• Scorpio is a Fixed, Water sign which deals with emotions and feelings on a deep level, therefore on this New Moon we should feel encouraged to seed any new projects with the right amount of fervour and commitment if we wish to see them manifest during the month to come. It would also be wise not to include emotional blackmail and desire to win at all costs as part of our intentions.

    The Lunation will occur at 26°19’ Scorpio and the Sun-Moon duo will be standing alone in the sky (if the trine to the Centaur – or comet or planetoid, whichever you prefer – Chiron is excluded). This fact will bestow them with major impact. This is the second of a series of New Moons at 26° of their respective signs.

    The rulers of Scorpio, Mars (traditional) and Pluto (modern), are applying to an exact square, in Libra and Capricorn respectively. Pushing ahead towards a new beginning (Cardinal signs) and being unsure (Libra) about how to act (Mars) could lead to feeling powerless (Scorpio) in any transformation (Pluto) regarding our modus operandi (Capricorn).

    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.

    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.

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

    However, the sign of Scorpio is actually represented by four 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.

    The fourth and highest level is the dove, our will to surrender to the Divine.

    These four 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 this New Moon at 27° Scorpio: “A military band marches noisily on through city streets.” Indicating the aggressive glorification of cultural values.

    “Everything has changed and yet, I’m more me than I’ve ever been.” I. Thomas

    What intentions are you setting for this powerful New Moon?


    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 207-208, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

    Image: Skywatcher by Susan Seddon Boulet