Full Moon in Scorpio: Focused Forces
Moon opposite Sun @ 7:57pm CDT on 4-29-18
Welcome to the Wind Moon in full! Isn’t she beautiful and powerful?! Soak her in this weekend. She comes bearing gifts.
I was born under a Scorpio Moon myself, so I especially love this full moon each year. It resonates with the depths of our feelings, so it’s not for everyone. But it holds the power to transform...and to create a focus of life force energy on those seed intentions we planted at the New Moon in Aries mid-month.
This Full Moon illuminating the Taurus-Scorpio axis can highlight the extremes of our sensory and extrasensory experiences, the physical and the metaphysical, the pleasure and the pain, the growth and the plunge, as well as the power within us and the power we interact with beyond ourselves. With any opposition (as every full moon is), we are meant to find the balance within opposing forces. Sun in Taurus wants to create growth and Moon in Scorpio wants to create depth...but they each want to create, and they each tend to do it in an involutionary way. What are you creating within you in this moon phase? Something transformative is happening under the surface. It’s a good time to re-enliven these creations now in whatever way resonates. This is also a good time to trust and create balance between your physical body and your intuitive body. This luminary opposition can aid in dropping into where we can really listen to that still voice inside of us that empowers us along our soul’s journey.
What was planted on 4-15 has now come to flower. Taurus Sun reminds us to ‘stop and smell the roses’ while Scorpio Moon reminds us to water them with care.
Moon in Scorpio 10: “a fellowship supper”
The soulful act of sharing life experiences with others is at the core of Scorpio medicine. Human bonds are created and relationships are strengthened when we come together to support a common goal. We join forces and create something that forever connects us. And then, we celebrate! There may be a desire to commune with others this weekend and create a shared experience. My daughter will be singing ‘Just Around the Riverbend’ from Disney’s Pocahontas at her recital just before the Full Moon, so there will probably be a celebratory family supper afterwards...which is almost a literal translation of the Sabian Symbol for this degree. Whoever you’re with at the time of the full moon (even if it’s just you), celebrate the support you’ve given each other (or yourself) in manifesting your goals…and you’ll be tapping into the fortifying power of this full moon!
Sun in Taurus 10: “a red cross nurse”
Taurus-like as a celebratory feast sounds, a fearless nurse compelled to heal those who are on the edge sounds very Scorpio-like. In an opposition, after all, we are meant to find the balance in opposites. At the time that Elsie Wheeler channeled the Sabian Symbols (1925), the symbol of the Red Cross Nurse was one of feminine heroism...taking care of soldiers and veterans, aiding the diseased, and providing relief during disasters. Taurus is a productive energy that uses resources wisely to provide something of value to the world. Compassionate and altruistic as the symbol is, it is also an image of ‘doing what needs to be done’ which resonates as a Taurus motto. As Virginia Henderson has said of nurses: “The nurse is temporarily the consciousness of the unconscious, the love of life for the suicidal, the leg of the amputee, the eyes of the newly blind, a means of locomotion for the infant, the knowledge and confidence of the young mother, and a voice for those too weak to speak.” Within this quote, we can recognize the vital nature of Taurus as the first sign of physical matter. With this earth energy, we use the resources we have to create what is needed. This weekend, we may find that we have something we can use to support another who needs it.
Luminary/Nodal Fixed Grand Cross
While the luminaries highlight the Taurus-Scorpio axis, they are dynamically linked at this time in 90 degree aspects (aka. Squares) by the North and South Lunar Nodes on the Leo-Aquarius axis. These four signs are known as the fixed signs. So, together, they create an aspect pattern called the Fixed Grand Cross. A grand cross is a geometric structure that forms a full square pattern with two oppositions crossing in the center. There is tension pulling from four corners, which creates a need for action to alleviate the stress of the squares and balance between the two oppositions. While this pattern is challenging, there is a center point to it that (when balanced) can be very productive and structurally sound for moving forward with things. With a fixed grand cross in particular, when it is out of balance (one corner is pulling too much focus away from the others), it can feel like a wheel that’s stuck in the mud. At some point, something’s gotta give...and then the wheel can get moving in our lives. If you were born with a Fixed Grand Cross, as my daughter was, then you likely come across many instances in life where you get yourself ‘stuck’ and are unable to move until you find your balance again. In early life, these are frustrating lessons until you build up an understanding of your own self-worth and personal power later on...then you can use the structure of the cross in balance to become a very productive finisher of life’s many tasks. Even if you don’t have a Fixed Grand Cross in your natal chart, this Full Moon is likely to make you feel what that is like. If you feel stuck and frustrated, check your self-talk about your self-worth...you may be the one who is actually disempowering yourself or holding yourself back. Feel pulled in multiple directions? Where can you strike a balance? The challenge here comes from resistance to necessary change. But under a Scorpio Moon, transformation is always in the air...so if you allow yourself to adapt to change and trust that everything will work out as it needs to, you can tap into some powerful momentum pushing you through the rest of this moon phase. When the lunar nodes are involved in such a configuration, fate is often at hand. Ceres, the dwarf planet named after the nurturing mother goddess, is also conjunct the North Node in Leo...so she’s reminding us to make sure we are taking good care of ourselves at this time. Before we set off to do whatever our Full Moon experience is, Ceres says “Here, I packed you a healthy meal in case you expend too much energy...and here’s a jacket in case the wind picks up...and don’t forget your boots just in case you run into some mud. Now go play nice with your friends!”
It’s always nice to have a good outlet for the tense energy contained within the Grand Cross. Saturn, the planet that rules supportive structures, is in a sextile (60 degree aspect of opportunity) with the Moon and a trine (120 degree aspect of harmony) with the Sun. Saturn is retrograde in the 10th degree of Capricorn, where the Sabian Symbol is ‘an albatross feeding from the hand of a sailor’. Here’s another nurturing influence...but one that is different from that of Ceres in Leo. Saturn here provides us an opportunity to cultivate trust by approaching the unknown with more confidence than we might otherwise have. Of course, we have to take the opportunity by our own volition...and perhaps allow ourselves to be vulnerable while facing some fears. Saturn reminds us that the rewards for our effort are worth it. In Capricorn, he’s providing us with nutrients from the earth for what we’re growing in this moon phase. And through his retrograde, he is re-boosting our roots and our structures that uphold our integrity.
Love and Gratitude,
Felina Lune Kavi