As Fall comfortably sets in around us, trees beautifully colored and the sound of leaves softly falling onto the ground, we begin to reflect on what it is that needs to also fall out of our lives. Autumn is very much a time of deep reflection, of letting go as we see some of the seasonal plants we planted die, the trees beginning to be stripped naked, squirrels scurrying about to begin collecting their food for the winter preparing for the cold weather to approach. It seems to be all about dying.

Fall is a time of death in preparation for rebirth. This is the cycle…..birth, death, rebirth, death, rebirth….and on and on it goes. Plants die but blossom again….trees stand bare to then redress themselves. Even within our own bodies, cells die to then regenerate. Birth, death and rebirth are around us every day in every aspect of our lives, even the smallest of incidents. One cannot exist without the other. It’s just like the Libra message of relationship.

No sign understands or appreciates this cycle more than a Scorpio! They rule the 8th house of death, the occult, the mysteries of life, and of sexuality! Some are under the perception that Scorpio is all about sex. Yes, they are about sexuality and intimacy, but not for the mere pleasure of sex. It’s the role it plays in the cycle of birth and death, the mystery of transforming, regenerating.

The 8th house is also about hidden secrets, the secrets we want to hide from the rest of the world, our fears. And so Scorpios very much like to uncover the secrets, expose them, but they will keep hidden their own! This makes them great investigators, and is the motivation for the intimacy they develop with people they meet. They will ask about your life, they will ask about your deepest feelings, and they will care! This helps them unravel more of the mystery. Scorpio is deeply intense, emotionally, passionately, and extremely driven.

Really…’s difficult to understand a Scorpio. Just as the mysteries of life are difficult to understand, so are they since they are the mystery itself! They hold the secrets within them, and this gives them an incredible ability to transform, to regenerate making them great healers. They also hold their own secrets, and this makes it quite challenging at times to understand where you stand with a Scorpio as you may misinterpret their silence, their unwillingness to speak their deepest emotions. This can lead to all kinds of misperceptions. Respect their secrets…’s who they are. The mystery! And without them, we would not be able to understand the cycle of life.

So during this time when the energy of Scorpio surrounds us (we do have Halloween during Scorpio….), dive deep into yourself, into your emotions and begin to ask yourself what must die in your life to regenerate yourself. Is it your attitude? Is it a relationship? Is it a habit? Dive deep into your soul, into your past and see what needs to be released. Understand the lesson of Libra, the polarities, and understand that you cannot transform, you cannot be reborn or change what challenges you most in life without the death of that which no longer serves you. Libra says there is not an exit without an entrance….Scorpio says there is no rebirth without death. The serpent sheds its skin. So you, too, must shed yours and replace it with a new one.

Meditate deeply, intensely. Dive into the deepest part of the ocean of your soul, of your consciousness, and using that Scorpio energy, research, investigate, find what it is that is blocking you. But while you’re doing so…..enjoy the ride!! Scorpio is also about magic!

Yoga…….what is it you do in Shavasana? You die. You become a pretend corpse. You live your life through all the asanas of your practice….sun salutations, all your warrior positions. You live your life, and then you die! When lying in Shavasana, incorporate your life, the energy of your practice into the body, and then truly surrender! Dive deep into the “third-eye,” and surrender, look, examine, investigate.

Also, when performing your cobra or fish pose, breathe in the energy of Scorpio, of rejuvenation. In Kabbalah, Scorpio is ruled by the letter Nun which represents the prolific fish, diving deep into the ocean of emotions. Scorpio is also the serpent. Shed your skin when performing cobra. Become the snake and bring forth the intense power of Scorpio through your hiss.

And with that…..I wish you all a very Happy “Scorpio” Halloween!! (their favorite holiday, by the way!) And I wish you regeneration!

With love, Debbie

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As  the Sun continues its journey through  the constellation of Libra, our thoughts may be about that which brings us harmony and peace, both personally and globally.  With all the talk bombarding us these days, it appears that harmony and peace are two words that seem to have vanished from the English language, as has diplomacy and truth!!  So how do we stay centered in our own truth?  How do we stay balanced within our own peace?  How do we live life in harmony?

Opposites!  Yeah, opposites!  Libra recognizes that you can’t have one without the other, which is why at times they are accused of being so indecisive.  Take a moment to think about opposites.  You can’t have an entrance without an exit.  You can’t have winning without losing.  You also cannot have truth without deceit.  How would you know of truth if there wasn’t deceit to measure it against?  There will always be the other side of the coin.

In Astrology there are signs that oppose one another.  Aries and Libra oppose one another.  Think of that one….Aries the warrior, the aggressive energy, action, and Libra the peacemaker, the one always seeking harmony, diplomacy.  Aries is active; Libra can be passive.   Aries can very much benefit from the peacefulness of Libra to soothe their firey  nature, and Libra can benefit from the action of Aries.  Look at the opposite signs of Virgo and Pisces.  Virgo with their analytical and practical mind can very much help ground the dreaminess of Pisces,  and in return, Pisces can add some imagination to Virgo.  Opposites are strongly attracted to one another as they feel mutual respect and admiration for the other.  They learn from one another.  Opposites attract…..they want what the other has.

And so it is in all aspects of life.  There is always the other side of the coin.  The thing is we have to learn to integrate the opposites to give us a better understanding of the natural laws of life to help create wholeness within ourselves.  How do we know to create balance if there isn’t imbalance?  How can we know how to be humble if we didn’t know what arrogance looked like?  How do we create peace if we don’t know what conflict feels like?

Through our practice of meditation, of going into the silence, we can begin to have acceptance of the dualities of life.  We begin to see how one incorporates the other, that opposites truly are the same extreme of one another.  Through acceptance of opposites,  we begin to complete our own sense of self, of truth, of balancing the world around us, resulting in harmony, tolerance, and most importantly…..more love!  Not just a “feel-good” concept; it is a natural law of life!

And so in your yoga this week, think about opposites when you do your inversions.  Think of how you have up and down, north and south.   When practicing your Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog), give thought to your Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (up dog).  When doing Adho Mukha Vrksasana (headstand), think about it’s opposite of Tadasana (mountain pose).  Before starting your Sun Salutation, take a bow to the North, South, East, West and imagine them on opposite ends of their vertical and horizontal lines.

And most importantly……tell yourself that you are in balance and harmony and that you trust the natural flow of life!!

Wishing you harmony now and always,


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