The mystery is deepening as we enter the the womb of a mystical New Moon in Scorpio, exact on Nov. 6, 2010 at 12:51 AM EDT.
As Mercury makes important aspects over the coming days, expect conversations to get intriguing. There is deep information surfacing that will bring surprising new developments and show us that there is much we have yet to learn.
Today on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, Mercury in Scorpio trines Jupiter in Pisces. This is due to bring fresh hope and a world of new possibilities if we are willing to let go of past beliefs and opinions.
Tomorrow, Mercury squares Neptune and Chiron at the time of the New Moon and then will trine Uranus on Sunday. Release negative mental patterns and acknowledge your wounds rather than project them.
More often than not, it is the mind that traps us from seeing the infinite potential that exists in any given moment. No matter where you feel you’ve reached the end of the road, let go of holding on to old perceptions; dare to explore the rabbit hole.
Also, yesterday marked the first day of Diwali, one of the most significant and widely celebrated Hindu festivals. It’s my favorite season and definitely when I miss being home the most.
Aside from the scent of fireworks mingled with the incense, festivities and oil lamps, there is a distinct fragrance in the air of something deeply mysterious and magical… It’s unmistakable if you’ve been to India at this time of the year.
The Diwali celebrations are spread out over a period of 5 days around the time of the Scorpio New Moon according to the Hindu lunar calendar. Each day has its own significance (you can read more about it on the Wiki page.)
On Diwali morning (the day of the Scorpio New Moon), we wake up early in the morning and bathe before sunrise. (It is said that bathing while the stars are still visible in the morning sky just before sunrise on this day is akin to bathing in the Holy Ganges.)
The day is spent lighting fireworks and visiting family, and in the evening we perform a Lakshmi Puja to welcome Goddess Lakshmi into our homes, lighting earthen oil lamps and lanterns, and decorating the doorstep and home with rangoli (colored sand) to celebrate her arrival. Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth, prosperity and abundance, and this is considered a deeply auspicious time of the year to ask for her blessings.
I was born in a Hindu family and blessed with deeply spiritual (not religious) Sagittarian parents. ‘God’ in any form was welcome in our house, as much as they taught me that we were all welcome in the house of God, no matter what form we took or what “name” we called him by…
Growing up in India, you automatically learn and imbibe a deep tolerance for all religion. I always have loved all festivals. It is always a joyous time when people commune in “spirit,” consciously leaving behind worldly concerns.
But as I grow older, I appreciate more the deep significance of the rituals and festivals (given their co-relation with the planetary and lunar cycles) which, although arguably “unnecessary,” offer a way to align with conscious intent in mind, body and spirit more deeply with the Universal cosmic energy, the boundless transcendental force we call God.
There are many legends associated with Diwali, a festival that in essence marks the “triumph of light over darkness.” Its not surprising, then, that it coincides with the Scorpio New Moon — the sign that rules rebirth and transcendence.
Here is an excerpt from Wiki:
“While Deepavali is popularly known as the “festival of lights”, the most significant spiritual meaning is “the awareness of the inner light”. Central to Hindu philosophy is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body and mind, which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman.
“Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Diwali is the celebration of this inner light, in particular the knowing of which outshines all darkness (removes all obstacles and dispels all ignorance), awakening the individual to one’s true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, immanent and transcendent reality.
“With the realization of the Atman [soul] comes universal compassion, love, and the awareness of the oneness of all things (higher knowledge). This brings Ananda (joy or peace).
“While the story behind Deepavali and manner of celebration varies […] the essence is the same – to rejoice in the Inner Light (Atman) or the underlying reality of all things (Brahman).”
Vesta’s conjunction to this Scorpio New Moon is acting as a potent catalyst in the healing and regenerative force of this energy. I wouldn’t be surprised if you heard stories of people healing “miraculously” even on a physical level; this is how potent the energy is right now. Even within relationships, if you tend to the inner sacred flame within you, you could see something back to life.
Scorpio represents a process of metamorphosis and deep alchemy. Even the healing process is something that happens by divine grace and is not something that can be forced or controlled. The best one can do is be patient with oneself, surrender control and allow space for healing to occur.
As the Scorpio Moon disappears in the sky over the coming days, expect things to get more mysterious. There’s likely to be a sense of feeling your way through the dark. Rely on instinct, intuition and your inner light to guide the way. This is a time of deep surrender, so that the phoenix can rise from the ashes of the past…
I wish you a happy New Moon, a Happy Diwali and a prosperous and Happy New Year.