Solidifying unfinished business is the focus of the Full Moon at 3 degrees Taurus on Tuesday, October 27th at 7:05 A.M. Central Standard Time. This is the first Full Moon since [Read more…]
How fitting that the Scorpio season holidays honoring our ancestors will be dominated by a Cancer Moon this year. Give some serious thought this time round to the history and underlying intent of the traditions we’re keeping alive through the centuries. The beginning of the three day religious and cultural celebrations of Halloween, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), All Saints Day and All Souls Day begins of course on October 31st, this year falling on a Saturday and runs through Monday, November 2nd; the Moon moves into Cancer early Saturday morning and remains there until late Sunday night. The Cancer Moon will be strongly aspected over the course of the weekend: opposing Pluto (death, birth, afterlife & transformation) in Capricorn, sextile the Jupiter – Venus – Mars conjunction in Virgo, trine Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, square Uranus in Aries and trine the Sun in Scorpio. The morning of Monday November 2nd the Moon enters Leo and Mercury enters Scorpio, creating the right channels to communicate what was felt over the weekend and finish the third day of remembrances with soulful expression.
There shouldn’t be any less fun this year than any other year for those who only celebrate these holidays with children or on a strictly superficial level. The Cancer Moon lasting all weekend trine the Scorpio Sun does indicate delving deeper into both the history of the holidays themselves and the history of the ancestors being remembered. Cancer is a sign that loves and knows its history, retaining (hoarding, even) the things left behind in haste or considered useless. It knows the tides change and such things will be useful and important again at some point or another. It clings to the past like no other and yet, as a cardinal sign, initiates change in the waters it is comfortable in. It knows the tides change and what seems groundbreaking today can often be old habits and patterns dressed up in new clothing. There truly is nothing new under Cancer. As such, it is the sign most closely associated with heritage, genealogy, familial lineage and roots. Scorpio is of course the sign most closely associated with death itself, with the legacies that survive from beyond the grave, with the transformation of raw energy from one state to another. This trine between the Scorpio Sun and the Cancer Moon this Halloween/Day of the Dead weekend brings the messages of the holidays home for those perceptive enough to see these things for what they are. There are deep influences running the scenes here but not necessarily spooky, so don’t let imagination and marketing lead you down a different path.
What do your ancestors mean to you? What does their legacy mean to you in the here and now? How much do you even know of their struggles to survive, how hard they pushed forward and kept the life cycle in motion? Their traditions, their understanding of God and the spirit world, the worlds within ourselves? What will you pass on from beyond the grave once you’ve become an ancestor yourself? Whatever your feelings of your family’s past, you inherit more than physical traits and disease genes through your DNA. What else has genetic memory passed along through the generations? Where does this “memory” even have its roots? Why does DNA itself look like a language that is meant to be read? Questions to ask yourself under the Cancer Moon; questions to ask of others once Mercury slips into Scorpio.
This is a great time to not only decide to change or continue traditions pertaining to death and honoring the deceased but also begin new ones. There is a mix of all four elements at work in the cosmos at this time (water, most notably, followed by earth, fire and air) so incorporate from the elements as feels right to you. Rituals and traditions can add focused, tangible meaning to the proceedings but remember they are not necessary. The real magic always lies in our hearts and souls.
For those in the U.S., daylight savings time ends this weekend, at 2:00 a.m. Sunday November 1st so set your clocks back one hour. Extra hour of sleep, extra hour for the dreams that will be more active under this strong Cancer Moon. Pay attention to your dreams this weekend. Your ancestors and the other angels from somewhere beyond know we are listening to them more than usual and can come through to us in our dreams. Even the strongest dreams should still be gentle and not spooky.
An interesting one to watch for new directions and changes, the New Moon at 19 degrees Libra takes place at 7:06 P.M. Central Standard Time on Monday, October 12th. This places the New Moon in the Via Combusta, the long stretch of bad road known between 15 degrees Libra and 15 degrees Scorpio. It is [Read more…]