Chiron ~ The Wounded Healer

I saw this video on Jana Groscot Matthews’ site, New Moon Manifesting, which I just discovered this past weekend. Jana has some great affirmations for Scorpio, so be sure to check out her lovely site.

2nd third of 19th century

Image via Wikipedia

There are some wonderful quotes in the video. Two of my favorites are:

In his search for his own cure, he discovered how to heal others.

When I stand before thee at the day’s end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

I remain rather clueless on how Chiron works in my chart, but expect to know a lot more after transiting Pluto finishes its conjunction to it.

Do you understand how Chiron works in your chart? Have you been healed?

Loteria for Moon in Libra

Are you familiar with loteria cards?

The cards are a Mexican bingo game for children, but the cards can be used quite successfully as an oracle. Being a lunar type, I strive to follow my hunches. Listening to my inner urges, I pulled a loteria card this morning.

La Garza / The Heron

The first thing I noticed about the card was its number ~ 19, a number of the Moon. (Of course I’m going to notice a lunar symbol first!) The Metonic cycle is the 19-year cycle of the Moon whereby it returns to the exact sign and phase it was in 19 years ago. It’s the  basis of our lunar calendars. If you keep extensive journals, take a peek at what you wrote 19 years ago.

19 is also a number associated with the cycle of Venus. She retrogrades for 40 days every 19 months. So it is through a number that the Venus/Moon symbol intuitively clicked in.

The Heron is a symbol of balance. Aha ~ Libra! Ted Andrews tells us in Animal Magic that the heron is sacred to both Athena (goddess of wisdom) and Aphrodite/Venus and carries their messages to humans. Both have proven themselves to be very wise women.

Maybe Athena’s (and Venus’) message for today is not to engage in the warlike behavior of their brother (and lover), Aries, but to use patience and strategy should any type of battle arise. In other words, “Wade it out.” Moon in Libra seeks peace, harmony, and has a need for loving relationships. As an oracle for the day, that’s much more appealing than engaging in an emotional battle.

What are your favorite lunar symbols?


Scorpio Moon Trackers are now available with new astrological calendars and transits during the sign. There’s also lots of information on Scorpio and the New and Full Moons. You can even get yours personalized with transits to your natal chart and your own calendars. Check it out here.

Scorpio ~ Feeling the Tug to Let Go?

Everything is feeling like dead weight. There’s an overwhelming urge to just throw everything out. But that’s not practical, even in the Season of Discard.

This is Scorpio, the sign of letting go. Honestly, we do have to bury our dead and we do have to make room for abundance. But today feels different. I look at the emphemeris and see that today is my personal Full Moon Day ~ the day each year when the Sun opposes my Moon/Jupiter conjunction in Taurus.

There’s an urge to give everything away or just toss it, while at the same time I’m wondering if I might need it in the future. So, I’m compromising ~ creating a Time-released Release.

I started the morning by reading some magazines and suddenly felt overwhelmed by the piles of them around the house. I’ve decided to organize them by months. They’ll keep me reading through all of 2011, getting tossed as I clip articles that relate to zodiac signs. I swear an oath that I am NOT buying any more magazines until these are gone, tempting as new ones may be.

Hark! There must be a plan here!

Being a Cancer has its difficulties ~ moods and focus do change quickly, yet with regularity. Since this is my Full Moon Day, and it’s caught between Scorpio and Taurus, I have to reach some kind of balance on this seesaw I’ve been living with all my life.

And why am I focused on magazines today? Well, my personal Full Moon Day is squaring my Mercury, ruler of magazines. Thank goodness it will only last a day ~ otherwise, I might be down at the Library redoing their shelves!

Do you have planets in Taurus that has resulted in a similar tug? Or perhaps the Sun is squaring placements in Aquarius or Leo today?

Where’s your tug?

Scorpio ~ Quotes about Death

We are coming upon Halloween, Samhain, All Saints Day, the Day of the Dead, a time to honor our ancestors and look the Grim Reaper right in the eye in hope of finding something ~ a truth, a secret, a way forward or out ~ within those hollow orbs. Ultimately, none of us knows the truth about what lays on the other side. But we can look to the words of the wise to guide us toward arriving at that final moment and realizing, yes, my life was worth it, it was not in vain.

When I go down to the grave, I can say, like so many others, I have finished my work; but I cannot say I have finished my life. My life will continue. My tomb is not a blind alley. It is a thoroughfare. ~ Victor Hugo

Silver Era Tarot ~ Aunia Kahn, Artist

There is no death! What seems so is transition. This life of mortal breath is but a suburb of the life elysian, whose portal we call death. ~ Longfellow

If your songs contain truths, then death is just the middle of a long lasting existence. ~ Lucan, Roman poet

The best way to prepare for death is to spend every day of life as though it were the last. Think of the end of worldly honor, wealth and pleasure and ask yourself: And then? And then? ~ St. Philip Romolo Neri

Truly, truly, I say unto you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. ~ John 12:24

We begin to die as soon as we are born and the end is linked to the beginning. ~ Manilius

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. ~ Flora Whittemore

If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve. ~ Unknown

The key to change… is to let go of fear. ~ Roseanne Cash

Tarot Authors on the Death Card

On the journey through the night…there is no guaranteed return ticket. ~ Hajo Banzhaf, Tarot and the Journey of the Hero

Death becomes the Teacher Card when you realize that coming to terms with death is true liberation. You can then die to those rules that constrict your freedom of spirit. ~ Mary K. Greer, Tarot Constellations

Death is not only a physical transformation but the change from a subjective to an objective state of mind. ~ Amber Jayanti, Living the Tarot

Whatever Death signifies, you can be sure that, whether or not you’re ready, here it comes–barreling around the corner. ~ Yasmine Galenorn, Tarot Journeys

You’d think that the Death card would be the last of the major arcana. It isn’t because Death is merely a spoke on the wheel of life, the gate to the afterlife. It’s a step in a process, a stage in development. The body dies but the spirit remains. ~ Lady Lorelei, Tarot Life Planner

The planets turn in a slow orbit of seasons–the barren sleep of winter always leading the Earth into the warmth and resurgence of spring; the moon lives and dies, and lives again, holding oceans and lovers captive in her spell. ~ Michele Morgan, A Magical Course in Tarot

The wise welcome the cleansing power of this card, which almost certainly suggests a time when you will have the opportunity to let go of something that is holding you back. ~ Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, The Druidcraft Tarot

New Moon in Scorpio ~ Little Red Apple

We always long for the forbidden things, and desire what is denied us. ~ Francois Rabelois

EveThe turning point in humanity’s evolution according to Judeo-Christian belief is one bite from a little red apple. Oh what a tasty word “don’t” is.

What do you desire that is being denied you, and how can you bring it into your life?

That’s very fertile fodder for a Scorpio New Moon, especially with the current planetary configuration looming over us ~ that being Saturn squaring Scorpio’s ruler, Pluto. It’s a power play between God and the Serpent all over again. The trophy? One little bite, or the whole apple? Who will win?

Eve is one of my heroines. Some think she was a failure, duped, that her disobedience led us all down a path of destruction ~ that she was the patsy between a battle of good and evil, God and Satan. I think she is the epitome of desire fulfilled and, if you look deeply into the creation story, she is the reason all of us are here now reading about Scorpio. She was the original Hot Mama She-Devil, and I wish I had more of her in me. Not that I want to be led down an evil path because of temptation, but because she saw something she wanted and she grabbed it.

What do you desire? You probably don’t have to spend much time thinking about it. I don’t have to think twice about mine.

  • What’s the little red apple that is being denied you ~ and by whom ~ and how do you get a taste of it?
  • Is it something you used to have, but is lost to you now?
  • Is it something you’ve never had and always wanted?
  • Does it make you crazy in the wee dark hours and in brazen sunlight?
  • Does it roll around and around in your head overpowering other thoughts and affecting all other aspects of your life?
  • Will you disobey the commandment “Thou Shalt Not” in order to get it into your life?
  • How do you see your life changed by taking a big bite out of this juicy fruit?
  • Is it worth it?
  • Will therapy help?

Denial breeds obsession. Frustration gives birth to rage. This is when desire becomes dark, cloaked in Pluto’s nasty robe, and all you want to do is throw that rotting mantle off your shoulders and run naked back to the garden screaming at the powers that be, “Give me my paradise! ”

Apple pie ~ domesticated desire. Plucked, sugar added, sliced and baked to perfection. No star in the middle. No seeds ~ the possibility of new life gone. Yummy for a minute or two, but unsatisfactory in the long run. More, please…more. And then the echo of “Thou Shalt Not” and obsession starts to emerge again. How do we heal this?

Use this Scorpio New Moon to plant a seed for the thing you most desire. Use the dark nights to think about the changes it might bring to your life, how making that desire real can change who you are now and forever, and how you might respond to the new life on the other side of that desire.

Write your desire down on a small piece of paper and draw a box around it. Be very succinct. Don’t be vague. The New Moon in Scorpio offers the opportunity to gradually manifest your desire and you must be sure of what you want. Plant the seed, tend it carefully. With focused intention, and perhaps a little inspiration from Eve, you’ll get a taste of the fruit. You’ll carry it in your belly ~ a new life.

Eve by Gleb Kalashnikoff courtesy of Wikemedia Commons.