January brings powerful opportunities for self-assertion, growth, healing the Masculine wound, commitment, intimacy and power for Scorpio as Jupiter, Mars and Vesta square the North Node and Ceres in Leo. By exploring depths of subconscious, we reveal hidden layers—Shadow—and learn to befriend or transmute what we fear. Tremendous creative potential in matters of career and public recognition awaits. Dance with Your Inner Child for She is your Guide in the Heart of Darkness.
Late May–mid July, a Grand Water Trine challenges Scorpio to delve within. Deep emotional impulses, intuitive sparks, gifts (and challenges) from ancestral ties catalyze opportunity for growth. Surrender to Spirit and let it guide your actions—you will discover a deeper, richer experience of healing and be-ing than you imagined possible. Many will be called to a path of exploration that honors Archetypal Mother and Great Goddess.
August brings challenges, creative tension, in matters of self-identity, partnerships and career as Jupiter squares Juno and Mercury. Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn remind Scorpio to stay flexible with self-expression. Avoid issuing ultimatums, be it with family or in the workplace.
Finances may be a little shaky as Vesta tests how well your work in the world aligns with your ideal path of service. In Oct.–Nov., Venus Retrograde will ask us to re-visit what or whom we have invested our vital energies in and may allow us to consolidate partnerships further, or to dissolve them.
April's Scorpio Full Moon brings many of these issues to the surface. November´s New Moon affords us the opportunity to delve further into spiritual, karmic, and ancestral lineages. Keep an eye on the health and energetic flow of creative projects, love affairs and children at this time.
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In my own practice, which you can explore on my website. I use nearly 150 astrological bodies in drawing up charts. The information presented here has been highly condensed.
Blessings, The Sky Priestess © Mother Tongue Ink 2017
Heather Roan Robbins is a practical, intuitive, choice oriented astrologer, writer, celebrant, and spiritual counselor. Active for 30 plus years, she practices in St. Paul, Santa Fe, and New York City - 914.315.5001 Email Heather.
Look for burst of honesty this Friday as the Moon conjuncts talkative Mercury in outspoken Sagittarius. A helpful and warmhearted trine between Venus and Mars in talkative air signs helps us speak up with one another, open lines of communication, and make plans for the future. Just watch for a tendency to get complacent in those opinions. Like a hopeful election results, good news and good plans need to be cultivated in the future.
But we don’t have to just talk about it, over the weekend a wonderfully competent Capricorn Moon encourages us to follow through and do the work. Sunday and Monday feel the call back to work, both the desire and the competence to pick up our work where we left off a few weeks ago as the Sun sextiles Pluto. Some people may wrestle with the grim mood, most of us can feel satisfaction as we make progress.
Midweek is more sociable if less focused, but good for team meetings and coordinating plans for the coming holidays. The Aquarius Moon encourages us to think cooperatively, but our opinions may still be entrenched. Wait until the coming weekend to try and change someone’s opinion. We may need to step away from national and interpersonal politics for a bit and come back to our own emotional processes towards the end of the week as the Moon and Mars enters sensitive Pisces on Thursday.
Mercury retrogrades November 18 December 7, so let’s work that into our holiday preparations and do the prep work now. Buy tickets and send out invitations, but keep plans flexible to manage unexpected events. We may already notice a whiff of confusion and uncertainty, the occasionally vague and fuzzy thinking as mental Mercury moves into a square with intuitive, confusing Neptune at the end of the week. This square can activate our imagination on a good day, but also challenges us to not to get lost in our favorite delusions, grow passive, confused, or potentially think that we have the magical right answer. People who feel like they have been juggling too many disparate pieces may begin to drop a few threads along the way. Let’s choose those things which are most important to follow through upon, and keep our eye on them through the next few weeks.
This confusing Mercury square Neptune, with Mercury slowing down to go retrograde, can really muck up any election recounts and obfuscate who actually did what and when. It will be important, in all fuzzyheaded conundrums we may find ourselves, to step out of opinion as much as possible and look for concrete ways to recount and reassess openly, with many eyes watching. Get some objectivity. If we are starting a new job or taking on a new project during this foggy time, it is important to make no assumptions and double check to make sure were on the right page, clarify instructions and information. Our creative Muse and spiritual practice may buzz though; it’s a wonderful time to write fiction, just don’t unknowingly live it.
Friday, November 9: The mood is clear, sociable, easily distracted, wide-ranging, but with one sleepy spell midafternoon. Look for interesting conversation about old relationships and a chance to share interests and build resiliency in an ongoing relationship. Hear the other side of the story. We need to talk and weave connection as Venus and Mars trine and air signs under an adventurous Sagittarius Moon.
Moon conjunct Mercury 6:36 AM, Venus trine Mars 8:11 AM, Moon square Neptune 1:41 PM.
Saturday, November 10: It’s a good day for day trips, first dates, good conversation with those we bump into as the Moon sextiles Venus and Mars. We need a break in recent tension, but may suddenly see a whole new list of things to do. Honor and the need to do things a little differently. If grumpiness or control issues seep back in as the evening progresses, rest now, talk later.
Moon sextile Venus 12:54 PM, Moon sex tiles Mars 2:59 PM, Moon square Chiron 5:30 PM, Moon trine Uranus 8:34 PM, Moon enters Capricorn 8:54 PM.
Sunday, November 11: Don’t take that grimness personally, many people are in a mood. But we can make that mood productive if we ask great existential questions and then apply the answers. Get down to brass tacks and tackle something important. Look for intense questions about chain of authority, who’s in control, and what’s going to happen next, questions that could really affect the results of recent elections as the Capricorn Moon conjuncts Saturn and heads towards Pluto as the Sun sextiles Pluto.
Sun sextile Pluto 8:21 AM, Moon conjunct Saturn 8:24 AM.
Monday, November 12: This morning we may need to come to terms with consequences and deadlines. Memories sit with us. It’s easier to see what is urgent and what is wrong then what is right and what is possible as the Moon conjunct Pluto this morning, but by afternoon the energy can shift into more of want to do, what’s the next one concrete step, and that can break a logjam and shifts our focus.
Moon sextile Neptune 12:01 AM, Moon conjunct Pluto 10:57 AM, Moon sextile Sun 1:21 PM, Moon trine Venus 11:32 PM.
Tuesday, November 13: it is important this morning that we take a good inventory of the situation this morning, reassess the schedule, see what changes need to be made based on recent shifts, and follow through on what we’ve begun. Check to make sure everyone is on the same page. After a spate of morning efficiency and adjustments which will save time later on, the energy level drops and people need time to catch up as the Moon enters Aquarius and sextiles Jupiter. This afternoon it is helpful to create new teams or work on group process for collective communication.
Moon sextile Chiron 5:06 AM, Moon square Uranus 8:13 AM, Moon enters Aquarius 8:45 AM, Moon sextile Jupiter 11:05 AM.
Wednesday, November 14: The mood may be pleasantly stubborn, people feel set in their ways and entrenched in their opinion, though they can talk a good game. Confusion is beginning to seep in, which is great for imagination, but people will tend to cling to their favorite delusions and not thank us for trying to wake them up. Brainstorm future possibilities together, but let’s be very clear in our own mind where things stand now.
Moon sextile Mercury 11:24 AM.
Thursday, November 15: Feelings are tender, prickly, guarded and squishy all at the same time. We need to walk carefully with Neptune today as Mars enters Pisces and sextiles Uranus while Mercury squares Neptune. Speak up for the dispossessed, for the vulnerable people. Take care of one’s own vulnerability. Put action into the gift of the creative Muse; act on a vision. Just be kind to one another in the process; we are activated yet sensitive, stirred up and raw.
Mars sextile Uranus 2:30 AM, Moon square Sun 7:54 AM, Moon square Venus 12:05 PM, Mars enters Pisces 3:20 PM, Moon sextile Uranus 8:58 PM, Moon enters Pisces 9:41 PM, Moon conjuncts Mars 10:02 PM.
This is it, election week. The stars suggest that one chapter ends and a new one begins, but they don’t say in what direction. The world has grown grimmer over the last few years as we work towards a pivotal nexus in 2020 when the two planets we associate with power and control, Saturn and Pluto, conjunct in competent, control-oriented Capricorn. The politics of the United States stay in metamorphosis through 2023 as Pluto returns to its position when our country was born. These are revolutionary aspects, but there are many ways to do a revolution.
This growing Saturn-Pluto conjunction really questions how we use power, how we hold boundaries, and how we govern. The last time Saturn and Pluto conjunct was in friendly Libra, in 1982, at the beginning of the Reagan era, when many thought control looked good. Saturn and Pluto last opposed one another in 2001, right on the ascendant -descendant of USA’s mythic birth chart, with Pluto in Sagittarius- the sign of faraway places, travel, religious philosophies, and law- opposed Saturn in Gemini-sign of the twins- when others try to control the USA through a shattering event, and America trickled down on control in response.
Capricorn is associated with parental wisdom, the high-note of Capricorn takes its responsibilities most seriously and believes in honor and respect, it likes clear goals, a mountain to climb like the mountain goat which is its symbol. The shadow side of Capricorn just settles for patriarchal control and domination. This looming conjunction in Capricorn is intensely competent, but we have to add the idealism and see how this revolution of power, boundaries, and control can serve all sentient beings.
The Sun trines idealistic Neptune this Sunday, which can help us dream big and supports that idealism. On Monday the Moon conjuncts Venus, now retrograde back into friendly, feminine-empowering Libra, and then enters Scorpio. Change-inducing Uranus retrogrades back into feisty, fiery, Aries. The Moon enters Scorpio Tuesday morning on the last day of the lunar cycle. Our memories are long, our decisions will tend to be made by looking backwards rather than looking forwards.
Wednesday brings a new Moon in Scorpio, beginning an intense new cycle that wants to get down to work but continues to stir the depths of the human psyche to see what monsters lurk there. It is not a good week to bate people, because the charge is strong, defenses are up, and a lot of triggered unconscious material fuels our interactions.
On Thursday, Jupiter enters its own sign of Sagittarius and brings a new need to express ourselves, a new desire to understand the truth, to expand, and potentially fresh hopefulness. But it can also bring a new complacency in its most simplistic note. Elections are hard to predict because strong feelings interfere with intuition, but either our memories are strong enough to bring great change in this election, or, as Jupiter enter Sagittarius, a new momentum builds for fresh efforts in the future.
Our personal lives may echo this pattern. Look for competence on Friday as the Virgo Moon forms a grand trine with Saturn and Uranus in Earth signs, an intense need to communicate over the weekend, focused intensity and old memories and old wounds stirred early in the week, with one chapter ending and another beginning as the week progresses.
Friday, November 2: Get it done today as the Virgo Moon trines Uranus and Saturn; deal with the mess, make a difference. Follow through, make the calls, finish the comments, and get it done. After about 6 PM the energy level drops, the world may feel too much with us, and we will need a break as the Moon opposes Neptune tonight.
Moon trine Uranus 12:05 AM, Moon square Mercury 4:24 AM, Moon trine Saturn 8:25 AM, Moon sex tile Sun 5:40 PM, Moon opposed Neptune 11:21 PM.
Saturday, November 3: If we really rested last night, we may be ready for today’s checklist. A day of chores, and responsibilities can be fodder for good bonding if we do it together. The Virgo Moon trines Pluto in the morning and reminds us of what we haven’t done yet. Intense canvassing, conversation leans toward the critical edge. Speak intensely about personal experience but be careful not to set other people’s defenses off, as they will just entrench. Bond over good works. Look for a trace of hopefulness tonight.
Moon trine Pluto 8:14 AM.
Sunday, November 4: As the Moon enters Libra this morning and squares Saturn, take a moment to put work aside and move into right relationship with those near and dear. Expected debate as the moon enters Libra and squares Saturn midday, but consider the soul’s right relationship to spirit and then see how this balance can come into daily life and politics. Engage good conversation midday as the Moon sextiles Mercury.
Moon sextile Jupiter 1:26 AM, Moon enters Libra 2:05 AM, Moon squares Saturn 11:02 AM, Moon sextile Mercury 11:10 AM.
Monday, November 5: Work through a wave of potential discouragement this morning as the Moon squares Pluto. Memories of recent tragedies or personal loss seep up, we can feel the pressure of other people’s willpower. Center, channel the mountains and the earth beneath, feel that strength pouring in and supporting. Keep an open mind, but holds strong core values. Good changes can catalyze later as the Moon trines Mars and the Sun trines Neptune tonight. Remember ideals, hold in the mind’s eye the bigger picture.
Moon square Pluto 10:55 AM, Moon trine Mars 7:42 PM, Sun trine Neptune 11:40 PM.
Tuesday, November 6: We wake up with a strong emotional upsurge and review the memories of the recent and distant past as the Moon conjuncts Venus and enters Scorpio before 6 AM. With a strong tendency to react against the past, changes are in the works as Uranus retrogrades back into Aries, but in what direction depends on who response to the call. The emotional surge run strong all day, adding extra charge to all we do. We have access to great concentration if we ducked below the distraction and focus on something that really involves our hearts.
Moon conjuncts Venus 1:18 AM, the Moon enters Scorpio 6:02 AM, Moon opposed Uranus 6:03 AM, Uranus retrogrades back into Aries 11:58 AM, Moon sextile Saturn 3:38 PM.
Wednesday, November 7: The new Moon at 9:01 AM begins a new cycle. We don’t need a lot of words to share how we feel, because our emotions shine through action, touch, intuition. Let’s put our intentions out clearly, we can see around the corner now see down the road, and it’s important to put our intentions in a positive versus negative format; let’s focus on what we want rather than what we are weeding out. The new moon in Scorpio brings intense determination and the highest and the lowest of the zodiac, some people will waste this energy in recrimination, but we don’t have to.
Moon trine Neptune 6:30 AM, Moon conjunct the Sun 9:01 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 4:06 PM.
Thursday, November 8: Jupiter and the Moon both enter Sagittarius this morning and a weight is lifted. Sagittarius brings fresh impatience, a desire for the truth, outspokenness, and an unwillingness to put up with something that is not working. It brings up positivity if we have to choose to tap into it. Problems that have been brooding may now be dealt with in a more direct solution-oriented way.
Moon square Mars 3:41 AM, Jupiter enters Sagittarius 5:38 AM, Moon trine Chiron 8:53 AM, Moon enters Sagittarius 11:59 AM. Moon conjunct Jupiter at 12:05 PM.