Today is Monday, Nov. 28, 2016
Hebrew date is 27 Cheshvan 5777
Islamic date is 28 Safar 1438
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 12 Etz’nab’
Mayan Long Count is 220.127.116.11.18
Julian Day is 24577121
Today’s Birthdays: William Blake (1757-1827), Dennis Brutus (1924-2009), Randy Newman (1943), Rita Mae Brown (1944), S. Epatha Merkerson (1952), Ed Harris (1950), Alfonso Cuaron (1961), Jon Stewart (1962), Karen Gillan (1987).
“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite.”
— William Blake
Special Comment: Sagittarius New Moon and the Queen of Heaven
Tuesday [at 7:19 am EST, 12:19 UTC] the Moon and Sun form a conjunction in Sagittarius; this is the annual Sagittarius New Moon. This event is bristling with energy; in part for being in Sagittarius, the sign of cosmic fire, and in part for being amplified by other celestial elements.
With Juno, the consort of Jupiter and the Roman Queen of Heaven, so prominent in this event — the exact conjunction to the New Moon is unusual — the emphasis is on relationships, and agreements within relationships. These are the domain of Juno.
The age-old question of commitment versus freedom may rise to the surface. Sagittarius emphasizes independence and free movement; Juno emphasizes pair-bonding and emotions such as jealousy that would seem to restrict freedom, or even the concept.
Yet with Juno it’s necessary to look deeper, for example at the dynamics in the relationship. Can partners express their needs and desires? To what extent are they autonomous people, and to what extent are they “half of a couple,” as Erica Jong once put it?
Juno is saying that there can be real freedom in a mutual awareness of where people in a couple stand. Are the ground rules agreed to? Or are they silent? And how is it possible to maintain balance in a time of change and even chaos? We live in an era when everything is changing at once, and this often presents a temptation to camp out in overly-rigid forms of relationship.
Juno, for most astrologers, inherently raises the question of monogamy, even though Juno’s consort Jupiter was an infamous philanderer. When discussing monogamy, it’s helpful to remember that everyone has their own definition of what that means. These definitions vary wildly; they often contain internal contradictions; and worst of all, they are rarely articulated.
Juno has one additional concept that’s relevant today: that of social justice. This works in partnerships where people really must stand up for one another, and give one another space, sometimes to their own detriment. And in a more public manifestation, Juno is a call to action by people everywhere, in a time of global crisis.
The New Moon is positioned in a way that emphasizes the potency of the turning point, and the need to turn away from the denial and deception of the past. At a certain point truth must be embraced as a greater value than denial, and it would seem like the time is now.
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An Update on Your 2017 Readings, by Eric Francis
This has been a challenging year. Everyone is feeling it. We all need a break.
Change is catching up with us fast — with each of us as individuals, and with the grand experiment of modern society: that is, of freedom and of responsibility.
Astrology describes this beautifully — for those who are interested. Astrology is big enough to encompass anything, particularly if contemporary methods and planets are used. Best of all, astrology reaches into who you are as a person, and helps you see your options.
What led to the strange phenomenon of the election of 2016 — whether you’re horrified or think the outcome was just fabulous — is still developing rapidly.
Using a past era as a comparison: were this the 1960s, we would be in December 1965. So much seems to have happened; very nearly everything has yet to happen.
Where will you be positioned as these radical transformations take hold? You have things you want to do with your life. You want to keep your peace of mind and deepen your inner relationship. You want to do your bit to take care of the world — the world that the young people in your life will inherit from us.
Moon Phase: Moon is in Balsamic (waning crescent) phase and enters New phase on Nov. 29 at 4:18 am PST / 7:18 am EST (12:18:09 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 Scorpio and enters Sagittarius today at 12:46 pm PST / 3:46 pm EST (20:45:44 UTC).
Sun Degree: 7-8 Sagittarius.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
Okyrhoe enters Aquarius at 12:22 am PST / 3:22 am EST (08:22:32 UTC).
Moon enters Sagittarius at 12:46 pm PST / 3:46 pm EST (20:45:44 UTC).
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Sun sesquiquadrate Ceres at 1:26 am PST / 4:26 am EST (09:25:51 UTC).
— Mercury conjunct Ixion at 4:31 am PST / 7:31 am EST (12:31:27 UTC).
— Mercury sextile Haumea at 9:42 am PST / 12:42 pm EST (17:42:35 UTC).
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If Your Birthday is Nov. 28
(The Day of the Lone Wolf) | Sagittarius Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
You’re likely to be visited by creative insights, so it’s important that you give them room in your spiritual home. That involves, firstly, taking care of your physical being — in terms of space as well as bodily needs. Make sure you get enough rest. All this adds up to what you’re after, which is brain food.
Written in the Planets
Religion has this odd habit of prohibiting actions that are not inherently harmful. In that sense, it’s a lot like superstition. One of the strangest ideas to come out of religion is that of forbidden knowledge. Mercury and a centaur known as Okyrhoe remind us today that actually there is no such thing. Therefore, feel free to pursue, or indeed disseminate, as much wisdom as you like — and know that in the process you’re furthering human evolution.