Today is Monday, Nov. 14, 2016
Hebrew date is 13 Cheshvan 5777
Islamic date is 14 Safar 1438
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 11 K’an
Mayan Long Count is 126.96.36.199.4
Julian Day is 2457707
Today’s Birthdays: Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847), Boutros Boutros-Ghali (1922-2016), Wendy Carlos (1939), Maggie Roswell (1952), Yanni (1954), Paul McGann (1959), Rev. Run (1964), Travis Barker (1975), Chelsea Wolfe (1983).
“It would be some time before I fully realized that the United States sees little need for diplomacy; power is enough… Coming from a developing country, I was trained extensively in international law and diplomacy and mistakenly assumed that the great powers, especially the United States, also trained their representatives in diplomacy and accepted the value of it. But the Roman Empire had no need for diplomacy. Nor does the United States. Diplomacy is perceived by an imperial power as a waste of time and prestige and a sign of weakness.”
— Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Taurus Full Moon: Moment of Illumination
The Taurus Full Moon, exact at 8:52 am EST, is a moment of reckoning of the urgencies and the awareness of life and death matters. The Sun is in Scorpio, and the Moon will be in Taurus. These two signs, so deeply connected to issues of attachment, are also about surrender.
Happening at 22+ degrees of the fixed signs, this Full Moon is in a direct dialog with the Uranus-Eris-Ceres conjunction, which is both describing and provoking an ongoing shock to awareness.
We may be in a crisis of self-identity and having our extended trip to the astral plane with the help of digital technology.
Yet Taurus/Scorpio confirm that we have two primary modes of existence: in-body or dead. Yes, there is life beyond the body; though even that awareness, here and now, depends upon physical consciousness. We can speculate and fuss and dream and theorize all we want; if you’re in-body and your heart is beating, you have a mission.
Part of that mission is addressing these elemental matters of life and death. A mature, or even maturing, person has a conscious relationship with their body; with death and decay; and by extension with change. Once that relationship is grounded, then it’s possible to establish your values and get a handle on your power of decision.
It’s rare that people are in actual, conscious, articulate contact with their values. The Taurus Moon is a reminder that this is possible and it’s essential.
Most people do not have their power of decision taken from them; they give it away.
Most of us do not have a conscious relationship with death. It lurks in the background of consciousness like some creepy mystery that actually might be real. Death is typically papered over by religion. Most people struggle to have a conscious relationship with sex. This is handed over to religion and also to the actual religion of our culture, marketing.
The meeting of the Taurus Moon and Scorpio Sun is a reminder — cosmic, biological and symbolic — to remember to take charge of these matters for yourself. If you want to be more confident, raise your level of consciousness. The Sun in Scorpio, in our darkening time of year, is still holding open the resonance with the other world. The Moon in Taurus is a reminder to be in your body while you have one, to feel, to love and to celebrate life as a conscious gesture.
— Eric Francis Coppolino
As Eric puts it, “The same astrology that is behind the madness and fragmentation is also offering ideas for how to restore our sanity and peace of mind. The same astrology that is scattering the sense of what a person is, is also taking us to a deeper level, one where we can recall our wholeness of character and integrity of spirit.”
We often hear from readers how Eric’s interpretations of the current astrology and environment have been the only thing that makes sense in a volatile and uncertain world. The support of useful guidance is becoming more necessary than ever before, and Eric’s annual readings provide that thoroughly, accurately and in a way that’s easy to follow.
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Moon Phase: Moon is in Waxing Gibbous phase and enters Full phase today at 5:52 am PST / 8:52 am EST (13:51:59 UTC).
Next New Moon is in Sagittarius on Nov. 29 at 4:18 am PST / 7:18 am EST (12:18:09 UTC).
Corresponding Full Moon is on Dec. 13 at 4:05 pm PST / 7:05 pm EST (00:05:29 12/14 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Taurus and enters Gemini today at 5:23 pm PST / 8:23 pm EST (01:22:54 11/15 UTC).
Sun Degree: 23-24 Scorpio.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
Nessus stations direct at 5:56 am PST / 8:56 am EST (13:55:32 UTC).
Crantor enters Aquarius at 10:16 am PST / 1:16 pm EST (18:15:58 UTC).
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Mercury conjunct Juno at 12:59 am PST / 3:59 am EST (08:59:30 UTC).
— Mars square 1992 QB1 at 3:41 am PST / 6:41 am EST (11:40:37 UTC).
— Venus conjunct Hylonome at 5:30 am PST / 8:30 am EST (13:30:26 UTC).
— Venus square Logos at 2:01 pm PST / 5:01 pm EST (22:00:48 UTC).
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We are all works in progress, so to speak. As you’ve probably discovered by now, this is not a sign of lack but instead a crucial and necessary part of being human. If a specific matter to do with your past, or your roots, has lately surfaced, I suggest you open up to a person you trust — chances are they have a significant role to play.
Written in the Planets
There is probably a lot of reviewing and weighing up going on just now. Aspects involving Mercury and Mars remind us that the course of personal and spiritual development does not come with a grade or a ranking, however tempting or easy it might seem to assign them. Nobody in recorded history ever reached a state of grace or enlightenment by fighting off the competition. Rather, each human story is unique and sacred. Rest in that knowledge, be gentle with yourself and others, and practice compassion in overflowing abundance.
Wonderful. Thank you so much, dear Eric and Amanda. (((())))
Lizzy — and don’t forget Amy Elliott!
The three of us kind of take turns writing the bits for the daily birthday and “Written in the Planets” segments. Today’s happened to be penned by Amy — Eric apparently prefers this newsletter to be less about bylines and more about “Planet Waves,” but I suspect you’d appreciate knowing.
Thanks for putting me right, Amanda. And thank you, dear Amy!
I would contribute an expression I use all the time w/clienst to encourage them to see some situations with more clarity, to get outside the box…
“Money is the new God and marketing is the new Jesus.”
Kelly Grace Smith
beautifully said, in “written in the planets” <3