There will be a full Moon at 1°14’ of Sagittarius, a mutable Fire sign on the 21st of May. The Sagittarius Moon is usually a jovial, quest-searching entity that desires, above all, truth and something to believe in. It also loves freedom and is easily motivated.
This Full Moon falls on the 9th-3rd axis of the traditional horoscope. It’s about wisdom vs knowledge, intuition vs reason, long vs short journeys, morality vs amorality etc. If you have planets or angles at 1-2° of the mutable signs of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces then this Full Moon could have a bigger influence for you. Nevertheless, it will illuminate an area of our lives that we may have preferred to have kept hidden since the last New Moon, now is the right occasion to explore it more deeply.
Raven Kaldera, in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” calls this the Priest’s Moon, “he who has acquired knowledge through the channel of the sacred texts and traditions that he has learned and who is now ready to dedicated himself to the Truth (as he sees it).”
On this Moon he suggests “that we reflect about the traditions and beliefs we hold (religious or otherwise) and if we are able to objectively question them. If we think that we hold no fixed beliefs then maybe we could ask our friends if they think that this it true and be ready to listen carefully to their answers about ourselves.”
The Moon will be closely conjunct Mars which is in its retrograde motion and the Sun will be opposing this planet too. The Moon’s enthusiasm might upset and irritate Mars if she exposes areas of our lives where we are experiencing difficulty and in which we feel hampered or blocked from forging ahead in this moment. Remember, Mars is on a quest of faith and he shouldn’t/doesn’t want to be distracted by too much optimism otherwise havoc could soon reign. The Sun in opposition from the rational sign of Gemini will drive the Martian energy further inwards on the intellectual plane. We need time to reflect on any plans that have backfired and/or concentrate on finishing matters already to hand and Moon could provide the right mood to do this too.
The Sabian symbol for 2° Sagittarius: “White-capped waves display the power of the wind over sea” Indicating the mobilisation of unconscious energies under the pressure of super-personal motives.
For 2° Gemini: “Santa Claus furtively filling stockings hanging in front of the fireplace” Indicating a rewarded faith in spiritual blessings”
This Full Moon might remind us that: “When people don’t have any curiosity about themselves, that is always a bad sign. Irvin D. Yalom
Which house will the Full Moon fall in your chart? What is being uncovered for you?
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 216-218, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 90 and 211, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
Image: Earthlore Explorations Lore of Astrology in Sagittarius, Moon in Sagittarius Manuscript Detail, Google search accessed on 18.05.2016