Since the Sun is entering Scorpio this week — and regardless of your Sun sign, it will have an effect on us all — it’s a good time to clear up some misconceptions about that sign. Scorpio tends to make astrologers start throwing around terms like “intense” and “sexual” and “cutting” and “look out, he’s got an axe!” a lot. This is inherently unfair to Scorpio, and is a misrepresentation of what Scorpio is and what it stands for.
Scorpio is all about focus. Scorpios aren’t inherently better or worse than anyone else just because of their Sun sign — they’re just more focused about things. That nurse who’s always there with your medication on time? That precisely-cooked and seasoned Eggplant Parmesan you ordered? That crisply folded-down bed sheet at the hotel with the precisely-placed mint on the pillow? Those are all Scorpio qualities too.
If what you need in your life is change, odds are good you’ve already made efforts that way but have fallen short. What you need is the exactitude Sun in Scorpio will be bringing to things between now and November 20th. If you already know what you want, get it. The Sun blends harmoniously this week with Mars in Virgo — which is the scalpel in that steady Scorpion hand — and with Pluto in Capricorn — which is the willingness to face what needs to be faced.
If you don’t know what you want, just pick something and go get it, because indecision is the slow road to death, and the only way to break a deadlock is to break it. Besides, the Sun and Mars are both building up to exact aspects to Saturn in Scorpio next week, so be the change you want to see … or sit back and let it happen to you next week.
See? There’s plenty nice to say about Scorpio. Now will you please untie me from this chair, Scorpio? I swear I won’t tell the cops…
Also: Mercury goes retrograde on Monday. If you’ve hung around astrology for a while now, you know that Mercury retrograde is a bit like Christmas that comes three or four times a year and lasts for a few weeks instead of a day. That, and the gifts you get are screwed-up phone calls and e-mails and short trips and business agreements. Any decent Scorpio worth their stinger will point out that these things happen for a reason, and that reason is often something like, “You should have thought it through more clearly before you drunk-dialed your ex/went to the store in bad weather/dared to call Customer Service in the first place anyway.”
Mostly though, Mercury retrograde is an excellent time for introspection and contemplation. So: sober up before you call the ex. Check the weather and your tires before you go on that short trip. And you should know that calling Customer Service is usually infuriating at the best of times anyway.