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.
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.