FULL MOON IN SCORPIO – Plus five out of ten planets in retrograde so it’s a time to turn inward (April 21, 2016)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 10:23 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Taurus will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Scorpio.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 3° of Taurus and 3° of Scorpio in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

Full Moons ask us to find balance between the two signs involved, and they also serve as a “checkpoint” by asking us to evaluate how far we’ve come with the new intentions we set at the time of the last New Moon (April 7).  The extra light provided by the Full Moon illuminates anything that needs further work.  Sometimes this entails seeing what we haven’t yet dealt with or have been avoiding.  Other times, we can more clearly see that our original goal needs to be modified in some way.  Either way, this is why Full Moons can be uncomfortable times.

With this Full Moon in Scorpio, we have the Sun in the sign of Taurus and the Moon in Scorpio:

  • The Sun in earthy Taurus is about how we interact with our physical world, including our bodies, money, possessions, and even Mother Earth. With the astrological sign of the bull, we simply want to enjoy life and take time to smell the roses in our own personally defined pasture.  We experience the world through our five senses, but we also see that everything in nature, including us, is part of a Divine whole.
  • The Moon in watery Scorpio, on the other hand, is focused on the deep inner recesses of our subconscious world. With the sign of the scorpion, we want to find what is lurking in the shadows so we can heal it.  This can include facing our fears, exploring our relationships with power, and identifying where we can transform like the phoenix rising from the ashes.  We experience the world through our emotions rather than our senses.  We have a strong relationship with the Divine, and we believe that the only thing that will survive our physical death is our level of consciousness.

Finding a balance between what appears to be two diametrically opposed signs can be a challenge.  Given that Scorpio is involved, emotions can be running especially high.  We are being asked to find a balance between (a) enjoying and valuing what we have (Taurus) and (b) getting rid of anything that we no longer need (Scorpio).  This balance may involve enjoying what is in our physical world while still recognizing the profound importance of what cannot be experienced with the five senses (e.g., emotions, spirituality).

Another area that might be impacted by this Full Moon is money.  Both of these signs deal with money, but in two very different ways.  Taurus is about the accumulation of physical resources, such as what we value and what we personally own based on income that we earn.  Scorpio focuses on shared resources and on what can be attained by pooling what we have in the form of partnerships.  The Full Moon may bring to our awareness a recent or long-standing imbalance between these two approaches to finances.  In order to grow and thrive, both ends of the continuum must be addressed.

Power is also an aspect of this Full Moon.  With Taurus the bull, anger and unpleasantries are avoided whenever possible.  However, we need to remember that when pushed hard enough, a bull will charge and can wreak havoc.  Bulls tend to under-react and then go into a rage when things build up.  With the sign of Scorpio, the scorpion’s tail will only be used if necessary, but when it lashes out, it often happens quickly and hurts . . . a lot!  And unlike bulls, scorpions tend to over-react, come from a highly emotional space, and will speak or act before the situation is fully thought through (often from an unconscious place).  Overall, the opposition between these two signs is asking us to evaluate how (or if) we are using our power (a) in a forceful or emotionally-reactive way or (b) in a powerful, productive way.

At the time of this Full Moon in Scorpio, Venus, which is the ruler of Taurus, is in a tight conjunction (0°) with Uranus.  Additionally, both planets are squaring (90°) Pluto.  Venus represents what we value and enjoy.  Uranus symbolizes change, the unexpected, and individuality.  Pluto is about transformation, control, and dealing with issues of power.  We may feel an increased need to explore new and exciting activities or relationships.  Doing something that is outside our comfort zone may be appealing.  However, we may also need to look at issues related to control and/or we may experience sudden and perhaps unexpected shifts (positive or negative) in our personal relationships or finances.  We will do best if we can stay grounded, be willing to let go of anything that is no longer serving us, and not struggle against the changes and transformations that are taking place in our lives.

Also during the time of the Full Moon, Mars continues to be in a wide conjunction (0°) with Saturn.  And both of these planets continue to square (90°) both Jupiter and Neptune, which are in opposition (180°) to each other.  This has formed a t-square (right triangle) in the sky above us, which was discussed in the last Moon Update.  Given Mars began moving in retrograde as of April 17, the intensity of this t-square has diminished just a bit, but it will be a powerful presence  through mid-May because all t-squares motivate us to take action!

Luckily, Mercury is in a grand trine (an equilateral triangle) with Jupiter and Pluto during the time of the Full Moon (all in earth signs).  Trines (120°) always provide a supportive energy, and this grouping of three trines could help us recognize what we need to do in order to make current changes more sustainable.  However, with two of these planets in retrograde and Mercury about to join them (see next paragraph), it’s very likely that external changes won’t be made until we sort out our inner world.  But it’s likely that this supportive grand trine will help up see what changes will be needed in order to make our lives simpler and more satisfying.  And due to the strong influence of earth signs, it may be easier to deal with change or stress if we make room for some enjoyable activities and develop, re-establish, or maintain habits, order, routine, and discipline.

On Thursday, April 28, Mercury in Taurus begins its second of three retrograde periods during 2016.  It will remain in retrograde until May 22.  When Mercury appears to be moving backwards in the sign of Taurus, many of us will find our thoughts turned inward as we reconsider our values and priorities.  Productive questions to ask ourselves might include, “What do I value in my life?”, “What will make me happier?”, “In what do I want to invest my time, energy, and money?”, “What is my bottom line?”, and “Where do I need to slow down (or speed up)?”  This reevaluation may entail revisiting a project that was started around the time of the last New Moon (April 7) to see what still needs to be addressed, completed, or released.

  • Mercury: Began retrograde April 28 & moves direct May 22
  • Mars: Began retrograde April 17 & moves direct June 29
  • Jupiter: Began retrograde January 7 & moves direct May 9
  • Saturn: Began retrograde March 25 & moves direct August 13
  • Pluto: Began retrograde April 18 & moves direct September 26

NOTE:  Feel free to refer to the last Moon Update for information about both Mars and Pluto while in retrograde.

Yes, retrograde periods may be frustrating at times because it feels like forward motion is being blocked.  However, it’s important to remember that retrograde periods are critical times in our lives.  They give us opportunities to focus on “re” words, such as reconsider, rethink, revalue, reflect, and recalibrate.  We all need moments where we stop our forward motion while we complete unfinished business.  With this series of retrogrades, issues that are related to bringing more meaning and fulfillment into our lives may be our focus (or our re-focus).  Once Jupiter breaks the retrograde pattern and begins moving forward on May 9, we may begin to see more external action happening.  However, we may not really feel any forward momentum until the end of May when Mercury goes out of retrograde.  And things will really get moving at the end of June when the planet of action, Mars, goes direct.  In other words, it may take a while for action to happen.  But if we spend this time doing the required inner work of these retrograde periods and don’t push our agenda too quickly, then the actions we take in a month or two will lead us in very positive directions.

It is also interesting to look at which planets are not in retrograde because this may indicate where forward motion will not be blocked.  The two outer planets are probably most important, which are Uranus and Neptune.  With Uranus, sudden changes may occur that allow us to be more unique, authentic, and original.  With Neptune, we may find ourselves being drawn to work on our psychological health, compassion toward self and others, moving from fear to faith, and all aspects of our spirituality, including our abilities as a psychic, medium, or healer.

Between the Full Moon on Thursday, April 21, and the first few days of May, there are very few major aspects between the planets or Nodes.  Normally, this might mean a relatively calm period of time.  However, with all of these planets moving in retrograde, (a) it’s important to not become complacent and, instead, make sure we are doing the inner work being called for (e.g., reviewing, revamping) and (b) because of all that retrograde energy and several minor aspects between planets, this is a good time to “mind our tongues” and “think carefully” before acting or speaking.  Any attempts to control another will likely not be well-received.  Frustrations, disagreements, and/or instability could be more common over the next two weeks, but this can be managed if we remember that most people aren’t being purposefully insensitive.  It’s just that everyone’s attention is drawn inward, so external things are sometimes ignored or not carefully taken into consideration.  During this time, it will be helpful to give others a lot of freedom and “the benefit of the doubt.”

Overall, this Full Moon in Scorpio will likely be an emotional time and an important one.  After the last New Moon, we may have felt ready to take action, and some of those actions may have been successful.  Others . . . not so much.  Due to all the retrograde energy currently present, this is an excellent time to review where we are and take time for inner reflection before successful external manifestation occurs.  Our overarching goal is to find more beauty, peace, love, and joy in this world, and the Scorpio Full Moon is saying that we should focus on (a) what we have and (b) not be afraid to heal important issues or cut out what might be keeping us from being happier in life.  But overall, this is a time when we need to do the “re” work indicated by so many planets in retrograde.  So we need to be patient within our relationships and courageous enough to recognize when it’s time to let go of what no longer serves us (e.g., a possession, relationship, belief).  So, “Remember, you can’t reach what’s in front of you until you let go of what’s behind you” (Chinna Sherma).


If you are not already on our email list, please be sure to join Anne Reith’s Online Community so you are guaranteed to receive her New & Full Moon Reports.


  • Anne Reith, Ph.D. (AnneReith.com)
  • For information about Dr. Reith’s downloadable ebooks and meditations, feel free to visit her online Store


  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)


  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.


Full Moon at 3° of Scorpio

  • Thursday, April 21, 10:23 p.m. PDT
  • Friday, April 22, 1:23 a.m. EDT
  • Friday, April 22, 5:23 a.m. GMT

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload the CAPTCHA.