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This Full Moon could draw some strong emotions from the depths of our subconscious, as Scorpio is an emotionally intense sign that forces us to face the parts of ourselves we might not want to admit to! So often we project these unconscious, un-owned parts of ourselves onto other people, and this Moon could well make the unconscious more conscious. Full Moons are a time in the month when things come to a head emotionally, and anything that might have been simmering away below the surface comes rising up, demanding release. The Full Moon is also a time of fruition, when the energetic ball that was set in motion around the time of the New Moon reaches some kind of culmination and our intentions begin to bear fruit. The Taurus New Moon held the potential for recognising what we need to feel safe and secure and contemplating how we can work on our self-worth and empowerment. We also had the chance to recognise where we might be in need of change. The intentions we set then had the potential to really take root and manifest as reality, although we might have to be a bit patient. This Moon is a continuation of that process and could involve us purging or letting go of something in order to move forward.
The Sun is in down to earth, patient, sensual Taurus sitting directly opposite soulful, powerful, intensely emotional Scorpio and the key to the Full Moon is to find balance between the energy of the two signs. Taurus has a tendency to put her roots down and dig her heels in so deep that she finds it hard to make change, which can lead to getting stuck in a rut and stagnation. She can hold herself back from necessary growth because she is so concerned about staying safe and secure, or simply surviving, that she literally can’t see other possibilities. Scorpio, on the other hand, can quite easily pull the rug of security from under our feet in order to help us grow on a deep, soul level. We all want, and need, to grow at certain times during our lives, but we also fear the unknown and any threat to our emotional security. It’s human nature to resist change, unfortunately! When I think of Scorpio I think of the butterfly emerging from the cocoon or the phoenix rising from the ashes, as sometimes we need to experience a symbolic “death” of some kind in order for something better to be born in its place. Scorpio can take us to the depths of hell and back in order to teach us the necessary lessons and realign us with our true path. Hopefully that won’t be necessary during this Moon, however, as the aspects are generally quite gentle!
Scorpio is the sign that asks “Why?” and is the part of ourselves that seeks to understand our hidden motivations and desires, and also the psychological make-up of those close to us. She is quite psychic and is not afraid to dive into the shadows and face whatever she finds there, even if it’s not pretty. This Moon could involve us doing some shadow diving and sharing our deepest fears and more vulnerable parts with those close to us. This is what creates true intimacy, which is one of Scorpio’s specialities. We may find ourselves having to acknowledge that certain qualities and traits that we find abhorrent or upsetting in other people are in fact a part of us too. That’s why they bother us so much! So often people in our immediate environment mirror back the shadow parts that we are completely unaware of within ourselves, and during this Moon the onus is on us to be completely honest with ourselves and willing to own these shadows instead of blaming others for them.
While Taurus is that part of ourselves that is quite self-sufficient and self-reliant, Scorpio favours collaboration and asks us to surrender our sense of being a separate, independent being and merge with another (or others) to create something much greater than the sum of its parts. The danger here is that sometimes people become so merged with others that they lose all sense of themselves. Somewhere in the middle of Taurus and Scorpio is the answer; to allow ourselves to join forces with others, but in a self -reliant manner so that we are not relying on them to meet all of our needs.
Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio, is also forming a harmonious aspect to the Sun and Moon, which compounds the soulful, transformative energy of this Full Moon. Pluto calls for us to be emotionally honest and trust others enough to allow them to see our deeper, darker side. It also helps us to empower ourselves and step outside of any limiting situations, transforming our lives and relationships in a positive way. We won’t be getting a giant cosmic kick up the bum here, but rather the onus will be on us to step up to the plate. However, we will be supported if we are brave enough to do so. Pluto is sitting right next to Juno in Capricorn and Juno is stationary at the moment so her energy is particularly strong. Juno is the goddess of committed, long term relationships and marriage, and in Capricorn she is even more committed, although it could also feel a bit heavy and restricting. Pluto and Juno together can signify experiences within our relationships that cause changes and transformation deep within the depths of our soul. Deep, profound bonding and emotional honesty are possible, but this could also involve us experiencing the not so pretty parts of ourselves such as rage, jealousy, obsession, domination, power plays or manipulation. This aspect will certainly bring greater emotional intensity to our relationships and will also demand a deeper commitment, with absolute integrity and authenticity.
The other ruler of Scorpio is Mars, who is in communicative Gemini right now, while Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, is in Aries, which is ruled by Mars! This means that they are in mutual reception, so their energy is very strong. This calls for us to be very honest, candid and speak our minds without holding back. Indeed, with Mercury sitting right next to Uranus in Aries, we could find ourselves blurting out some truths that shock ourselves and others! We may have a strong desire to understand ourselves and others and the urge to communicate what we discover. It is quite possible that we will gain sudden insights and solutions to old problems, as Uranus can bring epiphanies and thoughts that come like bolts from the blue! Venus is also in Aries at the moment, so we have a lot of forthright, assertive, honest and brave energy for this Moon. This could help us to bare our souls, speak our truth and assert our needs, without fear or reservation. Aries is known for speaking first and thinking later, so we could find ourselves saying things that we can’t take back. However, as the Scorpio Moon wants to get to the heart of the matter anyway, this can only be a good thing! Better out than in!
Saturn and Uranus are forming a harmonious trine aspect to one another and the energy is building now, and will be exact on 19th May. Saturn and Uranus are two very different characters, as Saturn represents structure, authority, society and dictates “the rules”, while Uranus seeks to release us from conformity and rebels against any rules or “shoulds and shouldn’ts”. Uranus in Aries urges us to dare to be who we really are, rather than what our parents or society have conditioned us to be. Put the two together and we could find that we are able to question the powers that be without rocking the boat too much and also make our visions for the future (Uranus) more concrete and real (Saturn). This trine could help us to recognise where we have just been towing the line and how we can go about freeing ourselves from any restrictions to our freedom and the right to be ourselves. This is a good time to challenge authority, whether it be parents, teachers, bosses or the government, and stand up for our rights and freedom.
The Sabian symbol for this Moon, at 21° Scorpio, is interesting and seems to tie in nicely with the energy of the Saturn Uranus trine: “Obeying his conscience, a soldier resists orders”. This symbol speak for itself really, but Dane Rudyar speaks of “a readiness to face the results of a refusal to follow the authoritarian pattern of an aggressive society”. While culture and society may be a powerful, dominating force, it does not mean that we have to go along with it! We have the right to define and assert our own values and be our own person, so that we maintain “inner freedom” even if we still have to play by the rules somewhat. It seems that this Moon is calling for us to be true to ourselves and be utterly authentic, acting with the utmost integrity. Scorpio and Pluto encourage us to stand in our power, even if it means allowing ourselves to be a bit vulnerable and let our darker, un-owned parts reveal themselves instead of hiding in the shadows and running the show on an unconscious level! It is time for the butterfly to break out of the cocoon and be seen in all its glory! The cocoon may be safe, cosy and comfortable, but it is also extremely limiting compared to the freedom we will feel when we actually fly!
Photo – Transformation – Unknown