Astro-Notes on November 1, 2012 – Samhain

November begins with the cross-quarter day Samhain, one of the two “spirit-nights” each year (the other being Beltane)that means ‘the end of summer’, now that the dark winter half of the year commences. This festival

refers to the third and final harvest. It is a magical interval when the mundane laws of time and space are temporarily suspended, and the Thin Veil between the worlds is lifted. Communicating with ancestors and departed loved ones is easy at this time, for they journey through this world on their way to the Summerlands, according to Celtic lore. As darkness literally falls upon us, this is the time to study the Dark Mysteries and honor the Dark Mother and the Dark Father, symbolized by the Crone and her aged Consort.

Here’s what Akasha (http://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/samhainlore.html) has to say:
“Originally the “Feast of the Dead” was celebrated in Celtic countries by leaving food offerings on altars and doorsteps for the “wandering dead”. Today a lot of practitioners still carry out that tradition. Single candles were lit and left in a window to help guide the spirits of ancestors and loved ones home. Extra chairs were set to the table and around the hearth for the unseen guest. Apples were buried along roadsides and paths for spirits who were lost or had no descendants to provide for them. Turnips were hollowed out and carved to look like protective spirits, for this was a night of magic and chaos. The Wee Folke became very active, pulling pranks on unsuspecting humans. Traveling after dark was not advised. People dressed in white (like ghosts), wore disguises made of straw, or dressed as the opposite gender in order to fool the Nature spirits.”

A semi-square between Mars in Sagittarius and Saturn in Scorpio urges us to influence our circumstances by taking control over the situation to be able to gain momentum as we aim to fulfill our goals and succeed with our approach. As Venus in Libra engages in a quincunx to retrograde Chiron in Pisces and opposes retrograde Uranus in Aries, we have to shift our priorities once again amidst the changes, twists and turns we encounter in order to complete unfinished business and to meet the values and expectations of all parties involved. With the Sun in Scorpio in a hard sesqui-quadrate aspect to retrograde Vesta in Gemini, it is essential that we review our commitment and re-adjust our focus so that we can empower our position or resurrect ourselves.

Tarot card of the day is “The Fool”, referring to unlimited potential, new beginnings, a sense of innocence and naivety. Anything can happen as we start on this journey. We could be taken into unchartered territory and thus need to be aware of the risks and dangers we could encounter, but also need to be ready to take on the opportunities presented to us. This card encourages us to have faith and calls upon us to trust, believe in our spirit and to follow our heart.

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