Planetary Trends for November 2017

Belinda Dunn

What’s Up! by Belinda C. Dunn

Taurus/Scorpio Full Moon – November 4 @ 1:23 am

Scorpio New Moon – November 18 @ 6:42 am

Spinning, revolving, evolving on this tiny gem of Earth, shadows lengthen as hours of daylight noticeably diminish in the northern hemisphere.  Between All Saints Day on November 1, All Souls Day on November 2, to the Full Moon on November 4, to the completion of daylight savings time on November 5, all signs point toward a quick and palpable shift of focus.

As our Sun moves through the zodiac sign of Scorpio, the time is now for a deep dive into the ancient mysteries of life. Scorpio’s domain includes the areas of life considered taboo in daily conversation, such as sexuality, the occult, shared resources of money and power, and death. If mentioned at all, these subjects tend to be glossed over and dismissed as too sensitive a topic for most people.

I was given one word of inspiration in which to begin this November forecast, and the word is “plunge.” Suggesting the deep, inner reservoirs of hidden potential related to the zodiac sign of Scorpio, it also is quite telling in terms of the seasonal shift. All of a sudden, the rapid approach of winter and the holidays can no longer be ignored, preparations must be taken for the season ahead.

While plunge has many definitions, let’s go with, “to enter suddenly or unexpectedly.” We’ve all heard the phrase, “take the plunge.” Evoking the need for courage in the face of challenges, each of us are challenged to live fully, facing each and every day as if it truly matters. The zodiac sign of Scorpio reminds us to live passionately engaged in spite of the ever changing landscape of physical existence.

The month begins with a SuperMoon. Also known as perigee, this astronomical event occurs when the Moon is in it’s closest proximity to the Earth. In this case, the Moon in Taurus opposes the Sun in Scorpio. These two zodiac signs are all about the green energy of money; the dynamic interplay between having/acquiring, and releasing/letting go. Tension can arise in those relationships where finances play a key role. Indiscretions, secrets and insensitivity may may come up in terms of the money one receives, and the money one shares. It may be necessary to set clear boundaries, but overall, this Full Moon brings more clarity into financial matters even if there is a need to make adjustments.

Shining brightly for all to see, this Full Moon tends to surface strong emotion that may have been held beneath the surface of everyday consciousness. Humans tend to hide and resist emotion, but this Full Moon acts as a purgative with the capacity to cleanse less than honorable intentions while illuminating true motives. It is possible to have a better understanding of where you stand in relationship to others. It’s a clearing of the air, so to speak.

The theme of relationship continues as Mars transits Libra, the zodiac sign of people and partnership for the entire month. This is an interesting, albeit challenging, combination as Mars can be aggressive and combative, but Libra is the peacemaker. The tendency to gloss over potential complications, and keep peace at any cost, proves to be unsustainable in the long term. Issues that undermine genuine connection may come into awareness for the purpose of resolution. There is always a time and place for honest, resourceful and heartfelt communication.

This Mars in Libra is also activating the USA astrological chart. At its inception, Saturn was Libra. As Mars transits over this sensitive point, watch for developments on the national and international scene that expose underlying motives, and require the fine art of diplomacy along with articulate communication of long term goals.

This may be easier said than done as Mars is in stressful aspect to Pluto on November 19. This combination denotes hidden power struggles, intense competition, and possible manipulation. What is going on beneath the surface of things may not be readily visible, but these are days for caution, patience and circumspection (November 18-20). The caveat for Mars is always, “choose your battles wisely.”

Saturn is in its final full month of Sagittarius. After transiting through the zodiac sign of the Archer for two years, Saturn is preparing for its entrance into Capricorn around the time of the Winter Solstice. Saturn in Sagittarius has been a wild roller coaster ride of ups and downs, highs and lows. The exhilaration of progress, and the crush of defeat, have repeatedly put people on notice. Clearly, there is much work to be done, and the task of survival into the 21st century remains an ever present issue.

While there have been numerous affects of Saturn’s transit through Sagittarius, perhaps the most fundamental lesson has shown up in terms of ideology. It is so easy to take belief for granted as an abstract concept, but through one dramatic crisis after another, the power of belief, for better or worse, for unity or divisiveness, has been front and center.

As Saturn completes its sojourn through Sagittarius, it wraps up two major, extraordinary and unusual planetary trends. Think back to December 2016. At that point, Saturn entered a harmonious and supportive aspect with Uranus on December 26. This month, on November 11, Saturn engages Uranus for the third and final time. It has been a forceful and volatile year, whereby one initiative after another has been undertaken. It has been a year governed by impulse, like throwing spaghetti up against the wall to see if it sticks.  However, look closely, it has also been a year of experimentation, innovation and extraordinary breakthrough that will benefit our collective experience for years to come.

The second planetary combination started last December, and completes with Saturn’s third and final square to Chiron on November 2. This aspect bears more weight, it is heavier, less amenable to solutions. Symbolically, it has played a role in highlighting the differences in how people, individually and collectively, think about and approach human suffering. Chiron was discovered orbiting between Saturn and Uranus in 1977, and through decades of observation, Chiron has emerged as the archetypal wounded healer.

No doubt, 2017 has brought its share of disaster and hardship to many. Together, Saturn and Chiron have been highlighting the fundamental role of attitude and belief in addressing effective solutions in the face of crisis. From the extremes of ignorance, blame and avoidance to profound acts of sacrifice, compassion and humanitarian action, frankly, we’ve seen it all in terms of response. Something to consider in the deep recesses of one’s heart.

A Scorpio New Moon on November 18 is a powerhouse of vital, deepening, revealing and intense energy. Life is cyclical, always providing a new beginning, and this is an excellent time for an intentional reset. Spanning the zodiac sign of Scorpio, there are five celestial bodies coming together; Sun, Moon, Venus, Jupiter and Vesta.

Recently, a reader emailed me with a burning question, which I paraphrase as, “When is the divine feminine going to be more evident on the planet?” Having given this question some contemplation, and having lived over six decades in a female body, I can say that it’s a work in progress. This huge evolutionary step is a task of many generations, one after the other, handing the baton off for it to be picked up again, and yet again.

As Jupiter transits through Scorpio over the next year, issues around power, gender and sexuality will continue to surface. It is increasingly apparent as many, especially women, are ready to speak up, and speak out on behalf of social equality. The ancient paradigm of power over/power under is rapidly dissipating, but first it must show itself in one’s personal life as the courage to reveal, and thus allow healing to take place. Women and men, young and old, plants and animals, the very planet itself is suffering as a result of arrogance, greed, manipulation and control.

The Sun enters Sagittarius on November 21, just in time for Thanksgiving. Giving thanks . . . how essential, yet somehow overlooked in the hustle and bustle of modern culture. It is helpful to remember that gratitude is an attitude, a feeling arising out of heartfelt recognition for the abundant blessings of life. At its best, Sagittarius instills a sense of warm enthusiasm, it’s time to celebrate!

Mercury, the planet of communication, activates Sagittarius on November 28, and things get very real, very fast. For all of its lofty ideals, and persuasive beliefs, at the other end of the spectrum, Sagittarius energy tends to be flippant, too often dismissive of weighty topics and considerations. Life’s a party, easy come, easy go. But, there is a price to be paid, and Saturn will exact its toll in the coming months and years ahead.

Belinda C. Dunn is a professional astrologer with over 35 years experience. She is available for personal consultations. EMAIL: PHONE: 828-215-2101 WEBSITE: