Ready, set, rebirth! Scorpio season has descended and things are getting intense. With the Sun in this sultry and secretive sign from October 23-November 22, our energy is focused on intimacy, transformation and how we share our power with others.
Every 30 days or so, the Sun visits a new zodiac sign. During this “season” everyone feels the energy of this prevailing astrological energy, no matter what your Sun sign. Scorpio is the second of the zodiac’s three water signs and part of the “fixed” quality (or triplicity). Fixed signs (the others are Taurus, Leo and Aquarius) are all about security, planting their flag in the turf they’ve claimed and establishing their dominance there. They are often hardworking and stable, or unafraid to take a strong position on issues.
As lighthearted Libra season flutters into the rearview, we dive into the depths of Scorpio time, a cosmic cycle where passion and extremes move into the forefront. No more taking the safe middle ground or avoiding conflict in order to be liked. Scorpio’s energy is all about zoning in on a target; it’s power mergers, strategic alliances and all the things that happen behind closes doors. If Libra is the wedding and honeymoon, Scorpio is what happens after the picture-perfect moments end.
Here are five ways you can work with the forces of Scorpio season and channel its alchemical powers between now and November 23.
1. Uphold a veil of mystery.
Mysterious Scorpio loves to turn up the intrigue factor. So hold back a little—we dare you! These days, no detail of people’s private lives is spared. During Scorpio season, take a break from documenting every mundane moment on Instagram Stories and let people wonder a little more. A bit of #FOMO can actually work to your advantage now.
The power of suspense is a Scorpio specialty: Suggestion, anticipation—the dangling of the proverbial carrot. Scatter a few clues like rose petals, seducing people into following your trail while you build their curiosity into a frenzy. They’ll be dying to know where the thrilling story arc leads!
The power of suspense is a Scorpio specialty.
If you’re a business owner, follow this same formula. Seth Godin’s classic book, “Free Prize Inside: How To Make a Purple Cow,” explains the concept of the irresistible bonus. During Scorpio season, you can put this principle to work, seducing people into buying that metaphorical sugary cereal with the toy buried in its depths. Because if you think about it, it’s not the prize that creates the excitement. The thrill comes from the anticipation, the experience of ripping open the package, the moments before you find the crappy little plastic ring and shrug, “Oh well.” It’s the psychology behind those addictive “unboxing” videos. So perform your own Scorpio season snake-charming dance…and watch the crowds go wild!
Warning: While you might get off on a little cloak-and-dagger mystique, make sure you’re not being SO opaque that it turns people off. You don’t want to come across like you’re intentionally trying to hide something. Otherwise, people will just think you’re shady.
2. Get a little spicy.
Scorpio is best known as “the sex sign“—and Scorpio season is prime time to get celebrate that reputation. But this isn’t just about a quick shag, contrary to popular lore. Scorpio is the sign of intimacy and merging—it’s where “me” melds into “we,” and we revel in the communion of mind, body and soul. During this season, a kiss is never just a kiss, so don’t kid yourself into thinking you can keep it casual for long. Exchanging energy with another person during Scorpio season creates an invisible “cord” between you, so consider whether or not you really want that.
During Scorpio season, a kiss is never just a kiss.
Since Scorpio rules jealousy and transformation, you might explore new thinking about consent, monogamy vs. polyamory, Tinder culture and other of-the-moment topics. The bold memoir, Future Sex by Emily Witt details a single woman’s foray into sex and sexuality in the Internet age (from “orgasmic meditation” workshops to “Chaturbate” to no-strings hookup attempts with friends). Or check out Esther Perel’s SXSW talk on the future of love, lust and monogamy.
Too much for you to handle? Use this time to get in touch with your sensual, life force energy—which exists within all of us. Even doing some simple hip circles—standing in place and rotating your hips like you’re slowly hula hooping—can get stagnant energy “down there” moving and flowing again.
3. Dive into a (healthy) obsession.
One incarnation of Scorpio is the sharp-eyed eagle, which dives for its prey from high in the sky, rarely missing its target. Scorpio season sharpens our focus in such a way, making this an ideal time for research and detailed work.
Beware getting so fixated on your agenda that you miss important cues.
Scorpio season helps us delve into the depths, which can make us smarter and more self-aware. But watch out—it can also give you tunnel vision. Beware going to extremes or getting so fixated on your agenda that you miss some important cues. Your one-track mind can give you incredible stamina—but it can also take you off the rails.
4. Steer clear of low-vibe behavior.
Yet another form that Scorpio can take is that of the ground-dwelling scorpion, which is easily threatened and lashes out with a preemptive deadly sting. During Scorpio season, some of our basest instincts come out: jealousy, possessiveness, competitiveness, paranoia. Scorpio is ruled by powermonger Pluto, which can drive up issues of domination and control, or emotional manipulation.
In The Artist’s Way, author Julia Cameron suggests viewing jealousy as a “map” pointing to your true desires. It’s an intriguing way of looking at it. So don’t deny that you feel these intense and even shameful feelings. Just make like an alchemist during Scorpio season and transmute them from lead into gold.
Scorpio season drives up issues of power and control.
Does someone’s excessively loud voice push your buttons, for example? Reflect on WHY that is. Maybe you don’t feel entitled to speak up or brazenly take up space as this person seems to. Challenge yourself to raise your own volume and ask directly for what you want. Once you let yourself be that squeaky wheel, you might find that this person no longer bothers you so much. Or, if they’re interrupting your work, sleep or personal space, summon the courage to ask them to turn down the volume.
5. Embrace the urge to merge.
Scorpio rules “other people’s money”—a somewhat misleading concept that suggests we should all start rifling around in someone’s wallet for a $20 bill they won’t miss. Savvy Scorpio time is less petty thief and more about pooled resources. It’s high season for strategic alliances, combining your money, talent, time, energy—whatever you have in abundance—to create a mutual win-win.
This is a time for reinvention and manifesting, to make something out of nothing.
Scorpio is masterful at refurbishing and remixing—taking the old lead and spinning it into gold, creating something fresh and new. This is a time for reinvention and manifesting, to make something out of nothing. Yet another incarnation of Scorpio is symbolized by the golden Phoenix rising from the ashes. This month, you could even rise triumphantly out of something that felt like a loss, a waste of time or downright apocalyptic.
So sure, you might court some deep-pocketed and well-connected investors for your grand ideas. But you could also free-cycle, potluck, carpool and mine the shared economy’s treasure trove. No money actually needs to change hands for you to tap into Scorpio season’s wealth-building powers. Heck, the Scorpio mantra might as well be “never pay retail.” A resourceful attitude is all you need, and the spiritual Scorpio vibes will light the way. Join up with people who have a bounty of what you’re lacking—and vice-versa. Make sure everyone is giving an equal amount, even if one of you donates sweat equity while the other just writes a check. Together, you’re a force to be reckoned with!
Artwork created for The AstroTwins by Grande Dame
Grande Dame (Tiff McGinnis) is a UK based multimedia artist. Apple, Facebook, MTV Networks and more have all commissioned her colorful visuals. She is a featured artist on Giphy. Many of her GIFS have gone viral reaching over 100 million views. Her style is heavily influenced by psychedelic cartoons, pinball, Art Nouveau, and more. She has shown her work at galleries around the Globe, including 111 Minna, San Francisco. She collaborated with couture footwear designer Terry de Havilland, her designs appeared in Italian Vogue and even caused a viral sensation appearing in The Daily Mail. Recent projects include an animated short of the life and work of famed Southern Gothic Author Carson McCullers. She is a dedicated, creative maverick, with a keen eye for detail, and a color palette all her own. Watch this space!