Welcome to the season of the witch. We are still under the influence of Scorpio, and nobody walks more resolutely through the shadows. Scorpio recognizes that death gives life its poignancy and no joy or breath should be taken for granted. Fittingly, the season’s celebrations — Halloween, Samhain and Dia De Los Muertos — revere life cycles and the shedding of the mortal coil. This atmosphere of remembrance and grief urges us to honor our ancestors, love without hesitation and practice gratitude for the pain we are dealt, as it is evidence of our existence.
Oct. 23 to Nov. 21
Zozobra, or Old Man Gloom, is a 50-foot marionette effigy burned every year in New Mexico during the Fiesta de Santa Fe. Locals and visitors stuff the marionette with their written worries and laments. When Zozobra burns, the pains of the people burn with him. I suspect a similar pain pyre may be of benefit to you, Scorpio. Write down every terrible possibility and brutal memory and set flame to it. Give form to what tortures you so it might be reduced to ash.
Notable Scorpio: Ruby Dee / Oct. 27, 1922
Nov. 22 to Dec. 21
You’re generally pretty rational, archer, but current planetary placements are coaxing paranoia and feeding feelings of jealousy and suspicion. Because we are in the season of scrutiny and introspection, consider the sage assertion of Shannon L. Alder: “People that have trust issues only need to look in the mirror. There they will meet the one person that will betray them the most.”
Notable Sagittarius: Saul Leiter / Dec. 3, 1923
Dec. 22 to Jan. 19
Fellow Capricorn and feral poet Patti Smith writes, “It’s the artist’s responsibility to balance mystical communication and the labor of creation.” I offer this insight to you, sea goat, as you set your tuning forks to the unknown and your hands to the steady pace of making. With your dogged determination and earth-born wisdom, no one is better suited for the role of rapturous workhorse than you.
Notable Capricorn: Bernard S. Cohen / Jan. 17, 1934
Jan. 20 to Feb. 18
A tall, wise friend once told me, “A beautiful thing doesn’t have to tell you that it’s beautiful.” I believe the message is true not just of beauty but of brilliance, humor and hard work. You may not be getting the recognition you require, water bearer, but play it cool and keep it quiet. Let your work and your selfhood speak for themselves. All things are better shown than told.
Notable Aquarius: Yoko Ono / Feb. 18, 1933
Feb. 19 to March 20
Mastery for you comes courtesy of experimentation. With the sun illuminating your ninth house of mental expansion and travel, you are primed to take the unknown road in all its forms. Further, Pluto, Scorpio’s ruling planet, activates your 11th house of wishes and dreams. If you can imagine it, you can bring it forth to reality. To paraphrase the problematic Disney film “Pocahontas,” all of your possibilities await you, just around the river bend.
Notable Pisces: Jerry Jeff Walker/ March 16, 1942
March 21 to April 19
Fellow Aries Jessica Chastain asserts, “The power of ‘no’ means you’re educating people in how to treat you.” As graciously as possible, educate those around you on the boundaries you intend to protect and the requests you are entitled to refuse. The other, tricky part of this equation is learning to accept the same lesson from others. ‘No’ is the end of a conversation, not the beginning of a negotiation.
Notable Aries: Muddy Waters / April 4, 1915
April 20 to May 20
Scorpio is directly opposite Taurus on the zodiac wheel. Fittingly, Scorpio season invites the people of the bull to investigate what makes them different from, or oppositional to, the status quo. Albert Einstein said, “The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.” Here’s to leaving the pack and the pasture for points unknown.
Notable Taurus: Wes Anderson / May 1, 1969
May 21 to June 20
Your health and well-being are top priority, Gemini. Health isn’t simply the way we move and nourish our bodies, but the media we consume, the relationships we invest in, conversations we engage in and the internal narratives we repeat to ourselves. Consider how you’ve been treating yourself. If the honest answer is like a Dumpster fire, then design a wellness plan that minimizes mindless pursuits, encourages quality over quantity and incorporates fresh air and multivitamins.
Notable Gemini: Robert Rodriguez / June 20, 1968
June 21 to July 22
The possum, America’s only native marsupial, is known for “playing dead,” a defense tactic that protects them from predation. But the possum cannot actually control when or where it plays the “playing dead” card. Anytime a fear response is triggered in the animal, they fall into this involuntary comatose state. I wonder, moon child, is there an alignment between you and this nocturnal creature? Do you control your fear or does your fear control you?
Notable Cancer: Katherine Dunham / June 22, 1909
July 23 to Aug. 22
According to legend, soap was first discovered by women washing clothes in Rome’s Tiber River. Animal fats from the ritual sacrifices made on nearby Sappo Hill bled into the water, creating a mixture that aided in laundering. Scorpio season asks you to recreate yourself by looking to the past and surrendering who you were. When it comes to the evolution of your selfhood, what can be cleansed from what has been killed?
Notable Leo: Monica Lewinsky / July 23, 1973
Aug. 23 to Sept. 22
“The dread of criticism is the death of genius,” wrote William Gilmore Simms. As the keen observer of the zodiac you have a knack for predicting fault lines and potential failure, but often a blind spot for imagining possibility. It won’t be easy, but your challenge this season is to bind and gag your incessant critic so your inner child can be set free to connect, create, experiment and falter without the shadow of judgment.
Notable Virgo: Sean Connery / Aug. 25, 1930
Sept. 23 to Oct. 22
Scorpio season asks you to take your own value into consideration, or onto your scales. Do you feel seen and appreciated in your career and personal relationships? If the answer is no, resist the urge to emotionally castrate through isolation or passive aggressive patterns of behavior. Choose the path of vulnerability by admitting you do have needs and you cannot meet them without discourse and the support of others. Remind yourself you are worthy of everything you have and at least some of what you want.
Notable Libra: Kamala Harris / Oct. 20, 1964