- Amanda Painter
- The moment just before regeneration.
There is plenty else going on in the world besides the calling out of sexual harassment and assault that needs our attention and energy. Yet, this is a huge topic at the moment—for good reason, given how much pain it has caused to so many people. If you're finding yourself constantly triggered and exhausted, know that you are not alone, and it's okay to take care of yourself and to seek help.
With a New Moon in Scorpio on Saturday, exact at 6:42am EST, it seems the cosmos is asking us to consider where we go from here.
Hopefully the current spotlight on the lopsided sexual power dynamic has gotten you thinking—I mean really thinking—about the many layers of this issue in our culture; about how we got here and what your own role has been; and, perhaps most importantly, how to move forward into individual and collective healing.
That's a lot to take on. You might find that you can handle some facets of the conversation but not others. Or you might find yourself at one end of the healing process (for example, just beginning to identify how you've been hurt, or how you've hurt others), and it might seem impossible to envision getting to a place where you feel better and can stand more fully in your life.
Wherever you locate yourself, it's okay to be where you are with it. And it's okay if where you are in your process does not look much like where someone else is in their process. As Eric Francis and I discussed in the Monday Astrology Diary, all of the perspectives along the continuum of healing—which includes holding space for others to heal—are valid and valuable.
There are many cultural and astrological factors contributing to why all of this is coming into widespread consciousness now. Rather than trying to enumerate all of them, I'd like to consider what the current astrology has to say about what we do next, which brings me to this weekend's Scorpio New Moon.
Scorpio is the sign of sex, death, taxes, and regeneration; the sign of flushing out toxins. A New Moon—the conjunction of the Sun and Moon in the same slice of the zodiac—signals the beginning of a new cycle.
The first thing that caught my eye about how this new cycle begins is the degree of the New Moon: 27 Scorpio. There's a set of channeled, symbolic images called the Sabian Symbols that correspond to each of the zodiac degrees. Probably the most famous version of these symbols is the one reinterpreted by astrologer Dane Rudhyar.
The image for 27 Scorpio is, "A military band marches noisily on through the city streets." Rudhyar also give the image a keynote: "The aggressive glorification of cultural values."
Indeed, that keynote strikes me as very descriptive of our current moment. Although "glorification" does not feel like the best word to use, there's certainly an aggressiveness with which cultural values are being claimed (in the case of speaking out against sexual violence and harassment) and vilified (in the case of the “shadow value” that has long influenced society: that it's acceptable for men to abuse power over women sexually).
Yet, making noise cannot be the sole point or the end goal. It's a beginning—the attention-drawing interruption—so that something new has space in which to emerge.
Offering hints of what that might be, the Sun and Moon in Scorpio are within a degree or two of contact with some very telling astrological bodies. Exactly opposite the New Moon is Sedna in Taurus. Conjunct the Scorpio New Moon is the asteroid Aphrodite. And making harmonious aspects to both the Scorpio trio and Sedna is Chiron in Pisces.
Without getting too bogged down in mythological details, here's what I'm seeing: Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love, was born from the sea, regenerated from Uranus's genitals; Sedna's limbs regenerated in the depths of the sea into the great sea mammals that fed the Inuit.
There would seem to be a theme here about how removing something is not the end of the story. Speaking specifically about toxic cultural dynamics, cutting oneself off from them is not enough. There must be a process of regeneration that takes place and fills the space that is opening up with all the noise we're making.
Chiron, the great teacher and wounded healer of Greek mythology, is currently located in the great collective waters of Pisces and making supportive aspects to the Sun, Moon, Aphrodite, and Sedna in this chart. But Chiron cannot do it alone. Chiron represents the crisis that gets your attention. Once you've noticed it, it's up to you to address it; to document it; to seek out the tools and resources and community and help to heal what has become too painful to ignore any longer.
As I said earlier in this piece, there are many places along the healing path. You don't need to try to inhabit or embody all of them at once; you don't need to try to skip steps. But it's clear we're all in this together, even if you don't think you’ve ever been a “victim” or a “perpetrator” of abusive sexual power.
You have the opportunity to be part of the solution, to assist in the regeneration—even if it is simply by taking modest steps in your own sexual healing. Perhaps especially by doing so.