Death, Rebirth and Exploring the Genuine Spiritual Path
The New Moon in Scorpio is on Thursday November 4, 2021 at 5:15 PM EDT. New Moons occur when the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun facing it’s shadow towards Earth. When the Moon is not illuminated for us and is at a further distance, we tend to have less stressful energy, the waters are calmer, and therefore the water molecules in our own bodies are more static. This is a great time to start new projects, write down your manifestations, and start working towards your goals. This New Moon is especially poignant as Scorpio, the sign of death and rebirth, gives us a boost to step into a new way of being.
I had recently attended Kirtan, afterwards the teacher had begun to lecture about being on the spiritual path. There is a false idea that the spiritual path means that we are attempting to become our best selves, however, our best selves have gotten us into the current problems that we are facing. He continues to note that to live the spiritual path means becoming a completely different person, removing and shedding the layers of the personality that one hides behind in comfort to avoid the uncomfortable and to overcome our weaknesses. This was a topical discussion and without the knowledge of Tropical astrology from his end, I recognized how aligned it was in the energy of this New Moon.
As a tarot reader, I see many things in life visually, through symbolism and color. The tarot card associated with Scorpio is the Death Card in one of my favorite decks. The Shadowscapes Tarot deck by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law depicts an image of a Phoenix. The Phoenix in Greek mythology is an immortal bird that goes through cyclical death and rebirth. The bird combusts and bursts into flames as it undergoes its transformation into its new self. The reason I love this depiction so much is because it truly highlights the essence of this sign. Many times when I am reading for non-tarot readers, they see the Death card and begin to perspire in fear that a loved one of theirs will pass away or even themselves. Imagine, these people fear that I have the power of God within me to tell them when they are ready to leave this Earth!? When in actuality, this card is pointing to the notion of death within an individual’s life, which in some cases means a part of the personality must be shed to become a NEW version of oneself, not a better one. It’s important to note that a changed person cannot revert to its past form. The lock and key model places heavy emphasis on this learning.
The model indicates that enzymes and substrates fit perfectly within one another to allow for proper functioning, but there are instances when viruses (which may cause symptoms such as a fever), could tamper with the active site within an enzyme. When this occurs, the active site breaks down and the lock and key model of that enzyme-substrate no longer work. In a way, this is what is happening to you - well except you still have use afterwards. Unlike these mutated enzymes- you transform and now fit with different substrates.
This New Moon in Scorpio points to develop new habits and disciplines that change you from the person you have been before this point. There is a need for you to look at your shadow self, learn to embrace and love it and then let it go, in order to make strides to become a new version of yourself. It’s certainly not easy to embrace the parts of ourselves that have caused us harm in the first place. It’s also not an easy task to recognize and reflect upon the ugly parts of being human, but it is necessary for us to change and become reborn. Although there is an idea that souls lie in purgatory to purify before returning to the source or Heaven, purgatory is a place we can remain if we refuse to transform and face our deeper healing needs. This is a period about getting intimate with the self to reflect on what needs releasing from our subconscious so that we are able to find our power and trust the highest outcome will be dealt from surrendering to the process of death.
A New Moon ritual that I find to be extremely helpful and important during this time is journaling and reflecting on questions surrounding inner growth, subconscious patterns and cycles, and putting oneself out there.
Here are a few journal prompts that can help you tonight:
What talents of mine am I hiding in the shadows? What am I afraid of?
What steps can I begin to move out of the shadows and begin to share my gifts with others?
How do I see myself transforming at this point in time?
Find a quiet place in which you can spend time with yourself in meditation, sit down with your legs crossed and your back straightened, sending energy from crown to tail and visualizing yourself developing roots from your tailbone, grounding into the earth below you. Focus on your breath, counting your in and out breaths and feeling the sensation of the air entering and exiting your body. When you feel relaxed, begin to visualize the things you want to manifest into your life within these next few weeks. What are the steps you can begin to take to change who you are fundamentally? What perspectives and limiting beliefs keep you stuck and what can you release so that you can begin to step into the light? Spend a few moments thinking about that and when you open your eyes, write down 10 things you want to manifest in your life on Bay leaves and burn them over charcoal or with a lighter. Then light a white candle until it burns down and keep the pages from your journal under your mattress until the Full Moon.