November 3: “Facts” and Figures
Mercury stations direct at 9:50 a.m.
In the morning hours, Mercury stations direct in Libra after several weeks in retrograde motion—but we’re not out of the woods yet. Mercury’s stations are arguably the most miscommunication-prone periods of its retrograde cycle. Expect the day to have its fair share of technological mishaps and interpersonal misunderstandings, although the confusion will begin to dissipate from this point on, as Mercury pushes steadily forward through its post-retrograde shadow until November 19, restoring our intuitive faculties as it does so. Take today slow and err on the side of caution if you’re forced to undertake negotiations or contractual matters.
The moon is sextile Mars retrograde at 9:57 a.m.
Shortly thereafter, the Gemini moon and Mars retrograde in Aries connect, lending to excitement and overstimulation as we attempt to internalize fluctuating information from minute to minute. Beware biting off more than you can chew in your excitement. Although this connection helps to keep our energy up and minds curious, we can also miss important details by failing to recognize how our desires and impulses skew the validity of the data we’re embracing. Enthusiasm can quickly devolve into anxiousness and even antagonism if the news is not aligned with our personal objectives.
The moon is square Neptune retrograde at 2:43 p.m.
In the late afternoon, the moon locks into a square with Neptune retrograde in Pisces, creating a disconnect between emotional expectations and the illusions which keep us insulated from reality. Confusion may be especially amplified through the media. This is a transit of stress, of dreams denied, of facing the facts. Yet despite the disappointment of the burst bubbles, it is critical to remember that taking off rose-colored glasses can be empowering. Only when we abandon distractions and acknowledge the whole truth can we begin to cultivate the future of our dreams.
Venus is inconjunct Uranus retrograde in Taurus at 6:22 p.m.
In the evening, Venus forms an inconjunct aspect to Uranus retrograde. We are reaching a turning point in how we create and maintain relationships, but there is a lingering reluctance to sacrifice perceived harmony and risk alienating those we love for the prospect of change. At present, overcoming old conditioning seems too challenging, and we’ll likely avoid hard discussions. Although the urgency to shift our behaviors seems less dire, we are coming to accept the necessity of revolutionizing our relationship to the environment, the economy, and each other, lest we continue to fall victim to the injustices born of our complacency.
All the aspects mentioned are calculated in Standard Pacific Time, for greater accuracy please adjust to your own location.