict with the newer force being presented. Each month we are offered a chance to clean house, so to speak.
Note: All aspects are most powerful and effective as they apply. Once the transit has completed, its force is lessened. The further it separates the weaker it becomes.
Below is a list of times this month when the Moon is Void of Course and neither important decisions nor purchases should be made during these periods. The Void of Course Moon is a time when we should try to center ourselves and deal with spiritual matters not materialistic ones. Any decisions made on the VC Moon will not turn out the way we had expected.
The Moon is Void of Course from the time it makes its last major aspect in a sign until it enters the next sign. For example, if the Moon squares Mars at 27 degrees Aries and then has no more aspects until it enters Taurus it will be Void of Course for three degrees or about 6 hours. The aspects used are the conjunction, sextile, square, trine, and opposition. All times are Eastern Daylight Time:
Please note: In response to requests from readers I have added a few VOC Moons into the next lunar cycle for those who need to make plans before my next newsletter is released.
October 31st 10:44 P.M. Š November 1st 10:43 A.M.
November 3rd 6:35 A.M. Š 11:05 P.M. ***Moon is void all day
November 6th 4:56 A.M. Š 8:55 A.M.
November 8th 8:55 A.M. Š 4:45 P.M. ***Moon is void 8 hours
November 10th 6:16 P.M. Š 8:45 P.M.
November 12th 7:45 A.M. Š 9:24 P.M. ***Moon is void 13 hours
November 14th 8:52 A.M. Š 8:23 P.M.***Moon is void 12 hours
November 16th 5:57 A.M. Š 7:57 P.M.***Moon is void 14 hours
November 18th 5:02 P.M. Š 10:14 P.M.
November 21st 3:33 A.M. Š 4:34 A.M.
November 22nd 12:41 P.M. Š November 23rd 2:42 P.M. ***Moon is void 26 hours!!
November 25th 8:52 A.M. Š November 26th 3:01 A.M. ***Moon is void 16 hours
November 27th 4:48 P.M. Š November 28th 3:46 P.M. ***Moon is void 23 hours
November 30th 11:08 P.M. Š December 1st 3:52 A.M.
December 3rd 5:16 A.M. Š 2:44 P.M.***Moon is void 10 hours
December 5th 6:23 A.M. Š 11:31 P.M. ***Moon is void 17 hours
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