Halloween, celebrated on the last day of October, is a day set aside each year when children are indulged with sweets for confronting their fears and bravery by going up against that which frightens us most: death. Halloween comes out of ancient celebrations that has its roots in the stars. It began thousands of years ago as a celebration of the “cross-quarter” day that marks the half-way point between an equinox and solstice.
Halloween is a modern day equivalent of a Gaelic festival called Samhain, a traditional celebration that began with mummers (performers in costume) and bonfires that marked the end of harvest season and the beginning of the darker part of the year, Winter.
The tradition has been watered down over the years, and these days children in fanciful costumes scour the neighborhood threatening to play tricks to neighbors and begging for treats while the pumpkins light up the night. Hence, “Trick or treat.”
In the olden days, Samhain coincided with the midnight culmination of the Pleiades star cluster, known as the “Seven Sisters.” It was thought to be a time when the veil between two worlds was at the thinnest layer. The next day, November 1st, is “All Saints Day” when we pray to have blessings from the Saints to remove us from the darkness into the Light.
Overall, November appears to be a mellower month than the past two months have been. Many of us have our minds on the upcoming US Presidential Election, on Tuesday of next week. The action planet Mars moves into Aquarius on Election Day, November 8th, and that can mean “expect the unexpected.” Whoever wins the election, there is sure to be a bit of upset and chaos right after the winner is announced.
November is National Caregivers Month
The Moon moves into enthusiastic Sagittarius to begin the month. At the same time, the Sun is in a harmonious trine to psychic Neptune. All of this positive energy helps you open to a higher vision for your life. Be willing to step away from the busyness of your daily life to see the higher picture.
By Wednesday, talkative Mercury is in harmony with powerful Pluto. This helps you communicate your ideas in a way that helps everyone go beyond a superficial approach to life into the heart of the matter. It is also a good energy for problem solving or research.
Friday is a great day for a party as relationship planet Venus is in harmony with “I’ll try anything once” Uranus. But you don’t need to worry about getting carried away because the Moon is in practical Capricorn until Sunday morning. Handle this combination by having some fun on Friday, particularly by doing something out of your ordinary routine, and then get something practical and tangible accomplished on Saturday, like running your errands or cleaning the house.
Remember to turn your clocks back Saturday night/Sunday morning. (Spring ahead and Fall back.) Sunday begins with the Sun rising one (clock) hour earlier, making it easier to get up in the morning. However, darkness will set in one hour earlier in the evening, around five o’clock PM.
The Moon moves into Aquarius early Sunday morning through midday Tuesday, Election Day. This is a friendly and idealistic energy. It brings those light conversations with people you know by their first name and like to share with on an intellectual level. It also gives us improved technology with an eye on the future.