November Forecast 2012

Why do we really have holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas during such a generally physically challenging and emotionally charged time of year? All pagan rituals aside,  it is because we need to “lighten up”. As spiritual beings having a physical experience in an often harsh world and a rather seductive wheel of delusional existence, we need reasons to celebrate, and things to look forward to in life. If we didn’t, things would be scary, and there would likely be more Scrooges than we could count. All the fuss and commercialism aside, celebrations help us to keep our faith high and our expectations positive.

by Josephine Wall

The devastation that has occurred from Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast can partially be explained astrologically in connection with the Pluto-Uranus square that has been so prominent this year. As with all major catastrophes and natural disasters on the Earth, we discover how interconnected we are even to those who live across the nation, or across the world. It is this truth that the Uranus Pluto will continue to highlight and uncover in the months to come. Like the “Butterfly effect” we are also finding that what we think, feel, and do indeed affects even those who seem far away from us.

As I write this, Mercury is stationing to go Retrograde, which will occur right as many will be casting their votes. The last time Mercury went Retrograde on Election day was in the year 2000, Bush vs Gore. It took 35 days before news that the “loser had won” reached the population.

This seemingly “untimely” Retrogradation combined with two eclipses this month, is giving us every reason not to relax, but a very real need to overcome the widespread and insidious habit of falling asleep in the midst of our pain, rage, and confusion. Neptune stations Direct on the 11th, giving us the sense of just waking up from a very long and strange dream. Like the unpleasant realization that one has wet their bed,  it will be startling for many to see what has happened while they weren’t paying attention, and to rise up and clean up in some way.

Since Mercury is traveling through Sagittarius the initial theme of reflection will be around higher learning, how we expand & contract and the reasons why, with the hypocrisy, fanaticism and chauvinism as potential social discomforts and pitfalls to be met and overcome. Travel itself of both the physical and spiritual kinds are also highlighted in this sign. As Mercury retraces its course back into Scorpio we may be re-connected with spiritual teachers and guides, or delve into the deep Underworld that is described in shamanism.

11-13-12  New Moon Solar Eclipse & Diwali

This Solar Eclipse in Scorpio falls at 21 degrees, on the holiday Diwali, aka Festival of Lights that is celebrated in India, and marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. I find this to be very synchronistic, since Diwali celebrates the victory of Good over Evil, or Light over Darkness…it is often the battle between these two that Scorpio must fight from within. During this time people often clear away the clutter from their homes and lives, finding a special kind of inspiration in this process. They wear bright colors and new clothes. Deities associated with wealth, prosperity, and good health are worshipped and petitioned during this festival which lasts for 5 days.

This Solar Eclipse in Scorpio falls at 21 degrees, on the holiday Diwali, aka Festival of Lights that is celebrated in India, and marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. I find this to be very synchronistic, since Diwali celebrates the victory of Good over Evil, or Light over Darkness…it is often the battle between these two that Scorpio must fight from within. During this time people often clear away the clutter from their homes and lives, finding a special kind of inspiration in this process. They wear bright colors and new clothes. Deities associated with wealth, prosperity, and good health are worshipped and petitioned during this festival which lasts for 5 days.

It is interesting that Neptune’s going direct has been in alignment with another Eclipse, because it has been Retrograde since the Lunar Eclipse of June 4th. Many of our dreams, hunches, and intuitions may have been greatly heightened during the past few days, and as though a veil has just been lifted we will begin to see things more accurately in the days and weeks to come. The deep powerful & cleansing effects of water, both metaphorically & physically may help us to make way for the positive change we are calling into our lives now. As a soak in a hot tub, sweat lodge, or sauna can help us release toxins, the rain, tears, rivers…as well as cascades of joy and gratitude facilitate movement and growth where we need it most.

Solar Eclipses are about new beginnings, but with Mercury Retrograde and the erratic energy of the eclipse itself, the beginnings are likely to be those that choose us, rather than vice versa. Furthermore, they are not true “beginnings” in that the seeds we have previously planted may finally begin to blossom or bear fruit. It may be that we can re-start what we already started but weren’t able to bring to fruition before. In Scorpio the eclipse will also likely be bringing up a lot of old buried stories, hurts, and truths to be reconciled and released, but along with these, a psychic healing balm that helps us to face and mend them with a new maturity and understanding. Mercury squares Neptune before re-entering Scorpio, so it would be wise to double-check contracts, letters, emails, voice mails, and texts before pressing onward – it can be too easy to misinterpret things at this time if we are hasty.

The Eclipse forms a trine to the asteroid goddess Pallas Athene in Pisces, indicating that our visions, intentions, and healing abilities are aligned. This week we have great opportunities for healing on all levels. The Eclipse is in conjunction with the asteroid “America”, which may help our country to do some deep cleansing and healing too, particularly with regard to our projections. We’ve witnessed a lot of drama and power trips these past few weeks, and the Scorpionic energy is bringing to the fore whatever lies were hidden from our general view to be reckoned with.

This eclipse will be mostly visible from places where people won’t see it, including areas of Australasia, Polynesia, the South Pacific Ocean, parts of Antarctica and the southern half of South America.

11/28/12 Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Gemini

The Lunar Eclipse hits 6 degrees of Gemini, between the 27th and 28th, just a day after Gemini’s ruling planet Mercury goes Direct (the afternoon of the 26th). Gemini gets us in touch with our neighbors, relatives and close friends. The Gemini lunar eclipse may show us if, where, and how our attention is divided and imbalanced, if it is going “all over the place”, or if we are stable, loyal, and are able to juggle with ease. The air will be fizzy and filled with many funny ideas, while simultaneously offering methods of enlightenment and liberation to those who thirst for it.  The tension between Gemini and Sagittarius is often reflected in a battle a bit different than the battle that Scorpio faces …it is the battle between reason and intuition. There is however a place where science and spirit can indeed meet each other without the threat of crossing the other out. Although eclipses are known to be disruptive, taking certain things away from us, we may be gaining more important aspects of ourselves that we had lost before.

The moon’s square with Chiron may be challenging in the areas that we are still stuck in our patterns, feeling trapped and unable to budge. It will be highlighting the mistakes that we seem to make over and over again, not getting the lesson and therefore repeating it like a broken record until a sort of madness erupts – something like what my Tibetan Buddhist lama calls “holy anxiety”. The Bach flower essence Chestnut Bud suddenly springs to mind…but those affected here will each have their own unique reasons for repeating something. Perhaps if we are brave enough to look within for what is really nagging, desperately trying to gain our attention, we will finally break the chains of pain and karma that prevent us from experiencing our divine natures. The Eclipse is in sextile with Uranus, which supports moving forward with spontaneity.
November Horoscopes as seen in Sonoma county’s…

Aries (March 21st – April 20th)

You may be yearning for a deeper connection in your love relationships this month, and this pushes you to make changes in the way that you feel you need to make with a partner, whether that means becoming more intimate somehow or parting ways because you need to be true to yourself. You may want to escape from the noise and excitement around you, just to hear yourself think. Jotting down your thoughts in a journal may help.

Taurus (April 21st – May 20th)

If you weren’t able to decide between 2 or more options in how to proceed in a complex relational situation last month, you may be strongly moved within to do so this November. What was obscured is now becoming quite clear. You can more easily fit together the pieces of the long-standing gigantic puzzle you’ve worked at for several months, and can almost finish it by the month’s end. Believe in yourself, and envision success!

Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)

You’ve been building a new kind of confidence lately that’s given you the energy and enthusiasm to assert yourself in ways you vaguely imagined before. If you can wisely direct your new assertiveness, look before you leap, and don’t let your wild whims and emotions get the best of you this can be a very fun and possibly romance filled month. Watch for synchronicities related to your work and profession to pop up and light your way.

Cancer (June 21st – July 22nd)       

So you thought last month things were “all over the place”!? Now you’re warmed up for what November has in store….but don’t worry, you will very likely succeed in solving a major problem while juggling fireballs and chewing gum at the same time. Ok, maybe not doing that exactly – but something similar to this. How cool would it be to experience a chiropractic adjustment while dancing, or a great epiphany while laughing hysterically?

Leo (July 23rd – August 22nd)

This month you may to want to mingle, spending time with old friends and making new ones. You’ll want to explore new and old neighborhoods, sight-seeing and uncovering treasures hidden beneath autumn leaves, stones, and abandoned walls. Your artistic side is flourishing, and you can easily draw those with whom you can share the joy of spontaneous creativity. Invest your energy, rather than investing your money in things.

Virgo (August 23rd – September 22nd)

There is serious business to attend the first half of the month, and then later you can let your hair down for a change of pace. One of the best ways to be able to enjoy your holiday season is to avoid doing premature Christmas-shopping – wait until you have organized your finances and have put aside an adequate amount that you can spend. Work but don’t strain. Let things come to you rather than pushing hard to make them happen.

Libra (September 23rd – October 22nd)

The first half of November highlights your social life, drawing many people and unique opportunities to you. Your receptive mood makes it easier for people to approach you, as well as for your own personal riddles to be solved without the interference of the monkey mind. Expect the unexpected when it comes to finances, as well as relationships. What works and what doesn’t may cause you to reevaluate your belief system in a very big way.

Scorpio (October 23rd – November 22nd)

What happens next for you won’t be announced publicly, but will eventually and mysteriously weave its way into the fabric of your relationships with others later this month. You may be working on a special project, dreaming of a long-lost love, or forced with withhold top-secret information when you wish you had someone to divulge your secret in. There’s a romance to your loneliness…and a true story that will become a novel.

Sagittarius (November 23rd – December 21st)

Early this month you are continuing a great round of adventures and perhaps taking someone special along with you. A great transformation has occurred in your life these past few weeks, so you may wish to take the time later this month to more fully integrate your new changes. Slowing down in order to switch roles might be necessary, as many will look to you for answers, and you will want to deliver them as clearly as possible.

Capricorn (December 22nd – January 19th

This month the probable success you achieve will be by the help of friends and loved ones. In some way, you may share popularity with your significant other or with regards to some special activity that involves many other people, as you join forces. Later this month you may be faced with the need to make a final decision about a relationship, but you are now ready to move forward in situations that you previously felt daunted by.

Aquarius (January 20th – February 18th)

Life amazes you sometimes, and that’s what you love about it. There are many helpings of amazement this November, and while certain things might be amazingly ridiculous this month, you’ll probably dust yourself off and laugh after they happen. You’re able to gain or maintain a professional position of leadership that allows you to share both your creative and business talents. There is much work to be done, but you’ll have the energy.

Pisces (February 19th – March 20th)

This month you may discover that you have either outgrown something significant in your life or that it has simply served its purpose and now must be released. At first this may seem sad, but you will find that your new freedom from that relationship, object, situation, or idea will bless your body, mind, and bank account. If you are sacrificing or taking care of a partner in some way, read the funnies, rest, and take care of yourself too.

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