Tuesday November 13th, exact at 10.07pm BST, 5.07pm EST!
This is an incredibly potent New Moon, as not only is it in powerful, intense and transformative Scorpio but it is also followed five minutes later by a total Solar Eclipse! And just to add to the strength and power of all of this, it is also a Perigie Super Moon, which means that the moon is closer to the earth so it has a greater than usual pull on the tides, the earth and of course our minds, bodies and spirits. Solar eclipses bring the potential for powerful and significant new beginnings and have a tendency to shake us to our core, waking us up to a new understanding of ourselves and our lives. New Moons also represent new beginnings and an opportunity to take stock of our lives and decide what we want for ourselves and what is best left behind in the dark of the Moon. With every beginning there must be an ending, and the energy of this New moon might bring some things to the surface that we have either been unaware of or avoiding so that we can examine them and truly let go once and for all.
Scorpio is an intensely emotional sign who likes to dig deep and find the root cause of anything, really getting to the heart of the matter. She is the essence of transformation; the force which identifies and eliminates anything which may be destructive, dead or decaying in our lives or psyches in order for something better and healthier to take its place. She is not afraid to delve around to find what lurks in the shadows; the underlying truth of who we are; our fears, passions, desires and unconscious motivations, and bring it all out into the open so that the light of our conscious awareness can shine on it. Scorpio also represents real intimacy and asks us to let go and trust enough to be truly vulnerable, sharing our deepest hopes and fears and daring to show our tender underbelly and all that lurks beneath the surface, no matter how dark we might think it is. Not an easy thing to do, but without this kind of emotional honesty we are only scratching the surface and life is really quite superficial. We have all done things that we are not proud of and have all had bad things done to us, and it seems that this Moon will cause some muck from our pasts to come bubbling to the surface so that it can evaporate once and for all. Sometimes we don’t know what we are holding onto until we have let it go. This moon may help us recognise what it is and let it go.
As for the other planets involved in this Moon, Mercury has been retrograde since Tuesday the 6th Nov, and his retro-action is making us look back, possibly bringing up people, relationships, patterns, behaviours or thoughts that we need to revisit in order to better understand who we are now. Saturn in Scorpio has just started forming an aspect to Pluto which will continue to build in energy and is going to be a big part of the Winter Solstice. The two planets are in mutual reception which means that they are in each other’s sign, increasing the power and energy of the signs Scorpio and Capricorn. It seems it is the time for things to come up to the surface which have been suppressed, forgotten or ignored until now. Whatever comes up may be surprising and not all that pretty, but it is really necessary to become aware of it so that we can let go and move forward with a lighter step. This is a time for us to be emotionally honest with ourselves and do some deep inner work in order to eliminate any patterns, relationships or behaviour which may somehow be holding us back from moving forward. On both a personal and collective level we are being forced to shine light into the cracks and whatever we find there must be faced honestly so that we can move forward to the next step with integrity.
Neptune is forming an incredibly close and challenging aspect to our retrograde Mercury, meaning that things could get a little bit confusing during the few days before and after the Moon. In fact it could get downright weird! We may have intuitive thoughts or dreams which are hard to understand logically, but which could offer real insight if we can let go of the need to rationalise them. Don’t be surprised if you feel a little disoriented, as Neptune is the planet of illusion and smoke screens! Neptune is also positively aspecting Saturn in Scorpio, meaning that its’ energy may have a dissolving effect on our emotional structures, allowing us to become more aware of the root cause of any dis-ease in our lives. It is important to understand the actual source of any problems in our lives, because only then can we truly heal. Otherwise we are merely putting a patch on the wound and allowing whatever actually caused it to continue to fester beneath. Neptune will offer us a chance to look at our emotional landscape from a different perspective.
This Moon is likely to bring up some pretty mucky stuff for us to flush out so that we can replace it with something clearer and brighter. It seems to be a continuation of the theme of the times; we are currently being forced to confront our fears and the darkest parts of ourselves both personally and collectively so that we can move forward towards a more enlightened and conscious way of being. Some pretty disgusting and disturbing things have come to the surface in recent times, but it needs to happen if we are to move forward; the shadows simply must be confronted in order to fill the space with light. As we process and purge any painful memories which linger in the subconscious, poisoning our psyches, we are giving ourselves a chance to be born afresh as lighter, more joyous and fully present human beings. This is a wonderful chance to banish fear, guilt, negativity and pessimism and confront anything from our past which may be holding us back from true happiness and success.
Like snakes we must shed our skins, leaving all of the old, unconscious psychic garbage behind in the dark of the moon and move forward towards the light, all shiny and new! Without the hard protection of the old skin we are then able to be more emotionally honest with ourselves and others. What do we truly desire? What are our passions? When it really comes down to it, what do we want for ourselves? What do we need to change in order to be more light and joyous? What is holding us back from true happiness and success? These are all good questions to ask ourselves on this Scorpio, Solar Eclipse Super New Moon! This Moon is truly a chance for transformation; a time to dig deep and allow anything to pass away which no longer serves us, opening ourselves up to whatever must then take its place. The shedding process may not be easy, but I think we will be amazed at how much lighter we feel afterwards!