Venus and Mars are exactly conjunct today, and not only is this great for lovers, but it is also great for creativity of all kinds! Artists, take advantage of this energy!
Mercury moved into Scorpio today, and so the Messenger God begins a journey into nocturnal territory, along with the Sun. Scorpio is about the most intense and powerful depth available.. It is said : She who cannot hex, cannot heal. A controversial statement to be sure; one that has been debated many times, and can be taken a lot of ways.
I'm going to quote from one of my own blog posts from a while back:
"I think that if one is to do magick well and with real ovarios, one must be able to truly see oneself authentically. Otherwise there is too much unconscious shadow in the working. If one sees oneself as a practitioner of Light and Healing only, then its almost 100% likely that there is a lot of shadow material present. No one is all light and goodness. To see oneself in this way is willful naiveté. It’s also dangerous. The brightest light casts the darkest shadow.
I think that in order to be a powerful... one has to be aware of, and accept, Shadow. We have to know that we have Shadow, and to embrace this part of ourselves. we...must be able to travel into the Underworld and deal with the Shades and Shadows who live there. Like Persephone, we all must become initiated Queen in our own personal Underworld spaces.
Part of the job of the Queen of Darkness is the ability to curse. It’s just a part of the deal. We must have the balls to use this power sometimes. Not a lot. Not every time someone gives us a hard time. But when it counts, we need to know what we are doing. And we can’t be guilty or ashamed about it. It needs to be owned.
...perhaps we curse knowing that it will come back to us. 'When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.' --Friedrich Nietzsche. We lose innocence. Maybe more. But this is the part that takes courage. This is the sacrifice.
Scorpio, the 8th sign of the Zodiac and ruled by Pluto (Persephone), is the sign that deals with both hexing and healing. Scorpio natives are known for being the best in the Zodiac at seeing deeply into any situation. When unevolved, Scorpio can be all too ready with her stinger when she feels crossed. Then, maybe the need for a new way to handle things comes along, a need to integrate the dark psyche to become more whole emerges. There can be resistance, swinging the other way, a time of going through a 'no, not me, I only use MY powers for good!' denial stage. But when evolved, she soars above resentment and denial, and uses her deep powers for knowing the right time for the right medicine.
We all have Scorpio somewhere in our astrological charts, representing the area in which these transformations can happen.
Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious.--Carl Gustav Jung
I think of the veterinarian who has to euthanize the 4 legged. Or the surgeon who must cut into the body to get to the cancer. The friend who must tell the friend about the infidelity. The Fall that takes away the Summer, and the Winter that must give birth to the Spring. Where does the healing end and the hexing begin? And vice versa? They are two sides of the same thing."