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November 2020

Keep smiling. It will be okay. Pay attention to facts you can confirm

😀Mercury, having backed into Libra October 27, finally goes direct November 3. It must've been a bad one, as many people have texted me telling me about Mercury retrograde challenges and woes. That's what happens when you try to do stuff while Mercury is retrograde.
Right off the bat, Mercury in Libra is square Saturn in Capricorn November 1. Once Mercury goes direct November 3, he moves back to square Saturn on November 6. During these days, many of us are challenged by other people’s opinions and the way they try to influence us. Do not give weight to unsolicited opinions. At the same time, many of us have responsibilities that we do not want. Luckily, this is a fast-moving aspect, but this time around we feel it for a full week. Do your diligence and do what you have to do, but keep your opinion of others to yourself. Otherwise, you will be Saturn and Saturn is not necessarily nice. Not many people like bossy, opinionated people.
Mercury moves through Scorpio November 10 to December 10. Many of us have thoughts of intimacy and sex on our minds. The apps are sure to be buzzing. If that's not what you're into, delve into the mysteries of your life because Scorpio wants to dig down deep to find out what that light is at the other end of the tunnel. Remember that Mercury is communication and the symbol is a scorpion with the stinger. So put that stinger away and be nice with your words. Otherwise, your influence is empty.
Mercury comes to oppose Uranus November 17. This is sure to cause all kinds of upsets and surprises and unexpected events. Many of us will scratch our heads and wonder if Mercury is still retrograde. But of course, it is not. Roll with the punches, allow changes to happen, and you just may find out that the sudden upset turns out in your best interest.
Life is sunshine and lollipops November 23 while Mercury is trine Neptune in Pisces. Compassion and goodwill are abundant in the days around this aspect. Boy, all of us could use a dose of that, couldn't we?
Mercury is sextile Pluto in Capricorn November 26. Then Mercury is sextile Jupiter in Capricorn November 28 and finally sextile Saturn November 30.  Remember that these three planets are the astrological influence for the current social and cultural upheaval that is currently taking place. These planets have shown us that we as humans are still a work in progress and there is a lot of work to do regarding the ways we treat one another. During these last days of November, some positive news shows that we can figure out what that light is at the end of the tunnel. Here's a clue, it is us and our survival.
Jupiter in Capricorn is conjunct Pluto November 12. This first occurred in 2020 on April 4, and then on June 30. News on April 4 included a coronavirus surge in the United States and Africa. At that time, also, many people lost their jobs. On June 30, a news headline highlighted that Brazil was experiencing a nearly double death rate of Covid19. At this point,  the world is once again seeing a surge in Covid cases. Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Capricorn is shifting the rules by which we live. We are seeing protests around the world and many of us are forced to change the way we live. This whole process is devastating, but it won't always be this way. We have still got some stressful and violent days ahead of us. All of us across the globe are affected. Family matters and exposés regarding patriarchal figures are sure to be in the news.
Mars, retrograde in Aries since September 9, finally goes direct November 13. Some of us have felt like life is going sideways and the new beginnings that we have wanted seem to just dangle in the air in front of us while we grab for progress. Now that Mars is going direct, we will start to see results and new beginnings gain momentum. Unfortunately, though, Mars has one last square to Pluto this year and that should provide some real drama at Christmas. Let's worry about that then, but just to remind you, Mars was last square Pluto in October and August. Anyway, yay Mars is going direct and you can now start an argument and win.
Venus in Libra opposes Mars November 9. Somebody is going to be pushing and somebody is going to be pulling and it's gonna be a tug-of-war. If you are a Libra, Capricorn, Aries, or Cancer stop trying to push that big cart up that hill. If you don’t, you are going to get run over.
Later on in the month, Venus is square Pluto and Jupiter November 15, and then square Saturn November 19. Remember, Mercury is opposite Uranus and the Sun is sextile Saturn. There's gonna be some power struggles for sure during this time. Some people are going to be pissed off at this time.
It just gets better. Venus then moves into and through Scorpio November 21 to December 15. Years ago in the DELL HOROSCOPE MAGAZINE, a cartoonist had drawn a depiction of the statue of Venus de Milo. That cartoonist dressed Venus de Milo in the outfits that would be appropriate when she was in the different signs of the zodiac. The cartoonist dressed Venus de Milo transiting Scorpio in leather with chains and a whip. Sex and intimacy are going to be intense. So, break out the spike heels and those whips. Somebody is gonna get hurt and will like it. 
The Sun
The Sun moves through Scorpio until November 21. This is a time to get to the bottom of questions we may have about various topics of life. The Sun moving through Scorpio is a new beginning of the year for Scorpio, and generally a harmonious time for Cancer and Pisces.
The Sun in Scorpio is trine Neptune November 9. This can be a happy, harmonious few days.  Compassion and love are a breath of fresh air amidst the trauma we have all been experiencing.
Once the Sun moves into Sagittarius November 21, we will feel somewhat uplifted and optimistic. It's about time.
The Moon
The new Moon November 14 occurs at 23° Scorpio at 11:08 pm CST. A new Moon in Scorpio asks us to dig deep within ourselves to transform our deepest psychological and intimate selves. This new Moon is sextile Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn while loosely sextile Saturn in Capricorn. This begins a lunar cycle that involves worthwhile transformation and changes to the rules by which we live. We are going to see many shifts in powered power take place across the world during the next 29 days. Individually, we each experience a profound within ourselves. A lot can get accomplished without pushing hard.
The full Moon eclipse occurs November 30 at 3:30 am in Gemini at 8°. This full Moon eclipse is inconjunct Venus in Gemini, bringing up thoughts and indecision about one or more relationships. At the same time, this full Moon is just 30° past Uranus still in Taurus. Remember, the full Moon in Taurus last month was a conjunction with Uranus. Expect more unexpected behavior. Avoid rash decisions. Roll with the surprises and unexpected events that take place around the time of the eclipse and in the coming months. Events that shake you up turn out to be blessings in disguise in the coming months. This event can be the ending in ways we communicate and in relationships with people in our inner circle.
November is a turning point. Which way shall we turn?

I have been writing this column for over twenty-five years now and in order to better assist readers who are not students of astrology I offer some suggestions as to how to use the monthly summary.

Read the summary with your calendar that shows the whole month on one page. Read through the intro and make note of the days that I point out. Mark the new Moon and the full Moon. The days between the new Moon and the full Moon are when you generally want to start something that you want to grow. Do look at that Moon void chart and take a rest on those days. I have discovered that no matter what I plan, it turns out another way on a Moon void day. Anything you try to accomplish will turn out with unexpected results.

Make note of the three days before the new Moon. People usually get anxious during these days because the phone does not ring or they feel confused or simply nothing is happen. That is because it is wind down time before the new Moon. You will usually notice that the action of life picks up once the new Moon occurs. Also note the days that planets change directions, especially Mercury retrograde.

Hopefully these suggestions will give you a bit of a start to maneuvering through life with astrology.

Robert E Brown

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As a part of helping readers live with astrology I have added a year long astrology calendar on the MOON VOID page. You can see all the voids month by month. Note the new Moons and the full Moons. The lunar quarters are listed and the aspects are noted on each day. If you are not astrology savvy you can at least have the Moon void information for the year. It's a pdf so you can download it.

2020 is a bit of a challenge due to all the retrogrades.
In addition to Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto doing their usual retrogrades, we will have Venus and Mars retrograde.

Venus retrograde in Gemini May 13 to June 25 - Money and love are sketchy and ding dongs from the past are sure to cycle back through our lives.

Mars retrograde in Aries September 9 to November 14 - Hold off on new projects. Let others start the fight. They are sure to lose.

New projects need to get off the ground if possible before the first Mercury retrograde February 16.

2020 Mercury Retrograde

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