Today is Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
Hebrew date is 7 Cheshvan 5778
Islamic date is 7 Safar 1439
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 7 Chuwen
Mayan Long Count is 126.96.36.199.11
Julian Day is 2458054
Today’s Birthdays: Mary Sidney (1561-1621), Mary Moser (1744-1819), Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840), Lee Krasner (1908-1984), Joe Medicine Crow (1913-2016), Teresa Wright (1918-2005), Ruby Dee (1922-2014), Sylvia Plath (1932-1963), John Cleese (1939), Fran Lebowitz (1950), Francis Fukuyama (1952), Robert Picardo (1953), Simon Le Bon (1958), Maneet Chauhan (1976), Patrick Fugit (1982).
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am.”
— Sylvia Plath
There Is a Future, and You Are It
Dear Friend and Reader:
So, it’s been a year since we heard, and experienced, the fell news about the supposed election of an insane person to the United States presidency. And as that year has gone on, day by day, the news in the public sphere has been of disaster and disorder, injury and insult, seemingly with no bounds and to no end.
Particularly since the total solar eclipse, it’s been one national crisis after the next, whether born of intent, neglect, or some seemingly natural process. A series of major hurricanes, followed by a vast swath of northern California burning up, interlaced with threats of nuclear war, escalation of the war in Afghanistan, revelation of a war in Niger and of American military presence in a total of 172 countries, and most lately, a tax plan that would take more than a trillion dollars in new national debt and put it in the pockets of billionaires. God, that was a long sentence. That’s how it is.
We have cabinet officers whose job seems to be dismantling the agencies they run; we witnessed a very, very strange massacre in Las Vegas; we are seeing the belching forth of an entire universe of sexual abuse, including by the president himself; we have American citizens drinking from contaminated wells used to monitor Superfund sites in Puerto Rico, and on and on. Anyone who comes near TV or the internet is getting a steady stream of these things into their consciousness.
This is just what we know about. Here we are, “the greatest nation in the world.” What could possibly go wrong?
Life on Earth is challenging, stressful and at least a little dangerous, often under the very best conditions. Even where things are relatively calm, it often seems that death and danger are nearby; and if not, we still experience the pain of the rest of the world.
Moon Phase: Moon is in Waxing Crescent phase and enters First Quarter phase today at 3:22 pm PDT / 6:22 pm EDT (22:22:00 UTC).
Next Full Moon is in Taurus on Nov. 3-4 at 10:23 pm PDT / 1:23 am EDT (05:22:49 UTC).
Corresponding New Moon in Scorpio is on Nov. 18 at 3:42 am PST / 6:42 am EST (11:42:03 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Capricorn and enters Aquarius today at 5:58 am PDT / 8:58 am EDT (12:58:38 UTC).
Sun Degree: 4-5 Scorpio.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
Moon enters Aquarius at 5:58 am PDT / 8:58 am EDT (12:58:38 UTC).
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Sun square Crantor at 11:10 pm Oct. 26 PDT / 2:10 am EDT (06:10:21 UTC).
— Sun trine Nessus at 9:20 am PDT / 12:20 pm EDT (16:19:58 UTC).
— Venus square Pluto at 8:21 pm PDT / 11:21 pm EDT (03:20:41 Oct. 28 UTC).
— Mercury sextile Pluto at 8:25 pm PDT / 11:25 pm EDT (03:24:40 Oct. 28 UTC).
If Your Birthday is Oct. 27
(The Day of Impulse) | Scorpio Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
You may not know where your energy is coming from, though you have plenty of it. And you alone have the power to choose what you do with your precious time, energy and spiritual gifts. If you want to be certain that family and household matters don’t distract you from your larger goals, you’ll need to be disciplined and organized, and get support.
Written in the Planets
With Venus in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn, you might find yourself needing to recognize, accept and work with emerging changes in a relationship. Yet another way to take this aspect is on the level of sex and power. Are you aware of the power dynamics at play in your sexual relationships? Yes, there’s the blatantly obvious and imbalanced, as evidenced by current news events. Yet sexual power dynamics can be surprisingly subtle and complex — such as when someone avoids expressing what they want, thereby making the other person guess and assume the responsibility of the desire, and of taking action. The part of the equation that seems to get dropped in our culture is often ‘pleasure’. What brings you pleasure sexually? And what prevents you from asking for or allowing it, if anything? Mercury in Scorpio sextile Pluto could help you figure things out.