In the past few months there has been a firestorm of news reports about sexism in Hollywood, the #metoo hashtag on Twitter and other social media about (mainly) women’s experiences of sexual assault and harassment, calls in Australia for paid leave for (mainly) women attempting to escape violence from their ‘partners’, deal with violence-related court issues, or to recover from the effects of abuse. Also in Australia there has been the Royal Commission into sexual abuse by religious institutions, and a government ad on television about how disrespecting women starts in childhood with excuses being made for boys bad behaviour.
In October, Jupiter, planet of justice (among other things), entered Scorpio. Scorpio is the sign of death and rebirth, and the sign that deals with power, sexuality and what is hidden. In the 1980s Pluto transited Scorpio, unleashing wave after wave of revelations about sexual abuse of children in previous decades by authority figures of various kinds – religious, educational, family members. Scorpio brings what has been kept under wraps to the surface, to the light, to be seen and understood. It brings the abscesses on our collective souls up to be lanced and healed. But we have to face the pain first, and accept the truth.
At present the Sun and Venus are also in the sign of Scorpio, bringing issues in relationships and our spiritual values within ourselves into focus.
I have been thinking lately about how conditioning works to keep us in outdated social and sexual relationship to each other, and how this starts. For some reason a rhyme I learnt in the 1970s came to mind: ‘Red, white and blue, the boys love you, took you to the picture show and undressed you’. Now the use of ‘picture show’ designates this as quite old, but I wonder if there is still a more up to date version around. I’m sure I don’t have to analyse the sexist content of this schoolyard rhyme, or the entrenched power relationships it reveals between the genders. It’s definitely disturbing.
And there is also the whole reinvention of the wheel around sexist language – why, for instance, when referring to humanity as a whole do so many people who should know better still use the rather pointless term ‘man’? I use ‘humanity’ (a bit longer admittedly), ‘humans’ or even ‘we’ or ‘us’. I suspect many want to make a sweeping generalization and make it sound important, and masculine language has greater authority in many people’s minds.
Another aspect that has been making me think lately is the whole inner relationship between our feminine and masculine qualities: in Astrology the feminine signs are the earth and water signs, the masculine are air and fire. The planets are also given gender: Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are masculine, Moon and Venus are feminine. Mercury is androgynous, and the outer planets all have masculine names, but I would assert that Neptune fits more into the feminine group, with Pluto and Uranus described as masculine. If we add in Chiron and the asteroids there is a more even balance, but I won’t go into that here.
But you can see that we all have a mix of masculine and feminine energies in our makeup, no-one is totally at one end of the gender spectrum. Some spiritual thinkers describe our minds, rationality and mental body as masculine, with feelings, emotional body and intuition fitting more with feminine consciousness.
In the western world it is easy to see which has been more elevated and which has been denigrated and denied, to the detriment of all of us, our entire culture and our planet. As a water sign, Scorpio has a role to play in redressing that imbalance, by helping all of us to be more accepting of our intuitive feelings, our creative ability (right brain) and working in harmony with logic and more left brain functions.
Because nobody has half a brain, or only an emotional body and no mental body. We all need all our gifts, all of our human abilities to function, to learn and to grow, And we need to value all of ourselves, and all of each other to prosper, and to heal ourselves and our planet.
At present there is a lot of focus on ascension, and this is good. It is time to aspire to the next level our human evolution. Jupiter’s transit of Scorpio will help this, by helping us to address the power imbalance between men and women, between adults and children and between institutions and individuals.
I believe each of us in our own lives must examine our conditioned beliefs and ways of being, look at how we relate to others, what we expect of ourselves, what we teach children and what we keep hidden out of shame that we have been abused, or that we have been an abuser. It’s time to speak up, to end the silence, and to tell the truth, no matter how ugly.
After facing the not so pretty facts about ourselves, then we can forgive, heal and evolve, but not if we stay stuck in outmoded beliefs and practices around sexuality, gender relations and power. Scorpio gives us the insight and the power to transform ourselves and our society. Let’s hope we take the opportunities presented. I have faith, a Jupiterian quality, that we will. Who’s with me?