Today is Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. The Moon is in Leo all day, and is conjunct Mars, suggesting some combination of anger, passion or creativity. Be aware of being angry at women, or your mom. Tomorrow morning it enters Virgo and makes a conjunction to self-critical Transpluto, newly in that sign. Keep an eye on your thoughts — especially if you did, in fact, get angry at your mom — and learn what you can without beating yourself up. The week’s big news is that the Sun enters Scorpio this Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2:30 pm EDT. We all know the Scorpio stereotypes: intense, mysterious, emotional, sexual, vindictive when crossed. But as with most things, reality is more complex and nuanced than a series of catch phrases; and this Scorpio season is a powerful one.
For one thing, the planets that were all clustered in Libra are making their way into Scorpio, one by one (although Saturn will hang back in Libra for another year). They won’t cluster up in quite the same way as they just did, since Venus and Mercury are already halfway through the sign and the Sun and Juno are just arriving. But as each one enters Scorpio, it makes a trine to Chiron in Pisces and then opposes Jupiter in Taurus. This means we can track the themes of healing, sex, money and our values as they shift planetary nuance in these weeks. In particular, an astrologer named Willow, of Willow’s Web Astrology, notes that this means the theme of valuing (Taurus) and undervaluing of our soul energy (Scorpio) is prominent.
Undervaluing something powerful can lead to difficulty down the road; far better to understand the power early on, so one can use it responsibly and creatively. Frances Sakoian and Louis S. Acker have this to say about Scorpio in The Astrologer’s Handbook: “Because Scorpios act with all their power, it is of utmost importance that they set out on the proper course from the start. They never deal with life superficially, and whatever they become involved with is generally of serious consequence. Sometimes their desire to do everything perfectly makes them unable to delegate responsibility, so they overwork themselves, seeking perfection in all details.”
The takeaway for all of us, whatever our Sun sign, is that these next few weeks are to be used very consciously. Barriers to consciousness abound these days, but they can be permeable if we are willing to let them be. Steven Forrest, in his book Inner Sky, writes:
Happiness comes, in large part, from getting what we want. And we feel what we want, never deduce it. Scorpio knows that.
It is always that way: death just makes the principle stand out more starkly. Always, if Scorpio is to live each minute as if it were his last, he must create a perfect alignment between his feelings and his actions. And to accomplish that, he must destroy whatever walls prevent those feelings from entering consciousness.
As mentioned, allowing consciousness is key. But Western culture is not particularly well conditioned to deal consciously with much of Scorpio’s realm. We’re tweaky about money to the point of self-destructive dysfunction; we don’t ‘do death’ with much grace, instead tending to fight it before it happens and then decorate the hell out of it with expensive metal boxes, satin and marble urns after the fact; sex is generally dealt with in contradictions of glamorizing, shaming, and denial — all at once. No wonder most people hear “I’m a Scorpio” and think, “Ooooh — be careful with that one! Scary!”
It’s an unfortunate undervaluing of what can be an incredibly rich, rewarding sign. But it asks us to work, and to face ourselves. Elizabeth Jones writes:
This sign often brings up our fears because of its power to delve below the surface and reveal our secrets and shadow aspects of self. Yet to transform and grow, we must enter these places. Pluto, Scorpio’s ruling planet, has a penetrating and purging effect, helping us to see what we’ve carefully hidden and kept secret from our conscious mind. What it ultimately wants is for us to retrieve these aspects of self and bring them to the Light, so that they no longer “run” us unconsciously. In doing this we can rediscover and experience our wholeness. This whole process better assists us in accessing the higher vibrations of this powerful sign: creativity, passion, fearlessness, courage and healing deep wounds. Thus, our own frequency and vibration are raised.
The creative and healing potential is reiterated by Willow in a recent post:
Scorpio is a healing energy. It intuitively knows where the trouble is and gets right to work, divining and digging to trigger multi-layered release points. It isn’t just treating symptoms, either. Scorpio knows it’s either go deep or go home, and it puts forth immense stores of energy to go to the mat for people, driving right to the root of the problems that keep them locked up, inauthentic, programmed, and less effective than they could otherwise be.
Scorpio digs the poisoned thorns out — and if it’s masterful enough, it gets all of it. No joke.
But Scorpio’s mastery is also it’s downfall. Here’s where the betrayal aspect of the sign comes into play. Scorpio is a liberating energy, an almost magical transformer of all things oppressive and stagnant and intolerable — and its emotional, psychological and psychic currency is woefully undervalued. Quite often, it’s used and abused with little to nothing offered in return. It’s left holding the bag with nowhere left to put the shit.
What Scorpio does is mostly in the energetic realms, and because so few people have developed the sight to see this type of energy work, people take it and run. Often, they take it and run right back into the same unhealthy patterns and dynamics Scorpio was expending so much energy to extricate them from in the first place.
That’s one of our biggest challenges, perhaps, this Scorpio season as the Sun trines Chiron. The trine is a flowing, easy aspect, for sure. But it’s up to us not to take what we learn and flow right back to where we started, caught in a loop of old pain. We need to move forward with our awareness; or perhaps more accurately, go deep enough that we come out the other side. There are other aspects to help with that, most notably Mercury in Scorpio square Mars in Leo. Mars is the other ruler of Scorpio — this aspect has some serious mojo. Squares are known for their internal tension and leveraging power, and we’ll be looking more closely at this one next week as it heats up. We’re likely to be receiving some important messages from within; get ready to listen, to go deep and to allow the flow of transformation to truly work.
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