Today, at 17.46 GMT, the Sun moves (astrologically) from Libra into Scorpio.
The leaves continue to change colour, but now they’re falling from branches, covering the earth in a blanket of gold, bronze, and orange. The autumn winds lift them up; they whirl through the air, twisting and swirling in a vortex... Since the equinox, the nights are growing longer, giving us the opportunity to spend more time dreaming. Here in the mid-latitudes of the northern hemisphere, people are planting bulbs – the ‘seed’ of life being sown underground where it will lie protected and nurtured until it’s ready to ‘spring’ forth in a few months’ time. Is it any wonder that Scorpio, the scorpion, is the sign of transformation? All around us, in nature, the world appears to be going to sleep; animals are starting to hibernate, the birds are gathering and forming their migratory v-shapes as they head for warmer climates.
Before long it will be Samhuinn (“summer’s end”), the end and start of the Celtic New Year. It’s also the Day of the Dead, the time we look to and remember our ancestors. It marks the time of transformation and change, which is what we’ve come to associate with Scorpio. In astrology, Scorpio is one of the three Water signs, along with Cancer and Pisces, as well as being one of the four Fixed signs. It ends the second cycle of the elements (Cancer through to Scorpio), and opposes Taurus on the axis of resources. While Taurus is interested in material resources, Scorpio – as a water sign – is more interested in what I think of as ‘emotional’ resources. As a fixed sign, Scorpio wants to know what’s going on at a deeper level, not at the bubbly surface – “still waters run deep” is a good description of Scorpio’s focus. Only by diving into the depths can Scorpio unearth the root of a problem and attempt to transform it – and it will probably take a crisis or something similar before Scorpio will take that plunge.
The traditional ruler of Scorpio is the planet Mars, providing passion and drive. It also has a modern ruler, Pluto, named after the Lord of the Underworld, reflecting the cycle of life and death and the change involved. Both planets are associated with power; “knowledge is power” is another good description. We’ve just left Libra, with its 7th-house focus on partnership, and the need for harmony and balance through negotiation and diplomacy. Now we’re about to move into 8th-house issues with Scorpio –shared resources: the fall-out from, if you like, or follow-on within, those partnerships. Emotions run deep, and power struggles within relationships can ensue. Intensity. Any transformation, under the auspices of Scorpio, will be intense!
The image comes from my AstroArt series, inspired by walking the Glastonbury Landscape Zodiac. ‘Scorpio’ is a collage, using watercolour on paper.