An astrological analysis of the week to help you make the most of the moment.
“You only live twice. Once when you are born and once when you look death in the face.” Ian Fleming, You Only Live Twice. Halloween or Samhain and All Soul’s Day is the heart of Scorpio season, when we dive in and look at our shadow, make fun of our fears, and, in our own way, honor the departed formally or in fun. Traditionally Halloween helped us look at death square in the face before we headed into a long, cold winter when death was a real and tangible possibility. This Scorpio holiday gave us a chance to dance with the fear and take stock of our lives and ask what we needed to do to meet the winter fulfilled, well-stocked and with a clean conscience. Though modern implements make winter safer for most of us, this yearly morbid moment when children eat candied skulls and we dress up as… Read More
“Human freedom involves our capacity to pause between the stimulus and response and, in that pause, to choose.” ― Rollo May, The Courage to Create We can be twitchy this week, Winds pick up in the heart-realm and our emotions can feel like swirling in these late October winds, and, paradoxically at the same time, want to bury deep and quiet like a badger going in for the winter as the Sun joins Venus and Mercury in Scorpio. Conflicting feelings can breed mixed signals and then easily ignite old emotional patterns if we’re not centered. New political solutions can start to look like old messes. If we start to get triggered, we’ll tend to set each other off like falling dominoes. But we can change that pattern with a moment’s pause, a moment of quiet consideration. For example, one person’s fear can lead them to withdraw, which sets off another person’s abandonment… Read More
Feeling snarky? We’re heading into Scorpio season with Mercury and Venus in Scorpio ahead of the Sun. Scorpio breeds a pointed, investigative, no-nonsense if darkly-humored tone in many people. For others it just sharpens the lens of their focus. We may need extra time alone or with a select few, either in companionable silence or diving deeper in our conversations than normal. We may also want to avoid the average difficult situation, but once we engage, we tend to take that situation to the mat. Some may say we over react, but we just won’t let go until we’re done. So let’s be careful where we put this focus. Scorpio likes to obsess, but we can adjust what we obsess upon. Once we clamp onto something it’s hard to let go. Just look at the headlines and feel a tenacity pulsing in the culture; if an issue comes up, we… Read More
Saturn conjuncts the Sun this week and asks us to question our illusions about our maturity and really grow up. Just when we’re feeling our most rebellious and our inner adolescent is up and running from recent Mars aspects (a twitchy, impatient trine to Uranus and a determined square to Jupiter) and from next week’s Full Moon in Aries, we need to get real and serious about our goals as the Sun conjuncts Saturn. Maturity is not being depressed, though sometimes we can get depressed because, with Saturn’s help, we can see how complicated is the situation and what is our responsibility. It’s not about giving in to the confines of the past or controlling the situation, though that’s also a temptation when Saturn whispers, or letting others control us, though they may try. But it is a chance to stand strong and alive, respectful and expecting respect, and practice… Read More
It is not down in any map: true places never are. ~ Herman Melville. We have wanderlust of the soul this week. Find center again after a moody and tempestuous week, keep the wanderlust creative over the weekend and be willing to work towards a new direction next week. We need to find healthy ways to be seen and heard this week. Mars is in expressive, enthusiastic and belligerent Leo all this month, so we thrive under attention and will tend to use attention-getting acts, and efforts to ignore those acts by others, as a way to manipulate behavior. With Mars in Leo energized by a Sun that is shooting out solar flares, and energized by a square from magnifying Jupiter and a trine to electrifying Uranus, the general mood can vibrate with a strong, sometime gaudy, passionately opinionated physical presence. Just listen to any ongoing debate and hear our… Read More
Happy Autumnal Equinox; this week’s assignment is to balance, beautify, and reconnect with our center as the Sun enters fairness-loving Libra, opposes radical Uranus and squares powerful Pluto. Let’s work on balance because we can now make changes while Uranus puts in the cosmic clutch while Pluto motivates and reminds us what happens if we give our power away. And let’s work on balance because the weird gets weirder, and it will help to keep our feet firmly underneath us. Balance may sound simple, but it’s a big assignment. The headlines will give us clear examples about what happens when we don’t find a way to stay balanced and balance our society and these nudge us to be more proactive. How do we balance the world’s economy? How do balance taxes? How do we keep our equanimity when moods and stock prices swing and technical difficulties test us? How do… Read More