Alacazem 2009.11.19

Alacazem 2009.11.19

November 19 to 26, 2009

Visible Planets: Morning: Venus, Mars and Saturn    Evening: Jupiter

Grace, Gratitude and Thanksgiving

grace n 1. unmerited divine assistance given man for his regeneration or sanctification b: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace c: a virtue coming from God
gratitude n [fr Latin gratus grateful] (1565): the state of being grateful]: THANKFULNESS
thankful adj (12c): conscious of benefit received or < for what we are about to receive >
thanksgiving n (1533) 1: the act of giving thanks 2: a prayer expressing gratitude 3: a public celebration of divine goodness
Thanksgiving Day n (1674) 1: a day appointed for giving thanks for divine goodness: as a: the fourth Thursday in November observed as a legal holiday in the U.S. b: the second Monday in October observed as a legal holiday in Canada

Archer For me, the holiday season begins when the Sun enters Sagittarius, which – in the western world’s Julian calendar – takes place each year on or near Nov. 21st. Sagittarius is the zodiac’s 9th sign and third fire sign. It is mutable in modality and positive in polarity, ruled by Jupiter and symbolized by the mythical centaur – an athletic, primal yet intellectual, half-man/half-horse – shooting an arrow in to the cosmos.

Here in the U.S., Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday – which synchronistically happens to be Jupiter’s day – of November. The earliest possible date for it to fall is on Nov. 22nd and the latest date is Nov. 28th, guaranteeing us that this quintessentially Sagittarian holiday will take place in Sagittarius every year over and over, again and again, forever and ever. Thank goodness!

225px-The_First_Thanksgiving_Jean_Louis_Gerome_Ferris Enthusiastic, optimistic, philanthropic, expansive, excitable, jovial and generous, the Sagittarius archetype is a perfect fit for the Thanksgiving model. The often overwhelming abundance of food, the friendly camaraderie and the generosity of spirit is classic Sagittarius, and it typifies the American predilection for gathering friends and family in a seasonal feast of harvest and ritual of thanksgiving. As the opening door to the holidays, Sagittarius and Thanksgiving welcome in the generosity of spirit and over-the-top displays and spending that characterize the largesse and grandiosity of Jupiter – the ancient Greek’s ruler of the heavens and western astrology’s planet of good luck, good fortune and good works.

May we experience the grace of gratitude and the magic of giving as we awaken to and explore the divine and miraculous within and all around us. As above, so below. Merry Sagittarius and Happy Thanksgiving!

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr.19)
The Sun enters fellow fire-sign Sagittarius on Nov. 21st and opens the door on a zodiac month of inspired action and enthusiastic effort. Whatever your hopes and dreams, now is the time to buckle down and pursue them. Determination, self-discipline and focus are allies. Go in directions that nurture and sustain good health. Perseverance furthers.

(Apr. 20-May 20)
Romantic relationships or partnership commitments may be at odds with professional goals and responsibilities this week, but it’s all good. Balance work with pleasure and make sure you’re taking care of the basics. You may feel attracted to someone or something mysterious and intriguing. Investigate options and examine motives. Clarify intentions and go forth.
(May 21-June 21)
The last six months have served as a process of self-awakening, self-care and self-renewal. Now that you’ve done your homework, adjusted your attitude and committed to self-improvement, it’s time to share and pair. Daily routines, health as a priority and a practice of self-love laced with humility guarantees success. Expand your heart and explore the world.

(June 22-July 22)
Solar rays illuminate efforts toward self-improvement. The Sagittarius zodiac month encourages sacrifice, humility and good old-fashioned hard work. Take a realistic look at how you show up for yourself and others.
It’s time to transform yourself and your life. Find the best within and follow your heart. Accept responsibility and change what you can.

Leo (July 23-Aug.22)
A Venus/Jupiter square in fixed signs pushes buttons and pulls heartstrings this week. Spend quality time with quality people, entertain at home and be intimate with loved ones. The cosmos favors generosity of spirit, compassion and an expanded worldview – from your own backyard. You needn’t go far to find happiness. Count your blessings.

(Aug. 23-Sep.22)
The Sun enters your solar 4th house of family of origin issues this week, focusing attention on parental roles, modeled behavior and childhood learning. It’s time to open your heart and forgive yourself and others for whatever you wish had been different. It’s essential to be here now, embrace the present and accept everything as it is. To thine own self be true.

(Sep. 23-Oct.22)
Mental realms ignite as the Sun enters your 3rd house of perception, thought and communication. Curiosity fuels the carriage; travel literally or figuratively in the quest of knowledge and information. Ask questions and question answers. This is an excellent time to start a journal, plan a journey or research subjects of interest. Cultivate artistic talents, create!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Voluptuous Venus moves through the middle degrees of your sign this week, shining her velvety light upon young and old. Others see you as beautiful, seductive and intriguing. Your charismatic charm is magnetic, attracting all shapes and sizes. Utilize this power with wisdom and humility. Cultivate compassion and maintain healthy boundaries. Enjoy.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20)
Your happy birthday month begins when the Sun enters Sagittarius on Nov. 21st. It’s time to celebrate life! Look around and count your blessings. Take care of what needs to be taken care of. Ask for guidance and direction from the angelic realms, say your prayers and be especially kind to women and girls. Open your heart to love and follow the light.

(Dec. 21-Jan. 19)
Master Teacher Saturn now in Libra continues squaring powerful Pluto in Capricorn, forcing you to face issues of professional partnership and personal achievement. Who do you honor and respect? What messages did you get from your parents regarding self-worth and success? Are you living up to your potential? Focus on personal responsibility and stay the course.

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Jovial Jupiter in your sign squares voluptuous Venus in Scorpio this week, presenting you with some very seductive options and opportunities. Whether it’s romance or finance, be aware that your own personal actions and efforts are bound to pay off handsomely. In other words, be pro-active and go in the directions that feel best. Travel a path of heart.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)
The Sagittarius sun-time shines light upon career and professional achievement for the Fish. Are you swimming in murky water or diving too deep when it comes to commitment and responsibility? Or are you avoiding both? Whatever your circumstance and situation, take a good look at desire and performance. It’s time to do what you love.

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @

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