Happy Birthday Scorpio! I have to tell you, it’s an unusual month astrologically for your birthday this year. The sun is in your sign as usual, of course. But there’s also a solar eclipse in your sign this year, on the 13th. And there’s a lunar eclipse in Gemini on the 28th.
Also, Mercury goes retrograde on the 6th and slides back into your sign on the 14th. Venus doesn’t enter Scorpio until the 21st, a bit later than normal. And Saturn just moved into your sign. In short, there’s a lot going on.
One of Saturn’s jobs is to judge, and he’s a rather severe judge, prone to finding fault and piling on the criticism. He tears down before he builds back up. Now that he’s in your sign, you may become very aware of your own self-judgment or of how judgmental toward others you may be. Venus in your sign will soften this tendency in time for Thanksgiving, fortunately.
But Saturn combined with a solar eclipse indicates that you are entering a new era of your life, and, as part of this new era, you will be asked to evaluate your habits, your policies, the ways in which you are on auto-pilot and need to update your settings.
This November in particular, there’s also activity in the skies around your values. Part of that is due to the sun and Mercury, which visit Sagittarius, your sign of values, every year. But this year, Mars is transiting Sagittarius too. Mars can be a bit problematic in any sector; in your house of values, he can indicate problems with possessions or loss or damage of some sort.
This is normally not too big a deal, but a lunar eclipse in your 8th house (the one in Gemini on the 28th) can indicate the same thing. Take care to lock things up, get ready for winter weather, and don’t leave things lying about. Some of you will already have experienced this, as eclipses can show their effects early, and some won’t experience the effects of this eclipse until the end of the year.
Once Mars leaves Sagittarius for Capricorn on the 16th, he’s in a better spot for your chart. In Capricorn, he’s more likely to energize your physical and mental abilities. Here’s he good for increasing your physical strength (helpful if you’re lugging suitcases around for Thanksgiving travel) and sharpening your memory and ability to concentrate on tasks.
Now for a look at your year ahead. Productive Jupiter is in your solar 8th house until late June of 2013. This is a good spot for Jupiter to be in for you financially. It’s good for investments and for all other sorts of non-salary income. From July on, Jupiter will be in Cancer, less interested in tangible yields than in touchy-feely stuff.
Saturn we’ve already mentioned, but we’ll bring him up again because his influence is likely to be important. Saturn doesn’t just judge; Saturn also rewards. More specifically, Saturn is about consequences. He shows you that if your behavior is worthy, it pays off in the long run. If it isn’t, it catches up with you in the long run.
Partly for this reason, having Saturn in your sign is a good time to do things like take up an exercise regime that demands discipline. Saturn likes that and is willing to show you the benefits of regular effort. Saturn also likes truth and dislikes weakness. If you’ve been letting yourself slide with dodgy habits or lying to yourself, Saturn will be more than willing to show you the adverse consequences of not behaving with integrity and strength. Saturn’s influence will alternate with the influence of Uranus in Aries.
Saturn is cold, deliberate, rational. Uranus in Aries is hot, impulsive, and irrational. Expect to veer between the two modes over the next 6 months, and to experience occasional indecision or indifference as you deal with their contradictory effects. As a side note, Uranus is in your job sector these days, and he likes fields like information technology. You may not like IT as much as he does, but you should at least be prepared to deal with it in your work.
Neptune and Chiron will spend the year trying to gradually heal your romantic and creative natures or perhaps your relationship with your children. Eclipses will bring personal and relationship changes until you end up with the right partner. Pluto will continue to travel through Capricorn, that part of your chart I mentioned earlier that relates to your physical and mental abilities. Overall, if there are two key concepts for the Scorpio year ahead they would be: developing strength and facing consequences.