This week three celestial bodies are shifting signs (Mercury, Mars, and Sun); Mercury will conjoin with the solar system’s grandiose lord Jupiter in Scorpio on Wednesday; and we have a sizzling Libran New Moon on Thursday. This week is full of movement. Like a sprinter waiting for the signal, stay on your toes!
Today (MONDAY) may have felt a little frustrating and edgy with Mercury finishing up its journey through Libra, moving through the critical last degree of the sign, on route to Scorpio. There may have been a list of important tasks to attend to or a project to finish under a deadline, and yet we may have been continuously faced with barriers – even if only our own desire to procrastinate.
And yet! Today the Moon has been traveling through Virgo while the Sun formed a beneficial sextile to Saturn. Meaning: Even if we were faced with a bunch of urgent and cumbersome tasks, there was support for focused and self-disciplined work. I finally cleaned up my email inbox today, fyi.
Early TUESDAY morning, Mercury will arrive at Destination Scorpio – about a week before Scorpio Season officially begins with the Sun’s ingress into Scorpio on October 22nd/23rd. Whether in hushed whispers or through screaming matches, intense conversations will spread like a contagious virus on topics related to death, sex, power dynamics and abuses of power, energy exchanges, and the spirit world.
On WEDNESDAY, Mercury will catch up with Jupiter and fuse with this big planet in deep Scorpionic waters. With Jupiter’s light and buoyancy supporting you, this is a good time to get to the root of a troublesome issue; whether it involves some investigations and excavations within your own psyche, or important confrontations with others to address an elephant in the room.
It’s also a good time to get beyond pleasantries and have some intentional, deep soul-baring heart-to-hearts with those you TRUST. The growth of love and intimacy (i.e. deep knowing combined with complete acceptance) is contingent on increasing exposure and the vulnerable sharing of one’s self.
Scorpio is the sign of profound intimacy; of scraping away all pretenses to get at the raw essence of a person.
So how well do you know yourself – at a cognitive, emotional, sexual, physical, and spiritual level?
And how well do you know those you are in relationship with?
Jupiter moved into Scorpio on October 10th and will be here until November 2018. What will this 13-month transit mean for you?
One of the best indicators is to take note of what happens on days when Jupiter is activated by other planets. WEDNESDAY gives you a big clue with its Mercury-Jupiter conjunction. So will next week, October 26th, when the Sun takes its turn dancing with this kingly planet. Look beyond the specific details – what “themes” emerge on these days?
Here are some things to watch out for with Mercury in Scorpio (and avoid if possible): Paranoia, suspicion, fear, hidden agendas, second-guessing the meaning behind all communication, and manipulative conversations.
The Moon is in its Balsamic phase on WEDNESDAY, so whatever this Mercury-Jupiter transit brings up for you, there is likely an element of clearing the air, releasing interpersonal tension, and letting go of an issue once it has been addressed.
On THURSDAY afternoon, as we are still processing yesterday’s revelations, we are heading straight toward a lightening storm. The Libran New Moon occurs at 26° Libra at 4:11 pm ADT, EXACTLY opposite Uranus in Aries; the solar system’s shit-disturber and erratic rebel.
Most of the time when a New or Full Moon is interpreted, you’ll hear mention of other planets being in aspect to it, because these aspects influence the way the New or Full Moon expresses itself symbolically. When planets are forming an aspect to each other, they are in conversation. The type of aspect (e.g. square, opposition, trine, sextile, conjunction), and how “tight” the aspect is, determines what type of conversation these planets are having.
Typically the influencing aspects are a few degrees away from being “exact”. “A tense conversation of opposition” between two planets would be technically “exact” at 180 degrees, and yet would still be strongly experienced as an opposition at 185 degrees (referred to as an opposition “with an orb of 5 degrees”).
That’s a bit of astro info for all the beginners out there! But mostly I share that because I want to emphasize that this New Moon in Libra (occurring when the Sun and Moon join together) lands pretty much in an EXACT opposition to Uranus (an orb of only 4 astro-minutes). That doesn’t happen often.
Libra desires balance and harmony, but this New Moon seedling is getting zapped with shocking and surprising new developments, hurtling it into another dimension. As Uranus does, you know.
Uranus catalyzes unexpected changes in plans, liberating Truths, and significant break-throughs. The degree at which you will experience this depends on how it activates your birth chart. Regardless, I would suggest: Stay Flexible and Listen to Your Intuition. Ride the chaos.
Uranus opposing this New Moon, feels like a game of Truth or Dare. Are we grappling with new, informative reveals? Or are we propelled out of our comfort zone to take courageous action? Or both?
The lunation cycle that begins with this New Moon at the end of Libra, will encompass most of Scorpio Season. Scorpio Season is never to be taken lightly, but this year in particular, Scorpio Season is bound to reeeaaallly interesting as it occurs at the beginning of magnificent Jupiter’s long-awaited return to the sign of taboos. The fact that this lunation cycle begins with such a catapult, is an indication that we are launching into a roller coaster ride of some sort! Hang on to the core essentials, and let the rest go.
Throughout the WEEKEND we may be aware of Mars passing through the 29th critical degree of Virgo on its way toward the exit door. Persevere through any frustrations to apply the devout, focused and attentive powerhouse of Mars in Virgo to the task at hand, painstakingly detailed as it might be. This is a placement that slices, dices, divides, sorts, and eliminates with incredible precision.
On SUNDAY afternoon, Mars emerges from Earth, into Air. Slightly ill at ease in Libra’s delicate and charming domain, Mars in Libra may feel at first like a bull in a china shop.
Mars speaks to our capacity to take action and indicates basically “how we get what we want”. When Mars is in Libra, people may feel inclined to sweet talk their way into getting what they want. This could veer toward manipulation coated with sugar. Or this could show up as a mature and healthy way of asserting one’s needs, desires, and boundaries with diplomacy and tact.
In traditional astrology, Mars rules Scorpio. In modern astrology, Pluto rules Scorpio. As many other modern astrologers do, I tend to consider them as co-rulers.
So that said, given that a transformative Scorpio Season is just around the corner, in addition to Jupiter’s 13-month sojourn here, Mars is worth paying attention to, as it will identify meaningful connections between the two realms.
Jupiter (and soon Mercury and the Sun) in Scorpio want us to engage in some intense inner searching and reflection.
Venus-ruled Libra is the sign of connection and relationships. The 7th House, its natural abode, is the House of partnerships and marriage.
Mars is our engine of action, but it also speaks to the way we express anger, the way we defend ourselves, address conflict and assert our will in opposition to others.
So this current scenario and line up of planets with Mars in Libra overseeing all the Scorpio action, prompts the following question for reflection: How do you manage conflict in relationships? Are you in touch with your anger? And are you able to channel your anger in a productive way?
I’ve come to realize that being able to “fight well”, especially with those you are close to, is really an art… or a gift. I have a full 8th House and 4th House (two water houses), Chiron conjunct the Moon, and Sun, Mercury (and Jupiter) in Pisces. Needless to say, I can find conflict excruciating. “Sensitive”, is a label I’ve worn (less willingly at times) most of my life.
However, my natal chart is also full of fire with a Leo rising, Aries Venus, and a Sagittarius Mars. It is so refreshing when I encounter someone who activates this fire in me and we are able to hash out conflict freely without fear of destroying the relationship and causing permanent damage – and yet neither feeling pressured to hide and repress hurt and anger. It is really so refreshing to shift from water to fire mode! And I find it so fascinating how I handle conflict differently with different people.
This might be a good time for us all to reflect on how we orientate ourselves toward emotions of anger and situations of conflict – especially within our closest relationships.❤
Summary of this week’s key transits:
• Sun (in Libra) sextile Saturn (in Sagittarius)
• Mercury at the anaretic degree of Libra
• Mercury enters Scorpio
• Mercury conjunct Jupiter (@ 1° Scorpio, 5:54 AM ADT)
• New Moon @ 26° Libra, exactly opposite Uranus (in Aries @ 4:11 pm ADT)
• Mars at the anaretic degree of Virgo
• Mars enters Libra
• The Sun will enter Scorpio late Sunday night for some of you, or early Monday morning for people like myself
The following post I published on social media Sunday evening (Oct. 15th):
I missed the Last Quarter Moon post this past week! A break with tradition. I was sick and tired, but I’m getting back to normal now. I used the symbolism of last week’s astrology to lean into accepting my limitations and low capacity. Such a delicate balance, isn’t it? A balance between both accepting and yet seeking to improve (with sleep and medicines in my case).
And no sign is more well acquainted with the concept of “balance” than Libra. Venus entered into Libra this weekend (on Saturday to be exact), and now we are blessed with her good graces in the sign in which she thrives.
That same inner pendulum of the Libran nature, which seeks emotional and relational balance and harmony in life, is what makes Libra types (and Venus in Libra chart holders in particular) so skilled at creating visual and auditory artistic delights.
Mandalas, with their perfect mirrored symmetry, always remind me of Libra. Geometry in art, architecture, sacred geometry… these appear to be so infused with Libran light to me. The deliberate balance, or purposeful imbalance, that you find in geometric art and design, resonates deeply with something at our core.
Mesmerized, our eyes follow angles, edges, lines, corners, shapes, colors… until, entranced, we get this strange uncanny sense that the boundaries between us and our visual targets, are dissolving.
The same too, can be said of music. Those irresistible rhythms, that orchestrated balance of instruments and sounds, which entice our human bodies out on to the dance floor, or beckon our souls to another realm of blissful sensory experience.
Venus placements speak to what we value in life, what qualities and traits we are attracted to in others and try to emulate in ourselves, and where and how we derive pleasure in life.
Your Venus placement is essentially the answer to “What makes you happy?”
Regardless of where your natal Venus is, we all get to temporarily experience Venus in each sign as it moves through the zodiac wheel.
Venus in Libra is a placement of elegance, sophistication, charm, beauty, peaceful harmony, romance and sweet loving kindness.
Go make beauty, whatever that means to you. Feast your ears and eyes on beauty. Play with shapes and sounds. Draw mandalas. Paint your nails. Wear your fancy clothes for fun. Take your friends to the spa with you. Immerse yourself in art and music. Donate to organizations that create opportunities for artistic development, engagement and exploration (and leisure activities) for those that would not otherwise be able to.
For years, researchers and philosophers have chased the solution to ending human pain, suffering and despair, while increasing human happiness and wellbeing. It’s generally agreed upon that a hedonistic pursuit of pleasure is not the ultimate solution. Happiness and pleasure are temporary. Transient. We simply cannot stay in a constant blissed out state forever (at least not without some dire consequences for ourselves or others).
Humans need big things in order to flourish and find lasting fulfillment – like meaning and purpose in life, actualizing our potential, and contributing to society… but we mustn’t dismiss the simple pleasure and opportunities for happiness while we work on anchoring ourselves in the values and purposeful life paths that will sustain our spirit through difficult times.
Life can be tough. The human capacity to experience moments of pleasure and happiness is a gift.
Every Venus placement holds happiness and wellbeing answers that speak both to larger, more abstract values that fulfill us through their enactment (such as fairness, justice and peace for Venus in Libra), as well as indicating that which we find immediately pleasurable.
Don’t forget the pleasure. ❤
On October 4th, when Mercury was conjunct Vesta (an asteroid of spiritual devotion) in Libra, I was attending a workshop that discussed how to facilitate peer support programs and cultivate resilience through meditation.
“How appropriate”, I thought to myself. Mercury is a planet of learning and communication (i.e. I was learning at the workshop). Vesta resonates with a meditation practice. And Libra is a sign that perfectly correlates with the concept of peer support.
“…peer support is a supportive relationship between people who have a lived experience in common. The peer support worker provides emotional and social support to others who share a common experience.” (Mental Health Commission of Canada)
Peer support programs have been largely initiated in a mental health context, but they are also used in other situations (such as settled newcomers pairing up with newly arrived refugees to ease their settlement process).
Over and over again peer support programs prove themselves to be effective – often more effective than the medical or formal services available.
But that shouldn’t come as any surprise. It is likely that most of us have benefited from the support, guidance and empathy offered by someone who has lived through a similar experience, has a similar background, and faced similar challenges. Moreso than a “professional”, they get it. We feel heard. Understood. Less alone.
For example, instead of reading a book by an “expert in the field”, people will often seek out a more auto-biographical written account of someone’s lived experience with the issue of concern (e.g. “Reasons to Stay Alive“, by Matt Haig, who describes his past struggle with depression and anxiety).
The #MeToo viral phenomenon is different obviously, but it reminded me of the same Libran quality that blossoms in peer support models.
Libra is a relational sign within our cosmic DNA that wants connection with others. And how does Libra seek connection? Through finding common ground, shared experiences, and similarities with others.
A mirror is part of the Libran symbolism. It is through seeing ourselves in others, and learning through interpersonal exchanges and interactions, that we root and grow stronger in our own journeys and identities. And this is exactly what occurs in peer support when someone at a different stage of their journey turns to you and says, “Me too. I’ve been there. Together, we can keep moving forward.”
Venus, a feminine symbol, moved into Libra last Saturday. Then on Sunday…
“…actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a note, which asked for victims of sexual harassment and assault to write ‘me too’ as a reply to her tweet. She wrote, “Me too. Suggested by a friend: ‘If all women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ’Me too.’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.’…The tweet was posted in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations…”
Very quickly, as most of you probably know, millions of women began sharing their stories of sexual assault and harassment publicly with the hashtag #MeToo. Of course, the initial intent behind this effort was not necessarily the same as the purpose and intent behind peer support. I believe the main aim was to raise public awareness, to swing a blow at our patriarchal systems, sexism and rape culture, and to prompt action toward a more just and safe world. And yet, this too falls into Libra’s domain.
As #MeToo began to ripple out, I think it has served, for some women, as a reminder that they are not alone in their experiences and thus provided some emotional and social support (although granted, the onslaught of posts have likely been triggering for many).
Esther Perel recently posted on her Instagram account:
“One of the most painful aspects of trauma is a feeling of social isolation. Many victims remain silent out of shame and fear. #MeToo has created a community of support for many who felt alone. Understand that sharing can be healing — when we speak up in solidarity with others, we also speak up for ourselves.”
There is strength in numbers. There is power in social connection. Venus in Libra knows this well.
Although many women are socialized into sweet, people-pleasing Libran-like roles that often serve to maintain our oppression within this hegemonic patriarchal system, it is these same “be nice” traits that allow many of us to cope with – and even survive – sexual harassment and assault.
The questions always roll in: “But why didn’t you… tell him to stop? Fight back? Yell? Report to the police right away?”
No shame. No guilt. Women do what they need to, in order to cope and survive in a screwed up world.
And yet, at the end of the day, Venus in Libra is more than nice.
Venus in Libra is: “Me Too”. And together, “No More”.
Venus in Libra is women connecting. Uniting together. Finding strength in numbers. Venus in Libra is finding strength through sharing similar lived experiences – whether done publicly with a hashtag, or within a more contained relationship and environment. And through solidarity, pursuing justice.
I write this post hesitantly since I’m sure by the end of the week there will be hundreds of think pieces on this viral hashtag with some important critiques that I have not considered. And this is how it should be – any phenomenon that goes viral immediately should be held up to a critical, more nuanced lens.
At the very least, I acknowledge that “women” is a word that can hide many inter-sectional injustices. There are many women, womxn, trans and non-binary folx, as well as boys and men, all over the world, who experience greater vulnerability to sexual assault and harassment than others for a variety of reasons, with less recourse for justice. The Breathe Network has some important words to share on this point:
Sexual trauma impacts people of all genders, races + ethnicities, sexualities, religions, abilities, ages, socioeconomic groups, education levels, professional backgrounds + more. Still, the ways in which it impacts us both in the moment, and long afterwards, are *uneven*. We recognize that it's impossible to create a hierarchy of sexual trauma because it is specific to the individual's unique experience, still, we can't ignore the harsh reality that resources, options, response, advocacy + healing are significantly harder to access for people of color, queer folks, trans + nonbinary survivors, undocumented people, men, children, those with disabilities, homeless + low-income survivors, and religious minorities. Additionally, systems designed to support survivors may re-traumatize marginalized + minority communities by perpetuating – explicitly + implicitly – the silencing + erasure of survivor identities that are not white, not cis, not women, not able-bodied, not straight, not neurotypical. Folks who exist outside of the system's fantasy of a "perfect victim" are less likely to be believed, more likely to be blamed and may have their trauma minimized based on dehumanizing stereotypes. The people our organization serves are not only survivors of sexual assault, but also, they're trying to heal while navigating other forms of systemic violence, trauma + oppression – racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ableism, colonialism, xenophobia – all of which compound the wounds of sexual violence + complicate the pathway towards recovery. There is no singular survivor experience. There may be parallels in how we carry our wounds, but they're never exactly the same. For #survivors and #healingarts practitioners who hold privileged identities, it is important to own the ways in which resources were made available to us in the aftermath of trauma that enabled our healing – resources that most survivors haven't had access to, yet desperately need + deserve. May this humbling, necessary work of locating ourselves along a spectrum of privilege mobilize us toward a more effective, inclusive, equitable + honest movement to end #sexualviolence. | art: Yeffe Kimball
It is important that “Me Too”, and other actions to relate and empathize, do not overlook the differences in life experiences. We can have similar lived experiences, but no one will ever have the same experience. We can learn ways of saying “Me Too” and offering support and solidarity at relevant, appropriate moments, without obliterating the uniqueness of any individual’s lived experience and without pretending we know exactly how someone has been impacted by their life’s journey.
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