The NEW MOON occurs on Saturday, November 18th, 2017, at 6:42 AM EST.
This New Moon in Scorpio officially initiates the transit of Jupiter through Scorpio – we’re now full on in the flow of transformation. The New Moon occurring at 26 degrees of Scorpio is also triggering August’s Solar eclipse degree by a square, which to me feels like a sense of tangible progress, clarity about next steps, and possibly even some answers.
Since August, we have all been faced with some kind of major shift. The kinds of shifts that I see people facing are not pithy or even remotely subtle – they are HUGE and life bending. Big announcements, shocking events, secrets revealed, relationships ending & evolving, careers changing, major decisions about past & present selves, long term plans shifting or coming into greater focus, and new creations of all kinds pulling us from one dimension of reality to a new & completely different space. The long term implication of these changes is that we are moving in the direction of our highest heart -- for some of us that path might currently be clear and obvious, while others might find themselves mired in situations that for the time, feel extremely difficult. Ultimately, no matter where you fall on the spectrum of hope and despair in this moment, the message that I feel is that we are all going through a process of shedding something in order to create or become something else that is happier, more pure, and more free.
One of the big themes that I see at this moment is that many are at a point of realizing that what we have chosen to take on is way bigger than we ever imagined – that the steps ahead to get to the ultimate goal of our desires are quite complex and involve a lot of work at many levels. Some of us have really big and important dreams but there are intermediary processes that must be passed through before those dreams can even begin to take form. These processes and steps might not feel anything like the end goal and can even seem contrary to it! For others, the dream might be much closer to physical actualization, but there are emotional processes coming up instead. The big question that we all face at this time is whether or not we are truly being ourselves and living the life that we want -- and how can we be more attentive to those things that serve our higher goals. Rather than living the grind for the sake of the grind -- what is the direction of it all? Where are we going? Is it what we want -- or are we acting out of social expectation?
On the whole, we are all working with all of the ways we have allowed external influences to shape us, as well as how much is involved to move through and undo these influences to become more true to ourselves. What may have seemed simple at the outset turns out to be a journey into the darkness and muck of our being and lives as they have been. Our blindspots, our habits, the little things we let slide by that actually irk us deep down. We realize, suddenly, that we have trapped ourselves in the cage – and that the roots of this obstruction are profound beyond previous consciousness.
The Astrology of now is ALL about this deep, complete, and total change. This process of change is not something we can avoid – but it does require commitment to the process (made easier if you can at least surrender and try to trust the process). Under this New Moon, we will find it immensely fruitful to go deep into the change & evaluation that we are facing – to try to understand what it is, exactly (or even approximately) that we are shedding – and what it is, exactly (or even vaguely), that we are attempting to create from the space left behind.
There are a few major things coming up in the Astrology that are relevant to this New Moon's energy, so I will spell these out a little bit below...
First, and most majorly is the transit of Jupiter through Scorpio – As I mentioned already, this transit began back in October, but is being initiated by the New Moon in Scorpio, thus bringing the energy of what this transit is about for us into full consciousness. Jupiter in Scorpio is about journeying into the depths of our being, heart & soul, and transforming gloriously. The fact that this energy follows the eclipses (in a sign that is square to the transiting nodes) is showing us how DEEP the work really is to get to our heart’s true desires (Leo's soul aspiration). For the next year, we will be wading through things that have felt unchangeable, intractable and impossible for many years, and making important choices about the direction of those things… Transform? Integrate? Let go?
It is not light work – it is some serious heavy lifting! But by the end of this transit, we will all feel we have lightened our load and are clearer in so many ways. Parts of our lives that have been difficult will have evolved, things that we have been ashamed of will become more integrated and comfortable, and elements of our lives that are truly over will be surrendered. The deep consideration of all of these different layers is necessary to really get the job done thoroughly – and that is truly what Scorpio transits are for at the end of the day… COMPLETE and TOTAL transformation, with no loose ends. Jupiter’s flow will make us more aware of the problems at first, but the benefit is that transformation can be very cathartic and revelatory. Suddenly we see things we’ve never seen – and it hurts, but it benefits us when we recognize there is a road to change.
Second – The transit of the nodes & the Leo/Aquarius eclipses
The eclipses in August were incredibly profound for many, many reasons. First, it was the initiating eclipse cycle for the transit of the Leo/Aquarius nodes which began back in May – and thus told us all an important story about what it is our heart really wants to create and what we must do to get there. In addition to that, for those of us in the USA it went across US soil and was in strong aspect to the USA natal chart – which has profound implications for ALL USA citizens about the direction we are going in as a country, as individuals within the country, and as citizens of the world social order.
On the personal level, we are all realizing that we have individual projects to contribute to the whole of society in a productive and positive way. Some of these projects involve the evolution or changing of society for the better – but society is inherently discordant at this time – and most of the socialization that we have individually experienced at the hands of society is equally discordant. This in turn means that the social process is happening for all of us WITHIN at a profound level (to become who we are, and give what we’re meant to give without being held back by conditioning-based restraints) as well as WITHOUT on a profound level as we face the corruption and problems of the external world.
Since the eclipses there have been many huge events on US soil and in the consciousness of people that have created a collective shift in focus. Overwhelming natural disasters, outbreaks of violence, and crazy news headlines are all component to what is an increasing understanding among individuals that we need to be more engaged, somehow. The complacency of times past no longer seems feasible or reasonable – we all feel pressured to do our part, even if those parts are small and subtle, individual and specific. When times of great pressure or disaster come to people, people have the opportunity to remember what is really important in life and shed the rest. Even as the world seems to be getting more crazy, there is also a sense that the world is becoming more compassionate and more connected with the real.
Of course, that which is dispassionate, not real, and especially social structures which are long out dated are also showing up really obviously and strongly. Some people look at this as a negative thing (Oh it is getting so much worse than before!) But the feeling I have about it still swings on the side of optimism… that when the negative grows obvious it is an opportunity for that energy to begin to change and go in a new, more positive direction.
Just as within an individual, awareness of our own darkness can help us grow toward the light, this also works at a larger scale – albeit more chaotically.
The age old question is always – can darkness be truly extinguished from the world? Won’t it all go back into hiding again in the end? There are always new darknesses, perhaps, but there is also evolution. And now is definitely a time when we have the opportunity and perhaps inevitability for that forward movement.
Third – Saturn Leaves Sagittarius – enters Capricorn in December
Saturn is wrapping up its journey in Sagittarius once and for all! It will enter Capricorn the day after the New Moon in December (December 19), and so this lunar cycle & next will also be wrapping up the stories of the past 3 years as we begin to draw some final conclusions about what we really believe & feel after all that has happened during this crazy time! Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Sagittarius – so there is an overlap between Jupiter’s ingress into evolutionary Scorpio, and Saturn’s departure from idealistic, world traveling, philosophical Sagittarius. For the past 3 years we’ve been doing a deep karmic process around our prejudices, ideologies, and philosophies. What has been believed to be “true” by us personally (and at a larger scale level) has been put to practical test… and now it’s time to evaluate the results of those tests with honesty.
Take off the rose colored glasses! Because Capricorn Saturn is going to be all about putting our plans and visions into action and tangible form. What doesn’t work now will definitely not work then. Saturn’s lessons in the area of TRUTH may have been harsh at times, but the ultimate goal of the process is for us to know the REAL truth – and become more free because of it.
Sagittarius’ ideal is for a more tolerant world, in touch with a sense of independence & individual spiritual actualization – according to one’s own personal belief system, truth, and journey. In Sag, the specific ideology is not necessarily important, but the concept of benevolence and natural order/natural law (respect for other beings, respect for life, etc) are important and are central to its truth. Saturn here is about standing strong in the truth that is aligned with something authentic, and releasing truth that is aligned with what is false. These are truths that ultimately transcend argument and religious association – truths that one has come to know through tangible experience and have stood the test of time & evolution.
Finally, this lunation also marks the final break up of two big aspect patterns active throughout 2017: 1) The Grand Fire Trine between the North Node, Saturn & Uranus which has been active for the past 5 months creating a whirlwind of wild change in all of our lives. With this shift, we might find ourselves able to slow down some and really focus on the richness of all that is happening. 2) The Saturn-Chiron square (the final -exact- aspect was on November 2) which was very much about the wounding & victimization of our internal authority. This hyper-sensitive transit brought up issues of blocked healing and could have increased feelings of anxiety, or exacerbated health issues, particularly ones that are mysterious in nature. With these two moving away from each other, we might start to feel some relief, as the picture of healing starts to become clearer to us after a time of trials.
The image I have for this time, astrologically speaking, is one of a whole person emerging from the sticky muck of life with great determination. We've got considerable work ahead to be free of it, but the feeling and awareness that we can expand beyond it is definitely there. With some effort we can shed that heaviness! Be attentive to the change and brutally honest, understand the bigger picture, and engage both the will power and faith to undo the bindings.
No matter what is going on externally in your world, don’t dismiss the true vision of your heart. This is your guide to happiness and freedom.
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