By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Happy New Moon dreamers, empaths, healers, artists, dancers, druids, witches and moon people! We begin our Second New Moon of Autumn (26°35′ Libra) on Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 12:12 pm (pdt). It is the traditional Scorpio New Moon and we enter the “fullness moon” of Autumn which is a celebration of the Harvest, our Abundance and of course Halloween, aka honoring our Ancestors.
This moon cycle we have the enlightenment and penetrating chaos influences of Uranus, who sits in opposition to our new moon; we also have Mercury which entered Scorpio on Oct. 17 (until Nov 5th) and Jupiter who also entered Scorpio this week (until Nov 9, 2018). I could feel them all hovering over my 12th house cusp just waiting to stir up some windy storms because of Uranus’s influences.
Mercury this month keeps the flow of observation through our thoughts, ideas and concepts, so make sure that you try to restrain just a bit from entering too deeply into shadow territory… either yours or others. A little trouble is fine for one moon cycle, but if we trip and fall on mercurial communications this month, expect hot lava to begin flow down the mountain side making us juggle much more than just our words.
All Scorpio moons ask us to take care of our checks & balances when it comes to words or even our pocketbook. People who fear their shadow will have very closed minds and they usually are the first to throw daggers your way when speaking about uncomfortable or direct truths. Keep a keen eye on what you share, where you share it, because emotional or spiritual issues that are not all fuzzy and full of love and light can spike the projector into projecting harsh things without any consciousness of it. Rather, try to categorize, compartmentalize and speak according to your most important concerns and leave the rest for next month in Sag.
Our ability to trust or mistrust our own communication or other’s is a balancing act this moon cycle. If we are not aware, then we add a flavoring called mistrust to a relationship of any kind. Sometimes we slip for a good reason and sometimes we do not… so watch your tongue. The last five moons have been dominated by Mars, and our actions, but last month and this month involves our personal communication.
If the riverbed of Scorpio dries up in our life as empaths, then we usually have to pay a price. Its a catch 22 because we have to feel the unseen, the unspoken etc., but when we up go there, it brings up the fear in others. When the depth of our humanness becomes dry, we become very thirsty for anything to gratify us instead of practicing our spiritual disciplines of humbleness, gratitude, reverence, equanimity, respect, healthy boundaries etc. Listening to our intention this month will help. So be cautious this moon cycle but also present and honest and choose your battles wisely.
The Oracle this Moon
In the first quarter of the first month, the Year Star is at the great bridge. The east wind breaks up ice and we chose our fields. At the end of the year, the Harvest is full. This joy is hard to match. Human actions need to accord with the greater movements of our natural world (nature).
If there is harmony above, there will be abundance and blessings below. Still, we must not expect an immediate response from life. In fact, it will seem that rewards are slow in coming so wait for the natural outcome, which is a difficult practice. The “year star” is Jupiter.
Jupiter moved into Scorpio and on its positive side, it rules benevolence for difficult issues and that is a blessing. Today, I wanted to write about the main challenges that we all face when trying to walk our spiritual path. When we want to practice self-healing and integrity, we live in a perpetual awareness of our behaviors, some we can see and most we cannot – so we also watch our mirrors and our dreams for that which is hidden from our conscious self.
Here is an old list of some of the challenges we face personally or face in our relationships. Traditionally they are called the seven sins, or Gandhi’s list of societal struggles. Scorpio is one the moon cycle that allows us to address these issues. They are our unconscious self or the more shadowy struggles around our karma and our archetype. These tend to accumulate as we ae and express themselves in the Second Autumn Moon each year…
Traditionally these have been known as…
Spirituality without sacrifice
Wealth without hard work
Pleasure without conscience
Knowledge without character
Commerce without morality
Science without humanity, humility
Politics without principle
Read over these over and see which one you are struggling with this week in a simple or complex way. Our behaviors are a matter of self-awareness in order to see where we struggle so we can first address it and secondly, take action. Don’t let words fool you, all these listed are from the very simple and innocent to the most severe, or whether you defend them or suffer from them. Some of you may reject this list as old fashion, but in truth, the collective truth is never out of fashion. So here we go…
“Avarice” better known today as Selfishness, Greed and Materialism or Victimization of the lack of Physical Security. This is described as a struggle with emotional greed when we feel that only our pain or our listening and our suffering matters and should be heard regardless of what the other is going through or we do not make time to listen to their pain. Selfishness is when we cannot see the other persons point of view or their needs; and lastly, we suffer materialism when we have an issue around security or feeling safe or not feeling safe at our core.
Living with the basics is all we really need to live a very healthy life, but possessions, spending or earning power have created a false sense of security, self worth, satisfaction. Avarice or greed is about our value system at its core, and it is also the root of crime. Too much and too easy makes people miserable just as too little and too hard make people suffer and disconnected. Ways to approach the healing are a sense of routine and self nurturing.
“Envy” better known as Entitlement and Jealousy. We all go through times when we don’t feel good enough or even deserving, which is different than humbleness. But on the other side of this issue, is the demanding of self righteousness that we know it all even when we do not (but don’t know it or not aware of this within our self). The other aspect of envy-entitlement is thinking we know more than we do, without the main factor: experience. Not understanding our place in the world or in our life during certain stages of growth – always will require painful lessons for growth and being humbled.
Entitlement tells us sometimes, that we are better than having to struggle and suffer for growth or for having things of value. Envy eventually is always painful (unlike pride), and it causes us to do things that harm the self or those who try to love and understand us. Jealousy of what others do or have or their lifestyle takes two paths, one we are jealous and the other we pretend we have earned it until we believe that is real.
“Gluttony” better known today as Addiction. Addiction’s spread all the spectrum’s today like a pandemic, from the food we eat, to the pleasure we have or the sex appetite, cigarettes, pot, alcohol and medications, money, gambling, credit cards or exercise. Everything is an “addiction” when it causes us or others pain by its accumulation. Addiction in mental terms is “distraction” from the boring, the mundane or ordinary, having to fill every moment with music or noise, or busyness or behaviors that will harm the self or others which end up with loss. Its rarer that the gluttonous person wakes up to their addiction and usually that breakdown will come from “the other”. This is because many years have or will go by within a state of repetitive denial or justification stemming from the addiction.
Healing requires suffering and personal pain, it also requires the ordinary mundane, such as work or play (without the attachments), friendship and preoccupations that can add balance to our life instead of the downward spiral that is slow. Today, the usual cure for an addiction is another addiction (substitute) – and until the person is ready to come to terms with admission they forgo the practices of letting go which is how we heal.
“Lust” which is better known today as Sexual Appetite, Sex Abuse, Excessive Self Pleasure, Rape, Sexual Deviance, Porn Addiction and Pedophilia and the Sex Slave Trade. On the simple end, lust is an excessive desire for one’s own sexual pleasure or continual masturbation daily or weekly. Sex-Love, Food and Shelter are the basics in life, and when we struggle with one of the three basics, it can take enormous amounts of work to both understand our addiction and our suffering with sexual issues. Its all fun and pleasure until it starts to show imbalance. The world likes to paint a picture that sex does not involve the issues of the soul (karma), but it does at the basic level, and for lifetimes the issues of sex can lay dormant and then appear in our adult life.
On the more severe levels of lust when its combined today with addiction-gluttony, a person can become totally unconscious of their sex-addiction. Like any addiction, self-commitments to abstinence allows a person to be with their own physical body to sense the intensity that is within them without gratification-release. This makes one very aware of the energy and how intense it is. We approach to heal it, by looking back at abuse from childhood. Practicing abstinence is a non-sexual active state allows positive detachment as a first step.
“Pride” which is known today as Conceit, Self Righteousness, Fear of Change, Denial or Unconscious Truth. When we demand attention or wish to be recognized, we struggle with pride rather than enjoyment in what we do. Pride can also be avoiding needed help or guidance but fear that it makes us look unable, unstable or unfit to handle our life, these too fall under pride.
The remedies for pride is to finally seek help and recognize that this is a healthy and holistic path rather than suffering. Also practicing not taking the self so damn seriously all the time, which can add more fun in order to learn to be able to laugh at yourself. These help with our prideful actions that also arise in conflict. Others will not understand when we try to give more practice to lighten up our seriousness – and thats ok.
“Sloth” better known today as Apathy, Loss of Interest, Resistance or the old word, Laziness. Many times these issues stem from someone who suffers from bi-polar, depression, or has had too many tragedies and are suffering emotional, mental or physical fragmentation. A loss of interest in life or even the simplest things in life become too difficult, then retreating from life occurs.
Sloth is a very difficult and complex situation and to me it always involves the emotional body or lack of emotion and our personal fire, either smoldering or has gone out completely. If these continue too long, the person must force themselves to break free. A wellness plan and goals to seek help can help immensely, even if its just to manage a small current cycle of change.
“Wrath” also known today as Abuse, Racism, Bullying, Anger or the internal aspects of excessive Worry, Anxiety, Stress, Avoidance. Wrath (like envy), has a lot to do with what’s wrong in our world today and how we plug into such abuses as casual. When communities or groups lack awareness and consciousness when they are wronged, such as racism, many do not take this serious and there are wrathful consequences. Our own personal abuse can always be kept in check by our own ability to handle our personal anger or increasing our ability to share feelings and truth, even though we know it will hurt others.
Boundary issues also have to do with the deconstruction of wrath and either we create safe boundaries for our self so not to be victims of wrath or we accept when others call the police on us that our wrathful behavior has gotten out of hand. On a greater soul level, the Call of the Wrathful Deities (dark goddesses and bone mothers) enter with chaos into our life, and come to collect a soul debt.
Practice patience this month, and try to be a bit more reserved in conflict and leave drama with those who choose to be inflexible with their belief systems or convictions. Try to think about the sort of person you would like to develop into ten years from now, and start this month, on that journey instead…
Examples of Scorpio New Moon Intentions! Chose only one…
I am honest with my feelings
I focus on my balance
I practice a daily grounded routine
I give myself permission to grieve
I am patient
I love myself
I nurture myself in healthy ways
I am healing my addiction
I express gratitude
I am patient
I communicate honestly
I trust myself
I practice right relationship
I trust my intuition (the first time)
I give myself permission to be angry
I ground myself when I am too emotional
I am sincere
I meditate for inner peace
I am creativity
I accept my struggles right now
I accept exactly where I am right now in my life
I hold myself accountable
I support myself
I am honest with myself
I have healthy boundaries
I forgive myself
I have healthy emotional boundaries
I honor my needs
I am healthy
I am beautiful
I am kind
I embrace change
Have a healthy moon cycle and believe in your path! Also if you use this work in your personal moon circle- please ask permission from Elder Mountain Dreaming first. Phoenix is a master teacher of dreams, dreaming and dreamtime; folk healer and shaman. Assisting in emotional body, empath issues and soul body issues and those experiencing painful transitions. Any individual or family situations that require a pure shaman (non-drug non-plant). Exorcist, remover of spells, hexes and dark magic and shadow (demon) binder.