Today is Monday, Nov. 20, 2017
Hebrew date is 2 Kislev 5778
Islamic date is 2 Rabi-I 1439
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 5 Men
Mayan Long Count is 22.214.171.124.15
Julian Day is 2458078
Today’s Birthdays: Selma Lagerlof (1858-1940), Karl von Frisch (1886-1982), Edwin Hubble (1889-1953), Alistair Cooke (1908-2004), Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014), Benoit Mandelbrot (1924-2010), June Christy (1925-1990), Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968), Estelle Parsons (1927), Don DeLillo (1936), Duane Allman (1946-1971), Judy Woodruff (1946), Joe Walsh (1947), Barbara Hendricks (1948), Jeff Dowd (1949), Sean Young (1959), Ming-Na Wen (1963), Sheema Kalbasi (1972), Future (1983).
“Writers must oppose systems. It’s important to write against power, corporations, the state, and the whole system of consumption and of debilitating entertainments… I think writers, by nature, must oppose things, oppose whatever power tries to impose on us.”
— Don DeLillo
You Are an Adult
If you’re in the U.S., you’re likely gearing up for the Thanksgiving holiday later this week. For some, this means gathering with family (which may be enjoyable or tense, depending on the family); for others, it’s an opportunity to create new traditions with ‘family of choice’. But even if you do not celebrate this holiday, the astrology this week carries the same basic message.
Setting the stage — or the dinner table, to use another metaphor — the Sun leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius on Tuesday at 10:05 pm EST (3:05 UTC Wednesday).
Although this may shift the overall tone of consciousness toward the lighter side, I would not expect all of the intensity of recent news trends to weaken.
In fact, in terms of the tidal wave of accusations and admissions regarding sexual transgressions, solar Sagittarius might actually represent a collective ability to focus the issue. That remains to be seen, but might be worth watching for — or, better yet, participating in actively.
If you tend to gather with relatives of widely varied generations and political leanings, this week’s astrology may speak especially clearly to you. Here’s the setup: late in Sagittarius Saturn is approaching a conjunction to the Galactic Core (exact Saturday) and centaur planet Pholus. Mercury is approaching Saturn (exact Nov. 28) and the GC and Pholus. Also clustered there is a hypothetical point called Cupido.
Cupido has to do with people coming together in groups of all sorts, from marriages to families to corporations and whole societies. Think tribal; and the original tribe is the family.
Moon Phase: Moon is in New phase and enters Waxing Crescent phase on Nov. 22 at 6:44 am PST / 9:44 am EST (14:44:10 UTC).
Next Full Moon is in Gemini on Dec. 3 at 7:47 am PST / 10:47 am EST (15:46:54 UTC).
Corresponding New Moon in Sagittarius is on Dec. 17-18 at 10:30 pm PST / 1:30 am EST (06:30:20 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Sagittarius and enters Capricorn tonight at 11:14 pm PST / 2:14 am Nov. 21 EST (07:13:57 UTC).
Sun Degree: 29-30 Scorpio.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
No changes today.
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Mercury square Borasisi at 9:54 am PST / 12:54 pm EST (17:54:33 UTC).
— Mars sextile North Node at 11:45 am PST / 2:45 pm EST (19:45:15 UTC).
— Pelion conjunct 1992 QB1 at 6:39 pm PST / 9:39 pm EST (02:39:15 Nov. 21 UTC).
If Your Birthday is Nov. 20
(The Day of the Scrambler) | Scorpio Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
You must engage your work as your first priority this year. There may be many distractions around you, though you have an unusual opportunity to succeed at something that not many people get to do. Yet you must be diligent, focused and even driven not only to succeed but mainly to do your best work, and connect with the people who will benefit from you.
Written in the Planets
You have the capacity to know your own mind and to think independently, regardless of the opinions of others. Certainly, it’s possible to be swayed by anything from peer pressure to actual disinformation. Yet to be able to stand firm in your truth despite opposition is a crucial skill. Today, the Moon and Mercury both form a square to the minor planet Borasisi, which speaks to the problems with false beliefs, particularly at a collective level. Remember that you need not accept a theory unless and until it makes sense to you and the facts check out. Rather, honor your intelligence and use your powers of critical thinking — which means: do actually check those facts.