Nov. 7, 2002 – On Monday, November 4, the New Moon connected deep in Scorpio, along with Mercury and Venus, the two planets closest to the Sun. Are you feeling it? Scorpio has strong feelings, especially with Venus in her retrograde cycle.
Venus is deep in the Scorpionic underworld, in retrograde (backward) motion from October 11 to November 22. During this time, Venus disappears from the evening sky, setting with the Sun in communion with our Star. The many myths of the goddess descending to the Great Below derive from this tracing of the Venusian cycle. We see this retrograde motion of our close sister planet only every other year, and it lasts for around 40 days. Eventually Venus reappears as the Morning Star, Aphrodite rising from the sea, regenerated and full of powerful energy and transformational healing power. Venus traces a five-pointed star over the course of eight years, with each point representing a retrograde cycle. These cycles repeat very closely, staying in the same sign for many years. Look back to 1994, 1986 and 1978 to consider your experience of the last Venus retrograde cycle in Scorpio. Currently Venus is also retrograding in the signs of Aries, Capricorn-Aquarius, Gemini and Leo-Virgo.
What happens when the goddess is in the underworld? We all know, feeling it in our hearts. The goddess within crooks her finger and calls us inside for a heart-to-heart consult. What is going on with you, dear heart? she asks. How happy are you? How could it be even better? I'm here to deepen your satisfaction in life.
The retrograde cycle of Venus is a time of inner re-evaluation, often accompanied by a sense of withdrawal from relationship. It is, rather, a time to be in relationship with your Self first. Especially in Scorpio, Venus deeply investigates how you feel, what you want. It's a time to look into how you may be resisting the changes that will be more fulfilling. Sometimes unconscious fears can interfere with our conscious desires. The particular area of life under review will be defined by the area in your chart where Venus is circling.
In the ancient Sumerian cradle of western civilization, the myth of Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth, is written around the movements of Venus. As the Lady of the Evening, she is the goddess of Love; as morning star, she was known as Goddess of War, who storms over the land. Venus will appear as morning star again around Thanksgiving. She has been described thus:
"You flash like lightning over the highlands,
You throw your firebrands across the earth
Your deafening command, whistling like the South Wind,
splits apart great mountains.
Holy Priestess, who can sooth your troubled heart?
–Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth"
(by Wolkstein and Kramer)
Is war inevitable? The goddess arises refreshed, with the healing power of regeneration. Passion transformed and redirected into compassionate action is a potential outcome, if we can let go of resistances and fears that get in the way of clarity. Beware of automatic habits. Use the planets now in Aquarius–Neptune and Uranus — to surface for air, like a deep sea turtle, to awaken the Witness, watch yourself and turn with the tide that flows from the heart. This may be somewhat easier on the personal than the collective level. That¹s where it all starts.
The New Moon is at 13 degrees Scorpio. The Sabian Symbol image: IN AN IMPROVISED LABORATORY AN INVENTOR IS NEAR SUCCESS. We are certainly inventing as we go these days. The old models are not working.
Mercury at 7 Scorpio more fully describes the energy field: DIVERS OF THE DEEP ARE BEING LOWERED INTO THE WATERS and Venus at 6 degrees Scorpio: CALIFORNIA HILLS: THE GOLD RUSH SHATTERS THEIR PEACE.
Yes, we are in the deep waters. We are seeking hidden treasure‹at what cost, personally and collectively? Things are being stirred up, no doubt about that; change is inevitable. What do we need to let go of in this Scorpio Moon cycle? We are heading into eclipse season, with the next Full Moon on November 19 and powerful total eclipse on December 4. More will be revealed. May the Truth be known.
Among those feeling this cycle particularly strongly are people born in:
1946-47 New Moon on Chiron (some also Jupiter) activates Pluto/Saturn — shamanic shift;
1962-63 New Moon on Neptune — look your dragons in the eye, trust your feelings;
1977-78 New Moon on Uranus — a surge of insight, restless, radical change time. In 1978, Venus was also retrograde in Scorpio, adding more spice to this cycle.
1988-89 New Moon Pluto — your transformational capacity is surfacing; channel it.

Editor's note: Astrologer Kelley Hunter is a resident of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, where she leads stargazing nights and is studying for her Ph.D. in cosmology and myth. To be on her e-mail list for monthly articles or for an astrology consultation, write her at [email protected].
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