Astrology 18th-24th: Zen With Tentacles

Astrology 18th-24th: Zen With Tentacles

This week sees several changes.  Mercury, flying through the last degrees of Libra, enters Scorpio on Wednesday, intensifying and sharpening the tone of communications and the wavelength of thoughts.  The Moon waxes fat and silver throughout the week, approaching and achieving fullness on Friday night, just in time for the weekend.  The Full Moon in Aries comes Friday, mere hours before the Sun slips into Scorpio.  In the background of the week, Mars, in Scorpio for over a month now, makes aspects to both Jupiter and Uranus, connecting the river current we’re riding to the deeper sea beyond.

With this week we judge our attempts to achieve and maintain balance over the last month.  As the week ends, we’ll feel our finger tips slipping away from Libra’s grip on rational balance and plunge straight into the sewer tunnels of Scorpio for a hot date with everybody’s favorite Lady in Black, Ms. Venus Retrograde in Scorpio.

Mercury in Scorpio

On Wednesday Mercury steps into the tunnels of Scorpio.  Here the messenger leaves behind Libra’s ambivalence for the focus of the Scorpion’s hypodermic.   After entertaining a variety of options during Mercury’s time in Libra, we’ll be pulled to narrow our scope and discard distractions if we’re to maintain control of our descent into the season. Although focused, Mercury in Scorpio has an almost compulsively pessimistic tendency.  Don’t let healthy skepticism turn into fearful paranoia, as a balanced mind will be your finest asset for navigating the challenging emotional truths of the weeks ahead.

Big Moon

The Full Moon comes this Friday.  This szyzgy occurs between the Sun in last degree of Libra and the Moon at the very end of Aries.  This particular Full Moon spotlights the tension between the ideal of balance and the need for action.  Imagine a tightrope walker, moving at a slow but sustainable speed.  That is Libra.  Now, imagine that he’s being shot at.  He’s going to have to move faster than he was comfortable with, but if he moves too fast, he’ll fall to his dooooom.  The need for balance cannot be ignored, but it neither can the call to action.  Which leads us to…

Cephalopod Zen

Just after the Full Moon, the Sun plunges into Scorpio, bringing the solar spotlight into the depths we’ve been exploring, emotionally, for the last month.  The Sun’s Saturday move into Scorpio, on the heels of Mercury’s ingress days before, sees us enter the middle phase of the season.

We leave the Libra attempt at rational balance behind and are asked to enter the scorpionic mode of consciousness.  Whereas Libra is future oriented and goal directed, Scorpio is of the moment, but every moving into the future.  The mind key here is the momentum of the present hurtling into the future, becoming the future with each passing second.  Lodge your awareness here and move, feeling balance, accomplishing goals, the mind riding the momentum of the present.  Too much analysis impedes accomplishment here, turning into a false balance of hopes and fears about the future, each of them contrary to the dynamic zen called for.  Let the octopus be your totem, each of its 8 limbs with a brain at its base, each brain connected to all of the others as well as a central hub.  Be the dynamic awareness of yourself in your environment, moving simultaneously in multiple directions, manipulating, testing, learning and accomplishing in multiple directions at once.

HOROSCOPES!

Horoscopes represent a fraction of the insight astrology has to offer.  However, they are fun and can be useful.  Reading your Sun, Moon and Ascendant is suggested.  Take a special look at the Moon if you were born at night.

Aries:   The Ram

The Full Moon in your sign this Friday highlights your relationships, a popular subject for you lately.   The Sun and Mercury’s movement into Scorpio this week sends the spotlight sweeping toward the lessons on sharing you’ve been getting lately.  When you graduate kindergarten, you’re going to look back at this and smile.

Taurus:  The Bull

The Full Moon in Aries this Friday spotlights the relationship between the tangible and intangible problems in your life, highlighting the unnecessary elements of the stress you feel about solving everyday issues.  Mercury and the Sun’s ingress into Scorpio this week further highlights your relationships, bringing the spotlight to transformations you’re  still in the midst of.

Gemini:  The Twins

The Full Moon in Aries this Friday spotlights the relationship between what you have to offer, creatively, and the people who might appreciate it.  This lunation also spotlights the relationships between friends and lovers, as well as creative partnerships.  The Sun and Mercury’s ingress into Scorpio this week further highlights the transformation of the way you work.

Cancer:  The Crab

The Full Moon in Aries this Friday highlights the relationship between your career and living situation, as well as illuminating how where you’ve come from impacts where you’re going.  The Sun and Mercury’s ingress into Scorpio this week highlights the transformation of your love life and provides insights into how to spend your creative energy.

Leo:   The Lion

The Full Moon in Aries this Friday highlights the relationship between near and far- long and short term goals as well as practical and philosophical perspectives on your situation.  The Sun and Mercury’s ingress into Scorpio this week highlights the ongoing transformation of your emotional foundation, and likely triggers events with family.

Virgo:  The Virgin

The Full Moon in Aries this Friday highlights the connection and tension between what’s yours and what’s shared.  The Sun and Mercury’s ingress into Scorpio this week highlights the ongoing transformation of your thought patterns as well as your relationship to your local environment.

Libra:  The Scales

The Full Moon in Aries this Friday spotlights your relationships.  The Sun and Mercury’s ingress into Scorpio this week highlights the ongoing transformation of your financial life.  And happy muthafuckin birthday to the Libras born this week.

Scorpio:  The Scorpion

The Full Moon in Aries this Friday spotlights the relationship between subconscious issues and the concrete matter of your habits. The Sun and Mercury’s entrance into Scorpio this week highlights the ongoing transformation of the way you handle your emotions.  And happy birthday to the cuspy Scorpions.

Sagittarius:  The Archer

The Full Moon in Aries this Friday spotlights creative partnerships, and may also problematize the line between friends and lovers.  The Sun and Mercury’s entrance into Scorpio this week highlights the ongoing revelation of feelings you didn’t know you had.

Capricorn:  The Goat

The Full Moon in Aries this Friday highlights both your career and your living space, and the relationship between them.  The Sun and Mercury’s entrance into Scorpio this week reinforces the ongoing transformation of your relationships with your friends and webs of contacts.

Aquarius:  The Water Bearer

The Full Moon in Aries this week highlights the relationship between the near and far, the short and long term goals you have as well as practical vs. big picture perspectives on things.   The Sun and Mercury’s entrance into Scorpio this week spotlights the ongoing transformation of your professional life.

Pisces:  The Fishes

The Full Moon in Aries this week highlights the relationships between what’s yours and whats other people’s.  There is a focus on the exchange of resources, as well as pooling resources to achieve what one person cannot.  The Sun and Mercury’s entrance into Scorpio this week spotlights the ongoing transformation of your larger worldview and life plan.

Sol in Libra, Luna in Pisces

If you find yourself a little confused by the strange waters of the season, consider a consultation! Click here or look under the Services tab for more information. You can also email me at ac@austincoppock.com.

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.

6 Comments

  1. Sybillina Oracular 9 years ago

    I think I died after the Venus retrograde in Scorpio part.

    • Author
      Austin 9 years ago

      Like…in a good way?

      • Author
        Austin 9 years ago

        Or in a really bored way?

        • Sybillina Oracular 9 years ago

          Death is never boring…
          I am doing all my anguishing today & tomorrow and working all next week.

  2. Zentacles!

  3. Shae Flanigan 9 years ago

    Fantastic. 🙂

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