Conversation may turn poetic when Mercury in Scorpio trines Neptune in Pisces on October 24. Speaking passionately, we may focus on subjective experiences due the emotional nature of the water signs involved. Yet at a higher level of compassionate witnessing, personal experiences often relate to universal themes and the difficulty in recognizing the cosmic connections between us. This harmonious trine between the storyteller (Mercury) and the mystic (Neptune) smooths the perceived lines of differentiation enough to give a sense of the oneness of everything. We can now easily realize that others experiences are not so different from one’s own. Our stories, full of profound imagery, are meant to be shared if for no other reason than to inspire us to cognite on our unique wholeness as individuals who fit within the greater whole of society, within the larger whole of the planet and on into the cosmic ‘hierarchy of wholes’ of all existence.
This mind-expanding exercise is supported by the conjunction of the Sun and Jupiter in Scorpio on October 26. Raising our awareness into the great beyond and knowing our place in it can bring about a zest for life that yearns to learn all about it. In Scorpio, the Sun/Jupiter planetary pair can correlate to exploring fundamental truths. It can also inspire a movement to live large and shine on the stage of life. With a radiating heart that knows it’s a part of the bigger picture, Sun/Jupiter archetypally infuses our will to live with the visionary meaning of what and who we are in relation to the cosmos. In the words of the pioneering humanistic astrologer, artist and philosopher, Dane Rudhyar: “Man can only become what he is able to consciously imagine or to ‘image forth.’ At the ground level, this combination also lends a distinctive sense of resiliency. I have a friend with a Sun/Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio and he definitely lives life with intensity, but also remarkably bounces back from every set back – and with Scorpio the highs and lows are extreme. It is as if he instinctively knows it is all part of the cosmic game. Perspective is everything and this aspect reminds us to contemplate our role in the multiverse whenever we are feeling small.
Scorpio’s ruler, Pluto, now midway through a 14-year transit in Capricorn, is the “final dispositor,” or the ‘go to’ influential source for the three planets currently transiting Scorpio – the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter. As such, its subtle influence is more palpable than usual. Pluto represents the domain of power and the fundamental workings of reality. The cycles of life and death, literally and symbolically, are of deep interest and anything outside the realm of alchemic transformation is inconsequential. In Capricorn, Pluto is tasked with transforming the structures of society. Governments and corporations alike are at the mercy of this transit and nothing less than total integrity at their very foundation will survive. We’re currently experiencing extreme dysfunction and imbalance in these areas that is about as close to critical mass as it can get. We may not see the full consequences of this until later in the transit but due to the strong fixed mindset operating, major crises may be required. Plutonic force can erupt like Vesuvius when met with extreme resistance to the natural rhythms of death and rebirth.
On October 27, both Mercury in Scorpio and Venus in Libra form aspects to Pluto. The already intense conversations (Mercury in Scorpio) we’re having may more fearlessly confront the need for structural change in our society (Pluto in Capricorn). Mercury’s sextile to Pluto is capable of seeing things as they are. The issues of sexual manipulation and harassment we’re hearing about now will not allow those who have committed heinous acts to have anywhere to hide. When Venus enters into a tense square to Pluto the stakes are raised. Women may take the responsibility upon themselves to shift the balance (Venus in its home sign of Libra) of power (Pluto) to a more equitable state. While the status of gender relations has been discriminatory for eons, a watershed moment is at hand and the intense Scorpio/Pluto archetype provides deep pockets of resourcefulness. During this Mercury/Venus/Pluto transit, “carpe diem” may be on everyone’s lips.
The chart pattern for the week is a “locomotive” with Mars in Libra as the engine of the line up of planets, and Uranus in Aries, which Mars rules, as the caboose. Mars represents a brave driving force of pure creativity casting forth ‘seeds’ of something new. Uranus symbolizes a revolutionary movement to break free from conformity. The compelling desire of the microcosm of the Being to exist within the macrocosm of the universe can correlate in everyday life to a change in behavior from submission to another’s will to coming into one’s own Being. I personally have become aware of the need to take responsibility for my own acceptance of a viewpoint that is not my own, which I now see has served to undermine my position within a particular group. On a larger scale, the resurgence of the women’s movement, the civil rights movement and the environmental movement, all fit into a grand rebellion against the status quo of a disconnected patriarchal society that has lost sight of its mission to simply organize society in service to all rather than rule on behalf of the elite. This week, may a light turn on within that inspires us to be the ‘seed’ that dares to exist in a bigger game.
“I feel we are at the threshold of a new age, and that we need now, more than anything else, a new approach to human relationships and to social organization. We need a new type of human being. We need something which is based no longer, so much, on conflict, but on a full acceptance of the total human being body, mind, soul, feeling everything. An esthetic approach versus an ethical approach, so that you can see the relationship in which everything stands inside of the whole, so you can look at the whole and become identified with the “wholeness” of that whole, rather than with any particular part.
That’s why I have stressed, so much all my life the idea I call the ‘seed man’ and ‘seed woman,’ the ‘seed person,’ the individual who is willing and able to gather within himself or herself, as it were, the past of humanity and particularly of our western world, but also of other cultures because what we want to emerge from the future, after whatever crisis will come is a global world.”
Excerpt from “A Seed” by Dane Rudhyar
Here’s the data (Pacific Time and rounded to the nearest whole degree unless otherwise noted):
October 24 – Mercury trine retrograde Neptune at 12° Scorpio/Pisces at 8:56 a.m.
October 26 – Sun conjunct Jupiter at 4° Scorpio at 11:10 a.m.
October 27 – Venus square Pluto at 17° Libra/Capricorn at 8:19 p.m.
October 27 – Mercury sextile Pluto at 17° Scorpio/Capricorn at 8:22 p.m.