Scorpio is a pretty awesome sign really, there isn’t much luke warm about it. The second half of the zodiac may have begun with Libra, but everything that could have hung onto the past, the blocks, the walled up self, seems to be coiled up in that space between the end of Virgo and somewhere in Scorpio, and Scorpio is the end of the road. Thus Scorpio’s association with death and rebirth (and birth, another uncoiling), and the soul compulsion of sexuality. On 23rd October (UT) the Sun enters this life saving sign, of ghouls and vampires and saints; of poisons and miracles, phoenixes and snakes.
You might remember that in the last zodiac month the Uranus-Pluto square was getting hit off quite a bit, it being a cardinal Sun sign month. We’re past that now, but as Mercury and Venus follow (or precede) the Sun around the chart, they will both do some engaging of the Uranus-Pluto square (especially at the beginning and end of the Sun sign month).
The other thing that really coloured the last month was a Jupiter-Neptune opposition, which has now disappeared. So with that brief recap, let’s see how the Scorpio month plays out, and if we can pick out any patterns in the movement.
We begin much as we ended Libra of course, entering Scorpio on a wave of dream energy from that Sun-Neptune trine. The Sun going into Scorpio will help this, as both it and Neptune are now in water signs. There may be a slightly bitter undertaste provided by the square from Saturn, a need to take in colder realities, harsher meanings, but that is part of the challenge of the time. Venus in Virgo has an opposition from Neptune, and that sensitizes our need to find what we value and love at a certain level. There’s a bit of an inflationary quality to this aspect, infatuation with the unreachable, the unobtainable, the impractical, but Venus in Virgo is very resourceful, and triply so with a trine to Pluto in Capricorn. Venus is also conjunct Jupiter and Mars, so this is an exaggerating formation in terms of what we can desire, envision and want to go for. It’s a want big aspect. Saturn squaring Neptune is a good reminder here: you can’t always get what you want, but you could still get a great deal; it just might not turn out to be what you thought before you got it. No need to be heartless or disillusioned, but keep a level head for the sake of your big picture. You really can have cake and eat it, so long as you take care of what is important. With so many planets in Virgo, the detail holds quite a lot. With so much Neptune, just make sure you are honest with yourself. The whole triple conjunction in Virgo is all trine Pluto as well, so plenty of potential for gains if we are wise.
Another thing to note about the triple conjunction (Venus-Jupiter-Mars) is that it is all opposite Chiron. This is another clue for things to watch out for. If you find old wounds, old vulnerabilities and patterns cropping up in how you feel, it could be connected with this. There’s an opportunity for healing highlighted by Chiron, but it is up to you, and with an opposition it would tend to get presented as an external situation to be recognized in. With oppositions, remember that they partly act like mirrors. Don’t do, or react to things, just because you always have; or at least be aware of where you play out the same old problem, or open the same old wound. Chiron really does teach us about where we do it to ourselves. It’s ok to let go of that now, but of course you can only let go of something when you’re holding it consciously. That’s something that Chiron does, it shows you what you’re holding.
Mars is quincunx Uranus, so that could be a bit irritable, though individually a person could make something original of it. If anything, it says “stay individual“. It might not go anywhere of course, but it at least won’t go anywhere worse.
At the beginning of the Scorpio Sun month it is Mercury that engages Uranus-Pluto and makes a T square with them. As we said last month, this is a bit of a polarizing, projecting, potentially judgemental pattern, especially to do with groups we protect or exclude from our society, so take it easy and don’t be too quick to judge (information may have got a definite “spin” on it) – it might help you step outside of a bit of group thinking. The triple conjunction in Virgo helps this, so maybe dealing with our own business in the answer here, as there is quite a bit to work on and gain from, in potential, with Venus, Jupiter and Mars all piggy backing each other with a deeply resourceful aspect from Pluto in Capricorn.
Hey that’s all a bit easier now, with Mercury having disengaged from the Uranus-Pluto square, we get a rest, and maybe a clearer picture. The Sun is now sextiling Pluto as well as trining Neptune, so there is a capacity for some deep-seated spiritual liberality and shifting of identity (or life) coming to light, if we work with it (sextile).
Jupiter is hanging on to that trine to Pluto, so there’s still a nice, stable bed rock of gain there if we have the right perspective and vision. Jupiter and Pluto together have definite interest in power and wealth, but there is also an interest in the kind of philosophy and “wisdom” that can survive real life, and the trine makes the latter more accessible. Venus and Mars are even more closely conjunct (plus still conjunct Jupiter), so still nice for romance and passion (just get the details right – Virgo), and the Venus opposition to Neptune has disappeared, so things might be a bit more realistic now also. The trines from Mars and Venus to Pluto have disappeared also, so if you want the big money or the big kicks, Jupiter is your man here, with his visionary work and cataloguing in Virgo, his little-big picture, but Mars and Venus in combo are passionate enough without that addition of the Lord of the Underworld wearing goat horns. It was kinky, it was fun, but we’re ok as we are.
Uranus has switched his quincunx from Mars to Jupiter by now, a bit of an easier combination, maybe a bit distracting for Jupiter’s work, with that irresistible vanishing point horizon he sees with Uranus, but as ever, an individual can turn a quincunx into something that works.
The only other thing to note is that Chiron’s opposition to the triple conjunction in Virgo is still in place, so the aforementioned healing work may still present itself.
The pattern of harmonies enriches, without an increase in tensions, though a yod is added to the picture, and the North Node is more involved.
Mercury has joined the Sun in the trine to Neptune and the sextile to Pluto, so the mystical, liberal combination of Pluto and Neptune is made even more conscious as an overall “vibe” (incidentally, Neptune and Pluto are themselves uncharacteristically out of sextile for most of this month, and a few months to come). Jupiter maintains its productive trine to Pluto, and adds a sextile to the Sun, making a charmed little triangle from Virgo to Capricorn, with the Sun in the middle in Scorpio. This pattern rings with an energy which is melodious, deep and rich, so see if you can pick it up this week and use it (making the work of Jupiter-Pluto conscious for yourself). Chiron has maintained an opposition to Jupiter so have your feelers out for healing issues, or at least a remembering ear. Mars and Venus are now free of Chiron, so it might not feel quite as personal, but Jupiter’s healing work in Virgo stays highlighted.
The yod I mentioned is between the Sun in Scorpio, Jupiter in Virgo and Uranus in Aries. Uranus is the focus, and the enlightening irritation here. Both Sun and Jupiter are being affected by the liberating influence of Uranus, but in Aries his power is very focussed on the individual, and unrestrained, impulsive freedom. That isn’t where the Sun or Jupiter are at right now, in deeply involved Scorpio and detailed, service oriented Virgo. It’s a conundrum in terms of the energy, one which a person could figure out for themselves eventually, but socially it will tend to have the quality of mis-match and tension. Remember the lowest common denominator. You might want to reflect on those energies if you feel able, but don’t get caught up in social tensions around individual freedom and service, or individual freedom and commitment to transformation. The square to Pluto from Uranus just points out how much impersonal issues are caught up in this. If you ain’t the person with the answer, you ain’t the person to be involved.
The only other thing to note here is that Venus and Mars, as they travel towards the end of Virgo, have become technically conjunct the North Node, which is now right at the beginning of Libra. Venus and Mars fused here are highlighted as being around the areas we could do with working on; relationship and others, which in this case should come a bit more naturally. What’s good for us actually looks quite charming for once. Take the hint.
The Sun has lost its trine to Neptune, so that dreamy energy will be dissipating now, leaving the Sun to rely on the sextile to Jupiter to buoy it up. Jupiter actually carries the harmony of the chart at this point, so give the wandering herbalist/wise man of Jupiter in Virgo a thought. This is the “morning after” of the Neptune trine, and Jupiter has the medicine.
That yod now transfers its base to Mercury and Jupiter, which maybe makes the tension a bit more conscious, or played out in communication and movement. I think it’s quite possible to get distortion of information with this kind of combination, so test for reality (which is what the square from Pluto is asking for), but try not to get identified with issues. The chart as a whole is locking into a somewhat more tense arrangement in fact. Venus particularly is feeling it a bit more, with a somewhat undermining quincunx to Neptune in Pisces, and another square to hard bargaining Pluto in Capricorn. Venus and Mars have both jumped over to Libra here, so we’re up for a bit of the “cardinal effect” that draws in the Uranus-Pluto square at some point.
Venus quincunx Neptune sounds uneasy, troubled by doubts or fears, or maybe just the taste of some kind of disillusion. As with any quincunx, it’s an individual who can make it work (even though it “shouldn’t”). Forget the rules, don’t be afraid of doubts or uneasiness where it comes to what we personally love and value for our lives. The ingredients are two kinds of “love” that don’t usually mix. Two kinds of experience of value that are out of phase. If in doubt, you don’t have to do anything. The modes of operation are Pisces and Libra, surrender and reclamation, and on the other hand etiquette, order, mutuality, diplomacy. Venus is also conjunct Mars, which is conjunct the North Node, so I think that is saying to focus on relationship, but to keep centred on the self. Mars will understand this better than Venus, but Venus exemplifies part of the method, as ruler of Libra.
On the other hand, the North Node itself has switched from Libra to Virgo, which is a sea change in the growth-retrogression axis of the time, and it will be there till the Spring of 2017. You could look at this in a number of ways, but the potential for growth is getting focussed in the area of service, practical work, integrity, wholeness, while the area that holds a developed potential to be used (but not simply indulged or further developed, as that would lead to stagnation) is characterized more by faith, surrender, escape, imagination, and loss in the mass (Virgo versus Pisces). Given that Neptune is going through its long haul in its home sign, there is a pretty powerful shift going on through this, though I’m uncertain how that works out. It is also during this week that Neptune stations and then turns direct (17th – 19th November).
Venus meanwhile has to also contend with that square to Pluto, which is a bit like the conflict between money and MONEY, value and hard currency, art and porn (or the art world for that matter), romance and what people want from it as the end game. They’re honestly not so unrelated as energies (even if different in quality), but it’s a combination that tends to light upon the shadow in what we want, and nothing wrong with that in principle. But it takes a broad and honest mind, with lots of space, to cope with Venus-Pluto, because space and distance is just what this combination doesn’t have by nature. With a square, it is potentially very compulsive. It makes people hungry, because Pluto highlights blocks, and Venus’ blocks hit people right in the gut. Libra to Capricorn – elegant front, high stakes. This of course plays into the Uranus-Pluto square also. Socially I could see this playing out as compulsive mass desires or drives, and discontent. If you can use that energy, go ahead. Otherwise step back and watch the show, because if anything is visible, it will be a show. With Pluto as secretive as he is, I doubt anything comes to light before next week though.
Saturn does come to the rescue though. A soothing, conserving, more cautious hand from The Reaper sobers up the Mars-Venus conjunction, which sobers up the above as well. Remember that things need to make sense, and some common sense, and have some long-term meaning. It’s Neptune that squares Saturn and quincunxes Venus, so again; honesty, clarity and reality checking are watchwords (guarding against the bottom line of a potentially negative Neptune here).
And so we come to the last week. What has changed?
It’s mainly more challenging stuff, and things coming to a head, though it may also look a bit foggy. The Sun is now nearing the end of Scorpio, while Mercury has crossed over into zappy Sagittarius, but straight into a conjunction with Saturn. That slows things down somewhat, puts a more serious tone on things, which is doubled by the Sun joining in on the conjunction with Saturn. A bit low energy. Add to that the triple squares from Neptune (to Sun, Mercury and Saturn), and the withdrawal of Jupiter’s influence, and there is a bit of a lost, low energy theme going on. But there is some help from Mars, who sextiles Mercury and Saturn. Saturn’s touch tones down Mars even through a sextile, but we have some motive power pushing from Mars in Libra all the same, and being in Libra, it could be tuned to concern with others, or possibly issues of justice say, but it is concerned with relationship, though with a bit of an executive edge. So the push of Mars here goes well with the cautious skepticism of Saturn in Sagittarius. The quincunx to Neptune doesn’t help, it may be a sense of subtly undermined goals, the clarity and distinctness of Libra not getting the amorphous unmappability of Pisces, but Mars will depend upon Sagittarian map-making and Saturnian caution to allay that.
Mars has also separated from Venus here, so passion may be a little on the wane. But Venus has now taken on the mantle of the cardinal effect, and forms a T square with Pluto and Uranus. Same Pluto square we saw last week, but with an opposition to Uranus added. So if Venus-Pluto needed a broad and honest mind, and space to cope with its needs, well Uranus in Aries might just provide that, if we can pull off that T square and avoid it all being externalized. Aries certainly gives the capacity for honesty (better than Libra in fact), and more free space than Capricorn, but we have the whole deal of the Uranus-Pluto square and it’s very political vibe (as in body politic, and what’s bullshit and what isn’t), locked onto ravenous–but-don’t-break-a-sweat Venus in Libra (square Pluto), opposed by the Freak Liberation Front in Aries. It could be just what Venus needs here, but it’s not likely to be what she thinks is appropriate, or at an appropriate price. If I could see the Venus-Pluto square playing out socially as compulsive mass desires and discontent, well with added Uranus there is added potential for projection here, which is of course not what one should do, if you want to remain relatively conscious about it. Individually that could be quite transformative (hell, it could be very transformative). Collectively it is more likely to be a bit chewy, and maybe a touch volatile. Don’t underestimate Venus in Libra’s capacity for trouble making, Libra is the sign of diplomacy, politics and well, you can imagine how that ends up. In any event, you don’t have to join in.
Thankfully we have a stabilizing, soothing influence from Jupiter in Virgo to Pluto in Capricorn. Potentially wise, compassionate, and very practical. Still connected to that Chiron opposition, and to the healing work, which in Pisces is very collective in flavour, very concerned with suffering, and who we consider worth saving, reclaiming, redeeming (and there are always people and things that our collective way of life calculates on disposing of, and there always have been). But the Jupiter-Pluto trine runs through this whole month, just as it did through the last, and will do so till the end of November. Patient, deep, oddly unglamorous, the vein of ore wending its way through the season, dependable, rich.
What comes next is the Sun’s story in Sagittarius.
We enter Scorpio on a wave of dream energy which should be softening things for us at the beginning. Saturn requires that we take in colder realities and harsher meanings though, which is part of the challenge of the time longer term.
Venus is conjunct Jupiter and Mars, so this expands what we can desire, envision and aim for. Saturn reminds us that we can get real results, but not real fantasies. Keep a level head for the sake of your big picture. Take care of what is important, pay attention to the details, and be honest with yourself. There is plenty of potential for gains if we are wise.
Be aware of where you play out the same old problem, or open the same old wound. You could do things differently then.
Mercury engages Uranus-Pluto and makes a T square with them, which is a polarizing, projecting, and potentially judgemental pattern, especially re groups we protect or exclude. Take it easy and don’t be too quick to judge. Information could have a “spin” on it. It pays better to deal with our own business, and there is quite a bit to gain from doing so.
The second week eases up, and there is a more liberal permissive vibe collectively, which we can work with to shift some things positively. Jupiter hangs on to its trine to Pluto for the whole month, and continues to give a stable bed rock of gain, if we have the right perspective and vision. They point to the potential of a working philosophy and “wisdom” that can survive real life.
Venus and Mars move more closely into conjunction, which is nice for romance and passion (just pay attention to the details). Things might also be more realistic with the opposition to Neptune now gone. With the trine to Pluto, Jupiter now carries the Pluto payload with his detailed, careful, Virgoan philosophy.
The potential for healing of patterns continues all this month due to the Chiron oppositions, though it might come through external challenges.
At week 3 the pattern of harmonies enriches, we get a yod formation, and the North Node becomes more involved.
The liberal combination of Pluto and Neptune is made even more conscious as an overall “vibe” through Mercury, while Jupiter makes a charmed pattern with Pluto and the Sun that carries a melodious, deep and rich note. This week focusses the positive energy of the Pluto-Jupiter trine most consciously, in the transformative sign of Scorpio, probably most strongly on 6th November. This could be a time to make the work of Jupiter-Pluto conscious for yourself.
The yod – socially it will tend to have the quality of mis-match and tension. Don’t get caught up in social tensions around individual freedom and service, or individual freedom and commitment to transformation.
Venus and Mars fused with the North Node are highlighting relationship and others, which in this case could feel personal or romantic. Potential for growth through relationships.
By week 4 the Sun-Neptune dreamy energy will be dissipating, leaving the Sun to rely on Jupiter for support. Jupiter carries the harmony of the chart at this point – the wandering herbalist/wise man of Jupiter in Virgo. The chart as whole is locking into a more tense arrangement.
The yod has now transferred its base to Mercury and Jupiter, so the tension may be a bit more conscious – quite possible to get distortion of information, so test for reality, try not to get identified with issues.
Venus and Mars have both jumped over to Libra here, so the “cardinal effect” that draws in the Uranus-Pluto square will apply at some point (week 5).
Venus quincunx Neptune – forget the rules, don’t be afraid of doubts or uneasiness where it comes to what we personally love and value for our lives. Venus is also conjunct Mars, which is conjunct the North Node, so it is saying to focus on relationship, but to keep centred on what we want.
The North Node itself has switched from Libra to Virgo, which is a sea change in the growth-retrogression axis of the time. Potential for growth is now focussed in the area of service, practical work, integrity, wholeness.
Venus squaring Pluto – tends to light upon the shadow in what we want and value. This needs a broad and honest mind, with lots of space, to cope with. Potentially it’s very compulsive, and socially mass desires and discontent could be highlighted. If you can use that energy, go ahead. Otherwise step back.
Saturn provides a soothing, conserving, cautious hand that helps with the above though. Saturn reminds us that things need to make common sense, and have some long-term meaning. Honesty, clarity and reality checking are watchwords (guarding against a potentially negative Neptune here).
By week 5 the pattern is both more nebulous and more locked in.
Things slows down, with a more serious tone. The triple squares from Neptune (to Sun, Mercury and Saturn), plus the withdrawal of Jupiter’s influence, give a bit of a lost, low energy feel. Help comes from Mars though, providing some motive power pushing from Libra, which could be tuned to concern with others, or possibly issues of justice, but though it is cautious, it does gives a push. Use Sagittarian map making and Saturnian caution to dispel negative Neptune.
Mars separates from Venus, so passion may be on the wane. But Venus has now taken on the cardinal effect, and forms a T square with Pluto and Uranus. It could be just what Venus-Pluto needs here, but it’s not likely to come easily. Socially it could be volatile, but remember you don’t have to join in or get identified.
A stabilizing, soothing influence comes from Jupiter trine Pluto throughout. Potentially wise, compassionate, and very practical. Still connected to healing work, which here is very collective in flavour, very concerned with suffering, and the value we place on lives. The Jupiter-Pluto trine will last till the end of November.
Patient, deep, dependable, rich. This is one thing to focus on as a stabilizing thread, if you feel turbulence during this month. It will be most consciously focussed on the 6th November.
23rd October Sun enters Scorpio
25th October Venus conjoins Jupiter
Mercury opposes Uranus
27th October Venus opposes Chiron
30th October Sun trines Neptune
2nd November Mercury enters Scorpio
3rd November Venus conjoins Mars
Jupiter opposes Chiron
6th November Sun sextile Pluto
Mercury trines Neptune
7th November Venus conjoins North Node
8th November Venus enters Libra
9th November Sun trines Chiron
10th November Mars conjoins North Node
Mercury sextiles Pluto
11th November Sun sextiles Jupiter
12th November True North Node moves into Virgo
Mercury trines Chiron
Mars conjoins True North Node
Mars enters Libra
13th November Venus sextiles Saturn
Mercury sextiles Jupiter
17th November Sun conjoins Mercury
19th November Mercury sextiles North Node
Neptune turns direct (stationed 17th November)
20th November Sun sextiles North Node
Mercury enters Sagittarius
21st November Venus squares Pluto
Sun sextiles True North Node
22nd November Sun leaves Scorpio.
* dates of exact events by UT.