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By Terrie Celest

Black Moon
You have probably heard of a Blue Moon, but what is a Black Moon?
No, it doesn’t change colour , nor does it describe our mood, despite the influence of the dark of the Moon, and , in this case, the depths of Scorpio to contend with. A Blue Moon is the term given to the second Full Moon in a month and a Black Moon is the second New Moon in a month. We had the first New Moon of this month on 1st October, when both the Sun and Moon were in Libra. Now, on 30th, they have both moved onto Scorpio. 

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Embracing the Current Energies
Stripping back our layers of emotions to really find what is going on beneath the surface, is one of the keys to this Scorpio New Moon (see my insights below). Here is a very simple, but effective way of reaching layers.
If you are feeling unhappy now, try to put a simple label on your feeling, for example, fed up. Then say to yourself, I am feeling fed up because….. and allow the space for the answer to come up. Then take the answer and make it into the next question, I am feeling  (answer) because…….. This can be repeated time and again and is a simple exercise that can give us some surprising insights  into what is going on beneath the surface.

‘Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people’ (Carl Jung)

‘Pluto is perhaps the most enigmatic of all the astrological planets. A god who wore a helmet of invisibility when above the ground, he is all that is deepest and darkest in the psyche and the inner alchemical processes that power our transformation. Despite his bad press, it is in Pluto’s realm that our true riches are to be found. This is where we take responsibility for ourselves and all that we are capable of. Going where others fear to tread, we will need hard hats, a miner’s lamp and a pick and shovel to make this journey. But it will be rewarding and turn some of our ingrained assumptions on their head along the way. …………
Unless you are prepared to step outside your comfort zone and engage in deep transmutation ……this is not the workshop for you.’

The above, is part of the description of a Pluto workshop run by Judy Hall that I attended a couple of years ago. I could, for this New Moon, and even for the coming Full Moon (both in Scorpio which is ruled but Pluto), simply post that description and no more, for it sums up the energies perfectly. But, being Pluto, we will venture a little deeper and try to gain further insights.
During our lifetimes, we will all have some experiences that cause us deep hurt in some way. Those experiences will be different for each of us and occur at different times in our lives. They will also challenge us in a way that is uniquely personal to us. That is because our reactions are not merely governed by what happens in that moment in time. The brain compares what we are experiencing with what we have experienced before. It is a way of keeping things simple, of generalising our experience so that we are not overloaded by the multitude of information that it is trying to process at each given moment. Once we have learnt what a door handle is, and how to open it, our brain automatically does the translation when we see one, and without thinking, we can reach out and open a door. Have you ever noticed how confusing it can be if a handle isn’t where we expect it to be, or if the door opens the opposite way to what we expect? That is because it is an automatic, unconscious action.
All the experiences of our lives, are layered and filed in our unconscious, and in the same way that it sees and recognises a door handle, our unconscious will try to recognise emotional experiences by comparing them with ones that we have had before. The unconscious looks for previous, similar circumstances and creates the same response. They can be everyday responses like our food likes and dislikes, to a memory of a good time in our life being triggered by something we see, smell or taste. Negative responses can create fears and phobias – the brain thinks that after one “bad” experience, the same result will occur from a similar experience.
We don’t always remember circumstances that have caused us pain. The first time our heart was broken, might seem a long time ago and we think we are over it, but many years later, emotional memories can be triggered by a betrayal or loss. Beneath the first romantic heartbreak memory might be layers created by the loss of a pet, sibling or a parent in childhood. As children, we didn’t have the emotional intelligence to deal with deep feelings, and may have been discouraged from expressing them, so our hurts ended up being buried. There can be further, deeper layers of hurts that weren’t healed in past lives, so, layers of memories, of previous experiences build up in our unconscious, in our emotional memory banks, and then our current experience gets filtered through, and coloured by, these layers.

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So, when we feel a very deep reaction to something, it is often because old hurts are being triggered by the unconscious. Unaware of these deeper, unhealed layers, we can be surprised by the depth of our reaction and feelings. The deeper the emotion, the more ingrained it can be and the harder it can be to shift. We can even feel physical pain, heartache, or an ache in the pit of our stomach. We can feel heavy, depressed and stuck.

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It can take enormous courage to face our deepest, darkest shadows, fears and insecurities and to be honest with ourselves. Often operating from deep in the unconscious, they are ingrained, habitual responses, and until we become aware of them, and turn to face them, we do not realise we have any control over them. But we do have power over our conscious thoughts, and what we give that power to, has power over us. If we use our emotional intelligence to become aware that an unconscious response is being triggered, we can begin to look deeper and break the thought and the emotional habit.
To break the cycle of hurt and ingrained responses, to lift ourselves out of our emotional depths and to create a new response and future, we have to shine the light on them. We have to lift up our miner’s lamp and shine it into the depths. Where does this light come from? It is the light of Source, of God, Allah, the Infinite, the Universe, whatever your belief system is. It is the pure essence of happiness, it is joy, it is love. It is self-belief and self-love. In the presence of this pure energy, negative thoughts cannot exist.

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When we have planets in Scorpio, as we do at this New Moon and the coming Full Moon, it is time to go beneath the surface, to gather up our hard hats, miner’s lamps, our picks and shovels and also our courage, and look beneath the surface to our deep emotions and the unconscious programs that run our lives. We also have, building in the background, a powerful karmic aspect that has been maturing all year, between the Nodes and Neptune. These, and other contributing factors, mean that we could have a difficult time until a few days after the New Moon.
It is important to take note of what comes up now, and what we have felt building in the last few days, as these karmic issues will be old challenges that have been flagged up several times this year already. The circumstances might vary, but the feeling is the same. If we have been burying our head in the sand, which is one of the possible expressions of this energy, we cannot ignore the issues any longer. We are not the victim of others actions or words, as we have full choice over our own actions and reactions. We are the only thinker in our minds, so we have to take responsibility for our thoughts and change them if they are making us anything other than happy. There is help to access the layers of emotions after the New Moon, and any New Moon is the best time to start and try something new. Other influences might make it harder later in the month and If we don’t do something to clear these old energies now, they will hinder us through the month and will peak at the Full Moon.

The key to this New Moon and for the next couple of weeks is mastery, one of Scorpio’s strengths. In particular, it is mastery of the mind. For our minds are incredibly powerful and can create an experience that is far from reality.

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The mind could get caught in a groove of old thinking, of obsessing or brooding, and we need to find a way to break out of that. We need to be prepared to step out of our comfort zone and engage deeply with our unconscious mind and programming, and to take responsibility for our actions and reactions. We have to bring the unconscious into the conscious in order to see exactly what we are dealing with. Facing our shadows, we can heal them and transform ourselves.
For now, we need to be aware, to observe what comes up, and use another of Scorpio’s strengths to strip off the layers and see what is beneath. When we trouble our minds with anything other than what actually is, right now, in the present, we give our power away and rob ourselves of happiness in the moment. Ask yourself who are you giving your power to, who or what are you blaming for not feeling happy, right now?
Past life and ancestral clearing can help to shift the layers, but we also have to deal with what we are experiencing in the present. Each thought has only the power that we give it. If we feed it, it will grow. True power, lies only in the present moment and the choice that we make in that moment.

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Both the power and the light we need comes from within.  It is not something outside of ourselves that we have to bring in, we already have our own light and our own power within us. This power is not the stuff of politics, conquests or control, but an inner strength, that of empowerment. It is there for us to tap into, and here we can make positive use of our unconscious memories. For, as well as hurts, we have all experienced happiness, love and joy at some time in our lives; the smile or gurgle of a baby, the beauty of a flower, a sunset, the touch of a lover’s hand, an unexpected gift or act of kindness. We all have positive memories that we can tap into and they contain the light that can dissipate the darkness.
How does the light permeate and illuminate the darkness? Sometimes, the stream is so strong and so pure that we can have an “ah-ha” moment, an inspiration out of the blue that completely shifts our viewpoint and clears the energy instantly. Sometimes, the light increases a ray at a time and we have to peel the layers back one by one. These wounds can take us by surprise as, having already worked on them, we might believe we have cleared them, but, being layers of many lifetimes, there is more than we can know about now, and it might take many more lifetimes to completely clear them. And sometimes the light goes out and we can struggle to find it again. But the more we find, and stay in that positive energy stream, the easier it becomes each time to find it and reconnect with it. We create a new emotional response and a new emotional foundation, each time raising our energies higher than before.
Take your courage in one hand and your miner’s lamp in the other and empower yourself to chase away the shadows and light your path to a new, and brighter future.

Wishing you the brightest of New Moon blessings.

©Terrie Celest