2017 Scorpio New Moon Mandala

Lynne Lynn Keefer’s Mandala Journal

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2017 Scorpio New Moon Mandala
November 18, 2017
The Naked Time

“…It’s a little bit horrifying just how quickly everything can go to crap. Sometimes it takes a huge loss to remind you of what you care about the most. Sometimes you find yourself becoming stronger… as a result wiser and equipped to deal with the next big disaster that comes along. Sometimes… not always.”
Meredith Grey,
Season 8 Episode 8

“It might be hard for a surgeon to admit but there’s no shame in simply being human. It can be a relief to stop hiding… to except who you really are and let the world see you that way too. A little self-awareness never hurt anybody. Because when you know who you are it’s easier to know what you’re about and ultimately what you really need.”
Meredith Grey
Season 9, Episode 4


The Mandala

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While all mandalas are symbolic, I find this particular mandala to be particularly so. The color of the spectrum for Scorpio is Green-Blue which I chose for the outer two circles. These remind me of the ocean….vast and tremendously deep.

Next in from the outer rings are Twelve points in the pattern of 6+6. Six being the marriage of opposites it invites us to balance the masculine and feminine aspects of ourselves. I chose orange as I was invited in this cycle to work with 2nd chakra issues. The opposite of orange is blue. Twelve is symbolic of the perfect whole.

I chose black for the next circle as black invites us into the shadow-lands… to enter our own depths…to embrace mystery… in search of our truest Self.

Within this circle we find a seven petal flower: Seven symbolic of spirituality, intelligence, the occult or our mystical, metaphysical self – our highest Self… our Self beyond the self. To echo that higher symbolism I chose a red-violet – symbolic to me of our True Nature.

Around this flower Sandra drew 10 continuous loops. I don’t think she could have chosen a better symbol to represent the ongoing cycle of death, rebirth and perfection.  Metallic silver was selected for this image.

The central circle is connected to six lines that radiate to the edge of the mandala. I have not been able to find a meaning for this symbol in any of my resources…truly it puzzles me… but upon contemplation it does once again echo the six… In mirror image left to right so balance…yet unbalanced top to bottom. If we consider the horizontal line to be the surface of the earth, the heavens are completely balanced (2) the earth (4), would then be four unequal segments….there is work yet to be done.


The Month

“The soul is here to experience life…not to accomplish, not to conquer or not to acquire but to actually experience the fullness of life. To allow life to flow through us the good and the bad, the hard and the easy, the light and the dark… and the more you commit to examining that experience…to fully experiencing it and to cultivating this ability to being a witness to yourself and your life…to notice who you really are… the soul that exists behind this talking mouth and this thinking mind…the soul who is here connected to every other soul and connected to stardust and the Universe and all the other galaxies. That unbreakable… eternal.. that forever part of you…that deep true part of you… When you are present to everything… you get the true value of living life from a soulful place.”
Cheryl Richardson, Live FB Chat
Promoting Waking Up in Winter, out mid-December


Killing frost 2

The killing frost had come and marked the beginning of decline… of letting go…. of dying… and death. What was once lush, green and vibrant was now fragile and bowing its head in surrender.

Various levels of undress

The essence of this cycle for me is to get naked and reveal the truth about ourselves by acquiring a deeper connection to Self and the life we are meant to live. Trees are highly symbolic of this big “reveal”. Some let go of their clothing easily and willingly dive into the work of discovery,

Naked Tree

… others hang on for dear life and require wind and the storms of life to shake loose those things onto which they so desperately cling. This cycle was particularly windy! This branch, obviously dead weight, is actually resting on the ground but the tree just. Won’t. Let. Go.

Just can't or won't let go

Once naked, the trees reveal much about what they carry…like dead, lifeless branches (things that no longer serve or support a vibrant, passionate life)… Homes for others are also revealed… nests now empty and all the emotions that come with that… as well as questions about who we are now that the children are gone.

Empty Nest

There is also something quite magical about this time of year when all is being revealed… let go and laid bare. It rained one morning on my walk and I noticed beautiful droplets of water collecting at the end of the limbs of a tree. And as I walked, I found these little gems everywhere which delighted me so.  In person, they just glimmered with light.

Gems in the trees

So a reminder, then, to take time to slow down and look and find light and joy in simple things. But, what they said to me was quite revealing:   I noticed that I could not see the gems if I look at them against the sky. Against the light they disappeared. They need a dark background to show up.   So the question inspired by these little gems:  What’s hiding in the shadows? What requires dancing in the dark – or the shadow-lands – to be revealed?

The heart of the tree

This tree struck me dead in my tracks and made me so sad.  In it I see a heart… a heart out of place… a heart completely outside of the tree. How fulfilling can a life be if the heart is living outside of the body? Detached? Passionless? Completely beside itself instead of inside where it belongs.

I'm something else

Another image from this cycle was a tree growing out of a shrub…as if it was told to be something other than what it is… living half a life instead of in the fullness of what it actually is….instead of living a passionate life filled with the purpose for which it was intended. In this condition, it dwells as something less than the greatness for which it was destined. This is representative of a life lived to please the desires of others.

One day I plucked a small dead branch from a holly tree as I walked by and then thought better of it. Like the monarch butterfly who needs (actually requires!) the birthing process to be able to fly, each of us must do our own work. Certainly we can be a witness and listen to others, but the work of another truly belongs entirely to them.

And on went the work of this cycle… the big reveal… the naked time…of dancing in the dark. One of the tools for this cycle was a deeper dive into Natural/Circadian/Feminine Time with the wonderful Donna Iona Drozda. We need the quiet… we need the space… to be still… to connect to Self… and to allow ourselves to be loved into BE-ing. And be certain, if we’re not on the right path a nudge will come. I was really behind posting the Libra mandala last cycle…well into the 1st quarter of this cycle as a matter of fact. God, in the guise of Wasp, (a springtime being in a long line of springtime images this autumn) clinging to the side of an old recycling bin paid a visit and asked, “Are you aligning yourself with your goals? Are you procrastinating about something?” And on she went… needless to say, the post was completed within a day.
~ http://www.whats-your-sign.com/wasp-animal-symbolism.html

“Transition is movement from one part of life to a whole new one and it can feel like one long, scary, dark tunnel. But you have to come out the other side because what’s been waiting there might be glorious.”
Meredith Grey
Season 10 episode 16

As we neared the full moon, my thoughts began to drift to why we would do this big reveal? This intensive looking into the shadow-lands? All the deep diving… the housekeeping… house cleaning… the dancing in the shadow-lands at this particular time of year?  Within one month’s time and on the darkest nights of the year we will celebrate the coming of the Light. And, if we do the work, it will prepare us to not only celebrate the Light in a deeper and more meaningful way, but will prepare us to play a more active role in being Light Bearers.   It’s important to do a little self analysis… are we falling short? Where are we not whole? What is the need of repair? or clearing out?

“A doctor puts on his white coat to save lives… to defy death… but once he takes it off he is vulnerable just like anybody else. Human. We’re all going to die. We don’t get much say over how or when but we do get to decide how we’re going to live. So do it… decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out. And, decide. “
Richard Webber
Grey’s Anatomy

Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More compassionate?  The Light is coming… and these are Excellent “getting naked” questions. Ask the questions and breathe… get quiet…. connect. And decide.

Love, Hugs and Blessings,
L xoxxx

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