Astro Nov 12th - 21st (♏️III): The Sensualist's Fast + New Moon in Scorpio

Astrology Nov 12th – 21st (♏️III): The Sensualist’s Fast + New Moon in Scorpio

The Sun’s time in the third and final decan of Scorpio conjures the rustle of crow wings, and a cascade of visions. A woman places a rose gently on top of a river-side grave, and then lays down next to it, in yoga’s corpse pose. She drifts off to sleep as the Sun slips below the western horizon. In dreams, succubi and incubi swarm her, taunting and tempting with visions of past joys and desires never realized. After a night of strange dreams, she awakes to find that a tree has grown during the night, and from that tree dangles a single ripe apple.

As in the other decans of Scorpio, the topic of this face is desire. In the first face, the secrets of hunger were revealed. In the second, moments of longed-for union occur. The third is the place where old desires are laid to rest and rise again, restored.

The formula of this face is the renewal of desire. It entails the separation of the spirit of desire from specific people and situations. By letting go of past satisfactions, we make ourselves empty enough to invite new ones.

Here we see how abstention serves to restore our capacity for joy and satiety. It is the strategic asceticism of the sensualist, whose purpose is not a life of holy purity, but to empty the stomach thoroughly, so as to fully appreciate the next meal. Those who throw themselves into love, lust,

food, sex, drug and drink without pause will quickly find their ability to take pleasure gray and faded.

Yet where there is desire-to-embrace, there is also desire-to-avoid. The lust for old joys and the aversion to old pains both serve to remove our ability to experience what the present has to offer. It is not only longings which must be flushed, but also resentments and hurts. Recognizing and then letting go of the names, faces and places disentangles them from our desire-nature, allowing us to see our capacity for joy, love and pain as our own potency, rather than one possessed by some external agency. For a kingdom of pleasures abides within us, and the luscious apple is always from our own garden, whether we recognize it or not.


Venus Conjunct Jupiter: Midnight Buffet

The Sun’s passage through Scorpio III this year offers an unusual number of pleasures, thanks to the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in early Scorpio, which is exact on the 12th, but is reactivated several times throughout the decan. The two benefics lay out a buffet of indulgences, tempting us to eat and drink ourselves silly.

We would be foolish not to partake of what the planets have to offer, but we’d also be stupid to over-eat simply because there is food on the table. Strategic restraint and indulgence, the libertine’s wisdom, is the optimal pathway through this voluptuous garden.

New Moon in Scorpio: Catharsis and Dissolution

The Sun and Moon conjoin in the third decan of Scorpio on the 17th. Like all New Moons, it signals a dark, moonless night, a black sea of space in which we might lay to rest the last month’s labors and conceive of the next cycle.

While the Venus-Jupiter conjunction offers fullness, the Dark Moon in the third decan of Scorpio offers a regenerative emptiness, a great river into which we might release the dreams and desires which no longer serve us. This New Moon is a place of catharsis and dissolution, if you let it be. Pour out those lusts which have soured, and the fantasies which have become frustrations.

Mars in Libra perfects a square to Pluto in Capricorn right around the New Moon, stirring up feelings of frustration and powerlessness. It is a moody and suspicious influence, but one which

is entirely in line with the opportunity to purge that which the New Moon offers. Mars’ square with Pluto brings psychic poisons to the surface, making them all the easier to recognize and release.


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Aries: The Ram

The action in Scorpio during this span of time highlights what is gained by working more closely with other people. Consider the ways in which you already interlock your resources and talents with others, and how you might improve or intensify those exchanges. Yet such arrangements require trust, and clarity about your own, and others, motivation. This New Moon, in particular, is poised to expose what blockages need to be cleared in order to preserve or magnify such alliances.

Taurus: The Bull

The Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio, as well as the subsequent New Moon in the arachnoid sign, both highlight the give and take within your closest relationships. While the Venus-Jupiter conjunction highlights the pleasures of union, the New Moon in Scorpio exposes the fears and suspicions which stand in the way of deeper and more satisfying congress.

Gemini: The Twins

The Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio highlights the benefits you might gain from better dealing with small but important issues, such as paying the bills, eating right, and staying healthy. In addition to spotlighting the potential rewards of better behavior, it also highlights the pleasurable habits you have which stand in direct contradiction to this vision of a more efficient you. The New Moon in Scorpio, which occurs later in the decan, also points toward these patterns, challenging you to consider how you might weave your duties and pleasures together in a more harmonious manner.

Cancer: The Crab

The Venus-Jupiter conjunction in early Scorpio highlights your creative energy, and what you’re doing with it. The two benefics stoke your desire to imagine things into being. Meanwhile, the New Moon in Scorpio, which arrives on the 17th, points toward what blocks your flow. The circulation and expression of our creativity is a product not only of our passion, but also the degree to which we obstruct it. Improvement here may be gained by releasing the blockages you’ve developed. In what ways are you stopping yourself?

Leo: The Lion

Venus and Jupiter conjoin in early Scorpio, highlighting the joys of being safe, protected, comfortable and loved. Though you will likely find pleasure in the current state of things, it is unlikely you will not hunger for more. What stands between you and a more supportive foundation is due to be revealed by the New Moon in Scorpio, on the 17th. A purge of old grievances and hurts may open the way to that good place, where support and trust are found in abundance.

Virgo: The Virgin

The planetary action in Scorpio during this decan asks you to look a little deeper into the structure of your days and weeks. Venus and Jupiter’s conjunction in the stingered sign highlights the regular joys of the tunnels you carve through time, and stimulates a hunger to further improve the pleasure and productivity of your schedule. On the New Moon in Scorpio, which arrives on the 17th, also highlights your calendar, but in a way that highlights the various frustrations you have with the pace of your days. Take the opportunity over the following weekend to wash away your irritations and come back to your schedule with your resentments drained away. For those who spend too much time on social media, a short fast from the steady diet of outrage, fear and stimulation is especially recommended. You won’t miss much — the apocalypse will still be ongoing when you check back.

Libra: The Scales

The action in Scorpio points toward your finances. The Venus-Jupiter conjunction, highlights rewards, bonuses and pleasures, while the New Moon, which arrives on the 17th, opens up the space for you to consider what resources you haven’t made full use of, as well as what expenditures are, in fact, quite unnecessary.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

The Venus-Jupiter conjunction in your sign is a fine thing, and suggests good times, optimistic moments, and empowering events — especially if you’re the October breed of Scorpion. The New Moon in Scorpio, which arrives on the 17th, has a less celebratory, but no less useful, focus. While the Venus-Jupiter conjunction points to the good, the New Moon asks you to consider how to purge the bad. What attitudes, irritations and resentments do you exhaust yourself by carrying around?

Sagittarius: The Centaur

The Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio offers mysterious delights, triggering the emergence of hidden pleasures, as well as precious insights. The subsequent New Moon in Scorpio offers you a chance to compost resentments and unfulfilled desires, and thus free yourself of their gravity.

Capricorn: The Goat

The action in Scorpio during this decan highlights your web of contacts, friends and colleagues. The Venus-Jupiter conjunction makes clear both the current and potential future benefits of being and staying connected. Meanwhile, the New Moon in Scorpio points toward the resentments which build up between connected people. Sometimes its best to bury the hatchet, while in other situations its wisest to use that blade to sever the connection. However, it’s rarely useful to let it sit there between you.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

The gathering of planets in Scorpio during this decan highlights your professional life. Venus and Jupiter point toward your hungers, both those satisified as well as those as-yet unfulfilled, for professional glory and success. The New Moon in Scorpio, which arrives on the 17th, opens a space for you to consider what old dreams you may have to let go of in order to realize new ones.

Pisces: The Fish

The action in Scorpio during this decan highlights your long term goals. The Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio highlights the progress you’ve already made, and feeds your hunger for what lies ahead. The New Moon in Scorpio provides a different, but complementary angle, as it reveals those fixations and frustrations which impede your journey, offering you the insight and space to release yourself from them.

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. Andrew 2 years ago

    I’m not surprised these posts often pass without comment. After such intricate and poetic deconstruction, where is there space for further examination? As always, you’ve nailed my circumstance and concerns as if you’ve been swimming in my head. Thank you.


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