The planet of communication (Mercury) and the planet of structure and discipline (Saturn) entered Scorpio, sign of Discipleship and the Nine Tests, last Friday. They slipped out of Libra (did we choose the path of the past or the unknown future we must create?) and quietly entered the dark discipleship waters of Scorpio. Saturn remains in Scorpio for 2=plus years (until 2015). Mercury in Scorpio through October. Mercury in Scorpio informs us, “Language can destroy or create life.” A choice of behavior is given. We realize each moment, each action becomes a choice affecting Life itself. Mercury/Saturn in Scorpio doesn’t bode well for the election season or the situation/wars in the Mideast. As Jupiter retrograde creates reversals, Scorpio can bring scandal and unpopularity, turnarounds and downfalls. Scorpio can be, on the lower personality levels, betrayal. Always, Scorpio encounters are intense, reorienting. Death comes, the phoenix soars from the ashes, mysteries and scandals are revealed or deepen underground. We’re called to become masterful, highly disciplined, subtle, protective and concealed. Secret societies/meetings meet, the mystical and occult are studied, and with Mercury in Scorpio, discussed and written about. Our world in turmoil, turbulent and volatile reflects the end of 1776, with the U.S. colonies at war. Thomas Paine writes of the events, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” With Mars in Sagittarius we seek Right Direction. If we look up to the sky, Oct. 12-Dec. 2, the North Taurids meteor showers will light our way. The Libra new moon arrives Monday morning.
Esoteric Astrology as news for the week of Oct. 11–17 for Sun and Rising signs
Aries-March 21–April 20
It will seem as if your communication entered a tailspin. All of a sudden you’re a bit tongue-tied, dark unconscious waters rush into your brain bringing to the forefront past information and events you’d rather forget. Passions emerge and desires, more than usual. But then they’re dashed with the cold water of thought. You think about redemption, rebirth, reorientation. Birds fly in front of you. One is a phoenix emerging from the ashes of your old self.
Taurus April 21–May 21
Conflicts in communication transforms your interactions so that new ways of behaving and dealing with conflict emerge. You seek ways of speaking that are profound, truthful, challenging and yet stabilizing. Instead of the harmony you seek, there’s constant difference (for a while) of opinion. When you seek understanding, you both win, successfully meeting tests and challenges. You’re both triumphant. Then the promise holds.
Gemini May 22–June 20
Bring all that you have, all that you know, are skilled at, talents and gifts to your workplace, so that other lives may advance and be improved. You might find people resistant to your information. Being at the forefront you may have to withstand other people feeling you are challenging their composed reality. And you are. Challenge is needed for humanity to progress forward. Refine your group process skills.
Cancer June 21–July 20
You’re passionate about teaching others what you have experienced and now know. Create a Journal of Learnings. Plan group meetings where you share your creative endeavors and discoveries. For the artist within, begin to draw, copy, and create a scrapbook of beauty and possibility, keep seed packets. You will outdo yourself with surprise. Children are a source and great wealth of love, care and tenderness for you.
Leo July 21–August 22
You will seek to re-fashion yourself and your home, based upon a new set of life-values. You have an inner deep reservoir of power and strength that meets life’s difficulties. At first you retreat. Later, with reserved capacity, you heal and move forward, seeking to liberate yourself from the deep psychological conditions of your early life. You use your wounds to anchor yourself into a state of care for a kingdom that needs your kindness.
Virgo August 23–September 22
You seek to understand the deep underlying meanings, the inner causal realities, behind all words, communications, books, studies and teachings. You perceptively unlock the mysteries, probing deeper and deeper till all nonsense is rooted out. Careful with communication with brothers and sisters. Be kind to siblings. Walk the neighborhoods and find its deeper hidden mysteries.
Libra September 23–October 22
It’s good to observe and make a list of desires and aspirations that have come forth recently. Desires come from the needs of our child self, our basic self, before the age of seven. These last our entire life. We cannot eliminate them. We must be knowledgeable of, honor and respect them, provide for them (basic necessities). Later when needs are met, ask yourself how to transmute desires into aspirations.
Scorpio October 23–November 21
You have very different eyes; eyes that “see” things, hidden things, undercover things, eyes that know more than most, that rival Pisces in terms of understanding the non-physical world. Sometimes you’re a scorpion and you bite. Sometimes you’re the eagle that brings transformational realities to others since your nest is on the mountaintop and you mate for life. Which one are you? Both. The past returns for review. Find its keynote.
Sagittarius November 22–December 20
Great growth, psychological and spiritual, occurs the next month and for several years. At times you feel you’ve become Persephone, kidnapped by Pluto, taken to the underground to withstand separations and isolation. These will be fertile times, where you understand clearly your true needs. As undisciplined desires arise, with no hope of being quenched, a transformational energy arises within and you find yourself to be a healer.
Capricorn December 21–January 20
What are your aspirations, hopes, wishes and dreams? Create a Journal of Hopes, Wishes & Dreams. Did you create your God Box? You’re awakening to a great call to and for change. With change, new hopes, wishes and dreams, along with new needs, arise. Keep up with them, observe them carefully. Envision your goals. Be flexible. They too may change. Work with a group and not alone. Family is our first and foremost group.
Aquarius January 21–February 18
You want to be a success. You want to achieve. To truly achieve one must have ethics and morals. You have vitality which brings new life, light and encouragement to all endeavors. Be careful with money. Do not squander it. Use it for future needs that safeguard your life and the life of family and friends. In all ways it’s time to form intentional community. Where would that be for you?
Pisces February 19–March 20
You search deeply for meaning and truth in all interactions and communications. A greater spiritual path soon appears along with deeper spiritual experiences. It is good to read the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. You say you already read it? Read it again. Something is needed to be known by you in that book. A crisis brings forth a new self-identity and then a choice is offered. Stay on the Path. Don’t waver.
Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.
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