Monthly Astrological Insights for November 2023

Date Posted: October 31, 2023

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On November 3, the lunar node Rahu enters the sidereal Pisces and Ketu sidereal Virgo. Lunar nodes transit from one zodiac sign to the previous about one once every 18 months. This is a significant planetary event of November.

Rahu and Ketu are the points of intersections of the earth’s orbit around the Sun and the Moon’s orbit around the earth.  Although these are not planets, they are treated as fictitious planets in astrology since the energy associated with them and their transits through zodiac signs has a significant impact on both at individual and the collective level.

Typically Rahu is considered favorable when it transits through earth or air sign while its counterpart Ketu is favorable when it resides in fire or earth sign.  Of course, the house disposition in a natal chart of these planets will further modify their favorability or un-favorability.

As Rahu enters sidereal Pisces on November 3, Pisces being the water sign, Pisces is unfavorable for Rahu.  Rahu will be suffocating in Pisces.  As a result, on an individual level, for those who have Pisces, Aquarius, Sagittarius, Scorpio, Virgo, Leo, Gemini or Aries as a ninefold (Navamansa) ascendant, and if Rahu is active in their transit charts, they are likely to experience challenging period that might last until Rahu remains active in their transit chart.

For example, if one has Virgo as a ninefold ascendant and if Rahu is active in ones transit chart, and Rahu is unfavorably placed in that person’s natal chart, then that person is likely to run into a serious relationship challenges lasting up to next 18 months. Similarly for a person with Gemini Ninefold ascendant under the similar conditions would likely to experience very serious challenges at work place.

On a collective level, presently Neptune is in Pisces and Neptune loves Pisces, the most favorite zodiac sign for Neptune.  But Rahu’s presence in Pisces for next 18 months is certainly going to be challenging for Neptune to create and maintain its positive energy. 

As a result, our collective spiritual progress through awareness and understanding of what has been going on around us is likely to take backstage losing its momentum to attend to new challenges emerging from Rahu’s transit in Pisces. Some of the outcomes might be listed as: rise in fake spiritualism disguised under illusionary circumstances, temporary gain in holding on to the power by authoritarian regimes like Russia and China, more violence originated from power grab, hate and racism and increased occurrences in man-made and natural calamities.

As far as slow moving planets are concerned, some of them (Neptune, Uranus, Saturn) continue to be retrograde.  As a result, it’s still a period of churning, turmoil, stepping back, introspection and change in all aspects of our personal life but also of our collective life.  The collective life includes world affairs, politics (high probability of government shutdown in the United States), media industries, religions, war and warlike climate and mass communications.

However, the good news is earth will be gaining more than average speed in orbiting around the Sun reaching peak by January 3 or 4.  For sure, it’s a period of lot of activities on earth. Usually it’s a period of growth at all levels of our collective life.  Some of it will certainly be challenging, but it’s a period of finding solutions and marching ahead.

Retrograde Neptune’s transit in sidereal Pisces

After being retrograde, Neptune returned to Pisces on February 15, 2023 and continues to transit through Pisces for the following 13 years (till mid 2036). Neptune being the spiritual planets of our solar system that deal more with heart than mind, it will certainly affect the matters related to Pisces in a significant way. 

Pisces being a water and mutable sign ruled by Jupiter some of its significant characteristics are: Divine, fruitful, fertile, emotional, honest, outspoken, religious, spiritual, nonviolent, polite, modest, moody, affectionate, hermit, psychic, water, compassion, love, heart connection, non-verbal communication and introvert. These qualities complement very well with qualities of Neptune that include: spiritual, intuitive, divine, psychic, magical, highly emotional, moody, clairvoyant, inspiration, imaginative, love, compassionate and mystical. 

As a result, a subtle and slow change in our collective moral and spiritual perceptions is certainly going to be manifested in the way we never experienced before. This era (next 13 years) will be remembered as the period of spiritual inspiration and transformation. Interestingly, this era also complements well with the era of Pluto’s transit in sidereal Capricorn (a sign ruled by spiritual Saturn) that runs in parallel during the same time. The way we have been used to deal with religions will no longer be our norms.  Our moral codes will be greatly influenced by our collective spiritual experiences. And in that sense a subtle but most effective transformation of world morality during this unique era of the next 13 years is likely to take us to a level where the norms solely based on spiritual experiences will dictate and guide our lives with new level of understanding.  

Pisces, being the sign for poets, musicians, singers, monks, religious leaders, spiritual leaders, nurses, nuns, social workers, caregivers, saints, psychics, actors, sailors and ship captains, these respective fields will go through significant transformations. And these transformations will be reflected in the new norms of morality and ethics, expansion of our collective psychic abilities and mystical experiences keeping in line with steady progress in our ability to directly perceive truth. Also, creativity in areas of music will likely complement our spiritual progress. 

In scientific and technological areas, a lot of drastic changes and emerging new ideas coupled with mystical experiences will find their way into innovations and discoveries.  However, it will be the first time the scientific and technological research will be more focused in areas that will bridge the gap between the science and morality. The likely areas of research will be in spiritual healing, and life-force related activities, looking for ways to tap new sources of energy without disturbing global climate (recent news about the possibility of harnessing energy from nuclear fission and minimizing the usage of fossil fuels will very likely be materialized in next 13 years). The return to the holistic and Ayurvedic practices and alternate medicines are also very likely. The availability of inexpensive generic drugs for those who cannot afford the expensive brand name drugs is becoming reality. A new wave of philosophers and philanthropist with their new perspectives on living, in general, will certainly transform our world in next 13 years with a new level of understanding of life.

However with Rahu’s (the north lunar node) transit in sidereal Pisces, the going is likely to be stalled as new challenges emerge that must be dealt.  In that sense, the downside is likely to become more significant than normal. On the downside, the religious leaders and social reformers may tend to form cults and spread cult like activities, rise in organized religion scandals, deceptive activities under the disguise of promise of spiritual experiences are likely to be on rise in certain parts of the world.  The scandals of the secretive collaboration between the medical doctors and pharmaceutical industries will continue to be exposed.  The increase usage of mind altering drugs, disregard for social and to some extent moral responsibility, rise in mental disorders, and losing the touch with reality are some of the likely symptoms of the negative side of Neptune. One of the prominent fall-outs of the Piscean Neptune will be a significant decline of authoritarian regime’s influence around the world.  Russia, China and other authoritarian regimes will continue to lose their hold as they face the forces of our collective spiritual transformation.

On individual level for those who have water sign (Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces) as their ascendant in their natal ninefold (Navamansh) chart should get ready for a brand new and long lasting (13 years) cycle of change, especially a very pronounced cycle for those who have Neptune as a dominant planet in their birth charts. The changes that might occur would be very subtle and would deal with new or renewed interest in spirituality, openness, psychic abilities to perceive truth, divine experiences, transformed perceptions and beliefs, and the way of living.  

Russian-Ukraine war and senseless killings

The intensity of Russian-Ukraine war has been steady at a remarkable speed with both sides incurring severe human tolls and destruction of wealth. The war continues with Ukraine likely gaining more ground. Going forward, due to Rahu’s transit in Pisces, the Russian president Putin, although for a short term, is likely to become successful in expanding his control in dealing with the uprising in Russia as well as the ongoing war. However, until the Russian president Putin loses his grip and becomes powerless this war is not going to end and so will be killings of innocent civilians.

President Biden’s challenges in November

For President Biden, November will likely to turn out a very trying month filled with full of challenges, health issues, political obstacles, pain and difficulties.

As for this month, with Saturn’s major and intermediate cycles and Venus sub-cycle, the planets that fall in the constellations ruled by Saturn and Ketu become active. They are: Pluto, Venus and Sun for the entire month.

Presently the transiting Pluto is going to be in the 4thhouse, and in the 5th house of his ninefold transit chart. Despite being nonstop challenged by his adversaries, he still will very slowly (at a better pace since Pluto turned direct on Oct 11) continue to pave his way by figuring out the political solutions.

As for Venus, for the entire month Venus being in the 12th house of his transit chart, he will be enjoy material life and likely to enjoy good family life.

From the Sun’s energy point of view, it’s not good news! Until November 15, it will be more about his health. He might face unforeseen political setbacks, delays and perhaps humiliation.  After November 15, he is likely to experience betrayal, acute stress, and friction with people around him.

As for the transiting planet’s interaction with his natal chart, the transiting Pluto continues to sextile his natal Sun and Venus, and opposes his natal Jupiter.  Given the Sun’s current transit it’s not a good situation.  Politically it’s going to be a very challenging month for him.

Thus, in summary, for him November will likely to turn out a very trying month filled with full of challenges, health issues, political obstacles, pain and difficulties.

Global Insights……..

The important challenging planetary configurations for November include:  Uranus-Mars (Nov 11-12) opposition; Rahu-Mars (Nov 14-15) quincunx; Pluto-Neptune (Nov 9 – Dec 2) ninefold quincunx; Saturn-Jupiter (Nov 1-5) ninefold square; Saturn-Mars (Nov 24-26) square; and Uranus-Saturn (Nov 16-25) ninefold conjunction.

The energy of the Uranus-Mars (Nov 11-12) opposition maybe reflected in both the natural and man-made calamities causing destruction and loss of lives, especially in the United States.

The energy of the Rahu-Mars (Nov 14-15) quincunx may be reflected in both natural and man-made calamities, and perhaps a loss of an international level political leader.

The manifestation of energy of the Pluto-Neptune (Nov 9 – Dec 2) ninefold quincunx may be reflected in an outbreak of violence and terrorist activities in Russia, Ukraine, Middle East likely, especially in Syria, Iraq, Israel and Palestine region. Also, the occurrences of natural as well as man-made calamities are likely. Some of the east-European countries, Russia, and China may experience political as well as social turmoil.

The Saturn-Jupiter (Nov 1-5) ninefold square may become responsible for difficulties that organized religions around the world might face in carrying out their agendas. More controversies that test traditional moral values are likely to occur, and in general, religious authorities will have difficulty in keeping people happy.

The energy of the Saturn-Mars (Nov 24-26) square may become responsible for a short term but very intensive friction between India and Pakistan. Terrorism and violence around the world, especially in Iran and Israel-Palestine area will be on rise. Outbreak of an undesirable happening and occurrences of both natural and man-made calamities are strong possibilities.

The energy of the Uranus-Saturn (Nov 16-25) ninefold conjunction would likely to be apparent in social or political turmoil in the USA, Russia or China.  Also, tensions among these nations are likely to be on rise.

The important auspicious planetary configurations for November include: Saturn-Rahu (Nov 1-10), Saturn-Jupiter (Nov 24-28) and Uranus-Jupiter (Nov 27 – Dec 9) ninefold trines; and Pluto-Uranus (Nov 1-11) ninefold sextile.

The manifestation of the energy of the Saturn-Rahu (Nov 1-10) ninefold trine may become responsible for a temporary reconciliation between the Republican and Democrat law makers in the United States to carry out the government functioning after being dysfunctional for a long time.

The energy of the Saturn-Jupiter (Nov 24-28) ninefold trine may be reflected in positive experiences world religious leaders likely to enjoy.  People will likely to be convinced with the importance of moral values and will have no difficulty in maintaining their religious faith. 

The Uranus-Jupiter (Nov 27 – Dec 9) ninefold trine may become responsible for positive changes in spiritual, religious, academic and social fields

The energy of the Pluto-Uranus (Nov 1-11) ninefold sextile may become responsible for an extraordinary time for technological discoveries and inventions.  Expect some new important technological breakthroughs during this period. For the United States, in general, this period is going to be remarkable and very successful.

The countries that are more likely to be affected during this month are:  Ukraine, Israeli and Palestine regions, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Russia, China and the United States.

Natural and Man-made Calamities……..

The natural calamities like extreme weather conditions, wildfires, hurricanes, heavy rains, snow storms, air crashes as well as manmade accidents are likely to occur almost through the entire month, more specifically, during November 11-12, 14-15 and 24-26.

Earthquakes:Based on a new Earthquake prediction model (the work is still in progress), the earthquake(s) of magnitude 6.9 or higher, if occur, are likely to occur on following dates and Times and possible locations: Earthquake Predictions 2023.  Please note that these hourly predictions refer to the Universal time (GMT).

While man-made calamities may manifest themselves in terrorism, unrest, violence, accidents, and air crashes, the natural calamities are likely to include extreme weather conditions such as severe cold winters, and equally intensive droughts, hurricanes or typhoons, thunderstorms, earthquakes and fires