tunnel vision

Each month, as we head into the new moon, we begin to feel the pull inwards. Generally speaking, it is a quiet time of the month.

Not so lately, and especially not this time around. The new moon will be at 3:56p EDT on Wednesday the 26th, in the sign of Scorpio. The Scorpio new moon is a powerful one, an opportunity to get in touch with inner power, but also a point where life and death meet. The Scorpio new moon is always fairly close to Halloween and Samhain, after all.

But before we get to Scorpio, the moon is passing through Libra. Of course, the sun just left the sign of the Scales a few days ago, and it was a busy time. That's because with Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto in cardinal signs, the sun "triggered" these cosmic giants and the aspects among them.

In fact, for the last several months, each time the moon has been in a cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) it has also triggered the "Cardinal T-Square" in the sky. That's about a third of the time! If you look back three or four months, you'll see how much change we've really had. The Euro crisis, Occupy Wall Street (and beyond), and the emergence of
class warfare as a topic of political discussion all would have been just about unthinkable six or seven months ago.

As we move into the new moon, we'll be looking both forwards and backwards. Change certainly isn't going to stop or even slow down, new moon or not. But a quick glance at the headlines shows that there is a good deal of retrospective for things that have been in the news: Qaddafi is buried, Wikileaks may be stopping operations, and Michelle Bachman and Rick Perry are drifting farther from the center of attention.

This new moon represents something of an implosion of power. Personally and collectively, it is not a quiet time, but a pull towards our deepest core. Assume that life is going to change: what types of transformation would you like to bring about? What are you willing to fight to hold onto?

These questions need honest answers. We'll be asking them over the next few days, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.