Yesterday morning was the Scorpio New Moon and solar eclipse. Eclipses pack a lot of power into a concentrated span of time. For some this can be stressful, for others, energizing. How are you doing today?
As always with astrology, the unfolding of whatever you set in motion with these eclipses will be punctuated, developed and shaped by subsequent planetary events. Taking center stage this week is a conjunction of the Sun and Saturn in Scorpio, exact Wednesday at 7:00 am EST.
The Sun and Saturn conjoin annually, and it happens three times while Saturn is in Scorpio. This will be the second; the other two were Oct. 25, 2012 and Nov. 18, 2014.
Sun-Saturn conjunctions tend to be marked with self-restraint, reserve and a sense of containment or limitation. That containment can also manifest as the discipline, strength and persistence to get things done — a useful energy if you used the eclipses to get the ball rolling on some new projects, or set existing projects in a new direction.
In Scorpio, this persistence and strength bode well for inner growth and transformation. The tendency for Saturn to bring self-restraint might mean that whatever inner transmutation you’re engaged in isn’t expressed outwardly for a while. Sometimes things need to incubate or ferment where it’s hot, dark and moist — think compost, or making kimchi.
Mars is making a sextile to Sun-Saturn from Virgo. A sextile is a flowing, helpful aspect between signs of complementary elements (in this case, water and earth) — but it takes some awareness and action to access the energy.
Mars is the principle of action, drive, desire and maleness. In its more positive, constructive manifestations, Mars offers vitality, physical and sexual energy, and the will to get things done. Virgo lends precision and a sense of putting the energy into service.
Mars is also the traditional ruler of Scorpio. There’s a sense here of dedicating energy into the service of accomplishing some kind of transformation within a specific container.
All of this brings to mind the images in Sarah Taylor’s Weekend Tarot Reading yesterday: water flowing in a self-contained circuit; the unleashing and directing of energy toward a solid structure; the fertile potential of new ground, even if it is arrived at inwardly rather than outwardly.
It is a process we will be tracking this week — along with other events. Venus ingresses Capricorn tomorrow at 3:43 am EST. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, bringing a more contained or serious and less demonstrative flavor to the goddess of love compared to Venus in Sagittarius.
Jupiter will station retrograde in Cancer on Thursday at 12:03 am EST. This is a long retrograde compared to that of Mercury; Jupiter will not station direct until March 6.
Jupiter retrograde in Cancer is another image of containment, in the sense that the planet that wants to expand is moving in reverse, covering ground for a second time. Cancer themes include emotional cycles, the home, domesticity and a sense of security; we’ll consider Jupiter’s review of these themes in upcoming posts.
For now, we have the last week of this Mercury retrograde to navigate. The Mercury ‘storm’ period during the three or so days before Mercury stations direct on Nov. 10 is another time for heightened attention to the intersection of thought and feeling. Stay perceptive to how you communicate with others; use caution with travel and finances.
Even without viewing yesterday’s eclipse, you may have felt a subtle yet distinct shift in yourself. What does it tell you about where you are and where you’d like to go next?