New Moon in Scorpio

(Mosaic Art – Mitch Bookman)

Scorpio New Moon – Saturday, Nov. 18th, at 6:42 AM EST & 3:42 AM PST.

Astrologically we say the Moon is in her “fall” in the sign of Scorpio because its a difficult sign for the Moon tp express herself through.

Scorpio is inclined to mistrust. She’s experienced enough betrayals to know trust is a luxury she can’t afford. It’s hard for her to flow easily within the wisdom of the Moon knowing how irrational, mysterious, and ever-changing the Lunar goddess can be.

Scorpio finds it hard to trust anything not under her full control. She tends not to trust herself much either, so it’s a dicey, complicated relationship the Moon and Scorpio have with one another.

They have some things in common – sort of. Scorpio is watery and sensitive by nature – and so is the Moon. But Scorpio’s more like frozen water – icy, fixed, and impenetrable. Paradoxically when paired with the Moon, there is no more powerfully healing force.

Scorpio’s life experience has steeled her in ways that free her to descend into the dark underworld and emerge unscathed. She can take the Moon to places she could not otherwise go without being traumatized or fatally wounded. Scorpio can deliver the healing powers of the Moon to the deepest, darkest, most torturous, and destructive places within with some natural immunity and protection. Together they work their magic at the deepest levels to heal and transform what’s kept you confined and afraid for too long.

There are a few interesting and unusual things about this New Moon chart. The Moon itself is placed at the Mercury/Jupiter midpoint indicating new beginnings characterized by new freedoms (possibly within families) that feel deeply sourced and hard won. An expansive flow of new ideas and a few new connections open up new worlds and change old beliefs.

What may be manifesting now was an integral piece of the promise of the August Eclipse. The new Moon falls directly over Jupiter’s placement in the August (1 North) eclipse chart at 27 degrees of Scorpio. The energy shifts last summer initiated a deep churning and inner revolution that made us aware of how abused and boxed in we actually were, possibly by a lack of foundational respect within the realm of relationships.

By some wave of a magic wand (wherever there’s Scorpio there’s magic) what had previously been tolerated could no longer be. We sensed then that something deep within us had to be changed. The lack of respect coming from others reflected a basic lack of respect for ourselves – and our life. Most likely something difficult or very painful occurred or had to be voluntarily chosen – (wherever there’s Scorpio there’s pain). We had to trust that the Universe would pull us through.

Uranus’s role in the current new Moon scheme is what it always is – to induce a sudden awakening, a breakthrough, something unexpected that negates most of what’s gone before and makes it impossible to reconstruct.

Uranus is placed at an inconjunct angle to this New Moon. That indicates the need for quick emotional adjustments as you realize “the message has been received” and things have improved.

It’s clear we’re standing on new ground. A spiritual re-centering may have occurred. Where do we go from here?

A fourth “stand-out” element of this new Moon chart is Saturn (26 degrees of Sagittarius) continuing to broadcast from the spiritual truth center – the Galactic core. Saturn works seamlessly with Uranus to advance and expand the “awakening.’ You may feel newly “enchanted” or optimistic, as though you were on the verge of following a new path straight into some charmed existence.

Ursula Le Guin, a prolific writer of science fiction/fantasy novels was born with Saturn at 26 degrees Sagittarius. In some way her life’s story, her life work, and the nature of her accumulated wisdom embodies the current challenge.

LeGuin is most known for her magical young adult series of five “Earthsea” books. The writing project began with a short story she wrote in 1964, “The Word of Unbinding”.

The first and most famous book in this series is “A Wizard of Earthsea” followed by “The Tombs of Atuan,” “The Farthest Shore,” “Tehanu,” and “The Other Wind.”

The “A Wizard of Earthsea” is set in the fictional archipelago of Earthsea. The story centers around a young mage named Ged, born in a village on the island of Gont. Displaying great power while still a boy, he joins the school of wizardry, where his prickly, arrogant, power-hungry nature drives him into conflict with one of his friends. During a magical duel, Ged’s spell goes awry and releases a shadow creature that attacks him. The novel follows his journey as he seeks to free himself of the shadow creature.

This is a tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to finally restore the balance.

Freeing yourself of a “shadow creature” and keeping him from creeping back into your life is the current, stern, spiritual warning. There is the suggestion that your own life story is a powerful one and could be told to advance a cause bigger than yourself.

In real life LeGuin was the daughter of an anthropologist and learned early on about the existence of “naming magic.” In her words – “One of the ways you do magic is you find out what the thing’s name is, and since I’m a writer who makes things out of words, it came naturally to me to use that as my form of magic in the Earthsea stories.”

Preparing to make yourself more creatively powerful and socially useful through mentoring ancient magical practices is a message intricately woven into this new Moon challenge.

Several years ago during an interview Ursula LaGuin was questioned about a character in “Tehanu” (the fourth book in the Earthsea series) who asked “why are men afraid of women?” She explained it was a rhetorical question that was actually a statement of truth. Men are afraid of women. Whether or not they’ll be able to stop being afraid so the natural balance can be restored is unknown. But there will be many opportunities for you to help support the re-centering. Facing and conquering our own fears may be the best way to advance toward a resolution. And “naming magic” might be worth some experimentation.

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