Progressed Moon in Scorpio or 8th House

The Progressed Moon represents your evolving needs, relationships, and general emotional state. When your PR Moon sign or house changes, your current needs change, and therefore so does your life. During the shift from Libra to Scorpio (or natal 7th house to 8th), survival becomes your greatest priority. You are entering a pyschology-oriented phase, which lasts about 2.5 years for the Scorpio progression and anywhere from 1-4 years for the 8th house progression, depending on house size. Both of these transits are notoriously difficult for anyone who does not have a natal Scorpio or 8th house moon. The reason for that is because the Moon is exalted in Scorpio’s opposite sign, Taurus, and therefore uncomfortable or in its Fall in Scorpio.

When your PR Moon was in Libra or your 7th house, you were focused on partnerships and social graces. The most uncomfortable things for you at that time were loneliness, ugliness and anything undignified. You sacrificed much (including personal power) to find balance and make sure all your relationships ran smoothly. Libra can wildly swing back and forth trying to find a happy medium, so you may have been a bit argumentative or contrary, and had trouble making decisions! But once PR Moon enters Scorpio/H8, get ready for some significant changes. This may be the most difficult next few years of your life. If you’ve weathered a few, then you know what you’re in for!

Are you comfortable with the emotional intensity this Pluto-ruled sign will bring? If so, you may be able to handle what’s ahead. If not, be prepared for some trying times. Scorpio is an extremist, and everything that happens will be all or nothing during this progression. The change from Libra to Scorpio is a bit shocking, because Libra is an Air sign, and is all about appearances and looking good. Scorpio is a deep-feeling Water sign that cares for none of that! It wants the naked, often ugly truth, right down to the bare bones. In addition, where Libra oscillates between two choices, Fixed Scorpio makes one and sticks with it. There is no going back with this sign…it burns bridges as it walks, and the match was lit deliberately.

So…what’s going to happen when you transition to PR Scorpio Moon? If you are in a committed relationship (Libra) that you’ve been ignoring some serious red flags about, say goodbye. If you have friends that are fickle or flighty, or a lot of superficial acquaintances, watch their backs as they leave. Scorpio wants the most loyal and true of connections, those who are most intimate (on an emotional level, not just physical). The rest will be ripped away from you, whether you’re ready or not. You’ll find out who your true friends are soon enough, because Scorpio is also about the darkness. Who will hold your hand when you’re in it?

Especially with the 8th house progression, you may find out if you can take an existing partnership (7th house) to the next level of intimacy and trust. Because the 8th house is about that which we can’t control, and at a deeper level of closeness, you relinquish your power. That’s what’s so interesting about the Scorpio/H8 Moon progressions: although this is a very control-focused sign, it’s really a consequence of not having power and trying to gain some back! Both Virgo and Scorpio are an awkward 150º away from Aries, the start of the Zodiac, and they must compromise. Virgo regains control via focusing on details. Scorpio is another animal; it’s entire modus operandi is self-protection, and covert actions that involve deeper psychological understanding.

The sooner you can accept that you ultimately have no control during this progression, the faster you will be able to move on from whatever situation you find yourself “stuck” in. Being a Fixed sign, often events that happen during Scorpio or H8 moon progressions are long-term. And don’t listen to the hype about Scorpio being sex-crazed; this sign is actually very hesitant to enter into physically intimate relationships, again, because it really dislikes giving up its power. So if you aren’t in a partnership when this progression begins, don’t be surprised if you want to remain single the entire time! If you do enter a sexual relationship, it will only be with someone you have built trust with…or in dark Scorpio times, are strategically using. If you are already with someone you trust, this can be a great time to explore deeper, more authentic intimacy.

The other issue present during PR Moon in Scorpio and especially the 8th house is debt and shared resources. This means that your debt may become a serious issue, or you may inherit from a loved one, or your partner’s finances may be a wreck, or you may have to deal with a tax situation. Any money that is not solely yours (Taurus/2nd house stuff) is up for scrutiny. Again, because you don’t have complete control over these resources…you share them with a bank, the government, your spouse, etc. Or, they came to you through someone’s passing.

Death is another subject you may have to face. Not necessarily your own, but a loved one may pass in order to give you the opportunity to deal with your inner hangups/feelings about the transformation of death. If you’re already comfortable with it, you can act like a pillar of strength and comfort to others because you are good with uncomfortable topics and situations during this progression. You are fascinated by human emotion and their reactions. And you are very observant of others right now!

Your emotional state during this progression will be rather fixedly calm (which is nice), especially in the face of a crisis as mentioned above. But you may also be in a low-level depressive state for the whole of this progression as well. Do not be afraid to get counseling, as this is a great time for psychoanalysis. You have the strength and quite honestly, fascination, to deal with your demons right now. It’s actually stagnation that will make you despair. When the PR Moon is in a Fixed sign, you tend to reject change, even if it will be good for you! There’s something very dogged and stubborn about Scorpio…it wants to go down with the ship.

This is also a great progression for learning about darker, more taboo subjects, or studying astrology/tarot/psychology on an intense level. This progression will put you in some situation that strips away all superficialities in your life, and forces you to realize you can survive without the things you thought you needed. This is also a progression about regaining your own power, but it order to regain it, you must have it taken away. Maybe your significant other will leave you, or friends reject you, or you’ll go bankrupt, or someone you love will die, but whatever it is, the lesson you’ll learn is that you can survive (and even thrive) in the face of literal or figurative death. You are transforming, and the first part of that transformation is an ending, but the second part is a new beginning. My favorite depiction of Scorpio is the mythical phoenix, who rises from its own ashes.

In general, this Lunar progression is hard for everyone, but easiest for people with natal Moon in Scorpio and less difficult for other Water signs (Cancer, Pisces). This progression will be the most challenging for people with a different natal Fixed Moon (Taurus, Leo, Aquarius). Remember for both the Scorpio and 8th house progression that right now, your light burns brightest the darker it gets in the room.


17 thoughts on “Progressed Moon in Scorpio or 8th House

  1. This was the best description of Progressed Moon in Scorpio that I have come across. My PR moon will be in Scorpio on Sept 23, 2017. I am kinda looking forward to it. I do a lot of unconscious work and dive deep into my unconscious daily. And I am sure that there will be a lot of curve balls thrown my way during these next 2.5 years.


    1. Thank you Kamora! I guess you’ve already started your Scorpio lunar progression at this point….sorry for the late reply, I didn’t check my blog for a while!…I hope you are handling it alright! That’s a great plan of action, just delve deep into yourself and do not fear the darkness hon. Please check in from time to time and let me know how you are doing!


  2. Thank you for this article. My Moon progressed into Scorpio in August 2016 and I must say it has been one of the toughest times in my life. Like all hell wanted to come up to surface for me to acknowledge it. I feel like it’s what I need, and it’s the only way to progress in my life.
    I died and got back to life again (emotionally, spiritually) many times in the last two years…There were the darkest times, when I was lying in bed all day wishing to die, but then I just got up, shaken it off and felt life celebrating itself in me again. I let go of so much and there are still things and beliefs to shed.
    I’ve isolated myself for months and let my emotions come to the surface and consume me alive…
    Now I feel that the peak is over, but in a way it’s still ongoing and it’s still intense. But now I trust and let go more easily and even started to enjoy the ride and am open to it.

    I have natal Cancer Moon conjunct Mars and both square Pluto, but still, these seem to be extremely challenging times.


    1. I’m sorry you’re going through that! I remember that period of my life well, and had similar challenges/experiences. I can tell you without hesitation that it gets better towards the end, and once PR moon enters Sag it gets MUCH better! Hang in there hon ❤

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  3. Thanks for your article, just came across this. I am about half way through PR moon in scorpio, but also in my 12th house. I identify with the process you mention about having one’s power taken away in order to regain it anew…I am definitely amidst this but so far have gained little perspective on why its happening, or how I might benefit eventually. Currently it feels like a powerless swamp where every move lacks meaning or progress and makes little to no mark outside myself. But then again, it also feels strangely calm; I have no ability to fight against it and I’m watching life play out from the sidelines. Does the breakthrough of understanding come only after changing signs or house? Thanks again.


    1. Ugh, you poor thing…I remember going through that a few years ago! Only it must be more confusing and emotional with the 12th house involved, which is a blind spot and where you can’t see anything clearly. The good news is you are going to have such a profound change when your PR moon enters Sag and your 1st house! If you want to email me your birth details I can see exactly when that will be for you. It’s going to be a whole new cycle for you, and the fire energy is going to be off the charts! My whole life changed when PR moon entered Sag (I’m halfway through it now) and it’s been WAYYYY better, and I didn’t even have the H12 to H1 change you are going to experience. It will be like a whole new you!

      My advice to you Sarah would be don’t bother fighting anything right now, just go with the flow and do you and journal and meditate, and really take care of yourself and find happiness wherever you can. The more you can let go and have solid faith (Scorpio is able to have that intense knowing more than any other sign) that everything is happening just as it is supposed to and that things will be revealed when the time is right, the better you will feel. My Scorpio PR moon experience was horrible, but looking back I wouldn’t trade any of it because it changed me into a person I love. Let me know how you are doing! Thank you so much for reading my article and commenting!


  4. This is so incredibly accurate to describe my experience over the past 6 months. I feel like I am totally out of control of my emotions (rage being the ugliest of them all) and I am generally noticing I feel powerless about my life experiences. I currently have a toddler and a baby on the way and my husband and I are struggling (like really really struggling) to make ends meet financially. To say it’s an intense time is an understatement. I’m really looking forward to this time being over and to be able to feel some levity again — but sadly that won’t be until August of 2020. This is also particularly intense because I have my Sun in Taurus opposing Uranus in Scorpio…nervous about when the pr. Moon will conjunct that natal Uranus and oppose my Sun. Sigh. I guess surrender is the only way through this.


    1. Wow, you do have a lot on your plate right now Danielle! You are totally accurate…surrender is the only way through. I’m sorry to hear about your financial struggles, and I remember that feeling well from my own PR Scorpio moon experience. I found that if I focused on exactly what I needed EACH day without thinking about next week or next month, I did just fine and made the most of everything that came my way. I would expect shakeups once your PR moon is about 1-2º conjunct your natal Uranus (I had the same aspect!) but they don’t have to be bad at all. Change can be quite a blessing! I had PR Scorpio moon oppose my PR sun at the same time, which is similar to the natal opposition you will go through. It just meant that everything was coming to a head, but it all turned out just fine for me and if you focus on what you have and appreciate that as I did at that time, it will for you too ❤


  5. Thank you so much for the information. I’m going into the first month of my scorpio Progress Moon and I can already feel it. I am a Pisces Sun, Gemini Rising, Moon in Scorpio (conjunct Pluto). I reached out to get therapy help for the first time because I know this will be a difficult time for me. I am far away from family, friends, and my partner of 3 years is starting to distance herself. The more I want to connect the farther she goes…she is the love of my life and I’m really afraid this PM is going to make this relationship very difficult. Any advice? I am going to try and exercise more, take therapy, and meditate, but work isninsanely stresssful and the relationship is testing me. How can I cherish this and not go so dark?


    1. First off, I feel for what you’re going through ❤ It's tough to know you're going into a phase that will test you. But the good news is that you may have an easier time than most thanks to your natal scorpio moon, because you are already accustomed to intensity! Getting therapy is a GREAT IDEA right now…good for you!! That really is the best way to make the most of PR Scorpio moon, diving in and excavating. I wish I could give you assurance about your partner…you are right, this progression will probably test the intimacy and authenticity of your connection. But I think you have a great game plan (meditation is KEY!) and know that if this is the right relationship for you, then you will both come out of this stronger than ever. Keep me posted on how you're doing!! xx


  6. Hello Abby! Hope that you are well. I am wondering if you are able to feel a shift in the energy when your PR moon aspects your natal planet. My PR moon is about to Conjunct Uranus in Scorpio in the 8th house. This might be interesting and intense….. Fantastic article! You are an amazing writer. So insightful 🙂


  7. Such a relief to find this post.. Thank you.. The last three years have been unbearably lonely and definitely with a dark night of the soul quality…My deepest darkest demons have surfaced and there has only been one friend to support me through this now and then.. Everyone else disappeared including my family.. I was almost in tears to find this post as I realised in five months time I shift into the ninth which is when I am planning on saying goodbye to my country and moving to Bali to start over.. A new beginnings:) How incredible is Astrology!!
    Although this has been beyond intense.. I am no longer the person I was before and am more in grace as these last months tick over.. Thank you again for sharing this post. Beyond grateful for the clarity that im not going crazy, doomed to my room hidden away for eternity..


    1. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been going through that 😦 I really hope things get better for you soon! If it’s any consolation, I had a hard time during my PR moon in Scorpio, but when I look back it really gave me an inner strength I cherish now. The more you can handle on your own, the more you can trust in yourself for the rest of time, no matter who/what comes and goes. I hope you find the gifts in your darkness ❤


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