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Horoscopes by Corina Dross
It’s the season of the witch, y’all.
This month marks the transition from Libra to Scorpio, from a balance between light and dark (literally, at the equinox) to the onset of darkness. If Libra is the crisp light of early evening, Scorpio is the hour when colors darken and edges blur. Shapes lose their certainty and shadows loom, swimming with pinpricks of light. A dark smear on the floor might only be water, but it might be blood –or an animal, crouched and waiting. In this half-light, our eyes can’t be trusted.
Scorpio is famous as the sign of sex and death, but it also rules the underlying principle for each: shapeshifting. What happens when our edges blur, when miraculous and terrifying transformations are possible. Before a caterpillar becomes a moth it will spend weeks, if not months, as undifferentiated jelly. Cocooned and suspended under a leaf somewhere, it appears lifeless except for occasional twitching to deter predators. You can imagine if caterpillars were prey to the social pressures of our society they might find it hard to justify such a choice, or to convince peers, lovers, and bosses that this messy state is both temporary and miraculous in its importance. Our society has a terrible track record for correctly identifying what’s important. This month offers those of us already running alternate scripts the chance to verify the value of our experiments, even if the data coming in is still incomplete.
Though the Sun won’t move into Scorpio until late October, the major events of this month are the eclipses, which bring a distinctly Scorpionic undertone of darkness, death, and rebirth. As the paths of the sun and moon intersect twice this month, we’ll have a lunar eclipse on October 8th and a solar eclipse on the 23rd (exactly as the Sun reaches Scorpio). Eclipses heighten emotions and set the stage for dramatic endings and beginnings, surprises and sudden revelations. Think of them as a super-slow-motion strobe light. Brightness, darkness, brightness. What’s different afterward? Bear in mind that things aren’t always as they appear in this liminal time. Especially if you find yourself mid-metamorphosis, as it were, don’t assume the future holds only inert jellyhood for you. There may yet be wings, possibly with natty death’s heads on them.
Meanwhile, the month kicks off with a steamy three-way between Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus –all in fire signs. This warm, stimulating influence will have the strongest effect on anyone with Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius planets, but should improve everyone’s optimism and sense of adventure, upping the odds that we may enjoy this crazy ride. And Mercury will be retrograde from the 4th till the 25th, adding another note of don’t-expect-this-shit-to-go-as-planned. As always, remember these horoscopes describe broad patterns rather than individual destiny. If you know them, you can read your rising sign first, followed by your Sun and Moon signs, and for a personalized reading find me here.
“A common slave–you know him well by sight –
Held up his left hand, which did flame and burn
Like twenty torches join’d, and yet his hand,
Not sensible of fire, remain’d unscorch’d.”