by Boots Hart, CAP

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ceres in Scorpio

Beim Mahen (Le Faucheur) by Georges Seurat
(oil on panel, c 1883, Metropolitan Museum of Art)

There are different ways to think of Ceres in Scorpio. Ceres speaks greatly to all which we do and all that it takes for an idea or some other kind of ‘seed’ to develop and grow to fruition. And when Ceres enters Scorpio on August 7th at 3:44 in the morning (UT/+0 time) it will mark a time when many an effort may bear fruit.

But maybe not. As the sign of Scorpio is as likely to deny as to allow, as likely to mark times of decay, delay and loss as to reward us with opportunities, rewards and that singular feeling of having survived our own foibles long enough to find our way to the light.

So to put it simply, while these next months of Ceres in Scorpio may be all about facing what it takes to seed and grow our way to success, they may also be filled with reaping the results of what was previously sown... sometimes long, long ago. Ceres’ cycle being 4.6 years long, for some of us that’s how far back we’ll need to look to see the genesis of what we face now. For others, today merely ties back to last February.

February 3rd, to be exact. Why February 3rd? That would be because this upcoming Ceres/Scorpio ingress is actually the third in a series which began back on February 3rd.

Ceres enters Scorpio for the first time during 2014
Feb 3, 2014 - 5:20 p.m. (UT+0) - glyph chart
Aries Wheel (Location Not Specific)

Ceres enters Scorpio for the first time during 2014
Feb 3, 2014 - 5:20 p.m. (UT+0) - text chart
Aries Wheel (Location Not Specific)

In this February chart, Ceres was tightly bound up with the North Node - and so we too were ‘bound up’ with matters which raised feelings of power and impotence, posing any number of struggles on said subject. Such challenges may have come to us through others, or merely through our times - and most of them (at least those which were started back around the February period) will not yet have come to any solidly defined point where we could be said to be ‘reaping what we have sown’...a singularly Scorpio sort of concept.

After all, Scorpio is karmic. Scorpio is not the more ‘linear’ cause/effect of airy Libra. Libra’s cause/effect is akin to the scientific statement ‘for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction’...with such ‘opposite and equal’ reactions running the gamut from personal to professional and from appreciation and applause to snarls, jeers and flat-out rejection. Libra is the ‘what’ where Scorpio is the ‘why’ - and with Scorpio, all those ‘why’s always feel personal. Scorpio is all about testing our inner emotional balance and that works well with Ceres providing we’re balanced enough at the moment to contain our reactions to whatever arises now in favor of thinking things through and working calmly... even thoughtfully... towards our aims.

Ceres’ retrograde pass back out of Scorpio feel on March 22nd with the North Node having passed over Ceres indicating societal interactions which rewarded, incited, promoted and provoked in accordance with how prepared we were to be “cut off” from some emotional turf war. That turf war was something we were having with our Self and was in regards to (or because of) our relationship to  standards and opinions of [Scorpio] others.

Yes, the differences were between our Self and something or someone other than our Self. But the feelings which erupted...those were ours. The feelings which erupted between early February and March which by March 22nd had by then turned around and were forcing us to rethink or reconsider.

Having gone direct back on June 1st at 18 Libra Ceres emphasized abilities, talents and our ability to honor our own essence along with that of others...

Ceres, having just retrograded out of Scorpio into Libra
March 22, 2014 - 2:52 p.m. (UT+0) - glyph chart
Aries Wheel (Location Not Specific)

Ceres, having just retrograded out of Scorpio into Libra
March 22, 2014 - 2:52 p.m. (UT+0) - text chart
Aries Wheel (Location Not Specific)

...which may or may not have gone well in your world depending on where (and how) Libra and Ceres are positioned in your natal chart.

And now Ceres is moving back into Scorpio.

Ceres enters Scorpio for the third and final time during 2014
August 7, 2014 - 3:44 a.m. (UT/+0) - glyph chart
Aries Wheel (Location Not Specific)

Ceres enters Scorpio for the third and final time during 2014
August 7, 2014 - 3:44 a.m. (UT/+0) - text chart
Aries Wheel (Location Not Specific)

With all the (Sun-Mercury-Jupiter-Black Moon Lilith) energy currently in Leo, this ‘the third time is the charm’ passing of Ceres into Scorpio will test our ability to be our own person while maintaining connection with others and some sort of ‘relatable’ quality/quotient which provides a basis for interaction.

Plus there is the little fact that as Ceres enters Scorpio it ‘activates’ 0 Scorpio - the degree of this October’s solar eclipse.

This can mark a time of great contention or physical-emotional tension...or it can mark a time of breakthrough. With Mars, Saturn and Vesta already in Scorpio that which is failing to bear fruit is doing so at substantial [Vesta] cost. With Mars (in Scorpio) squaring Jupiter (in Leo) at Ceres’ ingress suggests spectacular things, but such moments are likely to be positive only if and where the awareness of others, long term repercussions and the truth of the moment (the cold truth, not some heated ‘my truth’) are being taken into account.

We know our own plan - that’s what got us here. Now we need to [Ceres] consider the plans of others, and how we deal with that...theoretically, that would be what determines the measure of emotional profit and loss as part of our months to come.

Ceres entering Scorpio is the first part of a series of shifts to happen over the next week or so - and that Ceres is the leading factor speaks to qualities which will call our focus to things we don't control but which may well make us want control...which in Ceres terms speaks to the need to think through how to proceed coolly, as Scorpio succeeds best when our Scorpionic choices are rationale as opposed to passionate or passion/desire-driven.

If we believe all things happen for a reason and things happen as and in the order they should, then Ceres bringing even more attention to Scorpio speaks to what we cannot deny (whether we want to or not) and how that which confounds us most is less about the 'thing' (or person) and more about why we respond as we do.

We may not like that. And certainly this ingress will signal a rise in the intensity of many and a blind instinct on the part of some to try and stop or limit certain efforts. These efforts may be ours. Then again, they may be efforts being directed by someone or something totally disconnected or separate from our Self. Whatever happens, the message of the moment would seem to be that things we meet now require plans which consider the needs and aims and feelings of others.

Ceres does not represent our essential sense of generosity or miserliness. Neither does Scorpio, except as a signature of what we are able (or willing) to tolerate emotionally. Scorpio's karma - as opposed to Libra's 'cause/effect' is the essence of all we love to (and know to) quail at in Scorpio as it isn't predictable and won't 'come back to us' from the direction or from the area of life in which we have earned our karmic response.

Some of us will heed this reminder, some won't. Some of us think we can plan for contingencies and some of that will bear fruit...but some of it won't. Leo against Scorpio is the challenge to express one's truest nature while inspiring others - or learning why our nature is, or has become not so very inspirational.

Why that is, what that represents in our character - all the notes about that which we need to take stock of, that's what Ceres' transit of Scorpio is likely to time out, bring out, point out and root out. Throughout 2014 (to date) our plans have gone back and forth between the theoretical and practical, from the idea of the thing to the reality.

Now our feeling consciousness is coming into focus...a focus which is likely to underlie much (if not most) of what we do for much of the balance of this year. Letting go of what hasn't worked and recognizing our own feelings on the subject, or how those differ from values held by others is a process of this moment and moving forward.

It's also the basis of that which, in true Scorpio form, will point to the necessity to nurture our Self and - to some extent - to confront that Self in the spirit of understanding where our standards of security (personal or otherwise) come from, lest our denials or choices be based on that which is past and no longer applicable. 

Where we opt for things which no longer hold validity, this passage of Ceres through Scorpio is likely to manifest in the dismantling of what we had thought of as our plan, our defense, our means of pushing ahead. On the other hand, for those who learn from history or past events without remaining "married" to the literal will like as not see and avoid at least a few stumbling blocks during these months to come...allowing them to arrive at some moment of fruition without having some short term cause shrivel the long-term efforts we had hoped for and worked towards as our harvest.

1 comment:

  1. This is very relevant to what I have been experiencing. Despite extreme emotional challenges I surprisingly feel as if I'm on the right track......thank you