Today is the new moon, the beginning of another new month. The new moon energetically is a dark time: the moon is in shadow. This is the time in the monthly cycle to go within and investigate.
Writing about this new moon in the sign of Scorpio, astrologer Chani Nicholas writes,
It is up to us to break the spells that keep us asleep to our own magic. There are a million of them. From the systemic, to the familial, to the cultural, to the personal. And back again. We are repeatedly told to quell our nature and conform.
So many of the messages we see are designed to reinforce these inner doubts and fears so that we will buy more stuff. The belief that something is wrong with us, that we aren’t enough, that we don’t have enough, drives our economy.
But often the message we receive to conform comes not from advertisements, but from people closer to us.
We learn at an early age what we need to do to win approval and love from our parents.
Whose approval are you seeking with your actions and behaviors? Is that person even alive?
That may sound like an odd question, but I’ve witnessed many people who are still trying to be a certain way to win the love of someone who has long since left this life.
When do you unyoke from the burdens of expectation and start living for yourself?
This new moon energy comes as we go into Halloween this week. In earth wisdom this is a time for the “thinning of the veils,” where we can see closer to what is beneath the layers. It is a time to explore some of the darker shadows that linger beneath the surface.
Chani poses some probing and potent questions for us to consider:
Which thieves steal our agency? Which monsters lurk just out of sight, scaring us out of realizing the fullness of our impact? What power do we give our fears and how does doing so hold our potential hostage?
It’s also worth investigating whether the fears holding our potential hostage are our fears, or whether they are the fears of those who wish us to conform.
This dark new moon energy also invites us to interrupt the unhelpful and unuseful patterns that have become part of our days.
Those patterns may be physical practices or behavior habits, and they also may be patterns of language, thoughts, or emotions. How many of these developed from your attempts to conform?
What needs to change for your potential to be set free?
This is the time to examine your life and notice where you are cut off from your unique magic.