Astrology

Adaptability is key this month, with significant sign changes, reversals of direction, and intimate interactions between the inner and outer planets. Mercury stations direct on Nov. 20, with Neptune following a week later. Both in water signs, the two form a trine aspect throughout late November, allowing the dreaming mind greater influence over our waking
consciousness. On Nov. 24, the two planets of good fortune, Venus and Jupiter, come into conjunction. This beneficent event occurs alongside a more challenging aspect — the
Moon and Mars in opposition with Uranus. This combination elicits unexpected exposures of
emotion and desire. Venus moves into Capricorn the next day, with Jupiter following on Dec. 2. This is the first sign change in over a year for Jupiter. In Sagittarius, Jupiter was all about inspiration. In Capricorn, Jupiter will help us manifest those visions through concrete action. Entering the sign as Venus conjuncts the South Node, Venus helps us to draw forth gifts from our past. With four planets total in Capricorn (Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto), it’s an auspicious time to take the lead and act with confident execution. Employ your skills and resources wisely by grounding them in the integrity of diligent effort.

Astronomy

The planets continue to dance across the sky, providing a real-time tutorial on their relative speeds and movements. Venus returns to her role as the Evening Star, appearing in the southwestern sky after sunset. Meanwhile, Mercury, following a brief respite behind the Sun, joins Mars in the morning sky. With Mercury rising roughly an hour ahead of the Sun, however, we are unlikely to see it so low in the predawn sky. Look instead for reddish
Mars near the bright blue star, Spica of the Virgo constellation. If you need additional guidance, wait for Nov. 22 to 25, when the waning crescent Moon will glide past the trio. On the evening of Nov. 24, Venus and Jupiter will make a dazzling conjunction. Their union will appear as the skies darken after sunset, and the pair dip below the western horizon shortly thereafter. In a series of planetary meetings, the Moon visits Mars, then Mercury, and then the Sun for the New Moon on Nov. 26. The Moon then emerges in the evening sky as a waxing crescent, joining Venus and Jupiter on the 28th. Keep an eye on Venus, who will continue to ascend in the evening sky, making a conjunction with Saturn on Dec. 10.

~ Dawn Andreoni is yoga teacher and astrologer living on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. You can find more about her offerings at celestialdawnastrology.com or follow her at facebook.com/astronotions.