November’s New Moon in Scorpio and Major Arcana 13, Death

Meredyth Masterson
7 min readNov 5, 2021

“A farewell to my shadow is not my death; it’s my rebirth in darkness.” -Munia Khan

We begin this month’s moon cycle with the New Moon in Scorpio. We entered into Scorpio season on October 23rd and we will remain here until November 21st. Scorpio is a fixed water sign, meaning it asks us to go deep into our dreams and our primal desires.

When we tap into this energy, it’s like tapping into 250 million-year-old groundwater. We can drink from the energy that has always been present, and in so doing, we are replenished.

Death is the 13th Major Arcana card in the Tarot and is aligned with the Zodiac sign of Scorpio.

The Smith Ryder Waite Deck

In this card, we see the figure of death as a skeleton astride a white horse in full armor carrying a flag with a white rose. Like death, the color black absorbs all and like death, the color white as a prism includes all.

Life and death are both eternal, and so it is only the ego that fears death. The ego imagines itself as a personality, somehow separate from all of life, and in that way, superior to the order of the universe.

The Death card does not represent the moment of transformation and rebirth, but rather, the moment we surrender to change and give up the ego’s fidelity at all costs to the “I” in our personas.

It is true that transformation of the self at this stage will mean an egoic death, and will also mean rebirth into a greater fulfillment of our soul’s true purpose. The biggest challenge is that the outcome of the rebirth is unseen.

We see in The Light Seer’s deck that Major 13 is renamed Death ∞ Rebirth.

It is not possible for any birth or rebirth to take place without death and it is not possible for any death to take place without a rebirth.

When a baby is born, there is the death of a pregnancy and a post-partum experience of grief. Transformation and growth take place when what is ready to die away has long since been ready to go. After this recognition, the transformation can begin.

I experienced the death of my father when I was 10 years old. At that age, I wasn’t capable of contextualizing…

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Meredyth Masterson

I write about tarot, life, and I offer Moon manifestation rituals from a joy-informed perspective