Astrology 11/14-11/20: Threads

Astrology 11/14-11/20: Threads

The Full Moon in Taurus

Our week between stories begins with the Full Moon in Taurus, which occurs early Monday morning.  This is an unusually potent lunation, for a pair of reasons.  First, this Full Moon occurs in the tropical sign of Taurus, the sign of Luna’s exaltation.   Second, it is a “super moon.”

Although the term “super moon” has been widely abused by social media and poor journalism, it is nonetheless descriptive of a real phenomenon.   The term refers to the times when the Moon is closer to Earth than usual, as the distance between us and our satellite varies from roughly 225 thousand miles to 252 thousand.  During the Full Moon which begins this week, the Moon will be much closer than the average distance, and will appear correspondingly brighter in our sky.  This gives the Full Moon just that much more juice.

Though the excess of lunar power present at the beginning of the week can certainly serve to fuel lunacy of the typical sort, with a little bit of direction, this Full Moon’s potency can be used, personally, for works of stabilization.

Taurus is a sign of the Earth element, suggesting works of solidification, stabilization and relaxation.  Seek for a moment mineral consciousness, and take comfort in gravity’s steady embrace.  Then, like a plant, search with your roots.  You will find purchase below, an anchor which will keep you from getting buffeted about by the winds currently howling.  Then, ascending to the busy world of animal consciousness, locate and the meet your creaturely needs. If you want to be capable of great efforts, heroic exertions, then you must be taken care of exquisitely.   Soothe and nurture yourself like a prize-winning race horse,  like a beloved pet— like the valuable beast you are.

This Full Moon also intersects meaningfully with many of this year’s most potent moments.  As I wrote in November 2016: Sorting Stories:

“This lunation sees the Sun at 23 Scorpio- the exact degree in which Mars stationed direct during June.  Furthermore, the Moon will occupy 23 Taurus- the very same degree which Mercury stationed retrograde in at the end of April.  

This Full Moon should thus serve to complete several of the storylines which began during the second quarter of the year.  This Full Moon is thus of particular importance to anyone with planets in the vicinity of 23 Fixed, and certainly for those with birthdays Nov, May, Aug or Feb 10th-15th.”

 

Between Stories

This week is host to one of November’s most important configurations, the direct station of Neptune in conjunction with Ketu.  As I wrote in November 2016: Sorting Stories:

Distant blue Neptune is the center of a few rather important events during the middle of November. First, and most obviously, Neptune stations direct on November 19th.  Retrograde since June, this reversal sees Neptune click into its seven month long direct phase.  It also happens that during Neptune’s direct station that the planet and the South Node of the Moon conjoin.  Although they have shared the sign of Pisces for over a year, it is on November 17th that they overlap precisely.

The South Node has a purifying influence on the other planetary bodies it intersects.  This process of purification necessarily involves the separation of the pure from the impure, the medicine from the poison, the food from the feces.  Applied to Neptune, this process necessarily targets the stories which both surround and inhabit us.

Stories are not merely passive reflections, they are causal viruses. They shape and re-arrange the conscious systems they infect.  The conjunction of the Neptune and the South Node is a call to clean up our dreams, to purge toxic narratives, to let go of the stories which no longer serve.  Though human beings do not physically shed their skin, we do so on a psychic level.  Sometimes, we must slough off an old story in order to grow a newer and more authentic one.

This narrative crisis is larger and more collective than I expected when I wrote the above passage, as the results of the American election have since disrupted a great number of storylines.   For many the expected future, whether desired or disgusting, did not arrive.

Follow the thread of the plot of any story, individual or collective, back far enough, and eventually it will lead you to the place between narratives, the space between dreams. This is where the stories come from, and this is where they go.  The womb and tomb of narratives.  Like all bardos, all crossroads, all between-spaces, this one is full of both sorcerous power and intense discomfort.

Before you follow a plotline back to the surface, take a moment to survey the unintelligible complexity of Destiny’s loom.  The fabric of the real is not woven of one or fifty threads, but instead a catastrophic abundance of luminous cords.  Listen and hear the muttering voices of the trillion, whispering plotlines.  Our story is a rich, a multidimensional tapestry of breathtaking horror and beauty.  It is not a simple tale of triumph or failure, though victories and defeats abound within it.

This is an uncomfortable place, and it is tempting to seize on the nearest and most familiar threads, most of which are tales of disaster, decline and degradation.  The future has, in recent decades, become a breeding ground for tales of dystopia and apocalypse.  We increasingly imagine ourselves as survivors of one world-ending event or another, cast members of the Walking Dead.

We have collectively done an excellent job of imagining what could go wrong, yet there is a paucity of tales of how things might go right.  The narratives which do imagine happy futures are fraying at the edges.  Indeed, our old utopias are not only increasingly untenable, many have become downright toxic.  The task, then, for those who find themselves among the looms, is to stay, and to seek out the threads which lead to futures, both individual and collective, which offer more than mere survival.

As is clear from the events of this year, our old legends are dying.  Not only are grand narratives losing power, but artists of mythic potency are departing in droves. With their death, it becomes the responsibility of the living to step into their mythic shoes.  If we do not, we cede that tremendous and vital power to the dead, and to the past.  Though we must bury heroes, we must not inter magic.  Their departure is a promethean call to the living— to become the equal of our ideals, the peers of our heroes.  Love the greatness which shone within them, but also love the greatness growing inside you, and watch the legends beginning to flower in the people around you.

HOROSCOPES

Horoscopes are not a real chart reading by an experienced astrologer. They are fun and can be reasonably accurate, however. In addition to referring to your Sun sign, read from your Ascendant and Moon if you know them. If you don’t, find out! I’m a long time fan of the free chart generation software at astro.com.
Aries: The Ram

The silver light of this Monday’s Full Moon falls on what you possess, materially and otherwise. Count your blessings, and the pennies you can call your own. If the flow of resources into and out of your life is insufficient, this Full Moon is an excellent time to consider practical ways to work on improving it.
Meanwhile, Neptune’s station atop the South Node beckons you downward, into the swirl of stories just underneath your daily consciousness. Spinning, like a loom, your plotlines are knit together there, and characters cast.

Taurus: The Bull

The Full Moon which begins this week shines directly on you, and you may find that your moods possess a heightened tidal power during this time. Your job is to accept and ground this influx of lunar power, and the emotional awareness it brings.
Meanwhile, Neptune stations atop Ketu, asking you to examine the stories you tell about your friends, colleagues, and enemies. It may be time to edit some of the dialogue happening here, or perhaps rewrite entire subplots.

Gemini: The Twins

The light of this Monday’s Full Moon falls at the edges of your psyche, illuminating things normally only half seen. This lunation is good for reflection upon, as well as more active exploration, of the mysteries.
Meanwhile, this week Neptune stations atop the South Node, asking you to re-examine the story you’ve been telling yourself about your professional life. Maybe you’ve got the story right, maybe not. Either way, it’s worth looking at how well the story lines up with the facts thus far.

Cancer: The Crab

The Monday’s Full Moon sets a stabilizing tone for the next fortnight, and will do its best to invite people over to keep you company. If you can’t unruffle your own feathers, let your friends have a go at it.
Meanwhile, Neptune turns direct atop the South Node, asking you to take another look at the path you’re walking. Look at the sequence of events and omens which has led you to this point. Is there a name for this path, a title for your species of journey?

Leo: The Lion

The light of the Full Moon this Monday falls on your career, spotlighting the activity occurring there. This lunation asks you to stabilize your professional trajectory, and will be happy to assist you in doing so. It’s not a matter of stop or go, so much as it is one of finding a more sustainable pace, a workable rhythm.
Meanwhile, Neptune stations atop the South Node this week, asking you to take a keener look at the exchanges of time, money and energy between yourself and other people. Look at the stories that have played out there, and ask why they played out that way. There are veils waiting to be lifted there, and new and better stories waiting to be written.

Virgo: The Virgin

The Full Moon in Taurus this Monday throws a pleasing silver light across your long term plans, illuminating the path from here to there.
Meanwhile, Neptune’s direct station atop the South Node this week sends romantic storylines swimming through your psyche. Fairy-tales and betrayals alike break the surface and then sink beneath the waves. Take the time to sort the stories.

Libra: The Scales

The week begins with the Full Moon in Taurus, which throws a light on the time, money and energy you exchange with other people. This lunation is a prompt to consider how you might stabilize and clean up these transactions.
Meanwhile, Neptune re-assumes direct motion this week, right next to the South Node. This pairing asks you to take a good look at the structure of your habits, or, more likely, the lack of structure in your habits.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

This Monday’s Full Moon in Taurus throws a silver spotlight on your relationships. Take some time to contemplate the importance of needs and nurture in partnership.
Meanwhile, Neptune stations direct atop the South Node, pointing toward the tidal flows of your creative energy. Though they may seem to rise and fall of their own titanic proclivity, you might ask yourself whether there’s a better way to harness the power of the waves.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

The week begins with the Full Moon in Taurus, which highlights the pattern of your habits. Consider how you might improve them, keeping in mind that their longevity requires a livable mixture of discipline and release.
Meanwhile, the drama surrounding Neptune this week points toward your relationship with family members. The story you tell about where you came from has so very much to do with where you end up going.

Capricorn: The Goat

The Full Moon in Taurus, which begins the week, sheds light on your creative potency. It’s a good lunation to work on making something, whether its art, fun or love. Allow your pleasures to stabilize and support you.
This week also hosts Neptune’s conjunction with the South Node. This combination asks you to recognize the hypnotic power of daily and weekly patterns. How might you arrange your calendar so as to induce a more pleasing trance?

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

The Full Moon in Taurus this Monday shines down on your living situation, and charges your familial relationships with silver light. It is a good lunation for nesting and rooting.
Meanwhile, the Neptune station this week asks you to consider the story which has characterized your financial life. If that narrative is inaccurate, or unsuccessful, then consider what other tales you might tell.

Pisces: The Fish

The Full Moon in Taurus this Monday falls on your weekly schedule. Take the opportunity to smooth out and stabilize your calendar.
Meanwhile, Neptune stations atop the South Node in your sign, asking you to take a step back from the story you’ve been living, and to take another look at the character you play. There is wisdom here, and power, in the space between stories, the liminal moment between roles.

Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.

11 Comments

  1. Shaina 3 years ago

    Of course, in true Neptunian fashion, as those dreams die they first balloon like soap bubbles and send reflections spinning wildly back at us.

    I don’t think any of us expected this. Those of us making predictions saw satisfaction and stability in HRC’s chart, unhappiness and uncertainty in DT’s (particularly if you look at Chirotic patterns). The shock of election night was equal to my shock that astrology had failed me so mightily. Then I connected the dots. First of all, uncertain birth time for HRC. Saturn may be squaring her moon. Second, I underestimated the Uranus trine Moon transit for DT, and was too lazy to check his progressions despite a known birth time. Mea culpa.

    But… the photos that came out of the two of them in the past few days really were the kicker. DT looks like he’s about to keel over of shock. Reports are circulating that he didn’t want the job, never expected to get it, was planning to construct a media empire on the ashes of his campaign, capitalizing on the political martyr narrative that accompanied a lot of populist sentiment on both sides. He does not look excited to tackle a position that has turned its recent inhabitants snow-haired in eight years apiece.

    Photos have surfaced too of HRC. She was caught hiking in the woods. Whether or not it’s a staged photo, she nearly looks like a different woman. Unguarded, easy, light.

    Both the charts played out, but in such intensely different ways than anyone expected. I thought with Saturn and Neptune finally fucking off from their intrasigent square, we were going to see… well, a third term of the Obama presidency, basically. Now I see that we are moving on to, well, something interesting (and I assign it to Saturn in Sag; I think we’ll see stabilization or restriction during this wild Pluto cycle, for better or worse, when Saturn moves into Cap – and frankly, I’m not so excited now). I don’t even mind eating a share of humble pie to all the friends I told HRC was sure to snag the title of first woman president. It reminds me how prophecy can be so right and yet still so wrong. Hashtag human condition.

    The Jupiter opposition to Uranus/Mars on Feb 28 2017 has my eyes peeled (and not just because it activates my own Moon/Mars conjunction exactly). I think we’ll see a spike in the continuation of the political drama unfolding at that point.

    Lovely last paragraph as well, Austin.

  2. weaver 3 years ago

    applause for your post-election commentary. thank you, austin

  3. Jen 3 years ago

    Me too – I am clapping too. Very healing. Bravo.

  4. rachel tsai 3 years ago

    Beautifully written.Voice of reason. You words echo exactly how i feel about the greatest of our artists passing on from this world when their presence seemed to illuminated just the little flicker of light in humanity. For those of us touched and humbled by the ideals and beauty their works pointed to, it’s time to elevate ourselves to that kind of authenticity. Thank you Austin.

  5. Lucas 3 years ago

    “The term refers to the times when the Moon is closer to Earth than usual, as the distance between us and our satellite varies from roughly 225 million miles to 252 million.”

    WAT. Where did you get those numbers?

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      Austin Coppock 3 years ago

      Wrote millions when I meant thousands! Typo corrected.

  6. Mysti 3 years ago

    225 THOUSAND (not million) miles. Please and thank you.

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      Austin Coppock 3 years ago

      Good call.

  7. Ulysses 3 years ago

    Fuckin’ eh Austin!

  8. Mystery 3 years ago

    Thank you for your directed inspiration! I’m on my toes looking forward to what future there is to make.

  9. Spike Neuberger 3 years ago

    Austin, Superb, as usual!!! The basic truth that toxins must rise to the surface to be cleansed holds true!
    This election is the perfect example. The last hurrah, so to speak! Evolvement cannot be stopped.
    The World’s eyes are upon our “leaders”, and we people are rising up. What could be better?!?!
    Let us all stay optimistic! The future will be ROSY!!!
    Yours ascending, Spike Neuberger. ( YouTube: spike neuberger)

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