“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.”
― Anaïs Nin
It’s a week of mystery and mysterious solutions. Yesterday the Sun, Moon and Venus joined Saturn in curious, brooding, enigma-loving Scorpio. Tomorrow Mercury turns direct after three weeks retrograde and lost items begin to be found, clues and hidden information begin to surface. But we may experience a little turbulence along the way.
Last night (10/23) a New Moon eclipse at 0° of Scorpio started a new cycle of transformation last night. Like golden aspen tree releasing last year’s leaves we have the chance to let go and compost something no longer alive or working and step into a new transformative cycle.
This Sun, Moon, Venus, Saturn in Scorpio line-up initiates a more specific, laser like focus in the weeks ahead, which is great for meditation and research. This focus can help stabilize us as the Scorpio lineup also unearths strong contradictory emotions. It stimulates both our romance with solitude and any fear we have of being alone, often simultaneously. It’s a good time to step back and re-center in ourselves, work towards contentment with our own company, but let’s not isolate. It’s no coincidence that the Scorpio holiday of Halloween allows us to don masks and costumes so we can be both sociable and private at the same time.
We have to watch where we put this Scorpionic focus, because we can obsess on something that grosses us out, scares us, or ticks us off. Just in time for the fresh Ebola scares in New York City. Keep an eye on the difference between healthy focus and unhealthy obsession; are we digging for necessary information, or are we just wiggling a sore tooth for the emotional charge. Scorpio does like intensity, and isn’t always so particular about what kind of intensity.
This lineup also packs a Scorpionic sting; when we do get irritated at somebody else’s small mind, mistake, or interruption, we’re likely to snap back with an unusually irascible edge. So let’s take a deep breath when we feel that desire to lash out welling up within and make one more effort to understand the other person’s perspective. With Mercury retrograde and slowly turning direct this weekend, we’re probably wrong about our conclusions anyway.
Scorpio encourages our curiosity, we need a healthy way to honor our hunger for mystery rather than fixate upon cessation sensationalistic headlines. We may want to disappear from the tattered mundane world into a place of magic, a place where paranormal phenomenon could be real and potential is not weighed by the thimbleful.
And some people may choose to step out of reality entirely. Personal obsessions or conspiracy theories, harebrained schemes and revenge fantasies can eat away at the edge of frayed psyches.
This longing for magic grows through the weekend and as the Sun and Venus conjunct in Scorpio and trine intuitive Neptune early next week. We may feel more intuitive and perceptive, permeable as these aspects soften the boundaries and thin the veil between the worlds. But it can also blur the boundary between our imagination and our sense of reality.
Keep an eye on that boundary between imagination and reality particularly around relationships. It’s an easy time to make mistakes about other people’s motives and think that they are more into us than they are or assume the worst when they seem withdrawn. Ask questions; open investigation and friendly exploration helps keep us centered in the here and now even as we welcome in the future possibility.
As the weekend begins under the New Moon in Scorpio, respect boundaries and explore mysteries. Listen to what the heart longs for. Since Mercury is stationary it’s hard to get anything done or agreed upon, so use the deep to explore renewal in the quiet.
Over the weekend Mercury turns direct, the Moon enters more cheerful, traveling Sagittarius, and truth comes out. We find missing things and missing facts. We just have to make sure that were seeing the whole picture before we jump to conclusions. It pays to wander, meander, travel and let the soul do the same.
Mars enters Capricorn and sharpens our competence and determination at the beginning of the week. Watch political machinations ramp up for the midterm election and strategic business and political moves hit the headlines. Mars likes being in Capricorn, but a happy Mars can be a dangerous thing; competence, pushiness, strategy, and endurance need to be directed carefully.
On Tuesday the Moon enters Capricorn and joins Mars, a powerful time to refine our ambition and take a step towards our personal goals. Or watch someone else get in there and do it first.
Throughout the middle of the week we can step on each other’s toes as we gear up, like horses colliding as they head out the barn door. A little extra patience we allow us to support one another rather than collide. New momentum builds by the end of the week.
Friday, October 24: Take a step back towards the center, let go of extraneous commitments to tend to top priorities and tend the soul. So much more is communicated through action, and unspoken cues than through words. Deal with feel the potential freedom if some worst fear is dealt with. Notice the sparks of primal emotion. Don’t look for an excuse to alienate others and spend a moment alone, or get caught in emotional melodrama, seek the depths in the quiet instead.
Saturday, October 25: We know what we love and we know what we don’t as the Sun conjunct Venus this morning. Watch for extremes of emotional response in towards around problems of where we miss each other signals or weird feelings do not mesh. Reach for a personal definition of beauty. If we come back to our own heart, take care of our own heart and love ourselves, promise ourselves we’ve will be there for ourselves, then the vagaries of relationship are easier to deal with. Mercury stations and turns direct this afternoon, over the next few days understanding grows, but today we can trip over the turbulence. Moon enters Sagittarius and we may want to walk on the wild side tonight.
Sunday, October 26: A new seriousness arises as Mars enters Capricorn and feeds our ambition. Our hearts open to new longing. The Sagittarius Moon encourages us to get on with things, but events are still moving slowly; it may help to wander aimlessly but curiously. Consider reorganizing and clearing flotsam. Later, deal with unexpected events and take a moment to reassess priorities for the weeks ahead.
Monday, October 27: This is a wonderful day to straighten out problems and clarify goals if we pace ourselves, let the day progress organically rather than try to push the river. As the day progresses knots untie, blockades soften, and river begins to flow as the cheerful but impatient Sagittarius Moon trines Jupiter. Awkward half-truths can make diplomacy difficult particularly between differing countries or nationalities. Be patient and wait for the whole story to unfold. Expect fierce honesty to a point, but respect that Scorpio reserve; let people share what they want, and honor the psychic “do not enter” signs.
Tuesday, October 28: Patience, even though many threads are straightening out, we can be forgiven frustration and confusion as the Moon enters Capricorn and conjuncts Mars and Pluto, we may want to push just to make things happen, just to feel we have an effect on the world, but need to be careful of the consequences. It helps to have projects to work upon, so we can do what we can while we’re waiting to do what we want.
Wednesday, October 29: People change their minds. Be ready to adapt to new information or circumstances as the landscape changes this morning as the Capricorn Moon squares Uranus and Mercury. Keep lines of communication open even, or especially, when annoyed. Check in on ongoing projects to see what’s changed and what needs to be done about it. What looks like a problem could be an improvement, once the kinks are ironed out.
Thursday, October 30: Expect contradictions; the mood is cheerfully stubborn and strangely socially oblivious while still being relationship-obsessed. Interpersonal grit needs to be cleared to allow progress. Stop and do the work. Our theory about what’s right can differ from our honest feelings and as the sociable Aquarius Moon squares Sun and Venus in Scorpio. But which needs to change?
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Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.~ Alice Walker
Enjoy a potential interpersonal respite over a relatively slow and peaceful weekend; November’s colder winds whistle in towards the end of the week.
Mercury conjuncts Venus in Venus-ruled Libra, and the Sun resides in Libra as the weekend begins and helps our conversation flow, loans us a spirit of compromise and agreement and can ease more harmonious interactions. Our minds turned all things Venusian; we want to know what’s fair and beautiful.
We are curious about balance in our life. Beauty feeds our soul and so does the moment of gentle social contact, shake of the hand or spark of the eye. It’s a good time to go back and strengthen friendships and connections while people are in a sociable mood. It’s also a good time to take the search for beauty literally, beautify our environment or tuck our garden in for the winter. Our natural sense of aesthetics is supported, our natural sense composition and flow strengthened by this Libran lineup. Walk through the house with Feng Shui eye, look at how the traffic flows, the air and energy flows the house and see if anything needs to be adjusted to improve this flow.
The Libran political adage is “no justice, no peace: know justice, know peace” and we’ll see reflected in the headlines and at home. Take this image, this paradigm of balance and fairness epitomized by the Golden rule to “do unto others as we would have them do unto us” and the corollary silver rule “do not do unto others that which you don’t want done to yourself”, and look at everything from household chores to how the Ebola epidemic is being treated.
Concerning the Ebola epidemic, there are two major astrological features (Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces) that suggest we take this situation seriously, but react holistically and with substantial change (Uranus square Pluto) rather than with panic. Saturn in Scorpio asks us to get serious about death and often runs concurrent with epidemics; Saturn is now in Scorpio, has been since Oct. 2012 and will be until this December. Look at the last three transits of Saturn in Scorpio; from 1924 - 26 was concurrent with a bout of smallpox, 1954-56 was concurrent with the polio epidemic, and 1993-4 was in the heart of the AIDS epidemic and concurrent with a hanta virus scare. Neptune in Pisces from 2011-2025 supports our spiritual search, our collective creative process, but also reminds us just how permeable we are all the way from our leaky psyche to our bodily cells. Our boundaries can feel like sieves. Yes, one response to this is to create healthy boundaries. But the deeper teaching is for us to remember in cellular way that what happens to the least of us, happens to all of us. We need to take care of all sentient beings, all our siblings around the globe, in order to be truly healthy.
We can start at home and work our way out. Over the weekend and early next week Jupiter trines the South lunar node, sextiles the North node and offers us a chance to improve our relationships as well as begin new ones. If we recognize their possibility, friendly new relationships that come in at this time are unusually likely enrich our opportunities and help us expand the horizon.
Friday and Saturday we can relax under a warm and sociable if slightly grandstanding and interpersonally demanding Leo Moon. Look for a beautiful Moon-Jupiter conjunction, one of the more friendly aspects, glowing in the western sky early in the evening. We can let its beauty into our heart and help us expand our sense of hope and possibility. It can expand any emotion we have in there, all of our feelings may be more colorful and vivid, and so it helps us to bring our attention to the love around us.
Sunday and Monday a more industrious Virgo Moon reminds us of unfinished work that needs our attention, calls us back to the details we missed before. Unless we’re careful it can also make us cranky and help us try to debug or edit our family. On Wednesday and Thursday a lovely quiet dark of the Moon in Libra is an important time to warm our connections and let people see we care. Get agreements organized now. Because the Sun, Venus, and Moon all enter brooding, intense, willing to look on the dark side Scorpio on Thursday and we roll on with panache and intensity towards Halloween and the Day of the Dead.
Friday, October 17: Depression swirls around us, but delicate optimism can be like a spark on tinder; if we keep it out of the wind and blow on it gently, it can grow into a warm flame of possibility. Our hearts can be sore if we feel ignored but respond warmly to overtures and appreciation. Let’s take moment to stop and be grateful for anything that warms life, anything we want to grow as the Moon conjuncts Jupiter in Leo, glowing in the early evening western sky.
Saturday, October 18: We may feel crankier and older this morning as the Moon squares Saturn, what we take serious is so obvious to us, what they take serious can feel so silly. The mood is more spacious, wandering, if not particular efficient midday as the Moon rests void of course until it enters more industrious Virgo around dinner time. Avoid a ruthless inventory of your own faults or those of others; it’s not productive at this time. Notice what’s working and nurture those seeds instead. Kindness and respect go a long way tonight and help our sharpening mind stay productive.
Sunday, October 19: Check dreams this morning; as the Moon opposes Neptune we may understand our heart and feelings, but not necessarily the truth, in our early morning imagery. Our attention can focus on the problem this afternoon as the Virgo Moon trines Pluto; diagnose, but keep a healthy perspective. The situation may have more possibilities than we think but may require us to utilize hard-won wisdom. Keep health the first priority as well, rest and rejuvenate.
Monday, October 20: Cut people extra slack on this rather cranky morning as the Virgo Moon squares Mars. As our lens focuses easily on the problems, assess unfinished details, tend to problems, but be nice to one another. Important communiqués tonight, notice incoming information as Mercury conjuncts the North node.
Tuesday, October 21: The Moon joins the Sun and Venus in Libra and reminds us to find the middle way; look for healthy compromise and a gentle, honest fairness that allows all parties to flourish. Clear the air and fix imbalances and over the next few days. Make aesthetic decisions. Look for and savor a moment of calm and quiet balance.
Wednesday, October 22: On this last day of the Libra lineup, prioritize balance, composition, beauty, fairness. Roll with early morning turbulence as the Moon squares Pluto and opposes Uranus, then get right with the world; balanced diet, chores, relationships, politics. Pay off debts as the Moon conjuncts Mercury.
Thursday, October 23: Notice the dramatic mood shift as the Sun, Venus, and the Moon roll into Scorpio and conjunct one another. Feelings intensify and focus. Extraneous details are released, and are prioritize priorities clarify. Old wrongs haunt us, retribution makes more sense, but underneath that is a call for transcendence.
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Hang on to your hats, 2014 has a wild birth chart, and looks to be a wild ride. We’re right in heart of metamorphosis now.
by Heather Roan Robbin
Our new year’s resolutions will be particularly important this year. As 2014 dawns, Pluto, Mercury, Sun and Moon conjunct in determined Capricorn, and all four oppose bountiful Jupiter and square both change-master Uranus and assertive Mars to form four corners of a grand square. Together they begin a new if unsettling cycle, remind us that we’re smack in the transition stage of societal transformation. 2012-2015 Uranus in Aries calls us to innovate and revolt, and wrestles with Pluto in Capricorn as it pulls us to reorganize structure and government while remembering the old ways.
It won’t help to fight the changes. It will help to honor the sadness for what’s leaving, let the ache flow through, and then look for what’s being born in its place.
These planets encourage us to confront uncomfortable problems squarely, but can also help us make unusually wonderful progress. All year long we can expect action in many cultural hot-spots, like women’s rights, gay rights, racial equality, indigenous rights, and sustainable economies. A surge of freedom-seeking politics (Uranus in Aries) can trigger opposing efforts to crack down (Pluto in Capricorn). A gap between generations widens with political, cultural and technological advances, but can be breached wherever we work together.
This change is not just political. Saturn, the planet of structure and training, in profound Scorpio until next December, challenges us to take this work deep within our souls and develop a lodestar composed of our deepest goals and brightest guiding lights, then use that lodestar to navigate the changing, sometimes storm-tossed landscape.
Mars spends an unusually long time in Venus-ruled Libra (where it already resides-12/9/13-7/28/14) dancing back (retrograde 3/2-5/20) and forth in that grand square with Pluto, Uranus, and Jupiter. It invites us to dance this revolution, to take a creative Venusian, heart-centered, egalitarian approach.
Spring stays unsettled and blustery, so find balance between the wind gusts. That grand square perfects again in April. It’ll be a rocky month; we can expect fireworks, but we can accomplish great shifts if we ride its waves.
Late spring a helpful grand trine between Jupiter, Saturn and Chiron allows us to make headway through unusual alliances and encourages healthier architecture and economic structure. Jupiter enters Leo mid-July and waltzes with Venus, our hearts will long for more love, compassion, and time with our muse, but can flare melodramatically when conflicted.
Jupiter trines Uranus in the fall and supports all that go back to school or turn their work towards their bliss. Technological inventiveness can leap forward and leave us and our equipment feeling out of date, but may provide solutions to key problems.
Tend to relationships of all kind in the fall, make sure all is on track, equal, and that dreams are shared, because the Sun squares Pluto and opposes Uranus Oct. 3- 9 and dances on our interpersonal tender spots. Let’s work together next fall rather than let it wedge us apart.