Tarotscopes with Brandon Alter: December 2020

By Brandon Alter:


Here’s what you need to know: Scorpio Season is almost over, but she’s already planning to linger. The New Moon in Scorpio, which occurs late Saturday night (or early Sunday morning depending on where you live), opens us up into Eclipse Season—a six-week period of revelation and release that will be distinctly Scorpio flavored. So even though we’ll be charging ahead into Sagittarius Season come October 21st, the sweet–sour sting of Scorpio season will be leaving a strong taste in our mouth for weeks to come. This New Moon opens a portal that lasts longer than one night only. Don’t think of it as a swan song, babies; rather, it sets the stage for what’s to come.


Scorpio energy is all about sex, death, other people’s money, religion, the occult, even politics to some degree—what do these things all have in common? These are subjects that good little boys and girls are taught not to talk about. Which is why this is precisely the time to initiate open dialogue around these taboo topics. There’s a saying in recovery circles that you are only as sick as your secrets, and Scorpio ultimately wants us to be well. In fact, Scorpios can be some of the most powerful healers there are because they aren’t afraid to bring even the darkest wounds into the light.


Eclipse Season happens when the Sun is 18.5 degrees or closer to the nodes of fate. The nodes of fate, also known as the north and south node, are points where the Moon’s orbit crosses Earth's orbit around our Sun. Twice a year, when the Sun gets close to these cosmic hot buttons, fated events occur. The first of two eclipses that ring out 2020 happens on November 30th and the second on December 14th. While these eclipses will be happening in Gemini and Sagittarius, respectively, it is this New Moon in Scorpio that opens the curtain to the blessings and intensity to come.


The energy of an eclipse is fierce but not necessarily punishing; in fact they can bring spellbinding clarity and profound blessings. But if you’ve strayed a little far from your purpose, they can also deliver some serious tough love. I like to think of eclipses as cosmic course correctors, they show up to shove you back on your true path. And the Scorpio flavor of this Eclipse Season will demand that we begin to discuss our secrets, our hidden pain, our shadow; not to suffer unnecessarily, in fact quite the opposite, but so that we can stop suffering in silence and start toward true transformation. Before these eclipses can know where and how to bless us, the Scorpio New Moon asks us to become crystal clear on what we're truly asking for.


Change is the name of the game 2020 wants us to play and, if you’re like me, you’re sick of hearing it. But Scorpio is the true transformer of the Zodiac, teaching us to evolve and grow in ways that refute regression or backpedaling. This New Moon can be a testament to your transformation, a commitment to the new you that 2020 has been trying to unmask. The Sun and Moon both at 23 degrees Scorpio, sextile Jupiter and Pluto at 22 and 23 degrees Capricorn. Translation: Expansive transformation partnering with profound illumination of our emotional depths. It won't be gentle, but who wants a gentle cup of coffee in the morning? This Scorpio New Moon is a strong cup of black joe, and it's what we all need to wake the fuck up; not to the world around us (that’s already been happening) but rather to our own inner longings.



Scorpio energy is about attraction. Simply put, we are what we are attracted to. But consider that sexual energy and spiritual energy are opposite sides of the same coin. There’s a reason why certain people’s pheromones get us going; there’s a reason why we are compelled by certain styles, atmospheres, music, and cuisines. The erotic charge we get when in the presence of something we truly desire is hinting at an ocean of untapped power within us. When we allow ourselves to submerge into this depth of desire, we can begin to operate from our pure authenticity. Your sexuality is a gateway to your spirituality, but I'm not just talking about fucking. I'm talking about arousal, feeling sexually attracted to life itself.  Perhaps this New Moon can feed us the courage we need to face the true nature of our desire and transcend our fear and shame around it. When we can embrace our passionate depths, we can transform fully into the people this current time needs us to be.


Forgive the dramatics, but this is the point of no return. Transformation means you can’t go back. This threshold demands we commit to ourselves, our passion, and our truth in a way that doesn’t allow an escape route. There’s no plan B. There’s only one road out and through; and that road is about to open wide. This New Moon, because it’s in Scorpio, answers to Mars. An auspicious occasion, this chart has Mars stationing direct after months of moving retrograde. The planet of action and ambition is shifting out of reverse and ready to drive full steam ahead. So if you've been feeling hemmed in, penned in, held back—know that it's all about to change. Prepare to be shot out of a cannon, because once Mars goes direct, there are no brakes available; there’s only one speed, and it’s 100 mph.  


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