By Barry Kerr
The Sun moves into Scorpio on October 23.
The shift from Libra to Scorpio is similar to the shift from the airy ideals of the wedding, honeymoon, and early days of marriage to the deep running currents of conflict, vulnerability and true intimacy, when love is often doubted; when self and other seem as enemies.
It is fitting that at Halloween we don our masks and show our darker, scarier sides, flirting with the spirits behind the veil of death. Scorpio is fascinated with death and birth and teaches us that all deaths are actually preludes to rebirths. In the vulnerable crucible of intimate conflicts with those closest to us, our ego fights to avoid certain death, but it’s an illusion of time and space. In reality, we are each an eternal and unique expression of spirit, infinitely larger than our little and temporary egos, and capable of surviving the worst fates our ego’s mind can imagine.
Before Pluto was discovered in 1930, Scorpio was always ruled by the planet Mars because Mars represents our power to protect the ego, to assert our individual will and right to exist into the world. Mars is our warrior and will kill to survive. So it makes sense that our Mars would be stirred to action in our Scorpio episodes of life. However, Pluto represents a part of our transpersonal self, a part that is the higher octave of Mars. It too is about power, but it draws from a collective synergy of power. We experience it as the overpowering institutions around us; political, religious, and economic, yet it is Scorpios intention that we eventually discover we are not victims to external powers, not even to that other ego who may share our bed. In truth, all the powers we recognize outside ourselves are also available within ourselves.
To access such self-empowerment requires a transformation in our ego, and the doors to such transformation lie exactly at the center of conflicts which appear to threaten the ego’s very existence. Scorpio invites us to look past the melodramas of the moment, to let down the shield of self-preservation, and to look deeply into the other until we see our self clearly reflected back to us, not just the shallow mask of our ego, but the incredibly profound river of unconditional love and divine beauty that we call our soul. And when we see it, we know there is no separation between us and other. Our souls blend as part of a greater whole, with nothing to fear or defend.
Pluto is the part of us that seeks this transformation. Scorpio is the energy of life that resonates with that intention.
Full Moon on October 27.
As the Sun radiates the intense Scorpio energy of change and transformation across the earth, the Moon’s light reflects our emotional need to hunker down to some semblance of stability and predictable outcomes that satisfy our needs and personal values. It’s a tension that require our conscious effort to negotiate our relationships with self-empowered strength, true to ourselves, but with a willingness to remain vulnerable to new truths, hidden feelings and intuitive possibilities.
Venus, Mars, and Jupiter conjoined and trined by Pluto: Helping us do that is a conjoining of Mars (assertiveness), Venus (values and relationship) and Jupiter (expansiveness and spiritual seeking) in Virgo (attention to practical details and getting it right). This constellation of three is harmonically trined by Pluto (transformation) in Capricorn (order and manifestation).
Chiron opposes the above: Chiron (old wounds and healing energy) in Pisces (spiritual experience), thus it’s important to see how you may be triggered by the past during this full moon.
Neptune trines Sun: Fortunately, Neptune (unconditional lover and mystic) is also in Pisces and trines the Sun, lending compassionate energy our intentions within the Scorpion challenges.
New Moon on November 11
When the Sun and Moon conjoin in Scorpion as a new moon, it will be an especially auspicious time to resolve troubling issues in relationships and/or set the intention to do so over the next month. Egos and emotions will cooperate as Jupiter (abundant good will) and Chiron (healing energy) both form harmonizing aspects to the new moon, even as they oppose each other. Indeed, intimate vulnerability can lead to profound healing and spiritual expansion. Conflicts left unresolved can deepen the pain of wounds that eventually lead to spiritual growth, but perhaps much later. So go for it now.
Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.