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Well, here we are, in the dark of the Moon in Scorpio, the sign that likes to plunge down into the deepest, darkest realms of our psyches and find what treasure is hidden below! The New Moon is a time of endings and beginnings, when we leave behind whatever isn’t serving us and set positive intentions for the month ahead. This is a particularly potent New Moon, because Scorpio season is a time of letting go; of releasing and purging so that we can be reborn, shiny and new, free of our psychic baggage. Indeed, we are being offered an opportunity to really confront ourselves and face some emotional truths rather than sweeping them under the carpet and pretending that all is well and we are perfect. Scorpio is a very karmic sign, so this is a perfect time for recognising and freeing ourselves from old, sabotaging patterns that have no place in our lives anymore. Like snakes shedding old skin.
Mercury, the planet of the mind and communication, is joining the Sun and Moon in Scorpio for this lunation, which will help us gain some penetrating insights into our psyches. This is a time for delving deep into our shadows, facing our fears and facing all that we would usually rather deny in ourselves. It is a time to recognise and admit our vulnerabilities, exposing our tender underbellies rather than putting on an act. It is not an easy process, but the rewards are great if we are willing to sit with our shadows rather than pushing them away and pretending they don’t exist. Issues of power and powerless could come to the surface now, and we could become very aware of where we hold on too tightly to control and where we give our power away. Scorpio is a deeply transforming sign and will push us to release anything that is holding us back from moving forward on our paths. The more we resist necessary and inevitable growth, the harder the lessons we will have to face.
Pluto, the ruler of this Moon, is forming a positive aspect to Mercury, doubling the potential for us to gain tremendous insight into our shadows and blind spots during this Moon. It would be a great time for therapy and soul work, because our minds will be better able to really get to the heart of the matter. Pluto is the planet of the soul, so we have a chance to think and speak from our deeper selves rather than glossing over or avoiding the truth of the matter. This is a time for emotional truth, whereby we have the opportunity to strip back and pare away the layers of superficiality until we are raw and exposed, but also very much relieved!
Jupiter, Uranus and Chiron are all forming aspects to the Sun and Moon, helping us to heal and free ourselves of our old patterns and psychic garbage! Uranus, the Great Awakener, will help us to face the unknown and release us from any past conditioning that is holding us prisoner. As he represents our long term memory he could cause us to suddenly remember things that we might have pushed to the back of our memory banks. This could be a very insightful time, with many epiphanies. The truths that come out could shake us up a bit, but Uranus encourages us to be utterly ourselves rather than the persona we present to the world. In the meantime Chiron, the Wounded Healer, will help us to approach anything that comes up in the spirit of kindness and compassion, both for ourselves and others. We have a chance for some deep healing to occur here as we delve deep below and unearth some of our more buried wounds and insecurities. This is where Jupiter in Virgo comes in, because he is willing to do whatever work is necessary to make us more whole and bring us back into a state of balance. He reminds us that our mind, body and spirit are all connected, and so a malady or injury is often a sign of something much deeper than merely the physical and can reveal where we might be emotionally stuck or wounded.
In the meantime, the energy of Saturn/Neptune Square is building as the aspect grows ever closer to being exact on November 26th. Combined with the energy of this Scorpio New Moon, this has the potential to make us feel quite vulnerable, anxious and even sad or melancholy. We might find ourselves having no choice but to face realities we would rather deny and could also realise that what we thought was true is in fact not true at all. We might be made all too aware of our blind spots, those sabotaging parts of ourselves that we are utterly unaware of. This energy could make us a bit more prone to seeing the darker side of things during this Moon, so it is important to recognise the potential for depression and pessimism (Saturn) and for avoidance and playing the victim (Neptune). Certainly it could become very obvious where we are in denial and lying to ourselves. There’s no hiding from the truth during this Moon, methinks!
The Sabian symbol for this New Moon is very interesting and extremely powerful – “A woman draws away two dark curtains closing the entrance to a sacred pathway”. Dane Rudyar says of this symbol “Courage is needed to go through the veiling darkness – the courage to venture beyond the familiar and the traditionally known, to PLUNGE AHEAD INTO THE UNKNOWN.” If we are willing to face our fears, delving into the shadows and being willing to truly confront ourselves, we may be granted to ability to “see” and understand. This could also speak of drawing back the veil of illusion so that we can see the truth. There is a sense that it is our fears and ego (the dark curtains) that are stopping us from finding our way onto the sacred pathway (our soul’s path), but that it has been there all along. What we seek we already know. It is only our unwillingness to face ourselves that have prevented us from seeing it. It is exciting, as there is a sense that something will be revealed to us during this time that could really help us move forward on our soul’s path. We just have to be willing to dive into the murky depths and find the hidden treasure that lies there waiting for us!
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