Monday, November 2. Fire fuels passion. The Moon in Leo (fixed fire) adds just enough heat to the waning phase of this cycle to spark passion in us today. The conjunction of Venus and Mars in Virgo (mutable earth) doesn’t hurt either. Conjunctions signal the start of a cycle. These two planets won’t come back together until October 2017, so take a moment to notice your passions. The Virgo influence brings a passionate interest in health, wholeness, service, and devotion. The virginal aspect to Virgo does not mean prudish or repressed. The Virgin is true to themselves, a pure aspect of passion that can inspire us today.
November 3—Last Quarter Moon: Evaluating. Another leaf drops from the tree. Perhaps you are experiencing loss this season. Perhaps you are experiencing the richness and the fears of darkness. Perhaps this moment, when yet another leaf falls causes you to wonder, how much more can I take? Perhaps this moment is when a type of grace enters. Not to push the grief or darkness away, rather, the grace to allow it to come a little closer to our skins, to work its way into our hearts. This lunar cycle began in Libra (cardinal air) and has transitioned into Scorpio waters. Perhaps you have been thrown off by the contrast. Libra air is orderly, mathematically balanced and refined. The mind understands this terrain. Scorpio is about the soul and rational thought does not do well here. We must feel our way through. At this phase of the Moon, we begin to let go but to also evaluate what has gone before. Take inventory. What are you learning? There has been strong Virgo (mutable earth) influence during this cycle. Mutable signs are the integrators and weavers. Mind and soul are woven into a new cloth.
Wednesday, November 4. A few days ago, Venus and Mars conjoined in Virgo (mutable earth). We are still under the influence of the lovers in this sign of purity and devotion. Some say, that Virgos make good lovers because they pay attention to the details. Try it yourself. Light the flame of devotion. Become focused on sharing and receiving pleasure down to its smallest particle. Align body, mind, and soul with your attention.
Thursday, November 5. Mutable signs (Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces, and Gemini) are adept at sensing energy. In fact, they often have a hard time tuning out the background noise. Each mutable sign, based on its element, has a different style of sensing and coping. Virgo (mutable earth) has a thing about order and chaos. Some Virgos are fine with chaos, but many need to create order around them to keep up with the sensory information they’re receiving. Today is a high-load day of sensory input. The Moon in Virgo squares Saturn in Sagittarius and opposes Neptune in Pisces. This t-square aspect pattern in the mutable signs may over stimulate those in chaotic situations. But it may also provide interesting opportunities for synthesis and understanding. Intuition and reason must find a way to co-exist. We need to tinker with the details, but at some point will need to let go. The quincunx aspect between Jupiter in Virgo and Uranus in Aries is part of the problem but also part of the excitement. Uranus, as the planet of chaotic change, is goading us to revolutionize our lives. Jupiter is fine with that as long as we can maintain a little order too. Is that too much to ask? You be the judge. Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth) interjects strength and longevity into the day, perhaps saving us all.
Friday, November 6. There’s a nice mixture of fluidity and form in the aspects today. Mercury in Scorpio (fixed water) makes a trine to Neptune in Pisces (mutable water). This inspirational connection is great for poetry and trance. We are still deepening into the Scorpio season when the veils between the worlds are thin. The seen and unseen worlds comingle. Messages are sent and received. Be a receiver today. What are you picking up on the airwaves? Form comes from the conjoining of the Moon and Jupiter in Virgo (mutable earth). Each month, the Moon contacts Jupiter, giving us just a little more context to this gas giant’s transit through this sign. Remember the Virgo themes: wholeness, health, devotion, service, apprenticeship, work. Which one resonates for you? Good fortune may come today in this arena.
November 7—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. Astronomical Samhain. The cross-quarter holy days: Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasad represent the midpoints between the equinoxes and solstices. Together, these eight days are celebrated as the sabbaths by some Pagans. Today, the Sun reaches the midpoint of Scorpio, which is halfway between the fall equinox and winter solstice. Those who celebrate this Sabbath notice the powerful connection we have to our beloved dead at this moment when the veils are the thinnest between our worlds. This year, Samhain occurs in the Balsamic phase of the Moon, which is already a time of deepening and listening. The dying season of Scorpio is a time to remember our mortality. Bittersweet beauty surrounds this time of year. With the Moon in Libra, we notice the balance and imbalance around us. Are we in good relationship to our ancestors? Are we leaving a better world for descendants? As we visit the unseen worlds, we have the opportunity to bring this question of balance and justice to our beloved dead. Our ancestors made plenty of mistakes. Perhaps they have good information about how to avoid ours.
Sunday, November 8. Venus moves into Libra (cardinal air) today. Don’t get me wrong, Venus enjoys Virgo (in her own way) but I’m sure she will enjoy spreading her wings a little bit more in her own sign. Honor the goddess of love and justice. She can be fierce, and she can be charming. The many faces of Venus will be shown during the month of Venus’ transit through Libra. Perhaps we will notice the edginess of the Moon square to Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth) and opposite Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire). Will Venus try to smooth over the bumps or will she inspire us to lead the charge for justice?