SCORPIO (October 23-November 21): What have your past four weeks been like, Scorpio, since the arrival of Mars totally shifted the script you'd been living for all those long purgatorial months preceding? Rather than offer you my judgments on what's happened and what it represents in your wider life-narrative, I'd prefer you to do the judging, in honor of this week's Mars-Saturn conjunction in your sign. It should be no surprise to any regular astrology-watcher that you've been under tightened self-regulatory watch since Saturn first entered your sign back in October 2012, cornered into finding the most ideally balanced and deliberate expression for your Scorpio energy: not too blindly wildly intense, not too fearfully repressively inhibited.
So far, I have to say that "fearfully repressively inhibited" is winning by a landslide.
By this point, most of you have already refined your game (probably under duress or a real threat of retribution) and grown more confident in who you are (and who you aren't)… or you've suffered consequences from either excessive emotional volatility or insincere robot-like acquiescence.
I only ever suffer consequences from the former. People LOVE it when I give "insincere robot-like acquirescence." In fact, that sort of thing has become my life motto and lifeblood for 40 hours a week. This month I've been in whopping trouble for expressing anything, but if I shut up and SMILE, I don't get my ass beat. So there you go.
Now, let's draw the distinct parallel between this macro-level trend ('up your game, or face consequences') and the micro-level specifics of whatever current circumstances are being immediately impacted by how you choose to put yourself forth. You know these specifics far better than I could. Do they demonstrate how you've matured? Are you wielding your intense power responsibly? Are you considering longer-term impacts, not just a moment's surge in passion? If so, you are reaping the fruits of your earnest self-development efforts. If instead you are facing a come-to-Jesus collision with whatever personal work you've resisted taking on (e.g., the cultivation of self-restraint, the unpacking of submerged desires, etc.), you are responsible for this pickle you're in, and please let this be your rock-bottom epiphany. It's rarely too late to turn a ship around… but if your ship needs turning, this is the time.
I just don't know how to turn it.
"Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
After spending eight months in a strange and sensitive angle of your chart (known as the solar 12th house), your ruling planet Mars has ingressed your sign. This may have arrived with the sensation of your ear pressure equalizing after a fast elevator ride. And you may suddenly have the added confidence of knowing what you want. In consciousness and in biology, the human experience is driven by desire. It has all kinds of names, with various inflections of good and evil attached to them, though they amount to the same thing. That thing is the desire to live and to experience life, and it’s likely that you’ve been infused with this sensation in a whole new way. The question is how you respond and/or react. Lately you seem more given to the moralistic/control side of the spectrum than is useful. It would be helpful to recognize when you’re judging yourself and others for something that is either natural or not harming anyone. You may feel some need to live up to an image, that is, to be perceived a certain way for the sake of your reputation. If there’s a devil, this is it. While you must always be mindful of integrity, that is different from any form of obsession over what people may think about you. There is only one person who needs to respect you, and that is you — with any luck, just for being real."
SCORPIO (October 23-November 21): At this very moment, your professional (and/or public-world) horizons are looking brighter and more bounteous than they have in a long while, Scorpio… though that doesn't necessarily equate to heaps of golden opportunities dropping themselves on your doorstep, such that all you'd have to do is collect them as if you were cheerfully gathering berries on a warm sunny day. To really take advantage of this auspicious opening, you'll have to consciously extend yourself beyond the safe confines of doing what you've always done. The key to manifesting bigger and/or more satisfying success involves pushing your vision toward possibilities you might have no clue how to concretely actualize, but which, at their earlier stages, require merely the gumption to believe are indeed possible. This means not shooting down your own passionate ideas because their ambitious scope scares you. This means actively sharing these ideas, without shame for which specifics remain blank… and with the confident belief that what's already in existence couldn't possibly be all there is, along with excitement about the prospect of seeing what else could exist. And this, therefore, also means it's no time to lament any mistaken notion that you're in any way stuck professionally. If you've hit the 'stuck' feeling, it's time to think outside the box you've relegated yourself to—and reach for more. This realization itself may be just what you need to truly see how bright and bounteous your horizons really are.
Hoo boy, this is hard for me.
Jupiter's time in Leo promises to heighten our focus on who we are as individuals, as well as how we share ourselves with the world. A warm and expressive fire-sign, Leo gets unfortunately saddled with a bad rep as an utterly self-centered spotlight hog—a reputation which I believe is, though at times justifiable, largely unfair. Leo is the only zodiac sign ruled by the Sun, the central star in our solar system… and, as such, those who have their natal Suns comfortably dignified in Leo often find it more natural to unreservedly 'just be themselves', positioned in the center of their world.
Leo's intrinsic expressiveness, however, is not necessarily driven by an egoic desire to be The Big-Name Star, at the expense of everyone else's causes, cravings, and concerns. On the contrary, at its heart-centered best, Leo radiates a spirit of generosity… sharing so much of its true being not for the attention (although it's always nice to be recognized for our generous gestures, Leo or not), but to inspire others to share themselves with just as much comfort and color. Leo doesn't merely want applause from its audience. It wants to make them happy, with the pure joy of one's person soul connecting with another's. This is the higher translation of Leo energy, of which the narcissistic 'me me me!' version is but a hollow mimicry.
Jupiter in Leo holds the potential to make it easier for us to unabashedly express our personal truths, more freely translating what we know to be our individual essence-of-self into outward statements, words and deeds, which reflect who we are. This Jupiter will spark in many of us greater courage to throw off the inhibiting shackles of self-consciousness, supporting us in shutting up the 'what will people think?' voices that hold us back from putting ourselves out there. He will also help some of us see our genuine selves more clearly and fully, opening our defining concepts of who we are to a more spacious breadth, allowing us to more confidently play with these less-developed parts of ourselves.
Both the positive self-actualizing potential and the off-putting threat of self-aggrandizement carried by Jupiter in Leo will be further boosted by the trio of trines to Uranus in Aries (which, incidentally, is the other zodiac-sign most often accused of self-centeredness). Though the first Jupiter-Uranus trine isn't exact until Sep 25 (with the other two exact hits occurring in March and June 2015), the fire-sign synergy between these two is already in effect. Uranus-in-Aries's self-focused drive to assert whatever individuating impulse one feels will foster personal freedom, no matter the chaos or upset, is ratcheted up to an even more dramatic pitch with Jupiter-in-Leo's goading. The sudden left-turns or startling surprises will declare themselves with greater bombast, for greater effect and greater attention… and the ability to see past one's own reasons for instigating such discontinuities, for a clearer view of how others will be disruptively impacts, may become blinded by the bloat of self-interest. Because this Jupiter-in-Leo/Uranus-in-Aries duo so emboldens us each as individuals, it also increases the likelihood of conflicts between us turning fierier faster, each party refusing to back down due to excessive pride.
Yet, Jupiter-in-Leo's positive relationship with Uranus is an excellent initiative-generator, helping rouse us from our resting-places, spurring us to quit serving as a supporting actor in somebody else's show… and to step into our big leading role, headlining that self-produced epic which most genuinely presents our life-story. With the fire under our asses, we can act more bravely on our own behalf, choosing to do this instead of that only because 'this is what I want to do!' As always, we'll face reactions, responses, repercussions. But under Jupiter's watchful reign, we needn't necessarily understand how they'll all ultimately shake up. He asks us simply to believe that openly expressing our authentic selves, with a warm heart and generous spirit, is always a great starting-place—no matter our final destination."
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Though there may be a ton of talkative back-and-forth whirring through your immediate social environment (which I hope you are playing your participatory part in), Taurus, it cannot begin to take into account the much more promising developments just now awakening inside you. Like a modest hole-in-the-ground which vents steam from down-below, a barely-revealing sign of the major geological workings transpiring beneath the surface, you're only giving off the faintest traces of what's germinating inside you… in part because it hasn't yet sprouted sufficiently enough for even you to know how to articulate it, and in part because the stuff that everybody else is gabbing about only superficially addresses (if at all) what you believe really matters. This combination of factors holds the potential of causing you problems, alas, if you don't continue following last week's guidance about not being so serious: You're caught between (1) being able to identify what 'falls short' in others' tales and (2) being unable to synthesize your critiques into coherent arguments while situated in a not especially-opportune moment to disrupt the cursory pleasantness. Please know your problematic potential is only heightened by Mars's arrival in your 7th this week… a placement likely to stir greater-than-usual interpersonal discontent or conflict such that, even when you're 'nice', you might rub others wrong in the weeks to come. But from the inside looking out, at least, your future's feeling pretty bright.
SCORPIO (October 23-November 21): Things are about to pop off around this place! Planets are moving into new places that are power-positions for you, Scorpio! Last week, the great-expander Jupiter arrived to your solar 10th (the career/public-achievement house) to stay through mid-next-year… and now this week (on Fri Jul 25), your ruling action-dude Mars finally makes his way out of the 12th-house muddle and back home to your sign, where he remains for the next seven weeks. Both developments together radically alter your interface with the outside world: Expect 'under the radar' or 'behind the scenes' to give way to your suddenly attracting a whole lot more attention, the good and the less-favorable. And of course, this won't happen merely as a passive matter-of-circumstance, but because you are suddenly ready to step in and step up, move forward and never look back (though it only appears 'sudden' to the rest of us, when in fact you've been building up to this moment for months). As this latest power-chapter now kicks off, your first few noticeably significant steps could come off somewhat overeager, uppity, and/or abrasive—though, that said, I'm not certain you therefore ought to moderate yourself. (After all this biding-your-time, you justifiably may not give a fuck.) All in all, though, this period between now and mid-September is your prime 2014 moment to really get things going across all sectors of your life. Thanks to Saturn, there will be significant consequences, good and/or less-favorable, based on how purposefully or pointlessly you use this time.
SCORPIO AND SCORPIO RISING
If you have been on lockdown, shutdown and generally collapsed,
you’ve still miraculously been able to show
some swagger and pull off some semblance of being present.
Now is the moment to begin coming out of that
cocoon you have been in. Nobody with half a brain
would ever minimize the traumas you have been enduring.
Then, too, because you are always so successful
at making such a giant effort to conceal your fragility,
they all think you are breezing through it.
It’s got to be exhausting
to be constantly on stage,
tap dancing in a ceaseless effort
to prove that you are fine,
great, on top of the situation.
When you are alone in your room, however,
only then can you admit
that you actually feel absolutely totally shitty.
Especially when the pressure is on
from relatives and neighbors,
you are pushed to keep moving
when you so dearly need rest.
Once again here you are
facing another test of endurance,
where you are asked to continue
to cope with the problems and issues
of neighbors and relatives
from near and far,
while trying to heal yourself
from the inside out
without anybody guessing.
"SCORPIO (October 23-November 21): The 'what will I do when…?' questions should be starting to accumulate, Scorpio, if you sincerely believe (as you well should) that definitive 'when' you've been awaiting is almost here. As we discussed a couple weeks back, this extended phase of not being able to reliably conduct simple matters of desire-gratification or impulse-fulfillment is coming to an end imminently, once Mars hits your sign later in the month. I encourage you to actively invest in this belief that a pivotal energetic shift will soon rekindle the spark you've been missing for several months, since your only other mindset-choices are either (1) to fear such a shift is still so very far in the future that you're not sure you can make it or (2) to resign yourself to the false notion that this is how it's destined to be forevermore… and both those choices can breed cynicism and despair. Thankfully, the astrological facts are on the side of imminent self-rekindling, rather than continued paralysis. So, knowing that, what reinvigorating fresh-starts or next-steps or returns-to-form are you most eagerly looking forward to diving into? Perhaps it's been such a long expanse of not expecting much immediate propulsive momentum from yourself, you need a few moments to mull over what you're going to do with this forthcoming vibe-boost. A little preparatory visioning could help sort out your priorities. Begin making your brainstorm lists now, like a newly-elected but not-yet-inaugurated officer who can hardly wait until the term officially begins—so they can finally enact all their pressing initiatives."
Hoo boy, do I feel the "It's so far away I can't make it" or "It just doesn't exist at all and this is all that there is" thing.
Always did like rabbits...
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Last month I predicted you would have a summer of re-invention. Was I right? Have you taken the small steps necessary to change up your game? Have you shaken things up at work? Written the un-written story? Taken a fashion risk here and there? If not, then you still have time my dearest heart. In the slow July heat and soft chirping of birds, I know you can feel it. All that stored energy buzzing inside of you, egging (sorry for all this bird stuff) you on to be a better more engaged version of yourself. Maybe money is hard right now, making you freeze up an hesitate? Don’t worry, Taurus, the universe provides. Maybe you haven’t felt beautiful in a long time? You’ve been beautiful your whole life. Maybe you’ve been sleeping on a project that could truly shift your world? You’re the only one who can do this thing you have kept locked tight in your heart. I’ve decided that you need Grace Jones because she is a Taurus who is every version of herself—a master of re-invention. She’s a man-eating machine! A corporate cannibal! A digital criminal! I mean, really, anything she wants to be. Take her cue: get wild, then wilder.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): This month has you feeling the energy and support of your zodiac wheel neighbors. With Sagittarius getting a little watery (Jupiter in Cancer) and Libra getting a little intense (Mars), it’s time you bitches had a house party. Everyone can read tarot cards, cry, make out, and laugh about it tomorrow. Sounds really good, right? Just don’t forget (and Uranus opposing Mars won’t let you!) that this is still the year of the horse and in the midst of all that fun, you have a mission. There is something you are meant to do in this world and there’s no better time then now to walk toward it. I know you Scorpio. I know you have a practical plan, a life-ladder out of any risky situation (especially one for your heart). This month allow yourself a little impulsiveness—be braver. And if you start to feel a little low, watch Ciara (Scorpio, duh) have a good time with Nicki (fire friends!). No big deal but those squatty bouncy dance moves they’ve got going on in that space ship are requiring me to, um, step away for a minute.