With the Thanksgiving Turkey in the cross-hairs this week, the specter of family gatherings loom, often a stressful time for some people, particularly if they don't interact with their family much to begin with. I like to think that the majority of my readers are looking forward to the occasion to spend time with family members they don't get a chance to see very often; yet I also know that sometimes going "home for the holidays" feels like parachuting onto a battlefield with no back-up. I realize it isn’t very helpful, but remember: you can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your family.
Scorpio New Moon
The period of closure as marked by the Moon this past week now reaches its end-point even as it begins a new solar-lunar cycle in the late degrees of Scorpio; the third such cycle since the New Moon Eclipse in Leo, three months ago. Here we see an extension of the themes in process at the Eclipse while we watch for a major development at this, the First Quarter Phase of the Eclipse Cycle - a time of unfoldment and reckoning. Whatever emerged as potential at the eclipse now takes on definite form and solidity as a consequence of decisions and agreements made since that time.
A chart set for the New Moon, taking place Saturday at 6:42 a.m. (Eastern Time) in the late degrees of Scorpio (26Sco19) shows the New Moon rising over Washington, indicating an extreme tone to political events transpiring over the next two weeks, as well as a tendency to take matters too personally. This finds even greater emphasis due to Mars and Pluto, the two planetary analogs of Scorpio, forming a difficult and potentially dangerous aspect to one another a day later.
Other themes likely to be emphasized at the opening of this Scorpio cycle involve personal transformation and deeply-rooted behaviors undergoing subtle, yet potent changes with an alteration in both appearance and attitude. Personal debt and shared resources, sexual intimacy, passionate responses and a probing quality that may border on obsession are some of the features we may experience or witness over the next two weeks.
Note that the "Cazimi Window" will be open Saturday morning between 6:12-7:12 a.m. (Eastern Time) for setting intentions; if you miss this hour in time, you'll want to wait until tomorrow afternoon or Monday (when the Moon takes on light) to set things in motion.
The coming week also lies under the foggy, psychic shroud of Neptune as it comes to an apparent stop (stations), ending its retrograde a third of the way into Pisces (11Pis28), coinciding with considerable weirdness floating around. There's a long list of symbolic associations attributed to this gas giant although it's impossible to definitively pin any of them on Neptune as its nature is beyond words and description. Even so, we try to give this diaphanous marker form by tagging it with positive and negative qualities.
Ultimately, Neptune rules the subconscious mind and all things attributed to it: dreams, visions, imagination, intuition, psychic phenomena and spiritual peak experiences which can leave a person feeling a part of all that lives and breathes. Neptune therefore represents All-That-Is and the ultimate oneness of all things without boundaries or separation.
Positively expressed, Neptune points to compassionate, selfless actions, devoid of egotistical remuneration, as well as altered states of consciousness as experienced by those utilizing psychoactive substances or deep meditation and pranayama. Neptune's negative default can be found in delusions, victimizations, deceptions, escapism, addictions, sickness, epidemics; it's more neutral symbolism is associated with oceans, weather, oil and pharmaceuticals. Neptune is considered a "transpersonal" planet which means it is more likely to express itself on collective levels of expression than individual ones although individuals with natal chart planets or points located at 11-12 degrees of Pisces or Virgo are more likely to notice Neptune's low-gravity symptoms. If this happens to be the case for you, find ways in which to ground and center yourself while being mindful when ingesting alcohol and other substances.
How Neptune plays out over the Thanksgiving Holiday is largely dependent on what we bring to the table, so to speak. The possibility of misunderstandings and paranoid thinking are very high, so it would be best to avoid jumping to conclusions or acting on any negative impressions that come to us, especially when interacting with family. Take the high road and instead of judging, spend a few moments to get a feeling of what it would be like to be them. Try it.
Lunar Gardening Report
Saturday morning's New Moon in Scorpio appears a little too potent to be safe for planting and with the Moon then moving into Sagittarius early afternoon, the focus shifts to weeding, clearing, mowing, raking and turning compost until Tuesday. It's there that we finally have a green light for planting as marked by the Moon waxing in Capricorn; ideal for planting or tending to tubers, perennial bulbs or anything requiring strong root development until Thursday afternoon. Not only is it Thanksgiving, but with the Moon entering agriculturally-barren Aquarius, it's time to step away from the garden until Sunday when the waxing Moon is in ultra-fertile Pisces.
Daily Forecast (For all signs)
(Times are Eastern Standard -0050/UTC)
Saturday, Nov.18: The New Moon seeds a new cycle today just before sunrise (6:42 a.m.) in the late degrees of Scorpio (26Sco19) where our emotional bodies plumb the depths in search of personal transformation and redemption. Emotional intensity levels may be strong throughout the day, due in part to the Scorpio New Moon, but also reverberations ahead of tomorrow morning's hard aspect between the two ruling planets of Scorpio: Mars and Pluto. Watch for something compelling, obsessive and extreme making waves, whether it's in our faces or working outside our immediate perception. For those wishing to set a desire in motion, look to this morning's Cazimi Window open between 6:12-7:12 a.m.; after that it would be best to chill-out and wait until after the Moon crosses the cusp in Sagittarius at 2:00 p.m. to make agreements or decisions. The remainder of the day and evening appears relatively upbeat and optimistic; a great night to celebrate just about anything.
Sunday, Nov. 19: The Sagittarius Moon begins to take on light this afternoon, favoring new starts and fresh beginnings while encouraging lively interactions, spectator sports as well as camping, hunting, hiking and other outdoor activities and adventures. Even so, use care as one of the darker planetary alignments takes place today that can signal disasters, accidents, assaults and high drama involving matters of life and death (Mars square Pluto). A confusion or misunderstanding is possible midday; otherwise the background tone remains consistent throughout the evening hours.
Monday, Nov. 20: On this last full day of Solar Scorpio, the general tone remains somewhat upbeat and optimistic because of, or in spite of, recent developments as the Moon continues to wax in Sagittarius. Unlike last week, where we were focused on closure, this week we set about putting plans and projects into first gear with little standing in the way until we hit a limit of sorts in the early evening.
Tuesday, Nov. 21: If you've been waiting for next-to-ideal conditions to put your plans into motion, wait no longer under the auspices of the freshly-waxing Moon in no-nonsense Capricorn, the sign where ambition, practicality and productivity are the coin of the realm. Passion and focused desire are at play during the first half of the day while fortunate actions find confirmation later tonight. Most importantly, the Sun says goodbye to Scorpio as it crosses the cusp of Sagittarius tonight, coinciding with an expanded worldview between now and the Winter Solstice. Sagittarius is considered one of the major party animals of the zodiac (most centaurs are), so the fact that we're rolling into the pre-Yule holiday, it's time to break-out the Ugly Christmas Sweater and get your nog on! Happy Birthday, Sag!
Wednesday, Nov. 22: Aside from an assortment of aspects being formed by the Capricorn Moon, the big news today involves Neptune stationary direct while ending retrograde. Appearing to stand motionless at the same location of the zodiac (11Pisces) for more than a week, this planetary symbol for the undifferentiated state lends itself to heightened psycho-spiritual sensitivity for many people, particularly those who have important planets or points falling close to 11 degrees Pisces. The negative default is often centered on deception, disillusionment, misdirection, confusion, misunderstanding, victimization, vulnerability, toxic releases and issues involving drugs and addictions. As we keep hearing, this is one of the busiest travel times of the year here in the States, so with the Capricorn Moon making contacts to last Sunday's Mars-Pluto configuration, stay mentally-focused with awareness and common sense guiding you down the road or sitting on the tarmac.
Thursday, Nov. 23: Thanksgiving Day. With the Capricorn Moon void-of-course (VOC) until 3:15 p.m., we could see last-minute decisions, plans or agreements veering off-course until the Moon enters Aquarius at 3:15 p.m. It’s here where folks become more sociable and perhaps more objective, even if there is disagreement or dissent. As we move past sunset, the Aquarius Moon enters its Crescent Phase, suggesting a formerly closed door is being opened a crack, just enough to get your foot in, if you catch my drift.
Friday, Nov. 24: Buy Nothing Day. Media reports and other information channels may be focused on matters involving health and illness if not the feeding frenzy at big box stores (Mercury square Chiron). This could be folks suffering injuries sustained while scuffling over $15 flat-screen televisions, or it could involve a deeper sickness pervading our culture, a culture of consumption and false piety even as the planet burns. Conditions improve as we move into the evening hours and it's time to utilize the auspices of the Aquarius Moon to catch-up with old friends or make new ones.
Copyright 2017 Gary Paul Glynn