Scorpio is known for a lot of things — demanding, sexy, powerful, mysterious, possessive, passionate, intense — but the essence of what underlies all of Scorpio's qualities is the desire to feel as utterly alive as possible. To be one with the ecstatic flow and undulations of life, which requires going into the absolute depths of experience to eliminate fear, addiction and malice. And yet it is precisely those negative qualities that can become so fierce in Scorpio when it forgets that it is still human, with all its limitations, unable to have it all until it learns to take the process slow, that what it desires will come, but in time.
When the New Moon occurs in Scorpio — here in Chicago at 11:47am on Wednesday November 11th — we are all invited to see this aspect of ourselves. Where do you seek out intensity? In what ways do you feel jealous or irate because of a limitation that keeps some object of your desire out of your reach? Where do you find a flow of ecstatic experience, earned through a trial that forced you to expand beyond prior limitations? Where might you be avoiding such a trial? The Scorpio New Moon may be asking you to look deeply into yourself while surrendering your wants and any consequent resistances to Spirit, so that what you need can flourish into what you desire.
This New Moon is joined by Mercury, giving us a stellium in this sign of mystery and power. The presence of the divine messenger Mercury with the Sun and Moon brings our mental awareness into the picture, suggesting that, like Mercury, we can ferry ourselves into the Scorpio underworld and see perhaps more objectively than usual what's really going on in our deeper emotional nature, and use the power of our words to speak new intentions towards improving our lives.
Other important aspects of this New Moon chart includes Saturn in Sagittarius, which has begun a collective test of how well we speak our truth and how our beliefs — in God, the political system, the nation, ourselves — actually hold up in the realm of reality. Saturn's applying square to Neptune implies a bubbling to the surface of delusions that may seem initially to have validity but will soon pop in the face of consequences. For the next couple of years we may be challenged to stand up for truth, so take this New Moon time to look deeply at what truths are most vital and important to you.
Relationships are also up with Venus's recent ingress into Libra while still in new phase conjunction with Mars at the last degree of Virgo. We may be seeing to the final details of something important to us, particularly with respect to relationships. The North Node in between these planets suggests this is a collective job, we are all cleaning up what we can with others so we can get on with cleaning up ourselves when the North Node enters Virgo later Wednesday evening, transiting there for the next 18 months (though the Libra theme will stick with us for a while).
When our lives get too rigid, too locked in, because of our fears of insecurity and the unknown, Scorpio (and its ruling planets Pluto and Mars) will tend to knock us down so we can become fluid and open again. Scorpio isn't concerned with petty, transient losses or crises of identity. Scorpio wants to feel alive now. Indeed, the very nature of loss, a common Scorpio experience, is to break us of our habit of identification with external forms so we can re-seat ourselves in the ecstatic union of the wondrous life force that powers and animates the Universe itself. Are we really that powerful? That beautiful? That astonishing? Scorpio says hell yes, and we haven't even begun to see how wide and deep it goes. But don't be in a rush — there's plenty of Universe to enjoy here and now.