Guest astrologer and wellness alchemist, Stephanie Gailing, MS, shares her wisdom for staying healthy during every solar season!
From October 23-November 22, the Sun slinks through alchemical Scorpio, helping you tap into the resilient, probing, regenerative, sexy and emotional qualities this star sign represents. This month-long cycle infuses life with more depth, passion and commitment. Use the following self-care strategies to fine-tune your wellbeing, foster vitality and reduce stress!
Scorpio Wellness Mantras:
- This too shall pass
- I trust my emotions
- Diving to the bottom, I find hidden jewels
Scorpio Stress-Reducing Allies:
- Expressing feelings
- Researching solutions
In wellness astrology, aspects of our anatomy and physiology accord with the twelve zodiac signs. Those that are associated with Scorpio include the genitals, reproductive organs, urinary tract, bladder and large intestines; Scorpio is also associated with the process of detoxification and elimination.
The sign of Scorpio is connected to transformation and the cycles of life. It’s also the sign that rules the reproductive organs. Have you needed a little incentive to schedule that overdue gyno exam or prostate check? Scorpio season pushes us to do the things we don’t necessarily want to. And whether you’re still menstruating, or you’re approaching or have transitioned to menopause, it’s an ideal time to hone any lifestyle strategies—diet, natural remedies, meditation and yoga—that can help smooth out the hormonal roller coaster ups and downs.
As one of the most complex signs, Scorpio is anything but regular. Yet, with this sign ruling the large intestine, “regularity” is a good goal to aim for right now. Being irregular (aka constipated) not only makes us irritable, but can have negative health impacts. Drink plenty of water and eat a fiber-rich whole foods diet to keep things moving along. Additionally, maintaining the microbiome—the bacteria that live in our gut—is key to your overall health. Not only can a healthy microbiome promote digestive health, but studies have found that imbalanced microbial flora can lead to arthritis, depression, allergies, and even childhood obesity. Fermented foods, probiotic supplements, and the judicious (rather than excessive) use of antibiotics are key to supporting microbiota populations.
Let It Out
We’re in a deeply probing and emotional period during Scorpio season. It could seem, at times, like the part of our mind that intellectualizes and rationalizes has gone on a mini-sabbatical, leaving our feelings, passions, and desires running the show. And with that, we may feel stirred in the substrata of our psyche, with deep emotions streaming forth—perhaps seeming like they are taking over entirely. While it’s a time of deep processing—of diving into the underbelly of our motivations, personal ouches, and longings—it’s important to have outlets for the feelings to flow so that they don’t get jammed in our hearts and minds, causing frustration or rage. Moving your body with exercise or dance, finding a friend to talk to, scheduling a session with a therapist, and asking your dreams to help you uncover the root of what you’re moving through are some letting-it-out strategies that can help curb this season’s stress.
Let It Go
Scorpio is all-or-nothing; gray isn’t necessarily the go-to color for this sign—it’s black or white, all the way. Add this to the Scorpio desire to get to the bottom of things and extricate what doesn’t have value, and we can tap into the inclination to purge and adopt a take-no-prisoners mindset to getting rid of what no longer serves us. This desire for shedding can span many aspects of your life. From your home (think. Kondo-ing your closets) to your body (skin exfoliation, detox diet, colonics) to your mind (journaling and meditating) to your habits (yes, it may very well be time to finally quit smoking), letting it go may be quite a productive—and wellness-inspiring—strategy this month.
Watch the Extremes
Going to Scorpio extremes can offer us an experience of intensity and emotional charge that we crave. Take advantage of this impulse by immersing yourself for the next several weeks in a healthier approach to eating. For example, if you’ve wanted to go vegan until dinnertime or try your hand at a gluten-free diet, now’s a great time to commit. Just watch the shadow side of going to extremes with how much you eat—whether it be bingeing or being overly-restrictive with food intake—as these can have less than supportive impacts on overall health. Watch the tendency to rely upon foods for solace. For example: before seeking consolation in a pint of ice cream, stop and ask yourself whether there is another cathartic activity that will better support you.
Foods to Consider
We can become masters of transformation during Scorpio season; and as we evolve, we can get into closer connection to our wealth of inherent power. The same can be said for fermented foods! For example: when a bacterial culture is added to milk, it alchemizes into yogurt or kefir, which are both easier to digest and offer unique health-giving properties. Fermented foods also contain an abundance of beneficial bacteria that help to repopulate and support our personal intestinal microbiome, offering a huge boon to well-being. Other fermented foods to try include kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, kombucha, tempeh, miso, and natto.
Dark-Colored Whole Foods
The Scorpio’s love for the dark can come in handy when it comes to making food choices, as many dark-colored foods contain health-giving phytonutrients. For example: since dark chocolate contains a higher content of cacao, it packs a greater punch of heart-healthy flavonoid antioxidants. Purples foods—such as blueberries, blackberries, and Concord grapes—contain anthocyanins that offer whole body antioxidant support. Deeply hued cranberries contain phytonutrients that act as potent weapons against development of inflammation of the Scorpio-ruled urinary tract. Let the Scorpio love of the shadows inspire you to choose darker varieties of common foods. For example: black rice and black soybeans offer more phytonutrient power than their lighter colored relatives.
Scorpio season is nothing if not sultry. We’re drawn to the intense and powerful, our sexual liaisons a dynamic route for experiencing profound interpersonal connection. Yet, if we carry around legions of shame—whether from past experiences or perceived social standards—our sexuality may be somewhat cordoned off from the rest of our lives, causing us to shroud trysts with a clandestine and secretive veil. Basil flower essence can help if you find that your sex life is polarized from your heart’s intentions, or that your desirous nature runs at odds with your spiritual nature.
During this Scorpionic time, we are plugged into a deep reservoir of feelings, and can find ourselves attuned to the undercurrents of emotions of those around us. We may find ourselves wanting to disrobe superficialities, in a desire to intimately connect with others. Yet, if we discover that we are not the object of desire of the one we desire, there’s a chance that it can stir up feelings of jealousy, suspicion and the like. Holly flower essence can help assuage these isolating feelings by helping shift a perspective of exclusion to inclusion—an re-orientation of scarcity to recognizing the stream of ever-present and abundant love.
Deep Tissue Massage
This month offers us a time to go deep and get to the bottom of things: do so by scheduling a deep tissue massage or a series of Rolfing sessions. Instead of working superficially, these practices target muscles and connective tissue that reside closer to the bone. They transform deeply held patterns of misalignment, helping to reduce chronic pain and enhance structural integration. These bodywork practices are not necessarily relaxing as they can bring with them some intense sensations and discomfort. But Scorpio season is all about from-depths-healing rather than on-the-surface joy, and allows us to recognize that a bit of temporary discomfort is important for the promise of long-lasting gain. If you can’t get to a practitioner (or even if you can), try trigger-point self-massage with yoga balls and rollers, a deep muscle releasing practice you can do right at home.
Scorpio season is ideal for exploration of a full range of experiences; to get dirty, both figuratively and literally. So why not try the amazing healing and detoxifying properties of mud this month! Also known as “fangotherapy,” slathering yourself in mud—whether as a body or face mask—is a stygian therapy par excellence that has both cosmetic and wellness benefits. Used as a facial mask, it can help pull out impurities from skin and rebalance oiliness. Apply to your upper back if that’s a spot of break-outs, or your décolletage for its skin-softening properties. And if your muscles are achy, try spot applications on knees, legs, shoulders, or other areas that need a bit of relaxing TLC. In addition to these DIY methods, you can also check out your local day spa and see if they offer any mud treatments. Pamper yourself!
Dive into the Erotic
Looking for another way to channel the provocative experiences that we’re keyed into during this time? Explore the realm of neo-tantra, the modern-day translation of Buddhist and Hindu disciplines that honor sex as a vehicle for spiritual elevation. These practices, sometimes known as sacred sexuality, stimulate chakra energy centers and allow you to experience sex as a consciousness-elevating experience. There are many books and videos available on the subject, and you may just find a workshop near you. You can also explore the seductive sphere by reading erotica, researching new approaches to pleasuring yourself, and discussing ways to enhance your sex life with your partner.
The sign of Scorpio reflects the ability to be proficient at clueing into others’ hidden motivations, and a probing interest for more information. We’re galvanized to suss out secrets; small and large. Indulge this desire to leave no stone unturned by reading detective novels, watching crime investigative TV shows or thriller movies, or attending a mystery theater performance. You can also gather your friends together and play a whodunit board game. Not only are mystery-focused activities fun, but they will also help channel your inner sleuth. (Bonus: shifting your focus away from your personal life at times will help you be less unnecessarily suspicious.)
During this deeply transformational time, kundalini yoga is a practice with exceptional metamorphic properties. Different than hatha yoga (the system that most people refer to when they use the term “yoga”), kundalini yoga is aimed at circulating life force energy (prana). Kundalini yoga weaves together a physical practice that involves repetition, endurance, and breathwork, with a spiritual practice that involves mantras and mudras. Kundalini yoga may not be for the faint of heart, especially for those who are not interested in facing and moving through their s**t. Many practitioners note that it helps uncover trauma and desire, and that its results can often come at lightning speed. Owing to this, and the sacred foundation of the practice, it’s important to learn from a skilled teacher and/or respected teachings.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health condition or disease and is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or healthcare provider.
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Haley ED Houseman is a freelance writer, illustrator and tarot reader. She deals in the modern mystical, as well as art, fashion, and the natural world. You can keep up with her on twitter and instagram on @hedhouseman, or on her website at hedhouseman.com.
About Stephanie Gailing
As an astrologer and wellness consultant, Stephanie Gailing weaves together stellar insights, flower essence therapy, dreamwork, and compassion-based coaching. Author of Planetary Apothecary, Stephanie offers Stellar Guidance Sessions, teaches workshops, writes about holistic well-being, and crafts custom-designed flower essence elixirs. Stephanie’s new online class, Stellar Lookbook: Astrological Insights for Fall 2017 is now available. Based in Seattle, she frequently travels to New York City, and works with clients all over the world.