Lilac (source: The Spruce)

I raked up a few more bags of leaves from my garden yesterday. It might be the last day of the year that I’m able to work in the yard because the weather typically turns this time of year in this part of the world. It’s not unusual for me to be gardening in October, but it’s highly unusual for me to be gardening in November.

Nevertheless, I woke up this morning feeling like I’m on the cusp of a new season, but that season isn’t winter. I’m craving sunshine and warmth. I want to bury my face in a bouquet of lilacs and inhale that heavenly scent. I’m feeling decadent and I’m craving sensory experiences. In my mind, it’s springtime.

Of course, there’s an astrological explanation for the way I’m feeling. Venus is conjunct Neptune in my horoscope today. “Cafe Astrology” offers this interpretation of the planetary alignment:

“New and fresh beginnings on creative levels characterize this transit. Heightened sensitivity to, and awareness of, beauty and spirituality is the order of the day. You are easily influenced, seducible and seductive, and given to strong powers of imagination. You are more attuned to the world of beauty and romance today. Gentleness with others is the best way to harness this energy. This could be a “magical” time on a romantic and social level, but it could also be a confusing or illusory influence as well. Psychic openness and compassion characterize this period.”

I had already resolved to give into my impulses today, so this is welcome advice. I could use a little escape from reality and ugliness in general. So, I’m going to get off this computer and get out of my house. Even though I have to work this evening, I’m going to use the time I have to feed my senses.

The stars have spoken. I’d be a fool not to listen to them.

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