Mercury stationing retrograde today at 27° Scorpio just before it reaches Venus at 28° Scorpio brings to light the underlying currents of power struggles and past trauma we are afraid to face and learn about ourselves and our relationships. Facing our trauma is difficult work and not for the faint of heart, but we are given the opportunity now to reflect upon these issues for the next month, as Mercury goes back through Scorpio. When it reaches the Sun at 18° Scorpio on November 11th, we will more fully understand these matters and how to express them outwardly. As is always the case with Mercury retrograde, be mindful of reflection. It is the ideal time to be introspective about matters relating to how we manage our lives, in particular our relationships, sexuality, limitations, and secrets (Scorpio). Growth comes through reflection and action, the latter being the most difficult to actualize.
Moon joins Jupiter at 23° Sagittarius later this morning, bringing us an opportunity to expand our consciousness into these reaches of reflection in order to better illuminate the resolutions we are facing with our own identity. Our emotional body is awakening. Nurture it and remind it that it is safe in your own embrace.
Tonight at 11:39pm EDT we have a New Moon at 4° Scorpio opposing Uranus at 4° Taurus. At the same time, Mars and Saturn are squaring each other in Libra and Capricorn respectively. This is an extremely powerful New Moon centered around embodying the sacred through awakening our sexual forces. Harnessing these forces is a sensitive dance, however. There is electrifying turmoil in the reaches of our emotional body seeking outward expression. We are facing the most powerful sexual archetypes in a myriad of placements and aspects, so relationship dynamics are most pressing on this New Moon. Our passions and perversions may swing wildly across boundaries into shadows we have repressed deep within our emotional bodies. Because of this, we need to ground ourselves and value some moments alone to recognize these feelings and desires, allow them to lose their affiliation with language, and harness them through heart-centered alignment of the elemental bodies. Our roots may be blocked or unleashed, and our minds may be stagnant or rampant, but whatever the case, open the channels and valleys to allow an uninhibited flow of these tsunamic forces through our physical, emotional, mental, and etheric bodies so they may come back into healthy alignment. We are about to upgrade our journey through life. How do you intend to do that?
[Church of St. Anne, Munich, Germany]
We start today with a productive sextile between Venus at 20° Scorpio and Pluto at 20° Capricorn. Because it occurs before sunrise, it sets the tone for the day. This is an opportune transit to work together to accomplish some of the deep emotional healing we’ve been avoiding. Mercury nearby at 25° Scorpio helps us dig these feelings up and communicate them to each other. Take time in the morning to recall any roots of insecurity that you’ve so badly wanted to face and lay to rest. The harmonies of the day support the sharing of these with someone we love and trust. The Venus/Pluto sextile is the kind of transit, especially in Scorpio and Capricorn, that seeks to accomplish something deeply meaningful. These forces bring magic through the merging of souls, hard work, right intention, and unyielding commitment to begin again. What better way to prepare for the New Moon in Scorpio arriving late Sunday night!
Moon is traveling through Virgo today and opposes Neptune in Pisces just after 6pm EDT. We feel this applying throughout the day as our capacity to be efficient and productive and organized (Moon in Virgo) subtly dissolves (Neptune in Pisces), rendering us better off doing any work requiring those virtues in the morning hours. But this brings an important flow later in the day, one that takes us downriver to exactly the place we are meant to go, even though we didn’t plan on it. Virgo Moon wants to be in control of the situation, while Neptune in Pisces renders that futile. Trust in the Way, says Neptune. When we quiet ourselves and allow the dance to unfold we find peace. Keep peace into the evening so we can rest well and make the most of Venus in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn tomorrow!
The grand water trine between Venus in Scorpio, Moon in Cancer, and Neptune in Pisces is grounded (and intimidating) in a kite pattern by Saturn in Capricorn, keeping our desires to drift into etheric depths and reaches in check. You WANT to drift and journey to those reaches of inspiration and bliss, but something within is telling you you shouldn’t; a fated stagnation. With Mars in Libra (ruler Venus) squaring the nodes in Capricorn (ruler Saturn) and Cancer (ruler Moon…see the repeated archetypes here?), we are feeling torn between doing what WE want to do and what OTHERS want us to do. This is an instigating, impulsive, cardinal aspect that tends to bring edgy passive/aggressive fuel to these combustible dynamics in our relationships. We are always faced with the self and the other in relationships, but with Mars in Libra squaring the nodes it can be a fanned flame. Squares (and oppositions) are tests and challenges that beckon us to proceed with integrity, but Mars squaring the nodes doesn’t usually take the time to think about integrity. And Saturn rooting the grand water trine may just allow you to find out where the boundaries you shouldn’t cross really are. The combination of all these activations brings either a timid pause or a willful intuitive leap. Pause if we heed the cautionary wisdom of Saturn in Capricorn and the subordinate nets of Libra. Leap if we throw Saturn’s caution and Libra’s nets to the wind, allowing ourselves to be ourselves, wherever that takes us.
With Moon freshly into its ruling sign of Cancer today, there is an air of nurturance and nesting. Always a time for shoring up the comforts and security of our shells, Moon in Cancer beckons we make time for ourselves. As she approaches her own North Node at 11° Cancer tomorrow, we feel some relief from the relentless Saturn, Pluto, SN in Capricorn, bringing us an intuitive glimpse into what may come out of this powerful conjunction in January. Listen and observe passing visions and signs tomorrow. Spirit speaks softly. And remember to take delight in your home this weekend, nurture yourself, and reassure your inner child that multitudes can be born of unconditionally loving and supporting yourself.