We have a New Moon late tonight (Sydney time), this time in Scorpio. That means that we are now in the dark, or balsamic phase of the Moon. The time of the month we finish off, pack away, banish the banishables.
In my Tuesday night class we’ve been talking a lot about the phases of the Moon, and coming up with some rituals to try- it’s all part of my theory about working with the prevailing energy in order to make the most of every day. One ritual that we’re trying this month is to clean out something in those days before the New Moon- to metaphorically make space, a clean surface for the new cycle.
I’ve been talking to a few people over the last few days who are talking about removing from their diet foods that aren’t doing them any good. It’s the same idea and seriously, is there any better time of the year to do some elimination work than at the Scorpio New Moon? Scorpio is, after all, the sign that rules getting rid of waste, shall we say- elimination of the crap that doesn’t do you any good.
Scorpio is that shadowy place where we pack away all of our deepest fears and our deepest desires. It’s everything we repress, keep a lid on, hide away, yearn for. Scorpio is pleasure and it’s pain, with a very fine line between the two. It’s grudges, grievances, and anything else that we’re not prepared to release.
Scorpio is where we go below the surface to find meaning, solutions, complete healing and transformation. Scorpio is also about power and facing those fears in order to get to your talents and achieve those desires. And there is nothing that has more power over you than fear. I recall reading something by Eric Francis of Planet Waves where he said “most people who are scared are actually horny but don’t know what to do about it.” I would also add that fear gets in the way of you doing anything about it.
Fear also provides you with the completely mistaken idea that you are in control. So, you stay safe, you say no, you build boundaries around yourself- to stop people getting in and to stop yourself from getting out. And all the while you fool yourself that in doing so you have control. Until you don’t.
This New Moon falls at 11 Scorpio 16’. The Moon, in Scorpio, is in the sign of her fall- in a place where she doesn’t operate in a way she feels comfortable. In fact, it is exactly the opposite. Rather than being nutritive and emotionally comfortable, in Scorpio she is penetrative, paranoid and divinely focused. She is also ravenously hungry. Hungry for desire, hungry for passion, hungry for power, hungry for control, hungry for revenge- hungry.
Sometimes it might feel like more than you can handle, that the temptation is just too…tempting. The hunger keeps you awake at night. You dream it, you replay missed opportunities in your head- things you should have said and done, things you wish you hadn’t said and done. The implications, the complications of diving in too deep.
We can do two things with this appetite:
- Bury the feelings deep down. Dig a big hole in the middle of your soul, throw in the stuff that scares the crap out of you, but that you want so much, heap in 6 tonne of soil and secure it with a big, heavy wrought iron lid…and a key. Then sit back and try not to think about what you have missed out on. Let the discontent fester as you feed it from the fridge or the wine cellar- feeding all the gaps that were left when you locked your desires away. Create a few excuses- a few logical reasons why you haven’t fulfilled your potential, grabbed those opportunities, told that one person how you really feel about them.
- Strip Fear of the power you have given her and use it to fuel your courage to do the things that fear has stopped you from doing in the past. Reclaim that power for yourself. Eliminate those beliefs, behaviours and people that are doing you no good. Let them go- sure you may miss them, but not for long. Look deep into yourself and see the truth- you can handle it. Then get out there and do it- all of it. Seriously, how hard can it be?
Wow, that’s all a little philosophical and astro-guffy, but do you get my meaning?
Essentially this New Moon is asking you to either do the stuff that scares the shit out of you, or bury it. It’s that simple. Just remember- the shit you do bury has a habit of getting dug back up- and then it’s all decayed and manky and even more scary and unpleasant than when it went in the ground. Your call.
This New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse, something that adds an extra charge to your intentions. With supportive links to both the modern (Pluto) and traditional (Mars) ruler of this New Moon, there’s potential to do whatever it is you want to do. Potential. Given that both links are sextiles, the opportunity will not simply fall into your lap- you need to look for it, dig it up, perhaps release the crap sitting on top of it.
An inconjunct, or quincunx, to Uranus indicates that doing just this, some serious releasing, letting go, or eliminating, may just result in the unexpected clearance of something that has been blocking you for a while. Illumination, so to speak.
For me? This New Moon is smack bang on my the cusp of my 9th house- it’s a place where Saturn recently spent a lot of time, so for me, this New Moon feels like the culmination of that cycle. I’m honouring it by filing all joint receipts and expenses, and throwing away that paper that’s no longer needed for tax purposes. It feels right to me.
What about you? Any close hits? Any planets or major chart points at or around 10-13 Scorpio, Taurus, Leo or Aquarius? What about 10-13 Pisces, Cancer, Virgo or Capricorn?
Naturally a direct hit is un-mistakeable, but the closer the orb, the more likely you will feel it.
And the title? It’s from Men at Work’s Overkill. You can listen to it here...
Bearing in mind that maths has never been one of my strong points, the New Moon is exact at around-ish: NZ: Monday 1:50am 4/11 Aus East Coast (ex QLD): 11:50pm 3/11 Aus West Coast, SE Asia: 8.50pm 3/11 London: 11:50pm 3/11 NY etc: 7.50am 3/11 LA etc: 4.50am 3/11