moonOn Sunday we moved into Scorpio season, when the darkness deepens and the veil between the seen and unseen grows thin. The Scorpio New Moon on Wednesday (12:55pm PDT) is a magical time for planting seeds and setting intentions for what wants to be reborn, renewed and regenerated over the next month.

The New Moon opposes Jupiter, whose gift is to expand what he touches — in this case, making obvious the places where we’ve become entrenched and stagnant. A willingness to dig beneath the surface, feel the feelings, and release the old is rewarded with renewed passion and the faith to keep taking the next step forward.

Adding to his power at the time of the New Moon, Jupiter is also forming a close trine — 120-degree angle of harmony, ease and support — to Pluto, the modern ruler of Scorpio and god/goddess of the Underworld. The Jupiter-Pluto trine enhances our capacity to engage with and uncover the power and wealth buried in the depths. This is a time for accessing the resources and gifts both in the depths of our own psyches, and in the detritus of collapsing social structures (Pluto in Capricorn).

Sue Tompkins writes about Jupiter-Pluto aspects:

“We are used to thinking of the unconscious aspects of ourselves, the ‘Shadow,’ as housing the more ugly elements of our psyches but… those ugly and socially unacceptable parts of us are fertile, potent and useful, and house a great deal of buried treasure. It’s rather like the compost heap at the bottom of the garden: it is composed of decaying, dead and rotting matter, stuff we have discarded; but it miraculously transforms itself into mineral-rich nutrients that can be ploughed back into the soil.” (Aspects in Astrology)

Tompkins’ analogy of the compost heap seems particularly appropriate for Jupiter in Taurus, the sign that rules gardening. While Jupiter is Retrograde (until December 25), all “re-” words apply — reclaim, restore, reconnect with, reanimate… — to Taurus-ruled areas of life — resources, talents, values, possessions, security, and our relationship with the natural world.

For deeper insight into what this New Moon means for you, find the house in your birth chart that contains 3 degrees Scorpio. Every New Moon is a power time, but the Scorpio New Moon is especially witchy, ripe for magic and ritual.

– Emily Trinkaus

Note to Portland-area friends: Two exciting astro-events this week! Tonight (Tuesday), 7:00-8:30, Mark Dodich and I will be speaking at New Renaissance about how to navigate the upcoming Eclipses, Mercury and Mars Retro, and more. And Saturday, 10:30-12:30, career coach Aubrie De Clerck and I will offer a workshop on Guidance for Embracing Your Life’s Work (also at New Ren). See the Events page for details.