That restless, listless feeling of anticipation is the last several hours of a “dead” Moon in Scorpio, waiting to be reborn at 5:08PM ET, along with a total solar eclipse. Those (choose one or more) spacy, visionary, dreamy, delusional, surreal thoughts and communications you may be having are courtesy of mental Mercury being challenged by nebulous Neptune. And underscoring it all is the potential for deep research into some subjects that may be unsavory, like the continued outpouring of detail on the Petraeus affair or this fascinating piece on new technology that is shedding light on homicide cases that have been cold for decades. Some may find this depth intriguing; others may find it unsettling.
The New Moon and a potent total solar eclipse is very exciting if you live in Australia, where there hasn’t been a total eclipse seen in over a decade. Conventional wisdom holds that wherever the eclipse is visible is where the greatest effects can be expected, lasting the number of years that the eclipse is long in hours. This particular eclipse will last just over three hours, so we can expect its effects to last just over three years. Just keep an eye on 22 degrees of Scorpio….and note where that degree falls in your horoscope. And keep an eye on Australia, “ground zero” of this month’s eclipse.
Eclipses act as “bottlenecks” of energy. Light flowing from the Sun or Moon is temporarily interrupted, focusing attention on the interrupted point and allowing something new and possibly fragile to enter the picture and grow. And here I would be thinking of Michael, the kindhearted policeman in the storybook Make Way for Ducklings, who stopped the flow of traffic on Beacon Street so Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their brood of eight could safely make their way to the Boston Public Garden.
Of course while traffic is stopped, it’s also backing up…which causes frustration. And when it flows again, it’s possible that some drivers may hit the gas a little too hard — and wham! — there’s a sudden release of the bottlenecked energy. If you have a planet or point at the degree of an exceptionally potent eclipse, you are more susceptible. And here I would be thinking of Rupert Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks and (former) Congressman Anthony Weiner, who all have a major point or planet at 11 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and/or Sagittarius, which was impacted by the June 2011 eclipse at 11 Gemini. Or Mitt Romney, whose 1 Gemini Ascendant was conjoined by the solar eclipse in May 2012. Might they have been feeling a bit “eclipsed” in the past year or so?
The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon at 22 Scorpio is “hunters starting out for ducks”…and as always, we turn to Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee for inspiration and interpretation. Hunters, Bovee notes, are on a mission…tracking down their quarry…usually camouflaged, but ready to kill. While the goal is focused, the execution may be a little broad, for unlike other rifle-slinging predators, duck hunters are not known for their precision. Much better to throw a bunch of stuff up at the wall and see what sticks. Whatever works!
For better or for worse, we may see some extremely crafty schemes planted and/or brought to light in this lunar cycle…and when 22 degrees of Scorpio is triggered over the course of the next few years. In your own personal world, this is a challenge to to develop your own crafty scheme by taking the high road, not the low road. It is also a challenge to hunt down something that is real, not a delusion. Remember Scorpio’s potential for honor and integrity, act accordingly and aim high. Additionally, Bovee advises us to watch out for “troubleshooters; a willingness to get in the line of fire and help the helpless; hunting for new ways to deal with situations.”
Speaking of new approaches, I noted two in recent days, and both of which involve Occupy Wall Street. They’ve been rather camouflaged in the last year, but perhaps no less focused on their goals. Hmmm. Anyway, here in New York, OWS has morphed into Occupy Sandy, providing effective relief to those struggling to recover from this month’s devastating hurricane. Turns out that the weeks spent camping in an urban plaza in a loosely organized community provided OWS with excellent training for thinking outside the box and getting things done.
OWS also has a new, creative approach to managing debt. With Saturn in Scorpio, debt is one of the Big Things that Must Be Addressed in the next two and half years. No more kicking the can down the road — just take a look at what’s going on in Europe, not to mention this talk of “going off a fiscal cliff” here in the United States. So what is this creative OWS approach? It’s called Rolling Jubilee. As an experiment, it bought $14,000 worth of debt for a measly $500. Then, instead of going after the debtors to collect more than $500 (and get a return on its investment), OWS forgave the debt. Poof!
Debt problem solved? I don’t know, but the project is running full speed ahead. It made me think of that $5 million in pocket change Donald Trump “offered” to give to charity…or the $6 billion that was allegedly spent on elections last year. What if that money were used to forgive 28 times as much debt? I wrote an email to economist Paul Krugman, asking for his opinion. I haven’t heard back, but as usual, someone at The Guardian has weighed in…and he thinks it’s a brilliant idea.
Your New Moon mission, should you choose to accept, is to have a mission that is focused, inspired and creatively executed. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.