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Stellar Stuff – 16th – 30th November 2015

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One of the major astrological events of 2015 is the waning square or 90° angle currently forming between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces, a formation which will last well into 2016. Planets have personalities and agendas and if Saturn personifies conservative establishment figures such as Queen Elizabeth II or Tony Abbott, Neptune bears more of a resemblance to Amy Winehouse or Kurt Cobain!

Saturn-Neptune Waning Square – Consensus Reality vs. Individual Idealism

One of the major astrological events of 2015 is the waning square or 90° angle currently forming between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces, a formation which will last well into 2016. Planets have personalities and agendas and if Saturn personifies conservative establishment figures such as Queen Elizabeth II or Tony Abbott, Neptune bears more of a resemblance to Amy Winehouse or Kurt Cobain!

Neptune’s archetypal meaning is the complete opposite to Saturn’s. Faith in the spiritual vs. faith in the material; transcending boundaries vs. setting boundaries and vision and romance vs. the mundane world and concrete reality. When these two giants clash, the gap between ideals and practicality is inescapable. So what can we expect?

The Saturn/Neptune cycle lasts for 35 years. We are now at the metaphorical ‘three quarter point’ of that cycle which began at the conjunction of Saturn and Neptune in Capricorn in 1989. To see what seeds were planted, we can look to the major events of that year. George Bush Senior, a Republican with traditional values, was inaugurated as U.S. President and the Saturnian world he inherited began to crumble and dissolve before his eyes. In February, the Soviet Union left Afghanistan after nine years of occupation, signalling the beginning of the end of Soviet Communism. The first free election was held, borders were opened, and the Berlin Wall between East and West Germany came down. In March, the Exxon Valdezsuper tanker spilled millions of barrels of crude oil into the Alaskan ocean. In April, a huge pro-democracy protest in China’s Tiananmen Square was followed by another student rally in June, when the Chinese army killed hundreds of demonstrators. 1989 was the year when the World Wide Web was first made available to the public and the year Living Now magazine was first published. Finally, in a beautifully poetic expression of Saturn conjunct Neptune, Voyager Two provided the world with the first comprehensive photos of the planet Neptune.

We could say that some themes of this 35 year cycle are the dissolution of seemingly permanent political, social and business structures; a growing concern for the environment and an understanding that we can no longer ignore it (particularly our oceans and fresh water supplies) and amazing scientific and technological breakthroughs that change consensus reality. These 1989 happenings presage the events of 2015-2016 as we move towards what some have termed ‘the sharing economy’ where individual ownership of land, housing, assets and possessions is becoming increasingly outmoded. We will examine likely manifestations of the current Saturn/Neptune square in future posts.

November Planetary Shifts

On the 21st November, Mercury leaves Scorpio and moves into fire sign Sagittarius followed by the Sun two days later. Sagittarius is the sign of truth, freedom, learning and adventure, so now is the time to book your summer holidays, head out on a road trip or sign up for that new course. Mercury in Sagittarius can also deliver a few home truths, so watch your words!

November ends with a stressful angle between Saturn and Neptune. Saturn travels alongside the Sun pushing us to be responsible and honour our commitments and respect our limitations, while Neptune encourages us to reach for the heavens and follow our ideals. The ideal is to strike a balance between these two extremes.

November Full Moon – Idealism vs Reality

An emotionally charged full moon in air sign Gemini on the 26th (3-4°) will reveal with brutal honesty the gap between how things are and how you’d like them to be. With the full moon closely linked to Mercury and the Saturn-Neptune square, only you will know how much effort is required to close that gap!

November Moon Calendar

Launch projects at the New Moon, bring them to completion in the period from just before the Full Moon to the Third Quarter phase and wind them down and reflect on developments in the week before the next New Moon. Important events such as parties, conferences and weddings are best held close to the Full Moon or when the Moon is in the same sign as your Sun (or Star) sign.

 

Date

Sign

Element

Moon Phase

15th-17th

Capricorn

Earth

17th-19th

Aquarius

Air

First Quarter

19th-22nd

Pisces

Water

22nd-24th

Aries

Fire

24th-26th

Taurus

Earth

26th-28th

Gemini

Air

Full Moon 26th

28th-30th

Cancer

Water

30th

Leo

Fire

 

Stella Woods is an astrology teacher and consultant based in St Kilda, Melbourne.

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