The New Moon will be at 23°17’ Scorpio (antiscion 6°43’ Aquarius) and will be the 2nd of 6 at that degree of the relative following signs.
New Moons are the time when we are encouraged to set our intentions for the month to come regarding the house where it falls in our natal charts.
Mars, dispositor of this New Moon, is stationing before turning direct and neither receives nor makes any Ptolomaic aspects in the lunation chart, it is strong in its own sign of Aries and free to act at will. Mercury is also in Scorpio and applying an opposition to Uranus R in Taurus. The New Moon itself is in a sextile aspect to Pluto, Jupiter (exact to the degree and almost to the minute) and Saturn all in Capricorn.
A new beginning (New Moon) full of responsibility and ambition (Capricorn) involving lots of power issues (Jupiter-Pluto) regarding governments or leaders (Saturn). Communications (Mercury) and uncovered secrets (Scorpio) may suddenly (Uranus) be revealed creating a shock wave. Fairness and equality (Venus in Libra) may have an almost obsessive (Pluto in Capricorn) quality to them. Neptune in Pisces and in an easy trine to the sign of Scorpio and in a sextile to the sign of Capricorn could still muddle and confuse all the above matters giving a surreal aura to all the events. What to believe and what not to believe that is the question.
The Lunation chart is heavy with Earth/Water elements and this, if nothing else, will allow us to give form to our emotions but only one planet each in the Fire/Air elements won’t allow us to see further than our own noses or give us the kick start we need to get moving. Five planets in the Cardinal modality and another five in the Fixed modality further confirm our “stop and go” behaviour over the next month.
This 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, emotional storms vs calm, temptation vs security etc.
It will be particularly important for people with planets or angles in this and the other fixed signs of Aquarius, Taurus and Leo (keep orbs to 2° and less) giving more importance to conjunctions and oppositions.
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 24° Scorpio: “After having heard an inspired individual deliver his “sermon on the mount” crowds are returning home.” Indicating the need to incorporate inspiring experiences and teachings into everyday living.
For the antiscion point at 7° Aquarius: “A child is seen being born out of an egg.” Indicating the emergence of new mutations according to the great rhythms of the cosmos.
“Taking crazy things seriously is a serious waste of time.” Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 46-48, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 206, 253, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA