Over this last year we have seen that anything that isn’t aligned to our value systems is naturally falling away so that we can become more of who we are and shine more brightly. This new Scorpio/Taurus cycle is about standing strong, stubborn and courageous in the face of our truth. It takes a Scorpio moon to ignite the passion to break us through the fear and sing our own song loud and proud, and it will take the earthy Taurus full moon on 6th November to see us ground that passion into reality.
Scorpio represents the shift in season as we head ever closer to the darkest part of the year and the acceptance of the coming winter/hibernation. It is the Celtic/Wiccan new year, celebrated by Samhain/Halloween, the cross quarter festival heralding winter, the cycle of death, and honouring the Goddess Crone, Cerridwen. It was believed that the veils between our world and the other dimensions were thinnest and we could make contact with our loved ones who had died, the faery realm, and pay respect to our ancestors.
It was therefore, considered a good time for communicating and vision journeying with the ancestors using the tools of divination and magick. This is the night for diving deep, so consult with the tarot, runes, ogham stick or any other tool that works best for you. The more open we are to the messages the more clarity we will get even if they are not what we want to hear.
Glennie Kindred in ‘The Earths Cycle of Celebration,’ suggests another beautiful Samhain ritual. When the moon has set, gather with a few friends. Hold hands in a circle. Pour a spiral of salt on the floor and in the centre leave a lighted candle/lantern, and some nuts or seeds. Each person walks into the centre of the spiral and leaves something from the old year and picks up a nut that represents a new seed to grow. Walk out of the spiral inspired with a new direction for the New Year.
This Scorpio new moon can be one of the most transformational and miraculous moons of the year, or one of the most painful and challenging, depending on where you are paying attention. It is the moon of emotions; of passion and possession, hidden desires, sensuality, impulse, extremes, and fluidity, just like the element of water. It is also one of the most intense and this final partial eclipse of 2014 will continue the process of illuminating the hidden darkness, ignited by the Aries full moon lunar eclipse.
The extreme spectrum of emotion can be felt during this moon, so be mindful of the emotional balance that we have been working with since the Libra new moon to help ride this potential choppy wave. Change is always scary, despite the fact that nature is in constant flux and change, so be prepared to feel things even more powerfully.
The key is to find personal responsibility and forgiveness for yourself and others, rather than fall into the blame game and find yourself in emotionally chaotic waters. The greater our self-awareness, the less likely we are to fall into the Scorpio trap of jumping to conclusions, brooding over an offense that may not have been intended, getting caught up in distracting dramas, and generally positioning ourselves as victim.
Let this Scorpio eclipse slice through the illusion so that you can see every situation with clarity and awareness. Take a good long look in the mirror. Stare really deep into your eyes – the gateway to your soul. Who do you see? What’s really going on in there? Be brave enough to look. When we can access the deeper aspects of ourselves we are closer to understanding who we really are.
Also use these last few days of this very powerful Mercury retrograde to ask yourself these questions and be really honest and truthful with yourself:
Are you happy?
If not, why not?
What would you like to change?
What can you change?
What can’t you change?
What will make you happy?
This isn’t a meditative exercise, the answers may need some time to surface. The key is to examine your own behaviour over the next few days and make an honest appraisal. It is only when we are truly honest with ourselves then we can start to see the solutions.
This moon is the moon of intimacy and personal transformation. It forces us to be vulnerable and acknowledge our deepest emotions and feelings, and yet It is often our greatest weakness that becomes our greatest strength.We all have to find courage, commitment and perseverance during a Scorpio new moon so we can face our darkness and our light without shame, and accept ourselves exactly as we are.
I will end this Lunascope with the wise words of Terence Mckenna:
“We have been to the moon, we have charted the depths of the ocean and the heart of the atom, but we have a fear of looking inward to ourselves because we sense that is where all the contradictions flow together.”
Love, Peace and Blessings
Rebekah Shaman xxx