Previous Months Forecast

Belinda Dunn

What’s Up! by Belinda C. Dunn

Scorpio New Moon – November 7 @ 11:02 am
Mercury Retrograde – November 16 @ 8:33 pm
Sagittarius/Gemini Full Moon – November 23 @ 12:39 am

As daylight noticeably shortens, and shadows grow long, November is a month for contemplation as significant shifts in consciousness take place. Altering perception and shifting priorities, planetary trends demonstrate new patterns coming into play.

On this dimension of truth and consequence, we will witness a variety of long term conditions take a turn for the better, and naturally evolve to the next stage. This includes secrets coming into the light of day along with increased support for telling the truth and exposing lies. Palpable, heartfelt and relevant, life never ceases to amaze and astound.

On November 7, the day after elections in the U.S., a Scorpio New Moon sets the stage for these new beginnings. No matter the outcome, the very process has brought to light the underbelly of corruption, distortion and manipulation characterizing current election practices. And, very importantly, it seals the deal on a full year of Jupiter’s transit in Scorpio that has churned and burned one illusion after the other.

Gigantic, massive Jupiter is the truth telling planet. Over the past twelve months, Jupiter has been drilling deep beneath the surface of everyday decorum to expose secrets. One investigation leads to the next, fueling a treadmill of reaction and revenge. Collective emotions are raw and exposed; similar to a wound that starts to heal only to be torn off again. In fact, Scorpio’s evolutionary job is to surface residual trauma and repressed emotion so the organism can finally heal. When the time is ripe, the process naturally occurs as a healing release that cannot be denied or ignored.

On November 8, Jupiter makes its shift from deep, dark and mysterious Scorpio to uplifting, exuberant, tell all Sagittarius. As people shake off the limitations and burdens of long ago wounds, there will be a collective readiness to share stories, learning and healing through common experience.

Jupiter is the natural ruler of Sagittarius, therefore at home in this zodiac sign. This amplifies and strengthens the transit’s effect over the next 12 months. November is the kick-off month for specific archetypal themes, capturing humanity’s imagination and attention for months to come.

Accentuating this shift, Mercury is in Sagittarius and begins a retrograde phase on November 16 that continues until December 6. Additionally a Full Moon in the first degree of Sagittarius occurs on November 23, exactly aligning with Jupiter.

Taking all this into consideration, it is helpful to pay attention to a collective shift in consciousness. Jupiter transiting through Sagittarius will expand horizons. As the zodiac sign of global connection, we will see a renewed interest in international relations, long distance travel, law, philosophy and spirituality. This soaring, buoyant, optimistic potential supports the quest for understanding across a wide spectrum of human experience.

Some people will seek out connection through travel, others through higher education, others through the written and spoken word. Jupiter is the planet of journalism and publishing, thus these fields will get a boost of empowerment to get the truth out. In this era of misinformation along with the confusion of “fake news” vs. real news, this will more openness to learning, and education in general.

However, with Jupiter’s expansive influence comes a tendency to exaggerate, inflate, and promote unrealistic claims. There is a tendency for scams and con jobs to surge in frequency. Gambling, and other risky ventures can lead to downfall. Dishonesty already permeates the current social discourse. As these tendencies are illuminated, the call for truth and justice can only increase, but it will be a mixed bag of tricks, and in my estimation, this is not the time to take unnecessary risks.

The hot topic of immigration is at a crisis point on the southern border. More than likely, the on-going debate and clash in belief systems is going to intensify with Jupiter in Sagittarius. Major events during November can press the point and set the stage for resolution over the next year.

From a more personal perspective, let’s consider Mercury retrograde (November 16 – December 6). So often, when I tell a client that Mercury is going retrograde, I hear a grunt of dissatisfaction and aggravation. It’s true, Mercury retrograde can cause mess-ups and delay for a variety of reasons. Typically, there is a need for stepping back, and gathering more information and perspective to make decisions and move forward.

This natural pause is best used for reviewing the course ahead. It is advisable to avoid jumping to conclusions or trying to force circumstances, as humans are apt to do. Since Mercury rules communication and transportation, this is the month to carefully and methodically make holiday travel plans.

Fast forward decisions in your mind. Do you really want to spend the holidays with that group or people? How much do you want to spend? What is the  most meaningful way to celebrate this sacred season? And be sure to double check dates and times for travel plans. Taking these pointers into consideration, can vastly improve a Mercury retrograde phase.

Another major planetary retrograde started on October 6, and completes on November 16. This is Venus, the planet of artistry, beauty, money, relationships, affection and love. Contemplate these recent six weeks. What have you learned about yourself in light of those you are in relationship with? Have you stepped back from an important relationship? Or have you received clarity and motivation to improve a relationship? Have you seen deeply into the heart of matters, and come to clear conclusions?

Throughout these autumn months, Venus engages Uranus in a stressful opposition exactly three times (September 12, October 31, November 30). Uranus is the wild card planet, shaking things up and turning things around. This planetary combination instills a potent urge for freedom from restriction. However, in matters of the heart, the virtues of constancy, loyalty and honesty are essential.

Thus, it is a tumultuous month for relationship, but shaking things up can be the perfect antidote for routine, and taking things for granted. Like the lightening bolt, the action of Uranus tends to be sudden and unpredictable. While this trend is unsettling, it can clear the way for keen understanding and unmistakable clarity in this important area of relationship including shared resources.

Adding to this complex picture is a major shift of the lunar nodes from one zodiac polarity to another. Invisible yet potent, the nodes are mystical points where the Sun, Moon and Earth align to manifest those rare astronomical events known as eclipses. As part of an 18.6 year cycle, the lunar nodes have been in Leo/Aquarius for several years. Thus, recent eclipses, both solar and lunar, have been in these zodiac signs including the unforgettable “Great American” Total Solar Eclipse of August 2017.

On November 6, the north lunar node enters Cancer and the south lunar node enters Capricorn. Therefore, for example, the upcoming solar eclipse next January will be in Capricorn. With this shift, new archetypal themes will emerge over the next several months.

The interplay of these zodiac signs, Cancer and Capricorn, is very significant in terms of the nation’s destiny, and obviously the country is at a major turning point. Using the July 4, 1776 birth time, the astrology chart shows the Sun in Cancer along with Venus, Jupiter and Mercury. On the other side of the polarity is Pluto in Capricorn.

Pluto’s orbit is a very slow 248 year cycle, and Pluto is returning to this exact placement in 2022 – 2023. Pluto is the death/rebirth planet, and its action is to dismantle those structures that are no longer relevant. This is an evolutionary process as all manifestations reach a point of breakdown and disintegration. Messy, inconvenient and uncertain, this natural process brings breakthroughs while activating the mysterious ways of transmutation and transformation. More on this in January’s article, but it is clearly evident that conditions are unstable on many levels. Social unrest, financial instability, diplomatic challenges, and more, add to the picture of a nation and world in turmoil.

November is a month for seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and envisioning a benevolent future. Even in the darkest moments, a rare alignment of planets is poised to bestow an atmosphere of hopeful optimism. On Thanksgiving Day, our Sun enters Sagittarius and joins Jupiter on the 26th. Adding talkative, communicative Mercury to the mix gives a radical boost of clarity and truth.

In addition, there is a prominent Neptune influence as this planet goes direct on Saturday, November 24, and Mars is transiting through Pisces (November 15 – January 1, 2019). All together these trends can illuminate the way forward, dispelling the murky, fogginess of confusion, lies, deception and illusion.

As an astrologer, it looks like a veritable flood of information coming into the light of day. On a spiritual level, this appears as Divine intervention, a massive download of expanded perception that in turn expands perspective. At the same time, in our collective experience, these revelations can be challenged, therefore kicking up more dust, bringing situations to a crisis point. More than likely, public acceptance and integration of these extraordinary events will take some time.

Spanning eons, across cultures and beliefs, saints and sages speak of the natural harmony of universal law. The essence of this law is devoid of philosophical, religious and political dogma. This is truth with a capital “T.” Beyond forms, beyond time, this manifested existence is but a shadow of this eternal way. Within the heart of hearts of every being, this Truth is present as love, kindness, forgiveness, compassion, grace and liberation. May your holiday season be filled to overflowing with these eternal riches, the true wealth of life. Enjoy!

Belinda C. Dunn is a professional astrologer with over 40 years experience. She is available for your personal consultation.;