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Opening to the Gifts of Scorpio’s New Moon Cycle and Retrograde Mercury’s Blessings

Scorpio, the sign of the zodiac that demands integrity and authenticity, is upon us. It’s the sign of the impeccable detective that maneuvers comfortably in the dark corners of our psyches.
It senses BS from afar and will call it out – every time.

Dwelling in the autumnal season of transition, Scorpio serves the greater purpose of rebirth and exists to transmute that which is not aligned with our collective growth.

This year, Pluto-ruled Scorpio initiates a potent New Moon cycle on Sunday night, October 27th, 2019, at 9:38 p.m. MDT at 4 degrees, where it will form an exact opposition to retrograde Uranus in Venus-ruled Taurus.

The polarity of power (Pluto/Scorpio) and love (Venus/Taurus) abides here, and our purpose is simply to honor and balance both of these qualities. As one born with Mercury and other key luminaries in Scorpio, the simple but profound question that shows up for me now is this:

Can we allow love to transform us?

Scorpio’s powerful lunar cycle also brings abundant opportunities from Mercury, the Messenger planet, via two significant events. 

The first gift is Mercury’s Retrograde (Rx) cycle that will begin on October 31st, Samhain/Halloween, and end on November 20, 2019. Although, the shadow period of this retrograde cycle began on October 12th, 2019 and will remain in play until December 8th.

While many people may cringe at the mention of retrograde Mercury and/or blame the Messenger planet for challenges they encounter, others (including myself) appreciate the wisdom of this cosmic event that helps us pause, get present, and reconsider all things having to do with communication. The areas of our lives where we’re asked to pay careful attention to our thoughts, intentions, beliefs, words, and actions vary, depending on the sign that Mercury journeys through during its retrograde period, and where and how that energy shows up in our natal chart.

In general, though, we can all benefit from knowing more about each Mercury retrograde cycle. In Scorpio, retrograde Mercury takes us deeper into what matters. Our integrity radar is on high alert and superficiality, dishonesty, and inauthenticity are scrutinized, and often brought out from the shadows into the light. Things will go smoother for everyone if we do our inner work, as challenging as that may be right now. It’s a perfect time to get to the heart of things – to be courageous enough to look within and see if the lives we’re living reflect what we find in our hearts.

The second blessing of this Scorpio New Moon cycle is Mercury’s transit of the Sun on 11/11/19. When any planet aspects the Sun, it amplifies the energy signature of that planet. When a planet transits the Sun, as Mercury will do, the energy signature of the transiting planet infuses the life force that the Sun beams to us. 

Mercury transits the Sun on average only a little more than a dozen times each century – unlike Venus, which transits the Sun on average only twice during the same period.

Our last Venus transit occurred in June of 2012, and from an astrological perspective, it blessed the Earth with a powerful infusion of Divine Feminine Love bathed in the brilliance of Gemini, the perpetual student and messenger that Mercury rules in the zodiac.

Our last Mercury transit was in May of 2016 and our next one will occur in November of 2032.

Composite image of Mercury transiting across the sun on 9 May, 2016, as seen by HMI on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Credit: NASA/SDO

The approaching Mercury transit of the Sun on 11/11/19 will occur while Mercury is retrograde and will begin its journey at 19 degrees Scorpio.

The Sabian symbol for 19 degrees Scorpio is: A parrot repeats a conversation he has overheard. According to Dane Rudhyar in his book, An Astrological Mandala, this zodiacal degree has to do with the the faith and capacity to transmit wisdom beyond one’s normal level of understandingHe writes, “The mind that has learned to be silent and attentive can become attuned to the rhythm of utterances which he may not comprehend intellectually, yet which may truly manifest superhuman realizations. Discrimination is needed to balance the overeagerness of faith.”

By the ever present grace of Spirit, Mercury’s celestial journey across the morning Sun will find me with fellow astrology students and teachers on a rise of sacred red earth in Sedona. We’ll sit in a circle of love, quiet our minds, ground our bodies, and open our hearts and souls toward the East, the place of New Beginnings and Possibilities, and we’ll see what the light and shadows bring forth.

The following day, November 12, 2019, the Moon will wax full at 19 degrees Taurus as it reflects the light of the Sun at 19 degrees Scorpio. The Sabian symbol for 19 degrees Taurus is: A new continent is rising out of an ocean. Rudhyar writes, “When the mind has been emptied and light has been called upon to purify the consciousness freed from its attachment and contaminations, a new release of life can emerge out of the infinite Ocean of potentiality, the Virgin SPACE. What will it be used for?”

It is my heart’s desire that Scorpio’s gifts are discovered and embraced by each of us, so that we may rise into the realm of love and power…together. 

Blessings and Love, always Love, for all relations ~
Christina

 

Scorpio’s New Moon ~ Show up, Surrender, Shift

On truth-telling – I’m really struggling with this one – I’m Scorpio born, in the balsamic phase of the moon, so I’ve been swimming in the dark, deep end since birth. Yet, here I am, on the eve of my annual New Moon, stunned by the icy depths of what I’m feeling.

Still, the coming New Moon that will rise with the sun on November 7th at 9:02 am MST beckons me to dive deeper, and to rise with it.

The skies implore me: Show up, Surrender, Shift.

I’ve always been acutely aware of polarities: in perspectives, beliefs, relationships, surroundings, nature, communities, countries, myself. Our planet and universe abounds with them.

As in life, the answer in astrology is usually to express the middle point of any polarity. When we’re aligned with it, astrology helps us to grab the highest expression of the energy signatures that oppose or aspect each other in challenging ways, and hold our center in the middle. From that centered place, if we’re committed to doing the work, we can channel the energy through our thoughts, words, and actions. To do this, we have to be willing to dive into either end – to get cozy with what makes us uncomfortable, to see the shadowy bits that drive us equally as much as we’re willing to hit the high notes.

This moon and its aspects have me looking deeper at power and the expression of it. We all know that the veil is thinning as more and more of us are awakening to our personal and collective truths. If we’re willing to look, Scorpio enhances our vision and transforms us. It is the shapshifter of the zodiac because once you know the truth, it is much harder to hide from it. I believe this is why we want so badly to escape into what feels good in the moment, as a myriad of addictions wait for us just off stage in the shadows.

For me, for now, I’m grateful that the pull to escape is polarized by the equally powerful call to live my truth – the one that placed me on this planet at the perfect moment in the dark phase of the moon. The one that continues to bring me to my tears, and to my knees. The one that continues to bring me to the page. The one that continues to keep me yearning and searching for the light – every time.

The one that keeps me focusing my lens on what waits for me at the polar opposite of power, which is love. And their union, when I get it right, when I stand with conviction in the heart-centered realm of love, is powerful beyond time, stars, and words. It is why I am. Here, now.

With abundant blessings, even, and especially amidst the shadows, always,

~ Christina

 

Sacred Waters of Scorpio’s New Moon ~

New Moons are a time to plant intentions, wishes, hopes, and seeds.

The New Moon in Scorpio today finds me wrapping my prayers
in the darkness of the Earth, not for my personal healing,

but for the healing of our collective Family of All Relations.

                           prayers                                


sacred water

Scorpio energy has a flowing, pulsating intensity about it ~ an innate desire and potency to create life by fusing the polar opposite energies of male and female. Its core energy signature is POWER. Opposite Scorpio in the zodiac, Taurus holds the stable, grounding energy of Mother Earth, that nurtures, nourishes, and feeds us. Its core energy signature is LOVE. 

During these divisive and polarized times, as we are transmuting the vast distortion of control and power on our planet, my prayers on this New Moon are planted deep in the truth of our potential to merge and embody Power and Love ~ with a deep commitment and knowing that both energies shall be fused until a new way of living emerges. In that new expression of being, our Collective Heart pulsates with the Power of Love, and Blessings flow to all beings ~
~ Christina

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bronze by Alan Houser: prayer for rain

 

November’s Garden of Grace ~

Greetings from the Garden,
The Half Moon in Leo is suspended in the sky of time as a soft wind stirs the reflections of grasses and trees in the pond at my feet. Streams bubble with delight and a reclaimed tree split in half lengthwise supports me as I notice and absorb these gifts of Sacred Earth. At my back, a Pinon Pine’s aroma calls me to attention; on a peach tree to my right, clusters of banana-shaped leaves, a mix of burnt umber and crimson, tremble ever so slightly.

November arrives…and invites us into the wisdom of transition.

This is the time of Scorpio. Her regenerative power is palpable here, where she beckons the garden dwellers deeper into Mother Earth’s womb. Trusting her mysterious depths where transformation occurs, they surrender completely to the rhythm of life.

How perfect then, this union of Mars and Venus today, November 2nd, where the sacred balance of action and reception takes place and wholeness emerges. With this cosmic couple in Virgo along with Jupiter, what we desire, reach for, and embrace is amplified.
Virgo: where perfection comes from practice; where service rises from choice;
where we shine Spirit’s magnificence on Earth ~ manifesting our Divinity with our
humble expressions of Humanity.

Jupiter in Virgo blesses our potential to heal even more in the coming days, as it opposes Chiron in Pisces on November 3rd. Chiron has been called the ‘wounded healer’- if we shift that to ‘wise healer’ it opens a world of possibilities and restores faith, which Pisces has in abundance. Intuition is amplified now ~ whispers are louder ~ gut feelings stronger ~ the quieter we get, the more answers we are given. This is the power of Jupiter and Chiron when we come to the center of their opposition and honor both energies.

November 11th brings a New Moon in Scorpio and asks us what we can drop into the depths of the Earth. What can we surrender to the mystery? What needs to be released so that we can be transformed, reborn?

On the 18th, Neptune, the planet of Unity and Oneness, goes direct in Pisces. Thinning veils surround us now, offering access to deeper knowing, the power of forgiveness, and a growing awareness of the common threads we share in the tapestry we are co-creating.

Scorpio gives way to Sagittarius on November 22nd as the Sun illuminates truth and wisdom. Jupiter rules Sagittarius and offers expansion. As our willingness to see beyond our current view stretches, so does our reach.

November’s Full Moon in Gemini graces the day before Thanksgiving, when many of us in America gather in gratitude with those we love and celebrate our blessings, Wednesday, the 25th, at 3:44 pm MDT. Light-hearted and quick-witted, this Moon’s light stimulates conversation, open-mindedness and joy!
In honor of Her arrival, I offer heartfelt gratitude to all of the signs of the zodiac, the planets that rule them, and the unique ways that they show up at the table, through us. After all, we are blessed with each and every one of them, to some degree!  😉

Thank you, Aries ~ for saying “YES!” to adventure
Thank you, Taurus ~ for creating a path of beauty
Thank you, Gemini ~ for your unceasing curiosity
Thank you, Cancer ~ for sharing your heart-shine
Thank you, Leo ~ for lighting the way with joy
Thank you, Virgo ~ for demonstrating exquisite discernment and sense of purpose
Thank you, Libra ~ for holding sacred the middle way
Thank you, Scorpio ~ for seeing through illusion and taking us deeper into the mystery
Thank you, Sagittarius ~ for expanding into wisdom
Thank you, Capricorn ~ for your steadfast determination to succeed
Thank you, Aquarius ~ for inspiring the future ~ now
Thank you, Pisces ~ for being Spirit on Earth

In the garden on this perfect Autumn November day, I’m seated on a bench with a plaque that reads, Every day is a gift. There is something magical about having leaves of gold and crimson drop upon and around you. Their crunch under tiny sneakers running in the courtyard. Halves of flowers hanging, waiting, on their stems. A Black-eyed Susan with just one bright yellow petal radiating from its center. Couples, young and old, holding hands, simply smiling at the day. Mothers and their adult daughters, fathers and their adult sons. A four-year old girl toting 3 toddlers in a large plastic wagon, happily asking, “Which way?”
One of the toddler’s gaze locking with mine as he takes it all in: the leaves drifting, fluttering to the ground, gathering, and starting a new conversation; my pen on the page as the wind stirs and turns it. Gardens. Holy Places. Sacred Earth. Every day is a gift. Yes. And a prayer.

Prayer for Rain ~

 

November ~ a month of renewal, where gratitude transforms us, and wisdom emerges ~

Blessings, Gifts, and Prayers, to All ~ everyday,
Christina

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‘Prayer for Rain’ bronze sculpture by Allan Houser
Denver Botanic Gardens, November 11, 2011.

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