New Moon in Scorpio

Leonor Fini, The Parasol, 1947

New Moon in Scorpio: A Photochemical Exchange

The New Moon in Scorpio embodies the photochemical exchange of radiant energy. Via photochemical exchange, the consequential chemical and physical properties of molecules in response to light absorption differ greatly from their structural origin. As such, Luna and Jupiter have filtered their effulgence through the venomous canals of Scorpio, laboriously transmuting poison into panacea. Invisibly, in the same ecliptic longitude with the Sun, Luna surrenders her brilliance in service to Earth: the Moon’s reflective void determines Earth’s albedo, or the level of sunlight reflected by Earth. In turn, this offering enables the survey of climate: the cloudier the Earth, the brighter the ‘earthshine’. Here, the photochemical exchange of light is the New Moon’s final homage to Earth: guided by Jupiter, Luna soon vanishes from Scorpio’s interminably clenched claw.

Scorpio Decan II: The Sea-Crossing of Sun and Jupiter

At 15°11’ Scorpio, this lunation illuminates the second decan, governed by the Sun and Jupiter. In her depression or fall, Luna’s second decan in Scorpio heralds themes of conflict, vulnerability, and transitional surrender. As Agrippa’s imagery illustrates, “In the second face ascendeth a man naked, and a woman naked, and a man sitting on the earth, and before him two dogs biting one another…” While Agrippa proceeds to elaborate on deception, impudent operations, and strife amongst men, both figures remain exposed. While all three decans reiterate violence in Agrippa’s descriptions, the second face of Scorpio subtly alludes to vulnerability, since man and woman are unprotected by either garments or weaponry.

Ibn Ezra echoes Agrippa by depicting Scorpio’s second face as the ascension of ‘a naked man, and the middle of a horse, and the middle of an ox’, followed by ‘a woman who has left her house; she is naked and has nothing on and she is entering the sea.’ Again, both figures are unadorned by clothing, but in Ezra’s second description, it is suggested that, void of possessions, the female relinquishes her shelter, journeying into the sea. While sea-crossing affords a plethora of mythological diversities, in Eastern and Greek cultures, it is an intermediary between life and death. As an agent of destruction and renewal, it is equally a medium of communion between humans and gods. Essentially, the sea integrates the elements it separates, such as fertility and barrenness, or a deathly directionless odyssey in its immortal passage. It is possible, then, that Ezra’s female embarks upon a sea-crossing of bare surrender, between the visible and invisible worlds of humans, gods, and the departed.

Leonor Fini, Ophelia

Zuben Elgenubi: The Insufficient Price

During the Greek and Roman empires, the Claws of the Scorpion became known as the Scales, and this portion of the sky was viewed as a lamp symbolizing the Assyrian god of fire, Bir. [4] At 15°19′ Scorpio, fixed star Zuben Elgenubi, Libra’s brightest star, conjoins the Moon (and Sun) within an 8′ orb. According to Ptolemy, ‘of those stars in the Claws of the Scorpion… those in the middle parts the same as do Saturn and, to a less degree, Mars.’ [Ptolemy, p.51] Zuben Elgenubi traditionally corresponds to the nature of Saturn followed, to a lesser extent, by that of Mars. However, as the New Moon’s traditional dispositor, the Martial influence is likely applicable.

Early interpretations of Zuben Elgenubi are forthright in their subjectively negative descriptions. Robson, symbolically terming Elgenubi as ‘The Insufficient Price’, describes this star as ‘causing malevolence, violence, disease, lying, and dangers from poison.’ Ebertin punctuates Zuben Elgenubi’s negative connotations to nocturnal charts (this lunation occurs during a diurnal chart), alongside attributions to poor health. However, along with its northern counterpart, Zuben Eschamali, Ebertin interprets this combination as bestowing ‘immortality to one’s name.’ However, Brady notes Zuben Elgenubi as having higher ideals regarding social reform than its counterpart, citing Martin Luther King, John Lennon, and Abraham Lincoln as examples of reformers with the culminating star. Here, it is suggested that Zuben Elgenubi differs via motivational source. Essentially, it marks individuals involved in reform while simultaneously dismissing personal gain or power. [4]

Odilon Redon, The Red Sphinx, 1912

New Moon in Scorpio Aspects

The New Moon in Scorpio trines Neptune and sextiles Pluto. The Moon-Neptune trine is empathic, which, to an extent, ameliorates some of the challenging themes of this lunation. In harmony, Luna and Neptune are service-oriented, particularly to those deemed less fortunate. Equally, the imaginative realm is heightened, alluding to the forthcoming Mercury retrograde, which will challenge perceptual clarity. However, in the context of this lunation, this energy is favorable for artistic endeavors, the dream-state, and heightened sensitivity. Of course, Luna’s dialogue with Neptune can stir oscillating moods, often mirroring our environment, so it is recommended that our company is agreeable.

The Moon-Pluto sextile readily dismisses triviality in favor all-encompassing, experiential depth. This intensity extends to relationships, an interest in investigating all forms of inaccessible subject matter (inclusive to subterranean energies in the psyche), and the impetus to adjust unfavorable conditions within the intimate setting. The general caution with this aspect is the tendency towards unproductive or unyielding obsessiveness in the pursuit of singular knowledge or a compulsory idea.

Odilon Redon, Red Thorns

Venus Retrograde trines the Moon’s dispositor, Mars, ushering equilibrium between assertiveness and equality. Harmoniously integrating the ying and yang, or the emerald and scarlet tinctures of Mars and Venus, confidence is punctuated without the interjection of abrasiveness. While this aspect begins to stimulate the long-term, fiery quest for liberation that heralds Jupiter’s ingress into Sagittarius, Venus-Mars oversees a balance between individuality and cooperative efforts. Because of the crystalline properties of this fixed Scorpio decan, established relationships (of ample varieties) are potentially solidified, while favorable, newly formed partnerships are likely void of exploitation. Furthermore, note Mars’ ingress into Pisces on November 15th, followed by Venus’ direct station at 25º14′ Libra on November 16th. Fifteen hours later, Mercury stations retrograde at 13º29′ Sagittarius. Needless to mention, this month ushers illimitable activity.

Saturn’s Backdrop

Because the Moon’s dispositor, Mars, is currently in Saturn’s domain (prior to its Jupitarian ingress in Pisces), the Time Keeper imparts lessons through detached discipline. Instead, Saturn rewards laborious diligence, maturation, stoicism, and the stability of our life’s structures. The subtle, Saturnian sway of this lunation can be used to re-structure areas of life that no longer concretize purpose and potential, a task best embarked in unison with the fulfillment of honorable work.

Water and Fire: The Corpuscles of Unity andDispersal

The New Moon in Scorpio is followed by Jupiter’s ingress into his Sagittarian domicile the following day, on November 8th. The elements, too, are flaring from water to fire, a challenging transmutation between polarizing elements. This inherent volatility requires a stable structure, since the movement from water to fire requires the conversion from cold unification (moist) to hot separation (dry). Where water is cool becoming moist, simultaneously fixed and fluid, it serves the basic human necessity for emotive depth. In contrast, the nature of fire is to rise and disperse, answering the primal call for individuality, spiritedness, and instinctive knowledge. Therefore, as the planetary ingresses shift from Scorpio to Sagittarius, there is a surge for individualized exploration and creative expression.

Image taken from Friedländer, Plato, vol. 1, An Introduction.

In Timaeus, Plato uses the geometrical shape of each element to explain its appearance and behavior. The fiery corpuscle is a regular tetrahedron, or four-sided geometrical solid. In this diagram, the central fire-particle contains 6 scalene triangles composing each equilateral face of the tetrahedron. On the left is a basic isotope with 2 scalene triangles per face, and, on the right, a more complex isotope with 8 scalene triangles per face.Therefore, the sharpness of the four triangles that compose fire reflects the element’s divisive and protruding nature. Beyond any other form, its splicing ability heats and pulverizes into multiples.

New Moon in Scorpio

Before the dispersal of the fiery Archer, the New Moon in Scorpio offers a mediating intermission between destruction and renewal. Like Ezra’s sea-crossing figure, this excursion explores the raw surrender between visible and invisible worlds. Coupled with the selfless potential of Zuben Elgenubi and Luna’s depth-riddled aspects, the New Moon embodies the photochemical exchange of radiant light energy. On the day of Jupiter (November 8th), the Scorpion releases a newly forged Jove into the Archer’s arms.

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The New Moon at 15°11’ Scorpio occurs on the day of Mercury, November 7th, 2018, at 11:02:03 PM ET.


References:

1. Agrippa, Henry, Three Books of Occult Philosophy.

2. Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos.

3. Ezra, Ibn, The Beginning of Wisdom.

4. Brady, Bernadette, Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars.

5. Robson, Vivian, The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology.

6. Plato, Timaeus.

7. Cohen, Marc, Washington.edu

Oil paintings are by Leonor Fini and Odilon Redon.


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Water in the Natal Chart

Bestiarius apocalypsi. Etching, dry point, mezzotint, 17x14cm, 2004

The Water Element in the Natal Chart: Understanding the Four Elements in Astrology

Water: General Qualities and Associations

Water is the element ascribed to the nocturnal, feminine triplicity of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. In Plato’s Timeaus, water is represented by the icosahedron, and considered to be both cold and wet. Likewise, in medieval astrology, the qualities of the phlegmatic temperament are ascribed to the water element.

Water: Its Function and Expression

Water’s fluidity alters from active movement to the impenetrable stillness of an iceberg amidst the sea. While it embodies the form of any object that contains it, water itself cannot be grasped. It’s oscillating current expresses the full spectrum of human emotion: serenity, ferocity, harmony, and melancholy. From birth, water natives intuitively know just how poignantly the intagible world forges reality.

Water Equilibrium in the Natal Chart

Those with a balanced water element in the natal chart intuitively know how impressionably the intagible world influences reality. The water native possesses keen insight into the nuances and subtle undercurrents of emotion and human experience. An awareness of the subconscious mind’s power is activated, as is the intuition and empathetic response to the human condition.

Water-Void in the Natal Chart

Water-voids can find it challenging to contact the emotive realm via empathy and compassion. Difficulty is also applicable to understanding one’s own emotional requirements. While this does not imply a lack of sensitivity in all cases, it does suggest difficulty with understanding and acknowledging the native’s emotional health. The emotive realm can appear as a foreign world of hazard, one more perilous than fruitful. Consequently, this void can lead to dependency on others who are emotively expressive.

In some examples, a water-void can manifest as an innate suspicion regarding intuitive knowledge. Often, the fundamental issue is rooted in self-distrust coupled with the dismissal of one’s feelings as trivial irritations. Water-voids can foster a degree of emotional equilibrium by slowly allowing sensations to reach the surface, releasing the denied, accumulated threshold of suppressed suffering. This void can also delineate a fanatical fear of pain, resulting in a disregard and abandonment of emotional needs. Unfortunately, this only ensures the cyclical experience of repressed trauma.

Excessive Water in the Natal Chart

Those with an over-abundance of water emphasis may feel intensely directionless. Usually, they are easily influenced and highly impressionable, exhibiting a pattern of emotional uncertainty and lack of stability. This water imbalance generates extreme sensitivity to any experience, which can lead to either profoundly piercing intuition or an unnecessary degree of over-reaction. Individuals can become debilitated by subconscious fears and phobias if the emotions are uncontrollable or the person habitually functions in a state of apprehensive, overt self-protection. Overwhelming timidity, negative reaction patterns, and debilitating fears can paralyze the daily life of individuals. Ultimately, one may feel unable to cope with external and internal stressors, prompting withdrawal into an inner sphere of escapism.

Physical Correspondences and Remediations

Externally, water voids are revealed through physical disruption associated with excess toxicity. Since water is cleansing, healing, and a method of energetic release, a lack of water can accumulate toxicity in the corporeal body. This condition of toxicity manifests as a variety of symptoms and ailments with the same general requisite for amelioration: absolute physical and emotional purging. Dietary practices should be precariously administered and one can benefit from periodic cleansings and moderate fasts.

Conversely, excessive water can benefits from incorporating exercise regimens with cardiovascular emphasis into their daily routines. Consistent exercise is a natural remedy for the lethargy, melancholy, and slower metabolic rates associated with excessive water. Additionally, excessive water signifies that the body is constantly eliminating poisons, both physical toxins and emotive residue. Efficiency of this cleansing process is, however, highly dependent upon the individual’s emotional maturation.

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Cancer Ascendant

“To know the character of the native’s mind, look at the Lord of the Ascendant and Mercury (who is the significator of the intellective power, speech and oration). These signify the matters of the soul, and the morals of the native, just as the Moon and the Ascendant signify the body.” (Abu’Ali Al-Khayatt, The Judgment of Nativities)

The Natal Ascendant: A Chart’s Profile

The Ascendant is simply the zodiacal degree rising over the eastern horizon at the exact time and location of birth. Known as ‘the Helm’ in Hellenistic astrology, the Ascendant expresses the native’s navigational strategy, a metaphorical grappling of the steering-oar of life. Because it reveals one’s interaction with the external environment, unfurling the native’s vitality, health, character, temperament, and corporeal constitution, the Ascendant is a critical feature of the natal chart. As the first house does not fully surface above the horizon, it remains both visible and concealed. Akin to the flight of fleet-footed Hermes, the Ascendant symbolizes the oscillation between the diurnal and nocturnal realms of spirit and matter. In essence, it is the merging point between the macrocosmic and microcosmic hemispheres of the natal chart: as above, so below.

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Cancer: The Crab

Cancer Ascendant: The Moon as Chart Ruler

The feminine, watery, movable (cardinal) Cancer Ascendant embodies the oscillating, phlegmatic expression of the nocturnal luminary, the Moon. With Cancer rising, the oscillating nature of the emotions is at the forefront of the native, significantly impacted by the monthly lunar transits. As the nocturnal luminary waxes and wanes, so does the emotional disposition of the native. The appearance is said to mirror the Moon’s profile: a pallid complexion, rounded face, pronounced chin, large watery eyes, and thin, sparse hair. The native is fuller in constitution, with a tendency to retain liquid. Cancer Ascendants navigate their environment via instinct and sensitivity. Akin to the reflectivity of the Moon, Cancer Ascendants can often mirror the impressions of their surroundings.

Of lunar natives, Lilly notes:

‘She by reason of her swiftness, varies her shape very often, but in the general, she personifies one having a round visage and full faced, in whose complexion you may perceive a mixture of white and red, but paleness overcomes…’

The placement and condition of the Moon in the natal chart signals a key focal point in the native’s life, and the manner in which it is actualized. The body and personality is influenced by transits through the Ascendant, the natal Moon, including first place, and Moon profection years. The house ruler of the Moon also directs the expression of the Cancer Ascendant. For example, if the Moon occupies a sign polarizing its essential nature, such as Capricorn, the native may not approach life as a typical Cancer Ascendant. Planets occupying the first house can significantly alter the personality of the Ascendant. Again, for example, Saturn occupying the first house of a Cancer Ascendant will significantly alter the appearance and personality. The chart’s sect will further punctuate the potency of the Moon in the natal chart.

Ascendant descriptions are intended as general, isolated references, and are but one component of the natal chart.

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