This new moon takes place with sextile to Jupiter in Virgo and features the detriment of Jupiter and the depression of the Moon.
What does that mean? Quite simply…it’s one of those cycles that starts with the excitement of what we might call “negative joy.” It’s the kind of joy where you feel like you’ve come home to yourself, or you’ve opened your eyes to something you’ve been avoiding, or you simply see now what’s been hidden, or you remember, down to your bones, exactly why you’re doing something and why it’s going to be okay despite the setbacks, challenges, difficulties or fearful passages. It’s like the renewal after a hard breakup, the emptiness after losing someone you love, and the salve of profound grief or regrets.
There is a river of life flowing through this new moon, but it might not be the kind you go swimming in…more like the kind you have to be careful about falling into as you walk along in unconscious worship. These are the deeps, the “for now” quiet flood waters, the baptism of ice cold electricity, and the hard black shell of the winter seed. And if you watch closely you might see a flash of red or a streak of fire twisting instantly and then vanishing deep below. The promise of the fierce doves of spring.
Where do we go for joy? Where do we go for peace? Where do we find love? Where do we find our brothers and our sisters? Where do we find our families, communities, and our mothers and fathers? Where do we find truth and where do we find trust? Where do we find rest and where do we find nourishment? Where do we find the right kind of sleep and where do we find touch and warmth? Where do we go for words of encouragement and where do we see beauty all around us? How do we protect each other and how do we see with the eyes of the heart?
Where do we find courage, and how do we find honest relief from pain and suffering?
The answers to these questions are personal, but they can’t begin unless we’re ready to look into the deepest well springs of our soul and locate the simple suggestions that reside there…as fierce as fire but as free and gentle as doves.
Can we consider the idea that any path of holiness we might find includes a perennial challenge. “Can I take whatever simple suggestions I find in my soul and make them so without such drama and demonstration? Can truth spring forth from the deeps of my soul and remain the secret source of my happiness rather than the banner I wave or the new regime I’ve implemented?”
For autumn is the time where the light is eclipsed, and we should remember the great power of storing up our most nourishing truths. Holding the secret power of life and letting it water the feet of our soul below where eyes can see or words can reach.
This Scorpio new moon offers a fantastic image of renewal and mourning or revelation combined. In some ways, the quieter we learn to experience both our pain and our joy, the more we build an unspeakable intimacy with life itself, our pain and joy becoming indistinguishable from one another and the image of a well running over with water so deep and dark and yet so true and nourishing, that any attempt to name what is coming forth will only interrupt the power of its gift.
Prayer: help us to be brave, help us to be kind, help us to hold the most profound things revealed to us in the deepest reverence, our greatest secrets becoming our greatest support.