The month of November is associated with transformation and change. In the Northern hemisphere the leaves are falling and the nights are longer. Astrologically, this month brings a shift of planets moving from Libra to Scorpio. November begins with the exalted Saturn, Venus and Sun in Libra but on November 24th there will be four planets in Scorpio: Sun, Saturn, Venus and Mercury. Saturn’s transit into Scorpio is the most significant astrological event this month. Saturn will move into Scorpio on November 2nd.
Saturn leaves Libra
Saturn spends roughly 2 ½ years in each sign. He first entered Libra in November 2011 and, apart from a few months when he retrograded back into Virgo, has been in Libra ever since. When Saturn transits a sign, there are usually aspects of the sign that we need to work with. For example, we have seen a number of challenges related to Libra while Saturn has been in this sign.
Saturn is a friend of Venus, the ruler of Libra, and he is comfortable in this sign. However, we do need to consider that during Saturn’s stay in Libra he was joined by Rahu for a long period of time. This was not an easy combination. Mars also made an unusually long transit first in Virgo, where he is not very comfortable, and then in Libra, during Saturn’s transit in Libra.
Saturn moves into Scorpio
Saturn comes into Scorpio on November 2nd and will stay in this sign until January 26, 2017.
What can we expect from Saturn’s transit in Scorpio? Saturn is not in his favorite sign, in fact, Saturn and Mars (the ruler of Scorpio) are enemies.
In order to understand what this transit might bring let us examine the sign of Scorpio:
Scorpio is the astrological sign reflecting transformation. Two powerful planets, Mars and Ketu, are both rulers of this fixed sign. Fixed signs are firm and the energy of Scorpio is intense. We can sense a powerful nature when people have planets strongly placed in Scorpio.
This is a water sign, and therefore feeling oriented, and people with planets in Scorpio may deal with emotions that are too strong for their own comfort. Scorpios also have a tendency to want to be in control.
Scorpios prefer privacy, they may even be shy. Just like the scorpion they can go underground. They tend to be secretive and can have a hidden agenda. This sign can produce both investigators and spies.
People with planets in Scorpio are analytical and intuitive. They can see things that others overlook. Their interest in the unknown makes them good researchers and diagnosticians. They often have an interest in the metaphysical.
Scorpios are often conservative and will try to hold on to what they have. In this sign we find a struggle between darkness and light, and Scorpio can manifest a wide range of people: from the worst of criminals to the holiest of Saints.
Scorpio relates to the eighth house
Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac and has many similarities with the eighth house in a chart. This house also represents transformation and that which is unknown. The hidden nature of this house/sign can manifest scandals (when secrets are revealed), as well as attract enemies and disease. It can also attract the opposite: health, healing, yoga and psychology.
This house/sign is also indicative of our values and resources; banking, insurance, inheritance and pensions come under its domain. It governs life and afterlife.
What can we expect from Saturn’s transit in Scorpio?
Saturn in a sign ruled by Mars may cause frustration and anger. Mars is impulsive and quick to action while Saturn is slow and careful. However, a highly benefic aspect from Jupiter in Cancer will aid in the process of rightful action. Jupiter remains in Cancer until July 2015 and will cast his favorable aspect upon Saturn until then.
Mars is technical and strategic while Saturn gives discipline and control. Saturn in Scorpio favors engineering and computer science. Technological advances can be made.
This is also a time that will benefit the practice of yoga and massage. Saturn can go deep in Scorpio and benefits psychological work as well as philosophical studies.
Saturn in Scorpio puts focus on underground activities. We might experience increased activity regarding terrorism, espionage and earthquakes. We will likely experience increased control and as a result the police, the military and the secret service may have more power. Issues of personal integrity may arise. There may be increased control regarding taxes.
Issues of aging, security and pensions will likely need to be addressed. The work of banks and insurance companies may undergo changes. We will need to take a deeper look at our resources. There may be also be a focus on oil.
In order to understand Saturn’s impact on us as individuals, we need to know which house is represented by Scorpio in our charts. The area represented by this house will be an area of increased focus and responsibility.
The Vedic Sun is in Scorpio between November 16th and December 15th
The Sun will join Saturn in Scorpio on November 16th. An exact Sun/Saturn conjunction will occur on November 18th at 1’55 in Scorpio.
The Sun and Saturn are bitter enemies. The Sun governs authority and Saturn rules democracy. Perhaps there will be clashes between authorities and groups of people during this time. Venus joins Saturn in Scorpio on November 12th and Mercury enters this sign on November 24th.
Mars and Saturn will both be strong
It is important to understand the position of Mars, the ruler of Scorpio, while Saturn is in Scorpio.
Mars is in Sagittarius until November 27th when he moves into Capricorn. Mars is not only exalted in Capricorn, he also exchanges signs with Saturn. (Mars is in Saturn’s sign and Saturn is in a sign ruled by Mars). This makes both planets very strong favoring discipline and perseverance, and work which is approached in a methodical and organized way. Mars will remain in Capricorn until January 4th, 2015.
Befriend Saturn, and make good use of this time of transition!