Heavenly bodies wax poetic, as well as philosophical, during the coming weeks, and their musings stir human hearts and minds to feel, as well as to think, deeply, about who we are and what we desire as individuals and as a collective. But this contemplative signature is anything but stodgy, particularly this week, as the stars deliver surprising insights into closed or restricted areas, especially topics or terrain previously labeled taboo. Expect unpredictable wells of tears or bursts of laughter, as different layers of meaning strike poignant chords of recognition. Also anticipate being astonished by the intensity of your reactions or the reactions of others. For as we move through this week and the next several weeks, daily life is likely to resemble a mythic realm, populated by larger-than-life characters and astonishing events. A realm where heaven and earth are connected through our perceptions, participation, and choices.
Here, in America, Thanksgiving, our national holiday of gratitude, signals the start of the festival season, the time of year in the Northern Hemisphere when the days grow darker and the approach of the winter solstice invites us to conserve our energy by turning inward through quiet contemplation. But given the simultaneous cultural invitation to party, revel, and shop till you drop, the call to introspection isn’t always acknowledged or accepted.
From a psychological perspective, the coming weeks are the season when fragile hearts strain to measure personal reality against the onslaught of fantasy and pretense. Nothing in real life looks as good as an art-directed Thanksgiving with its airbrushed turkey. Or, a lavish Christmas Eve in a picture-perfect home that is impervious to poverty, disappointment, struggle, abuse, or alcoholic rants. In Hallmark Land, no one ever falls face down in the eggnog or suffers from an eating disorder or has lost a limb to war.
From an astrological perspective, the source of both poetry and philosophy is a Jupiter/Pluto conjunction in Sagittarius, a combination that won’t happen again until 2244. Jupiter is a great big benevolent planet that signifies good fortune, laughter, and optimism. Pluto is a non-stop, singular symbol of transformation. Sagittarius is the Sign of belief systems. When Jupiter and Pluto unite in Sagittarius, everyone from your favorite professor to your pet turtle feels the need to express an opinion about the nature of existence. While this conjunction is exact on December 11, we’re well within the range of its influence now, and that translates into enormously interesting conversation around the holiday dinner table.
What’s more, a Grand Trine in Water between Mercury, in Scorpio, Mars, in Cancer, and Uranus, in Pisces, heightens intuition, enabling even the unrepentant materialists among us to consider the possibility of extraordinary powers of perception. Water Signs are emotional, it’s true, and one of the reasons for that may be a hypersensitivity to what isn’t being said or expressed and can only be felt. This Grand Trine will unlock some of what’s been held back, and because Uranus also instigates surprises, you can expect much of what is revealed to have a staggering and immediate effect.
During the next several weeks, as we are bombarded with images of what life should be, many of us could become increasingly despairing about what life is. And that’s a shame. Because even though life may not be what we want it to be, it is still precious and worthy of appreciation. Being thankful for life, despite its difficulties, is not a form of denial. It’s an affirmation of the Sacred, which makes itself known through each of us as living, breathing manifestations of spirit.