Surviving Scorpio Season in 2018

Scorpio season is known as the “scariest” if not most sensitive and emotionally charged time of year. It rules the Tarot card Death, which symbolizes closure, irrevocable change and transformation, sometimes actual physical death.

Death is a certain point or phase that has been reached on the Fool’s journey of self-discovery that is represented by both Tarot cards and the Zodiac. He or she suddenly experiences a mysterious emptiness. There may be overwhelming feelings of sadness for known or unknown reasons. Within view is a skeleton on a white horse, and a rising sun in the distance. This figure of death is a messenger of what has been, what is and what is yet to come. Steps cannot be skipped. Grief must be processed before moving on. All that is certain is that something new will eventually be born out of the old.

                                     Death

Death can mean so many things and there is a reason why death often causes people to think more of life itself. As people brush close to death or experience the loss of something or someone they held dear they may reach deeper in their heart or mind for meaning. When there is loss there is gain – as the saying goes when one door another one opens. There is no birth without death or death without birth. They are interlinked. For this reason Scorpio is associated with both death and sex. Sex is what brings forth new life. 

In any case, the end of a specific phase of life has been reached and must be acknowledged. Ancient ones honored such endings with rites of passage. It can be helpful in this modern day to recreate rituals that help us to psychologically and physically make the shift from one way of life to another, weather the shift relates to age, relationships, livelihood or other circumstances. My own shift is recently having relocated from America to the Netherlands. Even if this doesn’t become my permanent home, it represents the end of a chapter of life, in no uncertain terms.

Flower Essences to Support Radical Change

There are several flower essences that can help to emotionally, mentally, and spiritually make life altering shifts and to cope with deep loss and even death itself. These are just a few that may be useful during this time.

  • Angel’s Trumpet – This is a flower essence that assists making conscious shifts between the worlds. It can be of support during major life transitions. It can also be a source of comfort during the time of death.
  • Borage – Borage essence brings courage and joy to the heart. It may be especially helpful when there is impending death of a pet or loved one, or even immediately after the loss has occurred. It may serve as an emotional balm, gently softening the harsh stab of loss and grief.
  • Walnut – the Bach flower remedy that is most often taken to promote mental stability right before, during and after home or work relocations, divorce and break-ups, and the death of loved ones.

Scorpio Transits

The Sun enters Scorpio on October 23rd with a Full Moon in its opposite sign Taurus to follow on the 24th. Adding to the intensity of this year’s Scorpio season are the transits of a Retrograde Venus and Jupiter’s final degrees in this sign. These are further heightened now by Mercury also in Scorpio, soon to enter a Retrograde pre-shadow phase (Retrograde from November 17th until December 6th) in which it will move into Sagittarius and later back into Scorpio.

Venus Retrograde in Scorpio is dredging up many buried emotions, revealing the hidden motives or inner workings of people and things while causing tremendous introspection and reevaluation within the contexts of close interpersonal relationships. This is an incredibly heart wrenching time for some. Difficulties may not necessarily lie with significant others but the theme of revisiting personal values is likely to be present in partnerships. Issues around trust could spring up with just about anyone for any reason. Another area of great concern or focus could revolve around finances.

Jupiter has been in Scorpio since October 10th of 2017 and will complete this transit by November 8th. For the past twelve months many of us have been provided with ample space and experiences that have supported us in truly recognizing what’s working and not working in our lives. The whos and hows of deep betrayal both on micro and macro levels have become painfully obvious. At the same time we’ve been offered some amazing tools, resources, and information to make corrections and upgrades. Jupiter at the tail end of this trek through Scorpio indicates there is one last piece of the old life yet to leave behind before we can take bold actions moving forward. It may be the last piece but it’s not the least important. It may actually be the most huge and troublesome thing we missed earlier even though it was right in front of us the whole time. This awkward thing, whether real or symbolic, is so old that we’ve become quite accustomed to lugging it around. It’s time to ditch that shit.

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Venus Retrograde transiting the Houses

Venus is “slowing down” to go Retrograde at 10 degrees Scorpio on October 5. It will affect each person differently according to the house or houses being transited. Often it will begin turning Retrograde in one house and then move back into the prior house, indicating a review of the themes related to both houses, as well as themes related to any planets in these houses and the aspects they make. By the time Venus returns to the same spot it was when it turned Retrograde there is usually a completion or resolution of some troubling matter. Venus is again 10 degrees of Scorpio on December 17th.

Venus Retrograde transiting the Houses

Venus Retrograde transiting the 1st house: Redefining your personal image. You may spend a few weeks making adjustments to your overall presentation or appearance, in order to maximize your effectiveness. Ridding yourself of certain objects or habits that inhibit personal expression or don’t reflect your true values.

Venus  Retrograde transiting the 2nd house. Reevaluation of your desires and personal values. Return of finances – to or from others (money coming in unexpectedly or going out by necessity). Resourcefulness is far better than overspending during this time. You could be fortunate in money by the time Venus goes Direct.

Venus Retrograde transiting the the 3rd house: Clarification of ideas and information that is especially important to you. Establishing boundaries with others. Reconnect with or release ties to family members. Getting to know more of your community. Laughter is medicine.

Venus Retrograde transiting the 4th house: Spending more time at home with family, or visiting family members. Pull back from draining activities. Making money from home. Possibly remodeling the home. It is a time of inner reflections about what is working or not. By the end of it many improvements will be made.

Venus Retrograde transiting 5th house: Return of creative inspiration, passion and love. Working less, playing more. This period is especially fun if life has been overly serious or stressful prior to this. Make up for lost time with a child. Reconnect with your Inner Child. A long held wish might come true.

Venus Retrograde transiting the 6th house: Desire to create harmony in work environments. Service given or received. Avoid being overly critical – seek solutions instead of just getting lost in problems. Possible favors from women. Making dietary and health improvements.

Venus Retrograde transiting the 7th house: Restoring relationship harmony. Return of partners, collaborations or affections. It can mean breaking up a fight, bringing peace to an existing social conflict. In some cases indicates a divorce.

Venus Retrograde transiting 8th house: Heightened emotions and reflection in general. Discovering where less is more. Possible loss or gain through legacies, inheritance of money or objects. Reawakening of sexual energy or drive. Reclaiming power where it was lost.

Venus Retrograde transiting 9th house: Breaking out of monotony, claustrophobia or limited circumstances. Change of your daily routine as the desire for adventure increases. Possibly reunite with a loved one from another region. Possible appearance of a spiritual teacher.

Venus Retrograde transiting the 10th house: Restlessness in work or career. Possible power struggle in a relationship. The feeling of overexposure or not being able to hide. Great time to rewrite a resume but don’t submit it yet. Taking a bold stand in the world for what you truly value. Ambitions related to beauty, love or women increase.

Venus Retrograde transiting the 11th house: Reassess the company you keep. Redefine goals for the future. Reconnection with kindred spirits or groups. An old friend may return. Becoming less emotional and more intellectual. Resurfacing of hopes, dreams and wishes.

Venus Retrograde transiting the 12th house: Simplifying what has become overly complicated. Karmic returns for past actions in the realm of the affections, whether positive or negative (most likely positive). May indicate charity given or received. Less outgoing, more introverted and meditative.

Venus Retrograde 2018

The planet Venus is so named after the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility – a counterpart to the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Over time this planet has come to be associated with matters of love, affection, beauty, sensuality, luxury, money, women and their issues in general. The sign that one’s Venus occupied at the time of birth indicates that person’s passions, prized possessions and basic attitudes toward self and others.

Ancient Sumerians associated Venus with the foreboding influence of Inanna. In Central America the planet Venus was once traditionally viewed as a bad omen, depending on its position or celestial cycle. Contrary to the Western attributes of benevolence and femininity, the Morning Star was considered male and malevolent.

Venus Retrograde

This fall, the planet Venus is traveling Via Combusta, which in Latin means “the burning way” and refers to the last 15 degrees of Libra through the first 15 degrees of Scorpio. According to ancient astrologers its influence was hostile and evil. There are various reasons for this including the prominence of many fixed stars in this region that were considered to be harbingers of misfortune when transited by planets. Today the assertion that Via Combusta is just bad luck would be an oversimplification and not quite accurate. It would be wise to bear in mind what the ancients said while also leaving room for different possible manifestations.

The planet Venus entered the Retrograde pre-shadow on September 3rd at 25 degrees of Libra, slowly stationing for a change of direction beginning on October 5th, at 10 degrees of Scorpio. It enters Scorpio on September 9th.

Venus is generally not the happiest in Scorpio, as this is considered a position of “detriment” in astrological terms. Venus in Scorpio rouses the passions and may cause possessiveness or paranoia. However the early phase of this Retrograde cycle is greatly eased by Venus forming a harmonious trine to Neptune in Pisces. This is helpful for musical and other artistic endeavors. It can also be spiritually elevating.

Things really heat up around October 10th when Venus squares Mars in Aquarius. Love affairs will either either be hot and passionate or volatile and explosive. It is not recommended to begin a new romance or sexual relationship at this time. Established relationships won’t necessarily suffer but partners will feel something different, extra, or “alien” in the air. The right partners in the right settings could experience mutual healing of very deep-rooted insecurities and betrayals. Balance togetherness with periods of solitude for best results. Friendship, family and group dynamics may bring touchiness or heightened sensitivity. Animals may be moodier than usual.

Venus forms a sextile to Saturn on October 24th, helping to ground after experiences that may have either been destabilizing or emotionally draining in some way. It could simply be that there is a deepening of existing emotions that help to unravel deeper truths.

Venus retraces her way back into Libra on October 31st. If there were huge conflicts over the past few weeks they may begin to resolve now.

Venus Retrograde Guidelines

Here is a list of tips and suggestions to make life easier during this time:

  • Recycle and be resourceful with household items and other objects
  • Shop frugally instead of spending big or making big investments
  • Resume a spiritual practice
  • Resume artistic projects that were left undone
  • Refurbish buildings or furniture
  • Repair or alter jewelry instead of buying new pieces
  • Nurture and pamper instead of getting a makeover
  • Release old things or relationships that are unhealthy
  • Remodel or redo designs that are flawed instead of creating new ones
  • Review plans for the future

Women should be particularly careful regarding their health and reproductive system during this phase. Be very wary of any unnatural feminine products. A few helpful herbs for various female complaints include Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Ashwagandha and Mugwort. People of either gender may experience throat issues or benefit from herbs that sooth their throat and chest area. Some suggestions are Licorice root, Echinacea, Wild Cherry bark, Slippery Elm, and Mullein. Also pay attention to the kidneys if there are any existing weaknesses there. Eating and drinking the appropriate substances in appropriate amounts help to alleviate such discomforts. Brief periods of fasting or detoxing with green juices may be helpful. Some people will do better with warm beverages and soups.

Venus rules Taurus and Libra so people who were born with planets in these signs might feel especially sensitive to the Retrograde. People with planets between 25 degrees of Libra and 10 degrees of Scorpio are likely to feel the effects of this transit strongly.

Venus Direct

Venus goes Direct on November 16th at 25 Libra opposite of Uranus, planet of of surprises. The outcome of this arrangement is impossible to predict! People could suddenly split up, undergo a major identity or career shift, or experience some kind of transmogrification. Interesting times, to be sure.

Venus finally exits the post-shadow on Decemeber 17th at 10 degrees Scorpio again. She will move back into a trine Neptune with effects that linger throughout the rest of the month. Mercury will also be exiting a post-shadow during that time.

There have been many extremes on the earth this year. Anyone still here and sane by the end of it would do well to hug/pat on the back/congratulate oneself for being so tenacious.

New Moon in Virgo

The New Moon in Virgo on September 9th is well suited for the following:

  • House Cleaning
  • Organization
  • Helping Others
  • Animal Care
  • Physical Exercise
  • Self Nurturing
  • Planning
  • Healing Rituals
  • Purification
  • De-Cording

If you feel you are getting lost in a maze of chaos or fretting over all that needs to be done, fixed, or released, just slow down and simplify for best results.

Pluto’s Last Degrees in Capricorn

The entire planet earth has been hit hard this year by Pluto’s entrance into the third, final decan of Capricorn. It entered on February 7th 2018, backed out of it July 14th and will re-enter this zone on December 14th until it’s last degree in this sign January 22nd of 2024. Pluto relates to the masses, major cataclysmic events, the underworld of crime, power, dominance, death, destruction, illumination, revolution and transformation. Capricorn relates to authority, government, power structures, big business, hard work, the highest and lowest of what anyone is capable of morally.

Pluto entered the earth sign of Capricorn in 2008, ushering us through the galactic shift that was prophesied for 2012, with all of the drastic events that led up to and followed this special moment in time. The world’s climate, in every sense of the word, has been heating up. The exact causes of heat, tension, and violence that are occurring are of course up for debate but one thing is obvious. It has become increasingly clear that Nature doesn’t care which side of the political spectrum we fall on and doesn’t give a scrap about the color of our skin. As divisions between the political sides, genders, races and religions continue to escalate so do the natural disasters and genetically manipulated conundrums we are each faced with either directly or via people that we know.

The pollution of body, mind and spirit that we have been submerged in, in what has become a sort of hell on earth must at some point be purged from the earth. Will we be purged along with it, will we mutate into something less human, or will we be able to somehow outsmart the system that enslaves us and to purify our own environments? Only time will tell. Relying on outer forces has become less appealing to more people, and frankly that is probably a good thing leading to personal growth, as painful as it is.

In Roman mythology, Pluto, basically equivalent with the Greek Hades was the god of the Underworld of the dead and the guardian of the earth’s riches. Plutocracy, a word which is derived from the planet and god Pluto, indicates government by the wealthy or refers to an elite group of people at the top of a pyramid scheme who derive their power over those beneath them from their wealth.  With Pluto in the last degrees of Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus there will most likely continue to be economic crisis, massive uprising against capitalism and more deviant extremes of manipulation over our food supply, water, air, medicine, shelter, and everything that is necessary for survival. Some examples of this are the Bayer-Monsanto merger and GMO poisoning, enforced vaccinations, chemtrails, intense weather modification – orchestrated floods and fires to evacuate people from their homes, dwindling privacy and invasion by nanotechnologies.

Saturn which is Capricorn’s ruler will form a conjunction to Pluto at 22 degrees on January 12, 2020. This aspect between Saturn and Pluto only occurs once every 33 to 38 years. During the end of 2020 (from September until December) the influence and aftermath of Mars Retrograde in Aries squaring the Saturn-Pluto conjunction may exacerbate conditions of social and political unrest and conflict. Since Mars is the planet associated with war, either an all out World War or specific massive attacks may be executed during this time.

Pluto in Capricorn has been bringing out the ultimate abuses of power that affect everyone. The Pluto Return of the USA is due in the year 2022 but the build-up to this began the moment Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008, and this build-up is only intensifying as it gets closer. These last degrees of Pluto in Capricorn are going to reveal every corruption, every infirmity, and every “sin” (including those sins perpetrated by leaders of religious institutions – i.e. the hundreds of Catholic priests exposed as pedophiles, the spreading of Sharia Law in Western nations, the failure of the church, mosque, or synagogue as refuge) as it sweeps the collective sea of consciousness. Those of us who live long enough to see Pluto’s transit through Aquarius are not going to recognize the world that we live in today, just a couple of decades from now.

The key to surviving and thriving during these difficult times is to size down on what is no longer beneficial or functional, to simplify life in general, to support small business and local farmers and to grow organic food if possible. Live each day as if it is the last, cherish those you love, and do the best you can in any given situation. Trust your heart, follow your intuition. There are many rare and precious gifts to be gained and given during this time of major turmoil on the planet, which is just part of a cycle that comes and goes.

Last but not least, it helps to know there is much more to life than what meets the physical eye. We are each more than this suit of flesh that we find ourselves in and it’s important to stay in tune with the essence of Self as the world around us seems to collapse.

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