I’ve been undecided whether I would or could write anything this week, as I am in the midst of Scorpio in all its glory… death, regeneration and rebirth. But we have a potent full Moon in Taurus…. So here I am and here it is…
Last Friday, my dearest mom, aged 91, slipped gently out of this physical realm and entered into her next adventure. In the days leading up to her passing, I was privileged enough to sit at her bedside and just be with her. As she started the process of separating from her physical body, her spirit seemed to grow stronger and brighter. A peace that I had not seen before in her, started to emerge. Gone were the masks, the pretences, the control, the struggle – all that remained was innocent acceptance of the next stage of her journey. We were not able to communicate with many words, but there was absolute understanding on other levels.
She is now free and those of us who loved her get to grieve the loss of her in our lives, whilst at the same time, celebrate her life and her liberation …. The words of William Blake have been coming back to me with each new wave of emotion.
Joy and Woe are woven fine
A clothing for the soul Divine
Under every grief and pine
Runs a joy with silken twine
And so –this brings me to the astrology for the next couple of weeks, starting with the full moon on the 6th November. Being in Taurus (opposite the sun in Scorpio) we are being asked to re-define what life and death and security actually mean to us. Does security mean that our physical bodies are healthy, our homes secure, that we’re succeeding in our work, earning enough money or that our relationships are thriving? Everything in the physical realm is in a state of flux and transformation all the time, so really, the only reality is right here… right now.
We try so hard to control and hang onto things that need to change and the more we do that, the more we suffer. Over the last week, in fact the last few months, as I have watched my mom’s physical body start to decline, I’ve had lesson after lesson in surrender. The little “Miss Fix-it” part of me was placed in a position where she had no use at all. I could do absolutely nothing to change the situation. All I could “do” was “be” there in the moment. And now, all I can “do” is “be” here in this one and the next and the next– accepting it all. If tears need to flow, then so be it. If joy swells in my heart then welcome to that too.
This is an intense time for us all, with a stellium (group) of planets all in Scorpio, as well as Mars joining with Pluto on the 10 November. Mars and Pluto are both rulers of Scorpio, so elevating the Scorpionic theme. This means highly charged emotional energy, with things coming to a head both personally and globally. That said, we could all do with taking a few deeeeep breaths before we react. Under the giant spotlight will be our relationships – to other people, to money and how we earn it, to what we value and to anything which we believe gives us security. It’s also about passion – in our physical relationships and our lives in general. Are we playing it safe, putting off our happiness until some time in the future, or are we entering life fully, as if this was our last year, our last week, our last day on earth? We really don’t know when this physical incarnation is going to be over and we all know it can be… in the flash of an eye.
With this in mind, how can we re-ignite our life sparks, how can we inject passion into our lives and relationships? How can we release the old, to make room for the new?How can we show the important people in our lives that we love them and say what we need to say to them, before its too late?
Can we free ourselves while we’re still alive, by dropping the masks, being real and accepting our lives, ourselves and others for exactly who and what they are… warts and all. What a liberation!