Steve Nelson, “Mythic Astrologer” and good friend of “The Shift Doctors” (Tracy Latz, M.D. & Marion Ross, Ph.D.), returns to share his wisdom. Steve is an astrologer who follows a Jungian mythological tradition. He was raised by a part Cherokee shaman Aunt Maude who learned much of her lore from Molly Runningwolf, the mother of Amanita Sequoyah, the last Cherokee medicine man officially recognized by the Eastern Tribe. Steve’s Indian name is Steven Red Wolf, his lineage is of the wolf clan, one of the 7 tribal groups of the Cherokee. Steve follows many of the Cherokee traditions especially as these relate to celebrations, the use of ritual fire and star lore. For more information about Steve Nelson see www.GaiaAstrology.com
After the great storm, the world begins anew, this is the month everything changes. Nov 1-7 is Celtic New Year and it is the Egyptian Isia when Osiris is restored to life and a new cycle of creation begins. According to Tolkien’s Chronology of the Great Year (see Lord of the Rings: Return of the King), the Ring War ends and a new world begins Nov 3. The ‘ring’ is the ring of power to be broken in this time. The pattern of the new creation is revealed as we look within to discover our own unique note in the chord of the new creation. After the Nov 13 solar eclipse we all come to discover our own story line and from our unique vantage the whole story becomes clear.
The Isia is a 7-day ritual drama when Isis and her companions gather the pieces of the slain Osiris and restore him to life. Now the essential myths of all time come to life and are reintegrated like the many parts of Osiris being rejoined. In the Egyptian myth it is Isis who gathers the scattered pieces of Osiris and restores him to life. So in our present era it is the new woman who gathers the essential elements of spiritual nature and joins these together in a new integral myth for our time.
It is better to trust our heart and intuition rather than thoughts and external communications while Mercury is retrograde from Nov 6 until Nov 17 when the New Mercury cycle begins. Then a new magic enters our world and our minds are reformed fit for the new time.
A solar eclipse is Mother Nature’s most powerful editing tool. When an eclipse occurs above, things get eclipsed in the world below. As well as eclipsing old patterns of being this eclipse encodes a new creation story, Leading up to a solar eclipse outmoded patterns of thought and behavior are highlighted as shadows of our psychic nature come up to be transformed. Solar eclipses are opportunities to eliminate patterns of being that trouble our world. It is time to let go what stands in way of dreams being realized. The more old patterns are eliminated, the more psychic energy is set free for new creation. The energy freed from the old patterns breaking reconstellates toward intentions brought forward in the weeks following the eclipse.
The Druids built fires and beat drums after a solar eclipse to restore natural order and power on a new mythic story. The Nov 13 Total Eclipse of the Sun sets the stage for Winter Solstice Dec 21 when a great cycle ends and the world becomes transformed. It’s not the end of the world, it’s a new world beginning.
Hallowmas / Celtic New Year / The Isia Nov 1-7 – Spiritual Reunion
This is traditionally a time to renew ancestral power by recalling those who have gone before. It is time for the rejoining of the sacred circle and renewal of the light within that will emerge triumphant in the coming Spring. The Isia is a 7 day ritual drama when Isis and her 5 companions gather the pieces of the slain Osiris and restore him to life.
3rd Quarter Moon, Nov 5-8 (exact 7:36 pm 11/6) – Realizing Dreams
This Moon cuts away all that distracts from putting dreams into action, Sun trine Jupiter powers our dreams. 3rd Quarter Moon integrates new ideas into creative expression; it’s time to follow our bliss and do what feels good in concert with the whole.
Mercury Retrograde, Nov 6 (6:04 pm) – Nov 17 (11:00 am) – Completion and Clearing
These 11 days (until 11 am Nov 17) are ideal for finishing up old business but not for beginning new. Old patterns of thinking that inhibit soul expression are exposed and transmuted as Mercury moves retrograde in Scorpio now. This clearing is augmented while Mercury is stationary all day and evening Nov 6. Simplifying communications and eliminating mental clutter helps open to new possibilities coming through. It’s time to clear the way for a new state of mind that comes with the New Mercury Nov 17.
Hallowmas / Samhain / Celtic New Year, November 7 – Happy New Year!
Hallowmas is one of 8 fire festivals celebrated at equinoxes, solstices and cross-quarter days. These are times when change comes more easily to our inner and outer world. The Celts celebrated their New Year on Nov 7 when the Sun is at the Autumn cross-quarter. Fixed sign midpoints fix or focus energy for the coming season; mid-Scorpio forecasts what will be in Winter and the coming year. Mid-Scorpio’s solar gate is the creative source of the year. At this time the astral veil is thinnest and shadows of the past (year and lifetimes) are revealed and transformed opening way for the future to be.
The Nov 7 mid-Scorpio solar gate is the station of the angel Gabriel who blows the horn of divine judgment calling forth the essence of our being from the tombs of old ways. Mid-Scorpio is the Ace of Cups in Tarot and Ace of Hearts in playing cards. All that would block hearts from loving comes before this gate to be cleared. Astral shadows are dispelled and love is born anew. The Ace of Cups of Mid-Scorpio is symbolized by the witch’s Cauldron and it is the Holy Grail that gives to each according to their need.
Bubble, bubble, bubble, no more toil and trouble!
Good Fortune and a Love that’s true, abiding Luck I wish for you.
Out with the Old and in with the New, Blessings Be in this Witch’s Brew!
Balsamic Moon, Nov 9-11 – Make a Wish!
This is the Wishing Moon, the best time to put wishes on the air. It is also called the Witches Moon, a time to bring to mind those who need healing.
Feeling invokes healing, the deeper we feel, the deeper we heal and the more Moon magic is invoked for the new cycle. Shadows before New Moon are transformed through deep breathing with attention to the light of the crown. See the wee waning crescent rising with Venus (Love!) before the Sun.
Dark of Moon/Eclipse of the Sun, Nov 12-14 – Going Within, Discovering
The day before New Moon until Sunset a day after is ideal for inner work to release shadows of the past and seed the new cycle; outer activity is favored after the new lunar crescent appears. This New Moon Solar Eclipse (exact 5:08 pm 11/13) is a cosmic spring that flows freely as we just slow down. Nostradamus calls New Moon “the day of Diana, a time for silent rest.” A Solar Eclipse is like a psychic black hole, like Alice’s rabbit hole. Many wonders await our following the Moon Hare within. Here we can know what is and how to shape what’s to be.
New Mercury, Nov 17 (10:47 am) – Think and Create Anew
Mercury crosses between Earth and Sun beginning a new 4-month cycle of communication, invention and commerce. Mind and magic are reborn. This Scorpio New Mercury brings a special magic to power and realize our dreams. We have the next 3 months to bring this new magic to Earth.
Crescent New Moon, Nov 14-18 – A Time to Sow
It’s time to bring forward what we wish to be realized. Farmers plant seeds when the crescent appears, seeds become fertile on every level, all new beginnings are favored now. Meditation opens doorways, wishes take wing, prayers bring blessings for this Moon and the New Year to be.
1st Quarter Moon, Nov 19-22 (exact 9:30 am 11/20) – Time to Choose
This Moon is like a scythe cutting across the sky, it’s a time to cut free from the trappings of the past and affirm our purpose moving forward. Sacred to the Druids, this Moon phase is pivotal in the cycle of creation. Choices made now are likely the right ones. Breathing deeply through the light of the crown frees energy flow up and down to clear shadows and power dreams.
Gate of Inspiration, Nov 21-22 (5pm – 5 pm) – Open to Receive
A Muse Gate opens every 40 days, 9 each year. [For more information on the Nine Gates of Inspiration see nine-gates-of-inspiration-access-to-interdimensional-portals .] Whatever blocks our flow comes before the Gate to be let go. Cerridwen stirs her cauldron for a year and day to brew the “greal” of Inspiration. 9 maidens, the Muses, alternate their breaths to keep her magic fire burning. Euterpe is the muse of music and “bringer of pleasure.” This is a time to release body tensions that hold old ways of thinking and feeling. Breathe deeply and move freely (dance!) to shed the old and open to the magic of the new time.
Thanksgiving, Nov 25 – Family Gathering, Celebration, Gratitude
Thanksgiving is always celebrated in fun-loving Sagittarius on a Thursday, the day of Jupiter (or Thor), the ruler of Sagittarius. Jupiter is the planet of enjoyment, joviality, and good cheer. Enjoy!
Sun in Sagittarius Full Moon, Nov 26-30 – Transformation and Liberation
The Cherokee call this Bounding Bush Moon because it brings awareness of the cosmic World Tree, the Winter Solstice and Galactic Center Dec 21.
Each Full Moon brings revelation and opportunities for healing body, mind and soul. The Full Moon is a pitcher that pours out a magic elixir we raise our cups to receive. Cosmic energies flow for 3 days following Full Moon (exact 9:46 am Nov 28). Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters and flashes of inspiration. Stay tuned!
Steve Nelson is a professional astrologer who uses Tarot, name analysis, and traditional astrology to help clients understand personal myths and realize natural abilities. Find out more about him at his website www.gaiaastrology.com
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