ASTROLOGY – Mercury Direct, Scorpio New Moon

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17. This is an important day. It begins with the Sun-Saturn square at midnight, which lets us know that big things are in the offing. At the last Saturn-Sun square in April 2005, 300,000 Iraqis demonstrated in Baghdad asking the U.S. to leave.

Then at 3 a.m., Venus enters Sagittarius to begin the parade of planets moving into Sag. We can start to move ahead now, for tonight Mercury turns direct.

In the meantime we have Moon traveling in Libra, to bring issues of justice to the fore. And we have Mars squaring Neptune, to strike fear into some hearts. At the Mars-Neptune conjunction which began this cycle, Congress passed the credit card companies’ bankruptcy bill, making the bankruptcy process more difficult and more punitive for the average person. Economics will likely be making a turn now, perhaps regarding food, housing, or oil.

At this time in Washington DC, Pluto is right above, overseeing all. Pluto is still powering a huge and permanent social transformation, as shown by its square to the Moon’s Nodes. At this moment, Washington is in charge of major events. But we won’t know what they’re doing, for except for Pluto and Moon, all of the planets are in houses of secrecy.

Obsessions in regard to secrecy show that there is much dirty linen piled in the room. The planets now beginning to move into Sagittarius may help to expose more of it—although the stench may be unbearable.

Mercury stations direct at 7:25 p.m. EST. It’s trining Uranus, and revelations and opportunities may come flooding in. We can be brilliant about our strategy for moving ahead—particularly with all we’ve learned during Mercury’s retrograde period. Abuse, injustice, and insecurity is part of this process, but so is strong protest against unfair treatment. We are ready to assert our rights, and to create a more positive world for ourselves.

Libra Moon is balsamic, and we are closing this Libra lunar cycle with a new determination to take care of ourselves as well as others.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18. In a great follow-up to Mercury’s direct turn, Moon moves into investigative Scorpio at 9:46 a.m. EST. We begin preparing for Scorpio New Moon with a new perspective. We know much more about what we need to transform in order to be more effective in our lives. There are no lunar aspects today, so we have time to contemplate, to meditate, and to release excess baggage on both physical and psychic planes. In the midst of a very busy holiday season, take some time this weekend to relax.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19. Head and heart combine today. This is the time to clearly visualize what you want to grow during the Scorpio lunar cycle which begins tomorrow, and lasts until December 20. Mars also makes a late-day appearance, and you might find yourself in the mood for some action.

MONDAY NOVEMBER 20. Another light turns green just in time for the New Moon. At 1:08 a.m. EST Uranus, always full of surprises, turns direct. It is in the 6th house of service, and it connects now with freshly-direct Mercury to fill us with new ideas. It also connects with Juno, the abused wife, to promote our own desires for justice and fair treatment. Expect more speaking out from military personnel.

At the very same time Mars squares Ceres in Aquarius. Their conjunction occurred in September 2004 in Virgo, when the U.S. bombed Fallujah to smithereens, and when the unthinkable happened: foreign countries all turned down U.S. bonds for sale. This was a sign of things to come. U.S. arrogance may be receiving a come-uppance on a number of fronts.

Duty calls on this significant day, but it may be slow going until New Moon at 29 Scorpio, which occurs at 5:18 p.m. These late-degree new moons indicate a finishing of cycles, in the case of Scorpio a transformational cycle.

Expansion and luck characterize our new births, for Moon and Sun both conjoin Jupiter, who dominates the action now. Moon’s conjunction with Jupiter, which promotes good feeling, will be exact in an hour. Sun’s conjunction will be exact in 24 hours. A pervasive good feeling and optimism prevail now. We look ahead to possible benefits and opportunities. Finally, hope lights the darkness.

Business opportunities are especially favored. Move quickly, for Saturn, another business planet, turns retrograde in early December. We now have the rare circumstance of all of the planets, even Chiron and the asteroids, moving direct! Take advantage of all these open doors to do your thing now. Even Chiron, the wounded healer, has a fine connection with Venus to encourage relationship healing.

Most prominent now will be the Ceres-Neptune issues, for they both sit on the midheaven in Washington DC. Labor and immigration problems are apt to be on the front burner. Neptune also refers to oil. And an outstanding Neptune is surely apt to confuse situations. In this case the Administration is doing the confusing.

The Sabian Symbol for 29 Scorpio is

AN INDIAN SQUAW PLEADING TO THE CHIEF FOR THE LIVES OF HER CHILDREN. Love as a principle of redemption. Here the soul is presented as a mother whose sons (i.e., her active energies) have become disruptive forces in the life of the tribe. She seeks to counteract the karma of their misdeeds through her love and implorations. The soul is responsive to the experience of unity (the spiritual king or chief) but the energies of human nature often follow their self-seeking, divisive tendencies.

“The principle of wholeness in humans—the soul—acts to offset or attenuate the dictates of karma. The mother is seen in constant acts of INTERCESSION for the sake of waylaid individuals.”

The New Moon runs through the eastern half of the United States, Central and South America, Europe and Africa, and the Far East.

Lopez Obrador’s parallel government will be inaugurated today, a grand day for a new, more just beginning. Mexico City now sits between a Mercury Descendant line and a Pluto midheaven line. Power is on the move.

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