November 26: Healing the Shadow

November 26: Healing the Shadow

The moon is square Pluto at 5:50 a.m.


The moon is square Jupiter at 10:15 a.m.


Before dawn, the Aries moon forms an edgy square to Pluto in Capricorn, amplifying anxieties and fears. The darker compulsions of our unconscious can potentially be unleashed on those we are closest to, as we avoid taking responsibility for injurious actions. This is a transit of bypassing and denial. We may be confronted with the violence we perpetrate on others through prejudice, or be forced to deal with the repercussions of our ancestors’ behavior.


Beneath our scapegoating lies fears of scarcity or losing the comforts afforded through privilege. This can be a time for healing, but healing requires making space to study our shadows, and we may miss the mark now; more upset that a secret has been outed than willing to acknowledge the harm we do via complicity or silence.


Later in the morning, the moon squares Jupiter in Capricorn, creating a clash between our desire for immediate gratification and the necessity of committing to a long-range, big-picture plan. Although this influence doesn’t create the same extreme emotions generated by the moon square Pluto, we are less tolerant of other’s shortcomings as well as our own now.


The underlying drive here is wanting the freedom to do things as we like, but knowing that we have a larger role to play in a grander scheme of activity. We will have an easier time approaching this moment with tempered expectations. If you are unenthusiastic about the work that lies ahead, provide yourself with small rewards for hitting short-term milestones.  



The sun is trine Chiron retrograde at 1:52 p.m.


In the afternoon, the sun in Sagittarius forms a relaxing trine to Chiron retrograde in Aries, promoting healing through motivation and optimism. Anxieties weigh less heavily on us now, which means we engage with our problems without resorting to accusations, or conversely, getting caught up in minutiae of all the ways we are not doing “enough.” By feeling confident and strong within ourselves, we mitigate the ways we casually perpetrate hurt on others in a trickle-down effect of victimization. We are not bound to serve our wounds. Our pain is only as strong as our belief that self-definition is contingent upon our encounter with it.  



The moon is square Saturn at 3:46 p.m., and moon void of course begins


The moon enters Taurus at 7:43 p.m., and moon void of course ends


The Aries moon squares off with Saturn in Capricorn in the mid-afternoon and the moon void of course begins. Loneliness now may be a direct byproduct of upsetting those around you with your attitude or agenda. We feel limited by circumstance, and this limitation serves to remind us of setbacks or upsets experienced in childhood, which only adds to the distress.


This transit creates a disconnect in our perception of events by interrupting our awareness of time and space. Truly, the best thing to do now is to take responsibility for our actions. Do you owe someone an apology? Were your actions inappropriate? Upon reflection, we might need to clear the air, but wait a few hours until the moon enters Taurus to have important discussions.


Once the moon exits its void of course and ingresses into peaceful Taurus, our emotions become less turbulent. We can pinpoint where we acted out of line, and can clarify our behavior by speaking to and interacting with others more calmly. The Taurus moon slows the pace, making circumstances seem less dire. We hold less tension in our body, which allows for fuller breathing, less constriction of blood flow, and clearer thinking.



Mercury is conjunct Juno at 9:01 p.m.


At night, messenger-planet Mercury and the goddess asteroid Juno align in Scorpio, leading to intense discussions with lovers and partners. The nature of the intensity is largely determined by the nature of the relationship in question. If a connection is typically fraught, this can exacerbate the potential for discord and arguments. If a connection typically channels passion in healthy ways, this can engender a penetrative meeting of the minds. We may not walk away on the same page, but we will have a greater understanding of, and respect for, another’s perspective and their needs.


All the aspects mentioned are calculated in Standard Pacific Time, for greater accuracy please adjust to your own location.