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Late today, MDT, the Sun and Moon merge in the zodiac sign of Scorpio, marking the simultaneous moment of the end of an old cycle and the beginning of a new one.  Here are some random thoughts for this New Moon.  I seem to have lost my normal rational linear style in these hours just before the New Moon; perhaps that’s Scorpio pulling me into the underworld of impressions and associations rather than objectives and timelines.

Demeter, British Museum (Source:Wikimedia Commons)

Scorpio and its planetary ruler Pluto are on my mind in a big way this week.  Those of you who are Facebook friends know that a couple of days ago my car was stolen.  I don’t even know exactly when it happened.  It was parked next to my house from about 7:30 in the evening and we didn’t notice it gone until about 8 the next morning.  We had gone out to dinner the night before in the other car; it could have been stolen while we were out and in the dark we didn’t notice when we returned.  It could have been stolen in the night; so quietly!  Or perhaps while we took the dog for a run before daylight the next morning.  When we returned from the run we were like, where’s the car?

Irrevocable change:  that’s the hallmark of Pluto and its sign Scorpio.  I’ve been thinking a lot about Demeter and Persephone.  Do you know the myth?  Demeter, the goddess of the earth and the seasons, is picking flowers with her beloved daughter Persephone when a great chasm opens in the earth and Hades (Pluto) rises in a chariot, captures Persephone, and abducts her to his realm, the underworld.  I’ve been thinking about Demeter, continuing to pick flowers, unaware of the magnitude of change she was about to face.  What did she think when she noticed her daughter was gone?  How did she feel as she began to piece together what happened?  Her grief was so great we are told that the entire earth went into standstill and all the fruits of the harvest died in her sorrow.

Losing a car is not like losing a daughter.  But I feel that I understand this myth much more deeply now, as well as the sign Scorpio.  The undeniable irrevocability of the loss; the absolute impotence of our own power in the face of forces which lead to thievery or worse.  I keep thinking, but don’t they care what they are putting us through?  Don’t they feel the pain and sense of vulnerability they have caused us?  Of course my rational mind understands fate and its necessity, as well as the realities of some people’s desperate economic situations, but my feelings refuse to be comforted by philosophy, no matter how true.

The Return of Persephone by Frederic Leighton (Source:Wikimedia Commons)

I was reading about Demeter in Bulfinches Mythology this morning and he speaks about a statue of Demeter which is in the British Museum.  Of the statue he says, “There is no exaggeration in the grief, only the calm dignity of a sorrow which in spite of hope refuses to be comforted.”  This is a perfect statement for the strong, quiet exterior of Scorpio which hides a deep and wise feeling nature, a wisdom born of pain, if you will.

In case you don’t know the rest of the story, the destruction of the earth from Demeter’s grief was so great that the gods implored Hades to let Persephone return to the surface for four months each year.  Her mother’s joy flowered into spring and summer, only to grieve into autumn and winter when she returned to the underworld again.  Another Scorpio theme:  cycles of death and resurrection.

I know we’ve all been here.  The Scorpio energy holds an undeniable place in each of our lives.  To everyone touched by strong Scorpio energy, my hat is off to you.  If you have a great Scorpio story, please share it in the comments in honor of this New Moon.

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For an overview of the week, see the Weekly Forecast – November 1 – 7

For an overview of the month, see the Astro4Business Month Ahead – November 2010

For more info on the business descriptions of the planets mentioned today, see

The Sun

The Moon

Pluto