This year's Scorpio New Moon brings the sign's usual mix of intensity, purging and regeneration, but with a twist. Or rather, shove.
What lies beneath? Astrologers around the Web have divergent views, with a defining commonality: the power to transform and potential to heal.
Scorpio New Moon
To a traditional astrologer, courageous and cutting Mars is the sole ruler of Scorpio. But to a modern astrologer, Scorpio is the territory of Pluto, lord of death and rebirth, overseer of the cycles of nature. (Cue Pete Seeger's “Turn, Turn, Turn.“) The energies of this Moon invite cutting away rot and decay to allow for new growth. They also support recycling on all levels.
Christina, Zodiac Poetry, explains:
“This Scorpio New Moon comes with a commanding, uncompromising air of forcefulness, urging us to tap into our innate raw, alchemical power, asking us to take the lead that weighs us down and turn it into shimmering, glorious gold.
“The patterns, cycles, relationships and duties which have run their course are now ripe for reinvention, ready to be broken down into simple matter and recycled back into our physical, energetic, emotional environment; we owe it to ourselves to turn all of it into something that is honestly, genuinely aligned with our vibration and our direction.”
Some of what's exposed may be distasteful, even disgusting. Letting it surface is ultimately for the good.
“[According to Austin Coppock], those touched by this Scorpio New Moon will ‘feel much of that what others refuse to and are open to states which most repress. As a result, they have an emotional range that many lack and are often quite sensitive, with many evidencing intuitive and psychic ability.'
“The energy of the New Moon in Scorpio does us a great service, by opening our eyes to the degeneracy in the world. It is only after the stench of purification is revealed, that a new dawn is possible.”
Marina Macario, Darkstar Astrology
Action Heroes & First Responders
No matter what crawls out of the water (or swamp), there's no need to worry or stress. With Scorpio’s traditional and modern rulers in a tense square, you'll find motivation aplenty to both act and react. I lay it out in Astro-Insight:
“Watch for nerve(s), candor and touches of ruthlessness, moments that scare the wind out of you, and moments that compel taking a deep breath and plunging into whatever may come.
“We’re answering the call of the cosmic aggressors, Mars and Pluto, the ancient and modern rulers of Scorpio. They’re in a square, coaxing terrors, power games and secrets out into the open. The shoving match demands action from us — remodeling (or demolishing) institutions and relationships, confronting fears or foes, challenging us to personal bests and mastery.
“You can facilitate much of this, even the more primal potentials, with talk, disclosures and negotiation. With Mars in a sextile to Mercury, channels for communication are open, if we will only tune them in. They could lighten up the action, too. Mercury in Sagittarius puts humor and adventure into the mix, throwing jokes into the heaviest of conversations and defusing fears and tension with laughter.”
Mars and Pluto mixing it up holds darker possibilities, unfortunately. Cautions Marina Macario, Darkstar Astrology:
“There could be some wild prophecy that comes out also. Predicting terrorism seems in bad taste these days since the probability of a violent event happening on a Full or New Moon is sadly quite high. This is a good time to switch off all broadcasts and so called ‘News’ from the ‘Brave-New-World’-order and make space for your own mind, even if it means there is a dark, empty void for a while. Enjoy the silence.”
Depeche Mode, Enjoy the Silence
Next Stop: Paradise (Or Margaritaville)
And if (when?) the action has you yearning for escape, why, that's exactly what the skies will provide. While the archetypal aggressors are duking it out, the forces of love are having a bliss fest.
Venus and Neptune, the two rulers of love and creativity, are enjoying the harmonious flow of a close trine, in the water sign of Pisces. Their vibe of starry-eyed cooperation overlays the Scorpio action. I describe the impact in my Astro-Insight forecast:
“We want less, but we want more of what we do want, and intensely so, with Venus, ruler of relationships, money, value and desires, just past a conjunction with ever so indulgent Jupiter, in Scorpio.
“Softening the cravings, the love goddess is in sync with Neptune, lord of transcendence and higher love. Their trine cushions this Moon’s darker potentials with a blissful cosmic anesthesia, spinning out dreams and fantasies, pedestals and rose-colored glasses, and pleasant intoxication.”
Beyond the basics, astrologers add many varieties of “bells and whistles” to astrological interpretations to add nuance and new perspectives. For this Scorpio New Moon, astrologers have added a plethora of opinions.
Change is inevitable; growth is optional, the saying goes. The second part is not true now. Staying still or stuck is not possible.
Spurring us on are less than comfy aspects from the Moon to Saturn and Uranus. Those outer planets have just finished linking, on Nov. 11, for the final of three exact trines (the others in December 2016 and March 2017). The defining aspect of the past 12 months, the trine has brought disruption, growth and a drive to self-actualization in order to let more and more of our authentic selves come out and play.
This Moon begins the emotional incorporating of the Saturn/Uranus teamwork as it makes minor aspects to both planets. The Moon makes the growth aspect of a semi-sextile to Saturn, lord of rules, structure and order and energized by the massive force of the black hole at his current location, the Galactic Center. The Moon is in the adjustment aspect of an inconjunct or quincunx to Uranus, cosmic quick-change artist and lord of chaos.
Jamie Partridge, Astrology King, sees great promise.
“The Nov. 18 new moon is the last activation of this year-long major aspect for the next 30 years.
“You can incorporate positive change in your life while still working within the rules and regulations of society. You can experiment with traditional ways of doing things without being rebellious. This means the changes you make will be accepted and earn you respect. You can find practical ways to increase productivity and live more efficiently, saving time, energy and money. Saturn rules discipline and restriction while Uranus rules electricity and innovation. This is an energy-saving aspect.
“The November 2017 New Moon will give you the opportunity to act responsibly and show your leadership qualities. Adapting to serious changes means initiating changes at home and in your workplace. This aspect is good for working with groups and bringing together people from a variety of background and skills. New technologies and innovations will be available to help you adapt. You can use the internet to connect to like-minded people, to learn, to share information and eventually to teach and guide others.”
The Uranian link, by itself, is more of a wild card.
“New Moon quincunx opens the door to liberate a bunch of crazed lunatics, unconventional rebels and quiet outsiders. At this New Moon, there is a pathological need to shock and outrage. However, Moon quincunx Uranus is often shy and uncomfortable with the notoriety the outrageous behavior brings. This New Moon will see some folk being branded as attention seekers, when all they are doing is being themselves. The roots of this seemingly bonkers behavior very often stem from upbringing. This New Moon will highlight the problems of alternative parenting, kids growing up feeling that they are unusually ‘special’ or conversely that they not worthy of nurturing because they are so outside the norm. Sometimes there is an odd mix of the two which leaves them feeling very insecure.”
Marina Marcario, Darkstar Astrology
Jamie Partridge, Astrology King, suggests coping strategies:
“Uranus can make it hard to settle and relax as your intuition senses change or some drama on the way. A build-up of energy in your system can feel exciting but also a little scary. Pressure to change can come from someone or something with power over you. An unexpected event, accident or change may force you to change your routine, behavior or plans.
“It is important to be flexible and adapt to changing conditions. If you resist change and become arrogant or disruptive you will suffer losses or miss out on important opportunities. An adjustment is needed whether you are forced to make changes or you find a different way forward yourself. Doing something a slightly different way could make all the difference, making life easier for yourself and those around you. “
Minor Planets & Asteroids
If any of your pet monsters rear their heads, let them. (Take a deep breath if need be.) They may be part of what's up for recycling and regeneration.
Profound personal and collective resolution may result, via the Moon's trine to Chiron, embodiment of abiding wounds and the potential to master physicality. As I note in my Astro-Insight forecast at Empowerment Unlimited:
“Enormous healing and resolution can flow from our time in the waters of this Moon. Her trine to Chiron pours compassion, empathy and understanding into the darkest Scorpionic areas.”
Christina, Zodiac Poetry elaborates:
“The radical, unapologetic grit of this New Moon merges with the vulnerability of Chiron in Pisces in an effortless, harmonious trine that gently points at our wounds, asking us to invite pain and fear into our conscious awareness, to deal with them, and heal with and through them.
“The debilitating self-concepts, conditioned emotional responses and unhealthy programming stemming from past trauma and affecting our willingness to sever the ties of attachment are in dire need of being eliminated and regenerated as well. In absence of a threat, fear is nothing but a behavioral paradigm – a self-inflicted prison that kills off the phoenix within us.
“In this sense, this New Moon can take us beyond fear, into the unseen core of power within ourselves, right towards the bliss of rebirth.”
The Moon's opposition to Sedna may reveal more about that minor planet. Discovered in 2003, it is still making the nature of its influence known. Jamie Partridge, Astrology King, sees a connection to climate change. This Moon may draw the issue out of the headlines and into daily life.
“New Moon opposite Sedna should give some perspective on how climate change is beginning to impact your life. It means you cannot ignore the effects of climate change anymore because it’s starting to cause problems that affect your way of life, your finances, your future, and especially your children.
“The New Moon opposite Sedna should also highlight the widely opposing opinions about climate change. This ranges from greenies who want to ban coal, to skeptics who deny climate change is real. The opposition aspect forces you to acknowledge the polarities, or opposites in your life.
“Do your actions, your goals and your plans for the future take into account hotter weather, superstorms, and food shortages? You may believe climate change is real but what are you doing about it? How are these rapid changes in your environment affecting your physical and mental health, or the growth and development of your children?”
Echoing the presence of Venus In Scorpio, the New Moon is barely a degree away from the asteroid Aphrodite. Desires are inescapable and compelling.
(Also worth noting: beneficent Jupiter and his powers of expansion are exactly conjunct the asteroid Karma. As they say, watch this space. And maybe stock up on popcorn.)
Befitting the trine to Chiron, this Moon is near the fixed star Agena, in the thigh of Centaurus the Centaur. Marina Marcario, Darkstar Astrology, provides guidance.
“This is the constellation of the wounded healer Chiron. Our childhood wounds are re-opened and exposed to the elements with the New Noon. However, this is essential as the airing out helps to dry up toxins.”
Each astrological sign can be divided into three sections, known as decans (10 degree divisions of the Zodiac). This Moon is in Scorpio decan 3, which is ruled by Venus (her again!) and the Moon.
Marina Macario, Darkstar Astrology views this territory as formidable indeed.
“Without the healing influence of Agena, this decan alone is generally regarded as being one of debauchery! Agrippa says it signifies ‘drunkenness, fornication, wrath, violence and strife.' This is supported by my research which found traumatic events and killers with the Moon here.
“The Picatrix says this is ‘a face of evil works and taste, and joining one’s attempts with women by force and with them being unwilling.' The mysterious and sometimes eerie effect of the dark Moon is bound to emphasize the occult potential of this decan.”
Over the years, astrologers have devised systems to assign meaning to each degree of the Zodiac. The most popular of the past century has been the Sabian Symbols, proposed by Marc Edmund Jones.
The Sabian Symbol for the 27th degree of Scorpio is: “A military band marches noisily through the city streets.” (Note the echoes to Saturn in Sagittarius, as well as to the might of the Mars/Pluto square!)
In his commentary on the Sabian Symbols, noted astrologer Dane Rudhyar gives the keynote for this symbol as “The aggressive glorification of cultural values.” He elaborates:
“Every cultural-social collectivity sooner or later tries to impress the value of its achievements forcibly and noisily upon all those who belong to it, as well as upon foreign onlookers. At the individual-mental level the member of such a collectivity swells with pride and excitement when a display of the excellence of that in which his consciousness and personality are deeply rooted is publicly affirmed. Thus, the feeling of social unity binds the individuals of a culture through collective pride.”
The Scorpio New Moon falls in Lunar Mansion 19, which the Arab Astrologers called Al Shaulah. Donna Woodwell of Donna Philosophica has nicknamed it “The Stinger.”
This Lunar Mansion suggests discernment is the best course of action. Donna Woodwell counsels:
“Take a stand on what's important to you. Be assertive. Focus on win-win scenarios.” On the other hand, “Don't worry about small things, or be aggressive or overbearing.”
Summing it Up
This Moon phase promises to be productive, if a bit messy at times. Confronting its energies head on will bring progress and healing. So put on your waders and rubber gloves, and get ready to play in the muck.
Last Moon Phase: November Full Moon in Taurus
Next Moon Phase: December Full Moon in Gemini
November New Moon Times and Dates:
San Francisco: Saturday, Nov. 18, 3:42 a.m. PST
New York: Saturday, Nov. 18, 6:42 a.m. EST
São Paulo: Saturday, Nov. 18, 9:42 a.m. BRST
London: Saturday, Nov. 18, 11:42 a.m. BST
Istanbul: Saturday, Nov. 18, 2:42 p.m. TRT
Mumbai: Saturday, Nov. 18, 5:12 p.m. IST
Tokyo: Saturday, Nov. 18, 8:42 p.m. JST
Sydney: Saturday, Nov. 18, 10:42 p.m. AEST