I wanted to do a bit of an astrology/numerology forecast for November today, but I’ve been in training all day and need to be up at 4am for Sadhana tomorrow. So, what I have is very brief and mostly intuitive!

Starting with a BANG!

I’m certainly feeling it! This month wastes no time getting things started, it might even feel like the chaos of October just keeps going – but so much has indeed changed.

October was all about redefining who we are, what we mean to this world and how we show up. November is about putting that into action. Coming off this freshly infused identity crisis/confirmation will carry some momentum, which is what we are experiencing now.

November packs a punch in its own right too though. 11 resonates as the first of the “angel numbers” and teaches us about our relationship to the divine. So even though things might still be hectic, you may have also noticed a cosmic shift to a more sacred or serious tone.

A Steady, Sensual Slowing…

The bustle of the beginning of this month will begin to slow as we all gradually settle into a new, more present and purposeful pace. Mercury has already turned retrograde on the 31st and is contributing to this retraction of outward energy flow.

Mercury won’t turn direct until November 20th, so in the interim, don’t push yourself – especially with regard to communication. Now is the time for personal contemplation. Really, truly allow yourself to integrate the happenings of the last week, month, year… Get cozy in your own mind and heart, the depth of your inner journey can only make for much more interesting holiday conversations anyway – and by that time Mercury will be more supportive too!

The noticable peak of this slowdown will begin in conjunction with the Taurus Full Moon on the 12th. We will all feel called to start making our surroundings more cozy, warm and comfortable. We will also feel called to communicate with others in more satisfying and sensual ways.

More of a draw to visit with friends and family, a desire to plan for the holidays and general good cheer are all possible. For those who are resistant however, this may result in an acute awareness of the cold, loneliness and isolation, bitterness and irritability, as well as a desire to retreat amidst a sense of entrapment. Senses will be heightened regardless, be mindful of how you employ them.

The Full Moon will be an ideal day for some divination if you desire. It will carry a reflective energy of your 2019 harvest.

A Gentle ReQuickening

We get to enjoy a slow build back up from Mercury turning direct on the 20th to Neptune making his turn direct on the 27th. The watery giant has been causing us to dive deeper into possibilities than ever for the past 5 months while traveling retrograde and we will all notice it’s snap “back to reality.”

Despite Neptune lacking the fiery energy of Mars or the Sun, I intuit this turn will still feel charged. Remember, water conducts electricity – get ready to feel a jolt!

The depths to which you have traveled will give you every chance to reach even higher highs. The key will be a willingness to flow with the current and release anything that might hinder your newly impassioned dreams. Allow the spiritual and emotional lessons of these past five months to nourish your truth and launch you even further into authenticity.

A Day for Ceremony

Conveniently, the day before Neptune turns direct, we have a New Moon in Sagittarius on the 26th. There could not be a more opportune time for a purposeful alignment with your goals. Take the time for a simple New Moon ceremony that day in which you write out your reflections of the past 5 months:

  • What were the major spiritual and emotional themes?
  • In what ways did you find yourself going deeper and what did you discover in those explorations?
  • What have you learned about your authenticity, ego and self-expression?
  • How have these things changed or inspired your dreams?

Once you have written yourself to the point of passion and gratitude for all the possibilities and opportunities you’ve already created for yourself (and not a moment sooner), pen a formal letter to the heavens. Tell Neptune himself what you want the charge of his turning direct to launch you towards!

Once your letter is complete, meditate with it. Use the archetypal archer vibration of the Sagittarius New Moon to shoot your letter out into the astral universe, following it all the way from your own bow and arrow to the heart/hands of Neptune on his watery throne. If you prefer, you can meditate with the archetype of any benevolent, heart-centered diety: Christ, Buddha, Kuan Yin, etc… Once you are finished you can keep or responsibly dispose of your letter.

That’s it! Feel free to dress it up with your own prayers, and light a candle or incense beforehand if you like too. The best ceremony ingredient is always your own personal intuition.

Surrender to the Rhythm

As you can see, there’s a bit of ebb and flow to come this November. Don’t fight it. Finesse it.

Find the rhythm and your own particular harmony. The cold doesn’t have to be bitter, the slowing doesn’t have to be tense. Relax.

‘Tis the season my friends! Let’s reclaim some holiday cheer and spread it ’round, far and near! Blessed be!

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Today I woke up surprised to feel refreshed. I’ve been fighting a yeast bloom in my body, including inescapable inflammation, grogginess and fatigue. I have found myself frustrated time and time again by my own lack of energy, focus and desire these past few weeks.

Going straight from my dieta-clean-lifestyle in May and the first half of June while on retreat, to coming home and experiencing extreme stress, eating poorly at the hospital or restaurants, combined with losing track of yoga and meditation, made my blood toxic within a matter of weeks. Since grandma has been recovering however, I’ve begun to realise the extent of my recent personal neglect, though still surprised to be experiencing this plethora of consequences.

I’ve been taking small steps to correct the issues for about 2 weeks now, and I’m finally feeling some progress I guess. Thankfully.

Coming into Awareness

I have a tendency to be hard on myself for not performing at a high level, even when situations require otherwise. I always want to do more, help more, study more, clean more, create more, produce more, consider more, provide more, and even be more. I’ve felt this for the past few weeks, ever-growing as my energy was ever-depleting.

The more I pushed, the more my body resisted. I wanted attention. It needed rest, love and care. I needed to start paying attention – instead I tried to blissfully ignore the feelings of burn out build in my body, not understanding how I could feel so defeated from doing less and less.

I had just come home from retreat after all! I was feeling good spiritually, emotionally and mentally, which was enough to carry me for a while. However, when I started to ignore my needs for spiritual, emotional, and mental nourishment, my physical nourishment became erratic too.

At first the bad decisions seemed so forced. I’d be hungry and have limited options. Still, I soon found myself compulsively choosing high-processed, high-sugar foods even when I was home. I blamed myself further for my return to “comfort” or “emotional” eating yet again, when I had been doing so well.

This wasn’t the whole story though. Fortunately I began listening to Charles Esinstein’s The Yoga of Eating and began to understand that my environment was nourishing, or in recent situations, not nourishing me. Furthermore, I realised that the other nourishing habits I had cultivated before had been abandoned as well. I wasn’t simply comfort eating, I was starving for my own comfort and love.

Turning a Corner

In my recent fog I have also largely abandoned my studies and my divination practices. So this morning, reveling in my sense of renewed clarity, I spent some time catching up on celestial movements and my subconscious reflections.

Upon learning that Venus is moving into alignment and crossing the sun this week, as well as that the full moon will be occurring right after, I chose a 3-card spread representing Venus/Sun/Full Moon or Love/Ego/Harvest. I pulled the following from The Wild Unknown deck by Kim Krans:

Ace if Wands (inverted), 6 of Cups (inverted), and The Sun

I found the Ace of Wands inverted in the Venus/Love position and the 6 of Cups in the Sun/ego position to mirror the meaning of the Venus Cazimi (transiting through the heart of the sun). Here’s my intuitive reading:

Turn within in love, birthing yourself anew through the radical acceptance and awareness of your ego. Let the part of yourself that remains as a child despite the disciplines, consequences and growing pains of life reemerge and be celebrated. Remember what it is to play and allow yourself to become enraptured by the act of living again. Relearn your Innocence.

In this instance, my Full Moon/Harvest card also plays the Outcome position. Having the sun appear here was exactly the encouragement I needed to go within and face any resistance to self-love, self-nourishment and self-awareness I may have had. I broke.

Crying over the spread, I laughed at the absurd beauty. Grateful for the synchronous connections in my life that are always at work, even despite my own distractions, negligence and imperfect grasping. Marveling yet again at life’s impermanence.

I accepted the invitation to learn from my difficulties these past few weeks and now, to move on. I will embrace my playful innocence and release myself from the judgment of high performance. I will choose to embrace my ego for the beautiful expression of life it can be, rather than allow it to mutate into ever-changing evidence for self-loathing.