At the Mirk & Midnight Hour
SAMHAIN: CROSS-QUARTER STATION OF THE SUN November 6-7, 2017
Here we are approaching another turning of the wheel of the year: dark Scorpio's own solar festival, Samhain, is upon us. Marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter here in the north, at Samhain (pronounced SAH-win or SOW-in) we dive into the darkest months of the year. One of four Celtic solar festivals, or "cross-quarter" days, along with Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnassadh, as the year gives way to the dark of winter here, those south of the equator are celebrating Beltane, the beginning of the growing season.
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A Balance of Light THE LIBRA EQUINOX Sept 22, 2017
When the Sun enters Libra, we arrive at a time when day and night throughout the world are nearly the same length, as close to perfectly equal light as we get. At this time, the apparent path of the Sun crosses the celestial equator (the Earth's equator extended out into space) on its way south. As the Sun crosses this line, dark begins to overcome light in the north. From this moment of Libra equilibrium, the Sun drops toward one of two culmination points in the year, its southern extreme marked by the December solstice. Here, north of the equator, we are entering the coldest, darkest half of the year, while the south is rolling towards summer.
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The Flowers and Fruits of Our Labor
LUGHNASADH: CROSS-QUARTER STATION OF THE SUN August 7, 2017
How did July slip by so fast! The wheel of the year is turning once again, and we are fast approaching another seasonal milestone, the midpoint between solstice and equinox. One of the four "cross quarter" days which, along with the solstices and equinoxes, mark the progression of the Sun, the seasonal shifts of the year. Maybe it's my age, a well-seasoned 57, but it does seem like these milestones come and go in a flash. Time keeps zooming by faster and faster.
This year's Lughnasadh is particularly powerful as it coincides exactly with an eclipse, adding an even stronger emphasis on the notion of "reaping what one has sown." The day the Sun reaches that magical midpoint, August 7th, we will also arrive at the Aquarius Full Moon and partial lunar eclipse. Also adding to the wild intensity right now is Mars, which conjoined the Leo New Moon just over a week ago, and is still very close to the Sun, further stirring up the choppy waters and upheaval that you must be noticing in your neck of the woods as I am definitely seeing in mine.
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Rìo Abajo Rìo THE LEO NEW MOON July 23, 2017
This is the first of two Leo New Moons in a row, the second of which will be a kick-ass solar eclipse we'll be able to see here in North America. So we've got one New Moon coming soon at the very beginning of Leo, the other at the tail end. A powerful emphasis on one sign with an eclipse and a double lunation. Leo is an critical force for growth and development for us all right now. So what does this mean?
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The Way Through It THE CANCER NEW MOON June 23-24, 2017
Overall, the lesson of Cancer — which becomes the cosmic assignment for all of us when a New Moon falls in this sign — is to learn how to better balance the emotions with the intellect, not confuse the two so much. For what is felt or intuited must not automatically be given relevance and power (nor dismissed out of hand either). Cancer individuals, along with the other sensitive water signs, Scorpio and Pisces, often have that difficulty because they are so powerfully intuitive and so often correct. Regardless though of one's psychic batting average, it is important to remember that feelings are sometimes picked up from who knows where and not necessarily connected with anything to do with us. With a New Moon in Cancer we will be challenged to harness our sensitivity without being at its mercy, and not as easily blown off-kilter by whatever storms may be brewing within OR around us.
And storms are definitely brewing....