The wormhole that we are in gets stirred up in a big way this week starting right now. What will undoubtedly feel like good news to most of you is that Mercury goes direct today. And while that will indeed feel like a bit of a relief, there is more to this than meets the eye. You can expect this entire week to be as intense a time as we have had of late.
When Mercury is retrograde, his unyielding attention is toward the inner landscape, which causes us to put the brakes on quite a bit. When he turns around, we can begin moving forward in ways that we have been chomping at the bit to do during his backward trek. This always offers us a sense of expansion, but remember he is in Scorpio. The cauldron has been boiling and tumbling, creating an atmosphere of intense change and shift. In this way, his outward glance means that we will begin focusing outward into our environment in a way that will force us to put our money where our mouths are with regard to taking the higher road in all our interactions.
On Thanksgiving Day, the Sun moved out of Scorpio and into Sagittarius. This had the effect of essentially turning down the heat in the Scorpio realm and focusing the Light of Life in the Sagittarian consciousness of Truth and Clarity. But the very next day, Venus moved herself into Scorpio, bringing matters of the Heart fully into the alchemical mix.
Tomorrow, Venus will meet up with Saturn and when the guardian of the Emotional Body (Venus) meets up with the Karmic Teacher (Saturn), there is a great deal of emphasis put on issues of self-esteem and issues of deserving love. And where Saturn is, there is always a test of sorts. Part of the punch this week packs connects to this powerful dynamic where we will be confronted with either the reward of truly actualized self-love and self-care, or the consequences of avoiding that difficult work.
In my last article, I wrote a great deal about Mars’ journey and how his movement illuminates our relationship with our bodies. And while this does include a literal interpretation as it relates to treating the body well, Mars also connects to our grounded experience of being human in this three dimensional world. We are living through a dramatic thinning of the veil between the visible world and the invisible world. The movement of Mars exemplifies our experience of staying present for what we must attend to moment to moment while still maintaining a practiced and disciplined conscious contact with the Divine.
Mars meets up with Pluto on Wednesday. Are you using the power of prayer before EVERY interaction you are having and EVERY choice you must make? If not, you might want to step up to the plate, because what we are being asked to do right now is nothing short of this sort of vigilance. When the ruler of the Physical World (Mars) meets up with the Lord of the Underworld (Pluto), WATCH OUT.
Here comes the kicker. These two meetings of Venus with Saturn and Mars with Pluto are powerful enough on their own. The fact that they happen a day apart is even more profound. That they happen exactly sixty degrees of each other makes it over the top. That they occur simultaneously with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is outrageous. That the entire configuration is related in such a way as to have an actual name in Astrology is just ridiculous. And in case you haven’t yet grasped how huge these energies are, maybe the name for this particular shape in space will bring it home for you: It’s called a Finger of God.
A Finger of God is a long, narrow triangle in the cosmos that causes the power of the Divine to point the way. Perhaps “point the way” is too gentle, for there is nothing subtle about this action. This week will have its way with you, whether you go gracefully or kicking and screaming. The three points of this triangle relate to your self-love (Venus and Saturn), how well you are allowing yourself to be simultaneously in the here and now, but CONSTANTLY connected to the Divine (Mars and Pluto) and, yes, you guessed it, the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse.
It does not matter how you do your particular version of connecting to Source. All roads lead to God, and this is so because there is truly only one place to get to. What does matter is how persistently and vigilantly you are in doing it. This is not about a morning practice or how often you sit down to meditate. Right now, you should care far less about what you do behind closed doors and be very concerned with how you are living all day long, every single moment. Are you aware of your breathing; not just in yoga class, but with every breath you take? Are you feeling the sensations of your body; not just when you are exercising, but all day as you move through space? Are you picking up the tool of prayer; not just at the beginning or end of the day when it feels natural to do in a formal way, but to such an extent that you actually replace constant chatter of your monkey-mind with an ongoing conversation with God?
Such is the relentlessness of this time. Fortunately, the eclipse can help with the alchemy that will assist you in raising the level of your practice. The Full Moon is exact on Wednesday, November 28th at 6:44am PST. The entire week is ripe with opportunity to create permanent and irrevocable shifts in your consciousness. Mercury going direct today is such a gift, for the inner journey of the last few weeks will pay off dividends that you may not even be aware of. Trust that you are doing the absolute best you are able to at this point in your development. But please, do the work. We need you: Now, more than ever.
A foolproof Full Moon ritual is to intend the release of that which no longer serves you. It’s also a great time to take stock of what in your life fills your heart with joy, for gratitude is a very powerful tool for expansion and attraction. The Moon is in Gemini, making the written word very powerful At some point in your week, take a moment to create a fear list and a gratitude list. Write out all the things that inspire fear in your experience and when you feel as complete with that as you can, burn it. Once the energy of that has cleared away, attend to the gratitude list which you may want to save. I suggest doing these at separate times with at least one night’s sleep between them. The entire week is so fertile; I don’t think any one time is more potent than any other. But I implore you to take advantage of this moment and allow yourself to be delivered to higher ground. The bar is being raised. Are you in?