October Astromusings -Venus Retrograde, New Moon in Libra, Full Moon in Taurus, Happy Birthday Scorpios!


Illustrated by Sue Robertson

Scorpio, mistress of the Underworld
with penetrating mind and eye
guards all life’s mysteries.
She dies to be reborn
like the snake that sheds its skin
She walks the path twixt
       dark and light
And rises up to reach the Sun

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

The illustration depicts Kurukulla, Deity of Desire and meditative symbol of Tibet, Nepal and Mongolia, dances with one foot on the corpse of personified ego. Wearing her garland of freshly severed heads, she draws her bow symbolising transformation of passion into wisdom.

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Scorpio

The personality calls out: Maya flourish and deception rule.

The Soul proclaims: Warrior I am and from the battle I emerge triumphant.

Happy birthday to all the Scorpios who celebrate their birthdays between October 23 and November 21. Scorpio is one of the four fixed signs, the others being Aquarius, Taurus and Leo. It forms the triplicity of water signs along with Cancer and Pisces.

Symbolism of Scorpio
Its ruling planet is Pluto, the god who rules over the Underworld and its co-ruler is Mars, the god of war. In the Northern hemisphere it marks the beginning of and the retreat of the animals into their hibernating caves. Scorpio has traditionally come to represent the harbinger of the dark and cold. Therefore, it symbolises regeneration when everything dies or goes to sleep until the advent of spring. It gives people a chance to balance their lives and to cultivate their inner beings. Scorpio, then, is the harbinger of the necessary sleep so that all of nature’s creations can be awakened afresh with greater strength. Scorpio rules the eighth house in the horoscope which has dominion over all the mysteries of life – sex, death and rebirth. The glyph for Scorpio, the letter m with the tail depicts the coils of the serpent, with its poisonous fangs ready to strike an adversary. It is also a symbol for the concentrated tension in the sexual organs of the male in the state of excitation.

The Constellation of Scorpio

In his book, ‘Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, Alan Oken writes that Scorpio is among the largest of the twelve constellations and is one of the most easily distinguishable since it is composed of notably large and bright stars. The sign of the Scorpion is known for its secrecy and the constellation certainly corresponds to this characteristic. Only the tips of its foreclaws peer above the ecliptic. The rest of its magnificent body and long, arched tail remains “hidden” (though clearly visible) in the multitude of stars of the Milky Way. At the heart of the Scorpion is the giant red star Antares. It is as famous in the history of the cosmic family of stars as Scorpio itself, for in the days of ancient Egypt and Greece many temples were erected to coincide with its heavenly cycles. Antares is also at the approximate centre of the huge cloud Nebula in Scorpio.

Alice Bailey in her book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, describes Antares as one of the four royal stars, and as the reddest star in the heavens attributes its red colour to desire. There are some other constellations which Bailey says are of great interest. First there is Serpens, which symbolises the serpent of illusion, the serpent we meet in Genesis, which deluded Eve. The second is Ophiucus, the man who wrestles with the serpent. The ancient zodiac portrays the hands of this man. He seizes it with both hands and treads on its heart, which is the red star of desire. As he does this he looks towards the crown, in the constellation of Libra. Bailey explains the esoteric implications of this symbolism. The personality symbolised by Ophiucus, struggling with the serpent of illusion, with the crown held before him, towards which he aspires. The third constellation is called Hercules and portrays the aspirant looking not at the crown but at the eagle, Aquila, which symbolises the spirit aspect. He is occupied with that marvellous symbol of light emerging, which makes all victory possible.

The Eighth Labour of Hercules

In her book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, Alice Bailey elucidates the test of Scorpio. Hercules’ teacher tells him that his task is to slay the loathsome nine headed monster, the Lernean Hydra, who dwells in the stagnant, putrid swamp of Lerna. His teacher gives Hercules one word of counsel to prepare him for this labour. He says, “We rise by kneeling; we conquer by surrendering; we gain by giving up.” At first Hercules tries destroying the hydra by severing its heads but each time he does this two more grow in its place and it grows stronger not weaker with each assault. Then Hercules remembers the words of his teacher, “we rise by kneeling.” Casting aside his club, Hercules kneels and grasping the hydra with his bare hands he holds it high above him exposing it to the rays of the sun and the touch of the wind. This action causes the monster to grow weaker and weaker until it withers and dies. This monster, which thrived in the perpetual cave of night could not survive, once exposed to the light. Hercules finds the hydra’s immortal head and buries it still hissing fiercely beneath a rock.

Bailey explains the symbolism behind this labour. The act of kneeling symbolises the need for humility by the disciple. The nine heads of the monster correspond to the nine personality traits that the hero has to overcome in the test for Scorpio in order to gain self mastery. She enumerates them; the first three heads are concerned with the appetite on the physical plane which are sex, physical comfort and money when used for selfish purposes; the second triune are concerned with desire on the astral plane and are fear, hate and ambition; the third triune are tests of the mind, on the mental plane, being pride, separativeness and cruelty. Bailey explains that by raising the monster to the light, Hercules seeks to bring his problem to a higher dimension and so is able to see his dilemma in the light of wisdom and eventually the tame the beast of his unconscious.

Scorpio Hall of Fame

Joseph McCarthy

Pluto, the ruling planet of Scorpio, is the planet associated with power. Therefore, it is not surprising to see many presidents and prime ministers born under this sign, including Theodore Roosevelt, Indira Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Golda Meier, Charles de Gaulle, and Francois Mitterand. Just as Pluto in mythology wore a helmet to make him invisible, Scorpios are often associated with cloak and dagger activities such as were carried out in the anti communist witch-hunts by the Scorpio, Joseph McCarthy.

hillary-clinton-campaignsHillary Clinton, the former first lady, Democratic Senator and Secretary of State, beaten by Republican Donald Trump in the  hotly contested US presidential race is a Scorpio who celebrates her birthday on 26 October. As I wrote in my previous post both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have strong Mars. Even her bitter opponent Trump when put on the spot by the moderator in the second debate for the two presidential nominees begrudgingly admitted he admires Hillary’s fighting spirit. While Wikileaks leaks against her and her illness did lop off some of her hydran heads she grew some more and came back fighting in true Scorpionic style. Her detractors criticised her for her secrecy and for guarding her privacy but those qualities are the very essence of the Scorpionic nature. The US presidential elections were held on Tuesday 8 November 2016 during the month of Scorpio. It had all the elements of a do or die election as Trump and Clinton went head to head with no holds barred. The US will never be the same as the phenomena of Trump has exposed the ugly shadow of fear, anger, hate, and disillusionment of those people left behind after globalisation and the recent recession towards the ruling elite of US.

Hillary Clinton's Book What HappenedIn her book What Happened which sold 300, 000 copies in the first week Hillary Clinton gives a candid account of Trump’s campaign, his presidency so far, her primary battle with Bernie Sanders, the sexism she experienced on the campaign trail, and interference into the election by former FBI director James Comey and the Russian government. Truth is stranger than fiction!

Bill Gates

With Scorpio’s dominion over the 8th house ruling other people’s money, many Scorpios are attracted to careers in banking and high finances. One very famous Scorpio who has amassed billions is Bill Gates, the founder of the computer software empire, Microsoft. He owes his success to the legendary powers of concentration of the Scorpio. Scorpio, ruling healing and transformation, attracts many healers, therapists, and psychologists. Not content with skimming over the surface of things their probing minds are perfectly suited for these professions. Its co ruler Mars which rules sharp implements such as knives and scalpels brings its share of surgeons. Their ability to ferret out the truth makes them good detectives. Other famous Scorpios who exude the famous Scorpionic magnetism and allure on stage and screen include Hedy Lamar, Diana Dors, Grace Kelly, Jodie Foster,

Julia Roberts

Demi Moore, Winona Ryder, Goldie Hawn, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Richard Burton, Kevin Kline, Rock Hudson, Burt Lancaster, Ethan Hawke, Tom Conti, Danny De Vito, and Richard Dreyfuss.

Scorpio Health and Anatomy

The parts of the body governed by Scorpio are the reproductive organs, the bladder, the pelvis of the kidneys, the prostrate, groins, rectum, and nasal bone and septum. In her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell writes that the biochemic salt allocated to Scorpio is Calcium sulphate, better known as Plaster of Paris. This salt is a constituent of connective tissues, and is absolutely necessary to promote healing of all kinds. It is present in the bile, and helps destroy worn out red blood-corpuscles by extracting the water from them so that it may be used again by the body. Sulphur has always been recognised as the great purifier, and in combination with Calc. sulph. We have Nature’s great cleansing and healing agent. By the elimination of worn-out red corpuscles the blood is continually purified. Sawtell notes something remarkable about this salt i.e. Calc. sulph. coats all the vascular surfaces of the body, for these surfaces need to be protected from contact from certain fluids. By the wise provision of Mother Nature, Calc. sulph. is present in the fluids of the stomach, and it really forms a thin coating of Plaster of Paris which is not quickly affected by acid.

When this salt becomes deficient the lining of the stomach becomes irritated, causing an ulcerated stomach. All the surfaces of the body which contact moisture, such as eyeballs, nasal passages, mouth, throat, the passage-way into the stomach, the bladder, colon, etc., need the protection of this salt. When Calc. sulph. is lacking in the system we get faulty metabolism which results in boils, carbuncles, gumboils, skin eruptions, disorders of the pancreas and kidneys, chronic diarrhoea, catarrhs, constant discharge of pus from any part, and slow healing due to an unhealthy condition of connective tissue.

There are some other interesting points regarding Calc. sulph. and its relation to the sign Scorpio. Calc. sulph. or Plaster of Paris forms egg shells. It is the shells which keep the contents of eggs intact and preserved so that they may fulfil their function. Scorpio rules the procreative glands which create and preserve the procreative germ cells. These germ shells are really little eggs, and must have shells to protect them so that their contents may be preserved intact. The scientific name for these shells is casts, and when there is a deficiency of Calc. sulph. these human egg shells are not strong enough to hold their contents, which then turn to pus. Lack of Calc. sulph. can cause barrenness in females and impotence in males. In the female, the ova have not sufficient Calc. sulph. to complete their casts or shells, then the disintegrated contents form pus in the ovaries and ovarian tubes. In the male, pus from the disintegrated germ cells often collects in the prostate. Fistulas, tears or openings in the wall of the bowel, are also caused by a lack of Calc. sulph.

halloween-hero-1Halloween and All Saints Day
Not long after the Sun enters Scorpio there are the celebrations of Halloween and All Saints Day which both conjure up images of witches, hobgoblins, fairies and ghosts, all inhabitants of the Underworld.

2018 Overview for Scorpio

Lucky Jupiter is still moving through your sign Scorpio and will remain there until 8 November 2018 giving you opportunities to take advantage of this benevolent energy. Uranus, the planet of sudden changes, has just moved out of your work and health sector and has entered your relationship and marriage sector so there can be disruptions in this area of your life.

Saturn, the planet known as the Lord of Karma has completed its two years sojourn in your finances sector enabling to consolidate your finances. Lucky Jupiter moves into your finance sector on 9 November 2018 and will remain there until 2 December 2019. This can enhance your finances but you need to take care that you don’t squander your gains.

Your career sector is highlighted by the karmic north node and two eclipses the first being a total lunar eclipse on 31 January and the 2nd being a solar partial eclipse on 11 August.

Work and Health
Planetary visitors to your work and health sector include Mercury and Venus. Mercury has an extended day here from 7 March until 13 May facilitating communications and networking in your daily work. Part of Mercury’s time here will be in retrograde motion from 23 March to 14 April. Gentle Venus will grace your work and health sector with her presence from 7 – 31 March until  bringing harmony in this sphere of your life.

Home & Family
Your domestic sector is highlighted by the presence of the karmic South Node and two eclipses. The first eclipse, solar partial eclipse occurs on 15 February and the second a lunar eclipse occurs on 27 July. Mercury visits there first from 8-25 February. facilitating communication with family members.

Creativity and Children
Neptune continues its 14 year sojourn in your children, creativity and romance sector giving you an opportunity to enhance your creativity and learn Neptune’s important lesson of surrender and non-attachment with regards your children and your romantic aspirations.  Neptune is in retrograde motion from 18 June until 25 November. Chiron, the wounded healer, continues its passage through here. Mercury, the planet of communication visits here from 19 February to 6 March, enhancing your communication and networking.

Venus graces your friendship sector with her presence from 11 July to 6 August promoting harmony and cooperation within your friendships and group affiliations, especially with women friends or groups.  Mercury activates your social sector from 7 – 22 September facilitating communication with friends and promoting your popularity.

Communications, Short Journeys and Siblings
Pluto, the planet of transformation, continues its sojourn in the third house, the domain of the immediate environment, siblings and relatives, short journeys and communications. There can be challenges in these areas of your life. Positively, it is an ideal time to do some in-depth study or research or you may discover some latent writing ability. Meditation or yoga would be an ideal way to eliminate obsessive thoughts. Serious Saturn entered your communication and immediate environment sector on 21 September 2017 and will remain there until 17 December 2020.

Travel and Study
Your travel and study sector is highlighted by a solar partial eclipse on 13 July. Both Mercury and Venus visit your travel and study sector. Mercury,  the planet of communication and short distance travel, pays a visit here from 13 – 29 June  facilitating communication and networking in these areas.  Gentle Venus also graces your travel and study sector with her presence from 20 May to 13 June making it an ideal time to plan that special overseas trip as you will be yearning to explore wider horizons in that faraway exotic location and learn about foreign cultures.

Venus  graces your spirituality sector with her presence from 7 August to 9 September bringing harmony and peace and a desire to relax and retreat. Mercury pays a visit from 23 September to 10 October, arousing your curiosity with regard to spiritual topics. You may spend your time reading books on spiritual matters or tap into your intuition or keep a dream journal to understand your deepest motivations.

Retrograde Venus
Venus begins her retrograde cycle in Scorpio on 5 October. She changes from the bright evening star disappearing from view on her 40 day retreat to be reborn as the morning star on 16 November. Venus has dominion over relationships, finances and values so it gives us an opportunity to reassess our relationships, finances and values. Being in the sign of Scorpio her retrograde cycle will help us sever ties that are no longer in our best interests. Her 40 day retreat takes us on a journey of personal transformation with regards to our relationships, finances and values.

New Moon in Libra 9 October square Pluto – The Shadow Side of Sex and Death
The New Moon is a time to initiate new projects and set new goals. The New Moon in Libra focusses on relationships, justice and equality and esoterically on right human relationships. With Venus and Jupiter in Scorpio and the New Moon squaring powerful Pluto the shadow side of sexuality and power is being exposed.

Christine Blasey Ford & Brett KavanaughKavanaugh versus Blasey Ford
We have seen this with the recent Kavanaugh case in the US with the nation polarised over the nomination and swearing in of Brett Kavanaugh as Justice of the Supreme Court despite Professor Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of his sexual assaulting her when they were students. The whole issue has galvanised the #MeToo movement into action championing the cause of sexually abused women personified by Christine Blasey Ford. The two women whose impassioned plea to Republican Passions are running high on both side as the crucial mid term elections approach.

Australia’s National Shame – Seven Women killed in Seven days
Seven women have been killed across Australia in the past eight days – with the majority allegedly at the hands of men known to them. Five of the dead women are mothers who have left behind young children and heartbroken families. On average, one woman in Australia is killed by her current or former partner each week. Many others are injured, either physically or psychologically. Our government spends billions in the fight against terrorism but what is spends on combatting domestic violence pales into significance in comparison to its expenditure on terrorism.

Saudi women dissidentsClampdown of Saudi Women’s Rights with more arrests of women activists
The UN has expressed concern over the continuing and “apparently arbitrary”crackdown on Saudi human rights activists after two more prominent female campaigners were arrested in the kingdom. Samar Badawi, an internationally recognised activist, and Nassima al-Sadah, a co-founding member of Al-Adalah
Center for Human Rights, were recently detained. At least 15 prominent activists have been held as part of a government campaign that began in the run-up to the much publicised lifting of the ban on women driving. Many other cases are thought to remain unreported. Khalid Ibrahim, executive director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, said the crackdown was unprecedented.

Badawi, a recipient of the International Women of Courage award, was a prominent figure in the call to end the driving ban for women, a landmark reform passed in June and credited to Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman. Al-Sadah was barred from standing as a candidate in local elections in 2015, the first year in which women were allowed to run. Both al-Sadah and Badawi had challenged the country’s male guardianship system, which requires women to obtain permission from their fathers, brothers, husbands or even sons for a range of basic life decisions.

Amal al-Harbi, the wife of prominent Saudi activist Fowzan al-Harbi, was also arrested. Her husband is a founding member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association, a now banned civil society group, and is serving a seven-year sentence for his activism. The Regional Coalition for Women Human Rights Defenders in the Middle East and North Africa said the country’s recent reforms were designed only to improve its international reputation, not to improve women’s rights.

“Saudi Arabia has responded to the world’s call to free jailed women human rights defenders and women’s rights activists by arresting more,” said the coalition’s Islam al-Khatib.“Reforms that are tightly managed and limited from the top are hardly reforms at all.” More than 30 human rights groups have warned of a growing climate of fear among female campaigners in both Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Jamal KhashoggiTrump with Mohammed bin Salman

Murder and dismemberment of journalist Khashoggi by Saudi Arabian hitmen – Human Rights versus Profits – Donald Trump’s Conflict of Interest
No more stark is the link between money and values, both Venusian attributes, than the current conflict of interest of Donald Trump with his vested interests in Saudi Arabia. According to a CNN report Donald Trump has never been shy about talking up his close business relationships with the Saudis.

“I get along great with all of them,” Trump said of the Saudis at a 2015 campaign rally in Mobile, Alabama. “They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much!”
But the President’s reluctance to take decisive action after the disappearance this month of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi — a US resident — from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has renewed questions about the potential conflicts posed by Trump’s long-standing ties to the kingdom’s royal family.
“Having a President with global business ties means we’ve got ongoing worries that policy is going to be affected by his business interests,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group that has tracked potential conflicts of interest involving Trump and members of his administration. “We know that historically the Saudis have spent huge money on Trump properties and we know that since he became a candidate and was elected they have targeted discretionary spending at his hotels.”
The president made millions selling apartments in his New York buildings to the kingdom, and the Trump Organization has benefited from Saudi business at its hotels in Washington, New York and Chicago.
Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, hasn’t been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve paperwork that would permit him to marry his Turkish fiancee. In recent days Turkish authorities have obtained audio and visual evidence that shows he was murdered inside the consulate, a source familiar with the ongoing investigation told CNN.
Khashoggi’s disappearance has triggered a wave of top political and business leaders severing ties with the kingdom pending further details of what happened to him. Media organizations, including CNN, have dropped out of a high-profile investor conference slated for later this month in Riyadh.
Trump said Friday he would call Saudi King Salman “at some point,” after senior officials, including son-in-law Jared Kushner, held calls earlier this week with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with whom Kushner has developed a particularly close personal relationship.
But the President and his top aides have also indicated reluctance to take concrete action, including bowing to congressional pressure to walk back planned arms sales.
The US signed a major defense deal in Saudi Arabia in May 2017, when Trump made the country his first foreign stop as President — a visit marked with a lavish sword-dancing celebration.
“I don’t like the concept of stopping an investment of $110 billion into the United States because you know what they’re going to do, they’re going to take that money and spend it in Russia or China,” Trump said Thursday. “If it turns out to be as bad as it might be, there are certainly other ways of handling the situation.”
So far, however, Saudi Arabia has made only $14.5 billion in such purchases, CNN reported on Friday.
While the President’s financial relationships with Russian interests have been the subject of widespread public and legal scrutiny, he’s also built ties with Saudis over the years.
In June 2001, he sold the 45th floor of Trump World Tower to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for $4.5 million, according to a publicly filed deed for the transaction.
In 2007, the Saudis received permission from the New York City Department of Buildings to combine the residential units into a single space to house the Saudi Mission to the United Nations, public records show. A spokesman for the mission couldn’t immediately be reached. The embassy’s website lists the mission’s address at a different location.
Trump’s buildings have also been home to nationals of countries with which the president has had rockier relationships in office, including China.
Trump has reaped other financial benefits from Saudi Arabia and its representatives.
At the Trump International Hotel in Washington, which has served as something of an unofficial headquarters for foreign governments in the Trump era, a lobbying firm for Saudi Arabia paid the hotel more than $270,000 between October 2016 and March 2017.
Trump hotels in New York and Chicago have had a rush of visitors from Saudi Arabia in recent months, according to The Washington Post, and in New York the Trump International Hotel’s general manager wrote in a letter to room owners in May that revenue had increased in the first quarter of 2018 due to “a last-minute visit to New York by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.”
Trump also appears to have explored potential deals of his own in Saudi Arabia.
In August 2015, two months after the launch of his presidential campaign, Trump registered eight limited-liability companies that appeared tied to possible deals in the country, according to public records. All of the companies contained “Jeddah,” the name of a Saudi Arabian port city, in their title.
That year, Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump told the publication Hotelier Middle East, “Dubai is a top priority city for us. We are looking at multiple opportunities in Abu Dhabi, in Qatar, in Saudi Arabia, so those are the four areas where we are seeing the most interest. We haven’t made a final decision in any of the markets but we have many very compelling deals in each of them.”
Four of the companies were dissolved or canceled two months after their creation, and the other four were dissolved or cancelled in November 2016, after Trump won the election, records show.
Full Moon in Taurus 25 Oct 2018Full Moon in Taurus
There will be a Full Moon in Taurus on 25 October at 1.33 am. This will be a potent full Moon with a grand cross in fixed signs. The Moon is 1 degree Taurus 13 conjunct erratic Uranus and in square to the Moon’s nodes which is potentially a volatile combination of polarised positions.

Scorpio Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Scorpio Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell

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