I’ve been wanting to add some moon magick posts to the site for a while, but, like a true Scorpio, the first post is all about me. Well, more accurately it’s all about October’s New Moon in Scorpio, which happens to be in my sign. Nothing motivates a Scorpio like themselves though, eh?
Note: The New Moon technically enters occurs at 1:38 PM on Sunday the 30th, for those of you who decide to observe the New Moon on Saturday the 29th, the moon moves into Scorpio at 10:01 PM EST. Earlier in the evening it is considered void-of-course, which starts at 6:09 AM EST (before that it’s in Libra). Just a timing-related FYI.
What is New Moon Magick?
New moons are used for setting intentions with a manifestation point at the next full moon (in about two weeks, November 14th for this new moon) and, way more importantly, a second, larger manifestation at the full moon at the six month mark (for this new moon it will happen on May 10th 2017). I always feel that it’s a good idea to dream big on the new moons, to set intentions and put into action things that really matter, and that I truly feel are beneficial to me as a person. It’s a private ritual, so it gets real, but that’s because I’m really willing to push myself to be better all the time (in a healthy, positive, loving way, of course). Also, because the guidance goes so far out, I believe it’s important to do a little divination as well. While some people are drawn to pendulums, scrying, or runes, I always go for tarot, but you can use any form of divination that you feel comfortable with.
The process of intention setting varies for everyone, so adjust what you find here to suit your needs and comfort zones. An important thing about magick is that you should only do what you feel comfortable doing. I start by figuring out, within the context of the current astrological sign, what it is that I really want to work on about myself, and what corresponding thing I’d like to let go of (or stop doing), so that’s step one.
Scorpio is a very willful sign, so focus your intention setting on what you literally want; it can be finding out what that is, or having the steps toward getting it revealed. Scorpio is also a very outspoken sign (when I’m fired up you will not believe the barbed sass that comes forth) so when you’re speaking your truth during this lunar cycle – and you should do just that – be sure to avoid sarcasm or just being pointlessly mean (oh, I know it’s tempting, but you need to fight that temptation!). Further, Scorpio is an intuitive and observational sign that is able to judge other’s intentions and character well, and this is excellent energy to harness to your advantage. We all know Scorpio has the reputation of being the most, ahem, passionate sign, but jealousy is often the result of that intense ability to feel desire. Moderating what you ask for during this cycle is important because Scorpio is so intense.
The Ritual Process
With the Scorpio new moon in mind, the next step is to gather supplies, if you choose to use any (that’s why this was posted a week in advance). Even though the new moon technically occurs at 1:38 PM EST on October 30th, I will be waiting until the evening to do my ritual. The supplies I use are: two candles (one black and one white) with holders, a lighter, essential oil, a candle snuffer, by handheld magickal diary, a pen, my tarot deck, and my phone for looking up tarot card meanings. If you are new to setting intentions or magick in general it’s good to have a little checklist handy.
2. Set the Intentions
Once I’ve figured out what I want my intentions to be (and their exact phrasing), I say them out loud, starting with what I want to release. I use a dab of essential oil and anoint the black candle from top to bottom (representing diminishing power) and say what I would like to let go of or stop doing. I then light the candle and meditate on that intention for a moment. I repeat the process with the white candle, except that I say what I want my positive intention to be, then anoint the candle with oil from the bottom moving up. This works to “raise” the power for your positive intention. After meditating on my positive intention I will record both in my little hand held diary, which I will later type into my computer in longer form. It’s important, for me, to not bring a laptop into the ceremony. I’d love to leave my phone out, but I use it for the next step, which is divination.
Divination, in my case, means tarot, though you may have to experiment to find out what resonates with you the best. I’d like to say that I’m a tarot whiz and don’t need the help, but that would be a flat out lie. While I am getting better and learning, I still need the resource of the Biddy Tarot to help me interpret my moon-ly tarot spread. The only modification I make to the Biddy Tarot advice is that I don’t do “reversed” readings. I just don’t believe in inviting in that negativity; like magick, divination is all about going with your gut and making your own path. Biddy Tarot suggests using the new moon in Scorpio to ask how to develop your intuition, and I think that’s an excellent jumping off point. I don’t know about you, but I’m always second guessing myself, so a tarot pull with a focused question can give some much needed help.
When doing a tarot spread, I shuffle my cards, lay them face down, and then ask a specific question about my positive intention. A good question for this cycle would be “What is some advice for …” or “What steps need to be taken to …” and so on. You should always ask questions that allow for advice to be given; I always avoid yes/no questions as a general rule. I like single card pulls, but you can also do more if you’d like more detailed advice. For example you could do a three card spread: card number one could be what you can do in the next week, the second card could be for the next month, and the third card for three months from now. Another good three card spread is what you should do, what obstacles will there be, and how can you overcome those obstacles. If you’re just starting out with tarot I advise a single card spread.
Once you know what you’re asking, focus your energy, and then choose a card. Again, go with your gut. Some people do a shuffle and random pull, I spread out the cards and move my hand over them until I feel warmth or a “tingle” that makes me choose. I do feel that it’s best not to pull cards again and again if you don’t “like” the answer you’ve gotten; the universe (or what ever you like to say) seems to get a bit “testy” if you don’t accept it’s advice. Once you have your card(s), record them in your diary, and look up the meanings. That’s where the phone comes in for me, but you can also invest in a tarot book if you so choose. I take notes and jot down my thoughts on the cards before wrapping up.
4. Wrap Up
To finish the new moon ritual, use a candle snuffer to extinguish your new moon candles. Magickally speaking, you’re not “supposed” to blow out candles because it’s seen as the element of Air figuratively defeating the element of Fire. Since you just took time to anoint you candles, give them a proper send off. Some people let candles burn down completely, but never leave them unattended. I snuff them out and use them for several moon cycles.
With your intentions set and you advice in mind, now you can go into the new moon cycle and put your intentions into actions! The full moon on November 14th is a good time to check in and review your notes, then in May 2017 we’ll meet again to see how we’ve done. It’s pretty much impossible to remember something like a six month old intention, our lives are just so busy, so remember to write it all down. I think you’ll find that checking in with yourself in six month is surprisingly rewarding.
I hope you all found this guide helpful, I’ll be back at the next new moon and we can go through the steps together again. Please feel to share any (positive/constructive) thoughts that you have in the comments. Have a beautiful lunar cycle my friends!
Image by Oriol Angrill Jordà