New Moon November 7th, sets the scene for the month ahead, so even if you miss it, this may be worth reading.
The upcoming New Moon is deeply intense, transformational and healing, being in Scorpio – a feminine, fixed water sign and trine to Neptune (mystical, magical, healer of the unconscious and ruler of our dreamworld) On the same day, Uranus moves back into Aries (from Taurus), opposes Venus and squares the nodal axis. And lastly, Jupiter travels through the 29th degree of Scorpio, before he moves into Sagittarius. Final degrees are always known as a critical point on the wheel. I explored Jupiter in Scorpio here
That’s a lot of astrology, I know… so I’ll try and break it down!
SCORPIO – INTO THE DEPTHS
Scorpio energy is always intense, focused, intimate and penetrative – interested not in superficiality, but rather in what lies beneath the surface. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, the planet of transformation. Both the sign and the planet are often referred to as the Plumbers of the Zodiac, so this is the time of the year when those plumbing rods need to be sent down into darker, shadowy parts of our psyches to clear out the pipes. I find it interesting to note how many people are experiencing flu-like/ mucous-filled symptoms right now (fixed water), or water issues in the home – which seem to be difficult to shift. This new moon seems like the purge we need.
Whether we like it or not, we all have parts of ourselves that we don’t like much… shadow selves – the things we fear, self-doubts, denials, raging emotions. Very often we are taught to repress the shadow, or are told that it is somehow unacceptable or “un-spiritual”, if there’s even such a thing!
We’re generally encouraged to embrace the light, not the dark! This New Moon can lead us through the darker, hidden sides of ourselves and into healing, if we let her. We really cannot go forward, until we have faced whatever is buried within us and what is holding us back. If we do have the courage to explore beneath the surface, we might find that our inner conflicts become our greatest strengths. At this time of the year astrologically, we are urged to heal the unresolved issues about who we really are (at the deepest level) and what we truly want to be. This is transformation and life will effectively provide us with ample opportunities to work with it right now.
Some of you might feel a curtain go down at the thought of that. You might even be tempted to stop reading.
But before you leave…this doesn’t mean we have to hang out in the shadows forever or soak ourselves in the stagnant water! Rather, it’s a call to connect with the wise observer, explore a bit and see what’s hiding there. If you do this, you might find that you bring to light some real jewels. It’s a very powerful time to investigate your dreams (Neptune) or your current life circumstances symbolically and/or creatively!
HOW DO WE WORK WITH THIS?
There are many ways of doing this, but here’s one – a personal example, which is happening in my life right now:
On the superficial or mundane level, over the past year, with Jupiter (my personal chart ruler) moving through Scorpio, and Saturn opposing my Sun (in Cancer – the sign of the home), I’ve experienced a series of seriously challenging issues regarding my home/property, amongst which have been without doubt, the most awful tenants I’ve ever had. They have finally left the property (happy dance) and new people have arrived. All clear? Nope! – even though I am very eager to clear their stagnant energy and start afresh, there’s now an issue with a boat… yes… a boat! My delightful ex-tenants decided, in all their infinite wisdom to haul a great big ugly-ass boat down the steepest driveway in Hillcrest and now they can’t get it out!
What do I do with this and why even mention it? It’s just life right? Trivial even? Well yes… but for me, viewing things like this symbolically makes life richer and more rewarding. Even though this is a frustrating life event, which I would dearly like to disappear forever, I decided to work it and drill down to explore it more. So yesterday, after waking from a rather emotionally unsettling dream, which started stirring the waters to reveal a whole tribe of feelings – ranging from abandonment, fear to insecurity (emotions emerging from the unconscious), I decided to write it all down in my trusty, ever faithful, non-judgement journal, a practice which I wholeheartedly recommend.
Well… there it was… the ugly ass boat came creeping onto the page and when I dug a little more, by asking some very obvious questions, rather a lot was revealed. When working like this, don’t assume you know the answer. Take the time to write it down and let the answer emerge. You can use this process to decode your dreams too.
This was the gist of it. I have been, and intend to go, even deeper than this, but I’m sharing the basics with you.
Q: What is a boat? A: It’s a vehicle which transports you though water
Q What is water symbolically A: For me it represents emotion, often unconscious
Q: Where is the boat? A: It’s stuck on land (out of it’s element) at the bottom of my driveway, in my garden.
And a bit deeper:
Q: What does this tell me? A: That there is some “not so pretty” stuff which needs to be dealt with; possibly some stuck or blocked emotions or fears related to my security, home (inner and outer) that needs to be shifted. Well… yeah!
Q: What is the solution to the boat? A: It might be that the boat can’t be taken out all at once (as I would prefer) but may have to be carted out piece by piece! Or they’re going to have to hire a truck – in other words – get some assistance.
On a deeper level, what this reveals to me is that
- I may need some help in dealing with shifting my stuckness.
- I may have to deal with it bit by bit, and not all at once, even though I want it to be gone now!
So – that’s what I’m doing. The Universe answered the call with an extremely powerful session with a treasured and highly gifted healer friend, during which I experienced rather a momentous energetic/ emotional shift, which extended into the even and which I’m still working through.
Once again, the challenges that life present, turn out to be exactly the teachers I need… if I choose to see them like that.
Straight after journaling yesterday, a post appeared on my timeline by a truly remarkable soul and therapist Matt Licata, who describes this, as well as the current Astrology more fluidly and cohesively than I could ever do, even though he’s not an astrologer.
Emotionally-sensitive, somatically-grounded inner work is unique to each person. We must discover for ourselves the most skillful, effective, and compassionate ways to open and enter into the body, psyche, and heart. No other can reveal the right way for us. The journey is individual and unique by nature, requiring experiential, primary experience; a collective spirituality will never meet the longing within.
It is difficult to tend to the shadow and lost pieces of psyche on our own, and is often best approached via an empathic, attuned relational field, where our experience can be co-regulated and integrated slowly, by way of the relational field itself. To “borrow” another’s soothed, calm nervous system as we enter uncharted territory.
The way of direct revelation is not the easy way. It is not the path of five-steps to empowerment, manifestation, or thinking our way into permanent happiness, abundance, and bliss. While it is natural to want clear methods and direction, it is too wild inside us for all that. It is a humble journey, heart-wrenching at times, as we will inevitably be asked to compassionately tend to the disowned as it surges for reunion.
The goal is not to become dependent upon another in an unhealthy way, but over time to practice the art of self-regulation and be able to shift wisely, skillfully, and compassionately between the two.
Wherever you are on your journey, you can ask a guide to bear witness as you move into unknown territory, honuoring the immensity of the call to wholeness. Find a therapist, lover, mentor, or friend; a tree, a bird, a mountain, or dog; the sky, the sun, the stars, or the mud. A God or Goddess, wise inner figure, or being of light.
Allow your symptoms to merge into these protectors and enter into dialogue, practicing intimacy with the inner material, while simultaneously not fusing with it.
It is unlikely we’ll ever fully understand or resolve the mystery of self and other, separation and union, sun and moon. But we can break open into the questions together, as beginners, as amateurs, and as servants of the mystery.
That kind of says it all, really!
NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER
I will be running two more workshops this year and then will be taking a break for December.
I’ll be available for astrology consults for the month of November and then I will be taking a break until January. Please let me know asap if you would like to set up an appointment, as my November diary is filling up!.
CHANGING PERSPECTIVES WORKSHOP – 17 NOVEMBER
Jupiter’s move into Sagittarius urges us to see things from a different perspective – turn things upside down, shake them up a bit and see what emerges. I experience this SO often in my own art and whilst facilitating Intuitive Art Workshops and private sessions.
When we make art from the inside out, we allow whatever is there, to bubble up to the surface. Then we take a step back…look at the painting from a different position…turn it upside down a few times. And suddenly… there it is…an image…. an idea…. a light goes on! We see something for the first time. It speaks to us. There’s an inner heart knowing that we will never be able to see ” it”the same way again.
There is a permanent shift in our perspective.. from the inside!. We’ll be exploring the theme artistically in my workshop on 17th November. Let’s see what arises! Email me for details
THE ART OF COMPLETION – 18 NOVEMBER
As we hurtle towards the end of the year, I have decided to offer a Completion Day workshop.
- You might want to attend Saturday and Sunday (R100 off if you do) and use the second day to deepen and fine tune your Perspectives artwork.
- Or you might choose to do a Completion Collage, reflecting back on the year.
- Or you are welcome to finish a piece of art you have started during the year, but not got around to finishing.
That kind of says it all and to finish off the blog, I’m sharing one of my favourite poems by David Whyte – Everything is Waiting for you.