What Do You Do When Your Survival Instinct Kicks In?

Sun in Scorpio Season
23 October – 21 November 2017

 Image by Lali Masiera/ Magdeleine

Image by Lali Masiera/ Magdeleine

The Sun's annual stay in Scorpio shines an extra bright light on our instinctual life as Jupiter's presence in Scorpio since 10 October 2017 questions the integrity with which we handle the animal part of our nature.

Jupiter's arrival in Scorpio marked the end of the silence protecting Harvey Weinstein.  Instead of getting caught in the sordid details of his abuse of power, ask what you do when you feel your survival is at stake.

Scorpio’s Shady Reputation

The rage, shame and reckoning the Weinstein story evokes all fall within the Scorpio realm.  Primal emotions are hard for so-called civilised society to stomach so they live underground.

Until they meet the light of the Sun.  Jupiter in Scorpio morally magnifies the Sun in Scorpio shining on violations of raw, natural power.  It is big news: Jupiter visits every zodiac sign only once every 12 years.

Don’t Fake It

What is the right thing to do when you feel extremely vulnerable?  Together, the Sun and Jupiter in Scorpio seek the absolute emotional truth.  Hiding from or denying your baser instincts will not work. 

Even if you have never sat on the Hollywood casting couch, you will have experienced feeling powerless. Whether the danger is real or not,  your survival instinct kicks in.  Do you hear it?  What happens for you?  

Can You Smell Your Gut Calling?

How attuned are you to your gut's call to action for survival?  If you are tuned in, you might experience an overwhelming urge to destroy the perceived threat.  You might want to run away.  Or just freeze.  

Perhaps you are such a ‘nice’, civilised person that you rely fully on your head and do not notice your body's call for self-preservation.  After all, we are not living in caves and jungles anymore.  Or are we?   

Responding and Reacting

Upon sensing your gut alarm, you have a choice.  You can react in blind knee-jerk fashion.  Or, you can pause to check and assess the danger.  Then you can respond, blending instinct with reason. 

Saturn’s 2012-2015 visit to Scorpio was a tough training in responding versus reacting.  Jupiter’s current year-long stay in Scorpio can help to heal any residual emotionally stuck reactions.

When the Tables are Turned

Imagine you have the upper hand in any given situation.  Do you by any chance resort to humiliating behaviour to maintain your feeling of being in charge?  It could be in tiny, subtle, even unspoken ways. 

Even the kindest, most ‘normal’ people can react destructively when their sense of being in control evaporates.  A firm ‘no’, (re)asserting a healthy boundary or taking time out might work just as well.   

Scorpio Equals Survival

Scorpio is ruled by the planets of survival.  On a personal level by night warrior Mars, and collectively, by Pluto, mythical lord of the underworld. 

Scorpio is necessarily an extreme sign.  It is a matter of life and death.  Overreaction is understandable.  Still, how does that help you when your survival instinct has been triggered by, say, a traffic jam?

Is It Really ‘The End’?

Sometimes an ending really is on the horizon.  Having to say goodbye to a job, a relationship, a life can hurt like hell.  But Jupiter can can help you to learn to let go.  Accepting death is the first law of survival.   

Scorpio takes you to the edge to remind you that everything has to end sometime.  But, is it really over or just time to renew?  Jupiter in Scorpio opens up new emotional pathways until 7 November 2018.  

Your Sun in Scorpio Action

Pay attention next time your gut calls.  You are part animal.  We all are.

Breathe.  Calm down, assess the danger and consider your options.  Even if a split second is all you have.  

Honour your survival instinct.  In a genuine, life/death scenario, trust yourself and life to look after you. Taking time to respond - rather than reacting - as best you can is usually enough to stay safe and alive.