FULL MOON IN SCORPIO – Let go of something good to make room for something great (May 3, 2015)

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In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 8:42 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. 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 14° of Taurus and 14° 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 bring light to the areas of our lives where we may not have been able to see clearly before. Sometimes it feels very comfortable and familiar to keep issues swept under the carpet; consequently, Full Moons can be challenging at times. For several reasons, this Full Moon in Scorpio indicates a time when that extra light will shine brightly on areas of our lives where we need to delete old programming to make room for new concepts and ways of viewing the world so we can move toward what we really want in life.

To do this, we are being asked to bring balance between two seemingly different areas of our life and different qualities, which is true with all Full Moons. Taurus is an earth sign, and it focuses on what is stable, reliable, loyal, and predictable. We are concerned with values, self-esteem, comfort, and resources. Scorpio is a water sign, and it focuses on intensity, investigation, healing, and transformation. We are concerned with emotions, challenges, the use of power, our deepest desires, and our worst fears. Both signs are necessary to a happy and healthy life. For example, Taurus, which is often represented as a bull, can be too complacent and never move out of its pretty meadow to see what is on the other side of the fence. Scorpio, which is often represented as a scorpion, can become too emotionally agitated and start to sting both others and even itself. We need to find a balance in order to allow controllable (Taurus) transformations (Scorpio) to enter our lives.

Normally, a Full Moon in Scorpio is associated with the desire to control emotional extremes. And this is particularly true with this Scorpio Full Moon because Jupiter (the planet of potential excess) is tightly squaring (90°) both the Sun and Moon. This forms a t-square in the sky above us (right triangle). All three corners of this triangle are in fixed signs. Fixed signs (i.e., Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) can be stubborn, but they also see things through to fruition due to their focused, devoted, and perseverant energy. Fixed t-squares often serve as a catalyst for breaking down long-standing patterns and changing perceptions, which often happens through integrating the two qualities of the two planets that are in opposition (this time the Sun and Moon).

With Jupiter squaring the often emotional Full Moon in Scorpio, emotions may be hard to control and some of us may feel like issues in our lives are reaching a boiling point. Minor issues may seem to explode into major declarations of war if we don’t watch our tendency to be overly opinionated or to use denial as a defense against seeing the truth. Tendencies toward exaggeration and/or having unrealistic expectations need to be curbed so we can use this energy to courageously and creatively expand our views and do some important healing work. If any conversations begin to get too intense, it’s best to back off and channel any excess energy into a project or physical activities.

Luckily, Pluto is in sextile (60°) to the Moon and trining (120°) the Sun, forming a wedge configuration. This supportive placement of Pluto will assist us in seeing deeply into any issue and facing any challenges with inner wisdom. Even dramatic and messy situations can be transformed through the healthy application of power, strength, and inspiration. And if issues involving power come to the forefront of our lives, it’s meant to help us see more clearly what we need to know about our relationship with ourselves and with others. Pluto helps us accept that solutions are not possible until we can clearly see what the problems are.

A less powerful t-square is also present during this Full Moon. The two planets in opposition (180°) are Mercury and Saturn, and Neptune is squaring (90°) them both. All 3 planets are in mutable signs (i.e., Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces). This mutable t-square is encouraging us to let go of limiting perspectives (Mercury) and rigid beliefs (Saturn) so we can become more compassionate (Neptune). However, whenever Neptune is present, there is the potential for things to become confused or our vision to become foggy. Luckily, the opposition between Mercury and Saturn will promote deep discussions and intellectual rigor, and it will help ground any new ideas so they are more realistic.

Late on Tuesday, May 5, the trine (120°) mentioned above between the Sun and Pluto becomes exact. For a few days before and after this powerful alignment, we have the potential to more clearly see what we truly desire and align with it. If this requires shedding aspects of ourselves or purging something in our lives, this positive aspect will give us the power to make decisions and take needed steps, often with great efficiency. You may even uncover resources or information that will help (and heal) you along the way to your goal(s).

Thursday, May 7, sees Venus moving out of Gemini and into Cancer, where it will remain until June 6. Venus in Cancer is a mixed bag. It can bring heightened sensitivity that can cause feelings to be easily hurt because we will be more likely now to take things personally. However, if we can all avoid the lower expression of this placement, which includes the potential for becoming dependent or using controlling behavior in our relationships, then we have an opportunity to access the higher expression of Venus in tender Cancer, which includes increased intimacy with those we love.

The square (90°) between Mercury and Neptune becomes exact on Saturday, May 9. For some, this can provide a soothing salve to our minds. However, whenever Mercury and Neptune come together, there is the potential for our thoughts to become ungrounded, illogical, and foggy. Although our intuition may be heightened, today is not the best day to conduct negotiations, sign contracts, or make major decisions.

On Monday, May 11, Mars moves out of Taurus and into Gemini. Mars will remain in this mentally active sign until June 25. We may find ourselves exploring new ways to get things done, and our actions may become more adaptable and accommodating than usual. Both our mental processes and verbal communication will be more energetic, but we also may find ourselves being less focused and more tangential. We all need to be aware that the lower expression of Mars is aggression, so be careful not to let your words be used as weapons.

Mars will be in opposition (180°) to Saturn on Thursday, May 14. Many of us will encounter delays or restrictions, and we need to not let the aggressive tendencies of Mars cause us to react with anger. Instead, we need to allow the energy of mature, responsible Saturn to support us in being patient. Think of the long-term goals involved and realize that pushing against obstacles probably is only a waste of energy and won’t aid us in getting what we want or need right now.

Overall, this Full Moon in Scorpio is asking us to stay in touch with our feelings (Scorpio) while still realizing that we need to be realistic about the use of our resources (Taurus). Several planetary aspects at the time of the Full Moon provide us with an opportunity to clear out the clutter in our lives, including anything that is hidden or suppressed in our subconscious. This excavation may not be comfortable given the emotionality of Moon in Scorpio, but the tension motivates us to take action, which could lead to major breakthroughs in how we view the world and ourselves. We need to be sure to use this supportive energy to purge what no longer serves us and to keep asking ourselves what is our hearts desire. And it may help to remember that sometimes, “You must be brave enough to release something good to make the space for something great.” (Cheryl Richardson)


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  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
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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 14° of Scorpio
  • Sunday, May 3, 8:42 p.m. PDT
  • Sunday, May 3, 11:42 p.m. EDT
  • Monday, May 4, 3:42 a.m. GMT

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