NEW MOON IN SCORPIO & SOLAR ECLIPSE – This is a big one! (November 3, 2013)
In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 4:49 a.m. on Sunday, November 3. This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 12° of Scorpio. To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 12° of Scorpio in your birth/natal chart. The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.
OK, this is a big one! During the time of this New Moon in Scorpio and in the days immediately afterward, we will be dealing with a Solar Eclipse, the fourth of seven exact squares (90°) between Uranus and Pluto, and four planets changing sign or direction. That’s a lot of astrological energy coming our way, so I’ll do my best to break it down into manageable chunks of information.
New Moons are always times when we can set new intentions and start fresh in the areas associated with the sign. This New Moon is in the sign of Scorpio, which is a fixed water sign. Some of the key words for Scorpio are intense, deep, determined, investigating, transforming, passionate, healing . . . and did I say intense?! Yes, the Scorpio energy is hard to ignore, and its lower expressions (e.g., secretiveness, jealousy, intolerance) sometimes give this astrological sign a “bad rap.”
This New Moon in Scorpio is also a full Solar Eclipse. As we discussed in the Full Moon in Aries & Lunar Eclipse (October 18, 2013), all eclipses occur at the time of a New or Full Moon, and they intensify the importance of the cheek-to-cheek dance occurring between the Sun and Moon. As the stream of cosmic energy is blocked off, we are being given an opportunity to allow the old patterns and level of consciousness to more easily move out of our lives and new pathways and possibilities to become apparent.
Solar Eclipses often are times when we feel drawn to turn inward to reflect on our emotions, and a focus on our emotions is likely given this eclipse is occurring in the watery, emotional sign of Scorpio. We are being asked to become aware of our fears, desires, and expectations that no longer serve us. This is an opportunity to gain some control over our instinctive responses. Solar Eclipses also tend to mark the completion of a major phase in our lives that is often associated with a time 19 years ago when a Solar Eclipse occurred close to the same degree as this one. If you can, think back to November 3, 1994. What was important in your life then? What are you being drawn toward now?
Further intensifying the energy and importance of this New Moon and Solar Eclipse is the presence of Mercury, the North Node, and Saturn, all of which closely conjoin (0°) the Sun and Moon in Scorpio. Additionally, both Mars and Pluto form sextiles (60°) to this New Moon, and sextiles are like a sweet offering of support from the stars. All of this could mean that we find we are ready to face our fears (Pluto) and move forward to learn important life lessons (North Node). It could also mean that we can take action (Mars) to talk about (Mercury) what is truly important to us. And the fact that the sign of Scorpio and Scorpio’s ruler Pluto is so heavily emphasized, it is likely that our actions (Mars) and words (Mercury) will somehow be focused on our relationship to power (Pluto) and how to use it in a responsible way (Saturn). Saturn’s presence also means that we may be asked to face the consequences of our past actions and develop self-mastery going forward. So we may find that we are ready to deal with some unfinished business, or we may begin to see how we can better maximize our resources and eliminate obstacles.
It is important to note that two days before the New Moon (Friday, November 1), Pluto (the ruler of Scorpio) forms its fourth of seven exact squares (90°) to Uranus. Although this ongoing dance between Uranus and Pluto will continue into 2015, the square that occurs in the middle of a series of squares (i.e., 4th of 7) is often considered to be a very important turning point in the issues involved. The fact that it is occurring during the time of the New Moon and Solar Eclipse demands our attention. Many individuals and our society are undergoing significant changes right now, and often these changes involve taking actions to increase our sense of freedom (Uranus in Aries) by transforming structures in our lives (Pluto in Capricorn). These are significant changes, and they will take time to coalesce. Now that we have reached the midpoint in the sequence of seven squares, we may have a clearer picture of the next stage in our own and in humanity’s evolution. For more information, see NEW MOON IN GEMINI-The beginning of the most significant planetary influence in a generation.
On this same day (Friday, November 1), a series of supportive aspects provides us with the help we need to take that next indicated step on our evolutionary path. Mercury (which is in retrograde) backs over (0°) the Sun, while both the Sun and Mercury form sextiles (60°) to Pluto, and Mercury is also sextile (60°) to Mars. All of these wonderful aspects will assist us in gaining clarity, taking time for introspection, and engaging in heartfelt communication. The increased self-awareness afforded to us by these aspects can aid us in knowing what we need to change or what we need to do next because we can more accurately assess the risks involved. At this time, we will also find it easier to ignore irrelevant distractions and concentrate on critical matters.
As mentioned above, four planets change signs or direction in the days following this New Moon in Scorpio and Solar Eclipse:
- Starting things off, Venus begins a month-long stay in earthy Capricorn on Tuesday, November 5. This placement provides many of us with a feeling of competence, greater financial self-control, and increased maturity in our relationships. Rewards now are more likely to come to those who can be persistent. For example, partnerships will likely improve with effort.
- On Wednesday, November 6, Jupiter begins its annual retrograde period, and it will not turn direct until March 6, 2014. As it moves backward through the sign of Cancer, we are being asked to inwardly reflect on our long-term goals and to spend time exploring our emotions, needs, and roots that may impact these goals. Adding weight to Jupiter’s change in direction is a conjunction (0°) between the Sun and Saturn on the same day. By combining responsibility (Saturn) with our personal power (Sun), we are being given an opportunity to more carefully manage our growth once Jupiter begins moving direct again. We are also being given more light (Sun) by which to clearly see what activities might need to be eliminated in order to attend to our highest priorities.
- Then on Sunday, November 10, Mercury ends its final retrograde period of 2013. Information should begin to flow more freely, and we will likely encounter fewer problems with communication, travel, and technology. If we have spent the last three weeks thinking about some new ideas, we may be more ready to voice them in the days and weeks to come.
- On Wednesday, November 13, Neptune ends its yearly retrograde period and begins moving forward again. This means that what we’ve been dreaming about for the past few months can now come to the surface. As Neptune changes direction, it’s in close trine (120°) to Mercury, which may help us to more clearly communicate to others what those dreams are. We may also find that we feel a sense of freedom regarding our ability to express ourselves through our intuition, creativity, and imagination.
One final note: Toward the end of the next two weeks, a series of aspects will influence our relationships, perhaps profoundly. On Thursday, November 14, Venus will square (90°) Uranus; and then on Friday, November 15, Venus will conjoin (0°) Pluto. Venus is the planet of love, Uranus the planet of awakening, and Pluto the planet of transformation. Within our relationships with others and even within our relationships with ourselves, unmet needs or needs that we didn’t even know existed may rise into conscious awareness. In order to use these aspects positively, we need to turn this awareness of lack into positive action. This is a time when we need to recognize that our personal patterns and preferences can and do change over time. Therefore, we may need different things at this time in our lives in order to be satisfied. Within our relationships with others, this energy can be productively used to revitalize an existing relationship and discover new pleasures. Another positive use of this energy is to dig deeply into our underutilized talents and resources, which may help us discover ways to get our needs met.
Overall, this New Moon in Scorpio is asking us to courageously move forward on our spiritual paths. And given the New Moon and Solar Eclipse are happening so close to the fourth of seven exact squares (90°) between Uranus and Pluto, it is highly recommended that you take this opportunity to move to the next level in your soul’s evolution. As we fully own our power and authority, we may find that certain structures in our lives and in society may need to be altered or even completely revamped . . . and this will take courage. As was so beautifully stated by Julia Butterfly Hill, “It’s not possible to be courageous if you are not afraid. Courage doesn’t happen without fear; it happens in spite of fear. The word courage derives from “coeur,” the French word for heart. True courage happens only when we face our fear and choose to act anyway, out of love.”
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New Moon at 12° of Scorpio
- Sunday, November 3, 2013, 4:49 a.m. PDT
- Sunday, November 3, 2013, 7:49 a.m. EST
- Sunday, November 3, 2013, 12:49 p.m. GMT
INFORMATION TAKEN FROM
- The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
- Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)
- Anne’s interpretations