SCORPIO FULL MOON / TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE - 16 May 2022
Exact at 5.14 UK time (BST)
This is an incredibly potent Moon, with so much powerful planetary energy surrounding it! Not only that, but the Moon is full in the incredibly intense and transforming sign of Scorpio, which always causes us to sit up and take notice, as Scorpio energy tends to be a catalyst for soul growth! Eclipses bring considerable shifts in consciousness and also represent a new chapter, bringing about endings and beginnings and setting the tone for the next 6 months, until the next set of eclipses. What happens around this time, the things we say and do and the experiences we have can have a profound impact on our lives that is more far reaching than your average full Moon. Eclipses bring an opportunity for an evolutionary leap, which isn’t always easy!
When we have a Total Eclipse it means that the Sun and Moon are sitting right on top of the Nodes of the Moon and this time it is activating the Scorpio/Taurus axis. An Eclipse brings the potential for us to shift out of our comfort zones and take a step forward in our soul growth, not to mention this being a very fateful and karmic time. The Nodes are also known as the Destiny Line and whenever they are highlighted we are prompted, encouraged and even pushed forward towards the growth and evolution that the North Node sign represents. The South Node represents any negative or unhealthy Scorpionic traits and behaviour that we need to release and shed so that we can move forward towards the Taurus North Node, embracing the positive qualities of this earthy, stable nature loving sign.
Ultimately we are being asked to integrate the qualities of the Taurus and Scorpio, taking the helpful, healthy qualities of each sign so that we can move forward and grow. Just because we are being prompted towards The Taurus North Node it doesn’t mean that we need to leave Scorpio behind altogether, but rather let go of any qualities that might be hindering us. On a collective level, Taurus and Scorpio represent the economy and financial system, so it is quite likely that it will come into focus in the coming months. We are currently being prompted to minimise any dependency we may have on money lenders, sticky karmic financial ties, banks and those who may have power over us financially. The Taurus North Node is calling for us to be more self-sufficient, to strip back and simplify our lives and finances, focusing on the essentials and what truly holds value for us. Taurus invites us to go outside, connect with nature, grow our own vegetables and develop practical skills that will help us as we move forward.
With the Full Moon in Scorpio we have the potential for secrets to be revealed and some darker material to come to light, both in our personal lives and the collective. Scorpio is the part of us that isn’t afraid to dig around in the shadows and bring up whatever murky material we may find there! It can be quite uncomfortable to confront and expose our tender underbelly, but it can be deeply transforming and incredibly cathartic to do so. Indeed, we may have no choice in the matter! Scorpio is a deeply psychological sign that can really penetrate to the heart of the matter.
With the South Node in Scorpio, in recent times we have collectively experienced the rug being pulled out from under us, over and over again, not to mention a lot of drama, intrigue and emotional intensity that can become quite addictive but has also left a whole host of psychological issues in its wake. The Taurus North Node calls for us to find a greater sense of self-reliance, tranquility and stability, getting ourselves to a place whereby we are empowered and resilient enough not to be completely toppled over when someone or something tries to pull the rug out from under us. Taurus helps us to meet our own needs, so we are not so dependent on others and can survive if the proverbial shit hits the fan.
Saturn in Aquarius is forming a challenging Square to the Sun, Moon and Nodes during this Full Moon/Eclipse, adding considerable tension to the overall picture and could prove to be quite testing for the economy. On the one hand this could symbolise greater authority and power over the financial system through the use of technology, which could play out over the next 6 months. Indeed, with Saturn in Aquarius, technology is being used more and more as a form of control and censorship. The “flick of a switch” can potentially wield a great deal of power over our lives! Saturn is also the part of us that feels fear, causing us to contract, restrict, pull back and exert more control and caution, specifically around all things financial in this particular case. However, Saturn also calls for us to be more accountable for the kind of world we want to live in and to be willing to take responsibility for coming up with solutions and alternatives. Necessity is the mother of invention!
Instead of falling into fear we are invited to contemplate ways that we can be more self-sufficient and less reliant on those in power. The old order is falling away and becoming obsolete, so we are being prompted to become part of the new world that we would like to give birth to in its place. Saturn invites us to take the long view, to be realistic about what we can do, on a very practical level, to play our part in this ongoing transformation that we are here to witness on Earth at this time. It is our choice whether to fall into fear and cling on to the crumbling, antiquated structures or to get excited about what possibilities lie ahead.
Anyone with personal planets or angles around 24° of a sign, especially the Fixed signs Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, will feel the heavy weight of Saturn most acutely, not to mention this Scorpio Moon’s capacity to pull the rug out from underneath us and force us to confront ourselves. Saturn certainly can bring a big reality check that isn’t easy, and can feel quite inhibiting and restrictive. This could be quite a testing Moon, that’s for sure.
With Aquarius’s ruler Uranus currently in Taurus and starting to move towards a conjunction with the North Node in July/August, we are called to change our perspective, think outside of the box and come up with some innovative solutions around money, the capacity to sustain ourselves and the skills needed to survive and thrive. Uranus in Taurus does bring the potential for a complete overhaul and revolution of our financial system, which is probably both inevitable and necessary. What that looks like, however, remains to be seen. It is quite possible that the next few months will be very telling indeed.
It certainly feels like everything is becoming more and more digital and robotic, which seems somewhat inevitable with Uranus, the planet of technology in Taurus, the sign of the economy and nature! However, Uranus is also our inner innovator and our true self beyond societal conditioning, so we are also being called to remember our true authentic nature and connect with the land and the natural world. What kind of ingenious ways can we come up with to live more in harmony with nature? This is our past, our present and our future. It will certainly be quite interesting to see where things go in the coming months, as some will fully embrace the new technology with all its possibilities and “conveniences”, while others will feel the call back to nature, preferring to go off grid and feeling a deep resistance to the potential control that the increased use of technology could bring. Many will probably straddle both worlds. Modern technology does have a lot to offer, within reason, of course!
Mercury is now well and truly retrograde in chatty, curious Gemini, and will head back into slower moving Taurus on 23 May, a sign that likes to “chew the cud”! Mercury is retrograde from 10 May until 2 June, which always brings the potential for miscommunications and misunderstandings, although it is important to be mindful of this yet retain a sense of humour about the whole thing! While Mercury is retrograde we have a chance to slow down and reflect, potentially going back over things, reviewing, re-doing, re-visiting, re-organising, renewing, revising. There is a restrospective energy to a Mercury retrograde which helps us to look back so that we can tie up loose ends and see what we might have missed the first time around. It even has the potential to bring people back from the past if we have unfinished business with them. Old memories could bring significant clarity and understanding and help us to move on.
Jupiter moved into Aries on 11 May, which feels like a significant shift, with the King of the Gods in the sign of action! It makes me think of a superhero, so it could really help us to find the courage to take some risks and do anything we may have been putting off. The sky’s the limit with Jupiter in such a brave, impulsive, enthusiastic sign! Aries is also a very assertive and sometimes aggressive sign, however, and with the biggest planet travelling through the sign of war for the next year there is the potential for an escalation in this area. Jupiter tends to magnify the energy of the sign that it is in.
Mars, the ruler of Aries, is joining forces with Neptune in sensitive Pisces during this Moon, which on the one hand could help us to somehow know intuitively when it’s the right moment to act, as if we are being guided and motivated by something larger than ourselves. Mars is our capacity to act and assert ourselves, our desires and motivation, and combining with Neptune in Pisces we may not be very motivated or energetic at all! Indeed, we might be quite confused about what we want and may prefer to keep that peace rather than asserting ourselves or going after our desires. If we do need to assert ourselves then Neptune helps us to do so in a gentle manner, with compassion, kindness and sensitivity, although there is also the potential for some passive aggression! Mars is a positive force during this Moon, helping us to find our sacred warrior.
There is another significant conjunction during this Moon, as Chiron the Wounded Healer and Venus are joining together in Aries, exact on 15 May. This does bring the potential for some painful experiences within our relationships, whereby we are somehow triggered, hurt or wounded in some way. Aries is a very direct, forthright sign that has a tendency to act first and think later, but can also bring things out into the open and doesn’t certainly doesn’t have an agenda. As such, while it may be somewhat painful it could ultimately clear the air and force us to be honest with ourselves and our loved ones. Chiron does also have the capacity to bring great healing to our relationships. Anyone with personal planets or angles around 14° of a sign, especially the cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, will feel this energy most acutely. Interesting that it coincides with a Scorpio Full Moon, which is already emotionally intense!
The Sabian symbol for this Moon, at 23° Scorpio, makes perfect sense considering the planetary energy surrounding this Moon: ”American Indians making camp after moving into a new territory”, which Dane Rudyar describes as “ The ability to adjust swiftly to a new situation by tuning in to its requirements. He who lives in harmony with nature, moving on as new needs arise, finds himself intuitively at home everywhere. He does not make demands upon life, for he has identified himself with the great rhythms of the biosphere and he functions at peace with what they produce. This is a message of the American Indian culture which European invaders so wantonly and meaninglessly destroyed nearly everywhere. Western man has lost faith in life because he wants to dominate and enslave manifestations.This symbol brings to us a message we greatly need today – the message of peaceful adaptation to nature, and through adaptation, of EFFICIENT FUNCTIONING in all life situations.”
Well, this symbol really does make sense, considering the North Node in Taurus, which is the main focus of this Eclipse! It is important to bear in mind that the energy of this Moon will be playing out over the next few months, so let’s hope that we are able to harness the energy of Mars and Neptune and know intuitively what to do and when the time is right to act. Scorpio is a highly transforming sign and its ruler, Pluto is coming close to the end of its stay in Capricorn, the sign of patriarchal authority and structure. The old order is falling away and we are here to witness the rebirth, helping the Phoenix rise from the ashes. As Saturn reminds us, we are all responsible, each in our own way, for the new world that is currently coming into being. May we all listen to our hearts and follow the calling of our soul so that when the time comes to make change, we are ready and know what to do. Out of the ashes we shall rise!
Painting - Into the Light by The Art with a Heart by Charlotte Phillips