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Oct 23 – Nov 22, 2019
Remember – your sun sign is just one planet in your star-soup!
Happy birthday scorpions! Halloween is truly your holiday – a night of macabre mischief and ghoulishness. LOVE IT.
We’re gut-deep in the astrological year now, creeping into Scorpio’s haunted house. Scorpio is a black widow; a witch; a moonless night; a shaman; a secret; a wolf howling in the cold; a hidden lair. Her mythological counterparts are Kali and Lilith. See her slink at midnight, burning with desire. Scorpio is intellectual and intense, probing for insight, psychoanalyzing all who cross her path. She is hungry for your soul, yet fiercely protective of her own.
The boundless energy found in Sagittarius, the constellation following Scorpio, has to come from somewhere. It begins in Scorpio. The scorpion is not just a one-dimensional bump in the night, but a dark angel prepping us for joy and luminescence. We need Scorpio’s morbid shades and piercing inquiry before we can fly to the centaur’s “higher” skies. Without this emotional/psychological evaluation, such deliverance is impossible.
Scorpio’s specialty is the removal of sexual trauma. Yes, this is serious transcendence. And if all goes well – if we are honest and fearless – then we heal. Transmutation of darkness into light. The core practice facilitating scorpionic transformation is detachment. How to detach? Many modes of operation will get you there, but none so quickly as awareness of habit patterns which lead again and again to the same place. And to cultivate awareness? Meditation.
Meditation is quite the buzzword these days. I am certainly not an expert, but I do practice. Sometimes I practice daily, sometimes I don’t. Trust me, I am eager to smash all of the ridiculous notions about what a “yogi” is or does (at least in Western culture). I can only give you nuggets from my personal experience. So what I CAN say is that meditation fucking rocks and every time I get back into a rhythm of practicing daily, I feel fantastic. All of the clichés are true: meditation clarifies your mind and decision-making; gives you energy; makes you feel well-rested, like you just got a massage; and subtle feelings of happiness and inner harmony arise.
Another truth is that meditation hurts – it takes a lot of strength to hold your spine erect for more than 5 minutes, no joke. And it hurts internally too, in the sense that unpleasant thoughts come up again and again, including the thought, “My back hurts.” We often hear the phrase “Sit with it” in yoga classes; this sounds like a lot of the other word vomit floating around in the new age spiritual world but it’s actually great advice. Sit with the pain. Yes, your back hurts. Yes, you need to get up soon and do something else. But isn’t it fascinating how many times your brain returns to these same thoughts? Consider the fact that this looping happens constantly throughout the day. Our minds are more scattered than ever.
Meditation is integral to Scorpio season because this shit is going to get real, and if you don’t have the strength or self-discipline to sit with all of it and think about it deeply, then you will struggle and fight your way through this. There is something incredibly powerful about Scorpio. Have you ever felt the thrill of obsession? Or the thrill of a massive cathartic release? Or encountered someone you both love and hate and fear all at once? These are the kinds of thoughts and feelings which will present themselves without mercy, whether new or old. Take a close look at how you expend your sexual energy as well. (Scorpio exemplifies the yogic concept of brahmacharya, or right use of energy. Where exactly are you dispersing your life force? Imagine hooking up a meter – observe.)
Scorpio rules the genitals and bladder in the body. She emanates from svadhisthana, the sacral chakra; focus here in meditation. Circulate your blood with Scorpio Yoga.
On Oct 28 (the day after the new moon), the sun directly opposes Uranus Retrograde in Taurus. Don’t count on anything working out according to expectations or assumptions – have a backup plan for your backup plan. Mercury Retrograde begins on Halloween – aaahh! Gold star day on Nov 8 – the sun will trine Neptune Retrograde in Pisces. Prepare for some blissful lovemaking followed by blissful sleep. Mark Nov 11 on your calendar too – this is the best and only day during Mercury Retrograde when it’s ok to do things like travel, sign a document, etc. Mercury Retrograde ends on Nov 20, two days before Sagittarius season begins.
Affirmation: the work continues with joy