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This Full Moon is an ideal time for letting go of anything that is holding us back from being all we can be. Scorpio is the energy of transformation, of death and rebirth, and asks us to release ourselves from any limitations, whether that be beliefs, relationships, jobs, fear of intimacy, fear of success. We might be very aware of what needs to change at this point. We are coming out of a very intense time with the recent Cardinal Grand Cross and Eclipse season and now we are assimilating and integrating the changes that have occurred both internally and externally. We have just been through a profound shift and it will take some time to sink in methinks! We are currently downloading new information into our energy fields, which could make us feel a bit more tired than usual.
The good news is that we have a beautiful Grand Water Trine to help us along, strengthening our intuition, increasing our compassion and empathy and generally soothing us after the intensity of the past few months. This Grand Trine is very much part of this Full Moon and brings a wonderful mixture of the healing nature of Chiron, the faith, growth and expansion of Jupiter and the stability and realism of Saturn. It can really help us move forward and grow in a concrete way. Our intimate and familial relationships can benefit greatly from the healing nature of this trine but it is important to remember that it is easy to take trines for granted because they are very gentle in nature. They don’t push us in quite the same way as squares and oppositions do. The Grand Trine reaches a peak around the 20th of May and anybody with planets or angles between 16 to 20 degrees of the signs, especially Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, will feel its effects most strongly.
The Sun is currently in earthy, sensual and fertile Taurus, sitting directly opposite the Moon in intense, passionate and transformational Scorpio. Full Moons tend to highlight any imbalance between the energies of the two signs and the key is to find the healthy middle ground. Taurus represents our need for security and if this is taken too far it can mean that we find it hard to make necessary changes because it means upsetting the status quo, no matter how uncomfortable that might be. Security takes precedence over growth and Taurus can “put up with” situations long past the point that they are healthy. Scorpio, on the other hand, is the energy of transformation and has a strong need to shed its skin periodically in order to move forward and be born anew. Scorpio digs deep below the surface and drags out the dirty secrets, uncomfortable truths and anything else that might be lurking in the shadows. She demands emotional honesty, no matter how uncomfortable or painful that may be. Taurus is the sign of values and self-worth and shows what talents and skills we have in the tool kit that make us feel good about ourselves and attract love and abundance into our lives. Scoprio represents our desires. This Moon may highlight the way we hold ourselves back from having all that we deserve or desire through fear or a lack of belief in our own worth. It has the potential to bring our fears and limiting beliefs to the surface to be examined and released. We will see what comes rising up from the deep as the energy reaches its peak on Wednesday!
Venus, the ruler of the Taurus Sun, is a big player in this Full Moon and is forming an exact, challenging square aspect to Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio. This has the potential to bring anything that has been simmering below the surface of our relationships bubbling up to the surface. Pluto does have quite a volcanic energy and in Capricorn he demands authenticity, empowerment and integrity. Where are we giving our power away and where are we disempowering others? It is important to be aware of the potential for the extremes of emotion to rise up within our relationships during this Moon, which could include rage, jealousy, obsession, suspicion, betrayal and intense passion. Pluto leaves no stone unturned and in connection to Venus could mean that the dirty laundry gets hung out to dry, so to speak! This Moon could certainly have a profoundly transformational effect on our relationships, that’s for sure.
Just after Venus squares Pluto she then moves on to a conjunction with Uranus, who demands that we are utterly true to ourselves. Any relationships that are not a reflection of our truth are going to wither under the pressure of the Pluto Uranus square and even those that aren’t could receive a good old fashioned shake up! Uranus cannot abide stagnation and will do whatever he can to clear away anything that might be preventing us from being all that we can be. This is a great time to get rid of any unnecessary weight or baggage; clearing the decks, so to speak. As Venus is the ruler of Taurus it also represents our values, self-worth and how we attract money and love into our lives, so we could experience this energy as an overhaul of our value system and the way we think of ourselves. It may become glaringly obvious how we hold ourselves back from love, intimacy and abundance through fear or a lack of self-esteem.
Venus is currently in Aries, the sign ruled by Mars, while Mars is in Libra, the sign ruled by Venus. They formed an exact opposition to each other on Sunday and the energy will still linger for this Full Moon. They are getting a taste of each other’s energy and could bring about a positive change in the way we relate to one another. Venus in Aries encourages us to go out and get what we want and not be afraid to assert our needs in our relationships. Aries is brave and impulsive and not afraid to try new things, so this Moon really could be a game changer in the way we relate to each other. Don’t be afraid to speak up and try something new on for size! This applies whether you are single or in a relationship. Aries is the sign of the pioneer and will boldly go forth where others fear to tread! Luckily Mercury is forming a positive aspect to both Venus and Mars, which will definitely help us speak our minds and keep conversations flowing. It should help us both assert ourselves and listen to what the other person is saying. Mars finally goes direct on the 19th of May! This is wonderful news, and should give us more energy, drive and motivation to move forward with our plans and dreams.
Saturn is sitting right next to this Moon in Scorpio, opposite the Sun. This aspect was exact on Saturday but it will be present up to and during the Full Moon. Saturn makes us very aware of what is lacking in our lives. It is possible that we could feel a little low and we should do our best not to focus on our fears, insecurities and limitations. It may be all too easy to dwell on what is missing from our lives but, rather, we should utilise the energy of the Grand Trine and think about what we need to do to bring what we want, need and deserve into our lives. We could experience quite a profound sadness and sense of loss as we realise what we really desire, but instead of drowning in the emotions we should merely use them to recognise what we need to let go of and what we need to find in order to bring us closer to it. Saturn shows us the cold, hard facts and they can be hard to bear sometimes, especially in such a deeply emotional sign as Scorpio. This is a good time to confront our shadows and acknowledge how we hold ourselves back from having what we truly want for ourselves. Often what we want the most is also what we fear the most and it is this very fear that blocks us.
This is powerfully potent Moon indeed. This could be a good time to be really honest with ourselves and think about how we hold ourselves back from what we really want. Scorpio asks us to take a long hard look at ourselves, even if we don’t like what we see. She isn’t afraid of the shadows; those parts of ourselves we usually keep hidden from view. The more we can allow ourselves to truly trust others, allowing ourselves to share our fears and vulnerabilities, the closer and more intimate our relationships will become. Not only that, the better we will know ourselves and the more understanding we will have of how we sabotage ourselves. We really are our own worst enemies half the time! This seems like the kind of Full Moon that will strip the veil of illusion away and, like the snake shedding its skin, we will emerge shiny and new, minus some dead weight. This isn’t the time to stay safe and comfortable. This Moon won’t allow that. This is the time to face our fears so they can be released, once and for all.