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On October 27 at 12:58 am (PDT), the Moon conjoins the Sun at 4 degrees Scorpio. A new cycle starts near the traditional holiday of Halloween. Also known as Samhain (pronounced sow-wen), this holiday marks the midpoint  between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. In pagan lore, Halloween is seen as a time when the veil between this world and the world of the spirits and the dead lifts. This mingling of the light and the shadow worlds creates a time of great magic and power.

The Veil Lifts...

As a child, I fondly remember dressing up as Batman, a robber, Charlie Chaplin and a mouse for Halloween. Half of the fun came in the dress-up, the other half in getting the candy form the neighbor’s homes. For one time in the year, we were allowed to be someone we were not, to take on a role and play a part. We could be sweet angels, rock stars or the most villainous and evil monsters. For a few moments, we could be someone we could never be in real life. We could literally change our identities.

As we grow older, we wear the costumes and disguises less and less and our personalities begin to become more established and defined. All the goblins, wizards and clowns become internalized as we try and play a role that is safe and likeable in the world. This lunation is a good time to play with some of those characters nestled deep in our psyche and bring them to light. When we see ourselves as multi-dimensional people, we broaden our experience to include a wider panorama of possibilities. Perhaps there’s a monster inside of us that needs to say something. Perhaps there is a famous movie star inside us who needs some attention and laughter. As we play with roles, we lift the veil between the mundane world and the world of fantasy, imagination and possibility.

Scorpio: Habits and Addictions

Scorpio has always been associated with death, rebirth and transformation. With the Sun, Moon and Mercury in that sign, we have a chance to remold and forge new identities as adults during this lunation. Many of us live habitually, going through the same routines day in and day out. The way we walk, talk, make our oatmeal, brush our teeth and shop at the market can stay the same for years.

These habits can help us stay grounded and help define our personality. But if these habits are destructive, eventually they wear on our health and damage our stability. For example, I have a habit of brushing my teeth in a certain way that seems to miss the backside of my lower teeth. Every time I go to the dentist, he notices my lack of attention to that spot and spends a few extra minutes scraping up the plaque build up. He always warns me of the dire consequences of my bad brushing: the cavities, the root canals and eventually...the dentures.

My bad dental habits are only one small problem, but when I include it under the larger category of my impatience, I see where I cause myself problems in a number of areas. For me it may be impatience, but for others it may be a drinking problem due to fear, a weight problem due to suppressed frustration and so on and so on. Eventually, these habits and their underlying cause become part of our regular experience and part of our identity.

This Scorpio New Moon presents a perfect time to look at our routines, our habits and our addictions. We can try to change them superficially by disciplining ourselves, but I suggest looking a little deeper during this lunation. Scorpio asks us to dig and uncover the darker elements of our personality and bring them to light and consciousness. When we do, we begin the process of unfolding our full selves, both the pain and the joy. We may need to work with a depth counselor, write in a journal or have long talks with friends in order to see ourselves clearly and begin the process of unraveling ingrained habits and addictions that damage us.

Supporting the Transformation

When going through any deep transformations, it is helpful to nourish ourselves physically to support our work. If you are trying to develop new and healthier patterns, begin with your water supply. Scorpio is a water sign, and good, pure water is essential for our growth and health. If you live in a city, it is highly likely that your tap water contains pollutants and chemicals that you don’t want to drink. Begin with buying yourself a water purifier or getting your water from an unpolluted source. Next, try drinking six to eight glasses of water (non-diuretic herbal tea is a great substitute) a day to flush out toxins and maintain your health. Another way to improve your health with water is by swimming in nearby (unpolluted) lakes or even rinsing off with cold water at the end of a shower. The cold water helps enliven your skin and vitalize your spirit.

Tending Sexual Health

When looking at the sign of Scorpio, it is helpful to look at its ruling planet, Pluto. Pluto has been transiting through the sign of Sagittarius for a number of years now. This New Moon, Venus will be conjoining Pluto in Sagittarius. This powerful configuration emphasizes intense connections between partners and lovers. In medical astrology, Scorpio is linked to the sexual organs, so this is an important time to tend to your physical and emotional health in terms of sexuality.

Certain herbs are tremendously nourishing for the female reproductive system, including raspberry leaf and dong quai. Chasteberry is specifically helpful for regulating the hormones and normalizing the function of the endocrine glands. This helps women in all aspects of menstrual dysfunction and illness. For men, there may be a need to focus on the prostate for good health. Saw palmetto is a gonad gland tonic and helps reduce any infection in the prostate area. If there is a urinary tract infection, yarrow, uva-ursi and juniper berries will help reduce the symptoms. Reducing sugar intake and eating a diet low in acid-forming foods will also help with infections such as these. By nourishing and tending the physical aspect of our sexual life, we can invite healthier emotional and spiritual connections with our partners. The Scorpio New Moon is a powerful time to transform this area of our life. Good health to you!



Jonathan Keyes, B.S., is an astrologer, herbalist and plant spirit medicine practitioner. His writing has appeared in The Mountain Astrologer and in numerous Llewellyn almanacs. Jon has written a book entitled 'Guide to Natural Health, The Horoscope as a key to Ancient Healing Practices'. Jon is available for readings and can be contacted at Go to Jon's web site at

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Other StarIQ articles by Jonathan Keyes:

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  • Lunar Health Cycles   3/13/2002
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  • Lunar Health Cycles   11/14/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/31/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/15/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/1/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   9/14/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/31/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/16/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/2/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   7/18/2001
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  • Lunar Health Cycles   6/17/2001
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  • Pluto, Your Health and Herbs   4/30/2001
  • Pluto and Your Psyche   4/16/2001
  • Your Health and Neptune Part 2   3/12/2001
  • Your Health and Saturn Part 2   11/13/2000
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  • Michael Stipe Shuns the Spotlight   9/16/2000
  • Michael J. Fox   8/21/2000
  • Animals and Astrology Part Two   7/3/2000
  • Animals and Astrology   6/12/2000
  • The Astrology of Stones Part 2   5/15/2000
  • Astrology and Stones   5/1/2000

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