A new moon occurs on 7th November at 4:03 p.m. UT, in the 16th degree of Scorpio, trined by Neptune. She invites us to embrace the unknown, assured that doing so will lead us not into the mouth of danger, but the outstretched arms of wisdom which illuminates our darkness. We may feel sensitive at this Moon, both beguiled by her magic and unsure of her intentions: moved to look beyond the veil of awareness and yet strangely apprehensive about doing so. Fear of the unsettling realm of the unconscious may insist that ignorance is bliss and there’ll be no going back once we’ve seen what lurks in the darkness! What if wisdom is too much knowledge, too much responsibility, too great a challenge?
Whilst replete with mystery, this Moon is not to be feared. For those committed to waking up it hastens the journey into the sacred Self. But this journey may seem less than inviting, not full of sparkles and light! To know The Self we must know the self: the tiny, limited, fearful self which tells us we must be acceptable, ‘nice and kind’, or tough enough to ‘beat the bastards at their own game’; the self that needs to be admired or revered, protected or hidden, born of pain, separation and fear. It tells us we are at risk; that we must fight to protect our corner or betray ourselves to stay safe, accepted and loveable. It needs all the love and compassion we can muster to reveal itself: its many dark corners and sharp edges, contradictions, manipulations and fear.
This new moon allows for that compassion and potentises the power of self-acceptance which enables us to burn through the defensive twists and turns of our psyche. It reminds us we are more than just flesh and bone, opinions and emotions. Beyond and around all of that we are an embodiment of dark and light, conscious and unconscious, spirit and matter, forever immersed in a sacred dance. In the dark of this mysterious and seductive new moon we are revealed in all our paradoxical glory, to those with eyes to see and a heart eager to know.
The day after this moon, 8th November, Jupiter enters its own sign of Sagittarius, providing a welcome energy lift. This Jupiter introduces an expansive and optimistic backdrop which will build in the coming weeks and remain with us until December 2019. But it’s important to remember that optimism takes effort. It’s not just a state of grace. We must do it and be it, not simply wait for our perspective to shift, liberating us from negative and fear-laden thinking as if by magic. This is not Pollyanna thinking, denial of the troubles and struggles of this world. Instead it is hope born of bone-deep knowing that truth will rise like a bubble and wisdom win the day if we honour both in our daily lives and refuse to be controlled by impotent rage or paralysing fear. If we continue to feed the hamster wheel of anxiety, our lives will change little in the coming months. But if we align ourselves with Jupiter’s expansive and visionary hope, thinking new thoughts outside the box of our tiny mind, we might just see life in such a new light it will be forever changed.
As it enters Sagittarius, Jupiter forms a Grand Trine with the North Node just arrived in Cancer and Chiron in Pisces. Here it offers to lift us out of emotional pain into clarity, where feelings are felt, embraced, honoured and released, not clung to and solidified into you and me. All emotion is in motion. It never stays the same and there is much we can do to keep it flowing like a clear mountain stream, not crashing through our lives like a mudslide swamping all in its path. Use the New Moon in Scorpio to reflect upon your emotional landscape and identify where painful hooks keep you stuck in the past or paralysed in the present. Then welcome Jupiter into Sagittarius the following day with open arms, ready to embrace a different perspective which will help you see all things anew.