New Moon in Scorpio

 

 

 

New Moon Scorpio

 

Welcome to the New Moon in Scorpio which waned at 11:38 PM EST.  The Moon, representing our emotional nature, our sense of perception and sensory impressions from our environment, instincts and habit patterns, and unconscious drives, which we find are often subject to things we don’t even remember.  Scorpio is feminine fixed water. It is the “I desire” of the zodiac, and the sign of extremes, the home of Pluto. Although the sign of extremes, Scorpio is stable due to its’ very fixed nature. Ruled by the ancient god of the underworld, Scorpio influences regenerative forces, beginnings, and endings.  Scorpio is persistent, intense, and obstinate. In Scorpio, the Moon brings passion, intense feelings, and strong attachments, but on the darker side, can become possessive and secretive. With 4th house energies, this intense passion focuses on home and family, security and history.

Aspecting this New Moon, we have the conjunction with the Sun, and the opposition with Uranus.

The conjunction occurs when planets are at the same degree and is considered a position of intensity and unity, so both our natures working together.  The Sun, representing our basic character, and conscious personality. The Sun, like the Moonin Scorpio, rather than bringing out our stronger characteristics, takes on the moodiness that we typically get from the Moon.  This transit opens us up to internal strength, and a sense of independence, and self motivation.

Uranus is the planet that encourages independence and standing apart from the crowd, where we are able to develop our true sense of individuality, helping us break away from useless structures that no longer serve us.  Uranus rules change, upsets, and unconventionality. The opposition is a 180 degree angle and is a position that creates challenges and opportunities for growth. The opposition with the Moon strengthens Uranus’ sense of autonomy and non-conformisim and helps us enjoy confronting our in-bred traditions.  In Taurus, Uranus looks at our home and possessions, financial independence. With 10th house energies, Uranus could help us make better use of job and career versus domestic life and find better balance between the two.

Today in the Hebrew is the Rosh Chodesh, or New Moon for the month of Cheshvan.  The month of Cheshvan is called bitter because there are no holidays in the month, and because it is considered to have a special connection with rain, including the month of the great flood.  The daily portions of Torah readings for this month include when Noah was instructed by God to build the ark, and to gather the animals. For us in the northern hemisphere, it is the fullness of the fall months, the changing of the leaves, the weather turning cooler, the preparation of winter, so the gathering and storing of food for the cold months ahead for the animals that remain, and the gathering of flocks for those that leave for warmer climate.

The sages say that the month of Cheshvan lacks holidays because it has been reserved for the Moshiach who will inaugurate the third temple, which is symbolic of the regrouping of the Hebrew peoples with their temple, their land, and their God; a gathering, just as flocks of birds gather here to make the migration to warmer climate for the winter.  Kabbalah teaches that the month of Cheshvan is a time to take inspiration from what we learned in the previous month and integrate it into our lives learning how to balance the spiritual with the physical, just as Uranus in Taurus helps us find balance in job and home.

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Coincidentally, the Hebrew letter for the month of Cheshvan is the letter Nun which is considered to be the letter of the Moshiach:

“The letter nun is considered to be the letter of Mashiach, as is said (with reference to Mashiach): “Before the sun, his name is Ye-non [from nun]” (Psalms 72:17). As a verb-root, nun means “to reign.” As a noun, it means “the heir to the throne” (from nin).

Cheshvan, the eighth month, is the month of Mashiach, because eight signifies the eternal revelation of the supernatural (the consummate state of rectified nature being the secret of the number seven). Whereas in our present reality, the “harp” played by King David and used in the Temple has seven strings, the harp of Mashiach possesses eight strings. Just as 8 transcends 7, so does 50 (the numerical value of nun) transcend 49 = 72.”

While the letter Nun represents the month of Cheshvan, the letter Dalet represents the ruling planet, Mars. Together they spell Dan, the root of which is “din” or judgment which Kabbalah.org says teaches us about the essence of the month; using good judgment. The letter Nun is also considered to indicate downfall and renewability which is what the spirit of Moshiach is all about.  Hard to imagine that a people would need a reminder of redemption so close after the high holy days, but then I’m reminded that according to tradition, the people fell back into old habits right after witnessing the miracles that brought them out of their bondage, which reminds me that every time we try to get into good habits, we can very easily fall back into bad ones. I recently gave up a lot of carbs and processed foods in my life, and still struggle now and then with my body craving sugar cereal at bedtime.  Habits not only have an effect on us mentally, but chemically; our cells have a memory. We often think that we’ve put something aside, or gotten rid of something, a habit or a trait about yourself that you’re not fond of, but now and then it rears its’ head again because we haven’t really properly dealt with its’ root cause…for example, why does my body only seem to like food that’s bad for me?

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The letter Nun takes us to the 24th Path on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life which connects the sephiroth of Tiphareth (6-beauty) with Netzhach (7 victory), and the Death card in the Thoth Tarot which is the card of regeneration, the path and card of endings and new beginnings, just as the New Moon is the time for endings and new beginnings.

“1…Whenever there is change there is death to the former condition and birth to the new condition and this is shown in the other title of the Tarot Trump, Child of the Great Transformers.  2. ‘The Cosmic Doctrine’ lists seven types of death. The First Death, is, abstractly stated, the interlinking of two forces so that a vortex is set up, the two forces ceasing to exist as independent movement but becoming a centre of stability manifesting on a lower plane. This principle may apply at any level of the Tree, for it is a prime principle of manifestation and holds good from the spiritual heights of the creation of a Divine Spark to the structure of the minutest physical atom. The two movements can be said to die to give birth to a unit on a lower plane. Similarly, when this form eventually breaks up, or dies, it releases the two forces on the higher plane, which thus are born again. So birth and death are terms for the one and same transformation process, but viewed as a beginning or ending according to the plane of observation.”

Excerpt from A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism by Gareth Knight

https://archive.org/details/apracticalguidetoqabalisticsymbolism/page/n385

So the 24th Path is in essence the death of the personality wherein lies those so called bad habits.  All paths that lead to Tiphareth are paths of sacrifice, giving up something to lead to something better.

The sphere of Tiphareth balances constriction and expansion, feminine and masculine, above with below… balance.  Tiphareth teaches that God’s presence is felt most profoundly when you balance giving with receiving. The sphere of Netzhach generates the mechanism of repetition and reproduction.

— Sphere of Tiphareth —

The Sphere of Destination is Tiphareth, Beauty.

The Hebrew Divine name is Jehovah Aloah Va Daath.

It is known as the Mediating Intelligence.

The Archangel is Raphael, Prince of Brightness, Beauty and Life.

He is the Archangel of Healing.

The Order of Angels is the Melechim, the Angelic Kings called the Order of Virtues, Angels and Rulers, who are responsible for creating and maintaining perpetual balance and harmony in all things.

The corresponding planet is the Sun.

The number is 6.

Symbols of Tiphareth are the Calvary Cross, the Rose Cross, the Truncated Pyramid and the Cube.

The stones are topaz and diamond.

The metal is gold.

The color is yellow.

The corresponding body part is the breast.

The corresponding chakra is the Heart Center and the gland is the thymus.

Living beings are the lion, the child and the phoenix.

The symbolic creature is the sparrow-hawk.

The musical note is an “F.”

The scent is aloe, cinnamon and clove.

Herbs are angelica, almond, frankincense and myrrh.

The magical image is a Majestic King, a Child, or a Sacrificed God.

The mythical correspondences are all of the Sacrificed Gods.

The spiritual experience is a vision of the Harmony of things and of healing and redemption.

— Sphere of Netzach —

We commence our journey in the Sphere of Netzach, Victory.

The Hebrew Divine name is Jehovah Tzabaoth.

The Archangel is Haniel, Prince of Love and Harmony.

The Order of Angels is the Elohim, the Gods who are also called the Order of Principalities.

The corresponding planet is Venus.

The number is 7.

The symbols of Netzach are the girdle, the rose and the lamp.

The stone is emerald or turquoise.

The metal is copper.

The color is green.

The corresponding body parts are the loins, hips and legs.

The corresponding chakra is the Solar Plexus Center, the gland is the adrenals.

Living beings are the dove, the sparrow and the swan.

The symbolic creature is the lynx.

The musical note is an “E.”

The scent is rose.

Herbs are blackberry, cherry tree, dwarf elder and golden seal.

The magical image is a beautiful naked woman.

Mythical correspondences are the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, the Roman Venus and the Norse Goddess Freya. All are Goddesses of love and of nature.

The spiritual experience is a vision of beauty triumphant.

— 24th Path —

The 24th Path is known as the Imaginative Intelligence, so-called because it gives a likeness to all the similitudes, which are created in like manner similar to its harmonious elegances.

The Hebrew letter for the Path is Nun, meaning “fish.”

The meaning of the simple form of the letter is movement.

The corresponding astrological sign is Scorpio.

The planetary influence is Mars.

The Tarot Major Arcanum card that corresponds is Death.

Symbols on the Path are water plants, lurid colors, carnivorous plants and sea creatures and all objects of desire.

Living creatures are the scorpion, the wolf, the turtle and the lobster or crayfish.

The symbolic creature is the Phoenix.

The stones are snakestone, carnelian and malachite.

The scent is benzoin.

Plants are cactus and houndstongue.

The color is greenish-blue.

The musical note is “G.”

Mythological correspondences are the Mara, Goddess of the Mystic Sea, Hecate, Greek Goddess of the overworld and underworld and Athena, Greek Goddess of War and Home.

 

Areas the 24th Path will help you:

Feeling that you are a part of everything, and that everything is a part of you.

Universality.

Increased interest and awareness of plants, nature, gardening, and nurturing the environment.

Increasing the sensitivity of all of your physical senses.

Increasing sensitivity of the psychic senses that correspond to the physical five senses.

Recognition that momentary desires are only diversions.

“Surrendering” to a “calling.”

Facing and passing through your own death wish.

Letting go of the mind.

Resurrection. (Insight into the interplay of life and death.)

Knowledge of the power within you, and that it is appropriate for whatever you have to do.

Intensification of your energy and creativity.

Intensification of receptivity.

Learning to yield to the cycles of life and death, and utilizing this understanding to determine your direction.

Accepting your feminine side.

In letting go you get a surge of energy. (Spiritual Orgasm).

Understanding that love is a need to give of your Self.

Understanding that the “urge to merge” or find a “soul mate” and be absorbed into that mate is an urge to return to the soul.

Letting go of physicality.

Astral travel.

Overcoming your fear of death.

Confronting your fears and conquering them.

Assimilating grief.

Insight into solving your own inner conflict.

Understanding and insight into other’s inner conflicts.

The arousal of kundalini energy through sex.

Being able to deal with whatever comes out of your unconscious mind.

 

“The Universe is Change; every Change is the effect of an Act of Love; all Acts of Love contain Pure Joy. Die daily!

The Hebrew letter assigned to Death is Nun, which means “fish.” The fish is one of the most revered symbols of tenacious life and resurrection in the traditions of Western civilization. Dead fish decay quickly and smell terrible (in Denmark and everywhere else!), but the secret of life is in that stinky stuff.”

DuQuette, Lon Milo. Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot (p. 131). Red Wheel Weiser. Kindle Edition.

 

In his book “Scrying the Tree of Life,” Chic Cicero writes:

 

The Hebrew word dimyoni, “imaginative,” is closely related to the word dimyon, which means “semblance, likeness.” This passage indicates that by uniting opposites, a greater wholeness is achieved. A fresh synthesis arises that creates new versions of itself, all of which have a similarity or semblance to the “harmonious elegancies”

of the divine life-force. “For the outward form always follows the Hidden Law, thus from Chaos is produced Harmony, just as a beautiful flower is produced from decaying matter.”9 The “Imaginative Intelligence” constantly creates new images that we may use to aid us in our spiritual quest, just as humanity itself was created in the “image” of the divine.  The Twenty-fourth Path leads from Netzach, the seat of the imaginative consciousness, to Tiphareth, the seat of the sun. It is Therefore the path of hidden energies that, when aroused, leads to increasing levels of illumination. Here the student begins to forgo the desires of Netzach for the more universal love of Tiphareth. The wants of the lower personality are forfeited for higher spiritual needs as the student’s perceptions of reality and the purpose of life are constantly changing on this path. Outmoded ideas of the “self” evaporate as new self-images and “similitudes” form to replace them. The task of the student on this path is to let go of the old and yield to that which is unfamiliar, trusting in the love of the divine.

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Path Symbol: A Scarab

 

For any newcomers – we’ve moved into doing a guided meditation on the tree of life path associated with the energies of the day.  The guided meditation is taken from Chic Cicero’s Book Scrying on the Tree of Life with the corresponding solfeggio frequency tuning into the background.

Meditations:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RwnfL5lW6yMQZ7Ed3amaem0tBIBir6NV

 

Path of Nun

 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0ay-QXTp36kaFVhZjk0NWE5RDg

 

 

 

Meditation Closing:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0ay-QXTp36kNWZhdGJESVdaYlk

 

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