Scorpio New Moon & Solar Eclipse: Season of the Witch 2022

Enjoy this post inaugurating a monthly series exploring the cycles of the sun, moon, and the seasons through the lens of the Western tropical zodiac. In this series, launching on or around each New Moon (as the moon aligns with the sun in an alchemical sacred marriage or coniunctio), I will provide a deep dive into topics related to the astrological archetype that has arisen within our collective unconscious. (For all astrologically literate readers, see the chart - screenshot of the cosmos - at the moment of this year’s Scorpio New Moon - Figures 1-2 - below):





Figures 1-2:

Scorpio New Moon Chart(s)

October 25, 2022 at 6:49am EST

(Source)


This month’s theme is Scorpio: the cavernous depths of the human psyche; our inner Underworld wherein resides all things taboo (i.e.: sex, death, the occult, etc.); and the greater mysteries of life and death as cultures from across the globe honor their ancestors and enact rituals to scare off ghosts on the secularized Halloween, the ancient Celtic and contemporary pagan Samhain, the Mexican Dia de Los Muertos (recently popularized by Disney-Pixar’s 2017 animated film, Coco), and the Catholic pair of All Saints and All Souls Days, among others.




Think of the venomous serpent shedding its skin in an act of transformation and symbolic rebirth. Think of Persephone or Inanna descending into the Underworld and serving as our divine guide(s) in this harrowing, murky, dark, menacing, and fearful domain of all things we’ve relegated to the shadowy depths. Scorpio season brings up Jung’s concept of the shadow and Freud’s similar notion of the repressed which always returns, without fail. What parts of yourself have you rejected and closeted, in a manner of speaking? Whatever they are, whether you like it or not Scorpio season will force you to come face to face with them and to integrate them into your psyche. Honor the parts of yourself that you deem unlovable, for any reason; they must be acknowledged or they will fester like an open wound in the Underworld that resides within. Don’t shy away from what you're afraid of; instead, courageously face it and draw on the profound wisdom and guidance of those who’ve come before you and who’ve already slayed their inner dragons. (Or better yet, befriended their inner dragons who guard the treasures that reside within…We don’t only hide away our faults, real and perceived, but more importantly some of our greatest gifts; giving away our power because we fear it and, especially as women, are taught that we shouldn’t be powerful!)


How does Scorpio season - the season of the witch (the archetype of the fierce and powerful woman in charge of her life and her sexuality, and therefore a threat to the fragile heteropatriarchy) - begin? In the words of author and history professor, Deborah Harkness, “It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches” (Harkness, A Discovery of Witches, p. 20). This fantastical trilogy serves as the perfect launching pad for Scorpio season, encapsulating the themes enumerated above in a mesmerizing blend of fact and fiction. Check out (see here) my recent deep dive into this trilogy: the latest installment of my ongoing Season of the Witch series!



Are you ready to make your own annual descent into the Underworld? Are you ready to rise like a phoenix from your own ashes? See below (Figures 3-5) recommended readings to serve as guideposts along the way, like Hekate, Persephone’s Underworld guide and mentor, casting a light in your inner darkness:





Figures 3-5 (Top-Bottom):

Sylvia Pereira’s Descent to the Goddess (1981) (Source)

Demetra George’s Mysteries of the Dark Moon (1992) (Source)

Marion Woodman & Elinor Dickson’s Dancing in the Flames (1997) (Source)


Finally, in alignment with the ongoing theme of the year - Finding the Goddess Hidden in Plain Sight: The Goddess(es) of the Abrahamic Religions - get ready for the upcoming series about the much-maligned, magnetic and enigmatic (e.g.: Scorpionic) figure of Mary Magdalene. Consider the imagery often associated with the Magdalene: a skull and a candle in a dimly lit and shadowy room cast in shades of blood red indicating sex and death (and the longstanding misconception of her having been a prostitute). See Figure 6 below:

Figure 6:

The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame

By Georges de La Tour (1593-1652)

(Source)


Get ready to recover the true story of the Magdalene, shrouded in mystery, misinformation and disinformation - even an early Church-sponsored smear campaign for millennia! Start with my Magdalene Feast Day (July 22, 2022) video podcast episode (see here) about her and stay tuned for upcoming interviews with Magdalene scholars and devotees which will carry us through the dark winter months.




In the meantime, remember not to fear your own darkness. Instead honor and embrace it and see hidden gems you can bring into the light of your life!


Love and seasonal blessings,


Courtney Kleftis

Founding Librarian of TGF




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