Our guest blogger is Stephanie Austin M.A. She is a professional astrologer specializing in life purpose, career, and relationship readings since 1986. She also teaches astrology and writes the New and Full Moon column for the Mountain Astrologer Magazine. Her background includes a bachelor's degree in Psychology, a master's in Consciousness Studies, and a lifelong involvement with meditation, Nature, and healing. For more information on her astrology readings, eBooks, tutorials, and forecasts, please visit www.EcoAstrology.com.
November 6: Ceres turns direct 16º Pisces
November 9: Neptune turns direct at 28º Aquarius
November 10: Full Moon 12:16 PM PST at 18º Taurus-Scorpio
Chiron turns direct 1º Pisces; Mars in Virgo until July 3, 2012
November 11: 11-11-11 Stargate
November 9, 2011
Every ending is a beginning. The wheel of life keeps turning. Consciousness is ever expanding, spiraling into new quadrants of creation. As the electromagnetic fields and frequencies of our Sun and Earth change, our perception of reality changes also. Our capacity to access higher dimensions is increasing. We are remembering that we are multidimensional beings; that there are infinite levels of existence beyond a dualistic, 3D view of reality. Notice how different the world looks when you focus on your heart, as opposed to your solar plexus or root chakra. For a delightful illustration of the relationship between dimensions and perspectives, watch the award-winning animation Flatland, adapted from Edwin Abbott’s classic novella (trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8oiwnNlyE4) or Dr. Quantum visits Flatland at http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=BWyTxCsIXE4. Read Dan Eden's fascinating article on "Are Humans Really Beings of Light?" at http://viewzone2.com/dnax.html.
Several astrological alignments and shifts indicate we have reached a crucial juncture. The next full moon peaks on the eve of 11/11/11, a date of great numerological significance, and coincides with Ceres, Neptune, and Chiron ending their retrograde phases. Humanity has arrived at a long-prophesied crossroads, a quantum splitting of the worlds — one world where we awaken to our divinity, the other where we remain in duality. Do we choose the red pill, or the blue? Do we ascend into unity, or remain in “The Matrix” of separation? The light of the full moon reveals where we are, and where we are choosing to go.
This full moon peaks at 18º Taurus-Scorpio. In Taurus, we discover what really matters, what is worth our time, energy, and money. In Scorpio, we learn to face and feel everything; we realize that everything changes. Taurus, an earth sign, is concerned with building a balanced relationship to the physical plane: being in touch with our bodies and the Earth, possessing a healthy sense of self-worth, and sustainably supporting ourselves. Scorpio, a water sign, dives into the alchemical cauldron of relationship, discovering the power of emotions, fear, and the unconscious, and how to align our feelings with our actions. Full moons also highlight the shadow side of each sign, as well as its spiritual tasks. The dark side of Taurus can be simplistic, materialistic, and unwilling to change. Scorpio’s dark side can be manipulative, obsessive, and unable to trust.
Just as each sign of the zodiac symbolizes a vital stage in an archetypal cycle of development, each number represents a fundamental frequency of creation. Double-digit numbers, like 11, 22, 33, and 44, are known as “master” numbers, which relate to dimensions beyond the physical plane. The number 1 is similar to the first sign of Aries, in that it symbolizes the beginning of self-consciousness; the number 11 represents its higher octave, the emergence of enlightened or Christ consciousness. Thus, 11/11/11 represents a spiritual initiation and gateway, offering extraordinary support for profoundly transformative meditations, group prayers, and mass awakenings. For more on the power of 11/11/11 and how to work with it, visit www.crystalinks.com/11.11.html and the links in the Resources section below.
Three celestial bodies complete their yearly retrograde phases within a few days of this full moon, providing a cosmic green light to take a big step forward. Ceres turned direct on November 6 at 16° Pisces, signaling a readiness to fully live what we learned since she stationed retrograde at 1ºAries on June 26. While retrograde, Ceres guided us to deepen our inner listening and turn our compassionate, nurturing energies toward ourselves as well as others. On November 9, Neptune turns direct at 28° Aquarius, and the next day, November 10, Chiron turns direct at 1º Pisces. The ending of their yearly retrogrades, which began on June 2 at 1º Pisces and on June 8 at 6º Pisces, respectively, amplifies celestial support for ascension in consciousness and collaboration on a larger scale than ever before.
This full moon also aspects the ongoing square between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries, intensifying drives for liberty, justice, and reform. Mars, which signifies personal will and is the lower octave of Pluto, further amplifies the Uranus–Pluto square, forming first a quincunx to Uranus (exact on November 12 at 1° Virgo–Aries) and then a trine to Pluto (November 23 at 6° Virgo–Capricorn). Mars also trines Jupiter (exact on November 16 at 3° Virgo–Taurus), generating a grand earth trine throughout the second half of November, fueling optimism, inventiveness, and the drive to resolve long-standing issues. Only eight hours after the peak of this full moon, Mars begins an extended passage through Virgo; due to its approaching retrograde, Mars remains in the 6th sign of health, healing, and service until July 3, 2012, shifting our attention from focusing on criticism to discernment, from wanting to be right to wanting to be helpful, spurring us to improve or release what’s not effective or relevant.
Each of us has our own individual journey, as well as a vital role to play in the evolution of humankind. How we experience this momentous time of transition depends on the choices we make moment to moment. We awaken breath by breath, step by step, heart by heart. The next few days offer extraordinary energy downloads. Listen to your body and intuition as to how to best receive them. Much is happening on subtle levels that may not become physically visible for some time. Just as a newly planted seed takes time to sprout, we are germinating a new paradigm, a new world, a new reality. We are the ever new faces, fingers, and frontiers of the cosmos. Use the solar and galactic tailwinds of these wondrous times to take a giant step forward on your path, and remember: “You grow to heaven. You don’t go to heaven.” (Edgar Cayce)