Week of October 26-November 1 2014
Now that we’ve moved from the world of appearance and light (conscious mind) of Libra to the hidden dark underworld (subconscious mind) of Scorpio, we embrace the chthonian (subterranean) archetypes personified as Scorpio people. Ladies first: We explore the queen of the underworld, the original femme fatale, Persephone, who sat frozen, entranced on her throne, the proverbial maker whom you may be loath to meet. In mythology, Persephone is Kore in her underground aspect. Kore turned to Persephone when she was raped, captured, dragged down to the underworld by its god, Pluto, namesake for Scorpio’s planetary ruler. Persephone is a snapshot of the goddess in her destroyer aspect, akin to Kali. But there is no death—only regeneration. The sign has many totems—scorpion, spider, serpent, lizard, dragon, eagle, phoenix and so forth. The planet Pluto’s orbit is elliptical, following a pattern like that of the phoenix rising and falling and rising again—regeneration, transformation, reincarnation, reinvention. Up from the ashes: Scorpio archetype Scarlett O’Hara will never be hungry again, she vows, chomping on a subterranean root vegetable excavated from the destruction of her former life. She will spin a web and all will be caught in it. That is the way of the Scorpio woman. She chases nothing and nobody. The fixed-water sign (read: ice) lies in wait and entrances (read: paralyses) others into doing her bidding. And we thank her for it, grateful to be tenderly trapped by her Spiderwoman’s kiss and to see her feast on what we bring to the table to please her. She is like some lady spy whom we know is only telling us half the story, hiding much behind her wry Mona Lisa smile—what does she know that we don’t know? For one thing: to make no apologies for herself and to live life on her own terms, which includes you happily playing the role she assigns you. Should you go against whatever fate the zodiac’s Persephone has in store for you, then, quicker than you can say Demi Moore, you will feel the full wrath of this dragon lady. Some fiery-icy Scorpio femme fatales who’ve made their way onto the silver screen (even as non-actresses) are Vivian Leigh, Hedy Lamarr, Grace Kelly, Gene Tierney, Anne Hathaway, Veronica Lake, Dorothy Dandridge, Louise Brooks, Joanna Moore, Jean Seberg, Lauren Hutton, Tabu, Anna Wintour, Sally Field, Gabriel Union, Jodie Foster, Winona Ryder, Holly Hunter, Tilda Swinton, Demi Moore, Julia Roberts, Emma Stone, Ciara, Rachel McAdams, Sean Young, Sylvia Plath, Marie Curie, Marie Antoinette.
You may be a bit spooked or superstitious, but the only bogeyman is poor preparation. So vanquish nagging dread by knowing your shizzle, cold. Don’t lament the loose ends in your wake—double-back and tie them up. Pluto square Mercury triggers unexpected realizations. For instance, your self-concern has had an alienating effect. Others are trying to get close to you—you must lay down your defenses to let them. This will entail confronting lingering intimacy issues. The key is open communication, not clamming up.
Be mindful of the words you employ as they do indeed have wings now. If you’ve spoken out of turn or gone on the attack, with Mercury and Uranus T-squared by Pluto, you can find personal forgiveness and karmic pardon. That said, miscommunications are still easy to perpetrate, so hold your tongue if you can. To utter is human, to shut the ef up, divine. Heads up: a financial opportunity may be riskier than it seems. Keep your purse zipped along with your lips. Anybody pressuring you into ponying up cash should be snubbed.
The Sun and Venus trining Neptune urges you deeper into intellectual, philosophical, even mystic study. You’re heeding a true calling for higher knowledge, so shopping around for degree programs or other means of mastery is cosmically condoned. Such a pursuit doesn’t preclude getting other shows on the road, too—showcasing your talents and wares on an increasingly global scale. And you do all this while inner journeying more profoundly than ever before. Others may find you uncharacteristically asocial.
Mars sextile the Sun and Venus can make you edgy as you put plans for the future into works. Old routines and relationships factor heavily. And, upon revisiting them, you learn how much you’ve changed. Resist falling back into old behavior—Cancerian histrionics blinding you to reason—which belies the calm you’ve cultivated these past few months. Others tempting you with earthly delights designed to derail you put your emotional progress to a test. You can forgo immediate sensual stimulation for longer range dreams.
With Jupiter in Leo squaring Saturn, you can be vague if not dissolute. You say you’re chill and others are uptight, while you may be in denial, experiencing a disconnect between your mind and emotions. Now is about matching your will with your want, your imagination with your actions, your behavior with your beliefs. Let any resistance you encounter reinforce your resolve to achieve solo objectives. Standing firm, you receive cosmic assists via new allies and big breaks. Don’t compare your success with others’.
You’ve a mounting sense something huge is about to happen, courtesy of Uranus opposing Mercury. Heed instincts to put your surroundings in order before an imminent flood of activity. An inkling to liquidate some assets is a good one. There is great benefit in sudden change. Let go of pretend struggles, be they ongoing battles within or delusions that certain goals are too hard to realize. Advancement in your career or creative work calls for pinpointing so-called weaknesses and realizing they’re sources of great strength.
You go into a sort of sensory overload—memories engulf you by day and nightly reveries are ultra vivid, even a tad jarring. Venus trine Neptune provides psychedelic clues to psychological conundrums as well as a source for artistic inspiration. It also amps your self-esteem and the status others afford you—one and the same? Contempt for other’s successes is sour grapes. Turn intimidation into inspiration. Appreciating people as living examples raises your spirits and vibration, attracting divine help to speed your own aims.
You’re set to make fast deals, snap decisions, and quick trips: Good timing as some relationships have become too close for comfort. Indeed, your love life may take a serious turn with Saturn square Jupiter deepening certain bonds, earmarking others for elimination. Anxiety over budgets or contracts is nothing but distraction. Stay firm in negotiations. Make it crystal clear you’re a fierce warrior, not a feeble worrier. So-called rejections won’t derail true desires but they will redirect you away from false ones.
You’re being guided toward a truer tribe of intimates, so not to worry if you feel a certain disconnect from some existing parties. You’re being saved from more emotional pain. Uranus opposed Mercury provides the emotional detachment you need to see: Nothing is personal. Though career stakes might be high, with a plethora of projects in the pipeline, it’s all the more important to plan a getaway if not a permanent escape. The support you seek is within. And distance from others helps foster desired, so necessary, self-reliance.
With Mars now entering Capricorn, you must be clear what campaigns to undertake, and in what order. You delude yourself into thinking you can achieve a multitude of goals all at once. Take your three-month plan and spread it over a full year. Priority one is health and physical well-being. The second is giving yourself requisite props, not to mention some trusty assistance, to succeed. An impulsive move may be imminent; that, or you make a sudden switcheroo, dismantling an intended plan. Trust your gut to be your guide.
You’re schooled in the art of discernment, now, as Mars sextiles Sun and Venus. This comes in handy as you have more work, social opportunities and loving attention than you can shake a stick at. Enter another lesson in the power of No, learning how to decline offers without utterly closing doors. Others may revere you as expert, mentor or guru, but beware of groupies looking for a free ride on your gravy train. Only welcome on board those who’ve already contributed to your good fortune. It will feel so good to give back.
You’ll have difficulty soft-pedaling when telling others where to get off. With Mars sextile Sun and Venus, you’re determined to set boundaries, unable to tolerate when others cross the line. Pity those who now mistake your kindness for weakness as you display outsized emotional muscle. It is crucial to put anything that isn’t priority on the back burner and to devote attention to a pressing career endeavor. It may not feel as if you’re hitting an artistic milestone. But trust: You’re paving the way for a creative future.
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