• How deep are your feelings, how dark are your thoughts….

    There will be a New Moon at 4°25’ Scorpio (antiscion 25°35’ Aquarius), this is the first of a series of six new Moons at the same degree (4°) of their respective signs. Particularly worth noting are any planets or angles at 4° of any sign in your natal chart over the next months.

    New Moons are the time when we are encouraged to set our intentions for the month to come.

    The New Moon is in an exact opposition to retrograde Uranus in Taurus, our deepest and darkest feelings may find an unexpected, yet practical and tangible, way to manifest or reality could cause some very sudden and disturbingly dark feelings to bubble up from our unconscious where we had so conveniently archived them. With this in mind, prepare for an inability to ignore feelings and emotions if they happen to be brought to the front and slap you in the face.

    Mars, the dispositor of this lunation is to found in detriment in Libra where it doesn’t function particularly in a healthy manner. The exact square Mars-Saturn with Mars also heading towards a trine with retrograde Neptune could indicate that a road block might find a creative outcome or tat we might make slow but steady progress towards making our dreams come true. Furthermore, Venus, presently in Scorpio, is in mutual reception with Mars (each in the other’s sign) thus lending a hand to make things work more smoothly.

    Only hours after the New Moon becomes exact it will pass over Mercury, also in the sign of Scorpio and about to station retrograde in a few days-time. This “lunar” illumination, which is denied to us by the shadow of the Earth, could assist us reach a further depth of introspection which might help us find the road to transformation. So it might be a good idea to write down our dreams or journal our thoughts during the days coming up to, and shortly after, the occurrence of the New Moon so as to aspire to and understand, the highest levels of the Scorpio symbols.

    The New Moon will be on the Scorpio/Taurus axis (two fixed signs, the first Water the second Earth) which corresponds to the 8th-2nd houses in traditional astrology: what others value vs what I value, wanting to tear down the known to make room for new things vs wanting to maintain the status quo, what I share with others vs what I want for myself etc.

    Scorpio was originally represented by a serpent, the symbol long connected to healing and transformation and so this New Moon could be about shedding our old skin as we attempt to grow.

    However, the sign of Scorpio is actually represented by three levels of symbols:

    The first level is the scorpion, the insect who best knows how to defend himself with his deadly sting.

    The second level is the phoenix, the power to rise from our ashes, to transform ourselves.

    The third level is the eagle, he who rises above deep emotion.

    These three levels all denote the spiritual task of Scorpio, to learn to let go and realize that there is no real death but only transformation.

    Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” calls this New Moon in Scorpio “the Raging Moon” and during this period he suggests that “this is an excellent time to work in the shade, plumbing to the depths of our own psyche and learning to love the darker side or our soul by accepting ourselves for what we are without attempting to change”. He adds that “understanding is the point, not healing, but an understanding that leads to compassion of self.”

    The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 5° Scorpio: “A massive rocky shore resists the pounding of the sea.” Indicating the inertia of all institutionalised procedures.

    For the antiscion point at 26° Aquarius: “A garage man testing a car’s battery with a hydrometer.” Indicating skill in applying knowledge.

    “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” Mary Oliver

    Which part of your natal chart is involved in this New Moon?


    Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 216-218, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 194, 265, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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