November 2009 Astrology Overview

Elizabeth Barton Astrology

So what is up astrologically for November?

Here are the basics:

The Sun goes into Sagittarius November 21st.

Mercury goes into Sagittarius on the 15th.

Venus went into Scorpio on the 7th.

Mars is in Leo all month (8 -17 degrees).

Jupiter is in Aquarius all month (18 to 21 degrees).

Saturn is in Libra all month (00-03 degrees).

Uranus is retrograde in Pisces all month at 23 degrees.

Neptune is at 24 degrees of Aquarius all month, but went stationary direct on November 4th.

Pluto is in Capricorn all month (01 -02 degrees). It goes into 02 degrees of Capricorn on November 8th.

The Moons Nodes are in Capricorn all month (25-23 degrees).

The Moon changes signs approximately every 2-½ days.

*rx = retrograde

*Note:  The only planet in an Earth sign this month is Pluto.  (Hey, if you want to tell the ruler of the underworld that he is no longer a planet, be my guest!).

The Moon, as it does every month, will cycle through all the signs, including the Earth signs. Those Earth Moon days will make grounding easier.

With Pluto, an outer trans-generational planet, being the only planet in an Earth sign this month, there will be a tendency not to be grounded, to be too much in the head.  To ground, hold a crystal, do gardening, walk barefooted in the grass, dance on the beach, or wear jewelry with stones.  Watch out for too much thinking, too much monkey brain. Meditate into Mother Earth rather than the sky.

The big event for the month is Saturn (1 Libra 43) squaring Pluto (1 Capricorn 43) on November 15th PST.  The influence of this aspect will be strongly felt all this month and all of December.  This is a trying combination.  It is violent and is given to shaking the foundations of society, the earth, and ones personal structures.  There will be dark shadow material you thought you dealt with resurrecting itself. Honor it, deal with it and let it go. 

A square:

A square is two planets or personal points at 90 degrees from one another.  Traditionally it is in elements that are not harmonious, like Air (Libra) and Earth (Capricorn).  Even though they are of the same Mode – cardinal (action, initiator) – they are perpendicular to each other. The energy is at a right angle to each other….friction!

Some key descriptors of a square:

  • ·        Internalizing stress, dynamic drive to initiate change, crisis oriented, tension, not compromising.
  • ·        The planets involved block and challenge each other. Pluto (transformation) vs. Saturn (the status quo). 

Note that many famous people have lots of squares in their charts.  The inner critic and drive pushes them to achieve. 

Saturn and Pluto come into exact squares three times

The dates are:

1. November 15, 2009:  Saturn will be at 1 Libra 43, Pluto at 1 Capricorn 43

2. February 01, 2010:  Saturn rx at 4 Libra 21 and Pluto direct at 04 Capricorn 21

3. August 21, 2010:  Saturn 02 Libra 55 and Pluto rx 02 Capricorn 55.

Do you have Planets or personal points at these degrees? Check your chart!  If you want to discuss your chart with me, or if you don’t have a chart and want one, please feel free to contact me.  My contact information is at the end of this blog.

This first phase of the Saturn/Pluto square (Libra/Capricorn) is in effect from October 29,2009 to April 08, 2010.  Saturn retrogrades back into Virgo until July 22, 2010, then starts the second phase of the square.  If you use a 5-degree orb for maximum potential, the major portion of the second phase will end at the beginning of October 2010.

Pluto and Saturn are not personal planets; Pluto is trans-generational and Saturn a social planet.  When together they cause change in societies and the world, which in turn affects us.  They are the horsemen of change.  Pluto rules breakdown and rebuilding. Saturn rules structure, fear and limitations.  (The image of Frodo going through Mordor in The Lord of the Rings comes to mind.)  Can our society do the compassionate, Angelic work we need to do to survive?  The first test has started.

In the natural chart the seventh house is ruled by Libra, the tenth by Capricorn.  The seventh house is the first house of the third quadrant.  It is the first house of how one deals with the collective.  In Michael R. Meyer’s book, A Handbook for the Humanistic Astrologer (1974), he equates the third quadrant as follows:

The third, or upper-western, quadrant, carrying the significance of the descendant, is the area between the descendent and the M.C.  It represents sensation (in Jung’s terminology) or the objective awareness of the not-self.  Creative release through relationships and social participation (p. 31) 

The tenth house is the first house in the fourth quadrant.  Here is what Mr. Meyer says:

The fourth, or upper-eastern, quadrant, carrying the significance of the M.C. (medium coeli also called the mid heaven), is the area between the M.C and the ascendant.  It signifies thinking (in Jung’s terminology) and the objective awareness of the self and of one’s spiritual-social identity.

Saturn in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn activate these two quadrants, the upper hemisphere of objective consciousness, and of how we experience society and its influence on us!!!!  Societal infrastructures, both ideological and physical will start giving way to inevitable change.  By physical infrastructures, I mean roads, sewers, electrical grids, buildings, bridges, etc. Note the decay (Pluto) of the Bay Bridge (Saturn) in San Francisco.  The affect on us at a personal level will be through personal relationships and our relationship to authority, government, corporate influence, security, and societal mores and norms.  All is in the cauldron of change.

Saturn/Pluto synodic cycle

 Planets move through cycles, from when they conjoin (same degree in a sign), through waxing sextile, square, trine, opposition, to waning trine and square, etc.  Each of these phases carries an essence and colors the planets’ powers of manifestation.

In Dane Rudhyar’s The Lunation Cycle (1967), he discusses the waning square as the crisis in consciousness, reorientation.  Accepted ways of being no longer work.  Allow things that no longer work for you to go.  The old structure must give way before the new can be born.

The conjoining of Saturn and Pluto occurred in 1982; but it was when Saturn was opposite Pluto and on the ascendant (Pluto)/descendent (Saturn) of the Sagittarius rising chart of the United States of America (called the Sibly Chart) that September 11th, 2001 occurred.  We had domestic terrorists on our soil.  And now at the waning square phase of the Saturn/Pluto cycle we had the shooting at Fort Hood.  Whether or not this will be the only act of terrorism on our soil during the Saturn/Pluto square, we will have to wait and see.  

I forecast that we will have another incident around the 20th of December 2009.  I’ll go into why in next month’s blog.  There is also a strong probability that an incident will occur between the 14th and 17th of November 2009. 

The Saturn-squaring-Pluto energy is the first leg of the Grand Cross to materialize in this plane of existence.  It is the anchor and the activator that sets the stage for the transformation of the world.  This is the cardinal grand cross, which will be in play for the majority of 2010.

To maneuver through the next 11 months of upheaval, keep in touch with your friends and loved ones, keep a good network going and keep faith through personal daily prayers of gratitude.  Wearing black Obsidian and or black tourmaline will help funnel some of the Saturn/Pluto energy away from you.

I will go into what a Grand Cross/Square is in the December blog.

Until we meet again in the blogosphere, may the Stars shine blessings on you!

Elizabeth A. Barton

CMT, Energy worker

Professional Astrologer

Vice President of the

San Francisco Astrological Society

2555 Flores Street

San Mateo, Ca 94403

For an astrological consultation call or E-mail me!

(650) 572-8850

My next retreat will be the weekend of May 14th 2010. Peace!

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