Ready for reinvention? Scorpio season kicks off on October 23, bringing an air of mystery to the world. With the Sun in this shape-shifting sign until November 22, focus your energy on intimacy, transformation and sharing resources for the win!
Every 30 days or so, the Sun visits a new zodiac sign. During that “season” you will feel the energy of the prevailing astrological vibe—no matter your Sun sign.
Scorpio is the second of the zodiac’s three water signs and part of the “fixed” quality (or triplicity), which includes Taurus, Leo, and Aquarius. These star signs are about security, planting a flag in the turf and establishing dominance—like Scorpio Bill Gates, who celebrates a birthday on October 28. People born under these signs are often hardworking, stable, and unafraid to take a strong position on issues.
As lighthearted Libra season flutters into the rearview, we dive into the depths of a cosmic cycle colored by extreme passion. No more taking the safe middle-ground or avoiding conflict in order to be liked. Scorpio’s energy is about zoning in on a target. Think: power mergers, strategic alliances and things that happen behind closed doors.
Here are five ways you can work with the forces of Scorpio season between now and November 22.
1. Shroud yourself in mystery.
Details of our private lives are rarely spared in the digital age. But mysterious Scorpio loves to turn up the intrigue factor, cueing us to hold back a little. Take a break from documenting every mundane moment on social media and let people wonder what you’re up to. 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 and love notes, seduce people to follow your trail while you build their curiosity into a frenzy. They’ll be dying to know where the thrilling plotline leads!
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.
2. Get a little spicy.
Scorpio’s erotic powers have become legendary at this point—and this solar season is prime time to unleash your own undercover freak. But this isn’t just about a quick shag! Contrary to popular lore. Scorpio is the sign of intimacy, merging, and “constant craving,” like the song by Scorpio K.D. Lang—it’s where two become one, and you can revel in the communion of mind, body and soul.
During this season, a kiss is never just a kiss. Don’t kid yourself into thinking you can keep it casual. Exchanging energy—even a deeply penetrating eye lock—creates an invisible “cord” between two people. Before you gaze into the windows to someone’s soul, consider whether or not you really want to find out what’s really going on in their inner sanctum. It might be best to look away…and walk away!
Since Scorpio is the sign of both jealousy and transformation, you might explore new thinking about consent, non-monogamy, 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/OM-ing 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.
There are plenty of other ways to get in touch with your sensual, life-force energy. Even doing some simple hip circles—standing in place and rotating your hips like you’re slowly hula hooping—can get stagnant energy flowing again. Or check out Fragrant Sensuality by author Valerie Worwood, and find new ways to go from scents to sensuality.
3. Dive into a (healthy) obsession.
A higher incarnation of Scorpio is the sharp-eyed eagle, which dives for its prey from the sky and rarely misses its target. This focused solar cycle is great for research or detailed work. What are you eager to learn? Plow through tutorials and watch YouTube videos. During the next four weeks, you’ll have the focus you need to master your first guitar chords, edit a music video on an app or make your first larger-scale macramé wall hanging. But watch out! While your one-track mind can give you incredible stamina, it can also take you off the rails. Don’t get SO fixated on your agenda that you miss other important cues. Too much introspection can stall the action and leave you stuck. If you find yourself overthinking, get up and move your body, ideally in a way that gets you hot and bothered. (Maybe it’s time to install that pole in your living room or the swing in your boudoir…)
4. Steer clear of low-vibe behavior.
Some of your basest instincts may come out over the next four weeks: jealousy, possessiveness, competitiveness, paranoia. It doesn’t help matters that Scorpio is ruled by hawkish Mars and 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 your intensity! And if you feel any shame about your reptilian brain responses, turn to Scorpio Brené Brown for a lesson on vulnerability. The trick is to be like an alchemist during Scorpio season and transmute negativity from lead into gold.
And don’t forget: The people who annoy us most can be our biggest teachers. Does someone’s excessively loud voice push your buttons? 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 respect your space.
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. (Probably the worst idea during this #CriminalMinded season!) Forget petty theft, this is the time to pool resources. Strategic alliances, and combining your money, talent, time, energy—whatever you have in abundance—will create a mutual win-win.
Scorpio is masterful at refurbishing and remixing—taking the old lead and spinning it into gold, creating something fresh and new. That’s why you’ll find so many authors, from Kurt Vonnegut to Neil Gaiman to Margaret Atwood, born under this sign. This four-week cycle is meant for reinvention and manifesting, even if you’re making something out of “nothing” or turning trash into treasure with savvy upcycling. 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, like Scorpio billionaires Laurene Powell Jobs, Wang Jianlin, or Bill Gates. But you could also free-cycle, potluck, carpool, crowd-source 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, your Scorpio season 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!
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Grande Dame (Tiff McGinnis)is a UK based multimedia artist. Apple, Facebook, MTV Networks and more have all commissioned her colourful 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.