ALACAZEM 2012.11.15

ALACAZEM 2012.11.15

November 15 to 22, 2012     Visible Planets: Morning: Venus, Jupiter and Saturn    Evening: Mars

Here we are, right smack in the middle of an eclipse week, and that good ol’ eclipse window is just about as wide open as it gets.   

I am sitting here in front of my computer, wondering what to write. The day is glorious; clear, brilliant blue sky, no wind. The not-so-far-distant, navy-blue snow-capped peaks look like a glittering crown above the buffed, golden blonde fields and pinon green forests below.

This morning I awoke early and rose to a blue-black sky, twinkling with starry light. Dazzling Venus shimmered above the craggy eastern horizon. The world was sleeping and silent. The crack between the worlds, the gap between illumination and darkness, my personal place of recollection, redemption and rebirth.

I was, and continue to be, here on Earth, learning the ins and outs of being human, taking classes in the Earth School. I am studying the art of relationships, the joy of gratitude and the rewards of sobriety. I am grateful and blessed, well aware of my tragic flaws, greatest challenges and most cherished dreams.

Mercury retrograded into Scorpio on the evening of the Nov. 13th Scorpio solar eclipse/new Moon, and will be passing through the sign’s late degrees this week. The Sun will also be transiting the last decant of Scorpio, while serious Saturn continues to inch its way through the sign’s early single digits – a rate of one degree per week.

All this translates as a lot of depth, plenty of emotion and challenges that can feel painful and yet empowering. It is all about facing fears, bringing doubt to light and awakening to the freedom of uncertainty. Unpredictable, wildcat Uranus is doing its best to liberate all of us as individuals from the bondage of self-generated darkness as it makes its way through courageous, action-oriented Aries. Of course, Pluto – the mythological Lord of Darkness – keeps dipping us into what feels like an externally generated, metaphorical Hell, preventing the liberation we seek. Ah, yes. Such is life during slow-moving outer planet transits, especially during those potent, powerful eclipse weeks!

Bottom line: Simply do the best you can. Remember to practice what you know and tap in to the invisible, angelic, cosmic realms of spirit. Dedicate a moment, an hour, 15 minutes, to silence. Listen. Relax. Reconnect, revitalize and regenerate. And in the meantime, follow the stars. Love, light and spirit. Vayan con la diosa!

Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) Fresh off the Scorpio new Moon and right on to Thanksgiving, it is time to practice the attitude of gratitude and the art of compassion. For the Ram, action is a tonic and often the chosen solution, preventing deep tissue inner work. With Mercury retrograde in cathartic Scorpio, slow the pace, listen to your heart and focus on self-love and emotional self-healing.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) The recent solar eclipse in your solar 7th house of commitments and significant others has paved the way for deeper, more meaningful pairing and sharing. You are ready to do what it takes to save and improve your relationships, or let them go. You and your partners must be willing to walk through the door, illuminate darkness and actually do the work.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) You may find yourself in deep psychological therapy or delving into the mysterious realms of soul and psyche. Whatever the manifestation, you are not satisfied with superficial facades and phony baloney. Focus your attention on intention. What do you truly desire? Silence, solitude and serenity are allies. Prepare for Thanksgiving via meditation and prayer.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Food and feasting, the traditional Thanksgiving fare and festivities invoke the holiday spirit of heart and home. Express your inherent creative talents via artistic and culinary activities and events. Sharing projects with children and loved ones generates a sense of togetherness, grace and gratitude. Be of service, take the high road and enjoy the joy.

Leo (July 23-Aug.22) Flames of love illuminate your path as you walk in beauty and prepare for a season of joy via service, right action and gratitude. The biggest challenges lie within, it is all about purging the demons and bringing darkness to light. Take a good long look at how to accept responsibility for your life and relationships, clean house and go forth with grace.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) Motivational Mars enters your solar 5th house of romance and creativity and gives you the bump to pursue what looks and feels like fun. With the holidays fast approaching, you may discover great pleasure designing, inventing and preparing for this year’s seasonal festivities. Make lists, research recipes and gather resources. Love is in the heart, feel the glow.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) Jovial, generous Jupiter in your solar 9th house of spiritual pursuit and philanthropic action encourages all things Sagittarius: Open hearts, Thanksgiving feasts, positive attitudes and athletic events. You may feel and see the greater purpose of life and living, embracing it all in a dance of gratitude and grandeur. Here on Earth, be practical and realistic. Get ‘er done!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) The eclipse window has opened wide for the Scorpion. This is your year to shimmer with purpose and shine with responsibility. A powerful, new era has arrived and you are capable of rising to the highest peaks and greatest good for yourself and the world. Power allies are sobriety, serenity and surrender. Do your best and let the Universe take care of the rest.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) As you prepare for your upcoming birthday month, take time out for some silence and solitude. Running from here to there, multi-tasking and losing yourself in other people’s issues and concerns prevents you from taking care of the most important person on earth: you! Focus and daily practice are allies. Embrace them both in a dance of grace and gratitude.

Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) We become like the people and influences we surround ourselves by. We also inherit the philosophies of those with whom we spend the most time. While these philosophies become part of our subconscious mind, scientific research shows that we can reprogram our conditioning through meditation. Consider these facts and act accordingly.

Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) You may feel motivated to get out and see your friends, make contact with people who inspire you and open your heart to new social and professional possibilities. Something different and very real is taking place in your career sector this year, be willing to focus attention on making it work. In the meantime, prepare for the holidays. Practice gratitude.

Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) Planetary emphasis on Scorpio, your solar 9th house of spirit, you may find yourself seeking a more open-hearted, higher-mind understanding of life’s physical and emotional challenges. We live in a 3D material world, but much takes place in the ethereal realm. Finding a balance between the two is the Piscean lesson and triumph. Do the work, maintain the practice.

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @









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