FULL MOON IN SCORPIO – If you build it (in a responsible way), they will come! (May 14, 2014)

Astrology New Moon Full MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14.  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 24° of Taurus and 24° 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 are oppositions, and all oppositions require us to balance the needs of seemingly opposing issues or energies.  Additionally, Full Moons more commonly bring out the shadow or lower expression of each sign than do New Moons.  This Full Moon in Scorpio highlights the needs of Taurus and Scorpio.  Taurus’s higher expression is resourcefulness, patience, and a love of beauty; its lower expression is materialism, stubbornness, and resistance to change.  Scorpio’s higher expression is transformation, passion, and healing; its lower expression includes being over-bearing, intolerant, and secretive.  Our job now is twofold:  (1) to recognize that finding a balance between both ends of this continuum is important and (2) to use our free will to choose the higher expression of each sign.

Additionally, when an opposition occurs in a fixed sign, this often signals the breakdown of longstanding patterns or beliefs.  Taurus and Scorpio are both fixed signs.  Therefore, the key is to let go of what we most want to hold onto.  If we are able to overcome our fears and boldly go where we haven’t gone before, we may find ourselves breaking through to the next level in our personal evolution.

Although many Full Moons ignite strong emotions, having Venus square (90°) Pluto on the day of this Full Moon would normally intensify this fact.  And yes, unexpressed issues of self-worth, pleasure, desirability, dissatisfaction, jealousy, and/or mistrust may surface now.  However, at the time of the Full Moon, Saturn conjoins (0°) the Moon and opposes (180°) the Sun.  The influence of Saturn will likely provide us with the ability to control any emotional expression so it can be done in a responsible way.  Remember that it’s not healthy to deny the needs that we’re afraid to face.  Suffering in silence is not noble.  Instead, we need to take responsibility and initiate action that will lead to healing.  Another way that Saturn’s presence may play out during this Full Moon is in the role of a cosmic message to face our fears and trust that “if you build it, they will come.”  However, with Saturn, there is also the message that this is only true if we are willing to patiently build a firm foundation as we work toward our goals.

At the time of this Full Moon in Scorpio, we are all still under the influence of the cardinal grand cross, which we have been discussing for several weeks.  (To review the impact and recommended approach to the energy of this powerful cardinal grand cross, see Full Moon in Libra & Lunar Eclipse – An exact cardinal grand cross means radical change is almost inevitable.)  This powerhouse configuration is now going to be further activated by Venus, which will oppose (180°) Mars on Sunday, May 11, square (90°) Pluto on Wednesday, May 14 (the day of the Full Moon), conjoin (0°) Uranus on Thursday, May 15, and square (90°) Jupiter on Sunday, May 18.  This will require us to work on finding a balance between four different areas of our life:  our willingness to move forward on our path (Mars), our ability to love and to serve the highest good of all involved in an authentic way (Venus/Uranus), our openness to expand into unknown territory (Jupiter), and our capacity to use power in healthy ways that lead to transformation (Pluto).

Venus is the new energy entering the cardinal grand cross picture, which means that it will be the predominant energy during the week leading up to and the week after the Full Moon.  Venus is all about heart-energy and about using the wisdom of the heart.  Our heart will let us know what to do because it is our inner guidance system that steers us in the direction that is right for us and for all concerned.  If we can do this, Venus will lead to a more expanded and unified experience of life.

The day after the Full Moon (i.e., Thursday, May 15), a series of rapidly-moving aspects will make for a day filled with creativity, original thinking, and a desire for unconventional social activities.  Mercury will sextile (60°) Venus, inviting sweet conversations and delightful distractions.  Uranus will sextile (60°) Mercury and conjunct (0°) Venus later in the day, and this will very likely produce discussions that sparkle with brilliant ideas.  Furthermore, we may discover new sources of fun and pleasure, and unexpected events may bring a sense of excitement.

Then, Mars will turn direct on Monday, May 19.  The planet of action has been in retrograde since March 1, which may have slowed down or stopped our forward momentum on several projects.  Because this backward motion was happening in the sign of Libra, once Mars turns direct, we will likely see forward motion return, especially in our relationships.  Be aware that it may take a few weeks to get up to speed again, but use this transition period to finish up loose ends so you are truly ready to apply the lessons that we have learned during the retrograde period.

To the relief of some, on Tuesday, May 20, the Sun will move out of the heavier energy of Taurus and into the lighter energy of Gemini.  The Sun’s transit through Gemini is usually associated with a month of humor, curiosity, and lots of communication!  We are more able now to be flexible and adaptable, and we are increasingly open to learning new things and connecting with new people.  Just keep in mind that the Sun in Gemini can also cause us to scatter our energies in too many directions due to unbridled curiosity; therefore, we need to be able to recognize when we need to be more focused in our conversations and intellectual pursuits.

This 2-week period ends with a very important aspect that is exact on Saturday, May 24; however, it will influence us for about a week before and a week after this date.  Jupiter and Saturn form the last in a series of three trines (120°), with the first occurring on back on July 17 and the second on December 12 of last year.  This is a wonderfully supportive and creative influence!  As with all trines, there is an easy flow of energy.  Given the involvement of Jupiter and Saturn, this means that positive energy will be dancing between the planet of expansion (Jupiter) and the planet of contraction (Saturn).  It is an excellent time for long-term planning, especially related to a career or public recognition.  It’s also a good time to make a commitment to responsible growth in any area of your life.

This Full Moon in Scorpio is asking us to use our power wisely and to live what we know to be true.  If we focus on what we want, we will likely get it.  However, it is also true that if we focus on what we don’t want, we will likely get it.  It’s our focus that makes the difference, so choose wisely!  And the final trine between Jupiter and Saturn toward the end of this month is a reminder that if we make mature and responsible decisions, we will have a firm foundation upon which to build our hopes and dreams.  Finally, remember, “Try not to resist the changes that come your way.  Instead, let life live through you.  And do not worry that your life is turned upside down.  How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” (Rumi)


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


  • Full Moon at 24° of Scorpio
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 12:15 p.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 3:15 p.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 7:15 p.m. GMT