Scorpio New Moon ~ November 3, 2013 ~ 4:50 am PST
It may be the season, but I could not help but feel a sense of deja vu as I started this post… didn’t I just write about a Scorpio eclipse???
Oh yes, I did. Just this last April, for the full Scorpio moon and a lunar eclipse. April. Six months ago. The wheel is now turned exactly opposite. In Spring, the Scorpio eclipse signified the shedding of skin for the cycle of rebirth and growth. It was lunar, so it was emotional and karmic.
Now, here in October (well, technically November 3rd) Pluto requests another shedding of skin. But rather than the intention to start fresh, it is a shedding similar to that of Inanna or Persephone.
Inanna, a great queen, had to strip naked to enter the underworld ruled by Goddess Erishkigal, and Persephone was torn away from all she knew to be Hades’ bride. This is the invitation that Samhain and a total Scorpio Solar eclipse brings. And there is no option for maybe or to decline. There isn’t even really a need to say yes. This is what is happening.
Samhain (pronounced Sow-wen, also known as All Hallow’s Eve or Halloween) is the end of the year according to the lunar, earth based calendar.
October 31 is a holy day where the veils between our world and the underworld are said to thin and we enter a timeless, formless season, with the chance to commune with spirit, practice ritual and divination, rest and dream until the light returns at Winter Solstice (roughly 12/21). These are the longest nights of the year.
The power of Samhain is normally transformational enough! But this year, just two days after, we experience the Scorpio new moon with the hybrid eclipse.
A hybrid eclipse is very rare. This starts as a shadow eclipse, then turns into a total eclipse, direct over Africa, though the east coast can catch a glimpse.
Solar is active, masculine, physical and affects our current incarnation, the soul work we are doing in the present. This eclipse is the final piece in the 5 eclipses we experienced in 2013 and will most likely bring some closure around whatever you were struggling with in the Spring.
I don’t know about you, but this last year has been crazy. 2012 had nothing on 2013. It’s poignant, really, that the cycle finishes in this way.
I honestly was really nervous about this lunation when I read about it earlier this year. It seemed so big and scary. So much of our world is in chaos, the idea of upping the ante with a Scorpio/Samhain Solar eclipse seemed… terrifying.
But now. Well. It’s hard to explain, even for me, one who tends to have too many explanations. It just isn’t a mental, verbal thing. Even though the eclipse is solar and will surely affect the physical world, this season is not one of action. It is one of reception. Prayer. Reflection. Offering. Surrender.
The eclipse, and Scorpio, will do what they need to do. So we need to do what we need to do. Rest, let go, dream and if we have to make an appearance in the lower realms, we do so with grace and gratitude.
Take it easy during this time, which I know seems oppositional to all the Halloween fun and fright. Slow down, write, read, take long naps, walks and baths. Cook comforting food, share with loved ones and make offerings to the spirits. Keep your heart open and full of love, no matter what you have gone through this year or what the cycle brings.
I try to imagine Innana and Persephone. Or Hecate and Hel. The wise Goddesses of the underworld. Learn about them, ask for their help. Honor your guides and ancestors. If you practice divination, this is great time to give and receive readings, or go check out a local reader or healer.
And let go. Let go of grudges, resentments, anger, fear and anxieties. Forgive.
Find the beauty in this time, the gift of making it through another year, the strength you have accumulated, the wisdom imparted, the joy of experience and life.
We are going through the veil, and nothing is real behind the veil. We float. Out of time, space, reality. Don’t cling to illusions or things that don’t serve you.
I am not sure if any of that is helpful or useful for this next week. But it is how I feel and what feels appropriate.
I offer my prayers for my family, my community, the sacred waters, the holy realms and all our relations. I pray for the ancestors, the mothers and their children and the benefit of all beings. I pray we can honor the darkness as the sun disappears for a few hours on November 3rd, and we can learn to soften to the night. I pray we can use this time for healing and learning and that we all emerge aligned with peace.
Bekah Finch Turner is a Yoga teacher, shamanic practitioner and moon devotee. For more information on her work and writing please visit www.sacredwayyoga.com