The Sun continues it's annual passage through emotionally introverted Scorpio until Nov. 22, when the Sun enters the outgoing sign of Sagittarius the Archer. But on Nov. 18 the two most benefic planets- Venus and Jupiter, go stationary-direct, which can elicit a general feeling of love, happiness, and blessings.
On Oct. 8 Venus went retrograde at 13 Scorpio, and the recent New Moon(11/5) fell at that same degree. The house in one's birth chart where Venus has been transiting, is the area of life that may have been delayed or on hold- as were the affairs linked to the houses with Taurus and Libra on the cusp. As Venus relates to desires, pleasure, love, and relationships- it's retrograde period tends to reflect an inward focus on such matters, that may involve a process of review or revision. Since our values determine our decisions to a great extent, it's important to be clear about what we value, and what people or things support a true sense of self value.
Expansive Jupiter has been retrograde since July 23, and it's Nov. 18 station-direct only 4 days before the Sun enters Sagittarius(ruled by Jupiter), will infuse a sense of hopefulness and enthusiasm, as we start the holiday festivities with Thanksgiving here in the west.
The day before the Sun moves into fiery, upbeat Sag, we have a Full Moon at the 29th degree of Taurus the Bull- conjunct Alcyone, leading star of the Pleiades, known as the weeping star. (According to Ptolemy the Pleiades star cluster, or 'seven sisters', are of the nature of the Moon and Mars.) This is the second of five Full Moon's all at the 29th and final degree of their respective signs. The last portion or 'terms' of each zodiacal sign are ruled by either Mars or Saturn, and perhaps this is why the late degrees of signs are considered challenging or difficult. The squares from Neptune and Chiron to this Full Moon suggest inspired healing on the one hand, or wounded idealism on the other. (Perhaps, the transits of Neptune and Chiron to the U.S.(7/4/1776) Moon reflect the disappointment with President Obama.)
As we move into a less burdensome period after surviving the epic cardinal cross/crisis, and the recent Scorpionic phase of intense emotions and moulting, we can accept the good and appreciate our blessings with a more profound gratitude.
"Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will." ~Jawaharlal Nehru
Sagittarius the Centaur, by Deborah Houlding: