Have you been beset lately by obsessive thoughts and feelings, or a sense of not being able to gain traction? For almost two weeks we’ve been moving through the dark tunnel between two eclipses. This liminal yet magical space is intensified by Samhain (Halloween) and the Day of the Dead—a time of year when the veil between worlds is transparent. Sex, death and psychological purging are up for many of us, accentuated by Mercury’s deeply introspective retrograde passage through Scorpio. With five planets and the North Node in emotional, intuitive water signs, it’s time to shine light on the darkness within and honor our secret depths and passions.
One of the best ways to do this is through ritual art-making. I recently spent an evening at Tish Sjoberg’s wonderful Expressive Arts Studio, creating a big collage of fierce images to represent my dark side. Normally I prefer to feature uplifting, positive images—but Scorpio wanted something much more primal. The process was cathartic. But be forewarned: It’s easy to manifest whatever you collage right now, especially with a solar eclipse approaching!
Sunday’s New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse (November 3, 4:50 a.m. PST) is amazingly potent, given its close proximity to decisive Saturn and supportive aspects to regenerative Pluto, Mars and Chiron. Lunar energies take prominence when the Moon eclipses the Sun, bringing emotions, fears and desires to the surface. We’re shedding our old skins to reveal a more authentic version of ourselves, and should begin to see the results after Mercury turns direct on Nov. 10. By the end of the year, whatever house of your chart contains 11-13 degrees Scorpio will be altered in some way. And if the eclipse aspects your natal planets, an even more significant shift could be at hand.
Adding to the intensity, on November 1 Uranus and Pluto (Scorpio’s ruler) make the fourth of seven exact squares. This brings an explosive, life-changing element into the mix. Because Pluto and Scorpio rule the dark side of life, many of us are feeling out of sorts as our shadow selves seek expression and healing. Finding emotional balance could require a fierce expression of anger or other ‘dark’ emotion. Look beneath the surface, invite your primal feelings to arise and let ‘em rip (preferably in private!). You’ll be clearing your slate for magical, abundant new beginnings.
For help with burying the past at this eclipse, check out this Scorpio New Moon ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. You’ll also find a short video on how to transform your Wealth gua to open yourself to new, Scorpionic prosperity.
Painting “Blue Lily” by Claudia Fernety. See more of Claudia’s work at her website.