We are a week into Scorpio Season! How’s it feeling so far?
So far, I’ve found it to be pretty emotionally and energetically dense, intense, and heavy. As expected, I suppose. I am personally experiencing my Progressed 1st Quarter Moon phase (exact yesterday) and a Sun-Pluto conjunction today. So that may just be my perspective, but if you feel similarly, keeeep swimming!
Today (MONDAY), Mercury in Scorpio squared the Nodal Axis (North Node in Leo and South Node in Aquarius). Mercury in Scorpio, our poor little messenger of communication and thought, is standing at the intersection looking one way, and then the other. Which way should it turn? Toward the familiar and comfortable (symbolized by the South Node in Aquarius)? Or toward continued personal growth and evolution (symbolized by the North Node in Leo)?
Emotional detachment and the prioritization of individual freedom (Aquarius SN)? Or a courageous step out into the limelight, taking vulnerable risks to share your passion and seek your joy (Leo NN)?
The Houses will give you more clues. What three houses hold 21 degrees Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius in your natal chart?
This tension may have materialized through a conversation, as a piece of information, in the form of a sibling or relative, or a wrestling match within your own mind. Squares to the Nodal axis are always interesting because they often present two very clear choices and reminds you of what the transiting Nodes are up to in your life.
In reflection on today, I… ahem, believe I turned South. In your case, I hope the Northern route supported your steps.
If you also turned South, as I did, TUESDAY gives you another little Nodal prompt. Venus sextiles the North Node, making that uphill climb all the more easier. Access your inner Leo (the theatrical performer) as you relish in Halloween’s masqueraded magic. Happy Samhain!
On THURSDAY that damn Saturn-Chiron square makes its third pass at 24°47’ Sagittarius and Pisces respectively. The previous two Saturn-Chiron squares occurred on December 28th, 2016, and April 30th, 2017. See any correlations between these three dates?
Saturn correlates with situations where you are confronted with the reality that there are no short cuts. Saturn asks for a long-term commitment. Saturn asks you to bravely adult-up and take responsibility.
Chiron is a quiet, but firm presence, reminding you that you must fully integrate your wounds and exiled parts, in order to deeply experience the liberation that comes from realizing your beautiful wholeness.
Together, this Saturn-Chiron square asks you to invest in your healing, your mending, your capacity to direct a gaze of self-compassion to your wounding.
Can you be present with your pain until it begins to thaw? And if not, can you find the resources to increase your internal distress tolerance to be able to gradually and carefully move through the hurt without getting overwhelmed or destabilized?
This ouchy aspect will have been felt for the past week into this week for sure, since we are dealing with two very slow-moving celestial bodies. My Sun/Mercury are at 25° Pisces, so this transit has been the bane of my existence for the past year+ as both Saturn and Chiron engaged in their delightful retrograde cycles, grinding back and forth over these tender spots.
I lie. I’m begrudgingly thankful that I’ve had the space and time to do some heavy-weight lifting in my internal world this past year, but heads up – if you have personal planets between about 20-28 degrees in the mutable signs (Sag, Pisces, Gemini, or Virgo), you may have also been caught in the Saturn-Chiron sandwich and felt these three squares more sharply (and particularly so this time around if you have personal planets around 24° in mutable signs).
On FRIDAY, Venus dances with this Saturn-Chiron square. Saturn gets a friendly sextile from her, while Chiron gets an awkward quincunx. Our close relationships may be stabilizing and reassuring, but do we have relationships that can create safe, understanding, non-judgmental spaces for our deeper pain to thaw?
Next up is the FULL MOON at 11°58′ Taurus. Depending on your time zone you could experience this on FRIDAY or SATURDAY. In my time zone, it hits its peak at 2:22 am (ADT). This Full Moon nicely builds on the message of the Saturn-Chiron square: Get resourced.
At a workshop recently, the speaker provided the analogy that you don’t run a marathon without training first. Similarly, we should invest in training for life’s challenges BEFORE they happen, because honestly, when we are right in the thick of a crisis, we don’t generally have the capacity to build up our resources and self-care toolbox.
If you are currently in crisis territory, take stock of the accessible resources – both internal and external – and try to consciously incorporate them into your life’s current landscape if you can.❤
The Full Moon in Taurus approves of this message, I am sure. Taurus likes to be prepared. Taurus likes to be well-resourced.
Taurus prioritizes tools that bring stabilization and grounding in order to withstand life’s inevitable curveballs. I have a post planned on this topic – more to come, hopefully : )
This Full Moon opposition receives friendly contact from Neptune, which sextiles the Moon and trines the Sun. Taurus supports sensory self-regulation resources, whereas Neptune invites you to anchor into that big, beautiful, magical something, beyond your immediate physical realm. This Full Moon is a great one for engaging in some right-brain activities. Make some art, or create space for a spiritual ritual. Both, hold healing potential.
It also could be a great Full Moon for love… perhaps. Venus, the planet of love and pleasure, is the ruler of this sensual Full Moon (since Venus rules Taurus traditionally). Venus is currently ballroom-dancing her way through Libra, the other sign she rules. She would be more than happy to bestow her blessings on any relational enterprising… except that her opposition with Uranus in Aries (the cosmic rebel and shit-disturber) may thwart her romantic intentions.
Remember that New Moon in Libra on October 19th? The beginning of this lunation cycle commenced in an EXACT opposition to Uranus with the Libra New Moon. And now, as we reach its culmination on the Scorpio-Taurus axis, the Full Moon’s ruler (Venus) opposes Uranus EXACTLY, within 20 minutes of the Full Moon peaking. Both Uranus and Venus will be at 25° 54′ minutes in Aries and Libra respectively.
I always get super curious when I see meaningful synchronistic patterns like this occur in the sky. What’s up, Universe?
What story arc has been playing out for you since October 19th? Venus in sharp opposition to Uranus could bring another unexpected surprise, a need to cut some relational ties, and/or Venusian-themed breakthrough (think love, money, self-worth, art). Uranus moves quickly, abruptly. For better or worse.
On SUNDAY Mercury leaves Scorpio to enter Sagittarius. Before it ingresses into a new sign Sunday afternoon, you may find yourself having some intense emotional discussions (or feel like your mind is trying to run through a thick swamp) as Mercury passes through the Anaretic degree of Scorpio.
Mercury in Sagittarius at its worst can be obnoxious, self-righteous, and wildly rambly. At its best, Mercury in Sagittarius captures the big picture vision with ease and contributes its gifts to some of the most powerful inspirational speakers you will ever meet. Hope exudes from the pore of every syllable.
Scorpio season may still have us deep in the trenches and wrestling inner demons in the mud, but Mercury in Sagittarius can bring a lighter presence into our conversions.
Sagittarius energy can also be very fun and silly. As Mercury moves through Sagittarius find your laughter, loves.
As the magnificent Clarissa Estes writes:
“…the belly laugh being one of the best medicines one can possess… The belly Goddess and the belly laugh are what we are after. So in your self-healing trove, put small ‘dirt stories’… The funny, ‘dirty’ story can not only lift depression but can cut the black heart right out of rage, leaving a happier person than before. Try it, you’ll see… It is sacred because it is so healing. It is sensual for it awakens the body and the emotions. It is sexual because it is exciting and causes waves of pleasure. It is not one-dimensional, for laughter is something one shares with oneself as well as with many others.”
“When laughter helps without doing harm, when laughter lightens, realigns, reorders, reasserts power and strength, this is the laughter that causes health. When the laughter makes people glad they are alive, happy to be here, more conscious of love, heightened with eros, when it lifts their sadness and severs them from anger, that is sacred. When they are made bigger, made better, more generous, more sensitive, that is sacred.”
Add laughter-provoking resources to your toolbox.
Here’s a summary of this week’s transits…
MONDAY (October 30th):
• Mercury (in Scorpio) square the Nodes (North Node in Leo and South Node in Aquarius)
TUESDAY (October 31st):
• Venus (in Libra) sextile the North Node (in Leo)
WEDNESDAY (November 1st):
• Venus conjunct Vesta (in Libra)
• Jupiter (in Scorpio) opposite Pallas (in Taurus)
THURSDAY (November 2nd):
• Saturn (in Sagittarius) square Chiron (in Pisces), both at 24°
FRIDAY (November 3rd):
• Venus (in Libra) quincunx Chiron (in Pisces)
• Venus (in Libra) sextile Saturn (in Sagittarius)
• Sun (in Scorpio) trine Neptune (in Pisces)
SATURDAY (November 4th):
• FULL MOON @ 2:22 AM (ADT) @ 11° 58’ Taurus (opposite Sun in Scorpio)
• Venus (New Moon Ruler in Libra) opposite Uranus (in Aries)
SUNDAY (November 5th):
• Mercury enters Sagittarius
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