Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis
“How does one kill fear, I wonder? How do you shoot a spectre through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by its spectral throat?” –Joesph Conrad
Effective Date- Oct. 31, 2016
“Abandon all hope ye who enter here.” We have wandered to a threshold. This is the part in our new fairy tale when we meet the monster at the gate, and much like Cerberus, it has many heads and a bottomless appetite. What the hell is this monster approaching and how can we fight it? Much like Hercules, we have 12 labors we must face throughout the year. Scorpio season provides the part of the tale when we must descend into the underworld in order to plant our roots firm in something real and unavoidable, primal and primordial, so that we may catapult ourselves toward “the heavens.” But before we start digging, I must remind you that old ghosts will be disturbed. Shadow work wakes the dead. May I suggest aiming for the head?
The Sun (6 of Cups), Moon (The Star), Mercury (4 of Swords), Jupiter (The Lovers), Neptune (Death)- Well well well, look what we have here! Pleasure seeking behavior. What is it, that saying for Scorpio? Oh yeah. “I desire.” So here is an interesting tug and pull that I’m seeing: there will be a battle in you between deep desires and shallow desires. One side of you will really, really want to have your pleasantries and pretend like war isn’t knocking at our door. If you ignore it, then it will go away, right? This is the soma of the Brave New World variety – the drug that will give you happiness and bliss.
“Was and will make me ill,
I take a gram and only am.” – Brave New World
Don’t you want bliss? Come on, everyone does, don’t they? We need our mind numbing experiences so that we can avoid the surgery that must be performed. Unfortunately, Heretics, if something is eating you alive from the inside, it must be met with a knife. We are all mindlessly seeking bliss and spitting on any hard experiences, but the hard experiences are the incisions that will get the hurt out – that is – if we work with them and through them instead of trembling before them. Essentially, choosing this route is like choosing to dive into the horde of zombies coming your way instead of fighting tooth and nail, bleeding and screaming to survive.
If we decide to press on instead of run away into flights of fancy, we have chosen the way of deeper desire. During this time, Mercury will be in Scorpio and our torture session will have already begun. This is a crow bar energy, but listen to me – if you allow the unearthing to happen, it will be so fucking healing for you. Let them out, all of these ghosts rattling inside of your head. Let them out into the light so that they can be exposed to the sunlight and shrivel up into dust. The things we deeply desire are a core part of our instincts, and we have been denying them in a delusional attempt to rid ourselves of them. Pushing them deep into our subconscious makes mangled beasts out of them, and they will just come back – pop up in the most unexpected of places and proceed to scare the shit out of you. Nope nope, let that pressure out, darling, like a volcano. Allow the merger between the subconscious and the conscious mind to create together without fear. The creative force that the two have when playing nice together is immeasurable and will give you the vision that you need to move forward. Don’t be afraid to merge the seemingly “polar opposites” inside of yourself. You can be powerful and still make others feel wanted and needed. You can be confident and humble. You can be hard in order to be kind. You can combine many seemingly opposing things at once and create something far beyond both of them.
Let the illusion die. If you allow your energy to be sapped by the masses – if you allow yourself to become dumbed down and content with what they tell you is your lot in life – you will waste the ability to reach anything sacred because you were scared. If you don’t deal with these things, they will come out to play in some brutal ways. Essentially this is the gate that lets them out to hunt, and either you’re slaying them at the gate or you’re hiding behind a rock and letting them through to haunt and torture everyone in your life (including you threefold).
Venus (3 of Pentacles), Saturn (King of Swords), and Pluto (7 of Cups, 2 of Cups)- We must step back and be very fucking careful, like a surgeon would, while diving into each other. Like I mentioned in Mercury in Scorpio, you must be very careful who you allow to alchemicly merge with you in these ways. Some people are very unstable and have an unhealthy relationship with their subconscious. They board themselves up on an island (this is the conscious mind) and hiss at the massive ocean that surrounds them. They push their fears into the waters and get spooked when sea creatures come for visits. The fear of the unknown applies to the unknown inside of us as much as the unknown outside of us. Then there are the people who are truly your partners in crime. Think of this like your zombie apocalypse team. Who do you want at your back? Choose those that you feel that deep, primal chemistry with – in your mind and in your body – and blend together to sniff out the illusions together. If you don’t have a team in your personal life, find them elsewhere. May I suggest Nietzsche or Jung? Those fuckers come to the aid with tanks. We must rabble together to unravel. This is the perfect moon for getting nose to nose with your shadow – using those you trust as a mirror to peer into yourself. It wont be easy, and with the King of Sword’s influence, it will get difficult as fuck to have some of the conversations that need to be had. But, remember what you have to lose; meeting your deep desires.
Mars (8 of Wands) and Uranus (Hangman)- Crosses to bear, suffering, wound of christ
“The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable.” – Charles Buckowski
You will receive your visions only when you take action. Mars rewards bravery. He is the god of war and king of all things flesh related. Act from your lower chakras (that’s the root, sacral and solar plexus) if you want to get the answers you seek. Listen to your gut – your instincts – and the visions will come very quickly. You must rebel and fight, and you will be rewarded. Both Mars and Uranus seek a fight, and they are both promising us illumination. Both the 8 of Wands and the Hangman offer us glimpses into the other side, but only if we make radical moves. Mars will be in Capricorn, forcing us to get to work and construct our ideals. Uranus in Aries will tell us all of this must come from our essence or it is futile. Here, Uranus is in Mars’ home sign – the ram, so the energies work well together. Innovate and change – go after the things you want with a bloodthirsty, warrior attitude and you will get your promised peak through the looking glass.
This is a great scrying moon, so I suggest doing a bit of that during the dark hours of Halloween. Tap in and speak to the essence, the primal beast inside of you, and see what it wants to tell you. You are going to need it’s help if you are going to fight the things inside of you that threaten to obscure your connection. A hero must tap into their inner source in order to fight the nightmares that need to be fought. Durga channeled all her rage into the being that is Kali Ma so that she may slay the demons, and the lioness headed goddess Sekhmet, the beast, was the Egyptian’s symbolic depiction of “the source.” This “source” is the thing that protects and accompanies the Truth (Sekhmet protects the goddess of truth, Ma’at). Tap into your primal source, let it stalk the night. Batman needed to become the night in order to fight the night. You need to merge the parts of yourself in order to win against the horde you are about to face. Or, you know, you can let it swallow you into the depths of the void and slip back into either numbed down pleasantries, self-distrust, self-hate, and a whole slew of other chi sucking mind states.
Again, I must warn you, choosing to fight instead of take the soma is going to be painful. Fuck, it’s going to be practically unbearable at times, but you must continue looking into the light no matter how much your eyes burn. We have a long way to go, and the last thing you want holding you back is your own goddamn self.