Ready for more romance and soulful encounters? Longing for more chemistry with another human being? Then take heart. The new moon in Scorpio on Saturday the 18th is designed to ratchet up romance. After all, Scorpio is the sign of lust, mystery and intimacy. It would be easy to just write this off as the “great sex” sign, but it’s more nuanced than that.
Ancient astrologers understood that as our sexual connection grows stronger with someone, so should our emotional bond. That’s why they placed our emotional health in the same sector as our physical connections. When planetary activity takes place in the sign of Scorpio, we also tend to go into detective mode, digging deep as we try to understand something or someone.
Sometimes it’s our own psyches. Other times it’s the mind of someone else. Or we can get really deep and ruminate over the meaning of life, delving into philosophy and metaphysics. No matter how you slice it, Scorpio is an intense, research-driven sector.
The ancients placed our net worth in this house too, for practical reasons. Once we commit to someone else we usually share our assets with them. Even if you’re single (or you keep your finances separate from a lover), you are still affected. All of us need to ensure that we’re financially protected! So Scorpio is the house of lust and lucre, and when a new moon occurs here it opens up a six-month portal that can bring big changes.
In astrology, the planets demand that you put in some effort if you want to see change. Therefore, if you’re living from paycheck to paycheck with no savings, it’s time to take a good long look at how you’re handling money. If your love and sex lives are a real snooze, you need to take control and put some zing back into it. I can hear some of you groaning right now—“but my partner is never in the mood!”
Listen, if that’s the case it may be time to move on. This particular lunation is surrounded by some funky energy. There’s a nice aspect the day before (Friday the 17th) that bodes well for long term love. Mercury sextiles Mars, indicating that singles (and those who are unhappily involved with someone) should start looking for a new type.
Notice that I used the word “type”, not just a new “person”. The cosmos isn’t interested in having you find a warm body to cuddle with. Standards, people, standards! And if you’re smart you will raise yours to include someone who is more worldly and sophisticated. That’s because Mercury is in multiculti Sagittarius, the place where people are independent, forward thinking and interested in things other than beer and football. Or reality TV and shopping.
The day after the new moon there is a harsh aspect that all signs of the zodiac will feel, a smackdown between Mars and Pluto. These are the two most stubborn and argumentative planets in the solar system and they’re not in a good mood. When these two face off, power trips ensue along with arguments. Someone may be trying to gain the upper hand and they won’t be quiet about it, nor will they resort to passive-aggressive behavior. They’ll just be aggressive.
Keep this in mind in the two to three weeks that follow the new moon, as this energy will be in play for awhile. If you’re involved with someone who is jealous, always picking fights, selfish or unwilling to share their thoughts, the new moon may be time to say “I’m outta here.” Be wary of dating married people or co-workers (especially the boss or key client) as the planets warn that things could get ugly.
Neptune happens to be retrograde in the most intuitive part of the heavens, Pisces. It has been back stroking for months, possibly making it difficult for you to figure out what someone’s agenda may be or what you should do next. Fortunately the watery planet resumes direct motion on the 22nd. Clarity will return, although it could take a few days, so give yourself time to figure out your next move.
Because Scorpio deals with Big Money (not the kind you earn from a job), the new moon is perfect for making a vow to develop greater net worth. Between now and June you can pay down debt, research mutual funds, invest in rental real estate or maybe even patent an invention. That cranky Mars-Pluto aspect may be a blessing in disguise as it could make you realize that you’re done being pushed around by jackass bosses. Entrepreneurship might be the best way to go, and with the Sun entering independent Sagittarius on the 21st, a side hustle is a strong possibility.
Just keep the day job until you have enough cash saved up and revenues coming in to cover your expenses. Partnerships look a little dicey right now; flying solo may be a better bet.