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Scorpio New Moon 2008 and the American Election

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Welcome, Scorpio! Your stinger is showing.

The Cosmic Story in the heavens is in alignment with the reality we're facing here on Earth. As Above So Below has never been more true.

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Scorpio is never afraid to get down and dirty, and in this buildup to Election Day, when Uranus, the planet of revolutionary new values, reform and awakening opposes Saturn, the planet of convention, conservative values and the status quo, we're seeing just how low we can go. Before their face-off on Election morning, we'll get to see all manner of muck rise to the top. Hopefully, we'll release it and cleanse the toxins from our collective systems and psyches.

The opposition of Uranus at 19 Pisces and Saturn at 19 Virgo is the first of five oppositions of two of the three planets that were activated during 1965-67. The revolutionary and evolutionary energies of the 60s are up again for more work. As a matter of fact, this opposition is dancing on the same degrees of that original opposition, except in reversed placement (also Pluto is missing from the equation at the moment but it will soon join up with them!). This time around, Uranus in Pisces opens up new doors of perception, while Saturn in Virgo offers us the discipline and responsibility to be of service to the world and to be true to ourselves.

On November 1-2, Neptune resumes it forward motion, calling on us to embrace the Aquarian ideals of freedom and equality and to manifest our ideals in practical reality. Watch your dreams for some answers to the big questions of life.

But before that happens, we're back in Scorpio reality. Most people I know are distressed at the negative ads that are bombarding us from all sides this political season. All the negative emotions that Scorpio hordes inside are out in the open for all the world to see. The worst emotions are vicious, demeaning and unworthy of a democratic nation. We can also see how the powers-that-be (in all times and places) use fear to control the rest of us.

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Scorpio says, instead of being the servant of fear, learn to make friends with your fear. Scorpio tells us, face the fact that Fear is part of life. That Death is absolutely part of life. If you make friends with your fear, you break free. That is Scorpio's test and initiation.

I've felt all those emotions that I see moving through everyone else – anger, frustration, fear and nastiness – and I've had to stop myself and ask, Why are you so angry? Why are you feeling disdain for people who don't agree with you? Why, when you choke on the hypocrisy and the mudslinging, don't you respond with clarity of thought and a compassionate heart? Why should 'they' keep me from taking the moral high road?

These are Scorpio questions. In answering these questions I found that I had to admit to my own negative feelings. I had to get humble quickly and stop blaming the 'other guy' for being nasty, just because I was only thinking nasty thoughts rather than saying them out loud. When I let go of the anger and frustration I was feeling, something else came up for me.

Pity. I felt pity for all of us. Knowing that anger and fear don't feel good, I wonder why we chose them over love and trust. Why do we chose war instead of love?

I can hate the lies but pity the people who tell the lies and those that buy into the lies because they don't know how to think for themselves. I can be saddened by people who feel they can be vicious while feeling virtuous, because they refuse to recognize the truth that it's their own shadows they are struggling with. I can only shake my head over people who think they won't have to face the repercussions of the fear they've created in themselves. I can have compassion for the people who are so afraid they'll do anything and believe anything to rationalize old beliefs they think keep them safe.

I can transform my darkest feelings during Scorpio's transformative time.

In this Scorpio season of Samhain (see All Hallows Eve story) when we honor our dead and their wisdom, we need to honor the spirit of freedom which our forefathers fought for and which they saw as our inalienable right as human beings. At this season, we need to let go of what we've outgrown and reclaim what we need for new life. We need to let the old die so that new life can come back into our private as well as our collective lives. We need Scorpio to show us how to get over our fear of change and death.

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Americans are showing our true colors – both on the left and on the right. We need to stop seeing this election as if we are adversaries. There is no 'real America' 'pro-America' part of our country. We are all America – the good, bad and ugly. Let's unite as Americans and be humble enough to see ourselves in each other.

Let's ask the Divine Spirit of Light to give us a moment of clarity to really see ourselves and each other and see what is at stake in our world. That's the gift of Scorpio. Once we get through the darkness, we'll have the wings and eyes of the Eagle. We'll see without fear.

Right now, Americans are seeing our shadow, a shadow run amok that mistakenly believes we must do anything to 'save' ourselves from outside enemies, even if we ultimately destroy ourselves from within. A fitting theme for Scorpio. For Scorpio will fight to the death before it gives up its mistaken beliefs and values. That is the Scorpio test and initiation - to give up the beliefs that evoke these stagnant negative emotions which in turn keeps us from change and growth. Scorpio provides the transformative energy that moves us through the changes we willingly accept. Otherwise we stagnate and die. That's change too. Just the hardest kind.

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Cathy Pagano is the author of a new book, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. G. Jung Institut-Zurich in dream interpretation, then got her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Feminine Spirituality, and along the way became a certified Life Coach. As an astrologer and storyteller, she weaves the Cosmic Stories written in the stars and from The Bard's Grove, comments on emerging archetypal themes in movies. Cathy works with the tools of the imagination - dreams, alchemy, myths, astrology, symbolic language, storytelling, ritual - to awaken the Soul's wisdom.

I believe that Americans are called to a higher consciousness at this point in our history. We are called on to live up to our ideals and create the country our forefathers imagined. Inner consciousness needs to be acted upon for social justice.

Cathy believes that our writers and artists must take up our responsibility to create art that inspires, teaches and heals our humanity.

Cathy writes about political, psychological/spiritual, and cultural issues.

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