IN KEEPING WITH the themes of last Sunday’s Solar Eclipse in Scorpio, this past week has brought many issues to the surface that had been hidden from our awareness until now. Scorpio represents a shamanic journey into the night and the darkness, with the purpose of revealing a treasure and a light that is needed in our lives.
Of course, with Saturn conjunct the Solar Eclipse, much of that journey may have brought with it a heaviness or increased sense of responsibility, a feeling of fate, or an awareness that something is coming to an end. It may also have uncovered latent fears or other uncomfortable emotions that have yet to be transmuted.
This eclipse has opened a door of opportunity for us to come to terms with the shadows and bring them into the light. This theme is in effect for the next six months in varying strength, and is especially tangible this week, as we follow the waxing Moon into fullness next Sunday.
PLUTO is the planetary “ruler” of Scorpio, and so is a strong conduit for transformational energies. This dwarf planet is adept at providing situations that reveal to us the patterns we need to release. Those revelations have been intensified through the Pluto-Uranus square, exact on November 1, and the Scorpio Eclipse on November 3.
This week, Venus steps into the energy field established by the Pluto-Uranus square. Our closest planetary neighbor will first square Uranus on Thursday, and then align with Pluto on Friday.
WITH THE URANUS aspect arriving first on our radar, we can “expect the unexpected” midweek, especially in those areas associated with Venus: relationships, personal values, self-worth, finances, and our needs for comfort, ease, and beauty in life.
Then, with the Pluto-Venus alignment in Capricorn on Friday, we can use Pluto’s laser vision to focus our higher intentions and powerful knowing of how to best act on the changes brought forward by Uranus. And, since Venus will be going retrograde in Capricorn, it is likely that the transitions that begin this week will be part of a process rather than an event.
Starting on December 21, Venus will backtrack until January 31, when she again will be close to Pluto. The two planets do not align exactly at that point, but their close proximity (separated by just a little more than one degree) indicates that many situations that arise this week may take until early February to resolve completely.
TO SOFTEN our journey this week, we have a lovely Sun-Jupiter trine on Tuesday, which should help lighten our load a bit. This is the reminder that we really are loved and supported, and that we can call on others to help us as we navigate change.
We also have Neptune coming to a standstill on Wednesday, ready to go forward after having been retrograde since June 7. We have been through a phase of contemplation and withdrawal in some area of our lives. If we have taken advantage of this time, we are potentially now more in touch with our spiritual and emotional core. From this place of stronger inner connection, as Neptune starts moving forward, we can also begin to move out into the world with a greater sense of wholeness and spiritual knowing.
OUR FULL MOON next Sunday is at dawn on the Pacific coast of the United States (7:15am PST). The Moon will be in late degrees of Taurus for this lunation, carrying the energy of grounding, inner peace, and stability in the midst of change.
This is an important Full Moon, since it is the time of greatest light in a lunar cycle that began with a Solar Eclipse. The greater intentions of that eclipse, shown in part by its location in our natal charts, is now coming to fruition. The deeper change represented by Scorpio is now ready to be integrated, acknowledged, and put to practical use.