Astrology 10/24-10/30: The River

Astrology 10/24-10/30: The River

This week sees an abundance of action in the early degrees of Scorpio.  Mercury follows the Sun into the subterranean sign on Monday, and then conjoins our star on Thursday.  At the same time, Venus in Sagittarius makes a variety of different connections during the week, pulling the passions one direction and then another.  While Venus rides the rollercoaster and the Sun and Mercury scheme together, Mars completes a disruptive aspect to Uranus on Friday, kicking off the weekend with a somewhat discordant blast.  Finally, the week rolls to a close with the New Moon in Scorpio on Sunday, which gathers together the week’s divergent themes and seeds the lunar month anew.

Mercury Enters Scorpio: Up Above and Far Below

The week begins with the ingress of Mercury into Scorpio on Monday the 24th.  As I wrote in my piece about October’s astrology, “Cloud and Stone:”

Mercury, always curious, puts on the cloak and dagger of the detective here, becoming more obsessive and focused in the Scorpion’s sign.  In Scorpio, Mercury aids investigations, but tends to feed paranoid thinking.  At this point, Mercury is moving speedily through our sky, and will only be in Scorpio until November 12th.”

Scorpio is said to be a “mute” sign, as much that can be perceived within its confines is difficult to articulate.  The researcher works long and hard before sharing their conclusion.

In addition to being in a “mute” sign, Mercury is also invisible this week, for he spends it hiding behind the bright skirts of the Sun.  Hidden from the naked eye, Mercury pushes the mind to ponder things similarly concealed.  This obscurity is considered an affliction to many of Mercury’s regular duties, such as facilitating transportation and communication, though it may be helpful for activities which require darkness and only the occasional word.

Though Mercury’s entrance into Scorpio and continuing invisibility is worth considering, there is more to say about the swift planet’s travels this week. On October 27th, Mercury, the Sun and Earth make a nice straight line.  This event, which occurs three times each year, is called the “superior conjunction,” and sees Mercury on the far side of the Sun, as distant from Earth as the planet routinely ranges.

Like the inferior conjunction, or cazimi, at the heart of each of Mercury’s retrogrades, this point of perfect alignment is considered to temporarily boost Mercury’s power.

Yet while Mercury’s retrogrades are often likened to travels to the depths of the underworld, some astrologers, such as Demetra George, treat Mercury’s superior conjunction as being like a journey to the heights of Mt. Olympus- the realm of the gods.  As I wrote earlier in the month, “In this configuration with the Sun and Earth, Mercury acts like the lens of telescope, helping us to see far beyond our current position.  Look outward, and see the distant potentials you truly hunger for.”

There is a bit of a contradiction this time, for although Mercury is in a outward-looking phase, the sign in which the conjunction occurs, Scorpio, is of a decidedly subterranean quality.  We will thus be pushed to reconcile the heavens and hells, the heights and depths.  What is the chain which links the sublime and the infernal, the immense and the deeply personal?   Alchemically, this is the binding of the subtle to the gross, represented in an alchemical woodcut depicting an eagle and frog chained together.

Venus’ Wild Ride

Venus makes three exact aspects this week, providing a shifting and uneven emotional landscape.  Tuesday the 25th and Wednesday the 26th see Venus make a pair of aspects in quick succession.  The 25th hosts Venus in Sagittarius’ square with Neptune in Pisces.  This aspect highlights the friction between current sources of pleasure and the great fulfillments promised in dreams.   It may be that reality is just not quite good enough, or that a dream has been too long in arriving.  Possible solves for this square include retreating into a pleasing fantasy realm, like a good book or movie.  Try to avoid projecting unrealistic images or expectations on to others.

Though the 25th might disappoint, the 26th may deliver.  Venus in Sagittarius completes a sextile with Jupiter in Libra.  A harmonious sextile between the two benefics is always a good thing, but in this case the pairing is also mutually received, amplifying the potential for good fortune and high spirits.  This aspect between the benefics is pleasant, but is overshadowed later in the week by Venus’ conjunction with Saturn (29th).  Venus-Saturn conjunctions can be a bit joyless, as Saturn suppresses the light-hearted side of Venus’ nature. But this conjunction serves an important diplomatic function in the longer story of Jupiter and Saturn’s reconciliation.   Though Venus’ embrace of Saturn must necessarily involve coming to terms, emotionally, with necessity, you will find upon duty’s embrace that it is not a hopeless or joyless situation, but one which, through perseverance, can be steadily improved.

Mars Square Uranus:  Emergency Bathtub Protocol

While the Sun and Mercury descend into Scorpio and Venus tries to broker both peace and pleasure, Mars itches for a fight.  Friday, October 28th sees Mars in Capricorn square Uranus in Aries.  Furthermore, the Moon in Libra aspects both Mars and Uranus late Friday, further potentizing it.  This is a volatile and potentially destabilizing aspect, and suggests inflammations of both the body and mind.  If your fuse gets lit, politely excuse yourself to the nearest bathtub.

The New Moon in Scorpio:  Riverboat Reverie

The week’s final bit of business, the New Moon in Scorpio, arrives on Sunday, October 30th.  This New Moon is in close conjunction to Mercury, and trine Neptune in Pisces.

This New Moon occurs in the first decan of Scorpio, a portion of the sky and time which highlights hunger.  This first ten degrees of the sign are described, in several historical sources with images of desire both satisfied and starved.  Yet hunger is rude.  Desire is uncivilized.  Peaceful co-existence with other people demands that we conceal a portion of what motivates us.  We practice these polite deceptions so often that it becomes easy to believe them to be the entirety of the truth.  We end up lying to ourselves about ourselves, and about other people.  Yet it is only those who can remember what they really want who are likely to achieve it.

We fear our own desires so much that it in the stories we tell, it is almost always a monstrous figure or devil who reveals them to us.  We cannot imagine the truth about ourselves revealed without a figure waiting to judge or punish us- to take us down to the hell we fear that we deserve.

But what if that monster, that devil is not waiting to take you to hell, but merely waiting for you to find enough courage to be honest about what you want?

Yet such revelations are rarely as scandalous as they are imagined to be.  Hidden beneath the veil of shame and fear lurk simple things.  The desire to be liked.  The feeling of security which control imparts.  Even the commonly demonized desires, power and sex, are just that- common.  These are not arch-devils. At worst, they pools of stagnant water in which mosquitos breed.  Yet the nature of desire is not static.  It flows, like water.

These small creeks and tributaries of desire flow together within each individual to create great and unique rivers, mighty waters which cannot help but take us toward fulfillment.  There is an intelligence to their direction and a power in their flow.  It is these subterranean rivers upon which we pilot the ship of life, and as its captain we can acknowledge the current and navigate wisely, or we can condemn the waves, and try in vain to resist them.  Many have wasted their lives in upstream journeys, imagining themselves saints.  Many more simply moor their crafts to the shore, making a virtue out of stasis.

Yet even for those brave and honest enough to follow where the river leads, the journey is not without challenges, nor the river without dangers.  Monstrous fish lurk beneath its waves and strange birds call from the psychedelic forests on its banks.  The current alternates between swift and slow, and though there are many sights to be seen, there is its certainty- its destination.  For every river of desire disperses in an estuary of dreams, and feeds back to the black seas of infinity, the endless fullness, the endless emptiness, from which we all hail and to which we will inevitably return, only to emerge again.

And so, as we come to this year’s Dark Moon in Scorpio, give yourself license to dream of riverboat masquerades and infinite seas.  Dream, and be well.


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Aries: The Ram

The action in Scorpio this week highlights what you need from other people, as well as what they want in return. In order to get what you need, you’ll need to find the point where your own desires interlock with others. Yet to do so requires you to be able to see both your own, and others, motivations clearly.
Meanwhile, Venus’ conjunction with Saturn in Sagittarius this week may test your motivation to work toward your big goals. You may need to double-down on your commitment to find the inspiration to continue onward. Though people often speak of release as one with pleasure, sometimes binding, whether by matrimonial union or rope, is the greater delight.

Taurus: The Bull

The Sun-Mercury conjunction in Scorpio and the subsequent new Moon in the early degrees of the arachnoid sign both highlight the give and take within your closest relationships. Look closely, and you’ll see hidden dynamics laid bare.
Meanwhile, the planets in Libra and Sagittarius suggest that you may need other’s help in order to deal with concrete problems- or perhaps it is your help which will be required. Regardless, this week has everything to do with relationships, transactions, help given and help received.

Gemini: The Twins

The action in early Scorpio which runs throughout the week highlights small but persistent issues in your life- stuff like paying the bills, eating right, and staying healthy. Mercury’s mid-week conjunction with the Sun here offers a fleeting but penetrating insight into these patterns, while the New Moon later in the week asks you to turn that insight into a set of better habits.
Meanwhile, other planets conspire to improve and restructure your romantic life. Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will all be in conclave this week, discussing the many possible intersections of pleasure and commitment.

Cancer: The Crab

The planetary action in early Scorpio highlights your creative energy, and what you’re doing with it. The planets stoke your desire to imagine things into being, and to dive into blueprints you now only vaguely intuit. If only creation wasn’t so much work. Appropriately, Venus and Saturn’s conjunction in Sagittarius this week serves to highlight exactly how much labor will be required. Yet when you engage that drudgery fully, you will find hidden within it a very particular species of joy.

Leo: The Lion

The Sun, Moon and Mercury line up to point at the ground beneath your feet and back at the womb you sprung from. Keep your ears open for special messages concerning your family and home. Furthermore, keep your mind open to new insight into these areas. Although we think that we know our family best because we have known them longest, all-too-often we stop perceiving them at some point, instead imagining that they are still the baby we once took care of, or the father we feared as a child.
While the Sun, Moon and Mercury point toward your foundations, Venus and Saturn demand you turn your attention to the projects you’re working on. This week will call for some discipline on your part. Be particularly thoughtful about how you spend your energy. Sometimes a fun night is not worth the underslept day that follows.

Virgo: The Virgin

The planetary action in early Scorpio this week asks you to look a little deeper into the structure of your days and weeks. Mercury and the Sun’s conjunction in the stingered sign in the middle of the week grants unusual perspective on the emotional texture of the tunnels you carve through time, and the New Moon there over the weekend asks you to take that insight into account as you plan the pace of the coming month. Meanwhile, there are some nice synergies building between the resources at your disposal and your living situation.

Libra: The Scales

The conjunctions of the Moon, Mercury and the Sun in early Scorpio all point toward your finances. Some unusual insights into your fiscal situation are on the way, and if you’re smart, you’ll build those perspectives into a new budget.
Meanwhile, there’s some reckoning with your day-to-day, week-to-week schedule going on. Between enthusiasm and obligation, there’s a better way to structure your flow through time emerging. Take some time this week to consider your calendar.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

The Sun, Moon and Mercury all conjoin in the early portions of your sign this week. This marks, of course, the annual descent of the world into your zone, but with more gusto than usual. Rare insights into who you are and could be drift lazily down this week’s subterranean river, daring you to seize them.
Meanwhile, there is a strange alliance forming between your financial state and mental health. It may be that you can finally you can afford that therapy you’ve needed for years, or that your fiscal status is forcing you, in a good way, to confront the issues hiding somewhere in the back of your head.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

The small cluster of action in Scorpio this week highlights hidden and otherwise secretive matters. It may be the truth you’re not telling yourself, something which someone else has obscured from you, or a mystery more metaphysical in nature. Regardless, a beam of light falls on what is concealed.
Though the planets in Scorpio are due to stir up secrets this week, Saturn, Venus and Jupiter have more transparent plans for you. Some pleasant meetings or other social matters are likely, as you discover how the person you’re becoming fits into the web of personages which surround you.

Capricorn: The Goat

The cluster of activity in early Scorpio this week highlights your web of contacts, friends and colleagues. You may have some rare insight into this area, or perhaps have a particularly important exchange, when Mercury and the Sun conjoin during the middle of the week. These social concerns are reinforced by the New Moon on Sunday. Look, especially, to what social desires are currently unmet. What types of relationships, both personal and professional, do you lack but long for?
While the Sun, Moon and Mercury spotlight your social life, Venus stirs up some complicated, and rather more solitary feelings, about the path you’re on. Emotional clarity about the way forward hides beneath distractions and worries.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

The gathering of planets in early Scorpio this week highlights your professional life, especially the unmet hungers in that area. Meanwhile, Venus’ conjunction with Saturn later this week is due to highlight your social life. Look for important events relevant to the ongoing process of reconciling your network of friends and colleagues with the aspirations you hold most dear.

Pisces: The Fish

The action in early Scorpio this week highlights your long term goals, and your hunger to realize them. This week’s transits should serve to re-awaken the secret ferocity with which you walk your path. Like water you will find your way, your movement yielding but inexorable.
Meanwhile, Venus’ conjunction with Saturn suggests that your dreams will be regularly and rudely interrupted by your duties here in the waking world. Still, once these tasks are taken care of, you should have some time to lie back down and get back to your dream quest.

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.


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