SCORPIO (October 23–November 2)
When art and sexuality go deeper than typical everyday consciousness, one of the first things encountered is the ambiguous, shadowy aspect of existence. If you find yourself curious about what's lurking in the reeds and coves by the remote shores of your mind, you can explore those places. You may also discover that a partner is ready to go to a new depth; and, if so, you must be gentle about this. It's essential to proceed with caution where feelings, desires and ideas exist in low-contrast rather than in bold and vivid colors. Move ahead with the idea that it's not only OK but helpful to advance with curiosity and pleasure where taboo experiences are involved. Engaging with emotional contradictions consciously will take away the power they seem to hold over you, and will reveal the pleasure aspects and release the spiritual gifts they contain. This is territory you're usually well suited for, though you'll have to make a conscious choice to hold space for anyone you're intimate with. You don't need to go all the way into anyone's emotional body. Being present for whatever someone else is feeling would make an excellent start, and will remind them that there's a stable and safe place to have their experience. Think of yourself as a kind of "trip guide," and remember that you're looking into a mirror.