Sunday, November 5, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for November 5, 2017 – November 17

The seasons of deep fall and deep spring make me fall in love again and again with the place I live. These are the Scorpio and Taurus seasons. Here in the upper Midwest, these times are dreamy, haunting, magical. The rebirth of deep spring after a long, long winter is simply miraculous. Life returning is good, but the dying that goes on in deep fall is no less enchanting. As the trees shed their leaves and the green bloods retire for the season, I am called to the threshold where death and life meet. Can anything be more beautiful? Gratitude and grief well up. This life is full of mysteries.

Taurus and Scorpio also happen to be opposite signs in the zodiac, anchoring opposite sides of the wheel of the year. The recent Taurus Full Moon brought these two halves together. Do you feel the potency of this moment? I think we are meant to. Perhaps it is this remembering of death’s connection to life that calls us into being fully human. Death brings us to right-sized relationship. We are not special. We are not immortal. But oh, sometimes we are quite beautiful. Do you also feel it? There is enough ugliness in this world. Being fully human is an antidote, perhaps.

The pull to the threshold between life and death is particularly strong because Jupiter is in Scorpio for the next year. When Venus enters Scorpio on November 7 and meets up with Jupiter on the 13th, expect this pull to deepen even more. Venus shows us beauty, but this planet is also about justice. Scorpio’s edge is sharp. Our passions for justice sharpen as well. The threshold can make us bolder, willing to go farther, daring to expose anything that is not in alliance with the beauty of this world.

A meaningful and supportive transit between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries encourages structured change. There is a safety net for stepping out of old patterns. This relationship between Saturn and Uranus has ebbed and flowed from December 2016 to now, when these two make their final trine at this time. Is it time to go after your dream? Does this beautiful time with death remind you how to “live your one wild and precious life?”

I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver – A Summer Day

Moon enters Gemini 4:26 am CST
Sunday, November 5. Mercury leaves Scorpio to enter Sagittarius. With the Moon in Mercury’s home sign of Gemini today, we notice all the mercurial things. We are philosophical but perhaps have a hard time focusing on just one belief. So many influences. So much to learn. Curiosity is curiously healing. If we let go of certainty and a need for absolute answers, Mercury teaches us to adapt and engage with the endlessly fascinating world around us. Burn bright during the day and go into quiet reflection this evening when the Moon makes a square to Neptune in Pisces. Intellect and emotion adjust to each other.

Moon in Gemini
Monday, November 6.
Yesterday’s Gemini influences carry forward into today as well, except that this is Monday and that was Sunday. Focus will be a challenge as we start a workweek but this is the morning to experience serendipity. Change up your routine. Talk to someone you’ve never talked with before. Wonder what the day will bring. In the evening, when the Moon in Gemini opposes Saturn in Sagittarius, things get more serious. Don’t let Saturn beat you up too much. Curiosity brings it own rewards even if it means a short attention span.

Moon enters Cancer 4:44 am CST
November 7—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting. Astronomical Samhain. The Sun reaches the midpoint of Scorpio today. This is the heart of the Samhain season of the dead. Venus also enters Scorpio today while the Moon moves into moody Cancer. This is not a disparagement of Cancer, by the way. This dark feminine energy does not have to justify itself and is very actively opening doorways and channels to our deeper selves. It is as if we suddenly see whole new rooms in our psyches, whole new spaces to access for our futures. This phase of the Moon encourages reflection on what we have reaped from this lunar cycle. I can’t help but picture a blood red and juicy pomegranate split open to reveal mysteries of this season. In fact, I invite you to scry into a pomegranate today. This is the fruit of the underworld, the temptation that bound Persephone to her beloved dead. For part of the day, a grand water trine of Moon in Cancer, Jupiter/Venus in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces softens resistance to revelations from beyond the veils. The messages we receive may go directly into our souls bypassing the thinking mind. Give yourself time to sense into the flow and feel all the feelings.

Moon in Cancer
Wednesday, November 8.
What flowed yesterday could feel stifled by overwhelming obstruction today. We have a choice. Let the water pool, perhaps sinking deeper underground, or let the water build to such force that your obstructions are crushed by the power of emotion. Sounds dramatic. The aspects between the Moon in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries feel pretty dramatic right now. The veils are thin between the worlds. Perhaps it is time to purge the depths. Perhaps the ancestors will help us. Be gentle with each other. If you have capacity, be available to others who may need help through this process. Find the courage to ask for help. Staying connected makes the transformation stronger.

Moon enters Leo 6:29 am CST
Thursday, November 9.
Energetically, today feels like the Sun bursting through after a few days of rain. The rain was lovely. So is the Sun. The Moon moves into the Sun’s natural sign, Leo, and the Sun in Scorpio makes a good connection with Pluto in Capricorn. If the last few days have been a purge, today is when we feel all refreshed and raring to go. Though there is one curveball. Mars in Libra makes a puzzling quincunx aspect to Neptune in Pisces. This is where we encounter a pause to forward momentum and that may not be all bad. Opening to the dead and worlds beyond the veils is vulnerable work. It is good to remember our souls are tender and growing best in the darkness in this season. Working in the darkness means we don’t see everything and are not meant to. This Mars/Neptune connection reminds us to be receptive, not assertive.

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 and world changer. Read about the beginning of the Libra/Scorpio lunar cycle here.

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