Finding the answers but keeping them to ourselves.
On May 18th there will be a Full Moon at 27°39’ in the Fixed, Water sign of Scorpio on the very same day that Venus conjoins Uranus in Taurus.
The Moon’s traditional dispositor, Mars, is just inside Cancer, the sign of Mar’s fall, making this Watery sign particularly hard to navigate. Mars is approaching a sextile to unpredictable Uranus in steadfast Taurus, we might expect our emotional energy to be on a roller-coaster as moods and goals change, limiting rather than enhancing our freedom to enjoy life according to our own tastes. Pluto, the Moon’s modern dispositor, is still engaged with Saturn in Capricorn and trine Mercury in Taurus, thought processes can now be easily focussed on our internal strengths so as to concentrate on resolving any problematic tasks, at least in our heads!
The Sun is conjunct Mercury, such a tight conjunction burns the planet nearest the Sun and hides it in some way so perhaps the truth-seeking Scorpio Moon will have a place to keep its secrets safe, at least for a while. Sun’s dispositor, Venus, at home in its own sign, is separating from a conjunction to Uranus at the time of lunation, upsets and surprises in romantic or financial matters may already have surfaced but Taurus is a practical sign, it can probably find a way to sort them out.
Full Moons are also known to be times when things climax, when we decide that enough is enough for certain aspects of our life because we avert an intensified conflict between two major areas of our life and we need to find a way to honour both.
They shine a light on the area that is “hidden” and in this case, in traditional astrology, all matters concerning the 8th house and the sign of Scorpio. The axis involved is the 8th-2nd and involves questions such as: the saboteur vs the constructor, temptation vs security, emotional crisis vs calm etc. Taurus is the first Earth sign and he wants to build, Scorpio is the second Water sign and wants to destroy in the attempt to understand and regenerate.
The effect is certainly more evident when the Full Moon closely aspects any personal planets or angles in your chart (2-4° of the fixed signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius), it also depends on the houses involved in your individual chart.
Author Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” calls this Full Moon the “Priestess’s Moon” he continues in his explanation “the Priestess has been down to the darkness and up again into the light. She has dragged herself down the path of deep introspection and learned that the best way out is with the aid of Deeper Powers” On this Full Moon he recommends spirituality and meditation and failing that to surround yourself with Nature and contemplate the beauty of it all.
I suggest that we use the light of this Full Moon to illuminate where we can create more comfort and ease in our lives relinquishing those things (or persons) that no longer make us smile. Let’s search for our own personal pot of gold by digging deep inside ourselves to find what we really need in life to feel good.
The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 28° Scorpio: “The King of the Fairies approaching his domain.” Indicating the capacity in man to recognise and to pay homage to an integrating principle at the core of all existence.
For the Sun at 28° Taurus: “A woman, past her “change of life”, experiences a new love.” Indicating man’s capacity to rise in consciousness and feelings above biological limitations.
“I thought about how there are two types of secrets: the kind you want to keep in, and the kind you don’t dare to let out.” Ally Carter
What’s peaking for you on this Full Moon? Where do you need to dig deeper?
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 213-215, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 87, 208, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA