Scorpio New Moon, 26 Degrees, 11-18-2017

Scorpio New Moon

When I draw up charts for these lunations, it comes to pass that some do not have a lot of aspects, since I prefer a tighter orb; this is one of those moons.

Yet, the most prominent aspect for this new moon is quite potent: the Mars-Pluto square.

Currently, the moon and the sun are conjunct at 26 degrees of Scorpio, highlighting Plutonic themes. Mars/Pluto are the planetary rulers of Scorpio, so this means those planets will have the force of the sun and the moon powering them by rulership. Scorpio of course, rules other people’s resources, divorce, occult matters, taxes, death, and sex, among other things.

Mars, the planet of action and force, is in detriment at 16 degrees Libra. Pluto is at 17 degrees of Capricorn, the sign Saturn rules. Currently, Saturn is still transiting Sagittarius in preparation for his move into Capricorn, where he will be in dignity in his home sign.

Any time two malefics are involved in hard aspect, caution is always prudent; here we might expect problems in our relationships (Libra), where perhaps we are too impulsive or pushy with what we want from others and not balancing out their needs, and with Pluto in Capricorn, this may occur in the career arena, in public forum. Libra being the house of marriage relationships as well, can suggest increased argument within marriage, added friction, since the social status of marriage is also a 10th house/Capricorn issue. While some might think the Mars-Pluto square is always a violent encounter, this is not so and one should not worry about trouble that, simply put, has yet to arrive. In extreme cases, Mars-Pluto can be ugly indeed, but most of us will not be extreme cases. In fact, the real danger is overlooking the small things, such as a complaint from a spouse, or a misinterpretation of work memo, which later snowball into big things.

We also have Venus at 13 degrees of Scorpio, also at detriment, trining Neptune at 11 degrees of Pisces, and significantly, Neptune is preparing to move out of retrograde and forward by the 22nd of this month; amusingly, this will coincide with the date of my mead needing to be racked as it goes through its final stages of ferment. With Venus having difficulty with expression in this sign and the aspect with Neptune, there might be deception involved in love or money, and ultimately, the possibility of money flowing away from you, rather than flowing toward.

Mercury too, is at detriment at 17 degrees of Sagittarius. This may add to difficulties with Venus in detriment and Mars in detriment. With these personal planets finding difficulty in the opposite signs of where they feel comfortable, we might feel “off” or lacking harmony in various aspects of our lives. As in all things, this passes in time, and we should do our best to carry on until the winds change.


A compilation of the full and new moons of 2018 will be available in late 2017, called Lunations, 2018, which will be made available as an ebook.

Full Moon in Scorpio, 5-10-2017

5-10-2017 Full MoonAs with so much of life, sometimes our lives move fast and sometimes they slow; sometimes our journey is filled with unexpected stops and starts as we struggle to reach a destination, to complete a project.

The Scorpio Full Moon speaks to an element of completion, corresponding to the cycle begun with the New Moon in Scorpio in October of 2016. Consider the passage of events from that moment to now — what have you accomplished? If you chose to initiate an action then, or failed to, you may see the benefits or consequences of that initiation now.

During this cycle, I was able to launch an audio narration career, beginning in October, and my efforts are just now coming to fruition at this full moon. (I’ll be voicing Jordan Taylor’s wonderful short story of a young girl’s struggle to come to terms with her magickal abilities as a chambermaid at a Victorian boarding school in Common Magick, over at the Gallery of Curiosities podcast. Do give it a listen, they have many other wonderful stories as well.)

The opposite of Scorpio is where we find the sun in Taurus. Perhaps between the sun in Taurus and Venus steaming along through Aries, you find yourself involved in money matters, material issues, wealth and value, and manifestation — all 2nd house themes that are the natural domicile of Taurus. The moon in Scorpio underlies this with examinations of how we put our material goods to use, where our money is going or coming from, and what it might mean to us on a spiritual level.

We ought to consider what Pluto is up to, since he is the natural ruler of Scorpio,  and the energy of the moon will be in service to Pluto by rulership. Pluto gives us a trine to the Sun in Taurus from his position at 19 degrees Capricorn. The trine indicates velocity. Perhaps months of hard work finally pay off with a promotion — or a firing, or a lay off. For either good or ill, the result may culminate in a release of previously frustrating energies. Perhaps a payment comes through that was held up. Perhaps a friend finally comes clean about an issue. Maybe old debts are paid off in one final stroke, a break up happens, a divorce is settled — whatever it is, expect one’s home and heart to be tied to it, for where we find the moon is where our emotional core will be most vulnerable.

In addition, the Scorpio moon trines Neptune in Pisces; expect emotions to be fully engaged. Intense connections may form, fueled by the extra-communicative energy of Mars in Gemini. With Jupiter in Libra trining this Mars energy, it could be a great time for groups or friends to link up and be cooperative, or just a wonderful sense of togetherness and comraderie all around as people turn to each other in a supportive capacity. Expect inspired late night conversations that erupt over cups of coffee and bleary-eyed, 3 am talks about the meaning of life, bonding people together on a visceral level. (Just make sure you’re drinking coffee when you get ready to drive home — drinking and driving is never recommended, but with Scorpio Moon and Neptune in Pisces and Mars under the influence of Mercury’s house of Gemini, perhaps even more so in this instance. Skip drinking all together.)

And of course, there are always squares to contend with. What stress can we expect with this full moon? Some of it will be familiar to you, and old news by now: we still have ongoing squares between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Libra, but with a square from Mercury at 26 degrees of Aries also thrown in for good measure. Perhaps while you were busy talking about the meaning of life and the universe in your Mars in Gemini fueled excitement, someone else remained silent and feels left out, or conversely, Uranus with Mercury in Aries provokes someone to reveal something shocking or say something offensive. Whether that ends up being you or a friend, attend to your relationships, but expect friction to accompany those good times.

The North Node is firmly in Leo territory, leaving behind the house of work and service for the house of royalty and creativity and fun. The Node trines Uranus in Aries, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Mercury in Aries. You may find support from and elder, a father figure, or unexpected good news comes your way, helping you achieve an uncomfortable task — for the North Node is where the universe directs us to face our challenges and achieve our quests. It is not always easy, but these trines will move your decisions along faster, whatever they may be. Perhaps you’re starting a business, an enterprise firmly in Leo territory — now is a good time to reach out for help, and don’t be afraid to ask for guidance.

Lastly, I’ve been looking with a closer eye to Black Moon Lilith, and want to invite her to the party — and it looks like she is down for some dirty dancing with a magnetic trine to Venus in Aries, and a square to Neptune in Pisces, and an opposition to Mars in Gemini. Friction between the sexes might be on the menu, and Lilith might end up hearing promises from her paramours that dissipate come morning when all the dancing is over. Happy go lucky Sagittarius might throw the party, but the self-deception of Neptune and Venus at her detriment in me-first Aries sows the seeds of regret later.

Keep in mind your natal planets and positions, as every lunation holds in store an individual journey.