Pluto Pathwork – See it to Shift it: Astrology of 10/2 – 10/8
Welcome back! I’m writing to you this week from the states again, after a month in Bali. I learned so much while I was there that I can hardly wait to really, fully integrate into what I share with you in these forecasts, in courses, and one-on-one support.
If you’ve been following me for a while, it may be familiar to hear that when any planet is stationing direct or retrograde, its archetype is a more potent and felt experience at that time. This week starts with a Pluto station, and Mercury and Venus enter Scorpio (a Pluto-ruled sign), so it’s definitely a strong vibe at the moment!
Pluto is not often a comfortable energy by any means – but it can be exhilarating! Positive Pluto experiences are about feeling connected to our own power and magnetism and feeling the magic of synergy, connection, and win-win situations where all parties involved are enhanced by the exchange. This is feeling juicy, electric energy coursing through your whole body, or noticing that just as a desire appears in your consciousness it seems to be fulfilled by your reality (dang you’re magnetic!!). Uncomfortable Pluto experiences are the opposite – feeling blocked or excruciatingly limited in some way. And the Pluto path relates to the arch of evolution and transformation that occurs from disempowerment to empowerment. We find ourselves getting in touch with inner and outer resources we simply didn’t know how to connect with before, that aid us in exceeding our prior limitations. Amazing process – but comfortable? No. Rewarding, rich, even aesthetically pleasurable and profound? Definitely.
Let us entertain the idea that being in alignment, being magnetic, being in an abundant garden reality, and being the love that we are, all are natural states. Whatever we struggle with, whatever we are hung up about it, or whatever causes us a deep inner sense of angst, are all just blocks to that natural state, like stagnant Qi, or dams obstructing the natural flow of a river.
The pathwork highlighted this week can be around discovering how to release blocks that are arising in our consciousness as major sources of disempowerment or frustration. Whether we peel off layers or get to the core, the process itself is rich and quite likely, our curriculum as souls having a human experience.
Be kind to yourself this week – one of Pluto’s expressions can be that devil-on-your-shoulder vibe. If this voice is louder or more obvious than usual, take it as a kind of insight of what you are transforming right now. It’s hard to change something that we can’t even see.
I have some exciting new episodes of Magic of the Spheres to share with you all in the coming weeks! There was not a new episode last week, so invite you to dig back into the archives. There’s some solo episodes by me about my path (which to be honest, has been pretty Plutonic) and some seriously electric interviews with incredible people, friends, and colleagues. While some episodes are astrological, the overall theme for the podcast is spiritual lifestyle and personal development, and listeners have already been finding this show inspiring, permission-giving, healing, and life-changing. So if you haven’t already tuned in, go check it out where you tune into podcasts, and tell your friends!
Here’s our week:
October 2, 2019
Pluto stations direct in 20 Capricorn: 11:39 PM PDT
Pluto stations after just making a square to Venus in Libra. Many people have felt ongoing insecurities around self-esteem or physical appearance flare up, perhaps made all the more intense by stationing Pluto. Stationing planets heighten in intensity, and it’s already Pluto, one of the most intense archetypes in astrology – a planet of our deepest psychological complexes and our deepest disempowerment/empowerment stories. Mixed in with Venus and Libra, we may be feeling into our edges of where our complexes around self-esteem or physical beauty are becoming inhibitive, and therefore a place where breakthrough feels paramountly necessary.
In addition to self-esteem and physical beauty, some other themes that may be relevant at the moment are: our attachment to how others perceive us versus how we validate ourselves; our willingness/capacity to face conflict within relationship as opposed to codependency and not rocking the boat; the urge to take accountability for patterns of relationship dysfunction that we have projected onto the “other” time and time again while ignoring our own unconscious hooks or complicity within the situation; our relationship with social structures and the privileges they afford or dis-afford us; transforming or taking deeper ownership of our core values.
Whatever *issues* are flaring up for us, we are likely to desire a resolution that is profound, rather than superficial. Superficial resolutions will not feel satisfying, nor will they pass through our laser vision that detects and scans for dishonesty. The degree to which we cannot find a resolution can cause an immense sense of frustration and angst. Often the resolution can be found by new and perhaps innovative (innovative to us) methods, not the old methods which we have already beaten trenches into the ground with.
One of the deepest fears attached to any of these storylines is that the issue or the pain associated with the issue “will last forever”. To the degree that we actually believe or fear that, we may practice forms of suppression to avoid thoroughly dealing with the pain (why look at it if it will last forever anyway? Better to just distract ourselves!). If we can lessen our association with this fear, we may have more courage to actually process and move through what is coming up. Additionally, we are always empowered by the strength of the container – the therapeutic setting, for example, or the life circumstances we find ourselves in. In survival mode and adverse circumstances, for example, we will be too preoccupied with basic needs and not exactly about to process our childhood wounds. Give yourself some credit for the stability in your life that has allowed you the space to process what you are processing.
It is quite likely that whatever we are facing at a personal level is something highly connected to the social matrix we are a part of, meaning you are totally not in this alone. There may be vast assistance available in terms of people who have overcome a similar thing to you, as well as vast potential for you to assist others in the future because of the experiences you are having now. Think about the experiences your soul signed up to have & seek to remember that deeper power within you.
If there is pain or trauma coiled and wrapped around our pursuit of what we desire (or we have built defenses against what we desire, because it feels too overpowering), this can be a time of breaking those walls down. We may experience insights and breakthroughs about ongoing issues in a way that feels like only time and experience really allowed us to access.
October 3, 2019
Mercury enters Scorpio: 1:14 AM PDT
(Image: Kavan the Kid)
Mercury will stay in Scorpio until December 9, 2019 – a longer stay in this sign due to Mercury’s upcoming retrograde October 31. Stay tuned later in the month for information on the retrograde.
Mercury in Scorpio correlates with a kind of consciousness that can help us track the thoughts behind the thoughts. At some point of alignment the words may actually pinpoint the sentiment, the words “cut to the point”. But what about all the times one thing is being said or thought but something else is actually there behind it? Mercury in Scorpio can be all about diving into that deeper undercurrent beneath and behind what is explicitly stated. Naturally, this proclivity also invites us to engage with themes around trust/distrust and honesty/dishonesty.
The discernment required in Mercury in Scorpio is how to tell the difference between penetrating insight and paranoia. This is also connected to unresolved trauma we may still be storing in the body/consciousness that causes us to read into situations in a distorted way. *This is not to say that we should not trust ourselves.* However, it is to say that our perceptions may shift if we detox the nervous system. Many of us have already played with changing our perception on purpose and noticing how our reality shifts accordingly – like when we tote around a preoccupation with people disliking us, we are more likely to negatively read into neutral situations, versus when we believe that we are inherently worthy we start to notice people being drawn toward us.
Mars enters Libra: 9:22 PM PDT
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Mars will stay in Libra until November 19.
Often you may find interpretations of Mars in signs that seem out of its intuitive vibe – like Cancer, Libra, or Pisces – as weakened or debilitated somehow, and while some of the interpretations may be insightful, I don’t think the overall angle is. It’s kind of like saying only a traditional jock is masculine. It is more useful to tune into what Mars is doing through the different signs, uniquely. The reality is that Mars boosts and adds vitality to what it touches, and the energies it touches can add vitality back to it. Working with Mars through the signs is like learning different sports, and these sports come with different gameplans.
Mars in Libra activities could be some of the following: authentic relating games; initiating courtship; making an invitation/extending toward another; dance and other forms of exercise which have a highlighted aesthetic component; enthusiastic collaborations; conflict resolution; having arguments with people in our lives rather than trying to play it off like everything is okay; actively expressing interest in another person; active listening; making an actual point to check in with someone we’re close to.
Mars in Libra can relate to open conflict – discord with others which is out in the open air (as opposed to below the surface or side-skirted). We may observe more conflicts appearing in our relationships and social circles. At best, this can bring necessary fire into our relationships, a sense of vitality and deeper connection. There has to be some willingness to engage, though.
If your intention in having conflict is to end a connection, you can voice that. If your intention in having conflict is to strengthen a connection and work through an obstacle, you can also voice that.
Outside of conflict, Mars in Libra also energies our charismatic and charming qualities. Charisma is quite disarming in its own way. We may feel a sense of heightened camaraderie with people who harmonize with us at this flirty, playful, even seductive level.
October 6, 2019
Mercury in 5 Scorpio opposite Uranus in 5 Taurus: 11:17 PM PDT
There is a degree to which our negative fixations and obsessions (our focus on lack, our focus on not having, our focus on flaws, etc.) is connected as well to a lack of receptivity toward what we actually do want. This may not feel like the case when all we want more than anything is the thing we feel we do not have. But wanting and grasping is not the same thing as allowing. Sink into the energetics and the feelings for a moment. Does the energy feel clenched and gripping? The psychic martial arts here are to loosen our attachment and constriction around the situation and to relax into a place of receptivity.
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Many higher self, or even nervous system, teachings (the higher self and nervous system are both Uranian) stress that our emotions give us feedback on our alignment with the higher self. Most of us carry around or routinely entertain thoughts that trigger dense feelings like shame, guilt, grief, sadness. But can you reach for some thoughts that give you chills or make you feel lighter inside? Those thoughts are connected to your higher self. This doesn’t mean that you cannot feel your true emotions. Having a great cry feels good for a reason, and we often feel lighter after the release. But see if you can play around with testing out your thoughts for how they land in your body – the feedback is incredible guidance.
October 7, 2019
Sun in 14 Libra square Saturn in 14 Capricorn: 12:07 PM PDT
While the Sun squares Saturn, Saturn is on the South Node of the Moon in Capricorn and the Sun squares the nodal axis. While some heavy themes may be up for review or clearing, there is an emphasis on increasing feeling and emotional fluidity – especially in places we have shut down from feeling in the past.
Consider the image of a stiff upper-lip or someone reprimanding another person to keep it together, to not cry, to keep their chin up. In some situations, holding it together is valuable. But wherever we are patterned and habituated to holding it together, we collect a lot of stiffness and dryness that has repercussions over time. At this time there is a considerable push to bring balance back into our lives through feeling the things we have not allowed ourselves to feel. We may have a difficult time fully doing this by ourselves – we may open Pandora’s Box if you will, of unfelt feelings, only to really need to process it with someone else.
This aspect may bring us into consideration of how to responsibly lean on others or responsibly allow others to lean on us – how to share support outside of co-dependent context. Consider for example, reaching out to someone for help processing something but letting them know that you will take care of yourself and/or speak with another person if they are unavailable. On the other side, this can relate to being honest about our capacity to hold space for others.
We may become more aware of the compulsion to be a martyr, to self-negate, or to wear masks just to make routine appearances or fit a certain role. Yet, rather than just going ahead and doing it, we might be considering if there is a more balanced way to approach the situation.
“Keeping it together” or “faking it till you make it” CAN be empowering in certain situations and doses. It can be a way of stepping out of endless insecurity, putting on the suit and just being a straight-up boss. But the issue with Capricorn is that whatever we repress or compartmentalize we eventually have to unpack – often we do so at a later time, when we have more emotional resource and experiences to inform the process. But we can’t just not do it – this leads to feeling hollow inside and disconnected.
Some balance can be found in relevant situations by addressing the needs and fears of the insecure inner-child, comforting ourselves, and then doing the big or responsible thing. You held the child’s hand during the process, rather than shutting them down.
October 8, 2019
Venus enters Scorpio: 10:06 AM PDT
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Venus will stay in Scorpio until November 1. Anyone remember last fall when Venus was in Scorpio and retrograde?! That was potent! Venus retrograde is of course, another story, but Venus in Scorpio is also a potent position for Venus. And here’s why… along with potential themes.
Venus in Scorpio brings up shadow-work through relationships, because the way that people mirror and trigger us reveals things we previously could not see before. This can be hidden power we have yet to own, as well as our hidden drives to manipulate or lie to get what we want in a shady way – which is not necessarily coming from a malevolent place, but a place of such deep need and not having yet unlocked higher forms of magnetism, and feeling that we must resort to lower methods. These patterns in the psyche are kicked up when we are so intensely attracted or desirous of someone or something that we feel overwhelmed by our own intense feelings and drives. Ultimately the work here is empowerment, owning our desires and our value, and learning how to create win-win situations rather than trying to “get” anything at the expense of ourselves and others. It’s really a self-worth issue. The more integrity we have in our sense of worth, the more magnetic we are, and the less we feel we have to trick anyone or reality.
Venus in Scorpio can push the edges of where we will connect with another – sharing secret fantasies, wounds we’ve never let our guard down enough to let anyone see, or otherwise hidden parts of us that feel deeply vulnerable to share. The transformation through being met at such a deep level is not just emotional, but spiritual.
The fear of abandonment and betrayal is part of the Scorpio archetype, and is the dark side of trust and vulnerability… does trust not imply the capacity that betrayal could occur? These deeper layers of intimacy are life-giving, and are probably not worth avoiding just because of the potential for betrayal. However, we may be considering how we personally develop trust and how we make the choice to trust in a way that is deeply authentic to us.
Thank you for meditating on the planets with me this week! I really appreciate you being here with me as I know that if you connect to this writing we have likemindedness and that is so special. Please share this article with a friend who you think would resonate!
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Sabrina Monarchis a soul-centered Evolutionary Astrologer who publishes weekly astrological forecasts, works with clients and teaches. She has been collecting astrological experience for over a decade. She is a novelist and is currently pursuing her masters in Philosophy. She also enjoys kundalini yoga, meditation and ashtanga yoga.