Illustration: Willow by Ricardo Mira, gatomorfo.com
We are currently in the thick of a very powerful and transformational Scorpio season, kicked off by the Scorpio New Moon solar eclipse at zero degrees conjunct Venus on October 23. That zero-degree New Moon was the first in a series of zero-degree New Moons, indicating an "emotional clean sweep" effect that continues into the first months of 2015. We're going deep here in order to move into new emotional territory, and no stone is left unturned.
Currently, there is a concentration of bodies in Scorpio - warrior woman Pallas Athene, the Sun, Venus, Saturn, and as of November 8, Mercury. This brings the deep, dark Scorpionic themes to the forefront in a big way with many highly-charged, previously hidden, and potentially uncomfortable subjects rising to the surface.
Today, we experience the Taurus Full Moon (4:23 p.m. CST), the yearly Blood Moon or Hunter's Moon, and all that has occurred since the Scorpio New Moon is pushed to a head...
Mars and Pluto are the co-rulers of Scorpio, the bodies that most strongly influence and drive that sign. And these two bodies are forming a catalytic conjunction (exact at 11 degrees Capricorn on November 10 at 5:06 p.m.) right in the midst of Scorpio season. The movement of Mars in Capricorn is activating the Uranus in Aries - Pluto in Capricorn square, indicating that major structural changes and major breaks from the way things have been done previously are being initiated via our own personal directions and applications of will. This is societal transformation, structural transformation, institutional transformation, and it's driven by individual actions and decisions.
Mars moves from the November 10 conjunction to Pluto into a November 12 square to Uranus Rx at 13 degrees Aries (7:29 p.m.).
Productive and alchemical earth-water sextiles are also being formed between Mars in Capricorn and the bodies transiting Scorpio.
There's a new direction being initiated here. Help it to dig in.
Mars is a personal planet, relating to personal desire, will, goals, sex drive, anger, and actions. Pluto is a transpersonal planet, relating to a process of transformation and change on a collective level, brought about by exposing various unsatisfactory elements - corruption, abuse, violence, murder, dishonesty, hidden manipulation, unjust power dynamics. With Pluto now transiting Capricorn, we are exposing those unsatisfactory elements within the institutions of our societies and the associated power hierarchies.
Pluto is a dwarf planet associated with rage. Pluto is a dwarf planet associated with experiences of hell. It is considered a generational planet, meaning an entire generation of people will have Pluto in a particular sign. Thus, Pluto is an indicator of the generational change an individual is tasked with in the area that most needs transformation by that generation of people. Pluto is an indicator of the particular flavour of hell experienced by your generation, and it is also an engine providing the energy, awareness, rage, and strength needed to get out of it.
At it's best, Scorpio doesn't just want to get itself out of hell. It wants to liberate everyone experiencing that particular version of hell. Its personal liberation reaches the desired level of sweetness only when others cannot be tricked, manipulated, or trapped by the same hellacious dynamics and themes.
At it's best, the personal struggle for liberation from the intolerable that is experienced in the sign of Scorpio is fused with the broader, collective struggle for that same liberation. Liberation for all, forever, from the same intolerable circumstances or themes. Annihilation of that which oppresses us unjustly, manipulatively, and violently, freeing us from those themes for good.
It is by tying our personal efforts for liberation from oppressive or abusive circumstances to the broader, collective struggle for that same liberation that our personal power becomes exponentially stronger, taking on an otherworldly potency.
In this way, we become catalytic agents for Plutonic change. In this way, we keep Pluto on our side, an ally working toward mutual liberation from old shackles.
So during this super-charged Scorpio season, kicked off by the zero-degree New Moon eclipse, Scorpio's ruling planets are coming together in Capricorn to bring about some major structural changes, some major shifts in power, and some major collective advancements brought about through personal action.
And you have a role in that. You have a role as an agent of this necessary Plutonic change - change that assists not only you, but everyone experiencing the same hell you have experienced or the same hell you are experiencing now.
Scorpio is a sign that relates to sex, power, and abuse. As the Scorpio New Moon eclipse on October 23 fell conjunct Venus (a symbol for women), sexual abuse against women, as well as the "Old Boys Club" institutional power dynamics that allow that sexual abuse to continue are coming to the surface.
Since the Scorpio New Moon eclipse October 23, at least three major sex scandals have broken involving notable public figures:
- June Shannon ("Mama June") from the popular reality television show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was caught dating a convicted child molester, a man who was accused of molesting her own daughter. The man was an ex-boyfriend who had recently been released from prison. After the news hit, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was cancelled.
- At least nine women and one man have come forward stating that Jian Ghomeshi, the host of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) popular radio program Q, beat, choked, or otherwise abused them without prior notice or consent during romantic encounters and in the workplace. Despite his denials and statements that it was consensual BDSM (bondage and domination, sadism and masochism), Ghomeshi was fired from his position at the CBC, his public relations firms dumped him, and a criminal investigation is now underway.
The abuse and harassment was also alleged to have been going on in the CBC workplace, and it seems to have been accepted and glossed over by CBC higher-ups in order to keep their radio Golden Boy. When a woman complained to higher ups in 2010 that Ghomeshi had grabbed her buttocks as well as telling her he wanted to "hate fuck" her, the response from a producer was, "He’s never going to change, you’re a malleable person, let’s talk about how you can make this a less toxic work environment for you.”
A journalism student from the University of Western Ontario has stated that interns knew not to work at Q while Ghomeshi was at the helm.
All this points to a "boys will be boys" type of institutional cover-up where CBC executives chose to look the other way rather than rock the boat with a top-rated radio show host.
The Ghomeshi story spurred Toronto Star reporter Antonia Zerbisias to create the Twitter hashtag phenomenon #BeenRapedNeverReported, which quickly went global. Rape victims could share their stories about being raped and why they didn't report it. Many women said they went to police and were not believed, or they themselves were blamed for the assault.
Staggeringly horrific rape statistics were released by YWCA Canada illustrating the true extent of the problem:
- Old allegations against comedian and television star Bill Cosby also re-surfaced in the aftermath of the Ghomeshi scandal. In 2004, Andrea Constand filed a lawsuit against Cosby for battery, assault, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, alleging that Cosby had drugged and raped her. Thirteen other women came forward with allegations against Cosby and agreed to testify as witnesses if the suit went to trial, but it was settled out of court ($$$) in 2006. Cosby has attempted a career resurgence in recent years, and these previously obscured allegations are now dogging him in a very public way.
Scorpio is a sign related to hidden manipulation and control.
On October 22, the day before the Scorpio New Moon eclipse, Canada experienced a false flag event in Ottawa, Ontario - the location of the federal Parliament buildings and Canada's version of Washington, D.C.
It was reported that 24-year-old Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo had been shot and killed by an assailant while Cirillo was on ceremonial guard duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. (I'm sure the symbolism was not coincidental.)
It was reported that police shot and killed Cirillo's 32-year-old assailant, Michael Zehaf-Bibea, who was said to have "radical Islamic ideology."
This incident, the death of a single soldier at an Ottawa memorial, was top news for a full week in Canada, producing a manufactured national outpouring of grief, anger, and trumped-up patriotism. The Canadian flag was the most popular Facebook profile picture in Canada the following week.
By November 2, the Canadian military was dropping bombs near Fallujah, Iraq, entering full-on combat alongside the United States and other NATO forces in yet another unjust war against Iraq.
The same insane leap in logic that manufactured public consent for the invasion of Iraq in 2003 following the false flag event at the World Trade Centers in New York City has now been applied in Canada. The Canadian public is now supporting the slaughter of Iraqui civilians in the NATO hunt for (very likely CIA-assisted) "ISIS terrorists."
As Canadians head to their national day for war remembrance on November 11, the public is looking backward with grief and sadness at prior World Wars and their casualties while supporting (even just through silence) another unjust war being waged by their own country. As Canadians mourn for those killed during the last orchestrated World War, they are allowing the slow march toward another orchestrated World War as we move into the final two Uranus-Pluto squares. As war widows and orphans gather to remember their lost loved ones, their silence allows more widows and orphans to be created in their name by the Canadian military and government. Their silence allows for the murder of scores of civilians for every "terrorist" being taken down.
War is a Racket by Major General Smedley Butler, written in 1933.
It's still the same racket.
Nothing justifies what the United States government and military, along with its allies including Canada, are doing. If you believe the death, injury, and destruction being brought down on civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and elsewhere are justified, you have been brainwashed by the propaganda machine.
Scorpio is a sign that relates to death. And Saturn, a planet currently transiting Scorpio, relates to dignity.
Dying with dignity, the right for terminally ill patients to end their own lives, has also become a hot button story coming out of the Scorpio New Moon, centred around one individual's efforts.
On November 1, Brittany Maynard chose to end her life in Oregon - a U.S. state that allows terminally ill patients to legally end their own lives - after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
Brittany was at her own personal Saturn return in Scorpio and used her personal situation to catalyze debate on the collective/structural level. Maynard became an advocate for the "dying with dignity" movement and hoped her efforts would spur new state laws legalizing the right to die.
(Of course, the real taboo Scorpionic subject is not about the right to die, but rather, why are so many people, especially young people like Brittany, dying from cancer? And the media blackout on Fukushima continues...)
As ruling planets Mars and Pluto come together in Capricorn during this highly-charged and transformational Scorpio season, we are seeing many connections between micro and macro, personal and collective. We are experiencing many tipping point moments when the intolerable simply cannot be pushed under the rug any longer.
We are at the "enough's enough" point on many fronts, and it is the courage of individuals coming forward with their own stories, making bold moves, taking new directions, refusing to be silenced or downplayed, that is creating the momentum for major structural change.
So as Mars and Pluto come together on November 10, fusing personal will and drive with the broader requirements for societal and institutional transformation, ask yourselves how you can align your own personal direction more closely with this impetus for necessary collective change.
Ask yourselves what Pluto would like to catalyze through you.
Ask yourselves what is in your power to change - and then change it.
Ask yourselves how you can be the most effective Plutonic agents you can be.
We are the movers and shakers of the astrological Aquarian era. No one is coming to do it for us. It is we who fight battle-by-battle for true justice, equality, freedom, and peace on this planet.
Now is the time. This is the place. Bring it this Scorpio season.