You might have noticed yourself getting drawn into new challenges lately—challenges that require a bit of inner grit and willpower. You might also find that you are now being drawn into parts of your inner world that you have long avoided, because your soul knows--and if you are conscious about all of this your ego does too--somehow, somewhere, there are hidden gems in there that will be your tokens to access new levels of the game of your life.
We’ve just, today as this is published (although the energies began affecting us weeks ago), entered a Jupiter-in-Scorpio cycle. It happens every 12 years. Take a moment and think about where you were and what you were doing from October 2005 to the fall of 2006. This might help you get an idea of the energies at play. You are older now, sturdier, but this is the vibe, coming around again.
Jupiter is the planet heralding expansion, fortune, developing philosophies around what it means to be a human animal, learning, travel, growth, teaching, and achieving increased levels of clarity. I always call it “the fun uncle” in our chart and the sky. Whereas Saturn might be a strict, concerned father interested in teaching limits and rules; Jupiter is more about finding a way to play and discover as well as profess and share in ways that foster learning and expansion or growth.
When Jupiter enters Scorpio, we run into a bit of a paradox to consider. But if we can wrap our heads around this time, we can max it out. First, let’s call to mind the animals that symbolize both of these energies we now find blending—the centaur and the scorpion. The centaur is associated with Jupiter. Enterprising, sure-footed, high-minded, instinctual, truth-seeking and somewhat fickle in its pursuits because of its tendency to be a bit ahead of itself and over-exaggerate the capacity of a person or situation to support lofty goals. “Shoot for the moon and you’ll still land somewhere interesting” is the motto of Jupiter.
Now imagine this centaur running into a scorpion on the road and realizing that in order to continue throughout the year, it has to pick it up and take it along for the ride wherever IT wants to go. What would this year require to be successful?
•Slow down in a way that you can keep checking in and listen within to your intuition (which is figuratively the scorpion in this case) and make decisions from there more often
•Tune in to all that is going on around you as it relates to your intuition--what the scorpion wants and where it wants to go
•Focus on the goal of getting to where that scorpion needs to go so you can drop it off without a fierce sting along the way
•Distractions--in the form of what other people think, want, project, throw tantrums about--will be that which you may be forced to turn away from in favor of pleasing your intuition, and your reward will be a faster track toward your goals
•Take a moment-to-moment approach, adjusting according intuition based on constantly changing circumstances that you attract and must go through
•Explore the powers this little friend offers you--the power to charm, attract, mesmerize and manipulate--and realize that centaurs are higher-minded, so any power will be viewed as something to use wisely, like a jedi
•Make a commitment to a goal—the scorpion senses when you go off track, and the consequences are easy to imagine
•Yield any warnings that you are off track and correct them swiftly
Put another way
When I do readings, I consider dynamic possibilities, and so will write this according to them as well. One could say that if you have a lot of planets square or opposed to Scorpio, this could be a difficult time. But again, this is Jupiter, so we are still talking about a reward at the end of the process--fortune through expanding and growing and reaching new levels. This time, the levels can feel like we are being plunged down, into the depths of ourselves and exploring how those new dimensions of our personality.
Just as a tree’s roots plunging down further and spanning wider into the mysterious, dark Earth result in expansive and lively foliage above ground, our inner work in this phase will invite our outer world to grow more rich and our ability to handle future challenges more robust.
Scorpio is not so concerned about what things appear to be so much as what they are made of. Etiquette takes a back seat to intention, integrity and purpose. You might find yourself cursing like a sailor under these skies as life pulls you deeper and deeper into the depths of your soul to do some shadow work. Anyone who has experienced a dark night will see this as a process. For those who like things candy-coated, it might feel a bit intense and relentless at times, that which one is asked to do under these energies.
Here are five tricks to handling this time:
1. Establish your priorities, commit to the highest one or two and let other things take second place--listen carefully to your own dharma and keep reminding yourself to let go of outside attachments and find an anchor deep within yourself and your life path signals
2. This will automatically trigger other things to try to distract you, do not waver. Keep focused and allow emotions as well as emotional breakdowns followed by breakthroughs—stay the course.
3. See this time as a training period—turn to your practices, focus, workout, challenge yourself to consciously stay in the mode that this rewarding time requires in order to benefit from it
4. See the gain for the loss—let go is you feel it is strongly not meant to be and prepare to soldier through to brighter pastures in a year, all along the way learning about your own deep well of strength and commitment to your own soul’s journey
5. If you are in a partnership—as is very likely one or both of you will be aspected somehow by this transit—this is a time where commitment is on the table in such a way that we will be stripped away of anything that stands in the way of it. If what is being stripped away is more in line with our soul path than the relationship, the relationship will be tested—to either expand and accommodate the needs of both souls, or end in order for both souls to continue on their journeys of expansion.
As a parting gift and insight, I invite you to consider Lord Shiva’s dancing form—Nataraja (the main image for this blog). Reflecting on Nataraja, we see a lot of symbolism that can help us through this time. This is also known as Isvara’s dance—the dance of the all-encompassing God … or if it is easier to imagine, the dance of the nature of things.
Firstly, Nataraja is dancing on top of a dwarf, stomping him down, because he represents evil and ignorance—ignorance particularly about change being a constant part of life. He dances under an arch of flames—the cosmic fire, which creates and destroys everything. His hair blends with the Ganges river, which can be calm or deadly—creative or destructive as well as nourishing and flowing. He holds an hourglass in a hand positioned in a mudra representing the passage of time. His bent knees symbolize energy and ecstasy. Another hand extends from a wrist with a cobra wrapped around it—the hand positioned in the mudra of fearlessness. The witness to this dance is encouraged not to fear evil even so close or surrounding them while following their dharma (soul’s path). Another hand points toward a raised foot—be active and dance, despite the circumstances.