Relationships, Transformation and Empowerment – This Week’s Astrology

“And all the obstacles along the way
Sometimes may feel so tremendous
There are guides and spirits all along the way
Who will befriend us.” Van Morrison

“Evaluating our beliefs is a spiritual and biological necessity. Our physical bodies, minds and spirits all require new ideas in order to thrive.” Caroline Myss

Starhawk, the author and visionary activist on the forefront of the Goddess movement, some years ago organized a group of  activists to occupy the  site of a soon to be built nuclear power plant on the ocean in California. The activists regarded the land there, including the hill that towered over it, as sacred. Their objections to the nuclear plant had a spiritual component as well as a physical one.

On the first day of the occupation they were arrested by the police on the beach and carted off to jail.  That night, after securing their release, they used Tarot Card readings to determine the best path back over the hill in order to access the site without detection from the authorities.

As they hiked up a different path the next day, a wolf howled near them. Starhawk intuited that the wolf’s cry was a warning to them that the authorities were close by and they adjusted their path and made it back to the beach.

The goddess of the Dark Moon, Lillith is strong in the sky now, being in close conjunction to Mars, the god associated with action and assertiveness. The Dark Moon Lillith often creates a void – a liminal place on the journey to a different kind of knowing where often, intuition and the tools of intuition, like the Tarot deck can provide vision that is not available to the conscious mind.

We are in such a time this week both personally and collectively. And like the Moon card in the Tarot deck which shows wolves  howling on each side of the visible path ahead, in the course of evolution, you can always pause and rethink your strategy when things start to feel too challenging.

Pluto, the god of power and transformation continues to be a strong force in the sky both personally and collectively. This week he forms an aspect to Ceres, the goddess associated with nurturing. It is a reminder of the importance of self care during  liminal times and times of transition. This aspect, which is involved in a yod formation (10/17- 10/27)  bodes well for shadow work – uncovering what you have not seen or had projected in relationship. The yod is a configuration which requires constant adjustment and with Venus retrograde until November 16 it’s wise to remember it’s a process. A good time to review, reflect and reconsider.

The Sabian symbol for the Dark Moon Lillith this week is,” During a silent hour a woman receives information which may change her life.”

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