October 21st – 27th, 2013

This week can prove quite an interesting week, as though recent past weeks haven’t been interesting themselves. In truth, we seem to be living out the Chinese proverb that some would call a curse: ‘May you live in interesting times.’

The times are interesting at best, crazy making at worst. One could draw parallels to what Lewis Carroll wrote in Alice in Wonderland:

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

This week might seem maddening. The week begins with Mercury turning retrograde for its three-week retrograde cycle. And we all know what Mercury retrograde means.

Akin to Murphy’s Law where ‘whatever can go wrong could’, Mercury retrograde are times when communications can be off, travel and transportation can be difficult, and the Internet and Web can be disrupted. We may misunderstand what people have to say and take umbrage to perceived slights. Getting from place to place could either be convoluted or find us like wrong way Corrigan heading off in a direction we never intended. Computers with their ease of recording, communicating and calculating can act like Hal in the classic movie 2001: A Space Odyssey where control is no longer in our hands but rather in the wiles of the high technology we have created to serve ourselves. Yes, Mercury retrogrades can be daunting, vexing us with delays and frustrations or challenging us to disengage from the dysfunctionalities foisted upon us.

With Mercury retrograding through Scorpio, joined mid-week with the Sun exiting Libra to enter Scorpio, triggering a Stellium of three or more planets in the Fixed Water Sign with the Sun, Mercury and Saturn in Scorpio, the intense stripping away of the superfluous to stare at the bare bones of the situation becomes a primary focus.

Scorpio often gets a bad rap and more so from those people who prefer the fluff and decorative rather than the piercing cut to the core. Yet Scorpio offers us a gift, the ability to pull back the curtain of the Wizard of Oz screen to reveal the little guy pulling the strings. Our illusions and delusions are uncovered. We have the ability to see the emperor with no clothes, no mincing of words, no seduction by appearance, no adoration of image. Hard, cold reality can be seen for what it is.

Scorpio allows us to focus on the fundamentals, to concentrate on the essentials and to draw upon our soul and our spirit for the engagement of our true purpose and meaning in living our life.

We can attribute to Scorpio the alchemical process of burning away the dross in order to turn base metal into gold. For us, this transformative process is a key ingredient of these times, times when the outworn and the outmoded fall apart and the old is eliminated with a new day dawning. We can either go kicking and screaming across the threshold of these changing times or we can trust, even with blind faith, that the universe unfolding has better ways than we could ever imagine for ourselves. The disposition and attitude during these times are our choice, always our choice.

Each of us has gone through, is going through and will continue to go through dramatic transformations. Each of us has our own alchemical process in progress. We might not always like the twists and turns we encounter during these times, but like Scorpio itself we can eliminate the unnecessary in order to accentuate the pure gold of our spirit.

The Scorpio Stellium continues on through the third week of November. We have time to reflect, contemplate and consider what is truly important in our lives as we let go of situations, activities and people that are to be no longer in our lives.

This heavy concentration of the Water Element we have with the emphasis upon Scorpio also reinforces the Water Grand Trine with the Scorpio planets trine Jupiter in Cancer and trine Neptune in Pisces. Our moods and emotions can be accentuated. But with that accentuation it is important that we realize that our moods can swing like a metronome, at times high and delighted and exuberant, other times in the depths of despair. The whipsaw of emotions may be something that we are used to, conditioned to and tantalized by various media stories and human interest recounts, but our tests are to find balance even in the most extreme of circumstances. And our balance can be acquired by non-attachment and detachment, a sense of ‘being in it, but not of it’.

The latter part of the week can have us doing our inventory taking — clearing the debris from our lives in an autumn clean-up and engaging family and friends by participating in harvest festivals and readying for Halloween.

The weekend emphasizes creative and fun activities. We want to enjoy ourselves, seek new outlets of entertainment and feel a second wind. We may be looking to rid ourselves of the clutter in our lives, but we may also be breathing deeper and looking to develop greater resonance in our lives.

Monday, May 21st – Say It Ain’t So – Lunar T-Square, Neptune, Mars, Mercury retrograde. Monday starts with a bonkers state of mind. The day and week begins with the Taurus Moon still Void-of-Course until the Moon enters Mercury-ruled Gemini where the Moon today triggers a Mutable Sign T-Square with the Moon square Neptune in Pisces and the Moon squares Mars in Virgo. Mercury turns retrograde today for its three-week retrograde cycle. Clarity may be far beyond our reach today, as things come at us fast and furious. We may be all over the place, although possibly more like running in place. There can be delays or misdirections. Let’s be wary of miscommunications, misunderstandings. And yet, with the spinmeisters out in full force we may be fed a feast of platitudes and attitudes. This is a day for us to take everything with a grain of salt. What we hear may not be what is being truly communicated to us. Deciphering this day can be headache-producing, so it might be wise for us to see all actions as tentative and all discussions as laced with half truths. We may need the dust to settle before we can figure things out. Today is not that day, and we might have to wait several days, weeks or months to really understand what is going on.

Tuesday, October 22nd – Confusion as the Starting Point of Wisdom – Uranus, Venus, Moon Void-of-Course. I have often said that ‘confusion is the starting point of wisdom’. The reason for my assertion is the fact that confusion forces us to let go of our preconceived beliefs and any rigid mindset about the way things are. Confusion allows our mind to be a blank slate where we can entertain options and alternatives that we might not have taken into account when we thought we knew, and were convinced as to, what was going on. Today is a day when we can broaden our perspective and be open to receive the magic of serendipity. Unexpected situations can arise that offer a whole new trajectory for the way we think, what we do and how we do things. The Gemini Moon today sextiles Uranus and the Moon opposes Venus. While there are various choices for us today, we do have to be wary of taking on more than we can deal with or assume that we can do it all. If we keep on adding more to our interests and activities, we might find ourselves on overload and overwhelmed. Later in the day, the Moon goes Void-of-Course for twenty-seven hours making no further connections to the planets as the Moon finishes its transit of Gemini and before entering Cancer late Wednesday, early Thursday.

Wednesday, October 23rd – In the Still – Moon Void-of-Course, Sun Scorpio. Wednesday continues with the Gemini Moon Void-of-Course making no connections to the planets as the Moon finishes its transit of Gemini and before entering Cancer late on Wednesday, early Thursday. Late Tuesday, and early Wednesday, the Sun exits Libra to enter Scorpio, creating a Stellium of three or more planets in Scorpio as the Sun joins Mercury and Saturn in the Fixed Water Sign. Like nature itself with the falling leaves in the northern hemisphere revealing the bare bones of tree limbs and tree trunk, we too are becoming more focused on the skeleton of our lives, the essence of our being. Increasingly, during this time of year, we tend to go inward. Things percolate below the surface and intensity is ratcheted up. The shift may not be evident to everyone, but we could be far more contemplative. We might consider a major autumn clear out and clean up as we rid ourselves of the extraneous and superficial and concentrate on the truly important and what we consider essential to our being. There is not a great deal of energy on this Wednesday and what ripples there are may be mere reflections of things far deeper going on below the surface akin to the idea that ‘still waters run deep’.

Thursday, October 24th – The Paradox of these Days – Lunar Grand Trine, Sun, Neptune, Mars, Lunar T-Square, Pluto, Uranus. The two major energy configurations, which are influential during this year, are triggered today by the Moon transiting Cancer. We begin with the Cancer Moon triggering the Water Element Grand Trine as the Moon trines the Sun in Scorpio and the Moon trines Neptune in Pisces. We may be highly emotional, feeling the spirit move us with us assuming that we have a manifest destiny. While our sense could be that we are being guided and positioned towards what is right for us, we may be operating more on a wing and a prayer, blind faith, rather than due diligence that takes into account the law of unintended consequences. The Moon sextiles Mars, and we could find ourselves putting spirit into action as we move forward with our day, our projects and our activities, all the time believing that if we are impelled to do so then what we are doing is right and appropriate for us. We might even accept the belief that nothing can go wrong, and that would be where we could make a grievous mistake. For as the day progresses and the Moon moves through Cancer, the Lunar Grand Trine shifts and turns into a Lunar T-Square in the Cardinal Signs. The Cancer Moon triggers the Uranus Pluto square that has challenged us over recent times and will continue to do so into 2015. The Moon opposes Pluto and the Moon squares Uranus. Impediments may get in our way. We might find that the technology and equipment we are dependent upon cannot fulfill our requirements. We have seen this adverse impact of the Uranus Pluto square play out in many varied forms: the difficulty people are having registering for the Affordable Care Act, the National Security Agency snooping and scooping people’s emails, the leaks by people of the like of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, the unreliability of email transmission and reception with some emails getting lost and undiscovered in cyberspace, et al. This day, and these times, force us to accept the new reality whereby things can change dramatically in a nanosecond and times that demand we be ever vigilant, aware and mindful.

Friday, October 25th – Taking the Time – Saturn, Mercury, Jupiter, Moon Void-of-Course, Sun, Neptune. This Friday could be a good day to engage T.G.I.F. [thank goodness it’s Friday] with a leisurely lunch or taking down the pace. The Moon continues its transit through Cancer, and today the Moon trines both Saturn and Mercury in Cancer and the Moon conjuncts Jupiter, before the Moon goes Void-of-Course for almost twenty hours making no further connections to the planets as the Moon finishes its transit of Cancer and before entering Leo tomorrow. The Sun trines Neptune today. This may be a day for us to take the time to ruminate, contemplate and consider all that has been going on, how various things are affecting us and how we can best work with the energies to our advantage. We could consider this Friday a hiatus day, a time between phases when it is wise to look back at where we have been and not allow the past to severely impact our future. We may be living for the weekend, and whether we step off the track on this Friday to give ourselves a long weekend or we are involved with our daily routine, we may not be looking to push ourselves or to accomplish a great deal. We might be more interested in planning our weekend and giving thought to what we can do around our home to clean out the debris and add some uplifting accoutrements.

Saturday, October 26th – Slow Going – Moon Void-of-Course, Sun. The Void-of-Course Moon, which began yesterday with the Cancer Moon making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Cancer, continues on into this day. Things may be slow starting on this Saturday. We might far prefer to laze around home, stay in bed or just take our time in getting the day going. Although we often think of Sunday as our day of rest, we might use this Saturday to rest, relax and re-create. As the day progresses, we might get something of a second wind. The Moon exits Cancer to enter Leo, where the Moon today squares the Sun. Suddenly, we might awaken to the desire of having fun. Even if the morning hours have us staying around our home, cleaning things up and just taking time for ourselves, the Moon moving into Leo could have us up and at it looking for good times and pleasurable events. We do have to watch the expenses involved with whatever activities we look to engage. We might feel that we deserve some fun with no expense spared. If we are going to enjoy ourselves this weekend, and we are likely to do so, it would be a wise idea to keep a rein on our finances and expenditures.

Sunday, October 27th – New Horizons, Additional Expenses – Uranus, Saturn, Mercury. Sunday continues with the Leo Moon, and today the Moon trines Uranus and the Moon squares both Saturn and Mercury. We may want to do something new and different on this Sunday. We are open to the wonder of it all and ready to do something that catches our fancy on the spur of the moment. Our tendency towards impulsive action could get us moving in certain directions, engaging certain activities. Unfortunately, we might not consider the costs involved, and we could go on quite a bender ratcheting up expenses on our credit cards. Let’s enjoy ourselves today but keep in mind our budget and our expenditures. We can enjoy ourselves, seek out grand exciting and new adventures but we don’t have to spend an arm and a leg in order to do so. When seeking out our thrilling involvements for today, we might want to bear in mind the old refrain: ‘the best things in life are free.’