It is Thanksgiving – my favorite politically incorrect
holiday. It’s not because it is a day dedicated to food, or because it
signals the start of the holiday season. I love Thanksgiving because it
is a day devoted to gratitude, an attitude often forgotten in the
hustle and bustle of survival. Gratitude is certainly an attitude we
could currently use, given that 2009 has been mostly about survival.
And not just financial survival – much more than money has been
threatened this year. 2009 has been a year of soul survival, personal
and collective. Daily life moved from one intense moment to another
even more intense moment, and as the intensity escalated, bodies,
minds, and hearts, exhausted from stress struggled to make it through.
It’s not so easy remembering to be grateful when you’re depleted. Which
is unfortunate, because that’s the time when gratitude is most needed
and most beneficial. A prayer of thanks alters consciousness. It
unhooks attachment, recalibrates the mind, and steadies the heart.
And you’ll want a steady heart this week and the next several weeks.
Uranus goes Direct on Tuesday, and when Uranus changes direction, we
tend to experience dramatic shifts before its actual course correction
as well as after it “turns around.” As Uranus flavors the Thanksgiving
feast, you can expect exciting conversation, seasoned with sudden
bursts of previously “unconscious” information. What’s more, those
blurts are sure to emotionally charged. Not because Thanksgiving always
tends toward emotional catharsis, but because on that day, Venus trines
a Moon/Uranus conjunction, a combination devoted to feeling. Uranus is
always spontaneous, impulsive, and unpredictable and when it is
conjunction the Moon, the heart is often restless. And when that
restlessness is amplified by a trine from Venus, declarations of love
are sure to occur. Expect amorous pronouncements about everything from
the turkey to the wine to the dressing to the pie to the person sitting
next to you whether or not you’ve ever met.
This Uranian volatility carries forward through the week. The Moon
moves out range but Mercury moves into a square with Uranus by the
weekend. This square can scatter mental resources, so be careful not to
spread yourself too thin. Fortunately, there is support for mental
determination in the form of a Mercury/Mars trine, a positive alignment
capable of keeping thoughts on track. Multitasking becomes an art under
this influence. Just be aware, Uranian tremors are sure to interfere
with even the best-laid plans and well-rehearsed strategies, which
means flexibility is the key to success no matter what your goals might
Uranus has a close relationship with the nervous system – it
rides the kundalini or life force – and when it dominates astral
activity, we feel its presence through disturbed sleep patterns,
restless longings, and anxiety, specified or unspecified. Don’t be
surprised if you can’t settle down or settle in. Children tend to feel
this energy first, so do your best to stay patient. If your dog starts
howling, throw back your head and howl along. If your cat seems
especially needy, try not to shame it – we know how important
cool is to cats. Take care of yourself and those you love. Most
importantly, find time to be thankful for what brings you joy. And let
that gratitude align body, mind, heart and soul.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon sign, read that,
ARIES Uranus’ forward motion stimulates dreams, sleeping and
waking. Pay attention to what flashes across your screen because those
images have the potential to deliver vital information.
TAURUS Uranus stimulates your innate understanding of human
nature, which inspires you to become more active in your community.
Think about how to share your gifts, and then, turn your thoughts into
GEMINI Uranus sparks renewed ambition, which ignites your
passion to conquer any obstacles inhibiting your progress. Channel this
passion into specific goals, and you’ll see positive results.
CANCER Uranus spurs an appetite for adventure, physical as
well as intellectual. Use this push to explore new terrain, inside and
out, and you’ll expand your ability to understand different belief
LEO Uranus amplifies questions of value, specifically your
values versus the values of others. Hold fast to what matters most to
you, but do your best to understand what matters most to those you
VIRGO Uranus provokes relationship issues, and while some of
what occurs is uncomfortable, if you examine all sides, you’ll find
you’re not in as much conflict as you imagine.
LIBRA Uranus focuses on work, asking you to concentrate your
time and energy on getting the job done. This is not as boring as it
sounds, and it will yield a beneficial outcome.
SCORPIO Uranus catalyzes creativity, as it simultaneously
arouses romantic impulses. Take a chance on love or commit to
self-expression; either way, you can’t lose.
SAGITTARIUS Uranus stirs the bottom of your psychic pond,
raising deep issues of belonging. Try not to be swept away by feelings
of anxiety. This is just another step in the program of
CAPRICORN Uranus encourages conversation, and you are talking
to anyone who will listen. But it’s crucial that you listen to you
because if you do, you’ll develop greater intimacy with yourself.
AQUARIUS Uranus highlights money matters, but not all the
news is bad. Pay attention to how this phase unfolds, and you could
make solid financial gains.
PISCES Uranus reinvigorates your desire for a new persona,
but before you make any permanent changes, try to envision the
consequences of those shifts. Some makeovers last forever.