Transcendent Obscurity: Black Moon 2016


Black Moon

New Moon in Scorpio

October 30/31, 2016

By Maharani Rutan©

The focus of my writing this year was primarily on full moons, eclipses, and major celestial events that I find primarily imperative to the human world view. This year has brought us many of them and though they were predestined in my blog December 2015 (read about them here), it still does not make it easy for many to handle.

However, on October 30, 2016 the new moon is particularly exceptional, thus having no choice but to share in the joyous yet magical event. At approximately, 1:38pm EST and 10:38 am PST pure magic will be on the moon as it will (could) turn pitch black; thus the reason for it to be known as the “Black Moon.”


Scientifically, there has been several theories that try to pinpoint the phenomenon of the black moon but no one has really came up with a proper hypothesis. The first theory is that within each season there are three new moons and when a season’s even number moon arrives, it is represented as a black moon. The second theory pertains to not having a full moon in the month of February and so on. To be honest, I fail to understand why everything has to be scientific. Rather, embracing the cosmos of the blessings is the most beautiful thing.

Perhaps some of us did not know, but October 30, 2016 is the 2nd Black moon. The first Black moon was on September 30, 2016. In September, people in Europe were able to see the void in the sky. I wish I could say a Black moon will be seen by the human eye but it will be pitch dark and if you look at the time this is occurring it means Halloween will be ghostly and dark; just what the ticker treaters wanted, or did they?


While the Catholic Church honors their saints on October 31 known as “All Hallows Eve” now known as Halloween, Hindus will take a different approach, a more joyous and spiritual approach, as they celebrate Diwali which is one of the richest, vibrant holidays of the Hindu culture.

Since I was born and raised in Gujarat until I was 10 years old, I can only elaborate on what I am familiar with and what I have experienced. Like any child in the United States, Christmas appears to be the favorite holiday and Deepawali was always mine.


Diwali has many names: Deepawali, Dipotsavi, and the more famous the festival of lights. Each region and each semi-culture (for example in Christianity there are Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, etc.) in Hinduism celebrates it differently, however the meaning is similar. Diwali is not only a time of celebration; it is a holiday of spirituality as well as a time of family gatherings.

Diwali is the most traditional holiday in Gujarat and this is primarily demonstrated through the way it is celebrated. While the rest of the culture may rejoice for 4 to 5 days, in Gujarat it could go on for 10 days depending upon how deeply involved the family wants to become in the ritual of it.


The Gujarati traditional fashion of Diwali is the festivities which begins with Agyaras, translated as 11th day of the month. This year it will be on 26th of October. Most Gujarati people will do a half-fast (will not eat half a day, eating only at night) and eat only specialty food prepared specifically for that celebration (a lot like the Jewish holiday). The Second day of Diwali is known as Vad Baras. As many know, cattle and cows are precious to many Hindus especially to those that live in the country. Vad is defined as payment or debt. Baras is translated as clearing. Thus, the complete translation is wiping the debts. Therefore, all cattle and cows are worshiped and all businesses stop and clear their ledgers, preparing their new ledgers to mark new entries later in the holiday. But the fun part about this day is also known as Vagh Baras which means tiger; some people dress as and paint themselves tigers and cattle, chasing each other, having fun, and eating together.

Dhanteras, Maharani’s favorite 2nd favorite day, will be celebrated on the 28th by all Hindus. This day is for the worship and honor of Goddess Luxmi whom represents wealth and prosperity; she will also be worshiped every day of the festival from this day forward. On this day every household (especially those that can afford it) will buy precious stones called (Ratna) usually one of a kind gold, silver, diamonds, emeralds, etc. Myth tells us that Luxmi is happy when you spend on Dhanteras and she will bless you all year long. I call it shop till you drop day!


October 29th and 30th are both considered Diwali celebration days; however, on the 29th it is to honor Goddess Kali or Shakti. This day is celebrated to conclude all evil and start fresh with Lord Hanuman protecting humans from evil spirts and negative energy. On the 30th the more significant celebration, which always falls on the new moon, is to worship and honor Goddess Luxmi by doing poja. It is also called the last night of the year (Hindu New Year eve). Many will see Indian homes decorated with colorful lights and drawn designs at their doorsteps to welcome Goddess Luxmi. Fireworks, dancing, singing, eating, and joy is to lure away bad spirits.

The sixth day, November 1, 2016, is called Bestu Varas or Kartak Sud Ekam translated to First day of the new month of the New Year. The fireworks begin at 4am and people from the villages collect sand from dried up ponds. Family and friends visit each other’s homes and exchange gifts and sweets. Thereafter, the holiday becomes more personal and spiritual for the following three days; with poojas, promises, and arti’s, as new beginnings and new promises for the New Year.

As long as I can remember, every time Diwali comes around my mom always says to me, “Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to me!” According to the Vedic Calendar (which was comprised not by date but according to the moon and the stars) my mother and I were both born on the same day (Diwali Day); Same time (during the ceremony when all business books were being blessed known as chopra poojan), same country, same state, same city, same hospital, and the irony is the woman who delivered her had a daughter who, in turn, delivered me in the same room. So yes, it’s a special day. Therefore, it’s a new beginning and a solar return.


A few days prior to the New Moon, known as the DARK MOON, energies are at their lowest points in preparation for the new cycle to commence. Each New Moon indicates an idea to excite new advancement in life. Relying on the dominance of the sign in which the New Moon falls in a personal VPA chart, drives on changeable levels are strong; be they blessed, objective, rational, or imminent. To find out how deeply involved this transformation will be if your focus is on western astrology and not VPA Chart, I would highly suggest you make an appointment with my recommended Astrologers and discuss if this is a signal of new beginnings or endings.

The new moon generally gives indications of opportunity to begin anew and to find the energy and courage to take a gamble. Negative thinking and having people control you will no longer be tolerated. Appreciating those around you, especially groups of people, who have similar backgrounds of spirituality and work will be your biggest virtue. Living in a box is no longer possible for many of you. Freedom, vision, revolution, revolt, and change will be the theme of this new moon.


The Moon in Scorpio marks a time of advanced ambition and desire. People may be feeling more self-confident and more motivating, as well as being moved and material. In general, responses at both ends of the spectrum are penetrating and likely to differ during this effect. Influences on an awful level could be made with members of the opposite sex with the Moon in Scorpio. Represented by the Scorpion, Scorpio relishes a mysterious and influential nature. Feelings of suspicion and retribution may rise; so distinctive restraint is required to evade clashes. The Scorpio Moon can be a component for control urges, which can often result in energy or even damaging urges.

The New Moon signals a period of expression. There is a desire to take conviction and begin something pioneering, be it a small alteration or a whole new path on your journey through this life cycle. The energy is right for making sudden modifications and outwitting your tendencies. This is the time to act from your soul and conviction.


The moon in Scorpio is not only about knowledge of your murkier side but to be accepting of the malicious parts within and clearing emotional state to heal and to help others like us through accepting and rectitude. We must go into our unconscious and find who we are to reach the plane of mysticism. Also it allows us to go inside of ourselves and find out why people do what they do and what is their resolve. Seek the deeper truth and don’t be frightened to change. You will have the prospect to grow again through the fire which we call time.

When the moon is in Scorpio, we become more familiar to buried or perplexing stimuli and our psychic probes may be motivated. This is a time for being occupied with supporting provocative switches, and for intense core obsessional thoughts or hungers. Recognizing behaviors and reactions creates power struggles. This New Moon is most promising for pursuing aid from your heavenly attention and Higher Power to soberly give the sovereignty to eliminate internal negativity. Zealous Influence is the prominence.


For all Scorpios, and those that have any houses in Scorpio, it is the most magical time of the year; it’s the limelight of the Phoenix. It’s time to let go of things that do not fit your requirements, the world is seeing you – discharge the craving and put on a mask that is suitable just for you. Keep steadfastness, drive, and muse. It will get somewhat strange. Remember that it’s all in the strategies used. Decide and understand the psychic powers of the Scorpio, and evoke they are often dreaded or respected; there is nothing in between.

The Moon in Scorpio marks a time of augmented appetite and desire. People may be feeling more powerful and more motivating, as well as being enforced and resourceful. In general, emotions at both ends of the continuum are heightened and likely to vary quite a bit throughout this guidance. Relations on a deep level could be made with members of the opposite sex with the Moon in Scorpio. Represented by the Scorpion, Scorpio enjoys a mysterious and perceptive environment. Feelings of suspicion and revenge may arise; so special caution is needed to avoid clashes.


As the moon in Scorpio characterizes Impetuous, Strong-minded, and Unpredictable, Daring, and vigorous nature, it is my suggestion for us to remain stable.

The New moon is astounding to many signs. It is my suggestion that you purchase a burgundy candle and carve your name through to the wick. Anoint the candle with mogra, and chant the Psalm 39. You may also choose to recite a mantra every morning until the next moon cycle.


Psalms and mantras are created to invigorate certain aspects of your life, but achieving the wanted outcome is contingent upon the quality of purpose. When it comes to finding nourishing relationships you will need a clear understanding of what your goal should be.

Mantras can be hard to enunciate for many but are an influential source of energy. The mantra for Scorpio moon is:


“Om Aing Kleeng Saug”

(Om aiiing Kleeeeng saa uuuh)

To call to the lord of peace and removal of any obstacles in your way; to keep up in balance from misplacing rage through obscurity and blurred energy.

Please note that I am not an Astrologer, rather, a Vedic Reader. Our foundation is the training to refine into Astrological predispositions, along with Vedic precautionary medicine, so that alteration and fluctuations occur with the apparition of modesty and spiritual inclination rather than forced changes which could sometimes create chaos or the breaking of alliances.


It is a time of festivity, pooja’s, and gratitude. It represents the first day of our lives. It is when we are called to embark on a modification in our lives; to be a little more charitable, merciful, and sympathetic. If you are a Hindu, I really suggest embracing this holiday and wish you the best of Diwali. May Luxmi bless you with all of her splendor.

Maharani Rutan©

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