Planting the seeds of the new year comes easily this Samhain, as
a waning Moon in the heart-centered sign of Leo draws our attention
inward. Mercury in Scorpio and Venus retrograde (also in Scorpio),
add an even greater intensity to relationships now, reminding us to
pay attention to the past before we move forward into the future.
On October 28, the warrior planet Mars transited into the buoyant fire sign of Sagittarius, bringing an optimistic and hopeful energy
to the Samhain planetary landscape. Now we can begin to dream in
the dark, nurturing our plans and wishes for the future. Jupiter’s ongoing conjunction to Uranus in Pisces adds support to this Sagittarius
influence, expanding our imagination and vision and encouraging us
to move forward in new and unusual ways. This planetary combination also opens our hearts, broadening our concept of love and connection. With Jupiter still retrograde on Samhain Eve, this is a time to
explore our inner growth and wisdom, trusting our hearts to guide us
in the right direction as we move forward into the darkest time of the
year. Both Jupiter and Venus go direct on November 18, allowing us
to begin to move forward with the plans and relationships that may
have seemed to be on hold throughout October and early November.
As the planet of growth (Jupiter) and the planet of love (Venus) begin to pick up speed throughout late November, we will have an opportunity to create new possibilities in love and relationships, opening up
to bigger and better ways of both giving and receiving.
Venus Retrograde Samhain Ritual
Venus, the planet of love and relationships, is retrograde on Samhain in the sign of Scorpio. The retrograde motion of Venus during
the Samhain season makes it a good time to release old hurts and
bitterness from past relationships, or issues that may be holding you
back in a current love situation. Venus in Scorpio brings a great intensity and depth to love, but this energy may also make it harder to
let go of something that is really dead and gone. The retrograde motion of Venus at this time helps us to review and reflect on old patterns in love that may be keeping us from experiencing even greater
intimacy and connection in our current relationships.
Venus Retrograde Reflection Ritual
Use the Samhain season’s energy to rejuvenate your relationships
with a ritual designed to make the most of the Venus in Scorpio
retrograde cycle. On Samhain Eve, find a mirror that reflects your
whole body and sit comfortably in front of it. Light a white candle
for purity and openness and prepare a bowl of salt water to set on
your altar. As you gaze into the mirror, imagine all the hurts and
bitterness that you might still be holding on to from old fights, betrayals, or misunderstandings. Speaking to your reflection, name
the hurt or situation that you have been holding on to and then say,
“I release this (person, situation, hurt), with love, so that I can move
forward.” Keep repeating this about each issue until you feel cleansed
and cleared, then dip your hands into the salt water, anointing the
parts of your body where you have held these feelings.
Planets in Direct Motion
In November, three planets move forward, introducing a time of renewed progress and action into our lives. Neptune, the planet of dreams, creativity, and spirituality, turns direct on November 7. Neptune has been retrograde since May 31, lending a dreamy and
subtly introspective quality to the summer and fall. When Neptune
goes direct, we have an opportunity to envision our dreams more
clearly and also to gain a new perspective and sense of understanding about what we want to manifest in the world. Our spiritual
growth and creativity turn outward, drawing on the inward and reflective time of the Neptune retrograde period. Neptune moves forward in Aquarius, emphasizing a collective understanding of unity,
connection, and shared dreams for the future. Now is the time when
we may evolve as a human race, united and together, rather than
separate and alone.
On November 18, both Venus and Jupiter go direct. Venus, the
planet of love, values, and resources, went retrograde in Scorpio on
October 8. Venus retrograde can bring encounters with lovers and
relationships from the past and may require a revised approach to
finances and other money matters. When Venus goes direct, we can
take what we learned from the retrograde period and apply it in the
world. Relationships become more straightforward now and we are
able to let go of any patterns and issues that may have held us back
in the past.
Jupiter, the planet of expansion, luck, and risk-taking, has been
retrograde since July 23. During this time we have had a chance
to reassess what we want to grow or expand in our lives, taking a
second look at these life areas and revising plans and projects as
necessary. When Jupiter goes direct on November 18, we can move
forward again, taking action out in the world and nurturing new
growth into form. This is a good time to take risks and expand
boundaries, having confidence that our luck will hold.
November 21–Full Moon in Taurus
New and Full Moons
November 6–New Moon in Scorpio
The New Moon in Scorpio on November 6 is conjunct the Sun,
just as Venus was when it went retrograde back in October. Use the
power of this Venus-enhanced New Moon to bring your attention
to letting go of the old in Venus-related matters and welcoming in
the new. Now is the time to plant the seeds of new beginnings—not
just in love and romance, but also in regard to money and finances.
Partnerships with others, both business and romantic, are in the
spotlight on this New Moon. Take the time now to set intentions
and make wishes that relate to shared resources, sexuality, intimacy,
and deep energetic connections.
The Full Moon in Taurus on November 21 brings our focus to integrating the mystical into the mundane. This earthy lunar event
includes a square aspect from spiritual Neptune and a sextile from
quirky Uranus. Awareness comes now of how our individual values
intersect with collective or community values. The light of the Full
Moon awakens us to the influence of magic and mystery in our lives.
We may find it easier, with Uranus’ electric influence on this Full
Moon, to experiment with new ways of making money or building
our resources. Neptune could bring challenges to our ability to see
clearly, so it can be important to get an outside perspective before
taking any big risks now.
Taurus Full Moon Ritual
Build an altar with objects or pictures of the qualities and experiences that you value or find meaningful in life. Light a purple candle on the night of the Full Moon and meditate on how to live in
a way that is more closely aligned with your values. How can you
surround yourself with the people, experiences, and things that are
most important to you? What do you need to change or transform
to make this happen?
If answers arise, write them down in your Book of Shadows or a
journal to be read at the Dark Moon as a reminder of what is important to you. Watch for signs of your values manifesting during the
month following this Full Moon.