There will be a New Moon at 15°11’ Scorpio, the second New Moon of five occurring at 15° of their relative signs. This is also the day that the Lunar Nodes will change signs, passing from the Leo-Aquarius axis to that of the Cancer-Capricorn one.
Mars, the traditional ruler of Scorpio, is transiting Aquarius and is in a separating trine with Venus, still retrograde but now in Libra, this could give us a greater sensuality or boost our creative talents which are still bubbling under the surface of the retrograde. This aspect also symbolizes a perfect balance between the need to be yourself and the need to relate to another and is very stimulating for all artists and creative persons.
Pluto, the modern ruler of Scorpio, is sextile the Sun-Moon, helping us dig deep emotion-wise (Moon), maybe enhancing a love for the mysterious or just pushing us to do a clean-up at home and throw out the clutter. The Sun-Pluto sextile could realign our intentions with the group as our thought processes also undergo re-evaluation.
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.
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 16° Scorpio: “A girl’s face breaking into a smile.” Indicating the fervent reaching out on the part of the young of heart to new experiences.
For the antiscion point at 15° Aquarius: “Two love-birds sitting on a fence and singing happily.” Indicating the blessing bestowed upon personal achievements by the spiritually fulfilled consciousness of the Soul.
“Sometimes we have to step out of our comfort zones. We have to break the rules. And we have to discover the sensuality of fear. We need to face it, challenge it, dance with it.” Kyra Davis
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 201, 258, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA