Endless exploration and unbridled fiery enthusiasm are hallmarks of Sagittarius‘ archer shooting for the heavens…no holes barred, whatever it takes to discover the meaning of life is on the agenda. November 2nd brings mental Mercury and loving Venus cozying up to each other in energetic Sag where they remain for most of November until Venus goes on her way into Capricorn. Personally I’m very partial to Sagittarius which is ruled by big Jupiter, King of the Gods, BUT…
Any time a planet moves by transit into Sag, we need to be circumspect about what this movement means for us and what part of our lives are likely to be impacted by the chart placement. Sagittarius is a wonderful sign and can bring us much needed energy and courage… but it is a restless sign and for Mercury this translates into desire for hyper mental stimulation, conversations that are unusual in nature and above all exploration that is driven by curiosity. For Venus, relationships and beauty are the theme. Venus in Sag can attract us to exotic venues and relationships that in the cold light of day and upon reflection might be risky. Details tend to be overlooked and the need for safety can take a back seat–even for cautious Cancereans.
And if this weren’t enough…on November 9th, Neptune the planet of nebulous dreams turns direct, adding more expansiveness to this mix. What is one to do? What can we call upon that can let us enjoy the enthusiasm of Sagittarius that’s exciting but balanced?
Dr. Bach’s Clematis easily comes to mind. One of the five remedies in Dr. Bach’s famous ‘Rescue Remedy’, on its own Clematis is classically described and suggested for emotional states of dreaminess and being ungrounded energetically…in other words, ‘out of the body’. While an extreme negative Clematis state would be Alzheimer’s, fortunately for most of us, the more modest manifestation of negative or shadow Clematis is far less dramatic…and if we’re considering such a state as it relates to planetary transit movements in our charts…thankfully temporary.
When one is in a ‘negative’ Clematis state, there is lack of focus …very Neptunian in many ways. This state doesn’t want to be in the present, instead it prefers to fantasize about the future and circumstances that are often unrealistic perceptions of reality…irresponsibly managing our finances to fund an intriguing idea because we ‘know’ the next lotto ticket we buy will be the BIG one…unhealthy relationships erroneously perceived as the damsel in distress rescued by the white knight …or the high flying damsel as the answer to the career of a struggling knight…these are examples of Clematis’ shadow which can be fueled by Mercury and Venus in restless Sagittarius.
As I mentioned, I’m partial to Sagittarius…I really love Sagittarius’ energy and influence…but I’m also mindful of its pitfalls as all signs have a shadow. So, when November 2nd arrives, you might want to have a little Clematis within easy reach!
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