Anonymous Flammarion woodcut (1888). (Source:Wikimedia Commons)

Anonymous Flammarion woodcut (1888). (Source:Wikimedia Commons)

Hello, everyone.

Do you like roller coasters?  As I study the planetary influences this week I have a sense we’re in those seconds just before the roller coaster car reaches the very top of the trajectory, when you know you’re about to irrevocably slide over the top.  This is a week with the potential to experience that same mounting excitement, the anticipation mixed with trepidation, the pent-up potential just before the kinetic release.

All of this energy erupts from powerful turning points in the retrograde cycle of four different planets:  Neptune, Jupiter, Venus, and Uranus.  Jupiter, Venus, and Uranus are each visually at a standstill as they prepare to resume direct motion, and on Thursday Venus and Jupiter actually turn and begin moving forward again.  This is good news!

Venus and Jupiter are known in astrology as benefics.  Their influence is generally supporting; they both bring blessings and confidence.  They are the “success” planets; they correspond to the areas of business life we regard as enticing and rewarding:  professional relationships, money, creativity, art, job satisfaction, good public relations, new opportunities, expansion, foreign markets, philanthropy, justice and vision.

You may have felt these matters to be on hold or even heading in the wrong direction for a few months as both Venus and Jupiter have been in retrograde motion.  Their periodic retrograde motion brings a time of review and a deeper probing into these areas, often resulting in an uncomfortable realization that our actions have not been in alignment with our core values.

When these planets resume direct motion it’s time to course-correct.  However, you may not want to make a major change this week; it’s perhaps too fresh and possibly disorienting.  But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t allow ourselves to delight.  We’ve earned our freedom through the last months of retrograde motion, and if enthusiasm returns with a bang this week then that’s exactly as it should be.

So I’d like to ask all of you to conduct an experiment with me.  There’s an astrological theory which says that on the day a planet resumes direct motion, it manifests a turn of events in our lives.  Let’s test this theory.  Both Venus and Jupiter resume direct motion on November 18 and both are very strong in signs they rule, Libra and Pisces – if there was ever a prime testing time, this week is it.  Take notice if you experience a turnaround in the matters mentioned above (professional relationships, money, creativity, art, job satisfaction, good public relations, new opportunities, expansion, foreign markets, philanthropy, justice and vision.)  Remember the roller coaster feeling, a feeling of release, relief, a returning excitement, an opportunity for advancement.

In the comments section, let’s collect all of our wisdom with objectivity.  Again, we’re looking for real world turns and advancement: promotions, windfalls, proposals, etc.  And it’s just as important to note whether nothing happens, or something negative.  This is our opportunity to learn, and to add to the ever-evolving knowledge about astrology and business.  I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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For an overview of the month, see the Astro4Business Month Ahead – November 2010

For more info on the business descriptions of the planets mentioned this week, see