A desire arises in the mind. It is satisfied, immediately another comes. In the interval that separates two desires a perfect calm reigns in the mind. It is at this moment, freed from all thought, love or hate. Complete peace equally reigns between two mental waves. –Sivananda Saraswati
A total solar eclipse occurs at this New Moon in Scorpio thrusting us deeper into darkness as we traverse the land of hidden fear and profound insight. The eclipse can be seen from: “within a narrow corridor that traverses Earth’s southern Hemisphere. The path of the Moon’s umbral shadow begins in northern Australia and crosses the South Pacific Ocean with no other landfall. The Moon’s penumbral shadow produces a partial eclipse visible from a much larger region covering Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.”
In what deep and hidden place do you now reside with face turned inward and thoughts stilled in order to feel what stirs, what crawls, what rises out of a vast sea of collective desire. Where lies peace? Peace lies in knowing the true nature and understanding all that is our existence here. It is Scorpios task, should it be possible, to highlight what is not peace. Desire will impel us to acquire that which we think we do not have. We will search for this outside of our self in ways that trigger self worth issues (the realm of Taurus) and strong emotions that relate to ‘relating to others’ on profound intimate levels that might suggest getting closer to the truth.
Scorpio knows inherently, having travelled through the previous seven signs, that emotional anxiety, emotional neediness limits us to an existence of searching for that which will make me happy. Controlling the emotions in an effort to free one self from the endless cycle of human existence—birth, death, rebirth, regeneration. Real freedom comes when the truth reveals itself – I am not that – in the depths of the Scorpionic psyche is that truth. And the willingness to forfeit all else is a ‘condition’ to knowing truth of self. And yet if we make this the parameter for knowing, it will not create the knowing. Just know I am “that”.
On route to ‘freedom from’ there are fears and emotional material that will be dealt with. It occurs as a matter of course. That is the realm of the 8th house naturally ruled by Scorpio. At this New Moon deep fears may arise and once attended to, fall again into the sea of collective memory but with far less impact in this moment. As the impact of human fears diminishes our emotional needs diminish. We glimpse freedom, what it means to have no limitations. Our fear of annihilation, of no existence is perhaps our greatest fear (though some say that the fear of suffering is top of the list). Death happens to every body and yet we never die. Energy is energy and cannot be extinguished.
The new film, Cloud Atlas has an interesting message woven between the pixels. Undoubtedly no two people will interpret it in the same way. As patterns apparently repeat themselves here, it becomes clear, as the film progresses, that duality, what we experience here, is limited to this, the mind, and not what “I am”. Once this is seen there is no attachment to the film or any of its kind that repeatedly portray human existence as a continuous pattern of love and strife and have us hoping for transcendence into the light without the knowing of what that truly means. Submerged in observation without thought (a good way to view Cloud Atlas, not trying to figure it out) the truth arises.
There are few aspects to this Sun/Moon apart from a trine with Pallas Athena (22 degrees Pisces), an inconjunct to Vesta (23 degrees Gemini) and a semi-sextile to Venus (19 degrees Libra 59 minutes). Pallas encourages the use of wisdom and logic and is a step toward wholeness considering the circumstances of her birth. The goddess emerged from her father’s forehead, an adult and fully armor clad. Pallas Athena is not limited by conventional parameters of birth and parenting. Wherever this asteroid is positioned in a chart is an indication of how and where an individual may cross the boundary to freedom, to not be defined by conditions or patterns. In relationship to the New Moon in Scorpio it can be seen as facilitating a rebirth into wholeness.
The inconjunct to Vesta in Gemini is an indication of needing to examine our ‘superficial’ values and to give attention to the desire nature from which our motivations arise. The semi-sextile to Venus in Libra increases the underlying energy maneuvering us towards the recognition of our wholeness. This New Moon has intensely direct focus directed by some rather subtle underlying currents. This may manifest for the individual in a need to put things ‘in order’ that is generated by vague feelings of not knowing exactly what that order should be but that it must happen.
Putting things in order could translate into divesting one self of what contributes to chaos. What contributes to chaos? Whatever is not the truth? What is not the truth–anything that prevents one from the realization that I am “that”.
The fixed star conjuncting this New Moon is a poignant symbol as we draw near the end of 2012. Alpha Serpentis lies in the neck of the serpent in the constellation Serpens. This spot is recognized as the heart of a serpent. This serpent is held in the hands of Ophiucus (meaning: serpent-bearer) who, as the mortal Asclepius, discovered the secret of immortality by observing a serpent cure an injured serpent with healing herbs. Rather than have the human race achieve immortality Zeus killed Asclepius and placed him in the heavens as a constellation. We are familiar with the many stories of serpents also being killed, by Hercules, by St. Michael and by St. Patrick who drove the snakes from Ireland. It would appear that we are set to heal the wound to our ability to realize that beyond birth, death, rebirth and regeneration is a truth that delivers us from the duality of love and strife.
Saturn now occupying the sign of Scorpio gives us additional focus and discipline to cross the barrier from terrestrial attachment to boundless acceptance of what is. Trine to Chiron in Pisces the focus is upon fluidity and utilizing our gifts of intuitive knowing to dissolve limiting beliefs. Intuitive knowing is relaxation into not knowing. Not knowing is loss of words that define.
The inconjunct from Saturn to Uranus and semi-sextile of Chiron to Uranus creates an electric pulse, throbbing just below the surface that contributes urgency to what we under take now. Brilliant insight into the nature of the ‘fabric of humanity’ may erupt in any/every moment and a glimpse into a brand new reality. All of this may be applied to every facet of our experiences to a greater or smaller degree. There are no rules to follow. These are exciting times!