Between your experience of Existence
And that of a saint?
The saint knows
That the spiritual path
Is a sublime chess game with God
And that the Beloved
Has just made such a Fantastic Move
That the saint is now continually
Tripping over Joy
And bursting out in Laughter
And saying, “I Surrender!”
Whereas, my dear,
I am afraid you still think
You have a thousand serious moves.
-Hafiz trans. by Daniel Ladinsky
Sunday, October 27. Let go of self-criticism. Sacred fun is clamoring to be acknowledged. Read the poem, Tripping Over Joy, by Hafiz. Imagine you are playing chess with Mystery. What excellent chess move will you celebrate today? The Moon in Leo encourages our passionate involvement in the dance between life and death. Sense into this momentous exchange and find your joy. Uranus encourages risk taking. Underneath these passionate moments, Saturn and Mercury approach their second conjunction in the current Mercury retrograde cycle. Transformation is serious business. Paradox is present.
Monday, October 28. Empathic connection is important during these transformative times. We are learning how to navigate the fears that arise when we open to the pain of others. Chiron’s transit through Pisces is inviting us to become more compassionate. Today, Pluto, the god of transformation and death forms a helping aspect with Chiron, the god of the sacred wound. These two have been doing this dance through a sextile aspect since May 2012. The dance doesn’t end until February 2014. We are learning to give and ask for support. Vulnerability is not a weakness. The Moon is still in Leo most of the day; we notice that everyone is essential. We all have impact.
Tuesday, October 29. Two conjunctions are asking us to take ourselves more seriously. This might sound dour, but embracing the work grounds us while we experience the closeness of death and transformation this week. The Moon in pragmatic Virgo joins Mars in the same sign. We open to change by putting our affairs in order. We remember the quest for balance while being mindful of our expectations for perfection. The step toward wholeness is more important than achieving it. Mercury retrograde joins Saturn in Scorpio for the second time in this cycle. (The first time happened on October 8.) Do you notice a thread of experience from that date? Remember that Mercury is known as the guide of souls. We may feel the touch of death today. Certainly we feel more serious about life. Give yourself time to notice what is coming up for you. What is transforming? Difficulty in communicating, travel, or technology may be trying to wake us up.
October 30—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. Tease free the cords bound around the fear of change. We don’t need to control what will happen next. We simply need to be present. The Balsamic Moon phase is an excellent time to let go. This phase is most like the final stage of death when the body decomposes. We transform through the alchemical process of surrender. The day before Halloween/Samhain, notice the beauty of decay. Most people, myself included, recoil from death. But at this special time of the year, we can linger just a little longer, open just a little more. There are gifts here. How does the nearness of death impact your ability to flow with balance into a state of grace?
Thursday, October 31 Samhain. The Moon reenters Libra, the sign that began this lunar cycle, which is coming to an end. Notice the difference between the beginning and end of this cycle. Samhain is the holy day that marks the end of one year and the beginning of another. We are in a liminal space—a place between the worlds—where we have the opportunity to evaluate and set new intention. We also celebrate our ancestors in this season. As you remember those who have gone before, what is the message from the other side? Mars and Uranus are having a heated discussion today. Mars advocates for careful process—an unusual point of view for Mars, but the agent of desire is in Virgo, after all. Uranus, in impetuous Aries, has been urging all of us to take risks in bringing more change to our lives. Can you be careful and daring at the same time?
Friday, November 1. Sheer numbers might describe this day best. There are 12 exact aspects today. It feels like we’ve reached a crescendo of significance. And with all this celestial activity going on, it may just feel like a very busy day. However, I believe we experience reality on many levels. Our daily lives may go on just as always, but there is a mythic reality that runs alongside it. I love astrology for its ability to help us tap into that mythic level. Pay attention for insights about the important themes of your myth. The most significant aspect is the square between Uranus and Pluto. The Moon in Libra plays a big role too by opposing Uranus and squaring Pluto. These Uranus/Pluto transits are presenting us with uncertainty and showing us how we are living right now. I am noticing that many of us seem to be in a permanent state of stress. Like with a bad fashion choice, can we just take off that outfit and slip into something more becoming? The mythic journey of Mercury retrograde reaches a pivot point as well—Mercury conjoins the Sun in Scorpio. Together, the Sun and Mercury form aspects with the Uranus/Pluto square. We are at the midpoint of this dance between Uranus and Pluto. With the Sun and Mercury joining in, it feels like we learn something important and notice a new paradigm. My favorite part of all these celestial coincidences is that these events happen on Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. What do your ancestors have to tell you about living a life of joy and balance? How did they live? How did they adapt to their changing world? How can we together create the balance our world needs?
Saturday, November 2. Be sensitive to a pervading desire to be alone. Find the time and the place to soothe your soul. Water is the healing element of the moment. If you feel called, the evening would be a great time to try water scrying. This is simply letting our gaze soften as we look into a bowl of water. This meditative state can bring peace and possibly significant insight too. Open to the next lunar cycle that begins tomorrow with a Solar Eclipse in Scorpio.