New Moon in Scorpio: From the Ashes
Moon conjunct Sun @ 5:42am CST, 11-18-17
The energy of Scorpio is at a peak now as we begin this ‘Long Nights’ Moon phase. Not only do we have our luminaries focused here, but Jupiter and Venus are still conjunct in Scorpio and the asteroids of Vesta and Psyche moved into Scorpio together this week as well. Three conjunctions pool a lot of power into this water sign. Scorpio is a mysterious, shape-shifting sign (after all, the Scorpion is not the only totem related with Scorpio energy…there is also Spider, Lizard, Serpent, Wolf, Eagle, and Phoenix). Scorpio also has two ruling planets: Mars and Pluto…two heavy-hitters who are currently in a harsh square with each other and pushing for necessary action and change. The energy of Scorpio can be transformative, intense, magnetic, tantric, and passionate…sometimes even obsessive, dramatic, and destructive. It all depends on the mood and the motive…both of which are often heavily guarded secrets in this energy.
With an emphasis on the water element, reinforced by flowing trines to Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, there is an undercurrent of empathy and intuition at this time. There is also a deep dive into the emotional realm, which we may have grown accustomed to this past month…though it may be a bit more forceful this time. Whatever may still be lurking in the depths even after all we’ve been through lately…it may become the underlying theme of this next lunar month. If you’ve been holding something back, brace yourself for the storm. If you’ve been riding the waves for a while, letting the truth flow with each push and pull, now is the time you can find the larger truth that brings you ashore for some reflection after catharsis.
The intent of all these elemental lessons of the Water Mysteries we’re experiencing this Autumn is to purify and allow healing. Loss is often an integral part of this season’s transition into Winter…but the Wheel of the Year keeps turning. The abundance we gathered at the Harvest will carry us through the Long Nights, and the choices we make for this New Moon will set the tone for the New Beginnings to come. Set your intentions now…and as the Long Nights Moon waxes to full, trust that they will come to fruition with your dedication and care. Transformation takes time, so don’t expect everything you wish for to be realized in one month. But if you’re setting intentions now, mark your calendar for the Full Scorpio Moon at the end of April next year…because that is when these intentions will really start to blossom.
On a global scale…can you feel the pulse of what’s happening? This may be the year we look back on as a global society and see how every disguise at the Masquerade of the Patriarchy really began being stripped away in one way or another. Sometimes by surprise, sometimes by volition. But always as another piece in the puzzle to reveal the larger truth behind societal dysfunction. Just as one of many examples…the #MeToo movement came in like a tidal wave and ushered in a dose of the same medicine for celebrities and politicians as well. The point I’m getting at is that, unless you had no secrets left to reveal this year, there was bound to be some sort of purging that had to happen. Our humanity is in a deep healing process right now. For some, it can be very painful. For others, scary. For most of us, transformative. May the changes we are going through bring our best possible outcome.
On a personal note...this year has been one of intense consolidation of all I’ve been learning. So many big personal transits amongst (or, often, coinciding with) the already dynamic transits we’re all experiencing together. This New Moon is even transiting my own natal Moon in Scorpio. When a monthly lunar return lines up with a New Moon, the month ahead can be a very powerful initiation. At this point, I am ready for whatever may come. I am actively co-creating with the energy this year and have deepened my ability to trust the Universe…even when the results are unexpected.
Scorpio 27: Drumming Up Emotions
The Sabian Symbol for the 27th degree of Scorpio is “A military band on the march”. As my natal moon’s degree, it reveals pieces of my soul’s past, my childhood, my emotional needs and comforts, as well as my habits. Scorpio gives a theme of pushing the boundaries to reveal the deeper truths of life, while this particular degree of Scorpio keeps it in tight formation both for purposes of entertainment and uplifting effect on others as well as for respectfully accompanying the challenges of life and death. There is a need for precision here which can lead to perfectionism (in my life, I have learned that crossing the fine line into perfectionism often leads to procrastination). It is beneficial to be precise, but perfect isn’t even the true goal of practice. ‘Practice makes progress’ should be the phrase we teach our children.
I didn’t grow up with an overwhelming feeling of needing to be perfect for my parents. I often felt far from perfect, really. But there was this need to ‘fall in line’ with the norm of our family dynamics…even though I was clearly an Edgewalker from the beginning. Achievement and putting our best foot forward was part of the parental moral code passed down to my brothers and me. I could excel in my school studies and my grades, so that was where I put most of my focus as a young woman…even as I pushed the boundaries in other areas (much to my parents’ chagrin). But giving up without really trying was occasionally grounds for getting grounded. I did a month in the ‘Pink Clink’ (grounded to my room) for quitting Volleyball as a preteen. The pastel pink walls of my bedroom that seemed to make a mockery of my supposed weaknesses were initially a gift from my parents after we moved to our home when I was 8 years old. It was my favorite color then, by far. But after living with it for years, the color soon took on a garish feel that accelerated my push away from childhood and into the complex colors of womanhood. Purple has been the signature color of my womanhood ever since…likely, in part, because of all of the ‘blues’ I poured out into pages of poetry within that pink bedroom.
There I go, off on a bit of a reminiscent tangent…only to pull myself back ‘in step’ with the rhythm I meant to follow. Back to the military marching band image. As a unit, they can stir up unity and powerful emotions in a crowd…even a feeling of being part of something bigger than us all, empowering us to keep marching forward in our own lives and take on whatever comes. And yet, within that band are many individuals all with their own paths to take…called to march to the beat of their own drum when the need arises. This New Moon degree is both a consolidation of many unique gifts into one concerted effort as well as a reminder of our own individual participation within the whole.
This is where ‘putting on a show’ is no longer about masquerading as something you’re not. It’s about, as I teach my theatre students, working together with people of many different backgrounds, experiences, and talents to co-create a performance that is purposeful, meaningful, and moves people. Acting is about DOING and BEING, after all. And to practice the dramatic arts is to refine your ability to DO and BE anything. Theatre Geek that I am (I learned in 5th grade that I wasn’t really cut out to be in the Band), I have to apply this symbol to the styles of performance that I know. Of course, the same responsibility of every band member working as a whole with their group achieves a similar outcome.
One of the heavier implications of this energy has to do with pride. Making others proud, being proud of yourself…those aren’t always bad things, it can be motivating to do your best. However, fear of failure can creep in and cause a lot of unnecessary stress. This energy can have you questioning if you ‘measure up’. Negative thoughts like ‘I’m not good enough’ tend to cloud over self-motivators like ‘I’m doing my best’. Those thoughts can then spiral into the weighty feelings of being responsible for ruining things for everyone else too if you make a mistake. How you handle being under pressure may be tested at this New Moon.
On a larger scale, this symbol evokes feelings of national pride as well. However, such feelings are tenuous and strained right now. Harkening back to the theme of ‘outward displays’ at the last Full Moon, we may see a lot of fanfare, pageantry, razzle-dazzle, and people tooting their own horn in an effort to keep up the mask that everything is under control…that we’re the best country in the world…and that ‘Make America Great Again’ is an actual goal and not just propaganda. Of course, in our current state of warranted distrust of people in power, the marching band may sound a lot more like a noisy distraction (to many of us, it’s sounded like that for a while now). The ‘musicians’ may not have their heart in it…and following orders may come across as robotic instead of inspiring. However, in this cosmic climate of Scorpio…truths are meant to be revealed. When you spot a distraction, look for what’s being covered up. In this call-out culture, more and more of us are waking up to what’s real.
One of the things that may be forced even more into the light will be our addictions…both individual and collective…as Neptune is about to station direct. What are we using to numb the pain of living? Addictions are not always about drugs and alcohol…our own president is so obviously addicted to receiving attention that he doesn’t seem to mind whether it’s negative or positive attention he gets. Many are addicted to material possessions, love, work, money, fame, electronics, drama, pain, memories of the past, etc. Oil addiction will certainly be in the spotlight…since Neptune rules both oil and addiction. Just yesterday, it was revealed that the Keystone Pipeline leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota (not their first leak, but a major one). This, just days before officials in my own state of Nebraska will announce whether the Keystone XL pipeline will move forward. We’re all hoping this will cement the decision as an ‘absolutely not’…but we shall see what the New Moon brings.
Keep in mind that there will be triumphs to be sincerely celebrated…if not where you hoped they would be, then somewhere else. Something will arise to make us proud of the work we put in with others. Something will fall in line even while so many things are revealed to be ‘out of line’ with humanity. Follow THAT drum beat, the one aligned with your heartbeat and the heartbeat of Mother Earth, and march on.
Love and Gratitude,
Felina Lune Kavi