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Belinda Dunn is a professional astrologer, trained at The Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, and has more than 35 years experience. See her bio and contact info at the end of this column.

What's Up: November 2014

November 2014
Scorpio/Taurus Full Moon
November 6 @ 5:23 p.m.
Sagittarius New Moon
November 22 @ 7:32 a.m.

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From start to finish, November is a month for completion of the past in preparation for the future. We can look forward to see a new terrain of planetary forces coming into play by year’s end.

Completions & Preparation for the New
In the meantime, as the Sun moves through Scorpio skies, there is work to be done, and significant adjustments to be made on many levels. While Daylight Savings Time ends on November 2, the planets are in harmony throughout this first weekend, supporting the distinctive seasonal shift as northern hemisphere moves deeply into autumn.

It is very important to take care of yourself this month as the physical body is home to soul and spirit on this dimension. The Full Moon on November 6 highlights the final stages of Saturn’s transit through Scorpio (October 2012 - December 2014).

It is completely normal to feel weary after a long challenge. After a long battle, the warrior must come home to rest. While there is little fight left, and it is tempting to give in to exhaustion and depletion, it is important to not give up.

Staying the Course
For so many people, these past two years of Saturn in Scorpio have been a battle of epic proportions, showing up in a variety of ways. The primary themes for most people have revolved around the big three areas of money, relationships and health.

It has been a somber time. After all, Scorpio is the zodiac sign of endings, the finality of death that opens consciousness to the mysterious realm of rebirth.
Scorpio is where the rubber meets the road, and the vacillating impermanence of this earth dimension is unmistakably driven home.

The Scorpian’s stinger has a few more swipes as Venus joins Saturn on November 12, Sun joins Saturn on November 18, and Mercury gives the final exclamation point on the 25th. In actuality, in the darkness of having no fight left, the possibilities become endless if these planetary forces are heeded and engaged in positive ways.

All along, Saturn in Scorpio has been pointing the way up and out of shadowy challenges, pointing the way to mastery. But, the question is, have we heeded the call? Is humanity truly listening? Each person, in their heart of hearts, is receiving answers and guidance, conscience and intuition.

The problem is, so often we don’t have the fortitude, trust and perspective to follow through on the subtle, or perhaps not so subtle, guidance being received. Too often, humanity is running around busy, afraid, distracted, and yes ,.... desperately searching.

Others are Our Own Reflections
Recently someone was voicing to me desperation - metaphorically on their knees and begging for help. However, every realistic and practical suggestion I made was met with excuses. At first I was frustrated, but upon contemplation, I realized this is a good reflection of the shadows I have been facing in my own nature.

This incident has compelled me to be more alert and committed to follow through on guidance, stop making excuses, and really actualize the discipline needed to thrive in these final months of Saturn’s transit through Scorpio. As the Buddha is recorded as saying, "Easy to do are the things that are bad and harmful to oneself. But exceedingly difficult to do are the things that are good and beneficial."

I had another insightful conversation with an astute psychologist, a close friend that shares my love of astrology. She summarized the current planetary trends in bullet points, "Pluto is about digging deep. Saturn is the discipline to do the work, and with Uranus don’t be surprised at what you find."

Not everyone is willing or able to access the deeper levels of psychological inquiry, but there is rich healing available for those courageous to take a look.

Discipline, Focus, Forbearance and Fortitude
The theme of discipline, focus, forbearance and fortitude is furthered this month as Mars in Capricorn joins Pluto on November 10. A few days later on the 12th Mars squares Uranus, activating the on-going planetary trends of recent years. November is a month when issues are due to surface, come to a head, and precipitate the type of crisis that really gets things moving.

Since Pluto’s transit into Capricorn in 2008, on-going challenges have revolved around the economy, employment, financial institutions, corporate and government power. Ruled by Saturn, the planet of karma, Capricorn is one of the most potent of zodiac teachers.

Demonstrating its highside, Capricorn aims to excell through ethical standards, integrity and genuine contribution to the overall advancement of society. The downside of Capricorn is selfish short sightedness that leads to avarice, greed and corruption. It is plain to see, an enormous restructuring is taking place with no end in sight.

Time to Get Creative
Meanwhile, Uranus continues an unrelenting thrust for innovation that includes humanitarian concern and conservation of the planet. While there is a cacophony of voices vying for control, there seems to be little agreement on practical and realistic solutions. While these are clearly the signs of the times, November poses many unique opportunities to deal with extremes, a sense of urgency and necessity for adaptation.

This planetary configuration is like a pressure cooker, ready to shake things up at a moment’s notice. A variety of events on the global stage may prove to be the "straw that breaks the camel’s back."

While Mars joins Pluto every two years only, there is a tendency for conditions that have been simmering to be turned up a notch. Acting together, these planets tend to expose, explode and implode, and tension can be quite extreme.

Probably wise to take a cautious approach, listen to your intuition, and as my grandmother would say, "keep your wits about you."

Global Compassion, Prayer & Generosity Stimulated
Mid-month trends take a turn to the inspirational and altruistic. Neptune in Pisces returns to direct motion on the November 16, while Venus enters Sagittarius on the same day. Together these planets stimulate compassion, unconditional love and generosity, a fitting combination as the holiday season is around the corner.

The zodiac signs of Pisces and Sagittarius deal in the abstract realm of faith, hope and belief. This can signal a global event that turns hearts to collective prayer as well as more grass roots events joining people together in spirit.

A Sagittarius New Moon on November 22 really gets the ball rolling in spiritual matters. The Sagittarian Archer aims into the heart of matters an arrow of truth.

Truth Transforms for the Better
The search for meaning and purpose in this world of form is ancient, and each culture embodies specific rituals to support this quest. As our global society prepares to transition into 2015, this New Moon sets the pace for giving voice to the truth.

Now, dear readers, these words may appear lofty and beyond one’s personal sphere of influence. Our current world situation, as grim as it appears, thrives on glamour, deceit, fear and misinformation. However, in the dark shadows of Saturn’s transit through Scorpio, much has come to light, and a wealth of transformative truth has been discovered.

Sagittarius is the zodiac sign that gets the word out, and we are due for an uprising of voices standing for the beautiful, true and good for all.

In reality, it is in the small, and apparently inconsequential ways, that truth begs to be expressed and spoken. In the ordinary flow of daily life, there are abundant opportunities to take a hand, look into someone’s eyes and communicate care and kindness.

Everywhere the eyes gaze, there are abundant opportunities to take in all the beauty of nature’s bounty and be grateful. Enjoy!

Belinda C. Dunn is a professional astrologer with over 35 years experience. She is available for your personal consultation. Phone: 828-215-2101 Email: Website: