It is a given that the end of the year is going to rush at us and as we move into November and realise the year is in its final two months it can be a shock. Even more so this year, when through the middle months of the year and extraordinary amount of planets were in retrograde motion. There was one point, in June and July, when only two planets in the whole solar system were still in direct motion, with the rest in retrograde motion, dragging the chain. If it felt like the middle months of the year dragged it had less to do with lockdowns and more to do with a lethargic solar system.
As we move into November the ‘big boys’ of the solar system are back in direct motion and by that I mean Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, the trio of planets in the driver’s seat this year. Uranus won’t turn direct until January but Neptune will turn direct on 29th November. Uranus and Neptune are outer, generational planets and don’t have too much impact on our daily lives in a mundane way, so to have them still in retrograde motion is not going to impact us too much.
What will impact us is that Mercury and Mars will both turn direct this month and this will have a huge impact. If you move into November thinking ‘where has the year gone’ you will move into December saying ‘where did November go’.
That won’t be the case to start with, with Mercury and Mars not only still in retrograde motion but slowing down ahead of their direct turns. Mercury and Mars are inner planets and they do impact on our daily lives and on the more mundane aspects of life. In Mercury’s case, this is the end of the last of three retrograded phases in 2020, which is the norm. Mercury rules the mind, our thoughts, communication, our daily transactions and interactions with others, technology and because of that his impact is felt in almost every aspect of your life.
As I writing this I am using the influence of Mercury, which you will be as well, as you are reading this. You were under Mercury’s influence when you checked your emails, logged into Facebook, sent a message, turned on the car, drove to work – you get the picture. Every time you use your mind for a daily task and/or use technology, machinery, the spoken word or your hands and fingers you are using Mercury’s influence.
So to have Mercury in retrograde motion, even though he turns retrograde three times a year, does have a huge impact. We have all heard of the Mercury retrograde horror stories and while most of that is myth, because things are moving backwards if we don’t have our wits about us we can get a bit muddled.
The month begins with Mercury slowing to a standstill ahead of his direct turn on 4th November, which is when things will start to flow more smoothly, our minds will start operating at a faster and more efficient pace and because of that we make fewer mistakes.
At top speed Mercury is the fastest planet in the solar system and he will continue to accelerate for the rest of the year and that is one of the reasons why the second half of November is set to fly by and December is likely to be a ‘blink and you miss it’ month.
The other reason is Mars, who unlike Mercury who turns retrograde three times a year will only turn retrograde every other year. Where Mercury rules the mind and everything that we use it for and especially on a daily basis (Uranus rules the higher mind stuff), Mars rules the body and especially physical action. I don’t necessarily mean in an athletic sense but the art of making things happen. When he is in direct motion Mars is a planet of action, wanting to make things happen and get things done. Mars is also the planet of war so he wants to fight and wherever he is in your chart (your November Monthly Horoscopes will tell you that), in full flight he will turn you into a warrior.
In retrograde motion the fight has gone out of Mars and in his home sign Aries, where his passions, drive, warrior and competitive spirit are most at home, this is pulling the plug on our energy levels. A lot of people are tired at the moment and a lot of that is due to the fact that Mars is in retrograde motion.
Mars will turn direct on 14th November, 10 days behind Mercury and this is when the ‘warrior within’ is going to wake up and with less than seven weeks of 2020 to go and with 2021 just around the corner, this is when a call for action will return.
By midmonth mind and body will be ready to get moving again and as luck should have it, a New Moon on 15th November will create the perfect opportunity for a fresh start and to gain a tailwind. This is the point when we get to roll up our sleeves and in the famous words of Ed Hillary before he began his final push to conquer Mt Everest it is time to ‘knock the bastard off’ – in terms of bringing 2020 home, lining up for 2021 or whatever ‘Everest’ you have been trying to conquer.
It is not just that Mercury and Mars direct turn will release the final handbrakes on this year that is significant but the timing and not just because of the New Moon. This is Jupiter and Saturn’s last full month in Capricorn and they and Pluto have been the driving force behind 2020 and all that this unbelievable year has thrown at us. 2020 is a culmination year, the year that everything since as far back as 2008 has been building towards and they are becoming a tighter unit.
Jupiter and Pluto, the planets of luck and change will align for the third time this year from 8th November to 14th November but for the last time in Capricorn in our lifetime. With Jupiter and Saturn, the planet that asks so much of us but in return gives us the power to move mountains if we have to, will be at the same degree by the time they leave next month and will align just after leaving.
This is the closest Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter have been this year, with just a couple of degrees separating them and the closest they will ever be in our lifetime, in Capricorn or anywhere else. Capricorn is a cardinal sign, the signs that lead us into a new season and are all about change, bringing in something new and setting things up for a new stage and with Mercury and Mars turning direct, the biggest impact is that this is going to give the planets behind 2020 the thumbs up, the signal to start bringing this year home.
Jupiter and Saturn will both leave Capricorn and return to Aquarius next month and leaving within three days of each other this will change the dynamics of 2020 and mark the beginning of 2021. That will happen when Saturn leaves on 17th December and Jupiter on 20th December but until then, they are on a mission to make their last full month in Capricorn count and when Mercury and Mars turn direct then buckle up, because 2020 is about to put some peddle to the metal.
The fact that the month ends with an eclipsing Full Moon in Gemini on 30th November and there will be a total solar eclipse in Sagittarius two weeks later suggests that 2020 still has a few surprises up its sleeve.
This is just a brief overview of the conditions this month, with the following links providing more information in what this means for you. The Monthly Horoscopes are now available and I will continue to go into this in the Daily and Weekly Horoscopes but you can also get more detailed information through the Monthly Horoscope Reports.
This Overview is simply my chance to tell you what the planets are doing each month and not how this will impact you personally, which I will do through the Horoscopes. However, the Monthly Horoscope Reports will provide a lot more information and detail into exactly where, when and how this will impact you.
All the very best for the coming month and these uncertain but also extraordinary times.