Photo by wise owl Kevin

Photo by wise owl Kevin

Saturday, November 7 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Balsamic Moon Phase: release, transform, heal

Moon in Virgo/Libra - Saturday 10:14 am ET/3:14 pm UT

Goddess of Wisdom: Kali - Goddess of Endings and Beginnings

God of Will/Desire: Elias - God of the West, God of Transformation

Skill:  accept transformation

True Alignments:  beauty frozen in time, new approaches, doing something honorable, choosing happiness in the face of sadness, appeal, expressing joy, focus, relatable, resistance to darkness, true to self, rescues, fellowship, renewing bonds, lessons, completing a task, repairing things that have been damaged, symbols and synchronicities

Catalysts for Change:  rigidly adhering to a thought or plan (which closes out the field of possibility/co-creation), doing it all by oneself, unrealistic expectations of self, control struggles, projection of one's feelings onto another, projecting the blame on others, overblown idea of self, distracted from plans, outside influences, perfectionism (especially with appearance), pushing through to finish when time should be honored and taken, gaps, choosing sadness in the face of happiness, challenging others

Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month: "a Jewish rabbi performing his duties"

Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: "the music of the spheres"

Prepare for a shift in the cycles, thus a shift in the energetics and situations and events that develop in our lives.

Without going to into detail why this is so (because that would take some explaining and there are many things to cover for this weekend), we are now in the "waning" part of the year, if the year was like a cycle of the Moon.

Picture yourself one night staring up into the inky sky at the biggest Full Moon you have ever seen.  Picture yourself the next night staring up again, only to see that the Full Moon is not as big as it was last night.  A small sliver has slipped away.  The Moon is waning, or losing its full potential.

Beginning this weekend, the remainder of the "natural year" based on the cycle of the Sun, Moon, and Earth also begins to wane.  We enter the "second half" of the "natural year" that began on April 18, 2015. 

This does not mean the second half or the waning half of the year is weaker.  It is not.  It is actually a much more refined energy, gained from wisdom and experience.  As the year begins to wane, we naturally go inside of ourselves to reconnect with the inner home fire.

But for the next four days, the next hundred hours or so, energetics will shift dramatically and ask us to keep up, move forward, and not linger behind.  The next four days, the Balsamic Moon phase, the time of the lunar month that is mystical, dreamy, and transformative, is a powerful time of release.  This is like moving from one state of "being" or "frequency" or "mind" to another, via spiritual transformation.

Transformation is facilitated this weekend by several important astrological aspects:

SATURDAY approximately 7:00 am ET/noon UT: Destiny comes into prominence with the conjunction of the Moon, Venus, and the North Node.  This combination sets relationships on proper course, one way or another.  The conjunction was at the degree of "a man gaining secret knowledge from an ancient scroll he is reading."  The dreamtime was active for this degree (even if you a wise owl in an earlier time zone when it was not night time - your daydreams or trains of thought were similarly affected).  The thing to note is that wisdom comes to us just before the Balsamic Moon phase begins, and just as...

SATURDAY 10:14 am ET/3:14 pm UT: The Moon moves into Libra, joining the Black Moon in that sign.  When the Moon moves into the sign that the Black Moon is transiting, I call it a "Black Moon Day."  This means only that rebirth and restoration is trying to occur.  Black Moon Days tempt our shadow sides (core fear) to come out for projection onto someone else.  What we cannot own within ourselves we project onto others, and it is more likely to occur on a Black Moon Day.  Everyone's shadow side (newer readers can find the free download of this book on the Books tab).

Everyone's shadow side is somewhat activated on Black Moon Days, but those with the Sun or Black Moon in Aries or Libra undergo the most transformation (a nine-month process in effect until May 16).  These wise owls are undergoing massive rebirth, which requires much self-care and compassion. 

Feelings and questions about worthiness, being good enough, perfectionism, abandonment or separation, and acceptance are pervasive this weekend.

SUNDAY 3:12 am ET/8:12 am UT: The Moon makes exact conjunction with the Black Moon at "three old masters hanging in a special room in an art gallery."  Energy moves in waves, and the purpose of round of the Moon and the Black Moon in the same sign is to brings truth and wisdom.  This centers around our relationship with ourselves and others, since it is happening in Libra.  What is a masterpiece now, under new light?

SUNDAY 10:32 am ET/3:32 pm UT: Venus moves out of Virgo and into Libra.  The two sisters, Venus and the Black Moon, the Shining One and the Dark One, are united for a journey together through Libra.  More on this later.  This dynamic can be life-changing with relationships.  Relationships that are meant to come to an end do so.  Relationships that are meant to come into being or grow further also do so.  Venus will make exact conjunction with the Black Moon on November 16   Mercury and the Sun will be in conjunction that day and Chiron will change degrees, so energetics will be very strong.  It's all for the best, though, so no fear.

SUNDAY 9:20 pm ET/MONDAY 2:20am UT: Saturn moves from the degree of "an old owl up in a tree" to "a game of cricket."  Integrity comes into play.  Players and playing games shows out.  This should make for an even more revelations about political farces through November 17, when Saturn moves to "Cupid knocking at the door of a human heart."

This is a lot of energetics for one weekend, but remember this is a shift in the cycles, in the energy.  The Balsamic phase can make things very clouded (because it is co-ruled by Neptune), but a transformation is happening, and it is much easier to flow with the natural change of the cycles than to fight against it and hold on to what is changing.  Wise owls follow the directives of the universe and accept transformation gracefully.