This week is Thanksgiving in the United States. How lovely it would be if giving thanks was the main purpose – if for nothing else, then for the lavish meal that’s traditionally served.
A few days ago, I saw this post on Facebook:
Black Friday: because only in America people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.
Obviously, that’s the old version. It’s no longer “exactly one day,” but more like an hour or two. How did we get to the point where the mad rush to buy stuff starts on Thursday evening, while the leftovers are still warm? We can blame it on greedy retailers, but they wouldn’t open their doors if only a few people showed up. And I doubt shoppers are flocking to the mall to avoid the sweet potatoes with miniature marshmallows.
With Mercury’s entry into speedy Sagittarius late Thursday, the bargain-hunting is going to be fast and furious. Wednesday’s Venus-Uranus trine will still be active as well, increasing the likelihood of impulse shopping and … well, of finding something brilliant on a great sale. Yikes! But I still have some sense of decency. Black Friday shopping is out.
My dear friend has devised her own clever solution of having a day-after-Thanksgiving dinner. She normally is obligated to have the traditional dinner with the in-laws, but on the day after, she can invite her best friends and present her own fabulous menu. My contribution last year was pumpkin pie with a gluten-free crust and non-dairy eggnog that everyone said they liked better than the real stuff – not that it’s much of a compliment, when what they mean by “real” is that artificially colored, artificially flavored, artificially thickened stuff that comes in milk cartons.
Good Goddess, I sound like such a crank. But I’m not, really. I am outrageously thankful that I have friends who appreciate good food and know how to cook. More important, I’m grateful that we all know how blessed we are to be able to spend the day with the people who give meaning to our lives.
As the week begins, we’re still in the wake of Saturday’s New Moon at 0 degrees Sagittarius. We should be able to see a thin crescent in Monday night’s sky. As lovely as it is, the first part of the week could feel restless and apprehensive, as Mars forms an inconjunct (quincunx) with Jupiter on Monday, and the Moon in Capricorn conjoins Pluto and squares Uranus on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Moon conjoins Mars.
The good news is that we can get some work done. Tuesday’s Mercury-Saturn conjunction is favorable for mental discipline, especially when there’s digging and research to do. The writers among you know the first requirement for success: Apply butt to chair. If you have trouble keeping it there, make a point of setting some time aside on Tuesday or early Wednesday morning.
In addition to the Venus-Uranus trine on Wednesday, there’s a square from the Sun to Neptune. Hard Sun-Neptune aspects can come with feelings of exhaustion and discouragement. However, this Venus-Uranus combination is energizing and helps offset some of that. Just take care not to get so excited about a project or activity that you launch right into it, only to lose steam quickly. Put what energy you have to wise use, the way you would budget a limited amount of money.
In world affairs, the Sun-Neptune square could be more significant. The Sun represents world leaders, while Neptune is so vague, with a constantly shifting target that makes it hard to defined exactly what it does represent. I don’t suppose I need to say any more about that. Being vague is sometimes a way to avoid outright lying, but it’s a fuzzy line when Mercury in Sagittarius squares Neptune late Sunday (November 30), so there’s no telling whether a line has been crossed or not. Not that anyone is terribly shocked by that anymore or even cares. Might as well go shopping.
If you are at a gathering on Thursday, family or otherwise, take care with your words. Under a Venus-Chiron square, words spoken in haste can be insensitive or thoughtless. There’s likely no harm intended, so if you’re the recipient, try to let it go. Families gatherings are notorious for rubbing salt in old wounds. I suppose that’s as good an excuse as any for escaping to the mall.
Overall, much of this week’s lingering edginess is connected to the approaching Uranus-Pluto square, which becomes exact by degree on Wednesday, when Pluto moves into 12 degrees Capricorn. The aspect isn’t exact by degree and minute until December 15, but it hardly matters. We’re in it, and the pressure is on.
That’s why I launched Astrology Cat. Some of you many recognize him as Jinn, my baby who’s getting to be a very big boy at 8 months old. I started working on the series a few months ago, with the intention to create some humor and light-heartedness to interrupt the stress and pressure, even if it’s just for a few seconds.
Wishing you all much pumpkin pie, love and courage,
This image is from Karen MacKenzie’s series of astrology inspired paintings using goddesses from different cultures. For more information about the symbolism in this print and to view the complete set, check out her website, Karen MacKenzie Art.
© Pat Paquette, RealAstrologers.com, 2014.