Saturday, November 18, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for November 18, 2017—November 25.

I’ve always wanted a nice, tidy chemical equation that could govern underworld journeys—those journeys that take us out of the ordinary and into the shadow places. Wouldn’t it be great if we knew in advance just how much shadow material to reveal to get a boost of transformative power? Wouldn’t it be great if we could control the chain reaction when we start poking at the things hidden away in the shadows? I’ve been reflecting on Inanna’s journey to the underworld recently. From the Sumerian text that describes her journey, she encounters seven gates where she is challenged to give up another piece of her power and identity. At each gate, the most powerful goddess in this culture is told, “Quiet Inanna, the ways of the underworld are perfect. They may not be questioned.” She had to shut up and do what they told her. This journey is not so nice and controllable. Not tidy. Not efficient. Not safe. That is where we are right now in the U.S. as shadows of sexual abuse are being revealed. It may be necessary but it doesn’t feel safe to tell the truth. It doesn’t feel like we get to keep control of the process, and it does feel like we are entering another realm, with its own rules, that must be obeyed.

Can we trust the ways of the underworld? Here is some of what I know, or perhaps want to believe. Exposing shadows can bring healing. It can renew our vital selves. It can be a reclamation of power. The big question I’ve always had about Inanna’s journey concerns why she decided to descend at all. She had all the external power she could have. She was worshipped. But she needed something more. Jungian psychologist James Hillman described that something more as soul. The myth is open to other interpretations, but I’ve always found this piece about soul to be comforting, even as I tremble at the gates of my underworld.

My heart goes out to those who are telling their truths and the ones who are being triggered to remember and relieve their own experiences of abuse. I know this is not a journey we chose to take. It is not as if we were sitting around bored and thinking wouldn’t it be great to have a deep and soulful experience by bringing up ways we’ve been abused? No, it seems that there is another reason. We could call it justice, we could call it a yearning for healing, we could call it a vision for a different world. This journey sometimes just opens up, whether we are ready or not, and there we are. Since Jupiter went into Scorpio in October, this journey has just opened up. The last lunar cycle, which traversed much of the Scorpio terrain, only deepened it. On November 18, the next lunar cycle begins near the end of Scorpio. There is more to experience. Soon after, the Sun enters Sagittarius. The exchange between these signs will reveal how we move forward after so many shadows. What we do next says it all.

This next lunar cycle happens on the threshold between Scorpio (fixed water) and Sagittarius (mutable fire). Energetically this can feel like coming from the deep and dark into an extrovert’s party. There may be a temptation to shake off the previous shadow work too quickly and jump right into easy escapism. But that isn’t the only temptation. Some of us could feel stuck in the dark while the party is going on, creating more isolation. How we return from the underworld matters. How we honor our soulful journeys matters. This lunar cycle may be about doing both. Returning and honoring. When Inanna returned, she raged against Dumuzi, one of her lovers who had taken her throne, and sent him packing to the underworld. Perhaps some of us will need to return from our visit to painful places by raging against injustice. This is one possibility. And a strong one, since this lunar cycle begins with a square between both rulers of Scorpio (Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn). Rage plays a role. Mars in Libra will fight for justice. Pluto is the toxic power structures we’ve been uncovering since Pluto went into Capricorn in 2008.

Mars is active during this lunar cycle. On December 1, Mars will oppose Uranus in Aries, the revolutionary agent of change. This is a tinderbox transit. Mars sparks action for any ways we are not being authentic. What has the underworld journey taught you about your authenticity?  On December 9, Mars enters Scorpio. If things weren’t real before, they are now. This is another plunge down. Since Jupiter will be in Scorpio all year, we will experience diving and rising again and again. How we return from the underworld matters.

Forecast for November 18, 2017—November 25.

Moon enters Sagittarius 12:59 pm CST
November 18—New Moon: Seeding. This New Moon is a seed planted in the underworld of Scorpio that will grow into the light of the next sign, Sagittarius. Sagittarius is the storyteller. We will be creating new stories this lunation. Saturn has been occupying Sagittarius since October 2015 (Saturn went into Sagittarius in December 2014 and retrograded out from June 2015 through October). Saturn demands accountability. Our stories have been ignored. The dominant stories of culture have been based on manipulation of the storytelling functions of culture. Fake news became a thing under Saturn in Sagittarius. There are authentic stories. There is authentic truth. An underworld journey can help us to remember what we have lost or been fooled into thinking isn’t real. Mercury joins Saturn in Sagittarius at this New Moon. Mercury will be taking a retrograde journey through Sagittarius from December 3 to December 22. We are not only asked to reflect on our truth, we must do the work of throwing out the stories that don’t resonate and don’t create life for us and the planet. At this New Moon, I plant the seeds of reclaiming my voice. After the shadow work of Scorpio, where collective and personal demons are felt more strongly, I return with a voice for justice, a voice for truth, a voice for change. What are the seeds you plant?

Moon in Sagittarius
Sunday, November 19.
The square between Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn perfects today. Let authentic rage move through you. There is a lot to be rageful about. And notice, what your anger is revealing. Are you able to channel your anger to the proper source or is it coming out sideways? Without judgment, we have the opportunity to notice patterns around anger. Perhaps we also will be gifted with the insight about who justly deserves this anger and who does not. The Moon in Sagittarius encourages movement of some kind. This can be a wonderful way to get unstuck if big emotions are moving in.

Moon in Sagittarius
Monday, November 20.
The Moon in Sagittarius conjoins two important players for this lunar cycle, Mercury and Saturn. Saturn will be leaving Sagittarius next month. This lunation and next are opportunities to reap the lessons Saturn grew for us during this time (basically the last 2 and ½ years). Sagittarius is concerned with truth, meaning, the expansion of our horizons. Saturn teaches through limiting and narrowing our options, which feels contradictory to Sagittarian impulse. It hasn’t been an easy couple of years for our Sagittarius friends. But we’ve learned something and we are better for it. What did you learn? Mercury is preparing to turn retrograde soon. In Sagittarius, we get to reflect on our truths and the stories driving our perceptions of reality. As we notice our stories today, the Moon invites an inner knowing. Don’t strive for it, let it arise. Small insights can be big.

Moon enters Capricorn 1:14 am CST
Tuesday, November 21.
Sun enters Sagittarius. The threshold is crossed when the Sun moves from Scorpio to Sagittarius today. I am imagining this as a step of return from an underworld journey. Our personal journeys and returns will have different timings, but today perhaps, begin to notice what you think of as a return from depth. What do you bring back with you that feeds your authentic truth? We are invited to treasure that. Venus in Scorpio makes a lovely sextile to Pluto in Capricorn today. This is a blessing for our journeys, for speaking about our shadows, and for the mysteries of healing and exchange with those shadows. The Moon in Capricorn invites a concrete way to honor our journeys. Perhaps this will be in the form of activism or actions that reflect your truth. Lunar wisdom teaches me that small conscious actions can have big impact. Experiment with that.

Moon in Capricorn
November 22—Crescent Moon: Germinating. Seeds planted during the New Moon phase of this cycle begin to tremble and burst into life. This is still happening underground. Let things germinate for a while. The return from the underworld will happen in its own time, in the time your soul needs. Let’s not be fooled into thinking our timing is off when others around us are going full force into what is known as “the holiday season.” This is a time that can try the soul of those who need to remain with gravity in the dark. Perhaps it is appropriate to name this obsession with escapist consumerism as the root of our problems right now. Perhaps consumerism is the Dumuzi of Inanna’s story. (See intro to this week’s forecast.) Perhaps this is just where we should focus our rage.

Neptune in Pisces stations direct today. This is powerful energy that focuses our experiences on connections that feel eternal and outside the ways we can fill our days with meaninglessness. Neptune also offers illusion as a good substitute for what is real. Both are possible today and perhaps as we notice our germinating seeds, we are offered a chance to discern the difference between what is real and what is false. Truth is not relative but it also isn’t there to comfort us. Notice what you want to avoid. There may be revelations there. The Moon in Capricorn encourages realism. Balance this with feelings of transcendence (Neptune’s urge). Where does that land you?

Moon enters Aquarius 2:14 pm CST
Thursday, November 23.
Perhaps there is nothing more centered in the American mythos than the holiday of Thanksgiving. Yes, one can, and I do, reframe this celebration as a time to honor hearth and give thanks for what the Earth provides. But I must also acknowledge that the entire myth of Thanksgiving is mostly about the good colonizer. One of the things this myth says is that at the core, at the beginning of colonization, white people were welcomed here. Thanksgiving represents a hope that colonizers can be redeemed somehow, that all the genocide that followed that mythic first Thanksgiving can somehow be forgiven. We’re good, right? As we gather at our hearths, let us remember those who are living with the legacy of genocide and the impact of colonization every day of their lives. This is a somber reality. After making a square to Uranus in Aries early in the morning the Moon enters Aquarius. We may notice impatience for those who are complacent with the way things are going. A good topic of conversation at this Thanksgiving could be examples of activism that inspire you.

Moon in Aquarius
Friday, November 24.
Do people still celebrate this as Buy Nothing Day? I think this is a fabulous practice for disengaging from the constant messaging of the overculture. The pressure to assuage discomfort by shopping is intense. The Moon in Aquarius encourages us to take a stand. Listen to your authentic voice within. Where would you rather put this energy?  Mercury in Sagittarius makes a square to Chiron in Pisces. The heart of compassion is to recognize the suffering of self and other and to find a way to erase divisions. I cannot conflate my suffering with the suffering of others, but I can recognize our common humanity. I can be moved to make a difference.

Moon in Aquarius
Saturday, November 25.
A lot of fire/air energy today sparks personal revolutions and revelations. What will you change? What did you just realize? Mercury in Sagittarius is making a trine to Uranus in Aries. Thoughts and insights are firing. We may think we are really on to something, only to find out later that we have more to learn. But now, be filled with enthusiasm. We are collecting the bits and pieces of our stories. There is more work to do with these bits later. Don’t worry about being too discerning right now. You never know what inconsequential bauble might be core to your journey when we dive back in to the underworld for processing later.

About these forecasts: Through following the Moon, the planets, and the wisdom of the seasons and signs, my goal is to offer a useful practice of mindfulness and intention for the thoughtful seeker.

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