Full Moon in Taurus/Scorpio
“Resting on the Banks of the Madison” plein air oil pastel by Lucinda Abbe
This extraordinary Full Moon in sidereal Taurus/Scorpio is linked to and activated by another mega-astronomical event: Mars retrograde in Scorpio. This Mars retrograde is exceptionally challenging, as the nature of Scorpio is to take us to our deepest, sometimes darkest depths, ream us out without mercy, and then bring us back via some kind of rebirth. Scorpio is associated with both the mysteries of death and birth. There is no wiggle room now, no escaping what must be faced, and that includes pruning aspects of your life that are weighing you done, no longer bringing you joy. This is a very organic process, guided by your own inner nature, so surrendering to this natural process is the best advice. Be kind to yourself, and others, because this is a very challenging and confusing time. Mars will turn direct June 29, so we still have a bit more diving deep and releasing to go.
During this Full Moon week, Mercury will turn direct from it’s retrograde on May 22, and we will also traverse the momentous final square of Jupiter to Saturn on May 26. Read all about those events below.
I am now offering my Summer Solstice discounts till the end of June, as well as mini-sessions to aid you in navigating this challenging Mars retrograde. Send me an email if you are interested. Thank you!
Thank you my friend, Lucinda Abbe, for your capturing, so perfectly, pastoral springtime in the Greater Yellowstone. This painting of the serene, calming beauty, is a reminder to stay connected to our holy, nurturing Earth during this time of turbulent tumult.
Here is a brief synopsis of the Full Moon characteristics that hold true to every Full Moon from my from my friend and sidereal colleague Nick Anthony Fiorenza at Lunar Planner.
“The Full Moon marks the point of coition in the lunar cycle, the climax, the point of excitement, a time of celebration. The day just after the Full Moon is a time for the realization of the theme to emerge, of what the activities of the first half of the lunar cycle, culminating into the enthusiasm of the Full Moon, are really about. Relax and allow this realization to occur. There is no need to force it as it surfaces on its own.”
Please note: I make my posts according to the Lunar cycles, posting on the New, First Quarter, Full and Third Quarter Moons. I seek to support you in working with and within the natural flow of time and energy, which will help your life flow with more ease and grace. Also, I base my interpretations and predictions on the true sidereal astronomical alignments. You can read about my unique way of interpreting astrology at this link: Sidereal Astrology.
Sat May 21
Full Moon in Taurus/Scorpio: This promises to be one of the more intense Full Moons of 2016 as it is interacting with Mars (aggression and acting upon our inner truth) and Vesta (focused action, dedication to a cause, sexual fire). The vibrant Sun and focused Vesta meet up in financial, grounded sensual Taurus, assisting you to get serious about money issues, finish planting the garden, amping up your dedication to create a balanced routine that integrates the needs of your body, mind, emotions, spirit. The emoting Moon and agitated Mars, collide in dark Scorpio, creating an opposition to the Sun/Vesta, which either exponentially increases frustrations about the current circumstance of your life, or sparks a fierce determination to get on with making necessary changes. Choosing where you will place your focus under such epic tension can make this day a positive turning point, or manifest in some form of crisis.
Sun May 22
Mercury turns direct: Here’s what I wrote about this Mercury retrograde that completes today, back when it started on April 28. “Mercury in Aries turns retrograde. From today, until May 22, Mercury (ideas, technology, communication) will be in more internal, re-evaluation, reflection mode. During this period, Mercury will be in close proximity to the asteroid of focus and dedication,Vesta. Watch your thoughts carefully, as manifestation will be almost instantaneous, based on your state of both conscious and unconscious mind and intentions. This the perfect time to take up meditation practice or deepen your current practice. Dive in to a new study or give birth to a brand new creative urge. Commit to writing that first draft of a manuscript, or complete the final edits on something that is ready to be completed.”
Hopefully, you found some clarity in the past three weeks on where and how to focus your mind so as to increase mental balance, productivity and greater ease in manifesting your dreams. Keep up that good work with more ease now, as Mercury turns direct. When it reunites with Vesta on June 22, we will have navigated one very intense mind portal that has required focus on our mental health, sparking a desire to use of our special brain powers with clarity and calm certainty.
Moon/Saturn conjunction in Scorpio: The emotional heaviness of this aspect might plague you today. This deep, wise energy gives you permission to choose silence over noise, to be more internal, probe your own desires in meditation or intimate conversation. It will move on, so don’t attach to the dark mood, but move with it with acceptance and knowing it will naturally change, as that’s the nature of the Universe.
Mon May 23
Sun/Vesta conjunction in Taurus: Continue to explore the theme of this Full Moon. Are you placing your focus in the ways of worry, especially about the past, or are you feeling determined to stay vigilant in placing your focus in the ways of trust, especially in regards to the future? This is an exceptionally productive aspect that will be with us all week. Plough through, claim your own stubbornness, both gifts of mighty Taurus the Bull.
Tue May 24
Venus in Taurus opposite Mars retrograde in Scorpio: There can be a tug of war between women and men today, or between your own masculine and feminine desires. Mainly, this sensual aspect helps us find clarity about how we want to take action (Mars) on our heart’s true desires (Venus). It can be a day full of romance and tenderness, too.
Wed May 25
Grand Trine in Fire: It’s like the sun comes out today after several days of moody, thunderous storms. This motivating aspect feels more upbeat and spark some kind of action. Mercury in Aries is filling your head with bold ideas, the Moon/Pluto conjunction in Sagittarius is like a helpful enthusiastic coach, and optimistic Jupiter in Leo on the Lunar North Node is guiding you impeccably toward the desires of your Future Self, a part of you that is always interacting with your present day self and circumstances. Life can feel confusing a times, like having a foot in two worlds. On a day like today, feel a greater confidence in and integration of the totality of your multi-dimensional Self.
Thu May 26
Jupiter Square Saturn: This aspect is part of a longer astrological cycle that started in 2000 and completes in 2020. Both Saturn and Jupiter govern social change, our political process, and signal major cultural shifts in how we do business, on every level, as a collective human species. Today marks a completion of the historic last-quarter square that started in August 2015. The last-quarter square of any planetary aspect creates the imperative to take some form of action or a crisis can ensue. Give thought as to how your individual choices, beliefs, actions, along with the way you engage with society, either act as a detriment or benefit in regards to how you would like to see this world functioning. More fear and war, or more love and cooperation? You are alive at this crucial time of evolution, so may you offer your many gifts to help steer our humanity in the right direction.
Sun in Taurus square Pallas Athene in Aquarius: It’s interesting that this strategic aspect happens the same day as the Jupiter/Saturn square. Our goddess of wisdom, Pallas Athene, in humanitarian Aquarius makes a manifestation square to financial, Earth-ruling Taurus, which is especially supportive of launching discussions and strategies involving climate change and environmental issues.
Fri May 27
Moon in Capricorn square Mercury in Aries: This aspect is excellent for creating a business plan about how to proceed with your wild idea. Research crowd-funding, approach a bank, or create a budget you will stick to so your resources are being conserved or redirected for current creative goals. The pull for freedom or adventure might force you to leave work earlier than expected.
Sat May 28
Venus/Vesta conjunction in Taurus: Still working on financial issues or concerns? This aspect can bring both clarity and completion about what you set in motion, or need to set in motion. Seems to be the theme of this whole Full Moon week, which completes today. Also, when Venus (beauty, art, love) and Vesta (focus, sexual energy) are fused together, you can feel exceptionally vibrant and alluring, or decide you want to feel that way, gifting yourself beauty treatments or yummy, even extravagant purchases.