An astrological analysis of the week to help you make the most of the moment.
“It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.” Science historian Jacob Bronkowski, 1908-74. This is an irreverent week. Irreverence implies a questioning sense of humor which allows penetrating curiosity; it does not require mean disrespect. Shift happens, or so believes Mercury and Venus conjunct with the North Node in restless Sagittarius the mood is basically curious, creative, we want to learn how to learn, and we have little reverence for how things stand now unless we can see the reason why. Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius pull us in the direction of curiosity and movement and lower our impulse control. Suddenly thing may bother us that have been going on for a long time, and we can get really depressed if we don’t see change happening fast enough, but can take… Read More
Before you speak, think: Is it necessary? Is it true? Is it kind? Will it improve on the silence? Sri Sathya Sai Baba Feel the shift from last week’s inward-turning, deeply-introspective Scorpio towards this restless and irreverent, multi-tasking and nervy mood. Truth shall set us free- but what is the truth? It may seem simple and clear, but actually flickers as a multifaceted and many layered thing this week. What is true will be hotly contested and we need to be willing to look deeply in the search for truth rather than look to justify our own opinion as Venus and Mercury conjunct in tactlessly honest Sagittarius and trine radical Uranus in Aries. We want more information. This is not a week to obfuscate or duck around tough questions, better to meet the questions head on with either a firm boundary or more information than they ask for, as a relentless… Read More
“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