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The sign of Scorpio has been the site of so much action in the past five years. On November 2, , with Saturn entering into Scorpio, we began a long stretch of focus on this water sign that is co-ruled by two fiery planets, Mars and Ketu. Scorpio, the eighth sign of the zodiac, is enigmatic territory and its indications correlate with those of the eighth house, which guards the domain of life associated with abrupt, deep transformations, chronic difficulties and subconscious explorations. For most people, some aspect of this domain of life and death is challenging or frightening, to be avoided or ignored.
The theme of water and fire mixing or co-existing is strong in Scorpio; it is also the gateway to the third water-fire juncture between signs in the zodiac, leading us toward the traverse of the final four signs of the zodiac where we are pulled to bring ourselves into an integrated, mature and spiritual orientation. It is a part of life's journey where we make a stand; to eliminate that which has been debilitating us or sapping our resources and then to courageously move forward into a higher evolutionary direction, exchanging fear for faith. Saturn affected Scorpio from November — October , bringing forth our attention to the facts of life, the unseen troubles that lie beneath murky waters.
Between October and October , Scorpio saw the regular transits of the faster moving planets and was flanked on either side by Saturn in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Libra, both occupying signs in which they are not comfortable and Scorpio was simultaneously receiving the aspect of Rahu in Scorpio, continuing to amplify the themes of vulnerability in the face of crookedness, pollution, defamation and aggressive manipulation. From October to early November , Jupiter's transit colored Scorpio, which brought about efforts to expand, cleanse and reform.
These efforts were slowed and obstructed, however, as heavy and resistant Saturn has been occupying Jupiter's territory, tainting that positivity and expansion that we expect from Jupiter. Jupiter and Saturn have moved on from Scorpio for now and we will continue to see the inner planets transiting there in years to come. The next major player to pass through Scorpio will be the south node of the Moon, Ketu, who is considered co-lord of Scorpio.
This will be a strong placement from September — April Mercury will be passing swiftly through the dark waters of Scorpio from December 4 — 25, which is looking to be an interesting day astrologically. Mercury exits Scorpio, joining the many planets in Sagittarius that will be involved in a solar eclipse event later that night as Mars exits Libra and enters Scorpio, all on Christmas Day.
Mercury, flexible enough to get by in most situations, considers Scorpio neutral territory; Mercury will also be relatively left to his own devices to research, organize, shop, write poetry, lesson plans or whatever his current hobby. This may reflect in our lives as perhaps being more efficient alone than with a team this month as the holiday glamour swirls in the marketplace.
Mars, as co-ruler of Scorpio is literally in the marketplace, the sign of Libra, until December 25, suggesting that we may all thrive more during the nearly unavoidable melee of the holiday season by applying our energy through efficient channels. On December 25, Mercury will move through the gandanta zone between Scorpio and Sagittarius, joining Jupiter, Ketu, Sun and Saturn for the grand finale leading into New Year's This is within the nakshatra Mrigashira, lorded by Mars, and spanning the transition between Taurus' bull and Gemini's twins.
This is a powerful and positive nakshatra that supports creative actions, enjoyment and fulfillment. This is a clear, still point that calls for us to pause and enjoy the beauty around us, including the earth itself, the relationships we foster, the foods we enjoy and the creative methods we have for aesthetically enhancing our lives. After the Moon begins to wane, it enters into Gemini, encountering Rahu, where things may become confused or obfuscated.
Within the fortnight leading up to the Christmas solar eclipse, Venus moves to Capricorn, the Sun and Mercury join Saturn, Ketu and Jupiter in Sagittarius and Mars slips into Scorpio, creating a very interesting set up for the solar eclipse on December All of this shifting about as the Moon is waning may be challenging in the sense of keeping up the efficiency suggestions of Mars.
Therefore, it may be wise to use the clear, strong energy of the waxing Moon combined with high-powered Mercury in Scorpio during the first third of December to both wrap up and organize the projects, reassess future directions and goals, and make initial decisions for directions. After mid-December, we may all be pulled toward the events pulling us into the heart of the matter shown by the many planets gathering in Sagittarius.
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Venus is leading the charge, passing through the cluster of planets occupying Sagittarius and moving on to Saturn's earth sign, Capricorn on December 15 for a quick transit. Looks like the planet who rules relationships and connections is heading to the hills for a nice winter retreat. Capricorn is an interesting place to be at this moment, with the planets gathering on the battlefield of Sagittarius in late December.
Venus is a friend of Saturn, who rules the territory of Capricorn and can perhaps be the cool voice of diplomacy and restraint in what could be described as a planetary pressure cooker. This position of Venus certainly implies a short season of distance, space or evaluation when it comes to Venus related matters such as creativity, business, contracts, partnerships or relationships.
The Saturn-ruled environment expresses the need for diligence, patience and attention to all details, but is certainly supporting the creative process, even though it may slow things down temporarily. The Sun bravely crosses into Sagittarius on December 16, joining with both friends and enemies in Jupiter's fiery domain.
Sagittarius is one of the four "dual" signs of the zodiac, of which Jupiter rules two and Mercury rules the other two. These dual signs are the places of change, transition, movement, education, continuance and growth. These five planets will remain grouped in Sagittarius through January 13, when Mercury moves out into Capricorn. Fast moving Mercury will overtake the Sun on January 10 and jump ahead toward his friend Venus.
We can think of the Sun as the king, as the government, as a symbol for leaders of any kind. The planetary arch enemy of the Sun is Saturn, who symbolizes the subjects, the vulnerable, the weak or infirm. If it weren't for the people in need, how much simpler would the job of the governing bodies be? These two planets do create a balance challenge for each human being surrounding the concept of "self" that we also call the individual ego. This plays out on an individual basis as we journey through life on a quest for a healthy ego that allows us to define our unique individual imprint while averting us from the disaster of an overblown sense of self-importance or, in some cases, self-debasement.
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As the baby of the zodiac, Aries energy is fresh, bright, and raring to go. We can honor this sense of curiosity and youth by letting go of old habits and patterns under the new moon. Who would you be if you could start from scratch? By releasing the past, we can march boldly into the future. The sign of the scales, Libra is all about balance. This full moon is a chance to find your footing and enter the next few weeks on more solid ground.
Remember though, balance is also about compromise. Be prepared to give in order to get something back. Time to find what feels good. Taurus season is about living the good life—treat yourself! Taurus is an exceptionally sensual sign, concerned with pleasant taste, touch, and scent. It asks us to consider how the decisions we make contribute to our stability. The sign of the bull can be stubborn, but in this sign, we learn how to slow down and make decisions that last. Entering Taurus season, it feels like all your senses are alive. We experience awakened sensuality—with a desire to touch, see, taste, and feel everything.
So when the sky goes dark under this new moon, it teaches us how to use our other senses for both perception and pleasure. Pluto spends about half the year in retrograde, and it serves as a lesson in letting go.
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Ruler of the underworld, Pluto retrograde challenges us to look at our lives and cut out the things that no longer serve us. A Scorpio full moon is a particularly intense lunation, bringing up themes of sex, death, and transformation. Instead of feeling intimated by its light, try making friends with your dark side and invite it into the light, where things seem a little less frightening.
Saturn is the planet associated with karmic debts, so if there is any unfinished business out there, now is the time to resolve it. During Saturn retrograde you might feel sluggish, unproductive, or out of balance. This is a difficult time to form new routines or patterns, but it is helpful to examine our old habits and experiment with alternatives that could serve us better. Learn from them to avoid making the same mistakes again. Venus is the planet of love, beauty, and money. During Venus retrograde, we have the opportunity to rethink what those things mean in our lives, and how we can invite them into our lives in new and satisfying ways.
This can be a difficult time to maintain relationships, but honesty and vulnerability will serve you well here. Jupiter is the planet of expansion, luck, and optimism. When in retrograde, expect some bumps on your spiritual highway. You might find yourself questioning your belief systems or reconsidering what it means to be part of the universe. This is a time of questions and finding new paths that might hold the answers. Whereas some planetary retrogrades can make life difficult looking at you, Mercury , Jupiter retrograde is a good time to reach out and see what you can learn from your community.
Social butterfly Gemini kicks off its season with a flurry of energy and activity.
Ruled by Mercury, Gemini season encourages communication and connection. This season is a lot like a good cocktail hour: busy, buzzy, and even a bit flirtatious. Avoid getting caught up in idle gossip, however. Good communicators know when to pull back. Gemini season always brings a fresh sense of vitality with its focus on socializing, culture, and communication. Think about ways to bond with your closest friends over the next month, and ways in which you can share knowledge to empower yourself and others.
The new moon is also a good time to set an intention to communicate mindfully and with respect.