THE BRIGHT SIDE OF DARKNESS

Forecast for Sunday, November 8th
Leo Last Quarter Moon at 16°37′


ॐOracular Mantra—seeing the light through the darkness…

The degree of this last quarter moon associates itself, simply, with “the surge of life and love after a major crisis…”¹

Today’s energies are offering you opportunities in cosmic course corrections, energetic editing, and punctually pivotal potentials.

Further, this degree articulates so clearly, “how brilliant the light after the long “night of the soul”! the battered but unconquered consciousness finds itself exalted in the marriage of sunbeams and rising sap; this indeed is “Release” —light and life singing in the cleansed and refreshed mind, flooded for a while by the waters of feeling…”¹

❝Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear
Here comes the sun, doo doo doo doo
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right…❞
——The Beatles; lyrics to “Here Comes the Sun”

Furthermore, this degree “reveals consciousness at its most inspiring moments of enjoyment—these “peak experiences” can operate at several levels… the first and most basic level is that of life itself, and of the overcoming of its many crises—the joy and power of new beginnings.”¹

The sun itself centers itself within and all around today’s lunarly quarterly, the sunlight itself the source of all Life… though how profoundly the sun’s light beckons the call and vibration of the entire cosmic choir in a most holy of ways today.

It cannot and will not be ignored.

Several things are occurring, unfolding, and becoming… as is the emerging theme this month.

First of all, the Scorpio sun will honor the third and final Jupiter/Pluto conjunction by sextile, exact the 12th at 22°, suggesting the building of “an outlet for aggressive emotions…” as in deeply held feelings being exposed by something of a cosmic version of a bandaid being ripped off and a startled but angry yelp following the surprise of it.

Depending upon your personal circumstances this could be minor or major in response or reaction… and today may be but the beginning of the bandaid being abrasively torn off, though today and tomorrow may feel particularly harsh.

❝Harsh ways are taught by harshness.❞
——Sophocles

As shamanic astrologer Raven Kaldera shares toward today’s moon, specifically, “the waning quarter moon attacks Leo like a shark from out of the depths… this is a moment of external betrayal.”²

But how brilliant the light after the very long “dark night of the soul”… the sweet release of light and life!

Kaldera continues that this betrayal, however, is seemingly “a double betrayal” though it may be no matter… “this is a Leo moon without the confidence of other Leo moons—on this moon we look at our failures.”²

But at the same time, again, these energies are working in an effort inclined “to clear the air… and the resolving of issues that have been building up—recovery can begin…”³

❝I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.❞
——Frida Kahlo

Secondly, Venus in Libra is opposing a retrograded Mars in Aries today and tomorrow through the fifteenth degrees—by technicality, exact tomorrow at 15°22’—suggesting its own intensity in extremes. This degree, however, supports you in your release, as long as you’ve prepared a plan, stuck to a strategy, and are willing to act accordingly.

Further, through this seemingly oppositional force, “you may have to reconstruct some usually secure part of your life, but in the future you’ll be wiser and you’ll build something stronger… rebuilding some area of your life will require patience, commitment, faith, and a sense of security and purpose—sometimes through devastation, we can truly come to grips with our own power.”³

It is also crucial to understand that this process of unfolding might be quite painful—for you or an/Other… that this might not exactly be an instant release, though the light and life bursting through almost immediately will need to be convinced otherwise. It will be important to realize that “picking yourself up and rebuilding after some harrowing or dangerous collision with reality can lead to a better, stronger and safer sense of where you can feel safe and harbored.”³

❝Your ultimate reason for staying in this crooked world is not to imitate its devastating physique, but trying do something about its ugly appearance.❞
——Michael Bassey Johnson

In other words—the metaphorical shark will definitely scare you… but you’ll get away, and it’ll be enough to scare you into (finally) taking the necessary steps toward living the life you were meant to live.

Here comes the sun, behind those dark clouds, and I say—it’ll be all right… because, frankly—it has to be.


*16°37′ at 5:46am PST; 6:46am MST; 7:46am CST; 8:46am EST
¹Rudhyar, D. “An Astrological Mandala.” Vintage Books; ©1973.
²Kaldera, R. “Moon Phase Astrology.” Destiny Books; ©2011.
³Hill, L. “360 Degrees of Wisdom.” A Plume Book; ©2004.

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