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Last week was an opportunity for lots of healing around some very "old" issues. No doubt connected to the Chiron Station, Neptune Station, Neptune/SouthNode alignment in Pisces and Jupiter/Pluto square... I had to realize that my "old" conditioning no longer works: trying to approach "feeling disempowered" with logic and wanting to control it, is going to create more separation between my feeling body, intuitive body, and Source -- and therefore an even deeper sense of disempowerment and despair.
Approaching feelings with logic is like telling a baby to shut up when it's crying... It simply doesn't work. Being accepting, caring and loving -- even pampering and gentle -- this works much better. Allowing ourselves to feel whatever we are feeling without judgment or expectation, giving ourselves the space to have our feelings without needing to do anything with them, without needing to know where they come from and what they mean -- this allows for the energy to move through us and out -- just as it would with a baby.
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This week's headline items: the last Quarter Moon in Leo becomes exact on Monday, very early in the morning and the Sun enters Sagittarius in the afternoon. Chiron's Station intensifies and the Jupiter/Pluto square becomes exact on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day in the US). Finally, a long-term Jupiter/Saturn sextile can be felt all week.
There will also be four Moon VoC phases this week: Monday very early morning (for 1 hour), Tuesday early afternoon (for 26 hours), Friday morning (for a little over 18 hours), and Sunday late afternoon (for 23 hours).
Before we start with this week's forecast, I would like to mention an opportune long-term aspect between Jupiter and Saturn that will be within two degrees until February 5th, 2017 (we started to feel it building last Wednesday, Nov. 16th).
This aspect gives us the opportunity to test the balance between our desire for growth and expansion, versus our awareness of our personal limitations; our expectations and outlook become considerably more realistic now, as we naturally seek balance between being too negative and overeager.
It’s also a strong time for realigning our projects and getting our life priorities straightened out. We concern ourselves with the long-term and make practical preparations for a better future.
Look to see where in your life you're seeking expansion or personal growth during this aspect. How might you approach it from a realistic place? What if you took it in stride? What if you were present to it every step of the way?
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the following: 13-26 degrees of Libra, Sagittarius, Leo, or Aquarius? If so, you will feel this aspect quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Sagittarius or Capricorn, since Jupiter rules Sagittarius and Saturn rules Capricorn.
Monday (November 21st): the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo until 4:34am EST. We may lack objectivity and struggle with backing down or compromising. This Moon placement also starts the build-up towards the last Quarter Moon (which, will be exact Monday very early morning...)
We all love to be admired -- or at the very least acknowledged -- for our greatness :-) So hand out some compliments -- let people know how proud you are of them, tell them how much you love them. Come from the heart in this and all other things... be honest and authentic, as best you can.
Fun, games and romance are a big part of this energy as well. You might also enjoy spending time with little ones. If there are no "outer children" around, how about getting in touch with your "inner child" -- it's definitely easier for the next two days. What are you most grateful for today? What would be heaps and heaps of fun? What would be so much fun, you let out a tiny squeak, just thinking of it?
Monday at 3:33am EST,the last Quarter Moon in 29 degrees of Leo becomes exact. We started to feel this aspect build from the moment the Moon entered Leo, last Friday. The Moon in fun and attention-loving Leomakes a challenging aspect to the Sun in private, all-or-nothing Scorpio. This may bring challenges; however, it also energizes us to face what demands completion or change.
This Moon phase brings us closer to Nov.29th, which will bring the New Moon in Sagittarius. During the last Quarter Moon, we are better served by reviewing those projects we began around the last New Moon -- in this case, that would be Oct. 30th -- as opposed to launching new ones. Out of those projects, what needs last-minute adjustments? What did you discover since then? What did it mean for you?
As best as you can, find creative solutions for anything that comes up (whether internally, or with others).
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the following: 27-29 degrees of Leo, Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius or 0-1 degrees of Virgo, Sagittarius, Gemini or Pisces? If so, you will feel this month's last Quarter Moon quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer, since the Sun rules Leo and the Moon rules Cancer.
Also at 3:33am EST, we are entering a Moon void of course (VoC). for an hour, until 4:34am EST. If you are awake, use this intuitive time to make some adjustments in your life. As best as you can, find creative solutions to seemingly unsolvable situations.
Make space both for connecting with others on a deep, emotional level, and having some fun, letting your inner child come out and play. As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new.
Monday at 4:34am ESTthe Moon moves into detail-oriented, practical Virgo, where it will journey until Wednesday afternoon; turning our focus toward the practical and wholesome. We are generous with our time/services and we love to help others. We also have a fondness for science and anything that makes sense in our world -- things and knowledge we can apply and use.
Health might come also into focus at this time. We notice the parts that make up the whole; this is a great time to see if our daily routines (eating, work, self-care, etc.) align with our long-term goals.
Monday at 4:22pm EST, the Sun changes signs from passionate, intense, all-or-nothing Scorpio to adventurous, optimistic, freedom-loving Sagittarius. The Sun will journey here until December 21st. For the next four weeks, we may feel a little more restless than usual. We are more aware of our sense of humor and our love for freedom. Our approach to life at this time tends to be direct and honest.
We may want to connect to people from all walks of life right now, just so we can learn about others. We tend to feel more optimistic during this time; this may get us into trouble if we go overboard and only take an idealistic point of view. Wanting to learn, explore and have fun gives us vitality and zest for life. What would open you up to a new adventure?
All this is especially true if you are a Leo or Sagittarius Sun-sign or Rising-sign. As a Sagittarius, you will feel a good dose of confidence and playfulness in the next four weeks; as a Leo, you are more adventurous and restless than usual…exploring something new might be just the thing for you to do.
Tuesday (Nov. 22nd): the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Monday early morning for details).
Tuesdayat 12:41pm EST, we enter a 26-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 2:42pm EST (Wednesday afternoon). Use this intuitive time to make some adjustments in your life. As best as you can, find creative solutions to seemingly unsolvable situations. Make space both for exploring new avenues, and taking care of daily routines or your health.
As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan the second half of Tuesday and the first half of Wednesday ahead of time ;-)
Tuesday early afternoon, an opportune Mercury/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 1:19pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from last Sunday evening on; it will be strong until this Wednesday evening. This aspect is an opportunity for us to expand our thinking and express ourselves with confidence and optimism -- we share what's important to us from a place of open-mindedness and excitement.
This connection also creates a possibility of expansion via stepping into uncharted territory. Humor can be a great way to tap into this energetic combo.
This planetary connection also favors short trips, writing, teaching, studying, and making observations. We more readily exercise good judgment and are more "philosophical" and open to learning.
Again, as with any opportunity, we have to "take" it -- it requires we take action. What could you do that would instill confidence in your exploration of the mind? Is there a new mental process that is asking to be explored?
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 13-17 degrees of Sagittarius, Libra, Leo or Aquarius? If so, you will be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius (Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo; Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius).
Wednesday (Nov. 23rd): the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo and VoC until 2:42pm EST (see Monday early morning and Tuesday early afternoon for details).
Wednesday early afternoon, a Mercury/Saturn alignment in 17 degrees of Sagittarius becomes exact at 1:44pm EST. We started feeling this aspect from Monday on; it will be strong until Friday. This connection strengthens our ability to make realistic decisions connected to our need for expansion and learning. We are more able to come from a place of integrity and maturity when planning anything long-term.
We prefer to have serious conversations with others that move us forward, closer to a common goal. It's an excellent period for reviewing, reassessing, perfecting, and improving our thinking patterns, beliefs, and foreign affairs. Even though we might have a more negative or critical outlook initially, this alignment serves the purpose of reaching a balanced, mature, and realistic state.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (MC) or personal planets in 14-20 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces? If so, you will feel this alignment quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Capricorn (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn).
Wednesday at 2:42pm EST, the Moon moves into harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Saturday very early morning. The energy of the Libra Moon helps us be naturally courteous and diplomatic; we are more polite at this time, as we seek the approval of others.
We very much want to maintain equal, fair relationships at this time, and are therefore open to making compromises and negotiating. These next two days are a great time for mediation -- but our need for peace and accompanying aversion to direct conflict could pull us to "yes" more easily than we might like.
We may also be able see both sides of the equation so well that we can't make decisions. As best as you can, find an inner balance with this and communicate what needs to be said with grace and charm -- even if it's "No" ;-) One last quick note: this is also a great time for anything to do with visual arts.
Thursday (Nov. 24th): Thanksgiving Day in the US. I am grateful for all the love and support I receive on a daily basis from people all over the globe. I am grateful to feel the connection of sameness through our sharing a human experience, and at the same time, the difference in each person's uniqueness of spirit. I want to thank everyone who is reading this for connecting, sharing, having a curious mind and an open heart. You are what makes this world a better place to live in!
The Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Wednesday afternoon for details).
Thursday evening, the first of three challenging Jupiter/Pluto aspects becomes exact at 6pm EST. This is a long-term aspect: we've been feeling it since the New Moon in Scorpiowas exact back on Oct. 31st, and will feel it until December 28th. The second and third Jupiter/Pluto square will become exact in March 2017 and August 2017, respectively.
It is a closing square -- and as such, it is the last portion of the Jupiter/Pluto cycle that started in 28 degrees of Sagittarius back in Dec. 2007. What have you learned since then? In what ways has your perception of life expanded?
This aspect can pique our ambitions and sense of our capacity for achievement. But it might be a good idea to slow things down just a little -- we mean well, but are very likely to over-extend, or be overly optimistic.
Optimistic belief (and even blind faith) in others may cause us to take unnecessary risks that are out of alignment with our deepest desires -- and therefore not empowering for everyone involved.
That said, deep changes in our beliefs are now possible -- if we allow ourselves to let go of what's no longer working around our social structures or long-term goals. That could shift things for us both at the individual and social/collective levels. How have your beliefs shifted since 2007? Where did you have to let go of certain beliefs so you could feel more empowered?
We are at a turning point. Empowering others is key! Notice when you try to force your beliefs on others -- indeed, when you push too hard, in general -- the more we push, the more likely it becomes that life will push back! The fact is, humor and open-mindedness work better right now, as does connecting to whatever we feel truly passionate about.
There could be an element of disempowerment that creeps in, both with ourselves and others, so just be aware of that... It can also feel quite intense: between our long-term goals and our relationships, we could be stretched to the max. I highly recommend self-care during this time. Ask yourself: What does my "inner baby" need? How can I nurture it whilst still connecting with others or following my passions?
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 13-19 degrees of Capricorn, Libra, Aries or Cancer? If so, you will feel this aspect quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Scorpio or Sagittarius (Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio, Jupiter of Sagittarius).
Also on Thursday, the Chiron Station in 20 degrees of Pisces intensifies. It is slowing down tremendously as it gets ready, after its 5-month retrograde phase, to move forward again on Dec. 1st. We will feel the effects of its station until Dec. 11th; its energies are more exalted during this period.
Chiron is the wounded healer; in Pisces, our attention is guided towards our emotional and spiritual wounds. Chiron represents our inner insecurities, those self-conscious and wounded places. Chiron also represents the inner wound of abandonment and our need to "make it on our own".
We are invited to approach these wounds on a holistic level, to heal them such that others are healed thereby. This is accomplished very simply and naturally when we work with the true beauty and strength of this energy: Compassion. Having compassion for our own wounds heals them and allows healing compassion for the wounds we now see in others.
What emotional or spiritual sore spots could you acknowledge? What needs your compassion/love? What needs to heal? At a different level, this time could also see an increased emphasis on water as a global and environmental issue.
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Those of us with personal planets and points (ASC or MC) in 18-23 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius will feel this station more strongly.
Friday (Nov. 25th): the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Wednesday afternoon for details).
Friday morning, a Venus/Pluto alignment in almost 16 degrees of Capricorn becomes exact at 6:50am EST. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday on; it will be strong until Monday morning of next week. This alignment brings out our passionate side. We uncompromisingly seek deep, totally authentic connections with others.
Our instincts are very strong right now, our inner wolf is wide-awake, and we can sniff out any unclean intentions right away. As best as you can, be completely truthful about your motivations and needs – if you try to duck this, it could get ugly, since everyone knows what everyone else is up to anyway.
What if you took 100% responsibility for getting what you want and need? What is the highest path to achieve that? As best as you can, find creative solutions and remain flexible. And as always when Pluto is involved, choose the power of love over the power of fear -- whenever possible.
Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 13-19 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer or Libra? If so, you will feel this alignment quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Scorpio (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Pluto rules Scorpio)
Also Friday morning, a challenging Venus/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 8:45am EST. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday on; it will be strong until Monday morning of next week. This aspect asks that we question our most fundamental beliefs and conditioning around money and relationships.
We have the opportunity here to grow beyond our understanding of what our values get us. Issues connected to love, relationships, and whatever is most valuable to us, can seem overwhelming at this time. This is because we have a tendency to overindulge or over-promise.
We mean well, because we are feeling quite optimistic at this time -- but we may underestimate how much time we actually have, or how good a fit something actually is. Overspending, overindulging and over-promising could be connected to this aspect as well (as could making assumptions in our relationships); as best as you can, bring a non-judgmental awareness to any such tendencies.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 13-19 degrees of Capricorn, Libra, Aries or Cancer? If so, you will feel this aspect quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Sagittarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius).
Friday at 8:52am EST, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts a little over 18 hours, until 3:01am EST (Saturday very early morning). Use this intuitive time to balance your need for equal and harmonious connection, with your drive toward personal visions and ideas.
As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan Friday day and Friday night ahead of time ;-)
Saturday (Nov. 26th) at 3:01am EST, the Moon moves into passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio, where it will journey until Monday afternoon. We feel things deeply and have "X-Ray Vision" and "Bullshit-Smelling Abilities" ;-)
Emotional authenticity is extremely important to us at this time; anything less than 100% emotional honesty could be perceived as flat-out dishonest. Once we feel safe trusting someone, we want to merge with them, preferably forever... as long as our trust is never betrayed.
The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power. This occurs by a process of subtraction -- it urges us to let go of whatever disempowers us. It's therefore an excellent time to look at "old" fears, limiting habits or emotional attachments, especially those stemming from past traumas.
Moon in Scorpio tends to run right over ambiguity -- it's "in or out", "with us or against us", "love me or leave me". It can therefore be stormy -- a cold winter storm, or a torrid tropical storm of passion, depending on how we "work" the energies :-)
Manipulation and paranoia are the lower vibrations of this aspect, so as best you can, be straightforward -- act in good faith and assume it in others. Best of all, be truly present to the fluctuations of your feelings -- no matter if they're "polite" or "timely". Feelings aren't facts, but they are information -- and heeding them will help you embrace all of who you are.
Know thyself -- and love thyself -- you shall be set free. Remember: Love connects us to the Power within; Fear causes "Force" to show up -- and that's ultimately what disempowers us and others.
Saturday very early morning, a challenging Mercury/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 3:22am EST. We started feeling this aspect from Wednesday on; it will be strong until Sunday. This combination might bring up some insecurities in our verbal, in-person or email interactions.
That said, this could also be an opportunity for healing; we are energized to move past harsh criticism of ourselves or others, towards more loving and compassionate structures for thinking and communicating. As best as you can, stretch yourself -- and be open to bringing love and understanding to it all (and that includes you) :-)
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point or any personal planets in 17-24 degrees of Sagittarius, Pisces, Virgo or Gemini? If so, you are more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini or Virgo (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo).
Saturday morning, a harmonious Mercury/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 8:38am EST. We started feeling this aspect from Thursday morning on; it will be strong until Monday morning of next week. This aspect supports a connection between our higher mind and our day-to-day mind. We are able to receive inspiration from higher places and maybe even look into the future.
We are able to communicate our vision for a better future; insights arise from these communications. Original, creative insights and ideas can appear out of nowhere; as best as you can, stay open to these unique "downloads" -- they might change how you see and proceed with life ;-)
This is a good time to communicate online, engage in computer-related activities or scientific projects, and also for anything metaphysical. Group activities like Meetups are great things to be involved with right now -- especially if they allow us to share our vision for a better future.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 18-24 degrees of Sagittarius, Aries or Leo? If so, you will feel especially blessed by this connection. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Aquarius (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius)
Sunday (Nov. 27th): the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio all day (see Saturday very early morning for details).
Sunday at 4:48pm EST, we enter a 23-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 3:46pm EST (Monday afternoon). Use this intuitive time for research, and as an opportunity to bring awareness to what you are manifesting long-term, especially relationship-wise and financially.
As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan Sunday evening and the first half of Monday ahead of time ;-)
A head's up for next Monday (Nov. 28th): the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio until 3:46pm EST (see Saturday very early morning for details). At that time, the Moon moves into optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius, where it will journey until Thursday very early morning. More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-)
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