Scorpio New Moon: Protection

The moon is new at 26.19 Scorpio on November 18th at 6:42 AM (EST).

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The Scorpion is known for its deadly defenses. It wears a full coat of armor; it's claws can crush predators or prey to death, and its venomous sting can kill.

Those born under the sign of Scorpio protect themselves instinctively. Fear and the hunger for power are both exceptional motivators. Someone with Scorpio rising or the sun in this sign may seem mysterious because so few are allowed to see them without their armor on. They're known for self-reliance and the deadly sting of their self-defense. 

I'm thinking of this aspect of Scorpio as we come upon this week's new moon because the Sabian Symbols for this new moon's chart speak to me of watchfulness and protection. The symbol for the moon is 27 Scorpio, "A military band marches noisily on through the city streets." The symbol for Scorpio's modern ruler, Pluto, is 18 Capricorn, "The Union Jack flies from a new British warship." The symbol for Scorpio's traditional ruler, Mars, is 17 Libra, "A retired sea captain watches ships entering and leaving the harbor."

I know we live in uncertain times, so I just want to say that I'm not telling you to take these symbols literally. This is not some kind of dire prediction. But I'm interested in the symbolism of this chart, especially because Scorpio's two rulers, Mars and Pluto, are squaring each other. The square is a tense aspect, indicating conflict and the integration of difficult energies. The new moon begins a new lunar cycle. This one speaks of a powerful beginning.

Notice that the symbols here don't portray actual battles. They seem more like warnings to me. Opportunities to fortify the gates. There is a theme of spectatorship woven through all three of these. The military parade is meant to be seen and heard by civilians on the city streets; the Union Jack is raised for recognition; the sea captain is alert to who enters and who leaves. One (supposed) purpose of a military is to protect and defend a nation. A harbor is a safe place chosen for its protection from the elements. So here, at this new moon, we're watchful. We're being called to pay attention.

What are you protecting? Is it your personal boundaries that need some fortification? Do you have a tender secret, the beginning of something new, that is best kept to yourself? Not everything needs to be out in the open. The Sabian Symbols for Saturn and Uranus, respectively, are "The sculptor's vision is slowly but surely taking form," and "A man possessed of more gifts than he can hold." The Saturn-Uranus trine, exact for the past two weeks, has been supporting us as we give form to our gifts. Perhaps you need to protect your time so you can devote yourself to a personal endeavor. Maybe it's someone else in your life, a child or a spouse, who needs your careful attention. Maybe you need to put your imaginary armor on at work, so you can go after what you want without fear. Maybe it's a call to defend your values.

Whatever the idea of protection means to you at this new moon, the next three days are good for setting intentions. Fortify your boundaries. Pay attention. This is a cycle for guarding what matters most.