It's the most wonderful time of the year! We are just one week away from Hallowmas/Samhain, the origin holy day of our modern, secular celebration of Halloween. This ancient Celtic festival is literally "summer's end," end of harvest, and the beginning of the new year: witches’ new year. As of Sunday night, October 22, the Sun has settled into the sign of Scorpio.
Happy solar return, Scorpios!
At this time of year the veil between the worlds grows thin and the ancestors draw near. Our guides and guardians, the protective spirits and fae are close and it is easier to connect with, listen to, and interact with them. We are in the Dreamtime of the year… saturated with darkness, inside of which we are nourished, cooked, seasoned. It is a numinous space vibrationally, and tuning in can provide a profound experience ideal for connecting to those that have transitioned from the world of the living, or excavating the inner landscape of the mind and psyche. The descent myths are felt, and even embodied and enacted metaphorically. Many cultures honor death and darkness at this time of year and celebrate rebirth, a return of the light, with some centering around darkness or light.
The Sun in Scorpio, the sign associated with death, intensity, and transformation, encourages us to leave the surface level interactions behind and delve into our own depths, becoming aware of the deepest parts of ourselves. The hidden places of our psyches and souls, the secrets in our hearts, are struck and resurrected - and cannot be ignored. They swim to the surface for our review and understanding, needing to be seen and felt and tended to. There is nothing unworthy lurking inside, nothing to be afraid of, but in this excavation we may encounter shame, fear, rage, despondency, or jealousy to be explored. Scorpio demands that the shadow side get some attention. The scorpion is associated with Scorpio, representing the sting of intensity, but also connected to this sign are the eagle and the golden firebird, which symbolizes the transformative qualities of the sign; the fires of radical change engulf each of us at some point in life, uncomfortable and painful, but the promise in the pain is that this transformation polishes us, swallows our burdens and clinging, and we emerge, rising out of the ashes like the phoenix with clarity and greater insight. An alchemical transformation in the highest sense takes place. Bright firebirds of transformation can rise up reborn, but truly only after being leveled, after descending and spending time in the underworld.
The work of self-awareness and birthing soul’s potential, real spiritual work, is not for the faint of heart.
Scorpio, a fixed water sign ruled by Pluto, is a sign of extremes… with a strong dose of passion and imagination, emotional depth and intensity, contradictions and complexity. The fixed signs (Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio) are organized, resistant to change, and unafraid of expressing strong opinions. And the water element implies heightened emotions or functioning predominantly from an emotional place (as well as psychic ability).
Scorpio rules the sex organs, the urinary tract, large intestines, and the pelvis, along with the reproductive and destructive processes in the body. This would be an ideal time to check in with your reproductive and intestinal health, to purge some addictive behaviors and people from life and eliminate habits or excess, to delve back into your meditative and contemplative practices, and to explore sexual wellness, tuning into the erotic and sensual.
Pluto, ruler of this sign, is the ancient Lord of the Underworld, the planet of regenerative forces, birth and death. So Scorpio season itself can be an initiation of sorts, or at least an activation of the parts of ourselves that stay mostly hidden. This time signifies a shift, not only in the seasons but also in our awareness; if we can adjust vibrationally, we can activate an altered sight, seeing more than meets the eye, and work with each of our senses in a heightened intuitive and instinctual way.
This is a time for dreams, divination and decomposition.
Some Scorpio Season themes include:
Power struggles, power plays and inner power, keeping and uncovering secrets, death and rebirth, sex, intimacy, privacy, inheritance and legacies, control and manipulation, jealousy, suspicion and possessiveness, revenge, hidden agendas, hidden traumas exposed, scandals, soul retrieval, passion and desire, mystery, sex and sensuality, obsessions, financial alliances and shared wealth, merging, spiritual transformation, psychic phenomena, elimination, regeneration.
This time of year can be an invitation into the cauldron of your deepest self.
Let your prayers and invocations rise to the Ancestors with the incense smoke. Adorn your altar with marigolds and pomegranates and photos of those who have passed from this plane. Align profoundly with the energies that pulse with magick and metamorphosis in this dark time, your heart open as the portals of consciousness expand momentarily. Listen. Deeply.
May we be blessed and offer blessings.
Scorpio Season Notable Aspects
Mars enters Libra
Sun in Scorpio
Mercury in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces 11º
Sun conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio 3º
Waning Half Moon in Aquarius
Moon squares Jupiter in Scorpio
Sun squares Moon in Aquarius
Venus in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn
Mercury in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn
Saturn square Chiron
Full Moon in Taurus
Mercury in Sagittarius
Venus in Scorpio
Waning Half Moon in Leo
Saturn in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries
New Moon in Scorpio
Mars in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn
*It is Hallowmas in the Northern Hemisphere, Beltane in the Southern.
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