I have been lost in my thoughts the last few days and couldn’t find a funnel to get some of them out into orderly words on a page. Apologies for the day-late forecast : )
I love Scorpio and Capricorn and appreciate their vital and valuable contribution to the zodiac wheel and our cosmic DNA, but oh man, I am always relieved to get a sunny blast of Sagittarius in-between the heavy, dark Scorpio and Cap seasons.
If the tumultuous Scorpionic weather has been dragging you through the trenches over the last month +, this week the Universe will give you an earful of rejuvenating pep talks as we enter into Sagittarius Season late tonight (TUESDAY).
Of course, Jupiter will be in Scorpio until next November 2018, Venus will make her exit from Scorpio’s waters on December 1st, and Mars, still in Libra, will just be beginning its journey into Scorpio on December 9th.
So never worry; if you still have some skeletons to clean out of your closet, you’ve got plenty of time!
And yet… do welcome this light, playful Sagittarian breeze into your soul. Can you feel a shift?
The Scorpio New Moon last SATURDAY (Nov. 18th) launched a new lunation cycle that will take us up until December 17th. As with anything, a month-long lunation cycle has a birth chart – a snapshot of the sky at moment of the New Moon. This is a temporary chart which provides us with some of the major themes we will see play out over the coming month.
The birth chart of this Scorpionic New Moon captures that intense Mars-Pluto square which perfected on SUNDAY. Therefore, as its effects linger throughout the next ~27 days of this lunation cycle, we are faced with our deepest desires and our deepest fears… and the actions and consequences they catalyze.
SOME MARS-PLUTO QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:
- What do we really want in life?
- Are our fears holding us back from what our heart truly desires?
- Are we aggressively chasing some ego achievement in order to protect ourselves from facing/feeling inner hurt?
- Are we in touch with our anger? If so, how are we choosing to express and channel it?
- When sexual instincts are super-charged, how do we find release through a healthy expression of sexuality that respects and honours our individuality, our personhood, our boundaries, and that of others?
- How do we define and experience a healthy connection to personal power?
- What does it mean to be powerful?
- What does it mean to be successful?
- If we are driving ourselves toward a certain outcome or victory, what standard are we measuring ourselves against?
- Where did this standard come from?
- Who are we in competition with, and why?
- What might we be trying to prove (and to whom), and why?
Just a few small questions to think about : )
This lunation cycle is incredibly potent, as it also encompasses most of this year’s final Mercury Retrograde cycle (Dec. 3 – 22), most of Sagittarius Season (the Sun is in Sag Nov. 22 – Dec. 21), as well as the final concluding month of Saturn’s long ~3 year sojourn in Sagittarius.
Saturn will exit Sagittarius and enter Capricorn on December 20th, two days after the next New Moon (in Sagittarius, Dec. 18th).
[Clearly, Dec. 20, 21, and 22nd will be a ground-breaking, power-packed solstice period… but that is another story for another day…]
This is the SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS WRAP-UP for all of us (and especially for those finishing up their Saturn Returns, like myself).
Sagittarius is a truth-seeker, freedom-seeker, adventure-seeker. Sagittarius is a traveler, a philosopher and a spiritual guru. Sagittarius is boundless optimism, exciting potentialities, synchronistic opportunities and playful possibilities. Sagittarius is diversity, faith, belief systems, worldviews, and religions.
Saturn is responsibility, duty, obligations, structure, rules, definitions, governments, tangible form, goal-oriented projects, outcomes, foundations, boundaries, restriction, limitation, reality, authenticity, long journeys, endurance, determination… and learning to align with one’s wise inner authority.
Saturn + Sagittarius = a pilgrimage.
A long (difficult) journey that brings us closer and closer to Truth. A serious quest with an important purpose.
During this lunation cycle, as the Sun catches up to Saturn in Sagittarius and we conclude year 2017, we are embarking on the final climb of this pilgrimage, toward our sacred, mountain-top destination.
SOME SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:
(refer to your Sagittarius-ruled house in your natal chart to incorporate more personalized themes)
- How far have we journeyed in life, since December 23rd, 2014 when Saturn first entered Sagittarius?
- What life content has been lived during this time?
- How have our beliefs and worldviews changed or developed further?
- How has our spirituality shifted and deepened – and what new forms of spiritual expression have we integrated into our lives?
- Where have we persevered with building and restoring foundations in order to expand into new areas of life and discovering a new sense of freedom?
- In what ways have we patiently constructed launching pads for diving into new opportunities and possibilities?
- How have we been learning to move through fears around risk-taking and leaping into adventures with uncertain outcomes?
- What measuring stick or touchstone have we developed for assessing whether something is true, valid, valuable… or not? Has our assessment measure changed since December 23rd, 2014?
- In what ways have we cultivated a deeper responsibility to ensure that the world’s diversity is free to thrive and expand, rather than subjected to inhibiting restrictions and discrimination?
- How have we been personally challenged by diversity? Where have we chosen to draw a line, a boundary, between what is acceptable and what is not? How have we reacted when different perspectives profoundly contradicted with our own? When has our “open-mindedness” been confronted with something that we could not tolerate?
- In what ways has our faith and hope in governments and broader societal systems been tested and redefined?
- How might we be developing new forms of justice, structure and order that support humanity’s capacity to grow and flourish?
I haven’t even gotten into the week’s day-by-day forecast yet… but really, reflect on those questions this week, and you’re basically covered : )
Yesterday (MONDAY) Mars sextiled the North Node. The day earlier, on SUNDAY, Mercury trined the North Node. Today (TUESDAY) Venus squares the North Node.
That’s a lot of Nodal action. Where is 18 degrees Leo in your chart? This North Node (NN) point has been getting pinged quite a bit over the past couple days. How are you moving and growing toward this call to evolve? Where are you stretching? In what ways are you putting words into action (Mercury + Mars + NN), and setting your intention, your direction, in order to move toward what your heart resonates with – toward what brings you love, life, joy, passion and pleasure (Venus + NN in Leo)?
As Venus in Scorpio sextiles Pluto in Capricorn (TUESDAY – but effective a few days in both directions), we may be connecting with our own self-worth, friends, lovers, money, art and pleasure, in more profound and healing ways.
Shame isolates. Our insecurities build walls around us. The secret wounds we harbor – the ones that we mistakenly believe render us unworthy and unlovable – corrode relationships. They sever connection.
Venus sextile Pluto invites the types of courageous, vulnerable acts of connection that chisel through walls and re-establishes intimacy and closeness.
TUESDAY night (11:04 pm AST), the Sun enters Sagittarius, bringing Sag’s enthusiasm and big-picture, future-oriented vision into our lives – a shift away from Scorpio’s emotional waters.
On WEDNESDAY Neptune stations Direct! Neptune’s retrograde period began on June 16th, 2017. Did you take notes or journal at this time? What happened for you around this date? You may see something come full circle in relation to spirituality, dreams, compassion, love, inspiration and creativity. The stationing dates of planets are always significant and often have a fated quality about them.
This week feels deeply spiritual for multiple reasons. I recently read an interview with Palmer Parker (an author I appreciate deeply). I believe his words about suffering and depression spoke to the gift of both Scorpio/Pluto (freedom through facing your shadow and having it witnessed by others), and the gift of Neptune/Pisces (healing through recognizing the interconnectedness of the human race while increasing your capacity for compassion):
“Another way to say this is that you become less afraid of other people’s suffering. You’re more willing to be present to it in a faithful, abiding way because you’re no longer treating it as a sort of contagious disease that you too might catch. You’ve been hollowed out by your own suffering, which makes space inside you for the suffering of other people. You’re better able to offer an empathetic presence to them.”
“In this way, you start to develop a sense of community which, in an odd way, begins to normalize the problem. Empathy born of suffering says to you, “We’re all in this together, and this is part of the human experience.” Since having the experience of depression three times and emerging on the other side, it’s very clear to me that the most important words I can say to someone who comes to me with almost any form of suffering—after I’ve listened to them deeply, after I’ve attended to them profoundly—are, “Welcome to the human race!”
“No matter how horrendous their experience, there’s nothing in me that wants to say, “I can’t bear to hear this!” or “How could you ever let such a thing happen?” or “Now you’ve taken yourself to the margins of the human community.” On the contrary, what I want to say is: “Welcome to the human race. Now you enter the company of those who have experienced some of the deepest things a human being can experience.” So you start to make meaning of it, it seems to me, by realizing that this incredibly isolating experience called “depression”—and it’s isolating to a greater extent than I imagined survivable—ultimately reconnects you with the human community in a deeper, wider, and richer way.”
Everyone’s experience of pain and suffering is personal and unique. And yet, recognizing that we all participate in a common human experience (whatever it is) can be a relief. If we are able to enter into this truth at a deep level, it can dismantle many of the shame-based barriers we have erected to protect ourselves from the vulnerability of human connection.
FRIDAY may put these Neptunian insights to the test, as we are confronted with Mercury square Chiron. We may have some difficult conversations… or a painful dialogue with our own thoughts that bring up old issues. As always, there is the potential to move gently toward the hurt, and melt the defenses and criticism with compassion.
SATURDAY’s Mercury-Uranus trine sends us catapulting through the Chironic wound, to an expansive and freeing breakthrough.
SUNDAY brings us another Chiron aspect, as Venus creates a gentle trine with the wounded healer of the sky while sextiling Hygeia. Again, we are gently urged to move beyond our protective walls, to connect – with ourselves and with others. A greater sense of health and wellbeing is restored when we no longer let our insecurities and wounds hold our life energy hostage and inhibit our ability to enter into relationships.
Also on SUNDAY, we will find ourselves beneath the First Quarter Moon (1:02 pm AST), with the Moon in Pisces squaring the Sun in Sagittarius (both at 4 degrees). Pisces and Sagittarius are both versatile, adaptive, mutable signs that run strong with inspiration, creativity, spirituality and a big-picture perspective. However, while Sagittarius can sometimes be abrasively insensitive with expressing its opinions and its beliefs, Pisces is acutely sensitive to every single subtle shift in the energy, the environment or someone’s facial expression or tone of voice.
At this time, a ¼ of the way through the current lunation cycle, you may need to draw on Pisces’ intuitive and compassionate capacity in order to move forward into Sagittarius’ expansive promise.
Here’s a summary of this week’s cosmic weather…
MONDAY (Nov. 20th):
• Mars (in Libra) sextile North Node (in Leo)
TUESDAY (Nov. 21st):
• Venus (in Scorpio) sextile Pluto (in Capricorn)
• Venus (in Scorpio) square the Nodal Axis (North Node in Leo, South Node in Aquarius)
• Sun leaves Scorpio and enters Sagittarius
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 22nd):
• Neptune Stations Direct at 11 degrees Pisces
FRIDAY (Nov. 24th):
• Mercury (in Sagittarius) square Chiron (in Pisces)
SATURDAY (Nov. 25th):
• Mercury (in Sagittarius) trine Uranus (in Aries)
SUNDAY (Nov. 26th):
• Venus (in Scorpio) trine Chiron (in Pisces), sextile Hygeia (in Capricorn)
• FIRST QUARTER MOON @ 1:02 pm AST @ 4 degrees Pisces (squaring the Sun at 4 deg. Sagittarius)
This was posted on Instagram and Facebook on Nov. 19th, Sunday…
How was Saturday’s Scorpio New Moon for you? I woke up with an irrational sense of panic early in the morning, a few hours before the New Moon was exact – while it was in its deepest, darkest balsamic phase. The wind was howling outside. I managed to calm myself and then awoke again, shortly after the moment of the New Moon. The wind had quieted, but a sense of uneasiness remained.
This New Moon is pretty prickly and raw with today’s Mars-Pluto square looming over it, encapsulating it. Breathe gently into your soft creature body and bring sweet care to any turmoil within.
There was a family I used to babysit who liked to watch Disney’s Fantasia 2000 film, repeatedly. My favourite part (which I would watch again after the children went to sleep) was The Firebird Suite. The 10-minute clip depicts a spirit of spring who brings life to the forest again after a long winter. However, she not only awakens life in the forest, but also awakens the firebird within the volcano.
The firebird unleashes its fury upon the land, destroying all the new life.
The spirit of spring barely survives this onslaught of fiery lava, and is devastated by the destruction. It is now her turn to awaken to the hopeful possibilities of renewal, and the transformative and relentless power of creation and rebirth. The barren forest returns to life beneath her touch.
This short musical clip illustrates Scorpio’s archetypal dance of life, death, and transformation.
This death-rebirth cycle repeats continuously throughout our every-day lives and in the environments that surround us.
May these examples remind you of your infinite rebirth potential at the time of this Scorpio New Moon:
⚫ Every day, the sun dies… and is born again the next morning.
⚫ Mirroring the sun’s cycle, we too, die each day. Our bodies tell us it’s time to rest and rejuvenate our life force through sleep. The next morning we awaken, our conscious minds alert and our bodies refreshed and alive.
⚫ Flourishing green trees and plants collapse under winter’s cold weight … only to be magically brought back to life the following spring.
⚫ Once a month, the moon disappears into darkness. The moon dies with the end of a lunation cycle… and then is reborn. A few days later we will catch sight of the baby crescent moon winking at us from the sky.
⚫ A healthy tree releases many seeds. When it eventually rots, fertilizing the earth… it is surrounded by its baby saplings.
⚫ When a caterpillar has grown into its full size, it retreats into a chrysalis. It undergoes a profound transformation and… emerges with beautiful wings – as a butterfly.
⚫ Ice loses its form as it evaporates, and yet… it returns to us as life-giving rain and water. This too is a death, and a transformative rebirth.
⚫ As we attempt to align with nature’s cycles, many of our human-made products are now recycled and re-purposed. This brings new life to expired and discarded dead matter.
⚫ Snakes grow within their skin until they can grow no more. They shed their tired, restrictive sheath and then… leaving their dead cells behind them, they slither onward with a brand new skin.
⚫ Human cells die as well… and regenerate continuously, throughout a human life span.
⚫ When the human body is tired of this continuous cellular death, it undergoes another type of transition when the heart ceases to pump.
⚫ And yet at that very moment, somewhere in the world a baby is taking its first breath. Souls leave their human form while simultaneously… other souls are being birthed into embodiment.
⚫ In fact, every exhale is a death. And every inhale is transformative rebirth, bringing oxygenated life to our cells.
⚫ The end of every significant chapter in our lives holds a death seed… from which new life awakens.
⚫ The end of childhood. The end of highschool. Our first break up. Our first divorce. The end of a job. Retirement.
⚫ All these endings hold the seeds of a new beginning; your next chapter, your next transformation.
⚫ Archetypal death and rebirth narratives weave their way through every major spiritual and religious tradition. From reincarnation to resurrection.
⚫ Some believers speak of dying to themselves and being “born again”.
And yet we all are. Every day, regardless of faith. Over and over again.
Many of you are likely familiar with Clarissa Estes’ book: “Women who run with wolves”.
One of my favourite chapters is called “Marking Territory”, and her wise words bears repeating at this time.
She writes for women, but her words are applicable to everyone:
“A body who has lived a long time accumulates debris. It cannot be avoided. But if a woman will return to the instinctual nature instead of sinking into bitterness, she will be revivified, reborn… The woman who returns to the instinctual and creative nature will come back to life. She will want to play. She will still want to grow, both wide and deep. But first, there has to be a cleansing.”
“Women have died a thousand deaths before they are twenty years old. They’ve gone in this direction or that, and have been cut off. They have hopes and dreams that have been cut off also. Anyone who says otherwise is still asleep…”
“While all these things deepen individuation, differentiation, growing up and growing out, blossoming, becoming awake and aware and conscious, they are also profound tragedies and have to be grieved as such.”
“To make descansos means taking a look at your life and marking where the small deaths, las muertes chiquitas, and the big deaths, las muertes grandotas, have taken place. I like to make a time-line of a woman’s life on a big long sheet of white butcher paper, and to mark with a cross the places along the graph, starting with her infancy all the way to the present where parts and pieces of her self and her life have died.”
“We mark where there were roads not taken, paths that were cut off, ambushes, betrayals, and deaths. I put a little cross along the time-line at the places that should have been mourned, or still need to be mourned…”
“I encourage you to make the descansos, to sit down with a time-line of your life and say “Where are the crosses? Where are the places that must be remembered, must be blessed?” In all the meanings that you’ve brought forward into your life today. They must be remembered, but they must be forgotten at the same time. It takes time. And patience.”
“…Descansos is a conscious practice that takes pity on and gives honor to the orphaned dead of your psyche, laying them to rest at last.”
“Be gentle with yourself and make the descansos, the resting places for the aspects of yourself that were on their way to somewhere, but never arrived. Descansos mark the death sites, the dark times, but they are also love notes to your suffering. They are transformative.”
~Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Mourn your many deaths.
Create a ritual to honour and grieve your previous selves – the wounds they bore, the efforts they made, and the successes they celebrated.
And then open up to your next chapter.
Your next breath.
P.S. I hope to offer personalized astrological consultations in the near-ish future. I created a survey to help inform this development, which I would be ever so pleased if you were to fill out 🙂 You can find it here. All questions are optional, so if you are short on time and don’t want to answer all 10 questions, just scroll to the bottom whenever and click “Done”. Thanks in advance!
I’d like to collect a few more responses, and then I will crunch some of the anon results to share. I’ve found it super interesting and helpful so far – thanks to everyone who has responded!
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