Master Astrologer Jeff Jawer reveals the key planetary activity stemming from the New Moon in Scorpio on November 3 through December 2, 2013.
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New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio
Sunday, November 3, 4:50 am PST, 7:50 am EST
Each New Moon marks the beginning of a monthly cycle, but this one is a Solar Eclipse, indicating that there is some letting go to do before we can start to move ahead. This Sun-Moon conjunction occurs in Scorpio, a sign where pruning unnecessary attitudes, beliefs, individuals and activities is an essential step toward making progress. This lunation is closely conjunct retrograde Mercury and stern Saturn, which adds seriousness to the mix. Patience, commitment and an unflinching willingness to examine ourselves require hard work but can help to make our priorities clear. We may not like what we see, and the road to making changes might seem long and steep, yet facing the darkness of doubt and unmet desires will allow us to maximize resources, renew passion and provide the power to transform our lives.
Venus in Capricorn
Tuesday, November 5, 12:43 am PST, 3:43 am EST
Amorous Venus takes relationships very seriously in dutiful Capricorn. Love and affection aren't given easily but can be earned by demonstrating loyalty and sticking to commitments. Normally, sociable Venus dances through a sign in a month, but her stay here is prolonged until March 5 due to her retrograde period of December 21 through January 31. This reversal provides second chances to reevaluate issues related to resources and romance. However, dominance is often a theme in commanding Capricorn, which could get in the way of compromise and cooperation. The trick to using this transit effectively is to invest in building ourselves up with hard work rather than putting others down. Note that Venus' hard aspects with volatile Uranus and provocative Pluto on November 14 and 15 stir up surprises that break us out of Capricorn's orderly image of reality.
Wednesday, November 6
The planet of expansion's retrograde cycle is a rewarding time for personal growth. Progress can be made in visible ways, yet the richest areas of learning are more likely to be self-generated than from external teachers. Jupiter in Cancer's backward period lasts until March 6, providing five months to rethink belief systems and long-term aspirations, and to make strategic adjustments that correspond more closely to our innermost needs.
Sunday, November 10
This is a changing of the guards of the planets of higher and lower mind as philosophical Jupiter turned retrograde just before factual Mercury goes direct. Data should start flowing more freely, calls and messages that have been on hold finally start to connect, and fresh information opens intellectual horizons. The process may still be slow, however, with Mercury remaining in profound Scorpio until December 4.
Wednesday, November 13
Nebulous Neptune turning direct is a very subtle event that is not likely to produce any immediately observable effects. Yet it does represent a quiet unfolding of our dreams. The imagination and faith that has been brewing inside us will begin to appear externally in the weeks and months to come. The healing and inspirational power of meditation, prayer and creativity will soon be ready to share with the world.
Full Moon in Taurus
Sunday, November 17, 7:16 am PST, 10:16 am EST
The Moon in placid Taurus opposes the Sun in hungry Scorpio to expose issues of need, greed, comfort and ease. It's a signal to stop looking back at what we've done wrong and cease worrying quite so much about the future. The Bull reminds us that all is well when we live in the present. Calculating the costs and risks of obtaining pleasure and approval becomes less important when we are enjoying the priceless gifts of our senses. Nature provides without asking for anything in return and relationships are more rewarding when accepting and enjoying what we have is greater than our fear of loss. Simple joys are the best remedies for complicated emotions.
Tuesday, November 19
It's time to act on our compassionate impulses as the Wounded Healer begins to move forward. Giving support to others without being asked demonstrates the sort of kindness, sensitivity and unconditional love of Chiron in Pisces.
Sun in Sagittarius
Thursday, November 21, 7:49 pm PST, 10:49 pm EST
The upward-aiming arrow of the Archer represents the desire to reach beyond our current limits. Growth through travel, education and trying new activities are gifts of the Sun in adventurous Sagittarius. A rising tide of enthusiasm is expected with the Sun in this expansive, Jupiter-ruled fire sign. There is some risk, though, of going too far, over-generalizing or allowing optimism to obscure common sense. Balancing this sign's positive perspective and energetic instincts with some attention to details increases the chances of achieving our lofty goals.
Addition by subtraction is a common theme of the New Moon in Scorpio, and is even more evident this time around. The Solar Eclipse and presence of restrictive Saturn reflect possible burdens that darken our lives with onerous obligations and self-doubt. Yet stripping expectations down to the core will reveal where we are wasting time and energy, freeing us to create more satisfying lives.