Abracadabra! On Sunday, October 30, the Scorpio new moon does a powerful disappearing act, blanketing our world in darkness—in the best way possible.
As la luna shrouds us in a veil of mystery, we plunge into the shadows of the unseen universe within ourselves. As our outer eyes, as well as our inner vision, adjust to the darkness, it is here we can begin to see the light. New moons are typically invisible to the naked eye, but we can look to the dark night sky as if it were a blank canvas—symbolic for new beginnings and intention setting.
There's nothing halfway about the intensity of Scorpio energy, which can often veer to the extremes. While Scorpio is associated with control, dominance, and intensity, it bears an incredibly powerful and spiritual energy, too. Scorpio is the ruler of transformation, making this lunation extra powerful when it comes to shifting parts of our lives that have been—until now—previously blocked.
Sunday's Scorpio new moon could be absolutely alchemical. Are you ready to turn a leaden aspect of your life into pure, shimmering gold? Get the ball rolling on those metamorphic efforts. Real change takes work—and it never just happens overnight. But this is a NEW moon, so it's all about setting clear intentions and then jumping off the starting block. We have until May 10, 2017—the date of the corresponding full moon in Scorpio—to break out of restrictive habits and replace them with rituals that give us life.
The Scorpio new moon will sit at a close degree to strategic Mercury, so operating from a clear-cut plan is the way to win. Mercury is the social butterfly of the zodiac, so forget about struggling alone to make change. Join a support group, online and in real-time, to champion one another as we rise from the ashes!
Here are a few rituals you can do to alchemize your life at the Scorpio new moon:
1. Transform trash into treasure.
Scorpio is the regenerator of the zodiac: the proverbial Phoenix, the ultimate recycler. Its alchemical powers can turn metaphorical lead into gold. Today, you just might find something in a scrap heap worth salvaging. A relationship, a pair of shoes, a journal entry that turns into an award-winning short film…there's something you've abandoned that's ripe for reinvention. Rediscover it. Re-spin it. Make something old shiny and new again.
2. Check underneath "the hood."
Scorpio is the sign of internal health, and the Scorpio new moon is a golden time to renew your internal well-being before the winter. Ruled by Pluto, god of the underworld, Scorpio is obsessed with what's happening on the inside. Haven't had your blood drawn for a while? Make an appointment for a little needling. (Scorpio is especially linked to hematology, so if you're feeling worn down, you might discover a need for more iron at this new moon.) Fallen out of touch with your gyno? Stop by for a tete-a-tete with the ol' speculum. Cleanses, detoxes, colonics, extreme facials (think: aestheticians squeezing the s*** outta your pores) will siphon out all the gunk, rejuvenating and renewing your glow.
3. Rebirth your sexual prowess.
Scorpio is best known as the "sex sign," as it rules the reproductive organs. However, sex is far from recreational under Scorpio's reign. It's a means of reaching higher planes of ecstasy, consciousness, and spiritual awareness. The Scorpio new moon is a good time to up your libidinous literacy. T is for tantra, so begin your sexual alphabet lessons there. Then back up a few letters to O, and brush up on orgasms and oxytocin. Oxytocin is the "bonding hormone" that's released when women breastfeed, so look lovingly at a baby/kitten/puppy and (drumroll) at an orgasm. Scorpio rules perma-bonding, so this hormone is of special interest today. If you don't want to end up infatuated with a no-strings fling, learn about your inner pharmacy and its transformative chemical powers.
4. Embrace the urge to merge.
So you're making money, but what are you really doing besides spending it? Scorpio understands that true wealth comes from ownership: real estate, assets, intellectual property. Scorpio rules joint resources, whether it's a home that you co-own (with a partner OR the bank), money that you've borrowed from a creditor, or intellectual rights to a piece of work that pays you passive income.
Today, take a gander at your portfolio and count your assets. Maybe you've got a diversified spread of stocks, a country house, and royalties from an optioned movie. Perhaps you've just got your great-grandma's wedding ring…or nothin' much at all.
Whatever the case, the Scorpio new moon is ideal for setting your mind on making your money work harder for you. If you're in debt, establish a repayment plan or reduce your interest by switching to a zero-percent balance transfer card. You might even hock some stuff on eBay and put the profits into an interest-bearing account. Reduce your carbon footprint AND your expenses creatively: Bike to work (or carpool), host potlucks to bring down the grocery bill, or start an investment club with some savvy friends.
5. Harness your psychic powers.
Scorpio has a reputation for being uncannily intuitive, even downright psychic. This new moon will open a potent portal, bringing forth gut feelings and knowing flashes. In this uber-practical, material world (the domain of Scorpio's OPPOSITE sign, Taurus), most of us may tend to brush these messages aside, never giving much credence to our inner guidance. But in Scorpioville, nothing is too freaky, psychedelic, or uncanny to be explored.
What would happen if we spent the whole day communing with the little voice in our heads? If we did five to ten minutes of free-writing at the top of each hour, letting our hand dance across the page, revealing the inner workings of our minds? What might seem like crazy-talk could actually be the kernels of brilliant thought. Shush the inner critic and let it flow. We guarantee that you'll be amazed by yourself at least once throughout this new moon.
An eyes-closed, lights-off meditation could also yield new "sight." You might even place a crystal on the space between your eyebrows, that little area called the third-eye chakra which is the physical point through which higher consciousness and intuition flows. Pounding out an ancient rhythm in a drum circle can get you in a near trancelike state as well, quieting the mind and awakening your extrasensory perception. Let go and let it flow. The universe is your psychic hotline now.
6. Take a digital detox.
In keeping with Scorpio's "tune in, turn on, drop out" ethos, circle the Scorpio new moon for a 24-hour media diet. Silence social media and give yourself a breather from the blogosphere. You may not realize how much you're zombie-walking through life, absorbing the ads, feeds, and thousands of images you see each day. In the words of Scorpio thought leader Terence McKenna, "Stop consuming images and start producing them." Paint. Draw. Create a collage…and don't be surprised if your pictures manifest into form in the days ahead under Scorpio's powerful influence.
7. Fan the flame of desire.
To allow sexual energy to course through our bodies is to touch the force of life—this is something Scorpio well understands. Although this sign gets a rep for being vampy and obsessive, in its highest expression, Scorpio can evoke a sacred sexuality. Think: tantra, mind-body-soul connections, a timeless and ageless appeal. Our sexual sparks never go out, but we must keep the pilot light lit.
Forget what the fashion mags have proclaimed as appealing and stop obsessing in the mirror. Sexuality doesn't live there. It lives in our connection to eros, which comes from being powerfully present and excited about life. Moving your body in a way that makes you feel sensual is the way to get this magnetic force flowing. Who cares if Sunday is a school night? Embrace the night owl vibes of this new moon and dance 'til way past your bedtime. (For more on this, check out the sacred seduction teachings of Kitty Cavalier.)
Scorpio is the sign that is also associated with death and rebirth. At times, inevitable finalities must take place in order for us to come alive—and into our sexuality—again. This eclipse could portend "the beginning of the end," as we muster the courage to say goodbye to situations (or limiting beliefs about ourselves and others) that are deadening, draining, and downright unsexy.
Of course, goodbyes are not always a fatal matter. The French refer to an orgasm as "La petit mort," translated directly as "the little death." May this new moon bring you such, ahem, happy endings.
8. Manifest financial abundance.
Scorpio rules our larger, lump sum material resources (commissions, royalties, bonuses, inheritances) as well as the money we share with others. But how best to shake that moneymaker during the new moon and sow the seeds of prosperity? Not by jumping in the rat race, playing a cutthroat game of shark-eat-shark. That would be the lower energy of Scorpio in action… which always comes 'round to bite us in the ass in the end.
Instead, we should fly like the eagle—the secondary symbol representing Scorpio. Manifesting abundance from a visionary place is as much a matter of faith as it is skill. We can sign up for seminars and classes until the cows come home, but if we don't believe that we actually deserve this money, it will flow out of our lives like water through a sieve. In her book The Law of Divine Compensation, miracle-maven Marianne Williamson (a Cancer) schools us in shifting our mindset so we can open to the miracles and prosperity the universe has to offer.
Simple mantras can be powerful, too. Make a list of the limiting thoughts you have about your resources…for example, "There's not enough money to go around." Once these limiting beliefs have been illuminated, reframe them as positives, as in "I am well taken care of by the world and my loved ones." Tape that mantra to your mirror and repeat each morning. Soon enough, this credo will become more than a platitude…it will be the way you view the world.
9. Revenge is a dish best served as success.
The mention of Scorpio sends shivers down some people's spines, but that's because they only know part of the story. Scorpio actually has three phases, or energetic vibrations. The lowest is the ground-dwelling Scorpion, the easily threatened creature with the deadly, vengeful sting. Above that is the soaring eagle, the wizened Scorpio who's learned his life's lessons and keenly observes everything with laser insight. The highest manifestation is the Phoenix, the mythical bird that rises from the ashes of destruction to create new life.
At the Scorpio new moon, we can choose to access any one of these energies—including getting even. If you must stoke a desire for payback, do so proactively. Remember the adage that success is the best revenge. Win the battle AND the war by making your own life amazing rather than taking someone else's happiness down.