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The Scorpio Full Moon of May 2019
May 18th, 2019 5:11 PM EDT
"The Moon for the Misbegotten" or
The Time for Deep Emotional Understanding
This Sunday, we can experience the intensity of a fixed sign full moon in Scorpio which naturally opposes the Sun in the fixed sign of Taurus... but this time also opposes Mercury too! This full moon will not be a time for excessive chatter, long conversations, or drawn out speculative thinking... It will definitely be a feeling Moon with the unresolved issues in your life and the need for a depth of knowing how you feel taking center stage!
Some astrologers would say that this Full Moon is among the most challenging in the astrological year... Whenever there is a fixed sign full moon (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) there will be significant obstacles, challenges, dilemmas that each of us will have to face (the intensity of any of these moons will depend on what planets are in your natal alignment pattern- so IF you are a Taurus or A Scorpio and/or have those signs prominent in your chart with planets located in those signs, then this full moon will have more impact and yield more dramatic effects!
Annie Botticelli(anniehelpsyou.com) outlines the complexities of this full Moon in these words:
"Full Moon at 27° of Scorpio (also with Venus in Taurus Conjunct Uranus in Taurus) — Fullness, completion, drama, breakthroughs [breakdowns?] come in the areas of all things Scorpio (money, intimacy, relationships, mystical and psychological pursuits and more! ... Venus and Uranus conjunct in Taurus brings massive increase in intensity for better or worse. Surprises in love and money are very likely and 'earthshaking' and 'groundbreaking' events (possibly 'literally') are more likely, again for better or worse."
This full moon in Scorpio, for better or worse, is known as the moon of secrets...
As it is said in traditional astrology, "[You can be sure that Scorpios will never tell you everything! They dwell in the land of secrecy, power, intrigue and when poorly aspected, deception!
Now it is also traditionally said that Scorpios delve deeply into core of their experiences, into the root of their feelings, so they are natural detectives and vehemently pursue their own meanings to any mysteries... So that might be the reason why they defer or evade... why they are not telling you everything!
Because of the opposition to Mercury in this full moon, I will speak briefly about deception or misinformation or unreliable explanations that leads to misunderstandings...
Secrets and the holding onto to information-pro and con- can be a burden and a responsibility... and once in a while, a delight...
As Diana McMahon Collis, in this month's Mountain Astrologer ( page 91) puts it:
"with safety and loyalty at stake, some secrets can not be passed on, and lips remain sealed! Yet, as psychology author John Bradshaw states, secrets can be a source of trauma- particularly handed down in families. Secrets revealed and acknowledged can bring healing , even if they are not widely shared... She goes on to add:
"Not all secrets relate to something negative, of course! there may be a good reason... such as plans for a surprise party!
Occasionally, it is preferable to keep a matter to ourselves, simply because sharing the information would make someone else's life awkward, or because we have been sworn to secrecy.
Diana adds later... "we should be cautious about what we are being told, as information may not be reliable."
I can validate these dimensions of secrecy... It is one of the principal reasons for my belief is that happy relationships depend on 90% honesty... Over the years of working with people on wide ranging issues from marriage compatibility to addictive behaviors, I have found it to be true that some things are best left unsaid or not expressed because they can be unnecessary, hurtful, and might even prove to be cruel... and 2) there are some issues or problems that belong to one partner alone from their past or early traumas etc., and need to be resolve by them alone... . (yes, a spouse/friend can be supportive etc., but they have to be careful... its not their problem!)
The other side of the problem is also true- "telling it as it is" or "speaking one's truth... while valuable for autonomy and authenticity, can be selfish, arrogant, and hurtful... Speaking one's truth, as I see it, benefits from compassion and consideration, unless it is an extreme "wake up!" event!
Eugene O'Neil was one of America's foremost playwrights. Among his many thoughtful (and sometime gut wrenching plays) Among them would be Long Days Journey into Night, Desire Under The Elms, The Iceman Cometh, and East of Eden...
In his play, Moon for the Misbegotten, we are given a classic case of deception, addiction, avoidance of responsibilities and other truculent and difficult human feelings... Among the notable lines in the play that could refer to this week's full moon would be:
Josie: "I've often suspected you sneak out of bed in the night to pick your own pockets." (Act I)
Jim: "This being out in the moonlight instead of the lousy Inn isn't a bad bet, at that." (Act II)
Jim: "Yes. Take a big drink of moonlight instead." (Act III)
Josie: "Everything is far away and it doesn't matter - except the moon and its dreams, ...
The play asks for us to be aware of our all too human tendencies to lie to ourselves and then be willing to lie or practice deception with others. Instead, the underlying message asks us to commit to honesty, and that empathy and consideration are to be prized over deception simply because its better for our souls.
It is a play that speaks to the need for acceptance over any false ego images or expectations we emotionally cling to or vainly try to maintain... Lots of Scorpio themes in there!
When the Moon is full, she releases and conveys to us the deep things of life; its effects connect us to both the areas that we try to hold down, and to those feelings that can constrict our souls. In this month's moon, we are given opportunities to release any toxic secrets that have imprisoned us, while reaching for those inspirational messages of grace and healing that can come to us, if we are honest, and willingly listen to our inner most truth, our prayerful messages, and be open to heeding our dreams...
AstroButterfly (astrobutterfly.com) speaks of the power and influence of this particular full moon in these words:
"The Moon in Scorpio is notoriously the most intense Moon of the zodiac. This Full Moon in Scorpio is SUPER intense because on the same day we also have a dramatic Venus-Uranus conjunction, which will spice things up even more.
Power, intensity, obsession, mediumship, revelations, and unexpected turns – this Full Moon is like black magic!
No wonder the last episode of the Game of Thrones will air on May 19, immediately after the Full Moon. The Full Moon in Scorpio will literally be like the last episode of the Game of Thrones… with the exception that the hero will be you."
"What does this mean?... Let's dissect this Full Moon like a Scorpio would do: Pluto is the ruler of the Full Moon (Pluto rules Scorpio), so this means we have a double dose of Pluto.
Pluto wants only one thing: to change you. ... Don't resist change, Pluto will not tolerate it. And Pluto always wins. ...
The Scorpio Full Moon will connect us with our deepest self, with our most consuming desires, and with our most dreaded fears. Ultimately, the Full Moon in Scorpio wants to "give voice" to our authentic self. The urge to satisfy it will propel you from the inside out. You will do whatever it takes to fulfill its mission. When we get even a tiny glimpse of the truth, it becomes unbearable to continue living the way we used to. Dig as deep as you can until you find the passion that fuels your soul. Settle for nothing less than what your soul craves for. And purge what no longer serves you. When life calls you to change, it means it's time to change. If someone calls you to an adventure, it's time to say yes. This is your chance. Now or never."
... Now, this may literally be the case for you, or it might not. But pay attention this week to offers and introductions, particularly those involving romance or financial opportunities. They won't all be winners, but Venus – strong in her own sign, Taurus – coming together with unpredictable Uranus can always bring something interesting and unexpected. Not always positive, however; unlikely expenses are as possible as windfalls."
The Full Moon here in Charleston encourages soulful and inspirational dialogue... but no small talk! It asks us to be discerning about meaningful social activities vs. "just going out" and to be willing to discern if what is being offered to you is worth the price- relationships, money ideas, partnerships etc.
Celestial Blessings, Peter
PS: This Full Moon is celebrated widely in Buddhism. It is called Wesak or Vesak, and it commemorates many insights of his teachings and Buddhism as a wisdom path... Here are a few of his teachings that are linked to this day....
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may.
We ourselves must walk the path.
Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
Three things cannot be long hidden:
The sun, the moon, and the truth.
The New Moon In May
6:45 PM EDT May 4th, 2019
After the festivities of May Day and Beltane wind down, we are greeted on Saturday by the New Moon in Taurus at 14 degrees...
We can welcome its presence as a calming influence that offers us a glimpse into stability, even if it might not be long lived as there are some challenges that come in the next days after her calming influence.
April Elliot Kent (Bigskyastrology.com) puts it this way:
"The New Moon at 14.11 Taurus (May 4, 3:46 PM PDT) makes good aspects to the rest of the sky… but its ruling planet, Venus – goddess of money and irresistible objects – is square Saturn and Pluto. So on the face of it, things are fine and running smoothly. But under the surface, there is a bubbling, roiling tension. ...
As long as you don't let Venus carry you away, this is a week when even the smallest step in the direction of a cherished wish will be rewarded (if only in personal satisfaction), as Mars opposes Jupiter (May 5, 2:57 PM PDT). Start with a single step toward something you've long wanted to do, and expect to feel nervous."
This pattern of initial ease followed by pressure or tension is one of the enduring feelings that accompany this month's lunar energies. It is as if we are being taught to relax... but not too much! That we are being taught to think things through so that what you say and what you write will not come back to bite you!
Taking this into consideration, the New Moon is quickly followed by some challenging and unsettling energies that it is best to be aware of and to be mindful of when making any choices or being involved in any serious decision-making.
On the 5th and 6th, we are given aspects that require our attention.
The "made-up" holiday of Cinco De Mayo brings with it an energetic yet mutable challenge in the opposition between Mars and Jupiter. While it is not an obstacle to face, it is a polarity that cautions us against unworthy risks or impulsive actions and speech. Given that Mars is in loquacious Gemini, and Jupiter remain retrograde in his home sign of education and idealism, Sagittarius, we will need to watch our own tendencies to create "fake news" or swallow misinformation over reason and sound judgment.
On the next day, the 6th, we have Mercury arriving in Taurus- not a particularly happy or easy transit for the messenger planet, and soon after his arrival, Mercury is confronted by the electric and often disruptive energies of Uranus who will be holding forth in Taurus for the next 6 and a half years!
Mercury in Taurus, if it happens to be in your natal chart of landing by progression by moving into Taurus, signals a lack of mental flexibility and the tendency to become attached to a particular way of thinking and more definite points of view! Now some would label this stubborn and "bull headed (Taurus) while others simply call it having clear opinions... about everything??? Under the influence of Uranus our minds can become more mercurial- jumping for idea to idea without necessary finishing the sentence, and such mental rapid fire can result in a case of mental exhaustion! ( Check to see if you are more prone to headaches from all this extra mental activity...)
Finishing out these days of challenge, we have a Venus being subjected to a series of strong aspects she has to contend with and understand. First, Venus, now in Aries, draws a tense and somewhat unyielding square from Saturn, in his home sign of Capricorn. Being retrograde, Saturn's influence can be seen as being more focused and intense than its usual demands. The focal points can be around money and ambitions, or around possessions and prestige, but my intuition speaks to me about the nature of relationships.
When I am consulted by a couple concerning their future compatibility and draw up synastry chats and then compare their planets placements and aspects, one of the most difficult ones to overcome is the Venus to Capricorn square.
In traditional astrology, this aspect can be described as "When love turns cold" or "how love, affection, consideration, etc., can die..." When tt is not to be considered fatal, its odds of success are less than I would prefer to see between any couple...
Next, we are given a day of needed respite (8th) when Venus enjoys a trine to Jupiter and can feel supported and affirmed... However, that optimism and relief is short lived as the next day, the 9th, contains a square from Pluto which can indicate a challenge to the depth of one's feelings, and also can indicate how well a person or a couple can cope with early deep more personal wounds and any leftover parental/family challenges that can come up in a relationship and tested it severely.
To balance this time of testing and once we have run the gauntlet of these early days, we are give a span of encouragement and manifestation that soothes, instructs, and moves us forward in life...
Annie Botticelli (anniehelpsyou.com) give us this welcomed outlook. She teaches that:
"As with April, in May there is a hurriedness about these transits that could lend itself to unnecessary accidents or injuries so take extra care to be aware, breath, and pay more attention as you move your body and vehicles around....
There are a TON of awesome transits in May! As in April, in May most of the 'sweet' days are coupled with potentially challenging transits making it even more necessary to tune into your personal flow when taking action. There is a flow of sweet transits between May 11 and May 18 that is less impeded by stressful counterparts than the other parts of the month. For this reason I love launches and other important steps placed during this time of mid-month as there may be less to work against progress at this time." (my italics for emphasis)
So much of this influence that gives stability is supported or undermined by the energies that are connected or attached to it.. As Claudia Caudill (Radiantastrology.com) puts it:
"A supportive sextile from Neptune in Pisces encourages us to have a vision and imagine a future beyond our current circumstances. If we can get real with what we need to have more pleasure and satisfaction in our life, we can make our dreams a reality..."
For me, this is an interesting observation...
It might be related to the visualization process itself where we set our intentions to be open and receptive to any insights and changes that will be bring more of what we desire into our lives, but it also speaks to our human need discover what truly pleases us, and it can be a warning about settling for the prizes of our vacuous culture rather than seeking genuine sense of satisfaction from the ethical and heartfelt choices we make and for the values we choose to uphold...
Saturn has a leading role in this month's energies and activities... Here is what Dorothy Oja offers us in the ways of Saturn as teacher and task master, and additionally she takes a look at Mars coming into and traveling through Cancer in the upcoming weeks. She writes:
"Saturn in cardinal, earth Capricorn turns Stationary Retrograde @ 20 degrees on 4/29/19. This is the strongest and most important event over the next weeks. Saturn is in its home sign of Capricorn and very strong there. Remember Saturn only visits each sign every 28.5 years. ...
Saturn abhors equivocation but will delay until it feels the moment is right. Saturn rules all institutions that have been in place for a long time. In that sense it also rules history – personal, social and political. Personally, if Saturn is active in your chart, you may feel the pressure to make changes in habits or situations that are not functioning well.
Mars enters cardinal, water Cancer on 5/15/19 and remains until 7/1/19. ... This sensitive and often moody Mars is a contradiction in this combination. Mars is in the Moon's sign, so actions are predicated on how one feels about the pursuit of the goal. This Mars is sensitive to the moods of others as well but can be insensitive when angry.
Generally overly-caring and focused on home or family, this Mars is interested in the community, housing, real-estate, cooking or at least eating (!) This can be a somewhat difficult position for a male because it is more sensitive but it also makes for a male who is responsive to women and can often cater to or understand the needs of others."
Lastly, the New Moon chart for Charleston (EDT) offers some additional clues about the coming days and weeks... While it cautions us about dwelling on empty thoughts and/or making unthinking remarks, it does encourage social interaction and being creatively and energetically involved with others in more meaningful ways. It is an ideal time for exploring new ways of working together, taking actions that will help the planet to heal, and coming together to support progressive social movements. It also asks us to spend some time looking over what we accept as definitions of identity and whether or not they serve our ideals and will support our values. The New Moon often acts as a beginning and this one will help you to set a pattern of action and service that will benefit all that are connected to those intentions and actions...
Celestial Blessings, Peter
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