A lunar eclipse and Jupiter’s transit out of Capricorn are two main astrological events this November. The lunar eclipse occurs in Taurus between the 18th and 19th of November. Jupiter leaves Capricorn on November 20th and enters the sign of Aquarius.
Each year, while the Sun is in Libra, we see a vivid display of bright colors in nature. During Autumn, the Sun holds back his strength and allows an artistic Venus (the ruler of Libra) to shine instead.The beautiful leaves will eventually fall, and there is a sense of transformation. Nature is busy preparing for the winter ahead.
The symbol for Libra is a pair of scales suggesting a need for equilibrium and balance even on blustery and windy days. Fairness and diplomacy is more important than getting one's own way. Saturn is exalted here. Libra is a sign of law and social reform.
There is a new moon on November 4th. During the new moon the Sun and Moon are together with Mars in the Swati nakshatra. Vayu, the God of wind, is the deity that rules Swati. Vayu represents the movement of pranayama pervading the universe and sustaining life. Prana is the vital life force and is in the air that we breathe.
Swati has the ability to scatter things, similar to the boisterous wind, but can also reflect disciplined energy. Saturn’s point of exaltation is in the last degree of Swati, at 20 degrees Libra. Currently, Saturn aspects Libra from his position in Capricorn, reminding us that serious problems are facing the world at this time. There is also a close opposition from Uranius to the new Moon/Sun/Mars in Libra. An opposition from Uranius can express erratic and rebellious energy.
An interesting Mars / Saturn combination takes place at this time. Mars and Saturn are mutually aspecting one another. Mars is aspecting Saturn in Capricorn, which is also the exaltation sign for Mars. At the same time, Saturn is aspecting Mars in Libra, which is the exaltation sign for Saturn. This can be interpreted as an urgent and impatient need for organized and focused action.
This Mars / Saturn aspect will be felt the entire time Mars is in Libra.
However, the aspect is exact on November 10th. Mars is also in conjunction with Mercury on November 10th to the same degree. So both Mars and Mercury will receive the exact aspect from Saturn on that day.
Mars is also casting his eighth house aspect on Rahu in Taurus.
Rahu currently transits Krittika nakshatra in Taurus. Krittika is a nakshatra ruled by the Sun and is associated with heat and fire. The deity for Krittika is Agni, the God of fire. Agni is strong and volatile but at times also gets out of control. Krittika is powerful, but can also be fierce and destructive. It has the power to burn or purify. Krittika rules battles on all levels.
Rahu is volatile. He rules over poison and toxicity and reminds us that we need clean air, or else the Sun’s heat in Krittika will be destructive. Rahu can spread poison and viruses but he can also clean and detoxify.
It is an interesting nakshatra for Rahu to be transiting now when world leaders are gathered in Glasgow addressing global warming and climate change. Mercury, the planet of negotiation, joins the other planets in Libra on November 2nd. Libra is a sign that desires unity and cooperation.
Eclipses can bring the unexpected. New information will likely come out after the partial lunar eclipse on November 18-19th.
The eclipse will take place at the Moon’s exaltation point, 3 degrees Taurus, in Krittika. The eclipse will be seen in North and South America, Australia, part of Europe, Asia.
The Sun has strength in Scorpio, a sign that is ruled by Mars. However, the Sun’s strength is not always obvious while in Scorpio, a sign with hidden power. Scorpio is a private, secretive, investigative and a deeply transformational sign.
Shortly after the partial lunar eclipse Jupiter leaves Capricorn and will stay in Aquarius from November 20, 2021 to April 12, 2022.
This is Jupiter’s second stay in Aquarius this year. Jupiter was transiting Aquarius from April 6 to September 14, but due to going retrograde he recently spent another 2 months back in Capricorn. Jupiter has a twelve year cycle, so he will not return to Capricorn until October 2032.
Perhaps Jupiter will make us turn more to science now as Aquarius is inclined towards scientific research and humanitarian needs. Jupiter joins the outer planet Neptune, and the two planets will both move into Pisces in April 2022. Jupiter stays with Neptune in Pisces until April 2023.
Jupiter in conjunction with Neptune is an idealistic, humanitarian and spiritual combination that can help to bring more awareness and compassion into the world.
Neptune is the God of the sea and the freshwater in Roman mythology. Astrologically Neptune is a watery planet, and especially when both Jupiter and Neptune transits the water sign Pisces, we will surely need to seriously address the rising global sea level.
On the same day that Jupiter enters Aquarius, Mercury will enter Scorpio. Mercury takes part in the full solar eclipse on December 4th, when four planets will be in the water sign Scorpio. The solar eclipse will mainly sweep across Antarctica. This gives further indications of the challenges caused by the increased melting of glaciers and ice, which again emphasizes the importance of addressing climate change.
Though we live in an intense time, we need to remember the simple things that bring us joy and harmony: the beauty of nature, caring for one another, and gratitude for the blessings in our lives.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving,
The second lunar eclipse in 2022 takes place on November 8th. Mars will also transit in retrograde motion from Gemini and back into Taurus on November 13th. Around the same time, the cluster of planets in Libra will move into Scorpio.