The week begins with Halloween on the 31st, or All Hallows Eve. Too bad for the children, since they really would love Halloween on a weekend! However, what is Halloween? Traditionally it is the Eve of All Saints’ Day. In the Latin culture, it is the Day of the Dead, people visit their loved ones’ graves, leave treats and cakes for the departed spirits, festoon Marigolds wherever possible and we see skulls placed here and there in a celebratory fashion. Whether you just go trick or treating, or, leave treats at the grave of loved ones, it is the part of the year to remember those that are departed, possibly helped us along the way, and maybe left too soon. Regardless, they left a big hole in our psyches with the passing. I don’t think this is something often done in the American culture, but I do think it is important to honor those we remember.
Honoring those departed is often relegated to days like Memorial Day or Veterans Day, but very rarely do we honor those same people in the season when the Sun passes through the sign of Scorpio, ruled by Pluto, who was the ruler of the unseen world. It is perhaps a better time in which to do this as we are getting closer and closer to Winter Solstice which is the coldest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, around December 21. It is also a really good time, particularly in the US, as we move closer and closer to next week’s election, to remember those who gave a lot for our democracy and the freedoms we so enjoy in our country. Remember the good things from the past, what those wise people did, how they often did so much without a lot of fanfare, or acknowledgement, or, comfort, or, support. They were people doing their duty without accolades, “for the people and by the people.”
Important moment to note this coming weekend: One of the major things of the week occurs near or on the weekend, when transit Saturn at 14º Sagittarius 49′ is in what we tech types call the solstice position or Antiscia to transiting Pluto at 15º Capricorn 19′. Keeping it simple, those two numbers add up to 30º – they are complementary points in the zodiac and Saturn/Pluto solstices act as though they are lined up in the sky like Saturn/Pluto conjunctions. They can herald a lifestyle change, a sudden transformation, even a compulsive obsessive energy. It is not comfortable. It is a concentration of power requiring kid gloves or there is a great backlash.
Since Saturn is about responsibility and is brutal if one avoids responsibility (the karmic backlash of non-responsibility), power plays can arise when Saturn is aligned with Pluto in this very rare moment. This occurs on the USA rising sign, this coming weekend which reflects our identity as a nation, the outlook of our people as a nation, the general health of a nation, and the health and well-being of the tax paying citizens. It’s time for the USA to move past our adolescent phase and become adults — and we will over the course of the next 5 to 7 years.
The 2017 Starcycles Cheat Sheet is here! In addition to the useful graph of all the Retrogrades, Eclipses, and related shadow points, there’s a full page about this year’s upcoming planetary cycles.