November 3—New Moon: Dreaming. The Scorpio lunar cycle starts with a Solar Eclipse. The lunar cycle begins with a perfect opening to notice the gift and challenge of darkness as we experience a temporary loss of light. Even though it may not be visible where we live, the darkening of the Sun’s face acts like a resetting of the systems we are used to. Dark gives us a gift by taking away what the light has been hiding. Ordinary states are suspended. Sometimes it takes a while to regroup after a solar eclipse event in our lives. Other times, the unexpected change in welcomed. Because we don’t fully know what to expect, we enter a liminal place, a pause between realities, which becomes a potent moment to initiate our lunar intention to develop deeper relationship with the dark.
Monday, November 4. Slowly we move from interior places to engage with the outside world. For some, this will be quite a relief! The Moon is officially waxing now, even though the cycle has just begun. We get excited about the next phase of our journeys. Don’t let the excitement lead you away from the welcoming darkness, especially since the Moon squares Neptune opening up the intuitive side of things. Notice the contrasting impulses. Welcome complexity.
Tuesday, November 5. Notice what gives you hope. The Moon in expansive Sagittarius invites us to dream big and gives confidence to our intentions. What are the big gifts that could come from a more comfortable relationship to the dark? Venus enters Capricorn today. Later in the year, Venus will turn retrograde in this sign. Venus won’t leave Capricorn until March 2014—a longer period of time to be in one sign for Venus. In Capricorn, Venus makes getting down to business a beautiful thing. Capricorn is the winter sign that also has a relationship with the dark. In the dark, our plans take shape. In the dark, we decide what is truly important to us. In the dark, we begin the journey up the mountain. [I’ll be writing more about Venus’s mythic retrograde journey in the coming weeks.]
November 6—Crescent Moon: Beginning. After the Sun sets tonight, look for Venus and the Crescent Moon. These two will be very close to each other in the western sky. Venus greets the young Moon and gives hope to our intentions for this lunar cycle dedicated to the dark. This pairing reflects the archetypal energy of this phase of the Moon—the optimism and confidence that we have at the beginning of a journey. Perhaps you are excited about a new spiritual practice or about what you might reap after doing the work of this cycle. You might receive renewed inspiration or feel emboldened to break free from something in your life that has been holding you back. Let Venus be your initiator. While Venus is in Capricorn we expect to be rewarded for our work and have help in staying committed.
Thursday, November 7. The Sun reaches the midpoint of Scorpio today. This is a powerful degree in the Fixed signs and a good day to notice the dark. The Moon joins Pluto (co-ruler of Scorpio) and squares Uranus in the early morning (CST). These two planets have been sending the messages that we must change our relationships to the earth and to all beings on the earth. There may be extra stress today, but wisdom flows into the silence and the dark, pay attention. Venus is in a sextile aspect to Neptune. The right relationship is the one that is beautiful. In the darkness, beauty can be surprising. We have the opportunity to let go of superficial beauty to find the beauty that creates sustainability and balance.
Friday, November 8. Today the dark holds visions for a new world. Whether we start big or little, we feel inspired. Retrograde Mercury forms a sextile to Venus. In his retrograde persona, Mercury can cause all kinds of communication/technological upsets. This aspect between Venus and Mercury may ease some of those frustrations. We can see the purpose behind some reversals or delays. Does the dark give you more patience or less? One area of potential conflict is where the individual’s need for safety meets the group’s need for taking risks to push our edges out further. Change happens in pulsating waves between these two poles of desire.
November 9—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. This phase of the Moon asks us to look at our dissatisfactions and decide what will we do about them. What are you experiencing this lunar cycle? Are you following the dark into new soul awareness? Or have you deferred that work until your soul has rebelled? This season when death is so close to life, we are reminded to cherish our days and live lives of meaning. Take stock. The planetary allies are supportive. The sextile between Mars and Saturn affirms that we can find the wholeness that creates health and balance. The source of this strength is in the dark. Mercury is stationary (will turn direct tomorrow) and so has stronger influence on our communications and thoughts. Neptune is also stationary and is trine Mercury. Both of these planets are in water signs, emphasizing that our emotions are potent communicators. Notice how words and thoughts impact a larger sphere than we are usually aware of. Waves connect us. From this understanding, how will you manifest your soul’s calling?