As the days seem shorter or sunlight disappears earlier here in the Northern Hemisphere, last night, in particular, as I went for a walk with Musa, my dog, I was aware of the incredible darkness of the days of New Moon. Actually, if there was no electricity, we’d be in the darkest void, with no chance of seeing around us at all. And how evocative that dark void, of the Universe but also of the New Moon in Scorpio, since this sign is really about that, the void, or rather, the “apparent” emptiness. Since we all know that even if we don’t see, our mind tells us that there are houses and trees and people in those houses that we can’t see. Exactly the same goes for our psyche. Even if there are things we can’t see, we “feel” there’s still a lot to discover. Much of ourselves, our childhood and ancestral memories, lie in this hidden world that we call the “unconscious”.
If we hear ourselves saying, “I don’t know why this keeps happening to me,” over and over again, the answer is most certainly in that apparent void. We often have to make decisions even when we don’t “understand” why things are the way they are. Many times we get it wrong, but if we listen to our “intuition” which is the direct phone line to that void, we would make less wrongful decisions .
The New Moon is the ideal time to start things. This one in particular will have an extra boost, as Mars, the traditional ruler of Scorpio, is just about to station direct, to start his march forward once again, thus concluding his retrograde motion that began on September 10. This moment could be described as when we are waiting for the red light of the traffic lights to turn green and we can move forward again. We might be in a hurry, but The Red Light tells us, we have to wait. Waiting in the darkness of the New Moon in Scorpio can cause some unease, because we find it difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Especially in the midst of a global pandemic and just when we are asked to lock ourselves back in, with a curfew et al. But the mighty Jupiter forms a sextile to this New Moon, a 60º angle, from Capricorn, along with Pallas. This is an optimistic voice that tells us, “Have faith, everything will be fine.” We must never underestimate the tremendous optimism that Jupiter and Pallas, injects us with great wisdom and reminds us that Perseverance, Humility and Patience are essential to manage moments of doubt and darkness.
It is difficult to breathe calmly with the masks and also with only one planet in the element of Air, as we have in this moment, with Venus in Libra, which from the 22nd, will be in Scorpio so we will not have any planets in Air at all. It reminds me of the last thing George Floyd said before he died under the cop’s knee: “I can’t breathe.” This is what “kairos”, or also “zeitgeist”, really means, the “sign of the time” we are living: we cannot breathe freely. Astrological poetry tells us about the lack of Air of this moment. But, we have two “dwarf planets”, not really considered in astrology as planets: Haumea and MakeMake, both in Libra. Although we have a longways to go before we can understand these voices, we can “start” listening to these sounds emanating from the darkness of the Kuiper belt, which we have recently discovered, and we have also given a name to. Haumea is the goddess of creativity and birth of Hawaian Mythology and her children emanate from any part of her body, such as her mouth, breasts, etc. She is the representative of Humanity’s capacity for creativity and perhaps right now is really what we need to survive this menacing moment. MakeMake that in the rapa Nui mythology of Easter Island, is the creator of humanity, the god of fertility and the main god of the “Tangata manugata” or the bird man cult. Birds have many qualities that may have seemed supernatural or similar to gods to ancient cultures. Birds fly easily, taking them closer to the sky, crossing dangerous barriers such as rivers or mountain and even escaping disasters or predators without problems, despite their size. They can also create a wide range of impossible sounds for human vocal cords, as well as mimic the sounds of other creatures with surprising precision. Birds survive dramatic seasonal changes, even disappearing and reappearing through the mystery of migration.
The message from Libra of these two gods seems to remind us that sometimes it is good to take distance, to put a space between us and our loved ones so that we can evaluate our relationships and above all our role in them. Libra is ruled by Venus, and “evaluating” our lives and attitudes is perhaps more important than ever. As a symbol of Persephone, returning to the Goddess (as she does every 6 months), to Pachamama, Nature, respecting their wisdom and cycles, seems to emanate from the voices of these two dwarf planets, which remind us that as small and vulnerable as we seem, we always have tricks and qualities to survive.
The New Moon in Scorpio is also an ideal time to let things, situations and people go, which we no longer need or that prevent us from growing or evolving. Also this New Moon forms a quincunx (150º) to Eris, therefore the subject of feeling not included, either at work or sometimes in the family, is also a human feeling that we must learn to overcome. The Phoenix is a symbol of Scorpio, because it reminds us that if we let go, trust and allow ourselves to evolve, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Insisting on retaining what no longer serves us or is ours, is not only futile and useless but it only brings us pain.
This New Moon in Scorpio gives us the opportunity to RE-vise our most secret and dark feelings: our envy, resentment, jealousy, etc. It is also useless to deny them, for they are human feelings and EVERYONE at some point in our lives must confront them. If I envy, I admire. Knowing what we admire is of extreme importance to get to know each other and above all respect each other.
Venus in Libra forms a square to Saturn, Pallas, Jupiter and Pluto. The latter exactly. If find yourself in power wars with someone, recognize that you’re in it. In many situations in life, no one wins, all parties lose. Therefore, let us respect the wishes of the other, and ours as well.
Enjoy this New Moon and let the Darkness bring some light to your soul.