Astrology of the Week
Tuesday, October 31st
Samhain, The Witches’ New Year
Friday, November 3rd
Venus in Libra sextile Saturn in Sagittarius, both at 24°
Sun in Scorpio sextile Neptune in Pisces, both at 11°
Venus in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries, both at 26°
10:23 PM PT – Full moon at 12° of Taurus
Sunday, November 5th
Mercury enters Sagittarius
This is the season of the Witch.
Though magic is always in season, at this time we collectively make room for the archetypal imagery of healers, priestesses, midwives and all kinds of witches who work with earth-based wisdom traditions. Witches work with rhythms, seasons, and the power present in the living world. No matter how much patriarchal violence has been inflicted upon the people and the systems of knowledge that are connected to the term “witch” over the last few thousand years, these practices have always managed to survive.
What is life-enhancing can never be completely destroyed.
As white-supremacist, colonialist, capitalist patriarchy dies, the traditions that it has tried to obliterate experience a resurgence. An awakening. A renewal. Every culture on earth has its own systems of healing. Each one of us can dig into our lineages to better understand what kind of magic we might come from. Each one of us can call on the protective forces that we need at any time. Protective forces that look, sound, smell or feel personally resonant for us. We are free to reorganize our own cultural rituals to be more inclusive of ourselves and our communities. We are free to connect to forces that have not been previously named or recorded. We may very well need to reclaim the forces, deities and practices that have been misnamed, misrepresented, and misappropriated.
What is sacred and life-affirming for us wants a place on our altars.
This is a season that reminds us of our spiritual, political and familial ancestry. The pain. The strength. The shame. The theft. The loss. The love. The souls that we come from that could not be diminished, no matter the material reality they had to live within.
This season reminds us of those in our lineage that suffered for no good reason. Those that caused suffering, perhaps for reasons they could not escape or for reasons that they chose not to. And those that did both. We are reminded how we too, are both. We do harm. We are harmed. We try to heal, hopefully.
May this season help us learn to embrace both parts of ourselves, and both parts of our lineage. So that we might learn ways to do less harm. Day by day. Interaction by interaction. One decision at a time.
May this season remind us to call on the crew of spirits that surround us. May it remind us that we are not in this alone. That we do not do this merely for our own benefit. That our talents, hopes and dreams are also tied to those that came before us. To give thanks for what we have been given, and to give of it as freely as possible. This season reminds us that one day, not so far off, we will join the spirit realm in aid to those we leave behind.
May this season draw our awareness to that interchange. Spirit and matter. May it remind us of that inevitability. So that we might be better accomplices to this moment. So that we might be more encouraged to use the magic of love. So that we might explore the possibility of living as though this day was the most important of our lives. Connected to all life before it. And all life after it.
After all, that’s what witches do.
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Friday’s full moon stretches out across your chart highlighting the delicate balance between what you have and what you need. Between what you have gathered, cultivated and grown and what you might swap, trade or barter for. Between the need to slowly cultivate your mark on the material world and the understanding that one day you will be leaving it all behind.
Friday’s full moon finds you wondering how to honor what you have inherited and what you are wishing to give to others upon your eventual exit.
What did your ancestors need but could not get to? What healing evaded them but is available to you? What do you know you need to make peace with in your lifetime so that their struggles, their mistakes, their misfortunes, need not have been in vain? Without meaning?
Let the answers to these questions inform the next phase of your work. Invest in what has the most meaning for you. What is the most healing for you. What is the most sustainable way forward for you. Let the answers to these questions inform the ways in which you deal with current conflicts in your relationships. How you hold another’s point of view. How you witness it all in context. How you can hold current struggles in a larger, more complex framework. Let the answers to these questions help to inform the plans that you are currently making. Hold everything that is sacred to you as your guidepost for the coming months. Aim high. Think deeply. Love as wide as you can.
The full moon highlights your nature. Your rhythm. Your gifts for getting low to the ground and tracking the energy of the earth. Taurus teaches that nothing in the living world can rush its own growth.
You can try all the live-long day, but you will never push a bull into any business it hasn’t already agreed to. And even then, it will do it at its own pace.
This magic that you possess can be incredibly useful when applied to your healing, growth and development. Nothing that is long-lasting is done in an instant. Remember not to get impatient when it comes to your becoming. Give yourself time to get there. Give yourself no reason to want to escape the lessons that will deepen your relationship to your life. Give yourself every reason to appreciate your own tempo so that you can make better use of it. And let others in on your magical ways as well.
Friday’s full moon confirms your need for deep, and sometimes confrontational, intimate exchanges.
As you’ll discover more and more over the next year, you need relationships that help to pull out the parts of you that lie just below your calm exterior. Relationships that help you to connect with and express your passion. Relationships that encourage you to break the spells that keep you from bonding deeply, honestly and respectfully.
Friday’s full moon highlights the importance of both your work and your weariness. The consistent efforts you are making and your need to replenish your reserves. The messages your body is trying to get across to you and the subtle ways in which you might undermine yourself by taking on a little too much.
Friday’s full moon is asking you to make a little time for yourself. Luxuriate in the in-between moments. Expand your downtime by taking it up on the offer. Feel the pleasure of giving up trying to get anything for a moment.
Witches need space. For inspiration. For gathering ingredients. For studying spells.
Magic needs us to respect its process. So we don’t get in its way. So we don’t impose our misunderstanding onto what we are co-creating. So we don’t get lost in the demands of the outside world.
Healing requires darkness. Regeneration happens when we are able to get into the natural ebbs and flows of our physical selves. Refueling occurs when we can let go of our achieving agendas for a moment in time.
This week, mysterious benefits befall you when you are willing to release. Be still. Trust. Let things come to a natural end. And a natural rebirth.
We don’t get to choose our family. We don’t get to change the way that those we are related to, relate to us. We don’t get to go back in time and make up for what we missed out on.
But we can work from where we are at.
We can apply our lived experience to our relationships, knowing that we are now better able to understand the nuances of the situation. Better able to understand the complexities of our complexes. Better able to understand how much tenderness we need to give ourselves and others in order to heal a situation. A sore spot. A wound.
This week’s astrology is connected to a longer-lasting and slowly unfolding astrological theme that has been woven through your last few weeks. Old issues. Feelings from long ago. Fantasies and phantoms from your past emerging. To be known. Understood. Worked with.
What magic have you inherited that helps you? Which spells were cast that have kept your family line bound to a reality that you can now work on healing? Break the curses cast upon you and your clan.
This Friday’s full moon connects the historically hard aspects of your familial relationships with the present issues that are coming up in your community. Whatever it is you are hoping to solve, remember that it is impossible to understand an issue all at once.
Allow yourself the luxury of unpacking one feeling at a time.
The full moon is here to remind you that the less you rush through situations with others, the more you’ll understand about them and heal through them.
As the full moon builds momentum throughout the week, it reminds you of the influence that you have over your career. It reminds you to break the spells that keep you from moving towards what you need. Deserve. Desire. It reminds you that everything you are moving through out in the world, you are also moving through deep within yourself.
As above, so below.
What stopped you from going for what you wanted as a young child probably has some resonance with what stops you now. In the past, you may have had to make some agreement about playing small. Safe. Situated inside of lines drawn for you. As Friday’s full moon peaks, you will be reminded of all the places you have outgrown. All the places that you have been able to reclaim as your own. All the places that you have worked hard to inhabit as honestly as possible.
Magic is about movement. It’s about harnessing the energy of the natural world with a powerful, emotionally resonant intention. So that channels become open to us. So that life can flow towards us. So that our efforts can more easily move towards all we wish to join forces with.
Get clear on the directions you want your work to move in so that your magic is a powerful potion able to get things in motion.
Friday’s full moon brings to fruition a long-term plan, goal or vision that you have been carrying with you. Working at. Making room for. The full moon helps you to remember that dreams can and do come true.
Look for the little advances. Affirm even the shortest distances covered. Acknowledge the large, obvious and apparent accomplishments.
Sometimes our yearning to achieve something is so strong that we forget to give thanks for it when it arrives. We become more attached to the hunger for it than the pleasure that it provides in and of itself.
Try not to rush past your present. Let yourself learn how to find more joy here and now. Help yourself feel the spaciousness of your days. Help yourself understand your life from a broader perspective. From a greater awareness of the entirety of it.
Give yourself a little more room. To grow. To learn. To appreciate the serendipitous connections that your daily life is now filled to the brim with. Witches are always reading the clues laid out for them by the powers that be. While your awareness of this aspect of your life comes more alive right now, make note of it. Mark down the moments. Make sure that your intuition knows that you are paying attention to it and are ready to take it seriously. The more you do, the more it becomes a remarkably practical tool to rely on.
What you break from defines you as much as what you merge with. Maybe more so. Every choice you’ve been asked to make recently seems to be one of intensifying importance.
This week is no different.
Keep clarifying your intentions by backing them up with solid actions. Step away from what doesn’t support your ability to do good in the world. The more you separate yourself from the chaos that others create, the more quietly you can make your way towards what supports you.
We don’t need to be loud to be proud.
Friday’s full moon reveals the slow-to-grow, silent but steady collaborations that you have been cultivating over the past 6 months. The partnerships in your life that have a long shelf-life will be all the more prominent over the next week. Revealing their well-earned wisdom. Revealing their ability to move with you through difficulty. Revealing their capacity to teach you about what you have to give and what it is you need to accept.
Take the good that others are offering you.
Magic can’t be made without ingredients from other sources. Be those sources human, animal, plant or energetic, Friday’s full moon is asking you to call in the favors that others have made to you. Mix your supplies with those in your coven that you covet. Open to the gifts of time, energy and love that they have to give you and allow yourself both the support and the permission to accept them.
Friday’s full moon illuminates your most important relationships. Those that you have chosen to build with. Those that you have decided to dedicate your time, energy and care to. Those that are solid sources of strength to draw upon. And give back to.
Friday’s full moon points out the partnerships that work. For you. With you. Alongside your bigger goals. Witches need other magic makers to lean on. To laugh with. To concoct potions for.
Closeness is its own magic. Care is the greatest spell to cast. Mutual growth is the sturdiest kind of cauldron to pour ourselves into. Make sure that you are giving your affections to the most sincere seekers of your attention. Those that know how to hold both the sorrow and the sweetness. The challenges and the celebrations. Your cute moments and your most distorted.
Your charms are potent right now. Your ability to attract new opportunities is only increased by the extra confidence that you are being granted through Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio. Friday’s full moon wants to help you make sure that those you are taking with you on these new journeys are also able and willing to take you on theirs. Being a force of formidable strength for others is only as good as allowing folks to be the same for you when you need it.
Friday’s full moon reveals the power of your professional habits. The sturdiness of your work. The accomplishments that you have made happen with effort and consistency.
The lead that you have been able to turn into gold.
None of us can cheat our way through true transformation. That kind of magic only takes place in cauldrons built from honesty and deciding to get something done, come what may.
Friday’s full moon would like you to witness the value of what you’ve put in motion. It would like you to appreciate your work as something apart from yourself. Once we manifest, our creation is its own being.
What does it want to give you? What can you open to and receive from it? What shelter? What respite? What nourishment?
Take a moment to appreciate what your work has become.
With so much emphasis still on the hidden aspects of your life, things might feel a little less celebratory than usual. Remember to take good care of your behind the scenes needs. With so much work demanding to be accomplished, remember to take time for yourself, guilt-free. With so much effort required of you, remember to balance out your system with some well-deserved down time.
Friday’s full moon reminds you how much sustenance can come from the creative process. How well fed you can feel when you allow your self-expression to take center stage. How important it is to play. To enjoy. To make use of any free time that appears on your calendar.
Friday’s full moon is bursting at the seams with magical properties for you to pour into your cauldrons of creativity. Its light reveals the steady efforts that you have been making to bring about your creative projects. Whether or not anyone else gets it. Appreciates it. Resonates with it. This isn’t about being understood. It’s about understanding what you need to express, allowing yourself time to do so, and accepting what comes as a result.
All things born of sincerity have their own inherent powers.
Your colleagues, peers and professional partners benefit from your ability to deepen your relationship to this aspect of yourself and your life. You are most likely teaching others through your actions what it means to be honest in public. A work in process. A person pacing themselves through insecurities, growth edges and expectations in real time.
Your professional roles are more than just what you do for a day job. Your professional roles are also your spiritual ones. As witches well know, nothing in life is separate. All matter is connected. Just as all manner of your being affects all aspects of your life. Give yourself space to explore what wants to emerge out of your creative process so that you might come to understand how to fold it into your professional one.
While you are being encouraged and rewarded for aiming high professionally, Friday’s full moon reminds you to take a moment and root down personally. The full moon reminds you of your familial foundations. The shoulders that you stand upon. The lives you have to thank for giving you yours.
The need to honor and also build upon what you come from is strong.
Friday’s full moon has you craving a weekend at home, time spent alone, or the opportunity to hang with family. It highlights the efforts that you have made to build a firm base. The strides that you have taken to help yourself feel more at home. The things that you have learned to give yourself when you feel unsafe.
No morsel of nourishment will ever go unnoticed by your soul.
Use this week to grant yourself access to deeply restorative practices if you need them. Give yourself a moment to reflect on what makes your work so personally meaningful. Take some time to connect to the root causes of your motivation to do all that you do in the world. Because there is much for you to do, try and take on in the coming months. Friday’s full moon is a mere pause in that process. A little rest stop on your journey. A refueling for the bigger bouts of energy that you’ll be required to give.
When we know how to read signs, life feels less lonely. Less foreboding. Less senseless. Even when difficult things take shape, we can parse out the impact of them. Respond to the lessons that they are providing. Grow from the thorny beauty that they provide us.
Friday’s full moon asks you to witness your life as a message. A dream. A set of symbols to decipher. Friday’s full moon reminds you of your ability to influence the situation, circumstance and situations that you find yourself in. Through understanding what the moment wants from you. Needs from you. Is trying to communicate to you.
Your life is always calling you, awaiting your response.
We can only address a problem, paradigm or predicament moment by moment. Friday’s full moon reminds you to break big dreams, aspirations and goals down into small actions, activities and intentions.
We can cast spells all day but without our efforts, that kind of magic won’t make much of an impact. Use the week to keep your agenda on track, staying close to what matters most to you. To what intrigues you. To what keeps your appetite for learning yearning for more.