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The Universal Festival Calendar first appeared in July, 1998 as an e-mail newsletter, and has also been published online since May, 2000. It incorporates data from astronomy and astrology, Moon cycles and the sacred days and festivals of many spiritual traditions, in order to identify monthly and annual power points, when human ascension efforts are well aligned with the celestial dynamics of our galactic stagemachinery, and the life cycles of Mother Earth. The UFC aims to assist the spiritual evolution of Earth and her people by providing information useful for planning global meditations, ceremonies and gatherings that support the aim of awakening enough human beings to bring about the lifting of human consciousness into higher frequencies of mercy, compassion, wisdom and love.
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THE UNIVERSAL FESTIVAL CALENDAR
Hail, and welcome to the Universal Festival Calendar for November, 2015. This Scorpionic month of death and regeneration marks the annual passing of what must now wither, the turning of colors from the green of growth and the heart chakra to the yellow of courage and fear, the orange of desire and the deep venous red of blood and survival.
The Celts were among the ancient peoples who saw the days from Hallowe’en to the Day of the Dead on Nov. 2 as an annual hinge point that opens the door from dark to light, death and rebirth, doom and potential. This is why the Celtic New Year began, still does, with Samhain on Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 5, which commemorates, fittingly enough, the incendiary event of Guy Fawkes Day.
Like all the great feasts that the Celts called days of beginning, when the energy of each new season is highest – though they later came to be called “mid-season” or “cross quarter” festivals between the solstices and equinoxes – Samhain is a fire festival. Imbolc (Feb. 1) is the fire of quickening toward new life in the Spring, Beltaine (May 1) is the fire of passion and sexual love, and Lughnasad/ Lammas (August 1) is the alchemical fire that grows the wheat and bakes the new bread.
But Samhain has traditionally been assigned a dignity beyond all the others because it has two great themes. It honors and consumes the bones of animals slain by the tribe’s hunters – “bonfire” literally means bone fire – thereby petitioning the Great Goddess for an abundance of new meat and fur under the Hunter’s Moon. The other theme, far more important for the community’s emotional and spiritual health, is that the fire aims to burn away all grudges, ill will and other heart debris that the community needs to unload as it approaches the perilous journey from the Scorpio Black Moon (Nov. 11 this year) to the deepest of the Great Cold in late January, just before Imbolc.
The timing on all this couldn’t be more uncannily perfect now, as we are on the way to the last blast of the planetary alignment that has dominated the celestial dynamics since June, 2012.
The 90° “square” between revolutionary Uranus, the Bringer of Change, in Aries; and Pluto, the Lord of Death and Regeneration in his home sign of Capricorn, has formed exactly a total of seven times from June of 2012 until March of 2015, and each time this explosive planetary showdown and dustup has accompanied terrifically impactful changes that have usually gone unnoticed because they are happening not mainly in the realm of "reality," whatever that still means. We come increasingly to see that we live in the energetic realm of spirit, and thus do not define ourselves and our world mainly through the conventional standards of matter, motion ands force, but instead through energy, stillness and surrender to the will of Mother Earth. At least that is what more and more of us are doing.
The Epilogue Comes
From now, and even more markedly from Christmas night, when Uranus will "go direct," he will begin moving toward a near-square with Pluto, at an orb of 1°. This alignment will form right in the depth of the Great Cold, on Jan. 30. And then, as Uranus moves ahead through mid-Aries while Pluto goes retrograde, the square will begin to dissolve in mid-April and will yield in immediate importance to new planet alignments -- notably among Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune and Chiron in Pisces -- that are forming now, and will tell us much about the shape of the aftermath of nearly four years of Uranus vs. Pluto. The changes have only begun. The point of the astral terrain we navigate now is that these recent years, when Uranus and Pluto have brought again the energetic stresses of the French and Russian revolutions, and the civil unrest of the 1840's and the 1960's, is that tremendous surges in the field of consciousness are not yet understood when they unfold, but make take years to come into focus.
That is what is happening here and now, only faster, as more of us come to see through the lies and the distractions, the propaganda and the fear-pumping, and we know for an obvious fact that the bigger and louder the cracks in the Structure get, the harder the archons and their special effects artists have to work to maintain the illusion that nothing big has really happened. But it is all unraveling now, and some of it is written in fire. The island of Sumatra burns, as capitalists torch everything they can reach to clear the land for palm oil plantation. Israeli violence against the Palestinians escalates in the use of heavier, more destructive weapons against a wider array of soft targets. And Paris has just suffered a horrific bloodbath.
Another thing that has gone up in smoke is the freedom of movement that we once had within the Schengen zone of the European Union, where Europeans and visitors alike could once move freely across the borders of 22 countries. But now, in panic at the growing immigration crisis, Germany and Austria have imposed new border controls, and the Czech Republic is but one of the European nations that have virtually surrounded themselves overnight with chain link fences that are said to be "temporary" (sound effects: laughter, TV game show music, bozo horns). The Trans-Pacific Partnership has finally been enacted by countries of the Pacific basin who represent some 40% of the world's GDP, and are determined that the New Pacific Order will exclude Russia and China, and be dominated by traditional capitalists out to corner the pie, not share it.
Look! Up In the Sky! It's a City. It's an Angelic Choir. It's Blue Beam!
The more it all continues to unravel, the more spectacular and silly the political and religious theatre will get, until embarrassments such as the US presidential campaign come to seem almost sedate. One thing that is likely to start moving beyond the design and initial testing phase is Project Blue Beam. As now understood -- and more commonly misunderstood -- this term means simply a technology that can project holograms in the sky, with or without the interference medium of clouds, in such a way that divine beings, angels, historical figures, extraterrestrials and other compelling mythic images can be seen by millions of people in a city, or at large gatherings such as the Hajj in Mecca and the Kumbh Mela festival in Ahmadabad, India, or, for that matter, by hordes of refugees who are now seeking shelter and rest in Europe and the Middle East. Blue Beam also means, to many people, a political and religious strategy that aims to influence the beliefs and behaviors of great masses of people. For what purpose? That's where the opinions fly in every direction.
The term Project Blue Beam was coined by Canadian investigative journalist Serge Monast (1945 - 1996), who was officially said to have passed away at 51 from a heart attack, but is alleged to have been assassinated at the order of authorities who were determined to stop him from revealing the sinister objectives of Blue Beam as a NASA effort aimed, as the Watcher Files claims, "to implement the new age religion with the antichrist at its head." While this paranoid Christian website should be taken with more than a grain of Dead Sea salt as a classic case of our need to consider the source, it does lay out the essential steps in the implementation of Blue Beam, and, plausibly, claims that the Blue Beam images will not be designed to get everyone to accept a magical and appealing light image that will resemble Jesus, but will be anything but a being of love.
Rather, it is more likely that images of hungry, pitiless, insectile aliens from space could be projected in the sky everywhere in order to galvanize Earth's people into unity through fear of a common enemy. Jesus, the Buddha Maitreya, Alexander Nevsky, Moses and Judas Maccabaeus, El Cid, Frederick Barbarossa and other figures could be shown in order to inspire those who believe in them, in much the same way that the famous apparition of the Angels of Mons, which appeared above the battlefield in August 1914, gave the British the heart to repel an attack by a greatly superior German force.
The image of the Prophet Mohamed, peace be upon him, cannot be shown. When he is depicted, rarely, in Islamic art, he always has a veil over his face. But the great Saracen warlord Saladin could be shown, leading the Muslim army that triumphed over the French at Hattin and Jerusalem. Krishna and Arjuna could ride in their chariot through the skies over Asia while St. Michael flies with his sword aflame above Patton in the turret of his tank over the USA. The sky is no longer the limit. Beloved figures from religious legend and pop culture could appear, riveting the eyes and jiggling the juices of multitudes. Elvis. Jim Morrison. John Lennon. Joan of Arc, Marilyn Monroe and the beloved Egyptian singer Om Kalthoum. Janis Joplin tries to seduce St. Anthony, who gets her to take the veil. Michael Jackson moonwalks around the Moon. Kokopelli and Coyote get everybody to dance to their flute and drum.
The possibilities are endless, now that bizarre sights like this "City in the Clouds," in the banner image above, have begun to appear in China over the city of Foshang in Guangdong privince, and a few days later in Jiangxi. The responses to the images have been predictable. While no one, thankfully, has referred to this City in the Clouds as weather balloons or swamp gas, it has been called a Fata Morgana, that is, a mirage that can appear parallel to the horizon when an image of objects on Earth is replicated in the sky between layers of warm air near the ground and cooler air higher up. The problem here, though, is that the cloud apparitions that have appeared over Chinese cities don't look like the cities themselves. The image above is not the urban cityscape of Foshang. It's something else. In a country as polluted as China, it's possible that industrial filth and slag could gather into huge black masses up there in the clouds. But not in rectangular shapes that look like buildings. And if the City in the Clouds was indeed a Fata Morgana, a kind of copy in the sky of an image on the ground, how has it happened that the same image has appeared over two different cities?
What's appearing up there in the clouds? Are these images the results of an image projection test conducted by the Chinese? And if so, for what purpose? Until we have a clearer idea, it's worth remembering, amid the swirl of opinions, hoax calls and fantasies, who Morgan le Fay was: the nemesis of King Arthur -- whom we could see up there in a cumulus over Glastonbury before long, with Sir Galahad and the Holy Grail. Morgan was notorious for creating images of beautiful castles and cities for the purpose of luring knights to their doom. Could the same thing possibly be happening here? Of course it can, as we know for a fact that the archons who are determined to keep controlling our nations, what's left of them, and our economies, societies and cultures, will stop at nothing to sow dissension and mass hysteria if that's what's needed to keep us divided and fearful, and to impede us in gaining the unity that is in fact our unstoppable destiny.
The Universal Force
What's one encouraging sign that we're getting there? A letter written by Albert Einstein to his daughter Liesl, one of the trove of 1,400 personal letters that were bequeathed to Hebrew University in Jerusalem, with instructions that they were not to be made public until decades after Einstein’s death, has now been revealed. It proves that the great man did in fact have a very clear and simple idea about the force that holds together the Unified Field that he sought so long, apparently in vain. Einstein did find something, but chose not to announce it. Why? He tells us here:
"When I proposed the theory of relativity, very few understood me, and what I will reveal now to transmit to mankind will also collide with the misunderstanding and prejudice in the world. I ask you to guard the letters as long as necessary, years, decades, until society is advanced enough to accept what I will explain below.
"There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation to. It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been identified by us. This universal force is LOVE. When scientists looked for a unified theory of the universe they forgot the most powerful unseen force.
"Love is Light, that enlightens those who give and receive it. Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others. Love is power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness. Love unfolds and reveals. For love we live and die. Love is God and God is Love.
"This force explains everything and gives meaning to life. This is the variable that we have ignored for too long, maybe because we are afraid of love because it is the only energy in the universe that man has not learned to drive at will.
E = Lovec2
"To give visibility to love, I made a simple substitution in my most famous equation. If instead of E = mc2, we accept that the energy to heal the world can be obtained through love multiplied by the speed of light squared, we arrive at the conclusion that love is the most powerful force there is, because it has no limits."
So there we have it. Our task now is not only to hold and spread love, we already knew that, but to understand that our power to increase and project it is far beyond what we had ever imagined. But we are able to get it now, as we come to empathy, telepathy, the dissolving of false boundaries and limits, and the perception that mystical consciousness simply means the recognition that we are all one. Share the light. Send it farther. Keep Holding That Frequency.
THE UNIVERSAL FESTIVAL CALENDAR
Oct. 31 - Nov. 3 (4 days):
One of the year's four great "midseason" festivals, this one at the midpoint between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice. These days have been a critical weather marker from ancient times, as this is the week, called Hallowmas in Christian Europe, when the birds fly south, the animals migrate and hibernate for the winter, and the crops flame out in glory, yielding new food and the seeds to grow anew in the spring just before they die and decay into winter. As this moment in nature marks the onset of mortality, it has always been, in the imagination of human beings everywhere, a time of meeting between the living and the dead.
These red days of autumn pass like maple leaves in the stream, and are among the most passionate times of the year for people whose emotional bodies are engaged. Among the other festivals held all over the planet at this point in the year:
The Celtic New Year feast of Samhain, which actually begins Oct. 31, continues until Nov. 27. The time of increasing darkness from now until February is under the protection of Cailleach (the "veiled woman"). Note the resemblance to "Kali": the Witch at her most severe, the dark side of the Wise Woman aspect of the Triple Goddess.
In the Khemitian calendar, these three days are the Isia, the Feast of Aset (Isis), which commemorates the dismemberment of Ausar (Osiris) by his brother and murderer Set, and the healing and love skills of Aset in collecting and reintegrating the King's body, bringing Ausar back to life a second time -- after having already revived him once after Set first killed Ausar by apparently suffocating him inside a wooden box. The love union of Aset and Ausar after this second resurrection produces the solar hero Hor (Horus), who will seek to kill his father's murderer -- the Hamlet plot first appears on Earth -- and to restore balance in the Realm between order and chaos, life and death.
In the Norse calendar, these days are sacred to Baldur, the handsome young Adonis/Attis counterpart in Teutonic myth, as his annual moment for death and disappearance into the Earth approaches.
In the southern hemisphere, the first days of November are the spring festival of Beltaine. As Robin Mutoid writes from Australia, from early October "I clearly see the whites and pinks of plum and cherry blossom petals scattering and shining in the bright Spring light and as the birdsong, raucous with new growth and energy, caresses the Air." The year may be entering the season of death and decay up north, but Down Under, and all over the southern hemisphere, life is surging now.
Nov. 1, Sunday:
In the Wiccan calendar, sunset on this day begins Hecate Night, celebrating the most formidable aspect of the Triple Goddess.
In Haiti, Nov. 1 is the Feast of Ghede, Loa of the Dead. Days of the Dead and ancestor festivals are held in many other Native American traditions on this day.
In the USA, daylight saving time ends at 2:00am on this first Sunday in November. Set clocks back one hour.
Nov. 1 - 2, Sunday - Monday:
In Roman Catholic and some other Christian calendars, All Saints' Day on Nov. 1 is followed by All Souls' Day, a time of prayer for departed souls who have not yet achieved sainthood.
Nov. 2, Monday:
In the annual ritual play at the temple of Ra at Heliopolis, the crew of the boat that carries the Sun through the heavens speak on the principles of cosmic and earthly order, thereby reaffirming divine law in a speech contest judged by gods and men. As a teaching piece, this is one of the most important ritual plays in the year.
On the same day at the temple of Hetheru (Hathor) in Dendera, devotees of the netert of love and beauty celebrate one of her great annual festivals (month of Koiak, day 17).
Rastafarians observe the Coronation of Ras Tafari as Emperor Haile Selassie I, King of Ethiopia in 1930. The priests mark the advent of the messiah with Biblical reading and hymns.
In Mexico, where Nov. 2 is the old Aztec Day of the Dead, this is the Dia de los Muertos, celebrated with raucous festivities honoring the dead. Millions of people wear skull hats and skeleton suits, and gather to sing, dance and play the Comedy of the Dead.
Mercury enters Scorpio, not one of his favorite places, as Mercury's communicativeness can't operate at its freest comfort amid the secrecy of the Scorpion, and his Gemini directness and ebullience in communication is muted and controlled within Scorpio's secretiveness and dread of being seen to have made a mistake. His mentality will be apt to turn self-critical and negating in the week following the Scorpio Black Moon of Nov. 11.
Nov. 2 - 3, Tuesday - Wednesday:
Southern Taurid meteor shower peaks in the evening of 11/2 Hawaii Time, in the morning of 11/3 UT. The Moon is waning at her third quarter now, so viewing will be fair to good.
Nov. 3, Tuesday:
In the Tibetan Buddhist calendar, this eighth day after the Taurus Full Moon is Lha Bab Duchen, the autumn festival that celebrates Buddha Shakyamuni's descent from the Tushita Heaven, where he had gone for three months, in a gesture of gratitude to his mother, to teach her, and other gods and goddesses, the secrets of release from samsara, the seemingly endless round of birth and death. This festival climaxes on the 22nd day of the 9th lunar month, when the Buddha finally descended from Heaven, after having first agreed -- in response to entreaties for his return to Earth -- to descend on the 15th day. As this feast honors the Buddha's mother, it has the status of Mother's Day in the Tibetan tradition.
In the Celtic calendar, Nov. 3 is said to be an especially favorable day for new journeys and enterprises. Hunters often utilized it.
The Irish celebrate this day as the feast of the great prophet and visionary St. Malachy, the "Irish Nostradamus."
Nov. 4, Wednesday:
This day is the Baha'i feast honoring the Deity as Qudrat -- Divine Power.
Nov. 5, Thursday:
Remember, remember the fifth of November / Gunpowder, treason and plot. / We know no reason why gunpowder treason / Should ever be forgot.
Nov. 5 is best known in English-speaking countries as Guy Fawkes Day, which commemorates the arrest and execution of the man who in 1605 led the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the British Parliament. This event, marked with fireworks and the burning of "the old Guy" in effigy, superseded an earlier Celtic Samhain rite in which images of the sufferings and evil spirits of the old year were burned to purify the new year. While officially seen as a mentally unfastened incendiary, Fawkes has always been beloved by those who favor increased freedom at almost any cost. Best new retelling of his story: the Wachowski brothers' film V for Vendetta.
Nov. 7, Saturday:
An important day in modern spiritual history, as it was on this day in 1993 that the Re-Imagining Conference emphasized the importance of the feminine principles of Holy Wisdom (Sophia) and the sacredness of female spirituality within the mainstream Christian tradition.
Nov. 8, Sunday:
In the Celtic tradition, this is the day each year when Gwynn ap Nudd, god of light born of darkness and king of the fairies, opens the door to his kingdom. This day is observed especially at the psychic portal of Glastonbury Tor, one of Britain's most important sacred sites.
Venus enters Libra, the sign of her rulership as mother (as Taurus is the sign she rules as goddess of love and beauty). While she is in this sign, her emphasis is on the productive sexuality of motherhood -- though her famously mischievous son Eros/Cupid has her most playful qualities. The true rulership of this sign may be mature matriarch Hera/Juno, whose planetary orbit of four years deserves further study for the role of Libra in weighing and allocating all kinds of human harvests. Venus will be in Libra until Dec. 5.
Nov. 8 - 11, four days:
One of the world's most spectacular and joyous festivals begins today, and climaxes four days from now at the Scorpio Black Moon. Called Diwali in northern India, Deepawali in the south, this lunar New Year is a Feast of Lights so beloved that it is celebrated not only by Hindus, but by Jains, Sikhs and almost everyone else in India. The days are sacred to Vishnu the Preserver and Lakshmi, beneficent goddess of health and increase.
Also in the Hindu calendar, the pitch darkness of this Dark Moon is also Kali Puja, honoring the Maha Devi, in her severe, purifying form as the energy of death, violent transformation, and renewal. Her four arms, shown here, hold a trident, a bloody sword, a severed head and a bowl symbolizing the blessings she grants to those who her devotees. Her name means "Time," and marks the great cycles of the cosmic wheel, including the Kali Yuga, or Dark Time, which now either to its climax before a new cycle begins, or has recently passed into a new Dwapara Yuga and rising trend of consciousness, depending on which expert estimate we accept. While Kali's feast does not always come in the appropriate slot of the Scorpio Dark Moon, it does so this year and coincides with Diwali, so that the mysterious bond of deep darkness and light is celebrated on the same day.
Nov. 9, Monday:
In the Roman Catholic calendar, this is the feast of St. Theodore Tyro, hero of one of the most celebrated martyrdom stories from the persecutions of Diocletian in the early 4th century. Theodore, a Christian officer in the Roman army decades before it was healthy to be one, used the leniency of his commander -- who gave Theodore several chances to renounce his faith -- as the vehicle for glowing speeches that inspired new martyrs in the decades before Constantine the Great made Christianity the state religion of the empire (336). It was reported that when Theodore was finally burned, his soul shot up into the sky in a flash of white light.
In the sacred solar calendar of the ancient Khemitians (aka Egyptians), Nov. 9 is a day of fearful, sad remembrance, as are many days in the depth of the dying season in the month of Scorpio. According to the ancient legends, it is on the 17th day of Hethara month, sacred to Het-Hor, aka Hathor, that Set pulls the murderous box trick on Ausar (Osiris), sealing and apparently suffocating the king in a gorgeously decorated casket presented as the prize in a party game. Set and his henchmen throw the box in the Nile, who carries it to the sea. Queen Aset (Isis) must now go in search of it, and her journey begins on this day with the canticle of Lamentations of Aset and Nebt-het (aka Nepththys) for Ausar. The whole story is at Hermes3 in When It Rained in Egypt.
Manly P. Hall writes in The Secret Teachings of All Ages that the day Osiris got into the box and began a journey by water – in the water month of Scorpio – was the same day that Noah and his family boarded the ark as the rain began to fall.
Nov. 10, Tuesday:
Birthday of Martin Luther (1483), whose action of dispute against the Church of Rome in 1517 launched the Protestant Reformation. He was a typical Scorpio character in many respects, from his generic black Scorpio garb to the avid, eager sexuality and the decisiveness to the point of finality. The last of these is naturally associated with the 8th house of the astral wheel, home of Pluto, lord of Scorpio. This is the house of death and transformation, most comfortable for those who aim to sweep away the old and bring the new.
Born on the same day, in 1463, was another authentic genius of the 16th century. Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus (born Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim) was physician, alchemist, and tireless champion of a new medicine that would be based on practical experiment, not blind acceptance of traditional authorities. His name means "beyond Celsus," the ancient Roman physician. Paracelsus' public burning of Galen's works in Basel was as revolutionary as, and likely much more theatrical than, Luther's posting of his 95 theses at Wittenberg.
Nov. 11, Wednesday, 7:48am HT, 5:48pm UT:
Dark Moon conjunct Sun in Scorpio. Nowhere in the zodiac does the Moon go through such a reversal of energy and power as she does while the Sun is in Scorpio. At the Full Moon of Scorpio month (11/17), the Moon is advantageously placed in the Venus-ruled sign of Taurus, but at the Dark Moon she is in Scorpio, where she is "in fall", her powers weakened. This is one reason why our emphasis shifts off the emotional plane now to the simple practical business of storing the fuel, getting the harvest in, getting repairs made before the snows come.
This Dark Moon is highly advantageous, as the Moon-Sun pair in Scorpio is at a 120° trine to Chiron the healer in Pisces, and at a 60° sextile to Jupiter in Virgo, so that wounds and and imaginary limits to happier and more harmonious outcomes can now be seen through and dispelled.
Nov. 11, Wednesday:
Birthday (1922) of the admired American novelist, satirist and wry teacher of compassion Kurt Vonnegut, whose often dark, stinging view of humanity is typical in some ways of other artists (notably Voltaire, born Nov. 21) who arrived on the planet in Scorpio month.
Also born on this day (1821): Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, whose stories of the dark night of the soul and deep, turbulent psychic states carry the Scorpionic themes of death and regeneration.
In the Norse calendar, 11/11 is Einherjar, commemorating fallen heroes and honoring the 432,000 spirit warriors who guard Valhalla. This was the date chosen as Armistice Day at the end of World War I, and is celebrated annually as Veterans' Day in the United States.
Nov. 11 - 17 (one week):
This Scorpionic day of the dead coincides with another Teutonic rite of remembrance. On this day Hod, the lord of darkness, was said to have tossed a holly wand -- out of playful carelessness, not malice -- that pierced and killed Baldur, the beautiful young god of beauty and light. He is mourned now by his beloved Nanna, goddess of flowers, with whom he will be reunited in spring after he is born again, along with many other deities of light, on Dec. 25.
Nov. 12, Thursday:
Birthday (1817) of Mirza Husayn Ali Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i faith, the first world religion to recognize officially the equality of all genders and peoples.
In ancient Greece and Rome, the festivals of Zeus and Jupiter are celebrated on this day.
In the Mayan calendar systems, this day begins the Uinal of Maize, the seventh of the 20-day Uinals in the current cycle of the Tzolkin, or 260-day calendar (4 Imix, Tzolkin 121). The principle that rules this Uinal is Proliferation. This uinal is advantageous for medicine, birthing and prophecy. Its symbol is the Butterfly.
Mars enters Libra. The good news in this placement is that teamwork is highly favored, and an affable, engaging manner can bring success. The tough news is that Mars is said to be "in detriment" in Libra, apt to create ill will with too much spontaneity in what he says and does. Best to aim carefully at a target other than your own foot before speaking, especially to those who ask for your honest opinion, but are really fishing for praise. Mars will be here in Libra until Jan. 3.
Nov. 12 - 14 (3 days):
In the Khemitian calendar, re-enactment of one of the most poignant parts of the story of Aset and Ausar (Isis and Osiris), as Aset seeks the body of the murdered Ausar, only to find that he and the box he's in are both inside a massive tree trunk that is holding up the royal palace of Byblos. How Aset grieves for her husband, finally gets him back, and begins the process of healing and reviving him, is the ritual play for this climactic festival of the month of Koiak (days 27 - 29). The episodes of Isis in Byblos begin at Scene 12 of When It Rained in Egypt.
Nov. 13, Friday:
In the Celtic/Druidic and Wiccan calendars, the November New Moon that follows the Dark Moon of Nov. 22 is called Dead Moon, as it falls in the Scorpio month of death and renewal, and is often close to the festivals of the dead in late October and early November. This New Moon is also called the Falling Leaf Moon.
For the Pueblo, Hopi and Zuni peoples, this New Moon is the Ancestors Festival. Food offerings are placed in lakes, streams and rivers, with prayers of thanksgiving and petition to the waters that bring life and bear away the souls of the departed.
Nov. 16, Monday:
In the Khemitian calendar, first day of Peret, the spring sowing season and the month of Tybi, sacred to Min, neter of love. On the same day, festival of Bastet, the cat netert, the watcher and protector.
Nov. 17, Tuesday:
In the Persian Calendar, this day marks the feast of Ardvi Sura, also called Anahita, the primeval Iranian goddess associated with "the waters," and thus linked also with wisdom, and the lunar forces of healing and fertility. Like many other goddesses whose rites have been suppressed by patriarchal authorities, in this case the Sassanid dynasty and then Islam, she remains beloved by her people.
Nov. 17 - 18 (two days):
The Leonid meteor shower peaks today. The Leonids are the most highly variable of all the notable meteor showers, ranging from spectacular displays to little or no action from one year to another. This year's will be impaired, coming as it does at the Moon's waxing quarter phase.
Nov. 20, Friday:
This day is sacred to the memory, and now marks the widening influence, of the Christian mystic Meister Eckhart (1260 - 1327), whose spiritual exercises emphasized the soul's responsibility for self-perfecting through a fourfold process of Creation, Affirmation, Negation and Transformation. He bears a stalk of lilies not only as an emblem of purity, but because he was a notable exception to the usual truth that "it is not in the nature of the intellect to display kindness" (Omraam Mikhael Aivhanov). He was, it is reported, a rare combination of gentleness and formidable intelligence.
On this day Mercury enters Sagittarius, perhaps his least happy advantageous placement, where he is said to be "in detriment", dominated by the far more powerful energy of Jupiter, who rules this sign. While in Sagittarius, Mercury plays what could be called the Dilbert aspect of doing one's best to survive the ineptitude and indifference of a boss who did not exactly invent people skills in an earlier life. It does not greatly help matters that Mercury will transit through conjunction with Saturn from Nov. 22 through the end of the month.
In the Khemitian calendar, 11/20 is the ceremony of Sekhmet and the purifying flame, starting a four-day cycle honoring the lioness netert in her aspect as the purifying fire (Month of Tybi, day 5).
Nov. 22, Sunday, 5:26 am HT, 3:36pm UT:
The Sun enters Sagittarius, and the month of the Archer begins. Now that the harvest is gathered and secured, the time of looking farther ahead commences in the drawing of strategic plans. As Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, matters of mundane government and law, and also higher laws of metaphysics are emphasized now.
The identity and role of Sagittarius hinge on the question of what he has on the point of the arrow he's aiming at the Scorpion's heart. If it's a poison, then the Archer threatens to kill the Scorpion. But as the Archer is actually the celebrated healer Chiron, placed in the sky by Zeus to honor his wisdom and compassion, the Archer is in fact firing a medicine arrow that can deliver the Scorpion from the sting of its own self-biting energy of excess, sexual flameout, death and transformation.
This day is important as a weather marker, as it comes a month before the Winter Solstice, and also gives the farmers one more warning to get the crop in at once. This is why many harvest festivals are celebrated now.
Nov. 22, Sunday:
In the Roman Catholic calendar, feast of St. Cecilia, mythic patron saint of music, an imaginary saint whose fabricated story was this: For the Christians of Rome in the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161 - 180), the beautiful and brilliant Cecilia was an inestimable prize. Daughter of the Caecilii, one of Rome's wealthy and prestigious patrician clans, Cecilia was among the first, if not the first, Christian convert to come from the ancient nobility. Her connection with music is unclear, though it is known that, with a sure sense of drama and evangelical nerve, Cecilia chose the moment of the prothalamium -- the solemn hymn at the beginning of her wedding ceremony -- to announce to her would-be husband Valerian and a stunned crowd of gowns and togas that she was consecrating her virginity to "a spouse you know not of." She was beheaded after a hot air bath that was heated to seven times its normal temperature failed to cook so much as a light sweat out of her miraculously cool body.
In some Native American calendars, the Month of the Elk begins.
The famous Hopi and Zuni festival of Shalako is usually held at this Black Moon, amid the pitch darkness that is needed for the opening of these rites. Shalako, like the Japanese On-Matsuri and many other early winter festivals, begins as sacred images -- here the kachinas -- are removed from their shrines under cover of deep darkness, to be cleaned and restored to their places in the kiva just before the next Full Moon on Dec. 6.
Nov. 22 - 24 (3 days):
These harvest days of November are celebrated as well as a time when hunting is good. 11/22 - 24 are sacred in the Greek and Roman calendar to the goddess Artemis-Diana in her aspect as divine huntress and destroyer.
Nov. 23, Monday:
In the Khemitian calendar, 9th day of the month of Tybi. Day of offerings to Sekhmet, and also of a feast of lights honoring Aset and Asar (Isis and Osiris).
This day is also the Baha'i feast honoring the Deity as Quwl, Sacred Speech.
Nov. 25, Wednesday, 12:45pm HT; 10:45pm UT:
Full Moon in Gemini, opposite Sun in Sagittarius. This Full Moon is typically one of the year's most festive and joyous, combining as it does the hearty enthusiasm and cheer of Jupiter, ruler of the sign of the Archer, and the quick communicativeness of Mercury, who rules Gemini, both aligned at the feast-while-you-can moment just before the onset of winter.
This Full Moon is powerful and complex. The Sagittarius Sun is in a triple conjunction with Mercury and Saturn, while the Gemini Moon is in a Grand Trine with Ceres in Aquarius and the North Moon's Node in Libra. The practical effect of all this is that we can practice the productive teamwork of allocating the harvest on many levels, and our efforts will prove most effective if we are able to minimize unnecessary talk, especially the adversarial talk of ego clinging and disputation.
Nov. 25, Wednesday:
Among the Yoruba and Santeria peoples, this day is one of the year's holiest and most solemn festivals, honoring Oya, Orisha of death and rebirth.
This day is Nanak Jayanti, celebrating the birthday (1469) of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib, founder of the Sikh religion. He articulated the key doctrine that divinity is to be found within oneself, and that the devotee may merge the human soul with the Divine Spirit by invoking Akal Purakh, one of the sacred names of God. While the feast of Guru Nanak is movable within the Sikh lunisolar calendar, it almost always falls in the month of Kartik (October-November).
Nov. 26, Thursday:
This fourth Thursday in November is American Thanksgiving Day.
Nov. 28, Saturday:
n the Khemitian calendar, Nov. 28 is one of the year's major days for festivals of the netert (fem. of neter, the "divine" forces that manifest in nature, a word that comes from neter). On this day the feasts of Het-heru (Hathor) and Sekhmet are held, along with ceremonies to preserve the purity of truth, embodied as Ma'at, the netert of Truth (Tybi day 13).
In the ancient Greco-Roman calendar, this day is sacred to Astraea, the "star goddess", daughter of Zeus and Themis, who lived on earth during the Golden Age, then went to live in the heavens when life among humankind turned coarser. Like the day of Persephone (Nov. 25), this day represents the retreat of light and warmth from the Earth at the onset of winter. Astraea is often identified with the constellation Virgo, as shown here, and with Libra, whose scales she bears as the symbol of justice.
This day is also the birthday (1757) of the English mystical artist and poet William Blake. His is one of the significant Sagittarian dates that mark a change in emphasis from Scorpio month, with its artists of transformation (Luther, Paracelsus) dark psychological states (Dostoyevsky) and satire (Voltaire, Vonnegut) to the broad optimistic, sweeping vision of Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius, as reflected in Blake’s all-encompassing view of Heaven, Hell and Earth. "The road of excess," he wrote, "leads to the palace of wisdom."
In the Baha’i calendar, this day marks the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha, son of the founder of the faith, in 1921. This day, following the Day of the Covenant on Nov. 26, is the second of the two holy days that complete the annual sacred year of the Baha’i.
In the Roman Catholic calendar, this is the first of the four Sundays in the season of Advent, leading to Christmas.
In the Christian cycle of saints' days, this day is celebrated as the feast of St. Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, Russia and Greece. The saint's name is a variant on the Greek Andros, "the man," an aspect of Dionysus who personified male virility. X marks the spot where this saint's iconography is concerned, as his crucifixion is said to have added the indignity of his having been splayed on an X-shaped cross, visible as the cross of Scotland in the union jack.
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