The Day of the Dead
The Astrology relationship to El Dia de los Muertos: The Day of the Dead
As we approach All Soul's Day, celebrated in the Christian religion on November 2 to honor loved ones who have passed, I thought it might be interesting to discuss the Astrology of dead people ... and those who communicate with them.
Halloween is believed to be the one evening of the year when the veil between the physical and spirit realm is at its thinnest. So on Halloween it's said to be easy to communicate with the spirit world. Personally, I think this is a silly notion, because if you spend enough time around mediums, you know that the dead are pretty much on call 24/7.
All Soul's Day, on the other hand, is a Christian holiday, where we pray for and honor those who have departed the physical world. You might also hear this holiday referred to as The Day of the Dead, or, in Spanish, Dia de los Muertos.
Nebulous Neptune lifts the veil
Let's get back to this notion of a "veil" that separates the physical and non-physical world. Astrologically, the veil is ruled by Neptune. Neptune is the planet of spirituality -- the misty ball that transcends boundaries and helps connect us to the divine. Neptune, Pisces, and the 12th house in a birth chart are all intuitive hot spots. If you have any of these placements strong in your chart you're probably familiar with the feeling of walking that line between psychic sensitivity and insanity.
Often, it is a fine line because the psychic impressions can be overwhelming at times. Neptunian people are open antennae, and in the charts of psychics there is usually a strong Neptunian component. These are the people who feel your pain and suffering. These are the psychic empaths of the zodiac.
You don't have to be a medium to be a psychic, but you do have to be a psychic to be a medium. Think about it -- this does make sense. You don't have to be a surgeon to be a doctor ... but you must be a doctor first before you specialize and become a surgeon. That's what a medium is like -- a specialized surgeon in the psychic world.
In order to be a medium, you need more than a strong Neptune. You need Pluto and Uranus. You see, all of the outer planets play a role. Pluto is the heavy hitter because this planet, along with the sign Scorpio and the 8th house, rules the occult and, specifically, mediumship. Scorpio is said to be the most psychic sign of the zodiac because Scorpios ... well, they just know. They have an ability to dig underneath the surface and straight into your soul like no other, thanks to being ruled by Pluto, the planet of depth. The planet that loves to probe into the darkness and expose the monsters. Or the spirits.
Scorpio's sixth sense
It's no accident that Halloween and All Soul's Day fall each year when the Sun travels through Scorpio. Perhaps this is why Halloween has the reputation for being so spooky. Scorpio is the one sign who will look a ghost in the face, and if the ghosts are said to be all over during these days, well then, Scorpio is the one to handle it!
Mediums will have a strong Plutonian, 8th house or Scorpio signature in their chart. This helps them to sense the presence of dead people. But what about communicating with them?
I find this is often the domain of Uranus. You might think of Uranus as the planet of innovation and eccentricity. This is the planet of revolution and everything that is ahead of our time. But did you know Uranus is the "higher octave" of Mercury? If Mercury is the planet of communication and Uranus is the higher octave of communication, then it stands to reason that Uranian people are able to communicate on a more sophisticated vibrational plane than the rest of us "ordinary folk."
Uranus rules electromagnetic waves and frequencies that the mere human can't detect. Radio waves, planetary vibrations, angels and guides and, yes, the voice of a spirit. Invariably, I find that mediums have a strong Uranus in their chart because this aspect helps them to communicate at that higher vibrational frequency. The mediums I know who can hear the spirits most clearly have Uranus connected to Mercury or an angle on their chart. I call it the "talking to dead people aspect."
In any event, this year as you celebrate Halloween, All Soul's Day or both, I hope you remember that your departed loved ones are busy in the spiritual world celebrating you and the connection that you share. Trust me; it's a bond that will never break.