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October 2016 New Moon

I’ve already written about the process of setting new moon intentions, which you can review here. Today I’m writing about the specifics of the new moon taking place at the end of this month. 

This month, the new moon falls on October 30th at 12:39PM and it’s in the sign of Scorpio. I noted in my post about Samhain that it’s auspicious that the second day of the new moon will also be in Scorpio and on the witch’s new year. Everything is aligning quite well in terms of intentions that are set for divination, magick, wisdom, release, introspection, the otherworld, illumination, relationships, and psychic powers.

Scorpio deals with many other things as well, including power, secrets, and personal bonds. Scorpio invites us to consider what we can learn from the goddess Hecate. She is also, coincidentally (serendipitously?) associated with Samhain and new beginnings. 

Hecate is a Greek goddess who has in many ways been defamed over the years, recently being depicted as a hag. She is considered a crone goddess, but in the blessed sense. She is a beautiful protectress and keeper of the crossroads. Often depicted with three heads (or known as a triple moon goddess) she has the wisdom to see past, present and future and she uses her gift to help Demeter find her daughter, Persephone, was taken to the underworld to live with Hades. Persephone had eaten six pomegranate seeds and was required to thus spend six months of the year in the underworld forever. Hecate spends that time with her as her friend, mentor and confidante.

She is often depicted with large black dogs and the term “bitch” which is often ascribed to women in a derogatory manner actually has its origins as a venerated term, meaning a woman who could not be tamed. This describes Hecate, who would not give up her independence for anything.

Since Hecate is very much “other,” regarding her gifts, appearance and abilities, she is also friend to those society would normally shun for being different. She is known as the keeper and defender of the oppressed and of the outcasts. She is also known to assist with childbirth as well as the passage through death. She assists with our own internal transformations, as she is the light in the darkest nights and will guide us with her bright torches. Many women called on her for protection if they had to travel at night. Hecate is not one to be trifled with. 

Hecate’s stories and myths teach us about friendship, adaptability, change, and justice. She teaches us about tolerance and love, and using our gifts to the benefits of others. She teaches us about proper boundaries and being true to ourselves. She teaches us how to be light to others. On this new moon she will assist with your own new beginnings if you let her. 

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