Scorpionic Intensity

I don’t know about you, but I can guess. I can guess that this last month, while the Sun’s been in Scorpio (from 22 October to 21 November), you’ve experienced some pretty intense stuff.  Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, the great god of the Underworld.  It doesn’t matter what astronomers say about his planetary status, there is nothing dwarf or diminutive about Pluto astrologically. He brings up energies of death, destruction, corruption, decay, etc. Of course all of that is in service to his other side, that of transformation, evolution, profundity, and power. But no matter which side of Pluto we’re talking about, it’s intense.

Statue of Pluto, god of the Underworld


I’ve experienced this intensity as if I were the center of a vortex of drama, death, and fear. Some of my loved ones died in car accidents; others just totaled their cars. People around me are moving house, and while they worked so hard to bring joy and peace to their new spaces, all kinds of soap opera dramas shot up out of the dark to make the whole thing ponderously acrimonious.  Friends are being forced out of labor unions (and losing their health insurance), others had storms and insects destroy parts of their home.  Family members have to lose their house and move to another state just to get a job, with—get this—a bankrupt company. Yeah, it’s been intense all right.

One reason, I think, that this particular Scorpio month has been so over the top is because Pluto is still involved with that Cardinal T-Square I talked about in my earlier post. The squares to Saturn and Jupiter/Uranus are no longer exact, but we’re still feeling them. These tense aspects bring all kinds of energies into our lives that we cannot ignore. We can’t ignore Pluto anyway, but oh my, he’s definitely been on his soapbox this month.

So, as an astrologer, I’m always wondering: what can I learn from this? If this is what it feels like when Pluto is talking, when he’s arguing with Saturn and Uranus (who has Jupiter right next to him for a while), then what am I supposed to be hearing? How do we turn death and destruction into transformation and evolution? Where do we find our power in all this heavy darkness?

Well, certainly one of the most profound lessons Pluto gives is about death and rebirth.  When an extended family member suddenly died in a car accident this month, I found myself in a deep depression. It wasn’t long, but it was intense. The “can’t do dishes or make the bed, just wander around in a daze” kind of time.  During that time I thought a lot about how our culture is fascinated with death (look at every other Hollywood movie and every mystery book), but also so afraid of it that we don’t want to deal with it in “the real world.” I thought about how Tibetan Buddhists have instruction manuals for dying and moving through levels of afterlife before reincarnating. I thought about my own ambitions for this life and whether or not I will achieve all that I hope to.

While all that was heavy and sad, it also gave me a sense of the cycles of life, death, and rebirth. Even if you don’t believe in reincarnation, and even if you don’t have children, you have touched people’s lives. Because you were present in this life, you have changed the world, and that change will live on, at least for some time, after you yourself have left. There’s power in that knowledge. And, too, there’s power in the acceptance that after some time, the work of your own hands will fade away. That other hands will be working.

Next week the Sun will move into Sagittarius. Ruled by Jupiter, Sagittarius is full of light, fire, and hope. Each sign compensates for the weakness of the one before, and this year’s Sagittarian centaur of upfullness will have his work cut out for him to overcome the intensity we’ve just been through. But before we head off into our end-of-year celebrations, please tell me:

  • What intensity have you experienced during Scorpio of 2010?
  • What lessons have come into your life, and how are you coping with them?
  • Have you gained any sense of power or rebirth?
  • Do you feel as if you’ve hit the lowest point and are heading back up toward the light?

Please feel free to comment, and if you know your Sun sign, tell me that. I’m interested to see how different people deal with this kind of energy.



About astronée

Renée is a professional astrologer. She has studied Astrology for 20 years, and is currently doing readings in person, via phone, and via Skype. She takes classes at the Centre for Psychological Astrology in London when she can get there, and teaches her own basic Astrology classes in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the director of the Café Aquarius Astrology Center in Emeryville, CA, and the astrologer in The OptiMystics, a triple guidance reading partnership. Visit her website at
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1 Response to Scorpionic Intensity

  1. astronée says:

    I received some feedback from readers who’d like to remain anonymous, but would like to share a bit of their experience this past Scorpio month. One woman is having trouble with her relationship with her son–big trouble. And that’s definitely one thing that Pluto, especially Pluto in tense aspects to Uranus and Saturn, will do, is bring up what’s not working. So if you have relationships that aren’t working well, but you’ve been trying to just pretend that everything’s okay, that it will all just somehow get back to “normal,” you’ll see that come up. You won’t be able to deny, or pretend, or hope that things will improve with no effort. It’s gonna take work. This is not to say that my reader was in denial, BTW. But relationships are definitely in need of work these days. That goes for everything from lovers, to parent/kids, to worker/employer to citizen/government relationships.

    And while bringing the broken/painful stuff to light isn’t pleasant, it does cause us not only to do the work, but to let go of what’s never going to work. I, personally, have had to change my relationship with my own son quite a bit. I had to realize that the way I wanted/expected/hoped our relationship to be is not how it is. Or how may ever be. I have to let him be himself, and I have to be myself, and we both have to do the work to accept each other and continue from there. So while I’m not letting my relationship with him go, I’m letting my ideas of how it “should be” go.

    Sometimes, though, we actually have to let the relationship go. We discover that it’s just not serving us. It may have done so in the past, but it isn’t now. When those realizations come up, especially with Pluto as the catalyst, it can be tough. Really tough. But here’s some good news: There is another side of the abyss. You go down into that canyon/ocean/black hole, and then you come back out. It may take a while, but you’ll crawl back up. After I plunged into my personal darkness at the beginning of this decade, I traveled through the valley for a while. Then I climbed, little by little, up the cliff walls and back out. I spent a few years panting on the lip of the ledge, waiting for the blood to stop dripping from my broken fingernails. Now I am walking away from the hole, toward the light again. This blog is just one indication.

    So take heart. It’s the hero’s journey to descend into the Underworld, to deal with your personal intensities, and then to return. When you return, you are a different person–stronger, wiser, and better off. So if this year’s Scorpio has brought you into darkness, know that there is a purpose and a result that will improve your life. Maybe not today, and maybe not without work on your part. But there is another side. I’m waving to you from it. See me?

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