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The Sun, traveling through Scorpio this month, seduces us into deeper places as we sense the meaninglessness in superficiality — until it enters Sagittarius on the 22nd and we come forward to share our philosophical views in new ways. Scorpio energy will express itself one way or another, and we can create a healthier world by owning the truth of our perceptions and feelings more consciously. The new moon on the 9th in Scorpio emboldens us to move forward into our soul power; even a small step in a deeper direction will prove fruitful. The full moon on the 24th in Gemini illuminates our curiosity to visit new places and explore ourselves through experiencing life.

Mercury, traveling retrograde since Oct. 12, turns direct again in Libra on the first and then moves into Scorpio on the 11th. Mercury represents how we think and process information; things should feel more clear and balanced now. Venus enters Libra on the 8th as we explore the value of positive mirroring; we can be so transformative when we bear witness to the beauty of others. Mars in Cancer turns retrograde on the 15th and will remain so until Jan. 30. Mars represents our individual male energy and our capacity to take action on our own behalf. This is a good time to contemplate rather than force action. Jupiter continues its journey through its home sign of Sagittarius. Saturn is in Virgo. Uranus, traveling retrograde since June 23, turns direct in Pisces on Oct. 23. We are all more spiritually free and can now move into life carrying this depth with us. Chiron and Neptune in Aquarius and Pluto in Sag remind us to bring the totality of ourselves forward in consciousness into our shared destiny.

Famous Scorpios: Hillary Clinton, Pablo Picasso, Jody Foster


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Happy birthday, Scorpio! The world needs your transformative gifts and as you step out and create with intention, you affect things in ways that are beneficial to everyone. The time is now to bring about a more holistic world that holds a space and a reverence for the deeper side of reality, which is your kind of place to dwell.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — There is no way to exist in philosophical depth without experiencing things on profound levels. There is no more noble path now than the one of feelings and emotional health born of integration. If you feel inclined to detach and see life from the philosopher's seat — when you really need to just be down with the masses feeling your emotions — realize that having compassion for yourself will ultimately lead you back to a seat that holds a more powerful viewpoint.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You are a force to be reckoned with, Capricorn. No one is able to ultimately affect you as you sit in clarity and define your boundaries on all levels. When you feel interference, you back yourself up and act in accordance with your own discretionary imperative. There is so much imbalance in the world that being clear in your own space is a great place to come from.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — The benefit of trying is that we come to know more about what we do and don't want in our lives. You learn as you go, Aquarius. Be kind to yourself and turn a loving ear toward your own inner voice. When you are unhappy with some aspect of life, it is good to approach yourself with compassion rather than judgment.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — Inward is the direction that you are called to turn toward now, Pisces. You, more than most, are rejuvenated in times of solace and when you can unplug a bit. You are so immersed and so open that it is vital to your health and well being to just float about in your own sense of peace far, far away from the rest of the world.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — It is easy for you to go over the top in your attempts to eliminate what feels disharmonious, Aries. You take a deep breath and regroup as you establish a more cautious approach in the days ahead. You have done the necessary work to clear your space and now you work at a more moderate pace to let in only the energy you want.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You are in your element of manifesting, Taurus. You are able to move with certainty and a sense of balance and strength uninterrupted toward your goals. This is your energy at its best. There is no conflict to distract you, only methodical and steady movement in the direction of your desires.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — How would we know anything on any real deep level if we didn't experience life by immersing ourselves in it? You understand this principle completely, Gemini. You are less drawn now to the seat of the knower, and more to that of the experiential explorer of life. This is your element and you embrace it.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — You search for a better footing, Cancer. What can you anchor to that is strengthening? There are ways for you to be grounded that are unencumbering and allow you to feel more comfort. What feels good and resonates with you most? This is what you draw in more closely to you now. Support can be a reassuring thing.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — There a natural grace that is born of a spiritually centered sense of self. You tap into your sense of belonging and feel how you do in fact have a place of perfection in the scheme of things. There is no real need to understand the details of it all, but there is a peace that you can dissolve into as you focus on your own spiritual beauty.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — The good side of establishing strong and healthy boundaries it that is allows us to achieve the highest levels of intimacy. Virgos have the capacity to understand this on the ultimate level. You are now able to reap the benefits of this truth by opening up with those who are harmonic and worthy of your heart.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Life is meant to be magical, Libra. That is why things that deprive us of our creative self-expression feel so deadening. You reach for the things that awaken passion in you and you align yourself there. Your life force is strong and needs room to express fully in order for you to flourish. You feel courageous in new ways.


Motavenda Melchizedek is a glass artist, writer and astrologer living in Silver City. She is available for private astrological consultations. She specializes in the areas of personal empowerment, family-of-origin issues, personal dreams and destiny, and the human potential. She can be reached at 534-1024 or moti@innerworlddesigns.com. She has just released her new book, The Edge of the World. . . the metaphysics of survival and the evolution of humanity; see www.innerworlddesigns.com for more information.


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