A wise astrologer was once asked by a reporter, “Why do you believe in astrology?”
“I don’t believe in astrology,” the wise astrologer replied. There was an uncomfortable pause, as that wasn’t the response the startled reporter expected.
“Astrology isn’t something to believe in,” the wise astrologer continued. “It is something to know about”.
The reporter wasn’t expecting that response, either. Are you surprised, too? How much do you really know about astrology?
Before I jump into this month’s forecast, I thought it would be helpful to lay down a foundation of knowledge about what astrology is and isn’t, and what it can and can’t do for you.
What is astrology?
Astrology is a language. Like any language, it reflects the perspective and consciousness of the people who use it. If you want to have a detailed discussion about snow, don’t learn Swahili. Better to learn Inuit. If you want to have a deep and meaningful conversation about your life potential throughout time, learn astrology. Or consult with someone who speaks astrology well enough to translate it for you into plain English. If your astrologer can’t discuss your horoscope in plain English, find another astrologer.
Astrology is not a religion. It is not fatalistic. It is a tool to be used for guidance and so you can make better choices. My teacher loves to say, “Planets don’t do anything! People do!”
What is a horoscope?
A horoscope is a snapshot of planetary patterns taken at a specific moment in time and place, such as the moment of your birth. Think of it as a map or as genetic code, with a lot of moving parts. There is soooo much more to your horoscope than just your Sun Sign! Yes, you can learn a lot about yourself by becoming aware that your Sun is in Taurus or Leo. But when you begin to learn about parts of your horoscope, your self-understanding increases even more.
Someone with Sun in Taurus and Moon in Gemini, for example, will be quite different from someone with Sun in Taurus and Moon in Cancer. Do you know where your Moon is? It’s the key to understanding what drives your whole persona. But you will not see that discussed in a general monthly forecast for Sun Signs. Yes, those forecasts are entertaining, but they are not written specifically for your unique horoscope. Thus, they can’t be reliably accurate in a meaningful way.
What can be seen in a horoscope?
Almost everything! We see how an individual needs to express herself in order to feel fulfilled. We see when there were likely successes and challenges in the past and when they are likely to happen in the future. We see instantly what kind of relationship someone has with her mother, father and siblings. We see when significant relationships are likely to begin…and end. We see what kind of career would be most satisfying. We see so much more that is deep, meaningful and validating.
What can’t be seen in a horoscope?
We can’t tell if the horoscope is male or female…or even if it’s a person at all! It might be a cat, a country or a corporation. It might be an event, such as an accident, a wedding or the departure time of a plane. A horoscope suggests potential. If the horoscope happens to be a person, we see the potential for how that person’s life is likely to develop over time.
So…why should you know about astrology?
Because you’ll tap into a treasure trove of information that will inspire clarity and confidence. You will appreciate why you are the why you are and why things happen when they happen. This perspective can be empowering, keeping you serene no matter what lands on your plate.
If you have questions, I’d love to hear from you.
And now, the November forecast.
The month begins with a potent meet-up between Venus (yin) and Mars (yang) in Virgo, exact on November 2nd. If you’re a Virgo born around September 15th, your stock may be up and your dance card may be full. Pisces, Geminis and Sagittarians born two-thirds of the way through their signs may also be feeling the allure.
On November 8th, Venus enters Libra, where it will stay until December 4th. This is a good time to make decisions about beauty and aesthetics. Venus in Libra facilitates fairness and consensus-building in relationship. If you happen to be a Libra, you may experience a boost in your popularity. Enjoy.
On November 11th, light a candle and make a list as we re-set our intentions for the New Moon that begins at 12:47PM ET. Around the 19th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on the November 25th, we can expect illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on December 3rd, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon on December 11th.
A Scorpio Moon seeks depth and substance for the sake of power and control. You will be more personally affected by the nitty-gritty focus of this New Moon if you have a planet in your horoscope around 20 degrees of Scorpio. If you do not know where your planets are, consult your local astrologer.
On November 12th, Mars enters Libra. Mars is the energy of action and ego-assertion. At its highest potential, Mars in Libra can become a warrior for peace. Up for the challenge?
On November 18th, Neptune turns direct. When a planet turns direct, it suggests an opportunity to reach out to the world. In the case of Neptune, it suggests an opportunity to reach out with a vision you’ve been cultivating over the past few months. You are personally affected by Neptune’s change of direction if you were born seven days into Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius.
On November 20th, Mercury enters Sagittarius. In Sagittarius, Mercury needs to think in the broadest terms, without fussing over details. It is optimistic, righteous and has been known to put its foot in its mouth without hesitation or embarrassment.
The weekend leading up to Thanksgiving is ripe for righteous opinions expressed about deeply emotional concerns. Between November 20th and November 23rd, diplomatic Venus will be sorely challenged by two heavy planets – Uranus and Pluto. If you were born halfway through the signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, you may be feeling the need to bluntly clear the air or make a break. Alternatively, you might experience an intense attraction with someone who is not your usual cup of tea.
On November 22nd, the Sun joins Mercury in Sagittarius, a sign I like to call the Philosopher Clown. The Sun in Sagittarius aims high and is always up for a gambol or a gamble. It’s a fitting festive energy for the beginning of the holiday season.
The Full Moon on November 25th and what follows on the 26th are the two biggest days this month – and not because the 26th is Thanksgiving. It’s big because we’ll have a challenging pattern between two of the slow-moving planets: Saturn and Neptune.
Saturn and Neptune are an uneasy match. Becoming aware of this planetary tension can help you put recent headlines into perspective. For example, Saturn needs to establish borders. Neptune needs to dissolve them. What crisis have we seen making headlines everywhere involving borders and displaced persons? If you answered “immigration and refugees,” congratulations. Now you can see how astrology can help us anticipate and understand world events.
It should not surprise you at all to learn that the horoscope of the United States (yes, it has a horoscope!), is directly affected by the tension between Saturn and Neptune. If you’ve been paying any attention to ongoing political campaigns and recent power plays, this astro-logical awareness puts the bewildering spin in perspective!
As November draws to a close, we may also see the tension between Saturn and Neptune expressed as a challenge to get real about a cherished delusion. It might also require a leap of faith in order to realize a serious ambition. Presumably the Full Moon on the 25th will shed some light on it all, with further fallout on the 29th and 30th, when the opinionated Sagittarius Sun makes contact with the planets of structure and vision.
In your own personal world, what vision are you striving to make real?
Love, Elisabeth Grace
Contributor, SERENE Social
Grace Astrology Elisabeth discovered her love of astrology when she was nine. Armed at 20 with a BA in Philosophy from Wellesley College, she soon headed to Hollywood. She enjoyed an illustrious career as a movie marketeer. eventually moving to New York to scatter her pixie-dust over television news. Along the way she did a tour of duty in the music publishing industry, and as an actress/stand-up comedienne.
Now Elisabeth is a certified professional astrologer, consulting with clients all over the world. She has presented talks in New York and Tokyo, and would be delighted to talk to you. Astrology is an amazing tool for understanding why you are the way you are, and why things happen when they do.
Because of her work in news, Elisabeth noticed an uncanny synchronicity between planetary patterns and what we see in the headlines. She shares her insights in a daily astrological forecast posted on her website, www.graceastrology.com.