The Sun enters Sagittarius this morning and initiates an outspoken and celebratory month. From now to the winter solstice is the season of holiday feasts and way too honest conversation around the dinner table. There’s an astrological reason why our harvest festival and office parties are both a time of camaraderie, gratitude, embarrassing moments and legendary fights.
Remember the old fairytale about the Emperor’s new clothes, he’d been bamboozled to believe that only the finest people could see his clothes, so he and his whole court pretended he wore lovely garments until a little boy too honest to lie said “but you’re naked!”. They all began to laugh and broke the spell. That boy epitomizes Sagittarius, the Sagittarian gift of the un-barbed truth which breaks the spell. Look in the early evening sky to the west and see Venus in Sagittarius as it approaches a conjunction with expansive Jupiter; together they encourage honesty, freedom of speech and of movement, our ability to be truly grateful, and our desire to get outside, connect with wildlife, and find a puppy.
Sagittarius planets generally crave plainspoken honesty but said without malice. Sagittarians can get such a reputation for straight talk, education, and philosophy, that they can also lie with impunity if they believe their own story. Right now, the Sagittarius line-up can help us get real with ourselves and others, or it can lead us to invent a story, believe in it and therefore make it sound truthful. While this is great for winter fairytales it’s tough on Congressional hearings or family fights. The difference between honest frankness and fake news is introspection and critical thinking, characteristics we have to consciously bring to the table in Sagittarius season because it may not be there in the ambient vibe.
At the moment Mercury and Mars are both in curious, investigative Scorpio which can help us with that personal and cultural introspection but adds and extra stinger if we feel bamboozled. Altogether these planets encourage us to want the truth, but we won’t agree on what that is. We’ll get really ticked off if we feel lied to, but may have a hard time finding facts that all can see. We don’t have to play this out at our Thanksgiving dinner table as long as we investigate with and open heart and curiosity rather than opinion.
One point of contention this year may be the history of Thanksgiving itself. For a holiday that supposedly celebrates honest gratitude we need to shed the false narrative we were fed in school, one that belies the racial realities of American history. Every culture has a version of the harvest Festival. Each family may need to find their own truth to revamp this holiday with integrity, acknowledge the old lies and find a new gratitude for the indigenous foods and people, for the glorious diversity in this country.
As the weekend begins a cooperative Moon in Libra helps us organize our travel plans, multitask, connect and get ready for the holidays. The mood could be a bit trickier on Sunday and Monday as we deal with two strong aspects that amp up the emotions and pull us in different directions. We may work better alone, feel impatient, easily angered, rebellious, low on impulse control, and potentially accident-prone as the Moon joins Mars and Mercury in moody Scorpio and Mars directly opposes erratic Uranus. On the other side, softening those harder edges and glowing beautifully in the West in the early evening sky, friendly Venus conjuncts expansive Jupiter exactly, which feeds our love of beauty and our ability to express affection. Expect contradictory feelings that run hot and hot and cold, resentment and love, changing second by second. These aspects can poor oil on the fires of political hotspots around the globe. At home, we just need to give people room to focus on their own priorities and not take moodiness personally. If tempers spike, drive carefully and use equipment wisely.
This tension shifts on Tuesday as the Moon enters more freewheeling Sagittarius and conjunct the Sun while Venus enters pragmatic Capricorn. The preholiday bustle lightens up with a cheerful competence, this new Moon helps us get our many tasks done and get out on the road. Neptune turns direct after a long retrograde on Wednesday which could make for somewhat challenging road conditions so watch the weather carefully.
Thanksgiving can give us the time to make new traditions, to see through the old history and find new ways of celebrating the harvest. As the Moon enters Capricorn and conjunct’s Jupiter. While Venus trine’s Uranus and encourages something new and fresh and different and Mercury trine’s Neptune giving us a bit more imagination than most Capricorn Moon tend to do. The trick will be to avoid controlling try to control one another or to get to persnickety about the schedule care. Keep it loose, reward a balance between innovation and tradition, and remember heart matters more than details.
Friday, November 22: While the mood is generally sociable, creative, and impatient as the Sun enters Sagittarius under of friendly Libra Moon, big societal issues around justice, fairness, and retribution churn through the headlines and can trigger off our own memories of an unfair situation, and this can either just leave us triggered, or bring a deeper awareness, depending on our memory and how we work with it. Mercury is beginning to pick up speed, we can look farther ahead today and sketch in future plans. Relax in a pleasant early evening, but be prepared for crankier aspects closer to midnight as the Moon squares Saturn and Pluto overnight.
Moon opposes Chiron 12:02 AM, the Sun enter Sagittarius 7:58 AM.
Saturday, November 23: Potentially strange dreams or events overnight can leave a disjointed vibe this morning as Mercury semi-squares Venus. It furthers to have some small project to focus upon rather than find each other wanting. The relatively cooperative but not necessarily intimate mood can help with big holiday shopping trips in crowded places. The mood lightens this afternoon as the Moon sextiles Venus and Jupiter, and encourages a chance to laugh, connect, walk the dog, and heal through camaraderie. The mood grows smokier and muskier, both more distant and more intimate, late tonight as the Moon enters Scorpio.
Moon square Saturn 1:52 AM, Moon square Pluto 8:31 AM, Mercury semi-square Venus 3:51 PM, Moon sextile Venus 6:59 PM, Moon sextile Jupiter 7:49 PM, Moon enters Scorpio 10:58 PM.
Sunday, November 24: Expect the best of moods and the worst of moods as the Scorpio Moon conjuncts Mars and both oppose Uranus. Together they throw patience out the window. At the same time, Venus conjuncts expansive Jupiter in Sagittarius, which both adds a much-needed sense of humor, optimism, lust for freedom, as it also cranks up the emotions. Be careful around electrical fixtures. Watch political hotspots around the globe. We are rebellious, but each towards something different; we need freedom, but to find that on our own terms. It furthers to express our feelings directly rather than sideways or through difficult action. It will be easier to find words for our feelings tonight as the Moon conjuncts Mercury
Moon conjunct Mars 4:36 AM, Moon opposed Uranus 4:51 AM, Venus conjunct Jupiter 6:33 AM, mars opposed Uranus 9:50 AM, Sun semi-square Saturn 4:52 PM, Moon conjunct Mercury 8:49 PM.
Monday, November 25: Check how the social tectonic plates shifted over the weekend’s wild aspects. There’s a need for closure, whether that pushes us to finish up work before the holidays, helps us get a final report in or take a test, or tell someone off something that’s been bothering us for a long time; the mood encourages endings and beginnings, new cycles. If people are in a rush and on a mission, do not impede. Encourage them or get out of the way.
Moon trine Neptune 1:27 AM, Moon sextile Saturn 3:59 AM, Mercury semi-square Jupiter 5:11 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 10:29 AM, Venus enters Capricorn 5:28 PM.
Tuesday, November 26: Venus in determined Capricorn helps us get the work done and get out of town. It can also bring a manipulative streak or leave us easily fed up by somebody else’s incompetence. The Moon enters restless Sagittarius and conjunct the Sun 8:05 AM MST, this new Moon is perfect for travel, exploring, and expanding our horizons, for letting go and finding hope where didn’t have any before.
Moon enters a Sagittarius 1:50 AM, Moon conjuncts the Sun 8:05 AM, Venus square Chiron 11:27 PM.
Wednesday, November 27: Watch for foggy thoughts and foggy weather conditions, and don’t leave that last suitcase on the stoop when you drive away as the Moon squares Neptune and Neptune turns direct this morning. Track necessities carefully, get lists in place, and exert some patience around noon time. Take breaks as needed, as it may be hard to maintain concentration. Step into a potentially magical evening as Mercury moves into a trine with Neptune. Let the mind wander far and wide when not operating machinery. Leave room for a potential spiritual or creative breakthrough.
Moon square Neptune 4:37 AM, Neptune stations direct 5:32 AM.
Thursday, November 28: The day looks to be busy and competent as the Moon conjuncts Jupiter then enters Capricorn early this morning and helps us launch our plans with enthusiasm. We just have to be careful, with that competent Capricorn Moon, to remember that joy is in the process, not just the product. We’ll be happier the more we can let each person bring to the table what feels right to them, and the less controlling and worried about stereotypical details we are. Be ready to make new traditions as Venus trines Uranus and encourages us to try something different. Midday is sociable, though if a melancholic wave passes through midafternoon, take a moment to remember those who are not with us this year as the Sun semi-squares Pluto, then let a spark of humor light the evening.
Mercury trine Neptune 2:50 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 3:49 AM, Moon enters Capricorn 5:32 AM, Venus trine Uranus 11:27 AM, Moon trine Uranus 11:40 AM, Moon conjunct Venus 11:42 AM, Sun semi-square Pluto 3:44 PM, Moon sextile Mars 5:05 PM.
All times are MST.
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