Weekend of October 6-8: Let the soft animal of your body

After the dynamic Full Moon in Aries of the last few days, the Moon is heading for the green pastures of Taurus from Friday night to Sunday night (EST). Basically 50 hours of the Moon being in the sign of its exaltation. With Venus and Mars still tightly conjunct in Virgo, the weekend brings us back down to Earth and into our bodies. Taurus AND Virgo are Earth signs; the focus shifts to logistic and practicalities in our lives.

There are a few ways we can handle this Earthy weekend. Venus in Virgo which rules the Moon in Taurus will be square to Saturn all weekend. We could spend the next 2 days worrying about social status, the material side of reality, focusing on what is lacking, worrying about money, work and everything that still needs to be done before we are happy, successful and, perfect.

Resources could be a concern and the next 2 days are excellent for managing them and for organizing your projects and schedule. Just don’t get too obsessive about it. Patience for the process will go a long way.

The next 2 days also support self-care, stretching, hiking, creative projects and crafts, spending time in nature and cooking. Listen to what your body is telling you and find the right measure of pragmatism and relaxation. Over-indulgence and sensuality are strongly indicated and the Moon in Taurus is always good for spending time in the kitchen. If you have been planning to make preserves from the Fall harvest, this weekend is the perfect time for it.

Have a great one!


Moon in Taurus: Friday @ 19:56 EST to Sunday @ 21:44 EST




NEW MOON IN VIRGO: ENDINGS & HEALINGS

New Moon in Virgo: 1:30am EDT (3am NDT) September 20, 2017.


Mercury, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

The New Moon in Virgo comes to us on the threshold of the Fall Equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere. The beginning of this lunar cycle finds us in the liminal space between the brightness of summer and its imminent decay.

Two days after the New Moon on September 22nd, at 16:02 EDT, the Sun enters the sign of Libra and signals the beginning of Autumn.

ENDINGS & HEALINGS

The New Moon is often associated with the beginning of a monthly cycle and renewed vigor for the month ahead. Since this New Moon takes place in the last degrees of Virgo just 2 days before the Fall Equinox, she carries with her an air of finality and closure as oppose to new beginnings.

It is within the current endings that we will find the new beginnings taking shape. Something is being composted into a nourishing and fertilizing soil. However, we must appreciate this process fully and bid farewell to past fantasies and bewildering ideas that keeps us looking backward. To cross this seasonal threshold, something must be surrendered or given as a token gesture to those ideals and fantasies. It is in this paradoxical abandon that we shall receive the necessary healing for the next part of the journey and the accomplishment of our future goals.

OPEN WOUNDS

Under this New Moon in Virgo our wounds will take an incandescent glow calling to our attention what can’t be ignored any longer. The surfacing of these wounds could make us feel vulnerable but it will allow us to apply the necessary medicine. The pain which usually lies dormant under the surface of our skin will rise up and give us a clear indication of what must be healed. The remedies could be a bewildering blend of intuitive visions and practical applications. The most difficult task will be to rid ourselves of the intangible poisons and parasites.

Mercury, ruler of Virgo, presides over this New Moon and will be in exact opposition to Neptune at the time of the New Moon. Mercury began its retrograde motion on August 12 – in this exact part of the zodiac and opposing Neptune.

The train we have been riding since last month had Neptune coloured windows. When Neptune is involved, facts and fiction blend together creating a confusing cocktail of wishful thinking and unrealistic expectations. Under Neptune, we are intoxicated by an ideal and susceptible to delusion. At its best, Neptune gives a romantic tone to the object of desire, making us see what we want a see. Hopefully, the Sun in Virgo has helped us discriminate between what is achievable and what was mere fantasies. Regardless, in the days to come, we should slowly start to gain clarity on our current situation and any confusing scenarios we have been engaging with since the beginning of August will be seen for what they are. The New Moon in Virgo is also in exact opposition to Chiron; once the rose-coloured glasses come off, the truth could be hard to digest and the pain quick to locate. Be easy on yourself.


HONESTY & PRAGMATISM

Finally, remember that not everything can be solved at once. Patience and humility will be required for your perceived mistakes and failings; nothing is perfect in this world. Special attention must be paid to anything that requires fixing; whether physiological, spiritual or mechanical. Some of the keys you hold in your hands will heal what ails you and some of those keys will open dead-end doors. Pay attention to the repeating clues given to you as you cross the threshold between Summer and Fall.

 


Paintings by Zdzisław Beksiński and Magritte

 

Sun in Pisces/Moon in Capricorn: Inspired Discipline

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The Sun is in Pisces conjunct the Tail of the Dragon and the Moon is in the sign of Capricorn. We might be revisiting time-tested ideas that prove to be better than their modern versions. Something from the past could come back for revision or be revived. We could also find ourselves appreciating the craftsmanship of our ancestors and be inspired by the quality of objects from the past.

With the Moon in Capricorn, it’s a good day to get work done and find some discipline. Since the Sun in Pisces and Neptune will receive a sextile from the Moon in Capricorn, work that requires a certain amount of creativity and inspiration should benefit.

The Heart’s Chambers

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September 12, 2016:
Mercury in Virgo square Mars at 20º49′ Sagittarius (2:58pm EDT)
Mercury Cazimi (conjunct the Sun) at 20º37′ Virgo (7:40pm EDT)

The sequence of aspects on Monday September 12 are very dynamic. First Mercury square Mars in the sign of the fiery archer. This can bring a variety of side effects including more unpleasant ones. There could be volatility in communications and impulsive missives fired. Strong opinions and even zealousness about ones beliefs and firmly held opinions will be flying left and right. A sense of righteousness permeates the day and this can play out on various stages in our lives including our personal relationships. The truth is trying to surface. With Jupiter at 0 degree of Libra and ruling over Mars in Sagittarius, a compromising and diplomatic approach is favoured over impulsiveness.  It’s an excellent day to tackle projects that require a lot of efforts and stay on course if you can.

After its dynamic encounter with Mars in Sagittarius, Mercury conjunct the Sun in Virgo and sits in the Solar throne. A moment of clarity and perhaps something that had remained hidden from sight is revealed. A door opens briefly and we get a glimpse, a clue, an indication of things to come. Take note. Much can be accomplished and there is a good dose of intuition available if you are in a creative field.

Faith and Practicality

The Moon is in Sagittarius applying to conjoin Saturn at 5º Sagittarius and sextile Venus in Libra. Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius is in Virgo, and the Saturn/Neptune square is intensifying. A call to bring focus and humility to our vision and work patiently and diligently towards it.

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The image is one of a student apprentice, on a mission to collect herbs he will need for his work. Perhaps he stops for a moment to contemplate the landscape, but he will not get lost in his meditations. His attention turns towards finding the plants, and all the work that still needs to be done.

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The time has come to direct our inner fire towards some sort of bigger accomplishment.  We know that to get there, we will need to hold the image in our mind’s eye. There is no time for meaningless activities. We are either looking for the path, or we are well on our way. Anxious to move ahead, there is a concentrated effort and our gaze is on the horizon.  Between the desire for something meaningful, and our ideal, we can find the inner resourcefulness we need to keep going.

Like a pilgrim guided by his prayers, we are now imbued with the faith needed to move forward. There is still a long road ahead but each step is an offering to our vision.

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NOVEMBER HOROSCOPES

Sun sign horoscopes cannot replace a proper analysis of your birth chart and transits of the moment. They are meant to be a broad insight into certain time signatures. If you want a more detailed forecast, you can book a reading here.  It will be my pleasure to help you unlock and prepare for any upcoming opportunities or challenges. You can also subscribe to my monthly horoscopes here.

*The rising sign is essential in understanding our personal dispositions, please read your Sun sign and Rising sign for extra clarity.

Happy explorations!

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HOROSCOPES FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER

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ARIES/ARIES RISING ♈︎

In some ways, you are still largely dependent on others this month. It seems like no matter how much you need or want your space and freedom you are still relying on other people for some things. The New Moon on November 11 is a reset button in connection with your intimate relationships. Deep bonds are initiated or connections are broken. You need to sort through your feelings and communicate to avoid further conflicts. You can find ease and comfort if you give up a bit of that ‘’independant at all cost’’ mentality.  Some details are escaping you and your own motivations could feel unclear.  You need to have faith in the elements that are outside of your control. Pay attention to the information coming via dreams or your unconscious. How can you maximize your need for growth and independence and channel it? What is your vision?  Once you know exactly what you are searching for, you will be able to formulate a solid plan to get there.

TAURUS/TAURUS RISING ♉︎

We are now six months away from your birthday. In the zodiac, the sign of Scorpio is at the exact opposite to the sign of Taurus. A mirror image.The Taurus-Scorpio axis has to do with accumulation or retention (Taurus), and evacuation and transformation (Scorpio). Both Taurus and Scorpio are highly sensual signs that perceive the world through their senses. Taurus’ primary concern is with grounding and solidifying its place in the physical world. You are a practical beast with a no non-sense attitude. You instinctively know how to find peace and stability. Scorpio’s focus, however, is on the intensity and power that comes with destroying old structures, favouring renewal through transformation. And that, my dear Taurus, is the kind of experience you are going through at the moment. Something is shifting as you begin a two year process of deep changes. Shedding an old skin can feel good but it can also feel extremely awkward in the first stages. Our resistance to change only aggravates what is trying to happen and a period of discomfort is normal. You can find some peace connecting with your community through a spiritual practice.

GEMINI/GEMINI RISING ♊︎

The recent opposition of Uranus to your ruler Mercury kick started a period of creativity for you. This could be a time when you crave more vitality and beauty in your day-to-day life. In a broader sense, you are aligning with your calling but to do that, you need to trust your inspiration. Trust that even though you might not be doing what you want for a living, you can still start on a creative project. There is a sort of divine discontent connected to your career or what you do for money, but it is a necessary passage to understand what you need. There are also some obligations that you have towards others that are keeping you from taking a leap of faith towards yourself and your dreams. Is there a way you can make more space for play, improvisation and curiosity on a daily basis while still being responsible towards the ones you love? There is an opportunity at the moment to heal some of the root causes of the discontent you feel towards your career, and it starts with having faith in yourself. Here is a great article about passion and doing what we love: http://markmanson.net/passion

CANCER/CANCER RISING ♋︎

Dear soft one, you are still undergoing major renovations in the heart department. This has been an ongoing process and for some of you it started around 2008. You have largely reinvented yourself and how you relate to others. To some extent, talking about these wounds have had a healing effect on you but it has also helped a lot of people around you. Deep down, you are an artist. Whether you think of yourself as one or not, you have the emotional intelligence of a poet. And sometime, that means being a guiding hand to others in their dark journey back to love. There is a quality in the way you express yourself that acts like a balm to those who are heart-broken. And it comes from all the wisdom you have acquired through your own heart breaks. But it also comes from being able to translate those wounds so that others can relate. You are carrying within you some nurturing qualities that are much-needed in the world. The question is: How can you be serious about others emotional storms without being carried away by them? How can you be a light house without being destroyed by the hurricanes? The process of restructuring how you deal with these questions has already begun. You are creating boundaries between you and others because your health and well-being depends on it. And you want to continue sharing your love in a way that feels healing and grounding for you.

LEO/LEO RISING ♌︎

The pressure is on to deliver the goods, darling. Your talents are in high demand, and November gives you an audience. It will be a busy month, and if you can reconcile all the loose ends and still make some time to nurture yourself, you will be one happy camper. Your ability to make money is crossing paths with your passion in a big way. Everyone aspires to do what they love for a living but reality is not always aligned with our dreams. You are invited to step into that possible future—for a small price, of course. You might have to use some of your savings to fund a project or have to rely on a generous hand to support your work. The real price, though, will come in the form of labour. You need to have a good plan in place. The next 2 years will test how serious you are about your talent, about your calling and about the means you choose to build your empire. You will be tested to see how dedicated you are about staying on the path you have chosen. And this month, is a glimpse into what that means. Being serious about what you love, and loving the work that it takes to get there.

VIRGO/VIRGO RISING ♍︎

”Under construction” is a great sign for you at the moment. You are beginning some major internal renovations. To help you along in this new phase, here is some background on the word renovation. Used in the early 15th century, the Middle English word that eventually became renovation (renovacyoun) referred exclusively to spiritual rebirth. It is derived from the Latin renovare, as re + novare means to make new, to reinvigorate; refresh; revive.
A big part of your renovations have to do with the perimeters of your heart. Strengthening your ”love organ” so that you can make wiser decisions about who you let in and who stays out. The emotional disillusion that you have experienced with other people has brought you here. Inside yourself, learning to love yourself inside and out. Giving shape to your internal landscape molding it so that you know precisely where you stand when you invite someone in. Standing from a place of power.

LIBRA/LIBRA RISING ♎︎

Libra, you want it all. The beauty, the relationship, the money, the fulfilling social life and the freedom to come and go as you want. Yes, I said THE word: Freedom. The word freedom is usually not used to describe Libra who like to be soooo acommodating. It is taboo for Libra to claim their need for space since the urge is always towards pair bonding. Libra would rather BE two, but something is happening.  You are learning to find satisfaction in going your own way without approval. You are realising that there are some things you would rather do on your own. You are slowly coming to grasp with the fact that your self-worth has nothing to do with the feedback you receive from others. It might feel really awkward at first. It might feel like you are stepping on other people or that you are being inconsiderate. And you probably are, but you will adjust. On another note, keep a close watch on how your thinking is affecting your health and make sure to communicate any resentments or difficult emotions as clearly as possible. You do not want the darkness to fester inside.

SCORPIO/SCORPIO RISING ♏︎

Scorpio, you came into this world when the days get shorter and the light slowly disappears from our lives. You understand darkness and you are fearless when it comes to seeing the underbelly of life. In the last 3 years, you became an expert in dealing with some very difficult parts of yourself. A sort of training camp to see what you are made of and how much pressure you are capable of sustaining. And guess what? You made it out to the other side.  With a few good scars but also with more power and more self-knowledge than ever before. You can be proud of the work you have accomplished to shed some old self-defeating habits. Your focus is now turning towards your resources as you find better ways to secure your place in the world. And somehow stepping outside of yourself and into a larger group might be exactly what is needed.  Your ability to generate revenue is closely linked to your collaborations. You will be able to maximize your potential if you join forces with others towards a creative goal. Brainstorm with your friends. Invite others in your magic circle.

SAGITTARIUS/SAGITTARIUS RISING ♐︎

Everyone knows how much freedom is important to you. You are a wild spirit who like to come and go as you please. No one would dare make demands on you if it made you feel trapped in some ways. Except the new guy in town.  Maybe you didn’t get the memo yet? His name is Saturn, Lord of Time. Here is the thing, he was looking for a place to live for the next couple of years and he decided that you would make a good roommate. It doesn’t need to be difficult.  In fact he might have a really beneficial influence on you in the long run, if you make a few small adjustments. He is quite demanding when it comes to getting your shit together but he might reward you…with more responsibilities. He will make sure that you are not holding on to some unrealistic pipe dreams and he will test you. Fortune will come if you humbly focus on your craft and get better at what you do. And that could come in the form of teaching what you already know.  Clean out the internal and external clutter, and delineate a good strategy for where you would like to be in two years from now.  Saturn likes a good plan and you have to respect the dude. He is your guide and mentor through this rite of passage into a more mature version of your wild self.

CAPRICORN/CAPRICORN RISING ♑︎

It is usually hard to get a Capricorn to change his direction once his is mind made up. It’s not that you are not flexible, far from that.  But you know what you want and usually you have the wisdom required to make the proper decisions. Perpetually progressing towards your goal with the iron will.  Except now.  You might be doubting your own stoic motivations.  A small voice within you is whispering a poetry that feels unfamiliar but also very soothing. We could name that little voice Inspiration. Here is the thing: Inspiration often comes when we have a crisis of faith but sharing her is often the best way to restore it. Inspiration doesn’t have a linear trajectory.  It is a twisted up and down road with many dead ends. And it can feel unsettling for a Capricorn who usually delineates his trajectory. By letting inspiration take over your mind  you might be able to reach some of your goals in ways that are not forseeable from a practical perspective.

AQUARIUS/AQUARIUS RISING ♒︎

Love has been the word on your mind all summer. It can feel strange for you to be spending  your mental energy on fluffy thoughts.  Especially that you have so much work to do, and that work might of suffered a little. But it feels good to share common interest. Teaming up might be the solution to bring in more revenue. An important thing to keep in mind as you share your resources, is that you are getting a fair deal.  Make sure that you are not giving up on your integrity and beliefs when you take part in a group project. Make sure also that responsibilities are shared equally so that you don’t end up with the grunt of the work. Even though you are doing things from the perspective of your higher ideals, not everyone sees it that way. Delineating responsibilities within the group might save you headaches down the road.

PISCES/PISCES RISING ♓︎

How much are you actually surrendering of yourself to succeed in the world? You are in a period of your life where the sacrifices required of you might exceed what is humanly possible. The funny thing is that you might not even realise it. Being the less selfish sign of the zodiac means that people can make unrealistic demands on you and you don’t even notice how ridiculous it is. You will accommodate generously and most of the time from a dedicated and genuine interest to share your wisdom. The push and pull you are feeling at the moment is happening between yourself, your career and a special person in your life. You might feel divided between the responsibilities you have taken in your work and the demands of a loved one. You are on the back burner because you put yourself there. Pressure is on to deliver the goods. Drawing boundaries to know where you end and where other begins might be a smart idea, even if it’s just a draft.

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Cosmic Push

It might be Sunday, day of rest for many but the Moon is in Aries and                                               Mercury opposing Uranus at the moment screams inspiration.
Plus Venus and Jupiter are at an exact conjunction in Virgo.
There is great momentum to get s*** done so get out and do it!

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The Visitors by Andrea Kowch.

Working towards the Dream

The Moon just entered the earth sign of Capricorn and the Sun is moving in the last degrees of Virgo, an earth sign also.

We are working towards something. We have a vision. Each actions are deliberately calculated. It can feel a bit heavy but we know that each step is contributing to the outcome. The process is important. So we apply careful attention without becoming overly critical. Each movement is a contribution to our ambitious goal.

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Art by Sean Mahan

There is a serious quality to the day as we prepare for the upcoming equinox, the change of season. We can feel a shift is coming but for today we put our head down and focus on the task at hand in order to slowly bring the dream into form.

Work & Play

There is progress happening but it might appear to be going ever sooooo slowly. This is Taurus season folks: slowly but surely, one brick at a time with unexpected extra work and more being added on that to do list making it harder to remain in your flow.

The Moon is in Cancer today. It’s a great time to take care of yourself and the ones you love appreciating what’s going right in your life. Acknowledge the support that you do have from your clan, and from the people that loves you.

Finding a little corner of peace within your home or a place where you feel safe to recharge your batteries or cooking something that your mother use to make when you were a child could bring some needed comfort and joy.

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