2017 Scorpio Astrology:
23 October – 21 November
Industrious Mars in Aquarius activates your 4th house of home and family as the year begins, making this a time for adjustments. Whatever repairs at home need to be made can be handled easily now, so don’t put off what you know must be done. This applies to actual physical repairs as well as interpersonal improvements, which can be tricky. Of course, with Saturn in your sign squaring Mars during the first week, it might seem like all of your attempts at improvement are thwarted, but just give it a little time. You may have to take the lead in getting things started, but that will be the norm for some time to come. It’s important to work together as a team with your family members, otherwise projects can quickly deteriorate into mutinies. The New Moon in Capricorn on January 11th connects with powerful Pluto, communicative Mercury, and affectionate Venus in your 3rd house of communication, giving you a chance to state your case to whoever needs to hear it. With Uranus activating your 6th house of health and service, you may need to set the boundaries with a coworker who has been having trouble taking a hint!
With Jupiter in clever Gemini and your 8th house of other people’s resources for the first half of the year, you should be able to make impressive gains in your finances… people are betting on you to win! The month of May should be especially fortunate, with many of you earning bonuses, winning awards, and receiving gifts. Pay off debts and save what you can now, as with all things, this is just a season and it will pass. Expansive Jupiter activates your 9th house of travel and adventure after June 26th, giving you an opportunity to expand your horizons. The second half of the year is a fortuitous time for travel, whether it is for business or for pleasure. It’s also a great time to reach out to in-laws or other relatives at a distance, as feelings of good will are strong. If you are involved in legal pursuits, education, or publishing, you may find that doors finally begin to appear where there seemed to be a brick wall before.
On Your Shoulders
Saturn moving through Scorpio and your 1st house of personality and appearance may leave you feeling like everything is riding on your shoulders. Over the next two years or so, you’ll be called upon to carry your share of the load and then some, with people depending on you to deliver. This is a time of heavy obligations and hard work, but chances are good you’ve been nominated because you are seen as the best person for the job. You may be in a position of authority now, with others reporting back to you and looking to you for direction. There may be moments when it all seems a bit much for you… if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, find a quiet, peaceful place to recover. Several transits will trigger Saturn’s influence in your 1st house this year, including a Mercury Retrograde and a few lunations. You will want to be exceptionally conscientious and disciplined so that you can defend your performance if and when your authority and competency are questioned.
The year gets off to a fun start with Venus in happy-go-lucky Sagittarius and your 2nd house of finances and values. If you have some extra cash, you’ll enjoy hitting the New Year’s Sales! The Goddess of Love moves into your 3rd house of communication and community on January 9th, meeting up with Pluto, Lord of Regeneration, on January 17th. This is a time of transformation for you, especially related to your opinions and how you communicate them to others. Neighbors and siblings are of greater concern to you as they may be going through profound changes and difficulties. Venus moves into progressive Aquarius and your 4th house of home and family on February 2nd, bringing greater harmony and innovation to your home life. However, as Venus squares Saturn around February 11th, you may feel unappreciated or frustrated with those who share your roof. As mentioned before, Saturn will be imposing heavy responsibilities on you this year, and there will be times when you are tired of having to be the grown-up!
Fortunately, Venus makes a splash into simpatico Pisces and your 5th house of how you find joy on February 26th, joining forces with mystical Neptune. For all the hard work you’ve had to do lately, here is a brief respite that will have you laughing in the rain and dancing under the stars. Whether falling in love for the first time or falling all over again, you will be inspired and amused. Venus enters fiery Aries and your 6th house of health and service on March 22nd, inspiring you to improve working and living conditions for yourself and those around you. With revolutionary Uranus in your 6th house for several years to come, you can truly reinvent the way you live your life. This is a great time to practice random and senseless acts of beauty and kindness, which can have a miraculous effect on your own state of mind.
Venus moves into sensual Taurus and your 7th house of marriage and partnerships on April 15th, bringing love and affection back into your closest relationships. If you are single, this is the perfect time to meet someone special. Try to make as much time as possible for your significant other… it should pay off nicely by the time Venus moves into Gemini and your 8th house of sex and intimacy on May 9th. The 8th house also signifies other people’s resources, making this a good time to ask for any help you might need. In fact, as jolly Jupiter blends with lovely Venus, you could even be the beneficiary of a generous gift or settlement! You are due for a sweet escape after June 3rd, when Venus moves into Cancer and your 9th house of travel and adventure. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, you can expect to have a lovely time. Venus roars into Leo and your 10th house of career and public standing on June 27th, making you the office darling. Your boss and other authority figures will notice your efforts and possibly even reward you in the form or a raise or promotion. Celebrate with your pals after July 22nd, when Venus moves into Virgo and your 11th house of friends and associates. This is a great time for singles to meet compatible playmates, so be open to getting together with the friends of your friends.
Your social life slows down after Venus enters peace-loving Libra and your 12th house of secrets and solitude on August 16th, urging you to slow down and reflect upon your relationships. Traditionally, this is a time of secret affairs and clandestine activity, but in modern times it often signifies working selflessly and in a charitable way. Mystery minded Scorps will enjoy the opportunity to sleuth out information behind the scenes as people are more willing to give up their secrets to you! Once Venus enters your sign and 1st house of personality on September 11th, you’ll be back in the spotlight. People are strongly attracted to you and eager to earn your favor, so take this opportunity to push your own agenda. You’re in the money after October 7th, when Venus enters optimistic Sagittarius and your 2nd house of personal finance. This is another good time to ask for a raise or seek a promotion, as Venus gives your finances a boost and attracts good fortune.
On November 5th, Venus enters practical Capricorn and your 3rd house of communication, helping you to find the words you need to open doors. Spending time with neighbors and siblings is favored, and you will be especially good at cheering up those who need a boost. Because Pluto is here for several years to come, this transit may bring up issues that occurred back in January. Everything regarding this house will be experienced more intensely as Pluto leads you through personal transformation. In the case of the 3rd house, you will be examining your relationships to your community as well as how you process information. Venus turns retrograde on December 21st, which means she will remain in your 3rd house until March 2014, giving you months to consider your relationships to your siblings and neighbors, and also to better understand how and why you form the opinions that you do.
Most of you should enjoy a fairly calm year when it comes to home and family… no extensive repairs, big moves, or other types of upheaval appear to be indicated! Your neighborhood may be more of an issue, with the long transit of Pluto in your 3rd house of community for the next several years. Pluto can be seen as strong medicine that is able to destroy all the bad bacteria so that a healthy balance might be regained, making this a fantastic time to be involved in the repairing and rebuilding of an older, deteriorating area. Your children or the children in your life may also be a concern as foggy Neptune takes a slow journey through your 5th house of children and creativity. They may suffer from hard to diagnose illnesses or emotional difficulties, so try to be patient and supportive. The best remedy for what ails you or your family members will be the freedom of creativity, so enjoy every opportunity you have to engage in pleasurable hobbies and activities.
Uranus continues the slow journey through your 6th house of health and service to others this year, making your health a bit unpredictable. Alternative health practices such as Yoga, aromatherapy, and therapeutic massage are all practices you might explore, as managing your stress will be a priority. Keep in mind that Saturn in your sign is putting even more pressure on your health and it is very likely that you will need to rest and guard your health more as you work harder than ever. Responsibilities at work, especially those that come up at the last minute, will keep you on your toes and working overtime. Accidents caused by fatigue are more likely, especially during the month of September. Remember that lack of planning on the part of others does not constitute an emergency on your part, and only step in when you actually have the time, energy, and resources to do so. No need to be a martyr!
As mentioned earlier in this forecast, stern Saturn in your sign will have you putting in a lot of overtime this year, in all aspects of your life, including your job. In most cases this is because you have been placed in a position of authority and responsibility, and you are prepared for duty. This may have come with a raise in pay, so you should be able to spend a little more, save a little more, and live comfortably. Jupiter’s presence in your 8th house of taxes and other people’s resources could translate to plenty of funding coming your way, but avoid taking out large loans unless absolutely necessary. During the second half of the year, you may have career opportunities that will include travel. Don’t turn down something that is the dream of a lifetime! It could lead to even more prosperity in 2014.
What does Mercury Retrograde hold for you this year? Mercury goes retrograde three times a year for about three weeks each time. During these retrogrades, you can expect miscommunication, delays in travel, and breakdowns in machinery and appliances. Usually these breakdowns are due to neglect or lack of attention to detail and the retrograde period simply brings this to the surface. It’s often a good idea to hold off on making any important decisions, purchases, or signing contracts when Mercury is retrograde. Brides who are planning weddings should certainly consult an astrologer to avoid scheduling the Big Day during a retrograde! On the positive side, Mercury retrograde is excellent for research and investigation. It is a time to go over everything carefully, looking for loopholes, mistakes, and weaknesses. Here are this year’s Mercury retrogrades and how they are likely to impact you:
February 23rd-March 17th, Mercury Retrograde in Pisces, 5th House
This Retrograde may feel like a repeat of last year as Mercury went retrograde in your 5th house about at almost the exact same time in 2012! However, this time around, you’ll be more prepared for the snafus it can cause with children, romance, and creative projects. Artists among you could suffer from a lack of inspiration or writer’s block, leading to frustration, especially if a project is due! The children in your life may have difficulty expressing themselves, so try to listen to their body language and tone to determine what’s really going on. Romantic comedies of error are likely, so try to keep a good sense of humor with your sweetheart. Fortunately, once Mercury turns direct you can sort everything out and move forward.
June 26th-July 20th, Mercury Retrograde in Cancer, 9th House
When Mercury turns retrograde in your 9th house of travel and adventure, you might find some delays in your schedule and some problems in your plans. If you are on an actual journey, get ready for a detour or two. Events related to education or legal issues could hit a snag, making it necessary for you to do some extra research. Take your time and think everything through carefully, and by the time Mercury turns direct on July 20th, you will have everything sorted out nicely! Think of this as an opportunity to research, reflect, and revise as needed.
October 21st-November 10th, Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio, 1st House
Again, here is another retrograde that takes you back in time as Mercury revisits your 1st house of personality and appearance. This time around Saturn is involved, adding a note of greater seriousness. You may find yourself having difficulty speaking up, or perhaps you think it’s not worth it to try, but you’ll need to find your voice no matter what the consequences. What you say will carry a lot of weight and have a profound impact on your next moves. Above all, be true to yourself! By the time Mercury turns direct on November 10th, you’ll see the road ahead more clearly.
Your personal New Moon occurs on November 3rd, signaling the dawn of your Personal New Year. This is the best opportunity of the year for a new beginning, so don’t hesitate to create a fresh start. Think back on the past year and consider what you want to create in the coming year, using the wisdom you have gained. The closer the New Moon is to your actual birthday, the more impact it will have, so make a wish for all you desire in the coming year! Like everyone else, you face many challenges, but this is your chance to set your intentions and goals for the coming days. Celebrate simply being yourself and every new opportunity you are given.
Your Full Moon happens on April 25th and represents the culmination of what you started 6 months ago during your New Moon in November 2012. This tends to be a highly emotional time, as the Moon represents our feelings and responses. Decisions you made around your last birthday are now beginning to bear fruit, for better or for worse. Some of you may have encountered obstacles in your path and have had to change course. You will need your mate, best friend, or partner to be supportive and understanding as you move forward, so keep the lines of communication clear. Express yourself openly and honestly, and celebrate your progress while planning for what still lies ahead.
Eclipses indicate change in the area of life they impact, and are often felt for much longer than regular lunations. In cases where the eclipse makes a close aspect to planets or angles in your chart, they can be felt for up to a year. Here is what to look for during the eclipse cycle of 2017:
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio on April 25th may be very intense for you as it occurs in your sign. You will not be able to pretend that you are anything other than who you are, so don’t even bother to try! With somber Saturn involved, you may be feeling overburdened and under appreciated. You may need to come up with a better way to utilize your support system, especially if you feel your most significant other has been missing in action. Don’t hesitate to ask for the help you need!
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Taurus on May 10th may signal the beginning of a new partnership for you. Some of you may even be getting married now, or otherwise cementing a relationship. Those of you who are already partnered will need to consider that your mate needs an opportunity to grow, and in fact your relationship depends on the ability of both of you to evolve over time. Be open to positive changes!
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on May 25th activates your 2nd house of values and finances, bringing to fruition much of what you have worked on for the past six months. If you’ve been diligent and been blessed by good fortune, you should see some impressive dividends. If you’ve been less than conscientious about your work, you might find yourself with a bit of a financial hangover. Your personal values are also in the spotlight… are you walking the walk, or just talking the talk? The answer to that will hold the key to what transpires during this lunation!
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Aries on October 18th may be the most unpredictable of the year, as it combines with erratic Uranus in your 6th house of health and service. If you haven’t been taking care of yourself, you can expect to at least under the weather at this time, and if you are overly stressed out, you are more at risk for accidents. Some of you may be dealing with issues in the workplace, especially related to difficult coworkers. It’s time to remain calm and take care of business.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on November 3rd activates your 1st house of personality and is a preview to events that could occur during the Full Moon in Taurus on November 17th. Because Mercury is also retrograde at this time, you could be dealing with misunderstandings and delays that make your life difficult. Saturn has been in this house long enough for you to know what is expected of you, so hang in there while everyone else seems to have gone crazy. If you have been having difficulty with your mate, best friend, or business partner, now is the time to have a constructive conversation.
The Scorpion – Description and Personality
Astrologically speaking, the Sun stands for your inner nature and stamps your innermost
character. Slinky Scorpio is your sign, so the Sun blazed in a passionate water sign on
your birthday. Scorpio, the eighth sign of the Zodiac, is feminine, ruled by fierce Mars,
the warrior planet and dark Pluto, the planet of transformation. A fixed (strong and
solid) sign, Scorpio governs will and authority. Scorpio people are passionate and
emotional, with very deep feelings. Although you are a loyal and dedicated friend, you are
fiercely competitive, subject to fits of vindictive jealousy – and can be quite
manipulative in pursuit of your goals.
Symbols for Scorpio are the scorpion, a ground-dwelling killer with a poisonous sting in
its tail, and the eagle, a far-seeing predator soaring above petty problems into the
spiritual sky. Scorpio’s real involvement is not primarily based on love or even pleasure,
but on the control and understanding of human emotions and the role they play in the
mysterious processes of life and death. Though you may not spend your life pondering the
mysteries of life and death, you are inquisitive and probing, fascinated with how things
and people work. Your mental and physical powers of recuperation are remarkable — and
truly evolved (eagle) Scorpios can learn to use their power to help and inspire others.
Determined Scorpio can be rather stubborn and resistant to imposed changes. In many ways
this is a plus, for it gives you the stamina to accomplish things in life, due to your
tenacity. On the surface you may seem easy-going, congenial, and gregarious, but you are
also extremely tenacious with a need to manipulate and control your situations.
Keys to your success are a strong will and the ability to get to the bottom of things. You
want answers and will doggedly persist until you get them.
The fiery energy of Mars shines out when you are enthusiastic; it attracts and inspires
others. Your intensity can be overwhelming, but also subtle, for your considerable energy
is not aroused or employed just to have something to do — as is often the case with Aries,
the other Mars-ruled personality. Unlike Aries, Scorpio is not openly combative, unless it
becomes necessary. Your privacy is tightly protected, so others only get to know you up to
a point. You may not show any sign of inner struggle, but when you are after something (or
someone) your determination is fierce — and should you not be favoured in the outcome, you
are neither a willing nor a gracious loser. Nevertheless, you are not arrogant, being
genuinely interested in others and what they have to say, although you often exhibit a
self-sufficiency which implies there isn’t much you don’t already know.
The transformative energy of Pluto motivates you as you delve into the deepest mysteries
of life. Whether you are trying to get to the bottom of a murder or some heinous crime, or
whether you are saving a life through your surgical skills, or pursuing a meditative
magical mystery tour, you characteristically seek to uncover the truth or to transform raw
materials into things of great power and beauty. Relationships are not exempt from this
probing, so anyone involved with you must prepare for profound changes in themselves,
their mysterious partner and the relationship itself.
Emotions govern your first reactions to every experience in life. Although instinctive
emotions generate the strongest motivations for your behaviour, you are not prone to
wearing your heart on your sleeve (unlike the other Water Signs, those feeling-oriented
Cancerians and Pisceans). You need to dominate relationships and rarely display your true
feelings, holding back something of yourself, even at your most open and communicative
moments. Although you may not intentionally set out to be mysterious, you manage to appear enigmatic anyway. You hate being crossed or manipulated, and can react to such treatment with sarcasm and vengefulness.
Scorpio rules the reproductive organs and excretory system, so those with Scorpio active
in their charts suffer headaches, infections and fevers, along with various illnesses to
do with what used to be called the secret parts. You have, however, a strong constitution
and can usually overcome your problems – many of which are of your own making, due to your clandestine activities.
Scorpio colours are red, black, midnight blue, and emerald green. Scorpio rules metallic iron and your birthstone is the topaz. Topaz, one of the hardest minerals, cannot be cut with a knife. It is yet another representation of the impenetrable Scorpio nature. Scorpio flowers include the anemone, heather, and gardenia.