Astro-Notes on November 1, 2014 – Samhain

Daily aspects:
– Mercury in Libra sextile Jupiter in Leo
– Moon ingress to Pisces at 12:36 pm EDT
– Vesta in Sagittarius square Chiron Rx in Pisces
– Venus in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn
– Mars in Capricorn sextile Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Sun in Scorpio square Juno in Leo

The month November begins with the cross-quarter day Samhain, one of the two “spirit-nights” each year (the other being Beltane), which 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.”

Tarot card of the day is the King of Wands”, a card that represents increasing belief in ourselves and rising self-confidence. We’re focusing our intent and learn to act in the moment. Strongly motivated and engaged, we know we will succeed. This is a day to be courageous, entrepreneurial and to reach for our goals. Moreover, we have the ability to control our environment and live our life with intent and vision. It’s important to remain focused on our long-term goals. Opportunities coming our way today have to be navigated with a clear sense of direction and the understanding that we’re the determining factor in this situation and can tackle any challenge.

to be continued….

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