D  e  s  e  r  t     E  x  p  o  s  u  r  e  November 2005


After the Storm
First on the scene after Hurricane Katrina.

The Vintage Hunt
An elk-hunting trip armed with yesteryear's weapons.

Sending in the Cavalry
R.L. Curtin plans to re-enact Pershing's 1916 ride.

Tools for Living
Silver City links to the Niņo a Niņo project in Oaxaca.

Ganging Up
Trying to put a lid on the area's growing gang problem.

Is the Sky Really Falling?
Deming gun guru Rick Reese thinks he will be ready.

How West Met East
The Butterfield Trail blazed a 2,800-mile path into history.

Columns & Departments
Editor's Note
Desert Diary
Screen Gems
Weaving Fiber Artists Together
Tumbleweeds in Brief
Top 10
Into the Future
Celestial Cycles
The Starry Dome
Ramblin' Outdoors
40 Days & 40 Nights
Clubs Guide
Guides to Go
Henry Lightcap's Journal
Continental Divide

Special Section
Arts Exposure:
Angels on Her Shoulder
Arts News
Gallery Guide

Body, Mind & Spirit
Birth of a Notion

Red or Green?
Restaurant Guide

Hatch Restaurants & Ristras
Casablanca Review
Table Talk News
Dining Guide


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This month the sun travels through luscious Scorpio (having entered this awesome sign of personal empowerment on the 22nd of last month), beseeching us all to go deeper—until Nov. 21 when it enters Sagittarius, inspiring us to expand. So much of this world has been built upon the presumption that dominating others is the only way to have power, making it hard for some to realize just how wrong that premise is. The time has come for all of us to reclaim our right to exist unbound in the beauty of our deepest self-expression and this requires healing the wounds of self-alienation. So let's do our best to honor the deeper side of life that the Scorpios among us traverse with ease. The new moon on Nov. 1 will also be in Scorpio and the full moon on Nov. 15 will be in Taurus, asking all of us to realize how much more we can enjoy the pleasures of this world when we exist here in our depth.

Mercury begins a three-week retrograde movement on Nov. 13 in Sagittarius— the perfect time to step back and reassess the details in our philosophical viewpoints. Venus enters Capricorn on Nov. 5 and we feel the love we have for the structures that sustain and nourish us. Mars continues its journey through Taurus and opposes the new moon on Nov. 1, insisting that we make real what matters to us most. Jupiter enters Scorpio this month and begins a year long journey through this sign opening us up to enjoy shared honesty. Saturn in Leo turns retrograde on Nov. 21, prodding us to reconsider the structures we have built and whether they serve us well enough. Chiron hovers in the final degrees of Capricorn, ready to head into Aquarius next month. It will not revisit Capricorn again for another 50 years! Hopefully, we are all a lot wiser now when it comes to the ways that structures can wound us when they are not designed in holistic ways. Uranus turns direct in Pisces on Nov. 15 and we all know a little more clearly now that there is no greater spiritual act than being courageous enough to show the world who we truly are. Neptune in Aquarius and Pluto in Sagittarius continue to guide us all into a larger. more spiritually authentic destiny.

Famous Scorpios: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Pablo Picasso, Bill Gates.


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)—Can you think of a better way to start off the new year, Scorpio, than to take a good look around you and evaluate the true nature of energies in your life? You gain much by considering whether the influences near to you are working toward your good or are set on bringing about your undoing. If someone wants to see you defeated, they often disguise that fact in your presence.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)—It does not take much to make you happy, Sag. In fact, too much of anything leaves you overwhelmed and unable to enjoy things. Be sure to give yourself plenty of freedom to take the space that you need. Simplification is the name of the game and you find yourself most centered and relaxed when you achieve less.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)—You are able to really appreciate the good in your life these days, Capricorn. Your attention turns to the gratitude that having what you need brings to you. You are able to tune out the pressures to achieve more and more and simply take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of what is already here for you to indulge in.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18)—You look beyond the mundane and reach for the skies, Aquarius. When you evaluate yourself against the backdrop of the cosmos, you see your divine seat and the meaningfulness of your presence in this world. Take in a deep breath and feel the reverence you deserve for just how much you matter in the greater scheme of things.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)—This is the time to take a stand, Pisces. You connect into your own personal value system and how it applies to the situation at hand, and you rise to the occasion and do the right thing. There is pleasure in this for you. We live in a world that often times dismisses atrocities and calls that spiritual; you show us how to do it differently.

ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)—Your strength of character is where you find the greatest comfort, Aries. Your ability to follow your own course against the odds has made you even stronger than you imagined you could be. Exercising your own voice and being your authentic self is a great accomplishment for anybody in this day and age. You show us the way.

TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20)—Even a Taurus has to practice letting go from time to time! You are ready for something new, and you release what is in the space that you need emptied in order to receive what is coming your way. There is a great wealth of energy for you that this newness inspires, and you are refreshed.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)—Ah, there is nothing like a trip through the underworld to bring about soul-level change. You grow in deep and wondrous ways simply because it is time for you to do so. The challenge for Geminis is to exist authentically and deeply in the midst of expanding to consider and hold space for everyone else. You are required now to do so.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)—You are a sight to behold, Cancer. There is a beauty about you these days that comes forth as you connect to what inspires you and brings you the most pleasure. Hey, why not? You, more than most, know how to enjoy life by surrounding yourself with what you love and what makes you passionate. This is the best place to focus your attention.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)—You are moving a little differently through the world these days, Leo, and this can cause strife. Strife is certainly not necessarily an indicator that you need to change your course. In fact, the source of strife when we grow generally stems from those who would benefit from us staying where we have been. The key is to go forward anyway.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)—It is easy to spend a lifetime split apart from our true selves by simple avoiding acknowledgment of the sorrow we feel about so many things in life. And it is mesmerizing to experience the total glory of a life lived in the midst of emotional truth and compassion for ourselves.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)—Who decides, Libra? This is a question worth considering. You are meant to show your beauty to the world. If anyone or anything stands in the way of that, it is a force of oppression. Do you want that force to determine your right to be? These are the things you contemplate now. Can you hold space for the dark energies that keep you down and really be free to be who you are at the same time?


Motavenda Melchizedek is a glass artist, writer and astrologer living in Silver City (click here to see some of her glass work). She is available for private astrological consultations. She specializes in the areas of personal empowerment, family-of-origin issues, personal dreams and destiny, and the human potential. She can be reached by phone at 534-1024 or by email at moti@gilanet.com.


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