Real Time Astrology: New Moon In Scorpio October 30th, 2016

 

The New Moon at 7 degrees Scorpio takes place on Sunday, October 30th at 12:38 PM Central Standard Time. Being at 7 degrees of Scorpio means the New Moon falls inside the via combusta or “burning path”, that rocky stretch of the zodiac. Mercury feels the burn too at 9 degrees Scorpio. The New Moon also trines Neptune at 9 degrees Pisces, putting a heavy focus on the water element. Meaning: heightened and powerful emotional sensitivity and the possibility of psychic phenomena. [Read more…]

Halloween/Day Of The Dead/All Soul’s & Saints Day 2016

 

If you’ve never given thought to celebrating the ancestral holidays of Scorpio season beyond passing out candy to kids, this year you might want to start. There is a Scorpio New Moon that precedes Halloween this year, on Sunday, October 30th. This of course leads to Day Of The Dead/Diá de los Muertos on November 1st-2nd, All Saints Day on November 1st and All Souls Day on November 2nd. Last year we had a Cancer Moon that kicked off ancestor/spirit season and I wrote that the Cancer Moon shows our connection to heritage, genealogy, family lineage and roots. This year it’s the Scorpio New Moon that starts ancestor/spirit season, which is perhaps more potent since Scorpio (ruled by Pluto) is the sign of death itself, the legacies that survive from beyond the grave, the transmutation of energy from one state of being to the next. [Read more…]

Halloween/Day of the Dead/All Saints & Souls Day October 31 – November 2, 2015

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.

Real Time Astrology: Halloween/Day of the Dead 2014

Even for those who don’t usually participate in the late October festivities, I think this year will be the one to try to commemorate in some fashion. There will be something gleaned from this for most everyone.

 

Friday is Halloween, and if you plan on partying you won’t be disappointed in the flavor of the evening. The Sun and Venus will still be conjunct in the sometimes macabre sign of Scorpio but the mood will be considerably boosted by the social Moon in Aquarius. Aquarius is a sign that favors eccentricity, so don’t be nervous about broadcasting your quirks. You do you. Mars in Capricorn will be squaring Uranus in Aries, so do keep safety at the front of your mind. There will be lots of children and small pets out and about amongst the adult revellers, pay particular attention to them.

 

We change moods for the weekend , and for Day of the Dead celebrations. If quiet reflection is more your style than brash parties, this weekend will be up your alley. The moon moves into wistful, soulful Pisces midday Saturday. The Sun, Mercury, Venus and the North Node are still burning through the Via Combusta. Particularly with Mercury in social Libra, the weekend is conducive to talking openly with others about where we have come from and where we are going. Honoring and celebrating those who have passed on is certainly one way to do this.  The Pisces moon will be encouraging us to look at how much we all share in life’s joys and sorrows. Music will have a particularly pronounced affect at this time; listen to songs that honor your past or the past of the deceased. Don’t be afraid to go deep, the descent will be gentle.