Diwali and Scorpio New Moon: Festival of Light

This New Moon in Scorpio is a bit of a dark one – maybe you’ve been feeling the pull inwards? That nagging feeling that there’s something below that needs to be faced? If you’re feeling that heavy deep dark introspective vibe, you’re not alone. This Scorpio New Moon is also Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, a time where we have to face our darkness in order to find the light within.


Energy download for New Moon

We’ve just had Samhain, everyone’s favourite spooky ancestral festival and here in Rishikesh, India, the energies have been strong. Cold dark evenings and howling winds that will steal the scarf from your neck if you’re not careful.

It’s trickster vibes – chaos and sizzle.

Sat in a cosy café overlooking the city, we could hear the monkeys plummeting about above, cavorting and causing trouble, sensing the energies strongly as animals do. I noted that it felt like Loki, the trickster god, and I felt uncomfortable, like the winds were bringing big changes, unpredictable ones at that. What’s next? Nobody can tell.

I nearly choked on my chai when a loud creaking crash overhead loosened part of the café’s roof and we watched the huge piece of corrugated steel fall away on a strong gust of wind, almost blowing back into the café before falling down to the River Ganges below. Yep, there’s definitely something afoot.



The lead up to Diwali feels just like Bonfire night in England: cold dark smoky nights peppered with the bang of firecrackers and the flash of tiny lights. Candles flicker in windows and fireworks light up the sky behind the black maze of temples and ashrams.

India is always a mirror and in the holy cities, this reflection of your inner and outer is stronger still. Me and my friends here have been feeling the need to sleep and eat more, plus this nagging from below that there’s something that needs addressing or solving, a heaviness that will only be released once we realise what exactly it is.

My tarot card for this time is the Hermit.

He walks alone into the darkness of Self, trying to find that which is hidden, but he always carries his lantern, so he can find his way back. A reminder that despite the things we have to face within, we will eventually need to come back up to join reality, we can’t get lost down in the underworld, and that there is always hope in the darkest times.

Often we can find this hope in spirituality.


Astrology of the Scorpio New Moon

The Scorpio New Moon is squaring Neptune in Pisces and sextile to Pluto in Capricorn, so there’s a deeply spiritual aspect to this lunar phase.

Questions about our current path in life will bother us until we can see the way forwards clearly, but first there will be some crap that needs facing, particularly our need to escape from reality in unhelpful ways.

Sex, drugs and rock and roll seem fitting for this time, avoidance, deception and too much television can tempt us away from our truth, but if you let yourself get swept away on a current of escapism, you’ll drop your lantern and find yourself lost in the murky shadows.

How do you react when you’re faced with your own full self? Not just the light but the darker sides too?

Most of us will cower at least a little, others will run away into the arms of self-destruction.



Avoiding what is hurting us will only make the wound fester silently, affecting every other part, lowering our energy and pulling us deeper into confusion and chaos.

But it’s this chaos that also brings about change, and a little can sweep the cobwebs away enough to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Pluto in Capricorn encourages us to remain grounded during this time. Eat, sleep and plan a way out of the darkness. Take our path into our own hands and find new opportunities for growth, then trust that we have the strength to pursue them, like a guiding light we can create our own destiny.



Diwali the Festival of Lights

The stories of Diwali coincide perfectly with this energy. Here in the north of India, the mythology behind the festival of lights is the Ramayana – an epic tale of Rama’s battle to save his beloved wife, Sita, from the clutches of evil demons and his return to the world from exile.

Other parts of India celebrate different stories at Diwali, but the theme is usually the same: the triumph of light over dark, good over evil, and even the festival name ‘Diwali’ comes from the tiny clay lamps that people light outside their homes on this dark night to symbolise the inner light we all have, that, like the hermit’s lamp, protects us from an all-encompassing spiritual darkness.

So, if you’re feeling the darkness close in, light a candle tonight to remind yourself that within you always is a light, and as long as you follow it, you’ll get to where you’re going.



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Ellie Rose is a writer, astrologer and tough lovin' tarot reader. While she admits that she'd rather be at the beach, if she had to do something it would be liberating humans of mental strife, achieving enlightenment and transmuting enough gold to feed the world and save the animals, oh and trees, she really likes trees.

One Comment

  • Becca

    Love Love Love! I really needed this, to get out of this comfortable flump. off to read about Rama & this epic battle!
    Lots Of Love! xxxx

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