Ooh-la-la! On November 11, the new moon in Scorpio drops a veil of mystery over our world. Can you feel the power? As the sun aligns with the moon, we're plunged into the shadows of the unseen universe within ourselves. Eerie? Perhaps, but only if we forget that there is nothing to fear except fear itself.
As our eyes, as well as our inner vision, adjust, there can be temporary confusion, but this gives way to something greater. There's nothing halfway about intense Scorpio energy, which can veer to the extremes. While Scorpio is associated with control, dominance and intensity, it also bears an incredibly powerful and spiritual energy. Scorpio is the ruler of transformation, making this a great week to really shift a part of your life that's felt blocked.
This year, the Scorpio new moon falls on 11-11, which is a mystical master number. (Learn more about the 1111 phenomenon here.) Whatever the case, get ready to go deep at this new moon, leaving no stone unturned.
If you want to go deeper in learning how astrology can help you navigate all of life's challenges, check out our course, Astrology Fundamentals: How To Take Charge Of Your Destiny & Rock Your Relationships. In the meantime, here are nine meaningful steps you can take to make the most of the Scorpio new moon.
1. Play alchemist.
One person's junk is another's treasure, as they say. Scorpio is the regenerator, the phoenix, the ultimate recycler. Its transformative powers can turn metaphorical lead into gold. Today, you might just find something in the scrap heap of your life 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. Discover it. Respin it. Make something old new again.
2. Get your insides checked out.
Scorpio is the sign of internal health, and the Scorpio new moon is a golden time to renew your well-being before the winter. Ruled by Pluto, god of the underworld, Scorpio is obsessed with what's going on under the hood. 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 the Scorpio 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: estheticians squeezing the s*** outta your pores) will siphon out all the gunk, rejuvenating your glow.
3. Increase your sexual literacy.
Scorpio is best known as the "sex sign," and 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.
Check out the documentary Orgasm, Inc: The Strange Science of Female Pleasure, or the one on "orgasmic birth" (sounds like another "o" word, oxymoron, but apparently some women have achieved it). As for oxytocin, it's the "bonding hormone" that's released when women breast-feed, look lovingly at a baby/kitten/puppy and (drumroll) at orgasm. Scorpio rules 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. Merge your resources, tally your assets.
So you're making money, but what are you 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 a great day to set your mind on making your money work harder for you. If you're in debt, establish a payment plan, reduce your interest by switching to a 0 percent balance transfer card, or 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. Call forth your inner Miss Cleo (but not for $9.99 a minute and .99 each additional minute).
Scorpio has a reputation for being uncannily intuitive, even downright psychic. This eclipse will open our channels, bringing gut feelings and knowing flashes. In this uber-practical, material world (the domain of Scorpio’s OPPOSITE sign, Taurus) most of us brush these messages off, 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 5-10 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 crazytalk 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 eclipse day.
An eyes-closed, lights-off meditation can yield new “sight.” You might even place a crystal on the space between your brows, 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.
6. Go on a media diet.
In keeping with Scorpio’s “tune in, turn on, drop out” ethos, circle the Scorpio new moon for a 24-hour media diet. Silence the 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 images you see thousands of each day. In the words of Scorpio thought leader Terrence 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. Ignite your sacred sexuality.
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 Tuesday 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 eclipse bring you such, ahem, happy endings.
8. Focus on 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 this eclipse 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.
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 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 William (a Cancer) schools us in shifting our mindsets 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. Remember that success is the best revenge.
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 lessons and keenly observes everything with laser insight. The highest manifestation is the phoenix, the mythic 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.
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