November 5: A Day of Ups and Downs

November 5: A Day of Ups and Downs

The moon is sextile Uranus retrograde at 6:19 a.m. 


At dawn, the moon falls into a gentle sextile with Uranus retrograde in Taurus. Although the Cancer moon’s orientation to domestic bliss initially seems counter to the sensibilities of erratic Uranus, during this transit, we are made aware of how self-care can be a radical act. By nourishing our bodies and spirits in innovative ways, we reclaim a sense of holistic agency over what would otherwise feel like an ordinary morning filled with mundane tasks. We also find ourselves physically and mentally equipped to hold space for others, an attitude that attracts surprise events and encounters.



The moon is square Venus at 10:22 a.m. 


By mid-morning, however, a tense square between the moon and Venus lends to relational disputes. The Cancer moon seeks to defend, while Venus in Libra seeks to blend and merge, and in their clash, we may find ourselves putting up emotional walls where they aren’t effective or necessary. Refusing support at this time, or declining to assist others under the assumption that sharing what we have will somehow debilitate us, is likely a reaction to a memory of a past scenario. Examine your impulses and aim to temper knee-jerk reactions and outbursts.



The moon is trine the sun at 5:07 p.m. 


In the late afternoon, the moon and sun form an easy trine, harmonizing the sensibilities of the emotions and the ego. Both the Cancer moon and the sun in Scorpio are rather self-possessed placements, granting confidence in our objectives and putting us in touch with our instincts and intuition. Expect smooth sailing in communication, however, the amiable nature of this influence will likely be best expressed with those we are closest to, in keeping with the nature of the luminaries in signs associated with creatures with hard outer shells who don’t reveal their soft bits to strangers.



The moon is square Mars retrograde at 8:08 p.m. 


The moon is square Juno at 8:09 p.m. 


Come nightfall, the moon falls into a square to Mars retrograde, causing tempers to suddenly flare without warning. Naturally compromise is recommended, but compromise is akin to failure for warlike Mars in Aries, and the Cancer moon will claim its feelings are righteous, creating an irrational impasse. It will be difficult to find common ground at this time, and the best course of action is to walk away from issues that require delicacy to resolve.


A minute later, the moon and Juno square off, a transit that can make for truly nasty fights. Juno in Scorpio’s penchant for using conspiratorial tactics to achieve the upper hand is wounding to the sensitive nature of the Cancer moon, causing jealousies to erupt and calling loyalties into question. This influence exacerbates trust issues—whether real or imagined. Lies may be uncovered, but the responsibility is not taken. It’s possible that the parties who clash under this influence will cut each other down and both will walk away feeling victorious. Everyone assumes they have “won” the battle, but the war is lost, and the damage could be lasting. Much like the moon square Mars—walk away! Save arguments for a day with fewer extremes.


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