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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 2016

Scorpio/Taurus Full Moon
November 14 @ 8:52 am

Sagittarius New Moon
November 29 @ 7:18 am

Focus on Follow-Through
On the heels of Halloween and All Saints Day, Scorpio is the zodiac sign of transition and transformation. We see this theme everywhere. From autumn leaves releasing their hold, to bare fields resting after harvest, this is a month of completion with an eye on a new year around the corner.

November is a full speed a head month. All planets visible with the naked eye, Mercury through Saturn, are in direct motion. Offering significant momentum, this is the month to put distractions aside, and focus on the possibilities for constructive progress.

Throughout October, Mars was in Capricorn, the zodiac sign of discipline and organization. Take stock of the past five weeks. You may find goals have become more decisive, definitive and clear. Consider the areas of your life that can improve with more follow through and discipline. Step aside from habit and obligation, heed the quiet, still, inner voice for helpful and reasonable clues.

In the homestretch of the most turbulent and controversial political season in recent history, the general populace is ready for a break from the media uproar.

The incendiary rhetoric hearkens back to a wild-west showdown complete with hostile and impatient madness. As November begins, Sun and Mercury are in Scorpio. In keeping with Scorpio's secretive nature, ballots will be cast, and a winner will be proclaimed.

Post Election Change Toward Aquarius
Just after midnight on November 9 – the day after our election, Mars enters Aquarius. The shift will be palpable. While October called for patient perseverance and diligence, there will be an upswing as Aquarius kicks into energetic gear.

The zodiac sign of Aquarius supports unique, unconventional and free expression as well as unity in community. As election results stream in, and contestants proclaim victory or defeat, Mars in Aquarius implies an emergence of a progressive agenda, most likely a victory for equality. Dispelling the heavy cloud of election turmoil, Mars in Aquarius will propel awareness into a distinct turn toward the future.

Over the past 18 months a very disturbing and disruptive planetary trend has been in effect, namely Saturn squaring Neptune. Casting a spell of glamour or melodrama upon mundane affairs, these planets have served to stir up illusion and controversy as well as uncover subterfuge and hidden agendas.

For all the voices vying for attention, and loudly proclaiming truth, real truth remains elusive, obscured by the binding and blinding spell of paradox. The stormy clouds of dissent are beginning to clear in November, but not without a final reckoning.

As Neptune enters a direct phase on November 19, and Saturn transits into new territory, we will witness a final wrap up in the personal, national and global issues that have absorbed so much attention.

November's Full Moon is a SuperMoon on the 14th
Opposing each other, Sun and Moon face off, highlighting the contrast between Taurus and Scorpio. While Scorpio is very mysterious, intense and secretive, Taurus is practical, grounded and realistic. These are the zodiac signs of resources defined as money in the bank as well as possessions, insurance, debt and inheritance.

Illuminating these sensitive areas of finance can bring many relationships to a crisis point. However, these influences serve to prioritize and clarify what truly matters in the long run.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Sun enters celebratory and enthusiastic Sagittarius on November 21. The planet associated with Sagittarius is Jupiter. Known for extravagance, and doing everything BIG, Jupiter lays out quite a feast.

When Jupiter is involved there is a tendency to throw caution to the wind, and go to extremes. This is especially the case this holiday season. The prevalent mindset of buy now/pay later is troubling in light of current economic trends.

As the merchandising industry ramps up its advertising assault, many people eschew the hoopla in favor of low key and meaningful celebration. On a positive note, Jupiter instills hope, faith, enthusiasm and inspiration.

On Thanksgiving day, Moon, Venus, Jupiter and Pluto, will provide an uplifting and bounteous atmosphere. Matters of the heart always play a role during the holiday season, but especially this year. Attraction and aversion give an extra dose of intensity to festive gatherings.

Relationships figure strongly. There may be secrets disclosed, and insight gained. Not all will happily agree, so this is not a day to force agreement in sharing ideas and opinions.

Democracy Is Diversity
On a personal note, I was raised in a politically active Republican family, therefore I have been privy to many changes in the party over the years. With interest and dismay, I have witnessed the slow disintegration of the Grand Old Party. This election is especially touching as my father passed on earlier this year, and this is the first election he is not here to perform his civic duty and vote.

I am not sure if he could vote for the Republican candidate, and in a strange way, I am relieved he didn't live to witness this election. What I know is this. There was never a day that I didn't admire my father. He was a true gentleman, a man of honesty, integrity, morality and kindness. He stood strong in this grand experiment of democracy, and each day he aimed to live the ideals put forth by the founding fathers.

Many complex factors have contributed to this current election, and experts will extrapolate and analyze for years to come. However, from my experience, I have witnessed an issue that the founders were very insistent upon. The essential nature of democracy is built upon the separation of church and state. It's not enough to just talk about freedom of worship, and then turn around and control, inflame, demean and divide people based on faith.

Diversity is America Being Great
In my view, the Republican party started losing momentum when politicians saw the advantage of involving the churches. They saw a huge block of potential voters, and initially abortion became the central issue of moral dispute. Not only did this create a huge division in political parties, but it started leading us down a very slippery slope.

Today it is assumed that religious leaders have a right and responsibility to express their opinions to their flock. In a way, the party was high jacked by prejudice, religion and the so-called “moral” right. Over time this has weakened the party, I believe, leaving it open to confusion and infiltration of ideologies that cannot adapt to current social issues.

Granted, the world in the late 1700's was nicely and neatly divided by distance and isolation. In an increasingly global society, it is a matter of accepting and promoting diversity within a healthy continuum of peaceful cohabitation.

We can focus on differences with the self-righteous I, or eye these differences through a fully functioning open heart of humility, curiosity and respect. The world has been closely watching this election. The challenge of democracy as a viable system of social organization is the challenge of our common humanity.

Sabian Symbols for Interpretation
The zodiac appears in a star-studded sky as a 360-degree circle. Each degree is potent with rich symbolism. In 1925, an astrologer and clairvoyant joined skills, and together they received a download of symbolic pictures for each degree. Known as the Sabian symbols, these symbols have been contemplated and tested for accuracy over the decades, and used widely in astrological interpretation.

The Sabian symbol for the Sagittarius New Moon on November 29 is very revealing, setting the stage for the next lunar cycle. In light of the ancient adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” the Sabian symbol for 8 degrees Sagittarius is telling. “Within the depths of the earth new elements are being formed.”

The astrologer's added keynote states, “The alchemical fire which both purifies and transforms the very substance of a man's inner life.” Humanity is on a quest for meaning in a vast, star studded, worlds upon worlds existence.

The general tendency is to reach outward for leadership and guidance, and journey far and wide for purpose. Over the eons, many mystics, yogis and contemplatives have dedicated their lives to the reality that, for the most part, answers dwell within. Truly, humanity has barely begun to tap into, and comprehend the true nature of our unique human design.

America the Beautiful & Abundant
I have felt led to share the United States astrology chart over the past five months. While the chart shows a complex and compelling destiny, it is filled with inspiration. I would like to leave you with one of it’s most positive and obvious aspects.

At the country's inception, Venus and Jupiter joined in the zodiac sign of Cancer, a clear sign of rich, awe inspiring and fertile land, blessed with an abundance of resources. A fully laden “horn of plenty” graced the first Thanksgiving table.

This abundance is not be hoarded and guarded, it is to be gratefully and graciously shared. Enjoy!

Relationship Astrology Analysis
Jupiter is in Libra for the next 12 months, and all signs point to relationship. See full description of Compatibility Consultation on Belinda's site:

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