by Heather Roan Robbins
We want to feel safe, secure, and sensual today as the Moon grows full in earthy Taurus and opposes the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter all in intense Scorpio. And we will really notice where we don’t. The mood for this full Moon is stubborn, hungry, determined, possessive, territorial, if also potentially cuddly. We can feel the tension between parts of our self or culture that just want to be comfortable and rest in the moment, or the status quo, even be a couch potato, and the parts of us that operate like hungry ghosts, craving more that we have. Whatever that is.
But we are also looking for spiritual or emotional comfort as well as physical comfort because Sun and Mars interact with Neptune this week, the planet of intuition, magic, spirituality, liquids, confusion, or escapism (depending on how we play it). We may find a magical place between the worlds to connect with one another in a more heartfelt way or to pursue our spiritual work. Our imagination ferments and could spill productively into our creative work or into our general problem-solving capacity, or it could distract us by calling us to spend time in our imaginary world, dreaming about our hopes and fears, or our revenge fantasies. Some people will revel in their illusions, or imagine the world as they want it to be and have more trouble than usual telling what is real and what is not, and others will just space out.
Yes, we can also work unusually well with the subtle energies and engage in a deeper intuitive understanding of our surroundings. Prayer can feel substantial. We just must watch an unhelpful form of magical thinking; the lottery will not solve all our problems, and one or two indictments won’t solve all the governmental problems. But there are some interesting substantial changes coming in the weeks ahead as Saturn trines Uranus shakes things up.
With this overactive imagination and increased longing, the grass can look greener on the other side in our love life as well as our material world. As the weekend begins both Venus and Mars are in romantic, relationship oriented, Libra, while Venus opposes restless, easily excited Uranus, which can give us the illusion that a new relationship would be an improvement over the one we have, or that our crush has a crush on us when all they did was return our flashlight. But if we are ready to let go of an old, nonfunctional relationship, this Venus-Uranus opposition can help us shift gears. If we are in a relationship we love, let’s not take it for granted, but instead see each other with appreciative eyes, and enjoy some adventure together.
It might be wise to avoid the difficult people of our life for a few days, former partners or old enemies that want to hold on to illusions about us. Expect to see examples in the news where what people do, and what they say, do not jive together, or examples of a psyche lost in its inner wanderings, but acting out against the world. Or we may run headlong into an illusion we hold about ourselves and need to reassess.
On Sunday, our sense of humor revives along with a fresh sense of honesty, but our focus could go out the window as Mercury enters outspoken Sagittarius just as the Moon enters conversational Gemini. The world gets busy, the collective psyche buzzes. Contemplate a desired journey, whether planning a holiday trip or a need to travel in mind, body, or spirit to a more philosophically spacious place.
In the middle of the week those nasty territorial issues could grumble through the headlines. We can grow more guarded or irritated if events poke at our sense of safety. Dueling defenses are no fun, so think twice before escalating any argument as the Moon enters inward-looking and self-protective Cancer while Venus enters pointed Scorpio, and mental Mercury forms a challenging semi-square to Pluto.
We may need to face some fundamental problem without our earlier illusion or glamour, but this can clear our perspective on Wednesday and Thursday as the Sun sextiles Pluto. It will be important not to try to push people to do what we want, or see any situation through our personal lens, as they could have an allergic reaction to feeling manipulated and will only dig in their heels. The next few weeks bring a potential for some truly positive change if we stay alert and honest, direct our energy towards our desired outcomes, and trust the wheels of karma to create balance, however long it takes.
Friday, November 3: This musky, hungry, cuddly and possessive day leads up to the full Moon in Taurus at 11:22 PM tonight. The very needs of our embodiment, our hungers and lusts, our desire for privacy or connection, our longings and our need for territory can nudge us into a wrestling match with fate and a desire to have our needs met more directly as Venus opposes Uranus. Or, if we are willing to look further, stir up some deeper questions of spirituality and inspire a need to spend time with that core part of us that is deathless. Evening brings a flash of recklessness as Venus opposes Uranus. A one-night stand or other instant gratification may sound good, but don’t settle for short-term solutions that will cause long-term problems.
Venus sextile Saturn 2:31 AM, Moon enters Taurus 3:46 AM, Moon opposes Jupiter 12:25 PM, the Sun trines Neptune 1:22 PM, Moon sextiles Neptune 10:41 PM, Venus opposes Uranus 10:02 PM, Moon opposes Sun 11:22 PM.
Saturday, November 4: A post full Moon crash can leave us a little slow this morning, we may need to refill the wells and find what’s beautiful, like grace, balance, and civil liberties. It may be hard to talk about strong emotions we feel in the moment as the Moon trines Pluto and opposes Mercury, but we can talk about our more long-range hopes and fears. Physical comfort feels like a necessity. Nourish, replenish, sense. Break delicious bread together.
Moon trine Pluto 7:48 AM.
Sunday, November 5: The mood revs up, nerves gear up, conversation improves, though our energy can begin to scatter as the Moon enters talkative Gemini while Mercury enters farseeing, restless and resilient Sagittarius. We want news from faraway places and to think about journeys. Tell stories and philosophize. Questions of truth become important: we could be sure we’re telling the truth but wonder if the others are.
Moon opposed Mercury 2:28 AM, Moon enters Gemini 3:25 AM, Mercury enters Sagittarius 12:18 PM, Moon trine Mars 5:52 PM, Moon square Neptune 9:56 PM.
Monday, November 6: Gossip flies, we may feel both communicative and curious but more curious about other people’s lives than ourselves. Use an unusual willingness to connect and investigate to make cold calls or new contacts, to catch up on team efforts and investigate possible field trips or future projects. Our attention wanders during the daytime and becomes more focused after dinner, when innovative ideas can begin to find form. Paperwork errands further tonight, pay bills and follow up on emails or talk over tough details as the Moon opposes Saturn.
Moon opposed Saturn 7:57 PM, Moon sextile Uranus 8:54 PM.
Tuesday, November 7: Some worry or concern that we have forgotten something, mislaid it or miscommunicated can weigh on us this morning, or questions of mortality can make fun of our petty concerns as Mercury challenges Pluto while Venus enters Scorpio and the Moon enters sensitive Cancer. We want to go home and notice a new strength of emotions. Our digestion may be picky. Expect real rage where we feel unsafe. Be deep together.
Mercury semi-square Pluto 1:26 AM, Moon trine Venus 3:39 AM, Moon enters cancer 3:44 AM, Venus enters Scorpio 4:38 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 1:47 PM, Moon square Mars 8:39 PM, Moon trine Neptune 10:36 PM.
Wednesday, November 8: Although we may want to just stay home and curl up with a good book with the Cancer moon. It is not time to hide with Mercury in Sagittarius, which keeps our mind busy and makes news travel fast. And if we don’t keep busy in a good way, our minds can wind up and worry unnecessarily or restlessly daydream how about how to get out here. Find a balance between the homing instinct and the need to explore. Reach out through the Internet, buy tickets, investigate, learn something online. Early morning heaviness can lead to a change in routine tonight as the Moon first opposes Pluto and then squares Uranus.
Moon trine Sun 6:33 AM, Moon opposes Pluto 8:06 AM, Moon square Uranus 10:14 PM.
Thursday, November 9: Can we sit between the worlds? Some mortal question or world event asks us to look below the surface and tap into what matters. We can be obsessive about some specific chore because staying busy can give this nervous energy something constructive to do. But it may be hard to see around the corner as Mars quincunx Neptune, we may not be exactly sure of what we want in the short term or may have to defer what we want to make room for some emotionally and spiritually complex situation.
Sun sextile Pluto 5:12 AM, Moon enters Leo 5:29 AM, Moon square Venus 10:14 AM, Moon trine Mercury 3:36 PM, Moon square Jupiter 4:46 PM, Mars quincunx Neptune 5:10 PM.
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