Astro update for week of Oct 22, 2017

The week begins with two important planets changing signs… and bringing significant energy changes. Mars (action-oriented, impulsive) leaves resourceful Virgo (organized, detailed, health oriented) today (Sunday)… and moves into Libra (gracious, relationship oriented, fairness and balance) – the sign where he is least able to be his usual aggressive and dynamic self (more like passive aggressive). The Sun moves into penetrating Scorpio on Monday.

While you might find yourself less concerned about whether your actions are helpful to others or not or if you are getting everything correct (Virgo) – you might find that you will be much more indecisive about taking any action at all as you strive to be all things to all people and probably make none of them happy in the process (Libra).

The Sun has changed from diplomatic Libra to secretive and intense Scorpio. Your attention is likely to move from relationships and maintaining balance in your life to ascertaining what it is that you truly desire at a deep unconscious level. Scorpio loves to unravel a mystery and within our own psyche is contained our deepest, darkest and hidden secrets to be uncovered (Jupiter in Scorpio also helps this uncovering process). The month ahead will be an intriguing and insightful time for us all with huge potential for healing.

Mars will be acting more from his mind rather than physical action (Libra is an Air sign)… while the Sun in Scorpio (a Water sign – emotional and wants to merge with the other) is focusing on feeling at the deepest possible level… the next four weeks will be far more about reflection and introspection than reacting and achieving on the material plane.

On November 2 – Saturn (karma, limitations, boundaries) will be making his final exact square to Chiron (our unhealed wounds)….. and will be receiving multiple transits from Venus, Mercury, and Mars for the remainder of the month. This will further emphasize any healing opportunities that may lie ahead for us and in different ways.

The Saturn-Chiron aspect has 3 exact squares – with the November one coming up, you may be feeling the energy already.

12/28/2016

4/30/2017 (Saturn was in retrograde)

11/2/2017 (Chiron is in retrograde).

12-19-2017 Venus will square Chiron (how deep is your love – prove it to me)

01-05-2018 Mercury will square Chiron (do you find yourself thinking/talking about your wound stories?)

Think back to those times and see what was going on for you at that time. This is the second year in a row we’ve had a major year-long aspect pattern involving Saturn. One of the gifts of Saturn is that it lifts the scales from our eyes and brings a reality check.

Under a heavy Chiron transit, we could feel ineffective and encounter situations in which we feel we need to prove ourselves to others. The trick is to prove ourselves to ourselves first —to build our own self-respect. Efforts to prove ourselves to others will backfire–they simply won’t work. We will appear less effective to them, and we’ll exacerbate our own feelings of unworthiness. It’s an endless loop. We have to take a step back, be patient, and let our characters speak for themselves.

If others are not seeing us in a particularly positive light right now or if they are doubting us (which can very much be the case during these transits), the only way to solve the problem is to resist the urge to prove ourselves to them. Under a heavy Chiron transit, we also need to avoid a tendency to follow others, to “suck up” to them.

Chiron activates, by hard aspect, our “wounds”– areas where we feel weakened and unsuccessful – and while it shines its light on these wounds, we may be inclined to blindly follow others’ advice or to get ourselves into subservient roles.

Chiron in our chart also reveals where we are emotionally sensitive. It’s the little places where if someone says something the wrong way we burst out in tears. Transiting Saturn, being the strict Taskmaster that he is, wants to make sure that we are doing the hard work to heal old wounds and will make sure that those wounds pop up in our conscious mind so that we can attend to them.

It’s easy when we are unhappy to find someone to blame those feelings on, and often it seems fair and legitimate to do so. But as long as we blame and accuse someone else, we remain stuck in our unhappiness. Each of us is responsible for our own healing…..and our own happiness.

The Shadow side of this planetary placement is avoidance of responsibility, agonizing over old hurts, letting any resentments brew, self punishing behavior, over sensitivity, escapism to avoid pain, martyrdom.

The Empowering side of this placement is in one’s recognizing their need to heal, disciplined attitudes towards self care, letting go of the past, taking appropriate responsibility, having an objective view of one’s challenges, mentoring.

Chiron in our natal charts points to where we have healing powers as the result of our own deep spiritual wounds. We may over-compensate in these areas of life. Chiron, as a wounded healer, first must face issues of low self-worth and feelings of inadequacy and learn to rise above these issues. Because the wound goes deep, and we may work hard to overcome the wound making our healing powers very potent in that area.

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