On Tuesday, October 30, we move into a Grand Water Trine, with the Moon in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio, and Chiron in Pisces, all at 28 degrees. Then on Wednesday, October 31, Venus retrograde in Scorpio moves into opposition to Uranus retrograde in Taurus just before re-entering Libra.
The Moon in Cancer is in its domicile, the sign that it rules and in which it has access to its resources. The Moon is the luminary associated with our most basic, primal emotional needs. It is also associated with the daily rhythms and cycles of the body. Reflecting the light of the Sun, the Moon shows us where we are living our life’s purpose. Cancer is sensitivity and care, the instinct to nurture and nourish, to provide and protect. Cancer represents the waters from which we emerged, the waters of the maternal body, the ancestors, our tribe. How do we feel our ways back to the formative places, where we have known care, where we were nurtured, where we felt safe and protected? How do we journey into our bodies as archives of ancestral care where we feel the tidal pulse and rhythms of the Moon above? I think of the words of Alexis Pauline Gumbs: “I cannot be separated from that love that has generated me. You know. I’m connected to that. And: that’s what has generated me and also what’s being generated.” How can we carry those resources with us, and draw on the love and support of our ancestors as we cultivate spaces of safety and support with and for one another?
Jupiter has been in Scorpio since October 2017. Jupiter is the planet of expansion, abundance, growth, and belief—the recognition that we are part of something that is much bigger than any one of us. In Scorpio, Jupiter has been asking us to uncover what is hidden in the depths, in the darkness, bringing to the surface the secret or forgotten traumas and desires that reside at the bottom of our personal and collective emotional waters. It’s like bringing a shipwreck from the ocean floor back up to the surface, and as we bring up all this intensity, we recognize that we are part of something bigger, that our hidden feelings and experiences connect us to one another in ways we could not have known. It reminds me of Tarana Burke describing the #MeToo movement: “What actually happened on October 15  was people raised their hands to say, ‘Me too’ … They opened up and said, ‘Yeah this happened to me.’ And it was millions of people from all walks of life, every stripe, and I really feel like those people still have their hands up.” This is the work of Jupiter in Scorpio, discovering that what has been in the darkness also connects us.
Chiron is a minor planet—sometimes called an asteroid or comet—orbiting the Sun at the outer edges of the solar system, between Saturn and Uranus. Chiron signifies the primal wound and the wounded healer. It shows us our formative suffering, the wound with which we are constituted, a place in our charts that demands healing. And as we do the ongoing work of healing with Chiron, we learn that what we are healing within ourselves is also what we are here to heal within the world. I think of Chiron as our part of collective trauma, those formative injuries that we carry that are symptomatic of systemic struggle and injustice. Pisces is the third water sign, the sign of the collective, profound empathy and compassion, where we are in service to the whole. It is the sign where we experience the healing capacities of connection and union. Chiron in Pisces recognizes that my pain is our pain, and so my own healing requires that we heal together.
This Grand Water Trine happens just before Venus—the planet of love and relationships, which is retrograde in Scorpio—applies an opposition to Uranus, the planet of disruption and upheaval, currently retrograde in Taurus. On Samhain, October 31, the Witches’ New Year, this opposition between Venus and Uranus propels us toward breakthroughs and breakdowns. As Venus has moved retrograde back through Scorpio, we’ve been asked to review and reflect on how we form relationships, how we honor that which we value, and the place of the feminine in our lives. Venus opposed Uranus takes this reflection and review and demands that the structures change. How will you allow what you now know to change you? What are the relationships and values that it’s time to center, and what are the relationships and processes that it’s time to bring to an end?
How these placements and aspects show up in each of our charts and lives will be different, but collectively, this is a week with a strong emphasis on connecting to our ancestors and the resources they offer to our hearts, for recognizing that we are not alone in our suffering, and for healing our wounded places together. As we truly examine the relationships in our lives, we know that there are things that must change, and as we move through the cycle, we know that each ending becomes the beginning.