Saturn, the planet of karmic duty, has reached a standstill this month. Saturn is stationing at 6 degrees Aquarius throughout November.
Saturn went retrograde in June. He will end his retrograde on November 3. Every time Saturn changes his apparent direction, he slows down. He is at a standstill at 6°19” Aquarius for six days and then begins to move forward slowly. On November 24, he begins his transit in Satabhisha Nakshatra at 6°40” Aquarius.
Saturn’s position at 6°19” Aquarius is the tail end of Dhanishta Nakshatra. Mars rules Dhanishta. Its higher purpose is to inspire us to manifest a better reality by using the power of our desires. Dhanishta is also called “the star of symphony.” Its symbol is a drum.
Dhanishta Nakshatra will encourage us to aspire to the stars, to the highest within us, at the beat of our own drum.
Dhanishta tells us that we must have courage, be well-grounded, and not be swayed away from our intentions and aspirations.
In its lower expressions, Dhanishta reveals stubbornness, pride, and anger.
These are troublesome times, and Saturn is capable of instilling fear. But the energy of fear can be redirected. Danishta Nakshatra lends itself well to creative projects, meditation, and music.
Both Mars and Saturn are powerful since they are each in their own sign. Both Scorpio and Aquarius are fixed signs which tend to be conservative and unyielding.
The Mars/Saturn aspect has a connection to war and combat. Mars is aggressive and Saturn is uncomfortable with the energy of Mars. Mars can become frustrated by Saturn which in turn can lead to more aggression.
The Sun represents leadership and government.
Mars stays close to the Sun throughout the month. It is a hot and fiery combination, a condition called combustion. When the Sun enters Scorpio on November 17, a day after Mars's entry into Scorpio, the conjunction between the Sun and Mars is very close. They are within a degree of one another for five days until November 22.
The Sun and Mars in Scorpio both receive the aspect from Saturn. Scorpio is a sign with intense energy. The combined energy of Sun/Mars/Saturn is hot and combative.
The time between November 22 and November 27 is especially tense because Saturn closely aspects the Sun / Mars, and a hot and agitated Mars is in turn casting a close aspect on Saturn.
Because Mercury also enters Scorpio on November 6, communication can also be intense. This is a time to work on our even-mindedness.
Venus is in Virgo from November 2 to November 29. Virgo is mental, analytical, and too critical for Venus. However, when Venus moves to Libra, a sign of diplomacy and balance, Venus can have a more powerful influence in the world. Venus will transit Libra from November 29 to December 24.
On November 28th, Rahu and Ketu will enter new signs– Pisces and Virgo (true node). This is a significant shift. Their transit in each sign lasts for eighteen months and will influence us as individuals but also collectively. What can we expect from Rahu and Ketu? Stay tuned for more about their transit in another blog post coming next week.
These are challenging times for the world, and the planets mirror this.
Saturn is strong at this time and it can be helpful to work with his energy this month. Some ways to work with Saturn include staying grounded, getting plenty of rest, simplifying your life where you can (including your diet), serving others, and taking one day at a time.
Here is a prayer that is helpful to use at this time:
Prayer for Peace and Harmony
Visualize our planet in divine light, and pray — out loud or inwardly — from your heart:
“Lord, fill this world with peace and harmony, peace and harmony.”
Repeat this for about a minute (10 repetitions). Then visualize yourself in divine light, and for 15 seconds (3 repetitions) say:
“Lord, fill me with peace and harmony, peace and harmony.
Aum Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
Rahu and Ketu will transit into new signs on November 28, 2023, where they will remain until May 2025. Rahu and Ketu are shadow planets that reveal collective karmic influences and show individual karma. Let’s gain a deeper understanding of their influence over the next year and a half.