It is hard to have twelve twelve twelve go by and not be aware of it for at least a second; we know 12.12.12. will not likely happen again in our lifetimes. In the next nine days until December 21, the official first day of winter and beginning of longer days, we are moving forward in the next cosmic chapter of our lives.
There are several strong indicators of a pulse carrying us forward, particularly this week: The planet of unexpected leaps and bounds, Uranus, is preparing to move forward at 4° Aries. There is also a new moon in Sagittarius. Giving further blessings to new beginnings, Mercury is NOT retrograde at all — our thoughts and emotions move naturally in the direction of our future. To give even extra oomph, the ruler of Aries, Mars, supports concentrated efforts at 19° Capricorn. To steady our efforts, the ruler of Capricorn, Saturn, is nestled securely in Scorpio, sextile Pluto, strengthening foundations, if we choose. To top it all off, Venus is conjunct the North Node — something somewhere is very pleasant, even if secretly so.
Also this week there is an aspect which is like getting a new pair of glasses: Mercury square Neptune. This is the moment when the optician says, “Is this clearer or blurrier?” We concentrate on focussing our eyes to make sure this pair of glasses makes us happy and as we concentrate our awareness is heightened. With Sun, Moon and Mercury in Sagittarius, there is reason to be happy if for only the reason that happiness is in all of our reach all of the time. To see where happiness is within your reach look to the houses in your chart where Scorpio and Sagittarius are. In these houses there is a LOT to do, as the houses are both SO lit up and Jupiter is involved.
It always gets back to our thoughts: Is our glass half empty or the glass half full? In case we forget, our charts can always show us where our glass is half full and where our glasses are in focus. The energy this week suggests starting something new and harnessing our energy creatively, happily and with gusto. Happy Holidays!
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This year’s Thanksgiving may be very different than other Thanksgivings — in a good way. There will be a New Moon eclipse early on Friday, November 25 which will cast its lunar energy here on Earth for Thursday and through the weekend. It is as if the “slate is clean” and for reasons which have been evolving, we may be feeling generous, easy and relaxed about letting go of tradition, at the very least just for today.
The Eclipse will be visible from Antarctica, a place many of us have never been. I found the above photograph on Wikipedia ‘s Antarctica page. The caption reads that the pictured snow surface is typical of most of the continent’s landscape. I thought what a great image this is for a “clean slate”.
The sign this New Moon eclipse falls in is Sagittarius, a sign associated with spontaneity, intelligence and having confidence in our future. This Thanksgiving we can imagine the wide expanse of an Antarctican landscape and fill it with optimistic visions for our future. Happy Thanksgiving!
The contrast when the moon changes from Scorpio to Sagittarius is often abrupt and palpable. Scorpio can be very secretive, with a heavy vibe. In this image, the dark structure symbolizes the aspects of our subconscious minds which can feel like a prison when we are not aware of the illusion. In this dark structure is a waterfall symbolizing the wealth which often accompanies Scorpio. Lightening is seen in the background suggesting drama which can be a symptom of our obsessions. The opening of the dark structure is suggestive of the Scorpio/Sagittarius cusp and how time flows from one to the other. Whereas Scorpio has a heaviness, Sagittarius has a lightness and tends to land on its feet when its not flying to a far off destination. The sky is clearing suggestive of the optimism often associated with Sagittarius. Even in the face of a scary haunted house getting struck by lightening, a pack of Sagittarians may shrug their shoulders and fly off not looking back only looking at clear skies ahead.
The moon is now moving in to its exact fullness tomorrow, Tuesday, at 1:09 pm Eastern Standard Time. Scorpio can be the place where we all keep our secrets, deepest desires and obsessions. When the moon is full in this sign, as astrologers we remind ourselves to observe, let go and release, especially for the six hours after this full moon until the moon changes sign to Sagittarius.
If we find ourselves with any heavy thoughts tomorrow, fear not for only a few hours away brings us the promise of an optimistic shift toward clear skies ahead.