Ceres in Scorpio: Nigredo

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ― Maya Angelou

Effective Dates: November 11th, 2018- January 27th, 2018

Helios on Ceres in Scorpio- 
First things first, the naming convention I use for the Ceres transits is archaic alchemical terms- Take a look back at my past posts. In alchemy, nigredo, or blackness, means putrefaction or decomposition. Many alchemists believed that as a first step in the pathway to the philosopher’s stone, all alchemical ingredients had to be cleansed and cooked extensively to a uniform black matter; So don’t @ me, nerds. Now, moving on.

Ceres, Queen of the Asteroid Belt, and Goddess of Grain, Sustenance and the Seasons has given up on trying to play by the rules of Libra season- seeing how no one else was bothering with them anymore. No, they preferred to shift their allegiances when and where it was convenient- not to mention outright lying about their true motives. These days are dark indeed, Heretics, and it seems that we have nothing to count on anymore, except what feels like our imminent destruction coming at us from every angle. Are you ready to face the honest truth of a true fight for your very existence, and what that means? Are you willing to sell your soul to stay in the fight? More than that, are you willing to lose a battle to win the war?

These are the questions that Ceres will demand an answer from you during her sojourn in Scorpio. This will be yet another descent into the darkest reaches of yourself, but this time, the arena is survival. You can no longer bury your head in the sand, expecting everything to work out for you without lifting a finger. These are the Demon Days, guys- and we are in trouble. If we are to make it through these times, there will be a price to pay, something to lose: And what we will need to offer up to Ceres is the people we used to be, allowing them to die so a new, stronger version of us can take our place. The days ahead need warriors unfettered by the chains of our past- You need to cast them off so that you can ensure your place in the grand design of the future.

Forget the way things were, what you thought you could do and who you wanted to be: This is what is in front of you NOW, and the YOU who you are now is all that we have in this game. It doesn’t matter who you were supposed to be, use what you have now. Reality is not your friend, and the world feels like its closing in around you, I know. Face it or be swept under it. The Nigredo phase of alchemy is all about removing the barriers to perfection, to the philosophers stone- And this whole world is the biggest Cauldron that ever existed. You are the creator and the creation now, but you have to be willing to let the pieces of yourself that have served their purpose die and fall away. You cannot take all of you into the future, burn away what is holding you back to set yourself free.

More importantly, you need to find some reason to keep going in this life. This is the Dark Night of The Soul… again. I know, it seems like every weekend is now. Tough. Get up, find a reason to keep going and don’t you dare let go of it. Hold it close and treasure every happy moment you can carve out of this merde. This is a fight to keep living, and every new day is a victory, and an opportunity. Keep your head up, stay honest, and fight for what matters to you. That’s all that you can do for the moment, so do it well.

We’re all in the fire now, Heretics- Make sure you’re the one doing the burning. 

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