Scorpio New Moon, October 26, 2011
The Day I Die – Rumi
On the day I die,
When I am being carried toward the grave,
Don’t say: He’s gone. He’s gone.
Death has nothing to do with going away.
The Sun sets and the Moon sets,
But they are not gone.
Death is a coming together.
The tomb looks like a prison,
But it is really release into union.
The human seed goes down in the ground
Like a bucket into the well where Joseph is.
It grows and comes up full
Of some unimagined beauty.
Your mouth closes here
And immediately opens
With a shout of joy there.
Rumi: The Big Red Book Coleman Barks, p. 89
Happy Samhain to you! The cross-quarter day of Samhain or All Hallows Eve on October 31st ritualizes the time when the veils between the world thin and the Other Worlds come close. Since it comes during the rising darkness in the northern hemisphere, it commemorates Death in all its aspects. Halloween originated as a holy festival which celebrated those who had come before us as well as releasing those who had just died. The crossing of the Veils was honored as an important part of life. Celebrate where you’ve come from – both your ancestry and your soul-lives – so that you can face the future with the best of your inheritance available to you.
With this Scorpio New Moon, we enter the land of Death. The death of the year begins now, at Samhain/Halloween, as the darkness grows even deeper in the 6 weeks before the Light’s return at Winter Solstice. Our western culture has made death something to be feared, and so we do not welcome it in any form. But Native peoples remember that Death is only the other face of Life. If we are strong enough to face our deaths, as don Juan suggested, then we will get through the Scorpio initiation of death and rebirth.
First we had to learn the lesson of Libra: to fairly balance the two extremes of duality so we can learn the lessons of the 3rd way – to bring life into death just as death comes into life. Whether we learn it through partnership or through crisis, once we achieve that inner balance of life and death, everything flows without obstruction. What is dead is released; what is bright with new life flourishes. Only our unconscious fears keep us out of this Circle of Life.
Whether we consciously know it or not, we all have a deep-seated fear of death: the Jews still struggle with the horrors of the Holocaust while Christians and Muslims fear the fires of the afterlife, and many women fear the fires of witch burnings. It will serve us better to believe that we will return to life again after we die, to learn the lessons of spirit. How can we doubt that we are Mother Earth’s children, bound by the cosmic law of life-death-rebirth? That’s the message of all of our saints, mystics and Great Master teachers. And yet we ignore it – now to the peril of the world.
As the Wheel of the Year turns to this holy season of Death, we have to honor the cycle of life and allow death in the door. We will need to release not only our personal fear of death but also our cultural one. We will have to let go of some habits that no longer serve our greater good. Addictions, fears, betrayals – they taught us something our souls needed to learn. Now at this Scorpio New Moon, let go of the emotions that hold us in death and see how ‘your mouth [will close] here and immediately open with a shout of joy there’. It’s only when we fear death that we don’t believe in ‘some unimagined beauty’ and the possibility of new life.
Our society also needs transformation at the deepest levels. The only way that’s going to happen is if the things that no longer serve the common good are let go of. Things like unsupervised capitalism or government owned by the wealthy rather than elected by the free. But first we have to die within ourselves. When we do that, we can go out in these next years and make sure that we recreate the world in the right way – the sane, whole and loving way. It’s time to stop the wars, as well as the greed, power, dominance, violence, cruelty, bigotry and hypocrisy of the patriarchy, For information on the beginning of the end of the patriarchy, visit www.occupywallstreet.org and please consider signing the petition to separate government from big business.
Make the personal the political. Going through the death and rebirth of Scorpio’s initiation will sharpen your social awareness. The two eclipses in Sagittarius/Gemini next month focus our collective attention on our role in the cosmic scheme of things. Use this month’s energies to walk through the door of death and rebirth.
I called through your door,
The mystics are gathering in the street.
Leave me alone. I am sick.
I don’t care if you are dead.
Jesus is here,
And he wants to resurrect somebody.
Rumi: The Big Red Book, p.465
Scorpio New Moon
This Scorpio New Moon occurs on October 26, 2011 at 12:56pm Pacific/ 3:56pm Eastern/ 7:56pm GMT. This is the new Moon to release what we’ve outgrown, what no longer serves our soul-purpose, whether it’s a person, a place, a job, a belief. When we leave this part of ourselves behind, we might discover the Shadow behind it – the unconscious beliefs and thought patterns that determined our actions. Make this Shadow conscious and use your Libra experience to bring it into your life, into the Light.
Our Shadows are the repressed aspect of our psyches, the parts we were told were unacceptable. Now is the time to tame your Shadow by actually listening to what it wants and finding ways to let it have a say in your life. While you might not know what to do with Envy or Sloth, start with the aspects of your Shadow that are talents and gifts. Once you accept those aspects, you might find that your envy is taken care of, while you have no time for sloth now that you’re creating!
This new Moon is joined by the asteroid Juno, goddess of equal partnerships. Since Scorpio is all about the emotional interaction between people, Juno can see to it that you are sensitive and emotionally responsive to others. Drop the attitude and try to perfect your partner. You’ll probably do this in fits and starts, with Uranus in Aries energizing your own story while trying to figure out how to balance the ‘new you’ with your partner – or those others who you have to deal with. While Pluto continues to breakdown what is no longer viable in our social structures, be open to others’ pain. This is a good place to be sensitive and responsive!
Jupiter in Taurus opposes this new Moon energy. Since oppositions seek to make us aware of something, Jupiter will probably make a big point of showing you what it is. Jupiter in Taurus owns the peace and beauty, pleasure and contentment that Scorpio lacks. What would you give up (sacrifice/make sacred) to have that peace? That contentment? As a Taurus, Jupiter in my sign makes me grateful for the beauty of the natural world and determined to discover the things in life that are lasting and fulfilling. That discounts most of what our culture has to offer. Instead of fearing the loss of more money (Jupiter in Taurus can expand our money woes as well as bring us in a pot of gold), we can use this opportunity to rediscover the enjoyment of our senses, the fulfillment of building or creating the True and the Beautiful, the contentment of the peace and silence of nature.
It’s our patriarchal, capitalistic paradigm that keeps us shackled to consuming and overworking. Remember, they’ve been using the Protestant Work Ethic on us since the founding of America. It’s time for us to come back into balance. Once we let those beliefs die in the Scorpionic waters, we are free to discover what life can really be about.
The Sabian symbol for the Sun and Moon at 4* Scorpio is: A youth carries a lighted candle in a devotional ritual. This image implies that ritual with its symbolic invocation of Spirit shapes our reality. The power of symbolic language must be recognized for the force it is. As we learn symbolic language, we take back our freedom, for we cannot be manipulated by business and government using these powerful energy transformers. Rather we have our personal relationship with the symbol. Dane Rudhyar states, “…the minds and feelings of young people are formed by these symbols. They take the values for granted until the day when they choose to assert their individuality – or their participation in a generation’s revolt – by scorning the traditional rituals, including as well business rituals. Then they may poignantly search for new ones to participate in.” (An Astrological Mandala, p. 194) If you haven’t tuned into the Occupy Wall Street protest, go see how young Americans are finally revolting against the corporate take-over of our government. www.occupywallstreet.org
The Sabian symbol for Jupiter at 6*Taurus: Cantilever bridge across a deep gorge. ‘All great evolutionary challenges imply the overcoming of basic difficulties. … It is no longer a personal Void…but a chasm that is an integral part of the ‘land’ upon which man’s evolution must proceed. A link must be built through the power of the collective mind of the group, on the basis of the legacy of the past, to make a bridge over the canyon.’ We can overcome any challenges if we work toward a common goal. For an amazing true-life story of generations building a living bridge from tree roots, see: http://www.nextworldtv.com/videos/enlightened-simplicity/living-bridges-of-meghalaya.html#.ToNxTlHM1zg.facebook
On October 28, Jupiter trines Pluto in Capricorn for the second time – the first was on July 7, 2011 and the third will be on March 12, 2012. Jupiter in Taurus gives us the energy to build new structures as Pluto clears the decks on those cultural institutions that are no longer viable. It also calls to each of us to bring our creative vision to the collective table. What do you want to do about the future?
Mars, one of the rulers of Scorpio, is in Leo, wanting to get down to business and it forms a Quintile (72*) to this new Moon. Linked to the 5th harmonic, it represents the power of the mind to create or destroy. This aspect also has to do with the use or abuse of power and authority. If we can align it with the Cosmic Will, it is one of the most creative aspects in astrology. It is a call to freedom, adventure, experimentation and change. What have we got to lose but our chains?
Mars in Leo is also in its first square to Venus and Mercury in Scorpio, challenging us to release old emotions and beliefs. When Venus and Mars came together back in May in Taurus, they initiated a new cycle of love and desire rooted in the values of peace, beauty and fertility. Just because the old power structures are telling us to be afraid doesn’t mean we have to believe them. These messengers of love planted the seeds of something else back in May – the seeds of self-reliance, truth and growth. Now at this first square, Venus must lovingly lay to rest those unfounded fears and untrue beliefs so Mars can begin to create the new. The message gets clearer and clearer every month – it’s time to grow up and take responsibility for this world. Take up your authority!
Carl Johan Calleman (http://www.calleman.com ) believes that the real end of the Mayan calendar is October 28, 2011 – the same day as the 2nd Pluto/Jupiter trine. If it’s true, then we still have work to do. We get to create a new calendar!
This Samhain, consider honoring your dead and respecting Death. If we can make our lives ‘(w)holy’ by understanding the lessons of our Mother the Earth, we will be strong in the face of oppression.
I saw this on FaceBook today: “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” Goethe Free yourself and you’ll free the world!