Listen/Download: #002 Axis Astrology Podcast: Scorpio Episode
Transits, aspects and moon phases from October 20 through November 2, 2013:
- Oct 20 Mercury retrograde: communication delays and mix-ups, think before you speak and re-read before you hit send
- Oct 22 Sun enters Scorpio: unravel a mystery, go incognito, practice your poker face
- Oct 25 Sun trine Neptune: tune in, feel inspired, give to charity, connect, open up
- Oct 29 Mercury conjunct Saturn: get serious, develop a master plan, study history
- Oct 30 Mars opposite Chiron: stand up for yourself, be noble, forgive past wrongs
- Oct 30 Mars Trine Pluto: take charge, stand up for yourself, spar, plan the invasion
- Nov 1: Uranus-Pluto square: revolutions, political upheaval, freedom vs. restriction, individual rights vs. power structures in society
Astrology Reading Cards by Alison Chester-Lambert and Richard Crookes – The Findhorn Press
Georgia O’Keeffe – 62% Scorpio: Sun 22°, Moon 25°, Asc18° plus Mercury and Jupiter
(Born November 15, 1887 at 6:30 AM; died March 6, 1986 at the age of 98)
Who else but a Scorpio could paint nothing but flowers, deserts and the occasional cow skull that nobody can look at without thinking of sex? The iconic American painter Georgia O’Keeffe is a towering archetype of the woman artist. Intense, independent, private and as rugged as the extreme landscapes she devoted her life to depicting. In the latter half of her life, she spent most of her time in the New Mexico desert painting near her home, a “reclaimed hacienda” called Ghost Ranch. She was described as a “loner, a severe figure and self-made person” with a “prickly personality,” who exuded “a kind of quietness and calm.” These descriptions could just as well have been taken from any textbook entry on Scorpio.
For more on her art, work and life, check out Artsy’s beautifully curated Georgia O’Keeffe page.
Martin Scorsese – 49% Scorpio (Sun 24°, Mercury, Venus, Mars, IC)
(Born November 17, 1942 at 12:24 AM)
Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese’s films tend to be about the use and abuse of power, crime—organized and otherwise— money, ambition and violence. These are very Scorpionic themes and in his films they are the underlying forces that shape American society (e.g. Gangs of New York, Goodfellas and Casino) and the lives of his characters (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Cape Fear). In fact, the archetype that will probably always be associated with Scorsese is the loner struggling with inner demons yet answerable only to himself, who navigates and prevails in a harsh and morally ambiguous (/bankrupt) world by embracing his own darkness—for a time anyway.
Demonstrating another of Scorpio’s strongest traits, an ability to form deep and powerful alliances with other strong personalities, Martin Scorsese is famous for collaborating with intense actors, the first being Robert DeNiro, whose Leo sun is conjunct Scorsese’s ascendant. They made eight films together and are planning a reunion in the near future. Five of his most recent films have starred Leonardo DiCaprio, a fellow Scorpio born November 11, 1974. Three of those films were Oscar nominees and the third, The Departed, finally earned him the Best Director Academy Award.
I remember when he won; it was after back-to-back losses for The Aviator and Gangs of New York, both of which he had been favored to win. The award was presented by Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, three old friends and colleagues who made a formidable phalanx of talent that served to tip off the audience that the 6-time nominee’s time had finally come. When he got to the podium, looking grateful and humbled (as much as any Scorpio can ever really appear—let alone be—humbled), he quipped in true Scorpio fashion, “Please… Could you double-check the envelope?”
Robert Mapplethorpe – 44% Scorpio (Sun, ASC, Mars, Jupiter)
The controversial photographer whose erotic male nudes and explicit depictions of bondage and S&M made him a fixture on nightly news in the 1980s when a veritable crusade was launched against him by right-wing Christian groups, who brought funding for the National Endowment for the Arts under scrutiny. He died of AIDS in 1989 at the age of 42 and at the height of his notoriety. His work continues to sell three decades later and his name has become shorthand for the still hotly-contested place of controversial art in society. Throughout the 1980s, AIDS took an increasing death toll, and in 1989, Robert Mapplethorpe was one of nearly 50,000 to die of the disease in the US alone that year. The crisis reached its peak in 1995, the final year of Pluto’s transit through its ruling sign of Scorpio (1984-95).
Oscar Pistorius – 54% Scorpio (Sun, Mercury, MC, Pluto, Venus)
In a life story that scores a direct hit on several archetypal Scorpio themes, Oscar Pistorius (born November 22, 1986) is a South African sprinter nicknamed the “Blade Runner.” Having both of his legs amputated when he was 11 months old, he wears metal prosthetic legs (“blades”) below both knees. He started running at age 16 and by 18, had won a gold medal at the 2004 Paralympics. Exemplifying some of the highest qualities of Scorpio, he turned what most would see as a disability into such an asset that he was initially banned from international competitions when claims were raised that his cutting-edge prostheses gave him an unfair advantage over able-bodied runners.
He won the battle for inclusion and went on to become a poster boy for Phoenix-like triumph over adversity (the Phoenix being another Scorpio archetype). In 2012, he won Paralympic gold and set a record in the men’s 400 meter race and became the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympic Games that summer. His inspiring story and charisma also made him an unlikely sex symbol, demonstrating both the power of Scorpio’s magnetism and how far society has come in recent years.
When he made headlines in February 2013, however, it was after his girlfriend, a South African model named Reeva Steenkamp, was found dead of three gunshots behind a locked bathroom door in his home. Pistorius claims he mistook her for an intruder but prosecutors say the couple had been fighting and he killed her in a jealous rage. The trial is set to begin in March 2014 and the prosecution has announced at least one of his ex-girlfriends will testify against him.
It’s a tale of Scorpionic extremes on an almost Shakespearean scale; the rise to power against incredible odds through sheer determination and will; the achievement of mastery in the physical domain; the exposure of realities considered taboo, empowering those with different bodily configurations who might once have felt pressured to hide, to protect others from the uncomfortable evidence of illness or injury, and by extension, mortality, and the transformative themes of sex, death, love, loss, pain pride and power. There is a cognitive dissonance caused by feeling all these things simultaneously; admiration and apprehension, attraction and repulsion, but it can force open our empathy circuits (if only incrementally). This is Scorpio’s lesson to all of us, and its gift to the world.
(Charts courtesy of Astrotheme)