"Mitakuye Oyasin" is a Lakota Sioux saying that means “all my relatives,” or “we are all related,” demonstrating the inherent belief that we are all ONE on this planet. In lieu of recent world tragedies, this Lakota saying reminds us that we are all in this together. We owe it to ourselves, to our children, and to our Mother Earth Goddess to imagine a better world where this level of violence no longer has a place; where compassion, consciousness, love and empathy reign, and where every basic human need is readily met for ALL.
"You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One, not more important than the other. One nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below. All of us a part of the Great Mystery. Thank you for this Life. "
Monday November 16th, there is a wild streak today─ perhaps a desire to break outside of the box. There may be a desire to learn something new or to understand something better. We want to work on ourselves in an unconventional way. The Capricorn Moon goes void at 3:53 pm EST.
The Moon enters Aquarius in the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday November 17th, and proceeds to make lovely aspects to Saturn in the afternoon, allowing us to ride the wave of yesterday’s inventive productivity. Later, the Moon beautifully aspects Venus, inviting us to bring beauty into our evening. It’s a great night to cook an extra special dinner or to spend time with friends and loved ones. Harmonious socialization and aesthetics are on the menu.
Conversely, this may be a great time to discuss finances or other tough subjects, as Venus will soften the edges. This is in good timing, because we may get some sort of news today in our Scorpio house, and it could be financially related.
Wednesday is a watery day. And it literally could be raining, but I mean watery in the symbolic fashion. Neptune stations direct today! So if you have a planet at 6-7⁰ of a water or mutable sign, you can begin to feel relieved now, for Neptune is moving away from that planet for a very long time. Just a couple more months to go! Nonetheless, we should all be feeling this shift. Maybe we feel extra spacey, sensitive, empathetic or compassionate.
There may also be a feeling of “I can’t go on any longer,” namely, surrender to a force more powerful than yourself. Neptune transits can be very humbling, as you become profoundly aware that you are a part of something much greater than your temporary human self, and yet, that your soul is indeed a part of it. That’s why Neptune rules alcohol and drugs, is because sometimes the message is too big to handle and we desire to escape. This is also why Neptune rules institutions, ashrams, transcendence, meditation, rapture, art, theater, photography and film. It’s all about escaping mundane reality, and at the same time, connecting to that emotional transcendent force that weaves all of our lives together into ONE enigmatic conundrum. It’s so big that there are no known borders. We are in it, so we can’t see it. Accepting that we can’t know or understand is to surrender. That is Neptune.
November 19th is the First Quarter Moon. There is an early morning void before the Moon enters Pisces at 7:21 am, prolonging the mist of Neptune over the next couple of days. In the evening, the Moon squares Saturn and conjoins Neptune. Reality strikes. Today is a preview of how we will be experiencing the Saturn/Neptune square, which will be ongoing through the Fall of 2016. So pay attention!
The lesson is all about being really clear about what your dream is and how you plan to make it a reality. Saturn is in the sign of the Archer, Sagittarius, so our aim is very important. Saturn is all about concrete reality, while Neptune can dream about infinite scenarios. Is our dream practical enough to sustain itself within our realm of existence? If not, perhaps that dream can be reworked over the course of next year. “Seeing is believing,” is the password here. The Law of Attraction is definitely a truth in Neptune’s world, however, Saturn is requiring that action be taken.
Neptune IS the stronger planet, so dream big. We have some time to negotiate with Saturn as to how we can manifest if on the physical plane.
Friday, November 20th is Venus’ day! And she makes an exact square to Pluto this evening. We are feeling the tension build all day. There is an air of obsession surrounding a budding romance, a compulsive desire to spend money, the urge to merge in deep tantric union with your love, or to try something really kinky.
Conversely, in the lower expression of this energy, jealously, wanting to possess or control another individual for personal gain is a possibility with this energy. Something may come to light regarding a previous relationship, a cheating partner, or secret money habits. Transformation of values or an existing relationship is possible.
Mercury also enters Sagittarius today. Where to begin? That is indeed the question. Mercury isn’t as comfortable in this sign. Mercury likes to connect the dots. In the sign of the archer, there is too vast of a selection. Mercury tends to get distracted here and conversations veer off course. “What were we originally talking about?” This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but it’s tougher to navigate the mind than it has to be. Astrologer Isabel Hickey says of this placement in a natal chart, “thoughts are like shooting stars.”
Saturday, November 21st, gets off to a slow start with the Moon void in Pisces. The days kicks up into high gear when the Moon enters Aries at 10:12 am EST. Fiery, impulsive action. Get outside and play, work out, adventure or take charge of your to-do list! Rams may butt heads around 7:15 pm EST when the Moon opposes Mars. The energy is definitely heated. With Mars in Libra, it’s possible that the matter can be resolved diplomatically. Try to put yourselves in each other’s shoes. By 9pm, “it is what it is” when the Moon trines Saturn.
The Sun enters Sagittarius on Sunday November 22nd. Sagittarius is a mutable (changeable) sign that heralds the transition from fall into winter. Sag also rules distant travel and exploration of foreign territory. Where would you like to travel this winter? For some, this is quite the literal question. However, this could also be figurative. During winter, we are more likely to hole up inside and it’s a great time to study, read and explore oneself. Jupiter is the ruler of Sag and he is the expansion principle. So we are going to expand ourselves: we can either expand our waistlines (beginning at thanksgiving), or expand our knowledge (or both!) Sagittarius rules universities and religious institutions as well, so it’s a great time to revive an interest in these areas.
The Moon goes void with a conjunction to Uranus at 2:16 pm EST. We have a bit of a wild streak. We might be tempted to break our own rules. It’s somewhat of an unpredictable energy. Uranus is like lightning, and our inspiration follows suit today. Be careful, because your spontaneity might cause some upset. The aspects today aren’t very nice. Strategic disruption, however is revolutionary rebellion.
The Moon enters steady Taurus at 11:26 am on Monday, yet wild energy of the weekend persists as Venus opposes Uranus (exact at 5:13 pm). This is a separating energy around a relationship. Is there an affiliation that needs to be severed? Conversely, this could bring you in contact with someone new, who has crossed your path to awaken and inspire you.
Since Venus’ square to Pluto last week, our relationships and values have been receiving a bit of a shake-up. It may not be easy, and it may not be fun, but trust that these planets are ultimately working towards the highest good. Maybe that situation was outworn or toxic (Pluto), or maybe it was sudden and shocking (Uranus), with the purpose of awakening. With Uranus and Pluto, it’s not always in our control; sometimes it just happens!
We finally come back to Earth on Tuesday November 24th. (Last week was nuts!) The Taurus Moon stabilizes us back into practicality and back into our bodies. Mars sextiles Saturn, assisting us to get a lot work done, be it our day job, or a personal goal, or both. We are worn out by the time the Moon goes void at 8:26 with a trine to Jupiter: time to indulge in the simple pleasures. Netflix and chill, anyone?
FULL MOON: Wednesday, November 25th 2015: 4⁰ Gemini/Sagittarius
The Moon ripens in the sign of Gemini, bringing attention to our words, and information. Gemini concerns itself with communication as well, how we verbalize information and how we deliver and use that information. Light is also encoded information. Your aura is an expression of your light, radiating the collective frequency of your chakras, subconsciously communicating into the world who you are.
The recent terror attacks have created a storm of emotions all around the globe. While many mourn for France, others are asking why Lebanon’s pain is sidelined, or if the CIA created ISIS; a woman from the Congo asks, “What about my country?” We live in duality: everything has an equal and opposite reaction. While many are angered, others are inspired to raise their compassion even higher, do even more acts of kindness, to create more love and happiness in the world every day. One might believe that the silver lining of tragedy is heightened empathy, love and compassion for the entire planet.
The Sun is in Sagittarius, who asks the bigger questions: Why do we live in a world where these terrible things exist? Sagittarius is where the seeker aims his arrow towards understanding. The Sun conjoins Saturn and Mercury, asking us to be grounded in our vision. Whether we are contemplating the state of the planet, with concern for humanity’s future and well-being, OR, maybe it’s in regards to our own personal goals (or both, seeing as how we are all connected; we are all ONE on this planet), we are asked to be realistic. Saturn wants to make sure that our vision is truly possible and will be able to breath on its own. Mercury is there to make sure that we are detailed in meeting our criteria and that we aren’t leaving out any important details.
While we may feel that we are insignificant at times, it’s proven that one person can make a difference. It only takes one person to refuse to give up her seat on a bus; one person, just one person, can stand up for what’s right and create a ripple effect. Think about this: If you could create more joy in your life, you will spread that joy as you interact with others, creating a ripple effect of joy. Even higher of a challenge: what if your vision of creating more joy in your life were sustainable for the well-being of the entire planet? These are just ideas to consider.
Dare to dream big. Neptune, ruler of dreams, squares the Sun, Saturn, Mercury and the Moon. Martin Luther King held steadfast to dream that has been unfolding beautifully; and John Lennon wholeheartedly imagined a better world too.
The whole world still needs healing: the people, the structures, and the planet herself. “You might say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…” a peaceful, happy, healthy tribe of Earthen people IS possible. Yes, it would require many radical shifts, but I won’t give up on that vision. Nearly everything that exists in our everyday life was once just someone’s vision. Truly, anything is possible.
Thursday, November 26th, we are still beaming in the light of the Full Moon; especially because today is the first of three exact squares between Saturn and Neptune. We may feel this energy acutely today, but we will be working with this energy through September 2016. To get a clearer idea as to how this energy affects us personally, you’ll want to look at where these planets are transiting in your chart. If you aren’t sure, email me!
A wound may be brought to light to ask for healing today. It may be a physical ailment or an emotional one. No matter how you choose to celebrate this day, hopefully you are surrounded by loved ones.
The Moon goes void with a harmonious trine to Venus, so at least we can sleep well tonight!
The Moon remains void until entering the water sign Cancer on Friday at 2:27 pm EST. The Moon squares the Nodes of Destiny today. We have a choice: we can choose the easy route of remaining where we are or we can bravely leap forward, breaking out of our comfort zone and into the future. When a behavior is outworn or toxic, it’s time to leap forward. Sometimes it’s easier to stay in the current motion, but it’s not always the best option. If we are not growing, then we are not truly living.
Chiron stations direct on Saturday, November 28th, drawing even more attention to that which needs healing. Chiron has been speaking to us throughout the entire month as he prepared to shift forward. During that time, hopefully we received clarity on what we need to do to heal this pain. Maybe we scheduled a doctor’s appointment, an acupuncture session or initiated a new healing pattern into our lives. Now that he is turning forward, we can expect to see the results of our efforts.
Another way that Chiron can show up in our lives is in the form of a mentor or a teacher. Maybe we are seeking the guidance of a healer, mentor or teacher, or maybe we are offering our guidance to others.
Sunday, November 29th is a big day for the Sun, who conjoins Saturn and subsequently, forms an exact square to Neptune. The Sun is again highlighting this formation. I know, I know, we’ve been talking a lot about the Saturn/Neptune square this month; but it’s not going anywhere for almost a year!! The Sun aligns with Saturn asking us to align with a plan of action working towards our vision. What do you want to be “when you grow up?” It’s not too late to reach for that vision you’ve always dreamed of. This is your true heart path that we are speaking of. Maybe it’s your dream job, or something you’ve always wanted to pursue outside of work. It could really be anything.
Think, what’s missing from my human experience? What have I always wanted to try or achieve? Moving forward, we will be working with this plan. Saturn will be sure to tell us when we aren’t being realistic. It might show up as some sort of road block, in which instance, we will be asked to both persist and be patient, OR to rework the plan so that it can be more supported in the physical world.
The Moon is void all day, it’s the Sun who makes aspects. We are aligning with our true heart path. The Sun rules the heart. We are connecting with our heart to get clear on our plan.
The Moon says “ok, go!” when she enters Leo at 7:47 pm EST.
Monday, November 30th, the Moon makes harmonious and productive aspects to Saturn and Mars. We are ready to get to work and have the momentum to keep up throughout the day. Perhaps we are taking initiative on some of the clarity we received over the weekend.
Aho Mitakyue Oyasin. May Mother Earth and all her inhabitants be awakened to our unity.
Love and healing to ALL....
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(*All times are read for Eastern Standard Time; for Pacific Standard Time, subtract 3 hours)
It's getting cold in the Northern Hemisphere. Not only are we preparing for hibernation, but the astrological aspects are inviting us to shift our focus inwards as well. For the next two weeks, we will be working with some intense energies that require a degree of self-awareness. We have a New Moon on 11/11. “1’s” are associated with new beginnings, so this is a cool “co-incidence”! The New Moon encapsulates a few aspects that we will be working with for the next few weeks. These 3 aspects are:
1) Jupiter in Virgo opposite Chiron in Pisces: This is about expansion through healing or mentoring. We can either be receiving or giving the healing or mentoring, but this is about personal growth and expanding beyond the confines of a painful situation. Perhaps we are facilitating this healing for others. This does not necessarily have to be one on one therapy. Maybe it just means taking the initiative to go to a yoga class, or a cooking class. With the Virgo/Pisces axis activated, it’s these avenues of spirituality, artisan crafts, volunteer work that may be especially helpful.
This may be a time when a problem gets so big that we can no longer ignore it. Maybe seeking professional psychological or medical assistance is truly what is needed. Sometimes we have a hard time getting our health issues addressed─ whether it’s anxiety over the bills or just going in general. So we tell ourselves, “It’s not that big of a deal, this can wait…” but now the problem is worse. This aspect lasts for the entire month of November, so if you have been neglecting an ailment, address it sooner than later!
2) Mars in Virgo opposite Vesta in Pisces: Mars is about courage and taking action. Vesta is about your inner truth, the flame that is your soul. Sometimes we get distracted from our purpose. Think back to the Lunar Eclipse on September 27th in which Vesta played an integral part. There is a theme here. Action is to be taken.
This configuration builds up to the New Moon on the 11th, where we will plant new seeds surrounding our commitments and personal evolution. We can begin contemplating how we would like to take action towards our true heart path. We know when we are sacrificing our beliefs for the sake of harmony or for the sake of supporting ourselves in the physical world. Now something is outgrown and the purpose has been served. Time to plan our escape from this situation. Because this is an opposition, it means that there is something in the way. Maybe it’s ourselves! We need to get out of our own way! Let the fear, anxiety, doubt, guilt, whatever it may be, arise and let it go!! (Entire month of November)
3)Yod: consisting of the Sun in Scorpio sextile Jupiter, with Uranus as the apex in Aries: This formation looks like a pointing finger, also known as a “Yod”, or a “finger of God.” It’s the Universe pointing and saying that we must look at this! The Sun sextiles Jupiter (harmonious) and they both inconjunct Uranus (uncomfortable). Somehow there is a lack of balance between these forces of the committed and private sides of the self (Sun in Scorpio), random, creative genius (Uranus in Aries), and diligent, mindful detailing (Jupiter in Virgo). Without this balance, we are experiencing more difficulty moving forward. Has the routine become stale? Or do we need to commit to a routine more fully? Taking a look at your natal chart would give us a clearer image of where this is showing up for you personally. Even so, we know what we need to do! (November 5th-13th; peaks on the New Moon)
On Sunday November 1st, the Moon is in Cancer all day until going Void of Course at 10:35 pm EST. We may feel like doing something out of the ordinary around noon when the moon squares Uranus. It’s a slight feeling of rebelliousness. However, the Moon is in the family sign of Cancer, so it may also be a nice day to visit the family later on in the day. Cancer also rules ancestry: celebrate Dia de los Muertos by remembering all of those who came before you.
Mercury accesses the deep caverns of the mind on November 2nd upon entering the mysterious sign of Scorpio. We may become slightly obsessed, if we are so inclined. This gives more of a psychological tendency, which is an impetus for transformation by way of diving deeply inward. This is akin to unpacking the old boxes in the back of the closet that you have been ignoring. Once you begin to look at all this stuff you haven’t seen in a while, you might decide you are ready to part with some of these items. Others, we still want to hold on to, either for sentimental value or because it might be useful later on. This is Mercury in Scorpio. It’s also great for research because of its relentless, tenacious nature.
The Moon enters Leo at 10:48 am EST, where we want to express ourselves. Leonian energy is creative, playful and has its own signature mark about itself that makes it unique. Celebrate your individuality by showing it off!
Also today, Mars and Venus form their 3rd conjunction of the year. We are reminded that LOVE WINS today, as their first conjunction heralded the Marriage Equality Act.
Tuesday November 3rd is Election Day, so don’t forget to vote! We have a 4th quarter Moon, which goes void at 8:46 pm, so try to get to the voting box beforehand. That shouldn’t be too hard. Today, we feel the Jupiter Chiron opposition tighten (see above #1).
Wednesday November 4th, the Moon is void for the entire day. This is a nice to play catch up; this is not the best day to initiate anything important. On void moons, I’ve noticed that I don’t do so well with timetables; going with the flow seems to be more efficient. I can still get a lot done, as long as I don’t force myself. The Moon enters Virgo at 9:22 pm EST.
Mars tightens his opposition with Vesta today (see above #2).
On Thursday November 5th, the Virgo Moon activates a challenging T-square with Saturn and Neptune. Today might carry some challenges along the way. This is an energy that compels us to work towards our dream, and to be realistic about that vision we hold. It may be that we make adjustments to our vision.
Indeed, the energy surrounding adjustment is in the air: Jupiter inconjunct Uranus. Somehow there is a lack of balance between these forces of random, creative genius (Uranus in Aries), and diligent, mindful detailing (Jupiter in Virgo).
Without this balance, we are experiencing more difficulty moving forward. Has the routine become stale? Or do we need to commit to a routine? We know what we need to do.
We will be working with this energy as the Sun comes to sextile Jupiter and inconjunct Uranus as well. This formation looks like a pointing finger, also known as a “Yod”, or a “finger of God.” It’s the Universe pointing and saying that we must look at this! This Yod will echo through November 13th.
Friday November 6th: Mercury forms a creative trine with Neptune. This watery combination may be sensitive, spiritual, poetic, theatrical or has a desire to escape the ordinary. The Moon conjoins Jupiter today, activating the Yod (#3 above). We may receive clarity on how to adjust ourselves in order to experience less difficulty.
Saturday November 7th, the Moon goes through a very brief void period before entering Libra at 10:14 am EST. Today is about nurturing our partnerships, and relating to others. The day should be action oriented and otherwise pleasant.
On Sunday November 8th, Venus enters her ruling sign Libra. Venus is all about values, aesthetics and partnership, so she is very much at home here in Libra, the sign of relating and partnership. In Virgo, Venus is picky and analytical, which is part of choosing healthy relationships; but here in Libra, she is more likely to idealize her mate in the name of true love. Venus in Libra is social, and likes things to be mutually satisfying for all; she cares about maintaining the group harmony and will change the subject if things get too controversial!
As it just so happens, the Moon is in Libra all day! However, things may not be quite as pleasant as Venus would prefer… this is because the Moon makes stressful aspects to Uranus and Pluto, turning the crazy up a bit. There may be an upset during the day. The Libra Moon may help us keep our lips sealed to keep to peace, or rather, express our discontent with tact and diplomacy. The Moon turns void at 9:42 pm EST, inviting us to relax.
On Monday, we get a slow start to the week due to the Moon’s void for the entire day. On void moons, the energy is best spent without a schedule─ even if there is work to be done. Just allow yourself to flow between projects and eventually it will all fall into place. The moon isn’t making aspects, it’s sort of just floating. I’ve found that I do a lot of floating on void moons, purely through observation. If you are on a time crunch, it’s just going to take a little extra effort.
The Moon enters sexy Scorpio at 11:02 pm EST.
On Tuesday, November 10th, we are preparing for tomorrow’s New Moon. So wait until tomorrow to initiate anything important, if possible. The Moon is considered “dead” the day prior to the New Moon. She does, however, make a lovely trine with Neptune. This is a creative, imaginative, dreamy energy. Great for letting yourself off the hook to play. Joy and personal growth through freeform, boundary-less action or non-action.
Wednesday, 11/11/15 is a NEW MOON in Scorpio! “1’s” are affiliated with new beginnings, so it’s quite amazing that we have a New Moon on 11/11! (Intelligent design??) We are beginning a new cycle surrounding committed partnerships. What are we seriously passionate about? Scorpio has an obsessive quality along with its passion. This New Moon invites us to plant new intention seeds surrounding intimacy and emotional investment. Scorpio also rules death and endings, which leads to rebirth.
The Sun and Moon conjoin Mercury, who is on the world axis degree of 15⁰, creating exciting headlines in the Scorpio arena of sex, death and finances.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, there are 3 major configurations occurring throughout the month, whose energies peak today; hugely emphasized in the New Moon chart, their influences are prolonged until the Full Moon. One of these configurations may speak more loudly to us individually, but we are offered to integrate them all into this new lunar cycle
Thursday, November 12th, Mars enters Libra. Mars isn’t quite himself here in Libra. Mars prefers to be impulsive, freely acting on his own desires without a care. But in Libra, he is forced to hesitate before acting, considering the needs of others in lieu of his sole desires. Here we are prone to indecisiveness, because we are extra concerned with the needs of others. This is considered a difficult placement in a natal chart due to a tendency to lose sight of one’s own goals, overwhelmed by the desire to please others and create harmony within the group.
Mars is on the World Axis and conjoins the Nodes of Destiny. This could indicate violence making the news. I hate to suggest gun violence, but it’s possible… Also, aggression, invasion, phalluses, or bullying.
The Moon enters Sagittarius at 10:14 pm EST after a short void period, conjoining Saturn and squaring Neptune in the evening. Don’t stay up all night worrying about the past or future. Neptune has the tendency to distort. This energy is best used to see things for what they are. Dissolve the hardened edges and reimagine a positive solution. Be ready to have wildly vivid dreams!
Friday November 13th, Vesta stations direct from her retrograde adventure. We have soul-searched inwardly since the September 27th Lunar Eclipse. Then Mars recently asked us how we will take action, and now we are ready to implement our plan in the outer world. This is about our true heart path, the path of our higher self, not our personality.
The entire day has positive aspects, opening the gate of harmonious social interactions, mental clarity and inspiration.
Saturday November 14th, the Moon is void for the entire day in Sagittarius, before entering Capricorn at 7:21 pm EST. The Moon squares the Nodes of destiny, offering us a reconciliation between the path of the old way and the higher road of the future. Which will we choose? Healing action or apathy?
The Moon squares Mars, who is still holding a prominent space on the World Axis. Martian themes are strong tonight, so be extra careful if you plan to be out late tonight. Beware of machismos and reckless drivers.
Sunday November 15th, the Capricorn Moon squares Venus and conjoins Pluto. This is intimacy in relationships, or psychological processing. Perhaps the memory of someone from the past reemerges.
*HUGE* astrological news is that the Lunar Nodes change signs on November 13th, from Aries/Libra to Virgo/Pisces. For the last 18 months, the North Node of Destiny traversed Libra, urging us towards cooperation and mutual respect. The passing of the Marriage Equality act definitely fulfilled this destiny here in the United States. Now the North Node is in Virgo, following the path that Jupiter began to blaze back in August. <a href="http://www.astroluminus.com/blog/jupiter-in-virgo-august-2015-september-2016/">Jupiter in Virgo.</a> Virgo themes will echo over the next 18 months: worker’s rights, agriculture, health, and artisan crafts and grassroots movements.
We will have to recon with the South Node in Pisces, which will allow us to effortlessly escape into the abyss of social media (the South Node is emerging from self-aware Aries, who puts their “selfie” first). The South Node of Pisces is the easy way out, “Someone else will do it;” Pisces is the great ocean where all individual drops of water become one. It’s easy to go with the flow and let others do the work, but that won’t fulfill the greatest potential. Tune in, gather the facts and take a position; this is no time to be apathetic!!
Piscean pesticides and pharmaceuticals need the scrutiny of Virgo. Healthcare, water, sustainability and agriculture are going to be hugely important topics over the next year and a half. They need attention. It’s important for each individual to have a voice and band together. Hone spirituality as service, not as an excuse to retreat. Be a shining light in the dark without fear of “lowering your vibration.” The time is now. “The stars can't shine without darkness…”
That concludes the first half of November! Stay tuned for Part II!
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