As I am looking at the planetary movements of November I see a paradox between aspects of energy that are open and flowing and also layers that will likely be feeling blocked. The areas where you’ll most find flow and opportunity are with your relationships, especially intimate partnerships. The blocks that may show up are most likely related to feeling challenged by communications or pushing forth on breaking free from things/people/situations that have been holding you back as well as the things you’ve been restructuring in your life.
Not to fret, these things will eventually come around and be able to move along as they evolve in the right timing and flow. This November is a good month to remember - Everything in life needs to be blessed with time and patience for it to grow into exactly what it was meant to.
Hold all your projects and processes with faith and patience, or this month might bring on edges of frustration and restlessness for you. Take a moment . . . breathe . . . if you start to run into too many obstacles . . . slow down and connect to the bigger picture.
November 6th - 14th
Mars and Mercury in Scorpio Square Saturn in Aquarius
Strongest Nov 10/11th
As Mars and Mercury join up together in Scorpio, they make a challenging aspect to Saturn. The combo of Mars and Mercury can add a flare of strong and direct communication to or from others that are then challenged by you or another. Saturn’s questioning voice of: “Are you sure this is the right way to think and go about this?” may feel frustrating. Almost like an authority figure coming in and challenging your thoughts and ideas. This may even be your own voice inside yourself challenging and questioning you.
If this arises for you, maybe your first instinct will be to fight back and want to force your view even stronger. If so, this is where issues may arise. These conflicts (internal or external) are really helping you re-evaluate something for yourself. Take a moment, step back and see what all the options are. Maybe there is a better way. This process may feel like a block to progress, but ultimately it will help you make sure you’re moving about and communicating in the most effective way.
Sometimes this may solely be about moving past fears - fears around saying the things you need to say and doing the things you want to be doing. Saturn can get us in touch with our deepest fears, so if you find this showing up for you in the first half of November, spend some time with it . . . Invite your fears in for a cup of tea! Recognize how they have been holding you back and what steps you need to take to move past them.
November 13th - 22nd
Mars in Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus
Strongest on Nov 18th
Mars is how you take action in your life, Uranus is the visionary, creating new pathways for freedom and self-expression. These planetary energies are opposing each other in November. You want to do things your way and others want to do things their way. How do you integrate the two ways and create a new and third way out of the situation? This is what is being asked of you during the second half of November.
Your actions may be challenged by others and you may start to feel impatient and want to just break free and go your own way. This instinct could be dictated by an old habit of yourself that’s not really in alignment with who you are anymore. However, with Uranus active, new approaches are being shown to you. Allow this in. As you do, you’ll be tapping into new versions of self-expression that feel more enlivened, evolving, creative, and real.
The challenge is to let the new parts in! Again, it takes time to integrate the new with the old and so patience really needs to be called upon here.
November 14th - 25th (strongest Nov 20th), Venus Trine Uranus
November 10th - December 11th, Venus Sextile Mars
From Nov 10th to well into December, Venus (our relationship planet) will be making positive aspects with both Uranus and Mars. Uranus is the planet of sudden opportunities for freedom, newness, and excitement and Mars is our other relationship planet - packed with action-oriented courageousness that just goes for it.
Therefore, as all the other challenges mentioned above that are going on in November, in the backdrop are these overarching relationship opportunities to move forward with your partnerships, creating new pathways of being together. Exciting times for new relationships and renewal and sparked growth in longer ones as well.
November will be a time to freshen up, move out of old habits, and move forward with intention in our significant partnerships. With Venus in a harmonious aspect to Uranus it’s a great time to be spontaneous . . . surprise your partner or yourself with out of the ordinary, unexpected plans for doing new inspired projects or exploring new recreation and delights. This is especially true November 14 - 25. That’s an ideal time to set new intentions for relationships or playfully brainstorm ideas. Going forward until December 11, the sextile of Venus by Mars puts wind in your sails for action. It’s an especially good time to make good on those exciting new ideas for your relationships.
October 1st - 4th
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Aries is the first sign of the zodiac circle, as Spring Equinox is the seasonal dawn and rebirth of the year, Aries is considered to be the newborn ‘child’ of the zodiac. The youthful fire energy of Aries is in awe of everything.
As March 21st arrives, get in touch with your inner child that feels inspired and passionate towards everything around . . . this brings you into alignment with the arrival of Spring’s essence!
Mars in Gemini Trines Saturn in Aquarius
March 18th - 27th
This is an excellent time to put yourself to work and accomplishing things you’ve been having a hard time getting to. Mars and Saturn give you solid, supportive energy and stamina to make it through any projects or taking steps towards planning and reaching goals.
If you have found yourself living in some level of Pandemic Fatigue, plan on the Mars/Saturn energy from March 18th through the 27th as a week to give you some serious energy of dedication to pull you through on things you’ve been having a hard time getting to. The only caveat is, you have to initiate the steps, they won’t just happen for you. If you take action to ride the power of this transit as it is occurring … Mars Trine Saturn will carry you forth!
Saturn in Aquarius squares Uranus in Taurus
From late January 2021 and continues throughout March
Last month I began exploring with you the square aspect forming between Saturn and Uranus, which has been coming into focus this season. Squares are challenging, but also provide us with opportunities to grow and develop more parts of ourselves.
Without challenges ~ we can’t grow
Without tension ~ there is no release or resolution.
Planetary SQUARES create tension between 2 planets where one planet might begin to obstruct the expression of the other the closer they become. However, in this tension, something longstanding has the opportunity to resolve.
Your own blocks to expression have an opportunity to become free!
How you may see this challenge in your life is: you might feel a tension, at first, around needing to take action on something or break out of an old habit/pattern that doesn’t serve you, but fear may try to hold you back and it will feel difficult to take action. However, the tension inside of you doesn’t usually let up, and eventually, the only way out is to finally break through and do the thing you were afraid of doing. After finally breaking through, you feel stronger and on some level glad you were finally able to move forward.
Have you ever had this happen in your life? Take a movement here and explore the areas of your life where you currently feel this type of energy existing.
With Saturn (serious, hard-working, focused, grounded, traditional approach) and Uranus (revolutionary, new ideas, erratic, creative, quirky) coming to Square each other, you will be given the opportunity to create new pathways for yourself if you can recognize the areas of life that have you stuck in old patterns. Regardless of the circumstances, the issue is really about what is happening inside of you. Whether it’s a job, a relationship pattern or family situation, etc… that’s not in alignment with who you are becoming, start focusing on how you will want to take action to overcome the pattern or situation. It’s not necessarily about moving away from the situation altogether, but is more about approaching the circumstances that are in alignment with the truth of who you are. As you do this, the pieces of your life will come together from a more unified place within yourself, and then you will be able to see how the rest does or doesn’t fit in.
Saturn and Uranus came into a square aspect with each other in late January and made their strongest contact in February (16th-24th). Think back on these dates and notice the areas of your life where the greatest tensions and need to break out of old habits showed up. This energy continues through March and as I survey the movement between Saturn and Uranus over the coming months, I see that their ongoing dynamics are creating one of the big themes throughout this year.
The exact square between them recurs 3 times this year (in February, June & December), bringing a background tone of this struggle and resolution all year round as Uranus and Saturn will remain in close aspect with each other throughout 2021.
Therefore, it’s not a quick resolve, but perhaps something that will be taking shape all year for you. Give yourself the gift of time to work through it. Uranus brings an energy of sudden changes to help you become free of something that feels restrictive, so things may change fast, as well.
Last month I described how the Square between them grows, peeks, and fades. As it will be doing this 3 times throughout the year, it’s worth recalling some of the thoughts I offered in February. Please refer to my February Astrology content to read more about the Saturn/Uranus Square.
Here’s a little more info on how planetary squares work if you have them in your personal astrology birth chart…
Squares between planets show us where we can get stuck in challenging patterns within ourselves and feel held back. We can also feel it is just who we are and what we were born with and “that’s that”. However, with the right awareness, it can also indicate opportunities for growth as you begin to learn how to free yourself of these patterns. As a result, you’ll notice each time circumstances bring you up against that familiar old pattern, you’ll start to recognize, more and more, that you have a choice in how you respond. As you bring conscious awareness to the energy activated by a Square, you can grow to really embody the truth of knowing you don’t have to go back to old patterned ways anymore. You’re free to rise above these circumstances and it feels good!
If you want to learn more about how planetary squares may be influencing you and how to specifically work with them, reach out to me (Northwest Astrologer) for a personalized astrological reading.
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February is a dynamic month for shifts with relationships, business, and financial matters as Venus is forming major aspects with Saturn, Jupiter, and Uranus in the first half of the month. Mercury is in retrograde for most of the month while Internal tensions are building and urging us to create a new path forward with Uranus and Saturn squaring each other through all of February.
Mercury in Retrograde
January 30th - Feb 20th
Hearing about Mercury retrograde has gained popularity in the mainstream with the most common theme being a “warning” against doing certain activities during this 3 week period. I find what is most alive regarding Mercury retrograde is holding an awareness that anything you make a firm decision on during this period, may have to be re-worked again after Mercury goes direct (starting February 21st). Therefore, a clearer thinking process around decision making becomes more available when Mercury is out of retrograde.
People often find more challenges and issues with communications, electronics, travel, etc… and you may find it takes longer to get from point A to point B, or there’s more back and forth communication before things become clear. Often, I see Mercury retrograde as an offering to surrender, trusting things will work out in the end, and taking the unexpected “scenic route” shows you something delightful you wouldn’t have been able to experience otherwise. Let go and allow an alternate way of “getting there” to manifest.
Use this 3-week retrograde time to finish up old projects that are lingering out there, taking up psychic space, not allowing you to cleanly move forward in life. Spend time with these activities and you will find ease towards completing them. Clean out closets, garages, workspaces, donate items, etc… In other words, clear out the physical clutter, which will clear out mental clutter and allow you an opportunity to start anew when Mercury goes direct on the 21st.
Let's take a look at all the Venus energy this month ...
Venus draws beneficial things towards us and connects to the aspects of life associated with love and beauty: relationships, the beautification of our homes/environment, as well as attracting money and business into our lives. Matters related to all kinds of partnerships, business, and finances may come into the spotlight in the first 2 weeks of February.
Venus moves into Aquarius on February 2nd and comes to join up with both Saturn and Jupiter, respectively, with both of these planetary players adding their signature energies to Venus’ beatific qualities mentioned above.
Venus conjunct Saturn (in Aquarius)
February 4th - 8th
Venus conjunct Jupiter (in Aquarius)
February 9th - 13th
All the while...
Venus in Aquarius squares Uranus in Taurus
February 5th - 8th
Let’s break it down...
In early February, Venus is going to come together with Saturn and their energies will blend. In astrology, this is called a conjunction. When Saturn and Venus conjunct on Feb 4th, you may find yourself wanting to get more serious about matters that need working out in your relationships or close personal business partnerships and finances. In other words, any aspects in your relationship life that have been unresolved, or hanging out in the periphery, needing attention, will come into focus and urge you to take grounded consideration and attend to the matters at hand. This process can bring security through the needed practical processing of issues that are emerging in relationships. It can also bring clarity about dimensions of relationships that are in need of ending or of fundamental transformation. The sobering Saturn sensibilities come together with Venus to bring our realms of love and beauty and opportunity to shakedown and shift through the needed conversations.
It will be a time to get real!
During the 4th through the 8th, It could feel a little heavy in these areas of life, but ultimately it will help you come to clarity around what needs figuring out. With Saturn involved, there’s a layer of firm resolve coming through, one way or the other.
At the same time, Venus is making a square with Uranus. This can provide an extra emphasis on your needs to create new pathways forward in relationships, whether it’s about staying together and working it out or moving apart. If there are feelings of restriction, lack of freedom, and potential boredom in a relationship, then this transit will create enough tension around this to want to shift into something else. Again, this could be about finding new ways to be together that are more fulfilling or recognizing that it might be time to part.
As Venus moves on from these aspects with Saturn and Uranus, it will move into making a conjunction with Jupiter on February 9th. Again, conjunction means blending the planetary energies of 2 or more planets into one unified force. As Venus and Jupiter come together, this conjunction opens up the weighty, heaviness, felt from the previous days, into something more positive and expansive. Therefore, on the 9th - 13th, you may be able to create more optimistic outlooks in regards to these Venusian realms of close relationships in love and or partner situations that you have found yourself in at the beginning of February.
Saturn square Uranus
January 21st - March
Strongest during Feb. 16th - 27th
Squares are challenging aspects between 2 planets where one planet might obstruct the expression of the other. Saturn holds the key to the energies that embody cultural and family traditions, and brings structure and planning and to areas of life requiring serious grounded thinking. Uranus brings new ideas, flashes of inspiration, revolutions, and transformations. As you might imagine when these planets come together in a Square, our old ways of providing structure and grounding will be challenged and faced with a strong need for a fresh new approach.
A square between Saturn and Uranus create tensions around breaking free from the status quo. Ask yourself what areas of your life are you going along with that might not be coming from who you truly are? Where are you still conforming for the sake of tradition, but need to break free from? If there’s great tension inside yourself around this aspect, then during the whole month of February, you may be feeling the need to release yourself out of situations you’re in that aren’t really you anymore.
Let yourself break free!!
Collectively, this energy points to the old way (Saturn) being challenged by the new way (Uranus). At this time we can see this drama unfolding strongly on the “World Stage” in our cultural and political shifting sands, and also in the realms of our persona lives. There’s quite a bit of tension around this, which will be active through mid-March when the energy around the square aspect starts to fade.
We can all agree that the “normal” we had is changing and if you’re still in the resistance of finding a new way forward for yourself in all of this, it will be met with great tension while Saturn and Uranus are in the square aspect with each other. By tuning in to your own internal compass, you might discover that you are being asked to get more creative and allow yourself to open to new ways forward in 2021.
With astrology, the most helpful advice is always individual and personalized based upon your personal astrology birth chart and life situations. Contact me to learn more about scheduling an astrology reading to help you navigate your life in these uncertain times.
Laura Allmacher RN, LAc, has been practicing in the field of medicine for 20 years, dedicating most of this time to the healing arts and natural medicine. Along with a current acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice, Laura also provides professional astrology readings as a form of a guide to help bring timing, meaning and perspective to deeper life patterns and situations so one can make the most out of their incarnation.