Each year around November 6 or 7 the Sun reaches 15 degrees Scorpioand is with the fixed Star Zubenelgenubi (a.k.a Zuben Algenubi) and Arabic word that has to do with the souther pan of the Scales (in 2019 the Sun is at the exact cross-quarter point on November 7 at 9:26 am Pacific Time) .
Collectively this is a time when the Sun is marking the swing between the worlds.
Many cultures north of the Equator have considered the Taurus Full Moon or Scorpio New Moon closest to the November Cross-Quarter as beginning a New Solar Year, when summer was ending and winter began. The Celts and Druids referred to this time as Samhain, pronounced sah win thought to originally mean summer’s end or season’s end.
To this day the Hindus consider the Scorpio New Moon as their New Year’s point or what they call Diwali, the festival of lights. (see more about Diwali below). In 2019 this happens exact on October 28. In 2020 it occurs on November 14.
Scorpio New Moon (04 Scorpio 25) is October 27 at 8:38 pm Pacific (Diwali)
Moon is with Zubenelengubi on October 28, 2019
Taurus Full Moon (19 Taurus 52) is November 12 at 5:34 am Pacific
Taurus Full Moon (08 Taurus 38) is November 01 at 7:49 am Pacific
Scorpio New Moon (23 Scorpio 18) is November 14 at 9:07 pm Pacific (Diwali)
So for many in the Northern Hemisphere, the November Cross-Quarter is the beginning of winter, when the nights are growing longer than the days, and when the ancestors are honored along with those who have died. This is also a season that was and is also recognized as a time when the veils between the worlds are thinnest and accessing other worlds is easier.
The Celts believed this timing was most powerful for looking into the future and for accessing other worlds more easily. This was (and is) a time to go within and seek guidance from the ancestors for the coming year. This was celebrated as a time of High Magic for those attuned to the mysteries, celebrating death and rebirth, endings and beginnings, and what is yet to come. It was believed that this timing when worked with consciously helped to set the pattern for the coming year.
November Samhain Cross Quarter, more about what it means and how to work with it – 15 minutes
It may help to remember that any between time is where the greatest magic and alchemy can happen – hence why this time of the year was so important to so many cultures.
As already mentioned the Hindu New Year known as Diwali (Du-vah-ly the festival of lights) occurs around the time of the Scorpio New Moon. Some believe this holiday celebrates the union of Laksmhi and Vishnu so is also a time for honoring and celebrating the Goddess of Love, Wealth and Beauty a.k.a. Lakshmi or Mahalakshmi. (see Story of Diwali and Diwali Traditions)
In Hindi Maha means great and Lakshmi is the Goddess of Love, Beauty, and Abundance. Lakshmi is usually shown showering the Earth with gold coins falling from her hand, symbolizing the infinite abundance of life that is our natural divine birthright. It is believed that Mahalakshmi is seated in the heart of everyone and thus seated in the heart of the whole universe. Celebrating Lakshmi celebrates the abundant gifts life gives us everyday.
Mahalakshmi also refers to the greatness within us all. When we individually and collectively focus on encouraging ourselves and celebrating our greatness, then we are building a new world based on everyone showing up and having a way to share their gifts with recognition and appreciation. Here is a Lakshmi Prayer
In India, preparations for Diwali include deep cleaning of the home as an invitation for Lakshmi to enter, because they believe Lakshmi will only enter a clean and nicely decorated home. This just so happens to also coincide with the ending of the monsoon season when insects and mold are abundant so the process of deep cleaning, airing out belongings, and freshening up the indoor environment benefits health and well-being through the winter months.
We can also imagine that this is a good time to do deep cleaning of our own inner reality, cleaning up the nooks and crannies that may have old thought forms and beliefs that clutter our thinking and understanding.
All this points to the importance of the November Cross-Quarter no matter when you might choose to celebrate. Some will choose the New or Full Moon closest. Some will choose to use Halloween or all Hallow’s Eve and some will choose to use November 2, the day many celebrate as the Day of the Dead. What is important is to find a way that works for you to honor your ancestors and maybe even create your own traditions that fit this current time.