In November, we are called on to experience the Scorpio energy of loss, coldness, rage and death. But it’s hard to do when it’s still sunny and in the 80’s here in Las Vegas.
I catch myself longing for my New England falls, with that first touch of coldness in the air, the winds biting through my coat, the balance shifting to greyer days and darker nights. Maybe it’s because I’m a Taurus, but I love Scorpio energy and weather!
I live in the desert now, and I am learning to see its stark beauty – and will eventually appreciate it just as I finally fell in love with winter. Yet, I find myself missing Rhode Island’s juicy springs and autumns most. I love the shifting energies of these seasons, the weather there creating the in-between times, when transformation is happening in nature as well as bone-deep within us.
If you live where there are 4 distinct seasons, the weather puts you in touch with the cycle of life (birth-growth-death-transformation) in a visceral way that you can’t duplicate in warmer climates.
Which makes it more imperative that those of us who aren’t experiencing [weather-wise] the cold, dark and death aspects of this Scorpio new moon acknowledge them internally. We can do this because this instinct, this connection to the Earth’s seasons and cycles, still operates in our genetic memory and our soul history as well as in the collection unconscious. Working with that bone-deep instinct that winter is upon us allows us to meditate on the symbolic aspect of the season, and focus the fires of our consciousness on illuminating the process of death.
When we consciously work with the True Imagination about the meaning of this yearly death in our lives, we connect with the Earth’s energetic systems, filtered through the Sun’s journey through Scorpio.
Scorpio is the astrological sign that demands the death of those parts of life that have used up their life energies. Plants, trees, animals, societies, people or parts of our psyches, it makes no difference. We are all called to death, so that we might have new life.
Dane Rudhyar in The Pulse of Life, says that Scorpio’s death-aspect - in its highest form - is regeneration. But it is not just a personal regeneration of ego and values. Rudhyar says that Scorpio’s essential character is “the urge in the individual to merge in absolute union with other individuals in order to constitute together a greater organic whole.” The need to be a separate individual is overwhelmed with dramatic emotional intensity by the need to be more than oneself. It manifests best in the type of sex that is almost mystical – “a yearning for self-forgetfulness and union through another with the greater whole, and even with ‘God’ . . .” (p. 81)
But for the most part, we are afraid of losing our identities. We don’t want to change. “It is where the free-play of energy in Taurus did not occur that the unfulfilled personality, when confronted with its new birth as participant in the life of society, recoils from the step represented by the positive Scorpio. Instead of that exalting union with others through which regeneration would come, a sense of frustration prevails which unfits the individual for that step. Resentment against society, or against the whole of life, prevails.” Rudhyar, p. 84.
We create death in life by fleeing death. Pluto, in his rulership of the Scorpionic realm of death, decay and transformation, will have his way with us, as he did with Persephone. We can go kicking and screaming into his dark realm through illness or a life defeat, or be ravished away by his dark, sensual passion, or we can choose to walk into Death’s realm with our eyes (both inner and outer) opened. There we must confront our fear of letting go of what we’ve “outgrown – a job, a relationship, a way of seeing ourselves and the world – whatever has been stifling to our souls.” Stephanie Austin, MA, Oct/Nov 2007)
When the veils between the worlds open on All Hallow’s Eve each year, and again on the Scorpio New Moon, we are called to consciously descend, like the Sumerian goddess Inanna to meet her dark sister Ereshkigal, into the underworld of our unconscious to face the raging, repressed energies that this letting go uncovers – all the old hurts, beliefs, and thoughts that are sucking the energy out of our lives. If we work through this mini-death and go through the process, we will experience an ego-death that comes with change. We will be reborn and enlarged. If we allow ourselves to go through this process, we have the knowledge – because we are part of the Earth’s energy system as well – that there will be a rebirth at Winter Solstice.
Something new will be born into this world at Winter Solstice, a divine child of light that will be the Light of the World – it is your choice if it is a feeble light or a bright shining one. Each of us has a part to play in this energy cycle, because if we work consciously with the Life cycle, we can ultimately heal ourselves and the Earth.
Each of us carries a unique destiny that no one else on Earth can fulfill. If there was ever a time to really believe this, IT IS NOW! Let go and let something die.
And since it is the Earth – Global Warming – that is endangered, as we balance and heal our own internal energies working with the Earth’s energies, we will give back power to the Earth’s energy grid and help heal Our Mother the Earth. It’s all about green energy – which takes into account the Earth’s cycle of life.
Now for the astrological news.
This Scorpio New Moon takes place at 18 degrees of Scorpio. Check to see where this falls in your chart – it shows where you are releasing something so something new can be born. The Sabian Symbol is: “A path through woods brilliant with multicolored splendor; the exalted feeling of a work well done and a truly consummated life.”