Weekly Forecast October 19: Sun Enters Scorpio, Venus Conjunct Jupiter

The Esperanza Diamond, by Gretchen Friedrich. ©2015.

The Esperanza Diamond, by Gretchen Friedrich. ©2015.

Yet another shift occurs this week when the Sun enters Scorpio. From the cool, rational territory of Libra, we descend into the depths of emotional undercurrents and primal instincts.

This also is the time of year when the veil between the worlds lifts, allowing to us to sense other dimensions of reality. Messages can come through intuition, dreams, or synchronicity.

At the same time, we’re in an intense period of revisiting the Uranus-Pluto square via transits by faster-moving inner planets. The aspect was exact from 2012 to March 2015. However, Uranus and Pluto are moving back toward a very close square by one degree in early 2016, which will remain within 3 degrees until Pluto turns retrograde in mid-April. Even after that, we will have a few years of shaking out, particularly when faster-moving planets make contact with Pluto and Uranus in quick succession. That’s what has been happening over the past few weeks and will happen again this week when Mercury squares Pluto on Thursday and opposes Uranus on Sunday. Venus and Mars will repeat that pattern in the next two months.

Globally, there are several tense situations ready to blow at any moment, especially considering the increasing level of insanity among humans. Volatile planetary configurations can indicate the timing of a trigger. Among the dangerous political situations that developed during the Uranus-Pluto square were proxy wars between the United States and Russia in Syria and Ukraine. The struggle continues, and some political writers suggest that it could be the basis for another world war – which according to some already has started. I wrote some time back that we might not even recognize the next one, because it wouldn’t resemble the first two.

The Uranus-Pluto square also brought populist uprisings in many countries around the world, some of which were quickly co-opted by the United States and other external forces to capitalize on the unrest (some say they deliberately are causing it). In the Middle East, the chaos is nearly complete. I’ve written before that geopolitical boundaries would shift dramatically under the Uranus-Pluto square. It hasn’t happened yet, but the handwriting is on the wall.

As the Uranus-Pluto square was activated over the past few weeks, a new wave of violence erupted among Palestinians in Israel, raising fears of third intifada. “Intifada” roughly translates as “rebellion” or “uprising,” but from what I understand, it’s more like a “shaking off,” in the sense of shaking off oppression. This is an extremely volatile situation, all the more so given the war in neighboring Syria. Over the next couple of months, as Uranus and Pluto move toward a tighter square and as Venus and Mars cross the trigger points, there is an increasing danger that the crisis will escalate. The previous intifadas, which began in 1987 and 2000, resulted in a tragic loss of life and greater repression of the Palestinian people.

The Uranus-Pluto square is primarily manifesting on a global, collective level. Where it falls in your chart indicates how your personal life is being impacted by larger trends. For example, if Uranus is in your second or eighth houses, your finances might be going through ups and downs linked to the economy, with little or no stability in sight.

Fortunately, we’ve also had a harmonious trine from Jupiter in Virgo to Pluto in Capricorn, providing a possible outlet and even some golden opportunities for channeling conflicting energies in a productive way. Venus and Mars will square Pluto after they enter Libra in November, but currently they are both in Virgo, conjunct Jupiter and amplifying the trine to Pluto. Venus, Jupiter, and Pluto all function as financial indicators, but this arrangement is positive for any kind of physical, material gain. On Sunday, just before Mercury opposes Uranus, Venus conjoins Jupiter for the third and last time in 2015.

Gretchen Friedrich some time ago sent me a story she wrote about a large diamond found by a Colorado couple traveling through Arkansas in June. The day they found the gem, Jupiter was in a trine with Uranus by exact degree, with Venus approaching the first of three conjunctions. Uranus is the planet of surprises and sudden change, and it’s in Aries, the sign associated with diamonds. At the time, Venus and Jupiter were in Leo, which loves bling. Gretchen’s story profiles the master diamond cutter commissioned to design and cut the rough stone. He says it is one of the most perfect diamonds he has ever seen. The real work began after Jupiter entered detail-oriented Virgo, and as Venus approaches her third and final pass, it is nearly complete. The diamond even has its own Facebook page, with photos and a video. I don’t get too excited about gemstones, but the way this diamond refracts light is stunning.

"Medicine Bottle," by Rob Snyder.

“Medicine Bottle,” by Rob Snyder.

Speaking of Jupiter in Virgo, last month, I did a video editing project for a local glass artist whose work is being featured at a gallery in Seattle. The theme of the show is bottles, but they aren’t like any bottles you’ve ever seen or imagined. These things are gigantic – think Jupiter. Of all the bottles, he chose the medicine bottle as the title. Virgo is the sign of health. So here we have Jupiter in Virgo expressed as a giant medicine bottle! As I was editing, I was constantly amazed that what he was doing was possible at all. It seems like defying the laws of nature. And they certainly have an otherworldly quality. Check out the video to see how he did it.

For me, the planetary shifting, eclipses, and intense personal transits have made the past few weeks a crazy, upsetting time, mentally and physically (three days ago I pulled a muscle in my back, very painful). However, I’ve also gained some clarity about priorities. As difficult a decision as it is, I’m afraid I’m going to have to suspend the RealAstrologers blog, possibly for good. I have known for a long time that it simply isn’t working for me. I can’t justify spending so much time essentially working for free, while my paid work piles up and clients wait weeks and months for their reports.

And, to be honest, it isn’t emotionally sustaining. When I first began doing political astrology in 2006, it was energizing, whereas now it’s draining. That’s often a sign that it’s time to let go. I am kicking around the idea of going back to political writing, but with more emphasis on news and opinion and less on astrology.

But first things first. I need to catch up on reports and consultation follow-ups. At this point, I’m inclined not to offer reports anymore, either. I will complete the reports I’ve promised, no matter how long it takes, but after that, I will offer telephone consultations only.

I would like to stay connected with you all and will continue to be a presence on Facebook. I haven’t spent much time there lately, only because I’ve been in a space of quiet soul-searching. I am always finding interesting articles that I would like to share. So if you want to maintain contact, please “like” the RealAstrologers Facebook page. This is definitely not “good-bye.”

Wishing you all much love and courage,
Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

© Pat Paquette, RealAstrologers.com, 2015.


14 thoughts on “Weekly Forecast October 19: Sun Enters Scorpio, Venus Conjunct Jupiter

  1. jude

    Thank you for all your posts, I’ve always enjoyed your perspective and will miss these posts (very much), I fully understand why, hopefully this isn’t goodbye. Good luck to you Pat, warm wishes and good health.

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  2. Gretchen

    Hello! Thank you so much for sharing my story. I was so caught up in the moment, I didn’t apply the big-picture planetary alignment.

    Hope you are well! I’ve missed you!


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    1. Pat Post author

      It was a great story with or without the astrology. But finding a gigantic diamond is rare enough that I just had to look at the chart. :-)


    1. Pat Post author

      You aren’t in my RSS subscriber list. You must have subscribed through some other means, and I have no idea what that might have been. But you likely can do it yourself.

      That said, I have no idea why you would want to do that when I just wrote that I likely wouldn’t be writing any more posts.


  3. Daniela

    Thank you for all the insightful posts. Been a long time lurker. Only you know what’s best for you and as I always say “do it till its not fun anymore”.

    Wishing you love and light xo

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  4. Joe

    Pat, it’s been really something special following you since the original PiChron days. I understand the draining vs energizing bit, and it seems you are heeding the call to change– something I struggle with as I like to stay put– until I don’t, or can’t!

    I am not on Facebook but looking at the link it seems I can bookmark it and follow that way. :) Best wishes to you and Jinn!

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    1. Pat Post author

      Joe, thanks for being one of my longest-term readers. If and when I do a political blog, I’ll post something here or on Facebook and hope you will return for a lively discussion. Thanks also for thinking of Jinn. He’s doing OK but gets tired too fast. Like me. So we’re just right for each other.

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  5. Joan

    I have loved this blog for years but never commented. Your ideas were a breath of fresh air in a chaotic world of change and I will miss this weekly post and your perspectives on astrology very much. You have taught me a lot about astrology I would never get from the books I read because you made it applicable to what I was living today, not what happened in 1845. I will still follow your writings wherever you take them, and thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication. You did much much more than you give yourself credit for, financially or otherwise. I know your efforts will be repaid in full eventually.

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    1. Pat Post author

      Joan, thank you for leaving this comment. It’s good to hear that my work made a difference. As I mentioned to Joe above, I’ll post something here when my new blog is ready. It will be a while, though. Lots of catching up to do, and have to rest. I am beyond bone tired.


  6. JJ

    Sending love and light your way. I fully understand why you have to make the break though. I will miss your insights and wish you peace and rest in your time of rebirth. I just had to end a fourteen-year committed relationship and walked away with literally the clothes on my back and three plastic totes of personally sacred items. Even so, I came out of the ordeal with much more spiritual wealth and consider myself fortunate for the lessons learned and growth along the way. Your insights helped me prepare for these times ahead. The coming storm, once flickering over the horizon like heat lightning on a summer night in the plains has passed and a new day begins to dawn with endless possibilities. I wish you safe passage to your new dawn and many joys ahead.

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    1. Pat Post author

      JJ, thank you for this beautiful comment. Best wishes to you, too. It takes a lot of courage to walk away from a relationship.


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