Dearest moonbeams, we are approaching the New Moon in Scorpio which is heading our way on Monday 28th October. With Samhain just around the corner, we are fast approaching the end of the celtic year and the veil between the worlds is beginning to thin. It's time to go deep and wake the witch within! We can use this magical, feminine water sign to dive down into the shadows of our psyche and 'do the work'. Scorpios have an almost disdain for the mundane, the shallow and the ordinary and like to spend a lot of their time in quiet, deep contemplation on the how's and why's of the world and are also unafraid to confront topics such as death and dying. Scorpio has two ruling planets, Mars and Pluto. Mars brings the energies of sexuality, action and primal passions and Pluto has this connection to the underworld and therefore the cycles of death and rebirth and the parts of ourself that are unseen, hidden and secret. Scorpio is very much about making the unconscious, conscious.
Here are some journaling questions to get you started with some of these themes:
What is your relationship to death? Do you talk about it? Do you think about? Do you shy away from the topic?
What is your relationship to transformation? Do you enjoy reinventing yourself or do you resist and struggle against changes in your life?
As we look to nature, we can see that things are dying. As we mentioned, it's almost the end of the celtic year and Samhain means death of the year. What is dying in your life at the moment? And how could you see this as part of the natural flow of life?
Where is there space being created how could you resist the urge to fill that space?
Key words/themes associated with Scorpio are: transformation, passion, death, karma, emotions, intuition, magic, regeneration, rebirth, sovereignty, the witch, the dark goddess, the liminal.
One of the archetypes associated with Scorpio is the Witch or Sorceress, we are going to be delving more into the witch archetype a lot more in our Samhain blog but some wonderful questions to begin to ask yourself during this new moon are:
What is my relationship to the word witch?
Do I see myself as a witch? If so, what sort of witch? A green witch, hedge witch, sea witch etc?
Is there room in my life at the moment for rituals and magic? If not, how could I make more space for this?
Who would I be if I stopped denying, hiding or dimming my magic?
Scorpio rules the sexual organs, urinary tract, hips, pelvis and sacrum and it's element is water. Scorpio season is a wonderful time to reflect on your relationship to your cycle . If you're still bleeding some guiding questions to sit with are:
How do you view your blood? Do you view it as primal magic? Or are you ashamed of it?
Are you aware of your cycle or each month is it still something that takes you by surprise?
Do you put expectations on yourself to be the same throughout the month or do you honour your internal rhythms with rest and self care?
Perhaps you could start a cycle tracker journal. We absolutely love the work of Melanie Swan over at the sacred womb - she has a podcast dedicated to all things womb and has some wonderful free resources as well as running courses to help you reclaim your cycle and your magic. It's absolutely magical that the cycles of a woman's body so beautifully match the cycles of the moon and the seasons. There is so much we can learn from this constant flow of life, death and rebirth.
In her book 'Witch' Sally Lister talks about a woman's pelvis as being like a witch's cauldron:
"Women's pelvic bowl is her very own internal witch's cauldron: it's the place where lady magic is created, where feelings, emotions and thoughts are alchemized and it's the cosmic container for all life, death, transformation and rebirth."
Due to it's ruling element and anatomical associations - Scorpio's chakra is the Sacral Chakra. Sacral chakra work requires us to go deep into our emotional wounds and begin a process of healing, releasing, forgiving and moving forward. Let's begin collectively as women, to heal any shame we may feel in relation to bleeding, not bleeding, being a mother, not being a mother, our sexual wants, needs and desires, feeling like we're not enough, feeling like we're too much. Let's also heal the bonds of sisterhood and stop judging other women based on any of the above
"Have the courage to love yourself. Have the courage to act as you really feel - to act, if need be, against everything that the whole world is trying to persuade you to do." - Moon Times
Celebrate your body, celebrate whichever part of the life cycle you are in, celebrate your sexuality, your desires, your passions. Celebrate being you! In all your glory!
Self Care Practices for Scorpio
Womb breathing is such a simple and yet beautiful way to connect to yourself and to feel grounded and at peace. Find somewhere to sit where you can be comfortable and undisturbed. Place your hands either on your womb or you can take Yoni Mudra and rest your thumbs on your womb. Close your eyes and begin to focus on your breath. As you breathe, begin to take your breath all the way down to the bowl of your pelvis. You could even imagine your pelvis like a witch's cauldron as per Sally Lister's description above or focus on the vibrant orange colour of the sacral chakra. With every breath, feel a warmth and a spaciousness being created. Stay as long as you like with this practice.
Sacral Chakra Aromatherapy Blend
This warming, spicy and soothing blend would be lovely rubbed into the lower back and lower belly (not suitable in pregnancy or whilst breast feeding)
Choose 25ml of base oil
1 drop Sweet Marjoram
1 drop Jasmine
2 drops Ginger
3 drops Mandarin
2 drops Ylang Ylang
Scorpio Diffuser Blend
Cypress, Pine and Sage pure essential oils. Cypress is associated with Pluto, PIne with Mars and Sage with Samhain. This combination of oils is a great energetic clearer, perfect before or after ritual or spell work!
Hekate is an ancient Goddess associated with the Dark Moon, the liminal, witchcraft and magic. She guides Persephone on her journey through the underworld and so we can turn to her on our own journey of transformation.
Lilith is another dark Goddess, she will help us reclaim our wild and call back all the parts of ourselves that we have buried or hidden out of shame.
"Like the screech owl for whom Lilith is named, Her screech cannot be silenced. She is all women who have been subjugated, humiliated, and cast out from male-defined society. Her rage is the rage of women who have realized that our natural women’s sexuality has been made dirty by men who fear the power of it and the power of free women." - Motherhouse of the Goddess
Kali is the hindu goddess of death, karma and transformation. If you're having trouble breaking free from certain Karmic patterns and habits, want to move forward but keep clinging on to the past then Kali can help you with her powerful fire of transformation. She has a wrathful appearance showing that she helps us to conquer our inner demons and fears. Beware when calling upon Kali, she is the great mother and will give us what we need in order to transcend but it won't necessarily be what we want.
Ceridwen is another goddess of transformation, her name comes from the celtic word 'Cerru', meaning cauldron. She is a Welsh Goddess associated with creativity, power, the moon, magic and the Crone. You can read the story of Ceridwen here.
Persephone is often referred to as the Queen of the Underworld. In the Greek mythology, hers is a tragic story of grief and loss. She is kidnapped by Hades and taken to live in the Underworld. Her mother, Demeter, the nature Goddess is so bereft that she stops tending to the nature and everything dies. Zeus (persephone's father) intervenes and sends Hermes to the Underworld to rescue Persephone but Hades has already tricked her into eating pomegranate seeds which bind a soul to the underworld. Persephone then has to spend 4 months of every year in the underworld as Hades' wife and returns to the world and her family for the other 8. Persephone's descent into the underworld each year causes the crops to die and in the myths is how we end up with winter and the cycles of the seasons. Persephone's story is one that can inspire us to take our own journey into the underworld, into the dark and shadow parts of our self. It also demonstrates the quality of autumn/winter and this need for things to die in order for new things to grow.
We hope you've enjoyed our new moon blog. We'll be back in a few days with a blog dedicated to Samhain. New Moon blessings to you all xx