Monday, October 31, 2011

Astro Tips for November 2011

The New Moon in Scorpio on October 26th nearly collided with the October 28th date assigned to the completion of the Nine Waves of the Maya Calendar. We are on our way to realizing our connection with the entire Universe. We are beginning to get a glimmer of being co-creators with that Universe. Billions of evolutionary years have lead to this time. How appropriate that this moment of evolutionary culmination and awareness occurs during Samhain – the time of the year when the veil between dimensions of reality is thin. How appropriate we reach the top of the Mayan pyramid during the time of year associated with death and transformation.

During this New Moon period, planets Jupiter and Pluto made a graceful connection. In spite of the intensity of this time, the Jupiter/Pluto connection gives us energy to work with. Jupiter helps us expand our energy into the Plutonian darkness. We get glimpses of what we can do to make things better. The Occupy Wall Street [Et Al] movement is one example of this aspect. Jupiter is in Taurus and Taurus is a stubborn sign. Pluto is the plutocracy (absolute authority) and does not want to give up power. Jupiter trine Pluto initiates a dance of change. The protestors expand with tenacity. They are squatting on the concrete and they refuse to go.

There is a famous saying: “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” President Obama said it in a speech. Alice Walker has a book with this title: We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness (2006). Alice Walker’s words are chillingly fitting for these Scorpio days:

“It is as if ancient graves, hidden deep in the shadows of the psyche and the earth are breaking open of their own accord. Unwilling to be silent any longer. Incapable of silence. No leader or people of any country will be safe from these upheavals that lead to exposure, no matter how much the news is managed….”

The Hip Hop group, The Visionaries, has an album called “We Are The Ones (We’ve Been Waiting For)”! The Visionairies wrote: “Our love is bigger than the strongest of arguments/We are the ones we’ve been waiting for/We won’t believe what we’re told to believe/We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” Good for them. The Visionaries are announcing the transformation in thinking and being.

This famous saying, however, goes back to 2001 (or earlier) when the Hopi Elders told us: “There is a river flowering now very fast….let go of the shore, push off in the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. See who is there with you and celebrate…. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” [To read the entire Hopi Elder proclamation, google the phrase, we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.]


Scorpio is famous for contraction and for holding in emotions. But sooner or later Scorpio must face the feeling function openly. Sooner or later Scorpio shines the light into the shadows and has a bit of an “aha”! That’s where we are this month. A light is being directed into the shadows, just as it was in the 1960’s with political demonstrations that lead to profound cultural changes. The Hopi Elders also said that the time of the lone wolf was over. It is time for people to come together for conscious change. Are the days of charismatic leadership soon to fade away?

Planets Mercury and Venus have been traveling together for a while. During October they were together in Scorpio, so Mercury gave voice to collective values (Venus), especially as they pertain to money (Scorpio). Occupy Wall Street is the expression of emotions that can no longer be held in. 99% of us have something important to say. Anger is being expressed in appropriate political fashion. We cannot call protests in the Middle East a step towards democracy and turn around and call protests here some kind of communist plot.

In November, by the time of the full moon on November 10th, Venus and Mercury will be conjunct at 10 degrees of Sagittarius, the truth-seeking sign of the Zodiac. We can expect more open expression. The Occupy Wall Street movement will probably grow. Tear gas and rubber bullets won’t stop the ones we’ve been waiting for.

Scorpio is a deep, psychological sign. While the Sun moves through Scorpio until November 22, do your best to turn the flashlight on yourself. Do your best to communicate your inner feelings and desires in appropriate ways. Everyone has Scorpio somewhere in his/her chart. In some area of life we all have a tendency to hold back and go to sleep. We are not dead. We are just sleeping. Wake up. Time to wake up and be a partner with the Universe.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Astro Tips for October 2011

New Moon 4 degrees of Libra on September 27, 2011

The Sun’s entrance into the sign of Libra at the autumn equinox has moved us into the next season. Now the New Moon in Libra on September 27th encourages us to focus on relationships, harmony and justice. We think of the Libra scales. October is the month to contemplate balance and to expect diplomacy and fairness. Alas, this October’s New Moon in Libra opposes upsetting Uranus and squares transformative Pluto. Expect some relationship surprises. Maybe it’s good to shake the sweet Libra relational brain cells. Some people may wake up and realize they are in the wrong relationship. Others may be surprised to suddenly find a partnership when they least expected it. What we can expect in the relationship department is excitement, rebellion, change and awakening. Planets Venus and Saturn are also in Libra. This can bring commitment for some, for others disappointment. Since Venus is one of the indicators of money, the presence of Saturn does not help our economy this month.

The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn all in Libra. One would hope that this strong collection of balancing energy would help the divisiveness in our country. With Uranus opposing and Pluto squaring the Libra group, we are reminded that justice, harmony and balance are not static moments in time. Justice is always changing and evolving. Harmony and balance are achieved individually in various ways. Some chop wood and carry water. Some meditate. Others sing or recline in Savasana in yoga class. Whether or not we can expect harmony and balance in Congress is debatable. It is hard enough to have harmony in our inner selves so why do we expect it of our leaders? We want them to model appropriate diplomatic behavior, but we seldom see it. Leaders are the outer manifestation of who we are as a collective.

There is some good news with this configuration of four planets plus the Sun interacting with upsetting Uranus and powerful Pluto: we will most likely see graphic images of the violation of justice (at least on MSNBC). Look there for the reports of what happened to the protestors on Wall Street. In the past we have seen videos of Rodney King and other people whose rights were violated. In order to have a better society we have to be conscious of the violation of Libra justice and Libra scales. Watch for more exposure of lack of justice during these days of stressed out Libra. It’s all part of our human process of reaching for a better world.

Full Moon 18 degrees of Aries on October 11, 2011

There is always tension between opposing signs. Libra wants to get along and wants to be liked. Aries wants to assert its will and personality. Aries is a little selfish. Of course we all have Libra and Aries somewhere in our horoscopes. In some area we need to be selfish; in another place we want to belong, get along, and be liked. We want to cooperate. During this Full Moon, the stress between self and others is magnified. Hopefully the full moon enlightens the shadow of both of these signs. If we have gone too far in pleasing others, we will be challenged during the full moon to stand up for self and say, “me first!” If we have been too selfish in our Aries ways, life may demand we pay attention to how our behavior impacts other people. On the collective level, politicians want to be liked in order to win but that must be balanced with some Aries charisma. We want leaders who are strong individuals, not just people pleasers. This month we will see leaders trying to balance the polarity between being seen as unique but also being seen as someone who fits in and can be likeable. Not an easy balance these days. Everyone is so picky!!

Special Message for all you Libras!

Planet Saturn is visiting your sign and has been traveling through Libra since early 2010. Saturn often brings struggles, hardships and limitations. The outcome, however, is maturity and wisdom. Saturn pushes us to become more and more responsible. We face the realities of life when Saturn affects our lives. The young person assumes more responsibility for the self; the older person assumes more responsibility in the world. Libras born prior to October 10th have already learned from Saturn’s visit. Those Libras born around October 12th are now facing the practical lessons of Saturn. Astrology says Saturn does not deny us what we want. However, Saturn may delay the timing. Saturn takes time. We want it now; Saturn says, be patient!

Saturn in Libra teaches us to be responsible in relationships. That same Saturn in Libra may ask us to wait a long while before we have the right relationship. Meanwhile, Saturn in Libra gives the opportunity to be in relationship with the self. The shadow of Libra is an over-dependence on being liked and being in partnership. Saturn is an aspect of that shadow. Saturn in Libra helps us learn the balance of being our own good partner and being a good partner to someone else. This is a lot to master.

The collective Libra-Aries Energy

One thing we can do during this Libra month is to remain attentive to the notion that everything outside of us has something to teach us. Everything is energy and information. Our ultimate relationship is with our self and with life and with what we conceive of as Divine Energy. What we do with our conscious relationship with our self is the mystery of how we express our Libra/Aries energies.
I am all order of being,
the circling galaxy,
the evolutionary intelligence,
the lift and the falling away.
What is and what isn’t. You
Who know Jelaluddin, You
the One in all, say who I am.
Say I am You. (Rumi)