NEW MOON IN SCORPIO-Powerful support for letting go of the old to make room for the new (Oct 26, 2011)

This month’s New Moon, which is at its peak on Wednesday, October 26, finds both the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 4° of Scorpio.  To further clarify how this New Moon in Scorpio will impact you on a personal level, locate 4° of Scorpio in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be the most affected by this New Moon’s presence.

The Sun moved into the sign of Scorpio on Sunday, October 23.  During this next month, there will likely be an increase in psychological awareness, including insights into what you need to let go of at this point in your life.  Scorpio is the sign most concerned with our unconscious and our shadow self.  One way to identify your shadow side is to look at what you idolize and demonize.  Our shadow includes those things that we have disowned that are our less desirable qualities but also the positive aspects of ourselves that have been repressed because we don’t feel worthy, strong enough, or capable enough (e.g., our gifts, our truths, our light).

Luckily, healing our shadow self occurs whenever we become aware of what has been disowned.  This New Moon in Scorpio provides us all with a new start regarding our efforts to identify what we need to face in order for healing to begin.  New Moons represent times of new beginnings, but this New Moon is more about shedding the old and letting go of the past as prerequisites for moving ahead.

There are a large number of astrological aspects present to both catalyze and support our identification and healing of our shadow self issues.  The day of the New Moon is a particularly powerful day that can present some challenges but also provides a strong sense of purpose that can help to resolve them.  Friday, October 28, I also an important day astrologically.

  • Jupiter, the jovial planet, is in opposition (180°) to the Sun.  Typically, a Scorpio New Moon can be intense, but Jupiter’s presence brings optimism that will help us stay lighthearted as we look deep within our psyches for the answers we seek.  Jupiter’s presence urges us to shine the light on our questions and motivations.  What mindsets are limiting our options?  What are our true desires and needs?
  • Jupiter is trine (120°) to Neptune, which can support us in pursuing our ideals and most deep-seated dreams of how life could be.  Your intuitive abilities can be one of your greatest assets at this time, and hope about the future will carry you through any rough spots.
  • Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio, is sextile (60°) the Sun and Moon and also squares (90°) Uranus.  All of these planetary relationships greatly amplify the urgency to release old beliefs and transform structures to foster equality and collaboration rather than domination and competition.
  • Mars is sextile (60°) Saturn, which provides a solid framework for addressing current issues.  It can provide a “can do” attitude.  But given that Saturn is currently located in relationship-based Libra, our plans will have the greatest chance of success when we combine individual effort with reliable allies.
  • Mars is also in opposition (180°) to Neptune and squaring (90°) Mercury and Venus.  This can stimulate creativity and passion, but misunderstandings may be more likely.  It’s important to clearly state what you want in assertive and not aggressive ways (e.g., remember to use “I statements”) and make sure that everyone is on the same page and not lost in a Neptunian fantasy world.
  • This is the fifth of six SuperMoons this year.  This is when the Moon is both at perigee (its closest approach to the Earth) and syzygy (in line with the Sun and Earth).  SuperMoons always intensify gravitational pulls on the tides, tectonic plates, and most importantly, our psyches and our emotions.  Although New Moons often indicate times of relative peace emotionally, the presence of a SuperMoon can cause emotional reactions to be heightened, which is just fine with the watery sign of Scorpio that loves to delve deep into emotional issues.
  • Then on Friday, October 28, Jupiter in Taurus makes an exact trine (120°) to Pluto in Capricorn.  This is the second of three trines that will occur between these two outer planets; the first occurred on July 7 and the last will occur on March 12, 2012.  This powerful and positive alignment in earth signs builds ambition and blends the easygoing growth of Jupiter in Taurus with the well-disciplined intensity of Pluto in Capricorn.  It supports us in shifting our priorities and reforming dysfunctional institutions.  Pluto’s presence supplies strategic perspective that is excellent for calculated risks.  For several days before and after October 28, we can see high productivity and accomplishment that are achievable with precision and a clearly defined purpose.

And if all that weren’t enough to make this a very special New Moon, this New Moon occurs two days before the end date of the Mayan Calendar (for more information on the Mayan Calendar please see FULL MOON IN ARIES-Going where no human has gone before).  This is an incredibly potent New Moon in Scorpio, and we are being urged to use its energy to support our effort to give up the old before we bring in the new.  Scorpio calls us to release what we have outgrown – a job, relationship, a way of life – whatever is no longer supporting our evolution.  And with so many planetary aspects supporting the creation of a realistic vision of the outside world, this may be a good time to consider major changes in our lives.

Finally, I thought I’d offer a sneak peak at the upcoming Full Moon in Taurus, which occurs on November 10.  This is a very important Full Moon.  It occurs on the eve of 11/11/11, a date of great numerological significance.  With (a) the end of the Mayan Calendar occurring on October 28 and (b) this very significant date exactly 2 weeks later, humanity is truly at an important, powerful, and awesome point in its history!


  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.


  • New Moon at 4° of Scorpio
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 12:57 p.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 3:57 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 7:57 p.m. GMT


  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources
  • Anne’s interpretations