“There is nothing permanent except change.” -Heraclitus
I often desire change in my life. I look forward to change and when I envision my life in the future, I fantasize about all the ways my life will be changed. However what I do not fantasize about is what might need to happen for those changes to occur. For example, I love thinking about where my career will be in 5 years and how it will have changed and grown, however what I do not love thinking about is the sacrifices I will have to make it order for my career to be where I desire it to be or perhaps what habits I might have to shed to put more energy into my career. It's like if I could I would wake up and everything would be exactly how I want it, but that is not how change occurs. True transformation happens because we are willing to accept the changes that must be made on all levels in our lives. When we are committed to full transformation we must be accepting of impermanence and the nature that all things will and have to change in order to create transformation. With each new beginning, an ending also occurs.
This November, our New Moon occurs in the sign of Scorpio which rules all transformations. A transformation cannot be born unless there has been a death. Death gives way to birth. Scorpio reminds us of this natural process of existence. Additionally this month we have Mercury retrograding from Sagittarius into Scorpio. When planet Mercury retrogrades, we are bound to be humbled by changes, and challenged to unconditionally accept the challenges that come with a retrograde. What we can practice during this time though is acceptance and allowing. We have a ripe opportunity to allow for changes and transformations to occur, and instead of fighting them, to welcome them with trust.
Change is inevitable, as are endings. As endings draw near, so do new beginnings.
Scorpio: It's your birthday time of year. With this birthday, what are you willing to let go about yourself in order to allow yourself to be rebirthed into your most powerful self? There is something or some habits that will have to be put to rest for you to live the life that you deeply desire. Make the change now.
Sagittarius: What ways are you holding yourself back unconsciously? In order for you to continue on your journey and fulfill yourself, it may be worthwhile to take some time and notice the subconscious ways you speak to yourself. Great time to start a meditation or spiritual practice (whatever form) and observe yourself without judgement.
Capricorn: Even though you are a born leader, are there ways in which you hold back from that power within you? It's time to surround yourself by friends who believe in you and in your leadership potential. Put the other friendships to rest, and nurture yourself with the ones that support you.
Aquarius: What do you want to be when you grow up Aquarius? With Mercury retrograding, this may not be the time to quit your job, but it would be a good time to re-evaluate if you are being fulfilled by your current career, and if not, to start reaching out to people and places that may help you bridge the gap between your heart and your career.
Pisces: In order to get to the next level, you must invest in your learning. Learning comes from all areas – not only schools, but what does make schools effective is consistency and accountability. You may find that part of what you want requires consistency and accountability. Make it a habit to learn and learn consistently.
Aries: Mercury is retrograding through your house of transformation for most of the retrograde. You may find that your fiery nature feels quicker than usual to spark, and you might find yourself frustrated that things aren't happening when you want them. Be patient. Practice sitting with the discomfort and being patient. The change is happening.
Taurus: Relationships are similar to a garden. They produce beautiful fruits and flowers when taken care of, but they are also prone to weeds and death when neglected. With Mercury moving retrograde through your house of relationships, there is bound to be some changes occurring your relationships. Will you water the garden or neglect it?
Gemini: Re-evaluating parts of your routine would serve you this month. You don't necessarily have to make changes to your routine, especially as Mercury retrogrades, but you will want to re-evaluate what is working for you. Perhaps oversleeping through your alarm is a sign to not stay up so late, etc. Look for the signs of what needs to be shifted.
Cancer: Most of the month Mercury moves through your house of creativity and romance. This is not a personal attack from the skies, but a way for you to slow down. You often spend much time putting your energy outward, tune that energy inward to cultivate lovingkindness toward yourself.
Leo: This month, you may be feeling the urge to shift the space you call home. Perhaps this month could be great to re-vamp the home and add soe new pillows, curtains or a fresh coat of paint. Hold off on buying big electronics because of Mercury Retrograde. You may also feel like it's time to move – start scouting new places you feel you can grow into.
Virgo: Treat November like it's your first day of kindergarten. You have gone through some changes over the fall and summer, and now its time to put those new changes into effect gently and with the same innocence as a 5 year old. It's okay that you have not perfected something yet, just keep practicing and trying.
Libra: It's no longer serving you to accept less than you deserve. This month, it may be time to spend time building your self confidence. Self confidence is different than the ego. Your self confidence not only serves you, it serves all you encounter. It inspires those that you meet and empowers them to feel good about them self as well. Put the negative self talk to rest.
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Shirley Kali Johnson, native New Yorker and San Francisco Bay Area-based, is a student of transpersonal psychology, yoga, and astrology. She has been studying astrology since the tender age of 5 years old and is thankful to share her love for the celestial bodies. She is available for Astrology Counseling, Reiki Healing, and Yoga. For more info or to join her mailing list, please go to www.soulisticwellness.com