Astrology 17th-23rd: The Threshold of Restraint

Astrology 17th-23rd: The Threshold of Restraint

This week the Moon wanes over a changing line up of planets and dynamics.  Throughout the week we move toward Friday’s Sun-Neptune trine, lending it a certain dreamy, distractable quality.  Meanwhile, Mars and Venus move toward an aspect in Signs that echo last year’s lessons on love and war.   Finally, Sunday sees the Sun descend into bowels of Scorpio, where it will be lighting the way through the sewers of the Sign for the next month.  The week presides over a general shift from ideals to passions.

So Long, Saturn

As of last week’s Sun-Saturn conjunction, we’ve finally cleared the series of conjunctions to Saturn that characterized the first half of October. The multiple conjunctions with Saturn in Libra lent the aethyr a somewhat oppressive, anxious tone, yet also presided over the flowering of the #Occupy movement for economic justice, which reached a peak over last weekend as the Sun and Saturn rose together in the morning’s sky.

With the completion of these configurations, the first half’s objective concerns with responsibility, discipline and justice will be slowly replaced with a more personal, intimate and debaucherous set of themes.  While this may be more fun, it is important to not let the vision of ideal arrangements merely disappear.  It is the planets in Scorpio which spell out this set of affairs.  Right now both Venus and Mercury are in Scorpio, and by Sunday, the 23rd, the Sun will enter the stingered sign as well.

Mars and Venus

    Right now Venus, the lady of love and luxury, resides in Scorpio.  Mars, old lord of war and steely virtue, stalks the savannahs of Leo.  This is significant because this is the first time the respective planets of love and war have returned to the Signs they last retrograded in.  Venus’ last retrograde occurred in Scorpio during the Fall of 2010, while Mars’ was in Leo during the Winter of 2010.

This simultaneous return of the two planets to the signs in which they last retrograde represents a review of what we’ve learned of the lessons handed out last year.  With Venus in Scorpio, we’ll reflect on how well we’ve learned to handle intimacy and manage desire, while with Mars’ time in Leo brings us a review to what we have and haven’t learned about authentic power, courage and the potency of self-representation  since the red planet went retrograde in the Winter of 2010.

This week sees Venus in Scorpio and Mars in Leo move closer to the square they’ll complete early next week, asking us to check in with how deeply we’ve internalized the lesson tossed at us.

Sun into Scorpio:  The Descent

The Sun descends into the tunnels of Scorpio this Sunday, shifting the solar spotlight away from the ideal arrangements of Libra.  Here the Sun joins Mercury and Venus, already in Scorpio, in illuminating a variety of dirty truths, the intersections and exchanges that tunnel beneath and around the barriers of common morality and law.  The Sun will be in Scorpio until November 22nd.

Horoscopes

Horoscopes are not a real chart reading by an experienced astrologer. However, they are fun and can be reasonably accurate. In addition to referring to your Sun sign, read your from Ascendant and Moon if you know them. If you don’t, find out. I’m a long time fan of the free chart generation software at astro.com.

Oh, and if you’re still concerned that your sign has changed, get a little clarity here.

Aries: The Ram

The Sun in Libra’s trine to Neptune in Aquarius later in the week settles a pleasant light settle around social affairs, lending them a harmony unlikely to last.

Meanwhile, Mars prowls Leo and Venus indulges herself in Scorpio.  Mars’ movement through the leonine sign reveals and reviews how much you’ve learned about having the confidence to create the life you desire.  Venus’ time in Scorpio, returns you to the lessons you’ve learned about the tangled complexity of working with others, combining resources to accomplish something none of you could achieve alone.

The Sun’s ingress into Scorpio sees the solar spotlight join Mercury and Venus in bringing your attention to the state of your creative exchanges with people. The Sun will be in Scorpio until November 22nd.

Taurus: The Bull

The Sun in Libra’s trine to Neptune in Aquarius looks over a small harmony between your professional dreams and concrete situation.

Meanwhile, Mars stalks the jungles of Leo and Venus slithers through Scorpio.  Mars’ movement through the leonine sign reveals and reviews how much you’ve learned about having the courage to separate yourself from the past and make the foundations of your life your own.

Venus in Scorpio reviews the lessons you’ve learned about the temptations and travails of desire.  This set of lessons on the nature of desire, its satisfaction and frustration, make way for understandings crucial for refining your approach to relationships.

The Sun’s ingress into Scorpio sees the solar spotlight join Mercury and Venus in emphasizing the status of your significant relationships. The Sun will be in Scorpio until November 22nd.

Gemini: The Twins

The Sun in Libra’s trine to Neptune in Aquarius this week greases the wheel of good times for you this week, lending things a temporary harmony.

Meanwhile, Mars prowls Leo and Venus indulges herself in Scorpio.  Mars’ movement through the feline sign reveals what you’ve learned about strength and self expression, asking you to demonstrate not only confidence but restraint.  Venus in Scorpio brings you back to the lessons you’ve been handed over the past year about the importance of keeping your physical and financial health from decay.  The occasional holiday from desire, whether in the form of a fast or a tight budget, is an important key to keeping you strong.

The Sun’s ingress into Scorpio sees the solar spotlight join Mercury and Venus in bringing your attention and energy to small but concrete problems that need attention. The Sun will be in Scorpio until November 22nd.

Cancer: The Crab

The Sun in Libra’s trine to Neptune in Aquarius smiles on exchanges between you and your family, as well as those that you share hearth and home with.

Meanwhile, Mars stalks through Leo and Venus oozes her through Scorpio.  Mars’ movement through the leonine sign asks you to display what you’ve learned about the connection between confidence and wealth.  It may be a new agey truism, but the connection between the value you place on yourself and the wealth the world is willing bestow on you is a valid one.   Venus in Scorpio brings you back to what you’ve learned about the relationship between creativity and desire.  We cannot give birth to everything we can desire, but the lust to bring something into being is, nonetheless, key to its incubation.

The Sun’s ingress into Scorpio sees the solar spotlight join Mercury and Venus in stirring up your up your energies.   Both creativity and debauchery are indicated. The Sun will be in Scorpio until November 22nd.

Leo: The Lion

The Sun in Libra’s trine to Neptune in Aquarius adds a little extra lube to your social life this week.

Meanwhile, Mars prowls your Sign and Venus slithers through Scorpio.  Mars’ movement through the heart’s hot savannahs reveals what you’ve learned about strength and independence  over the last year and a half, in particular, whether you’ve learned that having strength is not sufficient- you must also learn when to restrain it.

Venus in Scorpio brings you back connections with family and emphasizes your living situation.  The bright planet asks questions as she tours the stingered sign.  Have your purged your relationships of old and stagnant feelings over the last year?  Have you made your home a place where the energies circulate freely, or are things still getting stuck in old patterns?

The Sun’s ingress into Scorpio sees the solar spotlight join Mercury and Venus in bringing attention to your living situation and your relationship with your family.  Hint:  Don’t kill them. The Sun will be in Scorpio until November 22nd.

Virgo: The Virgin

The Sun in Libra’s trine to Neptune in Aquarius brings a bit of temporary harmony to financial exchanges this week, though idyllic situations are unlikely to endure.

Meanwhile, Mars bestrides Leo and Venus sneaks through Scorpio.   Mars’ movement through the leonine sign reveals how well you’ve acknowledged that you, too, have an ego, and that a healthy ego is a much friendlier kitty than a starving one.  Admit that you need a little credit and attention for something other than being neurotic.

Venus’ movement through Scorpio returns you to what you’ve learned about the emotional facets of communication over the last year.  Have you become more conscious of your tone’s effect on people, both for the better and worse?  If not, bring your mind to bear on these topics.  Sometimes the medium is message.

The Sun’s ingress into Scorpio sees the solar spotlight join Mercury and Venus in bringing attention to a number of peripheral tasks.  The Sun will be in Scorpio until November 22nd.

Libra: The Scales

The Sun in Libra’s trine to Neptune in Aquarius mists the week in a pleasant creative fugue, though the fog will not last long.

Meanwhile, Mars prowls Leo and Venus slinks through Scorpio.  Mars’ movement through the leonine sign looks over what you’ve learned about the connections between confidence, courage and your social life.  All that charm and those brains are for naught without a crowd of admirers.

Venus in Scorpio brings you back to the lessons you’ve been privy to this year on the emotional weight of money.  As Venus plows her way through the tunnels of Scorpio, you’d be wise to reflect on how easily money, and the lack thereof, is entwined with desire’s sticky strands.  Don’t let your heartstrings be plucked so wantonly by the capricious hands of mammon.

The Sun’s ingress into Scorpio sees the solar spotlight join Mercury and Venus in bringing attention to the state of your finances.  The Sun will be in Scorpio until November 22nd.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

The Sun in Libra’s trine to Neptune in Aquarius drapes a bit of emotional harmony over the week.

Meanwhile, Mars stalks through Leo and Venus walks your sign.  Mars’ movement through the leonine sign reveals what progress you’ve made over the last year and a half toward making your professional life a more authentic expression of who you are.

Venus in Scorpio brings you back to the lesson’s you’ve learned about the nature of desire over the last year.  Hopefully you’ve attained a level of mastery over your appetite for indulgence and propensity for asceticism, catching sight of the golden mean between them.

The Sun’s ingress into Scorpio sees the solar spotlight join Mercury and Venus in your sign, emphasizing      The Sun will be in Scorpio until November 22nd.

 Sagittarius: The Archer

The Sun in Libra’s trine to Neptune in Aquarius lends a bit of harmony to your social life this week.

Meanwhile, Mars prowls Leo and Venus stalks through Scorpio.  Mars’ movement through the feline sign looks over the strides you’ve made in taking control of your trajectory through life, as well as the degree to which you’ve individualized your own perspective on the world.

Venus’ time in Scorpio, from the 8th onward, returns you to the past year’s lessons on what happens when you neglect and suppress your emotions.  No matter how inconvenient, feelings don’t die when ignored.  Instead, they transform into sinister revenants which stalk you endlessly. If you haven’t yet, do some ghost busting.  Celebrate the acknowledgement of inconvenient truths and problematic desires.

The Sun’s ingress into Scorpio sees the solar spotlight join Mercury and Venus in the shade of your subconscious.  The Sun will be in Scorpio until November 22nd.

Capricorn: The Goat

The Sun in Libra’s trine to Neptune in Aquarius indicates a few moments of professional and financial harmony during the week.

Meanwhile, Mars stalks Leo and Venus sidles through Scorpio.  Mars’ movement through the leonine sign reveals and reviews how much you’ve learned about having the confidence to create the life you desire.

Venus in Scorpio brings you back to the lessons you’ve learned on the tangled nature of social networks and intense friendships.  Hopefully, you’ll be able to say you’ve purged your social life of secret hostilities and stagnant emotions.  If not, get to it.

The Sun’s ingress into Scorpio sees the solar spotlight join Mercury and Venus in emphasizing the action in your social structure. The Sun will be in Scorpio until November 22nd.

Aquarius: The Water Bearer

The Sun in Libra’s trine to Neptune in Aquarius highlights a few moments of harmony between your personal direction and your long term goals.

Meanwhile, Mars prowls Leo and Venus stalks Scorpio.  Mars’ movement through the leonine sign reveals how well you’ve learned to deal with conflict in your significant relationships, letting people be who they are, even when it includes upsetting the apple cart.

Venus’ time in Scorpio, from the 8th onward, centers you on the last year’s lessons about the complicated nature of professional relationships.  You’ve likely learned that business isn’t just business when people are involved.  Hopefully as Venus plows through Scorpio’s underworld this October, you can say you’ve gained a certain sensitivity to the subtle dynamics of business relationships.

The Sun’s ingress into Scorpio sees the solar spotlight join Mercury and Venus in illuminating the action and events in your professional life.  The Sun will be in Scorpio until November 22nd.

Pisces: The Fish

The Sun in Libra’s trine to Neptune in Aquarius describes a passing harmony in your exchanges with people this week.

Meanwhile, Mars stalks through Leo and Venus slithers through Scorpio.  Mars’ movement through the leonine sign asks how well you’ve learned your lesson about the importance of a strong fiscal and physical body.  By fixing problems and patching holes, you put yourself in a stronger and more independent position.  Venus’ time in Scorpio, from the 8th onward, brings you back to last year’s lessons on the relationship between desire and long term goals.  Though desire can pull you along a path, desire alone is not a consistent enough captain to plot a course.  Look over how desire has both assisted you as well as led you astray over the past year.

The Sun’s ingress into Scorpio sees the solar spotlight join Mercury and Venus in shifting your attention to your long term goals and overall outlook on things.  The Sun will be in Scorpio until November 22nd.

 

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Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.

1 Comment

  1. Chandira 9 years ago

    Yup! This Aquarian Sun has learned a lot about business relationships and office politics this year! Not very pleasant, but very useful. My rose-tinted glasses fell the f*ck off. A hard but good and useful lesson in naïveté ..

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