The Sun enters the first decan of Scorpio on October 23rd, with plans to reside within that span of 10 degrees until November 1st. This year, the Sun will share the first decan with Jupiter, which entered Scorpio a little earlier, on October 10th.
Here a mouth yawns wide, though whether this is to speak or to swallow us whole is unclear. These are the jaws of the underworld, the mouth of forgotten temple, the Gates of Midian.
As you stare into the cavernous mouth, you see that it is no way empty, but holds a tremendous wheel. Fantastic and rainbow-hued, it is the mighty wheel of living and dying, upon which all are bound.
Drawing back from the maw, you see the face in which it resides, and the tremendous body which supports it. This figure, who holds all of creation in but its mouth, is the mighty Yama Dharmaraja, whose midnight skin is wreathed with a halo of flame which rises and falls with his breathing.
With each outbreath, the Word is spoken and universes springs into being, their pattern the nature of the utterance. With each inbreath, a billion universes contract, winking out into candle-flame singularities.
Inside the cavernous mouth, you see the wheel again, reflecting the pattern of the world you live within. Around its edges, thousands of beings chase one another, their pursuit a great ring which keeps the periphery of the wheel in motion. They pursue each other through heavens and hells, mountains and oceans and graveyards, becoming animals, gods, demons, ghosts, and plants in the process. Some cease their pursuit, and as they stand still, drift back toward the center. Meanwhile, others emanate from the core, diving for the periphery.
A shrouded figure on a horse emerges from the vast and whirling vision, eclipsing it. “This the mandala of desire and silence”, he announces. “There is no right or wrong here, regardless of what you have been told. There is only action and consequence. There is only fulfillment and its price. As he speaks these words, he holds up a lance in one hand, and a severed head in the other.”
Reaching back, he grabs the wheel as if it were a dinner plate, and presents it to you. “The wheel”, he says, “is a buffet of every possible taste. It is also a boutique and a bazaar in which all experiences might be obtained for the right price.”
“Come”, he says, “let us look at what currently lines the shelves”. The whirling intricacies of the wheel expand and grow, the colors and forms and dramas eclipsing all else. And then you are in a brightly lit store, surrounded by rows of shelves and display cases. The man is here with you, but he is now without horse and lance. He stands before you, well dressed, extravagant but concise, like a British tailor. Gesturing gracefully, he speaks.
“Have a look around. Everything is on offer. The wheel is your emporium and I am your customer service representative.”
“If you do not see anything you desire, you are free to leave.” He gestures with his hand to a door in back with an EXIT sign glowing above. With a flip of his fingers, the door opens, beyond which can be seen the interior of a massive cathedral, rows upon rows of figures seated in meditation.
“Some of them believed me to be a dishonest merchant, whose prices were always too high. Though I do offer some items whose cost is extraordinary, I do not set the prices. Nor am I the one who judges value. That call, new friend, will always be the customer’s to make. And the customer is always right.”
“Others simply tired of paying for their place on the wheel. They paid their debts, and left the rest to charity. As fine a choice as any. Although you’re free to join them. I rather doubt you will.”
“Also — I know what you’re thinking, and no, I’m not ‘The Devil.’ Well I suppose I am, in a way, but not in the stupid way you’re thinking of it. None of the wares here are cursed, nor are they designed to lead you into torment. The stories you’ve heard are almost exclusively a product of buyer’s remorse. Though the small and greedy shop here, so to do saints. Clarity of mind and kindness of heart are on offer, though surprisingly few customers put in those orders.”
“Anyway, we should talk price. There are as many prices as there are desires and buyers. The same item will not cost you what it costs another. All of our prices are individualized, and change daily.”
“Generally speaking, you can pay for things with things. Gold for a stone, wood for gems. Some things cost blood, still others Time. Some can only be bought with Love, others with Ignorance. Sweat and tears are almost universally valued. Yet there is another currency, rarely understood. That currency is Hunger. Let me explain.”
“The price of fullness is emptiness. The price of satisfaction is longing. You must learn to long, to hunger, or you will not be fed. Before you can have the thing you desire, you must first create the emptiness in which to house it.”
“While body’s hungers are numerous and fleeting, and the ego’s are predictable, the soul’s hunger, the truest hunger, is another thing entirely. This true hunger makes one relentless, inevitable. True hunger tunnels through mountains and crosses oceans. It cuts through illusions and accepts nothing less than total satisfaction. “
“This hunger is a thing of great value, but like any coin, it can be misplaced. So before you make a purchase, search your inner world as you might rummage through a purse, and see what voids of longing exist within you. These are your true hungers, and they are coins of tremendous value in this shop.”
“Oh, they don’t necessarily need to be soul-deep, its just that those have the most value. There are certainly wares be had for significantly less dramatic longings. Anyway, rummage through yourself, show me what you find, and I’ll tell you what you can get for it.”
The Sun-Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio is due to stir your hunger to know what resides behind the veil of death. Let morbid curiosity be your guide, for whatever you find, whatever wisdom you come to, is better than ignorance. Whatever peace you make with death will make you stronger, more fearless, more alive.
The Sun-Jupiter conjunction is Scorpio is due to stir your hunger for greater love, greater intimacy, greater passion. Be honest about your appetites, with both yourself and the other people in your life. Though you may or may not get what you ask for, you will not get anything in return for your refusal to ask.
Imagine a house in perfect order, flawless credit, and a body of silk and steel, forged by daily care. Between yourself and this vision is a seemingly endless desert of diligent boredom. Yet there a vehicle which can take you across it, and that is your hunger. Your hunger to realize this vision, and to taste the fruits of your labor. Dangle the rewards in front of yourself, like a carrot, and you’ll find yourself plowing fields with ferocious determination.
The Sun-Jupiter conjunction stimulates your hunger to create. There is no great work without a restless, desperate hunger to see it done, to drink in the vision of the thing complete, to gobble up the satisfaction of having brought something across the abyss between an idea and manifestation. Let that hunger become determination, that lust for result a source of strength.
The Sun-Jupiter conjunctions stimulate your hunger for the comforts of home and family. These are in many ways fundamental appetites, the first and foundational level of Maslow’s pyramid of needs. So let yourself fantasize about security and support. Let the warmth of an imagined hearth wash over you. That loving, safe flame can be a lighthouse to guide you, but it can also be a forge-fire, to facilitate the changes you need to undergo in order to make the vision a reality.
The Sun-Jupiter conjunction on Scorpio is due to stimulate your appetite for a little extra space, and a little more time. Though these might seem like odd things to lust for, they are irreplaceably precious commodities. Time and space are liquid assets of the highest value, for they can be enjoyed in and of themselves or traded for any number of pleasures. Look over your calendar, and see what’s taking up more room than it deserves.
The Sun-Jupiter conjunction awakens within you a well-known hunger — the lust for money and possessions. Not only well-known, it is also widely despised, though there is often more envy than piety in those criticisms. If you want and need more, then seek it, without shame. Let hunger be your guide.
The Sun-Jupiter conjunction on the 26th stimulates your hunger to become more of what and who you already are, to inhabit and extend yourself more fully and completely. In order to reach your final form, though, you’ll need fuel. Metamorphosis is hungry work. Like a caterpillar, let yourself become gluttonous for what feeds you.
The Sun-Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio stimulates your hunger to know the secret things that go on inside people’s heads. Not only other people’s heads, but your own as well. It is a delight to know hidden things, and true self-knowledge has an irreplaceable savor. Some truths may be difficult to swallow, but if you don’t finish your meal, you won’t get desert.
The conjunction of Jupiter and the Sun in Scorpio may stimulate your appetite for a fuller social life, your hunger to know and be known. The world is a buffet of humans, a tempting feast of conversations and interactions. Although there are some rotten options, they needn’t kill your appetite. Let good taste, your taste, be your guide as you choose who to make room for at your table.
The Sun-Jupiter conjunction stimulates your hunger to achieve and succeed professionally. It is a classic appetite, and one with a good reputation, for as we know, while the well-fed sleep, the hungry don’t miss a beat. Taste future success, savor it, and let your stomach rumble. That hunger is the mother of relentlessness, the father of inevitability.
The conjunction of the Sun and Jupiter in Scorpio reveals your hunger to know both God and the Devil, and to have the blessing of each. If you are willing to learn, Jupiter in Scorpio will teach you to worship like a priest and bargain like a magician. Do not fear to tread the path that hunger carves, for as you walk it, you will find that the cautionary tales surrounding it are, in fact, quite exaggerated.