Earth Spirit Tarot's Monthly Newsletter
Welcome November 2018
"November comes, And November goes,
With the last red berries, And the first white snows.
With night coming early, And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket, And frost by the gate.
The fires burn, And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest, Until next spring.
- Clyde Watson
Tarot Guidance for November 2018
The Wheel of Fortune - Cycles
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Cycles, life would not be life without them. We see cycles in the seasons, in our day to day lives and in the whole process of birth-death-rebirth. Some cycles can't be changed so we learn to work with them, such as working with the seasons. But other cycles can be changed. This is a time for stepping back and looking at patterns, habits and negative ways of thinking that have become the norm, cycles that have held you back. Sometimes, by changing one small step in a cycle, we can transform a situation.
The Wheel of Fortune reminds us that no matter where we are on the wheel of a certain cycle, things will change once again. The best way to cope with changes that we can't contrl is make sure we have a backup plan of some sort. If you are at the bottom of the wheel, have hope because things will soon bring you back to the top. If you are at the top of the wheel right now, use your resources to plan for the inevitable drop to the bottom of the wheel. And always remember that each situation is not forever...unless of course you have been clinging to those old patterns and ways of thinking that make you perceive your situation as unchangeable.
Celtic Tree Month November 2018
October 28th thru November 24th begins the Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal (Reed) - Once used for writing, the reed signifies knowledge and learning. It is also a symbol of the unfolding of destiny, and the ability to manifest one’s greatness. The Reed represents the mysteries of death. In fact the Fire Feast of Samhain celebrates the dead and on Samhain, the boundary between the Otherworld and this world dissolve. It is a night of great divination. Or in another fashion, it represents the hidden roots to all life. This Tree is the Tree of Doom. It is a time of prophecy, communication with spirits, and the ability to face one's shadow. Its symbols are crows, black cats, and horses.
Reed people are very vital and vibrant. They are more likely to be male then female. But they will be good caretakers of their home and property. They may come across as cocky or arrogant for their aristocratic attitudes. People born at this time have a powerful personal presence similar to the ivy people, the difference being that reed people are more forceful and less inclined to compromise, for they have a role to play which excludes any signs of weakness or the luxury of sitting on the fence. They act like catalysts rather than competitors in life, and they are more concerned with changing the whole formula of life rather than certain aspects of it.
Astro - Days to watch for your sign - November 2018
Rewarding Days: 19, 20
Challenging Days: 4, 5
Rewarding Days: 21, 22
Challenging Days: 6, 7, 8
Rewarding Days: 23, 24
Challenging Days: 9, 10
Rewarding Days: 25, 26
Challenging Days: 11, 12, 13
Rewarding Days: 1, 27, 28
Challenging Days: 14, 15
Rewarding Days: 2, 3, 29, 30
Challenging Days: 16, 17, 18
Rewarding Days: 4, 5
Challenging Days: 19, 20
Rewarding Days: 6, 7, 8
Challenging Days: 21, 22
Rewarding Days: 9, 10
Challenging Days: 23, 24
Rewarding Days: 11, 12, 13
Challenging Days: 25, 26
Rewarding Days: 14, 15
Challenging Days: 1, 27, 28
Rewarding Days: 16, 17, 18
Challenging Days: 2, 3, 29, 30
|Void of Course Moon Schedule for November 2018
It is said that when the Moon is void of a course it can cause delays, false starts and unexpected hassles. When the Moon is void of course it means that it is in the process of moving between two signs and is not quite sure how it feels yet. And since the Moon rules our emotions, we don't know how we feel either! The effects can last from a few seconds to a day or two. Energy can feel off balance and this is not a good time for making major decisions, signing contracts, or doing anything based on emotional decisions because our perceptions are a bit out of whack. The Void Moon begins at 27 degrees in one sign and ends at 3 degrees in the next sign. Times given are for GMT.
|Date Void Begins
||Date Void Ends
|November 2nd 04:32
||November 2nd 05:48 Virgo
|November 4th 07:26
||November 4th 09:01 Libra
|November 6th 08:19
||November 6th 13:02 Scorpio
|November 8th 10:42
||November 8th 18:59 Sagittarius
|November 11th 03:35
||November 11th 03:55 Capricorn
|November 13th 15:13
||November 13th 15:45 Aquarius
|November 16th 03:58
||November 16th 04:41 Pisces
|November 18th 08:04
||November 18th 15:56 Aries
|November 20th 22:46
||November 20th 23:43 Taurus
|November 22nd 09:59
||November 23rd 04:10 Gemini
|November 25th 05:31
||November 25th 06:38 Cancer
|November 27th 07:22
||November 27th 08:35 Leo
|November 29th 09:47
||November 29th 11:08 Virgo
|Healing for the Body, Mind, & Spirit
Happy November everyone! November looks like it will be a busy month! We have Uranus retrograde moving into Aries and this influence will be with us until March. Expect the unexpected with Uranus and work on letting go of that which you do not want to carry forward. Venus will end her retrograde cycle mid-month and the focus here is on our relationships, whether they are going to move forward or be released. At the same time, Mercury begins its retrograde until the vstart of December, so be flexible with plans. Jupiter will me moving into Sagittarius for the coming year, so be ready for expansive adventures! Lastly, the Lunar nodes make vtheir move from Aquarius and Leo, into Capricorn vand Cancer, where they will remain until May of 2020. This means our boundaries and responsibilities need to be blended well with family, home, and our emotional security.
As we start moving into the colder and darker days of winter, many of us start to feel a bit down, tired, or overwhelmed. Darker days can often create a feeling of melancholy. That is why its so important to do things that bring warmth to your environment and your spirit. Pampering yourself in little ways, focusing on crafts or projects in the house you may not have had time for, or taking stock of what you have done and what you wish to do in the coming year; all of these are ways to perk things up a bit.
The specials for this month reflect the energy we will be dealing with. I have the seasonal Thanksgiving/Gratitude reading, and a few readings that will help you to explore your current journey in life. All of these can be found in the Monthly Specials section this month, along with a few other inspirational readings to help bring balance into your life, such as the Spiritual Journey and the Fool's Journey readings for those who are looking to start off in a new direction. So be sure to stop by and have a look at the September specials! You can have a browse through the many specialized readings I offer on the Tarot Readings page. Tarot's Life Path & Personal Growth section is a good place to start! Or take a wander through the various Oracle readings on my site, like Rune, Angel, Faery and Animal Totem readings. All of these categories can be found on the main Reading Room page. Don't forget to check out the other areas on the Readings page, like the Oracles, Rune and Animal Medicine Cards sections.
For many getting ready to start some early Yuletide shopping, have a browse through my Faery Trinkets shop, where I will have my Barefoot Sandals, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and crochet items on display for sale. I'll be adding some crocheted items as well soon, and you can also find these items in my Etsy shop.
If you have a website or blog that you need some creative content writing for, I offer my services as a freelance writer. You can check out my basic prices at Faery Scribe. I've written for several sites, such as Natural News, Jules of the Earth, Hirewriters and a number of private clients.
In the Reiki/Energy Work section you can find reiki and energy work to help give you a bit of a boost. You can find Reiki sessions, Chakra Healing and Attunements, Violet Flame healing, and the Avalon Crown of Success healing. Reiki is great for flushing out the old energies that may be lingering both in our own energetic bodies and the environment around us.
If Astrology is your cup of tea be sure to stop by my Astrology section where you can order some insightful Natal charts, Compatibility reports and Transit reports to see what will be affecting you in the months ahead. Each persons Birth Chart can show how the positions of the planets and stars at the exact time of their birth can influence their life. Learn how each planetary position has determined your physical, personal, psychic and spiritual characteristics! These charts are a great gift for birthdays or just as a special way to treat someone to a bit of astrological insight.
Come and check out my Blog that at http://earthspirittarot.com/wp/ I hope to be writing on a variety of topics from Tarot to general spirituality topics once we get into the New Year. But for now you can catch my weekly Astrology updates there.
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And don't forget to check out the Tarot Oracle Club: http://earthspirittarot.com/tosub.htm For a membership fee you get a free one card reading each month, discounts to in-depth readings, a free Natal Report package, one free in-depth reading for every one you buy, and access to a private Facebook group for members.
And now to announce the October 2018 raffle winners:
L. Tomas and P. Jones
Congratulations to you both! I'll be sending you two an email to tell you how to claim your prize shortly! For those who haven't entered the raffle yet, each month I select 2 random people from entries submitted to win a reading of your choice worth up to £15.00 from any area of my site. For more details, and to enter November's raffle, stop by and visit the Raffle Entry page! Good luck!
| "Finding Inspiration When You're At A Low Ebb"
Ever feel stuck for inspiration? We all do at times, but it is even worse when you are at a difficult point in your life. The pressure of trying to find solutions when our hearts and minds are in a dark place can be damning in it's intensity. I know, because it happened to me recently. So, how did I break free from the inertia, and uninspired rut that I had fallen into?
I got upset! ..Let me explain:
I spent about a week bitching about everything that was wrong. That released negative patterning that was keeping me locked into the “same old, same old”. Then I thought about what I wanted. What was I trying to achieve? I wanted to write a book, but I hadn't even been able to write regularly for my business blog. I'd felt restricted, self-conscious and pressured, and so my inspiration had dried up.
The key to beating these low points in life is not to fight against them. We all have deep wounds that eventually surface like the body pushes out a splinter ..and they demand recognition. Keep ignoring them or glossing over them at your peril, because they will be appeased with or without your input. I've found it increasingly more helpful to see my emotions in the same way as physical pain or pleasure. It tells you when something is wrong, or when you want more of something. By tracing my feelings back to their root, and asking why I am angry, frustrated or uninspired, I find my answer.
Does life feel pointless to you? WHY? What aren't you doing, that you want to be doing? At it's essence, it is usually that you are not being yourself; not expressing who you are.
A bit more thinking led me to realise that I needed to write for myself and not what I thought my audience wanted to hear... and then the brakes came off! It's been great ever since; I have a list of ideas and I'm writing every day!
So, if you are seeking inspiration I would advise that you figure out where you are at emotionally first of all. You don't have to be in the grip of depression to be uninspired, boredom will do it too! Once you have figured out where your fears are, you can pinpoint what makes you happy. What actions that you can take now, without worry of money or time, will make you feel the most *you*? Hell, I've gotten drunk and web surfed until I've found something that resonates with me. I've gone for 5 mile walks in the rain. I've sung along with some of the most disturbingly lyric'd aggrotech music out there. I've had hour long bubble baths. Find out what your inner you is all about. That's when inspiration will find you once again :)
NOVEMBER IS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH!
What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.
One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the "First Americans" and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.
The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments
The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday.
In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including "Native American Heritage Month" and "National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month") have been issued each year since 1994.
For more information about Native American culture visit this site
Daylight Savings AUSTRALIA - October 7th
Daylight Savings UK - October 28th
Daylight Savings US - November 4th
Today, Daylight Saving Time (DST) is used to save energy and make better use of daylight. The idea has been suggested in ancient times and later by famous scientists.
DST is a change in the standard time with the purpose of making better use of daylight and conserving energy. Clocks are set ahead one hour when DST starts. This means that the sunrise and sunset will be one hour later, on the clock, than the day before
To learn more about Daylight Savings and its historical origins click here - Daylight Savings
November 5th - Bonfire Night Night
Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...
BonFire Night - The tradition of Guy Fawkes-related bonfires actually began the very same year as the failed coup. The Plot was foiled in the night between the 4th and 5th of November 1605. Already on the 5th, agitated Londoners who knew little more than that their King had been saved, joyfully lit bonfires in thanksgiving. As years progressed, however, the ritual became more elaborate.
To learn more about Bonfire Night Traditions and the legend of Guy Fawkes click here -> Bonfire Night
November 11th - Veterans Day (US)/Remembrance Day (UK)
November is the time of the year when we wear a red poppy in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for us during wars. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One.
In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month, the world rejoiced and celebrated. After four years of bitter war, an armistice was signed. The "war to end all wars" was over.
Veterans/Remembrance Day is a special day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts. At one time the day was known as Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance Day in the UK after the Second World War.
Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, which is usually the Sunday nearest to 11 November. Special services are held at war memorials and churches all over Britain.
For more about UK's Remembrance Day click Remembrance Day
For more on US's Veteran's Day click Veteran's Day
November 11th - The Festival of Sintmaarten
The feastday of ‘Sintmaarten’ (Saint Martin of Tours) is celebrated in the Netherlands on 11 November. It has aspects of other festivals celebrated throughout the world; Halloween and Thanksgiving Day. The origins of the feastday have to do with its proximity to the middle of winter. The cows had been brought in from the fields and households had started up their stoves against the winter cold. The children celebrated the last remnants of the summer harvest with candlelit processions, during which the adults would give them nuts and candy as a final treat before the darkest days of winter.
For more information about the traditions of Sintmaarten, click Sintmaarten
November 22nd - Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Day , legal holiday in the U.S., first celebrated in early colonial times in New England. The actual origin, however, is probably the harvest festivals that are traditional in many parts of the world Festivals and Feasts. After the first harvest was completed by the Plymouth colonists in 1621, Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and prayer, shared by all the colonists and neighboring Native Americans. The Pilgrims of Plymouth Rock held their Thanksgiving in 1621 as a three day "thank you" celebration to the leaders of the Wampanoag Indian tribe and their families for teaching them the survival skills they needed to make it in the New World. It was their good fortune that the tradition of the Wampanoags was to treat any visitor to their homes with a share of whatever food the family had, even if supplies were low. It was also an amazing stroke of luck that one of the Wampanoag, Tisquantum or Squanto, had become close friends with a British explorer, John Weymouth, and had learned the Pilgrim's language in his travels to England with Weymouth.
To read more about Thanksgiving, it’s history and traditions click here - Thanksgiving Day
|Star Transits For November 2018
The Sun has been in Scorpio since October 23rd and will remain there until November 21st when it starts to shift into a new sign
When the Sun is in Scorpio, think of the old saying about still waters running deep when you think of this passionate Water Sign. The mood will be intense -- and that mood hangs over everything from careers to cuddling -- but it is a smouldering, devious sort of intense. A slow burn. While the Sun visits this Sign, anticipate probing gazes and profound concentration. Scorpio wants nothing more than for us to be passionately engaged in activities that are significant and meaningful to us. No boredom is allowed, no busy or slog work (save that for Virgo or Taurus times) -- this is when you get to the heart of matters, when you find out what's behind masks, what lies beneath motivations. Careful to direct your energies, though, because if boredom does strike, talents are wasted and negative emotions come to the fore. Passions will be high, and physical love becomes engrossing, exciting, forceful and possessive. Watch for jealousy and vengeful whims. Scorpio stings when threatened.
This is a period where we get a chance to explore our passions and delve into the depths of our secrets. Scorpio brings a certain intensity that challenges us to really look more closely at how this intensity is manifesting in our lives. Scorpio asks “What are you passionate about? What lights that fire in you?” Look at the events in your life that have thrown you to the bottom as well as those which helped you to turn the tides and allow a new start. Look at the events, people, and causes in your life that mean everything to you. Take a deeper look at the secrets you hold within, even from your own self at times. But be very careful! We also run the risk of become too obsessed with our passions at this time, so much so that we may neglect what is practical and real. We could get stuck in our shadow self, the darker side of letting go and transforming, and not finish the cycle of death and rebirth. This is a time for celebrating the endings in your life, to honour the challenges and hard times, and to be passionate about the things that helped to pull you out of ruts and routines so that you could once again feel alive.
The Sun in Scorpio is a good time for:
- Solving riddles and mysteries, delving into scientific issues
- Profoundly investigating topics that interest you
- Exploring sexual pleasure
The Sun then moves into Sagittarius on November 21st
Happy Solar Return Sagittarians! Today the Sun moves into fiery Sagittarius turning our minds towards the future and limitless possibilities. Sagittarius has the effect of bringing an optimistic energy to our lives and enthusiasm as we start to explore our current confines and step out of our comfort zones. Even stubborn Taurean's will feel that adventurous pull towards doing something new and changing their tried and true routines. We are challenged at this time to explore our spirituality and gain fresh perspectives and encouraged to reach beyond what we perceive to be our grasps. This can really help us to gain new wisdom and finally understand things that had us feeling a bit stumped or blocked before now.
There are a few downsides here however. It can have some denying current issues in the present by escaping into fanciful daydreams about the future. Anything that contradicts what we believe at this time can be denied or ignored and this can make it hard to reach compromises. It can be all too easy to assume that our truth is everyone elses though. This stems from Sagittarius’s desire to share inspiration and experiences and most mean well. But we need to remember that we are all individuals and are not all inspired by the same things. Beware becoming self righteous know it alls or coming across as if you are privy to info that others are not. It can make us look arrogant and push people away rather than allowing others to want to share. There is a very fine line between sharing passionate knowledge versus shoving opinions down someone's throat. Everyone has their unique perspective on life, and therefore their own sense of meaning and truth that works for them..
When the Sun is in Sagittarius, adventure finds a way into our otherwise routine and busy lives. This Fire Sign energy compels us to explore farther away from our homes and habits, to speak to those we might otherwise avoid out of apathy or anxiety, to create our own history by taking chances and making bold choices. Creativity and storytelling thrive under this Sign's influence, as Jupiter, a benevolent planet of good fortune and philosophy, rules it. Conversely, during this freewheeling time, you may have a hard time settling down to work or putting up with a schedule or deadlines. And you may be feeling dogmatic, too. As a Mutable Sign, though, Sagittarius will be adaptable and willing to listen to other sides of an argument. Watch for broken bones or mishaps with this increased sense of adventure, courage and determination. On the whole, Sagittarius is an exploratory, optimistic energy. Put it to good use!
The Sun in Sagittaarius is a good time for:
- Travel and adventure of all kinds
- Seeing and believing the best in people
- Reading and deep thought
On November 7th we have a Scorpio New Moon
New Moons are perfect for new beginnings. To say that emotions will be running high under this New Moon is an understatement! Intensity is what the Moon in Scorpio is all about. Whether it's passion, elation, sorrow, or desire, emotions are felt on a deeply personal level. We are motivated by the desire to get to the bottom of things, and we instinctively read between the lines. Superficiality won't work for us now. The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power, and it's an excellent time to rid ourselves of old fears and limiting habits. It can be an intimate and passionate time. Avoid manipulative tactics, brooding, and suspiciousness.
Sex, power, and money are compelling aphrodisiacs now. Secrets, taboos, and mysteries appeal to a deep instinctive yearning. Learning what makes people tick turns you on. Your instinctive orientation at this time is toward getting down to brass tacks and starting over from scratch - healing comes from destroying the roots of a disturbance.
Things to do under a Scorpio Moon: Taxes, accounting, intimacy issues, psychological examinations, research, self-examination, getting rid of old things.
On November 23rd we have a Gemini Full Moon
The Full Moon is the best time for doing work on letting go of the old and releasing the negative. In the early hours the Moon will move into Gemini and then begin its Full lunation this evening. Our basic instinct under a Gemini Moon is to communicate, think, and learn. So magical workings tend to be best for spell work involving travel, communication and personal connections.
Gemini is our conscious awareness. It is the exchange of our ideas as we bring those thoughts into awareness and then into the real world. Its all about ideas,thoughts, awareness, how we express and communicate ourselves, words, discussions, debates, reading, writing....filling our brain with a plethora of things.
Gemini is also known as the Trickster, so this time is also about engaging the more playful side of our minds. Humour can often help us to see things from a fresher perspective and see outside of the box. So take the time to look at those challenges you are facing right now. The Saturn-Neptune square will be exact tomorrow, so its energy makes this Full Moon more potent.
Things to do under a Gemini Moon: Mental and communicative actions, and more than one activity at once. Reading, learning, letters and emails, errands, writing, teaching, making connections, short trips.
November 1st - Jupiter trine Chiron (Jupiter in Scorpio, Chiron in Pisces)
This aspect between the wounded healer Chiron and Jupiter allows us to make the most of any opportunities that arise which allow us to lay to rest painful memories, those which may have been haunting us from long ago. And by doing so we are able to move into areas that are linked straight to our hearts. We may find that opportunities to learn will present themselves to us and allow us to discover some talents that we never knew we had.
Trines often go by unnoticed because they make things feel as they should be. So we can use this trine to go with the flow and take a break. Depending on whether our "wound" is mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual will determine what form of relaxation we take now. This can raise our level of optimism for the next few weeks regarding things that would normally cause us stress. We feel better about ourselves, our physical appearance, or our life in general.
This is also a time when one important individual, usually a healer or teacher, may enter our life or we are drawn to start taking up some new course of study. For those who are having this transit occur in later years, this may be your time for sharing and expressing your own healing and teaching talents, allowing you to express your wisdom that you have gained through your own experiences in a positive way.
For some, this transit may aggravate that "wound" in some form. Keep in mind that Jupiter works as a magnifier, amplifying anything it touches. If you are struggling with low self-esteem or health issues for example, of feeling socially cut off, this transit could make those things seem much bigger, causing us to want to hide away for a bit.
If you find yourself in that position you can use it to benefit yourself. It will give you that chance to really look at what it is that is bothering you and possibly help you to find a way of dealing with it. If you start feeling too overwhelmed, turn your attention on yourself with a bit of pampering or do something that helps you to feel good.
November 6th - Sun trine Neptune (Sun in Scorpio, Neptune in Pisces)
Under this transit we find that our imagination is stimulated which is great for those who work in a creative field because they will find expressing themselves flows easily through their specific artistic outlet. We tend to have faith in the Universe’s bounty at this time, even to the point of feeling that everything we want or need will be magically granted to us. It’s a time for wishing and positive thinking as optimism and hope spring eternal. Those that have been feeling the heaviness of depression will find their spirits uplifted, reliving them from the heavier weight of sadness and discouragement that has been felt up till now.
We do need to take care under this transit because the tendency to get lost in daydreaming and fantasizing could draw our focus away from our responsibilities and what needs to be taken care of. We are also more sensitive to the feelings of those around us which gives us the ability to be more sympathetic to others and them to us.
This is a transit where out sense of Self gets infused with uplifting visions and we feel we have a mission in this life, that we are truly linked to the Universe and all that is around us. It’s a inspiring energy spiritually, romantically, creatively, and compassionately. It is a brief transit so enjoy this while it lasts and remember that before we make any changes that are based on what we feel is a permanent situation or condition, this is mainly a temporary influence with us now. Be careful not to make optimistic promises which we may not be able to fulfil once this time of optimism wears off.
November 6th - Uranus square Lunar North Node (Uranus in Taurus, Lunar North Node in Leo)
During this transit we can find our best chosen plans, even our entire life's direction suddenly goes off the rails. This tends to be a time of unexpected changes that can force us to refocus entirely on where our path is going. This time will require that we re-examine what is really important to us, as well as what accurately reflects who we are, beyond what othrs see.
This can be a good time to check in with ourselves in order to make sure the life we are creating and the dreams we are following still fit us. Look at which of these aspects still match who we are now as opposed to who we were when we began the path we are currently on. The good part of this transit is that, as long as we don't deny or resist this, it can bring some exciting changes to our lives. The key here is to be detached from what is going on, let go of wanting a specific outcome and just make yourself open to what is happening.
November 6th - Uranus enters Aries
Expect the unexpected when Uranus moves into pioneering Aries. Marked by dynamic creativity, with impulsive, risk taking tendencies, Uranus explodes in Aries and awakens through originality and confident achievement. Uranian energy is rebellious and innovative, shaking up and breaking up the status quo. Uranus’s motto is “expect the unexpected” — it’s an unpredictable, Tricksterish, disruptive and chaotic force. In a state of chaos, we’re compelled to get creative and experimental; the old approaches no longer apply.
Uranus in Aries is about embracing the new. As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries is the Pioneer, the Leader, the Warrior, and the Fool. Uranus in Aries awakens these archetypes in all of us, as we each are called to navigate circumstances that are not only new and unpredictable, but likely to be chaotic and weirder than we can imagine. It’s time to activate the Aries resources of courage, leadership, independence, innovation, honesty and authenticity, and to free ourselves from the Aries shadow expressions of aggression, egocentrism, impatience and judgment.
Uranus in Aries is a potentially volatile combination. In our personal lives, we can watch out for throwing anger at others instead of taking responsibility for ourselves, and picking petty fights rather than channeling outrage into positive outlets for transforming the world. We’ll have to navigate the balance between being independent and taking care of ourselves, while asking for help when we need it and offering support to people in need rather than judging them.
November 6th - Lunar North Node enters Cancer
Whichever sign the Lunar North Node is in, the South Node will be directly opposite. So we have the North Node in Cancer now, and the South Node in Capricorn. The North Node is where we draw energy in, confront challenges, and take on a new level of learning and awareness. So for the next year and a half we will be learning about Cancer energy, which includes caring, feeling, nurturing, family, safeety, and the past. Its about feminine energy and our day to day life. So you may be called upon to look after someone, or yu allow yourself to open up to nurturing from others.
Meanwhile, the South Node is focused on letting go of that which we no longer need. Once we learn the lesson that the South Node confronts us with, we release it, allowing ourselves to move it from the foreground to the background. With Capricorn, the lessons are about structure, ambitions, rules, and what we are building in our lives. It highlights that which we give respect and allegiance to, or that which we resist or rebel againt. What you release here depends on what you are still holding onto, like our expectations of others, accepting the authority of others, or releasing that allegiance to those who are no longer worthy.
November 7th - Jupiter trine Lunar North Node (Jupiter in Scorpio, Lunar North Node in Cancer)
For up to a week or so before and after today, you may feel inspired and excited about the possibilities that are open to you. You could be filled with visions of dramatic improvements that can grace your life. You might also feel unusually connected to a greater context of life; for example, expanding your horizons through travel or making progress, or having a clearer sense of your role in the greater scheme of things. This can be a good time to dream about future possibilities and bring your goals into crystal clarity. Just remember that wishing doesn't make it so – it will still take hard work to manifest and sustain that vision. So keep it loose and flexible, so you can adjust the potential to fit your realistic ability to make it happen.
November 8th - Jupiter enters Sagittarius
TJupiter loves being in Sagittarius because it is the planetary ruler of that sign. This means Jupiter's influences are especilly strong right now. You may feel a very strong desire to expand your horizons on many levels. It's the perfect time for taking on a new course or learning something new. You may feel drawn to reach out and connect with other countries and cultures. Or you may feel inspired and want to explore a new spiritual experience.
Jupiter in Sagittarius brings a time when we seek Universal Truth. However, we need to avoid making our truth the truth of others. We all have our own experiences and connections to the Universal Truth, so your truth may not make sense to others, and we can't push that, just accept theirs is different. This is an energy that can best be used by exploring intriguing questions along with possible solutions, rather than carving anything in stone just yet.
November 9th - Venus trine Mars (Venus in Libra, Mars in Aquarius)
UMoney planet Venus and ambitious Mars brings a favourable energy our way with this trine aspect. You will find it is easier now to balance out being assertive as well as receptive. Perfect for those situations where firm action is needed but with a gentler touch. The ability to attract what we desire brings a strong urge to act on manifesting these things in our lives. Some will find it easier to attract money and material things while others could go a bit overboard on the spending.
Life does seem to flow easier at this time but don't let that put you off your guard because it will only last a few days. Since this transit can assist us in getting what we want right now, we need to be careful as we try to identify what exactly it is that we want. This transit brings a sensual energy, a time to be loved and to love back.
November 11th - Sun sextile Pluto (Sun in Scorpio, Pluto in Capricorn)
Under this transit we can feel our sense of purpose grow stronger, allowing us to tap into the deeper levels of our energy stores and determination. We can apply this determined effort towards promoting our ideas and could find that we are very persuasive with others. We do need to take care though that we are not coming across as too forceful or pushy. It's a good energy for those situations where we need to make a strong impression, but not so much in cases where a more delicate touch is needed. A more enlightened approach is best for getting our ideas across now. Others are more open to new ideas when not feeling pressured or pushed.
We also gain the ability to be able to see below the surface of things. We may not be able to understand what it is we are seeing but we can often get to the core of unconscious patterns that need changing. Some of the insights we gain now may not bring about a "light bulb" moment until later down the line.
November 15th - Mars sextile Uranus (Mars in Aquarius, Uranus in Aries)
When Mars mingles with Uranus our energy levels tend to be a bit higher and we feel more enthusiastic towards work (not sure what happened to me on that one). It also becomes a bit easier to manage and motivate others in a positive way so this energy is great for getting group projects planned, started, and worked on. We have the chance to move ahead via inspired action and we tend to be able to use creative problem solving for current challenges and conflicts in our lives.
This is the time for thinking outside of the box and for experimenting with new directions, responses, and actions. Some may find our spontaneity a bit out of character now, and for those who normally go overboard with spontaneity…well you may want to try to find some ways to channel this energy more constructively. The point here is to be refreshingly spontaneous…not impulsively reckless.
November 15th - Mars enters Pisces
Aggressive Mars now moves into gentle Pisces where we tend to feel less motivated to go after traditional goals, and more motivated to pursue spiritual or emotional drives. Mars will be here for about 6 weeks allowing for us to push forward with a bit more discretion and kindness. We tend to dislike confrontation under this transits influence but this can have a negative affect at times. We avoid confrontation and hide out desires which can lower our own efficiency. And a desire to wander may need to be tamed in some signs too. Our motives and emotions become less focused, a bit blurred, ambiguous, and indecisive.
Our output is variable rather than straightforward, and our energy is similarly up and down. We may put others' needs ahead of our own, and our more idealistic side comes to the fore. During this cycle, going after what we want becomes less straightforward and more complicated!
On the plus side, spiritual tasks, charitable acts, compassionate gestures and imaginative pursuits flow more freely with this transit. It can allow us to more easily connect to spiritual, artistic, creative, and intuitive energy. Listen to what your body, actions, and reactions are telling you now. You may find yourself feeling a bit spacey now and need to be careful of falling into despondency. But it can help to do things that will feed you spirit in a natural way.
November 17th - Mercury square Neptune (Mercury in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces)
Under this transit our mental focus can feel a bit clouded, confused or lethargic. Our mind struggles with trying to tackle and understand the limitless expanse of the Universe we live in along with what is formless and shifting. We can experience some disillusionment or disappointment in our observations or communication with others.
This is an important time however, to break through old and rigid expectations that may be blocking our ability to see the bigger picture. We find that what flows beneath the surface of the events in our life needs to break down the thin barrier of our old expectations which are barring the path and view of a truth that is greater.
Many of us may feel a bit out of whack and off balance. We'll need to balance our left brain analytical side with our intuitive right brain thinking by being less rigid and more open to a new perspective. Otherwise we will find the left brained analytical side a bit hard to work with right now. Listening more and talking less will help our inner sensitivity to be more receptive to what is being said. Sometimes it requires us to let go of what we think we know and understand about the situations in our lives in order to make ourselves more open to new perspectives that can change how we have been dealing with things.
November 19th - Mars square Jupiter (Mars in Pisces, Jupiter in Sagittarius)
This is a transit that can bring us a greater sense of enthusiasm, confidence, and energy. However, it can also make us a bit overly optimistic in our perspectives and assessments of what has potential. It’s a double edged sword really. The motivation and enthusiasm we feel will allow us to take brave and bold steps towards our goals as we feel a great need to expand those things that we are working on and our focus is on the big picture and future growth.
The downside is that we may feel forced to take these steps due to moral coercion rather than choosing to do so freely. Actions may arise from feelings of exasperated impulse rather than by what we feel is right for us at the time. Also, we may lean towards exaggerating our capabilities or promise others more than we can really deliver. This will cause stress as we face deadlines which we scramble to meet as a result. The tendency to project too high when we are evaluating situations and the return on what we invest in can run the risk of us over taxing or exhausting our resources.
For some, a need to prove themselves to others can come across as being a braggart, arrogant, or trying to inflate their own self worth. Our impulses are easily intensified and can feel difficult to control such as aggression, anger and sexuality. While some enjoy winning, this transits energy could also make one a bad loser when defeated.
The trick is to not take things too personally, to not let the ego get in the way of rational thinking now. We need to curb stronger impulses that would have us taking risks such as feelings of courage that lead to reckless behaviour and actions. For those who find it difficult to bring these qualities of courage out normally, this transit can help you in a more positive way if you focus this energy in positive ways.
November 20th - Sun trine Chiron (Sun in Scorpio, Chiron in Pisces)
Chiron has been influencing us to heal those chronic struggles in our lives for a few months now. With the Sun making a trine to Chiron, we will start to see our recent efforts to mend and heal these things coming together. We find that we just may have the confidence we need to try out those new solutions. Or we may find we are able to at least approach those problems from a different angle, one that actually sheds light on the situation in question.
Some of the progress we are seeing could be a result of having the courage to walk a different path, one that we have made our own. Or it may be due to us finally having that courage to face our shadow side. I'm sure many will find that there are a few wounds and struggles in their lives hat will benefit from the kind of healing this transit brings us. The worst thing you could do is let it pass you by without allowing yourself to tap into its potential. try to find a balance between jumping off into the deep end of troubled waters and just poking a toe at the surface to see what kind of waves it creates.
November 20th - Sun trine North Lunar Node (Sun in Scorpio, Lunar North Node in Cancer)
This is a transit that can make us feel confident, optimistic and empowered. Some may feel its energy a couple of days before and after this date. It could feel as if the pieces of the puzzle in any given situation, are just falling into place, allowing us to make progress in what we're striving to do in our lives right now.
We do need to be a bit cautious however. Even though it feels like we can go forward we still need a bit of a reality check on the wisdom of what we want to do to be sure its still a good idea.
November 26th - Sun conjunct Jupiter (Both in Sagittarius)
TThis is a transit that fosters optimism, confidence, vision, and leadership. Our self confidence and self awareness become activated today and we feel our enthusiasm drawing us towards something positive. This is a really great day for focusing on new directions that will expand our horizons, especially where self improvement goals are concerned. Life reveals is richness and we can use this time for growth. Anything that will promote a better understanding of ourselves and our beliefs will benefit.
When we blend this with the other energies of healing happening right now, we could possibly have a positive breakthrough experience today that helps us make some progress without causing the stress of change. We can face those hidden parts of ourselves and be more open to embracing who we are and what needs to change.
Some may feel lucky today and be drawn to taking risks because our ability to identify opportunities is much stronger right now. But it may be best not to take those risk with gambling our resources right now. Our spirit becomes more generous and allowing us to encourage others. Just be careful that you don’t over extend yourself by making grand gestures and promises that you may not be able to keep.
This is also a time when we feel we are part of something bigger, something greater than ourselves. We are drawn to discussions that allow us to share our philosophies. It’s also a good day for expressing our physical energy through outdoor activities.
For those who have a difficulty in embracing the positive in ourselves, we may find this transit a bit difficult as it stirs up any feelings of incompetence or short comings. We need to be careful that we don’t try to over compensate through arrogance, over confidence, blind faith, and taking risks with obvious poor prospects. The key here is to tap into your spirit, your inner truth of who you truly are. Release feelings of blame and embrace compassion as you assess yourself. Let your spirit shine brightly, but not so much that you end up blinding others, and yourself, with your own light.
November 26th - Mercury square Mars (Mercury in Sagittarius, Mars in Pisces)
This transit is characterized by hot debates, fiery speech and lots of arguments. We may experience this in forms of conflict or we may find these exchanges as challenging yet stimulating. We just need to remember to pace all of that mental energy.
One of the things we need to watch out for here is that we may have a really short fuse, as will others around us. There is a tendency to blurt things out that we may come to regret later on. In some cases though we may find the courage we need to tackle something that is way overdue. The tricky part here is that there is a fine line between these two scenarios; what we felt as courage one moment may come across as reckless and hasty behaviour later one. And those harsh words we may let fly are not so easy to retract.
We can get through this one by keeping a tight rein on our judgement and objectivity when having verbal duels. We can tap into this energy and use it to fan the flames of motivation or take our ideas and use them to generate some positive and constructive action.
November 27th - Sun conjunct Mercury (Both in Sagittarius)
We tend to have a lot to say when the Sun conjuncts Mercury. We are compelled to communicate; letters, memos, phone calls, texts...messages of all kinds have a stronger impact under this aspect than usual. We may find that we acquire and distribute information quite accurately. Some may be choose to take some short trips now to keep themselves, and their minds, busy. However, because of the varied interests we have right now, we may find it hard to rest, or find the time to do it!
Many may find that they express their confidence through their plans and ideas now. We may choose to initiate new activities that involve sharing our ideas, teaching others, or writing. Whatever information comes our way at this time, we will surely be physically up for the challenge of sorting through it all.
November 27th - Mars sextile Saturn (Mars in Pisces, Saturn in Capricorn)
This is a good time to appreciate determined effort and actions. Our work projects will run more smoothly if we combine a patient and disciplined approach with confidence and courage. We become more aware of this process at this time which gives us a sense of responsibility and sense of purpose. We can use this time to harness the energy of our own willpower through practical discipline.
We may feel that our energy levels are a bit more toned down right now but this will be helpful for the detailed work we may have to do now. Our physical and mental energy become more stable and allow us to endure, or by applying sustained effort and focus they can become that way.
Our conversations take on a more serious and sober vibe under this transit and we may find that we can express a sense of authority much better, as well as be clear and to the point in our dealings with others. It’s a great transit if we need to be more productive or we need to make more progress in a goal that we have been working towards. Just keep in mind that Mercury goes direct in a day and the next two weeks may still show slow progress, but progress that is finally shifting forward.
What we do need to watch out for is any tendencies for being overly cautious to the point where we end up getting ourselves stuck in the planning stages and end up not getting much done in the process. Or, some may try to push and rush into the production phase of a project before they have fully formed their plans. The best way to make use of this transit’s energies is to bring these two things into balance.
November 27th - Mercury conjunct Jupiter (Both in Sagittarius)
With Mercury conjunct Jupiter we can visualize in broader terms and see the "big picture". This could be a time when you have a strong desire to verbalize your own goals and ideals. Words flow freely but be careful not to exaggerate! Travel is favoured as well under this transit.
Mercury is right at home in Gemini making our mental antennae trying to face every direction at once. Curiosity has us picking up a lot of new information and we are more open to learning new things. Jupiter in Gemini pushes us to express our ideas in creative ways. Using our talent for communications can also bring financial and spiritual rewards our way. The quest for knowledge expands our world and nourishes our curiosity now.
November 28th - Venus square Lunar North Node (Venus in Libra, Lunar North Node in Cancer)
With Venus in this challenging square to the North Lunar Node we may start noticing that the people in our lives are not giving us the encouragement and support we need where fulfilling our life purpose is concerned. We could run into situations where someone who was giving us support suddenly backs away. Or we find that their actions interfere with what we are trying to do.
Disagreements and upsets with others at this time could make us feel less positive about our life and if this is the case, we need to look a bit more closely at what it is that we are disagreeing about. We need to step back and ask ourselves if our responses to these things mirror our true values, or do we need to tweak our values at this time. Renegotiating our priorities in order to create balance may be needed as well. Venus also rules finances and resources so we could run into issues around possessions, resources and finances that call for adjustments now.
This isn't a very long transit, lasting only a few days. So the things we come across may not be major issues. But if something significant does rear its head at this time, it could be a sign that we have something that needs to be looked at more closely.
November 30th - Venus opposite Uranus (Venus in Libra, Uranus in Aries)
Our interactions with others may be full of surprises under this transit. Very sudden changes in agreements can happen or we may see erratic actions from those involved in a project. This can make us feel unwilling to just follow along with the crowd however, choosing to stand out and get noticed for the distinctive individuals that we are. We tend to crave excitement and want to break free from our every day routines. Be careful around financial situations under this transit because they can be more erratic and unstable at the moment. if at all possible, put off any serious agreements and decisions for a few days, or until this energy passes. it's too easy to attract unstable financial partners and compromising can be quite difficult.
With the right people however, this is a time of sharing unusual experiences that can open us up to a new perspective-one we would not ordinarily consider. Seeking pleasure is often a risk worth taking. What you attract and what you like can appear different than your typical preferences.
What to watch for in December 2018!
December will be a fairly quiet month in comparison to Novemebr. We have ambitious Mars is in gentle Pisces all month, which is great for music, movies, and spiritual activities. We also have Jupiter, whichjust recently moved into Sagittarius, boosting our party mode and making it a good time for participate in holiday events.
To see how all of this will affect us, come back at the start of December or the new newsletter, or follow my weekly astrology posts on facebook.
Well my darlings, this wraps up our November newsletter! Hope you all enjoyed this month's newsletter! Pass it on to anyone who may be interested! And feedback is most welcome so if there are ideas or things you would like to see in my future newsletters, let me know!
Sherry - Earth Spirit Tarot