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Happiest of Thanksviging to You All!

Happiest of Thanksgivings to you all. I am reminded of how grateful I am for all the blessings and not so blessings in my life. It is a very rich life and one of my making. As I prepare the cooking and then feeding frenzy of this Thanksgiving Holiday, I wondered when the first one was and what they would have been eating. I love Google…….Here is some info from

The First Thanksgiving
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. This harvest meal has become a symbol of cooperation and interaction between English colonists and Native Americans. Although this feast is considered by many to be the very first Thanksgiving celebration, it was actually in keeping with a long tradition of celebrating the harvest and giving thanks for a successful bounty of crops. Native American groups throughout the Americas, including the Pueblo, Cherokee, Creek and many others organized harvest festivals, ceremonial dances, and other celebrations of thanks for centuries before the arrival of Europeans in North America.

Historians have also recorded other ceremonies of thanks among European settlers in North America, including British colonists in Berkeley Plantation, Virginia. At this site near the Charles River in December of 1619, a group of British settlers led by Captain John Woodlief knelt in prayer and pledged “Thanksgiving” to God for their healthy arrival after a long voyage across the Atlantic. This event has been acknowledged by some scholars and writers as the official first Thanksgiving among European settlers on record. Whether at Plymouth, Berkeley Plantation, or throughout the Americas, celebrations of thanks have held great meaning and importance over time. The legacy of thanks, and particularly of the feast, have survived the centuries as people throughout the United States gather family, friends, and enormous amounts of food for their yearly Thanksgiving meal.

What Was Actually on the Menu?
What foods topped the table at the first harvest feast? Historians aren’t completely certain about the full bounty, but it’s safe to say the pilgrims weren’t gobbling up pumpkin pie or playing with their mashed potatoes. Following is a list of the foods that were available to the colonists at the time of the 1621 feast. However, the only two items that historians know for sure were on the menu are venison and wild fowl, which are mentioned in primary sources. The most detailed description of the “First Thanksgiving” comes from Edward Winslow from A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, in 1621:

“Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, among other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed upon our governor, and upon the captain, and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”

Did you know that lobster, seal and swans were on the Pilgrims’ menu? Learn more…

Seventeenth Century Table Manners:
The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers. They wiped their hands on large cloth napkins which they also used to pick up hot morsels of food. Salt would have been on the table at the harvest feast, and people would have sprinkled it on their food. Pepper, however, was something that they used for cooking but wasn’t available on the table.

In the seventeenth century, a person’s social standing determined what he or she ate. The best food was placed next to the most important people. People didn’t tend to sample everything that was on the table (as we do today), they just ate what was closest to them.

Serving in the seventeenth century was very different from serving today. People weren’t served their meals individually. Foods were served onto the table and then people took the food from the table and ate it. All the servers had to do was move the food from the place where it was cooked onto the table.

Pilgrims didn’t eat in courses as we do today. All of the different types of foods were placed on the table at the same time and people ate in any order they chose. Sometimes there were two courses, but each of them would contain both meat dishes, puddings, and sweets.

More Meat, Less Vegetables
Our modern Thanksgiving repast is centered around the turkey, but that certainly wasn’t the case at the pilgrims’s feasts. Their meals included many different meats. Vegetable dishes, one of the main components of our modern celebration, didn’t really play a large part in the feast mentality of the seventeenth century. Depending on the time of year, many vegetables weren’t available to the colonists.

The pilgrims probably didn’t have pies or anything sweet at the harvest feast. They had brought some sugar with them on the Mayflower but by the time of the feast, the supply had dwindled. Also, they didn’t have an oven so pies and cakes and breads were not possible at all. The food that was eaten at the harvest feast would have seemed fatty by 1990′s standards, but it was probably more healthy for the pilgrims than it would be for people today. The colonists were more active and needed more protein. Heart attack was the least of their worries. They were more concerned about the plague and pox.

Surprisingly Spicy Cooking
People tend to think of English food at bland, but, in fact, the pilgrims used many spices, including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pepper, and dried fruit, in sauces for meats. In the seventeenth century, cooks did not use proportions or talk about teaspoons and tablespoons. Instead, they just improvised. The best way to cook things in the seventeenth century was to roast them. Among the pilgrims, someone was assigned to sit for hours at a time and turn the spit to make sure the meat was evenly done.

Since the pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians had no refrigeration in the seventeenth century, they tended to dry a lot of their foods to preserve them. They dried Indian corn, hams, fish, and herbs.

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Signs of Times

Pluto returns to Capricorn today until January 2024. The effects of such a long-term transit are unlikely to be obvious today, yet this is an epic event that marks a major cultural shift. Although this is largely about collective change, there is individual work to do as well. Integrity is especially important, not so much in how we behave with one another, but in recognizing our own truths and acting on them. The clearer we are about our individual purpose, the more likely it is that humanity will find healthy ways to evolve. –Jeff Jawer

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At Least Thankful

Early this morning before my eyes opened, thoughts started to flow………….what day is it……what is the mornings schedule……………feeling slightly less than rested from the dry winter air that leaves my eyes dry and my hair static…………..Moon dog, my faithful cat purring and nudging me to get up and feed him…………the question of Who am I? doesn’t fit anymore.
Now my question to myself is, How do I wake up in all of this?
At least I am thankful when the holidays revolve around food and sharing love. This one is no different. Planning, pulling out the old familiar recipes, some from my grandmother and some from a favorite Aunt Betty.
Another year another Thanksgiving. Holidays are like markers and I am noticing that my family has changed and grown in a good way. I guess I have too. I’ve chunked it down pretty far now and the most important part for me is to be happy in the moment, or at least thankful in the moment.

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Thanksgiving New Moon in Sagittarius

I read a wonderful article in The Mountain Astrologer by Stephanie Austin about this week’s very powerful New Moon. She points out how strong the energies will be for change. The below is my take on the New Moon.

I’d like to start my commentary on this Moon with a Barack Obama quote: “Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”

You might say we are hitting the wall with this New Moon. We are now all being challenged to change in a big way, not just the small comfortable stuff. Now, more than ever, we are all accountable individually as we seek a better more consciously humane life.

What is your real place in the world? What did you really come here to do? If you don’t have some kind of idea of that you may be jolted into seeking a new way to live…..a new place to live and new people to live in it with.

These are the times we have been waiting for but we didn’t know it was going to be so intense and it’s going to get a lot more intense. What front are you fighting on? Is it financial? Relationships? Purpose? Needing more fun? Fighting for change in the system? Wherever you struggle is it will be getting a major spotlight shown on it to help you become very uncomfortable so that you will make needed changes.

Authentic change is not a new hairdo. Authentic change reaches down into the subconscious and starts throwing out what hasn’t worked for some time. I don’t know many people that are comfortable with this, but if you plunge ahead and persevere it will so be worth it!

I always recommend therapy.

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Stop Creating Time

Sometimes it feels impossible to stay out of the past or to stop worrying about the future. I believe that the present moment is where the living goes on but have difficulty staying in it. It is comforting and familiar to be “out of time”, so to speak, where the mind is busily plotting and planning or regretting and fearing. Those comfort zones I wonder why they are so compelling. Repetitive thoughts, actions, patterns and schedules rule our lives but without any life in it. Fresh air is what I am craving in my life but I wonder if I will let it in.

“How to stop creating time?
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.
Make the Now the primary focus of your life.”

“Ask yourself what “problem” you have right now,
not next year, tomorrow, or five minutes from now.
What is wrong with this moment?”

“Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness.
Thought cannot exist without consciousness,
but consciousness does not need thought.” -Tolle

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Who’s Driving

Remember – either you’re driving your boat, someone else is driving your boat, or no one is driving the boat except the current and the wind.

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Fearless Prayer

Real prayer can escape us in times of fear and doubt and worry. Like the small little voices of children not getting their way, I hear myself whine and complain and sigh that this isn’t fair, why me and the litany goes on ad infinitum. The most I am heard at those times is probably by other whiners and complainers and victims………help can’t reach to far into the negative realms of bondage that are self imposed. This first prayer below seems to be a very common one for us all, I use it as well. However, the one below is a place that truly lifts me out of despair when I can access it.

“God, please protect me and family and tell me what to do with my life.”


“I remove myself from the distractions around me and withdraw into my interior castle, the dwelling place of my soul. Here, I am alone with God. All things are possible with God, there are no obstructions. I release all my doubts and let the grace of that truth consume me. Let nothing disturb the silence of my time with you. I feel the grace of God enter into me, healing all that disturbs my body, my soul, and my heart. I send this loving grace to those in need and I give thanks for their healing as well. May this grace surround and comfort them as it does me. I am always guided, I am always present to your voice in me, I am fearless.”


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I have been reading spiritual texts my entire life and always open to ones I’ve missed along the way. Recently I discovered a translated text so ancient that no one really knows when it was written.
Wilkinson writes of the text: This is from one of the oldest books on the planet. As was written in the Introduction about 100 years ago, “…the first form in which we see it is smaller yet. It is a palm leaf manuscript, old beyond computation; so old that even before the time of Christ men had already forgotten its date and the name of its writer, and regarded its origin as lost in the mists of prehistoric antiquity.” It was translated from Senzar into Sanskrit, then from Sanskrit into Greek at the time of the Alexandrian mystery schools, and from Greek into English in 1885.
I love this section on Karma and that is what I am sharing today……….may we all walk with Light on the Path. -Sue
CONSIDER with me that the individual existence is a rope which stretches from the infinite to the infinite and has no end and no commencement, neither is it capable of being broken. This rope is formed of innumerable fine threads, which, lying closely together, form its thickness. These threads are colorless, are perfect in their qualities of straightness, strength, and levelness. This rope, passing as it does through all places, suffers strange accidents. Very often a thread is caught and becomes attached, or perhaps is only violently pulled away from its even way. Then for a great time it is disordered, and it disorders the whole. Sometimes one is stained with dirt or with color, and not only does the stain run on further than the spot of contact, but it discolors other of the threads. And remember that the threads are living — are like electric wires, more, are like quivering nerves. How far, then, must the stain, the drag awry, be communicated! But eventually the long strands, the living threads which in their unbroken continuity form the individual, pass out of the shadow into the shine. Then the threads are no longer colorless, but golden; once more they lie together, level. Once more harmony is established between them; and from that harmony within the greater harmony is perceived.

This illustration presents but a small portion — a single side of the truth: it is less than a fragment. Yet, dwell on it; by its aid you may be led to perceive more. What it is necessary first to understand is, not that the future is arbitrarily formed by any separate acts of the present, but that the whole of the future is in unbroken continuity with the present as the present is with the past. On one plane, from one point of view, the illustration of the rope is correct.

If you would like to peruse the entire text go to:

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The Grand Irrationality

The Grand Irrationality is a long wave global activating influence that began in the mid-1990s and will be with us for years (about ten) to come. It may help us understand why things are so weird on a constant basis, why people can be so obsessive-compulsive and make strange choices from time to time, and the reason crazy irrational behaviors seem to pervade our times. Due to this influence, we are all under pressure fairly frequently to make life-altering choices and changes as we all stand at forks in the road of Destiny.

–The Aquarius Papers

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A Brighter View

For a refreshing view and a lighter feel, click on the link and read the news of July 2009 – made my morning, thanks Jon – Sue

Iraq War Ends

U.S. Army helicopters begin moving troops and equipment from Saddam Hussein’s former Baghdad palace. (COURTESY ARMY.MIL)

Ex-Secretary Apologizes for W.M.D. Scare
300,000 Troops Never Faced Risk of Instant Obliteration
By Frank Larimore

Ex-Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice reassured soldiers that the Bush Administration had known well before the invasion that Saddam Hussein lacked weapons of mass destruction.

Court Indicts Bush on High Treason Charge
By Bart Garzon

George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, was indicted Monday on charges of high treason.

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Troops to Return Immediately
By Jude Shinbin

Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom were brought to an unceremonious close today.

Streets Come Alive as Relief and Exuberance Greet End of Conflicts
By Schuyler Frank

Thousands take to the streets to celebrate the announced end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

After the War

Last to Die in Battle Remembered, American and Iraqi
Torture, Rendition “Not Such Good Ideas After All”
War Brides (and Husbands) Find Their Place in a New Iraq

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Finding Peace in Africa

I believe we become so engrossed or even enamored of our daily grinds/relationships/money issues etc., that we forget we are part of a global community. Phrases like: “We are as strong as our weakest link”, come to mind when I read articles like the below link on Finding Peace in Africa. This article, by award winning Frank Bures, gives a bird’s eye view of common life in uncommon Africa. A little peek into humanities struggles for freedom after Colonial rule pulled out. I understand my brothers and sisters in that far continent a little more after reading it.

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Full Moon in Taurus/Sun in Scorpio

What a double whammy! This Full Moon is called a Super Moon. What that means to you is a beam of strong energy will be focused on whatever you were hoping/wishing for last October 27th. Think back and you will notice that now some strong emotional experience connected to that time.

Today begins the Mayan 6th Day. Now is the time for a new direction for all to begin manifesting. We will shift from chaos towards enlightenment according to Carl Johan Calleman, Mayan scholar. He talks about the emergence of an entirely new species of human beings that will emerge in this coming year until 11/7/09. This is about global consciousness and how that effects you is how you effect it. Re-cycle is not a novel idea anymore for anyone. Google plastic bags and watch the Youtube video on how the earth is covered in these things and the havoc they wreak on the animals/environment.

Change, deep, profound, abiding change is not only in the air, but afoot.

Be part of the solution or part of the problem, a choice with far reaching ramifications.

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Pulling Back

The past few days have been ones of transitioning. Going to a birthday party in the evening to a place I don’t know how to get to is way out of my comfort zone. I got lost, drove around in circles and then ran over a large block of wood that felt as if it were destroying my car, only to arrive at the party and not know anyone for hours and then an old boyfriend I didn’t want to see shows up.

The next day a dear friend lost her young father in law unexpectedly, a time of deep sorrow. A time of gathering together to cook and comfort and clean up the messes so many mourning adults and children create.

The day after back to a hospital I have a lengthy history with. I was born there, my first child was born there, I worked there for many years. Many unresolved issues in that hospital. Went to visit the Father of a friend I have known for years and thought highly of. Arriving at his room the nurse tells me he just passed. Unknowingly they thought I would want to say goodbye. I would rather have the memories of his sweet face without the death mask. He was still warm.

Today as I look at my schedule and see all that has to be done, I want to go away. Physically. I have already gone away from many things in my life by pulling my focus off of them. If I seem a little distant, it is because I am. Pulling back, where am I in all of this?


No Rest For Democracy

My friend, Jon, wrote the below. He is such a good writer. When he started his journey through cancer it brought many great upheavals into his life and it also brought many blessings. He published his first book, Hippie Highways and Mother’s Milk and much more since that time. He is a passionate revolutionary and I respect his opinions.

“There is no rest for democracy and especially for its advocates. Enough people got off their dead asses, where they complained (beer in hand) about how this country was going to hell, and got up and voted, so what? My question is, will they now go back and rest on their fat laurels?

President Bush and his henchmen and women (greed is an equal opportunity employer) have 77 days in office to push through all kinds of anti-environmental, anti-civil rights and all kinds of poisonous legislation that weakens our constitution and gives unparalleled power to the FBI, CIA and other freedom crushing organizations. They are at it right now, while we party, Google New York Times Editorial, So little time, so much damage.

It easy to see what’s going on and what you can do about it by Googling any issue you are interested in. You can look for organizations such as The Union of Concerned Scientists., True Majority, Move On, Credo, Acorn, Planned Parenthood, Natures Conservancy, ACLU, and the list goes on, to at least receive their updates and sign an online petition that at most takes 2 minutes and as quickly as a few clicks. What you, me, we, can all do is become and stay politically active in reshaping this country, instead of putting high expectations on one man and a congress that is besieged daily by highly paid and very generous lobbyists. Lobbyists who virtually write the bills for our congressmen, giving them more time to party, take trips, and pad their lucrative 401-K portfolios.

If we want America to be our dream, then we have to take part in how that dream is dreamt. Thoughts, words and deeds need to be combined to make it happen.

It’s easy to be a lemming, just squeal with fear as you follow the heard over the cliff. It’s work to be a democracy advocate. It takes intention, attention, and continued action.” –Jon Brt

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We Hold These Truths

It feels like there is fresh air blowing across our land and I am reminded of how our country began so many years ago. I believe in the high moral content of the human spirit and I believe we will heal this land, this world.

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

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Vote-It Is Your Right

Our country has been blessed with many great statesmen and quite a few great presidents. I’m dedicating today to Abraham Lincoln. VOTE IT IS YOUR RIGHT, AT LEAST FOR NOW………………Sue

Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.

Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.

And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln

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November for all Signs

Happy November, Happy Change! Read your Sun sign and Rising sign, ask me if you don’t know what that is:


Time to step up to the plate and make your mark on the world. Go back to school, ask for a raise, it’s time to improve yourself financially. This is a great and potentially powerful month for change, just make sure you make the effort and go for the gold!

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)

Your relationships could be do for some revitalization. Watch your money this month, with just a little bit of effort you can make your life work much better. Relocation is not impossible even if you haven’t been thinking of that. This is a crazy month, hang on!!

GEMINI (May 20 – June 20)

Forward moving is the key for you this month. Take a risk or two in your career arena. There is so much potential in so many areas of your life, look around and see where you want those changes to be. Re-vamp your family relationships-re-vamp ALL of your relationships, you are due for some happier times!

CANCER (June 22 – July 22)

Time to move on all you want, you will be supported in serendipitous ways. Call in your markers from old connections/friends, you are due to reap some awesome rewards this month. You glow, and you will be attracting and creating whatever you want, in any area you want. A sudden move is not out of the question. A new job also may be on the horizon.

LEO (July 23 – Aug. 22)

Sit down, get out a tablet, and start thinking about the changes you need to make to have the life you so desire. Your home is calling to you and that is not just your physical home but your subconscious one too! Sweep out those cobwebs and revitalize your life. If your relationships start falling apart see if they are worth keeping. You’re a Lion, start acting like one-be positive!!

VIRGO (Aug 22 – Sept 21)

Change is in the very air you breathe, and for you dear Virgo, better make it your best friend this month! Stay on your toes and take every opportunity that comes your way, you never know when a delightful surprise will be hidden in some disappointment. If you’ve been wanting more romantic time, or more professional success, move in that direction quit fretting about how it will all happen. Take many leaps of faith this month.

LIBRA (Sept.23 – Oct.22)

Unusual/Unexpected will be the bywords this month. So, breathe and relax into some pretty exhilarating times. Money is unstable, so it could be coming in and going right out! Communication is highlighted and that means the great American novel you’ve been hiding behind closed doors! Turn challenges into opportunities-act quickly and with a great deal of faith!

SCORPIO (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

Freedom from the past is knocking on your door. Your energy is high this month and you crave freedom in all areas, especially freedom of movement. This is an action month for you, so bring out all those projects you’ve had on the back burner and see how many you can get going. You will do well to

SAGITTARIUS (Nov.22 – Dec. 21)

Even though it may seem like you’ve given a lot to a family member, it will pay off in the long run. You are in for some very big changes internally and externally this month. You won’t have much leisure time now, but it will be exhilarating as one thing after another pops up to keep your life moving. Look to your future and plan accordingly for stability in these rapidly changing times. You’ve wanted a higher quality of life so start working towards that now.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

Higher studies should be your focus this month. This is a very stimulating time for your mind and should influence your career in positive ways. If you are writing a book or pamphlet or journal, stick to it and explore many ways to do it differently. Your life is taking off in long waited anticipation and it looks to be very positive. Watch your health, get a new “do”, any physical positive change is good for you now.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Money and relationships are your focus this month. You need to get a tighter rein on both. Not that you won’t have a breakthrough or two. This can be an important time for you to change a direction that has been lackluster. Dream big and take action. Addictions need to be addressed at this time for future health benefits, stop shooting yourself in the foot and look to a brighter life.

PISCES (Feb. 19 – March 20)

People in high places are watching you with a favorable eye. This is a lucky month for you, so buy those lottery tickets, who knows? You will have plenty of get up and go this month to firm up the way you live, especially on the home front. Pay off those bills and add a solar panel or two to lower electric bills. Any movement you make in the direction of stability will be enhanced greatly!

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November 2008

November Overview:

Life is about to be altered, drastically so for some. The strong hand of fate now steers the course with a more dynamic force. We stand at a key threshold not only in our individual lives, but collectively too. While free will is always our gift for the choosing, it is also easily and sometimes unwittingly, squandered through tunnel vision, apathy, or through resistance to facing inevitable truths. Canada has just made federal election history by its dismal voter turnout, the lowest ever recorded. I hope and I pray that the US public will not recreate such a tragic loss of opportunity.

November 4 is a key date, not only because it is the US election date, but also because it is the first of four meetings of planets Saturn and Uranus by opposition. Together, they radically change lifestyles and serve to advance the collective through an accelerated social restructuring cycle. No stone is left unturned. (Note the following intensification dates for this Saturn/Uranus cycle: Nov 4, 2008, Feb. 5, Sept 15, April 27, 2010 in Virgo/Pisces; July 27, 2010 in Libra/Aries.)

There are three key points to make regarding this planetary pairing. Firstly, the liabilities of the past are the determinant that now shapes the future. Note as examples – the current economic crisis and the impact of global warming on our everyday existence. Secondly, while the past may hold the key to our future, the stark reality is that there is no turning back now. We cannot lean back nor can we fall back, the support post can no longer carry the weight. Each step forward is irrevocable. Lastly, for those who need change but don’t know where to look for it, fear not, it will find you.

November 1 and 2 can bring clarity and time for action or risk taking. Along with the Saturn/Uranus opposition, Mercury advances into Scorpio at 7:52 am PST Nov 4 suggesting political change is imminent for the US people. This emotionally day could become quite volatile, not only on Wall Street, but also (more dangerously) on Main Street. With Mars in Scorpio squaring Neptune in Aquarius, the potential of extreme havoc, criminal activity, violence, rioting (or even terrorist activity) is possible. Watch for other goings on in the world to capture our attention too. When Mars squares Neptune, we can be easily taken by surprise. We don’t see the obvious, or we don’t see it coming until it is too late. Mars square Neptune can also be a lost opportunity – or an attempt to avoid a lost opportunity which can prompt major (and sometimes foolish) risk taking. The Full moon November 13 can be productive for creating a dramatic turnaround and/or for gaining more solid ground.

Pluto’s 14-year tour of Sagittarius ends on Nov 26. This is a major astrological milestone, as we will not see Pluto in Sagittarius again in our lifetime (in fact it will not return to this sign for another 248 years.) Pluto will spend the next 18 years in the sign of Capricorn. Antithetical to the largess of Sagittarius’ influence, Capricorn is a sign of tightening of belts. We’ll see the world around us shrink, not expand. -Rose Marcus

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