New Moon in Scorpio Meditation
Happy Celtic New Year and Happy Diwali. I am celebrating Samhain (the Celtic New Year) tonight under the new moon as my Celtic ancestors would have before the creation of the Gregorian calendar (which places it on Oct 31). The ancient Celts believed that all new beginnings are conceived in darkness. Their day began at sunset and their year began in the darkness of the Samhain new moon. Just as conception begins in the darkness of the womb and the beginnings of all life and light in our universe were first born out of darkness. “Samhain is, in essence, the time of preconception, the time of descent into black chaos from which new ideas and new life will ultimately spring” (Hopman, 1995). Samhain is also a time when the veil between worlds in thin, a time to commune with and honor our ancestors.
Tonight’s new moon is in Scorpio and Scorpio represents the darkest time of autumn, when the Earth is about to sink into dormancy, where we journey to the underworld and in doing so shed all the layers of ourself and explore our deepest depths, dying to our former selves and eventually being reborn like the Babylonian myth of the goddess Inanna. Scorpio is the flaming sword that guards the Secrets of the Universe. Scorpio invites us to be tested and through each test to shed another layer of our ego and open ourselves to Spirit.
Some historians believe that the 12 Labors of Hercules are aligned with the zodiac. Scorpio is labor 8, Destroying the Lernean Hydra. The 9-headed serpent of desire represents our mortal, earthly desires, our greed and selfishness, our ego disconnected from our spiritual selves. Hercules cannot win the battle when the hydra is entrenched in the dark, muddy ground, but he succeeds when he abandons his weapons and raises the serpent up into the light. He is reminded by his teacher, “We rise by kneeling, we conquer by surrendering; we gain by giving up.” Scorpio invites us to lay aside the illusion of reality created by our egos and invite connection with our spiritual selves, to invite magic into our lives. Scorpio is a zodiacal sign of death, and sometimes we have to let a part of ourselves, a relationship, a project we’ve been working on, or a bad habit die in order to move forward. “Death always opens the door into fuller life by means of elimination that we may realize our potential” (Netnews, 2009).
Today is also the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali. The height of the three-day festival falls on the amāsvasya, the new moon and darkest night of the Hindu lunisolar calendar. Similarly, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance" (Narayanan, Heiligman 2008).
Hopman, Ellen Evert (1995). A Druids Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year. Destiny Books, Rochester, p. 23.
Netnews (2009). Scorpio: Full Moon Meditation. Retrieved from: http://netnews.helloyou.ch/moonchart/scorpiomed.html
Vasudha Narayanan; Deborah Heiligman (2008). Celebrate Diwali. National Geographic Society, p. 31.