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This Week in Astrology

 

November 23 to 29, 2014


 

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This week's Moon phase
Planets in signs and in aspect
Retrogrades
This week's astrology calendar
Timing with the Moon
Romance & Relationship Report
Daily Trends


A FIRST QUARTER Moon occurs on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at 5:06 AM EST.

On Saturday morning, a First Quarter Moon occurs when the Sun in Sagittarius forms a square with the Pisces Moon. There is a crisis theme surrounding any quarter Moon phase, as we feel compelled to take action. Shortly after, we are made aware of how our actions affect those close to us, perhaps through trial and error. Whatever project or initiative we began around the New Moon on November 22nd is now off the ground, and it may face its first obstacles.

This phase of the Moon occurs at 7 degrees and 6 minutes of Pisces square the Sun at 7 degrees and 6 minutes of Sagittarius, affecting people born with personal planets and points at approximately 5 to 9 degrees of the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) most significantly.

Moon phase cycle: Bigger picture:
Nov 22, 2014     7:32 AM  Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
Nov 29, 2014     5:06 AM   Sun Square Moon (First Quarter Moon)
Dec  6, 2014     7:27 AM  Sun Opposition Moon (Full Moon)
Dec 14, 2014     7:51 AM  Sun Square Moon (Last Quarter Moon)
Dec 21, 2014     8:36 PM  Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)

(Times are Eastern)


The Sun is in Sagittarius; Mercury is in Scorpio until the 27th, when it enters Sagittarius; Venus is in Sagittarius; Mars is in Capricorn.

The Sun is in Sagittarius from November 22-December 21. With the Sun in Sagittarius, our focus shifts from the need for an intimate connection with a person and with ourselves, to the desire to reach out to the world and connect with something larger than ourselves. While the Sun moves through this fiery, mutable sign, we can take steps to increase our understanding and awareness of the world around us. We are more able to muster up the courage to expand our horizons and branch out into new ways of thinking. We can gain more confidence and optimism by focusing on the "big picture" as we move away from our focus on the details of mundane existence. Although we may be prone to overdoing our expectations, we have the opportunity to nurture our faith, hope, and vision under this influence.

Mercury is in Scorpio from November 8-27. When Mercury is in Scorpio, our thoughts and communications are more probing and intense. While Mercury in Libra urged us to find balance and to arrive at fair solutions, Mercury in Scorpio instinctively knows that life simply isn't fair. Mercury in Scorpio seeks truths in all that is hidden and undercover. We tend to probe, observe, and focus our thoughts under this influence. Looking for motivations--the more deeply buried the better--satisfies an intellectual need now. Our thoughts are profound. We throw away superficial manners of communicating in favor of deep conversations. Scorpio is extremely sharp, profound, and analytical. Thinking is inclined to be one-track minded, focused, and even obsessive.

Mercury is in Sagittarius from November 27-December 16. When Mercury is in Sagittarius, our thinking shifts from a need to plumb the depths of any given situation to the desire to learn about a wide range of topics. Ideals are sought, our thinking is more optimistic, and our faith increases. We are more equipped to believe and to persuade. What is fair and unfair concerns us most now. However, we are not always very precise under this influence.

Venus is in Sagittarius November 16-December 10. Moving from Scorpio to Sagittarius, romantic energy shifts from intense to buoyant. Sagittarius, of course, has its intense moments, considering it is a fire sign. However, its energy is considerably less focused; and, while Scorpio is most concerned with intimacy with a specific person, Sagittarius' love is of a more universal kind. Romantic adventures, as well as a straightforward--even blunt--approach to love, are on the agenda. Gone are the intricacy and complexity of Venus in Scorpio. Truth and higher meaning are things that take priority with Sagittarius.

Mars is in Capricorn from October 26-December 4. Mars in Capricorn is deliberate, persistent energy. We consider the future and the consequences before taking action during this cycle. Our energy is reliable and faithful. We are slow to anger, but can be quite cold if we are frustrated. The shadow side of Mars in Capricorn is rigidity.

Saturn transits Scorpio from October 5, 2012 to December 23, 2014, and then from June 14 to September 17, 2015. Read about Saturn's transit through Scorpio here. Saturn will transit Sagittarius from December 23, 2014, to June 14, 2015, and then from September 17, 2015 to December 20, 2017.

Jupiter entered Leo on July 16th, where it will transit until August 11th, 2015. Read about Jupiter's transit through Leo here.

Uranus entered Aries on March 11th, 2011. The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong with Uranus in Aries.


Romance & Relationships

Venus is in Sagittarius from November 16-December 10. Moving from Scorpio to Sagittarius, romantic energy shifts from intense to buoyant. Sagittarius, of course, has its intense moments, considering it is a fire sign. However, its energy is considerably less focused; and, while Scorpio is most concerned with intimacy with a specific person, Sagittarius' love is of a more universal kind. Romantic adventures, as well as a straightforward--even blunt--approach to love, are on the agenda. Gone are the intricacy and complexity of Venus in Scorpio. Truth and higher meaning are focal points for Sagittarius. Venus in Sagittarius is forward-looking, not very specific, outgoing, and energetic. Freedom is most important in our love relationships now. We take a happy and enthusiastic approach to love, and we might find too much intensity or seriousness depressing. We have a taste for the exotic as well as for adventure with Venus in Sagittarius. The shadow side of this position is restlessness, the inability to "settle down", and endlessly searching for something bigger and "better".
 

This week: Wednesday brings easy energy for opening up, making connections, and branching out. However, Wednesday and Thursday can be difficult for commitment and true intimacy.

Venus, the Goddess of Love: Highlights in the Coming Week:


Venus in Sagittarius November 16-December 10. A yearning for adventure and far horizons stirs in you now. To roam, to wander and wonder, to seek freedom and go where no one has gone before - these things are deep and powerful longings. A time of romantic crusades, a universal love that might not be too particular.
Venus square Neptune November 20. Relationship ups and downs characterize this transit--a time when romantic mirages are more than likely. We see what we hope to see, rather than what really is. The "highs" of a relationship begun under this energy may be thrilling, but the accompanying "lows" are bound to set in, and they can be extremely draining. Be careful not to set yourself up for disappointment.
Venus trine Uranus November 26. We lose our fear of taking risks at this time, and we happily embrace all that is new, unusual, and out-of-the-ordinary with regards to romantic involvements. We are ready to experiment, but not necessarily ready to commit.
Venus square Chiron November 26-27. Not a commitment-friendly transit. We are somewhat fearful of investing ourselves emotionally in a relationship.
Venus parallel Mars November 26-27. Favors romantic and sexual relationships. Intense passions.
Venus sextile North Node November 30-December 1. There is a stronger desire to connect to and belong with others at this time. We are more obliging and sociable.
Venus trine Jupiter December 4. Harmony and good will reign under this influence. Expansive feelings in love, and a feeling that anything is possible if we set our sights high enough, are experienced now. We are friendly, big-hearted, sociable, and optimistic. It is easy to make social contacts under this influence. Cheerfulness, trust, and confidence in love and social matters.
Venus parallel Mercury December 9-10. A congenial time when we appreciate diplomacy and socialize more readily.


The Moon & Timing

The Void of Course Moon is the period of time after the Moon has made its last aspect in one sign until the Moon enters a new sign. During Void of Course Moon periods, it is generally wise to stick to routine rather than to begin new projects. The last aspect the Moon makes before changing signs is indicated here, and is indicative of the "outcome" of the matter (whether that is a new project begun before the void period, or the answer to a question in Horary Astrology). Void of Course in Horary Astrology: If you were asking a question and making a chart for the answer, as you do in Horary astrology, it is said that since the Moon is not looking forward to any more aspects in this sign, you would have to say that the answer is not forthcoming; any questions asked at this time would not come to pass. The Moon being Void is one of the Strictures against Judgment in Horary Astrology. 
 

The Void-of-Course Moon this Week:

Void-of-course Moon on Sunday, November 23rd, from 10:16 PM EST, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Jupiter), until the Moon enters Capricorn the next day, Monday, November 24th, at 11:32 AM EST.

VOC Moon on Wednesday, November 26th, from 10:30 AM EST, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to Mercury), until the Moon enters Aquarius at 2:23 PM EST.

VOC Moon on Friday, November 28th, from 12:15 PM EST, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a square to Saturn), until the Moon enters Pisces at 5:04 PM EST.

Void of Course Moon Table for November 2014:

Timing with the Moon - Better Periods this Week for Electing New Initiatives

The Moon is waxing this week - a period that is generally considered favorable for new beginnings, with exceptions. (See Best Time to Start a Business for more details).

According to principles of timing with the Moon, a window of opportunity occurs on Sunday, November 23rd, from approximately 4 PM to 10:15 PM EST, while the Moon is in Sagittarius (once the Moon is no longer under the Sun's beams).

Planetary Stations & Sign Ingresses:

 
Oct 23rd:     4:52 PM               Venus enters Scorpio
Oct 25th:     3:17 PM                Mercury Direct
Oct 26th:     6:43 AM               Mars enters Capricorn
    *** Daylight Saving Time ends ***
Nov  8th:     6:09 PM               Mercury enters Scorpio
Nov 16th:     2:05 AM                Neptune Direct
Nov 16th:     2:03 PM               Venus enters Sagittarius
Nov 22nd:     4:38 AM               Sun enters Sagittarius
Nov 23rd:     6:44 PM                Chiron Direct
Nov 27th:     9:26 PM               Mercury enters Sagittarius
Dec  4th:     6:57 PM               Mars enters Aquarius
Dec  8th:     3:41 PM                Jupiter Rx
Dec 10th:    11:42 AM               Venus enters Capricorn
Dec 16th:    10:53 PM               Mercury enters Capricorn
Dec 21st:     5:45 PM                Uranus Direct
Dec 21st:     6:03 PM               Sun enters Capricorn
Dec 23rd:    11:34 AM               Saturn enters Sagittarius
Jan  3rd:     9:48 AM               Venus enters Aquarius
Jan  4th:     8:08 PM               Mercury enters Aquarius
Jan 12th:     5:20 AM               Mars enters Pisces
Jan 20th:     4:43 AM               Sun enters Aquarius
Jan 21st:    10:54 AM                Mercury Rx

New! See also: Astrology of Today - an overview of the day.
See also: The Astrology of 2014 - Overview.

Note: Times given Eastern Time (ET).
 

This Week's Calendar

 

 

This Week's Aspects

Jupiter Mars quincunx Jupiter. We tend to take on too much—either expend too much energy or overestimate our capabilities—during this transit. Poor timing is possible now, as we may be out of synch with our instincts and natural rhythm.

MercuryconjunctSaturn Mercury conjunct Saturn. Our ability to concentrate and focus is enhanced now. There could be an increased need for solitude in order to think or work. Travel for business purposes is possible. Thinking in realistic and practical terms, and the need for tangible results for our efforts, is indicated. We might receive serious news or practical advice, or engage in an important conversation. This can mark the start of a new project that involves communications, such as writing, speaking, reporting, etc.

Mercurysemi-squarePluto Mercury semi-square Pluto. "Suspicious minds" characterize this transit, although if we harness the energy, we can develop strategies to get to the bottom of any matter. Mistrust, investigations. Some level of mental stress, trouble, or pressure.

MercurySesquiquadrateUranus Mercury sesquiquadrate Uranus. We can have flashes of insight, but tend to be scatterbrained. Our ideas and communications may not be well-received because they don't seem to others to carry weight. Our minds are not peaceful or harmonious under this influence, and irritable tempers, sarcastic speech, and dogmatism are negative expressions of this energy. However, fresh and creative ideas may come to us now.

VenustrineUranus Venus trine Uranus. We lose our fear of taking risks at this time, and we happily embrace all that is new, unusual, and out-of-the-ordinary with regards to romantic involvements as well as financial undertakings. We are ready to experiment, but not ready to commit. Creative inspiration can be had. We have an offbeat, pleasant attitude and people are more willing to socialize. A good time for financial undertakings involving electronics, technology, the internet, metaphysics, and the arts, as well as group activities.

SunsquareNeptune Sun square Neptune. Concentrating on artistic or spiritual pursuits is better than focusing on things that require straightforward, factual thinking today. It can be difficult knowing where or how to direct your willpower under this influence. It's also a challenge knowing where you stand with others. Avoid such things as scheduling surgery, important appointments, job interviews, or launches of new projects at this time.

VenusChiron Venus square Chiron. Blocks to intimacy, learning from one another, and commitment can be experienced now. Insecurities on a social level can be magnified.

Pluto  Saturn semi-square Pluto. Power struggles, frustration, and manipulation are themes of this long-term transit. Confrontations lead us nowhere. We may desire change, but feel blocked by others or by circumstances. Persistence will pay off in the end, and the need to adjust our expectations becomes obvious.

 

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Note: Times given in the table/calendar above are Eastern Time (ET).

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NOVEMBER 23
The Moon is in Sagittarius all day, and harmonizing with Sagittarian ruler, Jupiter. After a New Moon in the sign yesterday, we can be especially enthusiastic. We are bolder than usual today. While there is very forward-looking, resilient energy with us now, with Chiron stationary and turning direct today, there can be some emotional vulnerability. Emotional truths about matters we've been avoiding or confused about begin to emerge now and in the coming weeks. These may not always be comfortable, but they serve to motivate us to take appropriate action.

A void of course Moon occurs from 10:16 PM EST, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Jupiter), until the Moon enters Capricorn the next day, Monday, November 24th, at 11:32 AM EST.

NOVEMBER 24
The Moon continues its transit of Sagittarius until 11:32 AM EST, when it enters Capricorn. We tend to value and demonstrate efficiency and consistency with a Capricorn Moon. We are cautious and draw heavily upon common sense when making decisions. Flexibility is not a strong point just now, and we might need to remind ourselves to relax and tame our desires to keep control of every situation. Our careers and objectives are in focus with the Moon in this practical sign. However, Mars quincunx Jupiter today can point to misjudging our capabilities and capacities. Poor timing is possible now, as we may be out of synch with our instincts and natural rhythm.

The Moon ends its void period when it enters Capricorn at 11:32 AM EST.

NOVEMBER 25
 

NOVEMBER 26
 

A void of course Moon occurs from 10:30 AM EST, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to Mercury), until the Moon enters Aquarius at 2:23 PM EST.

NOVEMBER 27
 

NOVEMBER 28
 

A void of course Moon occurs from 12:15 PM EST, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a square to Saturn), until the Moon enters Pisces at 5:04 PM EST.

NOVEMBER 29
 

 

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Moon Signs This Week:
 

When the Moon is in Sagittarius

MoonSagittariusThe Moon is at her most optimistic and upbeat in Sagittarius. We are motivated by a need to seek the truth, and we are ready to pursue a new vision. We are not interested in details just now. Instead, we focus on the big picture. New experiences and adventures satisfy a deep emotional need. Spontaneity is the key. We may also be inclined toward overdoing and overstating. We don't want to plan ahead, and prefer to "wing it".

The Moon in Sagittarius generally favors the following activities: Adventurous activities that involve "winging it", travel, higher education, starting publishing projects, advertising, sports, physical activity.

When the Moon is in Capricorn

MoonCapricornrWe become aware of the need for structure and planning ahead. We also instinctively are aware of the limitations of time. We are motivated by a desire for success. Achievement and manifestation are most important to us now. We are resourceful and don't want to waste time, energy, or resources. This can be a very sober influence--even a depressing one. However, it can also be a productive time when we look reality in the eye.

The Moon in Capricorn generally favors the following activities: Long-term activities that yield slow but steady results, practical undertakings, career issues, making a business plan, practical investments.

When the Moon is in Aquarius

MoonAquarius Attraction to all that is new and unusual, and an instinctive need for improvement, characterize the Moon in Aquarius. Reactions are more intellectual than emotional, and interactions are more impersonal than personal, under this influence. This is a time that promotes social gatherings, dealing with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas, and progressive changes. We are open to new methods of doing things and we have our eye on the future. It can be hard to stick to schedules now, as personal freedom is most important to us.

The Moon in Aquarius generally favors the following activities: Unusual or radical undertakings, social pursuits, group projects, trying something new, joining a group.

When the Moon is in Pisces

MoonPiscesWe are not inclined to want to face reality while the Moon is in dreamy, impressionable Pisces. It can be a wistful, sensitive, intuitive, and compassionate time. We are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns under this influence. Boundaries and walls come down, as Pisces energy merges and blends. It's a time when details are overlooked and feelings defy description.

The Moon in Pisces generally favors the following activities: Imaginative undertakings, mystical or spiritual pursuits, inner development, music and drama, going on a retreat, activities involving water.

 

When the Moon is in...Transits of the Moon through the Signs.

This Week's Planetary Positions By Sign (General Trends):

Sun in Sagittarius You're now embarking on a trek into a land of dreams - not passive daydreams, but vibrant visions of what may be. The time has come to stop looking at the world as it is and asking why. Now's the time to imagine the world as it could be, and the question has become: "Why not?" You also cannot do everything you imagine now, but you cannot do anything you don't KNOW you can do - so believe, and dare to make it happen! This means expanding your mind, your belief system, your whole base of knowledge and experience. Time's a wastin' - let no grass grow between your toes!

Mercury in Scorpio A pronounced curiosity about taboos and mysteries plays a greater part in your life now. Your mind is on cutting through the nonessentials and penetrating to the core is where your mind is at now; you want to know who (or what) pulls the strings. Sex, taxes, investments, and others of life's most compelling phenomena may captivate your interest more than ever before.

Mercury in Sagittarius A time of expanding your mental horizons is at hand. Religion, philosophy, law, and education are some of the things that may have special importance for you now. Being in touch with  faraway people and places satisfies an intellectual yearning - curiosity will take you anywhere and maybe everywhere.

Venus in Sagittarius A yearning for adventure and far horizons stirs in you now. To roam, to wander and wonder, to seek freedom and go where no one has gone before - these things are deep and powerful longings. A time of romantic crusades, a universal love that might not be too particular.

Mars in Capricorn With this new cycle taking hold in your life now, taking charge and being in control become more important issues for you. You want to get things organized, and you have the initiative to do it. This is a time of ambition and responsibility, a time to keep your cool and pace yourself. Working hard is smart, but working smart is better.

Jupiter in Leo High drama, big romance, a creative bonanza: this is the stuff dreams are made of now. The world is your stage, the spotlight is your goal, and the love and appreciation of others is the air you breathe. Children, lovers, admirers: these are the people who figure large in your life as this cycle progresses. A willingness to gamble on the future.

Saturn in Scorpio This new cycle signals a need to recognize that there are powers beyond your control, that things are not what they seem on the surface. Trying to stay in control and on top only sets you up for a fall. There is a need for the resources of others. Failure to recognize this and deal with it can stop you in your tracks.

Uranus in Aries
A clean break with the past in some respects is signaled by the cycle you have just begun. What YOU need, YOUR freedom and independence, shattering old molds: these are the things that energize you and take priority in your life. Uniqueness and originality set you apart.

Neptune in Pisces Things spiritual and psychic take the driver's seat of your imagination as you begin a new cycle. The fine arts and all manner of fantasies assume a larger-than-life importance. Surrendering to fate, karma, and other powers greater than merely mortal may be seen as the ultimate liberation. If all is maya (illusion), what is the reality that gives rise to the world of appearances?

Pluto in Capricorn As this new phase dawns for you, the pursuit of social/political power and status has a way of seeming necessary and inevitable - and let nothing stand in its way. It starts out small, but has bigger consequences than you'd think. Ambition, responsibility, a place for everyone and everyone in their place...

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