It's common to do rituals and meditations that coincide with the phases of the Moon, but you can also work with the energies of the other planets. This is the beginning of a series of articles focusing on planetary rituals. Things to consider when planning a ritual to invoke a planet's energy are: the type of energy that the planet can bring to your ritual, colors and objects that are harmonious with the planet's energy, god or angel names associated with the planet's energy, and days of the week favorable to each planet. You should also take into consideration the sign the planet currently is in, how it relates to your own chart, and the aspects that other planets may be making to it. For example, doing a ritual invoking Mercury while it is retrograde and conjunct Uranus would definitely bring surprising, unexpected results. As always, use caution when working with planetary energy: Be careful, you may get what you ask for!
This article describes some of the main themes associated with each planet. Future issues will cover practical aspects of putting together a planetary ritual (getting the right tools together) and a summary with examples of how to incorporate astrological energies into your magical work.
Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. These planets affect humanity as a whole rather than one individual at a time, although transits of these planets through your natal chart definitely has an effect on your life. It's generally a good idea to avoid invoking these planetary energies unless you are experienced in handling the intensity. The safest way to work with them is to simply ask for understanding of the principles they represent.
The next column will deal with the practical aspects of putting together a planetary ritual. For more information about spell working with the planets, read A Time For Magick, by Maria Kay Simms.
October 23, 12:42 a.m. PDT: Sun enters Scorpio. This is a good day to do a meditation on what it means to be a Scorpio, and to ask to be blessed with the sign's positive qualities: dedication, commitment, energy, will power and the ability to know when someone is lying.
October 25, 7:52 pm. PDT: Jupiter enters Scorpio. Jupiter, planet of generosity, isn't terribly comfortable in the sign of self-gratification. However, if you are a Scorpio by birth, then the transit of Jupiter will bring good will into your life for the next year.
October 26, 4:24 p.m. PDT: Neptune goes direct at 14º Aquarius. Neptune, the planet of idealism and spirituality, begins to move forward after a period of retrospective and insight. Many astrologers say that Neptune in Aquarius represents the true beginning of the Age of Aquarius, and will bring about enlightened humanitarianism. Neptune stays in a sign approximately 13 years.
October 30, 1:02 a.m. PDT: Mercury enters Sagittarius. The planet of speech and communication enters the sign of religion, philosophy, and teaching. While Mercury is in Sagittarius, it's a good time to study philosophy or to go back to school.
November 1, 5:25 p.m. PST: New Moon 9º Scorpio 43'. A New Moon in a water sign is the traditional time for new beginnings -- initiation, birth, a project -- the start of a new cycle for a month. It's a time to start relationships, plant gardens, renew. You may experience energy, impulsivity and spontaneity. A New Moon at Samhain offers fresh possibilities for the coming year. It's also a good time to work on developing your intuition.
November 3: The Sun, Saturn, Mars, and Neptune all begin to square one another, to form a Grand Fixed Cross. The Sun and Saturn have a closer aspect today, both being at 10 degrees Scorpio and Leo respectively. Mars and Neptune are farther apart, Mars at 16 Taurus and Neptune at 14 Aquarius, but they are still within the range of the square/opposition aspect. This grand cross aspect continues through November 7, when Sun, Neptune and Mars will all be at 14 degrees. Jupiter and the Moon are also in Scorpio, although too far away to be in an exact aspect. The issues involved are personal identity or ego (Sun); vital energy and ambition (Mars); responsibility, resistance, limits, and discipline (Saturn); and goals and ideals (Neptune). Issues on a nationwide scale could involve fixed attitudes and unrealistic spending. The signs the planets fall in govern humanitarianism and group effort (Aquarius) versus personal ambition (Leo), money and personal values (Taurus), and secrecy, mystery and desire (Scorpio). Expect setbacks and conflict. Since the signs involved are all fixed signs, it can be a period of great stubbornness, where no one yields. This period would be a good time for group meditation on humanitarian and idealistic principles. If you plan on doing a Samhain ritual on the traditional day of November 1, you might want to focus your energy on a harmonious outcome to world conflict.
November 5, 12:10 a.m. PST: Venus enters Capricorn. Venus in Capricorn is very serious in matters of love and often appears quite cold. With this aspect, emotional security often comes from material status and wealth. On the other hand, while Venus is in Capricorn, you can focus on love of work and duty, to take advantage of the best sides of both Venus and Capricorn.
November 7: Sun reaches 15º Scorpio (astrological Samhain). This is the astrological midpoint between autumn equinox and Winter solstice.
November 13, 9:42 p.m. PST: Mercury goes retrograde until December 3. While Mercury is retrograde, it's a time to review past decisions, finish work that remains undone. You may have to revisit decisions you made at an earlier time, and certainly you need to be especially careful with any form of communication.
November 15, 4:07 p.m. PST: Uranus goes direct (2º Pisces 52'), after having been retrograde since June 14. If your birthday is in the first two or three days of the sign Pisces, then you can expect a radical transformation of your life: a change of name, or maybe a move several thousand miles away.
November 15, : Full Moon, 23º Taurus 46'. This is a good time to examine possessions: what you need to keep in your life, and what you really need to get rid of. Taurus rules possessions, and Scorpio represents the urge to purge (although it also represents the desire to keep, and to acquire yet more). The tension of opposition between Sun and Moon, Scorpio and Taurus, minimalism and luxury, can help push you toward a decision.
November 21, : Sun enters Sagittarius. This is a good time to meditate on Sagittarius and Jupiter, and what they represent: travel, a global perspective (as opposed to selfishness), generosity, and a philosophical outlook on life. Since Sagittarius also rules the house of religion, this is also a time to ponder the nature and future of religions that require conformity and refuse to accept individual differences.
22, : Saturn goes
November 26, : Mercury enters Scorpio, retrograde. The negative side of Mercury in Scorpio can lead to a sharp, sarcastic tongue and thoughts of revenge. The positive use of Mercury in Scorpio energy is to occupy your self with anything that involves research or investigation, which is the forte of Scorpio. It's also a time to work on developing your intuition because Mercury, which rules thoughts, is in a watery, intuitive, psychic sign.
December 1, : New Moon in 9º Sagittarius 31'. Energy and growth is directed toward fiery goals, charging you to have faith in yourself and your ability to move onward, blessed with all you have been given and have accomplished thus far. Work on your long-range ambitions and make plans for the future. Since the Moon rules your emotions, its position in a fire sign can help you let go of resentments and personal injury and move on. Venus and Moon especially in Sagittarius can help you let go of the past and arrive at compassionate understanding. Sagittarius does not hold grudges.
December 3, : Mercury goes direct (4º Scorpio 44'). Beware of bluntness. Scorpio does not mince words, so Mercury direct in this sign could lead to too much directness. Since Mercury is moving forward once again, normal patterns of speech should resume, and you can make plans without having them crumble into dust. The time for analysis has passed, and the time for action is now.
December 9, 8:03 p.m. PST: Mars goes direct (8º Taurus 14'). Speaking of action -- even though energetic, fiery Mars is moving forward again, it's still in earth-bound Taurus. The positive use of this energy is to analyze your possessions, getting rid of anything you absolutely don't need, especially if it's not high quality. Get that exercise program back into high gear. The earthy effect of Taurus on ambitious Mars is particularly good for financial analysis.
December 12, 1:19 p.m. PST: Mercury enters Sagittarius again (see October 30). Sagittarius, being opposed to Mercury's natural home in Gemini, causes normally analytical Mercury to be preoccupied with attitudes rather than facts. Although Sagittarius can bring prophetic insights, watch out for tendencies to accept the lowest common denominator of the social norm. Try to focus on long-range Sagittarian vision.
December 15, 7:57 a.m. PST: Venus enters Aquarius. Aquarius, being an impersonal sign, is not the ideal home for loving Venus, but for Aquarius natives, the transit brings softness and the possibility of new attractions. Venus in Aquarius is beneficial for work in a group setting.
December 15, 8:16 a.m. PST: Full Moon, 23º Gemini 48'. This Gemini full Moon occurs at the same time as a fixed grand cross involving Mars and Jupiter in opposition (Taurus/ Scorpio), squaring Saturn and Neptune in opposition (Leo/ Aquarius). An aspect from the Sun and Pluto conjunct in fiery Sagittarius also affects Neptune. This grand cross intensifies emotions, and can act as a catalyst for constructive change; problems can become glaring and bring about strong reactions from the public. Another fixed grand cross follows on December 26. These energies can manifest as news from the business world, either blatant greed or much complaints from business leaders about government policies.
December 21, 10:35 a.m. PST: Sun enters Capricorn (Winter Solstice).
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