Samhain – Day of the Dead
Friday, November 1, 2013 – 7:42 am EDT – sun rise
Sun in Scorpio at 9 degrees
Date: Nov 1st (sometimes celebrated on the eve – Oct 31st)
Astro Correspondence: 15 degrees Scorpio
Color: secondary colors of greens, oranges, purples and blacks
Food: ground tubers and vegetables, gourds and pumpkins, pork, wine, tree fruits, cakes, ale, mead, red foods, nuts, herbal teas, cider, chicken, scones/cakes/pies, mushrooms, fish,
Common Info: All Hallows Eve (Hallowe’en – note the apostrophe as correctly spelled), Veil between the worlds is thinnest, Pelen Tans are made to thwart the Devil, Dead Times, Shapeshifting (Masks and Costumes), Story of Jack (pumpkins, gourds and turnips), witchy stuff (Conical Hats, Black Cats, Brooms, Cauldrons, et al), Pagan New Year, Transitional/Inner Work (Dark Shadow Work) is performed ending with a resolution at Yule, last Harvest Fest (vine vegetables and underground tubers mostly), Ancestral Calls/Celebration of/for deceased family, Fairies leave for Winter, Wassailing
Samhain is the Celtic Feast of the Dead, when anything left to be harvested is pulled in, typically root or ground vegetables. The date is usually October 31st or November 1st or when the Sun is 15′ degrees Scorpio and celebrated as All Hallow’s Eve or All Saints Day. It is the time when the Veil between the Worlds is thinnest and we are able to communicate with our ancestors. Gwyn ap Nudd, Samhain and Ceridwen are associated mostly with this Sabbat. Foods sacred to the Sabbat tend to be the latest harvested items. Jack O’Lantern pumpkins were carved and lit by candles in the new land to help thwart the persecutors while the Witches met deep in the woods to communicate with the Dead. Although it is known as the Celtic New Year, it is not considered the first Sabbat of the Wheel of the Year – Yule hails as the first Sabbat due to its first day of the new Solar Year. Samhain is translated as “end of summer”. It represents death and transformation.
Wassailing comes from the term “Wass Hael,” meaning “be whole” or “be well”. It was a toast to good health using fresh fruit punches, cider ales, wines or meads.
The period between Samhain and Yule is also known as the Dark Times. It is a time when you are supposed to delve into your personal issues to resolve them by Yule. Work those Dark Shadows!!
Retrograde Mercury conjuncts the Sun in Scorpio – 9 degrees
Friday, November 1, 2013 – 4:05 pm EDT
Miscommunications thwart every nuance of making your point well-known. When you are not completely understood, the other person thinks you might have a personal, yet secret, agenda, hence the Scorpion energy. All of this misinterpretation goes away soon enough when Mercury goes Direct on the 10th – see below.
Day Light Savings – 1st Sunday of November:
Change your clocks an hour back from 2 am to 1 am
Sun in Scorpio – 10 degrees
Sunday, November 3, 2013 – 2 am EDT (1 am EST)
It’s that time of year when clocks go backward an hour to return to Standard Time that the Energy Policy Act of 2005 enacted. As an Astrology Student and Teacher, I feel it is necessary to remind folks as the time gets closer, so it doesn’t surprise you the following Monday morning when you arrive to work an hour too early. SMILE
On Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2 am, change your clocks to 1 am. You will GAIN an hour of sleep… Share this information among your family and friends.
The general rule of Daylight Savings Time is:
Start: Second Sunday in March to change clocks an hour ahead and lose an hour of sleep…
End: First Sunday in November to change clocks an hour back and gain an hour of sleep…
Time: 2 am local time
Though mentioned by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, the modern idea of daylight savings was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson and it was first implemented during the First World War. Many countries have used it at various times since then.
The practice has been both praised and criticized. Adding daylight to evenings benefits retailing, sports and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours, but can cause problems for evening entertainment and other occupations tied to the Sun. Its effect on health and crime is less clear. An earlier goal of DST was to reduce the evening usage of incandescent lighting, formerly a primary use of electricity. Today, modern heating and cooling usage patterns differ greatly and research about how DST currently affects energy use is limited or contradictory.
Today, the Sun ends its Journey thru the first decan of Scorpio instilling an underlying feeling of Piscean energy. If you weren’t laid back enough, now you will really feel laid back and less energetic. It’s a time of repose and relaxation any way, so don’t fight the feeling to take a well-deserved break from all the hectic energy of the world.
Eclipsed New Moon in Scorpio
Sunday, November 3, 2013 – 7:50 am EST
The New Moon will begin its trek across the Sun’s face after the sunrise in Scorpio. Although New Moon energies are good for fresh and initiating energy, eclipses tend to put a backward spin on that. The Sun in Scorpio typically allows us to take control of our personal convictions, but an eclipse could thwart those energies, throwing us for a loop. Beware that overt emotions can be masking underlying issues. During the Dark Times, this would be a good time to explore those issues.
Venus enters Capricorn
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 – 3:36 am EST
Hedonistic tendencies tend to be more cautious. Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. It will be easy to remain flirtatious, but find a way to express yourself with an amount of practicality. Innuendos can be a blessing in disguise!
Sun in Scorpio – 13 degrees
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 – 08:00 am EST
To understand how the election will go, we have to examine the 11th House, which rules politics, among other aspects. On this day at the 8th hour EST, the 11th House bears one Planet – retrograde Mercury in Scorpio at 5 degrees.
Mercury in Scorpio keeps our communications secretive and we tend to use innuendos a lot. There is more than one meaning for the way you say something and how it is interpreted. When retrograde, you might want to take the proverbial foot out of your mouth and replace it with the other as utterances will be self-understood of your exact intentions. Your Freudian slip is showing!!
The 11th House is generally ruled by both Saturn and Uranus. Saturn’s placement in Scorpio poses a mysterious energy and retrograde Uranus in Aries throws away the passion of ambition. Regardless of whom you plan to vote for, be wary of slyness and sneakiness. Make your decisions on knowing facts, not the arbitrary notions.
Sun conjuncts Saturn in Scorpio – 14 degrees
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 – 6:18 am EST
Saturn is a very self-disciplined Planet. When it conjuncts the Sun, it allows that self-discipline to be more personal. Scorpio adds an ounce of secrecy and mystery to the mixture. Sometimes we do things out of habit only to find that it slowly becomes a personal tradition. It is not easy to break yourself from any bad habits, especially when you hide it from others. If you are trying to break an old habit and find yourself hiding from others when you do it, maybe it’s time to reconsider asking for assistance. Nobody died from asking for help.
Samhain by Planetary Position
Sun in Scorpio – 15 degrees
Thursday, November 7, 2013 – 1:02 am EST
The Dark Times have already begun and it’s time to introspect and work those Dark Shadows. If you were to look down upon the Solar System and see where the Earth aligns with the Sun and the seasons, today would mark a halfway point between the Fall Equinox and the Winter Solstice. The wintering season begins as the northern hemisphere continues its Journey into darkness. We will reach this same point on the otherside at Imbolc, when the light noticeably begins to return.
Jupiter goes retrograde in Cancer – 20 degrees
Friday, November 8, 2013 – 2:06 am EST
The Planet of expansion will become reclusive for a while. While generosity is on the up and up at face value, there is another reason for the offer. Avoid playing head games with those, whom you would not trust otherwise. Keep your emotions to yourself – do not share your thoughts that may create fodder for shame later.
Mercury goes Direct in Scorpio – 2 degrees
Sunday, November 10, 2013 – 8:28 pm EST
Ah, finally… Communications can go back to being normal. (Normal? Normal is a setting on my dryer!) Those computer malfunctions or testy quirks will soon subside. Mercury will take a stand among the other Planets as the Healing begins. Family squabbles will make amends and friends will return to their favored positions. As Mercury transits thru Scorpio, maintain your ability to express your hidden desires. Allow yourself to open up and be yourself. You can relax again!
Mars in Virgo – 15 degrees
Monday, November 11, 2013 – 00:01 am EST
Armistice Day is a holiday to remember and honor the Veterans and Warriors. It stems from the Nordic Traditions of Einherjar. What was originally known as Armistice Day, is now called Veterans Day and is held on November 11th as a time to remember the fallen Warriors, who have joined the ranks of Valhalla. It is a time to remember and honor those, who have fought at times of war and lost their lives protecting the land they served. It is common practice to drink a toast in their honor.
Mars is the active Planet for Warriors. When in Virgo, this energy can be rather exacting. Although the energy seems to be hectic, there is a certain precision involved.
Neptune goes Direct in Pisces – 2 degrees
Thursday, November 14, 2013 – 3:14 am EST
Anytime a Planet goes direct, there is a sigh of relief. Direct energy puts forth stronger energy from that Planet. However, Neptune is known as the “Pink Fog Machine”, where you get to view the world thru rose-colored glasses. Your world vision may be eschewed. Neptune can be elusive and mystical, but it rules all forms of divination, Mysticism and the Supernatural.
Neptune can promote confusion, vagueness and a lack of clarity when Direct. However, it tends to be compassionate, imaginative and sympathetic overall. Beware of fraud, indecision and chaos, though.
Eclipsed Full Moon in Taurus – 25 degrees
Sunday, November 17, 2013 – 10:15 am EST
In astrology, eclipses are seen by some as portents for natural disasters, most notably earthquakes. The pull of the Sun’s gravity in exact opposition to the Moon’s pull can wreak havoc on the Earth. A Lunar Eclipse simply means that the Moon, Earth and Sun are in exact alignment, making such a force of gravity even stronger. Emotionally, it can wreak just as much havoc on people that it physically does on the Earth. Full Moons produce feelings of confrontations, where two sides oppose each other.
Having the Moon in Taurus can be normally slow and conservative, but when it’s retrograde, this Eclipsed Full Moon could upset the apple cart. Make sure that you make assertive statements that express exactly what you want within a mundane intention. If you leave anything emotional in the request, you might find yourself with a snorting bull ready to fight.
The mid-fall Full Moon is called the Frost Moon and is native to northern tribes of the American continent. It is a time when the frost becomes more obvious in the mornings. The grass is crisp and the car windows need scraped. If you can park your vehicle facing the morning sun, it will alleviate some of that frost on the front windshield. Beaver Moons are more of an English term. Beavers are predominantly active during the darker hours of the night and become more active during this time of year to rebuild their lodges and dams for the winter hibernation period. The Full Moon of November helps them see better for those renovations. Beaver hunters would set traps to capture them. Other Full Moon names include the Snow Moon and Hunter’s Moon.
Sun enters Sagittarius – Happy Birthday, Sagittarius!!
Thursday, November 21, 2013 – 10:37 pm EST
Scorpio is a Fixed Water Sign. So, right away we can see that people born under the Sign of Scorpio tend to be determined, conventional, organizing, dogmatic and consistent. They also have characteristics of being compassionate, sensitive, possessive, placid and intuitive. Traditionally, this Sign is called Scorpius. It is ruled by Mars and Pluto.
Scorpio people are extremely secretive and mysterious. They are quite precise about performing duties accurately and well. They have no fear of death and can be big risk takers. They have magnetic personalities and are well liked by others. It is difficult to insult a Scorpio, because they are so secure in their own rite. Another fact is that they tend to have deep, secret sexual and emotional desires and fantasies. They can be rather kinky and perverse at times.
The Symbol or Glyph of Scorpio is the letter M with a stinger on the end.
Scorpio, the Sign, rules the eighth House of the Zodiac. The Sign helps to define the House as well.
The body parts ruled by Scorpio are the genitals and reproductive organs. Scorpio people are prone to urinary infections and venereal disease. In addition, if they are emotionally volatile, they often become victims of exhaustion and ill health. They tend to wear themselves out with emotional outbursts.
The special color of Scorpio tends to be crimson, burgundy and maroon and the metal most favored is often plutonium.
DANGER: Scorpio people can evoke anger in others by their secretiveness and jealousy. Their sharp, stinging tempers can also enrage others to the point of violence.
Retrograde Jupiter in Cancer – 19 degrees
Thursday, Nov 28 – 00:01 am EST
Thanksgiving is a time when family and friends join together for a moment of familiar fellowship. In the US, it is celebrated officially on the fourth Thursday of November as of 1941. The first Thanksgiving in the US is attributed to the 1621 Plymouth feast. The feast has been celebrated as an annual affair since the Civil War. As a holiday, its origins stem from celebrating the harvest of the year.
The 13th Sign
The 13th Sign has two names; Ophiuchus and/or Serpentarius. It is a combination of a man, Ophiuchus (the snake holder), and the serpent he holds. It is Greek in origin and remains one of the 88 major constellations of the sky. Today the common name is Ophiuchus, but it sometimes is still referred to as Serpentarius.
This Sign stretches between Scorpio and Sagittarius, because of the Serpent. Thus, it shares the Qualities and Elements of both, although it tends to favor the Sagittarius characteristics more. The Sun passes thru Ophiuchus from about November 29th/30th until about December 17th.
People born under the Sign of Ophiuchus tend to have many intuitions and premonitions. They are seekers of peace and harmony. They will often find themselves in a field of healing, like a medical or science doctor where natural-pathic healing is key. They like natural ways of health and healing.
The Symbol or Glyph of Ophiuchus/Serpentarius is a straight line representing the man with a serpentine S entwined representing the snake. OK, so it looks like a simple dollar sign with only one line through the S. There is an arrow point on the head of the S pointing northeast. It resembles the Caduceus with only one snake, not two, entwined.
As the 13th Sign, it doesn’t rule any House of the Zodiac.
There are no body parts ruled by Ophiuchus, but the mind is. Ophiuchus people become more popular among their friends after their death. They are well remembered and adored from the grave. They tend to be independent people, but are always in the world trying to save it from itself somehow.
The special color of Ophiuchus tends to be anything vibrant, especially plaids, and the metal most favored is anything malleable for creativity and structure.
DANGER: People born under this Sign are prone to mental breakdowns and migraines. However, they tend to be elaborate thinkers and healers.
There are no notable Harmonic Concordances, Astro configurations or special Planetary transits at this time.