Explore Your Underworld
This month the sun entered the sign of Scorpio just one day before the full moon on October 24th. In this Scorpio/Taurus polarity we meet the dichotomy of the darkness and the light. Scorpio invites us to travel into our depths, into the underworld to meet our shadow selves. If we traverse that journey with integrity and clarity we emerge into the illuminating presence of our true essence. The bull’s eye of Taurus literally “lights up” all our darkness and transforms it into sacred energy, to be used for a higher purpose.
This is the path of the evolved Scorpio. “Warrior am I and from the battle I emerge triumphant” is the mantram that is used for this illumined Scorpio. We are asked to do battle with our lower selves, our ego, the unredeemed parts of ourselves that usually hang out in the underworld. Once these unfinished parts of ourselves are recognized, accepted and held in the cauldron of a loving heart, transformation is possible. And this is the Scorpio journey. We are tested, we have trials, but we emerge triumphant.
Learning to Practice Death
The Scorpio season has sometimes been labeled the “season of dying”, because we are entering the winter months where the old dies and goes into hibernation until the light of the sun returns in the spring to bring forth the new growth. And it is true that if we are to make this journey successfully something within us must die to give way for whatever new is waiting to be born. Scorpio is the sign of death and rebirth.
On October 22 we began our Scorpio season. The sun entered the sign of Scorpio on this day and this month there are two other planets that will greatly intensify this Scorpio energy. Jupiter the planet of growth and expansion has been in Scorpio for almost a year, bringing us a magnification of everything in need of healing. It will end it’s time in Scorpio and move into Sagittarrius on Nov. 7. Venus in Scorpio brings an intensity to all our love relationships. With all of this Scorpio energy floating around we need to be more mindful of whatever tendencies we have to act out the lower octave of Scorpio, which is symbolized by the Scorpion. We may be tempted to use our stinger this month if we feel wounded and in need of psychic protection. If we are operating at a higher level, we will courageously face our pain and meet it with an open heart.
The main astrological influence of this full moon is the conjunction of Taurus and Uranus. We recognize the planet Uranus as the energy that shakes things up, that forces us out of our comfort zone. We may be inclined to impulsive reactions with this configuration because Uranus can bring disruption and change, and its unpredictability can create tension and uncertainty, thus tempting us to act out in unhealthy ways. This is a good time to stand firm and strong in your own power and sacredness.
Venus, as we mentioned, is also a player in this mix and with her focus on relationships and finances. She asks us to be cautious in our communications this month with those that we are close to.
Finding Strength and Patience
Saturn is in a harmonious relationship to Uranus this month which may balance things out a bit. Saturn can bring some stability to the volatility of Uranus and make whatever changes may occur, less disruptive. The unexpected events having to do with love and money may prove to be opportunities that will have long lasting positive results.
Saturn is also in a positive relationship to the moon giving us the patience and emotional strength to handle whatever sensitive or difficult issues might arise in our relationships.
The positive aspects of this strong Uranus energy is that it is there to crack us open if we have become too stuck or rigid. So even though it may not be pleasant, it serves a positive purpose.
Scorpio is a fixed, water sign so when this stuck-ness occurs in the emotional realm we can freeze up emotionally. Nothing moves when we are frozen, we just defend and cover up and repress our wounded-ness. Uranus is there to jolt us into awareness. Once we break through the resistance, energy is released that can bring more vitality to ourselves and new energy to our relationships. Questions to bring into meditation:
Am I willing to face the darkness within me in order to heal and transform?
What might I be holding onto that is preventing me from feeling more vital and alive?
These are the questions we will take into our meditation.