Welcoming The Dark of The Scorpio New Moon
We have reached the time of the year associated with depth and mystery. The velvety night deepens in length and the Scorpio New Moon, exact on November 4th at 2:14pm PDT, arrives during the holiday honoring the dead. From October 31 through November 7, when the Sun reaches the middle degree of Scorpio, we in the Northern Hemisphere reach the midpoint between fall and winter. Christians call it All Soul’s Day; for children, it’s Halloween; for pagans, it’s Samhain (pronounced “sow-wane”).
If I have a favorite sign it is Scorpio, which doesn’t even figure prominently within my own chart. But I find Scorpio’s depth and passion mesmerizing. Scorpio is never superficial. Never. It is focused, probing and intense. Full of mystery and magic, Scorpio guides our relationship with the “other side”—the invisible worlds hidden from ordinary view.
Scorpio is connected to the cycle of death and rebirth. The glorious Phoenix rising from the ashes. In life we often tend to focus on the what we see as beauty of the rising, missing the perspective that the rising doesn’t occur on its own but is part of a larger equally beautiful cycle that first experiences the ashes, the death and release of the known.
Scorpio’s modern ruler Pluto is the God of the Underworld and wealth. This particular New Moon is inviting us to go deeply within. To explore our own hidden realms and dig for treasure. To surrender and release.
In Fairy tales, the forest symbolizes the wild place beyond that safety of the known where transformation can occur. To truly live the Scorpion energy within our charts, to transfigure at our deepest levels, we have to be willing to relinquish control, let go of the known. To truly experience a metamorphosis within our lives we are called to place our trust in the unknown. To connect with our wild selves.
When we consciously enter the forest and enter it willingly knowing that we will come out changed, in ways both imagined and not, we are acting from the best of Scorpio. For this act requires true bravery, it requires that we make ourselves exquisitely vulnerable by lowering our defenses and moving past our cynicism about what is possible for ourselves and our lives.
What can you let go of that you’ve been hanging onto?
What do you need to release to make room for the new?
When we release “the dead” we create more space within our life. When we release we invite new “life” in from the universe.
As Rainer Maria Rilke said “Our deepest fears are like dragons, guarding our deepest treasure.”
During this month’s new Moon light a candle, take a moment to ground and center yourself and then gaze into the shadowed hidden parts within. Take a deep breath and ask yourself “What do I need to release?” Then pause and listen. Wait. Let all of the known, expected possibilities arise. Then take another deep breath, go deeper and ask again. Don’t rush yourself, there will be an inner click of recognition when you arrive. Allow yourself to be surprised. Then repeat the process again only this time ask “What is my deepest desire?”
When you have finished close by creating a new intention revealed from the depths within.