New Moon at 15° Scorpio: Should You Stay or Should You Go? – 11-7-2018

11-07-2018 New Moon
When –
November 7, 2018 ~ 11:02 am EST / November 7, 2018 ~ 16:02 pm UST

Corollary to Full Moon 27° Scorpio
of May 18, 2019 ~ 5:11 pm EST / May 18, 2019 ~ 09:11 pm UST

This new moon lunation occurs at 15° Scorpio, making all our experiences dark, deep, sexy, intense, and transformative. As the sun and the moon join in Scorpio, they will be trined by Neptune at 13° Pisces. This can be a deep and creative time for artists, a spiritual time in which we feel aligned with a calling or a purpose greater than ourselves. We may be letting go of beliefs or things that have gone stagnant and stale, or alternatively, we might be experiencing endings and with endings, beginnings.

Black Moon Lilith at 10° Aquarius will also square the sun and the moon at 15° Scorpio, indicating the presence of the taboo, the sexual shadow side, the fiercely independent female impulse. This may exemplify a magnetic female in your life who is pushing the envelope of the ordered ego-centered life, or it could be an aspect of yourself wreaking havoc or change, and the same old same old will no longer suffice until the inner magnetism and independence and sexual spirit is satisfied.

Mercury is at 8° of Sagittarius. We might be prone to be expansive in our conversations, philosophical and asking big questions, our communications will be upbeat and happy.

Venus at 26° Libra is still in retrograde phase, where our relationships are the focus, particularly in matters of marriage. If our romantic relationships are strong we may be reconnecting with our partners and discovering more about ourselves through, but alternatively, past romances may be coming to the surface and previous lovers may find their way into our lives. If we have been unfaithful or our partner’s have been, now will be the time when covert romances will come to light. If these relationships have lost the essential ingredients that compel love to last, now may be a time of endings and break-ups, and the Scorpio new moon and sun will make this more possible than ever.

Venus at 26° Libra retrograde will trine Mars at 25° Aquarius. Quickening our interactions between the sexes, whether it be increased activity and events or increased friction, there may be a tendency to argue or rock the boat with Mars in detached and defiant Aquarius, and Mars too will be aggravated by a square from Jupiter at 29° Scorpio, a degree of ending. This is not a time period good for having serious relationship talks, but it may not be a force under our control, given these numerous fractious aspects.

Venus will also face an opposition from Uranus at 29° Aries, one again, a degree emphasizing endings. Mars rules Aries, so the shocking and rebellious energy of Uranus will be charging Mars, and the domain of the masculine, the active force. We may experience an unexpected event or discover something new.

The North Node at 0° Leo will square Venus at 26° of Libra and square Uranus at 29° of Aries. We may find fated events surround us, inexplicable feelings regarding past or new romantic relationships marked by unexpected instability. Our usual focus and our ego center may be thrown out of balance by difficult choices that concern this Libra-Aries axis of relationship to self and relationship to others.

~18TH MANSION OF THE MOON: AL KALB~

The Heart. Causes discord, sedition, conspiracy against princes and rulers, and revenge from enemies, but frees captives and helps building. With moon here, plant, sow, travel, and go to war.
– Vivian Robson


You can purchase all my astrological breakdowns of the new and full moons for the year of 2018 ahead of time on Amazon, here. For now, this is only available as an ebook. If, however, you’d rather wait for these posts, than I’ll still be posting the new and full moons as usual.
Lunations 2018

Full Moon at 9° Scorpio Battleground/Deathground – 04-29-2018

04-29-2018 Full Moon

When –
April 29, 2018 ~ 8:59 pm EST / April 30, 2018 ~ 12:59 am UST

Corollary to New Moon at 26 Scorpio
November 18, 2017 ~ 06:42 am EST / November 18, 2017 ~ 11:42 am UST

You can read about this corollary lunation on the post at my website for free, here:
https://stars-by-design.com/2017/11/19/scorpio-new-moon-26-degrees-11-18-2017/

This full moon at 9° of Scorpio may find us ruminating on issues intensely personal to our human experience and unique to Scorpio: sex, death, taxes, transformation, elimination, debts, divorce, inheritances. With the sun at 9° Taurus and the moon occupying the opposite sign, we can expect that this lunation has much to do with our sense of security as it regards home, the emotional environment of the moon and wealth and manifestation. Finance and control of finance may be highlighted.

Saturn occupies Capricorn at 9° moving retrograde so that we may have time to look over structures we built. If Saturn finds our actions, our intentions, wanting, he will want us to rebuild anew or tear it down for us. This is particularly evident for this lunation as he forms the majority of aspects to the personal planets and luminaries.

Saturn at 9° Capricorn, retrograde, forms an inconjunct to Venus at 6° of Gemini. The Saturnine sense of melancholy is increased in his dignity of Capricorn and will not be pleased by the mercurial and fun-loving Venus in Gemini who may be disposed to talk a little more and laugh a little louder. Inconjuncts are uneasy aspects in which we often find trouble resolving their friction and so much go out of our way to separate the energies that cannot get along, like two relatives who snipe at each other until it’s understood that only one can be invited at a time. Which will it be? Saturn, the stern task master, or bubbly Venus in quick silver Gemini?

While Saturn is harried by Venus, he also meets with challenges from Mercury, who squares at 12° Aries and is the ruler of Gemini, where Venus is currently transiting. As a result, Venus is supporting the energies of Mercury via rulership. Mercury comes with all the boldness of Aries which will not mix well with Saturn’s sense of disciplined restraint. Communications could be shut down or hampered should Saturn make his displeasure known. Show respect to this authoritarian element and fealty to the status quo, and it will go a long way to repairing any damage or hurt feelings.

Saturn trines the sun at 9° Taurus which means despite potential clashes with Venus and Mercury, authority, or other older figures will be inclines to work in your favor. This favorable trine may come about as a result of friction from other aspects, because even Saturn can recognize value in undisciplined people and might appoint himself teacher to steer you away from your bad habits, with Saturn in his ruling sign of career-oriented Capricorn, this may play out in your career field among bosses, mentors, and colleagues.

Foggy Neptune at 15° Pisces trines Jupiter at 19° of watery Scorpio. By rulership, Jupiter is a guest in the house which Pluto and Mars rule, which means Jupiter’s expansive nature is giving power to Pluto/Mars – this will set off the conjunction of Pluto at 21° Capricorn with Mars at 22° Capricorn in Saturn’s house. This gang of malefics has great potential for violence and death on the downside, but conversely, transformation and glory on the other. There could be opportunity amid crises. Another theme to keep an eye on would be, not violence and death of individuals, but of career fields via corporations. I would advise caution during this moon.

Black Moon Lilith will also be with them, packing a punch with all her intense sexual energy and power, a rogue’s gallery of shadows if ever there was one. A good way to anticipate what might be brewing is to look back at the Scorpio new moon of November 18, 2017. Events which originated then may now be implicated – I would expect wider political events that started then to reach their final stages with after shocks affecting the general public, often for the worse: expect restraint, constricting laws, enforcement, government scandal, abuse and inappropriate use of power, all creating resentment which simmers with potential violence. It is my hope that out of this chaos, there will be opportunity for positive change once the smoke clears. But all things on heaven and earth are held to irrefutable natural laws – energy can neither be created or destroyed. This law of thermodynamics implies as well that for one thing to happen, it’s energy must pull from somewhere else, and the universe is under no obligation to make that balancing act pleasing to us and our lives. No matter our intentions. So be careful and watchful as fate takes its role in our lives.

This brings us to the north node, which is the path of our life’s quest, our karmic future. North node occupies 10° of Leo, which will make it inconjunct Saturn at 9° Capricorn. Our life’s mission than, might be at odds with conventional rules and wisdom, forcing us to think about how to both please accepted rules of conduct and figure out which rules to break to achieve our life’s mission.

The node trines Mercury at 12° Aries making us more bold in our communications with regards to our purpose, and the nodes squares the sun at 9° Taurus and squares the moon at 9° Scorpio. Intense pressure and fated event regarding wealth, both inner and outer, finance and resources will be indicated, flavoring this moon as well as our future.

~18TH MANSION OF THE MOON: AL KALB~

The heart. Causes discord, sedition, conspiracy against prices and rulers, and revenge from enemies, but frees captives and helps building. With moon here, plant, sow, travel, and go to war.
– Vivian Robson


You can purchase all my astrological breakdowns of the new and full moons for the year of 2018 ahead of time on Amazon, here. For now, this is only available as an ebook. If, however, you’d rather wait for these posts, than I’ll still be posting the new and full moons as usual.
Lunations 2018

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.