The beginning of the Vedic Astrology forecast November, 2018, features a movement of the planet Mars that supports social activism. This corresponds with Election Day; supportive energy for mobilizing the tribe and uplifting social movements.
The New Moon on November 6 correlates with Diwali, the Indian Festival of Light, encouraging us to look within for our inner light. Throughout the month, we are affected by aspects ruled by Agni, an energy that continues to illuminate our consciousness.
Prepare now for the Mercury retrograde that begins on November 16 by cultivating clarity of all communication systems.
Vedic Astrology Forecast November 5
Mars enters Aquarius today after being in Capricorn since early May. This long and unprecedented transit of Mars, in fearful Capricorn, will end now. This should feel like a bit of a relief. There is been a “hunkering down” mentality for much of 2018, at least since the spring. Along with this, there has been quite a bit of defensiveness and self-protection dictating our actions. With today’s shift, we can expect a more expansive use of our vitality, courage, and aggressiveness. This is a good time for social activism, especially as it relates to politics. These are actions related to Aquarius.
The Moon is new in Libra today, which begins a 30-day cycle of compromise and relating with others. It may be easy to lose ourselves in our partner’s needs and desires, and then become frustrated and snap back against them. Be careful of this dynamic now. In addition, this is happening with Venus retrograde in Libra, which is already bringing some confusion around our agreements. This New Moon day is called Diwali, the Indian Festival of Light. It is a time when we need to look within, toward our inner light, rather than look externally for it.
This New Moon is in Vishaka Nakshtra, ruled by Indra and Agni, who are the gods of lightning and fire. This particular 30-day cycle takes on a higher, elevated quality. It shows where your individual relationships are being universalized, moving toward something less personal and more transpersonal. Yet along with this, we may experience some frustration with individuals, and a lack of patience or compassion for their struggle.
The Moon is joined with several difficult planets this week. From November 10-12, the Moon joins Saturn in Sagittarius, bringing an awareness of restlessness about our future, our plans, and our hopes. This can lead to deeper solitude based on our teachings.
Then on November 13-14, the Moon joins Ketu in Capricorn which shows a relentless focus on the problems of the world, including money, health, family, and death itself. This also can lead to the realization that our ego and identity in this world of time is not our true self. So, it’s better to not stress too much over it.
On November 15-16, the Moon joins Mars in Aquarius, increasing our frustration with our place in society and with our tribe. But this may also gift us with greater discipline and courage in that tribe. Now is a good time to get real about how much we are “walking the talk,” rather than just projecting our frustrations on to others.
Mercury turns retrograde in Scorpio today; it will be retrograde until December 7. During this time, Mercury will join Jupiter in Scorpio, as well as the Sun in Scorpio. Now is a good time for focusing and deepening your inner dialogue, especially as it is relates to your level of emotional intelligence. We all want to understand things—and be able to put them into words—even if just in our own heads, so we can understand the story of our life.
However, this inner focus may come at the expense of some of life’s outer circumstances and details. This is why it is beneficial to get your communication systems intact before this retrograde cycle begins. Computers, phones, transportation, et cetera, may be sources of frustration now.
The Full Moon today is in Taurus, which provides a harmonic balance with the current Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter in Scorpio. This is a time of increased passion and intensity, since there are so many planets in Scorpio. This Full Moon in Taurus returns us to a state of balance and rest. Today (and tomorrow) are good days to connect to the heart, especially through people and experiences that reaffirm your values and your sense of connection to the world. No, we are not ultimately of this world, but we have incarnated here, and our first order of business is with the world and the people around us.
The Moon is aspected by Jupiter and Mars today which allows us to learn a lot of lessons from those friends and family members we trust. The aspect from Mars may also bring a certain amount of restlessness and dynamism, or even frustration.
This Full Moon happens in Kritikka Nakshtra, which is highly auspicious. The Moon is exalted here, and shows where Agni, the god of fire, helps us to illuminate our mind and consciousness.
The Moon is in Cancer joined Rahu, which shows some very deep emotions getting activated. This can be great for meditation and connecting to your heart. But it can also be very emotional. And those who have hurt you or who evoke strong emotions may pay the price. Be careful of expressing passive aggression and other negative emotional responses. This is especially true because the Moon is joined Rahu, which leads to some confusion and obsession over our feelings.
Now the Moon is in Leo and aspected by Mars in Aquarius. This combination ends the month with a lot of fiery passion and awareness. The energy of Mars in Aquarius has the effect of strengthening your relationship to the tribe. This opposition/aspect to the Moon and Leo brings that lesson into your mind and consciousness with a lot of focus and clarity. We may see many social movements and uprising become deeply energized.
Sam Geppi (Sadasiva) is the author of Yoga and Vedic Astrology and The Ascendant—108 Planets of Vedic Astrology. He is the founder of the American Academy of Vedic Art and Science which offers three levels of certification programs in Vedic Astrology. Currently the Academy has more than 120 students enrolled. Visit Sam’s website at: vedicartandscience.com.