New Moon in Scorpio

New Moon in Scorpio: Through the Eye of the Needle We Go!

New Moons are always powerful times, within each New Moon, regardless of the sign it occurs in, there is the energy of Aries. This is the energy of beginnings. There is a sense of rebirth, or bursting forth onto the scene. The sign the New Moon falls in colors what type of bursting forth we can expect.

As the sign of, among other things, Death and Rebirth, Scorpio can be a terrifying specter for us. It is in Scorpio that we face powers that are greater than us. With Scorpio there is a sense of loss of control. This can be seen when we look to the Scorpio/Taurus axis which rules sex. Taurus rules the physical side of sex and Scorpio the emotional side of it. For most of us, unless we have been sexually abused, we don’t have an issue with the physical side of the sexual act, it is the emotional side that we often have difficulty with. The requirement to open your emotions up to another person that can be downright terrifying. Yet without that side sex can become a soulless commodity. Why is opening our emotional selves up to each other so scary? Simply put, emotional vulnerability. We can loose control of our feelings and delve into the darkness of those desires that we don’t always understand, or even wish to understand, Our compulsions and obsessions are all in the cauldron that is Scorpio.

This is the first New Moon in Scorpio that occurs with Saturn also in Scorpio. Saturn moved into Scorpio on October 5th. Saturn is the planet that makes things real. Bringing things into manifestation. In Scorpio our deepest fears can rise up and become very real. Scorpio is also the sign of coming up against forces that are greater than ourselves. The scariest of these is Death itself and whether we actually face death ourselves or the mere idea of death, the trepidation is real.

Yet what is truly dying? In some cases, the physical body, yet for most of us, it is something less tangible than that. For some it is the emotions that no longer serve us, feelings of victimization, guilt, fear, loathing. For others it is thoughts we had about how things should be, for others relationships that have reached their usefulness. No matter what, this New Moon heralds a time of a deep cleansing let go.

This New Moon in Scorpio is also a Solar Eclipse due to the fact that it occurs close to the Nodes of the Moon. This Eclipse is a North Node Eclipse, meaning that this is a time of moving forward towards our collective evolution. Yet how do we move forward when we are being required to let go of so much?

Imagine if you will, going on a long trip that you have packed for very carefully. You have packed warm sweaters, boots, shoes, and sneakers. With much forethought you chose the shirts and pants so you could layer your clothes, and look smart. You even bought two new packs of underwear! You get to the gate and the TSA person says you cannot get on the plane with any luggage. There has been a new procedure that just came down from Homeland Security: No baggage! You can only go with the clothes on your back.

That is what this New Moon Solar Eclipse is about. Letting go of even the things you’re sure you are going to need. And it doesn’t matter how carefully you planned, NO BAGGAGE is the new rule!

We are moving through the eye of a needle at this time in our evolution. In the bible Jesus told his disciples that it is easier for a camel to move through an eye of a needle than a rich man. The rich man Christ speaks of is the person who is attached to things. The other part of that story is the part where the poor woman puts her last coins into the offering basket, knowing in her heart that it is in giving that we receive.

To say this time requires a leap of faith would be an understatement. Yet that is exactly what we are being asked to do. So don your favorite traveling clothes, unencumbered by your stuff and take that step toward the most awesome and exciting trip you could ever imagine. Knowing where you’re going is immaterial, it’s just about going

New Moon in Scorpio: Legends of the Fall

New Moon in Scorpio: Legends of the Fall

In the Northern Hemisphere Scorpio is the sign of Late Fall, the time when the days shorten and the air, at least here in the Northeast, becomes crisp and sharp. Much of the glory of the early Fall gives way to a more somber mood as the deciduous trees drop their remaining leaves and the pallet of nature moves away from the glorious golds and reds and more into the muted browns and dark greens. The trees once lush with their green canopies start to show the structure and grace of their bare branches. In a way, they are stripped down to the bare essentials as their sap moves from tips back to the center of the tree.

As children of nature, whether we recognize this in our lives or not, there is a drawing in of our energies, a subtle shift from the outward moving yang, to the more internal yin energy. It is natural for us to become more introspective during this time. When the Sun moves into Scorpio it heralds a more feeling time, a time of deep searching. When most of society was still agriculturally based, this would be this time that the herds would be culled. The resources for man and beast would be evaluated and the animals for which there were not enough resources to feed during the long winter would themselves become part of the larder of resources. So Scorpio is often associated with death and sacrifice as well as shared resources. We have, in our modern world become disconnected from the cycles of nature. The necessity for sacrifice for the good of all is not something most people are comfortable considering, and yet it is a necessary part of life.

On October 26 there is a New Moon in Scorpio at 3:56PM EDT. New Moons are seed times, and Scorpio is the sign of transformation, so in essence this New Moon deals with the Seeds of our Transformation. A sober look at our individual, shared and collective resources would be a apropos activity during this time. In the chart for the New Moon the Sun & Moon are in an opposition to Jupiter now retrograde in Taurus. When a planet is moving retrograde it is a time for re-evaluation. Taurus rules our essential needs, this includes our survival needs, food, water and shelter. It also rules our value systems, what is important to us once our essential needs are met. The planet Jupiter is the planet of beliefs, and so what do we believe our essential needs and values to be. In the opposition to the New Moon in Scorpio there is an awareness (opposition) of our needs and values (Taurus) and what we believe (Jupiter) them to be. The New Moon in Scorpio brings our emotions up around these issues. And so we must really come to terms with what is important to us. Often times we are emotionally attached to people, places and things that no longer serve us. Like the trees of the late Fall we are called to strip our lives bare so that we can come to terms what is truly essential. Do we need to hold onto our pain, our relationships, our things? What can be culled in our life that will ensure that we survive the 'winter'.

Since Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio, moved into the sign of Capricorn in 2008 many of us have had our very foundations shaken. Capricorn deals with authority, Pluto power, and so we have had to come to terms with our sense of personal power and authority. Many have felt powerless as the structures we could once count on, fall like houses of cards. Those things that define us, our careers, our family, our relationships, our self-image have been shifting. There are few people you can talk to who haven't had one or more of these areas of life effected by the current state of the world. And it is in the sense of being powerless around those things that lie outside of ourselves that can nurture the seed of power from within.

In the New Moon Chart Pluto in Capricorn sits at the top of the chart in the 10th house symbolizing the ruling moneyed class. Planets in the 10th house are in the limelight, whether they like it or not. Pluto would rather work beneath the surface with as little fanfare as possible, yet there it sits in the most public of houses in the chart. There is no hiding from the masses. In a mundane chart the people are symbolizing by the Moon and the leaders of a country by the Sun. The people(Moon) and Leaders(Sun) are in the 8th house of the New Moon Chart. The house of transformation. We the people are waking up from our slumber, we are seeing things for how they are and it it changing and transforming us. Those intrepid souls who are occupying Wall Street and other cities around the country are coming to terms with the reality of our situation. Whether Wall Street will open their coffers is yet to be determined and ultimately that may not be the most important consequence of what is going on in Zuccotti Park and elsewhere. It is the coming together of people of all ages, races, nationalities, levels of education, socioeconomic classes to march and sit and sing and interact. To foster the awareness that what unites us, the need for fairness and equanimity is far stronger than that which divides us. We all share the same planet respect for one another and respect for Mother Earth (Taurus) can move us through our evolution into the Age of Aquarius.

The world is changing and so are we.
Namaste