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Next World Stories — excerpts from annual horoscope for Scorpio 2009

Pluto quickly became associated with your sign. Given the importance of Scorpio to the entire astrological system and the human experience, and given that Mars had been the Scorpio planet dating back to long before the three wise men showed up in Bethlehem one starry night, this is a significant reinterpretation of astrology: not just of Scorpio per se, but of astrology in total. This does not happen fast, and usually, it does not happen at all. But thanks to Pluto and other factors, it is definitely happening now.

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Few planets can create a sea change for the world like Pluto can, and few planets have such potent personal influence on each person as well. This connection point between the big world, the millions and your personal existence is what I suggest you watch carefully, because it is indeed the thing to behold.

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Your chart looks to me like you’re on the edge of a mental transformation that you think could advance the cause of human evolution, if only you could get it right. At other times, you may feel like the world’s mentality is changing, and you are looking at yourself honestly and thinking: wow, I’ve got a long way to go. I’m never really going to catch up.

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Which is it? Are you the vanguard, or the rear guard? That is precisely the predicament of your charts, and a good one it is. Don’t worry: time is not strictly an illusion, but it’s sufficiently flexible such that beginnings and endings are intimately related. If you have ever doubted that fact or failed to notice, I suggest that now is the time.

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One thing I suggest that you affirm about yourself, and I do recall making this point in several other annual horoscopes, is the profound extent to which you require group energy in order to thrive. While I recognize that it’s among the most challenging thing on this planet to manifest healthy group energy, you have come a long way.

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The relationship between the public and the private are painted all over the movements of Pluto for the foreseeable future, and in some way — we don’t know what, quite yet — you personally become an agent of change. Your life becomes a kind of example of something larger, and through your participation, you take a piece of our cultural karma onto yourself.

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There are relatively few people with any spiritual leanings who do not wish they could participate in some larger way. The astrology could be pointing to your calling to get involved, and your need to consolidate your learning and preparation for a new purpose — all in addition to the truly personal psychological changes that will unfold for you with Pluto in Capricorn. Much of this involves your family conditioning.

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I would say from this set of correspondences that you are ready to commit to the ways of the future rather than the ways of the past. You are ready to create a world for yourself, and for people close to you, that goes beyond the concept of private, of traditional, of parochial; of what is expected.

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Here, though, we have an image of leading from behind. You need to be aware of the burden of the past and the tentative reach toward the future that we are working toward. Remember that people are generally scared of the future rather than welcoming of it. You, at least, have guts. You know you have mental prowess and you know that as a Scorpio you could cut steel with your fingernails if the day came when you had to do that. Mainly the example you will serve is one of being fearless enough to consider a new idea, without a shred of ignorance about what has visited us all in the past.

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One thing you may be noticing is that when you express yourself creatively, intellectually, sexually or in any other obvious way, you are likely to meet resistance. This is a sign of the times we are in, when any form of authentic expression is considered dangerous or subversive. But notice something else: there is always an influence in your environment pushing you to go further; to open up more. Make friends with the people who play this role, if you can keep them around long enough to have tea.

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You need teachers. You need examples. Everyone whose role it is to set an example does.

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Remember that most of what you are doing is claiming your right to occupy mental bandwidth among the people with whom you associate.

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The wider their bandwidth, the wider you can spread your own. There is something clearly pointing to a kind of sexual revolution in your charts, and it has been for a while. You may notice that when you get onto the sexual wavelength, that is where you find the most resistance. I suggest you persist in being yourself, in cultivating sexuality as a function of both language and intuition (and of course, your body), and gradually raise your awareness to embrace your own potential.

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Be aware that there may feel like a time when you completely lose, or lose contact with, someone. As a Scorpio, you are not one to turn off your remote sensors willingly; you generally keep at least psychic contact with everyone who is around you, particularly your most intimate partners. I suggest that this is where you let go as the retrograde reaches its peak in mid-April. Please remember I wrote these words: no matter what the seeming outer turn of events, do your best not to judge; not to cling to the relationship; merely to coast with the energy, being attentive to your own reality first and foremost.

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I personally don’t think that it’s a great time for settling in with someone, but rather learning to witness the process of others’ introspection. I think that if the human race needs to learn to do one thing in its relationships, this is it. That, of course, and love ourselves.

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Small World Stories — excerpts from annual horoscope for Scorpio 2008

So get ready for the ride of your life. Don’t hold on tight — just let go and see where you end up. Where you have opportunities to make decisions, they will be pretty obvious.

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I see you in one of those sci-fi episodes where you are suddenly introduced to another aspect of yourself or the world that you didn’t know existed, or odder yet, that you forgot existed.

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It might be altogether different if you didn’t have the distinct sense that how you feel has the power to change reality for others, in particular by your questioning the depth of a commitment or wondering if you did not have yourself all wrong — or someone else all wrong.

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What is more likely is that your perception of your circumstances is altering, and others are either not noticing, or have consciously extended consent for you to feel what you feel. You have more freedom than you think, particularly if the most significant thing on your mind is being present for your own feelings and your experience of life in a conscious way. You will not rip the fabric of reality by your perceptions alone. However, what I suggest you hold off on is committing to your doubts.

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You can be certain enough that the perceptions of others will provide you with vital information that you can use to size up your situation and make your choices.

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Scorpio is one of the most complex signs in the zodiac. You have no doubt noticed this.

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You are extremely dynamic and energetic and at the same time one of the most deeply introverted people around. Pluto’s journey through Sagittarius has pushed, pulled, stretched and dragged you out of your scorpion shell.

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The confidence you have gained in recent years will help you — no matter what insecurities you may be feeling now.

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RELATIONSHIPS are about agreements, and they are about the agreements we have with ourselves. Sexual encounters, which often lead to relationships, are also about agreements, though this is usually less conscious.

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Chaos here is blurring the usual boundaries between self and other, between us and them, and between the divided elements of self that exist within us. This is necessary for any truly creative process to take part in our relationships…. Being conscious of how this inner dynamic occurs is a good start toward perceiving its reflection on the outside.

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What we need to do is get that inner dance going; we need to disorder the established order of our inner couple relationship and get the energy moving…. For example, we might become overly identified with our concept of what it means to be a man or a woman, and lose awareness that we possess attributes of both. We might get stuck with an idea one or both of our parents had about us, and forget that we create ourselves as we go.

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I have a term I use, to describe a common state of relationship: ‘gunpoint monogamy’. That is, monogamy at the point of a gun…. Monogamy, or the idea of it, is like the gag reflex: it’s not what you would call intellectually based. There is logic to it, but it’s emotional and usually based on primal fear.

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No matter how much you love someone, there are times you just have to fuck someone else, and there are many people we love. This is true for men and women both.

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We often forget that an “exclusive” relationship means that we exclude. How do we reckon this with our profound need to be included? Do you ever think that the world would be a less lonely place if everyone were not so intent on excluding as a way of life?

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You cannot control anyone, but you can set the stage for fidelity by allowing people to be fidelitous to their own nature. You can live with the assurance of conscious agreements, rather than unspoken ones.

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I suggest that you both go out of your way to be especially open now about your past history, your fantasies, your masturbation, and what you want now and what you think you may want in the future. I assure you that your openness will make your relationship hotter, sexier and more emotionally intimate — or it will reveal that there was not much of a relationship after all. Either way, you will come out ahead.

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Remember: passion is an expression of freedom. You cannot catch love in a jar. It dies unless it is free and allowed to be itself. I think that fidelity, as in living the truth, stands a lot better chance of happening in an environment where the truth is made welcome at any other cost.

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This power of choosing emphasizes that in order to share, you need to choose consciously.

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I can offer one practical clue about business, which is to keep your affairs local. There is at the moment and for the foreseeable future tremendous emphasis on your local environment; your city or town, in particular, and you will find your greatest successes there.

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Don’t worry about shocking people — most of them are bored and prefer the excitement. Don’t worry about your boss or bosses — most of the time, innovation is rewarded if you have the psychological chops to stand up to people, and you know that you do. To really do something creative, you have to have some guts; some intensity, and you qualify.

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Being an artist (in the professional sense) does not necessarily mean you get to create whatever you want. It means that you have a creative gift that you get to apply to the different situations and circumstances you encounter in the course of your work. Possessing true creativity implies that you have the ability to respond, apply your ideas and most of all come up with creative solutions where other people might come up with boring ones.

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Give yourself a chance to be someone else, or something else. So much is changing in your life that you can afford to release others from your expectations of them, and to release yourself from your sometimes oppressive expectations of yourself. Give it a chance. I could say that you have more to gain than you have to lose, but in truth you have only to gain.
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The Spiral Door — excerpts from annual horoscope for Scorpio 2007

VESTA, the eternal fire, is in your birth sign as the year begins. The fourth and brightest asteroid, discovered in 1807, she is perhaps the most difficult for astrology to grasp.
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As a symbol of the psyche, the flame is usually considered an archetype of the core fire, which is creative and sexual — they are the same thing. It could be interpreted as faith or devotion, love or awareness; they are all properties of the same thing. This is the heat that keeps us warm from within, and in the human realm with its many distractions and its many competing gods, it needs to be tended constantly. Sadly, as humans press forward into the activity of life, their core creative/sexual nature is one of the first things we tend to ignore.
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Now, Scorpio is the sign that tends to bear the burden of sexuality in the Western world. Scorpios are presumed to be sexual, and all astrological definitions of your sign say so.
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The problem with sexuality in the West and in many other cultures is that it’s considered inherently inappropriate, an aspect of human nature that (despite being what creates us) we need to ignore, bypass, deny, discard, eliminate or find a substitute for. The notion “sin” implies sex, sin implies hell, and so on and on till you get there. But take my word for it: this is not coming from Goddess — or Earth-based religion. Only death-cults or purity cults could come up with this kind of reasoning.
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More to the point, as a Scorpio it’s obvious to you what a crock of bullshit this is, because the moment you feel your existence for about 20 seconds, the truth of your core sexuality becomes obvious.
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Indeed, you must contend with a world that is constantly projecting its shadow onto your soul.
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Finally, there is the issue of how to handle your own shadow material — and I suggest that the thing to do is tend your fire around the clock. If need be, marshal all the force of your will and claim back enough of your life that you have an inner altar and sufficient time and space to take care of it in a tangible, real, actual way.
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his may, in the most immediate sense, involve making friends with your sexuality in a new way. You must not take for granted that the blanket of ignorance that is smothering humanity, and the raging creative fire that is engulfing humanity in warfare and driving us on a path of global self-destruction, has somehow avoided you. Perhaps it may have; please don’t assume.
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Please assess your life honestly, including what you do with your time, your strength and your authority. Seek the assistance you need; put the support in place that you need; take responsibility for your own journey on this planet, and surround yourself with people for whom this is a conscious process — and note, they may be difficult to find; and that is very likely to be part of your vestal journey this year.
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Whatever you do, you can do in the expression of the cosmic fire. Which brings us to the unspoken theme of Vesta — that being what is called sacred prostitution.
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whatever we do, we do in service of creation. This is the metaphor of tending the fire; this is the metaphor of shaping one’s life around what must be done, in accord with your values.
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But you have, by your faith and your awareness, prevailed over the stuck values of the world that would have had you serve many other masters, none of them true. I trust that at long last you are discovering that if you can trust nobody else’s agenda, you can trust your own.
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This trust has come at a cost, which you have paid. The debt is settled. It is time to move on.
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If there is a crisis associated with your astrology in these years, it’s something that (once again) is decidedly left out of the official Scorpio guidebook, which is the extent to which your foundations stand on the bedrock of community.
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Your devotion to community (in whatever form that takes) is a direct outgrowth of the fact that you intuitively understand that society is a family, and that you are not only part of that family, but one who has been bestowed the responsibility of tending for and caring for that family.
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You have, I trust, made friends with the fact that there is no security in the religion of individuality. Rather, individualism is worth something only to the extent that it allows us to relate to others consciously, to serve others, and to participate in our collective experience of life.
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On a deeper level, the house you live in is bigger than the four walls you inhabit, and Aquarius is the sign of the future. It is reasonable to live today nurturing something that may, possibly, be true in the future — but with Chiron and Nessus now focusing your energy on this house, there is something imminent, urgent and meaningful now on which you are being focused.
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This is a phase of your life where you are answering your calling to leadership, which also includes leadership of your own life. That, by extension, means your community, company and any professional activities with which you may be engaged.
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The only thing you really need to remember about Saturn is, well, two things. One is noblesse oblige. The second is that all roles are transient; so it would serve you well to express your authority with the utmost respect for others, respect which begins with self-respect.
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Next, consider this. The second ruler of Aquarius, Uranus (the modern ruler), is making an impressive transit through your 5th solar house, fellow water sign Pisces.
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Uranus is the energy of invention, revolution and awareness. It is like lightning striking that cosmic ocean again and again until it glows, emanating an entirely new light.
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If there was ever a placement suggesting that something new is about to happen, it is Uranus in Pisces. Notably, this is not always a good thing; new does not automatically imply beneficial, though when we take responsibility for our creative power, when we tend the flame, when we focus our energy on what must be, well, that’s a different story.
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Now, this makes an interesting contrast to Saturn in Leo (the fifth sign, a cousin of the 5th house), and it suggests more than anything a balancing of your psyche: being aware of the profound inner child that is pushing into your awareness and the desire to take any risk that you need to take in order to live your truth; as contrasted with Saturn in your 10th solar house suggesting that you must make responsible and honest choices on the way there.
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Yes, it’s a tense setup; a blatant contradiction; a cosmic paradox. Yes, there is no easy answer, and from a variety of perspectives, it seems absolutely impossible to resolve. And it’s from these spring-loaded setups that the big advances come, both for individuals and for all of us. You can be grateful that you have the creativity, the passion and the intelligence to make it through each day in this tragic moment of history, yet one which will ultimately unleash the potential of humanity.
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When in doubt, tune into the largest scale you can. When in doubt, feel the whole strange turmoil boiling inside yourself. Trust that making space for yourself to love safely, to create shamelessly and to live like your life matters will heal the universe, not symbolically, but in the actual truth. Trust your judgment. Trust your leadership, even if you do so on the basis that you keep finding people who don’t have any clue at all — and you, at least, have half of one — probably a good bit more.
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One thing you know is that you’re alive. You actually know this; check it out. By some odd coincidence you are alive right now, and that, lucky for you, is the only time that matters because it’s the only time there is.
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