Today is a New Moon in Scorpio. Three words that express the energy of Scorpio are sex, death, and transformation.
Those words, in one way or another, signify loss and change.
To experience the true power and intimacy of sex, you must allow your boundaries, your sense of self to blur, soften and disappear. There is no true union without the surrendering of self. But it is in the surrendering that you become most vulnerable, most exposed in every sense of the word. And, in that vulnerability and openness, you emerge changed, sometimes in small ways, other times in big ways.
Death in physical terms is, of course, a great loss and change, for the one who dies and the ones who remain behind to grieve. Other types of death or endings, such as divorce, job termination, and injury or chronic illness, all result in change and a need to adapt to a new normal.
Transformation means loss of the old self or situation and a change into the new. It is shapeshifting in both the mythic (human to wolf) and real sense (pregnancy, old age).
The Moon is a powerful symbol for change, as well, as it moves through its phases. The New Moon is that magic place between endings and beginnings, also a place of transformation. It is also, like the Aces of the tarot, the seed beneath the soil, full of undetermined potential and possibility.
The archetype of the tarot who guides you into the journey of this New Moon is the High Priestess.
She is the Gatekeeper who sits ready to pull back the veils between the worlds, ready to lead you into her realm of the unconscious, symbolized by the water.
One of Scorpio’s ruling planets is Pluto, god of the Underworld, which includes treasures both seen and unseen. For your journey, you must take only what is necessary, so preparation requires letting go–of old emotional baggage or outworn beliefs. Because you’ll need room to bring back newly discovered treasures of wisdom, insights, and intuitions. For new directions. New stories.
The journey is often a challenging one that calls you to face shadows and the demons that may hide in the dark. But, facing those demons, the hero’s journey that Joseph Campbell talks about, elicits the most powerful transformations–and the best stories.
What you do with those stories is up to you. So, whether in your life or your work, will it be a new chapter or a new book?