The new moon in Scorpio is approaching and for many metaphysically minded astrologers, this is a time for renewal for the year ahead. We just had our harvest moon recently; completing a cycle of planting seeds, cultivating growth and collecting rewards. Now it is time to start the cycle all over again with the help of Scorpio’s power of renewal.
Scorpio was traditionally associated with the planet/God Mars in the Roman Pantheon. Mars, also known as ARES in the Greek Pantheon, is known as the “God of War.” Mars is associated with conflict, willful behavior, athleticism, pioneering spirit and good old fashion competition of all sorts. Scorpio shares TUESDAY with Aries and if you look close enough at cultural mythology around the globe, you will see that other Gods of War are associated with Tuesday. (We know that the NORSE GOD OF WAR Tyr is where we get Tyr’s Day or Tuesday, like Odin, is Wednesday or Odin’s day, Thor is Thor’s day, Freya/Frigga’s day or Friday.)
Scorpio has three distinct personas: The Scorpion, the eagle and the Phoenix. Loosely translated it is the Scorpion (the instinctual protective and dangerous insect), The Eagle, the sharp-eyed and focused hero or the Phoenix, The aspect of Scorpio that can transcend all adversity from the wisdom gained from each of their failures. Since the Phoenix (bin bin bird) is said to rise again from its own ashes, this serves as a metaphor that life and death can be summarized as “transformation” between the two different states of being. In fact in the Tarot, the Death card, (Trumph card XIII, which is often referred to as the transformation card in some decks) belongs to Scorpio.
In addition to Scorpio’s traditional association to MARS, its modern association is with PLUTO the Roman god of the underworld and the small planet of ice and revolutions. This is often seen in the character of someone who is a Scorpio or has a major aspect of their chart in Scorpio like their Moon or rising sign. Sometimes having one of your planets in Scorpio is not necessary to be influenced by Scorpion, Mars or Plutonian traits, if any of your planets is in the 8th house belonging to Scorpio you will be open to such influence.
Scorpio is a fixed sign like Taurus, Leo and Aquarius. So the energy can be re-directed in the upcoming year to be dedicated and committed, not obstinate. This gives you presence in the follow through that fixed signs are associated with minus the dogmatic self-righteous need to be correct and in control.
Scorpio is also a water sign, so honor your emotions by letting go of all emotions that no longer serve you on your path of growth.
The New Moon in Scorpio will fuel revolutionary changes, ramp up secrecy and mystery and bring the dialog of conflict into focus for most people. If you walk through the Scorpio moon’s own version of Tartarus and face the proverbial three-headed dog Cereberus you can successfully meet and resolve all challenges that have held you back this year. You can look forward to a year of growth and renewal through the cornucopia of abundance that will spring eternal from the embers of the River Styx that was once the many conflicts that you chose not to face. The taste of success, could be much like eating ambrosia by a cool sun-lit waterfall.
The new moon in Scorpio reminds us that change can be challenging when we hold on to the past without asking why we have such a tight kung-fu grip on it in the first place.
If you live near the coast, I recommend that you get to the ocean on the three days of the new moon when the gravity or spring tides of the ocean are strong. Those with a lot on your mind, here is your chance at liberation. Don’t miss it.
“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”
New Moon in Scorpio, October 26, 2011 12:56 PM PST