The October 2019 new moon falls in the sign of Scorpio. The Scorpio archetype is known for its intense power and its ability to transform, much like the butterfly emerging from its cocoon, ready to fly. The Scorpio archetype isn’t afraid of the birth-death-rebirth cycle, for it is only when parts of us die and are reborn that we can fully transform.
So perhaps it’s not surprising that spiritually, the Scorpio archetype teaches us to surrender – to align our human will with divine will. It teaches us that sometimes – dare I say most often – our human trials and tragedies have a higher purpose. They are not happening “to” us but “for” us. This is not always easy to live or to understand, especially when it comes through trauma. And yet, on the other side of trauma there is a deep transformation that we can access as we start to step out of the story and step into acceptance and find the medicine in that trauma.
The October 2019 new moon also highlights our collective structures, be that the relationships we have with people in our communities, at work, or in the wider collective. It also highlights things like political affiliations, and being a Scorpio new moon, it indicates a cycle of transformation.
In the Indian context, the last 5 years have seen a shift to majoritarianism and an eroding of our democratic and constitutional values. This new moon can throw it all into sharp focus, urging us to examine the foundations on which we are shaping the future – are we going to continue to otherise and divide and allow hatred to keep rising, or are we going to say no to the divisiveness and the ugly political policy of divide and rule that we have inherited from our British colonisers. Similar questions are being asked around the world, as populism and protectionism take centre stage and neo-Nazism and the far right appears to be ascending.
Where we as a collective go is determined by individual action and by closely examining where our choices are leading us. Something that Greta Thunberg and the young climate activists are demonstrating beautifully, as they ask policymakers and governments around the world the tough questions on what they are doing to save the earth and the environment for future generations.
On a more personal level, the October 2019 Scorpio new moon highlights our long-term dreams and life-long goals. We can bring all of Scorpio’s intensity and transformative power to bear to examine our goals and course correct as needed. We have the ability to write our own stories – and that is the ability we fear most.
Astro-Tarot influences for the October 2019 new moon
To throw some more light on the October new moon astrology, let’s take a look at the astro-tarot influences of this lunation. The Scorpio new moon falls in Decan 1, which is ruled by the 5 of Cups. This is to be seen in conjunction with Death, which is associated with Scorpio.
The five of cups speaks of sorrow and dejection over a loss. Of being so deeply focused on our grief that we ignore the blessings that are still available to us. Death represents the cycle of change. Change, after all, is the only constant. It’s also the one thing most of us fear most. But Death isn’t concerned about our fears. It simply is. Change and the inevitable cycle of time – we can either embrace it and make these changes work for us, or resist and be dragged through the change, kicking and screaming. The choice is ours.
This, then, speaks to the need to pick up what’s working and fashion something new from it. To walk away from old, broken patterns and stories and to enter the cycle of change. It doesn’t promise to be easy, but if we embrace the change, we have a strong chance that the process will be gentler than if we try to fight it.
Tarot spread for the Scorpio New Moon
Here’s a tarot spread to tap into the energy of the October 2019 new moon.
1. The collective unconscious: this will represent the theme or story in the collective unconscious that you’re tapping into. Becoming aware of this story/theme can help you see how this collective story shapes your personal story.
2. The personal consciousness: this is the grief; the old pattern; the story that holds you back; the one that needs to be changed.
3. The personal unconsciousness: this is the blessing you’re not seeing; the medicine in the grief/story you’ve been telling yourself
4. Bridging the gap: this is what needs to change this cycle, the aspect you’re being asked to work on
5. Riding the change: this is how you change it
6. Message from mamma moon
Journaling questions for the Scorpio new moon
Not a cardslinger? No problem! Here are some questions to reflect on instead:
1. What is your long-term goal? What is the vision that steers your life?
2. How closely aligned is your daily life with this vision?
3. Where is the misalignment stemming from?
4. What part of your vision scares you? Is it a rational fear? What can you do to alleviate it?
5. If you were to live in alignment with your vision, what would your days look like?
Working with the moon
The new moon is when we set intentions for the moon cycle. It’s a way to focus on a particular goal or desire from one new moon to the next. I have found this to be a very effective way to get things done and to achieve my desires. Of course, there have been cycles when I have slacked, but working with cyclical time gives me a gentler perspective when it comes to achieving my desires.
This blog post details my new moon ritual and how I work with the new moon cycle:
I hope you find this helpful, and if you have any questions on working with the lunar cycles, please do let me know!
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