Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Happy All Hallow's Eve!!! (It's a ten-day affair, don'tcha know?)

I'm so excited. We're coming upon my favourite day of the year - October 31. Hallowe'en!!! This is the one day of the year when I feel that I can truly be myself...witchy ho that I am. hahahaha

Pagan New Year or Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The day that marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the long, cold winter. The day in which the division between the living and the dead was paper-thin...or non-existent, depending who you ask.

Is it just me or was this Mercury Retrograde in Libra (ruled by Venus in Scorpio) some heavy stuff? We're only just into full-on Mercury Direct (at full speed). Ugh. And we won't get into new intellectual territory until October 30. Regurgitating what has come before. Sweet Lord. Just in time for All Hallow's Eve. The dark creepy crawlies are ready and waiting.

We've also got a couple of other astro events going on between now and then:

The Sun enters Scorpio tomorrow evening. Retracing and bringing to our conscious awareness what Venus and then Mars have been up to in the sign. Digging up shizzle de dizzle in our relations with others and with our soul selves.

Chiron goes direct in Aquarius October 25.

New Moon in Scorpio October 28.

And Juno (soul mate asteroid) conjoins Pluto at the 29th degree of Sagittarius on October 30.

These are some interesting times, all right.

The Juno-Pluto connection at the 29th degree of Sagittarius is especially interesting to me. If you were going to die...if death were palpable...you could smell the breath of the reaper...what would you do? WHAT...WOULD...YOU...DO??!?!

The connections being made around that time have very much to do with what you wanted to do with this lifetime - what you wanted to do before you died. The weight of cultural detritus you wanted to shed, the crystallized belief systems you wanted to be reborn from, the raw, ultimate truth for which you wanted to stand.

Your soul mates could be helping you to get to a ground zero point related to that stuff...or you could be helping them...probably a combination of the two. We are helping each other to complete what needed to be completed during Pluto in Sagittarius - the purging and regeneration of our cultural/religious/educational belief systems...our concepts of "truth."

Stripping down to only the soul-level imperatives, nothing more. Stripping the excesses of the entire Pluto in Sagittarius regime. And beyond.

Scorpio is all about purging those things that reek of death, those things that will hold us back and kill us on a soul level, drawing us into the mesmerizing black. It does this to get to vitality, to the energy and evolutionary imperatives propelling us forward.

With Chiron going direct, we are purging that which has wounded us in the past, on our way to the future. When we KNEW what was going to happen but couldn't get anyone to believe us. When we were vilified as crazy oddballs and had to see the downfall that could have been avoided, if only...

We're breaking the dynamics that hold us to that past.

With Juno involved, our current soul mates and past soul mates (ancestors) are helping us. We're the living. We're bringing about what generation after generation have desired to bring about. A world that works for everyone, in which every living thing is honoured.

Aren't we special? And honoured. We're the living, breathing ones who are releasing the horrors of the past, healing it, by bringing about a present and future we've ALL wanted to live.

A lot of responsibility, but also a lot of satisfaction if we manage it. We release generation after generation from the burden of suffering.

Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, which is related to the concept of luck.

But let me ask you: is it luck that brings us to this point? Or is it the vision and faith of generations? Is it the bone-wearying work of those who have come before us? Whose work we now take up and continue as our own? I'm not sure luck has all that much to do with it. More like painstaking preparation.

This Hallowe'en, let's honour the day for what it truly is. Let's remember all those who have come before us, all those whose wisdom has guided us through the dark nights of our own souls and the dark night of the collective soul. Let's fall down on our knees and thank that which has reached up through our DNA and whispered in our ears that we are loved, that we are honoured for the struggles we take up, that we are part of something bigger than just our personal lives. Let's light a candle, as so many others have, and honour this day and these people, of which we are a part.

Happy Hallowe'en.

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