Scorpio Eclipse Conjunct Saturn: A Get Real Moment

November 2013 is almost upon us, and we are upon it — clearly the most interesting month of 2013 astrology. I would say “so far” but this astrology takes us through the end of the year, when a whole phase of history begins with the Capricorn New Moon on New Year’s Day.

This chart for the Scorpio eclipse shows the planets most closely in alignment with the Sun and Moon. View full-size charts for both eclipses with all the major planets here, and you can see the chart for tomorrow's Uranus-Pluto square here. View glyph key here.
This chart for the Scorpio eclipse shows the planets most closely in alignment with the Sun and Moon. View full-size charts for both eclipses with all the major planets here, and you can see the chart for tomorrow’s Uranus-Pluto square here. View glyph key here.

With that information, I’m a little ahead of myself — this Friday, Nov. 1, is the fourth of seven exact contacts of the Uranus-Pluto square. Uranus-Pluto is the astrological event defining our current era. We see it in the news, as events shaking up the familiar order of things and insisting that we each take an active role in shaping what evolves next. Believe it or not, we will miss this energy when it dissipates.

Uranus-Pluto, in concert with the rest of the week’s astrology, is saying: Do it now — whatever ‘it’ may be for you. Uranus is potential disruption or surprise. Just remember to look left and right and over your shoulder, and you’ll be better able to respond constructively rather than react.

The New Moon of November, a solar eclipse in Scorpio on Nov. 3, is the other focal point of the astrology now. This is an unusual eclipse, filled with both mystery and revelation, and the ominous sense of being at the edge of the unknown that often comes with such events.

The charts convey a message about the need for both emotional balance (many planets in water signs, along with Saturn in Scorpio) and also integrating the intellectual and the physical (Mars in Virgo, among other influences) — said another way, aligning your ideas and your actions.

Doing this might include doing a little pre-planning to apply logical solutions to problems. There are steps that are necessary to take in getting things from idea to manifestation; at the same time plenty of energy is wasted on plans that are not designed to go anywhere special, just plans for their own sake.

Perhaps the most deeply expressed theme in this chart is the need for honesty with oneself. Humans tend to play the denial game as a way of life. You could say that all of spiritual teaching, psychological process and garden-variety learning are designed to get us out of this habit. Think of how easy it would be to communicate with one another if someone wasn’t in denial. Think of all the triumphs of growth and enlightenment. How often is that about waking up from what we were pretending was not there?

One salient feature of this eclipse is that it’s conjunct retrograde Mercury in Scorpio. That’s a message about being true to yourself, making honest inquiries and listening to what comes back. The eclipse is also conjunct Saturn in Scorpio. That is a factor setting limits: it’s a reminder that from the perspective of a human lifetime, time is not infinite, and death is an actual presence within existence. Plenty of denial centers around this subject area.

Saturn in Scorpio is also compelling emotional maturity. This is another one of those forgotten topics. Maturity is being described in this chart by the ability to contain one’s emotions in a healthy way, to self-regulate and to process feelings rather than stuff them or ‘let them go’. Scorpio represents an intense world of passions within each of us — desire, fear, jealousy, the sensation of urgent necessity and the craving for imminent change are all included along its spectrum of experience.

There are some vast openings in this chart — for communication, healing, growth and direct experience. One is about balancing masculine and feminine energies. The eclipse is at the balancing point between Mars and Pluto, two of the most challenging and aggressive energies we live with. The message is that honesty with oneself is the way to release violent impulses. This has a fairly simple psychological parallel — what we accept about ourselves is not necessary to project outward; often that projection is aggressive.

Gentle, persistent, inward seeking is what you might think of as the ‘feminine’ or at least yin side of the equation. Making sure that action, impulse and a sense of carefully thought-through appropriateness are in alignment is what you might think of as the ‘masculine’ or yang side of the equation.

One last factor — the eclipse is trine Chiron in Pisces. The suggestion here is that healing is within reach — if you reach for it. Often we leave the healing factor out of the equation entirely, by not consciously seeking it, asking for it, contacting those who may help, or offering help when we know someone needs it.

If you pay attention you might notice that many of these factors are valid now. The astrology of November will surely have some people in crises of change, evolution and coming to terms. Do your best to make peace with the process, seek help when you need it and offer it when you can.

6 thoughts on “Scorpio Eclipse Conjunct Saturn: A Get Real Moment”

  1. I would say that this Uranus/Pluto square is like a sword of Damocles in the heart. But I saw on the canvas an article on the portal from November 23 of the Uranus-Pluto square in heliocentric mode with the Sun at the center of the Zodiac, which is 22 days after the square of Uranus/Pluto from November 1st in geocentric mode with the Earth at the center of the Zodiac
    I have not yet looked at the map, but it can be interesting to study, do you think Eric Francis ?

    Good night to all 🙂

  2. Thank you for this article, Eric. Indeed, I have been facing certain truths about myself lately. I am more aware of some of the attitudes I have carried over from the previous lifetime, and I hope I can have better control of the personality flaws that led to my self-undoing 500 years ago, so that I can do better in the 21st century. I also realize I still have certain merits from the previous lifetime, which explain why I am a witty, brave and gracious person.
    I came from a time of great upheaval, so I am accustomed to dealing with historically turbulent times. Hopefully, the ultimate outcome will be positive.

  3. I am still marveling at all the precise aspects on my natal personal planets these transiting planets and events are making. Be mentioned Juno, who is sitting on my Scorpio ascendant natally, and now transiting my bevy of personal planets in Aquarius, and other aspects mentioned elsewhere. I feel both challenged and supported. Much loved by the Universe, even as I am feeling the squeeze.

  4. There IS that continuation to achieve balance between the feminine and masculine in this chart isn’t there? Remembering how last year’s winter solstice (whose tenure is almost up) had Juno conjunct the Sun, then Juno stationed retro (then stationed direct) in the area half-way between the Moon’s nodes from May through October, often in an exact square to them, has brought not-so-subtle imbalances into the public’s consciousness.

    In this chart Juno takes part in a string of sextiles (and semi-sextiles) starting with Pluto at 9+ Cap, Juno 9+ Aquarius, Chiron 9+ Pisces and Uranus 9+ Aries. They all aspect one another and I can’t help but think of Chiron and Juno as stair-steps or a bridge between the Uranus-Pluto square. Looking to Juno as an aid toward overcoming the imbalance between the haves and the have not’s from a mental (Aquarius) perspective, and Chiron doing the same from an emotional perspective gives me hope that great strides toward this balance (yin-yang) can be achieved.

    Juno in the sign ruled by Uranus and the sextile between them widens the influence of Uranus from the solitary (Aries) to the group (Aquarius) without too much difficulty. She is still within orb of midway between the nodes pulling in universal truths that are passed through Uranian methods to individuals. Chiron sextile Pluto makes the leap from the known (Capricorn) to the unknown (Pisces) a little less formidable as the walls come tumblin’ down.

    This eclipse with Saturn calling for “emotional maturity” has many features that can decrease the discomfort of re-examining those truths we (as a whole) have denied for so long. It would take the determination of a fixed sign to do that and Scorpio would be the fixed sign to see it through with feeling and a commitment to transformation.

  5. Yes, I second every word of Len’s. Thank you for this, dear Eric. “Maturity is being described in this chart by the ability to contain one’s emotions in a healthy way, to self-regulate and to process feelings rather than stuff them or ‘let them go’. “. Yes, you put it so beautifully.

  6. Eric: Thank you for reminding us of Shakespeare’s timeless and perhaps most important admonishment to be true to ourselves. That one thing matters as much as anything at this time. Extra special thanks for noting the polarity inherent in both the solar eclipse and ambient astrology, with your emphasis on the importance of balancing (or even resolving) it as we go. Finally, grateful thanks from my knees for your reminder to both seek and offer help as needed.

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