Precisely conveying the meaning of Neptune is about as easy as nailing down a piece of jello. Fully describing its retrograde is even more complicated. Then again, this is the elusive planet of dreams, illusion and deception that is invisible to the naked eye. Its gamut runs from fully realized enlightenment to clinical insanity, with addictions thrown somewhere in between. Definitions aside, the distant rascal has been retrograde since June 25th, and on December 1st it will station and begin to make forward progress.
Mars in Scorpio
Everything is relative. Following the past month of escalated Scorpio intensity, the coming week doesn’t look so bad. In fact, it even has a few sweet spots. Those include the Moon’s visits to soothing Cancer and thoughtful Virgo. On the whole though, the infectious optimism of the Sagittarius Sun is still struggling to gain momentum. This week’s biggest obstacle will come from an ornery Leo Moon that will be presiding over the Thanksgiving holiday.
This week will pair the contradictory forces of fixed sign tension with the Sun’s annual arrival into freedom-loving Sagittarius. The Scorpio Sun will square Jupiter on Monday, Mars will oppose Uranus on Wednesday, the full Moon will clock in at a formidable 27 Taurus 14 early Friday morning and Scorpio-based Mercury will square Jupiter on Saturday. That full Moon includes a lunar eclipse, the first of an incoming series that will last until October 2023.
The week’s flashpoint will arrive on Wednesday when Mercury and Mars will square Saturn under a prickly Aquarius Moon. Thankfully, that hotspot is buffered by the Moon’s visits to Capricorn and Pisces. Under current alignments, those lunar transits will present some very harmonious options. It all gets started on Monday morning when the waxing Moon conjoins Venus, also newly arrived into Capricorn.
Thursday’s new Moon in Scorpio and Friday’s sign changes for Venus and Mercury are set to amplify larger trends. The Saturn Uranus squares in fixed signs have been a hallmark of 2021. As those two powerhouse planets remain in tight alignment through 2022, many of the conditions set this year will cement. For the past two months, as the personal planets cycled through Virgo and Libra, the fixed sign friction has receded, a bit. But the Sun’s entrance in Scorpio on October 23rd put the element of fixed water on the table, and set the Sun on a course for squares to Saturn and Jupiter and an opposition to Uranus.