Alacazem 2010.11.18

Alacazem 2010.11.18

November 18 to 25, 2010
Visible Planets: Morning: Venus and Saturn  Evening: Mercury, Mars and Jupiter

Scorpio/Taurus Full Moon: Gifts of Gratitude and Grace

Magic sunset2 I don’t know how many of you get up early enough to see the magnificently brilliant planet Venus rising in the predawn darkness as a morning star. But what a blessing for those who do! And for those of you who haven’t witnessed this stunning celestial sight, it’s something you should really, really, really try to see. This week Venus – the Earth’s closest planet next to its satellite, the Moon – is riveting in its beauty, exceptionally bright in magnitude and so big, it looks like a UFO. And there’s also something magical about rising before dawn, watching the eastern sky grow slowly turquoise, pink and crimson. The quiet peace and tranquility, the twinkling stars, the phenomenal cosmic world – before the hustle and bustle of cars and trucks – it embraces the spirit and centers the soul. Great way to start the day – in synch with the Universe.

And once the day begins, the people move, coffee brews and we get ready for our daily tasks, routines and responsibilities. And it’s good. It’s Thanksgiving week and the Moon grows full – we are bringing another lunar cycle to a close. Reaching fruition on Nov. 21st @ 10:27 am MST at 29º18’ Scorpio/Taurus, this is the second of five Full Moons in a row that form at the last degree of a sign. And just as each of the 12 signs of the zodiac represent a universal cycle of development, so do the 30 degrees of each sign. Early degrees are similar to the zodiac’s first signs and symbolize birth, initiation and new phases of development. Later degrees resonate with the energies of completion, evolution and resolution.

Moonrise1 That said, our Thanksgiving week’s Scorpio/Taurus Full Moon combines spirituality and physicality, reminding us that health is wealth. To achieve a healthy relationship with the physical world, we must balance our carnal appetites and material desires with spiritual practice and intellectual pursuit. For all of us, this is a time to see the interconnected relationship between body, mind and spirit. To understand, accept and embrace the wisdom of holistic thinking, living and being. In the quest to find love, beauty and wealth for ourselves, we encounter and interact with others.  As we come to value and believe in our personal talents, we reach out and share them with the world. And, this is the magical essence of this lunation: share your beauty and bounty with each and every person, place, plant, rock and creature you encounter. Count your blessings and recognize the power of “thanks giving.” Give thanks. Be kind to your body, free your spirit and nurture your soul.

Happy Thanksgiving week and lunar fruition. May you be blessed with the knowledge of truth, the gift of gratitude and the peace of grace.

Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19)
Full Moon light illuminates the conditions and qualities of your relationships to and with the physical world. You are no doubt looking at earnings and income, food and shelter – the basic needs and wants of life. Keep it simple, take it one day and one step at a time. Keep financial equations in balance and focus on progress. You can do it – just do it.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)
The Taurus/Scorpio full Moon is a lunation of great power and manifestation for the Bull. Family relationships and issues of hearth and home take priority as Vesta and the Sun conjoin in Scorpio. Mother, wife, daughter, sister – the feminine rules supreme. Stay calm and balance emotions with patience. Acceptance is the answer. Live and let live.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)
You may feel somewhat nostalgic or sentimental as the Moon grows full in Taurus. Invisible, metaphysical realms are more vibrant and alive as leaves swirl and nights grow long. Take time out or off to focus on peace, prayer and meditation. Relax completely. Listen to the sounds of silence. Spirits and spiritual messages are everywhere. Stop, look and see.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
With all the planets – except the Moon – in collective signs, you may be feeling alone and lost amidst the hustle and bustle of your social and professional worlds. And even life at home may feel stressful. Seek out camaraderie with friends and find exactly what you need and want. Lighten up and let the love in. Laugh and discover joy. It’s all in the heart.

Leo (July 23-Aug.22)
The balancing game continues when it comes to domestic and professional responsibilities. And, in the process, you may feel neglected, ignored or lost. Once again, the answer is spiritual. Count your blessings and focus on gratitude. The upcoming holiday season is just around the corner, with plenty of fun and fiestas on the horizon. Simply choose joy.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22)
You may feel the desire to commit or join forces with another in a project or partnership. Make sure you’re ready and willing to make sacrifices, accept responsibilities and maintain the fidelity necessary for a healthy, happy union. Focus on communication, keep an open mind, listen carefully, be honest and maintain personal integrity. Be aware and stay awake.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct.22)
Now that voluptuous Venus has resumed forward motion in Libra, you may find that issues of romance and finance improve. You feel and look better, have greater tolerance with others and are willing to choose faith over fear. The world is brighter and opportunity beckons. You are loaded with talent and natural ability. Live with heart and love with passion.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
This week’s lunation takes place in the final degree of Scorpio/Taurus, bringing to fruition important issues of relationship and commitment. To whom and what have you committed? Are you nurturing self or lost in the caretaking of others? The healthier and happier you are, the better your relationships will be. Discover the divine within and live in the light.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20)
With Mars still marching through optimistic Sagittarius – in a supportive sextile aspect to Saturn, in peace-loving Libra – embrace the momentum and ride the spiritual high of earth-shaking love-making and good old-fashioned acts of pure intention and graceful gratitude. Physical exercise is a must now. Get outside and feel the sunshine, walk and breathe fresh air!

Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19)
The Moon grows full as its North Node exactly conjuncts Pluto in early Capricorn. This translates as a powerful lunation of awakening and insight for those willing to look at their past and see the future in the present. Gaze deeply into the well of darkness. Look for inner demons, doubts and fears. It’s time for light and enlightenment. Feel your heart.

Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18)
Chiropractic Chiron and numinous Neptune combust in Aquarius bring issues of health and spirit to light. While physical aches
and pains are real and can be diagnosed via body sensations, it’s time to evaluate and treat the dis-ease holistically rather than just medicate the symptom. Balance work with play, be productive but get plenty of rest. And walk. 

Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20)
Jovial, generous Jupiter has recently gone direct in Pisces, following several months of retrograde. This heralds a new personal era of awakening and enlightenment for the Fish. Look for the sparkle and glitter, the multi-faced gems and jewels of life to uplift and encourage you toward spiritual growth and personal gain. Laugh, love and live.

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

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