This is the Moon for purging ourselves of old habits and patterns and moving beyond what we think we are capable of. It is a time for shedding old skin so that we can emerge, shiny and new and ever so slightly vulnerable! Over the past couple of weeks, since the Taurus Full Moon, we have had the opportunity to recognise what old beliefs, habits, emotional patterns and ways of relating are not working for us anymore. Now it is time to let them go, like the leaves falling from the trees. They belonged to the old version of ourselves, and we now need to develop a new set of beliefs and way of being that are more of a reflection of who we are becoming. This New Moon holds the potential for powerful transformation and metamorphosis. This is especially so if we can consciously leave behind whatever isn’t serving us in the dark of the Moon, with loving gratitude, and open ourselves up for something more appropriate to take its place. It’s a great time for rituals that help us to surrender old patterns and habits. It’s time for them to go.
Scorpio is an intensely emotional sign which encourages us to look deep inside ourselves and be very honest about what we find there. We currently have the Sun, Moon, Venus and Jupiter in a sign that is rather fond of diving into the shadows and revealing whatever is lurking there. As such, during this time we might become more aware of traits that we tend to deny in ourselves, which more often than not is mirrored by those closest to us. Something that really bothers us about another person is more often than not an unowned part of ourselves that we are unwilling to face. The more we deny it the more they act it out for us and the more it gets under our skin! Jupiter, being the largest planet, has been exaggerating and magnifying all things Scorpio since October 10, making the shadows much harder to miss! We are in a time of transition and, like the snake shedding its skin, we are letting go of old beliefs, patterns and habits so that we can emerge anew, an unencumbered version of ourselves. Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes a part of us is dying so that we can be reborn and start afresh.
Not only is the New Moon in Scorpio, but Pluto and Mars, the two rulers of Scorpio, are also forming a challenging square aspect to each other. This could bring a powerful impetus for change, whereby we are forced to move beyond our self-imposed limitations. We could feel intense emotions rising up from deep within us, such as anger or rage, and have no choice but to express them. When we put the planet of soul, power and transformation with the planet of action, desire, energy, motivation and drive, we have the potential for acting on some very deep, unconscious desires and being incredibly motivated to transform our lives. It is quite possible that we won’t have a choice in the matter, as something from deep within us will be driving us to make the necessary changes. We may be capable of things we never knew possible and could find strength we didn’t know we had. Certainly, if anything has been bothering us it will be hard to hold it in! We will be prompted to align our willpower with our higher will, acting on behalf of our soul’s urges.
Uranus in Aries is also forming a nagging, quincunx aspect to the Sun and Moon in Scorpio. This also feels like a challenge for us to have a long hard look at what needs changing in our lives and what is preventing us from being truly ourselves. Uranus is the Great Awakener, so we are being urged to “wake up” to who we really are, rather than our learned patterns of behaviour that we adopted to please our parents or school teachers and win their love. Something could come up that forces us to make a break with the past and recognise where we are stuck in old habits and patterns that are sabotaging our relationships and preventing the closeness and intimacy we so desperately desire. Scorpio is the queen of intimacy, and it is only when we drop our “false self” and allow another to see us as we, truly are, warts and all, that we allow a deepening to occur. This process can make us feel rather vulnerable, but if we don’t let it happen then we will just continue to block true intimacy. If we are open to it, we could have some amazing insights into our emotional patterns during this Moon. With Venus in Scorpio forming a square to the Nodes of the Moon, it could become quite apparent how our relationship and intimacy issues are blocking us from finding true fulfilment in life and progressing on our path.
Chiron the Wounded Healer is helping us out during this process, so this could be a time of profound healing, when we are able to revisit old wounds in the spirit of love, compassion and forgiveness for ourselves and others. Many of our more destructive patterns are borne out of childhood hurts; we build up our defences against being hurt like that again. The problem is that these defences only go against us later in life, as they block greater intimacy and closeness with our loved ones. During this time we have the opportunity to recognise these blocks and allow them to melt away. The Sabian symbol for Chiron speaks of “the power of the soul to intervene in the personal life to produce the necessary catharses……a purging or catharsis is needed to restore not only fresh and creative spontaneity, but even more the contact with the Soul and God-ordained Dharma”.
Neptune is also forming a flowing, trine aspect to Venus and Jupiter, which will help us to connect more deeply with each other and to relate to each other’s true essence and spirit, beyond our patterns, blocks and learned behaviour. Neptune is the higher octave of Venus and represents unconditional love. This could help us to surrender to intimacy and trust enough to allow our softer, more vulnerable and tender selves to be revealed. Neptune and Jupiter will help us to have the faith and trust needed to take the plunge into our shadows and allow whatever we find there to be seen so that we can grow. Neptune has the power to dissolve our fears and remind us of who we really are, behind all of our barriers. This Moon invites us to go deeper; to let go and surrender to who we really are. Something is falling away and we just need to let it go and trust that we don’t need it anymore and are being guided in the right direction.
Art by Tomasz Alen Kopera