Oct 23 – Nov 22, 2018
The Sun sign is a much-celebrated astrological element, usually given more significance than it deserves. Remember – the Sun is just one planet in your star-soup.
Happy birthday scorpions! Halloween is truly your holiday – a night of macabre mischief and ghoulishness. My favorite :)
The scorpion slinks at midnight, seeing and feeling all, burning with desire. She is irresistible, fascinating. The Scorpio quest is transcendental, a transmutation of darkness into light. Teeth grit, bones freeze. Every year it’s the same, and every time it ends, we rise.
The scorpion has a great responsibility: one sting and all is destroyed. Scorpio is a black widow; a witch; a moonless night; a shaman; a secret; a wolf howling in the cold; an underwater lair; awakening; catharsis. She is intellectual and intense. She reads minds with ease. The scorpion roils with passion, yet she suppresses much. She feels acutely misunderstood. She is hungry for your soul, yet mistrustful at the slightest threat to her own privacy.
The boundless energy found in Sagittarius, the constellation following Scorpio, has to come from somewhere. It begins in Scorpio. The scorpion is not a one-dimensional bump-in-the-night, but a dark angel prepping us for joy and luminescence. The strengths and blockages of each constellation are unique. We need Scorpio’s probing, morbid shades and piercing inquiry before we can fly to the centaur’s “higher” skies. Without emotional/psychological transformation, such deliverance is impossible.
The scorpion’s specialty is removal of sexual trauma. She is sometimes associated with the incurring of such trauma, but I see her as a curative agent, not a menace. Yes, this transformation is serious. It is one of deep questioning and deep healing. The scorpion is an extractor of grief. She is not maternal nor friendly. This is why we might feel alone, vulnerable, helpless – pushed rather than guided.
Scorpio is reminiscent of Ganesha, remover of obstacles. The core practice facilitating scorpionic transformation is detachment, unfastening, obliteration of whatever has become an obstacle to growth and expansion. 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 said awareness? Meditation.
This scorpion cycle – just as last year – will be especially intense because Jupiter is still swimming through Scorpio. (Halfway through this cycle, Jupiter transits “home” to Sagittarius – I will post on this soon.) The very first day of Scorpio (Oct 23) starts with a bang: the sun will oppose Uranus Retrograde in Taurus. Keep in mind that unexpected events are likely and the day may not pan out as we’d hoped. The following day (Oct 24) we have a giant full moon in Taurus.
On Oct 26, the sun and Venus Retrograde in Scorpio share the same degree in the sky, which means that when you look at the sun in the morning, you will also be looking directly at Venus. This is auspicious as it should temporarily ameliorate financial or interpersonal difficulties brought on by Venus Retrograde, which begins Oct 5.
Halloween looks like it is going to be VERY spicy with unexpected interpersonal conflicts bubbling up, plus the quarter moon in fiery Leo. On Election Day here in the US (Nov 6), the sun forms a trine to Neptune Retrograde in Pisces. I don’t know if this will make people more delusional and misperceive reality (influence of Neptune/Pisces) or if it will manifest as more of an earth-shattering battle cry from the strongest females in the universe (influence of Sun in Scorpio). Because the trine angle is considered harmonious, I am leaning towards the latter prediction. Let’s take this potent double-water energy and use it for the highest good! Extinguish the dinosaurs in office!
Having said that…Uranus will retrograde from the first increments of Taurus back to the final degree of Aries on this day. Certainly the connotation of retrograde does not sound like it would be helpful to our radical cause. However, the regenerative, life-giving nature of Aries inspires hope – perhaps this primordial fire will encourage people to be less angry and caustic and more forward-thinking. The day after (Nov 7) is a new moon. Nov 8 looks like it will be one of the best days of the cycle, and in fact, one of the best days of the coming autumn/winter. Jupiter moves into Sagittarius early in the morning, and then the moon glides into a conjunction with Jupiter that afternoon. This is cause for CELEBRATION! The long brutal year of Jupiter in Scorpio, the year that asked ALL of us to confront the reality of sexual abuse, is coming to an end. Lastly, on Nov 16 Venus Retrograde ends and Mercury Retrograde begins :)
Scorpio rules the genitals and bladder in the body. She emanates from muladhara, the root chakra. For the coming month, pay special attention to this area. Manage your sexual energy carefully. Scorpio exemplifies the yogic concept of brahmacharya, or right use of energy. Attention is intention. I recommend wearing white if you feel stuck in the darkness. Create a retreat space for when you are feeling overwhelmed.
Move your blood with Scorpio Yoga.
Mantra: let go