by Cafe Astrology

The NEW MOON occurs on Saturday, November 18th, 2017, at 6:42 AM EST. 

On Saturday morning, the New Moon is exact in the sign of Scorpio. This cycle is good for committing to personal goals that express the positive energies of the sign of the Scorpion.

This lunation stimulates a new beginning in the fixed water sign of Scorpio. It’s a time when we can focus on some of the constructive traits of the sign of the Scorpion–passionate, resourceful, focused, probing, deep, and perceptive–and consider how to positively incorporate these qualities into our lives. Scorpio New Moons are generally good for working on our self-mastery skills. We may want to pinpoint the things in our lives that make us feel out of control, such as addictions and debts, and work on freeing ourselves of these emotional burdens.

This New Moon cycle is also an opportune one in which to explore what is missing in our lives that leads us to engage in these self-destructive behaviors. This cycle represents an opportunity to rid ourselves of the “junk” in our lives–material and spiritual. With this potent Scorpio energy, we have the chance to make important changes in our lives. One of Scorpio’s “lessons” involve learning to dig deeper into the mysteries around us instead of always being content with status quo. Taking the time to understand others’ motives can enrich our feelings of intimacy, forgiveness, and sense of meaning. Scorpio also teaches us that dedication to one meaningful relationship or undertaking can be significantly more satisfying than spreading ourselves around. Here, “quality over quantity” applies. We might want to use this cycle to work on focusing on and developing one special project or relationship in order to help add purposefulness and depth to our lives.

New Moon in Scorpio chart on November 18, 2017

New Moon in Scorpio chart on November 18, 2017

This phase of the Moon occurs at 26 degrees and 19 minutes of Scorpio, affecting people born with personal planets and points at 22 to 30 degrees of the Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius) most significantly.

The Moon & Timing

The Void of Course Moon is the period of time after the Moon has made its last aspect in one sign until the Moon enters a new sign. During Void of Course Moon periods, it is generally wise to stick to routine rather than to begin new projects. The last aspect the Moon makes before changing signs is indicated here and is indicative of the “outcome” of the matter (whether that is a new project begun before the void period or the answer to a question in Horary Astrology).

Void of Course in Horary Astrology: If you were asking a question and making a chart for the answer, as you do in Horary astrology, it is said that since the Moon is not looking forward to any more aspects in this sign, you would have to say that the answer is not forthcoming; any questions asked at this time would not come to pass. The Moon being Void is one of the Strictures against Judgment in Horary Astrology. The following tables incorporate the modern planets, but some astrologers do not count Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in void Moon calculations.

The Void-of-Course Moon this Week:

Void-of-course Moon on Monday, November 13th, from 10:46 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Saturn), until the Moon enters Libra at 6:28 PM EST.

VOC Moon on Wednesday, November 15th, from 7:51 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to Saturn), until the Moon enters Scorpio the next day, Thursday, November 16th, at 3:20 AM EST.

VOC Moon on Saturday, November 18th, from 6:43 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a conjunction to the Sun), until the Moon enters Sagittarius at 2:00 PM EST.

Timing with the Moon – Better Periods this Week for Electing New Initiatives

The Moon is waning this week until the New Moon on the 18th — a period that is generally considered unfavorable for new beginnings, with exceptions. (See Best Time to Start a Business for more details).

According to principles of timing with the Moon, a window of opportunity occurs this week in the hour surrounding the Cazimi New Moon on the 18th: from approximately 6:15 to 7:10 AM EST, while the Moon is in Scorpio.

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